Kruger and Cape Town Safari exceeded expectations! Client Feedback
Jun28

Kruger and Cape Town Safari exceeded expectations! Client Feedback

Kruger and Cape Town Safari exceeded expectations! We had this lovely feedback from Chad who went on his first safari with returning guests Rich and Mark (Read their feedback) . Chad’s Kruger and Cape Town safari started with a visit to the Klaserie Private Game Reserve in the greater Kruger Park staying at two of our favourite camps nThambo Tree Camp and Africa on Foot. After his Kruger Safari Chad flew to the Mother City, Cape Town where he stayed in the Cape Town Hollow . They had a good time, despite the middle of winter wind!  Here is Chad’s feedback: Hi Natasha:   It was a lovely trip. It actually exceeded my expectations!  The lodges were excellent and the food everywhere was amazing!  I’m sure I put on at least 5 pounds! The hotel in Johannesburg upgraded me to the Mondior, so that was nice.  It was great to meet Michelle, we had a great chat. I was very lucky on safari, getting to see a leopard my first night out as well as a pack of wild dogs later in the week!  I really enjoyed Africa on Foot – everyone was so friendly there and loved my outdoor shower.  🙂   And the lodging at Nthambo was amazing – it was so neat to be up there.  Although the drinks were not expensive, it was nice that at Nthambo the alcohol was included and we were not billed separately for that like at the other places.  Everyone at all three lodges were very friendly and I thoroughly enjoyed my week on safari.   I had a little less luck in Cape Town as it was quite windy and I didn’t get to go over to Robben Island or go up on the Table Mountain cable car because of the wind, but very much enjoyed Cape Town as well.  Our Guide took us to the castle and down to the Cape of Good Hope, which I particularly enjoyed.  He knew everything there is to know about Cape Town and South Africa I think!  He was very informative and planned our visit well, including an amazing trip out to Stellenbosch.   I think we are looking to come back to Africa around the same time in 2017.  Rich will plan it, but I will tag along for part of their trip again. 🙂   We might be looking at Tanzania.   I attached a picture with a sleeping lion.  I’ll try to send more later.   Thanks so much again! Chad...

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The new andBeyond Benguerra Island
May12

The new andBeyond Benguerra Island

Opening 01 June: andBeyond Benguerra Island The new andBeyond Benguerra Island lodge is about to open it’s doors to their first guests who are in for a treat! Set on the 2nd largest island in the Bazaruto Archipelago, andBeyond Benguerra Island is a magical destination set in a paradise. The azure waters around Bazaruto and Benguerra are protected and are full of unspoilt coral reefs teeming with marine life and providing excellent fishing opportunities. The andBeyond Benguerra Island lodge takes inspiration from Bazaruto’s Portuguese and African heritage, with all the rooms built to maximise the magnificent surroundings. There are 10 casitas (small house) and 2 cabanas are light and airy with a tropical island chic interior. Each is nestled under the shady forest that borders the pristine white sand beach. Private decks have gazebos and plunge pools.   Activities are varied at andBeyond Benguerra Island. Visitors can spend time on their private deck just relaxing, exploring the islands beaches and freshwater lakes, diving and snorkelling at the pristine reefs that surround the island, heading out for some deep sea fishing and watching the sun go down on a catamaran cruise. Guests can also enjoy a traditional dhow cruise, local village tours, horse riding and more! Best of all, there are direct flights on a Sunday and Thursday from Kruger to Vilanculos, the local airport that services Benguerra in Mozambique and daily flights back to Johannesburg. This means that a wonderful Bush and Beach experience could be yours!  You can enjoy a safari in any of Kruger’s private game reserves before heading to the tropical paradise. andBeyond has some wonderful properties in the Sabi Sand and Timbavati Game Reserves which can combine perfectly with Benguerra Island. In the Sabi Sand there are 3 camps, Kirkmans Kamp, a traditional colonial safari lodge,  Leadwood Lodge a beautiful and intimate camp  and Exeter River Lodge with dramatic views of the Sand River.  In Timbavati there is the Ngala Tented camp, a luxurious tented camp on the banks of the Timbavati River, and Ngala Safari Lodge with it’s colonial and elegant atmosphere. Contact one of our Safari Experts to get more info on a beach holiday, or better yet, a bush and beach safari!   Freshly caught seafood in Mozambique!...

