Travel journalist Jared Ruttenberg takes us on his latest adventure as he explores the wonders of Bainskloof.

Having grown up in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Jared went on to study I.T. after high school and pursued a career as a designer. Through his career, he was able to work in both South Africa and the United Kingdom.

A few years later, he felt a calling to pursue a different path and became a pastor in the Anglican church, a position he held for over a decade. Life, however, had other plans in store for him.

While sitting on a remote beach in Thailand, Jared came across a quote that significantly impacted his life: “Don’t give the world what you think it needs but take what makes you come alive and do that; because the world needs more people who have come alive.”

And with that, jaredincpt.com, came into being. The blog features Jared’s passions, such as travel, spirituality, and South African-related topics. Since beginning his journey as a travel journalist, Jared has discovered a passion for experiences.

“One of the things I love the most about being a travel journalist is that I am a bit of an experience junkie so everyday I need to have something that is new in my life,” explains Jared, “so traveling in a country like this, where there are thousands of places to be explored, is almost like I have a never ending horizon to explore.” This week, he spent some time at the magnificent Mount Bain Cabin.

Located just 90 minutes outside of Cape Town, in between Wellington and Ceres, lies the Mount Bain Cabin. Nestled on the Hawequas mountain, the self-catering cabin overlooks the Breedekloof Valley.  While remaining completely off the grid, the Mount Bain Cabin offers simple luxury.

Yearning for a more simple and rural existence, away from the hustle and bustle of the Cape Town city life, owners Dean and Kerry Randall, decided to make their dream a reality and created the Mount Bain Cabin.

“What we are trying to bring to life here is slowing down, simple living in nature but with all the comforts that go along with that,” explains Kerry.

With its practical living, pure comfort and extravagant views, the Mount Bain Cabin is the ideal spot to reflect, reset and reconnect with nature. Guests have access to a range of outdoor activities including exciting hikes, mountain bike routes, and numerous swimming and kayaking spots. 

In his quest for new adventures, Jared came across the cabin when he was flipping through a magazine. Jared immediately added it to his bucket list and this week, we checked it off the list.

Jared has had the privilege of exploring over 150 unique locations across South Africa, including Mount Bain Cabin, but his most rewarding experience so far has been to attend the grand finale of San Pellegrino’s Young Chef Academy in Milan, Italy. So what advice does the globetrotter have for us?

“If there is one thing that we’ve learned over the past two years it is that there is no need for us to jump onto a plane and head out and explore the rest of the world when we have so much here on our doorstep.”

And that’s today’s lesson from a man who’s been there, done it and written the review.



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