Finally – I am heading back into the South African bush, traveling with friends who will be making their fourth safari with us. It will be three years since I was there, and I have missed the incredible smell of the damp earth on an early morning game drive – the sound of a lion roaring outside my tent – amazing food and wines – sundowners while watching the sun set – there is nothing so beautiful as an African sunset.  There are so many thoughts that come to mind as I go into countdown mode. I love being in the bush in our summer months, winter in Africa. The days are 70-80F, no humidity and lovely clear skies. The nights can get a little chilly, but we are always spoiled with hot water bottles and blankets for our evening game drives.  Our first camp is in the Timbavati and then we head down into the Sabi Sands for our next two camps. We always feel so welcome and love the friendships we make at each camp.  They say South Africa is a world in one country, and this is true. There is a diversity not found elsewhere. From Cape Town with her waterfront restaurants and fabulous properties up into the vineyards. Table Mountain and the comical penguins on Boulders Beach and stunning Chapman’s Peak. A few days in Cape Town before venturing out into the bush is a wonderful start to your African adventure. For now, use your imagination, there will be pictures when I return in July.

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Our travels started back in March of 2020. Our trip started and included a great week in Tahiti then New Zealand. Although that’s when Covid exploded while we were there in Tahiti. That’s when we found out they had closed the border into NZ. Thankfully we had Esplanade to get us back home. We finally got back on track to New Zealand this March. We had a full itinerary planned. When we arrived, we had a driver waiting for us to take us to our Glamorous hotel with a great view of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Mountains in the background. We traveled to Milford Sound by bus then traveled thru out the scenic Milford Sound. Then they flew us back to our hotel. Another trip was on a Steamboat that took us to Farm. We had a great dinner there and tour of the farm that included the sheep dogs working the sheep. We could go on and on about this trip. The people from NZ our super nice. This trip was great from start to finish. Truly a bucket list trip. Esplanade will definitely be our choice for international travel, without a doubt. <br />

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