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Exploring the natural wonders of S.A.

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One last post about South Africa then it's time to get cracking on more reviews and trend spotting news.

Our last two stops in S.A. were all about exploring. First, we went to Grootbos, a private nature reserve along the southern tip of S.A. The lodging is all cozy cabins will every imaginable amenity. Our deck overlooked Walker Bay the home to exceptional sea creatures. A highlight of our stay was the whale-watching boat ride off the coast. We spotted dozens of Southern Right Whales napping, snuggling and frolicking in the nutrient dense waters. The curious creatures would get right alongside our boat to examine us--my daughter thought it was astounding. Our hike along these same beaches was a stunner: a mile of coast all to ourselves--that's how to vacate the city!

Besides natural beauty, the lodge also offers full meal service (included in the price) as well as a playroom and a full time babysitter to mind your tots while you horseback ride or go on a strenuous hike (I recommend exploring the Milkwood Forest surrounding the property).

From the coast, we drove six hours north to the Cederberg Mountains to stay at the ultra swank Koro Lodge. The lodge is a freestanding house run by the Bushman's Kloof Hotel. It was by far the most luxurious experience I've ever had. The hotel was decorated right out of a dream sequence: the softest duvets, gorgeous dark woods, humongous chairs plopped down on the outdoor deck perfect for catching a sunset. Sigh, it's tough being back in reality and having to cook mac-n-cheese again and deal with a massive laundry pile.

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While at this oasis we enjoyed game drives on the predator free reserve. On one sunset drive we saw a dozen of the Cape Mountain Zebra--one of the most endangered animals in the world. What a gift to give our girl: seeing this noble animal out in the wild.

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Other activities included excursions to see the local rock art (dating back 4000 years and was said to have been painted by Sans tribes members), mountain biking and general chilling out. I can't say enough kind words about the staff--we were treated to an exception culinary and cultural treat I won't soon forget.

If you'd like more details, please email me, For now, it's back to business and back-to-school for many of us. Hope your summer was fine and you have a wonderful chance to discovery your families.

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