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.
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
In Cape Town, we stayed at the Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town which is a 4-star hotel. I was pleasantly surprised. The hotel included a complimentary continental breakfast. Yes, I stashed some croissants in my purse for later lol.
The view is breathtaking
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 😉
Yummy! I loved the food in Cape Town and boy did I eat. The food was very favorable and tasty.
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.
We found this spot on Long Street. They had a live band and it was great to 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 headwrap is commonly worn in many parts of Southern Africa and Western Africa. The headscarf 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 were 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.