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Bucket List Genie Conquers Everest

18558913_1316940561687980_2880225016927259578_oA ten-day trek across Mount Everest, followed by a half marathon and another trek down the mountain with a nasty lung infection, but South Africa’s own Bucket List Genie would not have it any other way. After all, she is only the third South African female to complete the Everest Trek-Marathon Experience.

Adventure is in her blood, and that’s one of the reasons why she pushes herself to the limits when she’s not creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences for clients at Celestial Gifts, or running after her two young boys, Keanu and Connor.

Many months of training, including a gruelling weekly fitness programme that included two kilometres of swimming two to three times a week, and fifty kilometres of running, culminated in Odette Butcher (AKA the Bucket List Genie)’s latest accomplishment – becoming the third South African woman ever to complete the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon. Having completed the Petra Desert Marathon in 2014, the Great Wall Marathon in 2015, and the Polar Circle Marathon in 2016, Odette is no stranger to adventure marathons, but this time, she approached her preparations with great respect for the mountain, which has claimed countless lives. Safely back home, Odette recollects her thoughts and catches up on sleep, which comes so much easier in a soft, warm bed.

It saddens her to encounter negative perceptions about South Africa whenever she travels, says Odette, 18557191_1317000985015271_1532226225776870288_nbut she tries to balance it with perspective. When she announced her plans to complete the Everest Marathon, she encountered similar alarmist rumours, perpetuated by the negative experiences of trekkers who weren’t properly equipped, who trekked alone, and who refused to turn back when they should have – mostly beyond Base Camp. “If you have a realistic dream, it is well within your reach. You lessen your risks by ignoring urban rumours and bad press and by always using reputable operators. Make sure you have the correct gear, listen to the leader, and then relax into the experience.” advises Odette.

Her strategy from the start was to take it slow and steady, and after ten days of trekking the 65kms to the start and experiencing oxygen deprivation and sleep apnoea due to the high altitudes and sub-zero temperatures, Odette was exhausted, but adamant to finish the marathon. Like many other runners, she contracted a nasty chest infection that forced her to make a solo-parent responsible decision at the eleventh hour to switch to the half-marathon instead of the full marathon. Her focus was not about finishing first, but finishing alive, and her training and wise decision paid off as she was the fifth woman to cross the finish line.

“The mountains will always have the last word and I’ve learnt to be flexible in order to avoid being another statistic. The altitude made me humble!” she laughs, enjoying deep breaths of clean, Cape Town air.

For all the bad press associated with the flight to and landing at Lukla Airport, it was executed with precision and 18620270_1313817972000239_6964423975452590102_nperfection in every way. Lukla is 2800 m above sea level, with a 150 runway and vertical drop, which makes it one of the most dangerous in the world.

Odette attributes much of the success of her trip to the wonderful support team. “Life of a Sherpa is hard. Absolutely everything must be carried up the mountain on their backs. The load is stabilised by a head strap. Some of their loads weigh well over 50kgs and some of them are young teenagers who look the same weight as their load. They walk without energy bars or water, and often wear flip flops.”

A fantastic event management team and support staff that included fourteen porters, Sherpas, cooks, a yak herder, and a trekking guide met an exceptional team of brave runners. One-hundred and seventy international runners and forty Nepalese runners competed in the marathon. Many of the international runners have been (or still are) in the defence- or air force and several have completed various iron man competitions, which made them worthy adversaries on the track, and wonderful and inspiring people to know.

Few things inspire confidence as much as an adventure marathon. It makes one realise their own inner strength. Accomplishing the training and competing in the marathon gives you the strength to believe that you can do whatever you put your mind to. “In fact sometimes a day in the life of a solo parent and business person is harder than any of these challenges put together. Based on what we deal with daily, we do not give ourselves enough credit for what we are able to accomplish.18588918_1318076388241064_9191605466844662663_o

“A humbling experience indeed, many of the runners have overcome immense challenges to beat the odds in order to participate in the marathon. Several individuals were cancer survivors and had great physical and emotional challenges. For Odette, the marathon was a manifestation of her own journey of personal growth and overcoming negative internal dialogue by breaking her own self-imposed limitations.

