Maria and Mike travelled with us to South Africa & Mauritius in September 2019.
The adventurous pair had made it their goal to run the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon together, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime safari and a few days in an ocean paradise.
Because of these ultra-special plans, the pair decided to get in touch with Wayfairer Travel, and we had a fantastic time designing an unforgettable South Africa experience for the couple.
From Cape Town to Kruger, bush to beach, here’s their story…
The marathon... and the engagement ring
The adventure began in Cape Town with a 42km marathon (don’t worry – not a mainstay of our traditional South Africa itineraries!).
To our eternal astonishment and admiration, Mike and Maria had the energy to spend the next day enjoying a privately guided tour of the Cape Point and Peninsula.
A perfect example of the indispensable nature of a local guide, Maria and Mike were astonished by James’ knowledge when he went above-and-beyond to elevate their South Africa experience to something truly memorable.
“James’ knowledge of the area together with the history was fascinating but the biggest ‘wow’ was how he custom-tailored it to us from just a few mins’ conversation when he picked us up. After the end of the tour, he drove us to an up-market jeweller to replace an engagement ring that I had been looking to replace for several years! His knowledge on tanzanite was extensive and I fell in love with the stone. James managed to get my ring ready for the next morning and personally delivered it to the hotel before our transfer to the airport.”
Precious gems: from beautiful stones to spectacular wildlife
Maria and Mike continued their South Africa journey with a safari in Kruger National Park. They stayed at the Jock Lodge, right in the heart of the park.
This made it perfect for spotting the locals (of the tusked variety), right from the privacy of their own home-from-home.