Thursday, 19 July 2018

table mountain & ostriches

Table Mountain might be the most iconic spot in Cape Town. It's a flat-topped mountain with a unique array of plants and creatures. The cable car is a speedy system - there is only one going up and down at any given time, and the trip is probably about 5 minutes one way. The views are absolutely stunning. Stopping at an ostrich farm while in South Africa is also a must, and Cape Town Ostrich Ranch is home to Tom, the smallest ostrich in the world.








 


boulders beach & cape peninsula

Boulders Beach is a sheltered, protected beach along the Cape Peninsula, and is part of Table Mountain National Park and is home to African Penguins. It was molting season while we were there so the penguins weren't looking too sharp, but is worth a trip to see them in their natural habitat. Cape Point was a beautiful sight to behold, and as we explored Cape Point National Park, we found a wild ostrich and an inquisitive little dassie. Wrapping up the day in Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens, South African flora and fauna is truly unique.















Wednesday, 18 July 2018

franschhoek & stellenbosch

Wine country of South Africa is stunning, and we began our trip with a stay in the adorable town of Franschhoek, just a quick drive away from the heart South African winemaking - Stellenbosch. Jardine Restaurant in Stellenbosch was a pleasantly surprising stop, and a refreshing meal considering the 35˚C + heat in town. Hussar Grill is a great place for a light dinner to try some local fare including ostrich and springbok. Driving around Jordan Vineyards in a safari jeep was pretty fun, and the Chardonnay reserve was truly a highlight with hints of caramel oaky-ness. Vergelegen is another beautiful estate in wine country with stunning gardens - fields of immaculately maintained flowers and corners of towering hydrangeas at every corner. 











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Sunday, 15 July 2018

marrakech

Marrakech, the fourth largest city in Morocco, is also known as the Ochre City; the whole city is painted in a beautiful shade of rusty pink. Bahia Palace is a beautiful riad palace with amazing gardens - it's deceptively big. The Medina is absolutely stunning, and stopping at a traditional Moroccan pharmacy is a must - there are all sorts of local herbs that are used for a variety of different maladies.



 


 


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Saturday, 14 July 2018

le jardin majorelle

Le Jardin Majorelle, the place you have to check out when you're in Marrakech. The gardens are beautifully landscaped with a variety of cacti, and the buildings painted the most striking shade of cobalt blue and bright yellow. The Marrakech medina and souk is beautiful, and the bustling plaza is filled with fruit juice stalls. We ended the day of wandering around Marrakech in the beautiful La Mamounia hotel, the ultimate Moroccan Insta destination. 








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