If there’s one thing that the four endurance marathons have in common, is the fact that each one offers a unique climatic challenge. Petra Desert Marathon is known for the desert heat, while the Great Wall Marathon’s greatest challenge was climbing those stairs in excruciating humidity. The Polar Circle Marathon’s challenge was twofold – the -37 degrees sub-zero temperatures and wind chill. Everest was a challenging experience due to not only the brutal terrain, but also the fact that many runners became ill due to poor sanitation and food hygiene, lack of piped water and overall cleanliness. Close living quarters made picking up a bug a real risk, especially since Odette was already run down from ten days of sleep deprivation.

18664371_1320465594668810_3678875909141797178_nEverest’s gruelling terrain included suspension bridges above the tree lines, which revealed powerful lunar-like landscapes. Runners had to zigzag up and down the mountain in order to acclimatise before they reached base camp. One of the ‘rest’ days included an upward ascent of 1217 feet to 3880m and then back down again. At times, the team were trekking at an average of two kilometres per hour through forests of rhododendrons; exquisite panoramic landscapes, gushing rivers, and over suspension bridges, surrounded by snow capped gargantuan mountains as far as the eye can see. However, they remained in good spirits and shared the camaraderie of an experience of a lifetime.

While much of the experience was all about patience and balancing that inner desire for perfection with reality that not everything always goes according to plan. At the end of the day, it’s those experiences that make connections, create memories, and strengthen character – the very cornerstones upon which Celestial Gift Experiences was built, and the principles by which the Bucket List Genie lives.

#EverestMarathon #EverestTrek #BrutalTrail

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10 Extraordinary Mother’s Day Gifts

 

chocolate_001One day a year, we get to celebrate mothers. On that day, which happens to fall on 14 May this year, we ponder on all the things our mothers do for us – well, at least the parts we’re aware of. Leading up to that day, we tend to Google “10 extraordinary mother’s day gifts” in a bid to try find the best way to show her how much we care.

And let’s face it, we really do care, after all:

  • Mom’s always there when we need to buy that new dress / phone / Xbox game.
  • Mom’s always there to pick up some school-related project when we fail to manage our time efficiently.
  • Mom’s always there to play taxi to parties, hair cuts, doctors’ appointments, movies and more…

On top of that, moms are involved in somehow magically getting the house clean, and getting all that healthy food on the table.

It’s only when we’re actually moms, that we realise the true importance of mothers, and why every day should be Mother’s Day. Mothers do so much more than just cook, clean, and play taxi. Mothers also:

  • Put their bodies under tremendous strange (sometimes at the risk of their own lives) to bring us into this world.
  • Give up sleep – pretty much for the rest of their lives. When their babies stop waking up for 2-hourly feeds, mothers start worrying about their “babies’” health, peer influences, future, and a million other things.
  • Cry themselves to sleep when their children’s hearts are broken.

spaIn short, a mother’s every breath is devoted to her child and they don’t ask for fancy or expensive mother’s day gifts, but for your TIME.

Few things will make your mother happier than putting your phone down and spending a few hours with her. She wants your company. She wants to see you smile. She wants to hear you laugh. She wants you to have a good time in her company.

That’s why we came up with this list of 10 extraordinary Mother’s Day gifts that will provide both you and your mom with plenty of enjoyment on Mother’s Day. shutterstock_112420178

  1. Besties Spa Package with High Tea for Two
  2. Dipped Rolled and Dusted for Two
  3. Chocolate Tasting with Lunch for Two
  4. Floatation with Massage for Two
  5. Beach Picnic for Two
  6. DBN Sailing Cruise for Four
  7. Table Bay Sail and Fine Dining Lunch for Two
  8. Perfume Workshop for Two
  9. Lunch in the Sky for Two
  10. Sidecar Adventure with picnic for two

If you’re a mom, we’d like to wish you the most joyous of Mother’s Days yet!
#MothersDayGifts #GiftsForMom #GiftIdeas

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A New Way to Proclaim Your Love in Durban

 

gondola_002If you and your loved-one have always dreamed of floating along Venice’s Grand Canal in a gondola, sipping on sparkling wine and staring deep into one another’s eyes while you pop the question, we have great news for you. Now, you don’t have to wait years to save up the money for the trip and the ring or wait until you can finally both get enough time off work to make it happen.

That’s right! You can now recreate the experience in Durban!

We’re happy to announce that you can now board a gondola right at Durban Point Waterfront Canal Boat Dock for a scenic ride down the canal and back. But that’s not all. You get to choose from one of 3 great packages to suit the specific occasion:

Magical Night Time Gondola Ride – A South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA)-certified skippers with more than 10 years’ experience will take you on a lovely gondola ride along the canal and back again.

