The world renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African lowveld, this national park of nearly two million hectares, is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.
Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive variety of flora and fauna, including three hundred and thirty six species of trees, one hundred and fourteen species of reptiles, five hundred and seven species of birds, and one hundred and forty seven mammals.
Man’s interaction with the lowveld environment over many centuries – from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela, is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park’s natural assets.
Few cities in the world are blessed with such a recognizable natural icon as Table Mountain, rising above the “mother city”, welcoming all to visit her. Visitors from the past have left their distinct mark and today Cape Town pays homage to all the cultures that have influenced it’s history and that of the Southern Africa region. Attractions include Robben Island, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Groot Constantia, beautiful beaches and Table Mountain. A multitude of other activities are on offer thus making Cape Town a perfect destination.
With its magnificent natural beauty, its rich cultural heritage and its world-renowned wines – the Winelands Region is synonymous with all the best that the Cape has to offer.
A 45-minute drive from Cape Town take you to the Winelands where splendid mountains form a dramatic backdrop to lush vineyards and gabled Cape Dutch homesteads steeped in history.
Experience the hospitality and beauty of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Franschhoek and Robertson in the Breede River Valley.
Visit some of the many wine farms, or stroll down a beautifully restored street in one of the historical town centres and visit the museums and monuments that pay homage to our proud history.
The excellent wines produced in this area are world-renowned. Join the winemaker on a tour of his cellar where the harvest is lovingly transformed into every wine lover’s delight.
The Winelands is the ideal base from which to explore Cape Town and its surrounding area. Indulge yourself in luxury at one of the exclusive boutique hotels, or enjoy the hospitality of one of the many guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments throughout the area.
Many wine farms offer a variety of tranquil and secure accommodation options.
Only 56 km from Cape Town, Paarl offers historical charm, culture, architectural heritage, wine and fruit farms, breathtaking scenery and many cycling and nature trails. Major attractions include Paarl Mountain (one of the largest solid rocks in the world), the Afrikaans Language Monument and a treasure house of architecture found along the 2 km stretch of the Main Street.
Franschhoek is well known for its excellent restaurants, top accommodation establishments, splendid mountains and openhearted hospitality. Spend time browsing its many arts-and-craft shops, galleries and antique stores.
Stellenbosch, the oldest town in the country after Cape Town, is undoubtedly one of the most scenic and historically-preserved towns in southern Africa. The town, ideally situated in a magnificent mountain valley, boasts a mild Mediterranean climate and is the ideal destination from which to explore the Winelands and the many tourists attractions that the area has to offer.
Wellington is famous for the panoramic Bain’s Kloof Pass, Dried Fruit shop, picturesque wine estates where wine as well as olive tastes are offered and well-known leather factories.
Numerous award-winning wines can be tasted in the cellars where they were developed, the better known being Twee Jonge Gezellen, Tulbagh Winery, Theuniskraal and Drostdyhof.
The largest wine-producing area under irrigation in South Africa, Robertson is known for superior wines, some of the country’s top racehorse studs and is well-known as the Garden Town of the Boland.
As you travel from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek via the scenic Hellshoogte Pass, the modest village of Pniel lies on the banks of the Dwars River in the Drakenstein Valley. This peaceful town with its close-knit community is well worth a visit.
The Garden route runs from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay in the east. The warm Indian Ocean feeds the coastline making it one of South Africa’s premier tourist destinations whilst the area has a real rural feel with numerous small towns dotting the entire route. The scenic beauty is diverse and offers the tourist a wide range of activities. Places of interest include: Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.
- Lairds Lodge
- De Opstal
- The Plettenberg
- St. James
The Madikwe Game Reserve is situated in the far of the North West Province, adjacent to the Botswana border and is a 75 000 hectare reserve restored from farmland to its natural environment. It is South Africa’s fourth largest game reserve and a malaria free area. The entire reserve has been enclosed in a 150km perimeter fence, which has been electrified to prevent the escape of elephants and the larger predators.
Operation Phoenix, which began early in 1991 and was completed in 1997, is one of the largest game translocation exercises in the world.
Madikwe is a haven of amazing diversities. The landscape has mountainous areas, plateaux, rocky hills, a perennial river, seasonal wetlands, a variety of sandy and clay areas, bushveld, Kalahari veld and savanna areas. This broad spectrum of habitats supports an animal life, which is consequently richly varied. There is a good chance of seeing the Magnificent Seven which comprises the Big Five as well as the rare and endangered wild dog and cheetah. The reserve is home to the largest elephant population outside the Kruger National Park, black and white rhino, and the biggest disease free herd of buffalo in the country. In addition to these, one may see brown and spotted hyena and all other South African predators. A multitude of plains game includes giraffe, zebra, springbok and sable. There are also large populations of wildebeest, impala and warthogs. For bird watchers Madikwe is an unmissable destination with the latest official bird list boasting an incredible 340 species.
