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The Wine Cellar Rosetta – Wine and the best flavoured coffees

When driving through Rosetta in the Natal Midlands there is one place where we always have to stop.  There is no choice in the matter.  That place is The Wine Cellar.  The cosy wine cellar housing special wines has magnetic allure, however this is not the reason why we must stop.  When we have space in the car and time ... Read More »

Zandspruit Padstal

On the trip between Joburg and Durban we stopped at Zandspruit Padstal (about 50km from Harrismith on the N3) for a leg stretch.  As a rule we try to avoid the busy chain food outlets at petrol stations which are overpriced and have zero appeal.  Stopping at a Padstal we feel that the holiday has begun before reaching our destination. ... Read More »

Hebron Haven – A Gem in the Natal Midlands

On our travels we generally feel ‘so many places, so little time’.  We love discovering new locations.  There are only two instances where we return to the same spot repeatedly.  One is Augrabies National Park, the other is Hebron Haven in the Natal Midlands.  We like the accommodation at Augrabies but our reason there is logistical, we are there to ... Read More »

Homeward bound?

There’s an ache in my sternum as we drive out of Durban. Each road familiar, mapped in my psyche. No specific memories occupy my mind but flashes of impressions associated with each place, passing like trees seen from the car window, intangible in my visions periphery. Fleeting emotions and reminders that this is where I belong. Subliminal, wordless poetry, striking ... Read More »

Natal Spa – Ulitmate kids getaway

We chose Natal Spa as the place to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. The resort is set in the rolling hills of northern KZN with many huge boulders which house families of dassies, and apart from the scenery the hot spring pools are the main attraction. I’m still surprised that in all my years of living in Durban, I never ... Read More »

Thaba Thipa – Cliff’s peaceful birthday break

I chose Thaba Thipa as our destination for Cliff’s birthday weekend away for a few reasons.  It is relatively close to home, just outside Bela Bela (Warmbaths) and only 180 km from our home in Boksburg.  It has 2 swimming pools and for the children there is a jungle gym and an enclosure with farm animals and a few tortoises.  ... Read More »

Veldskoen Padstal – Best Chicken Burger ever!

On our travels between Johannesburg and Cape Town we have often popped into Veldskoen Padstal in the Hex River valley. On one occasion we picked up a bottle of award winning wine at a very good price. We had never before noticed the lovely outside eating area. On our last visit we happened to be there around lunch time and ... Read More »

Mein Heim – Serendipetous stop over

On our way to Cape Town from Johannesburg we stayed at Mokala National Park which was beautiful.  On our return trip they were fully booked.  True to form we had not booked accommodation in advance.  Driving toward Kimberley Cliff reminded me of the lovely place where we stayed on our Honeymoon adventure trip 8 years ago, but we could not remember the ... Read More »

Harold Porter Botanical Garden – Betty’s Bay

I have always loved Botanical gardens.  Here in South Africa we have many gems.  When I lived in Durban, tea and scones at the Durban Botanical Gardens was a regular treat.  Cliff and I were married at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in Johannesburg. Last week we visited the Harold Porter Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay.  The setting is beautiful ... Read More »

Magical Butterfly World

Butterfly world in the Paarl area of the Western Cape is a lovely outing for parents with Children.  This week we made our 2nd visit to Butterfly world and loved it again.  We met up with Joanne (Fjord’s Godmother) and spent a few hours enjoying the place.  The children were enchanted with the butterflies, Fjord was desperately hoping that one ... Read More »