South Africa Garden Route is Amazing! 

 Wow and again wow.

We have just completed a lengthy but amazing and well worth it drive from Johannesburg down to Durban and then over to Cape Town where we spend the last of this adventure!

Some stats from our road trip adventure:

  • almost 36 hours driving
  • three days in Durban, a night in Port Elizabth, a night in Oudsthoorn, a couple nights in Hermanus
  • a few too many chicken pies for lunch (or breakfast) enroute
  • lots of laughs on the road
  • well deserved post drive pints  post all day drive
  • riding an ostrich
  • atleast 40 ‘ hurts do nuts’ (long story)
  • 2 different Quantum Toyotas (hedalgo, and hedalgo 2.o)
  • 18 glasses of wine with 18 pints of beer with a blue eyed husky in observation
  • 2 boogie boards (with much salt water drunk while laughing)
  • No wireless
  • 4 sea kayaks
  • Whales, penguins, seals, shy shark and grumpy Dussies (aka Scott’s  kindred spirits)
  • One Terrior dog named Terri
  • Too many gas stations and way too many pick and pay supermarkets
  • An almost riot / civil unrest
  • Too many Fantas
  • One gun ( no joke )
  • 2 big spiders
  • Too many silver fish
  • Lots of braais (BBQ) with way too much rice and the resulting meat sweats
  • 2 near miss head on collisions
  • 1 Hooters visit ( don’t judge us, there were playing the World Cup Rugby semi final and had ‘Big Daddy’ beer)
  • Lots of bedroom ants complete with no air conditioning and some random-not-our-body-hair in the sheets
  • Squall storm driving
  • Lots of card games, bananagrams, monopoly and a Cards Against Humanity game
  • Many morning runs
  • Lots of Gravol
  • Full Percy Jackson series read by many
  • Defending garbage against a troop of 20 monkeys
  • Way too much time on mapquest
  • Never ending Seinfeild references
  • A Ferris wheel

Well that’s probs enough to give you a good picture of the Garden Route, but here are some photos of this amazing route as well.
















Did I already say wow!?

We are now in an amazing beach house in the suburb called Kommetjie in Cape Town for our last week. Stories of beach time to come shortly!


PS I sure am craving me some aisle 5 scallop potatoes …. 🙂

Wifi vs Monkey Business

The wifi situation here in beautiful Africa is not for the faint of technical heart. Or those who have committed to keeping their blog updated with travel stories as a way to stay in touch with family, friends and followers.

I would apologize but it’s honestly not my fault – I blame monkeys and the wifi tom foolery! Monkeys, yup! I am for real!

The little fuzzy cuties broke the phone and electrical lines at our 4 night Durban, South Africa accommodation!

They use them as a tight rope to go from house to house to avoid the dogs yapping at them from ground level. The phone company had to come out and do a total repair! Don’t believe me? Well here is some proof via photo or you can check out my Facebook or Instagram account for a video of those cheeky monkeys tight roping across using their tail as a balance point!

monkey right rope


Now once the line was fixed, the wifi was still a mess and yet I didn’t even care because the little dudes where so entertaining!

Look at them here sitting on the roof just above our bedroom window, or on the roof just checking out the neighborhood:

Monkeys sitting on the roof above our bedroom window

Monkeys sitting on the roof above our bedroom window

Monkey waiting for an opportunity to check out the garbage.

Monkey waiting for an opportunity to check out the garbage.

Ok and my absolute favourite … All these pictures of monkeys are from ‘garbage day’ in Dubran where we were staying in the ‘Bluff’ community. Most pics were taken as I defended our garbage to keep the monkeys away before the truck came to pick up the bags and before I could take off for my morning run. Well just shortly before I left for my run, the Monkey’s got the better of me and managed to tear into the garbage. What they stole was a bag of chips called ‘Monkey Gland’ flavor. Serious I am not making this up. It’s like an HP sauce. Well a monkey eating monkey gland flavor chips sent me and fellow garbage defender Lana into a total giggle moment!

Monkey going for the Monkey Gland chips!

Monkey going for the Monkey Gland chips!

Monkeys! Too funny!

While the monkeys are one of my favourite experiences in Durban, overall the city was great too! We had an awesome AirB&B house in the Bluff, has a kick butt Braai (BBQ), went boogie boarding with the hubby, and had a day at the water slides that included a lazy river ride past a shark tank!

We are now on our Garden Route adventure to Cape Town and it’s already pretty damn epic! Tomorrow we are going to Monkeyland and doing a short ‘hike’!


All About Me in Victoria Falls

Today is an odd day for me …

I am adventuring Africa for 6 weeks with 7 people (husband and friends) and suddenly I find myself with a day all to myself. Perhaps a little lonely considering how much fun the 7 of us have together but also feels pretty darn amazing to have some ‘all about me time’. I am used to traveling alone from the past so it feels kind of neat to flashback to those days.

Here are the ‘all about me’ shenanigans I got up to today in beautiful Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe!

Morning Run: I have started each morning here with a jog about the neighborhood. The past couple of mornings I have either been spooked by or out right chased by local dogs (had to even hide in someone’s yard yesterday haha) – but today it IS all about me and I didn’t see a single dog on my run, no barking and no chasing. A great start!

Morning get clean and pretty: another great moment .. we have power and hot water today here in Victoria Falls! Yahoo my after a sweaty run morning shower was warm and there were even lights on in the room and air conditioning to boot!

