At Southern Africa Travel we take great time and effort in planning unique safari holidays: picking just the right lodges, ensuring smooth-running logistics, arranging transfers and activities (and much, much more). As passionate travellers ourselves we can’t help but get excited about these incredible trips that we put together, and love hearing back from our clients once they’re safely home in their own countries.
Take a look at some of our recent feedback, accommodation reviews and safari highlights.
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Once clients have travelled with us, we work with SafariBookings to collect their feedback. This has led to our 5-star rating and many a glowing review.
Posted | Review by Craig Cohen , USA | Travelled in May 2017
We made it home A-ok. Great trip! We have a blog, if you want to check it out. I haven’t quite finished the copy, but I posted a lot of photos.
Thank you again for rearranging flights, etc. for us after our little error. It worked out great. The Galton House was fine, but paled by comparison to the Olive Grove. The accomodations were great, the staff was wonderful, and the food, perfect. Ate our first Oryx here.
The two camps were both great in their own ways. Although Little Kulala was very posh, we actually enjoyed Desert Rhino more. We had our own private guide, Herunga, who was amazing. At 26 he was a wealth of knowledge, had a great sense of humor, and was a true gentleman. One could easily tell that the rest of the staff really enjoyed what they did and this translated to a very enjoyable stay for the guests.
Our only regret on the trip was not seeing more of Namibia. Could have stayed another 2 weeks to see the Skeleton Coast from the ground (the flight over was spectacular, perfect weather, no fog, got to see both shipwrecks and the flamingos), Damarland, and Etosha. Maybe another time. I think our next trip to Africa will be to see the gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda (heard the daily permits are now up to $1500 USD) and the migration in Kenya or Tanzania.
We will certainly be happy to recommend you to anyone planning a trip to southern Africa.
Craig and Jeri
Posted | Review by Jenny Shoemaker, USA | Travelled in May 2017
Thank you for all your help with our African travels - we had a blast! The elephant experience was absolutely the best!
We will definitely keep you in mind for our next adventure!
All the best,
Posted | Review by Melinda Warren , USA | Travelled in May 2017
Thank you so much Sandi!
A few details that are top of mind: it was really helpful to have the transportation facilitators at the airports and for transfers, particularly across the Zambia/Botswana border. There is so much to do in and around Cape Town, which was so beautiful, that I'm planning to go back at some point and use it as a home base for a longer period of time. We loved, loved, loved La Residence and I will definitely plan to return there in the future while visiting Stellenbosch, which we didn't have time to visit. I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else in Zambia - the President was there while we stayed!
Our guide at Stanley's Camp (Oz) was just incredible. I would recommend anyone that is able to request him because he's so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We had so much room to explore in Botswana on our drives that we felt very lucky and we really enjoyed the various people we met on the drives and shared dinners with afterward. We did wish that the service there would have been more attentive in that we had some inconsistent and awkward situations. The food was quite delicious here, by the way, and the newer female manager was really great. I think she will get everyone into sync as time goes on.
For Dulini Lodge, the location of the lodge and accommodation were perfect. This was definitely more of a luxurious experience with the "surprise" breakfast in the bush during the morning safari and champagne under the trees, etc. The safari experience was much more orchestrated and seemed less organic (and the 10ish acres were limiting and repetitive), particularly since we would see so many other jeeps on the road and lots of coordination between on animal sightings, etc. I think that's to be expected in the area, though, and we still saw incredible animals.
It really was an amazing experience. We both feel like you did a great job of putting together an itinerary to make the most of our time and cover a lot of ground. Thank you for all that you did for us and we'll be referring you to anyone who is heading your way in the future!
Posted | Review by Rebecca Nichols , USA | Travelled in February 2017
Thank you for a wonderful trip. We had a great time. Will definitely use your service again and recommend to friends and families.
Have a great weekend.
Posted | Review by Chris Wood , UK | Travelled in January 2017
Thanks for all your help we had a fabulous holiday in South Africa, and we will be back later this year or the start of 2018. We'll get back in touch for all your recommendations for our next trip.
Very best regards and a Happy 2017,
Posted | Review by Thomas Rüegge, Switzerland | Travelled in December 2016
Yes, unfortunately we arrived yesterday back home. We had a great time in South Africa and could have stayed a few days longer easily. But everything has an end!
During our 3-week stay we experienced the diversity of the Eastern and Western Cape area and learned a lot about the country. The trip was very well organised – thank you very much. A great thank you also from Angelika. She very much appreciated the birthday greetings!
Here is a short summary of the different places:
- Cape Town – Cape Cadogan: Good hotel, top service by local guides, Cape Peninsula and township tour very informative, Robben Island and Table mountin a must, Waterfront very touristic but nice to see how they converted the old harbour area.
- Paternoster - Abalone House: Nice change after the city. Peaceful and relaxing. Top room with large terrace and jaccuci at Abalone House. Food at the hotel (Reubens) not to be recommended. Wonderful beach.
- Cederberg - Kagga Kamma: Another sharp change from the seaside. Already the drive to get there with the gravel road was an experience. Overwhelming landscape. Very romantic dinners arround the fireplace. Expected a bit more from the quad bike safari, it was more a sport than seeing places and getting information.
