Double Outdoor Showers
View from the Room
This is the first time that I can remember NOT BLOGGING. I never realized how much of my energy was expended handling this task of bringing the destination to you. I’m sure some of my regular blog followers have been wondering why there have been no postings. This is my 12th consecutive tour here to South Africa and next year Ghana, Tanzania, The Serengeti and Zanzibar will take its place. Yes, this trip is rather bitter sweet; considering it took me 40 years to finally get here and to be able to bring so many others here with me.
There are 31 traveling with me from Florida, Atlanta, Chicago, North Carolina, California and Michigan. We all flew one of the world’s top airlines, “Emirates” met up in Dubai and continued on together to Johannesburg. We landed at 530am, we were greeted by our 2 reps as soon as we stepped off the aircraft, ushered through Immigration and then handed off in the Arrivals Hall to my long time guide, Joe Mtsogi, a true gentleman and a scholar. Upon check-in at the 5 Star Michelangelo; by 7am we were blessed to go directly to our rooms. Favor ain’t fair and I’m always forever thankful when we are so smiled upon.
I’ve never had so many birthdays celebrated on any one tour. So big up to Vera Brown, Sonya Fife, Donneva Johnson, Ariann Ealy-Harris, Danielle Outlaw, Lori Webster and Alton James. It’s a pleasure having you join us on this one and Kattrax wishes you a very happy birthday and may you have many more.
As I write this, at SHEPHERDS TREE GAME LODGE, the Group is on their evening game drive — the 1st of 4 game drives, of course, hoping to see some of the Big 5 (Lions, Elephants, Rhinos, Buffalo, and Leopards). So called by the big game hunters back in the day because they were the most difficult to hunt by foot and because they fought back.
I showed up at the afternoon tea to see who would be going. Everyone except yours truly but no doubt, several would not be going on the 530am drive. It’s tough to get up that early. While they are out there this evening, I’m chillin in my suite and enjoying every minute of it. Ooh, the lunch we were served was wonderful, and the afternoon tea was quite a spread. After the evening drive, dinner will be served—- guaranteed not to disappoint.
Tomorrow after the morning drive and a sumptuous breakfast, I understand a Group will be going to Sun City, home of PALACE OF THE LOST CITY, a huge casino, a couple of Gary Player’s golf courses, a place black folk could not even think about going. While they are doing their thing, I’ve got a 90 min Amani signature treatment, The Jewel of Africa. I will experience the quality of crystals and warm oils which will work to rapidly reduce muscle tension, balance my energies and release emotional stress. I cannot wait!
I probably won’t blog the rest of the week when we go to Cape Town but you can always go back several years in the archives here (Sept/Oct) just to be reminded. In 2 weeks, my energy will be needed to blog while in EGYPT, “The land of the Pharaohs”
Until next time…..