This year was so full of indescribable and inspiring experiences — and we’re certainly looking forward to an even more wonderful Travelife in 2013.
I think this was the most enjoyable trip planning for 2012 just because we’d personally planned every single aspect of it, and we’d done it with pretty good teamwork, with a pretty fair division of labor, and no disagreements whatsoever.
I do want to go back to Morocco again sometime now — and perhaps I’ll do so this year. Looking at my friend D’s photos the other day so made me want to do another trip to Fes and Marrakech.
It’s a beautiful country blessed with amazing nature, a great lifestyle, and some of the best wining and dining on the planet. Boy, did we eat in some fabulous places. And it’s not even very far compared to Europe.
From Hong Kong, it took us about the same time to get to Johannesburg as to fly to Paris. 12 hours, and on both ways, we just pushed the “flat bed” button and slept for most of the way. Talk about a pretty painless flight.
And guess what. South African Airways has amazing deals from Manila to Johannesburg via Hong Kong. I saw their advertisement in our current Travelife issue (December 2012 – January 2013) and the prices made me do a double take.
I volunteered to do the basic planning for the trip because no one can really plan a trip the way we can – we are Travelife Magazine after all, the Philippines’ leading travel and lifestyle magazine. Honestly. I’ve seen lots of seasoned travelers plan their trips pretty nicely, but so far no one — absolutely no one — can plan a seamless and truly interesting trip like us, regardless of destination.
We always include really interesting things to do, we stay in very nice hotels, and we never bungle flights, trains or restaurant reservations because we know what to do about these.
But back to South Africa. I did remember to ask my friend for his wish list, and fortunately it was the same as mine: seeing the Big 5 on a best-of-breed safari, discovering the new hype and vibes of Johannesburg, and exploring the great dining and wine opportunities in the Cape Town area.
These are the places I chose for our trip:
After emailing him the basically finalized itinerary, regarding the non-dining and wining parts of the itinerary, I told him: “Everything not mentioned in this itinerary is part of your homework. You can plan the free time any way you wish and I’m happy to go along as long as you leave enough time for breakfast and get us back in time to dress for dinner.”
We have the same general interests and we both like good dinners — even if he is way more of a “World’s Best Restaurants 2012” kind of person than I am — so I was sure it would work out in the end.
Almost every restaurant we chose just recently made it to South Africa’s Top 10 Restaurants for 2012 list and the chef of one of our top picks was also chosen as South Africa’s Chef of the Year for 2012 — so it was certainly a good call on our part.
That was my part and I chose three wineries. We ended up doing a private tour and a liquid lunch with the lady who runs one of South Africa’s oldest and grandest wineries. We also met up with the people behind one of South Africa’s most respected boutique wineries, and did a sunset wine tasting on the oldest estate in the Cape.
Truly a best of South Africa trip, and one handpicked by us in a very Travelife way.
Read about our safari and our wine visit in this current issue of Travelife, and see our spectacular Cape Town special in the February-March 2013 issue.
No one in our part of the planet has done such a thorough and personalized special on Cape Town as we have done for Travelife’s February-March 2013 issue. On sale from February 15.
And then it’s on to the next set of Travelife trips for 2013….