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Everything was wonderful and all the transfers worked like magic!

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Dear Gelle,

We all arrived home safely on Friday after the very long journey back from Zambia via
Johannesburg. Gelle, everything was wonderful and all the transfers worked like magic!
We had a fabulous few days at Jock’s Safari Camp, the highlight being following a pride of six lioness stalking a herd of buffalo and making a kill. We returned later in the day and they had finished it off! We also had two great leopard sightings, saw black rhino as well as many white and, of course, lots of ellies. We saw small numbers of zebra and giraffe but suspect they prefer the more open terrain in the Sabie Sands area. Besides the pride of lioness, we had many separate lion sightings. So, it was a great experience.
The Lodge staff were lovely and we certainly didn’t go hungry!

The Johannesburg section mainly revolved around family and friends. The Balalaika was fine. The interior garden/pool area makes an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Sandton. Rooms are a little tired (which I knew ahead of time!) but the breakfast was excellent.

Then on to Zambia and the Vic Falls. The lodge has a lovely situation on the river and we took a delightful sunset cruise on our first evening – saw lots of hippo, croc and birds but the water level in the river is too high at present for the elephant to use it. We could see the spray from the falls from the Lodge and took a tour there the following day. The water flow is spectacular and we got well and truly soaked! I will forward some pix this evening.

Gelle, a huge thank you from us all for arranging this for us. I have passed on your name to several people, including a couple from Indianapolis whom I sat next to on the plane back to the US! All of your recommendations were perfect and it was truly a trip of a lifetime for our family!

Thank you for coming to meet us at Spier and for the hats and the beautiful bag. Thanks also for forwarding the pictures of our eagle encounter. I wonder if you took your nephews there? You seem to have had lots of fun with them.

Will respond to survey and try to get something on to Trip Advisor.

Carol and Family from the USA ( Luxury Cape-Town , Kruger , Johannesburg and Zambia Family adventure July 2017 )

Everything went very smoothly in every respect

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Hello Gelle,

Everything went very smoothly in every respect.The people at the lodge were very friendly. The food there was outstanding, as it was everywhere we went. The Safari people were incredible. It was such a great trip. We saw lots of wildlife on every single one of the eight drives.

Jim and Bernadette ( USA July 2017 )
Kruger Safari

I guess I wanted to relive the whole trip! I really appreciate the help you gave us thank you .I have no hesitation and will recommend you to anyone heading your way.

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Hi Anna

All good thanks – sorry to have missed you at Tremasina – I didn’t know you were in the area and we left at 8am sharp – read your text when we were at Blyde Canyon… The holiday was amazing and the Safari excellent, it was a huge success thank you. And yes we loved Capetown and did and saw a lot and Stellebosch too so it all worked really well – we hired a car x2 to do the Cape for a day and also in Stellebosch to do Franshoek and Boeschendal etc

I guess I wanted to relive the whole trip! See below (sorry) I’ve put a few thoughts down on paper to share with you!

I really appreciate the help you gave us thank you .All the arrangements were perfect and the whole trip went really well so we are very happy, no issues or complaints! I can see that you are running a very good business so congratulations. For us it was a high cost trip, (say compared to chilling in a resort in Thailand etc) SA is unique so a special trip, so a memorable one. We enjoyed the benefits of the AUD being strong vrs the SARand in CPT and Stellenbosch but still the Safari is expensive but accepting thats the way Safaris go we felt the Tremasina Lodge was a good option for us and in particular I wanted to share with you that Viva Safaris are extremely well organised at Kruger, we were in safe hands and what they provided worked really well. Varied game drives, plenty of variety, dawn and sunset, evening dinner under the Booma Tree, breakfasts in the Lapa Lounge, dinners by the fire and the guides were really good too, Phillip, Murray and Luke and Zanallie – it seemed odd to be expected to tip the guides given how much we had already paid (just an observation / feedback – someone must be making on the high cost charged so they should pay their staff! ). I get the culture in Australia is different …

From the itinerary we didn’t really understand the logistics of the different “reserves” or what that meant so when we ended up on open 4WD’s going down dirt tracks through the bush it was awesome and we had a lot of success with the game. Also we didn’t really understand that Tremasina is outside Kruger or the difference between private and the National Park. We do now that we have experienced ourselves. Surprising how much we did see from the public roads.

