#CHICATravel Pinky’s Adventures – From Ga-Masemola To The World


Article by Pinky Bapela. Posted on July 4 2017 at 8:18 am

Having to share about my travel experiences feels like those days in school when we had to write an essay about our holiday. Growing up in the village of Ga-Masemola, with no access to many resources such as electricity, it meant that we did not have access to television. Therefore, the only access to information was through radio and reading. I could only produce an imaginary holiday. I am grateful that we were allowed to dream fearlessly.

Now that I have had a taste of travel and still have the hunger to travel some more, it is comforting to know that the village helped me to go to places I could only dream of in my childhood.

My travels started when I arrived in Pretoria in 1998. Having not been exposed much to the city life, I made it my mission to know the city in its entirety. I started to travel to its townships and the upmarket areas by taxi. And through that, myself and my girlfriends started organising domestic travel. Our first trip was going to Mpumalanga, we went to the Crystal springs, visited the Kruger National Park and God’s window. It was such a great experience. The downside of the trip was agreeing on what groceries to buy and activities of the day. As the accommodation was self-catering, but overall great.

Then it was different cities across the country and I am still doing that to this day.

Travel Adventures

Then came the time I went to the Kingdom of Lesotho. That was the first time my passport was tattooed and the excitement was out of this world. There is just something about Lesotho that I become speechless to explain it. I told my father that the environment will make you believe that God is alive. I went to Afriski, WOW, what an amazing experience. From Afriski I went to Katse Dam and had their trout… If you haven’t been there, just make sure you eat that in your next trip.

adventures
And I knew then that, that was not my last trip. I made friendship that I went back many more times. My last trip was going to Mohale Dam and surrounding areas as well as their annual music festival in Roma. What a beautiful experience. That would be the time I acquired the taste of beer, drinking Maluti 😊. I have more stories to tell… And by the way I am going to Maliba lodge for my birthday on the 23rd of July 💃🏿. Downside was, you need an offroad car when in Lesotho to access certain areas.

Then came a trip to Maputo, it was very spontaneous. I had just started a new job and it was my first month in the position that fell into my birthday weekend. I Asked my boss if I could take the Friday off. I lied that I had already planned a weekend away 🙈. In that week, myself, my younger sister and two friends decided we are going to Mozambique. The one friend is from Maputo and the other one from Lesotho. We did not even have accommodation bookings made. Call it adrenaline… It was the 22nd of July. We drove into Maputo and when we got there it was 12 mid-night, it was my birthday and went straight to a party at the airport. One thing I can tell you is, Mozambicans can party. We left the party straight to breakfast 😂😂. Yes I said it. And we started looking for accommodation after breakfast. We got a nice place in Matola which was accessible to all the amenities we needed. I loved the food and the people of Mozambique. The challenge is the language, they hardly speak English and the Tsonga they speak is totally different from the Giyani Tsonga. The other downside is the speed limits… That is a topic for another day. Little did I know that I will go again to Xai-Xai last year for my birthday… Beautiful island… And yes their beer 2M is great

And there was Swaziland… I had a blast. Connected to the country like I was one with it. You can’t go to Swaziland and not go to Ngwenya glass. Of course I am obsessed with beautiful glasses and I bought myself beer glasses.

adventures

I wanted to buy candles but my sinuses failed me. But beautiful craft. The pineapple 🍍 of that region are delicious, don’t say I did not tell. And their beer Sibebe was tasty, and myself and beautiful cousin we had our Ngud 😊. The people are warm-hearted. I am still due to go back for Bushfire experience as well as the biker’s rally. Will have more to tell.

When in Swaziland, I told my cousin and friends that I will be going to Europe the following year chasing summer. They thought I was joking. That January I made enquiries and found Expat travel. Communication started and got a quotation. I made my first deposit as they allow you to pay in parts if you don’t have the whole amount. It cost me R14,000 in 2014 and flights was R8,000 return. That was SAA to Heathrow. The tour packages included all breakfast and some days dinner on arrival to a new country. We had the following places to visit: Amsterdam, Germany, Italy (Pisa, Florence and Venice), Switzerland, Paris and London. I will write a separate post to share my experience of each country/city.

