Spring time in South Africa…. what a dream!! We started our trip off with my Sister’s Wedding at Pat Busch Mountain Reserve near Robertson. It’s a beautiful two hour drive from CPT International Airport. The sun was shining, the breeze was warm, and so our vacation had begun! We stayed in one of the super cozy cabins that came with hammocks (LOVE!). Spent most of our time down by the salt water pool or exploring the never-ending grounds. We came across one of the ‘Little 5’ - The leopard tortoise (photographed below) who we obviously named ‘Hortus the Tortoise’. Below are some of the shots from my first 2-ish rolls of Kodak Gold 200 on my Pentax ME and my 50mm 1.4. I was extremely happy with the turnout!
*rest of the trip continued below…
Next up was heading to our Air BnB in FIsh Hoek, a super quaint ocean-side town that’s nestled in between Simon’s Town & Kalk Bay. We absolutely loved staying in the attic suite they have set up in the OLDEST house in Fish Hoek. There’s archival pictures in the main house where you can see what it looked like when it was the only house in that whole area! It’s been in the current owner’s family for a CENTURY this year. We will always recommend this home to our friend’s and family heading to Cape Town. From there we often took an Uber or got a ride from our family friend Andrea (bless) to get around Cape Town. We visited V&A Waterfront that’s pretty touristy but has many great patios to enjoy a cold brew. There we celebrated my Nephew’s 4th Birthday hitting up allllll the parks and Aaron had befriended some buskers whom he jammed with (pictured below). Later in the week we went to Simon’s Town to go see the penguins at Boulder’s Beach. That is an absolute MUST! There’s an area that’s a quick walk to the right of the main entrance where you can scale the big boulders and be on the beach with the penguin’s! Lastly we enjoyed a light hike up ‘Cape of Good Hope’ where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet. While driving up to the base of the walkway we got to see a whole troop of Baboons who are not even remotely shy (pictured below).
All in all, I am so happy we got to scratch of South Africa on our scratch map!! if it isn’t already on your bucket list, you should add it right now. Sidenote: I will 100% shoot the majority of a trip on film again. It pushed me to make sure each photo really counted, as well as take them time to enjoy myself instead of always watching through the view finder.
“We travel because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something inside our minds have changed, and that changes everything”. - Jonah Lehrer