Dispatch #2: Jaunt to Johannesburg

Johannesburg airport, outclassing airports worldwide

Our 11 year old son expected it but we didn’t… Johannesburg International Airport is a thing of beauty. Why did he know this but we didn’t? He’s an avid soccer fan, of course. And Joburg received a totally new and fabulous airport for last summer’s World Cup Soccer games. It couldn’t have been more impressive. Our private escort was waiting at the gate as we descended the breezeway – an exclusive Micato touch that makes a terrific first impression – and our luggage appeared within 10 minutes. Take note, New York’s JFK and LaGuardia: the southern hemisphere has upped the ante.

Epitome of luxury - The Saxon Hotel

The Saxon Hotel in nearby Sandton is drop dead gorgeous—sleek, cool African moderne. Ancient wood fertility gods in every conceivable size and shape meet textured white walls and rich silk upholstery in shades of tan and beige. Joy photographed excessively, daydreaming about a total home redecoration.


Served in style, clockwise from bottom left, Jane Pinto, Felix Pinto, Farida Lukie (from Micato Cape Town) and Dennis Pinto

Dinner at the Chef’s Table* capped the day, comfortably ensconced in an air-conditioned glass box in the kitchen, observing the hotel’s dynamic new executive chef from Australia running her kitchen with an iron hand—barking orders, cooking, saucing, instructing and testing. After two courses, jet lag claimed Sasha and Tristan. Jane and Felix made it through four courses before succumbing to their sumptuous bedroom upstairs, while Joy, Dennis and Farida Lukie (of our Cape Town office) indulgently made it through all eight courses with wine pairings. Wow! The safari had officially begun.

* Travellers take note – we can arrange Chef’s Table for Micato Bespoke travellers at Saxon Hotel.



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13 Responses to “Dispatch #2: Jaunt to Johannesburg”

  1. Elaine Carey says:

    Wow, what a way to travel! I feel so bad that you’re roughing it out on your way to the bush!

    I love seeing all your descriptive comments and the photos with all the family makes it even more enjoyable. Can’t wait to go on my first safari with Micato. It’s on my bucket list!

    Thank you for sharing your family adventure with us,

  2. Allen Jones says:

    We are looking forward to following your adventures for the next month..what a wonderful opportunity to share with your family..thanks for including BI.

    Best regards and have a wonderful time.

    Allen Jones

  3. Kathleen Wahab says:

    Thank you for sharing your photos & comments on those exciting destinations and so informative for sharing with clients. Africa is fascinating!

  4. Vicki Mitchell says:

    My family traveled to Kenya with Micato in 2001, it was wonderful. South Africa looks like a great trip, too. Enjoyed the commentary with pictures. Makes me want to go back to Africa again.

  5. Raven says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience. Looking forward to seeing photos of the animals in the bush. This is my incentive to going on a Micato safari sooner than later.

  6. Susan Maddox says:


  7. georgette serrano says:

    Africa is a wonderful destination! Still want to make it to
    Namibia. You make it seem so easy.

  8. Anne Williams says:

    Enjoy reading your commentary while on your trip. The best trip in my life time was going to Nairobi, Kenya and Tanzania Dec 09 with Micato. We were treated like Kings and Queens. I would like to visit Johannesburg as well, but my husband is now handicapped and I will not be able to travel that far for a while. I’m anxious to read about the rest of your trip and the Saxon is fabulous.

  9. Barbara King says:

    Loved reading this! The Saxon is one of my absolute favorite hotels and the Pintos and Micato are equal faves, in the people category! Talk about a perfect pairing!

  10. Bettie Grandison says:

    I am glad I am on your mailing list. Look forward to more pictures. Thank you

  11. Vicki Purcell says:

    Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

    Makes me want to start planning my next trip.
    Can’t wait for the next post.

  12. Lynn says:

    The added pictures and smiles make the reading even more enjoyable. Thanks for sharing. Lynn

  13. Judy Rafter says:

    Wonderful! I live vicariously through your emails!!

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