A Contradictory Life

A recap of our visit to Kaapschehoop and the gees of a live rugby game


It is an interesting game in an interesting town. - Paul Dobson

Our visit to Kaapschehoop was everything I thought it would be – relaxing as well as invigorating. I have written before about my love of weekends away for their rejuvenating mental, physical and emotional benefits and that we are spoilt for choice in SA when it comes to choosing places to break away to.

I love being on the road long before the rest of the country even begins to wake up. This way, the start of the journey is much more peaceful and when the sun rises you already feel relaxed and excited about where the journey is taking you.

We arrived in Kaapschehoop just after 9 am on Friday morning which meant we had the entire day to eat, walk, drink cocktails, walk, eat, have a long afternoon nap and eat. It was a perfect day really.


It was a little strange to be in Kaapschehoop without my family and to stay in my aunt’s sister-in-law’s guesthouse instead of in my aunt’s home but it was so special showing Wes’s family around and sharing years of memories with them. There is still so much we need to do there though and I am glad they loved it and cannot wait to go back.

I would definitely recommend Silver Mist Guesthouse (I know I might be biased but we did pay for our stay in full and my honest opinion is that it is the best accommodation in town.) I mean, how adorable is this accommodation (our bed was a brass four-poster and all the fittings in the bathroom are brass too – it transports you back to another era) and you should definitely eat the Eisbein if you go!

Saturday morning we left for Nelspruit and the Springbok gees everywhere was palpable! Of course, our taxi – that we booked over a week before and assured us he knew where the lodge was where we were staying – got lost but we had a lot of fun getting all the passing trucks to blow their air horns for us whilst we waited! Mbombela is a great stadium – I love the architecture of it and there is nothing like a live rugby game.

Our accommodation for the night was simple but clean and perfect for the occasion (less than 10 minutes away from the stadium). We had a good evening around a massive bonfire with some of the other guests and the communal kitchen area is everything you need for an affordable trip away from home where you don’t plan on staying in your room but doing a lot of exploring. We stayed in the sleeper cabins but they do have other options too.

A massive thank you to Wes’s dad for not only giving Chad such a memorable and exciting 21st present but for giving all of this experience too! When are we going back? 😉