Staycation: Kragga Kamma Game Park

I mentioned before that this year I want to do a couple of staycations around the city and my husband and I did our first one this last weekend.

How did I make my choice? Well, to be perfectly honest with you, I grabbed my app and filtered the Port Elizabeth options by lowest price because January means being a little broke, doesn’t it?

Lucky for us, Kragga Kamma Game Park came up as one of low-cost options and I’m so glad it did!

I’ve been starting to get a little bit of a complex lately. My husband and I are constantly “in need of getting away”. Are we broken? We went away to Hlosi in November. Two days of pure luxury. Surely we don’t need to “get away” that often!

But what if we do? (The fact that we totally forgot to take a couple selfie the whole time we were away over the weekend makes me feel like possibly we need to work on our relationship a bit!)

Well, if we do need to get away more often then I think our little staycation idea is actually going to work for us. Luckily, as I’ve probably said before, when it comes to staycations there is little prep work to be done, and even just one night “away” can make such a huge difference to one’s state of mind. No big deal. I feel so clever!

So, back to Kragga Kamma Game Park: You’ve probably been there before. If not on a school trip then you probably took an out-of-towner there once or twice. Or you thought it might be a great place to take the kids at some point. And it was lovely, wasn’t it?

Can I tell you a secret though? Your day trip to Kragga Kamma Game Park was not nearly as awesome as it could have been if you had chosen to stay the night. Guys, there is just something so incredible about early mornings and late afternoons in nature. That’s when all the creatures come out to say hi and you actually just can’t believe how much there is to see.

Kragga Kamma Game Farm is small so no matter when you go you are almost definitely going to see plenty worth seeing.

But trust me, driving around that park in the early morning before it opens to the pubic is a special kind of bliss. Like Nadine staring in incredulity at the spectacles before her kind of bliss.

This weekend I truly had one of the most miraculous and incredible experiences of my life. I’m actually considering taking my kids there for an evening sometime even though I can’t quite afford it just yet.

And you know what? I’m not even going to tell you exactly why it was so incredible. It’s a secret.

You’re going to have to go and check it out for yourself.

Pics: #nayesexploreskraggakammagamepark

Travel Resolutions: Staycations

Believe it or not one of my biggest resolutions for this year is to spend more time “away” in my own city. This seems mad, I admit, but the thing is that I cannot help but believe that it can also be a kind of investment in our sanity. No, we can’t go away to fancy places all the time. We can afford neither the money nor the time to do so. But an un-fancy little stay on just the outskirts of town? Or even up the road? We might be able to do that.

Why, you ask? Because it kind of makes a difference. It’s a break without a big commitment, which is a great way to take a proper break.

Planning trips is an exciting endeavour, don’t get me wrong. But SO MUCH goes into them. Sourcing the funds. Finding hotels. Considering possible challenges. The list doesn’t end. And that’s just the list for the trip itself! You also have to organize how your home is going to function without you. Where are the children going to go (if they’re not coming with) and who is going to feed the cats and water the plants and meet the alarm company if the alarm is activated.

So, yes. I want to try this. One night at a time. Two at most. Almost no driving time (and low petrol costs). Just relaxing and exploring different parts of my city and sleeping in a room that is actually tidy for a change. Possibly getting rid of my phone for the duration (can I live without Instagram?) And having an awesome breakfast!

My first staycation is taking place on the 28th.

I can’t wait.

Valentine’s Day at The Kelway

So a little while ago I entered a Valentine’s Day competition and then completely forgot about it…until Monday when I got a message telling me that I had won a Valentine’s Dinner and a night in the honeymoon suite at The Kelway Hotel…

So yesterday was filled with heart shaped choccies and and googly goofiness. Kind of silly of course but it was a happy day. It’s  crazy what a night away from home does for your soul. Ty and I took a walk along the beachfront with some ice cream. We took a long bath and dressed up and ate wonderful food and got to spend the night in the coziest room.

It was delightful! Definitely the best Valentine’s Day ever.  (more…)