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Stories from JG: A Trip to Cape Town

There’s nothing better than gearing up for a trip to warmer weather when the winter season has peaked here in New York City. JG Black Book‘s very own Jide Iruka traded in her down parka for sun dresses as she spent some time relaxing in the hot Africa sun. Just a few weeks after the death of Nelson Mandela, her trip to South Africa (although planned for months) would hope to be an interesting one full of culture, renewal, and beauty. Today she shares a few snippets from her trip…

Table Mountain

Cape Town is probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited in my life. To be surrounded by beautiful mountains and the vast ocean, it definitely took my breath away. I could very much feel how vibrant the people and places were. From the frenzied yet popular V& A Waterfront to the bars on Long Street, Cape Town is very much alive. I felt welcomed.

Kirstenbosch Gardens

Can we have a moment for the food and wine? Some of the best I’ve ever had! Since it was the summer time, picnics and ‘braais’ were all the rage. Fresh seafood and perfectly cooked lamb, what more could a girl as for? Not to mention the perfectly paired red and whites that were in abundance. A true testament to the exquisite amount of vineyards in Australia, I’m sure I didn’t have a glass of wine that I didn’t enjoy. There’s nothing better than sitting in Kirstenbosch Gardens on a Sunday afternoon with friends and indulging in tasty wine and cheese. What a delight it was.

Signal Hill

Everywhere I went, it seemed every moment should be photographed. Cape Town is incredibly picturesque. From Singnal Hill, you could see the endless Atlantic Ocean (perhaps even the Southern Ocean) and Robben Island. I had moments of silence for the recently passed Nelson Mandela, and could sense much of his legacy through my journey. There was this underlying sense of community, friendship, and hope that rang true whenever I met someone new. 


I hope to someday return to this beautiful country very soon. I’ve made many new friends, and have the most amazing memories!

Wish we could be there! If you make it to Cape Town, be sure to check out our friends at the beautiful Ellerman House for a one-of-a-kind stay!

– JG Black Book Team