Enjoy a unique Baviaans bush experience at Pabala Game Farm


With a little of summer remaining, I decided to make the best of it with a weekend away in the countryside – and my birthday was just the perfect excuse. While debating on where to go, “birthday luck” shone on me as I stumbled on Pabala Game Farm on Facebook.

Situated in the Loerie district, a mere 16km off the N2 highway and a 55-minute drive from Port Elizabeth, it was close enough for a one-night getaway.

Arriving at the rustic, self-catering farm cottage that we had booked, what struck me immediately was the cottage’s front porch, which overlooks the untouched Fynbos on the farm as well as the rolling landscapes of the Cockscomb Mountain Range beyond.

The self-catering farm cottage is ideal for a family of four with two bedrooms, a big bathroom and an open-plan kitchen, dining and living room. We found it squeaky clean and the décor made us feel right at home.

After recovering from the journey, we met Wernich Cronje, the owner, who took us to meet their tame bushbuck. It was an amazing experience getting up-close and feeding this beautiful animal. In true bush fashion, scraps from the bushbuck’s table were quickly nicked by chickens, peacocks and Muscovy ducks that roam freely on the farm.

We were then treated to a romantic sunset game drive. Anke, our safari guide, was very knowledgeable about the bush and its inhabitants from birds, bucks and the various floras of the Baviaans. My highlight was when we stopped above a mountain peak and looked over the valleys below.

To surpass that, we were soon dropped off at a river bank for a sunset picnic prepared by Gypsy Dreams. Complete with a campfire, scatter cushions, blankets and candles hanging on tree branches, it was a dreamlike picnic in the bush with “moerkoffie”, cookies, smoked ham and mustard bread rolls, butternut, chocolate brownies and sherry to perfectly round it off. We were later picked up and finished off our game drive with more wildlife sightings.

Back at our cottage, we lit a fire and had some snacks under the starry Milkyway before turning in for the night. We woke early and refreshed the next morning, just in time to see the sun’s first rays tanning the mountain tops.

After breakfast on the front porch, we were, sadly, on our way back to the city. That was when I realised that I hadn’t even looked at my phone, iPad or laptop since our arrival!

To book your stay, contact Pabala Game Farm on 042 296 2950 or 083 432 8108 or visit www.pabalagamefarm.co.za. To book a picnic through Gypsy Dreams Picnics contact 084 222 0894 or 074 874 0304 or visit their website at www.gypsydreamspicnics.weebly.com