Visiting South Africa

Aerial View of Cape Town, South Africa

courtesy Photos.com

July 9, 2012

Recently I was invited to visit S. Africa to get familiar with the country and to visit some of their many luxury properties. Staying in Cape Town made it easy to travel to the local sights such as the

waterfront, Table Mountain, Seal Island, a visit with the penguins, and the Cape of Good Hope. We ate at the best restaurants in the area such at The Pot Luck Club, The Tasting Room, The Greenhouse and many more. Cape Town is a perfect destination for those who enjoy fine food and wine.

From there we headed to Hermanus, located on the coast. Hermanus offers some of the best land-based whale watching in the world from June through October.

We visited several vineyards and I must tell you they are breathtaking. The creativity of these vineyards/boutique resorts is just amazing and time after time I was taken aback with the settings, the furniture, the glass walled restaurants, the colorful, tasty food and the abundance of S. Africa wines. We flew to Tswalu Motse, S. Africa's largest private game reserve. We arrived in the Kalahari to be greeted by the Lodge staff and our transportation to the hotel, a Land Rover. As we began our 30-minute drive to the Lodge we began already to see many of the animals on the reserve.

Our next day is spent on a game drive where we saw many species of animals. My two favorite sightings were the Journey of Giraffes and the Lions (we were just 15 feet away).

Our last day we got up early to go on an early morning game drive to see the Meerkats wake up and start their day. They are delightful to watch from just 5 feet away and see their faces so up close. Starting to really fall in love with this place. so relaxing yet exhilarating. On the way to the airport we visit their hospital, which takes care of all of the employees as well as the local people. They also have a school for the younger children and for the adults to help them improve their lives.

The people of S. Africa were so friendly and had an amazing gift for taste, color and design. I covered just a tiny bit of this wonderful country and I plan to return. This is a trip worth saving for. When people return from Africa and you ask them how it was they will usually put a hand over their heart and say "it was amazing I would go again".

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This week's article was written by our agent, Marianne Kochanek.

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