Guests share their travel experiences during COVID-19

We have had wonderful feedback from from recent guests travelling in South Africa – our team booked some amazing safaris for them, as well as a great family road trip. Everyone agrees that the bush is the perfect place to re-charge and they were very impressed with the excellent health and safety protocols in place at lodges and hotels.

FAMILY SAFARI

Raoul and family took their first post-lockdown trip to Dulini Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.

“Thanks Belinda! We had a fabulous time. Flying into Nelspruit including time at lodge on the way in and out allowed for two additional game drives Thanks to TAS for logistics and smooth management of this end to end. We will be back!”

Raoul, Cape Town – September 2020




FAMILY SAFARI

“We had a great time at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, amazing family game lodge.”

Steven & Family, Cape Town – September 2020

Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

MULTI-FAMILY SAFARI

“Loving our stay at Gondwana. Thanks to you and your team for all the help.”

Bianca, family & friends, Cape Town – September 2020

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gondwana _game_reserve_1


MALDIVES HONEYMOON

“A very big thank you from both of us for making our trip so seamless, we had the most wonderful time ever! Was beyond every expectation we had, definitely sad to be going home 😂! Thank you again xx”

Hannah & Garett, Zimbabwe – November 2020



SOLO SHE JOURNEY SAFARI

Marti took 3 night solo she-journey to Clifftop Hideaway at Welgevonden Game Reserve.

“The drive there was easy and not far. Cliffton is stunning.  Such a treat.  Intimate, delicious food, private and everyone was friendly. I put my laptop in the safe on arrival and only took it out when I left – totally relaxed.  Thank you so much!

Marti, Johannesburg – September 2020



COUPLES SAFARI GETAWAY

2 couples travelled from Cape Town to Bushmans Kloof for 3 nights of relaxation and exploration.

“We had a wonderful time at Bushman’s Kloof. It’s a great property and well run!

Alan & friends, Cape Town – September 2020

Bushman’s Kloof
Bushmans Kloof - cave
Bushman’s Kloof Cave

TRIP TO THE LITTLE KAROO AND CAPE WINELANDS

Ronnie, his wife and another couple made their way to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve where they stayed for 3 nights at Gondwana Family lodge, then La Residence in Franschhoek where they stayed for 2 nights before returning home.

“It was an unbelievable experience! Also, very safe from a Covid point of view.”
“The whole trip was absolutely amazing, very well organized & professional, so thank you very much for arranging everything. Your goodie bag came in very handy, especially the glasses, what a great idea! 

Ronnie, Cape Town – September 2020

SANBONA:

  • Gondwana Family Lodge was new to us & was excellent. Lovely spacious rooms, with a good swimming pool for during the day.
  • Game drives excellent with a super game ranger, who knew her stuff.
  • Covid protocols were good, with all the staff wearing masks the whole time, temperatures taken before each meal, no staff allowed in the room other than the cleaning person
  • We were the only guests for 2 of the days, and another couple for one of the days. So we were looked after extremely well & able to arrange the game drives at times that suited us. Also, very safe from a Covid point of view.
  • All the meals were extremely good
  • We would most definably go back & recommend this lodge
  • All in all, a 5-star experience

LA RESIDENCE:

  • We have stayed in really top hotels around the world, and this boutique hotel is amongst the best.
  • Again, we were the only guests there, so you can imagine the service & pampering that we received.
  • It was an unbelievable experience! Thanks so much once again.


MOSAIC FARM VISIT:

I spent a weekend at the stunning Mosaic Farm, near the seaside villages of Stanford and Hermanus. I was super impressed with the protocols in place and it is truly the perfect spot to rest, re-charge and re-connect with nature. Take a look at the short video I’ve put together:

Robin, July 2020


MARATABA CONSERVATION CAMP VISIT

I was recently very fortunate to be invited to the launch of a brand-new safari-concept property, so I was able to test the transfers, airports, airlines and lodges for their COVID Protocols.

On arrival at Cape Town International, Lanseria, and OR Tambo International Airports, I was very impressed by the speed and efficiency with which the Airports Companies have adapted. It was a seamless and totally safe experience. The main difference is that only travellers can enter the arrivals and departure halls, so no visitors or porters. The airports have arranged for special locales where you meet with your driver/guide for your onward transfers. Obviously, masks are mandatory throughout and there is no meal service on the aircraft.

The property I visited is the new Marataba Conservation Camp, located in the Marataba Reserve, Limpopo, only a 3-hours drive from OR Tambo or Lanseria Airports. The Marataba Reserve is malaria-free and privately-owned.

The whole concept of the lodge is to turn the safari experience on its head and afford visitors the opportunity to experience conservation at work on a first-hand basis. The best way I can describe this is if one imagines the traditional safari experience as a balloon, with the guest experience on the outside and the day-to-day workings and conservation efforts on the inside. The two entities very seldom combine.

Robin, August 2020

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PLEASE NOTE: While most of Africa’s top safari destinations are ready to welcome back visitors, we urge you to check in regularly, as the situation is fluid and information may change.

Q & A with Guests share their travel experiences during COVID-19