I recall the days my parents would get excited when it was school holidays. They were filled with so much joy happy as they got to ship us off the farm/village for a month but of course this was the best opportunity for alone time. My brothers were rebels well maybe I too, as we were very often reluctant on making our way there! We made some of the most incredible memories there. The farm/village was a place my eldest brother Tuhafeni, baby brother Diago and I could fully immerse ourselves in nature, however the scorching sun often gets its way as it gets pretty hot in Northern Namibia. The ability to run in the Mahangu maize, Sugar-Cane, Corn, Beans, Spinach fields was reviving and being able to share such times with all my cousins was a blessing.
Botlierskop Private Game Reserve is situated between the Outeniqua Mountains and within close proximity to Mossel Bay as well as George right in the heart of the Garden Route. It is only 4.5 hours drive from Cape Town. The game reserve is home to 4 of the Big 5, rare antelope species and unique bird life. Visit www.botlierskop.co.za to find out more.
Spending time there was refreshing however one night there is not enough. The scenery alone is breath-taking! Right upon arrival late afternoon two of us went on a horse riding safari whilst the rest went for the elephant back safaris. This was my first time going horse riding and I must say I rode like a pro. As soon as we got within close proximity to the animals with our leader it was a tab bit scary as they all glanced at us from afar. When the evening approached we all sat and worked in the lounge until the call for dinner finally arrived, yes we really really love to eat! Straight after dinner we finally had time to enjoy the tented suites, really something so unique. Off to bed we head, as the day was long and exhausting.
The next day we had a 6 am call for our morning safari, yes it was freezing cold and being seated in an open vehicle was a ridiculously tough test. Experiencing views of the sun rising, wildlife, nature and a stop for our morning tea was truly an incredible feeling.
Exploring our natural environment is something we do need as living beings,
so go and do it, you know it will be crazy-fun!