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Earlier this week I brought you with me to our first top in Africa – Mfuwe in eastern Zambia. Today, we head to the west to check out the rhinos, waterfalls, and more… ZAMBIA // The Royal Chundu Lodge (Livingston)  To get from Mfuwe to Livingstone, one must hop a flight through Lusaka again – […]


  1. Karena

    Cassandra I am simply stunned by all of this amazing beauty! Gorgeous images!
    I can see you are having a great time!

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  2. sassy in Wash, DC

    Thanks for sharing your pics of Vic Falls, you brought back a lot of memories for me. I’ve been via the Zimbabwe side back in 1999. Don’t miss the opportunity to white water raft the Zambizi River. I highly recommend going with a guide who steers the boat from the middle and directs folks to lean certain ways as opposed to everyone having his/her own paddle. Class 5 and 6 rapids and we flipped up in the air 3xs. Still, memories I will never forget! Oh, that and was literally chased by a monkey the size of a toddler, but that’s another story.

  3. Lindsay // Shop Ella Lou

    What an incredible trip! Thank you for sharing your stories and photos! Returning to Africa is very high on my travel bucket list! My husband and daughter have never been and I am determined to experience the wonders of Sub-Saharan Africa with them, as a family!

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stella jean1

Whenever I’ve traveled in the past, I’ve brought back textiles from my adventures abroad. When I was in Africa, however, I managed to get so flustered at the local markets by all the offerings, that I somehow came back without a single scrap of fabric. A major regret, and a perfect excuse to go return! […]

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mfuwe lodge

I don’t know why it’s been such a challenge to start these series of posts here on my trip to Southern Africa, but I suppose it has to do with the fact that putting a nearly two-week experience into words is not an easy task. It’s hard to know where to begin, what to leave […]


  1. jess

    I looked into staying here recently (dream honeymoon!) – so lovely to read about your experience. I’m quite amused, because I’d even come across the bios for your guides. Everything about your trip looks absolutely magical.

  2. Lauren

    Love this post! – The photography is beautiful and that meal looked unforgettable. Looking forward to reading more…

    Inspiring for wallpaper designs!



  3. KC Saling

    A-MAZ-ING! Looks like you had a wonderful time – and definitely got some amazing photographs! Jotting this one down for my bucket list. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jane

    I would love to visit the lodge. It looks gorgeous. I lived in SA for years so have visited game reserves but never been to Zambia where I mom was born. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Gloria Currie

    Lovely blog on Africa. Sophie shared this with us . We are leaving for Kenya /Tanzania
    In sept for 12 night Safari . This was such a joy to read
    We have 17 people we will travel with
    Can’t wait for the experience. Thanks for the insight!

    (Ryan Currie’s. mom)

    Gloria Currie
    Owner of Cruise Holidays of Southlake

  6. Diana

    What beautiful pictures, makes my desire to go to Africa even greater! It seems like you had an amazing time, can’t wait to see more of your adventures.

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coco+kelley africa trip

My friends, I’m so excited to embark on this adventure today!! I know, I’ve talked about it a lot, but I honestly don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface of how amazing this is going to be. I feel insanely lucky to be experiencing this trip – and in a few weeks you’ll understand why. […]

13 responses on “OFF TO AFRICA!!!

  1. mary

    let us know where you are staying. I am planning a safari trip and looking for feedback on the right place to stay.

  2. Charlotte

    Get ready for your life to change. Africa is mind blowing. I’ve spent a fair amount of time there, and I can say that it stays with you forever. Go with an open heart and a willingness to change. Have an amazing time.

  3. Diana

    Ahh I’m so jealous you’re going to Africa, of all places! You’re going to have any amazing time!! Enjoy can’t wait to see all the photos.


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giraffe dining room

Today’s room is serving dual purpose as a fantastical space, and part of a little announcement…   Although the room is certainly worthy of the title for its stunning statement-making chandelier (oh, and larger than life giraffe),  what I really wanted to share with you all is that… I’M GOING TO AFRICA!! Yep. In just […]

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  1. Claire Gutschow

    I lived in Cape Town for 9 years before I moved to LA. Check out Salt, Azure, Bizerca Bistro and La Colombe restaurants. Franschoek is the best winelands town – beautiful! The penguins at Boulders Beach are cute. And for interiors, visit the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. Also Greenmarket square for original African “fleamarkety” stuff. And of course the cable car to the top of Table Mountain! Let me know if you need any more help!

  2. Claire Gutschow

    Hey there Cassandra. I lived in Cape Town for 9 years before moving to LA. Check out Bizerca Bistro, La Colombe, Azure and Salt restaurants. Clifton 4th is the best beach. La Franschoek is a gorgeous winelands town. The penguins at Boulders Beach are super cute. The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock is great for design stuff. And Greenmarket square is great for “fleamarkety” shopping. And of course the cable car up Table Mountain is a must! Have a great trip and give me a shout if you need any more advice.

  3. hailey

    I can’t imagine this NOT being the room of the week, ya know, with the giraffe and all!
    Have a wonderful time in Africa! How exciting is that?!

  4. Emma

    I really want to go! How did you plan your trip? Are you going on an organized Safari or planning it on your own? HAVE FUN!

  5. mikky

    OOooooo lucky you! You’ll have a blast! That is one of my dream destinations.
    Love the giraffe, this is the second time I see a home decorated with one- think it’s the coolest thing, hopefully it’s a fake one thought, hate for some sweet giraffe to be put down for the sake of decor!
    Have an awesome trip. Can’t wait to see all the amazing pics you’ll take.


