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  • South Africa Trip

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    Cape Town, Cheetahs, crocks, Dunabe, Durban, Elephants, Family Vacations, Gordons Bay, Hiking trails, Hippopotimas, indaba, Johanas Burg, Lions, Namibia, Nature Reserves, Rihnosurus, Safaris, Scenic routes, snakes, South Africa, Tanzania, The Bush, Tigers, Tour guides, water buffalo, Wineries, World Cup 2009-2010


    Trip to South Africa


     


     I am a travel agent and I work at Islands Travel Agency in Ventura County, CA.. I just came back from the most amazing trip of my life. I traveled to South Africa (SA) in May 2008. What a wonderful experience. I wanted to see what SA was like as I am planning a group trip to the World Cup in 2010. South Africa is the host for the Fifa World Cup Soccer in 2010.   I was lucky to be among a very few travel agents in the United States invited by the South African tourism board as a hosted buyer for the United States to spend some time in SA to see first hand what a beautiful place South Africa is.


    I began my journey from Los Angeles to Washington DC and took a direct flight on South African Airlines to Johanasberg SA. Once I arrived in Johanasberg I took one more flight to Cape Town.


    The first few nights I stayed in Cape Town. It was beautiful, not at all what I expected. My first class accommodations were at the Commador Hotel. It is located down by the waterfront and was named after a ship. The hotel itself looked like a ship inside with the rooms that look like cabins. Everyone was very friendly and nice. Great food!! I hired a guide and took a day trip around Cape Town to see as much as possible. I heard a little about the History. I saw the Penninsula where the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean meet. This is called Cape Point. What an amazing sight to see. I was able to hike to the point where the old lighthouse is and take pictures of False Bay as well as The Atlantic and The Indian Ocean.    I also visited the wineries in Cape Town where I just had to sample some of their great wines. Cape town is a lot like San Francisco. If you talk to people who have been to San Francisco and Cape Town they will probably tell you they are very similar. I have to say though you don’t have a Cheeta Reserve, where you can actually pet the Cheetas or do you have False Bay where you can take an excursion and go into the Indian Ocean and see a Great white Shark Feeding in San Fransisco. False Bay is home to the Great Whites as this is their breeding area. Our Driver took us to Boulder’s beach where the African Penguins make their home. Yes the African Penguins (no ice needed). You can get pretty close to them you may even try to touch one, but be careful though they may peck at you.


     There are so many things and places I saw in Cape Town I would highly recommend it to anyone. The most famous attraction in Cape Town is Table Mountain. Its beauty and aroma from the wild flowers are amazing. This Mountain can be seen by hiking or by taking the cableway.


    Cape town was beautiful, but I had to be on my way to Kreuger National park for my First Safari in South Africa.


     


    I went to a game reserve in Kreuger national Park called Royal Legends. The lodge was amazing. It was completely open to the game reserve. Some of the lodges are very romantic. You can spend the night in a tree top with just you and your partner and the wild or you can go into your hut and have a bath drawn for you and candle light everywhere. There is no television in the rooms. Most of the rooms have a four poster bed with a canopy that is drawn down at night for you. Your meals can be included at some of the Lodges and others not. It is amazing to swim in the swimming pool while admiring the water holes about 40 feet from you when the animals come to drink. You had animals walking around you everywhere. At times it was a little scary but it was an amazing experience to see them in their own territory vs The zoo. We would go a game drive in a land cruiser with an open top two times a day, one time in the early morning and the second time in the late afternoon. I saw the “Big 5” that is Lions, Leopards, Hippos, Rhino, and Elephant. What a sight. We followed 2 female lions as they were hunting in the early evening. I did not see a feeding but I was told that you might or  might not see a feeding. I also got up close to giraffe and Zebra. I think the most terrifying part of the safari is when an elephant gave us a warning sign to leave him alone. He charged at us and stopped then blew through his trunk LOUD. I was able to see a couple more lodges while staying in Kreuger.  African Safari’s are a big tourist attraction in all parts of Africa. Defintely if you get a chance you have to go on a Safari.


    Kreuger National Park is a must see for everyone, but now I have to travel to my last stop. My last stop was Durban with the South Afican Tourism Board . If you have ever been to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii then you have almost been to Durban. They are very similar. The Indian Ocean is blue and clear extremely warm. The hotels are right along the beach easy to walk. I stayed at the Hilton next to the convention center.   It is a beautiful Hotel. There is so much to do in Durban. I went there to see the new stadium they are building for the Fifa World Cup Soccor. I went to Indaba which is the worlds largest trade show for all Africa. There I met up with South Afircan Tourism Board as I was one of the few hosted buyers (travel agent) in The united States they hosted for South Africa. I met many people with airlines, world cup, hotels, and also Safai’s I will be recievng all the updates on the world cup as well as the few tour companies that will be selling packages for the world cup.   


     


     


    Kerri/ Islands

  
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