Hi, just wanted to give you some feedback on our recent Africa trip. It was FABULOUS! It exceeded our expectations. We are really glad we went with the private tour plan rather than a big group on a bus. We were met everywhere and escorted to all the important sites.
The South Africa wine country is beautiful and our hotel, La Residence was just great. We had the same guide and driver through the wine country and into Cape Town. The guide was very personable and knowledgeable. Cape Town is truly beautiful and this history of the area is quite interesting as well. Our day-long drive around the Cape of Good Hope was a highlight with beautiful views, sightings of wild baboons and ostrich along the road, a ferry ride out to a seal island, and walk along the Boulders Beach where the African penguins are.
We received an upgrade in our room in Cape Town on arrival – better marina view. We were similarly upgraded at the Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe to a suite along the back side of the hotel with great views. The falls were at high water season and were very dramatic, lots of mist creating multiple rainbows! The lion walk was unforgettable – we felt quite safe. It was just Brian and I and 2 lions – there were about 6 guides with us managing the lions, one was a videographer who made a lovely video of us on the spot, petting the lions, rubbing their bellies. The helicopter tour over the falls was a good call as well -you appreciate the total geography of the area much better compared to the walking tour where you view segments of the falls from various viewing points.
On to the safari portion of the trip -this probably the most memorable coz unlike any other vacation we have had. The Ker Downey camps in Botswana were very comfortable and I give high marks to the staff who are extremely friendly. We slept comfortably, were treated to good food and drink. But of course, the wildlife was the main attraction. We were able to see dozens of African species, including the elusive predator cats -lions, cheetahs, and a leopard. Also saw a large pod of hippos in the water. At both camps, they treated Brian and I to a romantic dinner since they were aware I had a birthday and our anniversary was the week prior. FANTASTIC!
I would highly recommend this type of African trip to any of your other clients.
Cindy from Connecticut