Babymoon! Where to go #Aquila

|By Elana| Home, To Eat

Supplement your honeymoon and baby shower with a get away, and you have a Babymoon!  Of course it’s compulsory. So if you want to keep the stress levels low later in your pregnancy, tell your baby-daddy about this mandatory vacation for both of you, before the birth of your baby… now already.  Maybe a weekend, maybe a week. It does require the male end of conception to pay for all expenses out of his pocket …because we are pregnant, and being spoiled is so necessary.


Last weekend  we took a drive from Cape town to near Touws River. The same rd we used to drive  as kids to De Aar!  The only difference is, you turn left on to the R46 waaaay before that, like you are driving to Ceres, and there she is, Aquila private game reserve.

 So under 2 hours away from Cape town you are surrounded by lions and  some of  the big 5 members.


Photo IBMedia

Photo IBMedia

I saw some day visitors, who opted for a safari on Horseback, quad bike…I played it safer and  at 8 and a half months preggers,  bounced onto one of the Safari vehicles.  Timothy was our experienced guide. And so our journey began.


Need some tips on BabyMooning ( don’t know if that’s a word…)…

But when?

I diarized my baby moon as soon as I knew the due date of our baby. Expert moms say book it in the 2nd trimester…I say, as long as you are near to a hospital, book it in the 3rd trimester. It’s fun thinking baby might come on holiday.  ( wink)



I have done a few game drives in SA, but have never seen  a lion up close, only in  sanctuaries.  I had to choose a place that a) I haven’t been to, b) Where I can’t go straight after baby’s arrival.  I choose Aquila Private Game reserve. Enough cellphone reception to call a DR. for an emergency  and far away enough from home to hear lions in the night and be greeted by Eland and Elephants at the waterhole in the morning from my Premier Cottage!  Also, you don’t have to take Malaria tablets.


You should visit this breathtakingly beautiful Karoo conservancy.   The staff are local (First Touws River, then Matjiesfontein are further on the N1) and extremely friendly.  I made friends with reception on Kitchen staff first.  I Was impressed that they had about 16,  2 point plugs available for these city slickers mobile chargers, and the staff assisting with dinner, cooked home made meals themselves.  Also, thank you for the Macon and beef sausages. Aquila. I don’t have pork, so that was a nice surprise at breakfast!

Aunti Lindtas and Cathrine

Aunti Lindtas and Cathrine


Well done to whoever thought of the idea to start a solar renewable energy project.  A solar power facility , that means all the daily energy requirements are covered by solar power!  Nice.


Also cooling off in the dust were a few Rhinos. The farm has a stunning project called – Saving private Rhino- see .  I saw several rhinos over the weekend.  I hope you spot them when you visit.


For now though I am waiting for baby to come.  The honeymoon, and babymoon is over.  I can still taste the food that Aunti Lindtas and Cathrine made…. I will be back soon, and instead of 2 we will be 3.

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From my room...

From my room…








2 Comments on Babymoon! Where to go #Aquila

  1. Elana
    March 16, 2015 at 4:20 am (4 years ago)

    BAIE DANKIE ! What a journey it has been. Thank you Natasha :)

    March 11, 2015 at 10:17 am (4 years ago)

    Ooeee, min dae nou ne!
    Good luck with this new part of your life journey!

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