It’s hard to put into words just how incredible my most recent trip was, but I’ll give it a go.
South Africa is a vast and beautiful country with so much to offer. We spent our time split between Cape Town and Sabi Sands Game Reserve on the outskirts of Kruger National Park.
In Cape Town we hiked to the top of Lion’s Head Mountain, walked on the beach in Camp’s Bay, drove the cliffs of Chapman’s Peak, visited Cape of Good Hope—the Southwestern most point of the African continent, cage dove with Great White sharks in Gansbaii, whale watched in the Indian Ocean and took selfies with penguins at a penguin colony.
We fell in love with everything the city had to offer, from the amazing people to the breathtaking sights. A Cape Town local told us to expect to see all 4 seasons in one day and that was definitely the truth. It would be 80 and sunny one minute and 50 and misting the other. I wore a lot of layers (and a lot of Vestique--I linked my outfits below). If you’re planning a trip to Cape Town, be sure to email me: [email protected]. I’m happy to share restaurant recs, our itinerary and anything else you might want to know.
From Cape Town, we headed about an hour west to Franschoek, a beautiful little wine village tucked away in the mountains. There, we drank our fair share of Pinotage, basked in the South African sun and just relaxed for two days. The five-star restaurant scene was on point, and with the exchange rate in our favor, we ate and drank like kings and queens. If you visit Franschoek, you MUST buy a day pass to the wine tram. With your admission ticket you get free tastings at 2 of the 7 vineyards and a pretty rad DD (hangover sold separately).
((I am in LOVE with this dress. It was perfect for vineyard hopping and I got so many compliments!))
After our 48 hours in the wine lands, we dropped off our rental car at the Cape Town airport and hopped on a flight to Skuzuza—the smallest airport I’ve ever been to right in the heart of Kruger. The safari basically started the minute we landed because we were picked up and shuttled to our lodge in a Rover. And so began the best 3 days of my life. We stayed at Notten’s Bush Camp—a beautiful little oasis in the middle of the African bush with no electricity and the nicest staff around. We did two game drives a day, and while the 5:30 a.m. wake-up call for the morning drive wasn’t the easiest, it was well worth it. On our first drive we were able to see 4 of the Big 5. For those who don’t know, the Big 5 are Africa’s most dangerous animals to see on foot—lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes and rhinos. By the end of the trip we had seen all of them up close and personal plus a slew of other animals.
((I wore this sweater--we're sold out now--and my Mountain Top Mama Sweater in the mornings and shed them for the afternoon game drives. Layers were key.))
**This was my favorite picture from the entire trip. Jarrod captured the male lion and the African sunset perfectly.
During the communal-style, candlei dinners we met the loveliest people and made some great friends.
All in all, I couldn’t have dreamed of a better trip. If you’re interested in planning an adventure of your own and need a little assistance, reach out to my friend John at Cagle Travel. This is the second trip he has helped me with, and neither have disappointed.