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PHOTO COPYRIGHT: SOUTH AFRICA TOURISM africa South Africa Shines From new tours to new lodges, South Africa delivers a getaway to remember in 2015. deserae del campo There's more to South Africa than checking out the wildlife. Take it from Travel Leaders franchise owner, Marcia Grant, who recently visited Cape Town and experienced a memorable moment that she says, "was truly culinary-focused." "A small group of us went to the Atlas Spice Market in Cape Town. It's a very rustic place and we had sensory overload with the overwhelming aromas, the bins full of spices, and the colors. We shopped for spices with a local woman who prepared a meal for us at her home. It was an intimate experience that I did not expect. I think that type of one-to-one experience is what my clients are really interested in when it comes to a South Africa vacation," says Grant. So if you want to spice things up for clients who are asking for more than just a safari vacation, South Africa delivers one heck of a vacation feast. Here, visitors can swim with great white sharks-that's a wildlife sighting of a different kind; sip on local wines; partake in a bit of voluntourism; bask in the country's natural wonders beyond the game reserves; and go gallery-hopping in cosmopolitan cities. Of course, there should always be some time for game drives (this is South Africa, after all), and even some time for hanging out in a treehouse, if your clients are so inclined. 92 january 2015 92-93 AF SouthAfrica.indd 92 new 2015 tours Abercrombie & Kent has family travel covered this year with its 11-day South Africa: A Family Safari tour ($7,395 pp). Families will see wildlife in action at the Ngala Game Reserve; ride a cable car up Table Mountain; visit the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach; connect with local children in the rural community of Welverdiend; visit the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center where cheetahs, wild dogs and other animals are rehabilitated; and see the former home of Nelson Mandela. Lodgings include the fivestar 54 on Bath in Johannesburg and the Vineyard Hotel & Spa in Cape Town. If your high-end clients are looking for a small group getaway (up to 16) in South Africa, Alexander+Roberts' 12-day Journey to South Africa + Victoria Falls tour ($6,999 pp) hits the mark. This Small Group Adventure itinerary visits Victoria Falls and Cape Town, for a full-day excursion along Cape Peninsula, as well as sightseeing in Cape Agulhas, a rocky headland in the Western Cape. Guests will stay at the Thornybush Game Lodge, set on a 28,000-acre private reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park; the Royal Livingstone at Victoria Falls, and Le Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. 12/18/14 10:00 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend January 2015

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk Outrigger Resorts
Tour Talk Journeys by CH
The Unexplored Danube River, Explored
2015 Delta Air Lines Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America Guide
Hip & Traditional Japan
South Africa Shines
Las Vegas
Irpinia, Italy

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