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World Travels 2023 - 2024, 09 May 2024, Dubai, UAE to Cape Town, South Africa, 27 May 2024.


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Full Day in the Winelands - 27 May 2024

 

As a world traveler, my journey to the captivating Cape Winelands in South Africa was nothing short of enchanting.

 

The day began with a scenic drive along the N1 National Road to Franschhoek, where I made a delightful stop at Babylonstoren, one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms.

 


Beautiful winery and gardens




Serenade and magical surroundings


Fauna and flora of South Africa


The stunning fruit, herb, and vegetable gardens at Babylonstoren were a true botanical paradise, and browsing the fresh farm stall and sampling local delicacies was a highlight of the visit.

 

After departing from Babylonstoren, I continued my journey to Rhebokskloof wine estate for a formal wine tasting experience.

 

Nestled amid agricultural lands and indigenous fynbos, this estate's unique amphitheater-like terrain and fertile soils provided the perfect setting for cultivating premium wines.

 

The tasting session at Boschendal Wine Estate was a treat for the senses, with their renowned vintages leaving a lasting impression.

 

A delightful picnic basket lunch at Boschendal Wine Estate allowed me to savor the picturesque surroundings of lush vineyards and historic charm.

 

Fine wines of Boschendal.


Concluding my wine country exploration in Stellenbosch, the charming university town impressed me with its Cape Dutch architecture and vibrant culture.

 




An orientation drive through the historic streets provided a glimpse into the town's heritage, with my guide sharing fascinating insights before returning to port.

 


Final Thoughts at the day spent in the Cape Winelands.


My journey was a journey filled with beauty, history, and, of course, exquisite wines – a true feast for the senses.


Stellenbach & Wine Tasting - 26 May 2024

 

As a world traveler, I am always seeking new experiences that blend history, culture, and indulgence.

 

My recent journey took me to Stellenbosch, a charming South African town famous for its rich heritage and world-class vineyards.

 

Upon arriving in Stellenbosch, I was immediately captivated by the town's picturesque scenery and impressive architecture. A leisurely drive through the streets provided me with a glimpse of the town's vibrant culture before I set off to explore on my own.

 

One of the highlights of my visit was the Stellenbosch Museum, where I delved into the history of the town through four beautifully preserved period houses.

 

These houses offered a fascinating look into daily life and architecture dating back to the early 1700s, allowing me to appreciate the evolution of Stellenbosch over the centuries.

 

After immersing myself in the town's history, I meandered through the charming oak-lined streets, stopping to peruse the boutiques and shops for unique souvenirs to bring back home.

 

As the day drew to a close, I bid farewell to Stellenbosch and made my way to a nearby wine estate for a truly decadent experience.

 


Stellenbosch and its famous winery (Part 1)


The wine tasting session was a sensory delight, featuring an array of exquisite local wines paired with delectable macaroons that tantalized my taste buds.



Stellenbosch and its famous winery (Part 2)

 

With a satisfied palate and a heart full of memories,

 

I returned to my awaiting ship, grateful for the opportunity to savor the beauty and flavors of Stellenbosch on my world travels.

 

Wine & Aloe Tour - 25 May 2024

 

As a world traveler, I had the incredible opportunity to savor some of South Africa's finest products during a memorable day of exploration.

 

The journey began with a scenic drive from Mossel Bay, leading me to the picturesque Jakkalsvlei winery nestled at the foot of the majestic Langeberg Mountain.

 


Bus ride to Jakkalsvlei winery


Surrounded by fertile farmland and boasting a unique terroir, the winery offered a truly enchanting setting for a wine tasting experience.

 

I soaked in the breathtaking mountain scenery and admired the sprawling valley as I sampled a selection of wines from the vineyard's exquisite collection.

 

Jakkalsvlei Winery (Part 1)


Each sip was a delight to my palate, showcasing the craftsmanship and dedication of the family-owned winery.



Jakkalsvlei Winery (Part 2)


After indulging in the world of wines, my adventure continued to Albertinia, a charming town known for its iconic Alcare Aloe products.



Aloe Shop and location on the map.

 

I had the pleasure of visiting the famed aloe shop, where I explored a wide range of aloe-based products and learned about the remarkable potency of these plants.

 

It was fascinating to discover how locals had mastered the art of harvesting, extracting, and transforming raw ingredients into high-quality goods that are sought after worldwide.

 

As I browsed through the offerings, I couldn't resist purchasing a few aloe products to take home as souvenirs of this enriching experience.

 

The journey back to port was just as scenic and captivating, allowing me to reflect on the beauty and bounty of South Africa's countryside.

 

Overall, this day of wine tasting and aloe exploration was a true highlight of my travels, offering a perfect blend of nature, culture, and gastronomy that left a lasting impression on my heart and taste buds.

 


Penguin Island Cruise - 24 May 2024

 

Embarking on a Penguin Island Cruise is an experience like no other.

 

As I step onto the boat at the Nelson Mandela Bay Yacht Club, I am greeted by a friendly crew who ensures my safety for the harbor cruise ahead.



Nelson Mandela Bay Yacht Club and map location

 

The excitement builds as we leave the port behind and head towards the captivating St. Croix Island, home to a thriving African penguin colony.


I am mesmerized by the sight of over 3000 African penguins going about their daily lives on the pristine shores and in the clear waters.

 


African penguins going about their daily lives


Their playful antics and unique behaviors fascinate me, and I learn about the conservation efforts in place to protect these adorable creatures from environmental challenges.

 

Our journey continues towards Brenton Island, where I am surrounded by a rich tapestry of marine life.





I eagerly scan the waters for bottlenose dolphins, known as the bottlenose capital of the world, as they frolic and dance around our boat in the azure sea.

 


Dolphins chasing our small boat.


I am delighted to spot other marine species, from common dolphins to humpback dolphins, whales, seals, sharks, and a variety of seabirds soaring above us.

 

Each sighting fills me with wonder and gratitude for the natural beauty that surrounds us.