REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN

To begin, after years of dreaming, I finally made it to South Africa, specifically Cape Town. While there, I enjoyed three weeks in the country and did lots of exciting activities, such as a safari where I saw loads of magical animals, went to a penguin beach where I enjoyed the lovely little waddlers, dove with sharks and got my adrenaline rush, visited the Cape of Good Hope which was gorgeous, met lots of great people, and so much more! Nevertheless, after some time, I felt that it was time to get back to Asia, which had recently opened after the COVID pandemic lockdowns had eased.

 

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Undoubtedly, one of my favorite Asian countries is South Korea where I had lived previously, years before. After five years away, I felt it was time to return and enjoy this beautiful country, so I booked my ticket! For the journey, I did lots of research on potential flight routes. After analyzing the flight schedules thoroughly, and much deliberation, I decided to fly with Ethiopian Airlines, a Star Alliance Member.

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For one thing, Ethiopian Airlines was actually one that I had never flown with before. Consequently, I was very excited to experience what they had to offer, especially in business class!

Trip Itinerary

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To begin, I flew from Cape Town to Addis Ababa on Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 846, which lasted six hours and 25 minutes. This was followed by a 30 minute layover in Addis Ababa. Secondly, I then boarded flight ET 672 for the remaining 11 hour and 40 minute flight to Incheon, South Korea. Boy was I excited!

Bidvest Premier Airport Lounge Cape Town

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Upon arrival to the Cape Town airport, I checked in at the Ethiopian Airlines desk smoothly, and then proceeded to the expedited security screening. Certainly I always get excited when I am on my way to a lounge, whether it’s in a luxury hotel or when I’m flying business class. Imagining all of the food and drink is enough to get me all giddy!

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Next, I stepped inside the lounge to see a fairly modern and well designed space with numerous comfortable seating options. However, my eyes first went to the sizable buffet spread with both hot and cold dishes. For the pandemic protocols, everything was individually packaged and sealed.

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Equally as important as the food, I noticed that there was a vast variety of beverage options on offer. I honestly was impressed by the variety of alcohol that they had in addition to the soft drinks, tea, and coffee. I filled up my plate with a few tasty looking items and found a seat near the window. The high amount of flavor of each dish was certainly impressive. I didn’t expect such deliciousness! After about an hour of rest and relaxation in the lounge, I continued down to the gate to board.

Ethiopian Airlines Business Class Cabin

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

 

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Of course, the anticipation and excitement to take-off was building! I was one of the first to board the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787. Once onboard, I enjoyed the color scheme that really did the Ethiopian Airlines branding justice. The seats themselves were red, and the rest of the cabin was grayscale. This contrast was striking and aesthetically pleasing.

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Afterwards, I noticed that they matched the Ethiopian Airlines logo with green and yellow blankets. A nice touch indeed.

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Overall, the business class cabin was spacious, modern, and the staff were found to be very friendly (I will discuss them in more detail later.)

Ethiopian Airlines Business Class Seat

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Along with being stylish, my seat on the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 was very comfortable for the long haul flights. The controls were very responsive (unlike some other airlines that I dealt with recently) and I was able to lie completely flat, which is crucial. Therefore, this enabled me to get a great rest throughout the journey. There were multiple places to store my personal belongings, and charging ports just behind my head.

The provided blanket and pillow were incredibly comfortable as well. The blanket was quite thick and it was perfect for the temperature of the cabin. All in all, I felt it was a dream to relax here for the journey!

Lavatories

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea
Indeed, the business class cabin had a lavatory exclusively for business class travelers. The staff did do a great job at making sure it stayed clean throughout the long journey. That being said, on these Ethiopian Airlines flights, there weren’t many differences in-between the lavatories in business class and economy class.

Amenity Kit

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

The first feature that I noticed when I sat down was the Ethiopian Airlines brightly colored amenity kit. The amenity kit had lots of items including a sleeping mask, comb, socks that doubled as slippers, toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and more. These items definitely made the journey a lot more comfortable. I wore the sock-slippers the entire trip!

