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By Anne Duyser on Friday, September 12, 2014

We arrived at the ship and immediately headed to The Waves Cafe for one of their wonderful hamburgers. We got unpacked and even ended up with a couple of inches if space left.

By Jen Mitchell on Sunday, September 7, 2014

Today marks a month from the start of Virtuoso Travel Week 2014.  It feels like months have gone by since this epic travel conference.  I could not let any more time go by without doing a little recap so here it goes.  When I tell clients I will be in Vegas for a week to attend Virtuoso Travel Week they tell me to have a great time with the misconception that it is just a week of Vegas gambling, partying, and eating at the most fabulous restaurants. While all of this is completely true about Vegas, this is not the main purpose of this annual retreat.

By Anne Duyser on Saturday, September 6, 2014

We were up early for a very nice breakfast at the hotel and off on the tour to Montserrat, about an hour out of Barcelona.   Other than the munchkin room; the hotel is very nice, and the staff is very friendly and helpful.

By Anne Duyser on Friday, July 11, 2014

Today we are in Richard's Bay, still South Africa.   Richards Bay is home to a vast population of aquatic birds and is where hunter  John Dunn shot the longest crocodile ever recorded in South Africa, a whopping 22 feet. We were on a waiting list for another game drive, in Hluhwwe, pronounced Shoo shoo we.  We did get on so we chose to go to St. Lucia Wetland Nature Reserve and we were happy that we did as we finished our big Five sighting when we we saw a buffalo standing on the edge of the water. 

By Anne Duyser on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

We boarded The Nautica and were happy to get unpacked.  The next day Cecilia went to Stellebosch and I as I had been there I stayed on ship, did laundry and rested my knee.

We were supposed to leave Cape Town at 10:00 pm but could not leave because of rough seas.  We were delayed so much that we skipped East London and are spending Christmas Day at sea.  We are scheduled to arrive in Durban tomorrow.  Cecilia and I have scheduled a game drive at the Tala Reserve.

By Anne Duyser on Friday, June 27, 2014

Day 13- This morning we arrived at Cape Town and transferred to the Beautiful Cape Grace Hotel.  One of our amenities there was to be a room upgrade subject to availability.  Due to the Holidays the hotel was full but when we got to our room it was so lovely that we could not imagine how much nicer the upgrade would have been.  We also had free access to the Mini bar plus a free bottle of wine. 

By Anne Duyser on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Day 8: Yesterday was our last day at Eagle Island.  At 7:15 am we left for our second helicopter ride.  That is a great way to really observe the animals.  We saw many different spices and it was great to see the fish eagle from above.  After that we did a drive but Eagle Island is really a place for the water animals.  We did see a very large dazzle of zebras and some of the smaller mammals.

By Anne Duyser on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Day 5: Left Khawi this morning about 11:30 in a 5 seater plane. As we were leaving, Andrea the pilot (better than the name Zizzy, right??) said "look behind you if we had left 5 minutes later we would have been in a huge storm." We flew about 30 minutes to Eagle Creek over the Okavango Delta.  The view from a small plane is great and I was able to spot a family of elephants crossing a river.

By Anne Duyser on Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Day 4: This morning we headed off with Nesco to the Moremi Reserve which is close to Khwai but is government owned. Check in required but no passports.  We were once again in search of the "leopard."

By Anne Duyser on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Day 2    We flew to Maun, Botsawana on a small plane and then got on a 5 seater to fly to Khwai River Lodge. The landing strip was a cleared sandy road but our pilot Ziggy, (how can one have confidence in a pilot with that name) brought down the plane as if he were landing on glass.

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