Last weekend we were fortunate enough to be invited to Marloth Park, a game estate bordering on the Kruger National Park. As I have worked really hard on my newly reborn baby (www.easymaths.org.za – in test mode) over the last few weeks with little sleep, I could not wait. Also, their is very little (like in no) cellphone reception, which meant that I really could not work….so it was the ideal getaway.
We arrived on the Friday night (5 hour drive) and were to tired to even eat. And goodness, was it hot there. As we did not take any malaria prevention, I sprayed myself with mosquito spray that you could about hear the lions cough. Saturday morning we got up at 10 and went for a Bush breakfast which consisted of pap, eggs and mince at one of the local lodges. As it was very hot and too late to go for a game drive (I take it the animals will hide under the bushes in the heat) we went home and caught a afternoon nap. Waking up at 4, Jd went to watch his Bulls play the Griekwas and I went with Michael and Marie to go and see if I can catch a glimpse of game. I am not normally lucky with game viewing, but low and behold we did spot some very lazy buffalo on the river bank, of course the compulsory Impala and a lonesome elephant bull, who stopped to talk to me and pose for a photo. We watched the sun go down with the compulsory sundowner in hand and then went to join JD to watch the Lions play the sharks. So lots of game was seen actually.We had supper at yet another lodge and were in bed by 10. So effectively I slept the whole weekend (maybe I dreamt I saw the animalsâ€¦.)
Sunday we were off. Marloth park is great as you can basically watch the animals stroll past the house from the deck. The only thing that was quite astounding was the traffic by the river bank. I got the feeling that the whole of Sandton were taking their 4×4`s for a driveâ€¦
See my Kruger photos for proof of animal spotting.
I am only just starting to get my bearings again after my first “off” weekend in ages. The reason for all the festivities was that Lianda, one of our family beauties, celebrated her 21st birthday in Stellenbosh. Very kind of her to give us an excuse to visit the fine winelands, taste some elegant wines and party up a storm.
We where very lucky to find a great B&B (Jacana) that set the tone for a very gentile experience. It was also quite close to the venue for he 21st party, which means that we did not have to worry too much about drinking and driving as we knew we could crawl home….Anycase, it was a stunning place. The Cape Dutch dwelling with roomy rooms, fireplace and stunning view over the vineyards where to die for doll! To get a glimpse of the place, click here.
We arrived on the Friday and make the most of our “off” afternoon, by catching a catnap in preparation for the festivities, which started on the Friday night with a family get together at Romantica Restaurant just out of Stellenbosh. Very vibey and the food where excellent.
Saturday was spent visiting some of the great wine farms close to our B&B. We started off at Rust & Vrede and then moved on to Ernie’s place- very stunning with the most astounding view, but we could not quite afford the R500 per bottle…. So I savoured every sip of the tasting…. no spitting!! We also took in Alto and went to Blaauklippen with Athol and Larisse. I did some meaningful additions to our wine collection for Hogsback. At least the wine will be able to get old there….maybe…
Saturday night was a huge success and Lianda’s 21st (about) felt like a wedding, with silver candelabra and lots of very friendly young gorgeous people (I include us). Lianda clearly had a ball and literally sparkled all night. She managed not to cry too much during speeches and we all danced the night away…. To see all the photies, which speaks for itself…see my flickr collection
After slinking home early in Sunday morning, we had a quick shut eye, before we crawled out in time for our breakfast. We did not expect to see Mark and Tharita there, but they arrived (late as always) for a belated breakfast. We finished off the day with a leisurely lunch at Hettie’s.
The whole photo selection can be found here