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!kwa ttu: A day in San culture.

The San, the first people in South Africa

The earliest hunter-gatherers in southern Africa were the San people. The San were also known as ‘Bushmen’, a term used by the European Colonists that is now considered derogatory. The San populated South Africa long before the arrival of the Bantu-speaking nations, and thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans.

Source: South African History Online

It is always exciting to use a travel opportunity to learn about cultures and tribes in your country and this past weekend that is what I did. My friend and travel buddy Bee from Bee Du Jour invited me on a day tour at the !kwa ttu education center in the west coast. !kwa ttu famously written as Khwa ttu, is an organisation that offers education and training for San people to deal with tourism and hot to showcase San culture to the world.

At first I was a little reluctant to go because I thought the heat was going to make it very difficult to do anything and plus I have nothing that interests me there, little did I know that it was going to be so worth it! Bee picked me up at my place and we drove about an hour out of Cape Town to what seemed like “the middle of nowhere”. When we arrived, there’s a certain cool breeze that is blown from the beach onto the hot plain land and there it was, !kwa ttu.

What you will need:

  • You are only required to pay a fee of R50 and little bit extra which can be found on their site for all the extra special tours.
  • A hat if it is hot like the day we went, the sun was at 30d/c, plus some sunscreen. They offer you water.
  • A camera because you will learn a lot and you definitely want to capture the moment to probably show your kids one day about the cultures of South Africa.
  • Comfortable shoes and clothing. In this case, shorts and a t-shit plus sunglasses will do. Luckily, ThisGuysZA gifted me with a pair.
  • An open mind and excitement to learn.

What I learned:

  • There is a difference between the San and the Khoi. The San are hunter-gatherers while the Khoi are more like farmers.
  • When a girl comes out of age (start her period), she is taken to a hut to stay with the elder women and for seven days, they will be teaching her how to be a woman. She then returns to her people and she will find a hut already made for her by her father.
  • Courting is something interesting: a boy will have a “love bow” which when he finds a girl he likes, he will follow her and her friends to a river or field and he will hide and try to shoot the bow on the bum of a girl he likes. She will then pick up the bow and ask him if it is his. He will then try to apologise and if she gives back the bow, she is not interested, but if she keeps it close to her heart then it is all systems go and their parents will start planning for their wedding.
  • A San village has huts facing the middle where there must be a bonfire all day everyday all year round. The reason for this is to keep them warm during the winter and to ward wild animals off especially lions because they hate the smell of fire. The huts are placed that way so they can be able to spot danger from all corners, it is a community effort.

We ended the day with a drive to Yzerfontein beach. Please watch video below and enjoy:

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Victoria Falls, Zambia

Imagine going on an amazing holiday only to find out that the airline providing the a connecting flight sold you dreams and then find yourself stuck in the middle of home and nowhere. On Monday I left Europe with the hopes that I will be home in time for a one man brunch and my bed. Instead I found myself with others stuck in Zambia courtesy of Kenya Airways (the story will be told another time).

Sometimes getting lost can lead to unexpected adventures. 

I met a group of people who were coming back from different corners of the world and we decided to use the opportunity to visit Victoria Falls.

Flowing from the Zambezi River over a cliff and into the Boiling Pot before flowing through a series of gorges is Victoria Falls, located in the western area of Zimbabwe. This is where you will find the Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool, is on the edge of a sheer drop. Spanning the river is 1905 Victoria Falls Bridge. The surrounding Zambezi National Park is home to white rhinos and elephants.

Myself and other companions entered Victoria Falls from the Livingstone side in Zambia where you can see a quarter of the waterfall and even though it is not everything, it is worth visiting!

What you will need:

  • We had to find transport which picked us up from the hotel and drop off back and also entrance fee fee into the park which totaled to 280 Zambian Kwacha.
  • Due to the intensity of the waterfall, the water hits the ground and there’s mist and little showers by the waterfalls, you will need a raincoat.
  • Because the ground is wet, make sure you were good shoes because it gets slippery.
  • For those scared of heights, you will need to cross a bridge that is high up to get to a different side to see more of the falls.
  • Take your time and just breathe in the freshness of the waters and surrounding.
  • There are monkeys everywhere, get your camera out.
  • Make sure you have cash, it is easier than finding a card machine.

