I cannot recommend this company highly enough! We were initially nervous about spending so much money on one trip--we don't travel often, but I don't regret a single penny of it. Each day's itinerary had something we absolutely loved, and overall there was a good balance of relaxing and exciting activities. Our agent did an especially good job of making this trip feel like our honeymoon, from wine tasting in Franschhoek to a special honeymoon surprise on our safari. They made our trip so easy too--we didn't have to worry about any transfers to and from airports or between cities. All of the things about traveling that can be stressful were taken care of, but we still had some flexibility to do our own things once we got there. Even before our trip, our travel company was extremely helpful and accommodating in taking all of our crazy ideas and bucket list items and putting them into a trip that fit our budget. We even had a few drafts of our itinerary before we settled on something that was exactly what we wanted. Everyone was very easy to communicate with via email, and we never had to wait long for a response. Even little questions about what to pack were answered quickly. While this was originally supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip, we fell in love with South Africa and want to go back again. When we do, we will certainly book through this travel agency again.
The 3 day safari at Dulini Lodge in the Sabi Sands was absolutely amazing. We were treated like royalty and we saw incredible things I never imagined seeing in real life--lions trying to get a kill, baby hyenas playing around, a leopard drag an impala into a tree, a rhino nursing from its mother. Every ride was different and informative. Our guides took care of us, and so did everyone else at the lodge. The food was delicious, and the "honeymoon surprises" were greatly appreciated.
We also thoroughly enjoyed our days touring Cape Town. Our personal tour guide was so knowledgeable and informative. We got to see everything we wanted to and skip some things we didn't care as much about. She even stopped along the road to take a picture of us in front of some beautiful scenery. Speaking of scenery, taking the tram up to Table Mountain and driving down the coast to the Cape of Good Hope were two of our favorite activities of our whole trip. Our tour guide was there when we needed her, but she also gave us space and time to do our own thing. For example, she drove us to three or for different wineries in Franschooek, but once were set up, she would wait elsewhere until we were finished. We never felt rushed or uncomfortable. Plus we made a new friend!
Our Shark Cage Diving day was cancelled due to bad weather, and we ended up having the day on our own to do some hiking. If we could do it again, we never would have booked the diving and would have planned the hiking day. Our tour guide gave us the idea and told us how to travel around the city safely on our own. It turns out we wouldn't have had the stomachs to handle a whole day out on the water, and I don't think we would have enjoyed the experience enough to cost us an entire day. We also would have liked to extend our trip and add another day in Franschooek and Cape Town and maybe even on the safari. We decided, on our own, to do a weekend layover in Dubai on our way to Cape Town, and those days would've been better spent in Africa.
We also stayed in Zambia to see Victoria Falls, and I think we would have preferred staying on the Zimbabwe side--but we didn't actually go there, so that's just based on what we've heard from other people. Zambia was still very enjoyable--just not a lot to do once it got dark.
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