Our Visit to Wildehondekloof Game Reserve

The view from outside the lounge area

Hey everyone!

I totally love my job. Why? Well I get to visit the most stunning and epic places in South Africa and beyond.

A while back we had the absolute pleasure of spending a weekend at Wildehondekloof Game Reserve outside Oudtshoorn in the Karoo.

Now those of you who know me personally know that I have a very specific spiritual connection with the Karoo… there is just something about the wide open spaces, those majestic mountains – it is special….

Well this beautiful 4000 hectare beauty is wedged in between the Swartberg Mountains and the Outeniqwa Mountains – the green on the one side and the blackish shade on the other side.

Everything about this visit was just warm, special and homely – with loads of luxury off course.

The awesome fireplace in the high-ceiling-ed lounge area
The wide sunny veranda in front of the beautiful rooms

When you arrive you are greeted by very friendly and amazing staff, they make you feel like absolute royalty. You are taken through to the lounge area where a fantastically warm fire invites you to sit on the plush leather couches and have a glass of sherry.

You are then shown to your room, which is NOT actually a room – but rather a suite… a luxurious glorious suite with a poofy bed that makes you feel like you are sleeping on a cloud.

I was lucky enough to occupy the honeymoon suite that has it’s own fire place and a bathroom big enough to host a party in!

The Stunning Honeymoon Suite
The attention to detail is something special

We were treated to the most scrumptious dinners and breakfasts made from fresh produce grown on the farm and lovingly prepared by chef Andre. We had homemade authentic bobotie, malva pudding, butternut soup to die for, freshly baked rolls and chicken pie on the Friday evening, and the best steaks I’ve had in a long, long time on the Saturday evening after our sunset game drive!

The amazing breakfast spread – food enough to feed an army!
Even the dining room has a fireplace where our steaks were cooked the Saturday evening after our sunset game drive

We had the most awesome discussions with chef Andre while basking in the most amazing smells emanating from his kitchen – a quiet and reserved fellow with the most amazing culinary skills. They say never trust a skinny cook, well you can trust chef Andre for sure!

The most amazing sight awaited us early on Saturday morning over a cup of coffee. The nyalas and other antelope come right up to the veranda to graze on the grass in front of the lodge. It is truly the most amazing sight. They come so close that you can actually here them chew the grass. LOL!

Our Saturday morning visitors

We went running on Saturday after our huge breakfast, although we had to go rest on the veranda after overindulging… and the sights we came across are just amazing. Hills to make even the most hardy trail runner cringe and cry on the inside, but the amazing thing is that the paths were mostly covered in rose quartz – such a special place this.

Then upon my return from my 10km trail run I had another four-legged visitor, a beautiful male nyala with gorgeous horns that stood right outside the sliding door and just looked at me, quite an ethereal experience.

My stunning visitor right outside my room

On the Saturday evening we were treated with a sunset 4×4 drive with our guide Quentin who handled the Toyota Land Cruiser like an absolute pro! Now I am a brave person, but we climbed higher and higher until it felt like we could touch heaven – every time you thought we could not possibly go any higher, we did.

Quentin stopped at the highest point and out came the drinks and snacks and my word what a spread it was. It is truly the most special and spiritual moment watching the sun set over the majestic Swartberg mountains and watching the moon rise. A moment I will never forget.

Sunset 4×4 drive with guide Quentin
What a view…
My camera man, Vuyisa looking for that perfect Quentin Tarantino shot…
All the goodies on the sunset 4×4 drive
You really feel like you are standing on top of the world…

All and all I can definitely recommend a trip to this amazing place, the peace that you will feel is out of this world. You will return recharged and rested even though that doesn’t mean that there is nothing to do, quite to the contrary – but whether you choose to participate in the activities or simply laze around – Wildehondekloof is the place to be!

Catch them on Cape Country Routes or get hold of them via their website; or email them on info@whkloof.co.za or call them on +27 44 272 6721.

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Until the next adventure

Go Well folks!

With love

Sharon

(Wannabe World Traveler)

 

My AWESOME trip to Berlin, Germany

Hey Guys and Gals

Long time no blog! So much to do and tell and so little time – LOL!

I have to share something before I get into how awesome my Berlin trip was… On 27 December 2018 I attended my first ever guided meditation with my friend Lee Morgutti (check her our on http://www.leemorgutti.co.za/)

One of the things I did was to put my intentions “out there” very clearly, and one of these was to travel – anywhere, anytime, all the time! I focused on these intentions quite deliberately and added them to my vision board for 2019.

Well, in February I got a surprising call from Eastern Cape Tourism with regards to the fact the SA Tourism needed someone to represent Bay TV at the ITB International Tourism Trade Show… in Berlin, Germany!!! And the rest is history.

Now suffice to say that Germany was NOT on my bucket list but one never declines any form of international travel – EVER!

So I set off from Port Elizabeth to OR Tambo International on Monday, 4 March. Got to OR Tambo and had some time to kill, but I was soon joined by the rest of the delegation – the 2 x Tsepo’s, Dinika, Liabo, Lameez and our hostess Thandiwe. Thankfully we all hit it off immediately and actually became good friends!

