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
Carmien Tea Tasting and Farm Tour in the Cederberg

Carmien Tea Tasting and Farm Tour in the Cederberg

So what does an expecting mama in her third trimester do for fun around these parts? That’s the question I’ve been trying to get answers to in the last few weeks. Let’s face it, there’s not much we can do that requires minimal exertion. Cue a post from Carmien Tea popping up in my Twitter newsfeed and I suddenly had something to look forward to doing again. The Perfect Outing for an Expectant Mom As any expectant mother will tell you, we’ve got to watch what we eat and drink very carefully. Rooibos tea is one of the things I could enjoy freely throughout my pregnancy without worry. So when I saw the post about the tea tasting and farm tour Carmien Tea offered, I was excited. We immediately made plans to book as my time for road trips is running out fast! Carmien Tea is situated on the Bergendal farm just outside the town of Citrusdal. On a supposedly mild day last week we take on the N7 highway, dodging trucks and road works along the way. We quickly realise that a mild day in Cape Town does not mean the same thing on the West Coast. Temperatures peak at 30 degrees as we near the Piekenierskloof Pass and the aircon remains on full blast. The turn-off to Carmien Tea, the Paleisheuwel road, is a welcome escape from the busy highway. We drive for 7 kilometres to our destination having the road entirely to ourselves. Rooibos tea exclusively grows in this part of the world due to the warm and dry climate being the ideal conditions for it.... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Savannah from The Purple Gypsy

Local Travel is Lekker – Savannah from The Purple Gypsy

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 Savannah from The Purple Gypsy blog.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? I love the diversity of our country; it adds a different dimension to the people and the atmosphere. Having such great diversity allows for a whole bunch of extra knowledge to be available at our fingertips. 2) What is your first local travel memory? Spending the morning on the beach in Umhlanga, building sand castles and swimming in the sea. 3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? My favourite place to visit in Johannesburg is the Cradle of Human Kind.  It is such a beautiful place no matter which part you visit. From visiting the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve to simply having a bite to eat at one of the exquisite restaurants, you are never disappointed. 4) What’s on your South African travel bucket list? Take a trip along the Garden Route Visit the Cango Caves, Western Cape Go on a road trip around South Africa Visit Robben Island in Cape Town Spend the night in a... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Verushka from Spice Goddess

Local Travel is Lekker – Verushka from Spice Goddess

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 Verushka from Spice Goddess.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? I love that South Africa is such a diverse and multicultural country. A rainbow nation with beautiful landscape including mountains and the ocean. South African food and wine is also on another level with regional specialities and showcases the cultural diversity of my home.     2) What is your first local travel memory? A road trip with my parents through the Garden Route for a month. It was a month of hotel living filled with adventure and new experiences.  Someday I will do this trip again and maybe with my own kids. 3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? I love going on a road trip with my girls to the Kloof area. The area is 20 minutes from the Durban city centre but one can literally smell the fresh air and it does not have the buzz of the city. A wide variety of eateries and little quaint shops means we are never bored of options... read more
Cape Town Coffee Shops Battle – Truth Coffee VS Bootlegger Coffee Company

Cape Town Coffee Shops Battle – Truth Coffee VS Bootlegger Coffee Company

It’s the battle of the top Cape Town coffee shops – Truth Coffee VS Bootlegger Coffee Company. In the one corner we’ve got the quirky steampunk Truth Coffee and in the other corner, the trendy Bootlegger Coffee Co.  Now I don’t claim to be a coffee connoisseur of any sorts. I just love good coffee and great service and that’s what these reviews are based on. So with the cafe culture in Cape Town being so popular let’s dive straight into it! A weekend of early starts has not been good to my body.😖 Let’s attack this Monday and get some rest later.💪🏼 A post shared by Tulips & Phoenixes Blog (@tulipsandphoenixes) on Feb 12, 2017 at 10:40pm PST Truth Coffee – Buitenkant Street On a late Sunday morning we make a spur of the moment decision to head to Cape Town for a coffee run. First stop is Truth Coffee. I’d never been to any of the popular Cape Town coffee shops so now was as good a time as any. Truth Coffee is packed and bustling with activity. We’re lucky to find a comfortable couch and table. I’m in the mood for something flavoured and go for the expresso hot chocolate. True to their ‘no sugar required’ suggestion, the coffee really is that good and doesn’t need any sugar. I’m not sure if it’s because of the flavoured option I went for but I’m glad to forego the extra calories! Despite an extremely busy Sunday, the service at Truth Coffee is prompt and friendly and it’s what I appreciate the most. We leave Truth Coffee passing queuing... read more
Local Travel is Lekker – Patrycja from Travel Opulent Box

Local Travel is Lekker – Patrycja from Travel Opulent Box

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 Patrycja from Travel Opulent Box.   1) What do you love most about South Africa? South Africa is diverse and that is what attracts me to it. Amazing people, nature, mountains, ocean, rivers, beautiful wine regions, rich history and the fact that all is so vibrant and real. 2) What is your first local travel memory? When I first arrived in South Africa in December 2007 I remember the heat was over 35 degrees! It was so hot. That is when I went to the Blouberg Beach for the first time and fell in love with the iconic and oh so beautiful view of Table Mountain. It’s definitely my favourite spot to enjoy sunsets from or simply go for an afternoon walk. 3) What’s your favourite place to visit in your hometown? I like local markets: Old Biscuit Mill and Hout Bay Market are my favourite. It’s the perfect place to meet interesting people and enjoy local art/crafts as well as good food. 4) What’s on your South African travel bucket... read more
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