South Africa, an African Gem

Manuela and her husband have been earning Aeroplan Miles since 2005. Together they have redeemed for some wonderful trips around the world and plan to discover so much more.

What’s their secret to earning enough Aeroplan Miles to travel the world? Manuela and her husband use affiliated Aeroplan credit cards for every purchase, “even one dollar purchases to get the miles,” says Manuela. They also take advantage of bonus offers and Manuela tells us that they fly on Star Alliance as much as possible to earn even more miles.

Recently, Manuela and her family traveled to South Africa with their Aeroplan Miles. They enjoyed all that South Africa has to offer including the sights, the food and the wine. Here is more about their trip:


Being up close and personal with a pack of lions during an afternoon safari in South Africa was an unforgettable experience. Nine lions approached our safari jeep and swiftly passed by as we tried to avoid gazing in to their nocturnal green eyes. Pilanesberg National Park is one of a number of malaria free game viewing parks in South Africa, which is marvelous when you are travelling with a one year old baby as we did.

Heading down to the bottom of the continent, where the two oceans adorn the shores, we indulged our senses with superb South African wines from the famous regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, around 20 minutes away from Cape Town. The wine region itself is filled with gorgeous mountain peaks and lush green vines. The contrast fuses in a harmonious landscape which can only be compared to the inhabitants themselves. Though tumultuous in its past, South Africa felt extremely safe and its population rather proud and unified.

Cape Town is a city not to be missed, and not solely because it is a great base for whale watching in Hermanus, or even as the starting point to the Garden Route, but because the city itself is a gem in a rather forgotten continent. Walking its streets reminded me of the elegance of European cities, though at times it felt like I was watching a beautiful tango in the streets of Buenos Aires.

The views from Table Mountain can be compared to those we have seen from atop Rio de Janeiro yet some parts of Cape Town resemble the more rugged parts of the Australian outback. Having travelled to over 50 countries in the world, no other city has ever evoked so many memories of such a multitude of varied places. Africa for us, with its gorgeous unique lodges, decadent fresh food and outstanding scenery, was a beautiful surprise. We would return in a heartbeat, and we will, when our daughter will be old enough to breathe in the magic of Africa, the cradle of civilization.

And as for our next trip, we would love to have enough Aeroplan Miles to return to Africa, maybe to see the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Masai Mara in Kenya.

Next year we are looking forward to watching the morning sun atop Machu Picchu and eating with the locals in Ecuador… Oh so many places to live and love.

Thank you, Aeroplan, for having flown me to Africa, Asia and South America.

Thank you Manuela for sharing your travel stories with us!

5 Responses to “South Africa, an African Gem”

  1. schnappys March 24, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    How many aeroplan miles did you need to fly?

    • Manuela September 8, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

      HI Shnappy, we used 100000 points for South Africa and Mauritius:) thanks

  2. Manuela January 25, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    That’s inspiring charlie, best of luck! And hotel reservation i am certain you will love any part of it!

  3. Charles Henry November 20, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    Before my operation for a Cancer that I had I made a promisse to my son that If
    I tulled threw we would do what I have been wanting to do for a long time.
    I am a pancreatic Cancer survivor and I am using my aeroplan miles to walk on the great wall of China
    I am leaving friday and will be walking starting on Sunday or Monday as we have set aside 2 days to walk my son and I.
    I am a retired fire fighter from the city of Ottawa ont.
    The firefighters have created a web site and we are on
    then again then scroll down to
    Charlie’s walk in China

  4. hotel reservation online service November 19, 2012 at 5:02 am #

    Wow some wonderful pictures here! I never knew how colorful and diverse South Africa is. This is on my list of places to travel. Now just what part of South Africa is what I need to figure out next.