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Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences at Samara

May 11, 2018 | 3 Comments

“The Karoo does that to you. It clears the clutter in your head.”

Douglas Rogers, Daily Telegraph

This was the most exciting trip I’ve ever been invited on through my blog – sometimes I actually have to pinch myself when emails like this land in my inbox. Would I like to travel to the Eastern Cape to stay at luxury private game reserve Samara for two nights and experience all it has to offer? Would I like to take my husband along too? Yes please. Fortunately our wonderful in-laws said they could take care of the kids, so we quickly found a suitable date, and I even managed to organise it over Gareth’s birthday weekend, so I knew it was going to be extra special. Here’s a little video that introduces just how special it was: Continue Reading…


Light House Boutique Suites in Paarl

May 3, 2018 | 1 Comment
Light House Boutique Suites

Written in collaboration with Light House Boutique Suites

With Gareth away for 12 days in India, and all the parenting and household chores falling on to my shoulders over that time, I was feeling rather frazzled on his return. So our trip to review The Light House Boutique Suites could not have come at a better time.

We left Cape Town as the clouds started gathering high in the sky and as we arrived in Paarl, the rain began pouring deliciously down from the heavens. The welcome cooler weather certainly added a special ambience to our stay, and staff even greeted us with umbrellas, so we didn’t get wet running from our cars to the main building.

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Idyllic Elgin River Lodge

March 12, 2018 | No Comments

I’ll skip starting this post with “I’m so sorry I’ve been quiet but work has been off-the-charts busy and moving house kind of knocks you for a six”. Instead I’ll just say hello and that I need to remind myself sometimes that blog posts don’t have to be these long well thought-out opinion pieces, they can also be quick diary-like entries.

So with this in mind, this weekend we want to Elgin River Lodge with a whole bunch of friends and it was simply golden. Canoeing on the river, rope swinging into pools, treasure hunts and musical statues on the lawn. Pizza under the trees, trail running up steep hills, coffee around the fireplace, treehouses to explore, long chats with drinks in hand – this is a truly magical place. Continue Reading…