Entertainment

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

I don’t know what I was thinking, but for some reason I deleted all of my music and videos off of my phone a few days before the flight. What a mistake! Lucky for me, Ethiopian Airlines had a wide variety when it came to entertainment. First of all, they included a pair of high-quality over the ear headphones which were very comfortable and provided great sound quality. I wore them nearly the entire trip and I always felt good!

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

They had some of my favorite shows including Big Bang Theory, Friends, Anthony Bourdain, and Deadliest Catch. There was also a wide variety of movies, games, music, and informational content. I liked that they had Jazz and Classical mixed albums that were about an hour in length each. These were perfect for sleeping! All in all, this was enough to keep me entertained for the duration, so not having my phone content wasn’t that big of a deal after all.

Food and Beverage

As you know, I take my food and beverage consumption quite seriously. Consequently, even though I had been to Africa a few times, Ethiopian cuisine is not one that I’m well versed in. Therefore, I was very excited to try more during the flights with Ethiopian Airlines. Lucky for me, there was a chance to try some as well as a few other cuisines during the trip.

Leg 1: Cape Town, South Africa to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Just after I first sat down, things got started with the offering of orange juice and brut. Flying always goes better with a bit of a buzz, so I went for the brut and was very happy with it! I even got a few refills before we took off.

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Not long after takeoff, we were served our first complete 3-course meal. To start, the beverage cart arrived, which was well stocked with all types of optionss including beers that I’ve never seen before. Unfortunately, those beers will have to wait until my next trip because I went with a South African red wine. I actually enjoyed it a lot and drank it throughout the entire trip. I’m quite picky with my wine so this is definitely something worth taking note of!

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

The first course then arrived which included a mixed salad, a chickpea dish, meat, cheese, and a selection of bread. Although everything looked simple, I was impressed with the amount of flavor. Especially the salad, which included gherkins. We were off to a good start!

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Afterwards, for the main course, I went for the Ethiopian option which had fish, rice, and greens. The sauce that the fish was in was simply to die for. I wasn’t super hungry because I ate so much of the starter, but it was really hard to stop eating. I must note, that the fish itself was good but perhaps a bit too “fishy” for myself. This could just be my personal preference, but I’ll let you decide.

Dessert

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Ethiopian Airlines truly knows how to create great desserts. Both of the desserts throughout the journey were fantastic. Seriously! On the first leg was a cake which was super moist and rich. In addition, if you’re not feeling a sweet dessert, it’s possible to enjoy a selection of cheeses instead. Or, live the high life and get both!

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Afterwards, the staff came around with digestifs. Consequently, I couldn’t resist getting a Bailey’s with my cup of coffee!

Leg 2: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Incheon, South Korea

The offering of food and beverage on the second leg of the trip was quite similar to that of the first. Of course, the food options did change but the style and format felt just like the first flight and this consistency was well-noted. I equate this to the fact that Ethiopian Airlines must have a fairly solid training program.

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

During the second flight, I mixed up my selections a bit to give the various cuisines a full review. Once again the amount of flavor was just right but for this meal, the chicken was slightly dry. Still delightful.

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The second dessert was a custard with fruit topping. Once again, the desserts on both flights had just the right amount of sweetness and I enjoyed them thoroughly.

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

In comparison, the main difference between the flights, was that on the second we were offered a sizeable breakfast just before we landed. There were several options to choose from, including French toast, pancakes, and congee.

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

The breakfast was served first with fruit, choice of bread, cereal with milk, yogurt, and your beverages choice. I have to say my tastes tend to lean Asian, so I went for the congee. Although the congee looked basic in appearance, just like the other dishes, it was packed with flavor! It came accompanied with two red bean buns. I loved it all!

Service

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

Moreover, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise that my journey had a stopover. This was because it gave me a chance to review two different Ethiopian Airlines teams of employees during two long-haul flights. In summary, there was a consistent level of service for the duration of each flight, well done Ethiopian Airlines! Obviously, the personality of the individual staff members changed slightly, but overall they were very attentive to my needs. There was never a time where I struggled to get assistance. Which is what I’d expect!

