The trip was fantastic, the best trip of our lives without any question. We cannot say enough about our travel representatives in particular. Our representative quickly understood what we wanted and what we would like and worked to accommodate us. For example, we wanted to take the government-run train from Capetown to Johannesburg, which cost a fraction of the private luxury trains and had a variety of passengers. It was great. While we booked that part ourselves, she explored and helped and arranged transport to and from the train and did not try to discourage us. (Another company we spoke to couldn’t get our preferences at all and kept recommending places, all gorgeous, but which weren’t our thing, and discouraged some things we wanted to do, based on an assumption about clientele rather than listening to us. For example he said he could never recommend the train for his American clients. But the train was nicer than any American train I’ve been on). Our representative was responsive, patient and enthusiastic. The company held a special session on Zimbabwe travel to address some of the concerns tourists currently have. My husband attended and learned a lot.
Our guide and the rest of the staff, at Camp Amalinda. Seeing a baby rhino nursing at Matopos ten feet away from us. Our first glimpse of elephants. Sundowners on the Zambezi. Mana Pools at all times. Every time I saw a lilac-breasted roller. The train to Johannesburg. All the guides in Zimbabwe. Riding in an open vehicle at sunset. Our bike tour in Soweto. The Zimbabwean people.
Very little. As a first trip to Africa it was perfect. I guess we’d have enjoyed more contact with local people. If we go again we’d be a little less structured, particularly in Capetown, where the day tours were a bit too regimented. Leave more time to explore.
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