Big Cats, Wine and Adventures in South Africa

Aventura ambassador and editor of Momfari, Heather Mundt, fell in love with the beauty and wildness of South Africa 13 years ago, and recently returned with her family for another memorable adventure.

My husband and I fell in love with Southern Africa 13 years ago, spending two weeks in Zimbabwe tracking rhino on foot, canoeing Mana Pools amid hippos, crocodiles and elephants, and witnessing the beauty and magnitude of Victoria Falls.

So when the chance came for us to return this July with our kids, we jumped on it: a two-week, family-friendly itinerary planned by our friend and safari planner Simon Gluckman.

We did the ‘Best of Southern Africa Wildlife and Culture Safari’ package through Simon’s safari tour company, Intrepid Expeditions. Our adventure began in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, set against the stunning backdrop of the magnificent Table Mountain and was followed by stops in three different regions: Serondella Game Lodge in Thornybush Game Reserve in South Africa; Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana; and Camp Amalinda in Zimbabwe’s Motobo National Park region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From township tours to wine tastings, game drives to hiking excursions, each day my safari wardrobe consisted of at least one Aventura piece. Traveling during the Southern African winter meant fairly brisk days in Cape Town, as well as early-morning and evening game drives, allowing the perfect opportunity to throw on one of my three favorite long-sleeve shirts: the Sonnet Hoodie, Sheridan Top or the Tinsley Top. And while I’m typically a baseball-cap kinda gal, I wore the Lasaro Fedora religiously because it was both stylish and easy to pack. I love Aventura’s versatility for all types of travel needs, and an African safari is most certainly no exception.

A view of the watering hole at Serondella Game Lodge in South Africa’s Thornybush Game Reserve offered sightings of numerous animals, from baboon to hyena, and giraffe.

A chameleon near Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town, a popular day trip from Cape Town to spot African penguins.

Taking in in one of South Africa’s many, beautiful wine regions.

The same day we visited Cheetah Outreach and wine country, we also stopped at Eagle Encounters, a wildlife rehabilitation, conservation and education eco-tourism center that included owl encounters. My Tinsley Top got a good workout that day!

A shot of a juvenile male lion in Botswana’s Mashatu Game Reserve, a spot known for its large population of big cats and elephant.

An African flat-rock “rainbow” lizard at Camp Amalinda in Zimbabwe.

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