Seychelles, Mauritius and South Africa Trip Report

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Apr 16th, 2015, 04:11 PM
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Seychelles, Mauritius and South Africa Trip Report

Want to thank all who gave such great help planning our trip (We are spending four months traveling around world in celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary.) and share the results . I have some mobility issues (walk with the aid if canes) and we are in our early seventies. This is proving to be a bigger problem on this trip than in the past. Not sure if it is just age or a combination of things....but we are moving more slowly than in the past. This is our second trip to this part of the world in the last 6 years. We are in Cape Town now and I thought someone might be interested in our time in the islands and the South Africa part.

We started with a cruise on QE from SF to SYD (cheaper and more fun than the long haul flight) then flew on to Tasmania and drove around for a week. Back to Melbourne for a couple of nights on the GOR, then on to Bangkok for two stays book ending our trip to Burma. From there we flew to Seychelles and a hop to Mauritius before flying to Johannesburg and renting a car and driving to Kruger, St Lucia, Durban and on around to Addo, the Garden Route and are now in Cape Town for a couple of days before boarding the Queen Mary to sail to Southampton for 3 plus weeks in Scotland and Wales. We will then reboard the QM and sail to New York for a couple of days and then fly home to Texas..

South Africa is as it was last time a shinning star. We are loving every minute of our driving trip here. See the details in the blog.

The Seychelles and Mauritius are beautiful Islands. We had a mix up in Seychelles with our hotel and it was rainy. We stayed at the Oberoi on Mauritius and liked that island best. Not sure if it was because of the hotel and the weather or just that it was easier for me to enjoy the beach.

In Bangkok we were in the KW of the Shangri-La. I got a great deal including all transfers, club features and laundry and dry cleaning almost a year ago. It sure was nice to be met at the air port and driven to the hotel in a new Mercedes Benz...beautiful car. The room is very nice and big and the food..breakfast, tea and cocktails in the river Lounge has been excellent and plentiful variety so far. This was our fifth time in the city..we used it as a place to rest more than ant thing.

In Bali, we took advantage of the Alila's Two Faces of Bali package for that part of our trip and it was perfect for a taste. The resorts are beautiful and we thought very reasonable for what we got. Also really liked the Manggis area. It is beautiful and much calmer than other parts of the island as far as we are concerned and we found there was lots to do that interest us. Wish we could have stayed there longer. The food was excellent at both hotels. Both chefs went out of their way to make adjustments to the traditional Balinese food that interest me, so I could enjoy it. (I am allergic to all Soy products!)

We used a driver for a full day of touring on the transfer day between Manggis and Ubud, otherwise we used the hotel car and driver or the shuttles. Shuttles were free and the car and driver were $18/hr and the driver acted as our guide also.

In Burma we use a in country agent who set up a car and driver, the flights and hotels and arranger for a riverboat cruise. we did the basic tourist route, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake and Yangon and it was perfect.

As we have done before, we are doing a daily Blog with pictures. If you are interested in what we are doing click on the link..it is in order starting with the latest post...there is an archive at the bottom by date and place.

www.rtw50thanniversary.blogspot.com
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Apr 18th, 2015, 12:26 PM
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Reading your blog with much interest. I am amused that you used an abbreviation for the Krupthep Wing at the Shang - only those in the know would be able to translate, but we have enjoyed our experiences there. We head to SA next Feb and start with 4 days in Cape Town, 2 days in the Winelands, then garden route with a stop in Knysna (thanks for the pronunciation) and then on to a private game reserve north of Port Elizabeth. Glad to hear on the Asia board that you used Putu as a driver in Bali. He is awesome. Happy 50th.
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Apr 23rd, 2015, 03:14 AM
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Thanks Craig.

We are on the Queen Mary now heading to England. Our trip is 3/4ths over which is hard to believe, but we are having a great time.

Sounds like you have a great trip planned for Feb. Have fun!

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