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Travel Food Guide in South Africa: From Work to Wanderlust

South Africa has always held a special place on my bucket list, even dating back to 2013 when I was tempted to embark on an adventure. However, at the time, my travel fund needed replenishing after my study exchange in Singapore, and I had to postpone my South African dream.

Fast forward to today, as I assumed a new role, the universe smiled upon me. I was informed that I would soon be jetting off to South Africa. Imagine my sheer excitement! If South Africa still needs to find its way onto your bucket list, it absolutely should, especially if you’re a food enthusiast like me! 

This guide is your go-to resource for planning an incredible trip to South Africa. It’s worth noting that my South African adventure spanned ten days, with half of that time dedicated to work commitments. The remaining five days were reserved for my wanderlust-filled journey to Cape Town. I hope this guide will be a helpful resource for your travels to South Africa. 

The Journey

As I’m currently based in Morocco, there are no direct flights to Johannesburg, so I had to take a transit flight from Casablanca to Johannesburg. 

To make the journey more convenient, I decided to spend a few days back home in London. I packed hand luggage so I didn’t have much to drag around and caught an afternoon flight to London. To be honest, I could have travelled to Paris, but it felt convenient to travel to London as I’ve been doing it regularly. 

I then took a direct flight with British Airways from London to Johannesburg, which lasted just over 10 hours.

About South Africa 

South Africa is a captivating contrast and breathtaking beauty country that beckons travellers with its rich tapestry of cultures, landscapes, and experiences. 

  • Weather: The best time to visit South Africa is in February, when Cape Town basks in warm, sunny weather, while Johannesburg shares a similar climate pattern. Alternatively, for a quieter experience and agreeable climate, April to May and September to October are excellent choices. September marks the beginning of spring, though weather conditions might be variable. This is when I visited, which had all kinds of weather. 
  • Rent a Car or Use Uber: You can get Uber or Bolt easily here; the drives are cheap. I recommend booking comfortable rides as they don’t cost much.
  • English is Widely Spoken: While South Africa boasts 11 official languages, English is widely understood in South Africa, simplifying communication. You can make use of Google Translate if needed. 

First Impressions

Johannesburg, or “Jo’burg,” has a deep-rooted history that many of us should know about. It’s the largest city in South Africa. It is known for its economic prominence as a significant African business hub.  

The city bears witness to the struggle against apartheid. It features important historical sites and offers a vibrant mix of art galleries, theatres, music venues, and cultural festivals. During my work trip, I was mainly stationed in one place for a week, the Misty Hills Resort Hotel. This hotel offers a variety of restaurants like the famous Carnivore Restaurant and Boma, which serve local South African dishes and apartment-style rooms nestled in nature.

Cape Town is very different to Jo’burg. It’s often known as the “Mother City. ” It is a captivating coastal metropolis between the dramatic Table Mountain and the stunning shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Cape Town offers a blend of cultures, a vibrant culinary scene, and a rich history, including a role in the anti-apartheid movement. During my trip, I could do a few tourist things in Cape Town.

Load Shedding

Load shedding is a term used in South Africa for scheduled power outages. These outages are planned to reduce the demand on the power grid and prevent blackouts. When visiting South Africa, you must come prepared with a portable charger for your phone or other devices. Try to be mindful if you need to take cash out of an ATM during load shedding. You can check the load-shedding schedule on the local regulator’s website, Eskom.

Entry Requirements

For British Citizens, there’s no need for a visa on arrival in South Africa. The visa requirements for South Africa may vary for travellers from the USA, Canada, and Nigeria. You must check with the South African embassy or consulate in your respective country for the most up-to-date information regarding visa requirements. 

Note: Regardless of your passport, you should always look at the requirements for entering a country, even if you have travelled before because things change. 

Food in South Africa

South African cuisine is a delightful blend of various influences like indigenous African, Dutch, Malay, Indian, and British flavours, resulting in a diverse and flavorful culinary tapestry. Traditional dishes such as bobotie – like a traditional mince pie, a spiced, baked mince dish with an egg-based topping, boerewors (spiced sausage), and bunny chow (hollowed-out bread filled with curry).  

The country’s vibrant food scene includes iconic dishes like peri-peri chicken, samoosas, and the beloved South African braai (barbecue), where meats like boerewors and steaks are cooked over an open flame. 

Pair these dishes with South Africa’s renowned wines, and you have a culinary experience that showcases the nation’s diverse heritage and flavours of South Africa. Below are some restaurants you will be able to try these dishes. 

Work Travel Trips

Since it was a work trip, I aimed to pack light and only took hand luggage to avoid heavy carrying. Here are some tips I’ve gained from travelling for work:

  • Packing – Plan your wardrobe for different types of weather. When I travelled to South Africa, it was their spring, which can be variable. Some days it poured with rain, then other days the sun was out shining. 
  • Tools– Remember a notebook, pens, and a reusable water bottle for conferences and work events. These simple tools can be invaluable during meetings and work events, allowing you to take notes, jot down important information, and stay organised.
  • Networking – Carry business cards; you never know who you might meet, and a role like this expects you to expand your network of people. 
  • Team Spirits – Embrace team socials. As a team player, don’t hesitate to participate in team social events. These gatherings foster camaraderie, build stronger working relationships, and provide opportunities for meaningful interactions beyond the workplace.

From Work to Wanderlust in South Africa 

After the work events, I decided to explore South Africa more. I caught a flight from Jo’burg to Cape Town for a few nights. Here’s a breakdown of my experience:

Cape Town Adventure

My flight was found via Skyscanner with FlySafari. It cost me around 2,450 South African Rand, about £105/$126 and didn’t include luggage. I was happy as I only packed hand luggage, which allowed me to save more money for my trip. The flight with FlySafari was comfortable, and they were punctual.

