Susan H

Hi Belinda,

We are home and still a bit jet lagged but doing well with so many wonderful memories.

We cannot even begin to express how amazing this trip was. You did an incredible job without missing any details. We enjoyed all aspects of the trip starting with Cape Town and until the very end. We also really appreciated that you picked out three very different camps for us to experience.

Inyati, as it turns out, was the best for game drives. We were lucky enough to have a guide and tracker who were beyond intuitive and we saw the big five on the first afternoon we were there. Other people who had already been on past safaris commented that these guides were the best they had experienced.

We loved Tongabezi as it was just so beautiful and more luxurious than Inyati. Our room was spectacular and we had a lovely deck over looking the Zambezi River with a pod of hippos just in front of our overlook. We felt very pampered and the food was excellent. Victoria Falls was spectacular – we even took our first helicopter ride to see it from the air. Glad you suggested time there. We had an eye-opening and in some ways life-changing visit to a small mud-hut village not far from Tongabezi. Wow!

Camp Xakanaxa in Botswana was also wonderful and very rustic. We certainly felt very close to animals in that camp. One evening we heard many (what seemed like very large beasts) just outside our door munching and walking about for hours. Turns out, there were three buffalo and a hippo which was verified for us in the morning.

Another key aspect of our trip was the incredible people we met along the way. At each location, starting in Cape Town at the Radisson Blu through the staff at Xakanaxa, everyone was wonderful. American hospitality workers should all have the experience of coming to Africa to learn what customer service is really about. We also were fortunate to return with a bevy of new friends from around the world who were traveling with us. We have so many people we might some day see again, either in their countries or in the States.

We wanted to thank you for planning such an amazing adventure for us. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and we shall never forget it. Now we are home and showing everyone our pictures whether they want to see them or not!

Take care and thanks again for everything,
Susan and John