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Client Trip Reports - January - March 2014

- Thursday, February 05, 2015

Wildlife Safari to Botswana's Okavango Delta and Linyanti Reserve and Visit to Victoria Falls


Dear Elena,

 

Our safari was excellent and thank you for organizing such a amazing trip. Wilderness Safaris is outstanding. 

 

 

As you know, Esther is a treasure and she gave us a most enjoyable private tour of Victoria Falls. 

 

We also did a helicopter tour which Wilderness Safaris arranged for us. What a view! Our room at the Victoria Falls Hotel was huge and luxurious with a big balcony. All our transfers and flights went smoothly.

 

DumaTau camp was new, beautiful and very comfortable. We loved the night sounds - the bell frogs, the hippos and the lions. Our driver/guide Lazi was very special. He found us the wild dog pack interacting with hyenas, two African rock pythons and we were chased by a bull elephant in musth! Two other delightful couples were in our group and we celebrated Gail's birthday on the boat at sunset. A very special time. Everyone in the camp was so nice, especially Chris, Greg, Chloe, Alina and Mr. B. The chef took excellent care of our food issues.

 

Little Tubu Camp was just as special. Michael was downright spoiled by the chef there! Our driver/guide Bee was excellent and Phily was so much fun. The flood had come in enough so we were able to have a mokoro ride. It was very special - right before sunset - and was so peaceful and beautiful. Then we had drinks afterwards at sunset.


So thanks again. We are already thinking about where in Africa we would like to go next.


Sincerely,

Laura Garrick, March 2014




The Best of Southern Africa – Safari to a Private Game Reserve, Chobe and Visits to Cape Town and Victoria Falls


We are home from our great adventure with stories and memories that we will be sharing for our lifetime. As an older novice traveler, traveling with a minor, the one thing I knew to do well was to research the travel company I chose. I could not have done better. So many thanks for the prompt replies and reassurances for the many questions I had. You guys are awesome!

 

Every thing went exceedingly smooth. Each time we got off the plane there was someone to greet us and take us to our destination. Dropping off at the airport meant taking us and our bags to the ticket counter and making sure we had our tickets for the next flight. Special thanks to driver Wilbert in South Africa and Bigboy in Zimbabwe.

 

Our hotel in Cape Town was excellent. The rooms were clean and the staff friendly. The day trips suggested were full of interest. And if I was thinking that hotel was excellent I had no idea what was waiting at Buffalo Camp. Really, there are no words to describe the luxury of these permanent tents. The reception was warm, the food wonderful, the guides knowlegeable and approachable, it was spectacular. My grandson learned so many things from the guides and was spoiled with kindness at the camp. The hotel in Zimbabwe was again excellent. I appreciated knowing to take cash and try and refrain from using a credit card or bank. It was really good advice and I was able to follow it. I was unprepared for the cost of food and personal items in Zimbabwe. I believe it was at least twice what I paid for similar expenses while in South Africa. We ended our safari at Muchenje Safari Lodge in Botswana. I was surprised at the completely different feel between the two lodges. This lodge had a more homey, going to camp as a kid feel. I thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciated the different experience that each camp offered.

 

This was the kind of trip I had imagined. I had a knowledgeable company to do the planning and have as support, without the stifling nature of travelling in a herd of folks... The tips on tipping were very helpful and taking 100 one dollar bills is something I shall always do now wherever I travel.

 

Thank you all so very much.

Dawn Lowe, March 2014




Botswana Wing Safari to the Linyanti Reserve and the World Famous Okavango Delta


The trip we just completed was amazing. We have used every superlative that we know to describe this trip, the accommodations and the people we met. The facilities were definitely A+, that is if there is no higher mark. The staff at each camp were friendly and helpful beyond our imagination. The food was also great, everywhere. The logistics worked flawlessly and the animals ... oh the animals, WOW! Our guides never failed to deliver. They were so very knowledgeable and patient.

 

The fact is we are already planning a return trip next year during the dry season. Is now too soon to start?

Cleve and Barbara McGehee, March 2014 




Wilderness Flying Safari to Botswana’s Xigera Camp, Chitabe and Victoria Falls Hotel


Hi Kyle,


We had a trip of a lifetime!  Thank you for making it special.

 

Both hotels were wonderful places to stay.  I hope to return to the Victoria Falls Hotel with its setting and history and ambiance.  The Residence had a unique layout, and we had a wonderful dinner there.  We appreciate too the opportunity to use the club at the airport at Johannesburg.  And all the flights and shuttles worked like clockwork.  Your planning relieved a lot of our stress in traveling.

 

Both camps were exciting places to stay.  It was good that we stayed at Xigera first because Chitabe had so much more wildlife.  The reverse could have been disappointing.  For us, it seemed that each day in the bush got better and better.

 

We saw lots of animals.  We saw four of the Big Five (really didn't expect to see a rhino). Probably the most memorable event was seeing lions feeding on a giraffe.  And no one will forget Matt trading his clothes for crafts at the market.