I spent approximately five days in Cape Town, which needed more. I felt like Cape Town was somewhere I could honestly live! Maybe one day! 

Five days in Itinerary in Cape Town

I stayed at an Airbnb for the first few days, which was fantastic after so many days in the hotel. I stayed at Onyx Apartments Hotel for my last night, which was truly splendid. Here’s everything I did, saw and ate, which you should do for a perfect stay in South Africa: 

Day 1:
  • Visit Bo-Kaap – In the morning, you can visit Bo-Kaap and take a walking tour of the streets lined with brightly coloured houses and learn about the neighbourhood’s unique Cape Malay heritage. As a special bonus, this tour includes a professional photo shoot, allowing you to capture the beauty of Bo-Kaap and create lasting memories. I loved the bright colours of the building, which you can book here
  • Cape Malay Cooking Class – The afternoon will allow you to join a Cape Malay cooking class to learn the unique spices and flavours of Indonesian, Malaysian, and African cuisines. In this class, we were allowed to learn how to prepare traditional dishes like samosas, roti, chicken curry chilli bites and more. A local chef guided us through the cooking process, sharing tips and techniques passed down through generations. This was my favourite activity; you can book the tour here.
  • Wine Tour in Constantia Glen – South Africa, is celebrated for its world-class wines, and a wine tour in Caristone promises an exceptional tasting experience. I was surprised to enjoy the red wine as I’m more of a white wine girly. Wine enthusiasts and novices alike will appreciate the chance to indulge in South Africa’s wine culture and discover their new favourite varietals. You can book a wine tour here
Day 2:
  • Safari Game Drive – Start the morning early for a safari day. I was picked up at 8:30 a.m. and driven for two hours to Aquila Safari. At the Aquila Safari, I saw some of the Big Five lions, elephants, buffalo, and more. The guides were amazing and had a lot of valuable insights into the animals’ behaviours. The day came with a delicious buffet-style lunch with some of the best South African cuisines. You can book this tour here
  • Dinner at Cafe Caprice – after a long day at the Safari, you will want to head out for dinner, where you will enjoy good music and drinks. I was told that Saturdays and Sundays are the best evenings to go. It’s perfect for watching the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. I ordered the prawn seafood pasta and absolutely loved it. 
Day 3:
  • Wine Tour in Stellenbosh– I started early with a tour to Stellenbosh on a Cape Town wine tour; the first vineyard was Fairview Estate, where we savoured a symphony of wines paired with artisanal cheeses. The next stop was Eikehof, which revealed the magic of Chardonnay, a velvety delight that mirrored the golden sunset. Le Pommier surprised me with a sensory exploration of wine and chocolate pairing, which was a great experience. Remhoogte, a family-owned gem, capped off our adventure with a lavish vineyard lunch celebrating local ingredients. You can book the same tour here
  • Dinner at Yung –  I checked into the Onyx Apartments Hotel, where I was able to enjoy their in-house restaurant. The restaurant is a pan-Asian restaurant with pawn curry, lamb chops, and dumplings. 
Day 4:
  • Breakfast at MKRT – Breakfast at MKRT is also an in-house restaurant at the Onyx Apartments Hotel. You are served a buffet-style breakfast with croissants, bread, other pastries and fruit, and then you can order a cooked breakfast. I ordered the standard English breakfast, which was delightful. 
  • Helicopter ride across the Peak Mountains – A helicopter ride over Cape Town’s Stadium and Lion’s Head was a splendid way to draw the trip to the end. Soaring above the cityscape and taking in the breathtaking panoramic views was an absolute dream. 
  • Late lunch/dinner at Kirubu Restaurant – For the local native South African cuisines, you will want to visit Kirbu restaurant. I enjoyed the flavours of Devils Peak and ordered the Putu and Chakalaka as a side. The restaurant’s service was excellent, and eating my late lunch at the V&A Waterfront was beautiful scenery. 
Day 5:
  • Cable cars – depending on when your flight happens, you can get the first cable cars at 8:30, or if time allows, you can book a tour here
  • Catch your flight and head home; your fantastic tour in Cape Town has ended. 
Other Resources
  • My Instagram page has detailed reels and specifics on visiting South Africa. 
  • I wasn’t always there solo, but my last few days were spent solo, so check out my post on travelling solo confidently – here
  • Before going to any of these countries, I recommend visiting the Foreign Advice Page for U.K. travellers. Check if you need visas here.
  • Lots of my trips are booked with either Viator or Get Your Guide. I highly recommend using them for ease on any of your travels. 
  • Many places in South Africa have access to Wi-Fi, but I purchased 2 GBs with Airlo, an e-sim card, for data. You can buy yours here and use the code ADEBOL5279 for a discount.

Saying see you later, South Africa 

My journey to South Africa was nothing short of a revelation. The country allowed me to reflect so much on our history that needs to be taught in schools. I left the country knowing I would be back again, and maybe I could gain a posting in Cape Town – dreaming!

Cape Town’s culinary scene, from wine tastings in Stellenbosch to exquisite dining at Kirubu Restaurant, was a delightful journey for the taste buds. The warm hospitality of the locals and the ease of communication in English made my travels all the more enjoyable.

As I bid farewell to this remarkable city, I wished I could have seen more of Jo’berg. Either way, I carried not just memories but a deep appreciation for the diversity, resilience, and beauty of South Africa. It’s a destination that welcomes you with open arms and leaves you forever changed until we meet again in South Africa. 

