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Trip Reports / Re: CBS Travels
« on: July 06, 2014, 03:56:48 PM »

Kruger camps are safe. Everyone there is tourists. Local gangsters don't go there. It's a 4 hour drive from jnb

Trip Reports / Re: CBS Travels
« on: July 06, 2014, 12:49:30 PM »
Awesomeness in its purest form!

We were thinking of visiting South Africa next winter, but we're a bit worried about the safety situation there. From your report it seems like if you have your head on straight there's nothing to worry about. Is that the case in both CPT and JNB? Also, we don't have any relatives there, so we would be staying in hotels. Are they generally guarded as well?
CPT is defiantly safe, not many houses are guarded there. we rented a big apt with parking and it was nice, and when driving there its secure.

JNB is diff. - almost all houses have walls and gates guarding their house. - when driving you dont see houses, but a bunch of big walls.
at my relatives house they have a bunch of doors in their house and they lock each one at night to kind of block off diff parts of the house, and 2 security systems. (i tripped an alarm once and security was there within 2-3 min)

i think we were a little more paranoid then supposed to be becuase of what ppl said , but just make sure u know where ur driving and make sure ur not being followed .

Im guessing hotels, are fine. many ppl go there for business.

Dan, at the Brooklyn seminar one of your trivia q was about the best award value for flying to Hawaii... Can you please refresh my memory? I.e  if id like to take a trip there which miles/points should i be after to fly there in biz or first class?
read this and youll have your answer.

Is there a person or service that will obtain Pearl Harbor tickets on your behalf if you can't be there early?
Possibly, as they dont have names

Trip Reports / Re: CBS Travels
« on: July 06, 2014, 10:35:57 AM »
I recommend taking the night and early morning safari tour (costs a bit) becuase there are animals you wont see in middle of the day . - we saw the cheeta and hyaenas  in the morning.

At night we saw some owls, but other ppl see other things .   

Trip Reports / Re: CBS Travels
« on: July 06, 2014, 10:33:21 AM »
Um, how do you make sure that the lions don't eat you?
You stay in your car with the windows and doors shuts at all times.

If you stick your head out the window , you never know if an animal will jump out of the bushes and attack you as they are camouflaged

1. here are ppl disobeying the laws.

2.  line of cars waiting to see the Male Lions eating their Hunt.

3. if these beasts come near your car either stand still or run for your life. - dont piss them off or theyll step on your car

4. the huts we stayed in .

Trip Reports / Re: CBS Travels
« on: July 06, 2014, 01:35:43 AM »
Nice. You're not scared of heights, are you ?
apparently not :)
ive done bungee 500 feet twice and skydive 13k feet.
this was a piece of cake

Trip Reports / Re: CBS Travels
« on: July 06, 2014, 01:29:11 AM »
I have never seen such a cool, large, and thick snake. I think I want to add South Africa on my future destination list.
U got to be lucky to see all the animals. We spoke to south africaans that have been there around 5 times and havent seen the big 5
we were very lucky

here are a some shots of cape town.

1. Sunset (not touched) on top of table top

2. On the scenic Drive

3. On top of Lions Head

4. View of Camps Bay from Lions head

Trip Reports / Re: CBS Travels
« on: July 06, 2014, 01:11:50 AM »
1. Lion Eating Fresh Kudu

2. Zebra Traffic

3. Cheeta

4. Snake

Trip Reports / Re: CBS Travels
« on: July 06, 2014, 01:02:19 AM »
All pics taken by me with Canon Rebel T5i

1. Lioness

2. Blue Bird

3. Lion

4. Leopord

Trip Reports / Re: CBS Travels
« on: July 06, 2014, 12:52:48 AM »
South Africa

Thanks to Dansdeals, I managed to catch the gitch in November from united and booked to go for a week and a half to South Africa For $480 round trip in March.

Now on my way back on this long flight typing up this TR. - (Wrote this in March on plane ride back)

Cape Town

Departed EWR on United to FRA with a 12 hour stop, rented a car, drove around, sat in starbucks went to top of building with a nice veiw of city, did nothing much in FRA then headed to airport, showered in Lufthansa business lounge , which i accessed with my united club card (not the CC, but the card that comes with it )then flew Lufthansa to JNB. Landed tuesday morning .

Booked a separate flight from JNB to CPT , so right when we to to JNB we took a Kulula flight to CPT. -before we left for CPT we went to the phone store in airport and got sim cards with data and that was our gps and internet for the trip. I was very lucky because my passport was just about full and they require an empty page in passport, so they almost sent me back but she made an BIG exception and let me in.
After a little delay we made it to CPT at about 3pm. Very sunny and nice weather.

Accommodations - we rented a house on which was really nice, not too expensive and great location. it was in Gardens suburb , not too far from the water and the mountains. great views.
Transportation - we rented a car from Avis which was quite cheap (especially since it was manual). its really nice that you can park anywhere without having to pay meters. the only thing is that theres a ďparking committeeĒ and they watch your cars officially and its nice to tip them a few rand before you pull out .
Food - its really nice that there are lots of kosher products in South africa, just look for the beis Din sign . - There isnít really cholov yisrael though. we ate a meal at the meat restaurant called Avrons. Food was decent , nothing to rave about . but defenitly not expensive -For breakfast we ate at the restaurant thats in the campus of the Gardens shul which is near the holocost museum. I also have relatives in CPT so i got invited there as well for some meals

Attractions:  First day we were knocked out so we just ate and headed to bed.

