1 independent reviews for South Africa luxury vacation, Garden Route & safari

Reviews for South Africa luxury vacation, Garden Route & safari


review 2 Oct 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Everything! Hard to choose! The vast number of endemic plants, unbelievable diversity of flora, diversity of birds, both the endemic and the widespread, the Southern Right Whales, the seals, the Mountain Cape Zebra, the Meerkat and the Black Wildebeest. That being said about wildlife, the South African people were incredibly warm, co-operative and knowledgeable. They love their beautiful country and are perfect hosts to their visitors. I met 5 different guides in 5 different areas and every single one of them had incredible knowledge, patience and co-operation. All the details were beautifully orchestrated by Sharon, the director of the company we travelled with. She tailored the trip perfectly to our taste. She was also kind enough to bear with me whenever I asked for changes in the details of the itinerary. I was a bit anxious since I am an Egyptian based in Cairo, and her company is based in the UK while our destination is South Africa! Nevertheless, this long distance planning worked out awesomely well, thanks to God. I highly recommend Sharon, her sincere efforts were evident all through the trip.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The whale trip can be bumpy so be ready for that. I would have loved to stay more but 2 hourstrips are the only available ones. Be sure to see the Meerkat in Outsdoorn, it is a beautiful experience. Don't miss the flora, Sharon got us in contact with excellent guides who know the flora very well.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It must have had because like our country, tourism is one of the main industries in South Africa. We only went to places where the environment is appreciated and preserved, like Gondwana, where several key threatened species are protected like the Cape Mountain Zebra, and Grootbos, where the owner is constantly studying and preserving the native flora. Both are breathtaking private reserves.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

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