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A Guide to Relocating Abroad: How I prepared for moving abroad to Morocco 

Moving abroad can be a complex process. I have always wanted to relocate and move abroad as a Diplomat. Never believed it would become a reality. I can still vividly recall those days of intense studying International Politics during my undergraduate years at university. Back then, I held onto the hope that my degree would one day lead me to a diplomatic role on foreign shores.

I applied for many roles and was consistently rejected, believing it wasn’t my destiny. It was when I was close to the end of my Postgraduate Master, where I studied Global Diplomacy at SOAS, that an opportunity finally presented itself. 

Last year, I took a chance and applied for a diplomatic posting, initially for Egypt (it was later decided that the posting would be in Morocco). To my astonishment and immense gratitude, within just a few weeks, I received news that shocked and elated me!

The road to this point has been paved with countless rejections, making the reality all the more surprising when it finally arrived. The sheer joy and disbelief that followed cannot be overstated.

I’ve decided to document my experiences thus far and share the lessons I gathered in this new chapter of my life. 

What is a Diplomat?

A diplomat serves as a representative of the United Kingdom. These dedicated individuals are strategically stationed in London and at diplomatic outposts such as embassies, consulates, and high commissions worldwide.

Arrival and First Impressions

For those of you who keep up with my Instagram updates, you might have noticed my frequent trips to Morocco. My most recent relocation coincided with a sombre event—the tragic earthquake that struck in September.

My initial impression of Casablanca was one of bustling energy and diversity. It’s different from Marakessh, which I visited for the first time in 2015. The atmosphere is more vibrant and is similar to that of Europe. The streets are filled with modern skyscrapers and traditional architecture, creating a unique blend of old and new. The people are also super friendly, which is always a plus. 

Moving Abroad

In my previous international travel experiences, I’ve had the opportunity to live, visit and study in Singapore, which you can read more about here. I want to share some valuable steps that I have taken for my move abroad: 

Research 

Before moving, I delved into thorough research to understand Morocco’s rich culture and way of life. This fueled my excitement and helped me prepare for the adventure ahead. I wanted to understand dress codes as Morocco is a known Muslim country and know where I would purchase my usual foods if there was a Black culture in Casablanca. Here are some food markets and supermarkets I’ve been heavily visiting: 

  • Bab Marrakech 
  • Medina Market
  • Marjane 

This ensured I could adapt quickly to my environment and cook local dishes like stew and my ultimate fave, spag bol! I also learnt about apps like Glovo (like Deliveroo and UberEats). 

Tip: I recommend meeting with your new colleagues before you move abroad so they can give you further depth on how to prepare for your move. 

Finances and Budgeting 

I set up a bank account with Monzo to avoid international charges to transfer the funds needed. This helps so that when I get paid monthly to my standard UK bank account, I can transfer money to my Monzo account every month. 

I also use my Monzo to withdraw money, as cash is highly used in Morocco, especially when using taxis, getting my hair or nails done, etc. If you are moving abroad, consider getting an account that doesn’t charge International fees. You can get a Monzo card here.

Understanding how much I will need each month has been challenging, but overall, I have spent much less than usual. 

Packing and Storage 

Packing for an international move is undoubtedly challenging. Adding to the complexity, I had to make a significant decision regarding my property – whether to sell or rent.

Given the circumstances, I chose to rent out my property while abroad. This decision meant I had to relocate a substantial portion of my belongings into storage. I opted for Yellow Self Storage. If you’re considering moving abroad and using storage, you can receive a 50% discount. Feel free to contact me via email at info@mybreakingviews.com.

To ensure a smooth transition, I started this process well in advance. It involved determining what to bring along, what to sell, and what to donate. To streamline the selling process, I turned to platforms like Vinted for selling clothes and Trift+ for donating and selling clothes. 

Vaccinations and Health 

I visited doctors to ensure I received all the necessary vaccinations for my international stay. These are the vaccinations I received: 

  • Rabies vaccine
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid

I already had Yellow Fever and was advised not to drink tap water, so I’ve been drinking bottled water since my move. I recommend speaking with a health specialist about what vaccines you may need if you are considering a move abroad. The vaccines you need will depend on the country you are moving to and your home location. You can also check vaccines or medicines on the Find a Clinic page.

Languages 

The primary languages spoken in Morocco are Arabic and French. To gain a decent amount of the local language, I enrolled in an intensive language course at Kings College London, where I was fortunate to benefit from alumni fees.

In addition to formal instruction, I’ve used apps like Duolingo and Google Translator to facilitate communication with locals during my stay. My goal during my time here is to immerse myself as much as possible in the French language, hoping to acquire a proficient level of fluency.

Goodbyes and Farewells

Saying goodbye to friends and loved ones is undoubtedly one of the most emotionally significant aspects of preparing to leave for an extended period. Spending quality time with my family and friends was essential to my move abroad. 

I proactively organised various activities with my friends and family, from delightful brunches to memorable dinners. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Black Food Market – This has been a fantastic way for us to bond over our shared love for one thing – food! It’s an experience we all cherish.
  2. Brunches/Dinners: We’ve explored diverse culinary delights at places like Hotto PottoOrginal FlavasBochachaThe Skinny KitchenProdigy Lounge, and many others. These dining experiences have been delicious, fun and a great way to spend time with loved ones. 
  3. Get-togethers and Game Nights: Hosting get-togethers and game nights has been a great way to connect with my close friends and family. 

Despite my international travels and my flight back to London being just a quick 3-hour journey, I often return for friends’ birthdays and special events. Spending quality time with my loved ones is also now convenient, given my frequent flights for broader international adventures.

I hope that these steps prove helpful to anyone considering a move abroad. If you have any questions or need further advice. Please don’t hesitate to ask; I will do my best to answer.

Would you consider moving abroad? Where?

