Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

African Adventure; Postcards with Glenda Halliwell

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

African Adventure; Postcards with Glenda Halliwell

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Byline: THE TRAVEL CENTRE 66521833

ROAD TRIP: Rebecca takes in the view at the Cape of Good Hope.

AFRICA blew me away - wow, what a place. I didn't have too many pre-conceived ideas of what to expect and I knew the trip would be amazing but, far out, this was awesome.

I absolutely loved Cape Town. This was my first destination and I stayed in two different properties: the beautiful Table Bay hotel right on the waterfront and then at the iconic Mount Nelson Hotel.

The city of Cape Town is fascinating. It's clean, modern and safe; the people are friendly and no request seemed to be too much trouble. I loved the markets - went a bit crazy there.

We were a group of eight and our itinerary included a visit to the Cape of Good Hope. Along the way we saw zebras, ostrich and baboons, which were just amazing for me but obviously just a normal sight for the locals.

Next it was a day at the wine-growing regions for wine and chocolate tasting before a magnificent lunch.

This place has amazing history, too. We could see Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 of the 27 years he spent behind bars in the infamous jail there.

Our guide, Pam, lived through it all and had children at school in the 1990s when it all came to a head.

She described the events of the time and the effect that Nelson Mandela had on South African history. Just fascinating. Luckily I had seen the Nelson Mandela movie on the plane on the way over and could fully appreciate the significance.

Next stop was Victoria Falls, staying at the truly special Royal Livingstone Hotel. All rooms overlook the Zambezi River and the roar of the falls is incredible.

We saw zebras roaming the grounds on our way to dinner and more cheeky baboons.

I had my eye out for the resident giraffes and hoped I wouldn't freak out too much and frighten them.

Just when I thought it couldn't get much better we were treated to a six course dinner on board the Royal Livingstone Express Train. …

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