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{South Africa: Days Five & Six}

Hello, hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well, the good news is I wasn’t eaten by a lion 🙂
We got back from our safari 8 days ago. I can’t believe we’ve already been back so long.

I want to continue on with a couple short posts giving a general overview of each day of our stay in SA, then I’ll do some more detailed posts on where we stayed, our itinerary, restaurant suggestions, the whole deal. I’ve already gotten several requests for a detailed itinerary to follow, so I will definitely be working on that!!

On our fifth day in Cape Town we finally got to take things a little slower. We slept in a bit and then made our way up to Table Mountain. We booked our tickets on the gondola ahead of time as we’ve heard the lines can get pretty long. Luckily there weren’t any lines at all! Cape Town is just full of amazing views. We didn’t think we’d be up at the top of the mountain long, but of course we ended up taking our time walking around and enjoying the scenery. It was a warm and beautiful day! 

Later that day we ventured over to Camp’s Bay – the more “posh” beachside area in Cape Town. We strolled along the beach as we got lost trying to find our restaurant and wished we would have come down earlier and spent the day soaking up the sun (took note for next time!). We ended up getting appetizers and cocktails and watching the sunset at The Bungalow. I must admit, while it was a nice experience, it wasn’t really our scene. One of our friends had told us it was very “South of France”, but I would have gone further to say it was more Miami. I felt a little out of place, but it wasn’t anything a couple drinks couldn’t fix 🙂 We ended up seeing a beautiful sunset and having tons of fun. 

On our sixth day in Cape Town we checked out of our amazing hotel (can’t wait to tell you more about it!), and drove an hour outside of the city to wine country! We didn’t even make time to drop our bags at our guest house as we had lunch reservations we could not be late for! Going into this trip we actually had a lot of recommendations. A meal at Maison was at the top of our friend’s list, so we booked weeks in advance to make sure we wouldn’t miss out. The second we stepped in we understood why they had said it was their favorite meal of their entire trip. Everything was flawless. The decor, the service, the food, the wine, the grounds. My my my. We ended up spending a good 3+ hours there just making ourselves at home and contemplating never leaving (maybe they wouldn’t find us if we hid in their awesome bathrooms?). It was an afternoon to remember. There will definitely be more to come on this place! 

After checking into our cute little guest house in Franschhoek we made our way to Dieu Donne Vineyards to enjoy the view (and a glass of wine of course). I wish my camera could have captured the insane beauty of the landscape. It literally took my breath away. We were so excited to be in wine country and couldn’t wait for a full day of tasting the following day! 
 {Photos © Liz Denfeld Photography}

31 thoughts on “{South Africa: Days Five & Six}”

  1. I've been keeping an eye out for new South Africa posts and can't wait to hear more.

    (Also breathed a sigh of relief that you loved the hotel in Cape Town – we had such a great experience with Michel & Ursula and hoped you would too!)

  2. Seriously, amazing. I cannot wait for your in-depth post, so I can recreate your trip for the hubby and myself! And your hair in the polka dot outfit is perfection!

  3. Ahhh this seems like the vacation of a lifetime! Can't wait to read even more about it (and see your amazing pictures!)

  4. SA looks and sounds amazing! Looking forward to more of your posts on SA and your itinerary recco's. And of course, can't wait to see more of your photography from the trip!

  5. What a breathtaking place, but I have to say, you totally steal the show my friend. You should frame that photo of you for your hubbs!

  6. I LOVE Cape Town!! So sad we just missed you.
    Your photos are so amazing and really do such a beautiful pace justice,

    I'm with you on The Bungalow and the whole Clifton and Camps Bay strip – definitely not my style, very pretentious!

  7. I have so enjoyed reading about your hubby and your trip to SA! I got super excited b/c my brother, sister, and i just booked south africa for this june 🙂 We actually have a day layover in amsterdam…any recommendations for spending a day/night in amsterdam?


  8. wow – the wine country is absolutely breathtaking!! and you look gorgeous and so stylish per usual 😉 xoxo

  9. Hi Liz! Wow, looks like you guys had a wonderful time and the pictures are amazing! I love the polka dot top (or dress maybe) you are wearing, where did you purchase that? If you don't mind sharing. Thanks.

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