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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Cape Town

Cape Town is a stunning city filled with art and life! These 20 photos to inspire you to visit Cape Town showcase beautiful views, vivid colors and spirited art.

Cape Town is full of vibrant life and natural beauty! This rugged port city is situated on South Africa’s southwest coast and is nicknamed the Mother City. Whether you love hiking, art, wine or water sports, this gorgeous city has it covered.

Undoubtedly, there are many beautiful landmarks worth visiting in Cape Town including Table Mountain, Bo Kaap, the V&A Waterfront, Lions Head, Long Street, the City Center and more. In the meantime, I hope this photo collection inspires you to travel to this amazing city!

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Cape Town has something for everyone. It is the ideal destination for your next Africa trip! Finally, I hope these 20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Cape Town motivate you to travel and explore this coastal gem for yourself.

If you are interested in more travel photography, please check out my top snaps from Afrikaburn, Switzerland, Vienna and Slovakia!

Have you visited Cape Town before? What was your favorite part? Tell me all about it in the comments section below! 

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Afrikaburn: The Largest Regional Burning Man Event

The Burning Man community manifests around the world in the form of regional burns. The largest is Afrikaburn, which takes place in April/May each year in the desert of Tankwa, Karoo, South Africa. In 2019, 16,783 participants united to create Tankwa Town, the temporary experiment in community, art, self expression and survival camping that is Afrikaburn.

I hope these photos featuring the people, mutant vehicles, art, effigies and community of Afrikaburn inspire you to participate in a regional burn near you! If you are curious how Afrikaburn stacks up to Burning Man, be sure to read till the end!

Radical Self Expression: the People of Afrikaburn

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The Clan: the Central Effigy in Tankwa Town

san clan symbol of afrikaburn 2019The ‘San Clan’ is burned at the climax of the week, much like the man of Burning Man. It is a uniquely South African symbol directly influenced by a San cave painting outside Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape Province. It represents a community as one, united. The Clan is interpreted by a different artist each year and in 2019 it was a bedside lamp to make you feel right at home. The clan symbol is cutout on its shade.

“It didn’t depict any particular gender, and captured the collaboration and community we wanted to inspire… In time of course I realized that it was also symbolic of how many heads will seldom all be in agreement, and that the multitude of dancing legs can dance to different drums.” -Greg Dunn

the san clan at sunset at afrikaburn 2019

Mutant Vehicles: Art Cars and Bikes of Afrikaburn

lisa masson in front of the rhino art car at afrikaburn 2019

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the mungeon spider dungeon art car by cexx camp at afrikaburn

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Art of Afrikaburn

lisa masson in front of the embrace, an art piece at afrikaburn by jenn moldovanos. This piece "serves as a reminder of the importance of human touch and that the act of a single, genuine hug can have a ripple effect of love and bonding with you, your tribe and your greater community.

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The Octocrab: interactive art piece and effigy. You could climb up the legs and slide down! It rained ash as it burned.

Interactive art piece and effigy. You could climb up and slide down at afrikaburn 2019.

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Temples of Afrikaburn

The Temple of Xam was built out of weaved wattle as a monument to the original inhabitants of the Tankwa Karoo. It was a semi permanent structure that burned in 2019 quietly and beautifully.

The Temple of Stars by Walter Böhmer and the Starlight Collective.

Temple of Stars at Afrikaburn 2019

Communal Effort and Gifting: Sound Stages, Camps and More

The Spirit Train: mutant vehicle/sound stage gifting a mobile party across Afrikaburn

Cobracabana: sound stage and effigy that gifted techno from Berlin and Snake Juice wine from South Africa!

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Cobracabana

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Lupis: the wolf sound stage with a laser shooting out the mouth

Lisa Masson in front of Lupis, the wolf sound stage at afrikaburn 2019

Lupis, the wolf sound stage

Potato Heads: best hot lunch served at Afrikaburn! There was a different recipe each day. I loved camping with this crew! 🙂

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Fractal Chill Ethiopian Coffee House

ethiopian coffee house at afrikaburn 2019

Solstice: sound stage that brought great music and a lot of pyrotechnics

soulstice sound stage at afrikaburn 2019


How is Afrikaburn different from Burning Man?

Burning Man draws in ~70,000 participants to create Black Rock City, which is quite a lot larger than Tankwa Town’s ~17,000. There are 10 principles of burning man that reflect the ethos and culture of the community: Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-Reliance, Radical Self-Expression, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leave No Trace, Participation and Immediacy. Afrikaburn has an 11th official principle: Each One, Teach One.

With the smaller size, there is a greater sense of intimacy. It is a lot easier to meet up with friends and see people more than once. This is my favorite aspect of regional burns. I feel there is a more significant focus on community. All in all, it is a town and not a city!

