Phinda Safari Accommodation ♡

We stayed at 2 different places during our recent safari to Phinda Private Game Reserve, each with its own distinctive personality and charm.
Bayala Lodge is an upmarket privately owned safari lodge.  Decor in the main reception and lounge area is upmarket and contemporary safari chic. 




 The bar and dining areas spill out onto a courtyard overlooking a swimming pool, with accomodation in rooms in a horse shoe shape around the pool.


We were then very fortunate to move on and stay at the small Bayete Tented Camp, which is available to And Beyond staff etc only.

I loved that small animals could roam freely around within this camp - and adored the charm and understatedness of eating meals outside around the boma fire, or overlooking the water hole under the trees.

The meals and service was absolutely superb, and the luxuries within the tents were just perfect!

Check out my other posts for other activities done on the Rangers Course.
For beautiful wildlife photography see


Phinda Forest Walk & Fossils ♡


Phinda Private Game Reserve is home to a very unique forest.  We were luck enough to do a guided walk when we were there recently.

The forest is home to the second smallest orchid in the world - fascinating!

JR Janse Van Rensburg was our passionate and interesting guide:

So many unusual and interesting things.  Including the broken eagles nest that decanted months of gruesome leftovers, some of which our ranger Matt van Wieringen recorded on his instagram feed:

At another site the next day JR showed us a range of fascinating fossils at Phinda:
Check out my other posts for other activities done on the Rangers Course.
For beautiful wildlife photography see


Elephant Adventures & Camera Traps ♡

Life in the bush is never dull, not even during lockdown.

During our recent trip to Phinda Private Game Reserve to do a school organised Ranger's course we had a very close encounter with some elephants who did not respect social distancing!

We were all VERY relieved when our ranger took evasive action and reversed out of the general area.
 On a more rewarding note, setting a camera trap with a fresh kill yielded some great evening footage when collected and viewed the following day:

Check out my other posts for other activities done on the Rangers Course.
For beautiful wildlife photography see


Lynfrae House to Rent ♡


  Please email for more information.
My modernised character semi-detached house (with a bonus work-from-home / guest cottage) in a convenient and upmarket part of Cape Town is now available to rent.  Here are all the details:




The current tenants of 7 years are moving on.  The house will be available unfurnished from 1 September 2021.


This private and updated semi offers flexible accommodation with a main house with 3 bedrooms and a self-contained outside cottage (large room, kitchenette and bathroom). Available from 1 September 2021. 

It is very well situated in a convenient and upmarket area close to Keurboom Park and southern suburb schools. The open plan lounge and dining room opens out to a sunny deck with mountain views and small manageable garden. 

The main house has a large main bedroom with BICS and en-suite with shower. The second large bedroom with BICS and the third bedroom / study share a family bathroom with bath. The property is fully enclosed and secure (with ADT alarm) and has fibre and a satellite dish. 

Secure parking behind automated gates for 2 cars under a carport. 

It would suit young professionals or family with work-from-home. Lease for 6 months or longer. 2 months deposit required upfront.

 It makes an ideal family home as it is perfectly located in a great and convenient area within the southern suburbs.

The house is in a row of semi-detached cottages.  We retained much of the character when we updated and modernised the property.  And as a blank canvas, this is what the house looked like just after we did the renovations and extensions:

 Please email for more information.