Conclusion

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REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

REVIEW: Ethiopian Airlines Business Class CPT to ICN Africa Asia Blog Cape Town Flights Seoul South Africa South Korea

In conclusion, my first experience with Ethiopian Airlines Business Class was very positive. The staff were incredibly warm and it actually got me excited to visit the country of Ethiopia. There was lots of pleasant banter and warm smiles with both flights, which I greatly appreciated. The comfort of the flight itself was also just great. I had just the right amount of food to not be overwhelmed, and also not to be left hungry. Taking this all into consideration, I would have to say that I would be happy to fly with Ethiopian Airlines again, and also happy to recommend that you to do the same. Safe travels!

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To begin, after years of dreaming, I finally made it to South Africa, specifically Cape Town. While there, I enjoyed three weeks in the country and did lots of exciting activities, such as a safari where I saw loads of magical animals, went to a penguin beach where I enjoyed…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 8.1
Value - 9.3
Feng Shui - 8.9
Comfort - 9
Service - 8.7

8.8

Comfort!

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Bucket List Review: Shark Cage Diving in South Africa

South Africa is an amazing country with so many activities to try! The natural beauty of the country is some of the best I have ever seen in the world, and that certainly includes the amazing wildlife. Above all, I wanted to immerse myself in it, whether that was going on safaris, visiting the African penguins, or in this case, going shark diving!

 

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About halfway through my trip to Cape Town, South Africa, I went on a tour with the lovely ML Sultan Travel & Tours company which you can read more about here. As a result, while on that tour, I was introduced to the idea of shark cage diving. This was another experience that the company offered and I was intrigued. ML Sultan sells the tour but it is operated by White Shark Projects which is located about 2.5 hours outside of Cape Town in Gansbaai. All in all, I knew that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I had to take. I was excited to start!

Transfer

White Shark Projects offers an optional round-trip transfer service to Cape Town for an additional charge of about $30 USD, which is super reasonable, considering the distance. The day before departure, I received a message letting me know that the pickup time was 4am. Wow! I knew it would be early but didn’t realize this early! I calmed down by reminding myself that this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something truly interesting. Who needs sleep?

The following morning, I was picked up in a comfortable passenger van, which now I have realized are very common in the area. Whether it’s normal people commuting to work, or visitors doing activities like this shark dive, you’ll see these types of vans all over South Africa.

Breakfast and Briefing

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Bucket List Review: Shark Cage Diving in South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa

Subsequently, after the early morning drive, we arrived at the headquarters of White Shark Projects. The facility was well-designed, modern, and I was impressed. They had a gift shop, complimentary breakfast, showers, lounge, and very friendly and welcoming staff.

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Bucket List Review: Shark Cage Diving in South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa

The complimentary breakfast was simple, yet tasty, and a good way to get the day started. While eating, I had a chance to mingle with the other attendees. Before long, we were briefed about the diving that was to follow, and then it was off to board the boat.

Sharks!

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Bucket List Review: Shark Cage Diving in South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa

Bucket List Review: Shark Cage Diving in South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa

It was time to get the party started! It only took 15 to 20 minutes to reach the opportune shark diving spot. They informed us in the briefing that nature is often unpredictable and thus we weren’t guaranteed to see Great White Sharks, or anything at all for that matter. Lucky for us, the shark gods were on our side and they arrived almost immediately!

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I was sure to get a wetsuit on as quickly as I could to be ready to get in the water. The staff separated us into two groups of seven people. This was because that was how many people could fit in the cage at one time. I worked hard to get in the first group! Once inside, the staff would tell us when to dive to see the sharks.

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Bucket List Review: Shark Cage Diving in South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa

It was incredible to see these majestic creatures just a foot or two away! Even though they were eating, you could tell they were very relaxed. It didn’t feel dangerous at all, as I expected. To be clear, these were not Great White Sharks but another variety found in the area. That being said, I really didn’t mind as they were really impressive regardless.

