Saturday, 28 July 2018
Our friends Perci and Ray invited us to help celebrate their five years of wedded bliss at De Hoop Nature Reserve. There was a Wine, Whale and Music special on so we accepted with alacrity.
The weather was beautiful for this time of the year and it was great to get away for this special weekend.
On Saturday morning we arrived just in time to join a cruise on the vlei.
Our guide was excellent. What a great surprise to see hundreds of black-crowned night herons roosting on the bank with other herons and egrets. We would never have seen them from the shore. It was a fabulous start to our cruise.
The rest of the cruise did not disappoint. We kept seeing more and more species but the moving boat made photography difficult. Highlights were greater crested grebes, lesser and greater flamingos, Caspian Terns, yellow-billed ducks, Cape Teal and black-winged stilts.
It was really a most enjoyable trip and it ended with another super surprise – spoonbills waiting to greet us at the jetty.
From there we went to the restaurant and did some wine tasting, bought some specialty cheeses and then enjoyed a mussel chowder for lunch.
As we were leaving the restaurant somebody came and threw her arms around me. It was my ex-colleague Taryn who was there with her hubby, Craig and daughter Ella. What an amazing surprise. We keep up on Facebook but I haven’t seen Taryn for many years!
After checking into our chalet, Earl had a nap, I read my book and Perci and Ray took a walk to the restaurant to enjoy the high tea. Later in the afternoon we went for a short game drive.
The evening dinner was fantastic. A quintet of a flutist, three violinists and a cellist entertained us with their beautiful music. For dinner we had courgette soup for starters then Pork belly with mash and veggies for mains and a tiramisu for dessert.
Sunday, 29 July 2018
This morning we were up early and at breakfast by 8. There was a lovely selection of continental goodies and then scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon.
Our morning activity involved a drive to Koppie Alleen where we would meet Lauren de Vos for a whale-watching and rock pool activities
What a great weekend. We are so impressed with everything that De Hoop has to offer. The accommodation is well maintained, the restaurant serves excellent food, the guides are exceptional and there is a lot to see and do in the park.
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