We just returned from a safari trip to South Africa arranged by Liesl and Michelle of Southern Destinations. This was our first trip to Africa and we were completely in their hands as novices.
The trip was fabulous. From the sumptuous “The Residence” in Johannesburg for our jet lag recovery night to the rustic Hamilton’s Tent Camp safari in Kruger National Park the service, the accommodations and the food were excellent. The itinerary flowed very smoothly and all the connections went according to plan.
We wondered a bit about the need for the person who greeted us at the Johannesburg airport on our return from Victoria Falls who was to guide us through to our connecting flight home. He was terrific. He guided us to all the priority lines and swept us through the airport in record time. We might have made it without him but it would have been very stressful.
Our trip also included a safari at Waterside Lodge in Thornybush, a guided trip along the Panoramic Drive from Thornybush to Nelspruit, an excursion on the Zambezi River, a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls and a walking tour of the falls.
It was a very memorable trip and well worth the money. My personal favourite is the safari at Hamiton’s Tent Camp. After 3 days it felt a bit like a family. Waterside was also great if you are looking for something on the posh side. Yes, we saw the big five many times over and much more including a cheetah and wild dogs, very rare sightings
Ken Kemper, Canada