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Reviews for South Africa cycling vacation, Western Cape

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review 6 Jan 2019

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

Cycling through the Otjiwa Game Reserve alongside Rhino, Giraffes, Wildebeest and numerous other animals with no fences between you and the wildlife. Hearing the lions roaring while camping at Etosha National Park and watching Elephants, Rhino and Giraffe drinking at the waterhole. Enjoying the vast open plains, red sand dunes and watching the seals lazing on the beach and flamingos flying over the lagoon along the Skeleton Coast on an (optional) scenic flight. Drinking sundowners while watching the sunset over the red rocks at Spitzkoppe Camp, the unspoiled bushland of Solitaire Cheetah Conservancy and the hills of the Valley of One Thousand Hills. And climbing the Dune 40 to see the sunrise. Finally, the magic of sleeping under a blanket of stars!

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

The cycling is largely off road and the roads are generally very corrugated and frequently sandy. Some experience cycling off road is helpful. But there are very few hills! Early morning starts are a must as day time temperatures (in summer) tend to be too hot for cycling. There are some long transfers given the distances between camps. Cycling is a key part but not the main feature of the trip so the trip suits active travelers not necessarily interested in long cycling days. The campsite are supported with washing and toilet facilities (and sometimes patrolled by Hyena and Jackal)!

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

The trip appears to be environmentally responsible and generally used camping rather than hotel facilities. The trip leader and guides were all local. However, this did not appear to be a feature of the trip.

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

Wow!! A lot of magical elements combined into one trip!

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