This African safari tour operator was the first company to respond to my request for guidance to schedule our holiday to South Africa. Our travel specialist continued to keep in contact with us and provide helpful suggestions until we were ready to select options and make travel arrangements. He then referred us to our agent who helped us plan each element of our holiday.
We began our holiday in Cape Town and from there traveled to Botswana, Victoria Falls in Zambia and then on to Tintswalo Safari Lodge - Manyeleti Game Reserve. The number of days that we selected for each destination was perfect and we thoroughly enjoyed our travel in Africa.
A representative met us when we first arrived in Johannesburg to provide all documents for our travel. Our private guide in Cape Town was well versed in the history of South Africa and was quite engaging. All of our flights and tour arrangements went smoothly and when there was a significant delay in departing from Cape Town to Botswana the representatives in Botswana arranged to meet and take care of us upon arrival and helped us get to the Safari lodge.
We had a wonderful time touring Cape Town and on Safari. It was truly a trip of a lifetime and we hope to visit South Africa again in the near future.
Our visit to Africa was incredible.
Highlights of Cape Town: Visiting the Penguin colony on a rainy afternoon; Traveling to the southern most point of South Africa; the beautiful scenery - majestic mountains and the ocean. A day tour of wine country and the opportunity to meet some of the estate owners. The V & A waterfront offered a huge selection of fabulous restaurants along with major shopping mall. We were thrilled with how reasonable everything was in comparison to the US.
Xakanaxa Camp - Botswana: Our first safari began here in a tent camp. The staff and guides treated us like family and so accommodating. I was concerned about staying in a tent but the attention to detail and design of each tent was just wonderful. Our guide showed all of the big four and more. The wetlands and many species of birds was a great surprise.
Victoria Falls - Zambia: Again traveling from Botswana to Zambia went smoothly - we were impressed! We spend a wonderful few days at the Royal Livingston and visited the falls each day.
Tintswalo Safari Lodge: Another travel adventure flying in small aircraft to next safari camp. Tintswalo is truly a delightful lodge. The staff were engaging and every day there was a surprise awaiting - one evening a romantic dinner for two in the wine cellar; or breakfast served out in the wild one morning after game drive. We followed a leopard on an evening drive in in quest for an impala for dinner.
We were quite satisfied with this trip and everything went according to plan so we would not have changed anything about the places we visited. We knew that there would be a great deal of travel and were prepared. Next time we most likely would make a stop over on our way home as it took 45 hours to travel home with flight delays and layovers.
We hope to explore more of Africa and next time would like to rent a condo or apartment.
This was truly a wonderful holiday and we look forward to the next one.
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