A weekend getaway to the Bush
This past weekend my Lady and I departed Cape Town and jetted off to the City of Gold, Johannesburg. It was my Father’s birthday and he decided to go up and spend the weekend up country, visiting my sibling who has recently got engaged and is to be married in December.
Since we haven’t spent much time together as a family in recent times we decided to surprise my Dad with a weekend away to the bush.
We arrived in Joburg on the Thursday night and headed to the bush getaway early Friday morning. We were pleasantly greeted by our Chalet over-looking the Boma and swimming pool, as well as a few Nyala and Springbok tamely roaming the braai area out front.
As the sun started to set over the serene setting we cracked open a few beers and watched in awe as the day turned into night and before we knew it the sky was lit up. A powerful full moon and countless stars kept us in silence on more than one occasion. As the night went on it got progressively colder and before we knew it we were huddled around the warm flickers of the bonfire sharing good laughs and telling old stories from our past. This kept everyone entertained (as you can imagine), especially the over the top stories about me and my childhood, which I obviously dont remember.
Saturday morning was my old man’s 58th Birthday. We started the celebration with a massive breakfast and set off on our day game drive through the beautiful Mangwa Valley Private Game Lodge. We were completely spoiled with the sights and sounds of our surroundings. Majestic rolling hills filled the valley with a well populated watering hole, allowing us to see a variety of wildlife; rhino, giraffe, sable, warthog and even a few shy Crocodile.
The day would not have been a success without a few brandies and coke down at the Game Lodge’s bar while watching the mighty Stormers take on the local favourites and this season’s Super 14 surprise package the Lions, in a nail biting finish and a bit of friendly South African banter it was a game worth the hype. All in all a good result for South African Rugby even though a Lions supporter so disappointingly said, “A draw is like kissing your sister… ek sal nou Braai!”(I’m going to Barbeque.)
Like all good things the time had come to head back to the concrete jungle to catch our connecting night flight home. As we said our goodbyes and went our separate ways I could feel something deep inside. That sense of pride knowing that we just spent a weekend in the heart of nature surrounded by humble creatures who walk those majestic planes day in and day out. Disconnected from the busy lives that we all lead. This weekend reminded me about the value of family and the importance of memorable experiences with them. I am thankful that I travelled this past weekend albeit only a few hours away. This may have been my first proper bush experience but I know for certain it won’t be my last!
Every so often we get caught up in our own lives that we forget where we came from, literally and figuratively. So plan that next family day to a wine farm or make that booking to your favourite restaurant.