Ultimate Bucket List Trip: South Africa

South Africa
If you could take one vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? South Africa was my family’s top choice.

Because I have written a lot on the topic of once-in-a-lifetime vacations, adventures, and “Bucket List” experiences, I’ve been blessed to be able to visit some of the most interesting places in the world, from Ibiza to Dublin to skydiving and skiing in the Swiss Alps, and thinking about all of the places I’ve been, I realize how hard it is to top South Africa.

The main reason people tend to go on vacation to Africa is to go on safaris and see all the wild animals the massive content offers. But, South Africa offers far more to see and do than “just” safaris. In South Africa, you really can have it all – and with the favorable exchange rate and cost of living, it is a bargain, especially for food, drinks, and shopping! What was even better than all of this? The impeccable service. We stayed at the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa during our time in Cape Town, and were treated like nothing less than royalty.

Cape Town, South Africa

While the quality of wildlife might be equaled in other places, the quality of the experience is not: South Africa has by far the best collection of luxury safari lodges. We stayed at the private game reserve of Kapama Karula. We had our own personal waiter for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as our own game ranger and tracker for all 5 days!

Kapama Karula

Cape Town, South Africa Kapama Karula

Going to Africa was most definitely the best experience – and trip, I’ve ever had. There are not enough words to explain how incredible our two weeks in South Africa were, but here’s a recap video of our trip that could give you just a little glimpse. As well as the day by day itinerary we had!

South Africa

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South Africa from rebecca fernandez on Vimeo.

Thursday:
Dinner at The Harbour House in the V&A Waterfront

Friday:
Table Top Mountain
Abseiling 130 meters then hiked back up
Long Street & Kloof Street
Dinner at Azure

Saturday:
Breakfast at Old Biscuit Mill
The Winelands, Stellenbosch region
-Rust en Vrede vineyeard
-Delaire-Graff vineyeard
-Lanzerac vineyard

Sunday:
Great White Shark Cage Diving
12 Apostles Spa
Dinner at The Butcher Shop & Grill

Monday:
Cape Point
Cape of Good Hope
Boulder’s Beach- Penguin Colony

Tuesday:
V&A Waterfront
Dinner at The Test Kitchen
(7-course tasting menu and a wine pairing, #28 restaurant in the world)

Wednesday through Saturday:
Kapama Karula Private Game Reserve