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From Marrakech to the Saharan desert

Ksar Ait Ben HaddouGame of Thrones, Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia... This spectacular decor is only 4 hours drive far from Marrakech through scenic Atlas Mountains, definietly worth it ! You must spend a night into the Ksar, at Kasbah Tebi, it's a unique experience !! - Fint Oasis, a cinematic experience !It is nearly impossible to imagine, departing from Ouarzazate and traversing the dry, desolate terrain of the Anti-Atlas Mountains ( about 20 min drive ), that any place so green, lush and full of life can be on the horizon. But suddenly you spot it : a massive verdant palm grove ! Stunning ! Lots of Hollywood films were filmed there ;) - Dades gorges and canyonYou'll see there beautiful green oases at the bottom of canyons, high arid mountains, picturesque villages and reddish colored rock formations. - Saharan desertCamel ride and overnight stay in the desert was a once in a lifetime experience ! We stayed in a traditional Bedouin camp with a traditional meal, tea and of course singing, drums and dancing ! Giant dunes. Silence. Serenity. Bright stars all around you. Both Sunset AND Sunrise from atop the dunes were spectacular! - Valley of RosesThe heart of the valley is a heaven of freshness and surprising landscapes inhabited by incredibly welcoming people. Better visit it in May-June when the valley is filled with rose fields !! - Kasbah AmridilThis place was fascinating to visit. The family have been trying to restore it on their own and do charge a small sum to visit. Off the tourist route.... no visitors when we were there ! After Amridil, you will have such a sense of how these kasbahs worked on a social, familial, and political level, scattered across the oases of the Saharan Desert. - Kasbah TelouetThis Kasbah is truly a hidden gem, picturesque and richly decorated (stucco, mosaics...) It was the seat of the El Glaoui family's power. The road from Ait Ben Haddou to Telouet is one of the most scenic we've seen ! - Riad Be in MarrakechAfter this road trip we needed a peaceful place to rest ! Riad Be was the perfect place. The decor is absolutely beautiful and the friendly staff made us feel home away from home ! Best breakfast ever ! -

Cape Town, South Africa

Table MountainExcellent hiking trails from the bottom of the mountain up to the top. If you aren't trying to do a full hike you can take the cable car up from Tafelberg Road up to the plate at the top of the mountain. The viewpoint from the top of the mountain is incredible allowing you to overlook Cape Town, Table Bay and Robben Island. Truly incredible. Pack a light jacket as it can be quite windy and chilly at the top. - Boulders BeachCheck out Boulders Beach if you want to see the African penguin colony at Boulders Bay. The African penguins are only found on the coastlines of Southern Africa and are on the verge of extinction. Certainly a must-do if you find yourself in the fairer Cape. - Babylonstoren Farm & Garden TourMy visit to Babylonstoren farm was the highlight of my trip. Babylonstoredn farm is a historic Cape Dutch farm that provides you with an opportunity to walk through and view one of the best and oldest preserved farms in the Cape. The gardens are truly magnificent- there are several restaurants on-site and you can even stay in the Farm Hotel. You absolutely must pre-arrange a booking in advance for the tour and of course if you would like to stay at the Farm Hotel you'll need to arrange for that in advance as well. - Pot Luck ClubOne of the top restaurants in Cape Town. Tapas style food, truly incredible with reasonable prices. The restaurant is located in the Old Biscuit Mill which is a small enclave of shops and restaurants. You'll need to make an advanced booking as they do not accept walk-ins. You can make your booking online, which will also require a small deposit to guarantee your reservation that will be applied to your final bill as a credit. Menu-wise we ate the Peri Peri Chicken, Cauliflower couscous, Calamari, Beef Fillet, Burrata, and Fish Tacos. Delicious! - The Old Biscuit MillA great spot for artisan shopping, restaurants and cafes right in the heart of Woodstock. Loved going here in the daytime to have a look at the wares the local artisans were selling and stopped for a coffee after. - St James Beach at MuizenbergA great local beach to go spend a warm afternoon at. Great for swimming and surfing, too. Bored of the sun and sand? Little cafes and shops are around to occupy your time. The brightly coloured beach houses were my favourite. -

