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South Africa Day 3 : 'Mother City' Cape Town

It was 6 in the morning and somebody started knocking our room's door. That was Akshay knocking our door because we had to leave at 6 AM. We packed our bags straight away and checked out from Kwa Maritane in next 10 minutes. We reached OR Tambo international airport on time to catch our flight to Cape Town. We had some time and we stopped at Jonty's favorite coffee shop vida e caffè.
Vida e Caffè, OR Tambo
We arrived at Cape Town in the afternoon. I was astounded by the knockout of the Mother City. By the time we had reached the Table Bay Hotel, it was already lunch time. We quickly checked into our rooms and went to sevruga restaurant for scrumptious lunch.
Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
We had a plan to go on a ride on Cape Wheel which offers panoramic views of the waterfront, the city and the Table Mountain, but weather washed out our plan. We also had planned to  go on a Sunset cruise in the evening, but it was also cancelled because of wet & windy weather. As Jonty says "A Traveler is not confined to an itinerary", we continued exploring Cape Town despite of wet weather conditions.
Walking along the streets of Cape Town
We walked from the V&A Waterfront to the Cape Town Stadium, which was specially constructed for 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The Cape Town Stadium
Then we walked along beach road and finally stopped at Sea Point Promenade.
This place was frequented by Cape Town locals.  We took back memories which only a traveler can...Only a true traveler.
Sea Point Promenade
We went back to our hotel room to get ready for dinner at Grand Daddy Hotel. Rooftop Trailer park at Grand Daddy Hotel takes things up a notch. I loved this place because of its classy ambience and of course very good food.
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Posted by Sahil Dudeja

South Africa Day 2 : Pilanesberg National Park

We loved our breakfast at the Melrose arch hotel and then headed for Pilanesberg National Park. Pilanesberg National Park is just two hour’s drive from Johannesburg. 
Hopped on to the bus to leave for Pilanesberg National Park
We stopped at the Chameleon Village for buying affordable souvenirs and then continued our journey. Eventually, we reached Pilanesberg National Park at lunch time and checked in at Kwa Maritane Lodge. We set on the yummy food in the lunch buffet. 
At Kwa Maritane Lodge
Shortly after lunch, we were ready to leave from Kwa Maritane for the first safari of our trip. We were offered milk shake before leaving for Safari and on asking them, they cracked a joke that if any animal eats us, it should get tasty food. We were set out in an open game-viewing vehicle. 
African Safari in an open Game-viewing vehicle
We were in search for the Big Five. We spotted three (Cape buffalo, elephant, rhino) out of five. We stopped for sundowners amid spectacular surrounding near a lake.
One of the Big Five
We began our journey back to the Lodge at sunset time. Our guide cum vehicle driver stopped the vehicle in the middle of somewhere in the park. At this point, I was looking at the stars in the sky and I could actually feel the stars. We again continued our journey to the Lodge. We were welcomed with hot veg mushroom soup and a traditional South African dance by few local artists.
Traditional South African Dance Performance
On Saturday and Wednesday evenings (weather permitting) Lodge offers dine al fresco on traditional South African fare in the Bush Boma. We were lucky because it was Saturday. We loved our dinner at small Boma.
Dinner at Boma
We got to our suite after dinner because we had to leave for Johannesburg at 6 in the morning.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Posted by Sahil Dudeja

South Africa Day 1 : Johannesburg

We reached Johannesburg’s OR Tambo Airport after a nine hour flight and we all were in for a surprise. Cricket legend Jonty Rhodes was waiting to receive us. After handshakes and hugs, obviously the topic of discussion was Cricket.
OR Tambo Airport
We were transferred to Melrose Arch Hotel from the airport where we dropped our luggage and got ready to start our trip. We arrived at the Gautrain park station just in time for city sightseeing tour in an open double Decker bus.
Jonty Crew at Gautrain Park Station bus stop
We boarded a Hop-on, Hop-off bus at 11:40 AM. I got to know about many historically significant sites in Jo'burg during this sightseeing trip. The bus dropped us at Gold Reef City. We had lunch at Back of the moon restaurant before heading to Shaft 14. We went deep down in the belly of the earth for the dormant gold mine tour. The Gold Reef City tour concluded with a demonstration of how gold is processed after it is extracted from a gold mine.
Gold Reef City
The day was not over yet. We moved to the Sel et Poivre restaurant for food and wine pairing, prepared by celebrity chef Coco Reinarhz. We reached back to the hotel after dinner and finally I passed some time in my luxurious room at Melrose Arch Hotel.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Posted by Sahil Dudeja

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