Pia Wurtzbach is no stranger to traveling. Ever since being crowned as Miss Universe in 2015, the WWF Philippines and UNAIDS Ambassador has constantly been jet-setting around the globe for both work and pleasure. ICYDK, not only does Pia have family abroad, she is also in a long distance relationship with influencer and entrepreneur, Jeremy Jauncey.
With the ever-growing collection of stamps on her passport and postcard-worthy snaps on her IG, when Queen P dubs a locale she just visited as a “must go back,” we take heed and listen.
Such was the case for her most recent trip to Cape Town as a member of the Miss South Africa 2021 selection committee. Apart from her monumental role in the pageant and getting to know the Top 10 finalists, it was a week to remember as she also got to tour some notable spots within and around the city.
Below, we list down all the places Pia Wurtzbach went to in South Africa, as seen on Instagram.
One of the oldest Cape Dutch working farms, Babylonstoren boasts of luxe accommodations amid sprawling gardens and vineyards. Not only do they grow their own produce, they also serve fine food and wine in the property’s farm-to-fork restaurant, Babel.
On her first day of sightseeing, Pia started her morning with a walking tour around the estate to learn more about the farm’s history, as well as wine heritage. She made her way through the vineyard before ultimately entering the cellar where she got to sip their range of wines.
2. Groot Constantia
Next stop for Pia was Groot Constantia. Established in 1685, the national monument is South Africa’s oldest wine producing estate. Being a country known for exceptional wine, Pia was treated to yet another wine tasting. “I think I have a new appreciation for wine now,” Pia shared on her IG after the two tours.
She also had an al fresco style lunch at the terrace of Simon’s Restaurant where she delighted in sweeping views of wine country. She also had a sumptuous meal that she described as “just too good” on her IG stories.
3. Camps Bay Beach
One of the more accessible beaches from the city, Camps Bay features a vibrant promenade that is lined with restaurants, clubs, and hotels. Offering a quick breather from the metropolis with its pristine white sands and stunning waterfront views, it was the perfect spot to end a packed day of wine tours and just watch the sunset.
4. GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World
The largest entertainment destination of its kind in South Africa, GrandWest contains a world-class casino, an Olympic-sized ice skating rink, a 12-lane bowling alley, cinemas, and many more. The compound also housed the stage for the beauty pageant's coronation night: the 5000-seated capacity Grand Arena.
5. Table Bay Hotel
Claiming to be “the best address in Cape Town,” Table Bay Hotel is located along one of the metropolis’ must-visits: the iconic V&A Waterfront. With well-appointed rooms and panoramic harbor views, the five-star accommodation served as home away from home for Pia and the other queens.
6. Cape Town Waters
Not all tourist destinations are on land. Pia and the queens cruised in style aboard MY Princess Emma, an 85-foot luxury motor yacht. A quick pop on their website shows that rates to charter this boat start at R40,920 or roughly P140,000.
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7. Grand Africa Café & Beach
Also situated along the V&A Waterfront is the Grand Africa Café & Beach. A member of the Grand Africa Collection, their Cape Town location offers their patrons five bars, ocean-view decks, nine private function areas, and on-beach dining. The historic warehouse was the venue of choice for a banquet prepared by the pageant’s organizers for all their special guests.
8. Aquila Safari
Just a two-hour drive from Cape Town is the award-winning Aquila Safari. Home to the magnificent yet elusive Big 5, Pia was ecstatic as she shared a video she took of the King of the Jungle saying that, “it’s not a safari til you see some [lion emoji]”. Based on that same post, she considers her time spent in the private game reserve with reigning Miss Universe Andrea Meza “an experience of a lifetime.” It’s not hard to see why!
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