Message in a Bottle, Picnic & Mask Combo Gondola Ride – Imagine your lover’s delight when s/he finds a message-in-a-bottle floating on the canal, and it’s a personal note from you…

Deluxe Gondola Experience – This experience has all the elements for a spectacular proposal. The rose-petal scattered gondola ride includes a message-in-a-bottle, a delectable picnic basket for two, Venetian masks to add mystery (you can take them home!), and some lovely amateur photos taken by your gondolier to commemorate the experience. Ultimate_Gondola_Experience_2

As with all Bucket List Genie-approved experiences, this experience is operated by an approved operator. For your safety, the gondolas carry buoyancy certificates and are equipped according to Local General Safety Certification from SAMSA.

Allow your imagination to escape to Venice with this amazing experience for two.

#DateNightIdeas #RomanticExperiences #ProposalIdeas

 

 

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Final Preparations for the Everest Marathon

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As most of my readers know, I’ll be setting off on my next adventure – the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon 2017 at the end of May. This post is for everyone who has been asking how my preparations have been coming along, and everyone else who might be wondering what goes into preparing for an extreme marathon.

About the Everest Marathon

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 1.13.38 PMThe world’s highest marathon takes place on 29 May 2017. However, that is the date of the actual marathon only… Reaching the start of the marathon – Everest Base Camp, is a process in itself.

I fly out of CPT on the 12/05 and start a very long journey to Kathmandu (Nepal) with an allowance of only 15kgs (of which most weight is allocated to snacks and medical supplies).

It starts with a moderate 2-3 hour trek from Lukla to Phakding (2652m altitude) on the 17th, followed by a 15km trek to Namche Bazaar (3446m) on the 18th. I will be sleeping in very basic lodge accommodation which is not glamping by any means but more comfortable and warmer than staying in a tent.

On the 21st, we will trek to Deboche via Thyangboche – a strenuous 6.8 km trek at an altitude of 3,650m. This is followed by a 12km trek to Dinboche (4358m altitude) on the 22nd, where we will halt to acclimatise for a day and then on to Lobuje (9km, 4928m altitude) on the 24th.

From here, we will trek 6km to Gorakshep (5160m altitude) on the 25th and take an early morning hike up to Kalapatthar View (5545m), which 536s the highest point of the trek.

The next day, we will reach Everest Base Camp in approximately 4 hours, followed by a rest day, during which we will acclimatise at an altitude of 5364m.

29 May is Marathon Day. The adventurous 42.195km marathon reaches altitudes of 3446m-5364m. I will be running with all my water and food for the day. I will also need to take extra clothes and what I refer to as my mobile ICU supplies in case I run into difficulties.

Over the next two days, we will descend once again, this time at leisurely pace.

About My Preparations

17621888_1298198486915961_7879335554203442016_oAs you can imagine, this is an adventure of a lifetime, and I’m very much looking forward to it. At the same time, it is quite nerve-wracking. I’ll be landing in the world’s most dangerous airport – EEEK! – and climb the highest mountain in the world.

I’m currently in the final phases of preparing for the marathon. In addition to cramming in as much off road training and swimming as possible (2000m swim x 2-3 times a week and a total of 50kms running mileage), I’m also preparing myself mentally and emotionally (which I believe is the most important over and above fitness or body strength).

My strategy for the Everest Marathon involves going slowly, taking one step at a time. My goal is not about winning the marathon, but completing it – in one piece! I want to represent South Africa, cross a huge goal off my bucket list, and – mostly, just savour the experience.

As you might imagine, there are many requirements for gear that should go in my backpack in order to not only succeed at completing the marathon, but also to survive in case of emergency. In addition to altitude sickness medication, snacks, toiletries and clothing, these are some of the requirements we must take along.

  1. Good pair of trekking boots, running or sand shoes
  2. Sleeping bags
  3. 4 pairs of normal socks
  4. At least 6 pairs of woolen socks to be used during the trek
  5. Rucksack as day pack
  6. Personal medical kit
  7. Water bottle
  8. Woolen beanie
  9. Down Jacket
  10. Windproof/waterproof jacket
  11. Gloves
  12. Scarves
  13. Thermal underwear and vest
  14. Sun glass
  15. Sun screen cream
  16. Torch
  17. Plastic garbage bags to keep things dry
  18. Water bottle
  19. Stamina or Rehydration powder
  20. Ski poles (optional) for walking

You can learn more here.

