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CONFESSION TIME:

Even though we have traveled and lived in Africa since 2012, we have only visited two countries (so far!)

Uganda &  South Africa…specifically, Cape Town- 3 times!

Why Cape Town you ask?

Well…when you visit a place you fall in love with over and over again, it’s hard to imagine traveling to anywhere else. As I type this, I would hop on a plane and head back in a heartbeat! I can’t wait to explore more of South Africa one day soon but this city will always have our hearts. It reminds us so much of our home in California and nothing can beat when a city is filled with both ocean and mountains am i right?

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TRIP ONE  // January 2015

We snuck away to Cape Town on a belated honeymoon of sorts. It was everything we dreamt of and more. Within seven days, we jam packed everything we wanted to do! Turns out we hit up some of the most amazing places that we can’t help and revisit every time!

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TRIP TWO // June 2017

On a whim of sorts, we bought tickets just three days before our trip. We needed to get out of Uganda and we couldn’t think of a better time after our baby girl was rushed to the hospital three hours away from the town we live in due to labored breathing and lack of oxygen. Over the course of five days, she got stronger and recovered from bronchiolitis but handling a medical emergency in a third world country was a strain on our souls to say the least.

So we went back to our favorite place in the world.

It was a completely different season as it was now considered “winter” so our baby girl was bundled up in more layers than she has ever experienced and we enjoyed the tips of our noses turning pink for a nice change from the equator!

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TRIP THREE // December 2018

I texted JP in early November that we should try and go somewhere the first week of December, just the two of us. He immediately texted back “I’ll look into tickets to Cape Town right now”.

A part of me wondered if I should protest and suggest scratching off other places on our bucket list but at the end of the day, we knew Cape Town was everything we needed!

Our girls stayed back in Uganda with so many people caring for them and we took off for a five night adventure. We of course did everything we have done before because we are creatures of habit and we also know what we love, but there were a couple of new restaurants we tried out including the most incredible AirBnb!

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MUST DO’S IN CAPE TOWN

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CAMPS BAY

our tradition is when we arrive in Cape Town

we head to Camps Bay, go to CodFather for some

delicious conveyor belt sushi and then walk down to the

beach to see the Camps Bay Tidal Pools and the most

incredible view of Lions Head!

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BOULDERS BEACH

yup, penguins in Africa.

we went in 2015 and have yet to go back

because of weather and we are holding out

on bringing our oldest with us but goodness,

this was so fun to experience!

 

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V&A WATERFRONT & FERRIS WHEEL

such a beautiful spot on the water to do some

shopping, dining and get an awesome view of Cape Town

from the Ferris Wheel. be sure to check out the

Water Shed to see local artisans work as well as the

Food Marketplace to try some delicious food from

local restaurants and bakeries.

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TABLE MOUNTAIN AT SUNSET

BUY YOUR TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME HERE

one of the highlights from our 2015 trip was taking a cable car

up to the tippy top of Table Mountain. The clouds literally

passed through us while we were up there taking in the sunset.

when we arrived to the cable car spot to buy tickets, there was a

huge line so we hopped on our phones really fast to buy the

tickets and skipping the line ensuring that we could make

it up top that day.

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KIRSTENBOSCH GARDENS 

CLICK HERE FOR SUMMER CONCERTS

walking through this botanical garden in the summer of

2015 was such a dream come true! it’s one of the most beautiful

& relaxing places we have ever been to and in the winter time, it’s

absolutely stunning as the mountain backdrop sits in a cloud.

there are some big musical guests that come throughout the

summer time to perform, so before you visit, see if you can

arrange your dates to match up!

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LIONS HEAD 

this hike was absolutely beautiful but also one of the

hardest hikes I have ever done before. the incline on the way up

was to be expected but once we got to chains and metal ladders

attached to rocks I felt a little intimidated. as soon as we got to

the top, it all was so worth it! * side note: I wouldn’t

personally bring our seven year old and toddler on

this hike with us in the future.

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BABYLONSTOREN

not sure how we found this place on our first trip but…

OH.MY.GOODNESS.

please go, will you?

even if you just head there for lunch it is so worth it!

this vineyard/hotel/spa/garden/restaurant/playground

really is nestled in the town of Franschhoek and is about

40 minutes outside of Cape Town proper.

we have had the opportunity to stay the night

 and it was so worth the investment!

Also, the spa treatments are absolutely incredible!

We have also dined in the greenhouse many times for lunch

and it’s worth it just for the lemonade & scones!

 Make sure you walk around the premises and

be sure to swing on that beautiful big tree!



RESTAURANTS //

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HONEST CHOCOLATE 

the absolute best chocolate shop in the world…

sorry Willy Wonka. They use all dark chocolate

which is my fav and its the most beautiful aesthetic

with their pops of greens, whites, golds and wood.

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THE BOTANICAL BAR

we just found this spot on our latest trip and

it was absolutely delicious. I recommend going

around lunch time to try their Harvest Table Lunch

that is served sort of like a buffet. Everything is organic

and sourced from local farms. Also, it’s just so pretty!

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THE LOADING BAY

we have gone here for brunch on all three

trips and it never disappoints. they have

fresh pressed juice ready for you as well as

the most creative and delicious dishes. Upstairs

you will find an Aesop store too!

