Our African vacation was the trip of a lifetime! After a year of planning with our agent, we were truly on our way. We flew Qatar airlines, business class and had a wonderful flight. The club was beautiful and extremely spacious. Our guide was wonderful, always on time and very informative. We had daily trips to Robben Island, Cape Hope, Table mountain, the city of Cape Town and so much more. Our visit to the wineries was beyond perfect. A magnificent lunch at Tokara, tastings at Ernie Ells, Haute Carriere, Rupert were individualized and perfect. The towns of Franschoek and Stellenbosch were charming. We went to dinner in a winery in Constancia, Buitenverwachting that was wonderful. We even treated ourselves to a tasting dinner at Nobu!!!
The Rovos Train was perfect. The service, meeting Mr Rovos himself and hearing his story, the food was all very special. We had the master suite with its own soaking tub...amazing. The staff was wonderful and full of old world charm. Truly living the good life
Our night at the African Rock Hotel was delightful. It was small and very comforting, beautiful grounds for relaxing and wonderful food..
Upon arriving at Tinga, our first bush camp, we thought we were truly living the life of the Rich and Famous. I said to my husband, Kardashian's move over, because we have arrived. The accommodations, food and service were fabulous. Our safari's were wonderful, full of excitement and amazing seeing all the animals in their natural settings. We were not on a time schedule, so if they knew the animals were somewhere special, we were there watching.
Dulini, our next camp was a little smaller, only 6 cabins, but even more detail to the client, We were really treated as if we were the only guests there. A very special treat was being taken to our room after safari and being surprised with a candlelit table set for the 2 of us outside with a bucket of champagne. The menu was on the table and we were to call our personal butler when we were ready to order. To top this, they had a bubble bath with candles lit up in the bathroom!! Beyond fabulous....
Next to Victoria Falls hotel. It was somewhat of a hassle going thru immigration, but we survived! Our room looked out to the falls and the beautiful gardens. The buffet breakfast was amazing. After being in the plush camps, we were a little disappointed in the hotel...what a shame. We had dinner al fresco at the restaurant and got bitten alive...The only time during the entire trip. We could have done without the sunset cruise, especially since we were going to be on the river for 3 days. This is the only thing we would have changed. The tour of the falls, helicopter and elephant rides were terrific....
Last stop, the Zambezi riverside hotel. We had a beautiful room in the front with double balcony perfect for watching the beautiful sunrise and sunsets. The room was very comfortable and the staff warm and friendly. The meals were good, wine ever flowing and a good chance to meet some great people. The water safaris were wonderful and were somewhat different from the ones in Kruger. Our trip to the village gave us a first hand experience of how the natives actually live. It was wonderful having the 3 experiences, as they each were a little different.
The personnel and workers at each camp were wonderful. Everyone called you by your name and truly wanted to do whatever they could for you. A wonderful experience in each one, was when the crew would do their songs and dances for us. It was wonderful to see them in their natural settings, so warm and giving..
We have traveled all over the world, and can truly say this was a trip of a lifetime and a "true life experience" . We don't think we will ever have another vacation to top this. Thank you to our agent for all her hard work. Our memories will last forever.
Tinga and Dulini
I would not stay at Victoria Falls hotel or take the sunset cruise.
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