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Travel Food Guide for Cartagena, Colombia: A 5-Day Itinerary

Cartagena is a perfect location for a solo traveller. After my trip to Peru, I wanted to expand my travels around South America, so I took a solo trip to Cartagena for a few days. Like Peru, Colombia was another perfect destination for the travel foodie who loves adventure and lives for colourful streets.

About Cartagena 

Cartagena is a vibrant city in Colombia on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. With its rich culture, historic architecture, and stunning beaches, Cartagena gave me everything I needed and more. In this 5-day itinerary, I will guide you through the must-visit spots, hidden gems, and culinary delights that make Cartagena a true gem for you to visit. 

Colombia Entry requierment 

Entry requirements for travellers to Colombia can vary based on nationality. British, Canadian and U.S. citizens do not require a visa for visiting and travelling to Colombia. However, you may need to complete a health declaration form called “CHECK MIG”. There is a small charge to complete the form- click here for the link. 

If you travel to Colombia as a British Citizen, check the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for Colombia’s current entry restrictions and requirements.  

Note: Regardless of your passport, you should always look at the requirements for entering a country, even if you have travelled before because things change. 

Accommodation 

I stayed in two different hotels and enjoyed both stays. Here are the hotels I stayed in: 

What to eat in Colombia 

In Cartagena, every dish tells a story, and every bite celebrates this enchanting coastal city’s tradition, culture, and vibrant spirit. In Colombia, you should eat the Arepa de Huevo in Cartagena for breakfast, a maize dough dish with meat. (The hotels I stayed in had local food, which was great!)

I also enjoyed the Coroso juice. I had the best one at Canderestaurante. I also tried the South American meat pie called Carimaola, a yuca fritter stuffed with cheese and meat – these are relatively small and can be pretty morish if they are your thing. 

I also enjoyed the Coctel, a seafood cocktail dish with a sweet, tangy flavour. I am not the biggest fan of coffee, but I have heard many good things about it in Colombia, so if you are a coffee fan, I suggest trying it. 

Finally, there is Arroz con Coco (coconut rice), which is absolutely divine. I couldn’t recommend it enough! In the itinerary, there will be more dishes with restaurants that I recommend trying in Cartagena, Colombia. 

Day 1: Arrival and Historic Wonders
  • Morning: Arrive in Cartagena and settle into your accommodation. I stayed at the Maddison Boutique Hotel and loved it. 
  • Afternoon: I booked a tour guide with Get Your Guide and strolled through the old streets of the Walled City and Getsemani. I tasted traditional Colombian sweets and a refreshing Colombian juice called Corozo. You can book the same tour here
  • Evening: In the evening, I had dinner at elcabildogastromar, where I tried the Mojarra Frita, a fried fish with famous coconut rice. I then caught an Uber and returned to my hotel as I knew I had an early start the next day. 
Day 2: Spa Day at Volcano (Volcan de lodo el totumo)
  • Morning: I started the day early and was picked up from my hotel at around 7:30 a.m. I enjoyed the massage and clay volcanic mud rubbed into my skin. You can book the exact tour here.
  • Afternoon: Before the tour finished, we were washed off and given a light snack and drink. I had the Carimaola, a Colombian cuisine meat pie filled with cheese and seasoned ground meat. I was dropped back to my hotel to freshen up for the evening. 
  • Evening: I had dinner at Hotel Casa Lola and ordered a pasta dish.
Day 3: Island Escape to Rosario Islands
  • Morning: I started early and embarked on a day trip to the Rosario Islands, a crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches paradise. I had already moved to my second hotel so was staying at the GHL Arsenal Hotel. This was great as I was able to walk nearby and catch my boat. 
  • Afternoon: Snorkel, swim, or relax on the beach. I enjoyed a beachfront lunch featuring regional seafood specialities. You can book the full tour here
  • Evening: Enjoy a sunset walk along the historic walls and dine at a local traditional Colombian restaurant, Cande Restaurant @canderestaurante
Day 4: Food Tour in Cartagena 
  • Morning: I met with my tour guide for a food tour at around 8 a.m. We sat out around the city of Cartagena and tried a few fantastic dishes, including: 
  1. Chicha de arroz (rice juice)
  2. 🫓 Arepas (maize dough)
  3. 🧃 Coroso juice (plum juice – my favourite 🤩)
  4. 🍤 Coctel (seafood cocktail)
  • Afternoon: Enjoy some lunch at  Agua De Leon. Get the empanadas and seafood curried rice, and you will be delighted. 
  • Evening: I headed out to do some shopping for souvenirs. Colombia has varied options for hats, bags, etc. Oh, and try the ice cream at totoom.cartagena
Day 5: Last Day and Farewell
  • Morning/Afternoon: I spent the morning walking through the city again and capturing the beautiful, colourful streets. You could finish some time packing or even buy some souvenirs to take home. 
  • Evening: It was time to head to the airport for my flight. 

Other resources for Colombia 

  • My Instagram page has detailed reels and specifics on visiting Colombia. 
  • The restaurants that I enjoyed and ate at are here
  • I went on a solo trip, so check out my post on travelling solo confidently – here
  • Before going to any of these countries, I recommend visiting the Foreign Advice Page for U.K. travellers. Check if you need visas here.
  • Book with Viator or Get Your Guide if you want specific tours for Colombia. 
  • I used Airlo, an e-sim card, for data. You can purchase it here and use the code ADEBOL5279.

See you soon, Colombia.

I can’t say goodbye because I will undoubtedly return for more. The enchanting streets, historic sites, and beautiful beaches of Cartagena left me with blissful memories of the city. Cartagena is more than a destination; it’s a journey of discovery, beauty, and joy.

Is Cartagena, Colombia, somewhere you would go?

