Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a stunning setting between mountains and sea. It’s even more spectacular from above and I highly recommend splurging on a helicopter trip over the city to make the most of those breathtaking views. It was even better than I expected and one of our top two favourite things we did in the city (the other was driving a Harley Davidson down to Cape Point).
Klaserie Sands makes an impression as soon as you arrive. After bumping along dirt tracks through the African bush we emerged in an oasis of lush, manicured lawns leading to the grand entrance to the lodge, grizzled tree trunks holding the porch aloft. As we entered the main space with its high ceilings and dramatic chandelier, owner Lee-Ann welcomed us with a smile, cool towel and fruity drink and ushered us onto the terrace. Wow! (We said this a lot that first afternoon.)
A new version of Simon’s favourite carry-on backpack, the Tortuga, was released late last year. It’s now called the Outbreaker Travel Backpack and has all the same great features of the old version including being the maximum carry-on size with plenty of space, but with new improvements and a sleeker look.
What is life like at a safari lodge in South Africa? We visited two lodges in the Greater Kruger area (Umlani and Klaserie Sands) and, like all lodges, they follow similar schedules to take advantage of when animals are active in the early morning and evening.