It was perfect – we got so much more than what I expected. We arrived at Guano Caves and were greeted by the Day Manager who handed us our keys and map to the only Stone cottage on the farm (I had been dying to experience the Tented camp sites as I thought my 3.5yr old would think that was just the best thing ever, but they were fully booked).
Our cottage was settled just below the Montagu mountain range and had amazing views. It was a fully self catering cottage with microwave, oven, fridge and one huge, and I mean huge, outdoor fireplace. There was also a small fireplace in the living area for the wintery nights but to top it all off, the cottage even had air con. This was a nice surprise and I am sure most useful during the summer season. On our first night, we lit the fire and enjoyed a great supper under the starry skies.
The next morning we had a wonderful walk all over the farm. My daughter was beside herself when we discovered a pot belly pig roaming around the grounds with her little piglets. There was also an Ilama and Ostrich grazing in the one fenced off field and goats and horses in another. For my little one, this was a complete ‘Dora the Explorer’ day! We then found out that we could feed the ducks, Emu and fish the leftovers from the night before so nothing goes to waste here.
They really have the Animal Petting Zoo setup perfectly laid out and my daughter loved it. The Emu frightened her a bit (which it would if an ostrich sized bird walked up to you and you were only knee height!) but he was gentle and waited until she had her hand out so he could help himself to the treat. 20+ ducks in the pond and chickens then all came hungrily running towards us for food. Oops, we quickly hopped back to the other side of the fence and soon all the animals were settled with our snacks.
The absolute best though was the Alpaca. Have you ever seen an Alpaca? My hubby had to touch the one and it got a fright and hissed a sticky, smelly grass spit at his shirt… did we all have a good giggle!
We then headed off for a 2 hour tractor ride to the bat caves - another excursion enjoyed by all. And then it was time for a swim in the middle of winter! My ‘Dora’ was so excited – swimsuit on and off we hiked to the rock pool area. There was not a soul in sight - fantastic. We had 4 pools to choose from, well not really the one since the water was freezing, the other slightly warmish but the third one was just right… ahhh!
There was a park area next to the pools so off the little one went again swinging and climbing. She truly thought she was in heaven. There was also a big outdoor circular braai area right next to an outdoor lapa area for guests. I wished we had our friends there so we could all sit around the fire place for a fun lunch or dinner. What was really nice about the setup here was that all the lodging was away from the pools, so you had to walk to them (a few minute’s walk depending where you stayed) which was perfect as you then don’t get people living in the pool areas.
Having cruised the Antarctic, seen the Orangutans and Proboscis monkeys in the jungles of Sarawak, Borneo, and experienced the Trans-Siberian railway, Odete is a true world traveller. She has visited all the continents, except Australasia, and would love to visit the Fiji Islands on her next holiday.