Hello Gelle!!! I apologize for being slow in responding and in thanking you. I returned home to a rather hectic week after being gone for so long.
I feel very fortunate indeed to have participated in the Linda/Lynn/Mary Beth African Adventure. I considered my last visit to that part of the world, 17 years ago, to be one of my very favorite trips and can scarcely believe my good fortune in being able to visit southern Africa again. You orchestrated a magnificent itinerary for us, providing luxury, adventure, diverse activities and venues. In every way this trip exceeded my expectations and also my previous experiences. The camps were even more vibrant and certainly more luxurious. The animals were closer to us than in any of my previous viewings. (It is clear that the descendants of the animals that I encountered have become even more adapted to photo taking visitors in Land Rovers)! The cuisine was significantly more delightful and elegant, though we three were always so pleased to partake of any dishes that were unique to us and representative of the region. The accommodations were fabulous, often elegant and yet equally appealing to me when we were within nature on our own island at Sandebezi. The staff at each location was gracious, attentive and knowledgeable. I find myself thinking of them all with such fond memories.
It was a particular highlight for me that we could finally meet you in person over lunch. You are as delightful as I imagined!!
You specifically inquired about the Cape Town and beyond experiences. We found the area of Hermanus so beautiful and relaxing. What a stellar location. Our time at Leeu Estates was relaxing. The staff was quite gracious and the accommodations were divine. I absolutely loved our cycling day through the countryside. Cameron and Eckhardt created a wonderful experience, pausing to savor delights and also explaining nature and our surroundings. They left me with a very favorable opinion of their company. Charlene took wonderful care of us and was a complete pleasure to be with no matter what our agenda included. We felt so grateful to you and to Dominic that our hike was rescheduled. It could not have been more perfect weather and visibility and he was fun and charming. I was very glad for the opportunity to walk through the Woodstock area within Cape Town with the assurance of Juma leading us through the neighborhood. It seemed he knew everyone that passed by…sort of the unofficial mayor! We would never have had that experience on our own, or with Charlene. Juma brought a completely unique perspective.
It is always difficult to speak of favorite selections within such an amazing list of venues, yet there are some that I want to mention to you because I know it is helpful in your business.
Everything and everyone at Sweni Lodge was exemplary and completely amazing. Daniel, Logic, Walter, Howard, Sirtana (?) and the chefs were all just the best! I would recommend that location to anyone!
For a unique and more rustic experience Sindabezi cannot be beat. Seeing their Trust School for the children and their sustainable garden was such a bonus, and seeing Victoria Falls from the Zambia side was much more thrilling!
Wilderness Safaris is a company that I applaud for their emphasis on eco-tourism and supporting the local communities. I had visited their locations in my trip 17 years ago and I would say that they have just continued to improve. Our guide Go was just exceptional in every way and I smile each time I look at the beautiful baskets that the lovely women within Vumbura Plains created with their hard working hands.
The Ellerman House was the most impressive location within the Cape Town region for me. They provide the very height of elegance and yet each and every staff member clearly wants their guests to feel like family. I was pleased in every way, service, room, views, staff, art and definitely cusine!
And, as stated before, Active Africa was great.
I also want to assure you that although I did have two rough nights with food related issues, I do not hold anyone accountable for that. It can be very difficult in the kitchen to determine where that sneaky soybean is hiding!
Thank you again Gelle! I hope that our paths may cross again.
Mary Beth ( October 2017 )
Luxury Kruger , Zambia , Botswana and Cape Town Adventure