Monday, 30 June 2014

Mel's Corner - Disneyland

Hello Journeyers!
Welcome back to me! We are back from a wonderful holiday and today my new ventures begin. I am extremely excited! But before I start boring you with all my stories I want to introduce you to Melanie, she blogs over at Mel's Corner and covers everything from her fun daily activities to yummy scrumptious recipes and not to mention her Friday Funnies! I met her at the Blogger Meet Up last year and wish I could talk to her a bit more, but we will still do a sushi night or a braai. Here's her travel story...
The Magic of Disney

When I look back at my childhood I have such fond memories of watching various Disney movies, pretending to be characters from some of the movies, dreaming I was a Disney princess (this happened on more than one occasion) and then there was the time we actually went to Disney World in Orlando Florida.

So when we were on holiday in Hong Kong and the opportunity came to visit Disneyland we didn't even have to think about it, because of course we were going! 


From the friendly staff, beautiful colours, the happy sing-a-long music playing everywhere you go, the amazing decor, all the detail that has gone into the theme park (no matter how small, every bit of attention as been paid to it) and then there is of course the Disney characters themselves walking around. Oh and don't forget the parades which take place twice a day. Each night there is also a fireworks show choreographed to a collection of Disney songs. Disneyland really is one of the most magical and happiest places you'll ever visit. 
You can find her HERE:
I have always been a big fan of anything Disney. I've been told a few times that I must maybe start growing up a bit because I can easily sit and watch anything from Finding Nemo to The Little Mermaid for hours on end. I really hope to one day make it to Disneyland! Thank you so much to Melanie for just making me jealous now! :)
Have you ever been to Disneyland?

Thursday, 19 June 2014

B'sorah Luxury Tented Camp

Hello Journeyers,
Tomorrow I'm bidding my company farewell and going on a well deserved holiday break and will be back to blogging first week in July. I was not looking forward to Fathers Day in the city so decided to book a nice weekend away for us and came across B'sorah Luxury Tented Camp somewhere on the internet. Luckily for us it was also a long weekend.

They are situated in Broederstroom, between Hartbeespoort and Krugersdorp on a 1600 hectare farm. With 4 Luxury Tents and one Honeymoon Tent you can feel right at home and in the bush or if you are up for roughing it a bit they also have a 4x4 campsite with no water and electricity.

I was very excited for the weekend away, then again when am I not. Upon arrival we came across a obstacle that's been a issue for us with most things lately - Mo-Landy, as we were following the owners to our tent we managed to make it to the first tent. Why you may ask? Well there was a big branch growing across the road and Mo-Landy is too high. We were stuck on the one side of the branch and the owners on the other. I thought it was very funny, so Natalie just moved us to the first tent.

The tents are beautifully situated next to a stream with a terrace where you can sit and enjoy your coffee while looking over the water and listening to the call of the Fish Eagle. We even had some fresh picked flowers waiting in our tent for us. I love the small touches, it makes one feel special.

The owners, Natalie and Nicholas are extremely warm and welcoming and made us feel at home instantly. We spent our days relaxing next to the fire (yes we started our fires early as it was freezing) and next to the stream and even drove through to my aunt the Saturday for a nice visit. There are nice walking / bike trials on the farm and you can find some warthogs, horses, cows, nyala and even waterbuck wandering on the farm.

This place is perfect for Joburgers who need a weekend away but who are not a fan of long distance driving. Being only an hour away it will feel like you escaped the city instantly but also still close enough to escape and go have a nice lunch somewhere in Harties.

I really enjoyed staying here and would go back for a weekend in a heartbeat. I can only imagine how beautiful it will be in summer when everything is green.


You can find them HERE:

What did you do the long weekend (South Africans) or this weekend (rest of the world)?
Disclaimer: All expenses were paid for by us for our trip to B'sorah Luxury Tented Camp. As always all comments and opinions are my own. All of the content and images posted are my own unless otherwise specified / linked to the original source. Please feel free to share photographs and material from this site but please link back to the original image or post. 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway

Hello Journeyers,
If you are in South Africa I hope you had a great long weekend! When Ced's mother was here on our way back from our bush break we stopped in Hartbeespoort or Harties as most of us call it. I thought it would be fun to go up on the mountain with the Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort as I've never only read about it but never did it.

