Local Travel is Lekker – Lauren from Wanderlust Movement

Local Travel is Lekker – Lauren from Wanderlust Movement

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured blogger is Lauren from Wanderlust Movement.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? The vast and varied landscapes! I love that you can get lost in the Drakensberg mountains, explore the rugged coastlines of the Eastern Cape, go on an adventure in the Kalahari desert, hike through the Amatola forests or relax on the pristine beaches of Clifton. Each time I come back from a trip, I’m reminded how lucky I am to come from a country that offers so much diversity. 2) What is your first local travel memory? I think my first travel memory would have to be taking the train to go to the coast with my mom or the Kruger Park with my dad. Not sure which came first.   3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? Although I was born in Johannesburg, I consider Cape Town to be my hometown now. So I would have to say my favourite place would be any of the hiking routes. There are so many to choose from, each... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Nadine from Living It Up CT

Local Travel is Lekker – Nadine from Living It Up CT

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured blogger is Nadine from Living It Up CT.     1) What do you love most about South Africa? Gosh, where do I begin? There is so much to love about our beautiful Rainbow Nation. For me, it has to be the amazing abundance of flora and fauna, the wide open spaces and everything else that Mother Nature has to offer. I’m an outdoorsy person and love nothing more than spending time at the beach (yes, I swim in Cape Town’s frigid waters!) and going for mountain and forest hikes. It’s food for the soul. Table Mountain captured my heart from the moment Cape Town became our new home 12 years ago. Exploring South Africa’s spectacular winelands is something I do often and I enjoy discovering new wine estates.   2) What is your first local travel memory? Travelling on the train from Port Elizabeth, my original hometown, to Vereeniging to visit my sister and her family. As a kid, there was nothing more exciting than boarding that train with my Mom and younger brother – our Dad... read more
Life Update And The Blog’s First Little Giveaway

Life Update And The Blog’s First Little Giveaway

I haven’t done one of these life update posts in quite a while. But as some of you may or may not know, I’ve just given birth to our first born and thought it fitting to provide a little update. Now emphasis on the ‘little’ part as I’m a very private person and that’s also why you haven’t seen a lot of pregnancy updates on the blog or social media. I’m old school and believe certain things should be kept sacred and out of the public eye. I Don’t Believe I’ve Quite Explained myself… A life-changing event prompted me to change my blog’s focus last year July. The death of a close friend and the decline of our currency made me re-evaluate certain things. Mr G and I would’ve been off on a tour of Europe but the weak rand forced us to cancel our plans. This begged the question – why are we always overlooking what’s right in front of us in favour of what we perceive to be better?  What was wrong with a South African holiday? A place we were actually familiar with as opposed to a foreign country we were going to take a gamble on. I’ve always loved road trips; have always been the getaway planner in our circle of friends and that’s what I wanted to show more of. And that’s how the new niche was born. Out With the Old Fashion blogging was too superficial and just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. To be frank, I think it was the best decision I could’ve made for my blog to switch from... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Meg from Boring Cape Town Chick

Local Travel is Lekker – Meg from Boring Cape Town Chick

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured blogger is Meg from Boring Cape Town Chick.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? Diversity.  If you’re standing on the beach in Camps Bay, turn around, get in your car and drive 100kms to Franschhoek, you feel like you’re in a totally different world! Make it a 400km drive and you’re in the Wilderness, a wonderful lush, foresty jungle right next door to beautiful blue Knysna. Make it a plane ride and you’re in the grimy streets of Johannesburg. It’s inspiring and exciting! 2) What is your first local travel memory? I grew up in Namibia so my first South African travel memory is visiting Kruger National Park. My folks are from Zimbabwe so they love the hot, dry, dusty climate. Spotting animals has always been a wonderful family game and I still love doing it today! 3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? Tough one. I’m not much of a beach person, but will still have to say the ocean. Watching sunsets at Oudekraal are just spectacular. Walking... read more
Stuffed at Stacked Diner on Kloof Street

Stuffed at Stacked Diner on Kloof Street

I’ve got a confession to make…  I’ve got a slight weakness for flapjacks and milkshakes. So when I heard about Stacked Diner in Cape Town a few months ago I knew I had to get there stat. Of course as life would have it, it took us quite a few months to actually get there but when we finally did, it was so worth it. On a rainy afternoon last week we decided this would be the day for epic flapjacks and headed to Stacked Diner on Kloof Street. Mine, ALL mine.😁 A post shared by 🚙Tulips & Phoenixes Blog🇿🇦 (@tulipsandphoenixes) on Mar 24, 2017 at 12:39am PDT The Best in the West? When we arrive we have the diner all to ourselves and can pick and choose where we want to sit. Being in love with rain, I obviously opt for a window seat so we can people watch too. The first thing my eye catches on the menu (besides the flapjacks) are the variety of milkshake flavours. Mr G and I both go for the peanut butter choc caramel milkshakes. The shakes are hand spun, meaning they don’t use a blender to make them.  I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect milkshake and so far Stacked Diner tops the list! I finish mine in five minutes flat and wonder why an equally big deal is not being made about these shakes on social media. Bring It On Having only had breakfast the morning, we’re ravenous and order the five stack Classic Stacked Jacks. These are the buttermilk flapjacks topped with bacon and maple syrup. Our waiter... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Suitcases and Lattes

Local Travel is Lekker – Suitcases and Lattes

If you’re a South African, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Local is Lekker phrase. It celebrates and promotes everything South African. This phrase was the inspiration for a new series on my blog – Local Travel is Lekker. I’m an avid supporter of local South African travel and feel extremely blessed to live in this beautiful country. Therefore I’ve decided to feature like-minded bloggers and travellers who share my Local Travel is Lekker sentiment and hopefully this series will inspire our South African citizens to get out there and explore this exquisite country. This week’s featured bloggers are the three ladies from Suitcases and Lattes – Jee, Rif and Imaan.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? Jee: WOW, this is a tough one….. What don’t I love! I love everything about South Africa (except the crime sadly) and I really can’t pin it down to one specific thing. The mountains, the sea, the people, the food…… it’s all great! Rif: Although we have our fair share of problems in South Africa, there’s no place like home. Of course, there’s the obvious – sun, sea & mountains. But the things I really love about South Africa aren’t necessarily tangible. I love the mix of cultures;  our history of triumph against adversity and that despite our painful past, a lot of people are quite tolerant of different religions, cultures etc. One thing that I never take for granted is the availability of Halaal food across South Africa. Imaan: South Africa has it all! There are very few places in the world where you can find the perfect combination of natural beauty, wildlife, food and culture juxtaposed... read more
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Discoverer of hidden gems. Half city dweller. Half road trip explorer. Full supporter of local South African travel!

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