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magical madikwe

Last month, hubby and I headed off to Madikwe for a week in the bush – just the two of us! It would never have been possible if it wasn’t for my parents who moved into our house and assumed all responsibility without batting an eyelid (although I did write an extensive list). We’ll be forever grateful!

We love the bush and thought it would be good to explore somewhere we’ve never been, so we chose Madikwe. When booking our accommodation, it was overwhelming at the amount of lodges there are, but one really stood out for us – Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge – because it is the first lodge in SA to be wholly owned and managed by the nearby community. I’d highly recommend staying there if you’re looking to go to Madikwe anytime soon…

There’s something about the bush that just slows down your thoughts, stills your mind, lets you breathe in every special moment as if it’s going to last forever. Our daily ritual went a little something like this…

6am Wake up call, coffee and rusks

6.30am Game drive – the best part of the day. Watching the sun rise, this huge red glowing ball (from all the dust) was just magical. We spotted SO many animals, and Elliott our guide made sure we got as close as possible, sometimes too close for my liking. I’ve never seen so many elephants, and they’re my absolute best. Game drives lasted at least three hours and always included a coffee break with the most delicious buttermilk muffins you’ve ever tasted. Seriously. I’m definitely feeling the effects of all those muffins now 🙁

9.30am Breakfast on the deck – one morning a troop of baboons decided to have breakfast with us, and totally ransacked the buffet table. Never a dull moment.

10am – 2pm Relax – read, sleep, lie in the sun

2pm Lunch on the deck (we ate and we ate!)

3pm Game drive – the second best part of the day and this time we watched the sun set and we drank Amarula and ate biltong and chips.

6.30/7pm Supper on the deck.

8pm Lights out!

Can you imagine the serenity?!

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As I type this, drowning in deadlines, it feels like a distant memory. But, it’s a good memory and I can’t wait to get back to the bush… it’s a special place that I cannot describe. All I can say is you have to experience it for yourself if you haven’t already.

— Liza

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an adventure with Open Africa

Today we are off on a great adventure, courtesy of Open Africa and their affiliates. Exciting, no?

It all started with an email from a Cape Town-based agency asking us if we’d be up for a mystery 5-day trip to various unknown locations, to do unknown things. Liza was immediately keen, I took a little more convincing. I’m a traveller at heart, but I have babies now – not to mention an acute anxiety disorder (or maybe it’s just motherhood and impending middle-age….) anyway, to cut a long story and a little emotional blackmail short we are off, the two of us, to do travel differently. And now I’m excited.

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We found out last night where we’re going. It’s amazing and we can’t wait to share it all with you. Thank you to Flight Centre, Hertz car hire, Due South, and of course Open Africa, for choosing us to do travel differently.  It’s going to be a memorable 5 days!

Please join us on our adventure by following us on Twitter hereInstagram and Facebook as we give you a sneak peek into our trip. When we return, keep checking the blog for all the awesome stories and photos.

Adios!

— Emily

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places i’d like to visit soon

For the longest time we’ve wanted to go to Italy. Right now, it’s not really an option with our recent farm purchase, school fees and other things… but it’s a long-term goal that will hopefully not be too ‘long’ a wait. But apart from Italy, I’m also dying to visit Stockholm, Berlin and Amsterdam…

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Positano, Italy

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Vasaparken, Stockholm

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Berlin

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Amsterdam

Have you been to these places? What were your highlights and can you give me any tips on must-see places and things to do?

— Liza

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