Travelling Overland from Johannesburg to Cape Town with 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...]

Road Trip to Hermanus, Gansbaai, and Cape Agulhas

Visiting Cape Town? There are several Road Trips you can do from The Mother City including Cape Point, Stellenbosch, and the West Coast. We did Cape Point and Stellenbosh as day trips. Since we had a few days left in the Cape Town area while we were waiting for our Brazilian Visas to be approved so we decided to do another Road Trip! When planning our trip to Hermanus, we decided for a 3 … [Read more...]

33 South Backpackers in Observatory

We found out about 33 South Backpackers from the former owner Kim Whitaker, who is currently running Once in Cape Town. We had such a fun time at Once in Cape Town that we knew that we would enjoy 33 South as well! Each of the rooms is named after a different district / suburb of Cape Town and has a unique look and feel. We stayed in Bo Kaap (the Muslim area with the colourful houses). You can see … [Read more...]

Once in Cape Town – Hostel Review

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...]

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 an adorable dog named Basey! It's run by a mom and her 2 sons and it definitely has a family-friendly ambience! Here's why we … [Read more...]

Mile Crunchers in Mossel Bay

Why stop in Mossel Bay? There are many reasons to visit this beautiful town along the Garden 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...]

The Wild Farm in Wilderness

#FarmStay I've always wondered what it would be like to stay on a farm. Well, after this week, I had to wonder no more as we were able to stay at The Wild Farm in Wilderness. From the moment we got off the Baz Bus and jumped into the Farm Shuttle and started driving up a winding dirt road, I knew this was going to be a special experience. It has become one of the highlights of our entire 2 … [Read more...]

Staying at Island Vibe in South Africa

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

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, 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

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...]