a bushveld break

Last month we headed up to Joburg to spend time with John-Louis’ family and have a little holiday. His brother kindly invited us to spend a week with him at a game lodge called Mabula. The day we flew out of Cape Town it started to rain here, and for the 10 days we were away, it pretty much rained incessantly. We, on the other hand, got to wear sandals and dresses, shorts and tees because it was blissfully warm and dry in the bush. Now as I type this (back home where it’s still raining) I’m wrapped up in a scarf, a woolly jersey, socks, boots, the works… brrr!

Although holidays with littles are not very relaxing, it was still good to take a break from routine, drink champagne at midday, lie on a lounger in the sun, read my book, see wild animals and just not think about work (sort of).

Some holiday highlights:

  • I drove myself and the kids around Joburg all on my own. I’ve always been too nervous to navigate Jozi streets but I did pretty well, considering I left the house in my slippers and had to do a detour and start all over again.
  • Discovering the wonder of Bambanani – seriously, there is such a need for one of these in Cape Town. A great restaurant serving good food, with a huge, amazing play area for your kids and a bunch of child minders too, so you can actually sit down and relax and enjoy your food.
  • Breakfast at Moemas.
  • Meeting some of John-Louis’ cousins and family that I’ve never met before and seeing others we haven’t seen for many, many years.
  • Having our own private game ranger – in the form of John-Louis’ brother. It’s not what he does for a living, but he got his game driving licence just before we came up so it was awesome to have our own vehicle to do drives in whenever it suited us.
  • The bonus of having our own private game vehicle meant we could strap Robbie’s car seat in it so he could nap while we enjoyed the beauty and silence of the bush.
  • Bonfires every night.
  • Warthogs in our front yard.
  • Seeing elephants, rhino, hippo, warthogs, giraffe, zebra, bush buck, jackals.

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Before we left for our holiday, I tried out the new Tan Organic self-tan oil. It’s super simple to use – simply exfoliate your body with the buffing glove, then put on the tanning mitt, spray a small amount of self-tan oil onto the mitt and rub all over your body. I did it the night before we left as well as the following morning and the tan came out evenly with no orange to speak of, just a gorgeous golden glow. I love the fact that Tan Organic is eco-certified too. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re heading somewhere sunnier during the mid-year school holidays or if you’re just wanting to look less ghostly this winter!

— Liza

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