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)

 

New Episode Uploaded & Heartfelt Post

Hi All You Beauties!

Please note that the latest episode has been uploaded onto my YouTube channel, we visit Adrenalin Addo and go flying down tandem ziplines and swing from giant swings!  Then we visit the fabulous Grass Roof Restaurant in Sardinia Bay and chat to the amazing Tracey Campbell about adventure racing and the World Adventure Racing Champs.

Go view it by clicking on THIS link (and please subscribe while you’re there): Sharon’s YouTube Channel

Now, I have something I’d like to share with all of you… Newsflash!!! I’m not perfect… (caution: long post ahead!)

Yes folks, I am not perfect! I often hear people say things like “oh but this never happens to you” or “you are so perfect” or “do you ever get down, you are so happy”, etc. etc.

Well here’s the thing, yes I do get the blues, yes I too cheat on healthy eating and even binge eat sometimes (and then sometimes this lasts for months!), I do get angry, frustrated, scared, lonely, feel hopeless or useless sometimes. I am human just like you. 🙂

Nobody is perfect guys and neither should we aim for perfect as it is simply overrated and unobtainable and unrealistic and it makes us simply miserable.

I had a BAD second half of 2018… and this is no joke. My husband was hospitalized with a life threatening condition, had to have a pace maker inserted and here’s the thing – we didn’t have a medical aid. So besides worrying myself sick about him and his condition, I was worried sick about the medical costs as well.

On the 14th of July (my father in law’s birthday), my son and I took my father in law to a coffee shop between hospital visits for cake and coffee to celebrate his birthday. Now normally I’ll have a piece of cake, and then go back to eating healthy again after that. Well… this time it didn’t happen. I went onto a self destructive binge that left me exhausted, miserable, messed up my sinuses and saw me gain 7.9kg!!!

But alas – appearances were kept up and brave face plastered and we battled ahead! Luckily for me, I entered the 60 Day Eat Clean Train Lean Challenge to help me refocus myself, went to an amazing energy healer, Lee Morgutti, for 3 healing sessions, and cleaned up my eating.

I’ve also had a hard look at my business and personal life and I’ve set new goals for 2019, and have done an entire intention setting exercise for the remainder of 2019.

So I guess the moral of the story is that no-one is perfect, we all fall off the bus, we all get sad, we all hurt sometimes, but we need to reach out to others (family and friends alike), and trust and value them enough to ask for help, to unburden and sometimes just to get a hug or have a good laugh. And then off course we need to make sure that we get up, dust ourselves off and get back on that damn bus before it leaves without us.

Have an awesome and blessed day everyone.

Love, light and blessings

Sharon Jessop

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