JET SET EXPERIENCES: Enchanting Morocco

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Camel trekking in the Sahara Desert, exploring the Blue City of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains, winding through the busy medinas in Fes and Marrakech, savoring freshly caught fish at the port in Essaouira, or simply sitting at a cafe sipping mint tea watching the flurry of activity: Morocco is reminiscent of a bygone era.

Life in Morocco still exists as it did thousands of years ago. Though highways and cell phones have been introduced, the Moroccan people have preserved century old family traditions, making this country both romantic and nostalgic. One would never suspect, while nestled quietly in your riad, that right outside was a bustling medina with snake charmers, overflowing spices, and locals selling handmade carpets, jewelry, and pottery. The energy of the merchants and the market place is enough to keep you up all night enjoying the evening food market where you can sample fresh squeezed juices, olives, couscous and tagines. Morocco mesmerizes with its enchanting wonders.

To plan your romantic Moroccan adventure contact Courtney Sheeley.

JET SET EXPERIENCES: The Great Migration

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There is something raw and otherworldly about witnessing the natural phenomenon known as “The Great Migration” in Eastern Africa between Tanzania and Kenya. It is the largest animal migration in the world with almost two million wildebeests, zebras and other mammals traversing through predator-filled territory in search of water and greener pastures.

The more sought after viewings of the migration typically take place between July and September between the Serengeti and Masai Mara Reserve, although weather conditions can change this from year to year.

While the lucky travelers who happen upon this spectacle are sure to mark this as a veritable life-changing experience, there are plenty more memorable encounters to round out your safari. Soak up the stunning landscape from your sundowner hike or remote bush dinner and feel the pulse of the people and high-spirited school children during a visit to a local village. Accommodations range from remote 5* tented camps to luxury safari lodges and even air safaris. From start to finish, there is no doubt the African spirit will leave an imprint on your soul.

To witness the wonders of “The Great Migration” please contact Lindsey Woodcock.

JET SET EXPERIENCES: Coastal Inspiration

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Harness your sense of adventure with a coastal road trip from Cape Town. A stunning drive awaits you as you head along the The Cape Whale Coast to the seaside city of Hermanus, a vibrant vacation community filled with boutique shops and art galleries where coastal hiking and adventure awaits. Be sure to drive the mountain route pass from Cape Town, which offers winding and stunning views of the Kleinriver Mountains. Your drive will take you through the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley – meaning “Heaven and Earth”. This wine region showcases a dozen wineries high up in the mountains with a setting that could rival a movie backdrop. A highlight is Creation Winery, which offers a tapas, chocolate, or foodie pairing – as well as a kids pairing (with flavored milks and juices) so the whole family can partake.

The next stop, just a quick 30 minutes from Hermanus, is the private nature reserve Grootbos (Afrikaans word for “big forest”). This unique property successfully combines a luxurious ambience with a commitment to environmental conservation while supporting the community. It is also home to the “Marine Big 5” – whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins – as this is the convergence of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Don’t miss the opportunity to jump in an open-air safari vehicle for an educational drive through the mountains, zipping through the unique fauna and fynbos and endemic milkwood trees en route to Siyakhula Organic Farm. The farm provides an education and foundation in organic agriculture, sustainable animal husbandry and beekeeping to members from the local community – particularly women. All of the produce from the farm – vegetables, herbs, lettuces, fruit, eggs, honey and preserves -are sold to the Grootbos lodges as part of an innovative micro-economy initiative. The same model applies to the filtered water that is offered for a small charge. Embrace this ethos guilt free over a gastronomical five-course dinner paired with local wines knowing you are giving back!

On your return to Cape Town, drive one of the world’s most scenic coastal routes in South Africa. The drive along R44 to Gordon’s Bay features dramatic scenery and beaches, a Penguin colony in Betty’s Bay (which is much bigger and less crowded than Boulders in Cape Town), whale watching, birding, and even shark cage diving.

These are just a few of many easy and inspiring getaways. To capitalize on the three months Jill Taylor spent in Cape Town this year, contact Jill at Jill@jetsetworldtravel.com