Spa Review: The Westin Capetown Spa in South Africa

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When traveling, I often take a “spa day” to relax and recharge but rarely use the hotel spa (usually too expensive) choosing instead to go to a local spa for a massage.  Having arrived in Capetown at The Westin in need of a facial, due to a reaction of sunscreen and bug creme, and without […]

Capetown ferris wheel at V&A waterfront

Hotel Review: The Westin Capetown, South Africa

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When I think Westin,the Heavenly Bed & Bath come to mind and after two weeks traveling on safari, I was looking forward to my stay at the Westin Capetown. Of the many Starwood brands, I tend to favor the Westin.  My six night stay was paid with a Starwood points +cash (4000 + $60) per […]

My travel meltdown in Capetown

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We’ve all experienced the travel meltdown, the point at which you just lose it at some point in your journey.  You’ve missed a flight connection, dealt with weather delays, were stranded overseas, waited at the baggage carousel only to realize that your bags are not coming anytime soon, been so hungry that you are miserable. […]

Elephant traffic on safari Kruger Sabi Sands

Leaving Inyati but not without a final safari game drive

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On the day of checkout, you can choose to relax, sleep in or like me, get up one last time for the 5am wakeup, ready for the 6am game drive.  Safari is the ultimate example of FOMO (fear of missing out).  My young friend laughed at me when i said FOMO – “how do you […]

Monkey on safari

A Leopard in a Tree? The South Africa Safari Evening Game Drive

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For many people, including me,  daily life is chock full of  routine activities, work and life which for the most part are on auto-pilot.  For me, its wash, eat, work, gym, rinse, repeat and only on vacation (holiday) can I break out of this routine and enjoy the excitement of something new. On the morning […]

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South Africa Safari Sabi Sands Game Drive: The Circle of Life

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On safari, your daily schedule is set by the lodge with time to relax during the day.  If you are not a morning person (me) you will quickly learn to morph into one or you will miss out, and you don’t want to miss out! At Inyati, the daily schedule looked like this: 05h30   […]

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Capture the Colour of South Africa in Photos

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When Vanessa at Turnipseed Travel tagged me to participate in the Travel Supermarket’s Capture the Colour (ah the British spelling…) contest, I was happy to participate.  Each travel blogger creates a post of five photos to represent the primary colors of red, blue, green, yellow and white.  As I’ve just started writing about South Africa […]

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South Africa Safari Game Drive – My First Animal Sightings

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Arriving at Inyati Safari Lodge at lunchtime meant that I would be able to join the afternoon safari game drive.  Not knowing what to expect, I prepared my backpack with all of the “safari essentials” I had relied on during the past week of safari trek/drives in Botswana. My essentials now included layers of clothes (light […]

Inyati view of the Sabi River

Safari Lodge review: Inyati Private Game Reserve, South Africa

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Turning off the dirt road toward the Inyati Private Game Reserve entrance gate, the anticipation was building – this was my South African safari, in Sabi Sands no less.  The shuttle driver escorted me to the gift shop entrance which also serves as the check in desk.  I was welcomed and taken to the bar/lounge […]

Buffalo Big 5 on safai in Sabi Sands

My Sabi Sands Safari Introduction

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Traveling with my duffel bag of drab safari clothes and my one pair of shoes, I had my travel time out at the hotel for a night before the morning drive to Sabi Sands Private Game Park.  With my safari experiences in Botswana completed, I was ready to embark on the traditional South African Safari.  The […]