If you know me, then you know how much I hate travelling (air or road) during holiday season. People are in such a hurry to get to where they are going that they forget to be careful. Then you have taxi drivers eager to drop and come back for more. Reckless! Reckless! Reckless! Too much stress. So we avoid travelling during the holidays. All the popular tourist attractions around Cape Town we also stay away from. Or we go super early and leave as it starts to get packed.

Wilderness, Garden Route

So we book our family holidays smack in the middle of nowhere so that we can relax and unwind without worrying about crowds, our kids safety and all that jazz.


One of our first holidays as a couple was to Knysna so with our first being 4, we thought it would be a good idea to go back there. Booked for end of January, figured the tourists and holiday makers would have gone back home by then. It would just be us and the pensioners.

Road Trip!!!

Our boy got really sick the week leading to that weekend. As such he was home the whole week. Day before we thought of cancelling the trip as he didn’t look like he was getting any better. We knew we would not even get half our money back (we had paid the full amount to secure the place). We packed and said we would see in the morning. Morning he still wasn’t 100% but we reasoned our way into going.

  1. He wasn’t well, but it didn’t look like we would need another trip to the dr. He was responding well to the meds
  2. He did not have a fever
  3. What do we do with the weekend? Stay indoors and watch him play and sleep?
  4. What do we do with Miss T?

With that in mind, I secretly checked where the nearest hospital was to where we would be staying and off we went.

The trip was not too bad, but we forgot to tell Miss T just how far Knysna was. Miss T still fresh from our Montagu holiday thought it would be more or less the same distance and 2 hours into the trip started crying to go back home. She said she didn’t like far holidays and we should turn back. Little baby slept the bulk of the trip. Started crying I think somewhere close to Mossel Bay. A feed, a break from his chair and a diaper change later and we were good to go.

Knysna Elephant Park

This was the longest road trip with the baby and he was super happy to be finally out of the car when we arrived. The activities over the long weekend made Miss T forget that the trip was too long.

What made our trip manageable?

  1. Lots of snacks and games for Miss T
  2. Lots of stops planned and taken for toilet and stretching
  3. First aid kit readily available in case of emergencies
  4. Children songs cds (we only get adult radio when driving to work, after Miss T has been dropped off at school)

Do you take long family trips with your little ones? How do you make them manageable?

Oh, East Head Café at the heads is a family favourite. Great food, great views, very child friendly.

The Heads, Knysna


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