Here is Matt’s feedback :
Thanks for reaching out. Adam and I were both blown away with he entire trip. Everything went perfectly except for one minor thing that I’ll get into in a minute.
Umkumbe: this was a great quaint little property. The private reserves have so much to offer and we were so glad to experience one. Tonya our guide was unbelievable. She gave so much excitement and got us to see so much. We saw 4/5 of the big five (no lions) and a ton of other animals too. Food options here were extensive. Breakfast and dinner better than lunch but all were good. Only downside about it is they offer no activities during the day – just one bush walk on one of our days we stayed there. Pics are attached of cheetah leopards and the lodge
Chobe elephant camp was sooooo much better than sun safaris description. The main lodge is GORGEOUS!!! The food was amazing. The service was so good. We saw lion here completing our big five. Downsides are rowdy elephants at night and only having access to public parks after being spoiled on private reserves but it’s good to try both.
Our one negative (and it’s not your fault) was the transfer from LVI to Botswana. Next time I would 100% do the layover to kasane. It’s too much to transfer from LVI to the river on the border. Wait for trucks to move so we can get to the boat. Get on a boat. Get in a new car. Cross border at Botswana. Go to kasane. Get in new car. Go to camp. It was a lot for a day. If you can use this to advise guests to do the flight to kasane instead of LVI.
Some pics of Chobe are attached.
Ilala as awesome. Such an authentic British feel to it. We loved it. The warthog were so cool hanging on the property. Meals were very good and room was a nice change after living in luxury tents.
Thank you again. We already spoke about coming back to you guys for our next Safari in a couple of years!!! You were so helpful. I truly appreciated you taking the time to understand what we wanted to do in our first call. You have a very consultative sales approach and I admire that.