As part of our "Insiders’ Guide to the Globe" series, we interviewed seven fashion and travel bloggers who've turned crisscrossing continents into their (enviable) job. With more than 15 million combined Instagram followers, safe to say these ladies are posting from the hottest destinations. But where would they stamp their passports when it's time for a romantic vacay? Read on to find out how Travel Noire's Zim Ugochukwu would spend a honeymoon in Cape Town!
The Traveler: Zim Ugochukwu (a.k.a. @travelnoire)
Travel isn't just a hobby for the founder of Travel Noire, a digital publishing platform for travelers of color, it's her life's work. When she started the website as a resource for members of the African Diaspora worldwide — a place to share insights from their travels and must-visit destinations from a local perspective — she had no idea that it would one day become a major travel Web site and place where people can actually book group trips around the globe. For example, Travel Noire recently started taking travelers to Cuba on a new immersive trip that includes private performances by world-famous artists, meals in mansions and cathedrals, farm to table dining experiences, rides around town in colorful vintage cars, and day trips to beaches only the locals know about.
(Trips also include a local guide, Travel Noire host, and a professional photographer to take pics for you.)
But where would Ugochukwu choose to jet to for a romantic trip? Read on to find out:
The Destination: Cape Town, South Africa
The 28-year-old has been traveling the world since she was two, but South Africa is a place she keeps coming back to. “I’m considering moving there in a few years,” she says. For newlyweds, it’s all about Cape Town, the laid-back city on Africa’s southernmost tip, known for its surfing beaches and stunning vineyards.
Where to Stay
Ugochukwu often rents an Airbnb, but you can also try the landmark Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel (from $473), a sugar-pink retreat that’s hosted celebs—and even Nelson Mandela. For maximum romance, book one of the garden cottage suites; each is surrounded by a white picket fence and fronted by its very own rose garden.
Where to Eat
“Marcos African Place is a favorite of mine,” she says. “It’s one of the few black-owned restaurants in Cape Town.” On the menu? Springbok, crocodile, impala, and home-brewed African beer. If you’re exploring the winelands, Ugochukwu favors the terroir-focused cuisine at Tokara, on an estate in Stellenbosch: “The setting is like something out of a movie.”
What to Do
As gorgeous as Cape Town looks at street level, the city is even more stunning from up above. “The hike up Table Mountain is spectacular. And a helicopter ride around the coast is a must.”