Kruger Day trip : Note from Tremasina the day round trip to Kruger is 11hours – thats fine but it was in an open sided vehicle and extremely cold – at least 90mins drive each way at 100km/h etc – there were tarp sides down at start and end and blankets but it was still freezing – we really needed coats which we did not have – it was far colder than we expected – we did have lots of layers and beenys. One tip – in your notes and tips you need to stress how cold it is at dawn (at this time of the year at least?) rather than saying “long cotton sleeves for sun protection” and more than just a “sweater”. Perhaps at other times of the year not as cold and in counties further north warmer?

Anyhow Greenfire worked for us – we needed to recharge and it represented good value – we needed some down time and 2 nights was good, both from the fallback of allowing for standby travel and being tired , the +8hours time difference impacts us more than the north/south visitors from Europe. After Lion park we were too tired to go out, so eating at Greenfire was good and we bought extra fleeces at the shopping centre.

Kylemore was a very high standard – the apartment was v luxurious, it got loads of morning sunshine so we had breakfast on the balcony each day (yes outside!) It was a good recommendation thank you and we enjoyed staying there (5nights) and found we slept in a lot every day which was what we needed after the 5.30am and 6.30am wake ups at Tremasina. We paid a lot for Kylemore but I think we got what we paid for so for a 5 night trip not worth trying to save a bit for somewhere lower standard or less convenient.

We used a company called Capetown Tours for our transfers, 1. CPT airport to V&A, 2. V&A to Stell and 3. Stell to CPT airport they were very good and good value and 100% reliable and they confirmed each pick up by SMS the day before, so they were well organised. Maybe not quite as high end as Illios (we saw their vans around) but were much cheaper than what you had quoted which was why I used them.

Taxis – these were a bit hit and miss – our first experience at V&A was interesting “as the meter didn’t work!” – we should have got out straight away but by the time I realised 220R was way too much for Waterfront to Biscuit Mill at Woodstock for a relatively short trip we were on our way. In the end we got him down to 150R (it only too 17 mins / ~5km). My feedback is the authorities need to better regulate the taxi as this was a meter taxi in the tourist zone and even had the official details on the side – I guess foreign tourists are an easy target. (again not what we are used to in AU).Then we took meter taxi x3: 1. Woodstock to Kirstenbosch,2. Kirtsenbosch to Camps Bay and 3. Camps Bay to V&A = all the same driver total 450R (convenient and worked for us )

For Table Mountain we took the open red sightseeing bus , + cable car up + walk down which we enjoyed including the trek down which I recommend, the kids enjoyed it age 9/12 – all really good.

We then hired cars from Avis x2 for a day tour of the Cape (out via Camps, Lllandudno, Chapmans, to Simonstown, then penguins at Boulders and The Cape , all good, and also a day trip from Stelenbosch to Franshoek and Boeschendal – that worked well too. If we had more time in wineries I might book a tour but our kids are too yound for a winme tour and bored compared to us enjoying the wine so our self drive worked well.

The whole trip was a huge success, fly mango was ok, the day from Kruger to CPT was a long one (as expected) we did a game drive at 6am and got to the Kylomore after 10pm. fly mango was running late, we had to wait for the inbound aircraft at JNB. Equaly logistics are challenging, Stellenbosch we left at 11am and by the time QF 64 took off at JNB we had been travelling 9 hours …but I don’t think overnighting in JNB would have helped.

Of course Qantas was fantastic too!

Thanks again and I hope this is helpful. I have no hesitation and will recommend you to anyone heading your way.

