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My 43rd birthday celebration (2014) was a trip of a lifetime to Cape Town, South Africa.  It was a journey that I will never forget with one of my best friends.  Below is Part 1 of a photo diary and stories of epic adventure to Cape Town.

Airline

We flew South African Airways from New York City (JFK Airport).  The airline is part of Star Alliance.  I have to say their prices are not bad.  You can find airfare for under $800 to Cape Town.

From what I can recall, the plane was an older model and the flight was uneventful as I slept the entire time.  Please note that the duration of the flight is 18 hours and 35 minutes.

And when I am was not sleeping, I was stretching.  Whew!  18 hours is a long time

The Accommodations

Cape Town

In Cape Town, we stayed at the Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town which is a 4-star hotel.  I was pleasantly surprise.  The hotel included complimentary continental breakfast.  Yes, I stashed some croissants in purse for later lol.

The view is breathtaking

Safari

For the Safari at Kruger National Park, we stayed at the Protea Hotel The Winkler.  Don’t worry you are safe.  You will not run into the Big Five πŸ˜‰

The food

Yummy!  I loved the food in Cape Town and boy did I eat.  The food was very flavorable and tasty.

Gold Restaurant

VA Waterfront

This had to be the best avocado, beet, and shrimp meal.  I almost ordered another one.

When you find the biggest cookie ever at the airport.

The Entertainment

We found this spot on Long Street.  They had a live band and it was great spot to chill after our meal. 

This was at the Gold Restaurant.  It was recommended by the hotel concierge.  When you get a meal and a great performance at the same time.  We truly enjoyed ourselves.

The Culture  – Headwraps

The African head-wrap is called Dhuku.  The head wrap is commonly worn in many parts of Southern Africa and Western Africa. The head scarf is used as an ornamental head covering or fashion accessory, or for functionality in different settings. Its uses or meaning can vary depending on the country and/or religion of those who wear it.

The head-wrap and dress was worn on my birthday.  It was such a fun night at the Safari lodge.

Hope you enjoyed part 1 of Cape Town.  Part 2 is all about the Table Mountain and staying warm in Cape Town.

  1. I love that head gear – suits you. Looks like you had a really good time in Cape Town. Also the food looks super delish and now i am hungry! Bye.. Off to get a croissant πŸ˜‰

  2. what a great birthday you had. I love getting out from my city to another on my special day. I would love to try out those head scarfs

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