As you’re aware back in October I headed off on a South Africa adventure. It was pretty awesome, sorry to rub it in. One thing that I did find though was I wish I had done a little more research. So you will find all the things I think were amazing all rolled into one handy post just incase you’re heading that way on your next adventure.
Walking with Elephants at Hazy View
Walking hand in trunk is an experience I will never forget oh and not to mention the slobbery wet kiss. I loved that They actually taught you lots about the Elephants. The place is an elephant sanctuary, with more space than the eye can see. The experience is more about integrating with feeding a brushing rather than riding them. Their website has further information to book.
For safari we headed to Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba. You can read all about that here. It was 100% amazing I can not even begin to describe how much fun safari was and how amazing it was seeing all the animals. Anyone fancy a birdie massage.
The Garden Route
On to the garden route. Something to note Hazy View to Ulusaba was a good few hours drive, Then Ulusaba to the garden route was a few more hours on a flight. I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Garden Route. It had a bit less going on and the weather restricted us a bit.
40 minutes on from Port Elizabeth we found Beach Horse Trails Papiesfontein at Jeffreys Bay. This was brilliant. The horses were tame and friendly perfect for us beginner types and the views on the beach were incredible my pictures just don’t do it justice. Be warned you will have a sore bum at the end of it.
Franchhoek and Stellenbosch
The wine region, because I do like a cheeky glass of wine.. I can’t not mention Lavender Farm in Franchhoek, the rooms were beautiful, the whole complex was so picturesque and it provided the perfect retreat for the times you wanted to relax and be away from the wine.
They have the most delicious picnics which made it stand out, the food really was brilliant and the estate is picturesque. Look out for the wedding cup, something to try if you’re there with your other half. If you can both drink out of the cup at the same time with out spilling the wine, then you’re destined to be together. Also who doesn’t love a cute love story. I won’t spoil the story for you, so be sure to put it on your check list.
The golfer has a vineyard, named after himself obviously. Stunning views a little golf practise and really good wines, what more can you ask for? Ok maybe a few photo opportunities too. The setting is so peaceful paired with plenty of wine to guarantee you feeling chilled.
I definitely liked for the cheese, lots of cheese tasting as well as the wine. Look out for The Goat Father, the wine is good but the name is even better.
Want the best views of Cape Town? Then you’ll definitely want to check out a helicopter ride. It’s a brilliant way to see all of Cape Town. Im not saying don’t go to all the attractions but it really does give you the best views.
Quite literally the cutest beach on the planet. Little tip the viewing deck is rammed full of people but the beach itself is nice and quiet and there a still plenty of penguins for you to get the perfect picture. You do have to pay and your ticket is valid for both parts but it’s more than worth the money.
Let me know your favourite parts of South Africa in the comments. We barely hit the tip of the iceberg even though we fitted a lot in, I’d love to head but for round 2.