Tag: South Africa

Two and a Half Days in Johannesburg – Apartheid Museum, Neighbourgoods Market, Soweto Township Tour

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

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

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

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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Air Namibia Cape Town to Windhoek:  Shenanigans, or the 2 Hour Flight That Became an All-Day Journey

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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Protea Hotels of Cape Town:  Protea Cape Castle, Protea Victoria Junction, and African Pride 15 on Orange

This is part 9 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. As explained in my intro post for this trip, my five nights in Cape Town were all spent at Protea-family properties – the South African chain that became a Marriott brand a few years ago.  Four
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Exploring Cape Town: Part 3:  Table Mountain hike, Company’s Garden, Bo-Kaap

This is part 8 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. My last day in Cape Town was an ambitious one, but I was pretty successful.  In the morning, I did Table Mountain, and then in the afternoon I did a loop of the northern part of
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Exploring Cape Town: Part 2: District 6 Museum, Castle of Good Hope, Greenmarket Square and Cape Town Pride

This is part 7 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. After the disaster of my Cape of Good Hope day and early bedtime, I was committed to make the most of my two days left in Cape Town – which I think I did.  By total
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You’re Allowed One Disastrous Day: Or My Daytrip to the Cape of Good Hope; Or Don’t Rent with Thrifty in South Africa

This is part 6 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. My theory on long trips is that you’re allowed one disastrous day without it ruining the vacation. My second day in Cape Town was that day. My plan was to rent a car for the day
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Exploring Cape Town: Part 1: V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, First Thursday

This is part 5 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. I had five nights in Cape Town, but only four days, arriving late at night on Wednesday and leaving on Monday morning. I could have easily spent ten days exploring Cape Town and its environs alone,
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