I’m late with my monthly recap (again, I know!) because it’s been nearly impossible to find wifi after I left South Africa. If there’s wifi in a hostel/hotel I’m staying, it’s either too slow or not working at all. You have no idea how much effort it took to publish this post you are now reading!
Countries Visited: South Africa, Lesotho = 2
Cities / Towns visited: South Africa: Cape Town, Wilderness, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Bloukrans Bridge, Tsitsikamma National Park, Storms River, Jeffrey’s Bay, Port Elizabeth, Hogsback, Chintsa, Coffee Bay, Southern Drakensberg, Warner Beach; Lesotho
New Countries: Lesotho = 1
Country Count: 77/197
Modes of Transportation Taken: Baz Bus, car (several times hitchhiking in a fancy sports car), bus
Places I’ve Slept in: Hostels, hotels
Nights without a bed: 0 (Thanks to Baz Bus, no overnight buses)
Experiencing Pride in Cape Town
Before I left Cape Town, I had a chance to experience Pride there. It wasn’t the biggest Pride I’ve attended to, but definitely worth checking out. I met new people and ended up having so much!
Starting My Overland Journey from Cape Town to Cairo
After spending two months just relaxing in Cape Town, it was finally time to move on. My South African visa was for two months, so I only had a month left to get from Cape Town to Johannesburg. I decided to travel by Baz Bus because of the convenience. If you don’t know, Baz Bus is a door to door bus taking backpackers from a hostel to another. It turned out to be really easy and safe way to travel, and it was a good idea to start my overland journey with them. Everywhere else in Africa overland travel is a pain in the ass so at least I got a smooth start.
The World’s Highest Bridge Bungee Jump
I had already done three bungee jumps before, and I had already decided not to do the jump at Bloukrans Bridge. Bungee jumps are not cheap, and c’mon, I’ve done it three times already. Then in Knysna, I met a Brazilian backpacker who was going to do the bungee, and then later on in Plettenberg Bay we got a ride to Bloukrans Bridge. So I promised myself that this is the last bungee I’m going to do. It’s the world’s highest bridge bungee, 216 meters, so there’s no better place to do my last bungee jump!
Wifi, wifi, wifi…
After I left Cape Town, it’s been challenging to find wifi. It was still alright before Port Elizabeth, but then things drastically changed, and wifi was a luxury in hostels where I stayed at. Because of that, I’m so behind of everything I have about ten post drafts waiting for the moment I’ll find a reasonably fast wifi.
This place is truly magical and a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. I also stayed at Away with the Fairies hostel where they have an outdoor bathtub with a view!
I have to admit that I didn’t do much in Chintsa but instead, I spent my time just relaxing. I stayed at Buccaneers backpackers and this is the view from my room! I had a lovely private room with my own balcony, and I loved to sit there and admire the sea view.
Lush green hills, the ocean, animals running around everywhere, surfing, hiking to the Hole in the Wall, traditional round rondavels… This place offers a lot, and you’ll also learn more about the Xhosa culture. I stayed at Sugarloaf Backpackers where I had a chance to sleep in a rondavel (traditional circular hut).
I have no words to describe how beautiful this place is. I stayed at Sani Pass Lodge which is a perfect spot if you’re planning to do hiking because all the trails start on their doorstep. The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful, and when hiking, you’ll find yourself stopping every five minutes just to admire the views.
Plant, Cape Town
Cape Town offers a lot of options for vegans, so it was hard to choose my favorite ones. This one, however, was the one where I usually ended up eating because of the extensive menu and central location. This is also Cape Town’s first fully vegan restaurant!
Raw and Roxy, Cape Town
Another favorite restaurant in Cape Town worth mentioning. I don’t usually eat just raw food, and as much as I like raw cakes, I’ve never really enjoyed eating raw food for the main course. Things changed when I went to Raw and Roxy – their main meals are heavenly good! Also, make sure to try their delicious smoothies!
Namasté Lifestyle Café, Plettenberg Bay
After Cape Town, this was the first fully vegan restaurant I encountered. It was a bit challenging to find first as they are located inside a resort and their opening hours are not the best either. But the food was tasty and healthy, so can’t complain!
Butterfly’s Bistro, Hogsback
I was a bit worried that I won’t find vegan options in Hogsback because it’s just a small village and I also didn’t have a chance to buy groceries before going there. I was positively surprised when I found this restaurant and had one of the best meal I had for a long time. The food was simple but tasty!
Bo-Kaap in Cape Town
Boulders Beach and the Penguins
Sunset Beach and the Table Mountain View
Coming up in April 2017
Because I’m late with my monthly recap again, April is already over, but in April I flew to Mauritius for five days before continuing my overland journey from Johannesburg. I then took a bus from Johannesburg to Swaziland and traveled through the country to Mozambique.