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South Africa - Downtown Cape/Camps Bay

South Africa - Downtown Cape/Camps Bay

Days 3-4:

After exploring southern Cape Town, we made our way to downtown Cape. We stayed at Cape Milner, a boutique modern hotel conveniently located close to the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay and Table Mountain. From the pool you can see Table Mountain!

Cape Milner Dining Room

Cape Milner Dining Room

Cape Milner Lobby

Cape Milner Lobby

Cape Milner Retro Decor

Cape Milner Retro Decor

After check in, we decided to venture to out to Table Mountain. We took a cable car up, it rotates to give you a 360º view of Cape Town. Once off the cable car, the views were just breath taking. No matter where you stand there's a gorgeous view. TIP: Go at sundown!

Table Mountain
View of Downtown Cape Town

View of Downtown Cape Town

View of Camps Bay

View of Camps Bay

For dinner we ate at Bocca, an upscale Italian Pizzeria. I got a little thirsty and wanted to try out a bar, and went to Orphanage Cocktail Emporium. This is a hip bar with flaming (literally on fire) drinks and a DJ spinning euro electro tracks. 

The next day we explored downtown Cape Town. Check out the V&A Waterfront where there is a very large shopping center. The marina was beautiful with all the sailboats. I got a little hungry and was recommended to take in the views at Silo Hotel's rooftop restaurant. They have a yummy charcuterie and I even saw dolphins swimming around!

We overheard the couple next to us talk about how amazing Camps Bay was, so we scooted our way over there. The salt air smelled magnificent and the waves were insane! It was almost sundown, we stopped in at Zenzero for a fabulous glass of wine. For dinner we headed to Paranga for sushi and an Ostrich steak. Topped the night off at Umi for a chocolate dessert. (All 3 places are in the same building and owned by the same company. AMAZING)

Camps Bay

Camps Bay

Sundown view Camps Bay

Sundown view Camps Bay

Restaurants: Bocca, Orphanage Cocktail EmporiumSilo RooftopZenzero, Paranga

Accommodations: The Cape Milner

Activities: Table Mountain, V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay 

Suggestions: Take an Uber. Even if it's a half mile, it's better to Uber than to walk! 

In collaboration with The Wild Collective

South Africa - Constantia/Cape Point

WE MADE IT!

After 30 hours of travel, we arrived in Cape Town!

Days 1-2: The Wild Collective put together an amazing 10 day itinerary! The first stop on the itinerary was Constantia. Constantia Valley is a super nice, low-key suburb of Cape Town. Located on the South side of Cape Town, it's conveniently located close to Cape Point, Boulder Beach and most importantly, it's wine country! Nova Constantia Boutique Residence was kind enough to host us. The General Manager greeted us and had already taken the liberty of making a dinner reservations at Bistro Sixteen82 on a vineyard. After a long travel, this guidance and forethought was spot on. The entire staff at Nova Constantia are very friendly and beyond accommodating. 

Room at Nova Constantia 

Room at Nova Constantia 

Bistro Sixteen82 is a must. Delicious tapas overlooking the rolling hills full of grape vines is beautiful. It's located on the Steenberg Farm.

Steenberg Wine Farm

Steenberg Wine Farm

We made our way down to Boulder Beach to see the South African Penguins and kept going down the coast to Cape Point. Cape Point has breathtaking panoramic views. We even saw an Ostrich on our hike!

Penguins at Boulder Beach

Penguins at Boulder Beach

Cape Point overlooking Diaz Beach

Cape Point overlooking Diaz Beach

Our road trip continued to Cape Point Vineyards (yes we love our wine tastings!) 

Cape Point Vineyards

Cape Point Vineyards

Lastly, We had to try the Chefs tasting menu at Buitenverwachting. YUM! The menu, consisting of retro cuisine, is divided into four categories, Light & Easy, Rustic Affairs, Indulge and Desserts, catering for relaxed and deli style lunches / dinners, but also offering a limited selection of fine dining dishes.

 

Hotel Accommodation: Nova Constantia

Restaurants: BistroSixteen82 - Steenberg Farm, Buitenverwatching

Activities: Steenberg Farm Wine Tasting, Boulder Beach Penguins, Cape Point, Cape Point Vineyards, Buitenverwatching Farm. 

Suggestions: RENT A CAR! We wouldn't have been able to do a majority of these activities if we didn't have a car. WIFI is limited (available but slow), I suggest buying a mobile hotspot to use for navigating. AT&T and Verizon are not covered under the travel pass in South Africa. 

In collaboration with The Wild Collective

South Africa (almost)

I've had some wonderful opportunities to travel, and this time it’s taking me to South Africa to collaborate with The Wild Collective! (Lions, and tigers and bears, oh my! Okay, maybe not the bears) The Wild Collective is a digital influencer agency that curate luxury travel and lifestyle collaborations. Pretty cool, huh? 

So, trying to plan all of this is a process! Dates are crucial because it all depends on availability of hotels (The Wild Collective coordinates this part for you), how many nights, and flights. Trying to choose a flight that’s budget friendly and one that will get you there in the shortest time possible might be the hardest. 

We ended up flying Turkish Airlines. It’s a 9hr flight from Boston to Istanbul. We made sure our checked luggage was under 20kg (44lbs) and our carryon was under 8kg (17lb). We ended up getting to Boston Logan Airport 3hrs early which was fine, our flight was leaving at 11:35pm and we had time to grab dinner. Anyways we boarded, the economy seats weren’t too shabby, I made sure to remove everything from the front pockets so my knees had a little more wiggle room. I’d tell you how the free meals were but I was 2 melatonin in and didn’t wake up for dinner or breakfast. When we landed the little girl behind me ended up throwing up, I’ll just take that as a good omen! 

And here we are, waiting in the Istanbul airport for 9hrs until our next flight to Cape Town.

To be continued... 

 

Airline: Turkish Airlines 

Flight cost: $867.64 round trip 

Trip Duration: 30hrs BOS> IST > CPT

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