How to Lose your Kids on the Otter Trail in 3 Easy Steps

How to Lose your Kids on the Otter Trail in 3 Easy Steps

Now this is something that most people probably don’t want to do, so perhaps our story will help those of you who think it’s a bad idea to lose your kids, to prevent it from happening to you.

Here are three easy steps to lose your kids on the Otter Trail:

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Something Wet, a Stolen Campsite and a Singed Fringe – #17adventures

Something Wet, a Stolen Campsite and a Singed Fringe – #17adventures

After putting it out there to the Universe a couple of weeks back, Big U kicked into action almost immediately and we found ourselves on our way to our first family adventure of 2017 – No.15 Something Wet. (An Open Letter to the Universe – #17adventures)

 

First up on our 2017 adventure experiences was a family kayak and lilo adventure with Untouched Adventures up the Storms River Gorge.  We prefer to gift each other experiences instead of things, and this was Ralph’s present for his New Year birthday. Paddling up a pristine gorge on bright red kayaks and heavy duty lilos sounded incredible and we decided to make a weekend of it with camping in the Storms River National Park.

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5 Responsible Reasons to Visit Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani

5 Responsible Reasons to Visit Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani

Living in South Africa, we are surrounded by vast game reserves containing a huge variety of indigenous animals that live in natural harmony only a hop, skip and jump away from our city homes.  There are also lots of smaller wildlife “sanctuaries” on the outskirts of the cities, where you can see and often interact with wildlife kept in captivity – offering things like elephant back riding, cuddling lion cubs and walking with cheetah.

 

We recently met up with Lara Mostert, avid animal rights activist and owner of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani near Plettenberg Bay. Lara is passionately educating tourists to be discerning in their support of animal sanctuaries and activities, as not all are good for the animals.

 

So, what makes Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani different to other wildlife sanctuaries?

 

Easy answer – happy animals! Here are 5 responsible reasons why:

 

Read to the end to enter and WIN tickets for your family to visit all 3 sanctuaries!

 

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A Travel Dash Around George with #CheapflightsExplorers

A Travel Dash Around George with #CheapflightsExplorers

When I was a young girl, my dream was to win the KTV Trolley Dash, where you would get 2 minutes to race around Toys R Us and fill your trolley with whatever toys and games your heart desired. This is exactly how it felt when we visited George with Cheapflights and spent a day dashing around some of the area’s top attractions.

George and Wilderness on South Africa’s Garden Route are literally bursting with incredible things to do – so many that to experience it properly you should spend at least a weekend, if not a week or two in the area. But this time we had just one day to suss it out.

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A Weekend at Misty Mountain Reserve in Tsitsikamma

A Weekend at Misty Mountain Reserve in Tsitsikamma

It’s Sunday morning and I am lying in a cloud of puffy white linen, watching the mist as it wafts through the door and swirls around the room, making patterns in the soft morning light around me. I am revelling in that half-awake state of being that is midway between deep sleep and consciousness – a rare and special place that we parents seldom get to visit.Continue reading…