Road Trip to Mpumalanga- #TravelTuesday

Its Travel Tuesday and this post is to encourage us to take more road trip.

When I was growing up, I recall how my parents loved taking road trips. Their philosophy was, if you have a good working car, money for petrol and can afford a decent hotel, there’s really no excuse to take a road trip.

Fast-forward to my adult life, I’m fortunate that my +1 had a similar childhood and his family went on road trips.

When I think about it, the foundation of our relationship and getting to know each other came from the road trips we took. We are that couple that chose to drive 18h24 min (1773,5 km) – Johannesburg to Namibia for one of our travel adventures. That’s one of the the many remarkable, breath-taking adventures we took.

So when he suggested a road trip to Mpumalanga, I loved the idea. Road trips are not about the destination, they are about the company and most importantly the things you do and get to see along the way.

Our check list for road trip:-

  • Good working Car, Tyres in good condition, iPod, Camera, Snacks, Books and Sunnies.

The day we left, the weather was perfect – cloudy with spots of rain in certain areas.

What we did?

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When we arrived in Mbobela (Nelspruit) the weather was not great, it was raining. Fortunately for us, it was not our 1st visit to Mpumalanga, we had previously visited most of the scenic landmarks.

We did still manage to do a self-drive past Sabie – Pilgrims Rest – Graskop – The Pinnacle – Gods Window – Wonder view.  When the rain eased in some areas, we managed to stop at Mac Mac Falls, visited Pilgrim Rest and had pancakes in Graskop.

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Mac Mac Falls

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Anyone travelling to Mpumalanga for the 1st time, I highly recommend you spend at least 1 full day exploring the Panorama route, and do visit God’s Window, Wonder view, the Three Rondavels and Bourke’s Luck Potholes.

Where we at?

When I travel with my +1, we really do keep it simple from a food perspective, he is not a big fan of dining, he does it for me.

  1. Kuzuri Restaurant & Venue

We had lunch at Kuzuri, a gorgeous restaurant surrounded by the natural beauty of the Lowveld bush in a tranquil setting at the Botanical Gardens.  The inside dining area is quite formal and the outside is perfect for a relaxed breakfast, lunch, supper or sundowner.

The staff were warm, welcoming and friendly. The service was good but not very attentive, I ordered a vegetarian spring rolls and was given chicken spring rolls, my +1 ordered a cola tonic and lemonade and he was given a passion fruit and lemonade.

The menu has something for everyone and great to see a selection for vegetarians. I created a vegetarian tapas which was great except the halloumi was extra salty. My +1 enjoyed his vegetarian wrap.

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2. Harrie’s Pancakes Pannekoek

While in Graskop, we decided to have dessert at Harrie’s Pancakes Pannekoek. As the name suggest, this place is all about pancakes – savoury and sweet but they do have other food items on the menu.

The place is pumping with tourist coming in and out. Timing at this place is everything, we arrived just after a big group of tourist had left and managed to get a table.

The pancakes are fresh and taste really good.  The service was ok, and the pricing of the food is decent. This is one of those places that you have to stop at when in Graskop.

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Where we stayed?

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We were based in a lovely Tuscan style hotel in Nelspruit, La Villa Vita.

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Nestled in a in a quiet residential area in picturesque setting, the hotel is ideal for guests travelling for leisure and business. The hotel has meeting facilities, wedding venues and comfortable accommodation.

Accommodation

La Villa Vita has 21 rooms all offer a flat-screen TV with selected DSTV channels, air-conditioning, minibar, tea-and-coffee facilities and private bathrooms.

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Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, a gorgeous pool, gym, spa, restaurant, Bar/Lounge, private Jacuzzi.

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The hotel is surrounded by nature reserve and it’s extremely peaceful. We enjoyed our walks in the garden and just lounging by the pool with a pool. A perfect place for some R&R.

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Coffee, Food, Vinyl – Hard Pressed Cafe

The one thing that I love about Cape Town is the variety of coffee places one can go to. I stumbled upon a place called Hard Pressed Café on Bree Street in Cape Town. Coffee, Food, Vinyl are the core philosophy of this place.

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The coffee is great, I particularly love the Vinyl section in the store. It’s a great place to start collecting some old time classic vinyl.

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From a food perspective, there’s ample to choose from; they have bagels, croissants, sandwiches, salad and many I particular like how they names some of their food. I had the Elvis Pesto – scrambled eggs, pesto, feta on toast.

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Overall experience was splendid – friendly staff, good food, great coffee and awesome music.

