For those who do follow me on Instagram and Facebook, I apologize for teasing you all with the pretty landscape, sun downer, and safari photos I’ve been posting throughout my adventures in South Africa the past couple of weeks!
South Africa happened to enter my wanderlust list only about a year ago, and I’m glad to have made it a reality so quickly, and experience such a captivating, exciting, and lovely nation with none other than my family.
Unlike most of my other trips this past year, South Africa was planned about one month in advance, which gave me plenty to do some research on the different points of interests, the scenic routes, and most importantly on choosing a game reserve (in other words, a private safari lodge) here in South Africa.
I spent a total of 8 nights and 9 days in South Africa, and of course, as always, it was not nearly enough… but when did anyone ever come back from their adventures saying they’ve had enough of travelling 😉
Unfortunately, I could not afford more time for the trip, but I managed to have maximize my 9 days there! The map below shows a quick overview of my itinerary, and highlights the locations where I spent my days and some nights as well.
In a nutshell, we flew into Cape Town, drank my way through Stellenbosch, drove through Garden Route spending a couple nights here and there, and finally made it to the Lalibela Private Game Reserve, my final and most anticipated destination of this entire trip. After that, we backtracked a bit to Port Elizabeth; from here, we took our flight home to Bangkok.
Here’s a quick breakdown of my overnight stays and locations:
- 3 Nights at the Rockwell Hotel and Suites in Cape Town
- 1 Night at The Vineyard Courtyard House in Montagu
- 1 Night at La Pension Guest House in Oudtshoorn
- 1 Night at The Rex Hotel in Knysna
- 2 Nights at Lalibela Game Reserve just outside of Port Elizabeth
The only place I didn’t make it to in the below map, but feel as though it is worth a mention is Hermanus; a small coastal town that is known for whale watching. Whale watching season goes from July to November, which means, I missed it by only a couple of weeks! However, I did manage to spot a couple of whales from afar on Robben Island, but that wasn’t nearly as satisfying.
For those of you who are interested in Johannesburg and the Kruger National Park, sadly, I don’t have any first hand information to give you! I only like to post about things I’ve witnessed or experienced myself, just to keep it completely authentic.