Do people still make use of diaries, not the mobile version, the old school kind? The pen and paper variant. A written journal of your daily activities, you know, “Dear Diary… I woke up… showered… ate… visited Cape Nature… read a book”. Well, these days I haven’t spent much time reading, however, my son brought home a book from the library, yes, I made him join and yes I enjoy reading to my sons.
The book was entitled The Diary of Dennis The Menace. It detailed Dennis’ adventures and was written purely in the form of diary entries.
My Cape Nature Diary
Last month I had the privilege to be part of a media road trip to experience two Cape Nature Reserves, with the intention of promoting their holiday destination offerings. I had the brilliant idea of journaling my adventure, much like good old Dennis had done in his best-selling novels.
The following are excerpts from my adventure with Cape Nature.
The Night Before
Aweh* Diary (that’s how we roll), what an epic night we just had!
The Night Harvest event (Cape Town’s biggest BMX and MTB festival) was off the hook! High flying adrenaline-inducing BMX action was really awesome to witness. REMINDER, whatsapp Rich to thank him for the tickets, that event was dope!
We got home later that evening, only to find out that our freaking geyser had burst. Not an ideal situation to be in especially with the ongoing Cape Town Water Crisis. Tomorrow is the day I leave for the trip with Jared and two other ladies I had yet to meet. Why did this have to happen now! Flip, I didn’t know what I was going to do but I made a plan, it will be fixed, I will go on the trip.
Why did I think calling Jared to try and wiggle my way out of the trip would be a solution and for what, A BURST GEYSER!
Aweh Diary, we had a really awesome first day. Reasons why it was so awesome; it was Friday and I didn’t have to go into the office, we got to road trip in the all new Audi Q5 thanks to Audi Centre Cape Town (BTW I called Shotgun), I had my first Peregrine Farm Stall Pie and it was sooooo good, the views along the way were amazing and our home for the next couple of days screamed peace and tranquillity, just what I needed to take my mind off the geyser issue.
Home was the oh so beautiful De Mond Nature Reserve located approximately 200 km’s from the Mother City. Come to think about it, my Mother once gave me a “KLAP” in “De Mond” but that was back in the noughties when I was naughty.
The 6 sleeper, self-catering cottage was a mere 5-minute walk away from this sightseeing hilltop and gee wizz you had to see the spectacular sunset – MINDBLOWN!
Aweh Diary, today was a top day! We went exploring with Adrian, the reserve manager, he took us on a morning hike along the Sterna Trail, which saw us walk approximately 7 km’s around the Heuningnes estuary. I found myself walking along a fairly new coastline, I’m more accustomed to the white sands of Muizenberg, but this was refreshing and what’s wrong with experiencing some new scenery. The mouth of the Heuningnes River is lined with beautiful little pebbles (I can picture my boys collecting them). Another notable feature of the coastline is that it is the perfect angling spot if you’re into fishing. My brother and his mates should probably hit this spot and bring home some supper.
Aweh Diary, day 3 started out pretty rough for me but it gradually turned around. You see waking up with a migraine and then having to hit the road to our next destination was not at all fun. NOTE TO SELF, pack in pain pills when travelling. Thanks to my travel buddies for sorting me out. The migraine subsided after a lovely lunch in Kleinmond. We arrived at our next destination and this place, OH MY GOSH! Kogelberg Nature Reserve is so beautiful, seriously stunning! It is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Cape Nature’s protected areas and that’s no lie. Well, I haven’t been to them all but this place was something else. A must-see in my books. The reserve has perhaps the finest example of mountain fynbos in the Western Cape and is a world-renowned World Heritage Site.
After unpacking and admiring the surroundings, we geared up for an afternoon mountain hike. The reserve offers 9 hiking trails just imagine a few days in the mountains just hiking and enjoying nature, I’m defs bringing the fam here when the boys are a few years older. Our timing was perfect, we had just completed our hike when the dark clouds rolled in bringing some much-needed rain.
Aweh Diary, the rain halted much of today’s planned activities which would have consisted of more, Lord of the Rings inspired hiking. So, no Mount Doom today. We ventured back to Kleinmond in search of some soup, you know when it rains, soup is king. We stumbled upon Bistro 14 and man was their soup good. The fireplace heat set the mood for a warm winters day lunch. We decided to stay for dessert and waited for the cake and tea happy hour. Chocolate cake and Rooibos for the WIN! I should tell people to about this place.
With there being no cell reception in the area we had to resort to more primitive ways of ending the day off. A few rounds of 30 seconds by the fireplace was in order. Dope chilled out setting, which I quite enjoyed, probably had something to do with the fact that there was wine and good company.
Aweh Diary, I’m back home after a wonderful trip. It was hard saying goodbye to Kogelberg but it had to be done. I had so much fun on this trip with such wonderful people. If anything, it left me feeling more inspired than ever before to tackle the world. We live in such an amazing country, where else can you find this kind of beautiful settings surrounded by sea and mountains and FYNBOS!
If you were wondering about the geyser, well, I’ll be having a hot 2-minute shower tonight!
Cape Nature boasts truly breathtaking scenery and calm surroundings, just what you need if you want a break away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
De Mond Nature Reserve
The cottage is fully equipped, with three rooms that can sleep six guests.
Bathroom: Shower with hot water – no bath
Kitchen: Fridge, stove/oven, kettle, cutlery and crockery
Bedding, linen and towels: Yes, but bring own towels
Fireplace/braai facilities: Yes
Disabled access: No
Pets welcome: No
Kogelberg Nature Reserve
The glass-fronted eco-cabins afford occupants breathtaking views of the reserve, which is a World Heritage Site. Each of the five Oudebosch eco-cabins at Kogelberg Nature Reserve sleeps four people and consists of two bedrooms, one bathroom, one en-suite, and a spacious kitchen, lounge and dining area.
The five Oudebosch eco-cabins are named Erica, Marsh Rose, Fire Lily, Iris and Everlasting Daisy.
Everlasting Daisy and Iris are the only two with wheelchair access.
Bedding provided: Yes
Towels provided: Yes
Electricity: Eskom, solar and gas
Kitchen equipped: Eskom power points for all appliances including fridge/freezer, microwave and toaster. Electric oven and gas hob with four burners
Braai facilities: Outdoor braai with grid
Bathroom equipped: Shower only. Geyser heated by electricity and solar.
School Holiday Notice: Kids Enter Free!
Cape Nature has a special treat for families over the coming June school holidays:
Free entry for children aged 16 and younger at all Cape Nature reserves!
This offer is valid from 22 June until 16 July. Remember that the whole family can also enjoy the less 40% winter discount offer on all self-catering accommodation and camping.
Normal conservation (entry) fees apply to parents.
* Aweh – A South African slang word used to acknowledge something or greet someone.
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