SOLO FEMALE TRAVEL: South Africa

In October 2019, I went on a trip of a lifetime with a company I found online, TBA Escapes. I had been following Kiki (The Blonde Abroad) on Instagram for over a year and was always so envious of her incredible pictures from all over the world. Kiki’s aim was to curate tours for the adventurous female traveller.

So, what do you do when you have no one to travel with? Go on your own! This wasn’t my first solo travel, I have been to a few countries on my own so I didn’t have the fear some may have. However, nothing beats having an amazing group of girls around you, to drink with, experience the views with and most importantly, to keep you company when you may feel lonely.

I did my research, at first, I was sceptical because everything was in USD, and us Brits aren’t 100% sold on things that we can’t pay for using our own currency. You do have to apply for these trips, places are limited and they sell out QUICK! I was accepted on Morocco first before a place on the South Africa tour became available, the TBA team were super helpful with swapping me across to my preferred trip.

I won’t spoil with detail what you get up to on the trip in case you’re up for doing it yourself but there was NOTHING the team missed out. We visited all the main attractions, sampled all the SA wines available, toured the cities and captured photos of safari animals, you couldn’t ask for much more. Pictures speak louder than words so here are some of my favourites…

We took a look at the diverse African country – from the beaches to the mountains to the winelands to the African bush, it was one AMAZING adventure spent with some now friends for life.

Our days spent in Cape Town included an epic Helicopter Tour, a trip to the Woodstock Biscuit Mill, a Street Art tour with Natalie from Tails of a Mermaid, and the most incredible charcuterie beach picnic. We wined and dined, plus tasted delicious virgin Gin & Tonics by The Duchess.

Next stop…safari! We drove out to Gondwana Game Reserve from the city for a 2-night luxury safari experience. Gondwana offers the opportunity to see the Big 5 in their natural habitat. With morning and afternoon game drives, we had amazing opportunities to capture photos of the wildlife!

There’s nothing like watching the sunset over Africa with a “sundowner” drink, before tucking into your luxury bush villa for the night. I learnt so much from the girls on the trip about Adobe Lightroom photography editing.

Our last stop on the tour was to the famous South African Winelands! We stayed at the beautiful Boschendal, and sipped our way through the beautiful vineyards, with a special afternoon tea (complete with peacocks!). Views for days and award-winning wine!

I even got the opportunity to go horse riding through the vineyards with some of the girls, absolutely breathtaking!

A very emotional goodbye to my favourite American girls who I met on this trip. We’re still in touch and we’re in the process of planning a reunion!

South Africa really is one of the most beautiful and safe countries in the world. From experiencing it for myself, if you’re thinking of going, I can highly recommend it!

Chloe x

In October 2019, I went on a trip of a lifetime with a company I found online, TBA Escapes. I had been following Kiki (The Blonde Abroad) on Instagram for over a year and was always so envious of her incredible pictures from all over the world. Kiki’s aim was to curate tours for the adventurous female traveller.

So, what do you do when you have no one to travel with? Go on your own! This wasn’t my first solo travel, I have been to a few countries on my own so I didn’t have the fear some may have. However, nothing beats having an amazing group of girls around you, to drink with, experience the views with and most importantly, to keep you company when you may feel lonely.

I did my research, at first, I was sceptical because everything was in USD, and us Brits aren’t 100% sold on things that we can’t pay for using our own currency. You do have to apply for these trips, places are limited and they sell out QUICK! I was accepted on Morocco first before a place on the South Africa tour became available, the TBA team were super helpful with swapping me across to my preferred trip.

I won’t spoil with detail what you get up to on the trip in case you’re up for doing it yourself but there was NOTHING the team missed out. We visited all the main attractions, sampled all the SA wines available, toured the cities and captured photos of safari animals, you couldn’t ask for much more. Pictures speak louder than words so here are some of my favourites…

We took a look at the diverse African country – from the beaches to the mountains to the winelands to the African bush, it was one AMAZING adventure spent with some now friends for life.

Our days spent in Cape Town included an epic Helicopter Tour, a trip to the Woodstock Biscuit Mill, a Street Art tour with Natalie from Tails of a Mermaid, and the most incredible charcuterie beach picnic. We wined and dined, plus tasted delicious virgin Gin & Tonics by The Duchess.

Next stop…safari! We drove out to Gondwana Game Reserve from the city for a 2-night luxury safari experience. Gondwana offers the opportunity to see the Big 5 in their natural habitat. With morning and afternoon game drives, we had amazing opportunities to capture photos of the wildlife!

There’s nothing like watching the sunset over Africa with a “sundowner” drink, before tucking into your luxury bush villa for the night. I learnt so much from the girls on the trip about Adobe Lightroom photography editing.

Our last stop on the tour was to the famous South African Winelands! We stayed at the beautiful Boschendal, and sipped our way through the beautiful vineyards, with a special afternoon tea (complete with peacocks!). Views for days and award-winning wine!

I even got the opportunity to go horse riding through the vineyards with some of the girls, absolutely breathtaking!

A very emotional goodbye to my favourite American girls who I met on this trip. We’re still in touch and we’re in the process of planning a reunion!

South Africa really is one of the most beautiful and safe countries in the world. From experiencing it for myself, if you’re thinking of going, I can highly recommend it!

Chloe x

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