New Year and Warmwaterberg

1 January 2023

We woke to a beautiful morning at The Homestead Caravan Park had a champagne breakfast at the camp’s restaurant. It was awesome. Our table was decorated, the champagne waiting on ice and a fresh fruit salad ready in a pretty glass. This was followed by a lovely English breakfast and of course some excellent coffee.
The rest of the day we spent swimming in the pool, walking in the shady gardens, reading, and napping. It was a wonderful way to start the New Year.

2 January 2023

We left The Homestead at 8:30 and made our way to Plettenberg Bay, stopping for breakfast at Bay West Mall just off the N2 then made our way to Plett. The traffic was flowing until we reached Keurbooms. From there we crawled for half an hour! This is Plett in season – we should not have been surprised! But it was lovely to be back at our daughter’s now much quieter home as all the guests had left. Our granddaughter and her boyfriend had also gone off to his parents for the rest of the holidays. For supper, we ordered Sushi in and it was delicious.

3 January 2023

We managed to get a caravan site at Warmwaterberg for two nights so left before 8 this morning in lovely sunny weather. We like sites 17 a b and c in front of reception and next to the pool but they were fully booked. Instead, we got a very private and shady spot, Number 16, behind reception. It was too hot to set up so went straight to the pools. Usually, we enjoy the hot springs but today we wallowed in the cold pool. Because it is still school holidays it was busy and there were lots of families with kids. However, it was still quite pleasant. We chatted to some of the parents and the kids and everybody was having a lovely time.

We decided that as these two days were the last of our holiday we would eat our meals at the restaurant. This evening I had bobotie and the Earl had Oxtail. The reasonably priced portions are really generous and come with plenty of vegetables. We really should have ordered one meal and shared!

4 January 2024

Isn’t it amazing how weather can change so dramatically? After a very hot day yesterday, the wind got up in the night and this morning was quite chilly. But this made being in the hot pools an enjoyable experience. We spent the day in and out of the pools and just relaxing.

In the evening we went to the restaurant again. I had the lasagne and Earl the ribs. Once again we were not disappointed.

I did not take any other photos of our two days here because I have blogged a few times about this spot. If you want more info I have written about the campsite here and what to do in the surrounding places here.

This was to be the last day of our holiday but a phone call while having breakfast was to change that. We were expecting the tenants in our house to move out today and tomorrow we would go home. But our agent called to ask if she could let to new tenants until 15 January! Yes, it was very last minute and we were not prepared but the opportunity to earn some more money made us bite the bullet and say, Yes, Okay – we will make a plan!

“We’re homeless!” I said to the Earl when I ended the call. But of course, we have our Gecko and so it would be home for another 10 days! We just had to decide where to go next.

Very quickly a plan took shape. We needed to go somewhere nearby. So after some discussion, we decided to go to Bontebok National Park for two nights and then to Cape Town but we couldn’t stay with the kids because there would be no place to park the caravan. But parking off at Chapman’s Peak Caravan Park for a week would be ideal. We have lots of friends and family in the area and really need to catch up with them. After enquiring we were told there would be plenty of space as most of the holidaymakers have now left.

So watch this space for news of the Homeless Gecko Caravanners!

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