South Africa Redux

Victoria Falls are a must-see sight in Southern Africa on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border
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On my way to a tourism conference in Capetown, I decided to go a week earlier to revisit some of this beautiful country. If this is your first visit to Africa, you will not be disappointed. South Africa not only has fantastic game viewing, but also beaches, wine country and cultural sites.
 
I took my 28-year old son with me and we flew to Johannesburg via Doha. This is one of many routes you can take, or you can fly via London or non-stop from select US cities. We spent one night in Johannesburg at an airport hotel; there are many and there is a shuttle from the international terminal.
 
The next morning we take a short flight to Kruger National Park and drive to the Sabi Sands game reserve on the edge of Kruger. This is one of the best game viewing regions for an African safari and you will see all of the "big 5".
 
There are many different lodges to stay at, from small boutique to larger ones, and in all different price ranges. We stay for 3 nights and and see an abundance of game every day, which included elephants, lions, giraffe, rhino and huge herd of Cape buffalo. We even saw a huge python that had eaten a whole antelope! Apparently a rare sighting.
 
My suggestion would be to spend a minimum of four to five nights, and split the time among two different lodges in order to see game in different areas of the park.
 
We move on and fly to Victoria Falls in Zambia to visit this amazing natural wonder. We stayed for 2 nights and walked the Falls. We took a sunset cruise on the Zambezi river which was spectacular. My suggestion would be to add a helicopter or micro lite scenic flight over the Falls, which I regret not doing!
 
I fly on to Cape Town via Johannesburg to visit this amazing city and the surrounding area. This is one of the most beautiful and scenic cities in the world. You can take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain, a drive to the most southern point and see the penguins. Go shark cage diving in Hermanus and wine tasting in Franschoek. There is much to do in South Africa, and after an amazing week I headed to the conference to meet friends and professional contacts who treat our clients with such special attention.