Xanatseni Private Camp in Kruger was great! Client Feedback
Feb13

Xanatseni Private Camp in Kruger was great! Client Feedback

Xanatseni Private Camp Natasha’s guest Steve returned from a visit to the greater Kruger Park where he stayed at Xanatseni Private Camp. This intimate safari camp is in the big 5 Klaserie Private Nature Reserve. This reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park which allows freedom of movement for the animals. Xanatseni Private Camp only has 5 rooms set in a lovely garden. A viewing deck overlooks an active waterhole and the game viewing is outstanding in this area.  Here is their feedback: Hi Natasha, Thanks for the message. I planned to send a thank you message when we returned home (we spent our last 2 weeks on the Wild Coast, Franschoek, and Cape Town and are flying out tomorrow). We were very happy with our safari experience. Our accommodations were great and our guide was super.  I think we did get lucky because we saw all of the Big 5 plus a pengolin (I’d never heard of such a thing before but it was the first time our guide ever saw one (after 7 years of working in the bush)). I would highly recommend our camp to anyone with kids (our fellow guests had kids) and anyone looking for a great bush experience and accommodations. Thanks again. Steve  ...

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Namibia Self Drive Adventure! Client Feedback
Jan05

Namibia Self Drive Adventure! Client Feedback

We received such a wonderful report from Mary and Andrew from their Namibia self drive adventure! Here is their full report with some very helpful guidelines to self drive through Namibia! OUR NAMIBIA SELF-DRIVE TRIP We have just returned from our long anticipated holiday to Namibia.  We wanted to see as much of the country as possible and opted to self-drive.  Having used Sun Safaris in the past for trips to South Africa, we asked them to help us plan and book this trip.  We were put in contact with Jako and so started the experience. Jako was up-front with us when he said that he was used to helping people with fly-drive holidays but a completely self-drive holiday was a new experience for him.  He would need to get a good understanding of what we wanted from the trip and would rely on his ground contacts in Namibia to help him satisfy our aspirations. We prefer to stay in places where we can meet local people and use their knowledge when finding out what to do and see rather than staying in luxury accommodation.  Jako took this on board and we experienced different standards from basic to very luxurious but in every case, it was clean and comfortable.  Some places were right off the beaten track which is what we wanted and really appreciated.  We met some great people and the Namibians themselves were friendly and welcoming. Very important was the choice of vehicle.  Most of the roads are gravel or sand and it is easy to underestimate the distances involved and the time required to cover them.  We drove 4,200km or 2600 miles during the 25 days we were there and for the last 10 days we were joined by our daughter and a friend so we needed something which would be robust and take four people and their luggage in comfort.  Jako helped us with this and we hired a Toyota Fortuner which packed a 3 litre engine but was remarkably fuel efficient averaging 9.8km/l.  Bearing in mind some of the roads are sand, four-wheel drive would have been preferable but not essential.  All that driving and no backache!! We were met at the airport and after picking up the car were given a pack of information, maps and vouchers for our accommodation and transfers.  Our itinerary was a bound document which contained information about what to do at each place as well as details of the accommodation and directions to it. We started the trip with a stay at Na’ankuse which is 40km from Windhoek International Airport.  It was the perfect start being a game...

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Great Visit to Kruger – Client Feedback
Jan05

Great Visit to Kruger – Client Feedback

Digby returned from a great visit to Kruger where they stayed at two intimate lodges. The first is a wonderful camp in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve called Xanatseni Private Camp. Klaserie shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and the Timbavati Game Reserve as part of the greater Kruger area. They then moved onto Kwa-Mbili Safari Game Lodge in the Thornybush Reserve. Here is their feedback:   Hi Michelle Yes, we had a great visit to Kruger!   Both lodges were really pleasant. The hosts in both camps were very good, particularly the Xanatseni couple. In both cases the tracker/guides put in the extra miles to find the animals for us, as they were fairly spartan due to the drought (reducing numbers) and then substantial rain the week before which spread out the surviving animals. Meals were very good, with a good range and more than adequate serving size. We did not go hungry. There was a choice of food at breakfast, but lunch and dinner were set meals, all of which were very good. We do not have any dietary issues, but they did ask us at the initial briefing if we had any, so more fussy eaters should still be satisfied.   Xanatseni has a very experienced guide and a very capable tracker. They have a big area for game viewing (10,000 hectares on the Klaserie Block), but cannot cross over onto the Timbavati Block, even though it is just across the access road. Xanatseni looks very new as it has just been refurbished. They have a large established lawn area around the lodge which gives a feeling of openness. The bedrooms are large, the communal area is very spacious and the pool is big. They have a small waterhole right outside the dining area and an elevated hide and large waterhole out the front, which kept us entertained when not on the drives.   KwaMbili has a less experienced younger guide and a very capable tracker. They have a more modest game viewing area and are similarly limited in access to adjacent concessions. They had similar issues regarding drought and recent rain, but we had very good game viewing. KwaMbili is a more established but intimate lodge, with a much smaller lodge area and smaller pool. The bedrooms are smaller than Xanatseni but are adequate. They have a hide and waterhole very close to the lodge which is floodlit at night. The staff are more formal than the other lodge, but they looked after us very well and did go out of their way to make our stay pleasant.   We would definitely recommend...

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An Incredible African Safari to Kruger, Lower Zambezi and Moremi – Client Feedback
Oct13

An Incredible African Safari to Kruger, Lower Zambezi and Moremi – Client Feedback

An Incredible African Safari to Kruger, Lower Zambezi and Moremi.   Natasha booked Karen and John along with their friend Jen on an Incredible African Safari where they had a trip of a lifetime! Starting in Cape Town they visited the Cape Winelands and Cape Point. From Cape Town they flew to the Greater Kruger Park and the Timbavati lodge of Simbavati River Lodge. From the Kruger they flew to Lusaka in Zambia for a night before heading to the Lower Zambezi National Park and the Mwambashi River Lodge . Canoeing and game drives combined perfectly with stunning scenery in this stunning part of Zambia. After this they flew to Livingstone and the Victoria Falls where they stayed at Ilala Lodge while exploring the Falls. After Victoria Falls they were driven into Botswana before boarding a small aircraft for a flight to the Moremi Game Reserve and Machaba Camp! Here is their feedback: Hi Natasha,   Sorry for my delayed email.  I am having a problem uploading pics from John’s camera to my computer (prob bc I run windows xp…Lol).   Again, the trip was absolutely incredible!!!  Natasha, you arranged everything perfectly.   South Africa   Cape Town Ilios travel was excellent beginning with the driver picking us up at the Cape Town airport.  Jen actually got bumped from the Joburg to Cape Town flight and was put on the very next flight.  John & I did manage to get the original flight but it was slightly delayed.  The Ilios driver (forget his name) was extremely nice and flexible as he allowed us to wait for Jen’s flight to arrive.  Bonus:  caught a glimpse of Russell Brand while waiting for Jen.   Camps Bay Terrace Penthouse Absolutely beautiful.  As soon as you walk in the views take your breath away.  A complimentary bottle of wine was waiting for us :).  Perfect location to restaurants.  Jen and John loved Codfathers.   Winelands/Cape Point Tours Both days we had Philip Petrov from Ilios.  He was excellent!!  Extremely friendly and extremely knowledgeable (we were impressed). We had the best time with him.  Both tours were wonderful.  He always got us the best tables at restaurants for lunch.  (Saw whales while dining at the Two Oceans Restaurants).  The landscapes on both tours were stunning.  We really saw a lot during those two days of touring.   We also had Philip drop us one night at the V&A Waterfront.  It was nice there but we were glad we stayed in Camps Bay.   Our only regret with Cape Town was not staying longer.  🙂   Simbavati River Lodge   We felt a little rushed when...

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A luxury Kruger and Cape Town safari – Client Feedback
Oct11

A luxury Kruger and Cape Town safari – Client Feedback

A Kruger and Cape Town safari Liselle booked returning guests Gina and her family on a luxury Kruger and Cape Town safari! They had an amazing time at two different lodges in the greater Kruger Park after spending time in Cape Town. The family ended their safari in Victoria Falls! This Kruger and Cape Town safari started at the luxurious Queen Victoria Hotel in Cape Town. This is a perfect base to explore Cape Town as it is in the V & A Waterfront. After spending a few days visiting the Cape Peninsula and the Cape Winelands, they flew off to the Kruger National Park. First stop was at the Sabi Sand at Simbambili Game Lodge. This intimate luxury camp is set in the perfect spot to view the bountiful game and big cats of Kruger. From the Sabi Sand to the Timbavati and Kings Camp where the wildlife sightings were at their best. Ending off in the Victoria Falls at the opulent Royal Livingstone Hotel, right at the Falls! Here is their feedback: Hi Liselle,   Capetown:  We loved the Queen Victoria Hotel – small, intimate, friendly staff, good breakfasts, nice rooms, great location. We’d definitely stay there again!!! (I stopped by the One and Only, and was so happy we weren’t there.) We set up a driver to the wine region through the hotel that was fantastic, including a stop at a place recommended by a friend (Babylonstoren), which was amazing. I’d definitely recommend your clients do a wine region tour/drive.  We ate at the Roundhouse (lovely setting) and at a little bistro (Bizerca – fun/good food).  If I were to do it again, I’d spend another night in Capetown and one less on safari. (In all honesty, I could have spent several more nights in/around Capetown. Do you live in Cape Town?) Simbambili: Awesome – highly recommended.  Small, “homey” feeling.  Because of the smaller size and more limited staff, we felt like we knew everyone there in just a couple of days.  The place also felt like it fit in with the surroundings, which we liked. The setting, right along the river bed (and with each room having a deck overlooking the river bed), was beautiful!!!  Really good food (surprisingly good).  We liked the balance they struck with integrating the guide into our group and giving us personal space.  Gareth, our guide, was with us some nights for dinner but not every night, which was nice.  We liked him a lot; he and his tracker (Mums) were really dedicated and passionate about conservation.  Great lion and leopard sightings. King’s Camp: Probably better animal sitings (more rhino, elephants,...

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