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Klein Karoo Fynbos at Badensfontein in Montagu (2020-10-25) Accommodation | Photo Gallery 28 FEB 2021

Clearly last year with the deadly Covid-19 pandemic raging across the globe was not the year to do much going away in. In fact, with the various rules, regulations and lockdowns in place, nipping out for a holiday was not exactly possible for the longest of times anyway, which is then probably why when the gap did finally open to do so, we seized the opportunity to zip out for a quick week long holiday at the very nice and quiet, pretty secluded and thus social distanced, Badensfontein farm, situated on the outskirts of Montagu on the edge of the Klein Karoo.

A beautiful family owned farm nestled in the Baden Valley, Badensfontein is situated a mere 5 km outside Montagu (just past the famous Montagu Springs) and apart from its array of vineyards offers both camping and self-catering accommodation on its ample grounds. Managing to have cultivated a large lush lawn of green grass in the very semi arid surrounding environment, Badensfontein has crafted a perfect spot for people with tents, though it does also offer luxury tent accommodation plus of course the self-catering cottages which we were by far the most interested in.

Our cute little cottage was called Duiker, and nestled in among the fynbos on the slopes of a hill, it had exactly everything that we were looking for. Tranquility, views, an outdoor braai, a stoep, excellent WiFi, trails to walk, a host of giant geckos living behind all the paintings, and down at the bottom of the camp site a small but very refreshing splash pool which my girls basically lived in for the duration of our stay. (That said, when we first lifted the cover off the pool we had a good giggle – the girls had to share the tiny pool with a rather large frog!)

As it turned out, we were the only people staying at Badensfontein for the majority of our stay, and while Chantelle wasn’t there from start to finish (as always the Helderberg Cake Company had cakes to bake!), as a family this getaway from the confines of our little home back in Gordon’s Bay was exactly what we had needed. Lots of braais, games of Jenga and Go Fish!, colouring-in, walking, and splashing in the pool was very much the order of the day.

Jenga, Go Fish, and Colouring Books at Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay (2019-07-04) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 15 SEP 2019

The June school holidays this year was split into two distinct parts, the first a little time soaking up the warm waters of Warmwaterberg whilst exploring Barrydale, the second some nice downtime in Mossel Bay. And by Mossel Bay I do of course mean the fabulous Pinnacle Point Estate (as always).

Chantelle wasn’t with us for this part, and so my girls and I joined my mom and dad, two of their friends, and Riley plus the boys for a couple of decent days of relaxing, late night walks (often in search of stray golf balls), ice creams, strolls and dassies at the Point, copious amounts of Jenga and colouring in, the odd braai or two, and of course a lot of riding up and down in the golf cart. (The girls like that.)

Oh, and a fun drive up to Jakkalsvlei just to round things off. (No golf this time around though…)

A Long Weekend in Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay (2018-09-22) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 17 JUN 2019

The Heritage Day long weekend last year saw Jessica, Emily and I take a drive up to join Mom and Dad at their holiday house in the Pinnacle Point golf estate just outside Mossel Bay. With Spring now upon us, we were treated to plenty of sunshine and flowers – as well as some pretty rough seas thrown into the mix!

Starting off with breakfast and some silly fun at Tuinplaas outside Albertinia, the rest of the laid-back weekend revolved around long drives in the golf cart, ice creams at The Point, sightseeing drives around the area, lots of Jenga block towers, and even an enjoyable dip in Diaz Water Park’s indoor heated pool (in case you were wondering, the one at Hartenbos was closed for renovations).

All in all a fantastic way to spend a long weekend then.

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A December Holiday in Pinnacle Point Mossel Bay (2017-12-26) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 11 FEB 2019

Last year we spent some holiday time up with the family at Pinnacle Point Estate in Mossel Bay. Two years ago we did the same (though on a slightly shorter scale because we also spent some time in Gouritsmond).

Two years ago the holiday was filled with swimming, walks on the beach, rides on the golf cart, playing Jenga, and doing our best to avoid the massive crowds that descend upon the area for the Christmas break. (We were not successful).

