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We've just been home for few days, and it feels good. Home here is all about back to the kitchen, back to serious wine, back to home and golf rounds....but sadly, dives are a rarer occurrence lately due to the simple lack of divers visiting our little corner of paradise. So here we are on a big road trip! The first step is the very long drive from home all the way to Kruger gate by Hazyview. We took the coastal road, and trust me, this is a long drive, easy over 10 hours in our little car. This trip is a pretty simple affair. Drive to Kruger, stay there for 5 nights just across the entry of the park. Than, there is the road to Joburg for few days staying there and slowly going to ... read more
Mozambic spitting cobra, lethal...
Golf at your own risk in Kruger...
We follow that leopard for a while...but he was super shy...

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Plettenberg Bay December 15th 2021

South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever been to. It was also here, down in Hermanus where I had my first whale encounter. In summer 2019 I decided to go back. Since I did not just wanted to go as a tourist I joined a volunteer program in Plettenburg to observe whales and dolphins. One of the best decisions as it turned out to be an amazing summer. In total I spent about two month in South Africa. My favorite moments were the ones out on the boat collecting data on humpback dolphins. Also we did have to get up early and we ended up spending hours out at sea, it was a beautiful experience. There were days we got to observe whole groups of dolphins playing and surfing the waves. ... read more
Breaching humpback
Getting ready to sail
Afternoon activities

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek December 15th 2021

South Africa has some of the best wines in the world and when I visited Cape Town in summer (better their winter) 2019 I had to go on a wine tour. Since I was on my own I booked a tour through a website called Viator, which I usually used when booking tours on my travels. The tour I chose hit a few wineries in Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosh. It was a full day tour and the driver picked everyone up from their hotel. Only three other people joined the tour which was nice, as we all got to know each other a but better. At the first winery our guide gave us a tour of the wine cellar and a little bit of history on how the wines were made. Most of these wineries are ... read more
Wine and cheese tasting
Wine barrels
Our wine tasting group

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape December 15th 2021

On my trip to South Africa I had to go on a Safari. I flew into Cape Town and booked a two day tour to explore some of the Western Cape wildlife. It was a beautiful drive down to Mosel Bay, where we stopped for coffee and then further to the first national park. Here we joined a game drive around the area. The animals were quite shy that day, we did however ended up seeing some female lions chilling in the bushes and a white rhino. For the night we were put up at a lodge and for dinner I tried an Ostrich burger for the first time, very interesting taste. Our host put on a little fire and we roasted some marshmallows. The next day we visited another reserve called Buffelsdrift . The first ... read more
Hello there
White rhino
There are some hippos in there somewhere

Africa » South Africa November 14th 2021

Last blog of the year! How was your year of 2021? Just four weeks to go and we are already in 2022! Well, we are clearly not going to complain about our year 2021. I have to admit, to this minute, I have no idea what is in for us in 2022...but there are a lot of options! One thing for sure, 2021 brought us the chance to visit amazing places and stay in more amazing places in lovely South Africa. Few weeks ago I thought the international tourists would be by now back in the country and the good deals would be over. Well, I spoke too fast...Omicron has simply isolated South Africa from the world for the last 10 days....and we have no idea where all this is really going! This trip was 4,600kms ... read more
Play a total of 21 rounds/courses over 19 days...
Worcester
Trout lunch in Clarens...

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town November 8th 2021

You dream about this little corner of the world...you may even have your ticket for Christmas....but today, you learn in the news for the first time about B.1.1.529, or newly name, the Nu covid Variant. In few hours today, we found out that most countries could/will not welcome people having visited South Africa the last few days. British Airways and KLM won't fly in and out anymore. From tomorrow Emirates will not fly you out...only in South Africa. Lufthansa will take back home only Germans, with a 14 days quarantine on arrival. Singapore airlines will halt, I guess tomorrow Air France too. Maybe Qatar will remain! Ethiopian is a risky business these days with their own little domestic war going on. Trap in SA....and it's not that bad of a movie! Yesterday we had 2500 new ... read more
Lunch at Silo in the V&A...
The super nice road from Sommerset West to Kleinmond...
La Colombe, ranked 81st in the world....great food...below average service...pace 3/10!

Africa » South Africa November 1st 2021

Last big road trip of the year...and no plane or border crossing this time! 19 days on the road driving a cute little Suzuki Swift. We did the same back in March this year, this time it will but just a little less than the 5,500kms we did few months ago. The first leg is the coastal road all the way to Cape Town. Few golf courses on the way. We ended sleeping near East London, in Port Alfred, Knysna, George and Mossel Bay. Golf wise, just few gorgeous places, most of them I already play. I play this time Olivewood, East London, Royal Port Alfred, the Belmont ( a first for me), Wedgewood, Plettenberg country club, George country club, Kingswood, Mossel Bay golf course and finally Pinnacle Point before driving to Hermanus. I have to ... read more
Gin school, Mossel Bay
Team work on....
Knysna lagood...

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek October 7th 2021

After the Blue Train, here we are on for four nights around Cape Town before being back home for a few days. Lately all trips to Cape Town have been part of way longer trips. So now that we have a short stay, let's splurge a little for once. We spent our first night and last night in Cape Town...and 2 nights in between in gorgeous Franschoek. The food on the Blue Train was decent, but far away from any top restaurant you could dream of. Definitively nothing you could call a Michelin experience. We are actually glad that the little Red Book hasn't made it to South Africa yet. We would probably have lots of stars in the country, but with those comes quite often the price tag. Over the next few days, we are ... read more
Dinner at Den Aker....simply good!
Cape Town time...
Desert at La Petite Colombe

Africa » South Africa October 6th 2021

Sometime, it's not the destination that count, but just the journey. Here we are for one of those journey and potentially one of the most luxurious long-haul train in the South Hemisphere. Thanks to the Covid, the Blue train is offering a super discount to people living in South Africa. Put it simply, it was a too good deal not to live this experience once! The train normally leave Pretoria at 2pm and you arrive two days later at 12pm in Cape Town. Well, thanks to some thieves, they stole cables next to Worcester and we ended arriving only at 4pm in Cape Town. We arrived at Pretoria train station just after 12pm. You are welcomed in a special lounge. First things first, a little rapid covid test to make sure everybody is clean and ready ... read more
The adventure starts in Pretoria station...for 52 hours of fun...
Our cabin has a double bed...
...and a bathroom with even a proper bath!

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town October 1st 2021

A Promenade Walk Along the Ocean The walk today started below Lion Head Mountain.The peak forms part of a dramatic backdrop to the city of Cape Town and is part of the Table Mountain National Park. The sun was starting to set as we walked along the promenade of the affluent Bantry Bay Area. We learnt how Charles Darwin made important geological observations here relating to the nature and origin of granite. url=https://www.heygo.com/tours/a-promenade-walk-along-the-ocean-and-a-chat?utm_source=tour_share_link&utm_content=1179https://www.heygo.com/tours/a-promenade-walk-along-the-ocean-and-a-chat... read more




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