I’ve been sourcing and buying mountaineering, medical & trail running kit and all my favourite snacks to eat at high altitude, when the appetite is most suppressed.

As the preparations fall into place and the date approaches, I’m faced with the fact that this is it! There’s the reality of altitude sickness, as well as many other risks that come with living the high life (pun intended!). Of course, I’m slightly anxious, but I’m also very much looking forward to this adventure.

All the training and preparation has been hard while juggling in family responsibilities, running a business and home. However, I want to thank everyone who has been instrumental in helping me to make this dream a reality.

I’ll share more about my adventure when I return.

#AltitudeRunning #TechnicalRunning #ExtremeAdventure

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Learn to Make Cocktails at Home

 

shutterstock_335586485Whether you want to pursue a career in bartending, or learn to be the perfect host whose cocktails brings all the girls and or boys to the yard, the secret starts in your bar.

Cocktails tend to use several different liquors and alcohols, which you may not stock in your bar. You may not want to go out and buy every last bottle, but a good mixology class will teach you how you can mix and match, even if you start with a small selection of bottles in your bar. Mixology class will teach you how to prepare great cocktails in minutes, and without four dosen ingredients. You’ll learn that some of the best cocktails are actually deceptively easy to make. It’s about learning to balance flavours. In addition to learning how to mix cocktails, you will also have the opportunity to meet likeminded individuals – individuals that enjoy a good cocktail, and hopefully, good conversation.  Also, you’ll learn some awesome new terminology to replace “that scoopy thing”, “that weird glass”, “the shakey-majig”, and “that weird long spoon”, to name but a few.

You will learn methods of cocktail preparation in terms of building a drink, stirring, shaking, layering, muddling, straining, smashing…oh and drinking. You will prepare and make a range of classic and contemporary cocktails including: Collins, Margaritas, Daiquiris, Caipirinhas, Sours, Mojitos, Martinis and much more.

Ultimately, you’ll learn the secret to ratios. You’ll learn how to make cocktails with basic ingredients such as fruit, cherries, syrup and so forth. The key is to find the ratio that ensures that you enjoy your drink.

You can now register for an exciting Learn to Make Cocktails class, strictly for over-18s. Experience an exciting introduction to the world of cocktails, providing you with a practical foundation in the mechanics of mixology and cocktail preparation at work and home.

It’s ideal for beginners, cocktail enthusiasts and wannabe mixologists. Ten percent of the time will be spent on theory, and 90% on practical, and you’ll receive a certificate of attendance.

#CocktailMaking #CocktailMakingClasses #CocktailMixes

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How to Plan the Perfect Romantic Getaway in Cape Town

 

IMG_6700Cape Town is so much more than just a beautiful city, steeped in history and culture. There really is something for everyone to enjoy, day and night and everything in between. From sights to see, to nature exploration, shopping, fine dining and adventure, there’s enough to keep you thoroughly entertained. Celestial Gift Experiences has teamed up with 12 Apostles Hotel to help you plan the perfect getaway for a special getaway for two, be it for a birthday, anniversary, proposal, or just because.

About The 12 Apostles Hotel

Flanked by the awe-inspiring Twelve Apostles Mountains and Table Mountain, the award-winning 12 Apostles Hotel dramatically rises above the Atlantic Ocean, creating a magical setting for a most memorable occasion.

Luxurious rooms and exquisite dining experiences combine to bring you everything you need to make the most of your getaway. Rest in style, or head to Azure Restaurant for fine dining and scrumptious seafood, The Leopard Bar for cocktails and breathtaking sunsets, or simply relax in one of the outdoor gazebos of the hotel’s holistic spa.

How to Enjoy Your Getaway in Style shutterstock_324836168

Exclusive to Celestial Gift Experiences, combine our adventure packages or enjoy them in any order to make the most of your 12 Apostles experience.

