Go West, for a quick shotleft

One thing that the lockdown travel restrictions brought about by Covid19 is we have been given the opportunity to explore our country and find some gems. We found one such gem in the Western Cape in the form of a fishing town called Paternoster 2 hours outside of Cape Town. A town made up of gorgeous beaches and white houses.

We stayed at Gonana Guest House in a sea facing room where we could walk from our bed right onto the beach. They serve breakfast and have the friendliest most helpful staff, big shoutout to Sis Thandi for taking such great care of us and all your recommendations.

Quick room tour

For 2 overworked girls from the city this beach holiday was just what the doctor order 🙂 . There are quite a few activities offered at Paternoster but to be honest with you the beach was the only thing on our itinerary. The water is cold but you can go in, here’s a quick tip if you prefer a private beach vibe visit Paternoster during the week because we had the beach to ourselves. When the weekend comes the whole town hits the beach, which makes sense because the weather called for it, it was nice and hot.

Obligatory arrival shot

Our guesthouse house had the best view of the sunset and on a good day you can see dolphins in the water, I caught a sneak peek of the dolphins when we checked in and on our beach buggy tour, but nothing caught on camera.

View of the sunset

We took a beach buggy tour on Saturday morning with Deon a longtime resident of Paternoster who legit knows everyone in town.

POV from the beach buggy

Here is a shot of me staking out the dolphins after breakfast and a few balcony shots.

Show yourselves dolphins

A Little R & R

We have finally made it to the end of 2020 and so I rewarded myself with a little getaway but not too far from home I’m still quite cautious about Covid 19 and all. So I checked in to the the Cradle Boutique hotel which is about 40 minutes from Sandton. I enjoyed the fresh air, the animals (excluding the monkeys and baboons that pop up anywhere) and feeling like I was far away from home.

We went on safari in the morning, we didn’t see any predators but we saw a bunch of other animals and birds, sidenote I didn’t photograph the monkeys and baboons because those things freak me out so I just sat still and waited for the vehicle to keep moving.

I enjoyed the peace and quiet I would highly recommend the Cradle Boutique for a quick weekend away. A quick tip though the deck/balcony is the best place to chill the pool area is legit directly under the sun your feet will burn taking a few steps to get into the pool. Our balcony was my favourite place to just chill, if for nothing else but the view (we saw Zebras from our deck when we arrived). Bring a book and plenty of snacks and take it all all in.

The view from our deck

Stepping Out

2020 what a year right? This pandemic has literally pressed a pause button on the world, travel plans included 😦 . This lockdown has given us all cabin fever, so when SA’s lockdown status was dropped down to level 1 we were all so happy to finally go outside again. Those who know me even a little bit know that I am not a fan of physical activity but when my sister suggested we go hiking I said “Yes” me a whole me, I agreed to take part in strenuous activity. I’m actually so glad I did because WOW, I kind of forgot how beautiful our own backyard actually is.

So far we’ve done the 10km hike at the Cradle Moon hiking trails and the waaaaaay more than 10km (My step counter said 17km #justsaying) Hennops hiking trail and all I can say is South Africa is beautiful. I tried to capture it and I hope these images do it some justice.

Cradle Moon Hiking trail

Views from Hennops Hiking trail

These places are not more than an hour outside JHB , this lockdown has actually given us an opportunity to explore our beautiful country and what a beauty she is.

Africa my motherland

Land of milk and honey

Land of natural beauty

Africa land where I live

Abisoye Sejoro

Getaway Without Getting Away

You know how sometimes you just wish you could get away from the city  for a little bit but there’s no time? Well this past weekend I found a bit of a sanctuary in Johannesburg, Northcliff to be exact. I know I was as surprised as you are.

My friends I give you Morrells Boutique Estate, a guest house/ event venue which has the cutest bistro to top of the old school french vibe they have going on. For a couple of days or hours you’ll feel like you’ve left the city for a little bit.

 

The Bistro

Lunch wash served: Black truffle chicken with parmaham with some fancy named veggies.

Baked vanilla cheesecake with strawberries and honeycomb.

 

SUNNY DAYS

Sunny days everybody loves them and yesterday was exactly that. So some of my girls and I went to French Toast in Hartebeesport dam for a post birthday lunch.  A little fun in the sun was had.

 

 

 

Then it was off to the dam to catch the sunset.

Yeah we don’t know how to pose (but check out my halo)

Thanks again girls for the fun and thank you universe for the sun.

 

Out and About

This weekend we braved the cold cold Joburg winter to check out the Winter Sculpture Fair held at Nirox Sculpture Park, you know to take in some culture as one does. We saw some interesting pieces, ate some good food and broke the no-fun-can-be-had-outdoors-in-winter curse.

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*Sidenote I need to check this place out in summer because if its this pretty in winter can you imagine what it looks like in summer.

Sho’t Left

I would like to say first and foremost that I have some of the dopest people in my life. As some of you may already know I’m a serial +1, and I recently got the opportunity to flex my super powers and took a midweek break to the Pilansberg National park.

We drove 2.5 hours outside of Johannesburg and stayed at Kwa Maritane Lodge and had a jam packed day (sidebar holidaying is exhausting).

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We checked in had something to eat and hit the spa which after a long drive I’m sure we can all agree a spa treatment was needed.

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Took in a quick tour of the lodge before the safari.

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Then it was Safari time(saw 4 of the big5 the lions were too far for my zoom 😦 but I saw em through a tourist’s binoculars) plus we saw animals around the lodge

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South Africa is really pretty guys any chance you get to do a bit of a sho’t left you won’t regret. Oh I also apologize for sounding corny there but it’s the truth.