Client Feedback : Namibia and Victoria Falls
Oct12

Client Feedback : Namibia and Victoria Falls

Liselle has a knack for arranging the ultimate African safari experience. Carefully she crafts the perfect luxury itineraries, ensuring her guests return time and again. She advised her clients to stay at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge in the remarkable Soussusvlei area in Namibia, and the family-run Bayete Guest Lodge in the world-renown Victoria Falls. Liselle combined their Namibia and Victoria Falls with a brief stay at the Belvedere Boutique Hotel in Windhoek. Here is their feedback :  Dear Liselle, Thank you very much for your email and for following up after our journey. We will begin by thanking you for all your hard work and suggestions. We had a wonderful experience in Namibia and Zimbabwe. We are so glad we listened to you and stayed at Wolwedans. The staff was very nice, professional, and paid attention to detail. In the restaurant special thanks go to Beatriz and Tabea for making our evenings pleasant. We would recommend Wolwedans to friends. As a matter of fact, I need to get in touch with Virginia Esposito as she wants to hear about our trip and possibly plan a trip to Namibia. Getting the car rental and driving from Windhoek to the Wolwedans proved that our sense of direction (with the help of GPS) is not that bad. Furthermore, wherever we stopped for refueling and stretch our legs, we found out that locals were very friendly and helpful. The hot air balloon and the view from it was spectacular and well worth getting up early in the morning to see the sunrise We managed to book a Sossusvlei and Deadvlei drive from the Wolwedans, and have to say that the drive and visit to both “valleys” were very impressive Overall, the lodge, with a suitable setting to relaxing and the while life around it (mostly oryks and zebras) made the trip extra special. While in Windhoek, our stay at the Belvedere Boutique Hotel was also pleasant. We liked that it was a small and laid back place but very professional at the same time. Toward the end of our trip, we found out that the Naankuse Lodge which is located between Windhoek and the airport offers day gaming activities. This lodge could also be an alternative to travelers before they begin their 4×4 trip to the dunes As for Zimbabwe, our plain ride was smooth, a representative from Wild Horizons was waiting for us, who transported us to Bayette Lodge. The setting of the Lodge is very pleasant. The rooms were simple but clean. We found out that Victoria Falls was more than the falls, we took a sunset boat ride of the Zambesi river and visited a...

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Rio’s Tijuca National Park: Explore the World’s Largest Urban Forest
Sep24

Rio’s Tijuca National Park: Explore the World’s Largest Urban Forest

Established in 1961, the sprawling Tijuca National Park is – arguably – the world’s largest urban forest. Some might argue that Johannesburg in South Africa is home to the world’s largest man-made wooded area, but it’s actually Rio de Janeiro that takes the title. Granted, Johannesburg is one of the largest forests, but we’re handing the baton to Brazil. The Tijuca Forest carpets 3,953 hectares of reclaimed land that was previously cleared for coal and coffee production. Tijuca is now home to a mosaic of trails, cascading waterfalls, wildlife, viewpoints and famous landmarks (most notably the art deco Christ the Redeemer statue). History of the Tijuca National Park The initial reforestation project on the outskirts of the city actually started in 1861, when water sources became scarce. It was quickly realised that the production of coal and coffee was depleting the city’s water supply. Industry cleared and wiped out the natural rainforest, and the city suffered to consequences. And so the reforestation process began with the replanting of over 100, 000 trees after the arduous task of expropriating land in the interest of the public. The task was long and drawn-out, but much needed. In 1961 the urban rainforest was declared a national park, and has since become a much-visited destination in Rio de Janeiro. General tourist info about Tijuca National Park This urban rainforest inside city limits is an absolute gem to explore, and there are plenty of activities and monuments to visit within the park. The Tijuca Peak and Corcovado mountain where  Christ Redeemer statue is located are two major attractions which should not be missed. Visitors would need, on average, 2 days to explore the park. The park is open from 8am to 18:00, so we recommend you set aside a couple of days for exploration purposes – just bear in mind that summer is the rainy season, so you’ll need to check the weather prior to planning your activities. During the peak season and carnival time it’s recommended that you get an early start to your sightseeing. Things to do in Tijuca National Park There are many different ways to explore the Tijuca National Park, with varying routes. Its many roads allow visiting on foot, bicycle, car and even busses. The fitness fanatics should hike up to the Tijuca Peak. You can either drive right up to the start of the trail, or walk from the park entrance. From the entrance it’s about 5.5 km to the top, with a 2km uphill from the start of the actual trail where the carpark is located. It’s a safe and rewarding trail, offering up exquisite panoramic views...

