And we’re off …
Wow, after months of planning, D-Day for the Old Mutual Foundation’s #Journey2 has finally arrived! The rental vehicle (despite arriving an hour late causing me major departure stress), is now packed to the ceiling with tripods, lighting equipment, reflector boards and every variety of camera lens available. Bags, jackets and laptops fill the gaps in between and Georgia has wedged herself into a nook she has found on the back seat.
With a flourish Mark whips out three travel survival kits that he has especially prepared for each us. I am blown away by the thought he has put into our special Journey Kits. We have zip-loc bags filled with every imaginable item to meet every eventually. Mark is definitely a just-in-case kinda guy:
- We have hand cleanser and wet wipes, note pads and pens.
- We have a medicinal kit with bandages, burn aid, plasters, gauze, safety pins and ear buds. The travel-sized dental floss will come in handy to save me from any interview embarrassment, I think to myself.
- We have fresh fruit and aloe juice.
- We have cuppa soup, packets of Game juice, hydration powder, cappucino and tea sachets and some hot chocolate just in case winter surprises us in February.
- We have lekker padkos snacks of dried fruit, energy bars and peanuts & raisins.
- There is even a bankie of biltong!
Feeling secure that I could now survive any crisis with my trusty kit underarm, we swing out of Mutualpark, Cape Town and head out west on the N2. Our destination for the first of 23 projects visits for #Journey2 is Grootbos Private Nature Reserve situated near Gansbaai in the Overberg region. It’s a two hour drive which goes by quickly enough, despite being hampered by sections of Stop/Ry/Go road works along the way.
A quote on the car in front of us, “God Love’s All” ….. hmmm, the use of apostrophe S?
Arriving at 6pm is probably the perfect time to experience Grootbos, when the late afternoon light is dipping golden towards the horizon. The Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is in an established conservancy area with vast tracts of untouched Cape fynbos high on the hills overlooking the entire Walker Bay coastline. An evening breeze off the oceans adds to the calm silence of natural bush and I can feel the stress of the last few weeks melting off me. It feels as if I’ve stepped into a little piece of Eden.
Not only have we been warmly and hospitably welcomed by the Grootbos team, but we discover we’ve been accommodated in the lap of luxury in a magnificent lodge set amongst the natural bush. This is certainly going to set the standard high for the next three weeks! Despite my tiredness, I can feel the excitement for the road trip ahead and am looking forward to tomorrow when we’ll be documenting the Grootbos Green Futures Foundation. Yes, I think, the journey has begun!
And we’re off!
Growing green futures
For the love of reading
Paying it forward
In the heat of the moment
The road to Camdeboo
The light of one small candle
Investing for the future
The building blocks of business
A heart for horses
Mining for talent
My ability is greater than my disability
To be a nurse, you must be love
There’s no such thing as ‘the voiceless’
Mark my words
The place where the sun rises
Welcome to your future