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Complain, Complain, Complain: Everywhere on this trip they complained.

Complain, Complain, Complain: Everywhere on this trip they complained.
 
I've never traveled with such a bunch of complainers!
 
One of many sundowner moments together. They're not complaining now!
 
What with everywhere we went and everything we enjoyed, the amazing wildlife we encountered, the luscious wines we tasted and delicious cuisine, one would think the group wouldn't complain. But everywhere we went on our 19-day Wine and Wildlife Safari through South Africa and Zimbabwe they complained.
 
Linda and Alan enjoyed every minute and didn't want to leave the banks of the Zambezi or end the laughs making samosas in Cape Town.
 
The complaining started after the first two days in sunny Cape Town and we moved on for a few days in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, then four nights on safari at Tanda Tula in the Timbavati concession in Greater Kruger, then Victoria Falls and finally four more nights in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. At each place there were more complaints for the same reason: 

Every time we were just settling in to these beautiful places, enjoying amazing meals and wine tastings, and getting to know people in the wineries, restaurants and safari camps, we had to move on to the next place and say goodbye again to the wonderful people we had just met.  

Our local wine expert, Kara with Pat (on left) and Anne Kutay with Brad enjoy a sip and a laugh.

“Wine and Wildlife are my two favorite things, so when I saw this trip in a Wildland email it had my name on it!” exclaimed Pat, an experienced world traveler and resident of Mexico. She shared the experience with her son Brad who is a most relaxed and appreciative traveler that makes everyone he meets feel at ease with a devil-may-care laugh and big bearded smile.

Duke and Gabrielle (left) and Mario and Nancy (right) enjoying sundowners. We all felt like complaining that each day had to come to an end.

Duke and Gabrielle from Bellevue, WA, along with my sister Jale and her friend Eve from Lost Angeles, knew what to expect having traveled two years ago with us on our Argentina Wine Adventure. Wildland alums, Linda and Allen, were our east coast contingent and perhaps the most intrepid participants who never missed a safari or bush walk opportunity. Nancy and Mario from Santa Rosa, CA made the most of the wining, dining and safari activities at their own pace, sometimes kicking back in the peace and beauty of a camp to enjoy the environs. 
 
Our local Cape wine specialist, Kara Miller (right) served up a tasting in the vineyards and Waterford Estate.
 
Tasting wine and South African cuisine with Ruth and David Arista, of Arista Wine Cellars in Edmonds, WA, with the complimentary expertise of our local wine expert, Kara Miller, was a fun way to get to know South Africa at the start of 19-day adventure, including many local wine makers and chefs.
 
What's to complain about lunch at Forage in Franschhoek and a chocolate and brandy tasting? (Until it's all over.)
 
Beyond the food and wine there’s no better way to experience the full terrior of a place and its people than to do it in The Wild Style on an active and diverse itinerary like this one easily connecting South Africa and Zimbabwe through Victoria Falls.
 
Eve (left) reflects with a champagne toast on the banks of the Zambezi, and rides together with her friend Jale on safari. They shouldn't complain because they are multiple Wildland travelers and know there's more good stuff coming.
 
We are working with the best safari guides, entertained by the most creative chefs and innovative wine makers, visiting local families, meeting new generation community leaders in a black township and a tribal village in Zimbabwe, and graciously hosted in our  premier safari camps deliberately chosen for their pro-guides, exceptional staff and professional managers. 
 
I get it. You can complain (but just for a moment) leaving here. It's painful leaving amazing accommodations like the Zambezi Sands camp on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River.
 
One camp we stayed didn't make it any easier when they reminded us at breakfast the last morning it was time to leave!
 
Goodbye written on the butter in the morning just rubs it in that our time has come to move on.
 
 
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Everything was planned to perfection.
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