Travelbooth fully escorted luxury tours to South Africa promised us the WOW factor, and this was certainly our experience. We all met in Johannesburg with a lovely welcome dinner and a quick city tour before heading on to our adventures. Sometimes the drives are just to get you from point A to B, but often there are wonderful spots to visit along the way. We had 4 nights at a spectacular lodge in The Kruger area dining by candlelight most nights, was wonderful.
The first night we had elephants and their babies eating the trees right beside the lodge. We had amazing safaris through the Kruger, which is just massive. We were very lucky, we got to see The Big 5 on the first day. This is the place to take the best camera you can. Giraffes, Lions, Elephants, Zebras, Rhino, Hippos, Buffalos, Wildebeest, Gnu, Leopards, Baboons, many, many, many Impala, tiny little squirrels and even an Owl, to name a few of the animals seen. You know you're having a great trip when the Safari Guides also take photos. The next game park was our favourite with amazing food, staff and a brilliant guide. All our ranger guides were wonderful, so passionate about the animals and their welfare. Not only did we get to see the most amazing number of wildlife, my favourite are the Warthogs, but each evening Safari here was enhanced by drinks and nibbles at sunset. Ahhh bliss. We had 1- and 2-night stays at other lovely destinations and each one of the them was beautiful. All our lodges came with big rooms, super king- sized beds, large bathrooms, decks and some even had a fireplace to toast your toes over. We had one more Game Reserve where we got to enjoy not only the wonderful animals but also some glamping. Our last few nights were spent at Camps Bay, a lovely area just 15 mins from Cape Town Waterfront. There were canyons to explore, river cruises, whale watching, winery tours, penguin beaches, Gondolas and Funiculars, divine food. Angela was an excellent tour guide, that due to unforseen circumstances, had to do the tour without an assistant, just some of the adventures we had. Everyone involved in the tour were so friendly and helpful. Quite a number of dinners and a few lunches are included, as well as an internal flight. Angela's research into which game parks to visit, sites to see and the best time of year to visit made this an outstanding trip. This trip exceeded our expectations. The weather was cooler than expected in Capetown, and you do need to rug up for the safaris. Would l do it again, absolutely. And the best news, Kiwis no longer need a VISA for South Africa.

Cheers Jane

Posted: Tue 10 Sep 2019