Our trip to South Africa was wonderful thanks to the extraordinary care and thoughtful planning provided by this company. The company is a team of two women -- one in the states and one on the ground in South Africa. Between them, they planned a trip for us to three extraordinary destinations over 9 days: Cape Town, the Winelands, and the safari country of the Eastern Cape. At every turn, we were met by thoughtful guides, prompt transportation, and the kind of first-class service that we've never experienced, and now can't seem to live without. In other words, they spoiled us -- all at a reasonable price that turned out to be little more than a standard vanilla tour. All we can say about these consummate professionals is "wow."
In Cape Town, we loved being linked up with a private tour guide, a native of South Africa. The company specialized in transfers and small group tours throughout South Africa. The guide gave us an extraordinary overview of the history and culture of South Africa and particularly Cape Town. In the Franschhoeck wine area, we especially enjoyed our travel company's thoughtful selection of accommodation. It's a small inn that feels both luxurious and friendly. On our agency's advice, we saved money and especially enjoyed the Wine Tram, a bus that visits multiple wineries throughout the day, making stops an hour apart. In Grahamstown, thanks to our travel agency, we were thrilled by our four days at our lodge, where the head ranger spent hours tracking down lions, zebras, giraffes and hippos, while explaining an amazing ecosystem that allows predators and prey to co-exist in a delicate balance.
There were four of us (two older couples) on this trip. Some of us felt that the safari portion could have been in the middle of the trip, instead of the end, because it involves getting up at 5 a.m. daily for three- to four-hour drives, then rolling out at 4:30 in the afternoon and going as late as 10 p.m. to see the animals. This was a bit tiring, and the easy pace of the Winelands would have been a nice way to rest up before the long trek back to the states. But others thought this sequence was just right.
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