We Need White People.

“We need white people in South Africa,” his words exactly.

“If not, the country will go down like Zimbabwe.” That’s what our Uber driver told us as we drove to Groots Winery in CapeTown.

“Look on the other side of the highway. Do you see any black faces driving cars?”, he asked us. “If you see a “black” driving a car,  there is probably someone in the back seat, he’s probably a driver.”

Black people don’t own cars.

I turned to look at him from the back seat of his gold Toyota Camry, “Is this not your car Wallace?”, I asked him.

It wasn’t his car. He rents it to drive Uber.

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I’m Black- discrimination in America.

I’m Haitian – discrimination from other Caribbean people.

I’m American – discrimination from other developed nations.

The life of being made to feel “less than” isn’t new to me. But somehow I was really turned off with the racial tensions in South Africa.

Despite being a seemingly “rich” black person in South Africa for two weeks and unaffected by the racial awkwardness, my heart still broke for all the people of color who lived a seemingly permanently subservient life to white people.

Oh Vulnerabites, Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s get to the fun stuff!

I’ve gotten a few direct messages on Instagram asking about my trip — I’ll pull from those and make this a Q&A, Photo Album blog.

  1. What airline did we use? South African Airways. A direct flight from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg (JNB) cost roughly $700USD (for the dates we traveled). About 16hours in flight, non-stop.
  2. Where did we stay? AirBnBs. In both, Johannesburg and CapeTown.
    1. In JoBurg – we stayed in a community called Sandton (upper class)
    2. In CapeTown – we stayed in a community called Oranjezicht (upper class)

We weren’t aiming for upper class housing, it’s what was available on AirBnB and surprisingly more affordable than we were expecting, between $45 -70USD a night!

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3. What did we do? This is where my Instagram followers got to see it all live in my IG stories 😉 You should follow me on IG @yoursvulnerably if you don’t already. But in short, we visited your standard tourist attractions.

My number one recommendation for seeing any country/city is the hop-on and hop-off tour bus! They take you to all the hotspots and you can hop-off at the places you want to explore, get back on when you’re ready and continue the journey.

We did this in Johannesburg!

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Our favorite tourist attraction in JoBurg was, The Apartheid Museum.

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I entered the museum as a white woman.

CapeTown! Was filled with a lot more “tourist” attractions. Here are a few of my favorites and some tips:

  1. Table Mountain – Bring a jacket. It’s actually cold up there. There’s a reason they’re selling hoodies at the top of the mountain! (I was much colder than I let off in this picture — I was busy trying to look cute for the ‘gram!) We went in April, and that’s when it starts to get cold.

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2. Cape Point – There are baboons who like snacks on this path. Try not to have any opened snacks in your bag. My husband witnessed a baboon grab a girl’s bag and take the snacks out. (I was in the bathroom).

Wear sneakers, or closed toe shoes (anything you’d climb to the top of a lighthouse in). I was dressed for cute pictures and NOT for the occasion, because I didn’t know. None-the-less, I climbed slowly, but surely made it to the top for my picture that’s been reposted to a few IG travel pages! Guess it was worth it! lol 20190403_060831.jpg

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3. Cape of Good Hope – This is inside the same park as Cape Point, so have your camera out as you drive through this nature reserve to get to the Cape of Good Hope, because you might get to see ostriches and warthogs! When you get to the “south-western most point” Take cute ‘look-away’ picture and move on! 🙂20190403_065341.jpg

4. Boulder’s Beach, Penguin Colony – Penguins, that’s all.

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There are tons of gelato shops as you walk from the parking lot to the entrance of Boulder’s Beach, and honestly, this mango gelato was my favorite part of Boulder’s Beach! Yyuumm!!! Glad I had it!

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4. Groot Constantia – South Africa’s oldest wine producing estate- The wine tasting was our favorite part but even more than that was discovering their in-house white chocolate made specifically to be paired with their Chardonnay wine. Delicious!

5. Robben Island- Where Nelson Mandela was kept in prison. A sobering reminder of the privilege I have to live freely.

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Despite the racial discomfort in South Africa, we had an absolute blast!!!! And not to mention our USD went a very long way! $1usd = $14Rand …. Let me bring it home for you… At a fine dining restaurant, I picked out my own fresh lobster from the tank (it was the most expensive thing on the menu) and paid $19! Sushi rolls were just under $4.

We had a good time! If you’re thinking about going Vulnerabites … do it!!!!

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Although I lived in Africa, I never got a chance to visit South Africa and it’s always been on my “must travel to” list — glad to have had the opportunity to experience it in this life!

If you have any additional questions about SA, just drop them in the comments.

So, tell me Vulnerabites, what country or city is on your “must travel to” list?

Yours Vulnerably,

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Cherise says:

    Thanks for all this information. I am yet to get to the continent but now South Africa is high on the travel list!

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    1. I sure hope you get a chance to visit! Definitely worth it 🙂

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  2. I just asked my husband if he’d like to travel to Africa in the future. Looks fun. But my oh my the uber driver was blunt and probably carefree about his choice of words. That’s really sad yet affective to how society is today.

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    1. Yes …. South Africa is a lot different than the other countries in Africa. I’ve lived in Tanzania, Kenya and Ghana — so I’m speaking from experience 🙂 Hope you do get a chance to visit South Africa! It’s beautiful — despite the racial tensions.

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  3. I remember seeing all the pics in your IG Stories and it looked like you were having a BALL! I can’t believe Table Mountain was actually cold or the fact that it starts getting cold in April there, WOW! Your pic certainly made it look like it was truly warm there. I would love to visit Madrid, Spain, Italy, England (in which I heard was ridiculously expensive) and Paris. Glad you had such a great time and yes, those US dollars indeed went a long way, it’s amazing how our money here is like riches there.

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    1. Omg Roshonda!!! Thought I responded to this long ago!!! I read it the same moment you posted it… Yikes! Sorry about that!

      Yes, it starts getting cold in April, so they have reverse winters and summers to America! Something good to note when you’re considering your travel dates!

      Spain!!! That’s on my to-visit list also!!! Europe is indeed expensive, but tickets to get there from NY (JFK), you can find pretty good deals!

      When you get to some of your to-visit cities, would love to read a blog about your experiences!!!

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      1. Hey, Sis! No worries. Yes, I would love to do a travel blog of my favorite places (when I actually visit them)

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  4. YYyeeesss!!! Spain is also on my to travel list!!!! Back to Trinidad? Are you originally from there? Your family?

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  5. Beutiflee says:

    The trip looks amazing. You look fabulous. I’ve always wanted to go to Barcelona. Or back to Trinidad for the carnival.

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    1. Yes!!! Spain is on my list also!!! Back to Trinidad? Are you Trini?

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      1. Beutiflee says:

        Yes, my parents are from Trinidad. I’m trini baby! 😆

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  6. J says:

    Looks like an awesome trip overall

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    1. Indeed it was!!! What places are on your “to-travel” list?

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