An Exploring South African (@craiglotter)

Lunch time walk along Strand beach again today. All the children are now back at school, but there is still a surprising amount of adults squeezing a last bit of holiday out on the beach. #beach #strandbeach #strand #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Lunch time walk along Strand beach again today. All the children are now back at school, but there is still a surprising amount of adults squeezing a last bit of holiday out on the beach. #beach #strandbeach #strand #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Strand, Western Cape

Achievement unlocked - first day of big school for my firstborn. Good luck Jessica! (P.S. She was super excited to put on her school uniform for the first time this morning. Girls... 🙄) #jessicalotter #grade1 #firstdayofschool #primaryschool #gordonsbayprimary #gordonsbay #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Achievement unlocked - first day of big school for my firstborn. Good luck Jessica! (P.S. She was super excited to put on her school uniform for the first time this morning. Girls... 🙄) #jessicalotter #grade1 #firstdayofschool #primaryschool #gordonsbayprimary #gordonsbay #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Gordon's Bay Primary School

It's been a productive first day of work in my home office for 2018. Given this heat I reckon it only fair that I dip into my Christmas haul craft beer stock! #lumberjack #amberale #jackblack #craftbeer #gordonsbay #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

It's been a productive first day of work in my home office for 2018. Given this heat I reckon it only fair that I dip into my Christmas haul craft beer stock! #lumberjack #amberale #jackblack #craftbeer #gordonsbay #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Gordon's Bay

It's an absolutely perfect day for the beach out in Strand this afternoon. Took Jessica there for a nice long lunch time stroll. Loads of people making the most of the last day of school holidays! :) #jessicalotter #beach #strandbeach #strand #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

It's an absolutely perfect day for the beach out in Strand this afternoon. Took Jessica there for a nice long lunch time stroll. Loads of people making the most of the last day of school holidays! :) #jessicalotter #beach #strandbeach #strand #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Strand, Western Cape

Final day of what has been a mostly good 3 week long December holiday. Fire is lit and the beer uncapped. (Also, how cool are these Poison City Durban brewed craft beers? Chantelle surprised me with two craft beer boxes come Christmas - best gift of the year without a doubt!) #craftbeer #lager #poisoncity #poisoncitybrewing #gordonsbay #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Final day of what has been a mostly good 3 week long December holiday. Fire is lit and the beer uncapped. (Also, how cool are these Poison City Durban brewed craft beers? Chantelle surprised me with two craft beer boxes come Christmas - best gift of the year without a doubt!) #craftbeer #lager #poisoncity #poisoncitybrewing #gordonsbay #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Gordon's Bay

Emily turned 4 yesterday. We asked her where she wanted to go for her birthday and she chose Spur. It hurt a little as we drove past all the lovely, LOVELY wine farms on the way to Manitoba Spur in Stellenbosch! :D #emilylotter #spurbirthday #birthday #spur #manitobaspur #stellenboschsquare #stellenbosch #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Emily turned 4 yesterday. We asked her where she wanted to go for her birthday and she chose Spur. It hurt a little as we drove past all the lovely, LOVELY wine farms on the way to Manitoba Spur in Stellenbosch! :D #emilylotter #spurbirthday #birthday #spur #manitobaspur #stellenboschsquare #stellenbosch #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Manitoba Spur Steak Ranch

On our way home at last! After a quick coffee stop at Ikigai in Riversdale, Chantelle and I opted to pull over at Oude Post Bistro in Buffeljagsrivier for a bite to eat. Two observations: 1) Delicious milkshakes and 2) it would very much seem that Roosterkoek concoctions are definitely the flavour of the month for seemingly all places along the N2! :D #roosterkoek #milkshake #oudepostbistro #buffeljagsrivier #n2 #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

On our way home at last! After a quick coffee stop at Ikigai in Riversdale, Chantelle and I opted to pull over at Oude Post Bistro in Buffeljagsrivier for a bite to eat. Two observations: 1) Delicious milkshakes and 2) it would very much seem that Roosterkoek concoctions are definitely the flavour of the month for seemingly all places along the N2! :D #roosterkoek #milkshake #oudepostbistro #buffeljagsrivier #n2 #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Oude Poste Bistro

The advantage of waking up super early on a Summer's morning is of course that you have a pristine beach all to yourself :) #beach #diazbeach #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

The advantage of waking up super early on a Summer's morning is of course that you have a pristine beach all to yourself :) #beach #diazbeach #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Diaz Beach ...