Much to their dismay I made Dinika and Lameez do a very public burpee at international departures on OR Tambo (as one does) prior to boarding our plane to Munich!

The flight was long and I indulged in watching A Star is Born, secretly balling my eyes out on a full plane seeing that I rarely manage to sleep on any flight (rolling eyes).

We reach Munich and rush to our connecting flight to Berlin – and yup you guessed it, made them do more burpees!

Arriving in Berlin was something special. We were collected at the airport by our beautiful young and super witty driver, Pia, and transported to our hotel. Once settled in most of the group went for a nap, however Lameez and I decided that we cannot possibly nap and promptly got our walking shoes on and hit the road to Checkpoint Charlie. What an experience! We chatted, took photos, shopped and really indulged in being tourists.

  

Back at the hotel we had to get all dressed up for our welcoming function at the South African Embassy and to meet, greet and interview our ambassador, the honorable Mr Stone Sizane. Needless to say, the South African Embassy is stunning, the food was amazeballs and Mr Sizane was a wonderful interviewee and a very gracious host. Oh yes… and he owns a home in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth – so very passionate about the Eastern Cape as well.

The next day we attended the actual first day of the ITB International Tourism Trade Show. Guys… what an experience! The convention center is the size of a couple of city blocks in South Africa!!! We spent the first three hours just walking around and did not even cover a quarter of the exhibition halls… so I decided to rather concentrate on South Africa and a couple of other African countries displays as I was after all there to cover the South African pavilion mostly.

After two solid days of interviews, filming and networking the hustle and bustle was all over, just like that! So the Friday morning before we had to leave for the airport was dedicated once again to simply being a tourist sightseeing in an amazing historical city.

Off course we went to see the Jewish Memorial, the Parliament buildings and the Brandenburg Gate – and YES folks, off course we did burpees in front of the majestic Brandenburg Gate. Who wouldn’t???

All in all this was a whirlwind, wonderful, awesome and amazing trip! If you do not yet believe in the power of setting intentions, then placing them on either a list of goals or on a vision (or dream) board, and deliberately manifesting your dreams and desires, I dare you to try – then sit back and watch the wildest, most amazing things happen in your life!

So my message to you? Never stop dreaming and believing, never stop living. Live your life to the fullest every single day, dream big – if your dreams do not scare the living daylights out of you, you’re simply not dreaming big enough. Go bigger and bolder, otherwise why bother?

Till next time guys, keep living your adventures and doing life!!!

Lots of love and fabulosity

Sharon

The YouTube Channel and Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

My wish for you this year is to STOP making new years resolutions that you never keep, and rather indulge in proper goal and intention setting and then to believe in yourself and your ability to achieve anything that you set your mind to.

Make this YOUR year to go on adventures, achieve everything, be happy, travel more, be healthier, get really fit and strong and to be well.

Oh yes, before I forget, I have a wish, and that is that all of YOU will subscribe to my humble YouTube channel… Just click here–> Sharon’s YouTube Channel

This way you will always be kept up to speed with the latest and greatest fun, fitness, health, wellness, lifestyle, travel and adventure news!

Until next time – Go Well Folks!

Much love

Sharon

Visiting the amazing Turbine Hotel & Spa in Knysna

We recently had the absolute pleasure of visiting The Turbine Hotel & Spa on Thesen Island in beautiful Knysna.

The Turbine Hotel is built around an old power station. The uniqueness of this stunning space cannot be described, it must be seen and experienced. I am totally overawed by the architecture and decor of this stunning gem of a boutique hotel.

You will certainly not find anything like this anywhere in South Africa and I can totally recommend a visit.

Each and every room is uniquely decorated says Joy Rea who was involved with this amazing project right from the start. Most rooms have the most divine views of either the canals or the lagoon and I definitely recommend a stay in the Infinity Room for the unique and stunning views from the bathroom.

The best is that you can “dine in” if you are exhausted from all your sight seeing at either the Gastro Pub or Island Cafe – I do recommend the tomato soup and pork belly… 😉

Why not book your stay today? Catch them on their website below and follow them on social media.

Turbine Hotel Website: https://www.turbinehotel.co.za/

Turbine Hotel Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/turbinehotel/

Turbine Hotel on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/turbinehotel/

Turbine Hotel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheTurbineHotel

Climbing at Valley Crag

Being the adrenaline junkie that I am, I recently paid Valley Crag a visit to film an insert for my show, “Go Well With Sharon” on DSTV channel 260.

Well! What a blast!!!

I can honestly say that I had fun from the second we arrived until we left. JD and Ian were so sweet and JD is the most patient instructor ever.

I consider myself quite fit BUT by the 3rd climb I could no longer feel my arms… ‘Twas the greatest fun none-the-less.

My favorite is without a doubt the top ropes as I found those quite challenging (from my perspective) as I am vary of heights, but because I understand and trust the equipment (and the instructor), it was just great.

So be sure to watch “Go Well With Sharon” this coming Monday, 26 November at 18h30 on DSTV channel 260 for the full experience.

Thereafter I chat to Dr James Vlok a local chiropractor about the importance of looking after and “servicing” your body.