South African Soujourn: Cape Town and the Peninsula, Stellenbosch, and Sabi Sands

I had the privilege of escorting the top 25 customers and their spouses of a major corporation on a 10 day trip to South Africa! It was a fabulous group and the experience for everyone was beyond stellar. I am happy to share some of the superb comments we received from the attendees below.

Cape Town and the fabulously elegant Cape Grace Hotel on the V&A Waterfront.

The first few days exploring the V&A Waterfront and Cape Town

One of many gorgeous meals in Cape Town – seafood to die for!

A Day on the Cape Peninsula at the Southwestern point of Africa at Cape Horn and seeing the penguins along the way.

African Penguins!

Whiskey Tasting at Bascule at the Cape Grace
The largest collection of Whiskeys in the Southern Hemisphere!

Shopping on Long Street in Cape Town. My favorite is definitely Tribal Collections. You will want everything in there for your home! They will ship and you should!

I love the menu at this little restaurant in Stellenbosch.

What’ll you have? So many delicious, lean and flavorful meats on offer in South Africa. It made me realize how limited our menus are in the US!

Wine tasting at Spier with a fabulous farm to table lunch at Eight.

Boschendahl Winery, a picturesque 300-year-old farm known for its award-winning wines.

A very special lunch and wine pairing at Relais & Chateau Delaire Graff EstateDelaire Graff wines rank among the most prestigious in the Southern Hemisphere and paired with an incredible lunch was a highlight for our group.

One amazing meal after another definitely defined our 10 days.

A more than memorable dinner at the lovely Waterkloof Estate!

52 People, 4 Beech Air crafts, 1 refueling stop and Sabi Sands here we come!

Arriving on the air strip at Sabi Sands. What a greeting!

Sabi SabiThe Sabi Sabi team was ready to receive all 52 guests along with our customized and monogrammed duffels.

First day on Safari – two game drives and conquered the Big Five!

Sundowners and Bush Dinner at Sabi Sabi

On a walking safari with Jabul uncovered the amazing signs of the wild that you just can’t see from the safari vehicles. Lion and elephant tracks. Where a hyena had been sitting.  We even cured one of our fellow travelers’ sinus infection by “smoking” elephant dung!

Jabul teaches Paul how to light elephant dung on fire and inhale it to clear the sinus infection. I think it worked for this brave soul!

Here are some of the kudos we received after the trip:

“I can’t thank you enough for your helpfulness and untiring attention to details along with putting up with our constant questions. You did an outstanding job in pulling off a wildly successful group outing that appeared to be effortlessly on your part. I will certainly reach out to you in the future for trip planning.” – Rick

“Too good!!!! What a great trip and thank you for all that you and Celeste did to make the trip as special as it was.”  – Paul

“This was an incredible event that every detail was managed beautifully by you and Celeste.  I received countless comments from the customers on it being one of the best trips of their lives.” – Mike

“I know that our host paid for the trip but it was you and your team that made it “the” best trip we’ve ever been on and don’t know how it could have been any better. Our thanks go out to you and KC.”  – Bob

“Firstly congratulations on running such a great event. You are a true pro. It was great to get to know you a little!” – Steve

“Great trip, great job pulling it all together. I have been on the point for a few of these for work and countless personal trips and hats off to you, you really nailed it!” – Tom

“You have done a magnificent job with this trip!!” – John

“You and your team are amazing. We are excited for our upcoming journey. And we can’t wait for the opportunity to work with Laura Madrid team on a future adventure!” – Christopher

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