At Burning Man, you really need a bike or mutant vehicle to navigate the vast landscape. Alternatively, you really don’t need a bike to get around Tankwa Town. If you would like to bike, there is a camp called Pedals for Peace where you can purchase one and they will donate it to a community in need after the burn.

Contrary to the rough portos of Black Rock City, Afrikaburn provides a very different restroom situation- a “loo with a view” where you can catch the sunset, sunrise or stars.

golden hour at the gate of afrikaburn 2019

deep playa sunsets at afrikaburn 2019

All in all, Afrikaburn is an amazing regional burn that is worth taking part in. I fell in love with it and will be back!

Have you been to a Regional Burn? What did you enjoy the most? Let me know below in the comments!

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Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik: Croatia Travel Guide

Craving beautiful coastlines and Game of Thrones fun? This Croatia Travel Guide will help you effortlessly explore the Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik!

Croatia is incredibly beautiful and full of life! Whether you love Game of Thrones, aquatic adventures, history, spectacular cliffs, charming city streets or delicious seafood, Dubrovnik is the destination for you. Below you will find all the Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik collected in this handy Croatia Travel Guide.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Restaurants with the Best Views

Panorama Restaurant is situated on Srđ, a mountain overlooking Dubrovnik. Don’t miss the chance to see this picturesque, walled city from an epically elevated view! Be sure to book a reservation well in advance so that you get a table in the first row. The view is breathtaking and the risotto is quite tasty!

You can drive up to Panorama Restaurant via a winding, single lane road or you can take the cable car. A round trip ride on the cable car costs 170HRK and a one way ticket is 90HRK. The cable car drops you off right at the restaurant! The address of Panorama Restaurant is Srđ ul. 3.

In addition to Panorama, Restaurant More (inside Hotel More) is another fabulous place to dine with a stunning view of the Adriatic Sea! Take in a gorgeous sunset. Sip on some wine and enjoy a few oysters. The pumpkin soup is also delicious! In addition to this fabulous restaurant, Hotel More has so much more to offer! It is located at Ul. Kardinala Stepinca 33.

Unique Boutique Hotel with a Cave Bar

Without a doubt, Hotel More is the ideal place to stay in Dubrovnik! It is a five-star boutique hotel located in the Bay of Lapad, with stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. The hotel is built into the side of a cliff and even has a natural cave inside! Hotel More has multiple levels of restaurants, bars and terraces with incredible cuisine to please every palate.

Cave Bar More is one of the most unique bars I have ever seen! You can grab a drink and take in the view (and depth) of the natural cave around you. A short walk down a hallway takes you to the waters edge where you can jacuzzi, swim or jump into the Adriatic Sea!

Click here to book your stay at this amazing boutique hotel. Hotel More is located at Ul. Kardinala Stepinca 33.

The Old City of Dubrovnik

The Old City of Dubrovnik is known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” It is a UNESCO protected site filled with fountains, churches, monasteries and palaces. The architecture is a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles.

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The Old City of Dubrovnik

The Old City is surrounded by a medieval wall. Get a ticket to walk the city walls because the views are breathtaking! The entrance fees for Dubrovnik City walls are 200HRK. A ticket to walk the City Walls also includes a visit to the Lovrijenac Fortress which was a popular filming location for Game of Thrones! More on that below…

PRO TIP: parking near the Old City is extremely limited and very expensive. It is more cost effective to park further away and take public transit, walk or Uber to the Old City.

Game of Thrones Sights

Dubrovnik was the main filming location for King’s Landing which is the capital of the 7 Kingdoms in Game of Thrones. Many scenes from seasons 2-6 were filmed in the city. You can take an organized tour of the locations or adventure on a self guided tour if that is more your style.

Here is a quick rundown of some of the most iconic GOT sights in Dubrovnik:

  • Walk of Shame” was filmed at the Jesuit Staircase. The steps lead up to Uz Jezuite Street.
  • Red Keep” was filmed at Fort Lovrijenac.
  • Purple Wedding” was filmed at Gradac Park.
  • Fight between Oberyn and the Mountain “was filmed at Belvedere Atrium.
  • Blackwater Bay” was filmed at Dubrovnik West Pier.
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Game of Thrones filming locations for the Purple Wedding, the Red Keep and Blackwater Bay

Best Time of Year to Visit

Over 1.1 million tourists visit Dubrovnik each year. As a result, the small streets of the Old City can feel very crowded. Avoid the summer months as this is the peak tourism season. The optimal time to visit Croatia is in September! The weather is gorgeous, the water is warm and there are less tourists out and about.

In conclusion, I hope these Top Things to Do in Dubrovnik motivate you to explore this breathtaking city in Croatia for yourself! If you are interested in other European destinations to add to your next trip, take a look at Top Things to Do in Vienna, Bratislava and Liechtenstein! Watch this space as Top Things to Do in Split is coming soon!

Have you been to Dubrovnik? What did you enjoy the most? Let me know below in the comments!

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