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South Africa’s most romantic cities

Deciding what to do for an anniversary? Looking for a romantic getaway to propose or contemplating a well-deserved “time-out” surprise with your significant other?

Do not despair! We are going to feature some of South Africa’s most romantic cities. There are amazing cities you can visit with tons of activity to bring you and yours closer.

We kick off this feature with my home town:

Durban

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Known for its subtropical climate and extensive beaches; it makes for a romantic hub of note.

You will have an array of activities to keep you and yours occupied.

You can enjoy long walks on the promenade or romantic picnics at the infamous Botanic or Japanese gardens. Feel for an intimate brekkie date? You can visit one of our many unique and quaint cafés. One of my favourite joints to visit is the Antique Café’… you will not be sorry.

If you want to add a little extra sparkle to ignite tons of memories, you can enjoy a variety of Zulumoon gondola rides or sunset cruises in and around the Durban harbor.

We also have activities for the adventurers! You can experience swinging from the world’s tallest swing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium or you and yours could go cage diving with the Sharks down the KZN south coast.

You’ll be a guaranteed to enjoy a variety of cuisines including our most popular; Indian, infused with the freshest of spices to tantalise those taste buds.

Next up, we feature the city of Gold:

Johannesburg

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Johannesburg (Egoli) is the largest city in South Africa. Known for its historical opulence and modern flare, you can enjoy site-seeing and museum hopping in the streets of Soweto. For some grown-up fun, you and yours can play dress-up, wish upon a jackpot star and then whisk off to the Monte Casino to black jack or spin-a-wheel.

My personal favorite thing to do, because it brings out my inner-child, is to visit the Gold Reef City theme park. A reasonable entry fee allows you all-day access to some of the most exhilarating rides. If you’re like me and reside outside of Egoli, cheap flights to Johannesburg is a thing, so do not despair. Fun and memories will be guaranteed.

Last but definitely not least, the mother city:

Cape Town: The home of my heritage.

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Cape Town is like that humble, cool kid in school, you want to despise it, yet you can’t help but love it at the same time.

Known for its colourful demeanor, multi-culture, unique mountains and breath-taking scenery, it really is no wonder why it has gained popularity on the international and national tourism streets.

The city’s natural settings and good climate will guarantee breathtaking selfies. Walk the streets of the colourful Bo-Kaap and take in the malay culture and beautiful scenery or, hitch a cable car ride to the top of table mountain that will award you an overlooking view of the entire city. See what I mean about breath-taking selfies being guaranteed?!

If mini road trips are your thing, you can drive along Chapman’s peak and stop at Hout Bay, one of my personal favourites. You can book a Robben Island Tour or even plan a visit to the Cape point vineyard.

Still not sold?  Perhaps the fact that Cape Town is the seafood hub of South Africa and is home to the infamous Charly’s Bakery, may change your mind. It certainly adds brownie points to my list.

South Africa is a diverse, multi-cultured place and has so much to offer. These really are just some of my personal, memorable activities that you and yours can experience but assured, there is so much more that you can do. Most cities have tour, Double-Decker buses that you can hop on, to see some of the most popular tourist attractions in each city, so you’re welcome to inquire about those.

Affordable flights,the person you love and a country filled with romantic cities…what are you waiting for?

|This post is in collaboration with TravelStart | All pictures are sourced from Google.

Love and light always, from just an ordinary girl.

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And just like that, it’s all over 

Yeap…. road trip done and dusted. Where did time go???

For someone who is ALWAYS talking, no amount of words can express my gratitude towards everybody who showed their support this weekend. Thank you guys for the calls, messages, duas and words of encouragement. May the almighty bless you all abundantly.

DBN >>> JHB



So I should put on record that this was my first time driving long distance. Let’s just say that I will do it again. Ramon and lucille , you guys have been such good company and a huge pillar of support. I enjoyed every sing-a-along , every game and every word of our conversation. A bonding session that was much needed and greatly enjoyed! You guys are my ray of sunshine. I’m am so privelleged to have you as a bestie Ramon and also to have gained another bestie through your marriage to Lucille. I love you guys. 

Mika’ils grave visits 

What an emotional experience 😭💔Ramon, Lucille and Lori… you guys…! thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there and being present. You guys are the definition of friendship and support. From walking the Avalon graveyard searching for Miks grave to cleaning his grave and planting flowers, to leaving yourls glasses to let him know his aunts were there and literally for catching me when I was falling to my lowest. I could not have asked for more. The almighty really keeps showing me just how blessed I am. 

