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IS IT REALLY NECESSARY?

Lately I am very much leaning towards the “greener” side of things.  When we take a drive with Wallace (for those of you that do not know yet, that is our Landy)  I am more than average noticing plastic pollution on the roadside.  Plastic is sadly killing our planet.  Reading National Geographic a horrific picture popped up about a turtle with a plastic straw embedded in its nose.  This made me ponder on how can we, in our ordinary every day lives, make a significant impact to reduce plastic waste to save our planet. Like a lot of things it starts at home with educating our children from a very young age.  I know we are living in a quick and easy, fast paced life where everything is individually wrapped, etc.  This to me is one of the biggest problems at the moment!  Do we really need all that individual… Read more >

KAAIMANSGAT

So what is a “kaaiman”?    Roughly it translates to a crocodile, but this is not what our story is about.  Kaaimansgat is the place where the Swart river and the Kaaimans river join and gently flows to meet the sea under the well photographed Kaaimans train bridge.  Kaaimansgat also has some historic significance as this was one of the few spots where in early years a river crossing with a wagon was possible.   The first recorded crossing was made as early as 1752. Our story is about an eatery snugged on the Kaaimans River on the way to the iconic Dolphin’s Point near Wilderness. We recently discovered this eatery with excellent food and drink, although it is in existence for quite some time as we have noticed all the buzz in the social media of friends hanging out at this space. It was time for a visit.  Tucked away under… Read more >

PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN — LET’S PLAY !

A new year with new challenges and new projects on the cards.  LET’S PLAY! I am a proud South African.  Why?  Take the quiz and see why we have such a unique country at the foot of the African continent.    So get the brain juices (without Mr Google at your side!) flowing and going with this interesting quiz about South Africa.  Name two of the four record breaking animals that you will find in South Africa?  South Africa played host to various World Cups – rugby (1995), football (2010), cricket (2013).  Name the only other country in the world that can lay claim to this too The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world and the only green canyon in South Africa.  Which scenic route do you need to drive to see it? Can you name the country that is landlocked by South Africa? Located… Read more >

COMPETITION TIME WITH NUTRISTART

It is that time of the year again where you start a new chapter in your life, start a new year, start a new school or start a new career. In our case we will be starting a new journey or two. We actually decided to start the year off by giving away a hamper from one of our favourite brands, you guessed it…Nutristart. If you have followed us on Instagram, you would have seen that we often include Nutristart products in our photos. The reason behind this is that we simply cannot get enough of how convenient it is to just open a bowl or have a bite while living our very busy, active lifestyle. Nutristart is the healthy, quick and easy solution to hungry kids and Hangry (angry because you are hungry) adults. Kids love it and adults simply can’t get enough of the oats/muesli combination of their… Read more >

A LAST MINUTE WISH LIST WHEN YOU HAVE WANDERLUST

Five days to Christmas! If you still have some outstanding gifts to buy and all the holiday makers, tinsel and Jingle Bells are freaking you out, so that you cannot think properly, I have some quick and easy travel gift ideas for you – and no you do not have to spent a fortune to impress someone.  Think about the person’s personality and his/her love of travel and voila you have many options to choose from!  I am leaving some of my thoughts for gift shopping …. For the friend that loves travel into remotes places where electricity is not always an option – how about a power bank to keep them connected to the world and social media? For the loved one (friend or family)  who is an adventurous coffee addict – Veer from the well-known coffee brands and try something from the African continent.  You will be surprised… Read more >

ADDO ELEPHANT PARK

This is one of SANPARKS’ 19 national parks and situated in the adventure province of  the Eastern Cape.  At the moment Addo Elephant Park ranks third in size following on the famous Kruger National Park and Kgalagadi in the Northern Cape Province. It is not as big as Kruger and as crowded as Kruger, but still give you a wildlife experience like none other.  Here you can not only see the Big Five but also, hyena, warthogs, various buck species, zebra, smaller creatures and birds (more than 417 species have been listed).  Remember that you will see lots and lots of elephants – it is after all Addo Elephant Park – and do not forget the smaller creatures and birds. The park is within easy reach for a day drive from Port Elizabeth.  Pack a picnic basket and leave early as the gates open at 06:00 during summer and closes… Read more >

10 AIRPORT HACKS

Travelling can be nerve wrecking, but I am sharing some tips that works for me to make life easier when travelling. Research the airline before you book your flight. I find “Seat Guru’ handy to have a look at the layout of the plane to decide what seat to choose.  I hate sitting in the row directly in front of the toilets.  There is a constant flow of passengers to and from it and I never fall asleep on a night flight.  If you are prone to always being cold, book an isle seat. Normally the general cold air circulations is along the window seats.  Spend money on quality luggage. You will not regret it. Just have a look at how they handle the suitcases when they unload and you will understand.  You do not want to be the one with the suitcase with the broken zip or detached wheels. … Read more >

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