We had an absolutely amazing time in South Africa! Most notably, our guide Pam was fantastic. She really thread together past and present touching on so many topics. I left Cape Town really feeling like I had learned so much about the city. Not to mention, her energy is incredible! Up until the very last second, she was sharing tons of information with us. She is the best tour guide I’ve ever had.
Our two safari lodges were spectacular, each in their own way. The staff at Camp Ndlovu were very attentive and it felt like home. Our ranger there, Steven, was remarkable! His knowledge of the bush, having grown up there, was palpable and he was so generous with his time and knowledge. Welgevonden is a beautiful park that was very enjoyable and the trails were so smooth (which was great for the member of our group with back problems).
Jamala was spectacular as well. The rooms were beautiful and very comfortable (those beds are amazing). We enjoyed watching the animals at the water hole as well as our game drives. Our ranger there, JP, was also great and had some great stories to tell about his past doing anti-poaching. The game viewing in Madikwe was stellar. It was nice to start with a game reserve like Welgevonden, where we could get comfortable being near animals, and then end in Madikwe where we got even closer to animals when going off-road. The staff at Jamala were also extremely attentive.
Thank you so much for all you help and support planning the trip, and for your help during the vacation. It was one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever taken! Your country is truly beautiful.
Melanie & Family