What was most-impressive was the time the people at this Africa safari tour operator took to speak with both my wife and me individually to determine what would be the best trip to meet our needs. It was a tailor-made vacation, which was tweaked along the way to make it exactly what we wanted. Plus they provided a nice folio with all of our travel documents and itinerary, which definitely helped us stay organized along the way.
The trip itself was perfect. We had guides ready to pick us up at every stop and get us to our respective camps/lodges. Our accommodations far exceeded our expectations, the service was incredible, and the experience in a word...EPIC!
It's hard to pinpoint the best parts of our trip because it was all so different. We started in South Africa at Kapama Karula for our safari. It's on a private game reserve which is quite large, but the accommodations are cozy and incredibly luxurious. Safaris are twice a day for 3 hours, three formal meals, coffee/tea/snack breaks while out on safari as well.
Our team of guides and tracker worked extremely hard to make sure we saw everything possible. In fact, our guys went off-trail numerous times to find animals, on one occasion it took us 20 minutes of off-roading to find two different prides of lions with cubs aged 3 months and 1 year nestled in the bush. We got out at nightfall, navigating through trees and shrubs by spotlight. It was incredible. When your guides are taking video and photos of 6 lion cubs that are literally 2 meters from the vehicle, you know you're seeing something is pretty cool!
Cape Town was amazing. We had a rental car and just free-styled it for 4 days. The drive to Cape Point is not to be missed. Incredible views along Chapman's Peak until to get to the Cape. Where else can you see the Indian and Atlantic Ocean? Quaint coastal towns along the way, with a pit stop to see penguins made for an incredible day. Table Mountain, Lions Head, Robben Island, VA waterfront, Clifton Beach, Long Street...etc. What fun!
Wine/cheese/chocolate tasting/touring in Stellenbosch, cozy accommodations at a Bed and Breakfast, shopping. We've both done Napa and feel the experience here in SA was far superior.
Finally we went to Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls. Elephant Camp provided luxury tents with views of the mist from Vic Falls in the distance. We toured the Falls by land and then by air in the helicopter. We took and elephant back safari along the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges. And we took advantage of a new experience for guests, a walking safari with Sylvester, a cheetah who was orphaned at one day old, and is now full-grown.
The only thing we would do differently is pack warmer clothes. SA can get chilly early in the AM on safari and at night during July/August. We ended up layering quite a bit to stay warm. I'd bring a hat and gloves if you make the trip at this time.
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