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Southern Africa Guest Review: "The attention to detail made it a seamless experience!"

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"Wildland Adventures was recommended to me by my sister. We wanted to go on a safari and visit Cape Town and liked the suggested itineraries and flexibility to custom tailor them to what we wanted. We really appreciated all the information you gave us regarding the water situation in Cape Town and that you encouraged us not to cancel our plans to visit there. We also loved all the extras you included, especially the Botswana book and map, detailed information on all aspects of travel, tipping, packing list, restrictions on luggage, etc. We had a fantastic trip. Thank you so much for all your attention to detail that made it a seamless experience." - Wade & Beth B

HIGHLIGHTS & GUIDES

"We loved our first safari experience, especially Monwana Lodge at Thornybush. Our guide, host, tracker and the staff was exceptional. We discovered that the host and guide were engaged, a very cute young couple, which we felt helped the entire experience there run seamlessly. We also enjoyed our time in Cape Town, especially our Cape Peninsula tour and visit to Table Mountain.

We had many guides and they were generally excellent in terms of their knowledge, professionalism and personality. Gladstone was well informed and took us to his church, the community center where young artists are trained and a dance place called Happy Feet which provides dance opportunities for young boys and girls. 

We had a great guide (Paul) on the Cape Peninsula tour. He was very engaging, knowledgeable and fun. He told us all sorts of stories about his adventures living in the area as well as the history, etc. of the area. Visiting Langa and Soweto were sobering but we are glad we got to see both areas and learn about that part of life in South Africa."

​ACCOMMODATIONS

"Cloud 9 in Cape Town was a great hotel, very nice and comfy. They were so helpful, asking us if we wanted any assistance with dinner reservations and telling us that our choices were really limited on Sunday night as very few restaurants near the hotel were open. We had chosen a restaurant from your list and they made numerous attempts to get in touch with them to secure a reservation. They called us back to let us know they weren't answering their phone and then tried again when the restaurant was "officially" open and got us a reservation. Very pleasant and accommodating front desk staff and comfortable room."

"Thorny Bush Monwana, next to Krugar National Park in South Africa, was a great lodge and we had a beautiful, huge room. Monwana food was the best as we had two choices of entrees every night and generally the most tasty food with more fresh salads and a large variety. The barbecue they did on our last night was really delicious with pork ribs, ostrich and chicken along with corn on the cob and potatoes and malva pudding for dessert. We really enjoyed our guide Ruan at Monwana. He was very personable and engaging with an amazing knowledge of animal behavior. We saw the Big 5 there and he arranged for us to visit the anti-poaching unit that is on the Thornybush property. The entire staff at Monwana was very welcoming and really made us feel at home. We loved all the close encounters we had with all of the wildlife."

"Linyanti was the most basic of the tent camps but still very comfortable. The food was also very good. We had the camp to ourselves on our last night and they set up a table for us poolside with candles floating in the water and on the deck. They served filet mignon which was great. We had an all-day game drive at Linyanti with our guide, Stanley. He went out of his way to find a leopard and we were lucky enough to spot one on a ledge (how he saw her is itself amazing). He shortly realized that there were two leopards up there and as we watched, they mated. We also had a fun car ride with him up and down the runway while waiting for our flight as there was a tower of giraffes, 3 impalas and a wildebeest on the runway so we rode with him while he chased them away."

"Sable Alley was new and a very nice camp physically. there was a beautiful view of the hippo watering hole and a very nice dining and "living room" facility. The tent was huge and very well appointed. The skybed at Sable Alley was also fantastic. I know sleeping outside isn't for everyone but it was a great experience which we all really enjoyed and they definitely elevated it to glamping! Our guide, Dan, was excellent. He took us to visit Khwai Village and meet his parents and children before heading to the skybeds and we stopped at the hide to observe the elephants."

Their tips for other travelers: "Enjoy yourselves! Africa is beautiful and there is so much to see and do. Don't sleep in or skip game drives because there's always something new to see. You can never see enough of the wildlife and vistas." 

(See more of their photos in the slideshow below)

To learn more about safaris in Africa, contact Chris Moriarty, our Africa program director, at 800-345-4453!

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