HomeBase Cape Town


Our first hostel in South Africa was at HomeBase Melville in Johannesburg so it was only fitting we stay at HomeBase Cape Town too! We had a lovely stay at the Cape Town location as it had an awesome Family Room, Communal Kitchen, Rooftop Garden, Amazing Staff, and a friendly dog named Basey! Here's why we loved HomeBase: 1) BEAUTIFUL FAMILY ROOMS Each room has its' own unique character … [Read more...]

Travelling Overland from Johannesburg to Cape Town with Baz Bus

Brand Ambassadors - Baz Bus

Curious about travelling to South Africa? In this blog post, I will be reviewing all the different transport options (and why we chose to go with Baz Bus) as well as all the cities and towns we stopped at and the hotels & hostels we stayed in during our 2 month trip to South Africa. One of our dilemmas in travelling to South Africa was how to do the long bus trip from Joburg to Cape … [Read more...]

Once in Cape Town – Hostel Review

Once in Cape Town

South Africa has changed our mindset towards hostels! Before visiting, we thought that hostels were only for young backpackers. I used to stay in hostels in my early 20s. However, since getting married and having kids, it felt like our hostel days were behind us. Surprisingly, after visiting South Africa and staying in several hostels during our overland trip between Joburg and Cape Town, we … [Read more...]

Mile Crunchers in Mossel Bay

Mile Crunchers Backpackers in Mossel Bay

Why stop in Mossel Bay? There are many reasons to visit this beautiful town along the Garden Route...here are a few: 1) To go Shark Cage Diving 2) To visit Seal Island 3) To eat at Kaai 4 Braai Restaurant 4) To begin or end your Garden Route Adventure 5) To stay at Mile Crunchers We actually did all 5 of the above! The highlight was definitely Shark Cage Diving as it is … [Read more...]

Staying at Island Vibe in South Africa

Island Vibe Beach House

How family-friendly are backpackers hostels? That was the question that was running through our minds as we were planning our 5 week trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town in South Africa. Since we are using Baz Bus to travel across South Africa, it made sense to stay directly in hostels since the buses do door-to-door drop-offs and pick-ups at all the major backpackers in each city. We are going … [Read more...]

Away with the Fairies in Hogsback

Dan from Hogsback

An ambience of tranquility, gorgeous murals from Lord of the Rings, serene walks and hikes through the forest, the best pizzas in South Africa, super friendly staff & guests, ...AND...an amazing outdoor bathtub with a spectacular view (#WorldFamousBath)!! What more could you ask for? We got all this and more during our stay at Away with the Fairies in Hogsback. Hogsback has become one of our … [Read more...]

Top 5 Family Sightseeing Attractions in Johannesburg


Johannesburg does not have the best reputation in the world. Unfortunately, a lot of people say "the city is unsafe" which makes most travellers totally avoid the city or just stay overnight on their way to and from another city. We, being the adventurous family that we are, chose to spend a few days exploring Joburg and the surrounding area. Here's our recommendation for the top 5 things to … [Read more...]

Elephant Sanctuary at Hazyview

Elephant Sanctuary Hazyview

It's one thing to see animals in the wild, it's a whole different experience interacting with them up-close. During our 3 day Animal Safari at Kruger National Park, we must have seen 50-80 animals in the wild feeding, bathing, and crossing the road. Our kids loved these animals so we decided to visit the Elephant Sanctuary in Hazyview for a more personal and intimate encounter! We started off … [Read more...]

Animal Safari at Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park

A dream come true!! One of my lifelong dreams has been to do an Animal Safari in Africa. Watching open-air jeeps drive around while spotting the Big 5 (Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos, and Buffalos) seemed to be such a rush. I have seen dozens of shows on National Geographic and the Nature Channel, I have seen pictures on Social Media and videos on YouTube. However, this week, my dream of … [Read more...]

Lion and Safari Park

Lion Safari Park

Our first safari experience! Before our 3 day trip to Kruger National Park, we were debating whether to visit any other Animal Safaris. There are a lot of different Private Animal Parks to choose from in the Joburg area. It really depends on which animals you want to focus on! When we found out about the Lion Cub Encounters (a chance for our kids to play with lion cubs), we decided to … [Read more...]

Big Bus Tours – Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Corniche

This is the third city of our Round-The-World Trip that we are working with Big Bus Tours. We previously did Big Bus Tours of Hong Kong and Dubai. Make sure you read about our amazing 7 day Unlimited Attraction Pass trip of Dubai! I think most people feel that the first day of visiting a new city is overwhelming until you get your bearings. Even though I have visited over 50 countries, I find … [Read more...]