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Client Feedback : Family Safari to the Delightful Nambu Camp
Sep24

Client Feedback : Family Safari to the Delightful Nambu Camp

Natasha’s clients stayed Nambu Camp in the Balule Nature Reserve, a camp that is fast becoming a favourite among visitors to the area. Personalised attention, fantastic atmosphere and exquisite cuisine are just a few hallmarks of this wonderful lodge in the Kruger. Even if there’s an issue, it’s tended to immediately. It’s all about attention to detail and prioritising guests’ needs, which Nambu excels at doing.  Here is their feedback : Dear Natasha Sorry for late reply, but I have been very busy in the last days… Nambu Camp was great, we have appreciated it a lot We have had only one initial problem with the family of three people because the space in the room was very little and the extra bed extremely uncomfortable (with inflatable mattress). Luckily the manager solved the problem changing their bed with a real one after few hours. In general we really enjoyed our stay, in particular all restaurant staff  and Ranger (Stewart) ,were extremely kind and helpful You can find some picture in attach Thank you very much for your assistance Kind Regards...

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Explore Our Top 4 Hotels in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sep24

Explore Our Top 4 Hotels in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is a bubbling, cosmopolitan city in Argentina brimming with European style and Latin seduction. Buenos Aires is the city of grand palaces, colourful architecture and has an atmosphere that oozes charm and passion. Walk down the cobblestone streets of bustling La Boca and stop to photograph the burst of colour adorning the narrow houses. Meander through the city on foot and watch rhythmic couples showing off their Argentine Tango skills on the street, while you admire the trendy crowds filtering into street cafes. Don’t have too much of an agenda in Argentina’s capital – make time to kick-back with a glass of delectable Argentine wine, while you observe the locals of Buenos Aires. A city swaying with life, sultry Buenos Aires is one of the most unforgettable cities in South America. Before you book your ticket to Buenos Aires, you’ll need to book hotel or guest house accommodation in the city that never sleeps. Dotted with an array of luxury hotels in tourist-hotspots and secluded sectors of the city, Buenos Aires is certainly not short on its offerings when it comes to sophisticated and refined hotels. We figured it was our job to seek out the top 4 hotels in Buenos Aires (each offering something catering for a specific type of traveller) – the hotels that we deem perfect enough for any discerning traveller seeking that Argentinian feel coupled with exclusivity. Four Seasons Hotel The Four Seasons offers unparalleled luxury in the heart of the exclusive Recolata neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. This leading brand is synonymous with style and sophistication; and it’s Argentine hotel in the cosmopolitan capital is certainly no different. Ideal for hotel brand-seekers and lovers of international hotel quality, the Four Seasons is just perfect. Of course, Buenos Aires Four Seasons has a uniquely Argentine twist, evident in its early 20th century architecture. Award winning dining, relaxing bar areas, rejuvenating spa treatment rooms tranquil poolside bliss and classic old-world rooms certainly set the standard in terms of luxury. In total, there are 12 floors in the main hotel with a total of 139 rooms. Alvear Palace Hotel The Alvear Palace Hotel is a grand hotel situated in the stylish Recoleta neighbourhood. Picture gold-leaf design mixed with plush interiors, with hints of French-inspired decor. The public areas are gracious and expansive, and offer exclusive relaxation areas that include indoor swimming pools, solariums, pool bars and even a spa and fitness centre. The Alvear boasts a whopping 192 rooms in total, each decorated in that classic French style. This hotel is fit for royalty, and has played host to a number of celebrities in years gone...

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Client Feedback : Royal Zanzibar Resort
Sep21

Client Feedback : Royal Zanzibar Resort

Natasha’s client decided to book their own safari holiday, but came to Natasha for advice about Zanzibar. After a careful process of elimination, Natasha settled on sending her guests to the Royal Zanzibar Resort, with an overnight stay at the Mount Meru hotel.  It appears they had an incredible time on Africa’s tropical island.  Here is their feedback :  Hello Natasha How are you? Yes all is good with us, have been back for a week now and still thinking how wonderful our holiday was. Thank you for all your help and your suggestions for this wonderful trip.  Zanzibar was a lovely way to spend the last week after being on safari.  We really enjoyed Royal Zanzibar Resort and were lucky to be upgraded to a lovely Ocean View Suite.  It was like a huge Apartment and really nice.  We had a day in Stone town then another trip to Prison Island and the Butterfly Farm.  Everything was wonderful so thank you again. I’ve attached a couple of pics for you. Regards Gillian...

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