Last time we were here, we left knowing South Africa was too good not to come back to.

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A few short months later, we’re back again in South Africa but instead of going on safari or heading off to explore the justifiably popular (and rather exciting) Cape Town, we’ve kinda gone off the beaten track a tad here for most visitors from the UK (I have to stress the word *slightly) and headed towards Port Elizabeth and the Garden of South Africa’s Garden Route – Tsitsikamma National Park. (FYI, these two places couldn’t look and feel any more different from being on safari or in Cape Town).

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But here’s the exciting bit – we’ve been challenged to see how far £400 can get you in a week! (A challenge we all too happily accepted!) Last time we were here, we’d pretty much pre-booked everything for safari (the safari was all sorted for meals and game drives). Cape Town however was the only place where we didn’t make too many plans in advance so, we kinda have us a head-start on this challenge (*sssh, don’t tell anyone) as we already knew that £400 would take us very far indeed (for instance, a glass of bubbly costs £1-£2, 3 course meals are like £10, some tours costs as little as £4!) 🙂

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This time is a whole different kettle as apart from accommodation, we’ve made literally 0 plans in advance. We’re making things up as we go along and truly embracing spontaneity in South Africa. I can’t even pretend – it’s been exhilarating and very liberating to just wing it.

Will try to update you as often as possible but an inextricably linked part of ‘winging it’ means having unreliable access to the internet but when I do have access, you can find what we get up to mostly on Snapchat (our username is HandLuggageOnly).

Here are some photos from our time so far! 🙂

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We're In South Africa! Tags - Africa, Plettenberg Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Tsitsikamma National Park (4)

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We're In South Africa! Tags - Africa, Plettenberg Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Tsitsikamma National Park (8)
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*Our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will also get updated (look out for our #RollingInRands hashtag) but Snapchat is gonna be the main one we’ll be using as we’ve found it’s so much easier to capture the moment without over thinking it. That and the fact that we’re slightly addicted to Snapchat now.



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  • Wow, it is so beautiful!! There looks like there is so much to offer there…also that home is gorgeous!
    xx http://www.nuunablog.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      So glad you like it Emma. South Africa really is stunning! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • sara mcavoy

    This is definitely a place I would love to visit! Once again stunning pictures, hope you have had fun!
    x
    x

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Sara – we had such an amazing time! You should let us know if you plan a trip… we’ll try and help with any tips and tricks in any way we can.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • disabledmabel

    Okay, so I saw your title ‘We’re in South Africa!’ and I thought oooo how lucky for you… (very, very, jealous – the green eyed monster strikes again) and THEN I read that you have been given money to do so too, EVEN MORE JEALOUS!
    And then, to top it all off, you post too many beautiful photographs of South Africa, where I basically want to cry because I’m not there!
    That sunset looks amazing. That sea looks amazing. Everything looks amazing!
    Also, love the elephant photo of the elephant on its own and not being ridden, that’s a great positive for me as I feel greatly bitter and angry about people riding them!

    You are very lucky, I hope you enjoy!

    Love, May x

    The Little Blonde Backpacker

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Green eyed monster! Haha! That made us both chuckle! Haha!

      We felt so fortunate to experience such an incredible place – it was something that we’ll be forever grateful for. we can’t wait to share so much more with you May.

      So glad you like the photos – the sea was stunning and the beaches, so pristine. We felt the same about the elephants – we managed to see so many in the National Parks – it was breathtaking. Totally agree about riding them 🙁

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Yayyyy I was so excited to see this post!!! I just booked my South Africa trip for December and I am beyond excited. Have you found any wineries that you liked? I’ll be spending time in the winelands and would love to do some wine tasting 🙂 Have an amazing trip and I look forward to following along!
    Jessica
    http://www.thebellevoyage.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      No way! Ahhhhh you’re going to love it Jessica – December is such a perfect time of year to visit too!

      We loved Creations near Hermanus and Bramon near Plettenburg Bay. There really are so many to choose from. If you need any tips or advice just ping us an email – happy to help in any way we can Jessica.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

      • Oooh ok thank you for those!! I can’t tell you how excited I am. Thank you so much for the offer to help – I will probably reach out as my trip gets closer!
        Cheers,
        Jessica

        • HandLuggageOnly

          No problem at all Jessica – honestly, you’ll love it!

          Speak closer to the time on it! We’re excited for you!!!! 🙂

          Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • We attempted to do the Garden Route but due to the pouring rain I basically couldn’t see anything! I’ll have to live vicariously through you 😉

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah! We had a few hours of thunderstorms and rain very late in the evening.. I think we were lucky! 🙂

      xx

  • Vivella

    Welcome back to SA, hope you have a wonderful time!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Vivella – we had such an amazing time 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • That elephant photo is so cool! What a fun adventure!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      So glad you like it Rachel! She was beautiful 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Great photos as always!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Natalie! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx