Lauren at Lions Head, Cape Town

Hiking Lions Head: A South Africa Highlight

Cape Town is one of my favourite cities in the world.  I can’t get enough of it. In part, this is due to the many spectacular hikes you can tackle from the city’s outskirts. Yes, Cape Town has been blessed with an abundance of climbable mountains and I attempted to scale as many of them as possible while I was in town. Well, it turned out I saved the best for, um, first, because Lion’s Head ended up being my absolute favourite…

Vingerklip swimming pool

Finding Paradise in Vingerklip: Africa’s Monument Valley

…worth driving out of your way to see, but hey, it was cool to see nonetheless. For what was not the first or last time on this road trip, I commented to Dave that the scenery in the Namibia reminded me of our road trip through the Southwest U.S. This whole area, in fact, is regularly referred to as Africa’s Monument Valley, and it’s not hard to see why. In the dry season, I imagine the similarities are even more apparent. We came…

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo eSwatini (Swaziland) Morocco Mozambique Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Uganda…

Lauren at Lions Head, Cape Town

23 Wonderful Things to Do in Cape Town

…European settlement in Africa, Cape Town boasts a long and often complicated history, with the apartheid being the centrepiece. But the city puts its past on display for you to learn and interact with, which opens the gates to a rich traveling experience.  Visit Nelson Mandela’s cell Accessible via ferry, Robben Island, the home to the prison that held Nelson Mandela, is the key to unpacking the complex history of Cape Town and South Africa. From the Nelson Mandela Gateway…

Tofo beach

Introducing Tofo: My African Beach Paradise

I buried my toes in the sand beneath me and blinked in confusion. In front of me stretched five miles of beach with nothing but the occasional jellyfish dotted along the shore. I had the entire beach to myself. Literally. I was the only person here. I laid down on my towel, pulled out a book from my bag, and set about spending another afternoon in my African beach paradise. Tofo, despite being the most popular hangout for backpackers in…

Lauren on Big Mama

Climbing Big Daddy: An African Travel Highlight

“It’ll be worth it at the top,” I whispered over and over as grains of sand whipped against my calves. Gritting my teeth, I battled against the winds to climb ever higher, one step forwards and two slips back, desperate for a view to rival all others; convinced it would be worth the pain if I could make it to the summit. I turned back around and attempted to gather all of my hair into a tight ponytail, wondering how it was possible for…

2017: My Year in Review

…brand new to me. I was fortunate to hit up several of my major travel oversights, like Japan and South Africa. And speaking of oversights, I aimed my compass towards Africa this year and managed to check out seven countries on the continent for the very first time, falling in love with each and every one of them. This year, I also aimed to explore more of the two countries that are most like a home for me, visiting ten…

riding a camel in the sahara desert

The Ultimate Guide to Vaccines for Travel

…Asia, and South America. Most travellers will get this vaccine. Yellow Fever is present in tropical Africa and South America. You will probably be required to show a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate to enter certain countries if you are traveling from an infected area. If you’re going to be travelling in Africa or South America, this is likely an essential — you won’t be let in unless you can prove you’ve had your shot. I was worried about getting my yellow…

Solo woman traveler on sand dune

In-Depth Namibia Travel Guide: What’s it Like to Travel in Namibia? (2022)

…the Caprivi Strip, which is isolated from many of the main tourist activities. Somewhere that’s much easier to visit, however, is the Tropic of Capricorn! Most visitors end up driving past the iconic Tropic of Capricorn sign while driving around Namibia, and fortunately, it’s marked on Google Maps, so you won’t have to worry about missing it. Shortly after sunrise in Sossusvlei Namibia is the Perfect Introduction to Africa Travel If you’re dreaming of travelling in Africa but have no…

Cape Town gardens and fountain

In Which I Accidentally Cancel My Flight Out of Cape Town

…that it was a week before my flight to Mozambique when I realised I’d done something stupid. I’d booked my Mozambique and South Africa flights so close together that I’d be returning to Portugal from my solo trip to Mozambique then flying out to South Africa with Dave just five days later. Yeah, that was pretty ridiculous. I decided to move things around and spend longer in Southern Africa. Why go through all of the hassle of two long-haul overnight…