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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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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the lazy girls’ guide to exploring south africa’s western cape: part 2

Though we were sad to say goodbye to the team at La Clé des Montagnes, we felt rejuvenated as we started our second day: exploring the Western Cape with Hands up Holidays. Having kicked off our trip by vineyard-hopping our way through the wine region, day 2 with our guide, Janise, was dedicated to the coast. We headed straight for Cape Peninsula, located just south of Cape Town. Much of the Peninsula is part of Table Mountain National Park, making for a scenic drive along the water, untouched by commercial or residential development. Occasionally, we’d drive through a little beach town, and Janice would share the history of the region — stories of German, Dutch…

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the lazy girls’ guide to exploring south africa’s western cape: part 1

If you’re curious why we’ve taken so long to start writing about our #LTsouthafrica trip, we have two very legitimate excuses: 1. Our lives have been a bit topsy turvy the past few weeks… read: very, very busy. 2. More importantly, every time we think back on our week in South Africa, we get such a strong pang of nostalgia that it physically HURTS us not to be there. It was, for so many reasons, an absolutely unforgettable trip, and starting today (finally!), we’ve made a pact to push past all those wanderlusty twinges of nostalgia and start to share our stories. We can’t think of a more perfect place to start our story-telling than…

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