Abby S. and Steve B. chose an off-the-beaten-path custom itinerary for their South African holiday this past Fall.
A particular highlight from their trip was spending time in the Drakensberg mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The steep cliffs of these mountains surround Lesotho and are so rugged that there is only one break where a 4x4 road could be built to access the mountain kingdom at Sani Pass.
"The hiking is superb. A variety of trails, in terms of length, altitude gain/loss, and views, depart directly from the resort. The views are stunning; kind of like the highlands of Scotland. Most trails are well-marked, and a map purchased at reception was serviceable. We saw elands, baboons, and raptors while hiking, and beautiful flowers."
Abby and Steve had this to say about their stay at Tanda Tula:
"Tent #6 was a perfect location near the cabana overlooking a watering hole. Our tent was luxurious but naturalistic. Ginger (guide) and Issac (tracker) were great—very personable as well as skilled. Guides and trackers take turns eating with “their” guests: a great opportunity to ask questions. All of the local staff were very approachable and helpful and relaxed; seemed happy. Wonderful food, service, guiding, tracking.
We arranged for on-foot tracking one morning and succeeded in finding rhinos. It was definitely worth doing for learning, exercise and sense of surroundings.
The watering hole is a happening place: watched warthogs, kudu, impala, nyala, etc."
The adventure culminated in a trip to Cape Town and a tour of local townships.
"On Friday, we went on a day-long van tour of Kayelitsha and Langa townships. The driver was wonderful, and we were the only patrons. In Kayelitsha, we toured various nonprofit projects designed to better the lives of residents, as well as the shops of some artisans. In Langa, we toured on foot with a local guide. That may have been the biggest eye-opener of our lives, due to the poverty we saw up close… but we felt perfectly safe with the female guide, who was apparently well-liked by her neighbors.
We had a wonderful trip and have recommended Wildland Adventures ever since we got back to all who ask!"
Abby and Steve's transformative adventure exemplifies our Wild Style of travel in Africa. We take you to off-beat areas, the best private wildlife concessions and create opportunities for deeply moving, genuine cultural encounters.
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