Africa | 19

Cape Town & Joburg…

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After a 24hr travel day from Riga Latvia, I landed in Cape Town South Africa. Spent the evening and then got up the next morning to fly to Johannesburg. Man. Luckily where I was coming from there was no real time zone difference (maybe an hour) or serious jet lag. I was pretty wiped out.

Sometimes you just have to get over it.

Adventuring requires a suck it up and get over it attitude.

Thats easy for me for the simple fact that it’s a massive blessing and dream to travel the world. And I work hard not to take it for granted!

You see, I was born and raised in Philadelphia, in the not-so-nice part of town. My parents worked really hard to provide for our family of 5. I’m the middle child and only daughter. I have two brothers. My dad has worked for the same company since I can remember. He taught me loyalty!

My mom, who passed away over a decade ago, was a seamstress. She actually made more than my dad. She taught me hard SKILLED work pays!

Growing up we didn’t travel much. The only spots we would go to would be over the bridge (New Jersey) to see my aunts (my dad side) and the family, and we did a family vacation to Puerto Rico to see the island and visit family. Another spot we went to was the Poconos. That’s where my love for nature might have originated. But that was all the traveling we ever did.

So I told myself I would travel the world one day. I’ve been to many, many places. More places than my family. I’ve seen a lot and have experienced a lot through all my travels.

I have a list of places I still want to step foot in and one of them was Africa. Any part of it would have been a dream. This trip was a dream come true.

Its stunning here.

There’s much corruption.

People in leadership lining there pockets.

But it’s absolutely beautiful.

The people are amazing.

Driving through the Cape I would see where the poverty was. And at the same time I saw a LOT of satellite dishes everywhere! Image below…. Everything yellow is a dish! I of course having been to many parts of the world seeing poverty, this was a little new to see.

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So on the second day I took that flight with my dear friends, The Potieger’s, to Johannesburg where we traveled to Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve! We saw 3 of the 5 BIG 5! It was the most amazing experience. I loved everything about it. We got to stay 3 nights at a beautiful hotelKWA Maritane Bush Lodge. With the cost of the stay it includes breakfast, dinner, and a Game Drive per day. Awesomeness if you ask me!

Image from Lodge website!

Image from Lodge website!

Image from Lodge website!

Image from Lodge website!

Image from Lodge website!

Image from Lodge website!

TRAVEL TIP: If you go on Safari I hear the best time to go is winter months. The animals are out and about more during winter than summer. So that was a major plus for us! We saw elephants, a lion, rhinos, zebras, giraffe, springbok, and a few others!

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We were fairly close to some of the animals. It was a great time.

I also visited a wine farm — Spier!

My friend Linda took me.

The wine tasting was amazing! We did the chocolate one! And we also included a cheese platter! We sat and talked for hours. The highlight was the white chocolate with their white wine combo. Such a HIT!

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Image from Spier website!

Image from Spier website!

Image from Spier website!

Image from Spier website!

We hit the road on Chapman Drive… western side of the Cape! So beautiful. Stunning views.

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I finally answered my question ‘what are the 12 apostles?’ I guessed correctly. They are mountain ranges! SO DANG AMAZING!

Image not mine!

Image not mine!

Overall the trip was amazing.

Couple things to note… it was extremely windy during my visit!

TRAVEL TIP: Robben Island was a no go cause apparently you need to book way way in advance! And Table Mountain was also a no go cause their was maintenance on the cable cart that takes you up the mountain!

Last but certainly not least… I met Mark and Mary-Ann. Check out their website!

In 1991 Mary-Ann and Mark Shearer opened their first shop in Craighall Park, Johannesburg. It was called “Mary-Ann’s Wholefood Emporium” – It started out as a health food store supplying preservative-free dried fruit and light vegetarian meals and the dream was to have a place filled with ‘natural’ foods, clothing, furniture, energy-saving gadgets and a whole host of eco/natural lifestyle products.

I was a frequent visitor of their restaurant both in Mouille Point and Gordon’s Bay Area. Fantastic food! Vegan. So so good. So filling. So so healthy! I was literally obsessed.

Sat and talked to both of them. Quality people. They really care about helping people. And that I can get behind!

I purchased all sort of goodies from their store, so much that I had to get another checked bag to travel back with! Not joking.

I also purchase 2 books from Mary-Ann. Perfect Health: The Natural Way and a recipe book.

If you’re ever in Cape Town, its a MUST! Go see them in their restaurant.

There are so many reason why I love travel, but one is hands down I get to meet new people!

Reflecting back on my trip I’m so very grateful for the opportunity and will be coming back for sure.

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Cheers,

Isa