We were lucky enough to arrive just before the rush and only waited about 10min in line. The view from up there is absolutely beautiful! The ride to the top is also surprisingly smooth.

At the top you can sit and enjoy a nice drink or a nice refreshing lunch at the self-service express restaurant up top or if you don't have the stomach to eat up high you can try Bugatti restaurant at the base station while taking in the breathtaking view from up high or down low. We only stayed for a drink as in winter it gets rather cold. You can also arrange for a picnic basket and have a nice picnic on the grass while admiring the view from up high.

Loved the "high" so much? Buy yourself a little souvenir at The Little Shop at the Top and if shopping is not your "thing" then test your adrenaline levels and do some paragliding from the mountain.

It's your birthday? Well just bring along your Identification Document and you get a FREE cable car ride! *Mental Note-go back on my birthday*

I can just imagine having a exclusive birthday party on the mountain. OR imagine celebrating your engagement there. They have conferencing and events venues, with the main venue being able to seat 300 people. That's impressive!

I loved the experience, and the thrill of being taken up high. I would go do this again any day.

Ticket prices:
Return trip

Ticket office: R160 per adult, R90 per child (four to 14)

Online purchases: R140 per adult, R 80 per child (four to 14)
Under fours go for free.
You can also book and pay your ticket ONLINE.

You can find them HERE:

Disclaimer: All expenses were paid for by us for our trip to Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort. As always all comments and opinions are my own. All of the content and images posted are my own unless otherwise specified / linked to the original source. Please feel free to share photographs and material from this site but please link back to the original image or post. 

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Life's Journey

Life is like a journey on a train... with its stations... with changes of routes... and with accidents! 

At birth, we boarded the train and met our parents. We believe they will always travel on our side.

However, at some station, our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.

As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant: our siblings, friends, children, and maybe the love of our life.  

Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum.  Others will go so unnoticed that we don't realize that they vacated their seats!

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.

Success consists of having a good relationship with all the passengers...requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is:

We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.  So, we must live in the best way - love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.  

It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to Step down and leave our seat empty -- we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life!

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life.

Reap success and give lots of love. 

More importantly, thank God for the journey! 

Lastly, I thank you very much for being one of the passengers on my train! 

Aimee sent this to me, but we unfortunately don't know who the author is. 
I loved it and wanted to share with all of you. 

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Picnic in Pilanesberg

Hello Journeyers,
You read about our mini weekend break in Pilanesberg HERE, and as all of you know, Pilanesberg Game Reserve is open to the public. Seeing as check in was only at 2pm we decided to hit the road early and stop in PGR for a nice picnic.

We were through the gates at about 11:30 and found our target picnic spot on the map. We arrived at our spot around 12:30.

We had our picnic at Mankwe Dam 
We went to Fish Eagle Picnic spot, which was extremely busy (joys of a public park) BUT luck was on our side and we found a nice little private spot. We unpacked our lunch and just soaked in the sun, view and sounds of the bush.

This is a very easy and affordable day outing if you want to experience nature and get a chance to see some of the Big 5.

Pilanesberg is only about 2 hours drive from Johannesburg so easy and close enough to do as a day trip and it is the fourth largest park in South Africa.

"Pilanesberg is a melting pot of topographies--which include syenite koppies, forested ravines, bush veld and rolling grasslands and lightly wooded areas--all contained in the crater of an extinct volcano that covers 55,000 hectares."

You can find them HERE:

Have you ever been to Pilanesberg Game Reserve? What game did you see?

Disclaimer: All expenses were paid for by us for our trip to Pilanesberg National Park. As always all comments and opinions are my own. All of the content and images posted are my own unless otherwise specified / linked to the original source. Please feel free to share photographs and material from this site but please link back to the original image or post.