My husband and I loved the trip planned for us by this Africa safari travel coordinator and her team. All went flawlessly. The choices made for hotels (small, elegant, interesting), activities, and pace made for a delightful introduction to South Africa. I had given our preferences and interests, but trusted the planning from there. Our guide in Capetown and in the Winelands, couldn't have been more thoughtful and knowledgeable. I miss him! Our agent had encouraged me to add Babylonstoren, which I had initially rejected. So glad she insisted. The only thing I would have changed would have been to add an extra day there. I would recommend this company highly and, if I'm fortunate enough to return, will definitely bring them onboard again.
My husband and I both saw our time at Jamala Madikwe as the most memorable. Neither of us had ever been on a safari. Staying at Jamala was like being hosted by fascinating, warm, and talented people, while having a front row seat for watching the animals. The owner described his deck as a "sofa safari" and it was aptly named.
I also loved the gardens and the fresh fare at Babylonstoren. My husband, a huge train buff, will never forget our experience on the Rovos Rail. Both of us were so impressed to see our guide at the beginning and end of the journey -- orienting, greeting, and saying goodbye to the passengers.
I would probably substitute one day in Capetown for a relaxed day at Babylonstoren.
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