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A 7-Day Travel Food Guide: The Wonders of Peru What to do, Eat and more

I’ve always wanted to explore South America and see another World Wonder, so I visited Peru on my sixth continent. It was my FIRST time in that part of the world, and I was super excited.

I purchased a flight with Delta Airlines for about £1009, a bit more than I usually pay. But since August was a busy travel time, I already pre-empted that I would be spending a bit for my flights.

About Peru

Peru is made for me as a traveller; it is a destination for the travel foodies who love adventure and live for the gastronomic culture. From the iconic Machu Picchu to the bustling streets of Lima, Peru offers a diverse and enriching travel experience that captures the hearts of adventurers and culture enthusiasts alike. 

Peru Entry requierment 

Entry requirements for travellers to Peru can vary based on nationality. British, Canadian and U.S. citizens do not require a visa for visiting and travelling to Peru. If you travel to Peru, check the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for Peru’s current entry restrictions and requirements.  

Nigerian citizens require a visa for Peru. Apply at the nearest Peruvian embassy/consulate with a valid passport, application form, photo, travel details, accommodation proof, and financial documentation.

Where and what to eat in Peru

When I mentioned that the food in Peru was good, did you think I was joking?! 

Peru is known for being a top spot for culinary travel globally, and I can certainly attest to it now I have tasted the food myself! These were some of my favourite dishes:

  • The world-famous dish – Ceviche, a fresh fish marinated in tangy lime juice and chilli peppers. 
  • For a taste of tradition, try Lomo Saltado, a savoury stir-fry of beef, tomatoes, and onions, often served with rice and fries. 
  • Adventurous eaters can sample “Anticuchos,” grilled skewers usually made with beef hearts. 
  • And if you’re daring, try “Cuy” (guinea pig) – a delicacy in Peru. 
  • I would also highly recommend “Picarones,” delicious street food treats. 

Eating local food while travelling offers a range of benefits, both for the traveller and the local community. I highly recommend trying these dishes. Below are further details on the restaurants and activities I did.

1 Week itinerary for Peru: 

I was on a mission to try as many Peruvian dishes as possible, and I did ok! Carry on reading for a complete guide with where I stayed, what I ate and all the activities I got up to. Please note that this trip was planned and executed by GoJolley. The trip cost me $2150, which was roughly around £1709: 

Day 1 Rest Get ready for a trip of a lifetime

I arrived late in the evening and checked into my hotel – Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport, opposite the airport. The following day, I was picked up from my hotel and taken to Pullman Lima Miraflores to enjoy the rooftop pool and rest before the trip started. 

Day 2 Explore the capital city of Lima 

The morning started early, having breakfast and then spending the day exploring Lima. The hotel, Pullman Lima Miraflores, served lots of delicious local food like:

  • Empanadas, 
  • Lomo Saltodo
  • Tamales
  • Chichirron
  • Pollo a la brasa 

Be sure to get your hands on these fantastic dishes; you won’t regret connecting with the destination through food! 

  •  Explore the city of Lima and its colonial architecture and emerging culinary scene. You can book a tour here
  • We ate at a vibrant restaurant called @rusticacostaverde, where I had Anticuchos de Corazon (grilled heart) with chips/fries, their fast food in Peru and the Chicha Morada.
  • We returned to the airport in the evening to fly out to Cusco. You can pre-book your flights with Latam Airlines here. We arrived at our hotel – Hilton Garden Inn Cusco
Day 3 Delving into Local Life and Visit the Sacred Valley

Today, we experienced interactions with the local community in the village of Chinchero. I could see how locals dyed alpaca wool with the region’s natural plants. You can book the tour here

  • In the afternoon we were taking the mountains for pictures with the Alpacas. Here, I discovered my love for coco leaves, which helped with altitude sickness. Later in the afternoon, we went to The Sacred Valley, a region of natural beauty. It is known as the Inca ruins and serves the indigenous communities. This is unreal seen, and I would highly recommend it.
  • We had a delicious buffet lunch at a stunning restaurant called .@tunuparestaurantes. It was a buffet-style restaurant with everything Peruvian food. I tried many Peruvian foods, including alpaca meat, Lomo Saltado, La Huacaina and much more.
  • The evening came, and we boarded a train for Aguas Calientes. Once there, we stayed at Casa del Sol Machupicchu. The accommodations were charming and radiated authenticity, creating a genuinely delightful atmosphere.
Day 4 – Unveiling the Marvels of Machu Picchu:

We set out early for the world’s most renowned archaeological treasure, Machu Picchu. I had wanted to go here for the longest time and was surprised I made it. 

Things to remember: You must bring your passport when visiting Machu Picchu because it is a mandatory requirement for entry. The Peruvian government implemented this rule to enhance security, control visitor numbers, and prevent fraudulent tickets.
  • Numerous routes take you to Machu Picchu, catering to different preferences. A popular choice is the four-day trek known as the Inca Trail. Alternatively, if time is limited, opting for the train is an excellent option, accessible from this location. It’s advisable to secure your train tickets well in advance, given their rapid booking rate – get train tickets here
  • Securing bus tickets for your journey to Machu Picchu is also essential, and you can conveniently book here. For an optimal experience, opt for the earliest available bus. It’s critical to be aware that the site has a daily limit on the number of visitors allowed at any time.
  • I recommend a tour guide for this tour to learn the history and the essence of the World Wonder. They can unravel the historical significance and importance of Machu Picchu. To arrange your tour guide, you can make your booking right here.

Opting for the morning tour allows you to return in time for lunch, offering the chance to savour a local delicacy at @sami.en.trujillo: Cuy, also known as guinea pig. Later in the evening, you can board the train for your journey back to Ollantaytambo.

