My wife and I reviewed itineraries and quotes from 5 different travel agents before choosing to work with this travel company for our trip to South Africa and Zambia. We're incredibly happy with our decision. Our travel specialist did an exceptional job of listening to what we wanted, staying within our budget, and using his expertise to take our trip to a very high level, with a consistent luxurious feel, all while being connected to nature and the native people and culture! Our travel specialist arranged all of our transfers and internal flights, made exceptional restaurant recommendations, and booked us for some excellent tours. His hotel and safari camp selections for us were also spot on. This was the greatest trip of our lives thus far, and we couldn't have arranged it this way without him.
I could write a book about our trip and how amazing each part of it was, but I'll try to keep things short here. We flew from Newark, NJ (USA) to Cape Town, South Africa where we spent 4 nights on the waterfront. Then we road up to the wine country and stayed in Stellenbosch while touring 3 beautiful wineries, and a microbrewery/chocolate factory. From their we flew to Zambia to see Victoria Falls, and then flew back to South Africa to tour the Panoramic Route on our way to 4 incredible nights in 2 different safari camps, before flying home by way of Johannesburg. There are amazing highlights within every portion of our trip. Here's one of our favorites:
Tongabezi Lodge (Zambia) -
For our first African trip, we really wanted to see Victoria Falls. It's possible to view the falls from Zambia and Zimbabwe, and our specialist recommended staying in Livingstone, Zambia. We had never heard of Tongabezi Lodge, but he insisted it was one of his favorite hotels in the world, so how could we pass up the opportunity? I can't begin to explain how incredible this place actually was. The lodge looks like an oasis in the Zambian landscape, with charming, luxurious cottages embedded in natural greenery right on the Zambezi River, and a staff I would describe as warm, welcoming, and exceptional in their attention to detail. We were made to feel incredibly special at all times, and the food served was delicious and clearly made with farm fresh ingredients. The available excursions and activities were all amazing, and we took in everything we could. If you're visiting Victoria Falls and want an unforgettable experience, ask this specialist to book you a cottage here.
I honestly think our itinerary was perfect given the 14 days we had available to work with. If we could do it all again, we might have extended our trip to 16 days and spent an extra 2 nights at Tongabezi Lodge.
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