Great relationship between ourselves and the agent. We had a general idea of what we wanted to do, but having never been to South Africa, we weren't sure what we should be aiming to do in our fortnight let alone how to plan it.
Zicasso came up with an itinerary and some options on top of that and we were able to plan our holiday. The prompt response from our travel agent was very helpful in this process.
We've never done this type of holiday before. We had some great tour guides, and the holiday was hassle free. Entrance to museums, etc were paid for by the guides and all we had to do was turn up and enjoy ourselves.
The safari in Simbavati was outstanding. we did 8 game drives and we always got to see something of interest, and we got so close to the leopards and lions! It was winter, so the nights got a bit chilly.
Cape Town was lovely, and our guide was top notch and gave us so much history about the area. We had a tour of Cape Point and went up the funicular railway. Once the weather was okay we had a fascinating visit to Robben Island (crossing was a bit rough) and got to see Nelson Mandela's cell. Taking the cable car to the top of Table Mountain was an experience, and the cloud did disappear so we could have a wonderful view of Cape Town.
We got taken on a trip to the wine region staying in a beautiful hotel in Franschhoek. We stopped off at three wineries on the way! The following day we found the Wine Tram and visited three more wineries!
One the way back to Cape Town airport we briefly stopped at Victor Verster prison, which is the prison famous for Mandela being released from.
The last part of our trip was Victoria Falls. We stayed away from Victoria Falls, down the gorge. We saw a bit more of Zimbabwe and a bit of village life. The Falls were outstanding, but you got very wet from the spray, I'd wish I'd worn flip flops and shorts! We also did a helicopter ride over the Zambesi and the Falls, which was quite incredible! The evening involved a trip up the Zambesi which was more interesting than expected (we saw an elephant swim across to an island).
A great fortnight, exceeded our expectations on so many levels. Thanks to Zicasso and their organisation.
The safari game drives and the helicopter rides were unbelievably good.
Not sure whether it would be possible with our itinerary but to have less time flying.
TRAVEL COMPANY COMMENTS:
Dear Paul and Helen,
Thank you very much for your detailed feedback of your travels. I am thoroughly pleased that you had a wonderful holiday exploring our beautiful country and your time in Zimbabwe. Your feedback is vital in ensuring that the service providers we recommend and use as part of our preferred suppliers list are of a high standard and that they meet your needs as a traveler.
I am also very excited to hear that you had an incredible safari experience at Simbavati. Safari is unique to Africa therefore always wonderful if this is the highlight of one’s travels.
Should you ever wish to visit another part of Africa, explore more of South Africa or perhaps enjoy another safari experience however in a more unique destination, please feel free to contact us. We specialize in safari and travels in Botswana (Okavango Delta, Moremi National Park, Kalahari Desert amongst others), Namibian Safaris, Kenyan (Masai Mara) and Tanzania (Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar Island) not to mention some other Southern African countries.
Once again, thank you for your lovely feedback and I am thoroughly pleased that you had a memorable holiday.
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