Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bird Watching in Wilderness


Family Holiday South Africa
Familienurlaub Südafrika

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During our wonderful two-day stay at Beside Still Waters in Wilderness, along South Africa's Garden Route, we did some bird watching at the Malachite Bird Hide. It was just down the road from our accommodation and a fun experience for our whole family.

Amanda

Me (Tina) - Photo taken by Hubby

Jessica and Samantha

African Darter

From top to bottom: Little Grebe,
Red-Knobbed Coot, Common Moorhen

Little Grebe



Jessica and Me -
Photo by Hubby


Jeremiah

The old train tracks

The road between Beside Still Waters
and the Malachite Bird Hide

Beside Still Waters

I'm also on Instagram.
Ich bin auch auf Instagram.


All original photographs by Tina Morley unless stated otherwise. 1camera1mom is mostly in English mit ein bisschen Deutsch.

More on the Garden Route:
Our Acrobranch Family Adventure
Redberry Farm Family Fun

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Beside Still Waters in Wilderness


Family Holiday South Africa
Familienurlaub Südafrika

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Our family spent five amazing days in the Garden Route during the June-July school holiday. We stayed two wonderful nights in a tastefully decorated self-catering unit at Beside Still Waters in Wilderness. It's not always easy finding a unit that sleeps six. We were very comfortable in The Upper Room, which had three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and sitting room. All the rooms were bright and friendly. An extra touch throughout were the fresh flowers. It also had a balcony with a stunning view of the lake in front and the diverse wildlife on the mountain behind. We saw birds, monkeys and antelope from our balcony.

Our wonderful hosts: Rod and Hydie McDade

The living room in the main house

The Upper Room open-plan dining and living room 

The Upper Room living room

The Upper Room open-plan dining room and kitchen

View of the lake from our balcony

View of the lake from our balcony

Bird watching

Bird watching

Antelope

Monkey

Monkey

An evening braai (BBQ) with a glass of wine:
Vrede en Lust - Boet Erasmus 2011

Chicken and grilled cheese sandwiches

The old railroad tracks
There are lots of interesting things to see and do in Wilderness. We visited the beautiful beach, walked the boardwalks along the water, and there was a hut for bird watching enthusiasts on the lake close to our accommodation. We did so much in such a short time that I'll share some of those photos over the next few weeks.

I'm also on Instagram.
Ich bin auch auf Instagram.

All original photographs by Tina Morley unless stated otherwise. 1camera1mom is mostly in English mit ein bisschen Deutsch.

More on the Garden Route:
Our Acrobranch Family Adventure
Redberry Farm Family Fun

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Redberry Farm Family Fun


Family Holiday South Africa
Familienurlaub Südafrika

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During our kids' June and July winter break, we took them to the Garden Route, along the beautiful south-eastern coast of South Africa. To get there, we had to drive past the little town of Ashton where the bright orange flowers of the deep green aloes lined the road. It's also one of the stops on Route 62, which is fast earning the reputation as the world's longest wine route!

Redberry Farm in George

Redberry Farm has the largest permanent
hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere!

After leaving Ashton, we turned off Route 62 and headed for Swellendam where we got onto the N2 and the Garden Route. We drove past bright yellow canola crops and lush green fields. We were headed to George and the Redberry Farm, the first adventure of our family holiday!

It's a great place to take the family. There's plenty to do from picking strawberries, to walking the maze and more. There's a farm stall for quick refreshments and a coffee shop. You can sit inside or outside and there's a playground to help keep the kids busy while you eat. I highly recommend stopping here to stretch your legs if you're driving past George.

Our Teenagers: Jeremiah, Samantha, and Jessica
with Hubby in the background



Entering the Maze

Samantha

Samantha

Robbie took this photo of me.

He also took this one.

Someone we met offered to take our photo.
From Left to Right: Me, Samantha, Amanda,
Jessica, and Robbie

Amanda

Time For Refreshments

After completing the maze challenge, we got refreshments at the Red Shed Coffee and Berry Bar. The drinks and milkshakes are made with fresh strawberries from the farm.



Samantha

Robbie

Train Ride

Amanda rode the train. It took her through a small portion of the maze, around the strawberry field, and through a tunnel.



The Bubble Ball

After the train, she tried the Bubble Ball. We were her audience. Isn't the view at the water spectacular?






We had a blast at the Redberry Farm!


All original photographs by Tina Morley unless stated otherwise. 1camera1mom is mostly in English mit ein bisschen Deutsch.

I'm also on Instagram.
Ich bin auch auf Instagram.

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