Waterfront - is a nice place in sea point area which has a nice walk path and some shops
Cape point - its about an hour and half drive from city and its a beautiful drive . When you get down there theres an entrance fee as its a national park. then you can either climb up the path which we did , takes 20 min approx and go to the lighthouse - Gorgeous views. Thats the spot where the atlantic and the indian ocean meet . we then took the cable cart down which cost about 50 rand -
Table top Mountain - Drove back through the a Chapmans Peak scenic route. AMAZING drive - it has a little toll there . and you must pay in cash. Most of SA you can pay with CC. We took the cable cart up to table top, theres a fee for that , and its really nice there. i recommend going when you have time and spend an hour or so up there. - theres a bar and snacks there. and then you can take a walk to the other side of the mountain and see extraordinary views.

Lions Head - We climbed up the mountain. its not a hard Clim but i canít say its so easy . -although we did see some kids going with their parents. No fee . It takes about 45-50 mi without stopping. but we stopped and took some pics as its amazing up there. so it took 1:20 hr to climb up and 45 min down  Make sure to put lots of sunscreen and bring  a bottle of water or 2 and preserve it . dont just pound it down , youíll need it - On top of the mountain is BEAUTIFUL . one of the nicest Places Iíve seen and i love CPT for this .
Paragliding  - we wanted to do but there was no wind so we couldnít
-skydiving - was over booked so we couldldnt go  -(recommended)
camps bay -its a beautiful beach front with nice mountain views - 12 apostles .
Blouberg - Is a nice 25-30 min drive from Sea point with a nice views of table top from a far. You can also go to the beach there and watch some amazing kite surfing on a nice windy day

We then Took a 10pm flight to JNB which landed 12 midnight , rented an automatic car from Hertz (prepaid weekly rate) and headed to a relative where i stayed for the remainder of my JNB stay .


Things to Know: JNB isnít dangerous if you donít act stupid and are aware of your surroundings. Driving at night is fine. if you get to a red and you see people there (we didnít ) and no cops around then its recommended to take the red . All houses are gated, with high level security. but when you are there especially in middle of day you donít feel threatened. There are lots of jewish people living there and many good CHEAP kosher restaurants / bakeries/ butchery / supermarkets there.

Soweto - we paid about 500 ZAR for a tour of soweto township, which is interesting if you want to see how the africans live and some background history and tour of Nelson Mandelo first house. 
Then we just went to the butchery and some other supermarkets to get some food.

Friday night at Sydenham Shul , if you like a nice choir thats the place to go, shabbos day had a nice lunch there.
Shabbos day we davened by Chabad Torah Academy which is a 10 minute walk from Sydenham.
Motzei Shabbos we ate at a place called The Deli in sandton .you can practically eat a cow for a few dollars. :) Steaks are $15-20 and appetizers are cheap.


Things to know: Very important that you get a big car, like a jeep or SUV or pick up truck or van. It must be booked in advance because they donít have those cars when you land. We made a mistake and had a midsize car. The problem is that a lot of the grass in Kruger is tall and you canít see above it or in it .
Book accommodation in advance as well. we were lucky and booked thursday and got the last 2 spots in 2 camps .
You can either stay in one camp for your whole stay or stay in different places and drive to the other one throughout the day  . The drives between camps are between 1.5-3 or 4 hours depending how you drive.
Speed limit is max 50 KMH - if you go slow you will see things. BE PATIENT. you may drive an hour or 2 and not see anything but its all about luck
We saw the BIG 5 twice during our 2.5 days there (besides the rhino only once from far)
We stayed in Satara first night and Skukuza the second night. - I recommend both , but skukuza is more central and more popular. - theres also lower sabie which we couldnít go because was booked and because of the rains some roads were closed there.
Tuesday night we flew back to NY (on taanis Esther! )

Pics coming up in next posts

Up In The Air / Re: Travel Agents out there....
« on: May 29, 2014, 07:16:36 AM »
+1  - Best of the best.

Thank you. And to all the other referrals  :)

Destination Guides And Trip Planning / Re: Hawaii Toaster Oven Thread
« on: April 27, 2014, 11:11:26 PM »
Where is the toaster and sandwich maker now?

I'm going next week iy"h

would love to use it .

Please PM me if you know

Credit Cards / Re: Citi AA Master Thread
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:53:49 PM »
Applied for my 2nd AA card 100k bonus and got approved with first phone call. no questions asked! :)

Credit Cards / Re: Chase Reconsideration
« on: April 07, 2014, 03:52:20 PM »
Easiest Recon ever.

I applied today for SW biz, personal and Hyatt - all said pending.

1st phone call they offered to transfer 5k CL from my Club card (which had 18k on it ) to approve Hyatt.

2nd phone call they said they dont even see the SW personal. so i asked to approve the Biz and after some chatting about what i do , she approved the Biz for 5k CL

« on: March 11, 2014, 12:48:21 PM »
Happy bday!

Regards from Africa! :p

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