Our travel company contact put together a two-week trip to Southern Africa that perfectly suited our needs. She asked about our interests and our budget and replied with a proposal which was very close to what we had visualized. She made a couple of minor changes at our request and warned us of a potential scheduling issue with a connecting airline flight and we were ready to go. In the time between confirming our trip and our travel date, they let us know of a couple of minor airline schedule changes and a possible shortage of yellow fever vaccine. When we left home, we felt secure that all loose ends were tied up.
The accommodations the travel company arranged for us were absolutely first rate. The one aspect of our trip that was most appreciated was having transportation arranged to and from airports and between stops on our journey. This service would have been hard to duplicate had I chosen to book the trip myself.
We were interested in seeing the animals on our trip through southern Africa. And we really did see them - not just the "Big 5", but several infrequent sightings such as a Honey Badger, a Leopard Tortoise, and Genet. The opportunities for lengthy viewings of lion prides interacting, groups of elephants protecting their youngest offspring, young hyenas sunning outside their den, and a closeup view of rhinos grazing were priceless.
At the other end of the spectrum, near-gourmet meals served by attentive staff was a great experience as well.
We learned that April is probably not the best time to visit Victoria Falls. High water limits visibility. The falls are still awesome, but I think we would either choose a different time of year to visit or replace the falls with a couple of days in Cape Town.
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