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Judy Sumka

July 7th, 2017

Good Morning Jennifer,

We arrived home yesterday and I didn't want to wait to tell you what a magnificent time we all had. You made me look so good, Jennifer!! The group kept saying how well I had done at picking our the various accommodations, and how the various experiences were scheduled. I told them the mysterious Jennifer had done it all. They kept coming up to me and saying: "is this your doing, or the mysterious Jennifer's?" and I kept having to respond that it was you.

Here is a short summary of the trip.

Capetown: We loved the hotel. It had a bed and breakfast feel. The breakfasts were excellent and the rooms were superb. The hot water bottles in bed were a great touch. Breakfast was heavenly, although the breakfast room was quite cozy and sometimes we had to wait for a table. Our guide Gaston, from Thompson tours was great. We did not get to see the fur seal colony or do some of the wineland tour because of the weather which was iffy at best.

Kapama Game Camp: What a deluxe operation! Guides were great, meals were phenomenal. No one minded getting up at 5 for the game tours, then there was a cup of coffee and a snack waiting along with a hot water bottle and a blanket in the vehicles,which could hold as many as 10. We went in two groups of 6 and 7, respectively, and saw a lot of animals, including a group of 3 lions stalking a herd of antelope.

Johannesburg: Nice accommodation but our least favorite. Connected to a large casino complex. A few gambled. I understand there are limited choices here.

Zimbabwe: Other than a 2 hour wait in line for visas (written manually, and slower due to a large amount of incoming passengers participating in a marathon the next day) this was a great visit. All of us loved the Ilana lodge and the sundown cruise. Our guide for Victoria Falls and the village visit was Luckson from Thompson tours, and he was very good. We only met one person at the village homestead because it was Sunday and everyone was at church. We could not purchase any handmade items, or give the gifts that we bought in person. This may be something for you to keep in mind. 

Chobe: This lodge is a real delight! The staff were superb, and meals were wonderful. We loved the additional game hunts on the river..it added a whole new dimension to the experience.The staff even had a private dinner for us the first evening. Were were able to see a lot of game activity as well, including 2 kills. the roads are much rougher there, but we had an excellent guide, DK, who added a lot to the hunts.

I've talked to Betty as well, and she said she had excellent care in Johannesburg. Patrick and Matthew from Thompson took excellent care of her. Patrick also took fine care of us while we were in Johannesburg.

I cannot thank you enough for giving us such a wonderful time. 

Thank you again Jennifer.

 

By

Pamela R.

June 13th, 2017

Upon arrival to South Africa, we felt like queens! We were greeted and taken care of like we were famous! The tours planned were outstanding and the accommodations were perfect. Couldn't have imagined better. Loved the game reserve and seeing the Big 5. Amazing. Thank you African Travel. We will be booking with you again in the future. 

 

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Marcy & Michael B.

May 31st, 2017

Beth,

My husband and I (Michael & Marcy B.) booked our Southern Explorer Africa vacation through African Travel, Inc. We did South Africa (and added Grootbos Private Nature Preserve for 4 days) & Victoria Falls.  Although upon our arrival in Cape Town we found out our lodge at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve had tragically burned down during our flight to Africa, the African Travel staff were very accommodating, helpful, and assured us that we would be staying at a wonderful alternate hotel, and we were transferred to the Marine Hotel in Hermanus, which was a beautiful hotel alongside the ocean with exceptional service. We very much enjoyed our time in Hermanus (and saw lots of whales!). We were still able to be given transportation to and from Grootbos for the next few days, and enjoyed the beautiful preserve.

 

      

One of the reasons I wanted to travel to South Africa was to go shark cage diving, as I am a lover of sharks. This was a highlight of our trip to South Africa for me. The sharks we saw were absolutely beautiful and thrilling. Being so close to them in the cage made me realize how magnificent they are. Thank you so much for that incredible opportunity! Seeing the sharks meant so much to us that we adopted one of the newly seen sharks. The staff on the boat were fabulous - fun, kind, helpful, and full of knowledge. We especially love the conservation efforts of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. Our time next was in Cape Town and the Winelands - so lovely!  Our private tour guide was excellent and really listened to us and what were interested in and enjoyed, and focused our day tours accordingly (for example, our guide talked to us and learned that I work at a zoo, so he took us to a winery that was close to a place called Eagle Encounters - where I had the chance to hold a black eagle and other hawks and owls during our visit. Moments like this with a private tour guide were so meaningful.

    

Another highlight of our trip were the safaris, of course. We stayed at Kapama Southern Camp in a stunningly beautiful luxury suite with a private pool. Kapama's staff were absolutely fabulous - so lovely, helpful, and attending to all our needs. Our game drive ranger and tracker were amazing - full of information and so focused on helping get the most out of our safari game drives. Our game drives were a dream come true - the Big Five and so much more! So many special moments seeing giraffe, lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, zebra, vultures, hyena, kudu, hippo, jackal, bushbaby, monkeys, mongoose, and so many other species! The animals of Kapama touched our hearts and souls, and we are so grateful that we experienced so many special moments while at Kapama Private Reserve.

   

Stopping for "sundowners" was always a special treat - the African sunsets are so beautiful. We also visited Camp Jabulani, where we were able to interact and spend time with elephants - memories that we will forever treasure.

The end of our trip brought us to Victoria Falls and more safari time - we even saw a baby black rhino with its mom, and some crocodiles!

  

Thank you to African Travel for such special memories that will last forever. Your attention to detail and making sure we experienced moments that will never be forgotten are forever in our hearts.

Marcy & Michael B. 

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