Our safari travel planners helped us plan a once in a lifetime trip to Africa. We can't speak highly enough to the service they provided throughout the planning process as well as their extensive fund of knowledge and thoughtful recommendations to help us get the most out of our trip.
From the start, our travel planner was very responsive and set up a phone call to discuss general topics such as budget and locations that we would like to visit. She sent us a preliminary itinerary (in a very quick turnaround time) and was very flexible in working with us when we decided later on in the planning process what we needed to make modifications.
Our trip consisted of a 3 day Safari at Cheetah Plains in Sabi Sands, 3 days at the beach resort in Mozambique, followed by the remainder of our trip in Capetown and Stellenbosch. As we had only a week and a half to get to all of these destinations, there was certainly a great deal of coordination and travel involved, and our safari travel planner helped us through planning every step of the way and ensured that when we arrived in Africa, that everything ran as smoothly as possible and was virtually stress-free. There were timely, efficient and safe transfers that were organized from multiple hotels to different airports and even arrangements for a rental car and GPS for the portion that we wanted to do on our own.
One thing in particular that stood out were the recommendations for lodging. We had a relatively tight budget for such an extensive trip and our travel planner was able to meet our budget needs while still finding amazing accommodations. Cheetah Plains was a GREAT choice for safari with comfortable lodging, delicious food and, most importantly, spectacular wildlife viewing. We saw the big 5 in only 3 short days (also a great deal attributed to our guide, Ralph). Also, our Mozambique hotel was breathtakingly beautiful with 5-star service. The staff even gave us a complimentary upgrade to a villa (despite booking a standard room) and planned a very memorable trip to a private sandbar/beach with a picnic lunch in the middle of the ocean.
With that said, we wholeheartedly recommend this company if you are planning a trip to Africa- and we will certainly be doing the same when we plan a trip back!
-seeing the big 5 on our 3 days of Safari
-having "sundowners" during game drives and seeing the beautiful African stars (not something we are used to in Manhattan!)
-gorgeous beach side accommodations and impeccable service at the hotel in Mozambique
-beach picnic on Pansy Island
-meandering the V & A Waterfront in Capetown while having a glass of wine and enjoying the live music
-lunch at Delaire Graff wine estate in Stellenbosch (most gorgeous views!!)
Spend more time!!! It was the trip of a lifetime, and we will certainly be back :)
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