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Quick anniversary escape destinations with Travelstart

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I’m so happy to be collaborating with Travelstart on this post. With this month being quite a busy and active month for me with Valentine’s day and my birthday on the 22nd February. It got me thinking about all the times I’ve been away with my husbae for a quick escape. Some of them anniversary escapes, while others are events that happened along the way. A few comes to mind that I think will be a great little anniversary escape for you to consider:

1) Husbae surprised me with a sweet honeymoon escape to Swellendam. It’s the third oldest town in South Africa with over 50 heritage sites and most of the buildings are rich in history of Cape Dutch architecture. The Town is also famous for their youngberries. We rented a cute cottage in the middle of nowhere. It boasted a beautiful garden with a pool. We had these amazing little breakfast shots in the morning to keep us revitalized. Its weird that after 10 years I still remember the shots, just shows how delicious the shots were. (Before you get any ideas, we enjoyed blood red healthy juice shots). The cottage had a fireplace and we just loved to laze by the fire soaking in the love. It was magical. We did horse riding in the forested mountains. It was my first time on a horse and its quite an experience. Although there wasn’t a variety of restaurants with halaal food options, we still ate amazing and delicious vegetarian pasta’s and desserts that made up for the lack of halaal meals. I remember we went on a game drive as well; where basically you drive around the reserve with your own car looking for animals and enjoying the scenery; it was super windy but we got to take some pictures. Swellendam is perfect for an escape from the hustle and craziness of the city.

2) For our first-year anniversary we went to Aquila Private Game Reserve in the Klein Karoo area, it also so happens to be the company I work for. We got to experience the amazing BIG 5, and it definitely is a bucket list must. It really is like no other, and this was 10 years ago, it has gotten better as the years has gone by. Gosh, what can I say! We stayed in the premier chalet overlooking the mountains. The chalet is absolutely stunning and tranquil with no television so you really get the bushveld experience but on the 4-star level. Huge bed, with a bathtub for those cold nights and outdoor shower and jacuzzi for a little romance. Food is amazing, game drives are exciting and nail biting especially when we encountered the lions. Aquila Safari has a variety of activities to keep you wanting more like horseback safari’s, overnight accommodation, spa treatments at the newly built spa, three pools and a newly built kiddies’ area and so much more. The whole experience is definitely one to have.

3) We visited the beautiful Knysna at one point with friends. The weekend away was around April, where we stayed at a stunning Guest House overlooking the entire Outeniqua Mountain range and the Lagoon. The guest house has an infinity pool and beautiful modern finishing. We decided to go away for the weekend to unwind and have some fun. There were lots of eating, drinking and braaiing (we could only braai chicken because no halaal meat, but that was okay, we enjoyed just being you know) and laughing (a lot of laughing). Knysna has some great water activities like boat tours around the Lagoon, sailing, whale and dolphin watching. Although we didn’t get a chance to go but a definite must see is the Knysna Elephant Park. Some great restaurants where you can try their famous oysters. The drive is long but well worth the beautiful scenery.

4) We were invited to Zahir’s friend’s wedding in George. George happens to be a city on the Garden Route. The drive to George is amazing and there are plenty of tourist attractions along the route. Somehow, we manage to find these cute little cottages that is tranquil and so relaxing and this place didn’t disappoint. It was a sweet weekend getaway away from the busy life in Cape Town and we had to leave our three-year-old twins at home with their grandparents. A challenge to say the least but we were just appreciative of the much needed break. Needless to say, the wedding was fantastic, with lots of food and dancing. We visited the Outeniqua Transport Museum that left me kind of spooked because I’m sure its haunted. I’m just joking, it’s interesting to read and witness historical steam trains and vintage cars are just spectacular. The museum gives you a bit of information on how George was built and the role the steam trains had in SA such a long time ago. The museum also has a coffee shop so that’s nice. Its all just so interesting!

5) For another anniversary escape we booked a single night away at a farm in Caledon.  We initially spent a spa day at the Caledon Hotel and Spa, swam in the hot springs/pools and relaxed for a while. I’m pretty sure we had lunch there too. Thereafter, Zahir once again surprised me with the farm sleepover. An absolutely beautiful farm, with a warm, cozy and inviting room that holds a fully furnished bathroom and outside shower. As well as a fully furnished kitchen where you can make your own meals and in our case tea and coffee. The country side is breathtaking, with quiet surroundings; perfect for romance and just being. The farm is really good for your soul you know! The hosts are so nice and welcoming, who really went over and above to make us feel at home. We even watched rugby together. Dinner and breakfast was incredible. We really loved spending the night. We had an overall amazing time and i really hope to visit the farm again with my kids, I think they would love it.

Caledon is the official capital of the Overberg situated right next to the mineral – rich hot springs. The town owes its humble beginnings to the hot springs of the Klein Swartberg. If you want to know more about this awesome town then check out the Caledon Tourism website. I really just had to give this amazing place a shout out.

If you looking for relaxation and a definite escape from the outside world, all these destinations come highly recommended. For some of the weekend away options you can search guest houses and hotels on the Travelstart website; whether its B&B or self catering in the area you are seeking then you will surely find one and within in your budget . I hope you enjoyed going down memory lane with me. It really was amazing to go back to and reminisce.

Until next time

x

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