Bucket List Experience - Checked!
Eugene and Pam enjoyed a bucket-list worthy trip to Southern Africa in May 2018. During their time in Africa, they experienced the vibrant city of Cape Town, thrilling wildlife experiences in Kruger National Park as well as the majesty of the mighty Victoria Falls. Eugene and Pam shared the highlights of their trip with us:
Photos courtesy of Eugene and Pam DePaolo
“We started planning for our holiday at the end of December 2017 for a June 2018 tour. Our consultant Matthew was very flexible with our plans and was able to fine tune our itinerary to give us the best experience possible.
During our stay in Cape Town, he booked us a private half day and full day tour with the same tour guide, Zelda, from the Ilios tour company who was fabulous. Our trip included Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, Table Mountain, and Signal Hill. Great photo taking opportunities at all of these places.
One tip from our experience is to consider giving yourself a little more than six months to ensure high end accommodations are not booked up. Despite the timing constraints, our Safari365 consultant Matthew was able to book the Kapama River Lodge in Kruger National Park for us which was absolutely fabulous. We would definitely go back in the future.
Back to our Safari adventure - Kapama is fabulous! We were well treated and everyone is super there. Another tip: we hadn't planned all the tips in the budget and at checkout we were advised that it was customary to add R300 ($25.00) per person per day to the gratuity which is put in a pool and shared with staff. We elected to give our handlers, including game drive driver and guide, an individually determined gratuity in a separate envelope. Just be prepared with some cash, here-and-there, for driver, tour guide, and other random tips - it's expected and doesn't need to be much. We were very gracious, however, to our Safari guides who were exceptional.
Next stop was Victoria Falls. All of the transfers were faultless. Our three domestic flights in Africa were flawless. The transfer from Zambia to Zimbabwe was made a little difficult because of the customs stops and Visa checks, but our driver took care of everything.
Viewing the Falls from the Zimbabwean side is wonderful and the viewpoints in the national park there are spectacular! There are a lot of locals "in your face" trying to sell you stuff, but just ignore them and keep moving unless you want to give them something for their carvings and trinkets, but have your money ready and not in one place in your wallet. We stayed at the Batonka Guest Lodge - it was excellent; very safe, good breakfast, and great staff.
Our trip to Africa was overall an exceptional experience. Safari365 was very easy to work with and very responsive to making sure everything along the way was in order. I will give our Safari365 consultant Matthew an A+ for communication and interest in making sure we were happy with our experience. The full-color itinerary and descriptive brochure was spot-on and well done.
Safari365's planning and expertise was very much appreciated and we recommend them to others without hesitation. Well done!”
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