  6. Nicole M.

    YEA! My sister and I went to S. Africa last April, and it was absolutely amazing! First, we went on a safari for a week and then headed to Cape Town (which reminded me of San Fran). If you don’t have a place to stay, definitely stay at Blackheath Lodge. It was such a great boutique bed and breakfast in a convenient location…and the staff makes your stay a joy! In Cape Town we took a neighborhood tour, which is a must to learn about the history…saw Bo-Kapp (so colorful), shanty towns, visited schools, etc. We also took a tour around the peninsula, saw Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, etc…gorgeous! Weather permitting, you have to go to the top of Table Mountain. The views and flora are fantastic! Lastly, we went to Robben Island…a former prisoner takes you on the tour, so you recieve first-hand knowledge about the pain and victory that took place. There are endless things to do and fantastic people! Enjoy and have fun! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions 🙂

  7. Bianca

    Hi Cassandra, I currently live in Cape Town. If you need any additional advice I’d be happy to help. Claire’s suggestions are great but are admittedly a little pricey.

    For burgers and milkshakes you have to visit Royale eatery in Long Street. Long Street is a filled with vintage stores, antique shops, quirky boutiques and nightclubs so it’s worth spending some time there. I highly recommend Mungo and Jemima for locally made clothing and Chandler House for Cape Dutch-style homewares.

    Royale’s sister restaurant is a great Mexican place right down the road from me called El Burro. It has a great view of the Green Point Stadium and is walking distance to the new Green point Biodiversity park.

    Coffees are best served at Origin Coffee in the De Waterkant. De Waterkant is a more upmarket area which is great for window shopping. The quaint houses and cobbled streets show some of the area’s heritage.

    The Old Biscuit Mill is almost always packed with Hipsters so a drive out to Hout Bay to the Bay Harbour Market is a great morning excursion. It offers all the similar food stalls and crafts with the added allure of being along one of Cape Town’s picturesque harbours.

    And a last little recommendation… if the queues are too long at table Mountain, take a gentle hike up Lions Head instead. It’s for free and you still get some sweeping views of the city. It’s also one of the most popular hikes for locals.

    But really there is too much to share so hope you enjoy discovering it yourself 🙂

  8. Bianca

    I live in Cape Town and these are my favourite spots and tips:

    Royale Eatery in Long Street: Best Burgers and Milkshakes in town. Long Street has some great vintage and antique stores as well as a bunch of quirky boutiques. For lovely locally made dresses go to Mungo and Jemima and for Cape Dutch homewares go to Chandler House in Church Street (just off Long).

    El Burro in Green Point: This wonderful restaurant is Royale’s sister restaurant and is just one block away from me. The balcony has a nice view of the Green Point Stadium and its walking distance to the Biodiveristy Park.

    Origin Coffee in the De Waterkant: Delicious coffee within a great luxury shopping area. Quaint cobbled streets and houses make it a charming place to wander.

    Other eating places of note downtown are Clarkes, Skinny Legs and All and the Eastern Food Bazaar for a great selection of Indian cuisine.

    Cape Town is swarming with weekend markets so skip the over-crowded Old Biscuit Mill and try one of the others instead. The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay is a short drive along the beautiful coast and is setup in the heart of the picturesque Hout Bay Harbour.

    I take the new MyCiti Bus system to work downtown everyday and love it. So if you are looking for transport between the Waterfront, Green Point and the inner city, it’s an affordable way to get around. You can pick up a card for R23 at the Civic Centre. You’ll need to buy credits (R5,30 each) for a one way ride as they don’t accept cash on the bus.

    Finally, while I’m not a huge wine-lover, a visit to Waterford Estate for their wine and chocolate tasting and JC le Roux for their Sparkling Wine and Nougat tasting are some of my favourite wine route stops. Franschhoek is also a great little town to visit just outside of Cape Town. It has a strong French heritage (owing to the Huguenot settlers) and an impressive selection of wine estates and restaurants.

    I hope you get a chance to try some of these places and more during your stay 🙂 If you need any more advice I’m happy to help!

  9. Isabel

    I was in Cape Town in November and I absolutely loved it. I used the Hg2 guide online to find restaurants and shops. Here are just a few things I liked.

    It sounds a bit corny but if you have time the hop on hop off bus is a great and easy way to see the city.

    Kloof St – a bit calmer than Long St and lots of nice shops. Check out Skermunkil jewellery at Take Care.

    Old Biscuit Mill – fun to see trendy Capetonians on Sat morning. Also check out Kat Von Duinen and the Test Kitchen (if you can get a table).

    Haas – a really nice coffee shop in Bo Kaap

    Waterkant – next to Bo Kaap with some nice shops and cute little houses

    In the winelands, we stayed at Babylonstoren which is a beautiful organic garden with a restaurant, cafe and guest houses. We also drove through Franschoek and I have to say it didnt really look like anything special (although the landscape is beautiful).

    I am quite jealous. I am sure you will have an amazing time!

    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      shots – done and done. i WISH we were going to giraffe manor!!! it’s in kenya, and i will be in zambia. so close, yet so far! it looks absolutely amazing and has been on my wishlist forever too!

  10. Sandra Shoemake Zwollo

    Don’t know how you got the picture but this is the house I use for my women’s only retreats, called Harem in Marrakech, Morocco. The giraffe is sculpted by the owner/artist of the estate called Jean-Francois Fourtou…

    1. Cassandra LaValle Post author

      sandra, thank you SO much for leaving a comment so we could all know where this stunning room came from. i will update the post with a link to your site! it sounds absolutely amazing… i’d love to visit someday. the concept is so lovely, and something many of us ladies could use a dose of in our lives! my best to you.

  11. Sylvia

    Veranda (Feb. issue) has a great spread on Cape Town!! You should take a look if you haven’t already! Looks incredible…have fun!!!

  12. Roxi

    I live in Cape Town and I must say, a week is too short!
    You will have an amazing stay in our beautiful city.
    We welcome you to Africa!


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