Fernkloof Nature Reserve and Cape Agulhas

Two weekends ago, we drove to Hermanus hoping to spot whales.  We didn’t see any but decided to make the most of our weekend and visited Fernkloof Nature Reserve.  We have done a hike before – many years ago – and it was thoroughly enjoyable.  However on Friday we chose to do something more relaxing and got out our cameras and walked around looking at the beautiful gardens and many birds.  It is incredibly peaceful there and I took a few pictures to try capture this lovely morning.

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There are so many vibrant flowers around – I didn’t know where to look first.

The weather was so warm and there wasn’t a breath of wind which made it a perfect start to our weekend.

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We made our way to Tapas afterwards for some refreshments.  A relaxed restaurant so close to the Old Harbour – we love the vibe there.

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Saturday we went to visit Cape Agulhas.  On previous occassions we really enjoyed taking pictures of the wreck of the Meisho Maru that ran aground in 1982 and can be seen from the rocks as it is in the shallow waters.

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We may not have spotted any whales but we did catch a sighting of an octopus that swam across the shallow rock pool right behind us.  I don’t think we’ll be eating calamari in the near future!

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Swellendam mini-break

Mark and I felt like a relaxing weekend recently and so we decided to visit Swellendam.  We had stayed there many years ago and were eager for another visit.

We got there early on the Saturday morning and immediately drove to the Bontebok National Park.

The Park is beautiful and so quiet.  We felt relaxed driving around and it was great being in nature.  We saw some birds and Bontebok in the distance and could not have wished for a more peaceful start to our weekend.

Ready for breakfast we drove to find a restaurant and decided to try La Belle Alliance.  Such a lovely restaurant with stunning views.

If you are a fan of museums then you have to visit the Drostdy Museum.  This consists of several historic buildings and visitors can visit The Drostdy, Old Gaol and Ambagswerf, Mayville and Zandrift (which houses a restaurant).

 

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I could spend hours walking around a museum but I was keen to also visit Swellendam’s Fairy Sanctuary which everyone talks about.  It is so tranquil – you feel relaxed from the moment you enter the garden.

We had booked our stay at the Swellendam Country Lodge Guest House B & B and made our way there afterwards.  It is a stunning guest house with a beautiful garden and we felt instantly at home after checking in.  The room we stayed in was welcoming and so comfortable and the bathroom was modern and really pretty.

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Before the rugby we went for a drink at the Old Mill Restaurant which was recommended by a few people.  The weather was a bit chilly but every so often the sun would shine through the clouds and warm us up!

That said we decided to have dinner inside the restaurant that evening and it was so cosy by the fireplace.  Mark had the steak and I enjoyed a creamy pasta before we walked back to the guesthouse (conveniently situated next door!)

The next morning we made a quick visit to Bontebok National Park again and then returned for a delicious breakfast at the guesthouse.  The table had a tray filled with cheese, cold meat and fruit and we helped ourselves to cereal, stewed fruit and yoghurt before ordering a hot breakfast – eggs, bacon, tomato, mushrooms and toast – awesome start to the day!

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We packed up and made our way home shortly afterwards, determined to book another stay soon.