Morocco Adventure: Marrakech & Fes

Hotel in Marrakech: Riad LenaMarrakech's medina is filled with "riads," traditional Moroccan houses with an interior garden or courtyard. We stayed at Riad Lena. From the narrow street, all you see is a door, but when you walk through you're in a magical open air courtyard - so cool! It had the awesome rooftop, tiny little foot pool in the courtyard, and they served a great breakfast on the roof every morning - Hiking with Splash Morocco!We did a day trip with Splash Morocco Adventure tours to go hiking in the Atlas mountains outside of Marrakech. The company is run by an awesome, fun Scottish guy named Andy. He was super friendly and even invited us out to beers that same night! They offer multiple other excursions (rafting, climbing, etc). If we went back, I would totally book more excursions with them - Dinner at Café ArabeWe had a great dinner at Café Arabe. We got drinks and dinner up on the rooftop there our first or second night, it was great. One of the owners was Italian so I remember there being some pasta on the menu too - which is odd for Morocco but it was delicious! The bar on the roof was really cool and a great place for pre-dinner drinks. - Lunch at Earth CafeChill Vegetarian restaurant we discovered in the medina. It's off a side street past Jemaa el Fna, so it's a bit hidden, but really great food for super reasonable prices - Dinner at Le MarrakchiNice, trendy restaurant off of Jemaa el Fna (the main square). Great local cuisine with a modern twist - Koutoubia MosqueFamous mosque and an iconic symbol of Marrakech, can be seen from all parts of the city - Drinks at Kosy BarWe got wine on the rooftop of Kosy Bar, which was definitely the perfect place for drinks. This place was really cool and had three levels. The highest floor was completely outdoors and I think had views of the old palace walls (it was right by one of the palaces). On certain nights, has music and dancing - Beer & Trivia at Cafe du Livre!Our Scottish tour guide invited us here for beers after our hiking excursion. Clearly an expat bar. Surrounded by bookcases and the only place in all of Marrakech I saw beer on tap! We happened to be there on trivia night, which was a great time - Jardin MajorelleBotanical garden in Marrakech, outside the medina. Designed by French artist Jacques Majorelle and (since the 80s) owned by Yves Saint-Laurent! Really nice place to spend a morning/afternoon. - Jemaa el-FnaaThe central square of Marrakech - you can't miss. In the morning, there are tons of vendors (try the fresh squeezed orange juice!), and at night, it's filled with musicians and entertainers. The square is surrounded by shops and restaurants. - Hotel in Fes: Riad Dar GuennounThe interior of this place was super cool and feels especially authentic Moroccan. The staff was super friendly and prepared us lunch when we arrived famished after a long train ride. Nice intimate rooftop to pop a bottle of wine at night. - Drinks at MezzanineLounge-y spot for drinks and had an amazing rooftop with torches - Drinks at Palais JamaiA legit former palace overlooking the Fes Medina. The whole place is gorgeous. Also has a pool! - Dinner at Maison BlancheNow called "MB Fes." Upscale French Moroccan cuisine in the newer part of Fes. Classy ambience - Lunch at Café ClockReally cool place we got lunch at on one of our last days. Nice rooftop with good food. I remember wishing we had gone sooner – was definitely sort of a gathering place for backpackers (they hosted movie nights and other social things). - Bab Boujiloud (the "Blue Gate")Cool site and a lively area in the medina. Lots of cafes around there -

