12th June 2018 Mrs L

Sesriem Park: Namib-Naukluft National Park The highlight of visiting Sesriem Park was seeing the Dunes and Deadvlei, but there is so much more to Sesriem.  This area is best known for its dunes, which are considered some of the highest in the world. The main attractions in the park are Dune 45, Big Daddy Dune, Deadvlei and Sossusvlei. Sossusvlei is best viewed after rains when the area is partially filled with water. Sesriem Park Main Entrance Gate The lesser known attractions: Most visitors visit the popular Dune 45, Big Daddy Dune and DeadVlei. There are however…

30th May 2018 Mrs L 6Comment

Deadvlei: (Dead Marsh) Roots embedded in a textured white clay pan, surrounded by towering of red sand dunes. It is renowned for its dark mysterious trees, a photographer’s dream, this is Deadvlei. This spectacular area of the Namib-Nakluft National park is one of the most photographed landscapes of Sossusvlei area. This is Deadvlei First Impressions: It is 10h30am and Deadvlei is heating up. After a gruelling climb in the sun, the reward for climbing Big Daddy Dune, was exploring DeadVlei. This was our last stop in the desert for the morning. Shaking the dune sand out…

21st May 2018 Mrs L

Desert Dreams Part Two: Big Daddy Dune After our Dune 45 climb yesterday, Big Daddy Dune, as named by locals, is our challenge for the day.The towering giant, standing at 325 meters tall, dwarfs the surrounding dunes. Big Daddy Dune is the tallest dune in the Sossusvlei area, but not the tallest dune in Namibia, that title belongs to Dune 7. Big Daddy Dune in the distance Early mornings: I wake up, it is still dark in our tent and I cannot see thing. A quick check on my phone and I see it is only…

15th May 2018 Mrs L 4Comment

Desert Dreams: Visiting Sossusvlei in Namibia, has been one of my travel dreams. Somehow I never got to visit the area. I was always fascinated by photos of this orange landscape and Dune 45. The Sossusvlei area is best known for its dunes and the dunes are considered as some of the highest in the world. What makes this area so unique is orange red sands found here. This year, my husband and I made a spur of the moment decision and headed to the desert for my birthday. Dune 45: We arrive at Sossusvlei and first on my list…

19th April 2018 Mrs L 4Comment

Kagga Kamma Private Nature Reserve: Kagga Kamma Private Nature Reserve nestles in the Southern Cederberg mountain area. My husband and I decided to celebrate completion of our part time studies with a well-deserved break, and this reserve was a perfect choice. Break This trip started with a bang! As we approached the campsite, we had a bit of a hiccup/ “Voetspore” incident in Kagga Kamma reserve. Our car got stuck in unexpected soft sand, on the only road to the campsite. We wanted adventure but the last thing we needed was getting stuck 20 metres from…

7th April 2018 Mrs L 1Comment

This day started out as a normal day. We were staying in the Winelands for the weekend and decided to visit some wine farms. A visit to Boschendal estate was suggested by a friend, so we decided to have a look and see what it was about. I did not have any expectations of the wine estate but when we arrived at the farm, untainted beauty and the vastness of the grounds blew me away. We visited on a Saturday and the farm was quite busy. As we drove up to the parking area, staff were preparing picnic areas on…

25th March 2018 Mrs L

 Magical Cederberg Mountains: For years my family have been telling me about the Cederberg mountains, but as I was living abroad for so long, I never got to visit. When my husband suggested we arrange a weekend away with friends, we decided that the magical Cederberg mountains was going to be our destination. So, we packed, hit the road and were off on our adventure. Where we stayed: We stayed at Algeria Campsite, which is located at the foot of the Cederberg Mountain and alongside the Rondegat River. It is a grassy campsite with lots of trees to offer shaded…

15th March 2018 Mrs L 2Comment

Kogelberg Bio Reserve: Considering the water crisis in Cape Town and the looming Day Zero, I thought I would write a post on our stay at Kogelberg Nature Reserve a while ago. The structures are designed with a low impact on the environment and uses minimal amounts of water. This makes for the perfect eco getaway, whether you would like to contribute to water saving in the Western Cape or continue being a water warrior when on holiday! Oudebosch Design Thinking: Oudebosch cabins are located in a fairly isolated and remarkably unspoilt landscape within the Kogelberg…

6th March 2018 Mrs L

Early morning adventures: Our day started way before dawn, it was an early (4am) start, for a somewhat unusual experience. Red eyed and armed with coffee flasks, we left Pretoria and headed for Hartbeespoort dam. This was going to be an exhilarating experience, one to tick off the bucket list. We opted for an early morning paratrike and arrived at the paragliding club to see the sunrise and enjoy the views from the skies. I have been skydiving before, but this was going to be my first flight, taking to the skies in a car. The Skywalk paragliding club came…

22nd February 2018 Mrs L

Pretoria has become one of my favourite cities to visit. I often fly up for work but this time, it was a nice change to go sightseeing and on adventures instead. Below are some of my favourite things to do, some places I have visited before and some first time visits. For me, organising the trips we go on, is the first and exciting part of my travels. Usually I love spending hours doing research and websites such as Travelstart make searching and booking flights a lot easier. As I have all the available options at a glance, it leaves…