It's hard to argue with the giant orange sign atop a waterslide. Mossel Bay is pretty 'lekker' indeed! :) #lekker #waterslide #waterpark #diazbeach #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

It's hard to argue with the giant orange sign atop a waterslide. Mossel Bay is pretty 'lekker' indeed! :) #lekker #waterslide #waterpark #diazbeach #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Diaz Waterpark

Washed up jellyfish feeding frenzy on the beach this morning. Plough Shell sea snails are excellent scavengers who follow the smell of dead flesh from great distances. They often converge all at once (and from every direction) once a food source has been found out! Also, their bite can inject a neurotoxin - so probably best not to play around with them too much. #jellyfish #seasnails #ploughshell #beach #diazbeach #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Washed up jellyfish feeding frenzy on the beach this morning. Plough Shell sea snails are excellent scavengers who follow the smell of dead flesh from great distances. They often converge all at once (and from every direction) once a food source has been found out! Also, their bite can inject a neurotoxin - so probably best not to play around with them too much. #jellyfish #seasnails #ploughshell #beach #diazbeach #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Diaz Beach ...

That's seal island lying small in the water there. Home to lots of seals and thus many sharks also circling around it. One of the reasons that Chantelle reckons she'll never swim in Diaz Beach or Santos Beach waters! #sealisland #boardwalk #diazbeach #beach #mosselbay #southafrca #anexploringsouthafrican

That's seal island lying small in the water there. Home to lots of seals and thus many sharks also circling around it. One of the reasons that Chantelle reckons she'll never swim in Diaz Beach or Santos Beach waters! #sealisland #boardwalk #diazbeach #beach #mosselbay #southafrca #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Diaz Beach ...

Just a week ago this beach was packed to capacity. Now it's just a few locals and holiday stragglers left to splash in the waves and soak up the sun. #beach #diazbeach #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Just a week ago this beach was packed to capacity. Now it's just a few locals and holiday stragglers left to splash in the waves and soak up the sun. #beach #diazbeach #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Diaz Beach ...

Loving our accommodation here in Mossel Bay for the evening. Just across the road from Diaz Beach! #diazbeach #guesthouse #diazbeachguesthouse #bedandbreakfast #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Loving our accommodation here in Mossel Bay for the evening. Just across the road from Diaz Beach! #diazbeach #guesthouse #diazbeachguesthouse #bedandbreakfast #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Diaz Beach Guest House B&B

Fish and chips from The Sea Gypsy down at the harbour when in Mossel Bay is pretty much must for us these days :) (That and a refreshing cold Glenhoff draught of course!) #fishandchips #theseagypsy #seagypsy #harbour #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Fish and chips from The Sea Gypsy down at the harbour when in Mossel Bay is pretty much must for us these days :) (That and a refreshing cold Glenhoff draught of course!) #fishandchips #theseagypsy #seagypsy #harbour #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Sea Gypsy Restaurant

Thanks to a big fire in the greater Mossel Bay/Albertinia area, the sky was a murky smoke filled grey for the entire day. Sunset was then of course absolutely stunning! #nofilter #sunset #lighthouse #stblaize #stblaizecave #stblaizelighthouse #thepoint #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Thanks to a big fire in the greater Mossel Bay/Albertinia area, the sky was a murky smoke filled grey for the entire day. Sunset was then of course absolutely stunning! #nofilter #sunset #lighthouse #stblaize #stblaizecave #stblaizelighthouse #thepoint #mosselbay #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Die Punt, Mosselbaai

Admiring the sunset over Hartenbos (and its putt putt course) with wifey @thehelderbergcakecompany this evening. #chantellelotter #puttputt #minigolf #atkvhartenbos #hartenbos #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Admiring the sunset over Hartenbos (and its putt putt course) with wifey @thehelderbergcakecompany this evening. #chantellelotter #puttputt #minigolf #atkvhartenbos #hartenbos #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At ATKV-Hartenbos

