This travel company organized our first trip to South Africa, in fact, it was our first trip to the continent of Africa. As I tell everyone, together we organized the perfect itinerary for us. We saw the very best that Africa had to offer but also had some very real experiences with the worst of Africa. Our travel expert organized a magnificent, 14 day, journey from Cape Town - Franschhoek - Safari (Sabi Sands) - Victoria Falls - Johanessburg and there was not a single issue along the way. Every thing ran like clockwork, all our transfers were timely, all our lodgings were first rate and our tours were exactly what we wanted to get a real picture of Southern Africa. I am so pleased that we trusted our introduction to South Africa, and Africa for that matter, to the experts. It was certainly a life changing experience.
The most memorable parts of the trip were as follows:
Cape Town - The Robben Island tour where we had a former inmate give us a tour of the former prison and tell us, first hand, his experiences under Apartheid. Bo Kaap was also a highlight of our time in Cape Town and our cooking class was the best decision we made on the entire trip.
Safari - Ulusaba - our safari experience can best be described as magical. We had an amazing time at Ulusaba Rock Lodge, out on game drives, and of course capturing amazing photos of the BIG FIVE in the bush. The experience was so great, that in retrospect, we should have spent another night or two on safari.
If we could change anything we would have spent two extra nights in Cape Town as opposed to moving hotels to Franschhoek; we could have done a day trip to the wine country. Additionally we would have spent another night or two on Safari, three nights was not sufficient to fully experience the lodge, the surrounding villages and the animals. On a personal note, the next time we go we will pack much lighter, the inland flights have weight restrictions so it's best to arrive with less, as you are likely to accumulate keepsakes as you go.
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