Day 5 – Hike to the most unreal scenes of Rainbow Mountain 

The day began at 4 a.m. with another early start – an energetic “whoop!” included. We were back at Hilton Garden Inn Cusco and picked up for a two-hour drive to Cusipata, where we paused for breakfast – the breakfast included soups, bread, fruits, and coco leaves tea. By this point, I had taken to chewing coca leaves like candy, a local custom. You can book the tour here

  • The Rainbow Mountain experience is incredible, and I wholeheartedly recommend a guided hiking tour. Throughout the journey, as we marvelled at the breathtaking mountain scenery, we also had the opportunity to encounter alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas.
  • After breakfast, we journeyed for another hour, reaching the hike’s starting point at 5,200 meters. The walk posed a challenge, but conquering it was an emotional experience – I shed a tear at the top. 
  • While there was the option to rent a horse for approximately $20, I assure you that the sense of accomplishment after completing the 3.5-kilometer trek to Rainbow Mountain is unparalleled. I recommend preparing for this hike as if you were gearing up for the gym – get as fit as possible. I would suggest using the stair master.
  • It’s important to note that due to the high altitude, spending at most 30 minutes at the top is advised. Returning down was a breeze and can be accomplished within an hour. 
  •  We had an hour’s drive before we were welcomed to a local lunch, which included soup, rice and alpaca meat.
Day 6 – The Enchanting Streets of Cusco:

As the trip ended, we set out on our last day to visit Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire. As it was the final day and we had such an intense amount of walking, we started the day later than the other days and strolled to the city centre. You can book your tour here

  • We had lunch at the famous restaurant Morena Peruvian Kitchen – @morena_cusco, which I have written a full review of here
  • We also visited the San Pedro market, the Temple of the Sun, and the Convent of Santo Domingo. 
Day 7 – Goodbye 

It was time to say see you later to everyone and close the trip. I caught my flight to the next country, Colombia! 

Other resources for Peru

  • My Instagram page has detailed reels and specifics of my visit to Peru. 
  • The restaurants that I enjoyed and ate at are here
  • I travelled with GoJolley, so I recommend checking them out if you ever consider a group trip. 
  • Before going to any of these countries, I recommend visiting the Foreign Advice Page for U.K. travellers. Check if you need visas here.
  • Book with Viator or Get Your Guide if you want specific tours for Peru. 
  • I used Airlo, an e-sim card, for data. You can purchase it here and use the code ADEBOL5279

Saying see you later in Peru for now

Peru is a land of contrasts and an absolute gastronomic adventure! From Machu Picchu’s heights to my hike in Rainbow Mountain, this captivating country offers a spectrum of experiences that left an indelible mark on my heart.

Whether you’re drawn to the enigmatic ruins of ancient civilisations or the vibrant culture of its cities, Peru has something to offer every type of explorer. Your journey through this South American gem promises unforgettable memories and insights into the rich tapestry of Peru’s history, culture, and nature.

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East Africa Food Travel Guide: Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania

I have wanted to travel to East Africa for the longest time. I had heard so many good things about Rwanda, and Uganda held a special place in my heart when I was 15! Oh, and Zanzibar, why wouldn’t you go there? I travelled this year in May (2023), using Turkish Airlines for the first part of my initial tour. The flight stopped in Istanbul, Turkey, for just an hour and took approximately 10 hours.

The flight cost me roughly £654 using Skyscanner and Google Alert to track the best flight deal. It was the rainy season in East Africa, so flights were cheaper than during peak periods.

I visited Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania (Zanzibar) in just two weeks. Below is a travel food guide to everything I got up to.  

Getting around in East Africa 

I travelled to Kigali first via Turkish Airlines. Sign up for their air miles if you consider travelling with them. I did this after my trip to Turkey – you can then benefit from their miles as a member. My transfer from Rwanda to Uganda was by road. I then flew from Uganda to Zanzibar for my final country using Uganda Airlines (one of my favourite airlines – find out why here). This was my itinerary for flights:

  • Arrive from London to Kigali – Five Days in Rwanda. 
  • Drive from Rwanda to Uganda – Five Days in Uganda. 
  • Fly from Uganda to Zanzibar – Six days in Tanzania (Zanzibar). 

Pre-booking all your flights before you arrive and plan your hotels well in advance, preferably around the airports, for ease. Please note I travelled to these countries with cytravelconsult_

This is a good start if you want to travel around Africa. Please be mindful of flexibility and planning for the smoothness of your journey. 

About Rwanda

Rwanda is located in East Africa and is a landlocked country. It’s near the borders of countries like Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is relatively easy to cross borders depending on where and when you travel. Rwanda is also known for its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and the tragic history of the 1994 genocide.

Rwanda Entry requierment 

If you travel to Rwanda, check the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for Rwanda’s current entry restrictions and requirements. British citizens do not need to pay for a visa to Rwanda. However, Americans, Canadians and Nigerians do need a visa. I recommend applying online before arrival. You can book your visas here. Here is what I got up to: 

5-day itinerary for Rwanda 

  1. Got my hair braided: If you need to get your hair done by @thehaircaretakers – tell her I sent you! I got myself some cute braids with a false finish. I have started getting my hair done a lot now since Nigeria.
  2. Rwandan cooking class: We made sweet potatoes, mixed cabbage, dodo, and cassava. You can check it out via my I.G. page. You can book this here
  3. Visit Nyungwe National Park: which offers a range of activities, including canopay walking and attractions for nature enthusiasts and visitors interested in experiencing Rwanda’s natural beauty. N.B. You will need to take a COVID-19 test to ensure the wildlife is protected. 
  4. Kigali Genocide Memorial: the most emotional memorial I visited, which shares the tragic history of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994 while also emphasising the importance of preventing similar atrocities in the future.
  5. Kimironko Market: This is one of Kigali’s largest and most bustling markets. It offers various goods, including clothing, textiles, electronics, household items, etc. 
What to eat in Rwanda 

Rwanda is very interesting because the local food has to be located in very local areas. In many tourist areas, they don’t eat the local food. I found the Repub Lounge to be good for local Rwandan food. 