South Africa & Zimbabwe

Table MountainTable Mountain is one of the top sites in Cape Town, since it is the backdrop of the city skyline. The lines for the funicular were very long, so I would definitely go early. We hiked up the mountain, and there were a few different trails. Once we got to the top, the views were beautiful. There's a spot with food, drinks, bathrooms, and a shop. We took the funicular back down. - Boulder BeachBoulder Beach is a quick stop along the way to the Cape of Good Hope. I would do a day trip that includes this, the garden, and the Cape. It's a great site to see the penguins! - Cape of Good HopeThe Cape of Good Hope was beautiful. Our day trip stopped here for about an hour or so. We walked to the top and then down, but there is a tram if you need. Beautiful scenery and cliffs. - Kirstenbosch National Botanical GardenKirstenbosch is a national garden, and it has such gorgeous surroundings! We did a quick stop here, but well worth it. - Lion's HeadMust see! If you can only fit in Table Mountain or Lion's Head, I would definitely recommend Lion's Head. It was much less touristy. We had a beautiful hike to the top of the mountain. Definitely a bit more difficult than I was expecting, but a total wonder in Cape Town. - V&A WaterfrontThe V&A Waterfront is a touristy part of the city, but a great area with restaurants and shops along the water. We came here for lunch and dinner a few times, since our hotel was right here. Lots of outdoor dining to enjoy the water views. - The Shortmarket ClubAmazing food! I would definitely recommend going to one of this famous chef's restaurants while in the area. Kloof Street also has a ton of bars right near here. - Winery Tour - Franschhoek & StellenboschGorgeous sites and beautiful vineyards. We did a day trip to the two towns and went to 3 different vineyards. Some people choose to stay over at a bed & breakfast, but since it was a short drive from Cape Town we chose the day trip. - Camps BayCamps Bay is an area of Cape Town along the beach. There are a ton of restaurants and hotels in the area and it's a beautiful area to relax. - La MouetteLa Mouette was an amazing restaurant with a delicious tasting menu. We had a lo of fun here and it was a great experience. - Mount Nelson HotelThe Mount Nelson Hotel is a beautiful old hotel. We came here for afternoon tea and then walked around the grounds and hotel. - Sabi SandsWe were on safari for 3 days and it was as amazing as everyone says. Every day, we were fed 9 times, given 2 game drives, enjoyed time at the pool, and had much relaxation. We saw every animal imaginable, it was a once in a lifetime experience. The service at the safaris is top notch. We did game walks and when we had drives at night, they brought snacks and drinks. Truly incredible! - Devil's PoolSince we flew in on the Zambia side of the city, we went straight to Devil's Pool. We were there in October when the falls were dry and were able to sit at the edge of the waterfall. I would recommend going here, specifically for this excursion. - Rafting at the FallsAfter seeing the falls from the top, we wanted to see them from the bottom. We went rafting at the bottom and got to swim beneath the waterfalls. We jumped and hiked through the rocks. - Boma DinnerBoma was a fun dinner with dancing, local foods, and lots of playing of the drums! We had a great time here where they dressed us up and painted our faces. - Sunset CruiseWe took a sunset cruise one of the nights we were in Zimbabwe. We met a lot of different people and saw lots of different animals. It was a fun trip. -

Walk Like an Egyptian

Great Pyramids of Giza & SphinxGreat Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World! One of my favorite things about this part of the trip was we actually were able to go deep into the passageway that lead to the king's chambers. Not for someone who is claustrophobic but by far the best part of pyramids aspect of the trip! From there we went straight to the Sphinx - while visiting they were doing some restoration to it but still an amazing sight to see! - Step PyramidA big part of Egypt is the history but also - THE PYRAMIDS! We went a bit further down to the site of the oldest Egyptian pyramids, including the Step Pyramid built by Zoser during the 3rd Dynasty. - Memphis TourYou HAVE to take a look around Memphis Cairo - a guided tour is the best option here. Memphis features a great sculpture museum and allows an evocative insight into both ancient greatness and modern Egyptian rural life. You learn a lot about the history of Egypt on this portion of the trip. Not for everyone. - Cruise Down the NileThe best way to see Egypt and its surroundings. We took a 3 day cruise down the Nile stopping along the way visiting the Temple of Edfu, Valley of the Kings and the Colossi of Memnon and Queen Hatshepsut's temple! We ended in Luxor which was amazing! - Temple of Edfu - Valley of the KingsThis was one of my favorite spots - so much history and it was AMAZING to see where all the Kings were laid to rest - fun fact, while visiting King Tut AnkH Amun aka King Tut, body was still in his tomb - we were able to enter the tomb and take a look around - all gold and jewels had been removed. A must see spot! - Colossi of Memnon - "The City of a Thousand Minarets"Cairo was amazing - we took the time to go to the market place and look for souvenirs for friends and family. The hummus was amazing but only eat with pita bread. Also we took the time to check out the Egyptian Museum - AMAZING! - Egyptain MuseumAMAZING - take a look around at the history that surrounds Egypt. We got a tour guide who was able to explain each exhibit for us which allowed us to understand more about Egypt. - Al-Azhar MosqueMust See - Temple of LuxorThis was a amazing - we went at night and to see all of the hieroglyphics lit up was unbelievable. Highly recommend! - Overnight Train from Aswan to CairoOnce we got off our cruise we took an overnight train to Cairo where we were planning on flying out of - not the best nights sleep but an experience I would recommend to any traveler. - Cairo MarketWhen we went here we had the best time finding souvenirs, best part is trying to get the locals to give you a cheaper price - or they might try to buy you. I almost was sold for 2 camels! - Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the NileOne day off the river we opted for a hot air balloon ride over the Nile, AMAZING!!! Highly recommend you find a company to help you do this. The photos are amazing! -

