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Pizza and Baboons at Something Els in Rooi Els (2020-11-08) Food and Drink | Photo Gallery 08 DEC 2020

Last month Chantelle and her The Helderberg Cake Company venture had as her last bake for the weekend a Sunday delivery out in Betty’s Bay, and so to combine wanting to get out of the house and grabbing a spot of brunch at the same time, we all piled into the car and drove off over the beautiful Clarence Drive coastal road, picking our way along the mountain slopes and the sea in what can only be described as some rather overcast weather.

Betty’s Bay and her dirt roads were of course thus a mud and puddle heaven, and not wanting to take a chance of sinking our car into a particularly deep hole, Emily was employed as official puddle depth tester (she being the only one wearing gumboots on the day), meaning any overly large puddle we weren’t sure of, she would have to jump out and go walk through the water. Genius use of child labour I tell you!

Delivery done and now on the way back, I wildly gesticulated at Chantelle that she pull over just outside of Pringle Bay, for I had spotted a magnificently gushing waterfall a little ways off the road. As luck would have it, there was in fact a small road that got us relatively close enough to admire the waterworks and well as the beautiful fynbos flowers that were so prettily framing this majestic Kogelberg Biosphere scene.

From there we rolled into Rooi Els, a perennial favourite of mine, pulling up at Something Els, an eatery and more interestingly, a botanical bar. Now I’m not entirely sure what they mean by “Botanical Bar”, but seeing as this is the Western Cape it is probably something to do with fynbos infused gin. (Seriously, you can’t move more than a few metres around Cape Town without tripping over some or other brand/style of gin these days!)

Not that it mattered though. We were there for food and to chill, and so a combination of pizzas and breakfast options were devoured, games of noughts and crosses were played, rain and grey sky atmosphere soaked up, and as if that wasn’t entertainment enough, one of the local baboons entered the restaurant much to the giddy excitement of the girls and of course, consternation of the staff. (No damage done, he didn’t get away with anything, and now Chantelle’s car has a furry baboon butt imprint on it).

Things to See in South Africa: Tugela Falls Travel Attractions 30 APR 2015

If you ever find yourself in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal province in South Africa and you have a thing for waterfalls, then it is definitely worth your while to make the hike up to see the magnificent Tugela Falls.

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The Tugela Falls is a complex of seasonal waterfalls located in the Drakensberg mountain range, and is one of the many natural attractions in the Royal Natal National Park. It is generally accepted as the world’s second-tallest waterfall following Venezuela’s Angel Falls (though there are a number of compelling arguments that it may in fact actually be taller).

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The combined total drop of its five distinct free-leaping falls is 948 m (3,110 ft). At the right time of year, they are easily visible from the main road into the park, especially after a heavy rain. The source of the Tugela River (Zulu for ‘sudden’) is the Mont-Aux-Sources plateau which extends several kilometers beyond The Amphitheatre escarpment (itself a natural wonder of the area) from which the falls drop.

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There are two trails to Tugela Falls. The most spectacular trail is to the top of Mont-Aux-Sources, which starts at “The Sentinel” car park (through Phuthaditjhaba on the R57, approximately two hours drive from Royal Natal National Park via the R74, 90 minutes from Harrismith via the R712, or 80 minutes from Golden Gate Highlands National Park). From here it is a relatively easy climb to the top of the Amphitheatre, however it does take about 4.5 to 8 hours round-trip depending on fitness level. Access to the summit is via two chain ladders. This is the only day hiking trail which leads to the top of the Drakensberg escarpment.

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Another trail to the foot of the Tugela Falls starts at Royal Natal National Park. The easy 7 km (4.3 mi) gradient up the Tugela Gorge winds though indigenous forests. The last part of the hike to Tugela Falls is a boulder hop. A little chain ladder leads over the final stretch for a view of the falls rushing down the amphitheater in a series of five cascades.

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Related Link: Wikipedia

Where to stay at Victoria Falls: The Royal Livingstone Hotel
[Partner Content] 24 OCT 2013

Look no further when searching for Victoria Falls accommodation: The Royal Livingstone Hotel is the best Victoria Falls Hotel you can stay at. This 5-star hotel is steeped in African tradition – yet hints of European influences can be felt in the deep verandas, generous spaces and cool courtyard retreats which emulate the days of safari travel through Africa.

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Ten things to do at the Victoria Falls:

  1. Discover the majesty of Victoria Falls aboard a helicopter, an adventure never to be forgotten. Or experience the thrill of flight aboard a microlight as you soar above the heady beauty of the Falls.
  2. Experience the spellbinding combination of the mighty Zambezi River and the extravagant opulence and gracious hospitality of the African Queen River Cruiser.
  3. Dine at the world’s most exclusive picnic spot, Livingstone Island. You can also swim in a pool right on the lip of the Victoria Falls.
  4. Experience a memorable riverside massage at the Royal Salon at the Royal Livingstone Hotel. The massages are unique to this exotic destination and the location itself acts as a therapeutic balm.
  5. Bungee Jump like never before – 111 metres of pure adrenaline rush off the impressive Victoria Falls Bridge. It is one of the highest challenges in the world.
  6. White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls is the wildest white water on the planet and the actual experience surpasses every expectation.
  7. Visit the Mukuni village and see how the local Leya people live. You’ll see how traditional huts are built and decorated, view the villagers at work and even taste some traditional food.
  8. The Zambezi River offers a variety of fresh water fish including Tiger Fish. Rated by many sports anglers as the finest freshwater fighting fish in the world, the best time for Tiger fishing is between August and March.
  9. Enjoy a 5-course gourmet dinner aboard the Royal Livingstone Express. Passengers travel leisurely at sun set through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
  10. View White Rhino in the Mosi-oa-Tunya Park from 4 x 4 vehicles or on the back of an Elephant. The park is also home to wild elephant, hippo, buffalo and other wildlife animals.

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Photo: Rust-en-Vrede Waterfall (Oudtshoorn) My Life 09 FEB 2011

November 2007 Chantelle and I enjoyed one of our first proper weekend getaways together, making the trip up to the picturesque Oudtshoorn for a weekend of caves, wildlife and relaxation.

Despite being both struck down by a horrible stomache bug that literally half ruined the trip, we still made time to take a detour to the beautiful Rust-en-vrede Waterfall that is nestled well off the main route and requires a beautiful meander through a little valley, complete with swing bridges and the works!

(P.S. That is me bravely blazing a route for the camera-wielding Chantelle in tow!)

Photo Gallery: Rust en Vrede Waterfall (2007-11-17) My Life | Photo Gallery 17 NOV 2007

Another one of the sights we took in while on our Oudtshoorn weekend away, the Rust en Vrede Waterfall is a stunning piece of accessible nature that provides a truly tranquil and restful experience! :)

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