Playing tourist with Villa Tuscana by Mantis

Being able to take a break from remembering how to complete supplier invoices in Pastel and having to be able to list the control activities in the payment and acquisition cycle is refreshing, to say the very least.  Varsity is practically done for the year and I got to switch it all the way off for a couple of days before exam preparations started.

Our stay at Villa Tuscana could then not have come at a better time. The past few months have been a roller coaster of work, a whole bunch of semester tests and deciding what we’ll be doing on our weekend “away”.

We checked in at this beautiful little hotel and was welcomed by the most helpful gentleman at reception. He even offered to help get our luggage out of the car, which was helpful because y’all know us females pack 10 outfits for one weekend – in case it gets hot, cold, or I have to attend a fancy dress party while I’m away. I know you do this, so don’t even be acting.

We booked a few activities using our Nelson Mandela Bay Passes. So just like my colleague, I will assume you don’t know anything about this wonderful idea birthed by Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism. The long and the short of it is that you buy a ticket/pass and it enables you to enjoy up to 70 different activities within Nelson Mandela Bay. Some of the activities are free for pass holders and some of them give you a massive discount. Some of the activities require booking, which is as simple as making a phone call to book your spot. We wanted to see how much we could get done without spending any money or having to leave Port Elizabeth, so we opted for a Kragga Kamma Game Drive and a little Segway Tour right here at home. Also, we really wanted to rest and spend time enjoying our stay, so hence the short list of adventures.

Our Saturday morning started off with the customary morning coffee that we were able to enjoy in the comfort of our cosy little room. Can I just say, that there is absolutely nothing in this world like hotel bedding. I swear they grow arms at night which usually makes me sleep like I haven’t slept in years and then struggle to roll out of bed in the morning.

We went downstairs for a wonderful breakfast served by the most friendly faces you can find that early on a Saturday morning. We also discovered that the restaurant is actually open to the public. I’m thinking girls night, date night or any other excuse possible to go there again.

The husband took some “work” with him on our staycation, so while he was doing that, I was flipping through TV channels to find cartoons to watch. This is one of the very view opportunities I had to watch TV, since we don’t own one.

We then decided to set off to our first adventure which was Kragga Kamma Game Park. The initial idea was to do the game drive through the park, but when we got there it was such a scorcher of a day to be stuck in a car for close to 2 hours. Instead, we opted for the forest walk right after we sipped on some drinks. All I’m going to say is, I’m a nature person – if such a thing even exists. Just that “clean” smell man. I cant explain it any other way. We had such a good time here.

We then headed to Summerstrand to take on the Segway Tours. Guys, I was legit convinced that I was going to fall flat on my face. I mean, I cant remember the last time I managed to balance on two wheels and now here is this thing with two big wheels and a handle that turns the segway left or right. I was told that the further forward I leaned, the faster the segway would go and the way to stop it was to lean back (not the track by Terror Squad, y’all). So I got on quite nervously and for someone who never learned how to ride a bicycle, I felt pretty proud of the fact that I managed to keep myself on the segway. We did a young trip from Something Good all the way to the Pier and back. The looks on people’s faces made this experience even more epic. Definitely one of those things that you can do more than once without getting tired of it.

We then headed back to our hotel room to chill before dinner. We went to enjoy some pool time. I must admit that I was not about to immerse my entire body into icy cold water, but I thoroughly enjoyed swaying my legs around under the water.

All in all, we had a wonderful stay and although Villa Tuscana is classified as a “business” hotel, there was absolutely nothing corporate looking about their spaces. Beautifully adorned walls, splashes of color everywhere and just a general feeling of “home”. So whether you’re coming to PE for business or to spend some time at the beach, you’re bound to have the time of your life if you opted to stay here.



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