Welcome to Cottage Imvana #Bulwer

If you want to “get away from it all,” I guess this is just it.

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A new rural stay in Bulwer, kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Pet friendly, owner operated and a down-to-earth kind of holiday environment to wean Millennials and even Baby Boomers off anything geek-ish. A place to experience and enjoy nature as God had made it.

Bring clothes for all seasons, very good hiking footwear, sunscreen and your camera. The area is quite photogenic.

If you want to “get away from it all,” I guess this is just it.

Random Rural Routes

This is real travel. Adventure is what births the traveler. You get people who fly across the globe without being travelers, you see. Travel is ingrained in the bone marrow from an early age.

It was back in the 1960’s and we wore safari suits & sandals. Randomly, we siblings would be summoned to bath, comb the cropped Nr 4 haistyles and get into the car.

A big car with tiny fins at the rear and a star on the hood. Lots of space inside, which was cool. A cavernous trunk that could swallow a platoon of Trojan invaders. And a kosblik.

We have this thing called padkos in South Africa. It usually consisted of cold boerewors, hard boiled eggs, sandwiches, frikkadelle, lamb chops, karringmelkbeskuit. (Google the unknown terms!)

We would lock up and go and before the car was in top gear, someone would ask: “Where are we going to?” Dad would usually answer: “We are following the car’s nose.”

This is real travel. Adventure is what births the traveler. You get people who fly across the globe without being travelers, you see. Travel is ingrained in the bone marrow from an early age.

So we would stop somewhere under a tree, at a hongertafeltjie – I coined that term for the concrete tables and benches by the roadside.

Padkos would be enjoyed al fresco. At the grave between Tweedside and Matjiesfontein, or in Bain’s Kloof, or somewhere between two Free State dorpies. Once, we had melktert in the middle of the Karoo, between Britstown and Strydenburg.

Such random travels took us to the Kruger National Park or the Big Hole in Kimberley. We camped where the two oceans meet at Agulhas, ate dried fruit in Montagu and swatted muggies at Gouda.

In this spirit of adventure, we crossed the Breede at Malgas (Malagas, really) and helped the wiry Oom Moksie Dunn haul the heavy pont across the river.

We saw the secretary bird kill a snake near Kimberley and blue cranes in wheat fields. At Roedtan, we ate putu-pap and lamb for breakfast.

High up in a tower we could overlook the entire smokey Johannesburg. And went into a studio where a livebroadcast was being done. I was six years old.

We saw weird and wonderful animals in zoos and visited Cape Point, went up Table Mountain.

We ate bokkems at Gouda and quinces at Halfmanshof. And we ate mebos. Passing through little dorpies, we always had our Thermos flask filled with sweet, black coffee – and consumed it at a suitable outlook or hongertafeltjie somewhere between Rondomverdwaal and Halfverskrik.

So we discovered the Tsitsikamma, rode ostriches, ventured into the Waenhuiskrans at Arniston.

This is just a taste of travel. Real travel, not the plastic kind you get at thirty thousand feet.

One must have it in your bones. Thanks, Dad, for making a real traveler out of your son before he was seven years old. As Awethentiq is it gets.

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Steenbokkie – Paradise Between Cape Town and Johannesburg

One particular dislike I have, is to sleep in a town where trucks grind gears, exhaust brakes roaring or trains get shunted about at 3AM. Peace and quiet is what I need and Steenbokkie is just that.

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Zebra Crossing

Travel between Johannesburg and Cape Town is best experienced if the trip is done in two or three days. Rushing down the highway in one day is not only downright dangerous, but South Africa is slipping past unseen.

One of the nicest stays along the way is Steenbokkie Private Nature Reserve about 7km (4 miles) north of Beaufort West. It remains a favourite stay with us, as the serviced overnight rooms and chalets are well-equipped and furnished in classic style.

Steenbokkie is self-catering and accommodation is fully air-conditioned with en suite bathrooms. Each room has tea/coffee making facilities, there also is a shared kitchen BUT the chalets all have their own kitchens, lounges and private braai (BBQ) areas. Satellite television is available but please rather experience a starlit Karoo night.

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Lovely Camping Area

Camping is great on lush, green lawns under shady trees. Yes, there is electricity and also adequate, clean ablutions facilities.

Stay at least two nights, take a stroll in the nearby desert, see wild game such as gnu, springbok, fallow deer and more.

You will also encounter a variety of wild- and farm animals at the farmstead. Kids will love it and so will you. Be sure to get a braai pack and enjoy a great Karoo evening under the exceptionally bright starlit sky. There is so much more, go discover the hidden treasures, the fullness of the Karoo will soon bust the myth of “there is just nothing.” Like us, you may even encounter the rare steenbok, the small antelope that this paradise borrowed its name from. http://steenbokkie.blogspot.co.za/2017/02/accommodation-at-steenbokkie.html?m=1

Friendly neighbour willing to eat from your hand
Our private braai area
Second Bedroom
Our Bedroom
Courtyard
Lounge with satellite TV
Lounge with Dining Area
Paradise in the Karoo