Author Topic: Trip Report: Etihad Glitch Fare (UAE, Vic Falls, Chobe, Joburg, and Cape Town)  (Read 11612 times)

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The drive is mind blowing pretty the second half of it, first part (outskirts of CPT) stinks. I crammed in a ton in my trip too, maybe more.

From what I remember, the drive was almost instantly pretty. If anything only the first 15-20 mins aren't breathtaking, but soon after that the scenery changes dramatically from minute to minute. I can't recall anything prettier... even <gasp> the drive to Milford Sound.
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Thank you. It really did take a long while, but it was my way of giving back to the community which has helped me on all of my other trips. I’m glad you appreciate it.

I transferred miles to EY for the upgrade. I was offered the option to bid, but my low bid was not accepted and a higher bid would not have been worthwhile. The minimum bid (which I understand is never accepted) on the NY — AUH leg would have been $1,200 per ticket each way.

You are absolutely correct. The city just breathes beauty. Everywhere you look there are magnificent mountains and coastlines. Unfortunately, much of the brush was burnt in some of the areas though.

I prefer crammed trips. I don’t get to travel as often as I would like, and I try to do as much as I can when the opportunity arises. I understand your perspective; to each his own I guess...

I'm not sure which place is prettier, CPT or AKL... CPT can hold it's own against the prettiest of AKL, but AKL as a country probably gets the nod. Either way, you can't go wrong with either.

Don't get me wrong, I've done crammed trips, but this one seems ambitious even for me :) You missed shark diving in CPT...!
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I'm not sure which place is prettier, CPT or AKL...

What’s AKL? I didn’t “miss” shark diving; I took the opportunity to maintain my shalom bayis... ::)

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What’s AKL? I didn’t “miss” shark diving; I took the opportunity to maintain my shalom bayis... ::)

New Zealand.

No shalom bayis issue if your spouse does it with you ;)
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New Zealand.

No shalom bayis issue if your spouse does it with you ;)

Boy, do I wanna go there! One day…

LOL!

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Thanks so much for the beautiful and detailed TR

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I'm not sure which place is prettier, CPT or AKL... CPT can hold it's own against the prettiest of AKL, but AKL as a country probably gets the nod. Either way, you can't go wrong with either.

Don't get me wrong, I've done crammed trips, but this one seems ambitious even for me :) You missed shark diving in CPT...!

The question would really be between CPT and GIG. Out of which GIG may just tip it over.

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Thanks so much for typing this up, it's really well written and informative. South Africa is on my list of places, so I hope to make use of your notes some day.

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Great TR! Thanks! It's made me add southern Africa to the list :)

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The question would really be between CPT and GIG. Out of which GIG may just tip it over.

Have you been to AKL?
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Have you been to AKL?

No, but from the pictures itself it does not stand out, looks like it can be Miami, very flat looking.

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No, but from the pictures itself it does not stand out, looks like it can be Miami, very flat looking.

It's clear you've never been then. To put Miami in the same paragraph as New Zealand, except as to compare one as being the best, and the other the worst, is near blasphemy :)
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Thanks so much for the beautiful and detailed TR

You are very welcome. So glad you enjoyed.