If you would like to try traditional Rwandan dishes, you might find “isombe” (cassava leaves stew), “ibitoke” (grilled bananas), and “brochettes” (grilled skewers of meat) with chilli pepper (my fave). I have done a small food guide on Rwanda, which you can find here


Travelling from Rwanda to Uganda 

I suggest jetting off early, say around 6 a.m., for your trip to Uganda. In Rwanda, it’s about 2 hours to the border. You will then need to check if you need visas for your passport for the following location—a visa with a British passport, which I applied for online. You can book yours here

About Uganda 

Uganda has been formally known as the pearl of Africa. The country is a unique blend of natural wonders, cultural diversity, and warm hospitality, making it a captivating destination for travellers seeking adventure and cultural immersion in the heart of Africa.

Uganda Entry requierments 

A Uganda visa is necessary for British/USA/Canadian citizens to enter the country. You can book your visa here. Things you will need: 

  • Yellow Fever Certificate 
  • Departure Flights 
  • Passport 

You may also be required to resize these documents for your online application. Once approved, you must print your approval certificate and take it to the border. 

5-day itinerary for Uganda 
  1. Transfer from Rwanda to Uganda: The first stop was Fort Portal City. You can stop at the Hot Springs Restaurant for lunch and view the hot springs. In the evening you can stay at the Nyaika Hotel
  2. Queen Elizabeth National Park: Once you cross the border to Uganda, you can head to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  3. Murchison Falls National Park: This was the trip’s highlight for me. It was booked with the tour guide, but you can book a tour here. I recommend staying at Murchison Falls Bamboo Village
  4.  Murchison Falls Game Drive with a boat cruise: You can book this 4-hour tour the following day – book here. I thoroughly enjoyed the boat cruise, and the game drive included lions, hippos, elephants and more. 
  5. Arrive in Entebbe and have dinner at your hotel. I had talipa fish with fried plantain (I asked for it to be spicy) – 2 Friends Beach Hotel. Next morning, arrive at Entebbe International Airport if you want to travel to Zanzibar. The airline used was Uganda Airlines. 
What to eat in Uganda 

The Ugandan cuisine includes staples like starchy foods, meats, vegetables, and fruits. I thoroughly enjoyed the food in Uganda, my favourite being posho (made from maise flour) with tilapia fish. I loved the spice—a Rolex, not the watch. A Rolex in Uganda is a popular street food made by rolling chapati around eggs and vegetables, often with a savoury sauce.


About Zanzibar 

Zanzibar is located off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It is part of the East African country of Tanzania. It comprises two stunning islands, Unguja and Pemba. Zanzibar was an absolute dream filled with rich history, vibrant culture, and gorgeous beaches. I will certainly be returning. 

Zanzibar entry requirements 

Pretty much everyone needs a visa to enter Zanzibar. U.S., U.K., Australian and Canadian nationals must have a visa to enter Zanzibar. 

The island shares the same visa policy as the rest of Tanzania. An eVisa can be secured online or at a port of entry, including Dar es Salaam, for $50-$100. For ease, I took a 50-dollar bill and kept it for the visa. If you are British and travelling to Zanzibar, I recommend checking the ‘Entry Requirements’ section for Rwanda’s current entry restrictions and requirements.

6-day itinerary for Tanzania (Zanzibar)

  1. The first day is for resting. You will be exhausted from travelling around Rwanda, Uganda, or your home location. Check into your hotel and spend the day enjoying its facilities. The hotel I stayed in is called Le Mersenne
  2. Blue Safari: Here, you can snorkel and see the beautiful fishes in the deep blue sea. You will have lunch on this tour, a sumptuous seafood lunch buffet (get the lobster). Have dinner at the Rock Restaurant and order the lobster stew with rice and the Rock Cocktail. I did a review here, and you can book this tour here
  3. Barak Aquarium: Spend the morning swimming with turtles. The entrance is around $10, and then spend the afternoon kayaking at Mnemba Island with clear boats. You can book the boats here
  4. Visit a Spice Farm and cooking class: watch my review and book here
  5. Explore Baldin Resort: It has the most transparent water and fish. You can also snorkel.
  6. Explore Stone Town: Stone Town is genuinely stunning. I felt like I was in Europe. When you are there, be sure to try Zanazibar Pizza. You can also book a walking tour here

The second hotel I stayed in was the Cinnamon Hotel, but I wouldn’t advise anyone to stay there.

What to eat in Tanzania (Zanzibar) 

The Tanzanian cuisine, including that of Zanzibar, is a delightful blend of flavours influenced by African, Indian, Arabic, and European culinary traditions. Some of my favourites were Zanzibari Pizza, the seafood, and Mandazi. 


Some helpful resources for your travels: 

  • My Instagram page has detailed reels and guides on visiting the above-mentioned countries. I share tips on travelling to Africa here
  • I said I travelled with CyCyTravels, so I recommend going with them if you consider a group trip. 
  • Before going to any of these countries, I recommend visiting the Foreign Advice Page for U.K. travellers. Check if you need visas here.
  • Book with Viator or Get Your Guide if you want specific tours. I did this for my Cooking Class on the last day. 
  • DIYWITHJOY has written a helpful e-book for Tanzania, so I recommend buying it if you go to Tanzania. You can purchase it here
Final Days in East Africa 

I thoroughly enjoyed being back in Nigeria and travelling through West Africa. It is now my mission to explore and see more of Africa. I want to change the narrative of Africa and show you how beautiful the continent is. 

