Our trip was absolutely perfect. Our travel planner's suggestions for accommodations were excellent. I felt like he really listened to what my goals were for the trip (wildlife photography) and he made arrangements for not just the best safari I could imagine, but also for lodges that catered specifically to those on photo safari. This was the first time my husband and I have traveled independently for a major international trip and I was very impressed by how smoothly our transfers went. Our travel planner had made all the necessary arrangements with people in country to help us move from one location to the next and it was wonderful how seamlessly everything was coordinated.
Being inexperienced travelers, I had a lot of questions in the weeks before we left and while all my questions were answered courteously, I felt like there wasn't always very good communication leading up to the trip which made me worried about what to expect. But in retrospect, that was a minor issue.
The Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana was the jewel of our trip. I'm already talking about going back!
The only thing I would change would be to stay only one night in Kruger. I think we could have stayed one more night at our first lodge and then left for Kruger in the morning in lieu of a game drive at Serondella. It was my own decision to do so and it was still a nice experience to have stayed there self catered, but it's not something I need to do again - the game viewing at the private reserves is just so much better. Also, now that I've been to Victoria Falls, that is also something that I don't need to see again. If (and when) I go back to southern Africa, I would probably choose to stay in Botswana the entire time.
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