A Day Trip to the Breede River Valley
This day deviates from the normal tourist routes and is a great opportunity to seek out local products like fresh fruit, olive oil and wine. The Breede River Valley is within a two hour driving radius from Cape Town via highway roads, though more adventurous drivers can try alternative, hair raising routes like Bainskloof Pass.

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Finding bliss in the Cederbergs

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After a very bumpy (7km or so) ride taking us deep into the hills and valleys of the Cederberg Mountains, I was beyond thrilled to arrive at Gecko Creek Lodge. If you're looking to get closer to nature, this is the place.

I watched sun fall snugly between the mountains from my tent (pictured here). You can bring your own tent but we opted for Gecko's, complete with two twin beds and bedding. They also have wood cabins with hammocks swaying out front (and I can only imagine how amazing they must be, under the thousands of twinkly stars at night!)

With a swimming pool, hiking trails to wander, a nearby river, and a lapa and boma (dining/cooking area) for mingling with the other guests there was no shortage of activities, even at such a small property.

What I found most surprising was the North American timber wolf named Hoka living on the premises. Somewhat domesticated, he was free to roam during the day and kept on a lead at twilight. It added a really interesting and wild dynamic to the quite, blissful experience at this lodge.

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by Marie Frei
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