A throwback to South Africa

Guys, I feel like this has been the longest winter ever! Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the cold season, but this year, it’s just too cold and way too long. I’m super excited for Spring and the warmer season.

A few weeks ago, I found a ton of photos of my South Africa Trip in summer 2016. I haven’t looked at them for such a long time! Back in 2016, I already published a blog on blogger.com, and I remember writing a post about my trip to Capetown and the Garden route, but since I’ve moved the blog to here, I have no evidence of this unforgettable trip on my blog, so I thought, I would share some memories with you guys!

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One of our close friends decided to attend an internship during that summer, so we decided to visit her. I always wanted to visit South Africa and having something to look forward to that summer after a pretty hard second year of medical school was super motivating!

We fell in love with the Waterfront of Cape Town, had lunch almost every day at the V&A Waterfront Food Market and chose between a delicious selection of wraps, steaks, burgers, spring-rolls and African specialities as Crocodile and Ostrich.

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We knew for sure that we wanted to hike up Table Mountain. As we traveled to South Africa in September, it was quite chilly and windy in Cape town. We waited for the perfect sunny day and were pretty lucky to enjoy the most beautiful view on top the Mountain on a warm day.

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Because we were so tempted to see as much as we could in a short amount of time, we decided to join a organized bus tour, which included so many major touristic stops in Cape Town such as the Kirstenbosch garden, where we saw the famous Nelson Mandela Flowers “Nelsons Gold”; the Monkeys and Bird World where cute little monkeys tried to eat my hair; and Mariner’s Wharf. And of course, we visited the Cape of Good Hope, the most south-western point of South Africa!

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Visiting Robben Island, where President Nelson Mandela spend 27 years in prison, was super high on my list and I was looking forward to that day for such a long time. The tour took about four hours, including learning about the Island and how it’s used today. At some point, we had an opportunity to speak to Christo Brand, an former prison guard who wrote a book about his time as an guard while Mandela was imprisoned, called Mandela, my Prisoner, my friend. But the most touching and interesting part of the tour was when ex political prisoner Ntando Mbatha who was imprisoned for years, took us to the cells, community halls and talked us through a every day life of a prisoner.

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After staying in Cape Town for a week, we rented a car and began our journey along the garden route. We went to Hermanus to go wale watching, visited South africans most southern point, had a lovely stop in Wilderness and enjoyed delicious oysters in Knysna. We spotted crazy brave people doing the worlds highest bungee jump in Plettenberg Bay and we went kayaking in Storms River, which was so much fun!

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We spend our final days at a beautiful Farm near Addo Elephant Park, enjoying the beautiful nature around us, relaxing, reading and going on safari! It was such an great experience to see all this beautiful animals in nature and to learn so much about them and their behavior.
Our final stop was Port Elizabeth. Ee had a last dinner together by the sea, packed and got ready to fly back home on the next day.

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I had the best time in South Africa. The people were super friendly and the nature was just breathtaking.
Flying home, I had the most outstanding view from my window, somewhere over Africa, spotting this magical pink sea.

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