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Follow me to Fiji!

June 2, 2015

Today I’m getting back to my travelin’ and work abroad ways. I’m spending the summer in Fiji working as a Global Communications Coordinator for Rustic Pathways

I’m not sure how much updating I’ll be able to do while I’m on the ground, but you can follow along with my adventures creating future global citizens on Instagram at @rusticrachael!

Safari in South Africa: The Highlights of Five Days at Zulu Nyala Game Reserve

March 2, 2015

An African safari is a dream for most travelers, a bucket list item almost everyone hopes to do some day. I’ve had safari dreams for as long as I can remember, but I always imagined it would be something I wouldn’t get to do until much later in life.

Zebra at Zulu Nyala
Lucky for me, the opportunity came much earlier (basically because I have an awesome dad!). The park, Zulu Nyala Safari Park, and even the region of South Africa (near Hluhluwe in KwaZulu-Natal) doesn’t have the largest wealth of information about it on the internet, so I was apprehensive that the animals would be very hard to spot or far away. Thankfully, this was not the case at all.

Our safari was, in a word, incredible! We enjoyed five days of pure safari bliss, and every single day was amazing. Without further ado, here are some of our safari highlights. Read more…

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Some Snuggly South African Animals

February 14, 2015

When I was in South Africa I witnessed a lot of animal lovin’. Some if it was not quite appropriate to share here… but some of it was cute!

So whether you’re spending your Valentine’s Day cuddling up with a backpack, a book, or another human being you care about… enjoy some cute and cuddly African wildlife!

Zebra kissesThe first thing we saw on our first day on safari at Zulu Nyala… nuzzling zebras!

Snuggly giraffes…Loving giraffes

Zebra mom and baby snuggles

Young zebra cuddling up to mama….

Hippo lovin'A cozy hippo pileup at iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.

Cuddling Zebras


Cuddly penguins

I conveniently cropped out the jealous ex-lover so it would seem sweeter😉

But I guess we should live in reality….. He’s there! ————–>


The Best Way to Spend Three Days in Cape Town

February 1, 2015


So you’ve got three days to spend in South Africa and you’re at a loss of what to do. My first and most important secret tip: spend more than three days! If there is any possible way to do that, do it.

Planning to have an extra day in Jo’burg or Durban? I may get flack for it, but cut that day and add it to Cape Town! There is SO much to do in this incredible town, three days just isn’t enough.

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

That being said, I get it, sometimes three days is all you have… And it’s better than two! I myself was guilty of allocating only a trio of days to the lovely Cape Town, and while I left feeling I had just scratched the surface, I certainly didn’t leave disappointed so I dare say my itinerary is one worth following if you are looking to build a three-day itinerary.  Read more…

How to Have A Perfect Day Exploring South Africa’s Cape Peninsula

January 21, 2015

Gorgeous Cape Point Reserve

Cape Peninsula is a must do if you have more than a day or two to spend in Cape Town.

During my three-day visit to Cape Town, we felt it would be easier to hop on a day tour since we were strapped for time and hadn’t had as much time to plan ahead as we’d have liked. The day tour — which we took with Cape to Addo — was fine, but we felt rushed and wished we could have spent more time in certain places than we were able. We also would have liked to have been able to stop off at different places and maybe not stop off at others. We wished we could have had more flexibility. Read more…

Wine Flies: The Ultimate Wine Tasting Around Cape Town

January 12, 2015

Excuse me while I gush, but South African wine is to die for! I wish America would figure this out and stock more if it in regular stores. If you’re looking for a classic South African wine to try, the Pinotage (a red) is a great place to start.

There are three main wine regions around Cape Town: Stellensbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek. Given the nature of wine tasting, it’s probably best to join a wine tour rather than try to drive yourself to full enjoy the experience. I highly recommend the tour company Wine Flies. Villiera Winery, South Africa We had a fun mixed group of couples, friends, students and solo travelers from the UK, US, Japan and Brazil. By the end of the day the group had become close (admittedly in large part due to our shared making fun of, and later annoyance at, one group member, who proceeded to get drunk at the first winery and remain so all day), we even met up later that evening for drinks. On the one-day tour, we visited five wineries, which represented a wide range of styles and sizes.  Read more…

Adventure in South Africa: Abseiling Down Table Mountain

January 4, 2015

No trip is complete without at least one adventure activity. Whether you’re a thrill seeker or a worry wart, abseiling down Cape Town’s Table Mountain is one of the best choices you can make!

Abseil Africa runs abseils at the top of Table Mountain every day, weather permitting. If you’ve never been abseiling or rappelling before, the idea of doing so off the top of a 3,500-foot mountain may seem terrifying, but there is really nothing else like it. Truth be told, I can’t think of a better place in the world to do it. Talk about spectacular views!

Abseil Africa at Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

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