Travel Diary: South Africa

Highlights from my week in Johannesburg and Cape Town!

The Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, where I had an overnight layover.  I made it just in time for the last entry, and it was incredible. If you go, plan for a night visit. Seeing it almost empty made for a richer, more spiritual experience. 

My first night in Johannesburg and I headed out to the San Deck at Sandton Sun Hotel just in time to catch the sunset. I wanted to be comfy chic, so went with this pajama dressing look - silk pants, Nasty Gal bodysuit, and a white kimono. 

When your makeup looks this good an hour after getting off an 8 hour flight, a selfie is required. An in-flight sleeping mask is definitely a requirement! 

Cocktails by the fire pit

Wandering the gorgeous streets of Bo-Kaap, Cape Town

The V&A Waterfront 

Feeling on top of the world on Table Mountain

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Exploring the Stellenbosch wine region

Wearing a vintage embroidered sundress

The next day started with a tour to Cape Point, and the first stop was a visit to Boulders Beach to see the adorable, but mean penguins. 

The kimono added a nice touch to an otherwise super casual look, and I could take it off and stuff it in my tote when we hit areas of high sun or rough terrain as we hiked south. 

After crossing a gorgeous strip of beach, rocky cliffs, and patches of bush, we made it to Cape Point, one of the most stunning areas I've ever seen.

 Back in Johannesburg, where I went on a safari at  Pilensberg National Park . This photo was before the game drive begun

Back in Johannesburg, where I went on a safari at Pilensberg National Park. This photo was before the game drive begun

The next day I flew back to Johannesburg for a safari.  I hung out around Sun City, and made it to through their Maze of the Lost City before starting the game drive. 

Didn't get close to too many animals, but this rhino came pretty close to the road! 

The next day I dove into the cultural and historical side of Johannesburg, with a tour of Soweto and visit to the apartheid museum. 

     

 

 

The museum was one of the most harrowing experiences of my life. 

Overall this trip was one for the bucket list and I cannot say it enough - go to South Africa!!