When we started preparing for our dream trip to Southern Africa, we were perplexed and overwhelmed with the options available to us, but we were so fortunate to have found our travel agent who took our puzzled ideas and made a manageable plan for us. Her guidance and expertise helped us to plan what was probably the best trip we have ever taken in our lifetimes. We had a complicated itineray with several small intercontinent flights and lodges or camps in three countries, and our wonderful agent made it all happen without a glitch, not one. We gave her our request for small intimate lodging, and she found special and unique places within our budget. She arranged all the flights, drivers, guides, lodging down to the tiniest detail.
We had a relaxing time in Cape Town and were fortunate to have a guide that personalized our trip for us and made the Cape memorable for us, giving us lessons about cooking in the Bo-Kaap district, a "wine and chocolate tasting" in the winelands, manageable lessons in Afrikaans, botany and zoology information at every stop.
Each of our safari lodges or camps in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana was unique, with extraordinary animal sightings, expert guides and trackers, attentive staff, distinctive and delicious food and drink. We had unforgettable experiences at each place. Memories of the kind, caring, extraordinary people we met along the way will be with us forever.
Our most remarkable part of the entire trip, however, was experiencing the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The Delta is a miraculous and magical place, and our camp there was perfect. We especially enjoyed the ambiance of our camp; it was so special to have the guides and staff share meals with guests and share stories with everyone as we all sat around the boma fire. We had an exemplary guide, but every staff member seemed to be in harmony with the land. We definitely felt close to animals there as well with elephants and hippos cavorting in front of our tent, lions and leopard very near. If we are able to return to Africa, this will be the place to which we return first.
Not a thing. How can one improve upon perfection?
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