The Reeds recently returned from our South Africa Family Safari and an Okavanga Delta and Victoria Falls extension, which they chose because they wanted their grandchildren to experience a different part of the world. They shared some great photos and their highlights with us below:
We've traveled with Wildland on 2 previous occasions, which were both well done and there is a very personal feel to the planning. We chose this particular itinerary because it was very family friendly considering the age range of our 4 grandchildren (ages 4-18) and we knew we could count on them to provide a trip to fit all of our needs. We were very well prepared for this trip from pre-departure info to final documents. All aspects, packing, climate, tipping, and info on countries visited, were very well covered.
We enjoyed all of the places and experiences! Each had its own part in providing a complete experience of the areas we visited. The days in the Cape Town area were fun and enlightening. Learning about apartheid and seeing areas such as District Six and talking to people from each group in the social structure of apartheid were invaluable experiences for the whole family. Other Cape Town experiences were wonderful too; the winelands, Cape Point, penguins, beaches, Kristenbosch Gardens and of course the waterfront.
Moving on to Madikwe Game Reserve, the experiences were of course of a different nature. It was incredible to be in the bush and see the interaction of all of the wildlife, like no place else on earth. The family enjoyed all of the game drives. Each was special in its own way and there was something new and different each time. We heard lions roar at sundown, saw a herd of elephants with their young, went on a wild dog chase as they were hunting, found a giraffe kill with hyena, jackels and birds displaying pecking order, and many other sightings of cheetas, birds, rhinos, giraffes and more.
Our Safari Suite was perfect for the family at Jaci's at Madikwe! The accommodations where over the top and the meals excellent, with way more food than I could eat. The attention to detail, (special meals for the 4 year old, private guide, private meal prepared at our suite) were all around wonderful and very memorable for our family. Oli, our private guide, really knew his stuff and found so many interesting things for the kids and adults. The game drives left us with feelings of awe to be able to observe the interactions of the wildlife in Africa and know that we were seeing things we have only read or heard about.
Bob and I continued on to see Victoria Falls and the Okavanga Delta by ourselves because they were both areas we had wanted to visit. Victoria Falls was spectacular and we enjoyed a visit with the local native village, Muku. The Okavanga Delta was wonderful and different from Madikwe Game Reserve, with more water and birds. Chundukwa was amazing and relaxing; just what we needed after being on the go with family for the previous 2 weeks. The staff was very accommodating and all were from the local village. We were extremely impressed with the service level of the people working at all of the hotels and lodges and we felt like they were eager to have us there.
Being able to show this part of the world to our family was a highlight in itself. The cultural aspects of Cape Town, learning more about apartheid, especially personal accounts of the guides, was very eyeopening. I hope that at least the older grandchildren will carry forward a world view that is more expansive than they started with. We feel like the key to being a part of our global community is to travel and participate in that community, hopefully our grandchildren have been given the tools to continue this on their own. If you go to South Africa, just enjoy every moment and discovery, be flexible, and listen to your guides, they have so much to share. - the Reeds
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