Dear Louise – we may be back in New York City but our heads are still filled with our exhilarating African adventures. I would like to share our overall experience:
Our Overall Experience:
The overall selection, service, beauty and variety of camps and hotels were excellent. Every location was able to perfectly accommodate our vegan needs with delicious selections. The extra personal assistance at the airports was an added layer of ease as we transitioned from one location to another and everyone was extremely helpful. We also felt the time of year we went was perfect. It was still cooler temps and rarely a mosquito. The dry terrain allowed us to see the animals clearly.
The Welcome Packs:
The welcome packs were extremely useful. I ended wearing the fanny pack on every ride. In particular we used the fleece hats. I also used the goggles. It was EXTREMELY dusty and the goggles were very helpful when not wearing my sunglasses.
From the start, our Johannesburg hotel could not have been easier and more accommodating. It was perfect for our transition to Victoria Falls.
Although a bit of a drive from the falls, we were entranced by the privacy and beauty of the setting along the Zambezi. The hotel and accommodations were top notch and the village tour a must see. The helicopter tour took our breath away as we dashed through the canyons and over the falls. It was a wonderful start to our trip. The Royal Chundu offered evening boat rides to watch the sunsets. They were spectacular! The sun was so large as it sank in to the vastness of the area and cast an orange glow that glistened over the Zambezi. It was a beautiful way to settle into the evening.
We have to say upfront that our favorite is Botswana. We loved the feeling of unfenced surroundings and the purity of the experience in Botswana.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana and andBeyond… The area and these lodges will forever be engraved in our memories as some of the most incredible experiences of our lives. Our favorite is Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp.
Why? Neither of us can pinpoint the exact reason – it was more of a feeling. Maybe because it was our first safari location and the wonder of arriving to a greeting of elephants splashing themselves in a small water hole right in front of the lodge gave us our first goosebumps. Our guides, Candrew and Sea were excellent. There was something local and special in their hearts that made us feel they were excited to show us as much as they could. They knew the area and the animals and it was magical.
Sandibe is aesthetically gorgeous.
And once again the accommodations were lush and sophisticated – even more so than Nxabega. The experience was fabulous and we saw some of the most amazing views of the Delta here.
The Cape Grace Hotel was extraordinary! The beauty, location and the service were all perfect.
And Mervyn our guide could not have been more informative and kind. We had some very interesting and open conversations with him. Then of course our visit with you:) It was wonderful to meet you face to face and appreciate you coming to greet us. We loved Table Mountain and the wine country and the overall beauty of the area. We ended up spending more than few dollars in a store called Tribal Trends in Capetown. For those looking for interesting items for their home or gifts, they have a wonderful selection and ship all over the world for reasonable prices. We would highly recommend a visit for others.
The property of Londolozi is gorgeous and we loved our guide Chris – he is extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. We felt that he also put the extra effort in to making sure our experiences were memorable. Overall, Londolozi was incredible and we saw some of the most amazing wild life of the trip. We drove through a herd of buffalo, sat in a group of elephants as they rolled in mud and grazed on the land and followed a male leopard as he howled over the valley. It was awe-inspiring.
I’ve attached a couple of my favorite pictures:)
We want to THANK YOU for putting together a magnificent itinerary with incredible thought and detail. Our hearts and minds are full of visions we never felt were possible. When we’re ready for our next African adventure, you will most certainly know:)