Last Friday, we officially closed our Travelife South Africa trip this May as we're fully booked.
It looks like a very nice group of Travelife readers and friends, and I'm happy to see so many repeat travelers on our list.
Quite a lot of the participants have already joined us on Travelife trips somewhere in the world, including to Turkey and to Sri Lanka.
It'll be nice to see everyone again.
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IT'S THE FOURTH TIME
SO IT BETTER BE GOOD
The other day, someone said to me: "This will be your fourth trip to South Africa in 18 months. Won't you get bored going to the same places?"
Not really. I love South Africa, and there is always something new or different to see each time. In fact, I still haven't done the Garden Route, the Drakensberg Mountains or Kwazulu-Natal.
One day, I want to visit these places.
SECOND TIME AROUND
And I went back to some places several times, and discovered the real essence of these places only on the 2nd visit. I visited Stellenbosch twice, for instance. The first time was in November 2012, and then most recently last January.
I realized how beautiful this capital of wine and food truly is, only last January.
ANOTHER AMAZING TRIP THIS MAY 2014
And, of course, this is precisely why I also made sure this trip in May will be one fantastic voyage.
It will have a bit of everything, and it will include lots of things I loved, over these past three trips.
MEMORIES OF OUR FIRST MEAL IN AFRICA
For instance, we're having lunch in a very nice African restaurant in fashionable Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. It's not fancy but it certainly gives you a good taste of Africa.
This is the very first restaurant I ate in, on my very first trip to South Africa.
The Travel Companion and I had just landed in Johannesburg and we hit the ground running with a guide who drove us to Soweto.
Right upon reaching Soweto, however, we both suddenly got hungry and decided to cut short the Soweto tour to have lunch back in Johannesburg.
This restaurant is where we ended up in.
A QUAD BIKE WITH ANIMALS
Then last November, I went on a safari on a working farm in the Northern Cape. After eight safari experiences in 13 months, this was certainly unique.
I most enjoyed just jumping onto a quad bike and exploring the very vast estate by myself, zigzagging between giraffes and rhone, and all sorts of wild animals.
It was amazing, and so I made sure to include the opportunity for this on the trip.
THE GREAT WEEKEND MARKETS OF JOHANNESBURG
In January this year, I discovered several wonderful weekend markets full of African crafts, original art and even handmade jewelry.
South Africa has lots of wonderful organic products, too, and I was able to buy a couple of good ones here.
I also bought things like handmade goods and one-of-a-kind clothing from local artists.
All in all it was lots of fun to walk around these markets and soak in the local atmosphere.
MY FAVORITE MUSEUM IN JOHANNESBURG
I'm also including the most famous museum of Johannesburg.
And then I also added a beautiful and quite rarely visited museum in Johannesburg on this trip.
The latter is truly one of the nicest things to see in the city, and I don't know why more people don't go here. When we were there in January, we had the whole place to ourselves.
CROSSING THESE OFF THE BUCKET LIST
Then there are a couple of things I've missed doing so far, which I'm including on this trip -- so I get to scratch some activities off my bucket list as well.
One such activity is a visit to the cheetah reserve in the Free State, which is a place where you can actually interact with cheetahs.
I saw a majestic cheetah in the wild in the Kalahari desert on safari last November, but I certainly want to get a chance to get up close and personal.
|I saw this cheetah while driving to my safari lodge|
in the Kalahari desert
A TRAVELIFE IS ALWAYS
WAY MORE THAN THE USUAL
And so much more.
If you're one of our dear readers on this fully-booked tour, you're in for a nice treat. full of things I've done and loved, and some things I still want to do, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.