We wanted to write a review of this holiday because it was by reading the reviews on your website that we decided to book. We were not disappointed and had a wonderful holiday. We saw and experienced such a variety of things and from the moment we landed were looked after extremely well. Our tour guide, Karen was supported by historical guide, Warwick and both were very professional, but friendly too. All the hotels had their own character, but very good facilities in all and the buffet breakfasts were excellent.
The Kruger area was very interesting. In September, the vegetation was sparse with new shoots appearing, but it made looking for game much easier. We saw the Big Five on our included game drive. Our driver was really keen to ensure that we saw as much as possible. We took Karen’s advice to make the most of our time there and went to Elephant Whispers to have a ride on an elephant. This was quite an experience and I would recommend anyone to go there. The elephants responded to low voice commands only! One lay down so that we could have a really good look at him!
We also decided to go on the optional Tented Safari . This included a morning bush walk with armed rangers in the park where we learnt a lot about the animals who lived here. After a buffet breakfast we were taken to Buffallo Rock Tented camp inside the park. The tents were erected on top of wooden platforms and were more luxurious than I expected. Beds had mosquito nets and the lighting and hot water were run by solar power. Each tent had an en-suite bathroom, but there was no tent around the bathroom area, though no -one could see through the wooden stakes- a unique experience to shower outside!! The evening game drive gave a different aspect to the park and even our guide got his camera out when we came across a pack of wild dogs!
The battlefields area was so different with rolling hills. Our Zulu guide at Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift was very enthusiastic and funny. We felt that it would have been nice to spend a bit more time at Isandlwana to have a walk around and take it all in.
The second part of the holiday on the Garden Route and in Cape Town felt like a different country. The trip across the lagoon at Knysna to the Featherbed Reserve was a day to remember. Beautiful scenery and after a ride to the top of the head, a chance to have nice walk back down for those who wanted it. We were all greeted at the bottom by a lovely buffet lunch.
Knysna itself gave us our first real chance to do a bit of shopping, with it’s pretty marina and nice restaurants.
Another highlight of the holiday was the journey to Stellenbosch. On the way, we stopped at Hermanus for some whale watching. Before we even got off the coach on the promenade we saw a whale jump right out of the water. No one was ready for it with a camera, but we saw lots more whale activity easily from the promenade. You certainly didn’t need to go out in a boat - amazing!
The Stellenbosch area with it’s mountain scenery was lovely and we enjoyed our day touring around it. The visit to the vineyard at Boschandel was very interesting, though more could have been made of the actual tasting itself.
Another highlight - Kirstenbosch Gardens with the mountain backdrop, long vistas full of colour and interesting wildlife. Our time there flew by. We would have loved to have had more time there, but we had to press on to Cape town to go up Table Mountain on the same day. The weather forecast for the rest of our stay was poor, so it was our best chance of going up. Unfortunately the cloud on top stayed stubbornly in place until we got to our hotel. So we went up and saw the views from the cable car, but were wreathed in cloud on top!
Luckily we had opted for a helicopter ride around the Cape which was brilliant. What an experience - so smooth compare to a light plane and the views were unforgettable. The following day we went by coach around the same area, but the weather was poor unfortunately. Even in poor weather the scenery was lovely. The highlight of the day was a visit to the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach. Seeing wild penguins at such close range was amazing and what a lovely spot they have chosen to live in!
Altogether a holiday to remember.
Review by Angela & Paul Baker on 20 October 2015