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A Wonderful Southern Africa Itinerary – Client Feedback
Oct31

A Wonderful Southern Africa Itinerary – Client Feedback

Queen Victoria, Kings Camp, Savanna Lodge and Victoria Falls Safari Club – A Wonderful Southern Africa Itinerary Celeste booked Michael and Lynda on a wonderful Southern Africa Itinerary. Starting in the Mother City, Cape Town, they stayed at the beautiful Waterfront Hotel; The Queen Victoria. From here they headed to the Kruger National Park and visited 2 different areas. First was Kings Camp in the Timbavati Game Reserve, then to Savanna Lodge in Sabi Sand. They ended their holiday in Victoria Falls where they stayed at the Victoria Falls Safari Club. Hi Celeste Thanks for checking in with us. We had a wonderful trip, great properties, great food, great hospitality and perfect itinerary. I must say we are very impressed with the South African tourist industry’s professionalism. All the ground and air transfers worked perfectly. Cape Town was a real treat,  beautiful setting, excellent food and we had a good time on both the excursions to the Cape and to Wine Country. We were very lucky to be upgraded at the Queen Victoria Hotel to the adjoining Dock House property into a wonderful suite. Kings Camp in Timbavati was wonderful. Our ranger was Dean and our tracker was Albert and they were a great team. We saw the big 5 on our first two drives and by the time we had our five nights we had seen every major mammal on the list other than an aardvark and many of them several times. Just a wonderful experience, food was good, accommodation also good and very well run by Warren and Lisha who put a lot of personality into the place. Savanna Lodge in Sabi Sands was also wonderful. Excellent food, great service, good accommodation and very hospitable staff with the GM, Paddy Haggelthorn, leading the way. Our ranger was David and tracker was Life and again we had a great team. We saw the big 5 on the first day and then each drive just kept getting better and better with multiple sightings of all the major mammals to be topped on the last drive by a female leopard and two cubs with a kill (Impala) in a tree feeding. What a way to end our safari!   Victoria Falls was definitely worth the visit . Victoria Falls Safari Club is excellent, first class accommodation and excellent meals. We enjoyed the sunset cruise and the falls walk and also did a helicopter tour which is very worthwhile. So all in all a wonderful itinerary that you custom built for us. I don’t think we would change a thing. Thank you so much for working with us to make this...

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Kruger Safari and Cape Town Adventure – Client Feedback
Oct20

Kruger Safari and Cape Town Adventure – Client Feedback

We received great feedback from 2 couples on a Kruger Safari and Cape Town City adventure. Celeste booked one of our favourite hotels in Cape Town, The Three Boutique Hotel, and nThambo Tree Camp in the Klaserie Game Reserve, another of our absolute favourite camps, for 2 couples, Karen and Gordon, and Eileen and Larry. They sent us individual feedback:   Dear Celeste: I wanted to thank you for helping us plan an amazing vacation. Everything was perfect… the connections, the time in Capetown… loved Belluga… the hotel.. and the safari was everything we hoped for. We could not have wished for anything else. Even the weather was absolutely perfect. I know Eileen and Larry also had a wonderful time. We are in Johannesburg on our way to Atlanta but had a moment and didn’t want jet lag to get in the way of remembering to thank you.  We may get back to South Africa in a couple of years… we will be in touch.   All the best, Karen and Gordon   Hi Celeste. We are all still in transit, so a long reply has to wait for home with the laptop. But briefly, perfect accommodations both places. Staff at 3 boutique wonderful, staff at nthambo amazing. Dream vacation. 4.5/big 5 – got a non-photo glimpse of a leopard yesterday morning from a distance while on foot! We of course had to stay where we were, quietly :), had no camera in hand. More later, with pictures. Actually doing a blog with lower res shots, not necessarily the best ones, just a quick selection to get the blog up. We still have three days to post yet. Longer reply this weekend. In Frankfurt. Waiting for the last leg to Boston. Gordon and Karen on a different set of flights from Jo-burg, not home yet either. Great job! Eileen...