Breakfast: my favourite meal of the day is breakfast, hands down! I love to find a super cute, quaint place for yummy breakfast and start my day journaling over eggs and toast. The best breakfast is a full Scottish Breaky but second to that is a full English Breakfast and that is the speciality of our Lodge here in Vic Falls!  Why yes I will have toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, beans, fried tomato, fresh fruit and coffee. (Now you know why I run each morning!)

Post Breakfast relaxation: I have already accomplished a lot today so perhaps a little after breakfast nap / reading is in order. Ok!

Be a Tourist: Zimbabwe is a beautiful country and they do a great job making sure all the tourist sights are tourist friendly and the Victoria Falls Park was no exception. I have seen the falls from in the water in Zambia (Devil’s Pool), from a helicopter above, and now from the Zimbabwe side where you can see and feel the mist! Wow. I was speechless at the power of the water and its low water season. (Check out my Instagran for a video of the falls; the sound of the falls is awesome!)

Cafe Break: Well after 2 hours hiking in the heat (ok I will be honest I spent 30 mins in the mist of the Falls so I wasn’t baking the whole time) I needed a drink and some chill out time. So I hoofed it another 30mins to my favourite Cafe Africa and had me a yummy cold Hunter’s Cider and read my book. A good thirst quencher before strolling through all the markets in town.

Traffic Jam: even on vacation you can’t seem to get away from traffic jams. This one included a bunch of us pedestrians and a troop of 17 baboons! I will admit at one point I was surrounded and a little spooked they would go for my backpack but they just waltzed on by in baboon bare butt style.

Poolside finish: well of course I need some more relaxation! This is a vacation after all and I just walked over 5 hours in 40+ degree heat and there was even some shoe melting on the pavement. Even someone like me who loves walking and loves heat – I was melting! I felt like one of those old Smartie boxes that is left in the sun too long and all colour is drained out of it. The pool always helps!

Basically I love Victoria Falls and today was icing on the cake in this place! It’s like Victoria BC meets Oban Scotland with an Africa twist!

Off to watch some World Cup Rugby with the rest of my traveling band and hear about their white water rafting adventure today.


PS I ate worms yesterday, mopane worms that you fry up and dip in sauce. Much juicier than expected … or hoped for. Yick!

Hot Hot Hot Houseboat on Lake Kariba

Coffee at airport

Wow what an experience!

We just wrapped up 4 days / 3 nights on the African Queen houseboat on Lake Kariba booked with Rhino Rendezvous.

The boat was so great – we had a big table / sitting area on the top deck, complete with a small chill down pool and a big cooler full of cold drinks. There were 4 rooms on the main level (2 on each side) and a bathroom/shower on each side of the boat as well. Our captain Marco and deck hand Prince treated us to all the amazing sights of the Lake; and our cook Norman spoiled our taste buds with amazing fare.

We spent our days sipping coffee at sunrise, some fishing for a couple of hours, then a big good ole English breakfast, card games and chilling on the upper deck while we sailed to a new bay, sunset cruise on the tender boat with some fishing again, some sun downer appies, more card games or reading, then an amazing dinner! Rinse and repeat!

Our nights were filled with sweat – yup you read that right. Zimbabwe is experiencing a crazy heat wave with temps in the 40s for us Celcius people or about 115 for those in Farenheit. During the day the boat was usually moving so you got a breeze (but still the wheelhouse was 35 C degrees on the thermometer) at night though the boat was docked and wow was it a scorcher. We literally had every window and door open in our rooms and laid stock still soaking the sheets. It was not surprising some of us could be found wandering the deck in the middle of the night trying to find even the smallest breeze. The mosquito nets on each bed didn’t help either – while you kinda feel like a princess in a veiled bed, they prevent both mosquitos from biting you but also any kind of breeze from cooling you down. The upside … every time you woke in the night you would be lulled back to sleep by the awesome laughing sound of hippos near by!

Here are just a couple of the views we sailed past or docked near:


Hips, Lake Kariba

Highlights of the houseboat: jumping into the Lake from the top decks of the boat to cool off (don’t worry we were in the middle of lake where the crocs and hippos don’t go so it was ‘safe’), the sounds of hippos, and catching Breame fish which Norman would cook up for our afternoon appy!

We are now in Vic Falls for the adventure portion of our trip! Shenanigan stories coming soon …


Lions, Elephants, Zebras oh my!


Well we did it! We climbed up and back down Mount Kilimanjaro and wow what an amazing yet really hard experience! No toe nails lost (yet), some gruesome blisters for one of us, a Kili cough for one of us, some sore muscles, lots of dirty clothes and all smiles for this crew!

As a reward, us Kili climbers all went on a 2 day safari here in Tanzania. We ventured to the Tangire National Park and the Ngorogoro Crater Conservation Lands and again another amazing experience!

I am posting this from the boarding line up for our next flight to Harare Zimbabwe where the next part of our adventure begins – so I will keep it short sweet and full of pics of our safari! Did I mention it was amazing??? Wow!




We saw so much more than these few pics but those photos are on the big camera. If you have never been on safari, put it on your list! Sure you are tossed around in a land cruiser like a human milkshake but you will be amazed at seeing animals out of a zoo. We even saw a pride of lions eating a water buffalo – a little graphic : circle of life for me but hey that’s the wild!

Updates on our Zimbabwe adventures coming soon … Assuming better wifi in Zim and than in Tz!