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There were a few rounds of diving with the two groups. They made sure that everyone got their fill of the action before departing after a couple hours. The seas were a bit rough that day. If I were you, I’d take some medicine for sea sickness before coming. Unfortunately, nearly every attendee got a little bit seasick during the excursion.

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Luckily for us, when we got back to the headquarters, the staff had vegetable soup waiting for us that soothed my stomach and brought me back to a state of normalcy.

Conclusion

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In the end, this was an incredible experience. I was so delighted that I booked the White Shark Projects experience through ML Sultan Travel & Tours. Everyone involved was a true professional and the whole experience went off without a hitch. If you’re interested in doing something special and exhilarating while in South Africa, definitely check out this experience!

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South Africa is an amazing country with so many activities to try! The natural beauty of the country is some of the best I have ever seen in the world, and that certainly includes the amazing wildlife. Above all, I wanted to immerse myself in it, whether that was going…

The Nitty Gritty

Experience - 8.4
Value - 9
Feng Shui - 9.5
Convenience - 9.5
Service - 8.8

9

Sharks!

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Bucket List Review: Shark Cage Diving in South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa

In May of 2022, I finally made my first trip to South Africa. The first city I visited in the country was Cape Town. This city is world famous and for good reason. The way the nature mixes with the metro area is something truly magical. Consequently, I’ve noticed that it has interesting similarities to Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, as well as Seoul, which all have mountains basically right in the city center.

As a result, because there are so many features of natural beauty to explore, it can be hard to know where to start! Therefore, I knew I needed a helping hand. After some research, I discovered ML Sultan Travel and Tours on TripAdvisor. They’re tour company that has years of experience with great reviews. Subsequently, after seeing all this rave reviews, I reached out and ended up organizing a tour with the owner Faziela.

 

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Pickup

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PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

We made an appointment for a 9am pickup and she was right on time. How punctual! I was staying in Hout Bay which is a small town that is 20kms south of Cape Town. From there which was already gorgeous, we cruised down the coast that was very scenic and eventually made our way to a lovely café.

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Certainly, the weather that day was just serene and the café had very friendly staff and atmosphere. This was a great way to get to know Faziela who had a lot of interesting life experiences in Cape Town. Also I need to mention that breakfast was quite tasty as well!

Penguins!

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PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

Subsequently, after breakfast we continued on our route south stopping in Simon’s Town, which is a quaint English town which used to be home of the British Royal Navy. What the town is currently famous for is the penguin colony on the beach! This is the second penguin colony I’ve got to visit in six months! The last was on Magdalena Island in Chile. We spent a good 30 to 45 minutes with this cute and comical little creatures before venturing on.

Cape of Good Hope

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PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

Meandering down this chiseled cliff-filled coastline, I couldn’t stop finding more and more amazing views. Therefore, I had to stop several times along the way to capture some of the sights! Soon we were entering the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Almost immediately after we arrived we saw wildlife which I honestly wasn’t expecting. I thought most of these types of animals were in the nature reserves but boy was I wrong. I didn’t know the name of the specific animal but it was very similar to a deer.

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PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

After that, we even saw wild ostriches climbing the cliffs. Once I got to the top of one of the cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, I flew my drone because it was such a picture-perfect place. Unfortunately a miscalculation led me to crashing nearly into the ocean. Lucky for me, the drone just barely escaped the water and crashed onto a rock. I was able to recover my drone and its photos, but the drone itself did incur some damage unfortunately. Nonetheless, the photos and videos turned out splendidly. At least Faziela’s snacks helped to make me feel better 🙂

Dinner

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PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours
Initially, we had planned for a half-day tour but as things were going so well we decided to stop at the end for a delicious dinner. This area is famous for it’s fish and chips. The restaurant Faziela took me too had a dining room directly on the water. Therefore, as the sun was getting lower, the mood was set for a very lovely evening.

