I’ve always wanted to go to South Africa and finally got a chance to go with a group organized by Cathy Scott of Niche Travel ( This was a very diverse trip starting in Johannesburg then east to Kruger National Park ending up on the west coast in Cape Town.

While in Johannesburg we toured Constitution Hill, the Soweto Township and the Apartheid Museum. It was quite an overwhelming and educational few days but very enjoyable.  Johannesburg is a very large and one of Africa’s most vibrant city.  Across from our hotel was an upscale mall where we could only afford to window shop.  Food is great, wine is abundant glasses filled up to the brim (no measuring in South Africa), and people are super.

We headed to Simbavati Safari Lodge which is on the Western boundary of  Kruger National Park, a pristine wilderness area of approximately four million hectares. This lodge is on a wonderful property that overlooks a dry riverbed where elephants and warthogs come to have a drink at the watering hole.  We had two game drives everyday and also went on bush walks with the rangers.

Then we drove along the magnificent coastline and the Garden Route visiting the quaint little town of Knysna, Birds of Eden, stayed on a working Ostrich farm and visited the Cango caves. Then we headed to the heart of the wine-lands where we drank alot of it!  Ending in beautiful Capetown where we visited Cable Mountain, and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.