#LTsouthafrica: on safari with @SabiSabiReserve

The morning after our day with the Newkidz on the Block, Hands Up Holidays had us up bright dark and early. Yes, correct: up before the sun, on vacation, the morning after a full day of manual labor. Who the hell are we?! Animal lovers with a long-time dream of going on safari, that’s who. And this was it! This was the day! After one van ride, two flights (grumble), and one badass jeep excursion, we would find ourselves at an oasis in the middle of Kruger National Park. Fair warning: majorly photo-heavy post ahead. To say we were exhausted by the time we arrived at the Earth Lodge at Sabi Sands is a major…

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2 days of voluntourism with @handsupholidays & @newkidzprojects

Though we did our fair share of the required sightseeing, wine drinking and animal obsessing while in South Africa, there was one big reason we finally tackled this long-time dream destination of ours. For years, we’ve toyed with exploring Africa together, and we knew that when we finally did, wherever we went, we wanted to incorporate volunteering into our experience. We had tossed around tons of possible itineraries before #LTsouthafrica came to be, and when we met Christopher Hill, it felt like a sign. Chris is the founder of a luxury voluntourism company called Hands up Holidays that creates tailor-made itineraries, featuring philanthropy experiences all over the world. With Chris’s help, our custom-built trip through South…

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style spotter: luxury safari

In March, we had to ask ourselves the ultimate question: What in the world does a girl wear on safari?? What exactly do we wear on our feet to trek through the South African bush? What kind of pants will keep us cool in the sun while keeping mosquitos away? Are there any colors that startle lions?? In the weeks leading up to our trip to South Africa, we joked about outfitting ourselves in cargo khaki, hiking boots, and bucket hats. When the time came, we opted for utilitarian over style, each sporting olive khaki pants (with only a FEW cargo pockets), lightweight tanks and tees, and sneakers. We embarked on our first game drive, departing from Sabi Sabi Game Reserve about…

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exploring cape town // round 2

If you don’t mind, I’m going to go out of order for a second and skip ahead to my last two days of #LTsouthafrica. I just feel like we’re on a roll with the Cape Town love, so why stop now?! Unfortunately for everyone (but mainly me, because I’m writing this post, so I’m allowed to make it all about me), the wino had to depart our grand African adventure a few days early. We said our teary goodbyes in Sabi Sabi, and after two amazing days on safari, I returned to Cape Town with Mrs. O and her sister Renata, where we settled right back into city life. Not after a bit of drama,…

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36 hours on cape town’s v&a waterfront

After a full day of exploring the coast, our Hands Up Holidays tour guide, Janise, dropped us on Cape Town’s Victoria & Albert Waterfront, where we would spend the next two days of our #LTSouthAfrica adventure. Having just been scared away by the touristy crowds and noisy attractions of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco a few weeks earlier, we were wary of staying so close to the V&A. But after 36 hours and two amazingly delicious dinners, we have to say, we’re fans. Where to sleep // If you remember our original itinerary, we were scheduled to have two nights at the gorgeous Tinstwalo Atlantic, not on the Waterfront. Sadly, just before our trip, the hotel…

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