Africa again! | Cape Town, SA

Hey!

So you guys may have been wondering why I haven’t posted in a while and that’s because I was on holiday in Cape Town, South Africa! This was probably one of the most incredible holiday destinations I have ever been to and just the views itself were breathtaking! Whether it’s a relaxing beach holiday, an adventure packed holiday or even one for the wine enthusiasts, Cape Town has everything to offer!

I just arrived back in London yesterday morning and couldn’t wait to share my experiences with you guys so be prepared for a long stream of picture overload!

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Cape Town International Ariport

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Panoramic view from our Villa

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Tandem jumpers on Lions Head

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Camps Bay

On our first day, we went on the Hop on Hop off Tour bus (HOHO) and decided to take the Blue Mini Peninsula route. This was such a great and inexpensive way to start off the holiday, taking in the gorgeous views of the iconic Table Mountain, Constantia Winelands and the stunning white sand beaches like Camps Bay. Definitely a must do when in Cape Town!

Day 2&3

We spent a night at Gondwana Game Reserve where we experienced an authentic African safari along the scenic Garden Route. Since visiting Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, East Africa earlier in the year and loving it, we had to have the South African experience this time around and it was extraordinary!

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Gondwana Game Reserve

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Lunch upon arrival

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Afternoon game drive

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African Impala

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Black Rhinos

We had a strange encounter with the Rhinos as they came dangerously close to our Jeep and started to move it with their horns. It was so crazy and pretty scary if I’m totally honest!

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Lion Brothers

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Giraffe

On our journey back to Cape Town, we visited a cheetah rehabilitation centre called Cheetah Outreach which is a must for those who want to challenge their fears touching a wild predator haha!

This was such an incredible experience and the fact that these animals aren’t sedated and go back into the wild made it even more satisfying.

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My dad and I with Rafiki the Cheetah!

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Jus’ chillin’

Day 4

On the fourth day we travelled through Cape Peninsula down to Cape Point, part of Table Mountain National Park, the most South Western point of South Africa. We rode the funicular up to the lighthouse where we enjoyed breathtaking, panoramic views of the Western Cape.

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Cape Point

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The last stop of the day was Boulders Beach, famous for being home to a breeding colony of over 2000 African penguins. We strolled down Foxy Beach for the best glimpse of the colony and it was truly a special experience.

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Foxy Beach – Boulders Bay

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Penguin selfie! Outfit – Jumpsuit: Dorothy Perkins

Day 5 & 6

We visited Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens which is acclaimed to be one of the greatest botanic gardens of the world and I can assure you, it was beautiful against the backdrop of Table Mountain’s eastern slopes.PC141740.JPGPC141757.JPG

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We stopped for a lovely afternoon tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, which compared to afternoon tea’s in London, this was much more affordable and also had a much larger variety! I would definitely recommend this to any of you guys who love a bit of afternoon tea and are visiting Cape Town, but do book in advance as it can become very busy.

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I opted for the authentic South African Rooibos tea

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Outfit – Dress: H&M on sale!, Necklace: Forever 21

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Day 7

South Africa being famous for its winelands, we couldn’t leave without a bit of chocolate and wine tasting and a visit to one of the oldest vineyards in the whole of South Africa, the Groot Constantia producing wines for over 300 years!

We ended our day at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a very popular tourist destination so it was always very busy! And they had a MAC store and H&M haha!

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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront – Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

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Outfit – Shorts: Dorothy Perkins, Vest top: Hollister, Cardi: New Look, Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Day 8

On our eighth and final day in Cape Town, luckily the weather was suitable for us to take our trip up to the summit of Table Mountain, as the cable car does not operate in high winds so be sure to check the wind forecast before you go!

It was the best way to end our holiday with the phenomenal scenery of iconic landmarks such as Lions Head, Robben Island, the Olympic Stadium and Clifton Bay. cable-car.jpg

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Outfit – Dress: Foschini (South Africa), Bag: H&M

Day 9&10

Back to London! We left from Cape Town International Airport on Thursday 17th at around 1:30pm and arrived back in London at around 6am on Friday 18th!

South Africa is an amazing country and one I will be sure to visit again in the future! I loved trying some crazy new experiences and it’s a must for those of you who enjoy an adventurous and thrilling holiday!

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Hope you enjoyed, thanks for reading! Have any of you been to Cape Town or anywhere in South Africa before?


Sachita x

 

 

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Africa part 2 | Lake Nakuru & Masai Mara Safari

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I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages now so its slightly overdue but I just haven’t had a minute to spare with this working lifestyle right now LOL! Luckily I have a three day weekend ahead of me so have some extra time on my hands, I’m super excited to share my experiences with you 🙂

IMG_4453After our Kilimanjaro trek we took a few days <— to relax on the beach in Mombasa until our next big adventure – the Masai Mara safari. During the safari, the main aim is to catch a glimpse of ‘The Big Five’ including; White Rhinoceros, African Elephant, African Lion, African Leopard and Cape Buffalo. Fortunately we saw four out of the five which was so great – didn’t get to see the leopard 😦

We went during the summer month of June this year which was not a bad time to go, however the migration had just started over from the Serengeti in Tanzania so the planes were slightly more empty compared to how they would be in a few more months.

Day 1

We started our safari at Lake Nakuru on our way to Mara and here we caught an afternoon game. It was such an amazing experience, the wind rushing through our hair as we stood in the open top jeep, driving through the planes surrounding Lake Nakuru.

We saw a pack of cubs with their mother playing in the distance, the first of our big 5 – such an incredible sight!

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Day 2 & 3

We started on our journey to Mara and caught the afternoon game at 2pm. Here’s some photos of the amazing animals we saw including the white rhino and elephant – second and third of the big 5!

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We caught the morning game and the evening game where we witnessed the gorgeous red sunset over the Mara – couldn’t leave without viewing this – it’s a must! Such a breathtaking view.

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The final morning on the Mara, we woke up to the sounds of birds chirping and hippos splashing in the lake below our lodge haha. The hot air balloons took over the sky in array of multicolours peeping between the clouds.

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All in all, the safari was incredible and something I would love to experience again, that breath of fresh, clean air over the Mara, the breathtaking sunset, the animals catching their breakfast, the migration of the wildebeests crossing the river into the Mara from the Serengeti, cubs playing within the long grass in the distance – unmissable experiences, all of which I would love to see more of!

Hope you enjoyed this picture rich post and I leave you with these words:

Hakuna Matata! 🙂

Sachita x