A wild holiday

We have an incredibly intense life with 3 small children and a business to run, days sometimes run into each other and slowly but surely we become frayed around the edges. My folks booked us all in at Addo Elephant Park (they were camping and us in a forest cabin) end of last year and we all forgot about it. Until we had to leave that is! So we packed all our things up....and man does the littlest person have the most stuff and away we went. 4 hours later we were there. The drive is not too bad. It is just far enough to feel like you are getting away and close enough not to want commit murder on the way.

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First morning hubby, myself number 2 and 3 went out to look for the animals. And we saw plenty Kudu and bush pigs. Oh, and elephants! Of coarse you cannot go to a park with the word elephant in the name and not see elephants! Number 2 was intriged bu the wildlife and asked tonnes of questions and number 3...well it was all a lot for him and he had a little nap.

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Every elephant I see, I am struck by it's majestic size and apparent wisdom. Did you know that the matriarch will smell the herds droppings and from that determine what nutrient are missing from their diet and lead them to places that will have plants that provide those nutrients. No Google or anything...just by smell and wisdom. Life really does seem to mean something quite different out there. Life is messy and complicated but there amongst the wildlife it is simple and beautiful. 

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We had evenings around the fire chatting. No TV and cell phones even took a bit of a backseat. We all took turns preparing meals which alleviated the load. I made this delish corn bread one evening. I am going to tweak it and share it with you all soon. We made do with what we had and if something was forgotten it wasn't missed. We always seem to over cater! we even found lollies in the shop made from fruit and Rooibos tea so number 3 had his first taste of 'ice cream'.

Will we go back? Yes for sure. It was one of the most relaxing holidays we have ever had. Don't get me wrong, Cape Town is still my happy place but at Addo we had nothing pressurising us. No queues to stand in and no feelings that we were missing out on doing something. No time lost in traffic.  

Joanne van NiekerkComment