Conclusion

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Ever since I had arrived in Cape Town, I had wanted to explore several amazing places. Luckily, I was able to see each one of them during this thorough private tour. To clarify, the whole experience was incredible! Having an enthusiastic local to show me around was a huge game-changer. Faziela had a lot of information to share that made the tour more interesting. The whole day was so much fun and very rewarding. I feel super satisfied with the amount that I experienced for my time in the country! In conclusion, when in Cape Town, South Africa, I can definitely recommend to book a tour with ML Sultan Travel & Tours, you won’t regret it!


 

ML Sultan Travel & Tours

Tour Company

Cape Town, South Africa

Phone: +27833858115

 


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PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

PRO GUIDE: What To See in Cape Town, South Africa Africa Blog Cape Town South Africa Tours

Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review

Finally the day had come, it was my time to visit South Africa for the first time ever! The first stop on my trip was the famous city of Cape Town. Over the last 10 years of travel, I’ve always wanted to visit this glorious country, but it always seemed a bit out of the way for my travel plans. It wasn’t until May of 2022 when I was offered a free one-way air ticket anywhere in the world by a client of mine that it finally gave me the push I needed to make the dream come true!

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Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

While staying in Cape Town, I tried various types of accommodation including Airbnbs and hotels. My first luxury hotel of the visit was the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town.

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Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

The property is located near to The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront which includes a large complex with shops and restaurants. The hotel actually offered a complimentary shuttle service every hour which was very convenient. The first day, I arrived in the morning and my room wasn’t quite ready so I spent some time exploring around the lobby and getting some work finished.

The interior of the hotel felt a lot like a cruise ship, which honestly was quite suitable for the location right on the ocean. A large open air space with a comfortable seating area in the center. After about an hour and a half, my room was ready, so it was up to the second floor to have a look. Let’s get this hotel review started!

 

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Premium Room with Balcony – Sea View

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Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

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For my Cape Town stay, I secured room 208 which was a Premium Room with Balcony – Sea View. The room was incredibly spacious at 55 square meters. The room featured a king-size bed which could be closed off from the rest of the room with a sliding door, a large sofa, lounge chair, desk with chair, coffee table, sizable closet with iron, safe, minibar, multiple USB wall ports, capsule coffee machine, tea, and balcony with a gorgeous sea view! Seriously, stop and look at this balcony 🙂

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A large glass bottle of filtered water was supplied daily. I did research and it’s perfectly safe to drink tap water in Cape Town but the filtered water tastes much better. The bed and bedding were super comfortable and I slept great.

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Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

This luxury hotel bathroom was quite grand as well and featured a dual sink vanity, bathtub, shower stall, and toiletries made by Radisson Blu. I love the fact that the towels were very thick and fluffy! So comfortable.

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I want to thank the Radisson Blu Waterfront for the lovely welcome amenity. I gobbled everything up like I was ravenous 🙂

Service

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After spending the last few months in Asia, I was having a bit of reverse culture shock being back in a Western country. Everyone was direct with their communication and I must say it was refreshing. Throughout my stay the room was serviced twice a day. I noticed during the normal housekeeping service that the staff really did a thorough job cleaning and evened mopped the floors every single day. In the evening, the turndown service was also lovely and each night brought me a tasty sweet treat. I loved the toffee!

Tobago Restaurant

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Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

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The Radisson Blu’s main restaurant is known as Tobago and is located next to the sea on the ground floor. The ambience of the space is glorious, mostly due to the fact that it is right next to the water. It has high ceilings in the center, a large outdoor seating area, and loads of friendly staff. During my stay, I ate the hotel breakfast there and had the chance to have a dinner as well.

Breakfast

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Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

Each and every morning breakfast was in Tobago in a buffet format. It’s been a while since I stayed at a Radisson Blu, but once I saw this impressive variety of food in the morning, I started to have flashbacks of other Radisson Blu Hotels I’ve enjoyed around the globe. If I’m being honest, this brand really knows how to do food correctly. They even had sparkling wine and oysters. I am now definitely a fan of breakfast oysters!

