Thursday, November 7, 2013

Psyched for South Africa's Northern Cape region


It's a quiet Friday afternoon in Makati, on the day that the powerful Typhoon Yolanda made landfall somewhere in the Philippines.

But for everyone at Travelife Magazine, it's business as usual, with a whopper of a year-end issue in the making and three major events being planned.

Yes, it's always a never-endingly eventful Travelife. No kidding.

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BACK TO AFRICA

And today, I just finalized my trip to South Africa next weekend.  This finally got me really psyched for my trip.

I must confess I've been too busy to get psyched until this afternoon, although I did get excited booking an overnight stay in Cape Town, where I chose one of the city's best hotels and also booked a spa treatment inspired by Namibia.



I also got a list of shopping stops in Cape Town for unique nguini skins and interior decor items.

I just got back from Tanzania exactly two Mondays ago, and here I am packing my bags again to head back to a continent that's captured my fascination.

BACK DOWN MEMORY LANE


South Africa is full of nice memories for me.

I was there in November last year, and we had lots of fun exploring Johannesburg and Cape Town.

This was also our first safari experience, and we couldn't have chosen a better one than the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, which was recently chosen as the best safari experience in the world.

ONE OF THE BEST SAFARI EXPERIENCES 
IN THE WORLD

The Sabi Sabi experience

Sabi Sabi has four lodge options on its vast game reserve, and we experienced two of the most special: the vintage Selati Lodge and the ultra-futuristic celebrity hangout Earth Lodge.

The Travel Companion loved Earth Lodge, while I liked both.

This was my room at Sabi Sabi's Selati Lodge
But I really liked Selati Lodge because it was just like how I imagined a safari would be like a hundred years ago.

It was also a very intimate lodge with only eight rooms, so we made friends very quickly with the other guests, and this made the whole experience incredibly fun.

THREE INCREDIBLE SAFARIS IN TANZANIA


We must have enjoyed it a lot, because we decided to go to Tanzania this year, and we've just come back from three very different but very interesting safari experiences in beautiful, exotic Tanzania.

It was really the best of Tanzania. Read about our trip soon in upcoming issues of Travelife Magazine.

NORTHERN CAPE:
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK


And now I must be crazy. There's no other way to explain it.

But I'm on my way back to South Africa, this time for a visit to the very much under-the-radar Northern Cape area with some friends.



They've been to South Africa many times, and this time they wanted to visit the less traveled Northern Cape -- and so did I.

And I just counted how many safaris we booked on this pretty short trip, and the magic number is FOUR.



FOUR SAFARIS IN NORTHERN CAPE

Yes, four safaris. I just had a look at each one, and they all look so amazing. We're even going on a safari in the incredible Kalahari Desert.



The idea of the Kalahari Desert is really making my heart beat faster. That, and the idea of coming home with something exotic for my floor...

That makes a total of seven safaris in Africa in the last 45 days for me, living a never-ending and never-endingly eventful Travelife.


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