Table Mountain! Cape Town, South Africa

table7Apparently there was some decision made to declare a new Seven Natural Wonders of the World list. I had no idea. However, they seem to have done an okay job choosing their wonders, as Table Mountain is on the list. It’s definitely some sort of wonder.

It’s pretty much impossible to go anywhere in Cape Town and not see Table Mountain. So after a couple days in town, this visit to the top felt a bit like quenching a nagging curiosity. I’d been constantly loomed over by the mountain, and was going to finally get a chance to look down for a change. Continue reading “Table Mountain! Cape Town, South Africa”

Villiera Wine Tasting and Game Drive

It struck me as an unusual combination of activities, A game drive and wine tasting. Villiera was offering quite a deal though, so we gave it a whirl. Firstly, let me give you the spiel on Villiera,

Villiera is a family run winery in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa. We are a pioneering quality wine company committed to preserving the environment.

Their environmental angle was the lure for us. We figured their game reserve would likely be handled well and be friendly toward the animals if they were so environmentally conscientious. It turns out we weren’t far off the mark. Here are my thoughts on our experience, plus a few photos from the game drive. Continue reading “Villiera Wine Tasting and Game Drive”

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

cape.point.thumbEasily one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been in the world is the Cape Point National Park in South Africa. Which of course encompasses the Cape of Good Hope.

It was an amazing experience to be standing on the very same rocky promontory I’ve heard about all my life. One can’t make it very far in any history lesson or tale of the high seas without imagining how it must have been to round the Cape. Our world’s history changed forever as Bartolomeu Dias first accidentally sailed around the Cape in 1488. Continue reading “Cape of Good Hope, South Africa”

Mongena Game Lodge, South Africa

Less than 2 hours after landing in Johannesburg, we were already spotting cool wildlife. Which is certainly sooner than I’d expected. Motivated by an enticing coupon, we’d opted to make Mongena Game Lodge our first stop in South Africa. I personally had never been anywhere in Africa before, so I was very excited to see some of the iconic wildlife.

Mongena is a very simple drive from the Johannesburg airport. 80-something km in a simple straight shot. In no time at all, we were inside the Dinokeng Game Reserve, and checking in. Continue reading “Mongena Game Lodge, South Africa”

Upcoming Trip: South Africa!

saflagI was just sitting here relishing the joy of having an exciting trip coming up, when I figured I may as well type about it. In one month I’m headed to South Africa! I’ll be there for the entire month of March. This is the most exciting destination for me yet. Such a diverse, unique, and fascinating place! And so very picturesque. It’s going to be great! I’ve been curious about South Africa as long as I can remember. And I’ll be packing lighter than ever so I can fill my pack with vuvuzelas, of course.

I’m over budget for this trip before I even leave. So I’ll be playing my wallet very close to my chest the entire time. Which I don’t think is going to impede my enjoyment one bit. I hope to break from my usual routine though and actually do some posts about my trip. I’m horrible at that.

Ek tel die dae!


// Shawn