In recent years I had developed a dream to visit South Africa to see the impressive flora and fauna. With the increasing number of animals and plants on the endangered species list, many which will be gone in our lifetime, I felt drawn to see this area. I was pleased when Heavenly Tours was able to put together a custom made tour just for me. Since South Africa is incredibly huge, it was an enormous task to plan a tour enabling me to see and experience as much as possible. Juggling routes and plans for me to visit many areas required various hotel reservations, rental car reservations, and numerous flights within the South Africa. Following is just a brief description of my many experiences:
The wildlife at Kruger Park featured the “Big Five” – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and water buffalo, along with giraffes, zebras, hippos, wildebeest, warthogs, kudu, and a semi-infinite number of impala, along with many different kinds of birds. There is no experience on earth that can compare to seeing wildlife in its natural setting, it was incredible.
The image of Table Mountain at Cape Town will always be imprinted on my mind. I was blessed with fabulous weather and a brilliant guide, David Smith, who led the tour along the coast to many points of interest, such as Cape Point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, and the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The winding route to Stellenbosch took me through picturesque mountains and rolling vineyards to a leisurely wine tasting. The Eden of the Garden Route scenic drive is a paradise for a lover of nature. Its sweeping seascapes, views at each turn are outrageously photogenic. Cango Caves, ostrich farms, fresh oysters in Knysna … and much more were included.
Nine days on an extraordinary tour was truly amazing on every level, and has made South Africa one of my favorite places in the world. Thank you, Heavenly Tours, for making it possible.