Oh, and gingerbread houses. Lots of gingerbread houses.

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Playing at the Plett Puzzle Park in The Crags (2016-06-25) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 12 JUL 2016

Day 1 of our weekend away at the Far Hills Country Hotel saw us undertake a lengthy roadtrip through to The Crags, an activity-rich area just outside of Plettenberg Bay. Having spent most of the morning exploring the wonderful Birds of Eden bird sanctuary, we decided to grab a bite to eat at the Plett Puzzle Park, a quirky little find (right next to Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary) whose claim to fame is their  life size wooden 3D maze, not to mention their unique Forest Puzzle Walk.

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The kids are still too small to tackle the two above mentioned attractions (or the kiddie maze for that matter), but they had plenty of fun messing about with Plett Puzzle Park’s oversized garden games, thus giving Monty, Cheryl, Chantelle and myself more than enough time to browse the interesting little shop (filled to the brim with puzzles and other ingenious games) and then grab a light lunch from the onsite cafe.

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There is a lot of bird life in the garden (and a handy identification chart as well), but the cherry on top was definitely all the little games attached to the tables – especially the naughts and crosses battlefield carved right into the table itself!

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Definitely a great spot to relax and refill your energy levels (not to mention get that brain working), and I can easily see myself returning there in the future once the girls are old enough to tackle the maze with me!

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Pinnacle Point, Poker and Lord of the Rings – Lots of Lord of the Rings My Life 05 MAR 2012

Wow, I see that I’ve been a bit sloppy when it comes to reporting on the last three weekends past, so sorry about that, I guess I had better bring you all up to speed then.

Obviously four weekends ago, the Gordon’s Bay Lotter Clan was resting with their feet up in Jacobsbaai, but that you know already. The weekend after that though, little Jessie and I caught a lift up with my Mom and Dad to Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay, meeting up with Ryan and Claire for a Lotter Family weekend away (shame, Chantelle was working so she missed out). The weather played along beautifully, I got to play golf at Pinnacle Point, a picturesque journey out to George, plenty of evening Uno – in other words, apart from the incident in which Ryan nearly killed Claire by tossing the two of them out of a moving golf cart, it really was an enjoyable family weekend of some proper rest and relaxation.

The week that followed Pinnacle Point saw Chantelle and Jessica pretty much living in Bellville with her folks until the next Monday, as Chantelle was pencilled in for the laser op on her eyes, and the extended recovery time meant that she needed to be at home with her folks.

The weekend however saw me join up with my missing family, and the Saturday evening saw Chantelle and myself join up with Evan, Natasha, Ryan, Karl and Trish, for a fun-filled evening of poker (Ryan won), Uno Jenga (I lost), and then to the surprise of all involved, “Donkey”, a card and spoon-snatching game that I haven’t played since my early childhood! (I walked out unwounded, so I’m taking the win then. Evan gathered the most letters, so the loser tag belongs to him). Sunday was the big birthday celebration for my mom, and we enjoyed another great extended family get together around the fire and the big outside family table. (Oh, and I simply must add that my folks’ new front garden which was just recently landscaped looks absolutely stunning!)

As for this weekend just past, well Chantelle was back on duty as per usual, so that afforded Jessica and myself the opportunity to watch all three Lord of the Rings movies over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in preparation for next weekend’s big Trish 30th Lord of the Rings-themed party. (Wow, what an incredibly long slog I must say. But at least now I can join in on the conversation, seeing as I haven’t watched the Peter Jackson masterpieces since they first came out on the big screen all those years ago!)

Oh, and we managed to get our costumes pretty much all sorted out as well. Wonderland Costumes out in Strand really are amazing!

Anyway, that’s pretty much it in terms of weekend activities catch up, so now you are all up to date. As I mentioned, next weekend is Trish’s big 30th costumed birthday party (we’re having spit roast, can’t wait!) as well as, just need final confirmation, Chantelle’s first ever food market exhibition as Chantelle’s Cookies & Cakes makes an appearance at the Willowbridge Slow Market. (I trust you’ll be there to support?)

Interesting times I tell you, interesting times! :)