In search of some quiet time in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, my family and I booked a weekend at Pabala Private Nature Reserve.
Pabala is situated in the malaria-free Eastern Cape province of South Africa. This beautiful property is nestled in the heart of the Loerie district, located between the Garden Route coastal road and Baviaans Kloof Mega Park Reserve, about 30km from Jeffreys Bay’s famous beaches.
Nature at her best…
Picture breathtaking landscapes showcasing nature at her best. Pabala Private Game Reserve offers a variety of accommodation options, where you can expect large open terraces providing the perfect platform to view the wildlife.
We opted for the luxury permanent tents, which are perfectly set within the game farm, offering guests the opportunity to experience the African bush under canvas.
The camp itself is modeled on the heyday of exploration, a golden era when adventure lay around every corner. In order to keep with the authenticity of camping, adding to the full experience there is no electricity in the tents.
This type of camping can be exceptionally fun, mildly challenging for some but oh so adventurous and worth it. Each of the tents are assembled on wooden decks and fitted with two permanent single beds. Fresh linen and towels are supplied by the reserve.
The shared ablution blocks have flushing toilets, warm water and showers. Guests are able to relax at centralised boma area, where you can expect to hear jackals calling or even catching a glimpse of the elusive bushbuck.
On arrival we met with Nadine, the Reserve Manager, at Reception for check in. Nadine really made us feel completely comfortable as she briefed us on the property, amnesties and activities available to us. With great excitement we followed her down the mountain side to our tented accommodation.
The camp area is grass terraced and has been left as natural as possible. The entire property is fenced and provides safe parking for vehicles.
Enjoy the fresh air and clear sky…
Once settled and unpacked we nestled in for the evening around the communal fire at the boma. Absolute bliss. The fresh air and clear night sky instantly release all of our weekly stresses and life’s worries, leaving you feeling completely content and relaxed. We lost ourselves in the tranquil scenery, bustling flames and friendly chatter.
The next day we woke up at the crack of dawn for our pre-booked game drive. What a treat and what a kick start to the day. The family and I got to revel in the beautiful landscape, while capturing some truly memorable images of the vast wildlife, which roam freely amongst the Fynbos covered mountains between Hankey and Loerie.
When we got back to our camp site we all were left to enjoy the tranquility of the African bush, where I opted to relax in my tent with a good book, some family members went for a guided hike, while others sat around and caught up on life.
That afternoon we all headed up the mountain side to “Local is Lekker” the on-site pub and restaurant for lunch, situated next to Pabala Private Game Reserves reception area. The panoramic views, exceptional service, mouth watering food, ice cold beverages and entire afternoon spent at this quaint little establishment was an absolute treat and highly recommendable.
Other activities available for the adventurous include kayaking, Addo and Baviaans photo safari’s and a variety of fishing excursions from deep sea charters to fresh water.
On our last evening we all met around the crackling fire again where we spent our time soaking in nature. The next morning we left feeling completely invigorated. We all returned home refreshed and with a new sense of wonder and a better deeper understanding of nature and the wildlife we are so blessed to have around us.
For more information, or to make a booking you can email them on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 042 296 2950.
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