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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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Until the next adventure
Go Well folks!
(Wannabe World Traveler)