Got to see my boy and felt a ray of emotions, from heart ache to guilt , to pain, to emptiness to relief, I felt it all. I still don’t understand why he was taken away from me but I trust the almightys reasons. 

Our stay



Odessa and Lori, this one is for you two specifically. Lori , thank you so much for going out of your way to take us around. Nobody else would have been up with us and ready to be on the move even before we wake up lol. For giving us your time and for just being so darn awesome ! For the crazy moments, raps, #Q20, #stroke and #dori, Thank you. 

Odessa, you are a gem. You opened your home to us and it really did feel like home. Thank you so much for making everything so comfortable for us. Your kids and your sister are just something else. My life is based on authentic connections and iv gained another this weekend. Can’t wait to see you both again. 

Faizel, thank you for offering your home to us and for keeping Ramon so we could have girl time. Much appreciated. 


Gold reef city 

If you know me, you would know I l love rides and doing fun things.

Our GRC trip was amaze balls! Even although we got burnt, it was so worth the trip. Thanks again you guys for arranging this trip to make me feel better after the visit to miks grave. 



Lucille and Lori, thank you girls for my amazing gift! You girls know just how I value sentimental things like this. 


I love all of you guys and I really appreciate everybody who sent messages, who called , prayed and wished me well. My boy and I are so lucky to have you all. 

Lastly but most importantly, shukr  Allah for granting me the opportunity to go and see my boy. I make shukr for your traveling mercies because it is only through your will that we went and that we returned safely. 

Some last random pics from our trip


Loads of gratitude from just an ordinary girl. 

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Cooking with Chad Le Clos

Not so long ago, I posted up about how one can use their pain to fuel their gain and how I was awarded the opportunity to write my  Discovery Vitality#personbest story. If you haven’t read the post you can read it by clicking Here.

Yesterday, we finally got to “claim” our prize; an all expense paid trip to the JHB  Discovery Vitality HealthyFood Studio to cook with Chad Le Clos and his amazing dad. 

OH. MY.HAT we had such an amazing time! 

A selfie just because

Amy and I had a ball from the moment we got to the King Shaka International airport. 

Amy and I checked in @king Shaka international airport

We made sure that we made the best of this opportunity and all of the pics will probably confirm that we’ve done so. 

Random selfies in the sky
View from the top
Lazy landing #touchdownJozi
 

From the moment we entered JHB we had a ball, the Gau train experience, seeing our Discovery offices in JHB, cooking with Chad and just mingling. It was all too beautiful.

Yeaaaappp… behind us is the gautrain rails 😁

Krispy Kreme

The Discovery Vitality HealthyFood Studio is amazing guys! I will encourage that if ever you want to be healthy ( don’t you judge my Krispy Kreme visit ok) and want to have a “master chef” experience….book a cooking course! You guys will not regret it! 

#Wemadeit
HealthyFood studio
Chad and all of us
The food we cooked
Cray cray kitchen selfies
Amy and I and Chad
I, Amy and Chads dad, Uncle Bert
Us and the chefs
Cooking demonstration
Chad with “The Chad salad” that Amy and I prepped


Although all good things have to come to an end, the experience  will forever remain imprinted in my heart. 

Our sad faces because we had to leave #sigh

To Chad and his dad, thank you guys for sharing the morning with us and not just being there but interacting and mingling with us all! Meeting you two and just watching the relationship you guys have was an absolute honour.

To the Discovery Vitality and the marketing team, you guys were amazing! Thank you so much for awarding us this opportunity and being so supportive throughout our journey! Not only did we get to cook with The Chad and his dad, but we got to meet fellow colleagues that we interact with but would probably have never met, we gained cooking knowledge and we had a ball. You guys rock awesome! 

To the chefs at the HealthyFood Studio, you guys are amazing! I’ve learnt so much from being with you guys for those 2hours; cooking techniques, recipes and flavours! I can tell you guys have answered your callings because the passion you possess is so addictive.

Amy, this journey was all the more exciting because you embraced it with me! Thank you for the wonderful company and the crazy moments! This is one that goes down in the books for sure. Lenel and Naffy, for making it all the more special.

So that was my trip in a nut shell. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Be safe and stay real! 

Posted by just an ordinary girl.