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GARDEN COLLECTORS CLUB

we stumbled upon this spot around lunch

time and it’s just the cutest thing in the world.

Right off Kloof street, you can stop in and grab

a bite to eat and a cocktail in the middle of all

of your shopping for the day. I highly recommend

the fish tacos and mule!

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UNFRAMED

right next to GCC you will find

UNFRAMED ice cream which might be the

best ice cream either JP and I have ever tasted.

There is another location in the Food Marketplace

down at the V&A so make sure you try a scoop or two!

OTHER SPOTS:

Clarkes Bar & Dining Room- delicious breakfast & lunch

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CodFather- this is our spot for conveyor belt sushi!

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Didis Mexican- burritos & tacos

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Hemelhuijs- brunch is incredible!
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 Superette- great restaurant in Woodstock
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 Downtown Ramen- enough said
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 V&A Food Market- you can try so many different dishes
from around the world


COFFEE //

Rosetta

Truth Coffee

YOURS TRULY

Espresso Lab Microroasters

Field Office

Kamili Coffee

The Old Biscuit Mill Saturday Market



SHOPPING //

V&A Waterfront has shops like Zara & H&M

The Water Shed at V&A all local artisans

Mungo & Jemima on Long St.

Purr on Kloof St.

Indigenous in Woodstock

The Old Biscuit Mill



OTHER PLACES //

Kalk Bay

Hout Bay

Simons Town

Cape Point

Chapmans Peak

Kleinmond

Waterloof

Stellenbosch



AIRBNB //

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CLICK HERE FOR WOODSTOCK LOFT

this loft is nestled in Woodstock and owned by the loveliest couple!

it is equipped with an incredible shower & bathtub as well as

access to the rooftop! parking is located on the street and easy to access.

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CLICK HERE FOR DREAMY DOWNTOWN LOFT

the dreamiest airbnb we have ever stayed in by far!

has the most incredible views of Lions Head AND Table Mountain and

is situated so well in an open format with two amazing bathrooms, awesome

kitchen, dining table and two comfy beds.



QUESTIONS FROM INSTAGRAM //

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Q: Did you feel safe?

A: YES!

Definitely felt safe! Never felt like I had to

watch my back or that we were in harms way. Cape Town

is a very westernized and bustling city so it felt more familiar to

me than traveling through the city in Uganda. People are

so friendly and it’s a melting pot of so many cultures.

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Q: How is it cost wise?

A: FAIRLY AFFORDABLE!

The flights to get to Cape Town are the most expensive

part of the trip. We have always been shocked at how affordable

food, accommodations and shopping were in Cape Town.

For example a sushi meal that would normally cost us around

$50 in the states costs us around $12 in Cape Town and that’s

for reaaaallll good sushi! We like to eat so our dollar definitely

goes real far in Cape Town!

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Q: Did you rent a car or use Uber?

A: RENTED A CAR!

Cape Town is a very easy city to drive around in.

You are driving on the opposite side of the car and road

but this is something that we have gotten used to living

in Uganda. I think with a little bit of practice and taking

it slow, you could easily rent a car! We just used Hertz and

rented it ahead of time to pick up and drop off at the airport.

Uber is also available and is very affordable!

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Q: Is Cape Town safe to visit with kids?

A: VERY!

we traveled with our 3 month old baby girl

in June of 2017 and it was such an easy experience.

we dream of bringing our girls there as soon as our

adoption is finalized! there is just so much to do and see!

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Q: Hikes?

A: Many!

We hiked Lions Head this past visit and

it was reallllllyyyy amazing but also challenging!

You can read about it up above! We wanted to hike

to the top of Table Mountain and take the cable car down

but the day we planned to it had rained.

Also Elephants Eye is an amazing hike we did

back in 2015! There are so many options if

you search “Cape Town Hikes” on the good ol’ google!

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Q: Best neighborhoods to visit?

A: ALL OF THEM!

We loved Woodstock, Camps Bay,

Sea Point & Cape Town City Centre but they

are all so great!

Here is a helpful list for you!



TRAVEL TIPS //

1. Download a currency app on your phone to be able to pull out and check the exchange rate for items.

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2. As soon as you get the airport, go to either Vodacom or MTN to buy a sim card and load up on data. We bought 5GB each for $35 and it lasted us the entire trip. This was using google maps, instagram, FaceTime and google a whole lot.

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3. Try to have small bills and coins on you at all times. When you are parking your car there are parking attendants that will help you and loyally watch your car. It’s always nice to give a small tip for their help!

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4. Cape Town is on the up from a serious water shortage, although it has improved a lot. Just be cautious of your water usage when taking showers, flushing and washing dishes. Also it’s encouraged to buy bottles of water when you are dining out.

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5. I believe the perfect amount of days to stay would be seven nights if you want to see it all and drive around all of Cape Town but if you are looking to experience more of the city life, four nights is perfect!

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6. The most used language is English so don’t worry about not being able to communicate.

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7. For everything I shared above, you can easily find it by entering it into your google maps.

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SO EXCITED FOR YOU TO VISIT CAPE TOWN!

feel free to search our hashtag on Instagram

#onmcleodnege to see more of our Cape Town highlights!

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