I planned to write this as soon as we got back from our holidays but somehow, 2 weeks later, I find myself only getting to it now. So although it feels like a while ago already, it wasn’t actually too long ago and at least I’m getting to it now 🙂
After the year starting off on a seriously dismal start as you may have read in my previous posts, and our December/Jan holidays being far from the best due to all that was going on, it was really good to go away and feel like a happy family again. ( December/Jan did not feel like that at all! ) There is so much to tell about our holiday but I think I will keep it quite concise and short as I am certainly no travel blogger but would love to share the places we went to as some of them are great as a family or just for the two of you.
We started off in Barrydale. What made our stay here so special was the place we stayed at, Bronze Grove. Bronze Grove is situated on a working farm at the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains and just 3 km from Barrydale which made it a perfect mix of being in nature but just 2 mins away from the restaurants etc. The house is beautifully and tastefully decorated with a great synergy between old, modern and karoo vibes. It has one of the best showers with a view of the mountains and potential spotting of cows or zebra that wander past. The highlight here was seeing zebra literally on our doorstep. I am not sure who was more excited when we had the zebras come visit us, us or our girls! Also, having ‘about as fresh as they come’ laid eggs every morning was pretty cool as well! I highly recommend it as a great place to go as a family or two couples. We stayed at Kumba Cottage but the other cottages look beautiful as well with River Ikhaya looking ideal if it’s just the two of you.
Next up was Prince Albert. Our accommodation here at The Olive Thrush was also very beautiful and was totally adequate for our family of 4 as there was a deliciously comfortable king size bed with 2 singles all in the one room. Perfect as well if it’s just the two of you. It’s a cottage on the property of a lovely couple and is also somewhere I would definitely recommend.
Prince Albert is a gorgeous little oasis of a town right in the middle of the very barren and dry Karoo. There are some great little restaurants to go to, some cute little shops, an olive farm to visit, a dairy and some walks. Of course, there is also the infamous Swartberg Pass which is an incredible feat of engineering and rather scary if you’re afraid of heights like I am but seriously majestic and beautiful. We will definitely be returning here!
Last but not least was Oudtshoorn area. We stayed in a place just outside Calitzdorp called Red Stone Hills. The setting was exquisite and as you start your meander towards the cottages, it is clearly evident where it gets its name from with the most beautiful red tinged mountains surrounding the area. The host was lovely, the kids can go on a tractor ride, we went on a horse riding expedition through the mountains and had a lovely time. While the accommodation was totally adequate, there were just a couple of things which would keep us from returning. One of them being the fact that our cottage was on quite a busy dirt road which didn’t make it the quiet kind of place we were hoping for but if we had stayed in a different one, it might have been better. I might also stay closer to Oudtshoorn next time round as there is so much to do in this area! We definitely could have had more time here. Between the Cango Caves, the Cango Wildlife Ranch, cute little farmstalls, food, walks, there is plenty to keep you (and the kidddies) occupied.
So there you have it. As promised, I’ve kept it short and to the point but I hope it will help you if you’re planning your next holiday or even just a weekend getaway and are not sure where to go. Wherever you end up…enjoy!
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