A South African Adventure…

A South African Adventure…

So, apologies for the recent silence here on JoshiCooks! We’ve been away, on a South African adventure and then I started a new full time job (yay!), in other words, life has been really busy in the last few weeks. BUT, do not despair, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking as you can see from my Instagram feed, I’ve been working on LOADs of different recipes and writing up a few that I’ve wanted to write up for ages so all you lovely readers can start having a go at some more stuff with me.

So getting back to what we’ve been upto. Cape Town, we had this trip planned for a long while, my cousin was getting and we were lucky enough to be invited and attend the wedding in Stellenbosch, a city just outside Cape Town.

It’s not a destination we ever had on our list of ‘Let’s go on holiday here’ but wow are we glad we went. It’s a stunning country, and one which we wish we had more time in. The vineyards are beautiful and the food is fantastic!

EmJay treated us to a luxurious Business Class trip so that started our adventure in style. The service and food on the Emirates flight were fantastic. It was amazing standing at the bar whilst on a flight, the first leg from London through to Dubai was possibly one of the best flights we’ve ever taken!

Once we arrived we went straight to our hotel Banhoek Lodge in Stellenbosch. The wedding festivities started the next day, but before all those began, we had booked to go to La Petite Colombe, a restaurant in the neighbouring town Franschhoek. It’s part of a chain of 3 restaurants, all based in Cape Town. South Africa. I’ll be writing a post about our experience so watch out for that! For now, all I say is if you are planning a trip to Cape Town, Franschhoek is about an hour away from the city, and we’d definitely recommend you go there to experience the beautiful food on offer.

The next day we also visited a vineyard called Hidden Valley, where we did a wine tasting along side a charcuterie and cheese platter. The scenery was like a dream and it really was located in a hidden valley as the name suggests.

Our trip to South Africa was something we won’t forget. We already want to go back to do a safari and potentially drive around the winelands to take in the amazing views and mountain air.

That’s probably not going to happen any time soon though, for now, we’re back to work and back to routine, that also means back to cooking and meal prepping, and now that it’s spring, it also means more sunshine and salads hopefully!

I’ve got some of my meal prep recipes lined up for you in the coming weeks so I do hope you’ll stay along for the ride! In the meantime, let me know if you’ve been to South Africa, which areas did you go to? Is there anywhere in particular you’d recommend for a safari when we do start to plan our next trip?



  1. May 1, 2018 / 7:02 am

    Ah I love S.Africa! I used to live there and the best place for a safari (hands down) is the Kruger in mpumpalanga – it’s the size of Wales so you can see what properly wild Africa looks like. I also love Franshoek for fun and you can get a wine tram that takes you to all the different vineyards as well as a wine tractor half way through haha. Ah this post just reminded me how fab s.africa is and I will have to go visit really soon now,


    • May 1, 2018 / 7:10 am

      Thanks J! We would definitely revisit! I’ve put a safari on our to do list already!

  2. May 1, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    you’re at a great place i hope you have time of your life there

  3. May 1, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    South Africa is amazing! You should definitely go back and explore the wine lands, they are pretty special! #travellinkup

  4. May 2, 2018 / 9:09 am

    South Africa remains one of my fave African holiday destinations. Cape Town really reminds me of the metropolitan West. I’d also suggest my home – Kenya – for a really unique safari experience.

    • May 2, 2018 / 9:12 am

      I’ve always wanted to go to Kenya! It’s definitely on my list for a safari! Will have to get in touch when I plan my trip 🙂

      • May 2, 2018 / 9:48 am

        Yes, please. I’d love to help x

  5. Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi
    May 7, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    This sounds like an absolutely amazing trip!

    • May 10, 2018 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks Emma! It really was a great trip 🙂

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