South African Honeymoon

3 nights at Imbali Safari LodgeAmazing Safari Lodge on a private hectare within Kruger National Park. The rooms at Imbali were beautiful with a private infinite pool on a deck overlooking the park. The safari rangers were knowledgeable, we saw so many animals - Elephant, Lions, Zebra, Impala, Giraffe, Water Buffalo, Wild Dogs, Hyenas, White Rhino's, and more! The food was great! The staff were so accommodating. We celebrated Christmas at the lodge and they hosted a beautiful Christmas dinner for all the guests! Amazing experience. - Skukuza Airport in Kruger National ParkThis is one of the 2 airports in Kruger. Flying in here was literally like landing right on a safari. The airport is almost completely open and very small. Right when we left the airport gates we saw a ton of game: elephants, water buffalo, giraffe, etc! - 3 nights at Ocean-View House, Camps BayNice hotel in Camps Bay overlooking the Atlantic and with amazing views of the 12 apostles. The location is amazing! Rooms were clean and included a delicious continental breakfast. - Lions HeadPretty strenuous hike, but amazing views and absolutely worth it! Get up early on a clear day in Cape Town and do this!! - Great White Cage DivingYep - we did it! We got in cages with great white sharks. It was unreal! The experience is a little touristy overall - but still amazing to witness these beings in real life, up close and personal. This is about a 2.5hr drive outside of Cape Town, so will take an entire day. - Table MountainWe hiked up and took the cable car down. Definitely a must-do/see while in Cape Town. Beautiful views. - Exploring the Cape Town VineyardsBeautiful vineyards about 45 minutes outside of the city. We preferred Franshhoek over Stellenbosch. It was more quaint. - Lunch Tasting Menu & Wine Pairing in the Cape Town WinelandsBeautiful and quaint vineyard in Franschhoek. The food was incredible and wine was amazing! I would highly recommend doing the tasting menu with wine pairings. - Grande Provence Wine TastingBeautiful and posh vineyard. - Last Winery on our Wine Tasting Tour!Cute winery - great last stop on our wine tasting tour! - Truth Coffee - Great coffee shop!chill spot for a good cup of joe :) - Cape of Good HopeIf you have time - definitely do a full day tour of this entire region of Cape Town. It is beautiful! - Penguins at Boulders BeachSO many penguins - they are so cute! - Lunch at the Brass BellLocal spot in the super cute beach town of Kalk Bay! Enjoy fish & chips and a cold beer overlooking the ocean. If its hot, take a dip in the tidal pools right next to your tables! - Fresh Seafood at The Cod FatherEnjoy fresh seafood at the Cod Father in Camps Bay! Pick out your fish from the market, and they will prepare it for you! - 3 nights in Knysna / The Garden RouteKnysna is a quiet and relaxing town on the garden route. we enjoyed 3 nights here for relaxation, and beautiful, pristine beaches and hikes. - Hike in Robberg Nature ReserveBeautiful, pristine beaches! View the seals and sharks from the lookout. Great activity for the outdoorsy! - Oysters on the Dock at 34 Degrees South, KnsynaAmazing, fresh oysters! Do not miss out on having lunch here. - V&A WaterfrontWaterfront area in cape town. A little touristy, but still nice. There is a great market around here as well as a mall. There are a ton of restaurants around. - Dinner on Kloof Street @ the Kloof Street HouseGreat restaurant on Kloof Street - the food and cocktails were delicious. Kloof Street has a ton of restaurants and bars to explore! -