As a Travel Specialist here at ITC, I've has the privilege of visiting many amazing place, but I had never ventured to South Africa before this year. Arriving in Cape Town, then, I didn't know what to expect. As we took our transfer from the airport the diversity of experiences and lifestyle was immediately apparent.
We passed a large township which was striking to say the least, and then in the distance there was a spectacular mountain, known locally as ‘The Lion’s Head’. It really did look like a majestic lion watching over the city, and this beautiful landmark is part of the Table Mountain National Park.
We arrived at the Cape Grace Hotel, which was simply stunning. A very traditional and elegant property overlooking the trendy Victoria and Albert Waterfront to one side and Table Mountain on the other. I stayed in a Table Mountain View Room, which I will be highly recommending to our clients; you throw open the curtains and get the 'wow factor' right there and then.
I was genuinely surprised when we went to Camps Bay, just outside Cape Town, and there was a most beautiful beach! White sands and rolling waves; just stunning. It was a Sunday and the locals were out walking along the beach and enjoying brunch in one of the many pavement cafés that look out onto it. These are truly gorgeous surroundings to relax in, with ITC favourite The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa being perfectly positioned to take it all in.
I was overwhelmed how beautiful the entire region of the Western Cape was. We spent days driving from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth along the Garden Route. I was bowled over but the sights and towns along the way from the elegant environs of the Winelands to the majestic wildlife at the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve.
Driving along the smooth highways was like drifting along in a dream. The roads were exceptional and the scenery was breathtaking. There were acres and acres of green fields with a backdrop of spectacular mountains. There was also an abundance of vineyards and estates.
From Port Elizabeth we flew up to Johannesburg, which was the polar opposite of the Western Cape; a densely populated area with a real hustle & bustle. There is a lot of history in Jo’Berg and the connection to Nelson Mandella was apparent everywhere.
We stayed at Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff, which is on the outskirts of the town in an elevated location looking over the city and the zoo. It is a beautiful, elegant property in a great location. The views here are really something!
One evening we dined at an amazing restaurant called The Butchers Shop & Grill in Sandton. This has to be experienced on luxury stay in Johannesburg. A butchers shop by day and a restaurant by night!
I found South Africa to be fascinating and would return in a heartbeat. If a holiday in this enchanting country is calling to you, then now is a great time to book. Our winter is South Africa's summer, a luxury holiday here in early 2016 means you'll enjoy ample sunshine with now tricky time differences!
What's more, Inspiring Travel Company boast our own South Africa office, which means you'll have expert assistance on the ground should you need it!
To speak to me or one of my colleagues and start planning a your own bespoke South African adventure simply call 01244 355 600 or start a webchat now. I couldn't recommend it highly enough!