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Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

All items were very fresh and of the highest quality. When I dream of the perfect breakfast buffet, this is the type of spread I imagine. Eating tasty food and enjoying the ocean was simply magnificent. Overall, the service at breakfast was great, although there was one forgotten coffee during my visit. In the end, they corrected the mistake and the remaining days had zero hiccups. Breakfast was a success!

Dinner

As the food was great in the morning I was looking forward to what the dinner experience would be like. When the weather is good, sitting on the patio at Tobago is absolutely stunning. That being said, for the evening of my dinner, we were forced to sit inside because we didn’t want to freeze outdoor.

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For the dinner I had a chance to try several dishes so I could write a thorough restaurant review for you, my valuable readers. Before the food came however, I did have the opportunity to order a Long Island Ice Tea. It was a great start to the meal and showed me right away that we were in good hands because this and the mojito were well balanced cocktails.

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Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

My food premonition turned out to be right because nearly everything we ate was fairly tasty. The flavors were great and the portion size of the seafood platter for one turned out to be massive! This could easily have been for two people. I heard that the two person version was twice as large. If my calculations are right, the larger one could easily serve four people!

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Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

We finished the evening off with a pair of gluten free desserts. These were fairly decent but nothing that shocked me to my core. All in all, it was a very pleasant and enjoyable evening at Tobago. The staff were super friendly and attentive, the food was enjoyable, and even though we had to sit inside, the atmosphere was delightful.

Amani Spa and Wellness

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Looking for a place to relax or get fit? Check out the Amani spa at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. The spa had all the treatments you would hope for as well as an indoor relaxation pool and gym.

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The fitness center was accessible 24/7 simply by using a room key. I love working out in this sizable gym because it was filled to the brim with quality equipment. Not only was it one of my favorite brands Technogym, but everything was also incredibly new. They had all the equipment and then some that anyone could possibly need for a great workout. Not to mention the gym looked out over the marina. What a fantastic place!

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Radisson Blu Waterfront: Cape Town Hotel Review Africa Blog Cape Town Hotels South Africa

During my stay, I also had a chance to enjoy a Rasul Treatment at the spa. For those of you that know me, you know that I love a good steam or sauna. My self-treatment combined this with a scrub, mask, and balm. Basically, it starts off like any other spa treatment, enjoy a tea and relax, and then you are escorted to a treatment room to execute your self-treatment.

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The treatment room in this case, was a large steam room. The staff then supplied the products to exfoliate and moisturize my skin as well as give a brief explanation of how to use them. The whole Rasul Treatment lasted about 45 minutes and to be honest, I felt great afterward with my soft skin. When complete, I then went back to the relaxation pool and enjoyed some snacks and took photos. All in all, I enjoyed this way more than I expected. It was very simple but very therapeutic and relaxing!

Outdoor Pool

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In addition to the gorgeous indoor pool located inside the spa of this hotel, they also have an impressive outdoor pool just near the sea. Although it looked great, I did not swim because it was quite cold during my stay. Burrrrrr!

Conclusion

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There you have it, my luxury hotel review of my first stay in Cape Town! Overall, my time at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel was splendid. What struck me most about this property the most was the fantastic service level. It seemed like there were always numerous staff floating around attending to all of my needs. Not only were they attentive, but they were friendly, and this was very admirable.

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Everything at the property it was of high quality and this accompanied with the great service was a recipe for success. This is definitely one of the top hotels in the city and gets my stamp of approval!

Reserve YOUR room at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town now!
Finally the day had come, it was my time to visit South Africa for the first time ever! The first stop on my trip was the famous city of Cape Town. Over the last 10 years of travel, I've always wanted to visit this glorious country, but it always seemed…

The Nitty Gritty

Taste - 9.5
Value - 8.9
Feng Shui - 8.5
Convenience - 8.4
Service - 9.1

8.9

Lovely!

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Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

Hotel

100 Beach Rd, Granger Bay, Cape Town, 8001

Phone: +27 21 441 3000

 


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