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Cathy Brooks-Oliver

Scottsdale, Arizona Travel Agent

South Africa: Past & Future

Almost twice the size of Texas, South Africa offers surprises people with its diversity of experiences. In many ways, South Africa offers the best of everything: diverse cultures, crafts and foods, terrains that range from cliff-backed beaches to wild lands where lions still rule and sophisticated cities as well as vineyards that produce some of the world’s most acclaimed wine lands. And the living record of the struggle to defeat of Apartheid and the legacy of Nelson Mandela are everywhere: Robbin Island and The Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto are especially moving.

Cape Town surprises visitors with its beauty, and it has some truly awesome hotels. Among the top-rated hotels is One&Only Cape Town, located on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The resort has its own spa and marina and a heated infinity-edge pool and awesome views of Table Mountain. It makes a great home base for exploring everything Cape Town has to offer, from world-class art galleries, to Robben Island, to whale watching cruises and even excursions to nearby vineyards.

For those who want a more natural setting, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, named for the line of mountains rising majestically on one side of the property, is also flanked by the Atlantic Ocean Marine Park, where you may spot breeching whales and playful dolphins. And at your doorstep are the miles of flowered wilderness trails of the Table Mountain National Park, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. And although it feels quite removed from Cape Town, it’s actually quite nearby, so you can easily pop in to shop along the waterfront, check out Long Street’s eclectic buzz and investigate the hundreds of museums and galleries.

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, which offers painting classes and yoga sessions on Table Mountain and has a hosted guests including John Lennon, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela, is another great choice. Many of my clients also enjoy a stay at Ellerman House, an elegant Edwardian mansion, overlooking the Atlantic and within walking distance of two beaches.

In addition to driving through wine country, many clients enjoy visiting South Africa’s hip beach city, Durban, with its boardwalk—built for the 2010 World Cup. And no one should miss Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Here, the Royal Malewane is the place for lovers of the luxe. Each suite has a private infinity pool and terrace as well as spacious marble bathrooms and there’s an onsite spa. But most important, in addition to a butler and chef who can prepare a private Bedouin tent dinner under the stars, you’ll have also have your own driver and tracker to help you spot the big five in Krueger Park in South Africa, and even take you on a wildlife walk through the bushveld. And if you like, they’ll even set up a visit to a local school and some wildlife photography coaching. 

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Thank you Cathy!!!

Reviewed By Carly - New York, NY | Traveled to Indonesia ~ East and Southeast Asia
We are so grateful to have had Cathy help us plan our honeymoon! We spent two weeks traveling to 4 different locations across Indonesia. Southeast Asia was completely new territory for us and thanks to Cathy, we were relaxed the entire time knowing our next step was perfectly planned for us. Never underestimate the power of an amazing travel agent like Cathy! From the very start, she was always a couple steps ahead to ensure our trip was perfect. Forever grateful for her :)
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Anniversary of a Life Time

Reviewed By Ty - Detroit, MI | Traveled to Worldwide
Cathy has made traveling easy. Her recommendations and planning is always superb. Cathy planning is detailed from start to finish. She is clearly an experienced traveler with a vast knowledge of travel locations, options, optimal dates, and programs. She had never let us down. It’s alway the best! Our most recent vacation was a Mediterranean Cruise. It was the best recommendation, anniversary and vacation ever.
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A truly memorable vacation!

Reviewed By Desi - Santa Ana, CA | Traveled to St. Barthelemy Island ~ St. Barthelemy ~ Caribbean
She is a true professional who will go the distance to make your travel experience as pleasant as possible.
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treats you like family

Reviewed By Ry & Bri - Atlanta, Ga | Traveled to Las Vegas ~ Nevada ~ USA
My girlfriend and I reached out to Ms. Brooks-Oliver trying to plan a last minute vacation, her assistance was much needed. We were able to get comfortable flight and hotel accommodations that suited our standards for a really great price . As a diligent agent, she followed up with us to make sure our stay was as intended. I expressed to her  that we were expecting and to our surprise we were greeted with a congratulatory gift and balloons. Ms. Brooks-Oliver goes above and beyond expectations to ensure your get-away is wonderful. Without request, she provided suggestions for day to day sightseeing/excursions. I highly recommend booking your next vacation with this agency and Ms. Brooks-Oliver as your agent; she'll treat you like family and make sure you trip is memorable. Thank you again!
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Reviewed By Chas - Newport Beach, CA | Traveled to St. Barthelemy ~ Caribbean
I have worked with numerous travel professionals over the years and Cathy is UNMATCHED! I actually first worked with her at another company (she stepped in to help a less experienced agent for an issue I was having). After my initial experience, I requested to have her as my personal concierge. She left that company and fortunately I found her again!! Cathy is accessible, knowledgable, amicable, and responsible!! Her experience is also fantastic in helping me decide on travel destinations and itineraries. She is truly the BEST! I don't want to say too many good things though cause I don't want her to get too busy for me!!!
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