As I write this, IRT’s Vice President Angela Walker is aboard a South African Airways jet, luxuriating in business class. She arrives Saturday, and she’ll be whisked away in her private limo and taken to her deluxe hotel. Her goal: scout out the country’s best air, hotels, restaurants, safaris, gardens and tours.
Angela’s laying the groundwork for the Society of International Railway Travelers’ 13-day tour to South Africa, which will include 3 nights in Cape Town, Rovos Rail‘s fabulous “African Collage” luxury rail extravaganza, and one night in Johannesburg. Our trip will be January 19 – Feb. 1, 2018. We will offer a 3-night safari extension.
“This will give me lots of ideas for planning the perfect pre- and post-tour hotels, dining and activities for our guests,” Angela says.
Angela will be forging relationships with the best travel partners in the region — relationships crucial to our guests’ travel satisfaction. (Click here to see her travel map to date.)
She’ll stay in such five-star hotels as Johannesburg’s Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa as well as Cape Town’s Taj and the One&Only. She’ll test out a day in the Winelands and have lunch at the fabulous La Residence. She also has an appointment at Belmond’s magnificent Mount Nelson.
She’ll spend time at Singita luxury safari camp in Kruger National Park, visit Cape Point, and even enjoy a Penguin’s Lunch (can’t wait to find out what that is!).
She’s scheduled to visit Cape Town’s elegant Ellerman House and tour its art collection.
“Since I am a huge animal lover, I am most looking forward to spotting game on safari in Kruger National Park. And seeing the penguins – my favorite animal – on my way to Cape Point.
“Then there’s the Winelands, the fabulous hotels, special meals and visits – it will be an incredible trip.”
A few other highlights from Angela’s itinerary:
- Hector Pieterson Liiliesleaf, Soweto
- Arts on Main, Johannesburg
- Table Mountain, Cape Town
- The Garden Restaurant, Cape Town
- Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town
- Dinner at the Pot Luck Club, Cape Town
- Dinner at Reuben’s, the One&Only, Cape Town
- Wine-tasting and dinner at Leeu House, Cape Winelands
- Wine-tasting and lunch at Creation, Hermanus
Angela is one of nine agents — out of 120 applicants — chosen to participate in the exclusive travel study tour by Virtuoso, our luxury travel consortium. It’s a well-deserved honor, and we couldn’t be happier for her.