Perfect evening in terms of weather here in Hartenbos tonight. Eating softserve ice cream while listening to the easy sounds of a native American Indian busker (in full Cowboys and Indians regalia) entertaining a gathering crowd under the light of this rather festive tree. #atkvhartenbos #fairylights #hartenbos #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Perfect evening in terms of weather here in Hartenbos tonight. Eating softserve ice cream while listening to the easy sounds of a native American Indian busker (in full Cowboys and Indians regalia) entertaining a gathering crowd under the light of this rather festive tree. #atkvhartenbos #fairylights #hartenbos #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At ATKV-Hartenbos

Redberry Farm in George is home to the largest fixed maze in the Southern Hemisphere. 10km of pathways to get lost in! #maze #redberryfarm #george #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Redberry Farm in George is home to the largest fixed maze in the Southern Hemisphere. 10km of pathways to get lost in! #maze #redberryfarm #george #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Redberry Farm

Reached George. Seven and a half grand later, the Hyundai Accent is up and running again, and to celebrate/drown my sorrows on this sweltering hot day, it's ice cream, strawberries and a savanna at Redberry Farm for me! #strawberries #icecream #savannadry #redberryfarm #george #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Reached George. Seven and a half grand later, the Hyundai Accent is up and running again, and to celebrate/drown my sorrows on this sweltering hot day, it's ice cream, strawberries and a savanna at Redberry Farm for me! #strawberries #icecream #savannadry #redberryfarm #george #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Redberry Farm

Left Gordon's Bay 06:00 this morning in order to come pick our car up in George (where it spent the week while being repaired). That of course then meant  a 08:00 coffee and breakfast at the unmissable Tredici in Swellendam, one of Chantelle's favourite N2 stops! #coffee #bakery #tredici #bakersdozen #swellendam #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Left Gordon's Bay 06:00 this morning in order to come pick our car up in George (where it spent the week while being repaired). That of course then meant a 08:00 coffee and breakfast at the unmissable Tredici in Swellendam, one of Chantelle's favourite N2 stops! #coffee #bakery #tredici #bakersdozen #swellendam #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Tredici

Pro Tip: There is this little cluster of eateries as you enter Somerset West from the Strand Industrial side. This one in particular, Wok This Way, makes genuinely good Chinese food! #wokthisway #chineserestaurant #chinesefood #somersetwest #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Pro Tip: There is this little cluster of eateries as you enter Somerset West from the Strand Industrial side. This one in particular, Wok This Way, makes genuinely good Chinese food! #wokthisway #chineserestaurant #chinesefood #somersetwest #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Wok This Way

The Old Gaol on Church Square used to operate out of Swellendam's historic jail building. Now it does not. (But it does make rather lekker roosterkoek burgers!) #oldgaol #oldgaolonchurchsquare #restaurant #roosterkoek #swellendam #decemberholiday #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

The Old Gaol on Church Square used to operate out of Swellendam's historic jail building. Now it does not. (But it does make rather lekker roosterkoek burgers!) #oldgaol #oldgaolonchurchsquare #restaurant #roosterkoek #swellendam #decemberholiday #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Old Gaol on Church Square Restaurant

This magnificent NG church in Swellendam always makes my jaw drop whenever I see it. A truly spectacular piece of historic architecture. #ngkerk #church #swellendam #southafrica #decemberholiday #anexploringsouthafrican

This magnificent NG church in Swellendam always makes my jaw drop whenever I see it. A truly spectacular piece of historic architecture. #ngkerk #church #swellendam #southafrica #decemberholiday #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Swellendam, South Africa

Drove down to both Victoria Bay and then Wilderness this evening. Stunningly beautiful part of the country and packed to the brim with people still VERY much enjoying a good long holiday break! #vicbay #swimming #victoriabay #gardenroute #george #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Drove down to both Victoria Bay and then Wilderness this evening. Stunningly beautiful part of the country and packed to the brim with people still VERY much enjoying a good long holiday break! #vicbay #swimming #victoriabay #gardenroute #george #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Victoria Bay

It is so, so hot out here in George today!!! Super glad to have access to this pool at the French Lodge International! Snapped this photo from my doorstep this morning :) #pool #summer #decemberholiday #frenchlodgeinternational #george #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

It is so, so hot out here in George today!!! Super glad to have access to this pool at the French Lodge International! Snapped this photo from my doorstep this morning :) #pool #summer #decemberholiday #frenchlodgeinternational #george #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At French Lodge International

