May/June 2009 - Africa Exclusive

Every year the American Society of Travel Agents hosts their International Destination Expo in a different region of the world. Travel planners and industry suppliers gather for three days to attend education seminars and a trade show which focus on and promote that region. This year, the expo was held in Sun City, South Africa. Armed with the perfect "excuse" to visit my sixth continent, I set out with four loved ones for a two week journey through South Africa and it's neighbors.
We started off at the conference in the resort town of Sun City. From here, we headed up to the Chobe game lodge in the north of Botswana, where we spent four nights relishing the the pristine landscape, warm and welcoming people and of course, the magnificent display of animals that wandered in and around our lodge. Our next stop was an overnight in the stately Victoria Falls hotel where we enjoyed an afternoon tour (and soaking) at the falls and a sunrise elephant back safari the following morning. The last destination on our itinerary was Capetown. I have an affinity for cities and this one did not disappoint. Between its harbor and downtown, it's history, scenery and winelands, we could easily have spent a week here alone. 
For me, one of the most appealing aspects of Africa was the incredible diversity of landscapes, activities and wildlife. This issue of TraveLuxe will highlight some of the magnificent features and opportunities of southern Africa. That being said, I think the only way to truly understand the magic of this region of the world is to experience it first hand. Though sad to leave Africa, I am excited for the chance to spread the word about my trip and help others to create their own unforgettable journeys.