Helicopter Flight & Wine Pairing Lunch for Two – Set off on a scenic shared helicopter flight leaving from the V&A Waterfront as it soars above the Atlantic Ocean, providing breathtaking views of Clifton, Camps Bay, Lion’s Head, Robben Island and the Twelve Apostles mountain range. Afterwards, drive or catch the shuttle back to the 12 Apostles Hotel for a sublime wine and food pairing lunch in the Azure Restaurant, a sought after American Express® Platinum Fine Dining Awards honoree.

private_cinema_ytt8-pqOvernight Dinner & Private Cinema for Two – Why drive back to the V&A when you can spend the night at the 12 Apostles? After dinner at Azure Restaurant or The Café Grill, you will be taken to the hotel’s private cinema to enjoy a blockbuster movie with popcorn and other treats for a luxurious spin on the classic movie date night. After the movie, relax in your exquisite mountain facing room – which offers sweeping views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range from the floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that open up to a private balcony -, or your ground floor mountain view room that overlooks the tranquil Fynbos gardens. Enjoy the hotel’s legendary English breakfast before returning home, or setting out on your next adventure.

Sidecar Adventure & Tea by the Sea for Two – Cruise through Cape Town for 90 minutes in a vintage World War II sidecar, which starts at the V&A Waterfront. Take in Table Mountain, the City Bowl, panoramic views, 5-star real estate and world class coastline before being delivered to the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa for a sublimely delicious high tea by the sea.

Can you think of a better, more romantic getaway? We think not!

#RomanticGetaways #ProposalIdeas #AnniversaryGifts

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Luxury Trips In Gauteng: Escape the Concrete Jungle

shutterstock_101257582Don’t be fooled into thinking that there’s nothing to do in Johannesburg other than shopping, movies and eating out. Gauteng is a vibrant province, offering varied experiences for old and young, if only you’d move beyond the embrace of the concrete jungle and explore the open road. LuxuryTripsZA set out to find you some of the most exciting luxury travel experiences to turn your weekends from mundane to insane. Best of all? They’re all located within a short drive from the city. That means that you can get there and back within an hour or two, so that your precious time is not wasted on driving – unless that’s what you enjoy doing!

Top 5 Luxury Lifestyle Experiences in Gauteng

LuxuryTripsZA specialises in experiences that captivate the imagination of our adventurous jetsetter clients. We offer trips that will be remembered forever, whether it is enjoyed by lovers, friends, or corporate groups. After all, it’s shared experiences that create lasting emotional connections.

Clients have sent in rave reviews about our VIP Pampering in the City of Gold and our Helicopter Flights with Private Game Drives and Lunch in Pilanesberg, to name but a few. However, these are the top 5 experiences at the moment:

Luxury Transfers, Theatre & Fine Dining Dinner for Two

What to do when you want to enjoy dinner and a few drinks, but you have to be responsible? This shutterstock_111246515package is the perfect solution for your first-world luxury life challenge…

Relax and enjoy your company as a chauffeur safely transfers you to your theatre of choice, and then on to a fine dining establishment of your choice.

Romantic VIP Helicopter and Picnic Experience

Picnics have always been one of the hallmarks of romantic displays of affection and now we give you the opportunity to pull out all the stops. Forget the old-fashioned bicycle to share, and show your unique style with luxury travel by helicopter. Let LuxuryTripsZA help you arrange an exhilarating, scenic helicopter flight to your picnic spot at Kloofzicht Lodge in Magaliesberg, Silver Orange Bistro in Hartbeespoortdam, Jasmyn Windmill in Hartbeespoort, Casalinga Country Lodge in Magaliesberg or De Hoek Country Lodge in Magaliesberg.

Classic Harvard Flight with Aerobatics

Head in the clouds? Turn the metaphor into a reality by taking your favourite adrenaline junky on an adventure travel experience s/he will never forget. Spend 20 minutes in the air while the pilot performs aerobatics and formation flying (not simultaneously!). Not for the faint-hearted!

Gauteng’s Big 5 Adventure Experience

shutterstock_110525822If you’re only in Gauteng for a short while, make the most of it by booking this amazing race experience. A Harley Davidson can transfer you from your hotel to your adventure between experiences. Make your dream of flying come true with a tandem skydive, or zip across the skies on an extreme gyrocopter aerobatics flight. Navigate the rapids with adventure river rafting or go back in time with an unparalleled adrenaline surge in a vintage WWII aircraft… Don’t forget to add abseiling from Orlando Towers, a visit to Sterkfontein Caves, the Lion and Safari Park, Elephant Sanctuary, Harties Aerial Cableway and an air-boat adventure to your list!

With so many options to choose from, it will be hard to choose, but who said you can’t have it all? With everything in such close proximity and the traffic-resistant Harley as your jetsetter steed, you can enjoy Gauteng to your heart’s desire!

