Whether it’s beach volleyball in Jamaica you’re after or dodging sea urchins in Croatia, don’t let this summer pass you by without packing a bag. In our #SummerIssue DECO asked South Africa’s most adventurous celebs where to go. We hopped on board with the breathtaking actress and face of Neutrogena, Nomzamo Mbatha to Italy…


Your stomach has to experience: Lasagna from the restaurants in Campo Marzia in Rome – it will redefine heaven. When in Florence go to Eataly for lunch and Cicalone for dinner. Meet for drinks at Suso in Venice and on every corner pick up a gelato.

What’s in the bag? Sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat and walking shoes; apart from that my bag ends up being full of exquisite clothes from Luisa Via Roma in Florence.

Anything to avoid? Taxi’s! They are so expensive, the public transport works well and it is so much better to live like the locals … When in Rome!


To make memories:
Go to the sub-tropical Zimbali Coastal Resort; it is like a tiny tranquil island, in KwaZulu Natal.

For a remote rendezvous:
Simola in Knysna is so secluded covered in indigenous vegetation and forests.

Spontaneity is:
Deciding to watch Jay Z and Beyonce in Paris, 48 hours before the concert – emergency visa runs aren’t fun but totally worth it!

Weekend escape:
The serene Magaliesburg below the Witwatersrand mountain range.


Flights to Destination
Fly from Johannesburg to Venice, via Dubai with Emirates from R11 000 return.
Fly from Cape Town to Rome, via Dubai with Emirates from R15 000 return

Read the full travel story in our latest #SummerIssue on shelf, or hop on board with our other adventurous celebrities Bongeziwe Mabandla and Danine Naidoo. Follow @nomzamo_m on Instagram to be inspired!

coverThe Summer Issue edition of ELLE DECORATION South Africa is on shelves now at your nearest magazine retailer. Featuring festive eats, cooling cocktails and all your must-have outdoor décor ideas, it’s your breezy summer respite. Pick up your copy today – across South Africa wherever magazines are sold – and tell us what you think on Twitter @Elle_Deco, sharing your #SummerIssue #DECOselfie