February was all about Africa, a continent that’s quickly becoming one of our favorites. What made it even better was that Brittany’s parents came to visit – her mom stayed for almost the entire month, and her dad came for Uganda and Zambia/Zimbabwe. Our journey: Cape Town –> Uganda –> Zambia –> Kruger –> Cape Town. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at our month! Apologies in advance for the multitude of memorable moments.
- Cape Town (4 nights)
- Stellenbosch (3 nights)
- 8 nights
- 2 nights
Zimbabwe (just for Victoria Falls)
- Kruger National Park/Johannesburg Airport (8 nights)
- Cape Town (2 nights)
Do we have to choose? Stellenbosch was an adorable city surrounded by incredible (and reasonably priced) wine farms. Uganda was full of raw energy, friendly people, lots of wildlife and gorgeous scenery. Victoria Falls was even more incredible than we imagined. (Did I basically just list everywhere we went? Oops…)
When Pete was wearing a green shirt at Table Mountain in front of a green-screen photo, and when we saw our pictures afterwards, we laughed until we cried because he blended in with the transposed green-screen background and was just a floating head. The woman showing the pictures had no clue what we were laughing about and probably thought we were certifiably insane.
When we came home after a lovely dinner in Stellenbosch and discovered we had a new visitor. Because our Airbnb had flooded (see “challenges” below), my mom left the window open while we ate and a pigeon decided to make himself at home.
When we were passing a car in the crazy fog on our way to Kruger and I was freaking out because I thought it was a two-lane highway, but actually it was a divided highway…the cars going the other direction were separated by a massive median. When my mom and Pete realized why I was so freaked out, we all couldn’t stop laughing.
When my mom shouted, “BEAVER!!!” from the car. We had just started our safari in Uganda and were eager to spot wildlife…pretty sure there aren’t beavers in Uganda. She came a long way – by the end, she was the only one in our car to spot the elusive leopard in Kruger.
When they served a T-bone steak our second night in Uganda. After sawing through it with a butter knife and much debate about the type of meat, we realized it was goat. My dad had a hard time accepting that for the rest of the trip.
When my mom busted out a banana in the safari van, while driving down the highway, and a baboon almost jumped through our driver Ronnie’s window to get the banana.
When Ronnie (our safari driver) didn’t see a speed-bump and we drove over it at full-speed. The horn honked, my dad elbowed the crap out of me, and Pete basically threw out his back, but at least there were no real casualties.
The Best Things We Ate
The goat T-bone steak. Just kidding.
Cape Malay Chicken Curry at Basic Bistro. Pete and I are seriously considering driving back to Stellenbosch just to eat at this restaurant again.
Butter Chicken at G’s Bistro near Kruger. This place was incredible for the food, ambiance, service…etc.
Burger and goat cheese salad at Kloof Street House. Pete and I
may will absolutely become regulars at this incredible restaurant.
The Best Place We Stayed
Our favorite accommodation during February was the Rushaga Gorilla Camp mostly because of the breathtaking scenery surrounding the property. We drove an hour through the gorgeous, farmed hills to get to this remote lodge neighboring the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Another factor? We were basically the only guests there, and this was the “base camp” for our gorilla trek.
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Coming Up in March 2017
Here are our plans for February:
Cape Town, South Africa: Until March 24th
Super excited to spend almost a month in one place! We will be eating our hearts out in this food-loving city.
Mauritius: March 25th -April 6th
Blog Posts: You can expect more posts about the Pacific Islands and Africa during the month of March.
Thanks for tuning in for our monthly recap and following our adventure!