Privately Guided Photographic Safaris

Shoot to preserve with this luxury lifestyle experience that will literally create lasting memories. Instead of hunting for the kill, join a renowned wildlife photographer on the photographic safari of a lifetime. Learn how to hone your passion for photography from a master of the art as you relax into this magical experience in South Africa’s intoxicating bushveld.

Still think Gauteng is a dusty concrete jungle? Think again! Let the LuxuryTripsZA show you how to make the most of every adventure.

#LuxuryTravel #LuxuryExperiences #AdventureTravel

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Luxury Trips in KZN: Fun, Sun, Sea & Beyond

shutterstock_383678797Golden coastlines with foamy white waves and rolling green hills are the trademark of Kwazulu Natal. The multi-cultural city of Durban is a highly popular holiday spot because it offers such diverse experiences. From a bunny chow on the beach to a walk along the promenade, there’s plenty to see and do. Of course, here at LuxuryTripsZA, we like to indulge in luxury experiences and adventure travel for jetsetters, so we’ve compiled a range of amazing experiences in Durban, just for you.

The Oyster Box is the hallmark for luxury stays, and there are adventure experiences, such as scenic helicopter flights with fine dining lunch or a picnic on a mountain. Luxury transfers with theatre and fine dining are classic date night experiences, and deep sea fishing is a must for the avid sports fisherman. However, it doesn’t stop there.

Here are 5 of our top luxury experiences in Durban:

Luxury Return Transfers & The Chef’s Table Experience shutterstock_390054868

Impress the ultimate foodie with this once-in-a-lifetime gastronomical experience at the exclusive The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga. Rub shoulders with the establishment’s distinguished patrons as you indulge in live music, champagne, and canapés in the elegant Oyster Bar before touring the full-service kitchen and sitting down to a divine 5-course paired meal by Executive Chef Kevin Joseph.

Don’t worry about drinking and driving, as your chauffeur will deliver you safely back home.

Exclusive Fine Dining Dinner Cruise On Board Luxury Catamaran

Madevu is one of the most most exquisite luxury yachts to grace the KwaZulu Natal shore line, and now you have the opportunity to surprise your love with a romantic sunset dinner cruise. Sail along the Durban beach front, enjoying a delectable meal aboard the Madevu as sun dips behind the skyline and the city lights up for the night.

The Valley Helicopter Flight with High Tea for Two

Enjoy a scenic flight along the Umgeni River as you take in the magnificent ambience of the Valley of a Thousand Hills. The helicopter will flow at a low altitude over this hidden wonder of KZN, providing incredible photographic opportunities against the backdrops of the green hills and the Indian Ocean as it heads towards the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga.. Enjoy a delectable spread of sweet and savoury treats, including homemade cakes, quiches, pastries, scones and finger sandwiches, to name a few before your chauffeur transfers you back home.

shutterstock_127957634Luxurious Overnight Accommodation & Hot Air Balloon Flight for Two

Escape to the iconic Drakensberg where you will spend the night in the luxurious 4-star Champagne Castle Resort, nestled behind the highest peak in South Africa, Champagne Peak. In the morning, set off to Ukhozi Bush Lodge where your hot air balloon awaits to treat you to the magnificent sights of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg mountain range, Giant’s Castle and the Northern Drakensberg Amphitheatre.

Return Helicopter Flights with VIP Golf Day & Lunch for Two

Show a special golfer just how much s/he means to you with unforgettable day of VIP golfing, complete with a luxury helicopter transfer to Prince’s Grant, one of the top championship golf courses in KwaZulu Natal. Spend less time in traffic and more time enjoying your game on the vast greens, impressive fairways, and artfully designed bunkers and hazards of this prestigious course as you take in the sweeping views of the coastal forest and sweeping ocean.

With so much to do and so little time, don’t hesitate to book your Durban adventures today!

#AdventureTravel #LuxuryLifestyle #LuxuryExperiences

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Cape Town Luxury Experiences: The Best of the Mother City

shutterstock_129868538The Bucket List Genie is a fan of adventure travel. She has traveled the world, searching out the most amazing incredible luxury experiences any jetsetter could ever imagine. She has traversed the highest mountains, crossed the widest seas in the most unusual ways, and she’s not biased when she says “East, west, Cape Town’s the best!”.

