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REVIEW: Boulders Beach Guest Lodge and Restaurant

Last week I had the pleasure of staying at Boulders Beach Guest Lodge & Restaurant. My wife and I made our way to Simonstown on a beautiful spring afternoon to enjoy an overnight stay at this perfectly located guest lodge. I was immediately mesmerised by the donkey-like sound of the  African Penguins as well as the sound of the ocean in the background. I spent a few minutes just fascinated by the sound of nature. We get so caught up in the hustle bustle of city life that we don’t realise how soothing and calming mother nature can be. Anyway, I digress.

Check-in was smooth and the service was exemplary. We were shown to our room and all I could do was admire the view from balcony. Look at this view… you got to love it!!

We decided to have an early night and we simply just relaxed in our very comfy bed and quickly dozed off into dreamland. In the distance I could here the rain beating down and the wind howling outside, but I thought it was all a dream. When I woke up the next morning it really was raining!! Only in cape Town…

Breakfast at Boulders Beach restaurant was good. The setting was perfect. Great views all round, with mountain behind us and ocean in front of us. Service in the restaurant was excellent!! Soon after breakfast we checked out and went to check out the penguins. This is one of the many gems tucked away in the awesome Cape Town. I recommend this to anybody who needs a break away from the busy city life.

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Review: Break away at Inverdoorn Game Reserve & Safari Lodge

I know it’s been a while since I last blogged here, almost feels like I was in hibernation or maybe it was too cold to blog. Whatever the reason may be there is something that is worth getting me out of hibernation.

A couple of weeks ago I won a competition on facebook on The Next 48Hours fan page and the prize was an overnight safari for 2 adults at Inverdoorn Game Reserve & Safari Lodge, a private Game Reserve and Safari lodge about 2½ hours from Cape Town in the Ceres area, South Africa. Inverdoorn provides 5 star accommodation and Game drive safaris among their 1 200 free roaming wild animals.

My wife and I made our way to Inverdoorn around 10am hoping to get there before 1pm for lunch. When we got to Ceres for some reason the gps navigation did not work and suddenly I felt lost, excuse the pun. What did we do before the technologies of today? I had a look at the directions that were a bit confusing (in my opinion) and caused me to turn around and drive back to Ceres after about 20 kms. When I got back to Ceres we decided to call Inverdoorn to ask if we were lost or on track, and the friendly and very helpful Candice reassured me that we were not lost. Candice agreed to save our lunch as were probably not going to make it on time. Lunch sorted, now we were all good to go again and were on our way. After a bumpy stretch of gravel road we finally reached our destination. Oh and I suggest you go with a 4×4 vehicle that will be more comfortable and alot quicker along the gravel road. When we arrived Candice came out to meet us just to make sure we were arrived safely and to let us know that our lunch is ready. This level of service just set the tone for us for the rest of the weekend.

After a very tasty lunch we were taken to our chalet and we were pleasantly surprised to see that we were booked in one of the Luxury Chalets that has an incredible view of the vast African landscape. Our chalet was also fully equipped with air conditioning, fire place and a honesty bar and a very nice bathroom. Check out the pics below of our luxury chalet.

   

At 15:30 we had an afternoon game drive and boy was it it cold! The game drive was good but the cold was just too much. Luckily for us there was a scheduled stop at a lookout point where we all got some much needed hot drinks and snacks. Soon after we made our way back to the lodge to freshen and warm up for be fore dinner.

Compliments the the Chef and the team for the well prepared dishes. All 3 courses were remarkable and was just enough for us to retire for the evening, well fed. We decided not to go on the early morning game drive because it was just too cold. Overnight the mercury peaked or didn’t peak at -2 degrees and it was a no-brainer that we were going to stay in our very warm and cozy luxury chalet until breakfast. Breakfast was served at 09:00 and immediately after breakfast we were taken on a cheetah interaction session with the beautiful Velvet, a 2.5 year old cheetah. Meeting and interacting with Velvet was one of the highlights of our stay at Inverdoorn.

I recommend Inverdoorn to anybody who needs a break away from the busy city life. Here you can unwind and just enjoy all that nature has to offer. For updates on anything to do in Cape Town follow the The Next 48Hours on facebook. I have another break away lined up but more on that closer to the time. Glad to be back 🙂

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REVIEW: Aquila Private Game Reserve

This weekend my wife and I went to Aquila Private Game Reserve for an Overnight Safari that included 3 meals, 2 game drives and accommodation in the very cosy “Honeymoon Suite”. We were lucky in that we won a competition on the Fiona Furey Show in partnership with the Saving Private Rhino initiative on facebook.

Arrived at Aquila to a very warm welcome with complimentary drinks and meet some of the staff. Check in was done swiftly and we were then taken to our chalet nicely tucked on a mountain slope, oh and with its own private Jacuzzi. The room had a wood cabin feel to it. It was perfect. See pics below.

      

This was my first time at a game reserve and boy was I excited at the prospect of seeing the Big 5. On the 3 hours evening  and 2 hour morning game drives we got to see hippos, elephants, giraffe, rhinos, springbok, antelope, zebra and so many more. Yes, we did get to see lions who were in a seperate enclosure. We got to see the lions feeding of a carcass! It was an awesome experience seeing these majestic animals in action. We also got to see cheetahs and a leopard who were also in a seperate enclosure across the road at ARC (Aquila Rehabilitation and Conservation Centre). The game ranger was very knowledgeable and passionate about the wildlife on the reserve. He explained every detail of the reserve to us as well as supplied us with some interesting facts and general knowledge of the animals in the reserve.

      

      

Truly African cuisine is on offer in the restaurant. There is just too much food to mention, all 3 courses were out of this world! All in all this was a truly wonderful experience.

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