Boesmanskloof Hike

Firstly let me start by saying that I do not like camping.  I would honestly rather do absolutely ANYTHING else besides camping.  Unless its glamping of course!

A few friends had been chatting about doing a weekend away to Hermanus with the intention of hiking up to a “hut” in the mountains on the Saturday, spending the night there, and then hiking back the next day.  NOT my idea of fun.  I was all for spending a weekend in Hermanus but I was far more keen on spending the weekend exploring the incredible wine route along the Hemel en Aarde Valley which consists of 12 stunning wine farms dotted along the picturesque route.

Now that’s my idea of a great weekend away!  However, wine tasting was promised on Sunday and so I ended up committing to going along for the hike too.  What was portrayed as a rather leisurely stroll turned into the most grueling four and a half hours of my life!  Now I am proud to say that due to favourable genetics I am a naturally fit person, and after 3 hours of trekking through the glorious wilderness I had had enough and was determined to get to that bloody hut as fast as my little legs would carry me.

When I get on a mission there is no stopping me!  And so to the surprise of my fellow hikers (specifically the guys in the group) I powered on by myself and ended up at the hut 30 minutes before everyone else!  I have to say it was worth it to see the awe on their faces!  The hike turned out to be a truly incredible experience, with beauty I had honestly never seen before.  One of my favourite parts was coming across a stunning natural dam that a few of my more adventurous friends decided to take a dip in.  I for one did not want to risk dying of hypothermia!

The “hut” turned out to be a gorgeous little cabin with proper beds, a kitchen and dining room, a hot shower and a flushing toilet.  Thank the Lord!! And so it was a well deserved respite after making my legs endure what felt like climbing Mt Everest.  Once everyone else arrived the evening consisted of drinking wine, playing card games and sharing a meal together.  And also making the decision that there was not a chance we were going to attempt the hike back the following day!  Luckily we sorted out a lift back and so the weekend ended with exploring some wine farms and having dinner at Lizette’s in Hermanus which I can highly recommend!

All in all it was an absolutely fantastic weekend and many special memories were made.  I would actually highly recommend the hike but make sure that if you want to make it a more relaxed experience to give yourself the full day to get to the hut.  It is a 16 km hike after all!

A xx

P.S. If you’re interested in going on this adventure click on the following link: Boesmanskloof Mcgregor Hike


Jordan Wine Estate

On Saturday I had the amazing experience of visiting Jordan Wine Estate for the very first time!  I have tasted their wine before at restaurants and have even bought bottles from the shops to enjoy at home but I had never actually been to the estate.  With it only being an hours drive from Cape Town, I thought I would go and have the full experience at their tasting room!

The wine estate is located in Stellenbosch at the end of a long winding road, lined with trees and stunning natural beauty.  It was a chilly, rainy day and the drizzle and mist made everything have a mystical, almost enchanted aura.  I knew I was in for a treat.

I was treated to two different tastings, the first was a tasting of 6 wines all from their Chameleon range.  All the proceeds of the range go towards the Jordan Chameleon Research Bursary which is an initiative started by the Jordans, whereby the tuition and research costs of a PhD student is funded by the proceeds.  What an incredible way to give back to the community, and on top of that the wines form the Chameleon range are just gorgeous!

The second tasting consisted of 3 of their best wines, each being served in its own uniquely shaped glass to enhance the flavour of the wine.  My favourite was the Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2016 .  The tastes of lime, citrus and fragrant oak spice come through with a full, rich, slightly buttery taste left in the mouth.  Absolute heaven!!!

We decided to get a cheese and charcuterie board to accompany the last tasting which was absolutely delicious and hit the spot perfectly.  Yet another reason to visit this incredible estate!  Make sure to pay Jordan Wine Estate a visit the next time you’re in the area, you won’t be disappointed.

A xx

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