We had a blast yesterday at Johannesburg’s Indaba Hotel, attending the Travelbags lunch sponsored by Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris, who were also celebrating their 30th Anniversary – in style! The ideal venue, excellent food, great company and brilliant entertainment, led by the legendary Bill Harrop and his dynamic daughter Sarah, was all warmed up with Nederburg wines. Nothing wrong there 🙂
Big thanks to Susan and Glen Findlay from GoSafari for the invitation, and introduction to the Travelbags community. This South African Travel Womens Club, previously affiliated to the now dissolved International Federation of Women’s Travel Organisations (IFWTO), was founded as a non-profit organisation in 1958, and continues to provide exceptional networking opportunities, while raising funds for selected charities.
Yesterday’s charity was Faces of Hope and one of their members, himself a cancer survivor, gave a moving and mind-shifting speech of thanks. He mentioned the little things that every cent raised helps to finance for cancer patients; things that many of us take completely for granted on a daily basis.
Although we didn’t win any of the awesome prizes up for grabs, we did walk away with 15 sky lanterns, which Dave bought in support of this worthy cause. If you’d like to help too, and participate in the enchantment of these non-flammable, bio-degradable, flying charms, then follow this link, where you can purchase a gift set of 3 for R150.00: www.lightalantern.co.za
For more adventurous souls, who prefer to take to the skies in person, there’s Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris, based about 45 km’s north of Johannesburg – an area that “boasts some of the safest and most reliable ballooning weather in the world”. They also offer game viewing balloon safaris in the Limpopo Province and various private game reserves throughout South Africa.
We’ll be signing up soon, especially since Dave has been hot air ballooning at the Masai Mara in Kenya, and we’ve drifted together over an Eastern Cape game farm, albeit followed by a really bumpy landing 😀 Here’s some photography from Dave’s Kenya trip:
What can I say; there’s just something about ballooning…don’t you think?