TravelBeet Monthly Recap: February 2017

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.

Destinations Visited

South Africa

  • Cape Town (4 nights)
  • Stellenbosch (3 nights)

Uganda

  • 8 nights

Zambia

  • 2 nights

Zimbabwe (just for Victoria Falls)

South Africa

  • Kruger National Park/Johannesburg Airport (8 nights)
  • Cape Town (2 nights)

Favorite Places

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…)

Highlights

Trekking gorillas with my parents. I’ll write about this experience soon, but for now I’ll just say it was absolutely spectacular to trek for gorillas and then observe them, mere feet away, for an hour.
Moving into an apartment for a month. Yep – we’re all settled in Cape Town until the end of March and we are incredibly excited to have a home-base for an entire month! This is the most “settled” we have been since we left for this journey in May, and damn it feels good.

Memorable Moments

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.

Our surprise visitor in Stellenbosch

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.

Challenges

Our Airbnb in Stellenbosch flooded the night before we arrived. My mom’s bedroom had wet carpet for our entire stay and it smelled rancid.
4am flight from Uganda to Zambia. We had to go to the airport at 2am (and if you know me, you know I’m not good with no sleep). To make matters worse, when we woke up, the hotel didn’t have any power as there was a huge lightning storm.  Pete had a mental breakdown at the airport…but that’s all I’ll say about that.

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.

Not to mention the Rose… *salivates*

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!

4 Comment

  1. Caren says: Reply

    What a special month ~ an exciting adventure every day AND sharing it with your Mom and Dad! And that rare sighting of that beautiful leopard is amazing!! What an incredible journey this has been. Enjoy your month-long break from traveling!

    1. Brittany says: Reply

      Agreed! It was probably one of the most special months of my life 🙂

  2. Craig says: Reply

    And, notwithstanding the goat T-bone, my 12 day trip was fantabulous!! A trip of a lifetime and I will never forget all of the amazing new experiences I was so fortunate to indulge in.

    1. Brittany says: Reply

      So glad! Yes, I think it was the trip of a lifetime for all of us 🙂 We’re so happy we got to share it with you!

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