The Travel Architect at Madikwe Hills Private Game Reserve

A 45 minute flight from Johannesburg with Fedair brings you to the Madikwe airstrip where our ranger met us and 20 minutes later we were in our beautiful suite at Madikwe Hills which is set on a hilltop amongst boulders.

10 ultra luxurious suites complete with plunge pools, large outdoor decking areas are situated amongst the boulders.

Little Madikwe boasts a private 2 bedroomed private villa with its own vehicle and ranger as well as a personal butler to take care of your every need. Two additional suites can also be reserved to form a completely private camp for up to 8 people.

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The Travel Architect at the Peermont D’Oreale Grande Hotel – Johannesburg

Just outside Johannesburg airport you’ll find the Emperors Palace Resort. Boasting 3 hotels ( Peermont D’Oreale Grande, Mondior, Metcourt and the Metcourt Suites) it has a range of accommodation to suit every taste.

Picked up from the airport by the courtesy shuttle bus, I stayed at The D’Oreale Grande and was greeted by lovely and welcoming staff.

A comfortable room had all the qualities you’d expect from a 5 star hotel – along with access to the elegant Aurelian restaurant, Octavias Sensorium Spa, evening cocktails at Neptunes pool bar or a short walk through the art-lined corridors to the majestic casino. (66 gaming tables, over 1700 slots and 7 different gaming experiences)

Beyond these sumptuous facilities lies a convention centre and a host of restaurants offering everything from international buffets, fine dining, contemporary, Asian, Mediterranean through to convenient fast food
The Emperors Palace certainly lived up to its claim to ‘having it all’.

We dined at Tribes an African Grill which was excellent – where else can you get a fillet steak and a nice chilled glass of Sauvignon blanc for £12

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The Travel Architect in Cape Town – South Africa

I’ve been to Cape Town a few times before and this time decided to make the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel our home for a few days.

The hotel is set in beautiful gardens at the base of Table Mountain and a short stroll to fashionable Kloof Street. It’s a quick £3 taxi journey down to the V and A Waterfront.

It has 2 pools in the landscaped gardens which are tended to by a team of gardeners and amongst the gardens there are many sculptures.

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La Residence – Franschhoek

My recent stay at La Residence was an amazing experience. The attention to detail within the rooms and in the public areas is outstanding!

It rightly deserves it’s recent award of ” the worlds best hotel ”

Well done to Liz Biden the owner of The Royal Portfolio group of hotels along with the GM, Edward Morton and all the staff.

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Paying respects to Nelson Mandela.

We drove the ten minutes from our Franschhoek address to Drakenstein Correctional Centre, to pay our respects to Nelson Mandela.
Mr Mandela spent the final 3 years of his imprisonment here, in what he called his ‘gilded cage’..

A sombre, yet celebratory atmosphere greeted us, as we joined others in laying flowers, signing the condolences book and staring down the infamous ‘road to freedom’ and remembering the incredible belief and achievement that was his life.
RIP Nelson Mandela.

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