When Essere Lodge approached us to come and stay the night with other influential bloggers and photographers, we knew we couldn’t turn down an opportunity to visit a town we have yet to explore.

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Ever want to see me scream and run away while three wooly animals start charting after you because it was running in all directions from a barking dog? Then attempting to feed the Alpacas at Alpaca Loom Farm out in Paarl is the way to go to get that reaction from me again. 

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It’s true what they say about boys and their toys because Courtney went from being a man to instantly turning into a boy the minute he laid eyes on the vintage cars at the Franschhoek Motor Museum and I was not entirely sure how to handle this.

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Imagine having a partner who sends you images of what looks like either a black bag or a tiny bird with captions, “It’s an eagle!” *excited emoji*. Now one can only imagine how happy I was to find a place dedicated to eagles so that Courtney could see one up close.

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If you’re looking to unplug from the world and be surrounded by nothing than extraordinary mountain landscapes and lush bush then visiting Badensfontein in Montagu is the perfect staycation.

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We didn’t spend Valentine’s Day with chocolates or a candlelight dinner sprinkled with rose petals and a bottle of champagne. Instead we spent it with The Galileo Open Air Cinema on Allee Bleue Wine Estate out in Franschhoek. Seeing that the doors only opened at around 5pm, I thought why not make a short trip to The Huguenot Monument.

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After our boat ride at Kolgan’s Restaurant Boat, we took a 20 minute drive to Robertson where we were told to visit Bird’s Paradise. 

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Nuy Valley. A place I never knew existed yet has become one of the most beautiful places along Route 62 I’ve ever come across. 

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