Best wishes

Gary and Family from Australia ( July 2016 Cape-Town and Kruger )

leopard

Thank you for all your efforts organising our fantastic South Africa holiday

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Hi Anna

 

Thank you for all your efforts organising our fantastic holiday, it all went so smoothly and every part of the holiday was of an exceptional standard and exceeded our expectations. I will most certainly be recommending your services to anyone interested in holidaying in South Africa.

 

Boschendale and the cottage was beautiful, although the weather was not the best, overcast and raining at times, but it did not stop us from enjoying our time there. And we thoroughly enjoyed the apartment at the V&A Marina, which felt secure and luxurious and allowed us to make the most of the lovely restaurants within walking distance.

 

Finally, thank you for our lovely gifts, the caps proved very useful in the heat of Capetown when sightseeing and we enjoyed the Amarula whilst watching the yachts from the balcony (we had already discovered that we liked this whilst on our game drives in Karula)!

 

I am sure that we would all love to return for another Safari in the future, just need to save our pennies!

 

Best wishes

 

Karen & Martin ( Nov 2016 Cape-Town Stellenbosch , Kruger and the Blue Train )

Botswana Safari

Your plan for our hols were excellent, many thanks

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Dear Anna,

 

Good to hear from you.

We had a truly wonderful time. So much so, when we got home yesterday, I was feeling rather flat. But a good meal with some wine and playing with our dogs cheered me up.

So, what follows is a view on where we stayed and what we did etc.

Camps Bay.

We love this area and Cape Town. The accom was as described, and we had a good time.

I think that next time we will choose to stay further up the coast, at Plett Bay, where we have stayed before, or Mosel Bay. We met some people in Botswana, who recommended some reserves near Durban, but I can not recall the names of them.

We tried some of the places Gelle recommended, Gordans Bay was our kind of place, as is Somerset West, and we had a good meal in the restaurant on the beach in Paternoster

Victoria Falls

The lodge was excellent, just the type of place we like. We got to talk with the staff, and owners, which added to our stay. We had dinner on the terrace at the Vic Falls hotel, and dinner on a river cruise. Both were excellent. The falls themselves were breathtaking, and after walking around the viewing points, we had lunch at the Look Out cafe. Victoria Falls is a must for your future customers. Gelle was right, we could have spent more time there.

Botswana.

Both lodges were also excellent. All 3 lodges gave a personal touch, and a genuinely warm greeting. The staff at all of them were excellent. Chobi is a must for anyone, and the second lodge gave us the chance to sleep right next to nature. The noises and animal activity at night will live with is forever. Also, at the second lodge, we were the only guests, so we were a bit like royalty! At 4.40am on the first night we were woken by a hippo splashing around and as we got up out of bed, we could see it about 10 yards away – brilliant. The noises all night were also something we will talk about for years.

All of the logistics etc were as planned. Your plan for our hols were excellent, many thanks.

We shall return, we just have to decide when. Maybe when the England rugby team tour ( June 2018 or 2019 ) or when our cricket team play a 5 day test in Capetown, or when the British and Irish Lions rugby team tour, which should be in June 2021. I suppose we prefer a holiday in February, as it helps break up our winter. But the rugby and cricket are on my bucket list!!

For Gelle, thanks for the wine, it was good. It was also really good to meet you. If ever you are in England, please come and stay.

A great holiday, with great memories,

Fondest, and go well,

Guy and Joy from the UK ( Feb 2017 Luxury South Africa Victoria Falls and fly in Safari in Botswana )

 

 

Sosussvlei Namibia

Thank you for your excellent arrangements Namibia Fly in Safari

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Hi Gelle

Yes, we got home safely two days ago and are settling back in at home. We had a wonderful trip – thank you for your excellent arrangements. Everything went smoothly.

I gave your name to someone on our trip. We may make use of your services again!

Warm wishes, Christel from Canada ( Luxury Namibia Fly In Safari Feb 2017 )

Kruger Safari

Kruger safari – Thank You

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Hi Gelle,

 

We had a wonderful time they really looked after us. Thank you so much for all your help.
Cheers

Suzanne ( Kruger Safari March 2017 )