Sabbatical Diaries Week Three: Rosie Gibson in South Africa!

Rosie’s Sabbatical Diaries, Week 3 – travel to Fernkloof Nature Reserve:

Well, it has certainly been an interesting 3rd week on sabbatical!

The week started as planned, as we drove from Franschhoek down to a beautiful small seaside town called Still Baii, where we stayed in a private nature reserve. We spent a relaxing few days enjoying the peace and quiet and the beautiful beach, before driving along the Garden Route to Knynsa. Unfortunately there we experienced our only two days of rain in South Africa, resulting in us spending less time than we expected hiking and more time visiting art galleries and sitting in cafes!

Rosie with view of Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Our final stop on the Garden Route was Hermanus, where we did fantastic hikes in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve and along the coast path. We even saw a mother and baby whale in the ocean which was an amazing experience. We completed our time in Hermanus with a fantastic meal complete with wine pairings at Creation winery.

Unfortunately, that night we received the news that South Africa was to be put on the UK travel red list from 4 am that Sunday morning. Our flight home was due to land at midday on Sunday, so we had to make some quick decisions!

After some frantic research and many concerned texts from family and friends, we luckily managed to get tickets on the last flight out of Cape Town to Europe on Friday morning; meaning we landed in Munich on Friday night. Still, with no tickets booked from Munich to London, we waited for the results of our emergency PCR tests in Munich airport.

Pretzle, flight ticket and Passport

Brandishing our negative test results, we somehow managed to get seats on a flight to Heathrow early on Saturday morning. We are now isolating at home in London for the required 10 days.

Whilst isolation isn’t how I thought I would be spending the final week of my sabbatical, I am just grateful to be home! We are incredibly fortunate to have made it back to the UK as many people we met out in South Africa could not get seats on a flight and are now stuck there until flights resume, and will also have to enter hotel quarantine when they do make it back.

My final entry into this sabbatical diary will probably look slightly different from my previous ones as I will be doing much more DIY and home workouts and far less hiking and wine tasting!

Rosie gibson consultant at leathwaite who is taking her sabbatical

Rosie Gibson

Rosie Gibson is a consultant within the legal, risk and compliance team at Leathwaite. She joined in 2016 after spending a year on Leathwaite’s graduate scheme, where she gained search experience within a range of sectors.

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