Last night, as I was going home from the Peninsula Manila, after a very enjoyable dinner, I received a text message from an old school friend planning a trip to South Africa.
She'd been asking me for tips and I'd pointed her in the direction of a very nice safari along South Africa's garden route.
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This highly-rated safari didn't involve flying in small planes, and it was luxe enough but still within reasonable price range.
It's a great "starter safari" for people who want as complete and as pleasant a South African experience as possible, rather than a hard-core animal-hunting type of safari in the middle of nowhere.
|This was the plane we rode to Sabi Sabi|
Those are fun, too, by the way, but they're not for everyone.
A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Anyway, she must've been happy with it, as she booked it for her trip.
As for me, yes, you might say I'm becoming a safari expert of sorts.
|Planning a year of a Travelife....|
Since I returned from South Africa late last year, I've been diligently planning my next safari and it's involved lots of research about safaris in general, whenever I have the time.
I'm into hard-core safaris now, but I still want the total luxury experience. In other words, no compromises.
LUXE AFTER MY OWN HEART
In fact, I'd prefer the complete luxury experience, wow factor and all. And that's what I'm thinking of booking for my next one.
We'd done a fantastic safari at the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve in Kruger National Park last November.
It was great and perfect for an ultra-luxurious and semi-hard core type of safari.
|Lunch at Sabi Sabi's Bush Lodge|
It had the Big 5, the good food, the Out of Africa rooms, the private jeeps and dedicated rangers just for two people, and the wow factor in terms of design.
Nothing is left to chance at Sabi Sabi, as far as comfort is concerned.
|At Sabi Sabi's Earth Lodge, we had a jeep, a tracker and a ranger|
all to ourselves for our game drives.
The drives were incredibly personalized.
For my next safari, though, I still want the luxury and the wow factor. But I want a different kind of environment and scenery altogether.
And if you've been reading this blog, you'll know that I now have all the safari clothes for it anyway.
SAFARI SHIRTS ARE OUT OF STOCK
Anyway, my school friend texted me: "Hey, I went to R.O.X. today. There were no more of those safari shirts you mentioned in your blog! You really bought them all."
We'd been on text a few days before as she'd read my blog entry about a great safari shirt I'd bought on a whim at R.O.X. over the weekend. She told me then that she was planning to visit R.O.X. too, to see this very same safari shirt.
I'd then texted back: "You'd better hurry or I might beat you to it. I'm thinking of buying the rest of those shirts up."
GOOD ONES ARE SO HARD TO FIND.
AND WE DON'T JUST MEAN SAFARI SHIRTS.
Good safari shirts are so hard to find. So when you find the perfect one, you shouldn't ever let it go. And, gosh. Doesn't that apply to people as well?
Anyway, back to me telling my old school friend that I was going to buy all those safari shirts, lock, stock and barrel.
I don't know why people don't really believe me when I say such things. When I say I'm going to do something, I really do it. There's no point in wasting effort on words without action.
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So when I told my friend that I was really planning to buy up the rest of the stock of safari shirts, I was pretty serious.
The other day, Tuesday, I went back to R.O.X. and bought whatever was left of the safari shirts in my size. So when my friend finally made it to R.O.X., there were no safari shirts left.
Now all I have to do is finally book another safari in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
Either that, or I'll probably have to think about a garage sale soon....
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