My parents went on a road trip without me

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Guys I’ve seriously been the most boring lately (well, except for that sneaky little getaway two weekend’s ago. But more on that soon). Don’t get me wrong, working life is cool and all – salary, independence, meeting cool peeps, stretching my creativity, salary blah blah blah. But, lezbehonest it doesn’t leave thaaat much time for adventure.

All things considered, can you blame me for being jelly that my parents buggered off on a road trip without me? So much so that I’ve effectively hijacked their adventure for the purposes of this post.

For the last I-don’t-really-know-how-many-but-whatever-it’s-a-lot years, we’ve gone on family expeditions during the June/July school/uni break TOGETHER. These have taken us round a bit of Southern Africa, to National Parks like the Kruger, Kgalagadi and Addo, to unreal natural landmarks like the Blyde River Canyon and tiny but interesting towns including Colesburg, Citrusdal and Solitaire. We’ve braai’d under the stars in Namibia with jackals for company, camped at Augrabie Falls, climbed Dune 45 (and Dune 7!), faced down a herd of buffalo during a safari and changed tyres on isolated dirt roads. We even did a cheeky little international trip to Israel and Jordan. The key word here being “we”.

But, this year my parents did the thing. They went without us.

A 10-day trip took them from Cape Town to the Karoo National Park, Graaff-Reinet, Mountain Zebra National Park and Hogsback, and then back home along the Garden Route via our other home Plettenberg Bay. The Great Karoo to Coast Road Trip if you will.

So, if you were ever thinking of doing such a trip, here are some highlights – told by my parents in photos and quotes gathered from their WhatsApp messages.

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“Just arrived at Karoo National park. The view from our chalet…the wind is so cold.”
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“Peanut butter oats…just up your alley Emma” (My mom gets me guys. Also very appreciative of this top-down food shot, it’s v. on-brand)
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(Point in case of how well she knows me – she sent me snaps of all the cute doggos she befriended along the way)
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“My feet have never been this clean…no more cuticles!” (I’ll spare you the photo of my dad’s buffed and de-cuticled toes, but apparently the spa at the Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet is a vibe. I’m feeling this archway too)
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“Looking super cool…but was actually worried he would blow off the mountain it was blowing so hard.” (They’re checking out the Valley of Desolation from the Camdaboo National Park)
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“Owls…owls…and more owls.” (Word is there’s a lot of owls at The Owl House, Nieu Bethesda)
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“When all the other restaurants are closed, there’s always Spur.” (My parents’ idea of date night on the road)
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“At Mountain Zebra…very peaceful…plenty vervet monkeys. Going for a quick game drive.” (Unfortunately our family’s bad luck in the lion sightings department continues. This snap doesn’t suggest it but they did at least see loads of zebra and buck etc.)
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“We are doing chops, boerewors, pumpkin, onions and sweet potato.” (Almost forgot, for a hot second, that I’ve stopped eating meat when my dad mentioned they had made a braai under the stars)
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“Love from Hogsback
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“All in a day’s work” (i.e. checking out the view from The Edge Mountain Retreat in Hogsback, including the labyrinth below)

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“Such an amazing woman who has done all this. She’s an eco-feminist and so interesting!” (By “this” my mom means the Eco Shrine created by Diana Graham. This art installation looks over the Hogsback mountains, and is enclosed by cement walls filled with oil paintings and mosaic designs)

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“We just climbed 27 stories back up from the waterfall!” (The Madonna and Child Waterfalls were totally worth the missions though)

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“Take away pizza from a very strange restaurant…but surprisingly good food” (Even the pizza isn’t safe from the strangely wonderful spirit of Hogsback)
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“Guess where we are??” (Nature’s Way Farmstall just outside of Plett, of course!)

As I was writing this my mom was busy looking over my shoulder and chirping, “Did you not include that awful 10 hour drive we had through Alice? And what about how sore my bum got from all the driving!” Well, there you have it.ย If you have any more questions about their trip, pop a comment below and I’ll pass it on to the two intrepid travellers. My mom’s a Trip Advisor review worth of info at this point.

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Em xx

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