Rocherpan Nature Reserve

Recently, I spent a calm weekend at the Rocherpan Nature Reserve near Velddrif. Even although the pan isn’t completely full, there is an abundance of birds, beautiful vegetation and serenity. As far as I know, there is one main hiking trail within the reserve, and a picnic spot. There are also a few bird hides that allow you to observe the birds peacefully in their habitats.

We stayed at the eco cabins (Cape Nature) which are nestled in the reserve with beautiful views of the pan and the surrounding reserve – a lovely place to wake up in. I spent most of my time reading my book and just appreciating the beautiful surroundings and breathing fresh, clean air.

If you’re looking for a place to decompress and leave the stress of city life behind, this might just be it.

Nabeela x

Mountain Musings

There’s nothing that changes one’s perspective quite like spending a few days in the mountains sans cellphone signal and civilization. It’s a breathe of fresh air – literally. Drinking river water and falling asleep to the under the watchful eyes of shooting stars can be more beneficial than one might think going into it.

I learned a few things on my trip to the mountains. The first thing being, after a day of hiking, anything tastes good. And white flip flops and dust? Not a good idea.

But more than that, I learnt that once we lose connection with our phones (which seem to be an appendage nowadays), we gain connection with people. With nature. With ourselves. Without the constant distraction of push notifications and Instagram feeds, I found myself lost in long, deep, meaningful conversation with people, something that’s hard to come by in the busy city.

I learned that simply just spending time in nature is meditation in itself. It’s so healing and relaxing to live in harmony with the natural world for once, and not try to fight against it.

Lastly, I learned to appreciate the comforts of home. I certainly take basic things like toilets and my bed for granted far too often.

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It’s true what they say. Sometimes, the best way to find yourself is to get lost. Preferably in nature.

Nabeela x

Seaside Snapshots / Struisbaai

As a lover of the ocean, any time spent frolicking around in the waves and basking in the sun is an absolute treat. Imagine my felicity when I found myself in a beautiful beach house with my lovely family for just a little less than a week. Queue early morning runs, long walks on the beach, riding the waves, and taking some time to do good old nothing. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity to take some photos, the quaint fisherman’s village being my subject.

When we weren’t on the beach, we ventured to Cape Agulhas (the southern most tip of Africa) and De Mond Nature Reserve.

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Nabeela x

 

Oudebosch Eco Cabins

A little while ago, my family and I went to stay in the beautiful Kogelberg Nature Reserve for a quick getaway. It was utter bliss. I had just returned from my Europe trip, and it was lovely to have a chance just to lie in the winter sun, and read a book, without the constant noise of the internet (there’s no cellphone reception) and city. The Oudebosch Eco Cabins are beautiful, wooden houses on the foot of the mountains in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. There are mountain bike and hiking trails all within the area too, which is lovely too. As a design student and a person who has a deep appreciation for aesthetics and innovation, I was taken aback by the incredible design of these sustainable, eco-friendly structures. They’re beautiful and functional and staying there was such a treat. Nothing quite like some peace and quiet, fresh air and time offline…

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Nabeela x

Green Musings / Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren is one of my favourite places. I could spend all day sipping their deliciously fresh  juices and eating popsicles made from fresh fruits and herbs straight off the farm. I adore the many gardens, each with their own unique beauty. Its such a treat to have a good old stroll through this lovely, peaceful place. I have been to Babylonstoren before, but the novelty never wears off.  It’s a visual feast and an all around sensory delight. If you’re in Cape Town, this is a place you need to visit…

Here are some snaps from my recent visit…

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Nabeela x

{All photographs are my own. Be nice, don’t steal.} 

 

Durban Diaries / Day 2 

Hello  

This morning, I woke up to sunny skies and gentle breezes along the beautiful Dolphin Coast. After 6am, it was already bright! After breakfast, I took a little stroll around the hotel and took a few planty photos. 


We then went to the beach for a little bit before heading out to Durban itself. 
We went to the Station Drive area that reminded me so much of Woodstock in Cape Town. We walked around in some of the stores, my favourite being the colourful and quirky Shoppe, then made our way to the Morning Trade market in The Plant and picked up some yummy treats. We crossed the road and went into the Warehouse next door. We picked up some juice from The Cold-Pressed Juice Co. 

Cold-pressed juices from the Cold-Pressed Juice Co. So good!
Yummy macaroons we had at The Morning Trade

We ventured in Umhlanga and after some driving around, decided to go to uShaka Marine World. We dropped in there for a few hours, walked around, got a henna tattoo and had some lunch at the beautiful Moyo restaurant which is at the end of the pier. The view was gorgeous.
Virign Strawberry Daquiri. My fave …
The beautiful views of Durban from the pier!

Long, summery days mean happy hearts and sleep heads. 
Nabeela x 

Babylonstoren

Hello

I’ve been so looking forward to writing this post for a while now, and I’m so excited to be sharing it with you today!

A few days back, I visited the beautiful Babylonstoren estate with my family. It was such a lovely, hot day and it felt like summer! Babylonstoren is a Cape-Dutch style estate near Stellenbosch (again, in the Western Cape, South Africa). We spent the afternoon roaming the wonderful grounds that include gardens, restaurants, a hotel, a shop and a spa.

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We sat down at the Greenhouse Restaurant that happens to have a huge greenhouse next to it (I wonder where it got its name from?!). The greenhouse itself is full of luscious greenery and my cousin and I had a ball snapping away at all the stunning plants. The restaurant makes the most divine scones and fresh juices, as well as desserts.

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The other restaurant is called Babel, both of which are very popular and were almost full to capacity!

If you love nature, the different gardens will give you such pleasure. There are so many, such as the rock garden and the prickly pear garden (which I refer to as the cactus garden in the post) to name just a few.

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I also have some exciting content coming that I’m very excited about, so stay tuned! I am getting constantly growing support and followers and I really appreciate! Thank you for following along on all my baking, making and photo-taking.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx