Client Feedback : Klaserie River Safari Lodge
Feb16

Client Feedback : Klaserie River Safari Lodge

Natasha’s client, Tim, booked a coastal city break to cosmopolitan Cape Town and decided to add on a safari holiday to Kruger. Natasha booked her client a stay at Klaserie River Safari Lodge, located in the Greater Kruger. Klaserie River Safari Lodge offers day trips into the Kruger National Park, boat cruises and other wildlife based activities. Here is their feedback : Hi Natasha, I had a great trip! Cape Town has changed a lot since I was last there in 1995; it is much more cosmopolitan now, whereas before it seemed like an English city. Safari was a memorable experience. I enjoyed talking to the rangers/guides, particularly Evans, and the manager, whose name has slipped my mind. (Less so some of the guests whose sense of entitlement and ignorance about animals and the bush was a low point.) I was lucky enough to hear that lions had killed a buffalo on the evening I arrived, and decided to the Kruger the next day.  There were seven cubs, four females, and one male in the shade of a bush where they had dragged the buffalo carcass. (Also saw a second male who was limping badly.) Most were trying to rest in the blazing heat. Periodically,  they would move down to the creek for water. I took a lot of photos I was pleased with, but haven’t had time to load any onto my computer. Later, I saw another smaller pride about 50 meters from the road, so that was a truly amazing day! I also went to the Kruger on the last full day and saw the same pride, but on this occasion they were fast asleep and weren’t aware of the truck pulling up-we were very close. Amazing as that was, the next evening Evans tracked a young female leopard after dusk and she was totally unconcerned by our presence and the flashlight shining on her. I couldn’t believe my eyes; in 25 years of safari trips, I have never experienced a clear sighting of a leopard. Then the next morning, I saw another! Further off and skittishly moving around a tree! The sheer volume of animals we saw was reassuring, given fears of poaching. I saw an huge herd of elephants ! There must have been nearly 100! Sadly, no sightings of rhino, and I was concerned to hear that the guides had never seen the solitary rhino either. (This might be a good thing because it might also be hard to track for poachers.) The only downside was the distance from the Kruger, but I am not complaining. It made up for the scarcity of sightings...

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#TravelTuesday : “Machaba Magic”- 9 Night Botswana Safari
Feb11

#TravelTuesday : “Machaba Magic”- 9 Night Botswana Safari

Machaba camps are simple, sophisticated and elegant. There’s a certain excellence one associates with the Machaba brand, which means we’re quite excited to deliver our latest #TravelTuesday offering ! This itinerary is an ALL inclusive 9 night Botswana safari, journeying through the most remote and wildlife-rich regions of Chobe National Park, Okavango Delta and Gomoti River. Game Drives, Mokoro and walking trails are part of the experience. This is proper, classic safari luxury !  Ngoma Safari Lodge is your destination in Chobe and offers vistas over the Chobe River and floodplains; and each luxurious room has its own plunge pool. Game viewing is unsurpassed in this area. Spend 3 nights at Ngomi before flying to the private Khwai Concession, where you will stay at the original Machaba Camp. This classic tented safari camp offers safaris in open 4×4’s, walking and by mokoro. Gomoti Plains Camp is situated on the banks of the Gomoto River and is home to a number of water based activities like boating and mokoro excursions.  Price from: US$6700 in low season to US$10800 in peak season per person sharing. Click on this link to view the 9 night Botswana safari itinerary.  Day 1 – 4: Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park When you arrive at Kasane International Airport, the team from Ngoma will meet you and transfer you – by road – to the charming Ngoma Safari Lodge. Ngoma is located in the Chobe Forest Reserve on the edge of plateau, and overlooks the seasonal Chobe floodplain. Views from the lodge extend across the savannah, floodplains and Chobe River to the horizon beyond. Sunsets from the lodge are remarkable! Chobe is fondly referred to as the “Land of Giants” because of its high concentrations of elephants that congregate on the banks of the Chobe River. There is plenty of opportunity to view game from the comfort of your deck, and each chalet enjoys an elevated view of the river. Chalets have indoor and outdoor living areas, indoor and outdoor showers AND their own exclusive plunge pool. Your activities include breakfast and lunch cruises on the Chobe River, full day game drives in Chobe National Park and night drives in the mysterious Chobe Forest Reserve. Day 4-7: Machaba Camp, Khwai Private Concession After breakfast and your morning activity, you will be transferred by road back to Kasane Airport for a light aircraft flight into the Okavango Delta area. The flight will land on a remote, private bushveld airstrip in the Khwai Concession. Charter flights offer an amazing opportunity for aerial views of Botswana’s waterways. It’s not uncommon to spot big game from the air !  The...

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Client Feedback : Dream Honeymoon Adventure
Feb05

Client Feedback : Dream Honeymoon Adventure

Belin and Rachel had such a memorable honeymoon thanks to Natasha. They decided to book their own Cape Town accommodation, and left the rest to safari expert Natasha. Always great to hear that loved-up couples have an experience of a lifetime. Tashy’s clients stayed at Rissington Inn in Hazyview, Ulusaba Rock Lodge in the premier Sabi Sand, Victoria Falls River Lodge, and Mont Rochelle. In short, they experienced the best of the Kruger, Victoria Falls and the Cape Winelands.  Here is their feedback :  Hi Natasha, Lovely to hear from you. We are safely back in chilly London. We had a FANTASTIC time in SA – it was truly the dream honeymoon we wanted. Thank you so much for helping us plan it! Our hotels and lodges were all amazing, but the winning ticket surely goes to Ulusaba 🤩 It was worth the expensive price tag! It’s just a fabulous lodge full of lovely people. We saw every animal there was to see! All the cats, the dogs, the big 5, the ugly 5 and then some. It was léopards galore, we saw leopards pretty much every day! Will send some pictures Whilst we were at Ulusaba, Rachel had a small accident and unfortunately broke her foot. We are so grateful that we were staying at Ulusaba because they took care of everything for us. They brought paramedics to our room who suggested getting an x-ray. Ulusaba called the doctors in Hazyview and made an appointment for us. They had one of the rangers drive us to Hazyview. He spent hours with us between the doctors clinic, the X-ray lab and the pharmacy. They even packed lunch and drinks for us! Rachel was sorted out with a boot and crutches and painkillers, and we were back in time for the afternoon game drive. We would have thought a health problem on holiday would be problematic, but Ulusaba made it easier for us. Victoria falls river lodge was a fabulous lodge as well. Very friendly staff and excellent service, and they really hit the nail on the head with the food. We had a delicious lunch and dinner menu each night. The staff were very attentive to us and tried to help as much as possible with Rachel’s foot. For example they sent an additional staff member with us to the falls to help with Rachel’s walking. Having the transfers provided was also extremely helpful as the border crossing was quite complicated 🙂 Overall we had a lovely time at the falls, however we felt the lodge could have been priced a bit lower than where it was. Mont Rochelle was...

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Client Feedback : Kruger, Vic Falls and Cape Town
Feb05

Client Feedback : Kruger, Vic Falls and Cape Town

Natasha booked a coastal break and family safari for a group of 12 (3 families), and they loved her itinerary. Their holiday to South Africa and Vic Falls started with a safari to Africa on Foot in the Greater Kruger. This camp offers walking safaris AND game drives. From there, they moved onto the “Mother City” – cosmopolitan Cape Town. She selected the LawHill apartments in the popular VA Waterfront area. Her clients finished off their holiday at the classic Batonka Guest Lodge at Victoria Falls. Here is the client feedback for Kruger, Vic Falls and Cape Town :  Hi Natasha We are now all back at home and work and missing Africa and I wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for all the effort and assistance you put in for our trip. It was a fantastic experience with AoF and Vic Falls being the highlight. One of the four families who are well travelled, commented that this was the best holiday they had ever had! It could have been challenging accommodating and moving twelve people around but it all worked out very well and the flights and accommodation you chose were excellent. I am starting to plan a follow up tour with a simple sized group and will ask for you assistance once again when I can confirm dates and numbers. Thanks again for the excellent support. Thanks...

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#TravelTuesday : 8 Night Flying Safari in Namibia. Book It.
Feb03

#TravelTuesday : 8 Night Flying Safari in Namibia. Book It.

For #TravelTuesday this week, we’re focussing on Namibia. This southern Africa delight is a country famed for its diverse wildlife, the world’s highest sand dunes, stark desert landscapes, small forgotten towns and ghost-like coastal scenes. You just have to get there. We’ve packaged and priced a luxury 8 night flying safari in Namibia that’s bound to get tongues wagging. You’ll view Namibia from the air and spend nights cocooned in 5 star luxury lodges, exploring 4 different areas in Namibia. Included is an adventurous 4×4 trip, and plenty of indulgent evenings under the canopy of stars.   To book this itinerary please email Michelle at michelle@sunsafaris.com.  Here’s the lowdown. Day 1 – 3 : Kwessi Dunes, NamibRand Nature Reserve Arrive in Windhoek (own accord). Your pilot will meet you for your first flight, which gives you a bird’s-eye view over the red dunes of Sossuvlei and NamibRand Nature Reserve. Spend 2 nights at Kwessi Dunes, exploring all that Sossusvlei and NamibRand have to offer. Opt for a few guided walks or book yourself onto a hot air balloon ride. Kwessi Dunes is a new build lodge, carefully constructed from a unique mix of thatch and canvas. Outdoor showers provide the perfect opportunity to observe your surrounds while refreshing mind and body. Kwessi has a “star-gazer” room with a bed with a view of the skies above. Day 3 – 5 : Hoanib Valley Camp, Hoanib River Time for another flight ! Board a light aircraft and fly over the remote Atlantic Ocean outlining Namibia’s powerful and barren coastline. Stop for lunch at Swakopmund, before heading northwards towards along the Skeleton Coastline. From the air you’ll spot the famous shipwrecks of the area. Fly inland towards the Hoanib Valley where you’ll spend an unforgettable 2 nights at the Hoanib Valley Camp. This is a small and intimate luxury camp that runs on solar power, and its minimal design was inspired by the local Himba people. Day 5-7- Shipwreck Lodge , Skeleton Coast This is a land based route. You will set off in a safari 4×4 vehicle for a full day game drive to the Skeleton Coast. Your 4×4 safari follows the course of the Hoanib river all the way to the coast. Overnight at the unique and much talked about, Shipwreck Lodge. Each of the cabins in the lodge have wood burning stoves and beach views. Activities while at the lodge include anything from visiting the resident seal colony to quad bike tours and even sand boarding! Day 7-9 – Safarihoek Lodge, Etosha Heights Private Reserve Climb aboard your flight to Etosha and head to the Etosha Heights Game Reserve. Etosha enjoys...

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