We are fairly seasoned travellers, and did a lot of homework before planning this trip. Nothing really prepared us for how fabulous it would be. I'd say it was the trip of a lifetime, except that we fully intend to go back.
From first contact to last, this travel agency was a pleasure to deal with. They were responsive to our ideas about what we wanted to do and see, and put together several itineraries which also included many suggestions that we had not thought of.
Ours was a private 3 week tour, beginning in Durban, then to the Sabi Sands game reserve (where we stayed at the Londolozi Founders Camp). We took the Blue Train from Pretoria to Cape Town where we stayed a few days at the very lovely Cape Grace Hotel, and spent 3 wonderful days at the a wine estate near Stellenbosch.
Our travel agency arranged all of our transportation and excursions. Everything went like clockwork: all of our guides or transports were right on time, and without exception they were extremely pleasant and knowledgeable people. We learned a lot about the country from each of them.
South Africa is a long way from Canada. What made us feel very secure was that we had the personal cell phone number of our agent and knew that we could call her at any hour if something went awry.
The very best thing is that we never had to call!
I would recommend this tour company highly, and would definitely use them again,
Certainly the 4 nights at Londolozi were a highlight. We saw so many animals and birds I lost count. Our guide and tracker were unfailingly pleasant, and obviously determined to give us an unforgettable experience. Again, we learned so much.
Londolozi lodges are spectacular, very private, and each with a plunge pool which was delightful in the heat of the afternoons. To our very pleasant surprise, one night our dinner was served to us on our lodge deck (lit by very romantic lanterns) all of which was set up before we returned from our evening game drive. Another night, returning just after sunset, we were greeted by trees full of lanterns. The Londolozi folks had set up a bush dinner, and we were served under the night sky. They thought of everything for our comfort, including a trailer with washrooms, and even bug spray.
We also had a great day excursion from Cape Town, including a visit to the Cape of Good Hope. Our very engaging guide for the day was as happy as we were to spot a couple of Cape Zebra, which I understand are not commonly seen.
The view from Table Mountain is amazing, despite my fear of heights.
Our stay at Delaire Graff was perfect. The views from our spacious rooms were awe inspiring, and needless to say, the wine was delicious.
I would stay longer.
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