Many of you were asking where I was last week so this blog is for you!
I took a 10-day trip to South Africa. My vacation started in Cape Town, just in time for my birthday!
Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and is the capital of the Western Cape Province, as well as being the legislative capital of South Africa (the Houses of Parliament are there). It is the most southern city in Africa. If you are a wine-lover, it is a stone's throw from South Africa's world-famous Cape Winelands around Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. The weather in Cape Town is unpredictable to say the least. The saying goes, ”if you don’t like the weather wait five minutes.” I must admit that statement is very true.
I stayed at the One and Only Hotel. The service and the food were absolutely impeccable. The hotel is right on the V&A Waterfront which is home to fabulous restaurants and shopping! While I was in Cape Town, not only did I shop, eat and taste wine, but I took a cable car to the top of Table Mountain which is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town. The view from the top of Table Mountain is one the most epic views in Africa.
After Table Mountain, I went to the infamous Robben Island where Nelson Mandela did 18 out of 27 years of his prison sentence. The tour guide was an ex-prisoner who was in jail when Mandela was serving his time. Just like I had anticipated, the tour was very sad and somber but very informative and historic.
I also visited a dinner theater called Richard's Supper Stage & Bistro “Kaapse Stories from the Mother City.” It is a musical history experience about Cape Town and the people. It uses well-loved South African and international songs to give insight into Cape Town’s (Kaapse) history and celebrates the resilient, colorful people who live at the foot of Table Mountain. I had a blast!
After soaking up the sun in Cape Town at the hotel pool and its many beaches, the next leg of my trip took me to Kruger National Park for a safari!
The safari was when my trip went from the WOW factor to the MAGICAL factor!!
I stayed at Billy’s Lodge in Ezulwini. Just like at the One and Only Hotel in Cape Town, the service and the food were impeccable. There were two drives a day, meaning we went out to see the animals twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. The evening drive is called a sundowner because we got out of the vehicle in the middle of the bush and watched the sun go down (The sunsets and sunrises were amazing) while drinking any beverage of your choice and eating tasty snacks.
The Big Five is what I aimed to see during my time on the safari. The Big Five is the most dangerous and the most hunted animals. They are the elephant, the lion, the rhino, the leopard and the buffalo. I am very pleased to say I saw four of the Big Five, countless other animals and the most beautiful birds I have ever laid my eyes on. The Big Five animal that eluded me during my visit was the buffalo, so I guess that means I HAVE to go back, right?!
I KNOW I am going back to South Africa and I suggest you go too, because it was truly a trip of a lifetime from the history to the landscape and everything in between!!
Until you take your trip you can check out my pics in the slideshow above. Enjoy!