 

It is possible that we could return to Africa.  I would be interested in your guidebook "Africa's Top Wildlife Countries".  We still have to see a rhinoceros and I'm interested in seeing chimpanzees.

 

Thank you for planning such a memorable trip.  We appreciate your work.  

Jerry and Val VanWoerkom, March 2014




Wing Safari to Botswana’s Desert & Delta - Central Kalahari, Okavango Delta and Moremi


Dear Elena,


We are home now from our great Botswana adventure and as I'm writing this it is snowing outside, such a contrast to the warm temperatures we got to experience for 10 days.  Of course we had rain, but as one of our guides said, "It's the rainy season."  True it was. We had such an exciting adventure!  All our camps, guides, food, and service were all excellent.  Everyone was helpful and travelling from camp to camp was flawless.

  

We saw loads of animals, including an entire pride of lions, a cheetah and 2 cubs and 2 elusive leopards. The highlight for me was of course observing so much animal behavior, but getting to know the people at the camps, especially our guides, was equally rewarding for me.  Richard took thousands of photos and he was able to get some really great shots, particularly when we were with our private guides.

  

Africa has a kind of magic that draws you there and then back again.  We are already talking about where we'll go next!  Thank you and everyone who made our journey to Botswana one we will never forget.


Sincerely,

Irene Maxcy, Feb-Mar 2014




“Diamond Skies” Safari to South Africa’s Sabi Sand and Tswalu Game Reserves and Cape Town Visit


We have arrived home from our Africa Adventure and Safari. We truly had an amazing time and already want to go back.

 

Lion Sands River Lodge:

We saw so much game here it was amazing. We saw the Big 5 and truly enjoyed seeing the wild dogs as an added bonus.  The rooms were lovely and the view from the patio was breathtaking.  The food options were delicious and they accommodated my 9 year old niece’s food needs as well.

 

Tswalu:

Oh gosh, where to start. The scenery here was unbelievable (red sand and dunes) and such a dramatic difference from anywhere else we have been.  The staff were truly exceptional as were the rooms. The game viewing was nice but not as good as at Lion Sand. I truly enjoyed my yoga sessions and all the extra attention we received from the whole staff.  My niece loved all the activities that they provided for her and the backpack for kids upon arrival was a lovely touch.  The food was delicious and the attentive extras they provide their guest was incredible.  I loved the ability to plan our day as we liked and have everything catered to our needs. This was truly a 5 star lodge and I hope to return one day. P.S. The black maned lion was so amazing and large, it was my favorite animal of the whole trip.

 

Attached are some photos from our Safari.


 

Thanks so much,

 

Kristen Walsh and Donnie Payne, Feb-Mar 2014




Flying Safari to Botswana’s Central Kalahari and Linyanti Reserve and Visits to Cape Town and Victoria Falls


Dear Lynne,


All I can say is you "heard" me and helped provide an experience we will never forget. And, we are determined to go back, so begin thinking about our next adventure.


I believe I suggested that we go to Botswana and that the less people we were with the better, and rustic was fine with us. We loved the Kalahari Plains Camp and Savuti. They were the highlight of our stay in Africa. Our guides were knowledgeable and caring. Half the time it was just Bill and me and the guide. Other times there was one couple, always from another country rather than America (great!).  A few times there were two couples in addition to us. We rarely saw other jeeps on the road. It seemed our jeep was the predator searching for game. We knocked down low brush and small trees to get to the animals the guide was determined we should see. And, did we see. We didn't experience too many herds of animals, rather, we had to search for them, which made it fun.

 

We spotted 28 different mammals and 68 different birds. It was phenomenal. Turning a curve on the dirt road to face a lion head-on sitting in the road. Or, a mother cheetah playing with her cubs. Warthogs, kudu, giraffe, elephants, hippos, and dung beetles pushing their home down the road. We loved it all, and I literally cried when we left Botswana to fly to Zimbabwe.

 

We enjoyed Victoria Falls, but given we live near many water falls, we were less in awe than maybe some people. We found Elephant Camp almost too nice after our experience in Botswana. But, we enjoyed a two hour hike with a guide and loved meeting the resident cheetah up close and feeding the elephants.

Cape Town is beautiful. We enjoyed Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope, the Botanical Gardens, eating in great restaurants, especially Baia on the Harbor. The Radisson Blu was a lovely hotel to end the trip, but I believe both of us would have given up Cape Town and Zimbabwe if we had known what Botswana was like.

 

Lynne, we would like to return, perhaps to other camps in Botswana, and if you can suggest another country that would be similar, without much commercialism or too many people. Botswana may be unique as there are only 2 million people in the country and their emphasis on sustainability is easier to attain with a low population.


I can't thank you enough for helping to plan this amazing adventure for us.


Sincerely,

Karin Ash and Bill Huling, Feb 2014







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