One of the many reasons I love blogging is when I come across like-minded women who share the same passions as me – and Jenny from Mums the World is one of them. She currently lives in Dubai with her husband and two children. We only discovered each other recently through Instagram and I’m pleased to be able to share her recent trip to South Africa where she enjoyed a fantastic safari and wine tasting, even with the kids in tow!
Over to you, Jenny…
What do you look for in a holiday?
I like a bit of everything. I think it’s nice to go on adventures with the children because it teaches them so much. However, it’s also nice to relax by the pool whilst they enjoy swimming and time in the kids club.
Where did you go?
South Africa. We flew into Durban from Dubai. We stayed in Durban for two nights. Then we caught a Mango Air flight to Cape Town where we stayed for five nights. We then flew back to Durban, where we enjoyed a Safari in Hluhluwe before heading back to Dubai.
Why South Africa?
Although he is British through and through, my husband was born in Africa so we have family friends and family over in the south that not only invited us but looked after us very well.
Me, my husband, our two year old (at the time) son George and my daughter Isla, who enjoyed the ride in my tummy. We visited in February and she was born in September. We also went with my sister-in-law and her two children, too, aged five and eight.
Where did you stay?
We had the pleasure of staying in some amazing places, mainly organized by our relatives. We stayed in family homes so unfortunately cannot give too much hotel news. However, for the Safari we stayed in a fabulous serviced house available for rent throughout the year. It was something very special and possibly one of the best accommodation’s I’ve ever stayed in and we used a company called Nights Away. They organized everything for us and even had the campfire lit for us when you arrived.
Were there plenty of activities for the kids?
It was a busy holiday and every step of it was an adventure. There wasn’t a kids club in sight and everything we did taught the kids something. From our visit up Table Mountain, to the Stellenbosch wine region, to the Safari, to the Shaka Marine Park – all in the great outdoors. The kids were never bored!
What did you get up to? Any sights, activities you want to shout about?
Yes – I could really go on all day – there were so many!
• We visited the wine region of Stellenbosch for the day whilst in Cape Town. Our family friends own a lovely vineyard and winery called Ridgeback. This was a great day. It was a shame I couldn’t indulge in the wine as much as I wanted to but I made up for it with the cheese. The children played all day on the small park and enjoyed the open grounds and fresh air! We were treated to a tour of the winery and extra special insight by tractor through the vineyards. This was such a special day and to this day, I haven’t found wines as good as the Ridgeback range.
• Cape Point was something special. You get to see some of the most ferocious oceans in the world joining together at one point. I found this fascinating!
• Boulders Beach! This is just amazing for kids. The penguins are so friendly, you can just sit and relax with them or play within the rocks with them. Too cute!• Hluhluwe Game Safari – Just incredible and the adventure would make for another story…
• Our visit to Seal Island. It’s a small land mass located 5.7 km off the northern beaches of False Bay, near Cape Town, in South Africa. The island is so named because of the great number of Cape Fur Seals that occupy it!
Was it good value for money?
Very much so yes. Everything was well priced, but to be honest everything is a cash bonus when you live in Dubai.
Your top tip/s for the area?
Cape Town – The Harbor for lunch and a stroll between adventures. It just lovely…
Which photo is your favourite and why? Tell us the story behind it.
Possibly when George was talking to a penguin at Boulders Beach – he was so over the moon! He was actually telling this little penguin about his day.
Would you recommend to a friend? Would you go back again?
Most definitely. I love Africa as a whole. South Africa is so beautiful and Cape Town – wow – you just can’t put the feeling it gives you into words. Its climate and calm is just so inviting and there’s so much to do and see. If I went back again I’d like to do a road trip around the Garden Route, I believe it’s meant to be stunning!
What are the five holiday essentials you couldn’t live without?
- My iphone ( sorry so ‘today’)
- Wifi – haha is that allowed but I have to have Instagram
- A city/country guide.. I love a good map and information pamphlet
- My diary – I have a terrible memory and have to write everything down
- My Sheer Tint moisture by Dermalogica – random but I don’t like to wear make-up on holiday and I can’t wear sunscreen on my face without breaking out. This moisturizer is the best for keeping my skin great with a high SPF
What is your most favourite place in the whole world and why?
The BOTTOM of Kilimanjaro – I climbed in June 2014 and it was something I needed to do for myself after I had my second child. I found it so tough, one of the toughest things I’d ever done. You’re most possibly wondering why I didn’t say the top and that’s because I was so exhausted up there and knew I had to go all the way back down again. It was that moment that I reached the bottom and knew what I’d achieved that I just paused there and took it all in. That will not only be one of my favorite places in the world but also one of my favorites moments.
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