- Franschhoek – Leeu House: Top hotel with excellent service. Very central so easy to go out for a walk. Went to Stellenbosch one afternoon but were happy to haven chosen Franschhoek.
- Whale Coast - Agulhas Country Lodge: Good for one night and to shorten the transfer to Oudtshoorn. Except for being the southernmost point of Africa, not much to see. Hotel very authetic with interiors taken from an old house in the Kalahari. Nevertheless, a few things should be maintained to keep up the standard. Dinner can be recommended.
- Oudtshoorn - De Zeekoe: Very nice location of the hotel and good quality service. Meerkat trip a must. Ostrich farm nearby very informative.
- Knysna - The Turbine Hotel: Fantastic location to stay. Food (dinner) in their restaurant the worst we had on our tour.
- The Sands @ St. Francis: Top hotel with fantastic view. Wonderful beaches at low tide. Good for hours of beach walking. Went also to Plattenberg Bay - a must.
- Kariega: Saved the best for last. The lodge and the game drives absolutely high class.
All in all a wonderful trip. Luckily we planned enough time at each location so there was always time to relax and enjoy. Would not recommend doing this in less time.
Thanks again Liz for the perfect organisation. We will certainly recommend Southern Africa Travel to our frinds, and if we come again to South Africa or any other place in Africa we will choose you again.
Posted | Review by Jim Lemley, United States | Travelled in November 2016
Good afternoon Monique,
Southern Africa was FANTASTIC! The trip was very organized and went smoothly. Everything met or beat expectations except the lodging at Idube.
Thanks for all of your hard work and help. I would definitely recommend your services for anyone looking to travel to Africa.
Posted | Review by Erich Weber, Belgium | Travelled in November 2016
We completed our tour successfully and it was a wonderful experience. Everything worked like a swiss clock and we have nothing to complain about.
All flights were fine - we arrived on time and could use our extra day for a daytrip to Victoria Falls. The bush flights were fine, just one was an operational mistake as the plane had space for 5 and we were 6 … So the pilot flew the 4 others to Maun first, and picked us up later for a direct transfer to Savute. We did not miss any activity as this was just happening over the long lunch break.
A short ranking from us:
- Chobe Game Lodge - stands out in everything. Very much to see and a good combination of drives and boat rides.
- The camps are very different. Camp Moremi was the oldest, but the staff was the friendlies and happiest of all. They made up for it. Wildlife was very good - not as big in numbers as in Chobe but really good.
- Camp Okavango was the best camp as it is brand new from April 2016 - but there is not much to see because you sit low in the boat and the grass is high. Sometimes we saw an elephant or two making their way through the grass to the water. The walking safari is nice, but not much to see besides the on spot education in animal poo ...
- Leroo la Tau I liked best for the view from the “tent” and the landscape overall. Upon arrival the river banks were loaded with zebra and wildebeest - wonderful to watch. That night it rained and the next morning nobody of them was home … The drives were a bit the same - as there are not so many different roads. Besides Blondie and Blackie not a lot new to discover. Transportation was in a car with six, but only two seating rows, so the guys in the middle seat were disadvantaged. We mentioned this to the guide and did not want to go on the last drive. So he left with 4 people and we hang around in the lodge, but management came and offered us another guide and car for the two of us. So they acted accordingly and made us happy again.
- Savute Safari Lodge was a nice accomodation - but the staff was different. They were not as happy and friendly as in the other camps. It is nicely situated at the waterhole and one can see a lot during the day and at dinner time. The drives and the landscape are a good variation, but it is a bit crowded, as a lot of private cars drive around and there is also Belmond close by. Everybody listens to the radio and hurries for the animal spot.
Yes - we are very happy with the trip - the choice of lodges / camps - your personal involvement in getting the trip together.
We will (and have already) recommend you and your organisation as much as we can.
And lastly, we never expected it to work so perfectly … but it did. Thank you.
Best regards from 2 happy customers - will see what you can do for us in 2017.
Erich & Danielle
Posted | Review by Sylvia Honnacker, Germany | Travelled in September 2016
That was the most incredible and best organised vacation we ever had. Thank you so much. From the beginning (Malcolm awaiting us at CPT Airport) till the end (Chobe Princess staff taking us to Kasane Airport) everything went as smooth as silk and exceeded expectations. We enjoyed every minute of it and are relaxed and full of memories now, just as it should be.
It is most unfortunate that we will not be able to afford something like that again. But if we should win the lottery we will get back to you and book another vacation with you. We didn´t have to worry about anything and spent our time simply enjoying life. Thank you.
Sylvia and Hermann Honnacker
Posted | Review by Sandra Dhuey, United States | Travelled in June 2016
It has taken me a while to send you a thank you for the wonderful job you did with a trip for my daughter Katie Dhuey and her husband Dan Melin. It was so wonderful and totally organized. We didn’t have anything to worry about. All the services were great. Our driver Steve on the Cape couldn’t have been nicer. Everything was perfect. I have become spoiled and want to travel like this all the time.
I have made a 30 minute DVD of our trip and have shown it to many people. All are wanting to go to South Africa after seeing my video.