In all of the travelling experience, I have come to appreciate my country so much. And I now know that I am not the same person that I was before I travelled. Travelling is life changing if I could, I would do it every quarter of the year.

By Pinky

IG: @Pinky_Bapela/ Twitter: @pinkzaza

16 Comments

  1. Thank you for this, I love travelling and plans never make the sun coz “you plan with friends mos” I want to experience other cultures & not travel to DBN or CT to go party *side eyes my friends* this write up made me crave it even more. will def be travelling to Moz early next year even if it means a solo trip.

    • Hi Zee,
      If you are planning a trip with friends, you need to commit with a payment. If they don’t pay, they are left behind. It helps with elimination process. You only communicate with those who paid. And you can also do a solo trip… You’ll make new friends along the way. All the best and I hope you start preparing yourself for the next trip .

  2. Loved reading this. Wish i can travel also

  3. @MissT it is very possible if you REALLY want to travel. You need proper planning and don’t need to break your account.

  4. Oh how I can’t wait to start traveling, Pinky your post make it seems so easy!

    • Hey Koki,
      It is all easy with the right information. I will suggest that you start a dashboard with all places you’d like to visit. Don’t think about money at this point, it is just you and your dreams. You can start mapping how you are gonna travelling. Be it solo or in groups.

      Happy travelling

  5. I love love chicatravel stories I do I do kannete. Reading this made me so happy ☺ as I love to travel. Pinky i cant wait to hear /read more about your travel experiences.
    Waiting for friends to travel with yoooh Di excuse tsa teng closer to the time aai -so shiya and go. They will see the photos! I love the deposit idea so one can filter those who a committed to travel trips.
    I found that people are friendly on holiday and we all there to have a good time. So enba good vibes all around nje. That’s what happened with me on my first solo trip to Bilene last year ( had used a travel group)- had an absolutely blast there.
    So I decided to travel often it makes me happy. My planned trips for the next few months , June -Just got back from Xai-Xai, late July Lesotho, August Maputo Weekend
    lenna ke ballo groover le the Mozabiquecans , September Cape Town. October, November eish nothing yet but December il be ko Nan Hua as recommended here. As soon as I read Lelo experience – I was like sham I must go for this booked and paid.
    So for me planning in advance where I want to go helps to save for travel goals.

    • You don’t waste time!! hehehe

  6. Aaah Pinky, I fell in love with you when I read your stories, you are SO cool lady.. and sound like the perfect travel companion. Thanks so so much for sharing your adventures we us. And yes, we want more 🙂

    • Thank you Lelo and you’ll definitely get more from me. I am told I am a good travel companion . One day we’ll have a great holiday together with You and other Chica travellers. And I can already imagine the experiences and the excitement.
      My work deadlines are so jealous of me to finish my European tales, mara I hope I can complete it over the weekend.
      Has any of Chica travellers did Jozi tours?
      Ke a le rata neh.

      • Beautiful write up Pinky, i just got so excite reading this.

        Lelo can you maybe do a Post on how to get the best deals for travel, a tips and tricks type for domestic and international travel.

        • Thank you Paula and I hope you are planning your next trip.

  7. Pinkie, her Praise Name is Mahlako, you inspire and grow me, thanks for the lov3ly write up….

    • Ke a leboga Hunadi’a Bauba.
      I am so humbled.

  8. Hi, did anyone travel to Zanzibar recently? Did you have to provide yellow fever vaccination certificate or just take malaria tablets.

  9. Nice Pinky this is nice, take me for Tshwane tour then im up for it.


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Having to share about my travel experiences feels like those days in school when we had to write an essay about our holiday. Growing up in the village of Ga-Masemola, with no access to many resources such as electricity, it meant that we did not have access to television. Therefore, the only access to information was through radio and reading. I could only produce an imaginary holiday. I am grateful that we were allowed to dream fearlessly.

