Sent by Debby Wait
Based in George
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Welcome to my web page.
Travel has been my passion from the moment I boarded the plane to the UK where I lived, worked and travelled for 2 years. That was 25 years ago.
I have had the privilege to travel to Victoria Falls, Mozambique, Mauritius, Dubai, The Seychelles, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Bali, all over the UK and Scotland, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Canary Islands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Cook Islands, Australia, New Zealand, in the USA - Alaska, Caribbean, New York, Miami, Washington, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, San Francisco, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale and in South America I have been to Brazil including the Amazon jungle, Peru and Argentina. I especially enjoy cruising and have cruised to Mozambique, Mauritius, Western Caribbean, Mediterranean, Alaska and under the Northern lights in Norway.
Local is also lekker and I am always proud to showcase our beautiful country but there is still so much that I need to see and explore.
Recently, I have relocated to the beautiful city of George on the Garden Route and I can't wait to get to know this part of our country so that I can share it with you when you visit and offer first hand advice.
After I completed my studies in Travel I started my career working in prestigious hotels both locally and in London. This experience helped define my service excellence skills. When I returned back home to SA, I worked and managed travel retail stores for 6 years before moving into wholesale travel including product management.
After taking a year off to start my beautiful family I made the bold move to start my own travel business.
I am proud to have aligned my business with Travel Counsellors, an international home-based travel business. It allows flexibility, so I can meet at your convenience 24/7 in the event of an emergency. I have access to over 700,000 hotels worldwide, discounted airfare deals, car rental, tours and packages. I can alleviate the stress of arranging visas.
Another advantage to booking with me is our Financial Protection Plan. In the event of supplier insolvencies, be rest assured that your monies are protected through our Financial Protection Plan. My work and travel experience equips me to service your travel needs and to exceed your expectations.
I look forward to sharing travel stories with you and assisting to make your dreams become reality!
Stick with me and I will take you places :-)
I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.
14 March 2019
I've just returned from a very special birthday spoil weekend away at Clifftop Exclusive Hideaway with my husband Des. It took us just over 3 hours to get there, and is located in the Welgevonden Game Reserve in the malaria free Waterberg area. At the Welgevonden gates we were met by our friendly game ranger Jean who drove us up a steep ridge which eventually revealed the breathtaking views of Clifftop. The warm and friendly staff greeted us with wet towels and a refreshing drink. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of steak, halloumi and salad whilst taking in the views. The tables are spread out so that you can dine privately. It feels like you are the only people there and in those quiet moments all you can hear are the birds singing and the river gushing below you. There are only 8 luxury suites, each with their own splash pool, huge bed - bigger than a king sized bed, big bath, inside and outdoor shower, lounge area, minibar with complimentary beverages and lovely oversized amenities. Every suite has their own butler and I proceeded to order a glass of bubbles which my butler brought to me whilst I was taking a dip in our private splash pool to cool down before our game drive which started at 4pm. We enjoyed 2 games drives daily - early morning at 4pm. They lasted for about 3 hours. There were refreshments served during a break, which was outstanding. We got to enjoy homemade treats, coffee in the morning, gin and tonic and biltong and other yummy goodies at sunset. The game sightings where spectacular and the game rangers where very knowledgeable. Des and I love going to Game Lodges, so far this is the most impressive. Jean was very knowledgeable, and we loved his quirky facts. On our very first game drive I spotted a leopard in a tree literally an arm’s length away from me - pun intended! She jumped out the tree before I could capture a photo of her - my hands were trembling and I was actually in shock at this incredible sighting - she let us follow her for a few minutes as she walked behind the bushes and then peeked out at us every few steps so that we could capture her beauty. The Waterberg derived its name from all the water, and it is lovely seeing all the full rivers and waterholes. There is lots of water and due to all the rain, the grass is quite long, yet we still managed to spot a lot of other game - the cute little "pumbas" - warthogs - who run with their tails straight up in the air, lots of zebra including babies, lots of impala aka McDonalds as there are so many of them. I was so delighted to see a lot of Rhino too. They have anti-poachers which have ensured no poaching for the last 3 years – I hope that this track record will remain. We saw lions a few times, there are 2 male lions - Thembi and Dinokeng. We watched them have a "stare off" as they were imploding close to each other’s territory. We also saw a few female lions with very nervous antelope close by. On the second mornings drive we drove past one of the plains, which was packed with game the night before but had no game at all in the morning, which was strange. Only to find out that it was because there was a cheetah chilling there who had scared off all the game. We missed seeing her on our drive past, as it was dark but luckily, we went back to enjoy her. We only came across 1 bull elephant, but I was relieved about after our last thrilling encounter with elephants at Entabeni. On our final game drive, we had a very special encounter with a lone Rhino bull. He looked so happy to see us, and it was almost as if he needed company. He rubbed himself up against our vehicle and upon close inspection we noticed that he was bleeding slightly. Our game ranger explained to us that he was probably kicked out by his mom, who most likely had another baby to rear. She has to do this otherwise the sibling could harm the infant whilst seeking attention or non-intentionally whilst playing. I could go on and on about the quality of game that we saw, the quality of our room and fantastic dining also added to the 5-star experience. The food was delicious - a 3 course meal served every night accompanied by good wine served in huge oversized wine glasses! Clifftop is all inclusive - including a selection of drinks so I ended off dinner with Amarula every night - as one does in the bush. Our rooms were turned down every night and the beds were so comfy. After our morning game drives, we were treated to a full 2 course breakfast. Thereafter we cooled down in our splash pool - it was 36 degrees and very hot. I don't know how but we found space for lunch too and then chilled again. They have a good selection of books - before ending the day on another exciting game drive followed by a private dinner. On my birthday they made a big fuss and sang to me and served me a birthday cake made just for me. Crème Brule is my favourite dessert, so I indulged in both! I got back to my room to find a bottle of bubbles as a gift from the manager who also needs a special mention. Tania was super cool, warm and friendly and met us after each game drive and during each meal to check up on us. We weren't ready to leave after 2 nights, I recommend a minimum of 3 nights. If you would like to experience of all this, then please get in touch with me.
12 December 2014
It’s that time of year again when the work grinds to a halt as the masses head out on holiday. However, for those heading oversees, data roaming charges are a genuine concern. Before boarding that plane, take a look at what software expert Opera Software’s top ten tips for saving on data roaming charges. 1. Before you leave, check with your regular mobile operator to see if they offer international roaming packages, which can give you huge savings on data. 2. Switch to a browser that shrinks down webpages. If you load fewer megabytes, you'll save money, plus browse faster when you have poor reception. 3. When you touch down at your holiday destination, read in detail the welcome SMS from the mobile operator whose network you’ve roamed on to. It will outline the costs for calls, SMS and web data during your stay. 4. Many networks will send you updates on your data spending throughout your trip to help you keep track. So, pay attention to any operator messages. 5. Activate data roaming when you need to check something online and toggle it off when you finish your browsing tasks. Turn off notifications and close down non-essential apps to avoid them consuming large amounts of data in the background. 6. Skip the data-roaming drama by browsing via WiFi, typically available in hotels, airports and cafés. Apps like WiFi Finder can locate your nearest hotspot. Browsers that shrink data are also handy in slow, crowded WiFi zones. 7. Download a compression app like Opera Max that can shrink data, images and videos across most apps on your phone. Opera Max reminds you when you’re roaming, and even lets you block particular apps from using mobile data and restricts them to using WiFi only. Opera Max is currently available to most Samsung subscribers. 8. Rethink your getaway browsing priorities. Holiday roaming is not the best time for streaming videos, downloading files or adding new apps to your collection. Save this surfing for when you're browsing with compression or WiFi. 9. You already prepare your music playlists and movies for your travels, so why not pre-load your webpages? Some browsers, like Opera Mini, have a feature that enables you to save an Internet page for offline use so that you can read it later without activating roaming or having to enable WiFi. 10. If you’ve set up Dropbox, Facebook or Google Drive to automatically upload the photos taken on your phone, disable the syncing of these apps in the settings to curb data consumption. Alternatively, adjust your settings so that your holiday snaps upload only when you are connected to WiFi. (Thank you to the eTNW who have allowed me to republish this article)
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