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Stelllaaaaaaa – Or getting stuck in Sao Paulo and the Sao Paulo Airport Marriott

Posted by Adam YWW on June 12, 2017 in Airlines, Hotels, Trip Reports

This is part 19 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. It may seem like this trip report series is taking forever, but (a) it was a long trip and (b) other things have been going on which I will blog about shortly.  This should have been
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Trip Report: South African Airways New A333 Business Class Johannesburg to Sao Paulo, Sans Camera

Posted by Adam YWW on June 10, 2017 in Airlines, Trip Reports

This is part 18 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. South African Airways Flt. 222 Johannesburg to Sao Paulo – Guarulhos Sched. Dep. 11:15am              Sched. Arr. 4:00pm Actual Dep. 11:07am                Actual Arr. 3:30pm A330-300, Business Class My trip back home was an unusual, but not that
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Two and a Half Days in Johannesburg – Apartheid Museum, Neighbourgoods Market, Soweto Township Tour

Posted by Adam YWW on June 3, 2017 in Trip Reports

This is part 17 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. I really had no idea what to expect of Johannesburg. Lots of folks had suggested it was skippable, or the kind of city you can breeze through in a day.  I ended up having three nights
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Hotel Review: Holiday Inn Johannesburg-Rosebank – a lovely Pointbreaks stay

Posted by Adam YWW on May 30, 2017 in Hotels, Trip Reports

This is part 16 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. A few weeks before my trip, IHG Rewards Club issued its list of “Pointbreaks” properties for spring 2017. For those who aren’t familiar, properties on the list have a limited number of rooms available for only
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Hotel Review: The Disappointing Protea Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton

Posted by Adam YWW on May 20, 2017 in Hotels, Trip Reports

This is part 15 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. I had initially planned to use my Protea Prokard one free night voucher to stay at the Protea Fire and Ice Melrose Arch and then use a Prokard Bogo voucher at the African Pride Melrose Arch,
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Trip Report:  SA Express Walvis Bay to Johannesburg

Posted by Adam YWW on May 14, 2017 in Trip Reports

SA Express Flt 1702  WVB to JNB Boeing 737-300, Economy Sched. Dep. 2:45pm   Sched. Arr.4:55pm Actual Dep. 3:00pm   Actual Arr. 5:18pm This is part 14 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. So this was a very strange flight. Swakopmund doesn’t have its own airport with commercial
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Swakopmund and the Strand Hotel

Posted by Adam YWW on May 13, 2017 in Hotels, Trip Reports

This is part 13 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. Swakopmund is one of the weirdest places I’ve ever been, as it is a complete anachronism.  Nestled on the Atlantic Ocean, due west of Windhoek, it is probably the second-most visited “city” in Namibia. (Walvis Bay,
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Safari in Etosha National Park and Damaraland, Namibia

Posted by Adam YWW on May 7, 2017 in Trip Reports

This is part 12 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. You could easily spend several weeks in Namibia, with a range of terrains, suitable for safari, watersports, adventure sports, and a range of exploration.  I didn’t have a long time, though, as I was really just
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The Hilton Windhoek Review and a Super-Brief Exploration of Windhoek

Posted by Adam YWW on April 22, 2017 in Hotels, Trip Reports

This is part 11 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. Windhoek has a pretty solid range of hotel options, including two Proteas.  The Hilton Windhoek, though, had very good reviews, and seemed pretty well-located.  I had originally booked it for 30,000 Hilton Honors points, because, well how
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Air Namibia Cape Town to Windhoek:  Shenanigans, or the 2 Hour Flight That Became an All-Day Journey

Posted by Adam YWW on April 15, 2017 in Airlines, Trip Reports

This is part 10 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. Air Namibia Flt. 704  Cape Town to Windhoek (via Walvis Bay) Sched. Dep. 11:30am    Actual Dep. 1:09pm Sched. Arr.  1:20pm   Actual Arr. 4:30pm A319, Coach In the aftermath of Unitedgate, where everyone became an expert on
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