Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Karen's trip to South Africa in 2013

Karen looks back to 2013 at her favourite trip:

“My favourite trip of last year was to South Africa - I'm the only person in the office who hadn't been before and I've heard such great things about it - and I wasn't disappointed! The South African Tourism Board invited me to go, and we took in two main areas - Cape Town & the Cape Peninsula area, and Durban along with nearby safari parks.Karen on safari at Phinda Game Reserve, South AfricaCape Town is such a fantastic city, and in such a dramatic setting - the first time you see Table Mountain it really takes your breath away! I'd been told that the weather at the top of Table Mountain can change quickly and you can't go up if the weather is bad, so we headed straight for the cable car as soon as we arrived, as it was sunny! The views are just incredible, across the city and the Atlantic Seaboard, plus along the Cape Peninsula too. I really liked the V&A Waterfront area of Cape Town - it has a lovely feel and some great shopping, plus you catch boats to the infamous Robben Island from here too.

Next stop was Durban, which is a very relaxed city by the sea, with plenty to see and do as well as being a great gateway to this area of South Africa. I did a tour of the seafront on a segway (I was impressed that I didn't fall off as I have no sense of balance whatsoever!) and somehow I got talked in to throwing myself off the roof of the new football stadium - OK, so I was attached to the roof by giant elastic bands on what is the world's tallest swing, what an adrenalin rush! Last stop was the beautiful Phinda Game Reserve, an incredible area of superb wildlife and stunning scenery, with the Indian Ocean not far away too.

This was my first trip to South Africa, but it won't be my last - what a place! ”




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