It was a trip that tooks months of planning and just two weeks before I left, I was suddenly inundated by people who taught I was crazy to go to SA with my family and to drive along the Garden Route. From reports in the media to some people who went - they thought I was nuts to drive and I was even asked to check out bodyguards.
However, I stuck to my plans as I had done all my groundwork and went through tripadvisor forum , blogs etc and decided to go with my original plan.
The result a wonderful trip and the nicest, friendliest people that made the trip so special The family had such a wonderful trip. Anyway, we drove all the way to Addo and stop over Mossel Bay, stayed in a lovely B&B Whale Pin and then went for an overnight at Schotia Safaris.the night safari and the bon fire and its Orlando rooms ( we can hear lions roaring from our rooms )was an experience the whole family will never forget.
On the way back, we stopped over at Jeffrey Bay and then a farm stay at Wildebram berry farm. My son loved the stay at Wildebram the best as the view from the cottage overlooking the mountains and valley was so beautiful. There was a pond , with horses and dog and a lovely fireside. It was like a postcard....
We ended our trip back in Cape town with the Portugal Vs Spain match. We didnt have to worry about traffic because Cape Town had it all so well planned. We expected traffic to be bad driving into the city on matchday but there was hardly traffic as we drove all the way into City Lodge. We walked with all the fans on the fan walk which was such a fantastic experience and walked back, We couldnt sleep after all the excitement and had a nightcap at the hotel.
The next day we spent shopping for vuvuzelas and souvenirs at Century City. ( the roads are so great and signages just fantastic)
The last night was just perfect with a sunset cruise from Victoria Waterfront and just when I thought I wont see any whales , a whale surfaced the last five minutes just as we were about to dock.
I just want to say Thank you SA for hosting the WC and for having all us noisy tourists. I want to thank that concierge at Holiday Inn Express who so wonderfully took care of my husband and son when we first arrived , Edward our ranger at Schotia. Joy and Louise from Whale Pin, Sharon from AI kynaston and all the destination experts esp Van De Caap and all the rest who had responded to all my queries ....