I can’t wait for the next time I am in Africa, and this time, I’d love to visit Seychelles, Tanzania and maybe Mauritius. Until then, this guide makes you want to travel to Rwanda, Uganda or Zanzibar, Tanzania.

I have a question: Would you be interested in group tours? If I considered group tours, would you be interested? Let me know.

Safe Travels. Love MBV X 

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Travel Food Review: Morena Peruvian Kitchen Restaurant

Morena Peruvian Kitchen in Cusco, Peru, left me enthralled. As a passionate explorer of global cuisines and new delicacies, I’ve unheard of, my recent visit to the restaurant was everything and more. 

I found the restaurant on TikTok and was told it was one to visit, so I convinced the group I was travelling with to visit on our last day in Cusco. The restaurant is in a quiet corner and promises a gastronomic journey to the heart of Peru. 

New Beginnings: 

Since starting my travel food journey, I have told myself to start writing blog posts on restaurants I visit when travelling. The focus has been mainly been on Cooking Travel Talks, but today, I wanted to publish my first restaurant review.

I will be improving as I go along my food travel journey – Either way, it encourages you to travel and go to the restaurants I eat at! Continue reading and let me know what you think!

Morena Peruvian Kitchen

From the moment I saw the Morena Peruvian Kitchen, I was captivated by its white walls, and once I entered, I loved the atmosphere! We secured a table for six people and arrived just as they opened around midday. Believe it or not, the restaurant was packed when we entered, which was unsurprising! 

Morena Peruvian Kitchen is dedicated to preserving Peruvian culinary traditions. The staff’s eagerness to share stories about the dishes and ingredients added a layer of cultural immersion to the experience.

The fusion of traditional Peruvian elements and the contemporary design set the stage for an unforgettable dining adventure.

What to order: 

  • Ceviche 
  • Arroz Con Mariscos 
  • Cacao 
  • Pisco Sour 

The presentation of dishes at Morena Peruvian Kitchen is a work of art. Each plate is a canvas showcasing Peruvian ingredients’ vibrancy and diversity, making every course a feast for the eyes.

I had already had a large breakfast at the hotel we stayed at, Hilton Garden Inn Cusco, so I wasn’t particularly hungry but was keen to taste the Ceviche, which is one of Peru’s national dishes. 

Starter/Appetizer

I loved the taste of Ceviche; it was everything I expected it to be. You can order different types of fish for Ceviche, but I ordered the trout, typically served raw, marinated and cooked in citrus juices like lime or lemon. Mine also came with roasted corn, which is widely consumed in Peru. 

They also added citrus juice, which denatures the proteins in the fish, giving it a cooked texture and opaque appearance. It’s typically mixed with onions, cilantro, chilli peppers, and other seasonings. I asked for mine to be spicy and wasn’t disappointed. 

Main Course

I also had the privilege of trying the Arroz Con Mariscos as a main course. The presentation was nothing short of exquisite—a canvas of risotto rice adorned with succulent grilled seafood, vibrant Peruvian chilis, and an artful garnish of chalaquita. 

Remarkably, even delicate flowers graced the dish! While risotto isn’t typically my initial choice, this creation was a testament to culinary mastery. Every delectable bite was a delight that painted a smile on my face.

Dessert 

Finally, we surrendered to our sweet tooth, choosing the Cacao—a captivating medley starring Peruvian chocolate ice cream, a decadent brownie, a silky chocolate mousse, a scattering of caramelized peanuts, and a delicate drizzle of chocolate sauce. 

While I typically steer clear of chocolate ice cream, this creation held an extraordinary allure. It served as a poignant reminder of the magic that can unfold when one embraces new culinary adventures.

Drinks

The bar staff’s expertise in mixology shone through. They gave us a fantastic display while making our drinks, which only elevated the experience. My visit wouldn’t have been complete without sipping a Pisco Sour—a quintessential Peruvian cocktail that seamlessly combines sweet, sour, and aromatic notes. I loved it and would highly recommend trying it!

Final Ratings – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

My final verdict for Morena Peruvian Kitchen is an enthusiastic five stars. The cost of the food is relatively affordable, and cards pesos are accepted. The restaurant’s commitment to authenticity, impeccable service, and a menu that’s a love letter to Peru’s culinary heritage truly impressed me.

Conclusion

In closing, Morena Peruvian Kitchen isn’t just a restaurant—it’s a portal to Peru’s diverse regions, traditions, and flavours. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or an avid food enthusiast, this establishment offers an unparalleled opportunity to embark on a culinary odyssey. 

It’s worth also noting that Morena Peruvian Kitchen has two sibling establishments dedicated to the art of Peruvian cuisine, conveniently located within walking distance: Campo Cocina Andina and Ceviche Meat & Wine Co. These complementary ventures enrich the culinary landscape, collectively offering an array of authentic flavours from Peru. I will undoubtedly visit these restaurants the next time I’m in Peru. 

I invite you to step into Morena Peruvian Kitchen, where each dish is a story, and every bite is an adventure. Let your senses be your guide as you savour the vibrant soul of Peru right here in Cusco. 

Reflecting on my time in Peru, I’m excited to share my experiences through an upcoming blog post. Immersing myself in the country’s rich culture, vibrant landscapes, and exquisite cuisine has been captivating. 

I hope you’ve found this restaurant guide as enjoyable to read as it was for me to write. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section if you want more insights and stories. Stay tuned for the upcoming blog post, and let’s continue this journey together!

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Love MBV X

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