What you need to know:

  • Zambia is hot! People who are like me, buckle up because you are going to be sweating your tits off.
  • Visit the falls super early when there are less people around then you get to really enjoy it. They open at 6am and close at 6pm.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. Zambia is great because even the gravel roads have names, something you don’t see in South Africa.
  • There are lots of lodges, it should be easy to find accommodation close to the airport.
  • Livingstone is 5km away from the Zimbabwe boarder and 200km from the Namibia boarder.
  • It is not expensive but the Kwacha is stronger than both the Rand and Dollar.
  • Zambians are beautiful people- I mean of course, you are in Africa anyway!
  • You will most likely fly with Kenya Airways, prepare yourself.
  • I had beer from there and it was really good for someone who does not enjoy beer, I think you will love this one.
  • 52% of Zambians speak Bemba and some words are similar to those in other South African languages (e.g: There is a street called ‘Mosi-oa-tunya’ translated to “the smoke that thunders” which happens to be another name for Victoria Falls.

I would like to thank the people I was with who put the idea to visit the falls in action. I never thought I would one day visit Zambia- even though it was not planned, I loved it.

Beauty and Travel

Cape Town Mobile Massages Experience

Can you believe that I just had my first ever massage experience thanks to Cape Town Mobile Massages . I have been privileged enough to have been contacted by them to partner on the things to do before and after the holidays to prepare your body for the festive activities and to calm your body after the festive season and this is all about the massages.

Cape Town Mobile Massages offers both Swedish and Sensual massages to its clients and they each cost R300 person. What is great about them you may ask. What makes them different to all the other spas? THEY DO HOUSE CALLS! The only thing you have to pay for is the service. Swedish and sensual massages differ in that Swedish massages are more intense and focus on muscle relief from tension rather than the touch (best way I could describe it) and the other focuses on the soft touches to relieve stress and to get your body into a relaxation state.

The reason why I was excited to get a massage before the holidays is because in my family, the holidays mean we will be doing a lot of traveling, cooking, cleaning and hosting different family members from all walks of like- this means I will be making tea every 2 hours everyday. I have to then get my body prepared for all the work, get it calm and relaxed with no muscle tension otherwise I will be having a tough time.

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There after upon my return, I will need a massage to get my blood flowing and preparing mind and body for what will be the busiest year of my life with my business launching and going strong, being a full time employee, traveling and writing about all this, I am going to need all the massages Cape Town Mobile Massages has to offer!

The benefits of massages:

  • Reduce Stress
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Reduces pain either from working out, bad sitting habits, etc
  • Eliminate toxins
  • Improves sleep because your body is relaxed
  • Enhances immunity
  • Reduces fatigue
  • Alleviates depression and anxiety
  • Reduces post-injury swelling for all the clumsy hikers like myself.

There are however so many things you can do by yourself that will not need money to cleanse your body and get it to relax such as 10 min yoga poses which you can get off YouTube or asking your little sibling to walk on your back softly to release tension from your back muscles- I know 2018 has been tough for almost all of us! Treat yourself to a massage and check out Cape Town Mobile Massages so they come to you- you can do a girls date day and just call up your friends, have some wine and ask the CPMM to come to you.

I would like to thank Sean from CPMM for his professionalism and constantly asking me if I was comfortable considering it was my first massage.

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How I Booked Cheap Flights to the Netherlands!

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As we catch flights and feelings, can I take this moment to tell you about how I got to book a flight for R5451 from Flying Bargain from Cape Town to Amsterdam! Yes, I know!

I have recently did my first out of the country, over the ocean trip to the Netherlands where my man stays full time and the process was so tedious but being someone who makes sure they travel under budget, this time around I made sure I stay really under budget. I am a cheapskate when it comes to paying for things, I mean if I will always find ways to do things for free or not pay a lot. I shakedown the system to have fun haha.

