This place came highly recommended by a friend of our who happened to see the sign on the road and decided to take a break from his journey and check it out. He fell in love with the place and immediately booked it for his wedding that was coming up. I have to say when we saw the wedding pictures we also loved how the place looked like and kept saying we should plan a trip to visit.
Kigio Wildlife Conservancy is about an hour and a halfs drive from Nairobi, just past Naivasha Town and right before the old Gilgil toll station. It’s about 5km to Malewa Wildlife Lodge from the highway and the road is not too bad so almost any car can make it there, you don’t necessarily need a 4×4/SUV. Once you get there you quickly forget the traffic you left behind and enter safari mode.
They offer a variety of activities including night game drives which I thought was interesting although we didn’t get to try it out. Here are a few pics of the lodge and some birds 🙂
There are so many things to do and see while in Cape Town that you can get overwhelmed trying to do everything. Amongst the more popular tours are the wine tours, Robben Island and Table Mountain.
We really wanted to do one of the wine tours and the Table Mountain tour, so we booked the Table Mountain tour with our travel agent before got there. We thought we would have time to book the wine tour when we got there but we ended up being distracted by the beauty of the city and shopping. Next time we go to Cape Town a wine tour will be a priority 🙂
To get to the mountain you have to self drive or catch a cab, but a friend told us we could do the Open-Top Red Bus tour which goes to Table Mountain first thing in the morning. In addition to that the tour goes round to Camps Bay, Sea Point and ends at the V&A Waterfront, for less than a cab would have cost us.
Unfortunately, it was so cloudy on the morning of the tour that visibility was zero from the top of the mountain. But we still went up despite the weather and I have to say it was still pretty awesome. I overheard one lady say how eerie it was at the top on that particular morning, but the word I would have used was serene.
Here are few pics form Table Mountain and awesome views of Camps Bay.
First along the route was Long Street.
The mountain is hidden behind the clouds.
A view of Camps Bay
Everyone we talked to about visiting Jo’burg mentioned how insecure it is, how you shouldn’t walk around alone (let alone with a camera) and how we should wrap up our suitcases cause there have been a few incidents of items missing at the airport. It wasn’t a surprise when one of the first things the local driver pointed out to us was the city centre in the horizon and kindly told us “Do not go there”.
So heeding all the advice given we only decided to stay for one day and most of that was spent around the Sandton City area. Which was a lot of fun for me cause I like shopping and the mall there is kinda awesome. Knowing that we would be there for a day only I decided to take a few snap shots on the way to the hotel plus a few of the Nelson Mandela Square and The Michelangelo Hotel.
One thing that stood out to me were the township houses in Alexandra that are government built and facilitated with solar water heaters. I thought that is the way it should be in all the slum areas in other African cities.
Here is my view of Jo’burg whizzing by as we were driving (a lot of road signs). Next time I think I’ll stay a bit longer, am sure there is much more to see.
Whenever we fly our preferred seats are always the ones by the window, especially one with a view (not right on the wing where all you see is that blinking light at the tip of the wing). One of my loves of travelling is the sight seeing and that, for me, starts with the flight to wherever the destination is.
For the new year we decided on a vacation to Cape Town, a place we have been meaning to visit for a very long time. We had heard all the good reviews about the city and I have to say we were not disappointed at all. I think Cape Town is definitely at the top of my must visit cities of the world.
Here are a few images from my window seat on they way there.