My family and I spent two weeks in S. Africa July of 2017 and got most of the ideas on what to do and where to stay from our safari travel planner and this company. It was the best vacation, by far, that any of us have ever been on. Each day was filled with new adventures and new sights and we have a wonderful set of family memories that will last a lifetime. 3 days in Cape Town, Whale watching in Hermanus, then 3 days each at two private game preserves close to Kruger NP. The accommodations were excellent and everything like transfers, etc went off without a hitch. It was as close to a perfect trip logistically as I could imagine. The one time there was a tiny miscommunication on the whale watching, I emailed our travel planner and she fixed it from afar within about 10 minutes. We all want to go back and visit another part of Southern Africa and will not hesitate to use this travel planner again.
Our entire stay at Grootbus Nature Reserve was awesome...whale watching, exploring the beach and just hiking though the fynbos. The food and accommodations were absolutely fantastic. Then we went north to the game preserves and having never on safari before, even seeing a zebra was exciting for us. We saw all the main animals (so called big 5) within the first drive or two. Ivory Lodge was beautiful and Sabi Sands deserves its reputation for game viewing. We saw rhinos from the hot tub and visited hyena cubs. Leopards on almost every drive, lions eating, arguing, roaring, being lions almost constantly. Our last stay was at Ngala and we all were worried it would be a let down after Sabi Sands. It wasn't...in fact we enjoyed the tent camp at Ngala and safaris there best of all. Jackals, honey badgers, civets, tons of exotic birds, plus all the things you'd expect to see. The safaries at Ngala stayed out late enough for the nocturnal animals to get active and we got to enjoy the night sky out in the bush. 2 amazing sunsets by a waterhole listening to hippos was probably the best part for me.
I can't really think of much that could possibly be improved upon.
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