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Monyane Lodge – Awesome weekend away for Cliff’s birthday

Choosing accommodation for Cliff’s birthday weekend away I took a few things into consideration, price and the distance from home are top of the list.  After narrowing down our options I checked reviews and felt comfortable choosing Monyane Lodge.  If I could give an award for the best hospitality ever Des and Elna would win, they were fantastic! Driving to ... Read More »

Mirage Toeriste Kamers – Accommodation in Britstown

UPDATE – JULY 2015 Mirage Toeriste Kamers is now under new Management and Owners. They are currently busy with renovations, but still open. Secure and under cover Parking is now available. Prices still exactly the same as 2 / 3 years ago. Rusks, coffee and tea in each room. More often than not, heading for Cape Town from home in ... Read More »

Zulu Nyala Lodge

This December we used a Daddy’s Deal to visit Zulu Nyala Lodge.  First impressions do set the tone in most instances.  Before reaching our room we saw Nyala on the pathways in the natural gardens.  The lady at reception was warm and welcoming as we subsequently found all the staff to be. There is not a lot to do around ... Read More »

Hiking to Elephant’s Eye Cave – or parental idiocy – or stretching body and mind (pick a title)

Very few things are impossible, including climbing a mountain with a 3.5 year old, whilst we have proven that this is possible it is also foolhardy.  There are two routes to Elephant’s Eye Cave on Constantia mountain.  Apparently one takes 2 hours, parking at a higher point.  The other is described in the book ‘Hiking Trails of South Africa’  as ... Read More »

Sun City from the 80’s to now a timeless getaway.

It’s that time of year again and I am weary to the bone.  This post about Sun City  is my first paid blog post for MyScoop, looking at pictures and refreshing my memory of the leisure activities at Sun City has left me wishing that we were packing off there for a weekend right now. I have very special memories ... Read More »

A recce to check out Rondebult Bird Sanctuary

After spending Sunday pottering around the house we decided that a quick cure for cabin fever was necessary.  In all my years living in Boksburg I have never been to Rondebult Bird Sanctuary which is pretty much on our doorstep.  We wanted to have a quick look around to see if it would be a good spot for a picnic ... Read More »

Hops Hollow Brewery, the highest brewery in South Africa

Recently en route to our weekend stay at Misty Mountain in the Sabie area we stopped at Hops Hollow Brewery for lunch, and of course a beer tasting.  Situated on Long Tom Pass it is the highest brewery in South Africa.  The pub menu was very limited, pretty much just toasted sarmies but once you get to beer tasting the ... Read More »

Sudwala caves – time in earth’s womb

The Sudwala caves touch the part of me which aches for stillness and permanence.  The essence that of lying prone to merge with a night sky.  The blurred colours viewed from my daily spinning carousel numb the mind.  Only in an inert place can pure thought emerge tentatively, a tortoise braving the world outside its shell.  The consistence of the ... Read More »

Misty Mountain Hotel

The romance of mist swirls around the memory of our stay at Misty Mountain.  Beauty is most often clearly visible but the mystery of the unseen stirs imagination.  When the view from our room, the lovely meals and the fun of the swimming pool are forgotten the mist will be my enduring memory of our stay. Our first day at ... Read More »

Art and messages in Pretoria Botanical Garden

The art in Pretoria Botanical Garden prompts thought.  The giant sculptured metal insects whisper questions,  feelers gently probing perceptions.  Greatness is not housed in size, value is not found in possessions.  The scales of natural balance so precarious.  What is my weight in life’s equations?  All around lives are spinning in their own orbits, I oblivious to the motives and ... Read More »