As my man and I started planning travel trips for the winter (his winter), I started planning my “shakedown” strategy on how the hell does one buy tickets under R6k. I watched all these sites like a hawk. All of them from StaTravel, Travel Start, Student Flights… then a friend of mine sent me a text telling me about his new venture, a third party online flight center. Homegirl did her thing and waited and waited until one day when I was totally minding my own business and there it was!!!

A flight from Cape Town International Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for less that R5,5K. At first I thought it was a joke and had asked people on twitter to keep a lookout for me. But that was it! I spoke to the man, and told him the story and I am always lucky that my man is always ready for such emergencies. At first we spoke about our finances as I could not afford the flight at the time and we had to negotiate. He was to buy my ticket with a credit card and I would pay him back (I kind of did). And there I was honnies, a flight and feelings richer all thanks to http://flyingbargain.com/

Here is the price breakdown:

  • Flight +taxes R5841
  • Travel Insurance (VIP) R552
  • The flight package allows two bags which with an extra bag would have been an extra R40 . 

Accommodation is not included in my travels because I have accommodation already sorted and all I need to save for is Christmas spending (gifts, cross country and other lifestyle activities including food.

Visit http://flyingbargain.com/ for flights, car and accommodation rentals. They still have some specials on. Plus the trip would have cost me so much less if I was flying from Johannesburg. Better luck next time I guess.

Capture 2018

Travel, Travel Attire

My Top5 Bacon Bikini Faves for the Summer!

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who made sure I made it as a Bacon Bikini ambassador and got to make it all the way to Mauritius for their Spring/Summer campaign.

How I made it:

Face of Bacon Bikini is a competition by Bacon Bikinis where the brand looks for ambassadors, you do not have to have a lot of followers on social media (but can be an advantage) to enter. It happens annually and 2018 was the first of its installments. I sent my pictures and created a profile on their website and told them why I think I deserve to be a #BaconBabe . The next stage was to ask followers on all my social media platforms to vote for me and show the Bacon Bikinis team that I deserve to win and send in a video for them to get to know me better once making it to Top10- the rest is history.

During the campaign we tried a lot of bikinis and my oh my they are gorgeous and comfortable, not to mention affordable- a beach girl’s dream. Below are my Top5 pick from the Spring/Summer collection which launched in September of this year.

1. Scrunch one-piece

IMG_E2792 This is the first swimsuit I was super excited to try on because I have it in yellow and you know how yellow pops on brown skin so I was pretty excited when I received it as part of making it to Top10. It comes in all three colours as you see in this picture. Just make sure you know your size very well with this one because it might look a bit bulgy at the back on the waist if you choose the wrong size.

2. Jane Scrunch + bottom

I had no idea how my love for this piece would grow after the trip! This one is an “itsy” so it cuts out your buttocks to show your nice “tatas” as I call them. Perfect for the ladies who are not shy to show a little extra of their confidence.

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3. Amber and Kira one-pieces

As much as they may look a bit similar, THEY ARE NOT. The Amber ties at the back and has a wide range of colours (check website). Kira on the other hand is fully open at the back and hugs the body, you don’t need to adjust any ropes/tie it to fit. I love them both because a one piece always saves you time and I love the feeling of covering my stomach sometimes. Kira comes in Red, Orange, Blue and White and I love me her blue

4. Electric Blue Kai and Tide + their bottoms

This one stole my heart because, well you know blue is fire! Most of Bacon Bikinis can be worn in two different ways: the “normal” way with straps or without and tie at the back OR reverse the top back to front and tie it in front. I know right, two in one is just what everyone needs.

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5. The girls: not us but the bikinis:

The tops are: Bella, Kelly, Tide and Pearl (in no particular order)

Bottoms: Jane, Lauren, Jenna and Monique (Jenna is not in the picture but check website).

My personal favourite? ALL! I can’t choose from the tops unfortunately because they are all gorgeous! I however, absolutely love the Jane and Lauren bottoms! They are gorgeous and so cheeky and itsy, depending on how you find them on their good days.

Bacon Bikinis is a South African Brand founded and owned by Candice Bacon. Delivery takes about 2-3 days depending on where you are based. They ship WORLDWIDE and randomly run sales competitions. So visit their website and find your own because South African summer is here and it’s about to go down!

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