Adventures in Layover Land: Johannesburg

The single busiest airport on the African continent is O.R. Tambo International Airport (code: JNB) near Johannesburg, South Africa. It’s a stopping point for many Southern and Eastern African safari itineraries, as well as many North American flights to Australia and Asia.

In other words, if you’re blazing a big ol’ vacation trail across the globe, you have a pretty good shot at a layover here. Which is good news, because there’s some fun stuff to do, both in and out of the airport.

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Logistics of an African Safari

Most of an African safari involves sitting, excited, in a safari vehicle

If you’re planning (or dreaming of) an African safari, there are a few things to know and a few things you can forget.

Here’s your guide to both.

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South Africa: From Plains to Mountains

Acacia trees at sunset in South Africa's Kruger National Park

Shawn and Laura, a Los Angeles-based married couple, are truly consummate travelers.

Engaged atop the Eiffel Tower and married in Bali, they’ve since been to Hong Kong, much of Italy, the south of France, Monte Carlo, London, Barcelona, Japan and more.

But it was their trip to South Africa that really fired my imagination…once I saw Shawn’s gorgeous photos.

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Southern Africa: A “Spafari” Adventure – Pt. 2

Continued from
Southern Africa: A “Spafari” Adventure – Pt. 1

At the Royal Malewane, South Africa

My high school pal Katy and her husband Dave recently told me about their enviable, exciting, luxurious honeymoon in South Africa and Botswana.  Here is the continued tale of their amazing dream spa + safari adventure…

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Southern Africa: A “Spafari” Adventure – Pt. 1

I was recently e-chatting with my high school pal Katy and her husband Dave about their exciting, luxurious honeymoon in South Africa and Botswana…when my keen sense of travel lust kicked in. (And that was even before I saw Dave’s photos.)

Imagining that you’d feel much the same way I did, allow me to present the tale of their amazing dream spa + safari adventure:

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