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A superb safari from start to finish – Guest Feedback by Natasha Allan
Feb17

A superb safari from start to finish – Guest Feedback by Natasha Allan

Natasha Allan prepared a safari trip for her guests Roslyn and José where they visited nThambo Tree Camp in the Klaserie Reserve and Chapungu Tented Camp in Thornybush Game Reserve. Roslyn and José shared the following guest feedback: “Hi Natasha Sorry it has taken so long to reply. We came back home and hit the ground running – we both work in the same company and they missed us!! We had the most fantastic holiday, commencing with our safari – it was superb from start to finish and we saw everything except Black Rhino!! We saw leopard on four different occasions; A cheetah eating a fresh kill!; Wild dog – watched them hunting and kill a poor young impala! Elephant of all sizes and ages! Numerous giraffe. White rhino – several times!! Hippo, crocodiles, zebras, wildebeest, kudu; Eland (recently brought into the park) two enormous herds of buffalo; Several duiker & Steenbok; Male & female nyala; Both the black-back & side-striped Jackals. Lions, a Civet and Hyena (twice!); dwarf mongoose; Lots of warthog; Tree squirrels …. the list goes on!! Then of course we saw birds – lots of them!! We just loved being reminded of the variety of bird life in Africa – and were so spoilt as we saw so many varieties!! Both camps were fabulous – nThambo Tree Camp was a great way to start and all concerned there were so attentive and enthusiastic. It helped that we were their only guest for the 2 nights we were there, so we had great safari drives and wonderful evening chats around the fire with Chad, his wife & Isaac! The day we left they were expecting 8 guest in!! It was with Chad & Isaac that we followed the Wild Dogs and found our first Leopards. Chapungu Tented Bush Camp was a little less personal, but there were other guests, so we had great communal game drives and met up with some very interesting folk from Brazil & USA. The game at Thornybush was excellent, but the safari park was quite full, so we came across other vehicles a lot more regularly! Here we saw Hyena (twice); more leopard and Lion; Nyala and buffalo – and much much more.  Our game ranger, Mica and his tracker were also very experienced in finding and talking about the animals! All in all it was a terrific experience and one we will do again and have already recommended to friends!! From there we flew to Cape Town and had nearly 3 wonderful weeks with my sister! Spent a couple of nights in Stellenbosch, Franchoek and Hermanus, as well as enjoying...

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Walking Safaris in the Kruger Private Reserves – by Brett Thomson
Apr25

Walking Safaris in the Kruger Private Reserves – by Brett Thomson

There is no better place in South Africa than Africa on Foot, to experience a walking safari in the private reserves of the Kruger Park. The camp is located in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and is west of the Timbavati, covering 60 000 ha on either side of the Klaserie River. As there are no fence’s wildlife roams free between the major reserves that form the Greater Kruger Park. While a safari from the back of a vehicle allows you a fantastic visual experience, going on a walking safari you will feel, smell, hear and see the pristine bushveld like the animals do. All the walks are led by experienced and qualified game rangers and trackers, and you would expect this when walking in Big Five territory! The Big Five are lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo and are considered some of the most dangerous wild animals in Africa. To walk within a safe distance, and admire their beauty in their natural environment is a truly exhilarating feeling! On a Kruger Walking Safaris there is infinitely more to see and experience. The trained rangers do not only focus on the big aspects of nature but also on the smaller creatures that most people miss when they only go on game drives. Being on foot makes you feel part of the environment and not removed from it. It tunes you in to all facets of nature and makes you realize what a wonderful environment we are part of. Driving is a visual experience – a walking safari is a sensual experience!                ...

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2 Night Kruger Safari Break from R5000 per person sharing all inclusive
May08

2 Night Kruger Safari Break from R5000 per person sharing all inclusive

In April 2012 one of our consultants booked a safari for a couple wanting a quick break in the Kruger Park. She sent them to nThambo Tree Camp which is located within a private nature reserve. The client’s budget was not extensive, so we chose nThambo because of their rates and excellent reputation. This itinerary is ideal if you are looking to book an affordable safari. We can amend and add in any extras if required. 2 x nights for 2 people = R10 000 (R5000 per person) * Subject to change depending on season Day 1  and 2:  Drive to the Klaserie Nature Reserve.  Own arrangement. Spend 2 nights at Nthambo Tree Camp in a double room on a full board basis with game-viewing activities. Day 3:  Drive back to Johannesburg. End of services. INCLUDED Nthambo Tree Camp accommodation. Rates include all meals, game walks & drives, teas & coffees and drinks. EXCLUDED All items of a personal nature, visas, Conservation Levy of R50 per vehicle & R100 per person payable at the Klaserie gate, car rental fees if applicable (fuel, additional driver fee, contract fee , one way fee, etc), gratuities, travel & medical insurance, any item not described...

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