Travel with Zarena Ali to South Africa

Travel with Zarena Ali  to South Africa
Globetrotter Zarena Ali is captured at a historic site during her recent visit to India.
Photo by Tangerine Clarke

Retired Registered Nurse, Zarena Ali says she cannot stay still, and as such, she has opened up new vistas, not only for herself, but her buddies, whom she has taken along on her travels around the world.

“I am not a travel agent, I am a travel consultant, I love what I do, I research destinations, and do the necessary work to find budgeted travel tours, and work with Indus Travel to complete the destinations,” said the globetrotter who has traveled to more than 50 countries in South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and cities across North America.

However, this sightseer will be making her first trip to the continent of Africa come 2020, and is inviting travelers who, like her, have an interest in experiencing South Africa and learning about the country’s storied past and the unforgettable sacrifices that late President Nelson Mandela made to end apartheid.

The trip, which will last ten days and 9 nights, will leave New York on Sept. 23 and return on Oct. 2, 2020.

In addition to the historic Robben Island where President Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years of his life, one of the highlights of the tour, travelers will experience the breathtaking beauty of the country.

Titled “Super South Africa” and an optional tour of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this 13-day tour gives travellers an insight into the history and culture of South Africa.

Guests can explore the vibrant city of Johannesburg at their leisure and enjoy a guided tour to the Soweto Township, a cultural melting pot, with a wealth of heritage sites that will fascinate any visitor.

According to Indus Travel website, that is planning the tour, ‘travelers will marvel at the awe-inspiring wildlife of Kruger National Park before continuing to historical, glorious Stellenbosch with its Cape Dutch architecture; it is the warm and wonderful heart of the Cape Wine lands.’

A visit to Cape Town, a modern city with a fascinating history that is regularly voted one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is on the itinerary.

Tourists will also enjoy time to stroll along the waterfront, to visit Table Mountain or simply relax and go shopping. Then a visit to the spectacular city of Dubai with its distinctive Islamic architecture will include a drift across the creek in a water-taxi to spend time in the glittering Gold Souk, a marketplace.

The tour starts at $2,699.00. A payment plan would allow travelers to pay towards the tour, completing payments before travel.

Ali says she enjoys traveling, meeting people and experiencing the different lifestyles around the world.

“I would love to travel more in South America, and the Pacific, and take along friends, who see my pictures and blogs and become excited, about the destinations,” said the wanderer who recently returned from a tour of India and the Persian Gulf.

Whenever, she is bitten by the travel bug, which is, about four times a year, she connects with Indus Travel, located in Canada, and they help her with travel destinations.

She says she has a very good rapport with the travel agency, and as such, could negotiate tours, hotels, prices, and sigh-seeing options, and suggest destinations that would benefit travelers on that particular tour. “Indus Travel Agency allows me to plan the destination. This is my hobby. And now I get to travel to Africa for the first time,” she said

“I am intrigued with South Africa because of its history and what I read about Nelson Mandela. We will visit Robben Island, the highpoint of this itinerary. Many people are interested in going to South Africa for the same reason as I am,” said Ali.“South Africa is also a mystery country, and I am excited to immerse myself in the culture, lifestyle, and enjoy the food.

“I also read that there is a large Indian immigrant community in South Africa, who are like us from Trinidad, Jamaica, and Guyana. It would be very interesting to see the fusion of cuisine, and cultures, and us being there to celebrate, she lamented.


Yellow fever at least 10 days before arrival is required for travelers originating from or transiting through WHO-designated yellow fever countries.

Currency: 1 United States Dollar equals, 14.82 South African Rand

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