Renting a Car in South Africa – Advice!

Ocean View while Driving to Cape Point from Cape Town

South Africa is a stunningly beautiful country that is on most travellers bucket lists. Its sprawling picturesque coastlines, dramatic mountain scenery, and

Despite affordable airfare and long distance bus services like Baz Bus, renting a car is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to see the most of the country.  Renting a car is almost required for popular trips like the Garden Route/Whale Route, Panorama Route, or visiting Kruger National Park without a guided tour.  Unfortunately, some South African rental companies are notoriously shady so it’s best to go in eyes open.  We had both great and miserable experiences while renting vehicles in South Africa and have some advice for renting a car in South Africa to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible! Continue reading “Renting a Car in South Africa – Advice!”

A Week in Cape Town

Views of the Cape Town Coastline from Seapoint

Sheltered by mountains, bookended by sprawling coastlines, home to both modern architecture and colourful historic neighbourhoods, Cape Town easily earns its rank amongst the most beautiful cities in the world. Whether you get to spend a week in Cape Town or all the time in the world, travelling to the Cape Town, the Mother City in South Africa is always a good idea. 

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All About our Travels to Egypt

Our last post covered our journey from Buenos Aires to Portugal, France, Belgium, Cape Verde, Senegal, and South Africa. Since then we have spent our time travelling in the colourful and fascinating country of Egypt. From the Pyramids of Giza in the north, to the grandeur of Abu Simbel in the far south, we took trains, planes, “Deluxe Plus” buses, and a relaxing Nile River cruise to see the best (and at times, worst) that Egypt has to offer.

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Garden Route Road Trip in South Africa

Witsand South Africa Sunset

We are a little over 10 months into our 14 month trip around the world and few countries have taken our breath away as much as South Africa.  From Cape Town’s superlative beauty and colourful streets, to the endlessly picturesque scenery of the Garden Route, to Kruger National Park’s charismatic megafauna, South Africa impresses even veteran travellers like ourselves.

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RTW Update – From South America to Africa

Cape Verde Sal Island Sunset

It’s been a long time since our last update and we’ve had a ton of great adventures since our 7 month post which was right before we reluctant left South America. Since then we’ve travelled to 7 countries on 3 continents, reconnected with old friends as well as my Malian maman, and wrote a mini-thesis on responsible tourism to kick off 2019. We’ve had our hands full to say the least. Now we’re once again on the Great Continent being awestruck by the incredible diversity and beauty of it all. But first, let’s catch up!

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Tips for Responsible Tourism

Airplane photo

Travel is more than a beloved hobby for some people; rather, it’s a veritable lifestyle. Travel is something that enlightens souls, expands horizons, and as the old cliché goes, is one of the few things in the world that makes you richer as you spend money on it.

Responsible tourism is important as it unfortunately takes a tremendous amount of resources to make travel possible. From all-inclusive resorts razing natural vegetation to make way for manufactured white sand beaches while paying local staff a pittance, to national parks being destroyed by careless visitors, to locals being priced out of their neighbourhoods by entrepreneurs looking to rent whole apartment buildings out on AirBnB, travel is not without its downsides. And none of those examples even touch the problem of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are required to transport a person from point A to point B.

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