Pack up the padkos, hit the road and drive up one of the most gorgeous coastal routes on planet earth. Twisty green highways that offer panoramic views of seaside towns and endless blue oceans; cruising along the Garden Route is all about little village exploring. Visit typical spots like the Peregrine Farm Stall (great coffee) that’s been making ‘honest homemade fair’ since 1964. This is the time to pack the kids in the car and turn off digital distractions. Play board games to avoid boredom and stop at the loveliest award-winning towns. For a nature surrounded bed & breakfast Serendipity in Wilderness is a personal favourite, with soft lux robes & a little nightcap included. 54 In the heart of the Kalahari Desert, you get to know the quiet calm of nature around you; despite the hippos and crocs drifting past while you paddle your kayak. Lagoons and leopards with lush and dusty landscapes and lions sitting on the banks of river deltas, the Chobe in Botswana is one of the Natural Wonders of the World and might just be the most pristine region to see this kind of concentration of animals. Go fishing with your dad like you did when you were 10 or take a guided walk exploring the wet deltas of Botswana, the national park is dynamic and diverse. Glamp in a luxury tent all the way to Victoria Falls & make note of that time that you saw a rare Wild African Dog. urbanlifenstyle.com 55