It is still peak season here in George, meaning Redberry Farm and Herold's Bay beach are both packed to capacity. (Looks lovely though). So instead, we pulled into the newly opened Veepos Padstal (in the middle of nowhere, just next to the airport), grabbing a delicious roosterkoek for lunch and an even better milkshake for dessert! #roosterkoek #padstal #farmstall #veepospadstal #george #southafrica #decemberholiday #anexploringsouthafrican

It is still peak season here in George, meaning Redberry Farm and Herold's Bay beach are both packed to capacity. (Looks lovely though). So instead, we pulled into the newly opened Veepos Padstal (in the middle of nowhere, just next to the airport), grabbing a delicious roosterkoek for lunch and an even better milkshake for dessert! #roosterkoek #padstal #farmstall #veepospadstal #george #southafrica #decemberholiday #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Veepos Padstal

It is absolutely gorgeous day out here in George. Fluffy white clouds, no wind, sweltering sun - a proper Garden Route Summer's day! #nursery #bargainnursery #george #summer #decemberholiday #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

It is absolutely gorgeous day out here in George. Fluffy white clouds, no wind, sweltering sun - a proper Garden Route Summer's day! #nursery #bargainnursery #george #summer #decemberholiday #gardenroute #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Bargain Nursery

Not relishing the idea of sitting without a car for the entire day here in George, I ended up hiring a car through the thoroughly professional AutoHireSA. They delivered the car to the guest house, I signed a few papers, and for the rest of today (and maybe tomorrow) this shiny white Volkswagen Tiguan is mine, all mine! :) #tiguan #volkswagen #autohiresa #carrental #gardenroute #veepospadstal #george #decemberholiday #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Not relishing the idea of sitting without a car for the entire day here in George, I ended up hiring a car through the thoroughly professional AutoHireSA. They delivered the car to the guest house, I signed a few papers, and for the rest of today (and maybe tomorrow) this shiny white Volkswagen Tiguan is mine, all mine! :) #tiguan #volkswagen #autohiresa #carrental #gardenroute #veepospadstal #george #decemberholiday #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Veepos Padstal

Standing where the venerable Kingfisher stood for 20 odd years, Pure is the new kid on the block, combining everything that you want from a modern, stylish eatery. Perfection in George! (Seriously, just look at that burger and it's presentation!) #purecraftandfoods #pure #hamburger #gourmetburger #restaurant #decemberholiday #george #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Standing where the venerable Kingfisher stood for 20 odd years, Pure is the new kid on the block, combining everything that you want from a modern, stylish eatery. Perfection in George! (Seriously, just look at that burger and it's presentation!) #purecraftandfoods #pure #hamburger #gourmetburger #restaurant #decemberholiday #george #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Pure Craft Food

With the car booked in for a fix at Hyundai tomorrow morning, the French Lodge International in York Street, George, is now home for the next two nights at least. (The girls and I have already made the most of having access to a swimming pool again! 😀). #guesthouse #frenchlodgeinternational #swimmingpool #bungalow #george #decemberholiday #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

With the car booked in for a fix at Hyundai tomorrow morning, the French Lodge International in York Street, George, is now home for the next two nights at least. (The girls and I have already made the most of having access to a swimming pool again! 😀). #guesthouse #frenchlodgeinternational #swimmingpool #bungalow #george #decemberholiday #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At French Lodge International

The kids have played, we've checked into the guest house, so now it is time for lunch. Spotted this beauty of a restaurant in our drive through town! #restaurant #pure #purecraftandfoods #george #decemberholiday #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

The kids have played, we've checked into the guest house, so now it is time for lunch. Spotted this beauty of a restaurant in our drive through town! #restaurant #pure #purecraftandfoods #george #decemberholiday #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Pure Craft Food

Successfully nursed our underpowered car into George. Seeing as we can't check into our guest house just yet, I thought we'd let the girls run around and get some fun play time in. Happy Valley fits that bill PERFECTLY! :) #happyvalley #kidsatplay #indoorplayground #george #decemberholiday #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

Successfully nursed our underpowered car into George. Seeing as we can't check into our guest house just yet, I thought we'd let the girls run around and get some fun play time in. Happy Valley fits that bill PERFECTLY! :) #happyvalley #kidsatplay #indoorplayground #george #decemberholiday #southafrica #anexploringsouthafrican

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At Happy Valley George