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Weekend Party Decor – 50th Dinner

On Saturday I had the privilege of putting together decor elements for a 50th Dinner Party. My clients brief was ‘elegant, classy and beautiful’ without breaking the bank.

We went with a clean, classy, simple yet elegant look. Flowers of choice were Roses and Orchards, colour scheme was Gold and Cream.

Venue: Bryanston Country Club

Florist: Atomic Orchids

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

‘International Women’s Day provides the ideal opportunity to demonstrate that power expands the moment it’s shared, and to leverage individual leadership for collective progress.’

‘It’s a day to reflect on our collective past, to take stock of & celebrate the present and ensure that we create a bright future for the next generation’ – Videsha Proothveerejh

Spent the 7th and 8th March surrounded by a group of powerful, influential women, from different backgrounds, all coming together to celebrate International Women’s Day(IWD) and to impart some knowledge to the younger generation, our future female leaders.

The 1st IWD event was a Girls In ICT day, where we invited girl learners to attend an informative session about ICT careers with women in Technology. The event was hosted by Girls Invent Tomorrow (www.girlsinventtomorrow.com) – an initiative that was conceptualised in order to Educate, Encourage and Empower young high school girls about the vast career opportunities available in the ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) Sector.

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The event kicked off with a key-note address by Shana Kay Derman – CEO and Chief Innovator at Intellicred, followed by a panel discussion with women who are changing the face of Technology.

I would like to Thank, Shana Kay Derman from Intellicred, Monique Ross and Suzanne Smith from She’s the Geek, Kira Chernotsky-UCT Director of Customer Services at UCT’s IT department, Lebogang Madise-Microsoft student partner, Palesa Sibeko and Natassia Badenhorst for taking time out of their busy schedules and spending the day imparting some knowledge to the girl learners, you are all truly inspirational.

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The 2nd event was a Global Women’s Mentoring Walk – the event is an opportunity to highlight the importance of women’s leadership, and to accelerate the impact of women leaders through mentoring.

At this event mentors were given an opportunity to engage with a new group of bright, young mentees, as well as to reconnect with past mentees.

A big congratulations to Hema Vallabh, her team and Vital Voices for organising such a fitting event to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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Riding for a Purpose – Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge

On the 10th November 2012 I embarked on another cycling challenge and attempted the Momentum 94.7 to raise money for organizations that offer a range of services to individuals and families infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. These organizations provide Home-based/Community-based care services to ensure that the basic needs of people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHAs) are met AND in remembrance of all the Individual that have lost the battle to HIV & AIDS and all the individuals that are living with HIV & AIDS

It was a challenging race, the heat was unbearable. Due to technical issues with my bike, I had to retire after completing 55km, very disappointing indeed.

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I would like to thank all the individuals that supported and donated towards the initiative. The funds that were received were donated to an organisation called Sakhisizwe. The funds were used to purchase hampers for children living in child headed homes in Orange Farm.

On to next challenge

  • On the 10th March 2013 I will be riding the Cape Argus (109km), I will be joining a Charity Organisations and riding to raise money for their initiatives.

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About Sakhisizwe

Sakhisizwe was established By Ms Valencia Molisa with a few other ladies as a support group for people who were HIV infected. In the early days Valencia discovered that the meeting attendance numbers were dropping and when she went to visit the members to understand the absenteeism, she found that some of the members had passed away and that others were bed ridden being looked after by their children. The children whose parents had passed on, remained as heads of households looking after their younger sibloings and unable to attend school. Thus Sakhisizwe was formalised and plans to feed the families and ensure children attended school were put in place.

Today the centre looks after the children through providing emotional support, meals and school support in form of homework support and also provides assistance to adults that are HIV infected through the provision of meals and home based care services.

Contact Details:-

Juliette Veitch

waterfordpre@telkomsa.net

Finding my Greatness with NikeSA

Nike We Run Jozi 2012
Nike We Run Jozi 2012

Today I found my “greatness” with NikeSA, I was amongst the 20000 runners/walkers that participated in the 10km  Nike We Run Jozi 2012 event. To be quiet honest, I was VERY reluctant to run this race, my reasons were:-

  • The 20000 runners (I don’t seem to cope well with crowds)
  • The start time and the black compulsory t-shirt (9am start time, running in the Jozi heat, wearing a black t-shirt – I wonder whose brilliant idea that was)
  • My fitness level (This was going to be my 1st 10km race in 2012)

The overall experience was fantastic, running through the streets of Alex was awesome, such great people and they really created a wonderful atmosphere.

The Nike SA team did a great job. Will I run the race next year? ABSOLUTELY. I just hope they consider starting the race at an earlier time and consider a different colour t-shirt.

TS.