Namibia trip

Hi guys! Last weekend we went to Namibia.

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We took a flight from Cape Town to Windhoek and after driving six hours reached Etosha National Park. There we spent two days visiting the park.

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In Etosha there are a lot of animals: Impala, Oryx, elephants, leopards, rhinos, zebras, lions etc.

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The climate is very dry and it was extremelly hot so there were animals at the watering holes. In December when the rains come, animals are more difficult to see because they are more spread out through the park and able to more easily find water.

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In Etosha we stayed in a cozy lodge. We recommend Marusha next to the Numatoni gate or Etosha Village near to the Anderson entrance. However, most lodges outside the park do not offer the possibility of sleeping near animals like lions or rhinos, but are a good option in terms of value, compared to relatively simple places to stay within the park. If you are up for camping, there are many good options both inside and outside the park.

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The next day we visited the cute artists haven of Omaruru, a four hour drive south of Etosha, and spent the night on a game farm. The farm where we stayed was 15 km from the main road down a sand and gravel trail and we were glad to be driving a 4×4 pickup. The countryside was beautiful and it was a relief to finally find the lodge. The game lodge was recommended by friends from Namibia, and was probably best for families with small children who could see animals in a very tame environment. They were rhinos and a hippo, and the room was comfortable, facing a watering hole frequented mostly by giraffes and ostriches. We were lucky because we arrived just before the start of the high season, although there were few guests. At reception they told us that until February there was not going to be room available at the lodge.

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We spent the last day of the Namibia trip in Swakopmund, on the coast. We had lunch in nearby Walvis Bay, taking in the impressive sand dunes along the way. The small windswept harbor has a number of dining options and we were recommended a cozy restaurant called the Anchor, which had exceptionally fresh seafood. Afterwards, we went to see the flamingos at Walvis Bay, which means whales in Afrikaans.

Five fantastic days in Namibia, lots of driving, stunning semi desert landscapes. Highly recommended!

Kisses,

Victoria

 

 

 

Visiting Cape Town

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This weekend we have visited Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, about a 20 minute drive from Cape Town.
The beautiful garden was founded in 1913 on land bequeathed by industrialist Cecil Rhodes to preserve plants from different South African regions and some unique Cape Town species. A perfect place to spend the day, especially now in spring, with impressive blooming flowers.

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Bring a picnic and relax on the sloping lawns or have lunch in the cafe or at the more upscale Moyo restaurant.

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During the summer, concerts are held in the open air stage.

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Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735
Schedule: 8h-18h
Entrance fee: 50R

The Lourensford Harvest Market

In Cape Town, during the weekends there are a number of different farmers markets where local producers sell artisanal products and organic food.

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The Lourensford Harvest Market is located in beautifully landscaped vineyard, which makes for an unusual setting for a farmers market.

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Lourensford ave, Helderberg Rural, Cape Town, 7135
Saturday and Sunday from 10h to 15h.

Dornier Stellenbosch

This winery began life in the seventeenth century, from a family of French origin, and offers a variety of great wines.

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Besides visiting the vineyard you can spend the night there and have a lovely meal in their restaurant while enjoying the views.

Blaauwklippen Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600

Schedule: 11h to 17h

 

 

Winter Look

For the last days of winter in Cape Town and the beginning of Spring, here is a look I suggest that can be worn day or night and even to work if you change the jeans for something more formal.

The fine coat or long jacket are from a local brand here in South Africa that I have just discovered. http://www.mrp.com/en_za They have cute things at very good prices. 

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The bag is from Liu-Jo from the new collection, I chose this grey stone color because it is easy to match and is seasonless.

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The jeans I had from a previous season, a basic I use a lot being one of my favorites, from SOS by Orza Studio.

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The shoes, with black leather, are wardrobe standards, and the grey jersey are from the same shop as the coat http://www.mrp.com/en_za.

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The neckless is from STRADIVARIUS and bought in Spain last year, made from intertwined pale rose twine with shiny stones in the center.

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Sunglasses by VOGUE EYEWEAR.

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I hope you liked the look, I’d love to know your opinion!

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In the next post, we’ll visit a beautiful vineyard close to Cape Town.

Kisses,

Victoria