Now that I have had a taste of travel and still have the hunger to travel some more, it is comforting to know that the village helped me to go to places I could only dream of in my childhood.

My travels started when I arrived in Pretoria in 1998. Having not been exposed much to the city life, I made it my mission to know the city in its entirety. I started to travel to its townships and the upmarket areas by taxi. And through that, myself and my girlfriends started organising domestic travel. Our first trip was going to Mpumalanga, we went to the Crystal springs, visited the Kruger National Park and God’s window. It was such a great experience. The downside of the trip was agreeing on what groceries to buy and activities of the day. As the accommodation was self-catering, but overall great.

Then it was different cities across the country and I am still doing that to this day.

Travel Adventures

Then came the time I went to the Kingdom of Lesotho. That was the first time my passport was tattooed and the excitement was out of this world. There is just something about Lesotho that I become speechless to explain it. I told my father that the environment will make you believe that God is alive. I went to Afriski, WOW, what an amazing experience. From Afriski I went to Katse Dam and had their trout… If you haven’t been there, just make sure you eat that in your next trip.

adventures
And I knew then that, that was not my last trip. I made friendship that I went back many more times. My last trip was going to Mohale Dam and surrounding areas as well as their annual music festival in Roma. What a beautiful experience. That would be the time I acquired the taste of beer, drinking Maluti 😊. I have more stories to tell… And by the way I am going to Maliba lodge for my birthday on the 23rd of July 💃🏿. Downside was, you need an offroad car when in Lesotho to access certain areas.

Then came a trip to Maputo, it was very spontaneous. I had just started a new job and it was my first month in the position that fell into my birthday weekend. I Asked my boss if I could take the Friday off. I lied that I had already planned a weekend away 🙈. In that week, myself, my younger sister and two friends decided we are going to Mozambique. The one friend is from Maputo and the other one from Lesotho. We did not even have accommodation bookings made. Call it adrenaline… It was the 22nd of July. We drove into Maputo and when we got there it was 12 mid-night, it was my birthday and went straight to a party at the airport. One thing I can tell you is, Mozambicans can party. We left the party straight to breakfast 😂😂. Yes I said it. And we started looking for accommodation after breakfast. We got a nice place in Matola which was accessible to all the amenities we needed. I loved the food and the people of Mozambique. The challenge is the language, they hardly speak English and the Tsonga they speak is totally different from the Giyani Tsonga. The other downside is the speed limits… That is a topic for another day. Little did I know that I will go again to Xai-Xai last year for my birthday… Beautiful island… And yes their beer 2M is great

And there was Swaziland… I had a blast. Connected to the country like I was one with it. You can’t go to Swaziland and not go to Ngwenya glass. Of course I am obsessed with beautiful glasses and I bought myself beer glasses.

adventures

I wanted to buy candles but my sinuses failed me. But beautiful craft. The pineapple 🍍 of that region are delicious, don’t say I did not tell. And their beer Sibebe was tasty, and myself and beautiful cousin we had our Ngud 😊. The people are warm-hearted. I am still due to go back for Bushfire experience as well as the biker’s rally. Will have more to tell.

When in Swaziland, I told my cousin and friends that I will be going to Europe the following year chasing summer. They thought I was joking. That January I made enquiries and found Expat travel. Communication started and got a quotation. I made my first deposit as they allow you to pay in parts if you don’t have the whole amount. It cost me R14,000 in 2014 and flights was R8,000 return. That was SAA to Heathrow. The tour packages included all breakfast and some days dinner on arrival to a new country. We had the following places to visit: Amsterdam, Germany, Italy (Pisa, Florence and Venice), Switzerland, Paris and London. I will write a separate post to share my experience of each country/city.

In all of the travelling experience, I have come to appreciate my country so much. And I now know that I am not the same person that I was before I travelled. Travelling is life changing if I could, I would do it every quarter of the year.

By Pinky

IG: @Pinky_Bapela/ Twitter: @pinkzaza

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