Adventure travel enthusiasts and jetsetters in search of luxury experiences turn to LuxuryTripsZA every day looking for unusual ways to explore South Africa, do new things, and find innovative ways to propose to their loved ones, and Bucket List Genie is eager to comply.

Here’s a list of the 5 most unusual luxury life experiences to enjoy in Cape Town:

Private Chef, Dinner & Penthouse Overnight for Two

For the ultimate in fine dining and romance, book this incredible luxury lifestyle experience. Stay in the penthouse on the top floor of the Rockwell Hotel with its breath-taking views over Cape Town and book an executive chef from Rockafellas Café who will come up to your apartment and prepare a shutterstock_196145264delectable meal right in the kitchen while you relax and enjoy your partner’s company.

The Best of Cape Town Sight Seeing with Private Paparazzi

Feel like a Kardashian as you explore Cape Town on a full day guided tour of the city, while being followed around by your very own private paparazzo, who will skillfully capture your adventures on film. Now you don’t need to worry about selfies, you’ll have so much more time to take in the spectacular sights and sounds.

Exclusive Cavalli Wine & Stud Farm Experience

Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight from the V&A Waterfront to the Stellenbosch Wine Region, taking in the splendour of False Bay, the rugged Helderberg Mountains, and the lush wine lands as you head to Cavalli Wine & Stud Farm.

Get up close and personal with the horses, enjoy a wine tasting experience, and indulge in a fine lunch paired with the estate’s finest wines.

Sunset Helicopter Flight with Astronomy Gastronomy Experience & Luxury Transfers

The ultimate star-studded experience for the jetsetter who enjoys the finer things in life! A luxury transfer will collect you from home and take you to the V&A Waterfront, where you will board a helicopter to the 12-Apostles Hotel for a 3-course dinner that’s out of this world. After dinner, the astronomy experts from Over the Moon Tours will take you on a starry journey to The Kraal, a specially created rustic, historic outdoor events space located in the fynbos covered slopes of the Twelve Apostles Mountains, conveniently located behind the hotel for a once-in-a-lifetime star-gazing adventure.

The Ultimate Shark Volunteer Expedition

Show your passion for the ocean while enjoying the ultimate shark diving experience in one of South shutterstock_398943352Africa’s most spectacular Marine Protected Areas. But don’t dawdle, as only two of our clients will be able to join in on this expedition, which takes place only once a year. This is your exclusive opportunity to actively participate in and make a lasting contribution to shark protection and research while learning more about these amazing ocean creatures, taking incredible photos, and learning from the experts. Your expedition will be led by a scientists, who will not only provide a hands-on experience, but also with an adventure of a lifetime.

Are you ready to experience the best Cape Town has to offer? Then book your adventures today!

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Introducing The Most Exciting Gift Registry Yet

grand_daddy_001So you set a date and you’re looking forward to getting hitched. Of course, you’re also looking forward to the gifts…But let’s face it: People are getting married later in life and by that time, most of us have already set up our homes. Just how many of us still use gravy boats and china servers on a regular basis? It’s just hard to get excited about that, right?

What’s more exciting than wedding gifts, is the honeymoon. Whether it’s the surf or the turf you’re after, spending some time away with your love is probably the most exciting thing about the entire wedding. Well, the Bucket List Genie is here to help you make the most of that time together.

Research has shown that enjoying adventures together is one of the best ways to connect with another person, and what better way to start a long-lasting marriage?

Introducing the Celestial Gifts Wedding Registry

Instead of registering for another dinner set and serviette rings, turn your honeymoon into an shutterstock_520066534(1)adventure by referring your guests to Celestial Gifts as your prefered wedding gifts vendor. Not only will this save them time by allowing them to look for gifts whenever they have time (no need to brave the queues and busy shops during lunch time!) but they will also rest assured that you will love your gifts.

Additionally, friends and family who are living out of town or abroad can also check your registry list. Even if they are unable to attend, they can still surprise you with a wonderful activity gift voucher.

Choose from a wide range of gift vouchers, including romantic night spa experiences with dinner and an overnight stay, an introduction to ballroom dancing, luxury Sunday lunch cruises for two, rose garden breakfasts, scenic helicopter flights with a pinic, overnight in a cave, and extreme bridge swings or open air cinema nights complete with a picnic, to name but a few.

The Celestial Gifts Registry allows you to create the most exciting honeymoon yet! Sign up today!

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