February 10, 2016 – Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA — Thrilling dream experiences in luxurious comforts around the exciting continent of Africa are coming true … the “magic” of Africa has been beckoning. We’re underway from here in Johannesburg, South Africa … the renowned ‘city of gold’, established by the colonizing adventurers Dutch Voortrekkers in the mid-1800s. These poor farmers ecking out a living in wildest Africa who became charmed with a ‘midas’ touch in 1886 by the chance finding of gold and what became the largest “reef” of gold stretching some 90 miles. Big news travels fast … the scramble for South Africa was underway … a fascinating story.
Our guests enjoyed this African history on their private chauffeur-guide car transfers from the international airport. A drive away from the hubbub to the serene sanctuary of the renowned and exquisite Saxon Hotel, formerly a private mansion set amid beautiful gardens in the northern affluent suburb of Sandhurst. Heidi Lakani and John Webley, Lakani’s expert Africa team, are here to greet our small exclusive group of ‘African Explorers’. This evening a gathering of our good group … enthusiastic all … and some renewing friendships from being together on prior Lakani private travels. Amid the African splendors of The Saxon, the private home to where Nelson Mandela came as an honored guest after 27 years in prison and where he penned his ‘The Long Walk to Freedom’, we enjoy a cocktail reception and a delicious dinner together, accompanied by excellent South African wines.
Our luxury private jet Journey ‘Around Africa’ is underway. We are headed north to the fabulous Singita Private Game Reserve, home of the cherished “Big 5” of Africa. We are all anxious to get ‘on safari’ … into one of the most magnificent wild kingdom areas of Africa.
Photos from South Africa… Click any photo for slideshow.