Ever gone on a vacation and failed to sleep, well I didn’t sleep the night I stayed at the Big Cave… – all I could think about was the fact something was going to crawl over my face during my sleep. Yeah, I must have missed that part during my Instagram posts I was saving it for this post because I was too busy showing you how beautiful the place was. But behind the scenes I was actually having a major panic due to spotting a long tailed Dormouse (some people say its cute and furry) I’m not sure people + the sad part is the fact I thought its was a lizard at first because all I could see was the tail so it was a big surprise to see this mouse! I went as far as locking myself in the bathroom- anyway amongst us were all these other bugs & insects which didn’t bother me.
I mean we were in the very caves were African Bushmen used to live, surrounded by nature and animals. We were in fact in their natural habitat and they were probably more afraid of us – we should have known what we signed up too right!? (what did we expect well I didn’t expect anything larger a spider that’s for sure) – but seriously this moment will always make me laugh and smile that’s why I’m actually happy it happened. These are some of the unexpected events of traveling that I appreciate the most – I will always look back to this experience not as a bad one, but the one that made me cry with laughter!
Anyway lets talk about all the other magical things, like how peaceful and quiet the camp is and during the night when you look up to a sky full of glittering stars – The camp would beat the drums when dinner was ready and this was the perfect time for story telling. All the guests and those who worked at the camp would sit down at one table to eat. This was so special because here you got to share and listen to stories from people from different walks of life also interacting with others instead of interacting with those you traveled with & its also nice for those who travel solo.
My favourite part was waking up to natural light and the sounds of the animals who live around the cave. The best way to do this was sleeping with the curtains open so you get the light coming in nice and early. After all we didn’t travel to the caves to sleep right hahaa! So at 6am we were up and ready to walk through Matopos rocks – which was a beautiful experience. During this walk I learnt the history Matopos Rocks the heritage of Cecil Rhodes where once upon a time cavemen and cavewomen lived. In fact there are Khoekhoe paintings which are still indented on the stone, these paintings are what they used to write and create memories for generations that followed on.
Some of these experiences can’t be found anywhere other than Africa itself – truly grateful
That’s all from me this Sunday, time to enjoy a Sunday Dinner-
I hope Everyone has a lovely week –
P.s I have this new outlook on Monday’s I seem to get really excited about them because I know its a fresh week and it’s the start of the count down to the weekend.
Big Love, Taffy – xo