The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is undoubtedly the most exclusive private game reserve in South Africa. In the 1920’ and 1930’ a number of landowner pioneers initiated the conservation of the area’s wildlife.
In the 1950’s the landowners initiated the dropping of the internal fences and the sharing of a common environmental management programme.
The 65,000-hectare Sabi Sands Game Reserve is located on the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park and shares a common 50km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park to the east. Two perennial rivers, the Sabi and the Sand flow through this Game Park, sustaining the diverse fauna and flora of the area, which enjoys one of the highest and most bio-diverse wildlife populations of any area in Africa. Such is the integrity of the environment that there is consistently a year round population of animals that remain within the area. There is limited migration between the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park, ensuring genetic diversity with an integrated biodiversity within the entire 2,7 million hectare protected area. This area is in the process of being further enlarged within the Peace Park concept and integration and the joining with protected areas in Mozambique and eventually Zimbabwe.
Due to considerate game viewing practises the trackers and game rangers of the various Lodges are able to offer exceptional game viewing of all the general game species, as well as the high profile animals. The success of viewing leopard within this area is legendary. Elephants, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species can be closely observed within their own ranges. This greater area is home to 336 tree, 49 fish, 34 amphibian, 114 reptile, 507 bird and 147 mammal species.
The Timbavati Game Reserve lies north of Sabi Sand on the western edge of the Kruger National Park and lies between Umbabat and Manyeleti reserves. The Reserve shares a common unfenced border with the Kruger national Park. The Timbavati is a “Big Five” Game Reserve: Lion, Leopard, Rhino, elephant and Buffalo roam freely and many more species of predator and antelopes. Over 40 mammal species and 350 bird species have been identified within the area; this together with the abundant variety of flora, the tranquillity and the natural beauty of the land ensures an adventure to be remembered. It said to have the densest giraffe population in the world.
The Timbavati is famous for its white lions, which were discovered in the early 1970s. Although there are currently no white lions in the Reserve, the recessive gene causing this unusual phenomenon is still carried by the local prides, which are substantially paler than most other lions by comparison.
The Timbavati, one of the oldest private nature reserves, was formed in the 1950’s when Mr Peter Mostert urged his neighbours to pool their resources for a mutual benefit and to conserve the wildlife in the area.
The idea of forming such a reserve was first mooted as early as 1948, and for several years a handful of far-sighted men met frequently to discuss ways and means to create a nature reserve of a meaningful size in the area. Today the Timbavati is privately owned by 38 individual members and is governed by an elected committee and a constitution. Commercial development is restricted to 16 commercial beds per title deed as not to destroy the intrinsic wilderness experience that is offered to the visitors.
Soweto is the most populous black urban residential area in the country, with Census 2001 putting its population at 896 995. Thanks to its proximity to Johannesburg, the economic hub of the country, it is also the most metropolitan township in the country – setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance and language.
But the township was, from its genesis, a product of segregationist planning. It was back in 1904 that Klipspruit, the oldest of a cluster
of townships that constitute present day Soweto, was established. The township was created to house mainly black labourers, who worked in mines and other industries in the city, away from the city centre. The inner city was later to be reserved for white occupation as the policy of segregation took root.
But it was not until 1963 that the acronym, Soweto, was adopted as the official name for the South Western Townships, following a four-year public competition on an appropriate name for the sprawling township.
The perennial problems of Soweto have, since its inception, included poor housing, overcrowding, high unemployment and poor infrastructure. This has seen settlements of shacks made of corrugated iron sheets becoming part of the Soweto landscape.
Apartheid planning did not provide much in terms of infrastructure, and it is only in recent years that the democratic government has spearheaded moves to plant trees, develop parks, and install electricity and running water to some parts of the township.
Soweto has also been a hotbed of many political campaigns that took place in the country, the most memorable of which was the 1976 student uprising. Other politically charged campaigns to have germinated in Soweto include the squatter movement of the 1940s and the defiance campaigns of the mid-to-late 1980s.
The area has also spawned many political, sporting and social luminaries, including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu – two Nobel peace price laureates, who once lived in the now famous Vilakazi Street in Orlando West. Other prominent figures to have come from Soweto include boxing legend, Baby Jake Matlala, singing diva Yvonne Chaka Chaka and soccer maestro, Jomo Sono. Others include mathematician Prof Thamsanqa Kambule, medical doctor Nthato Motlana and prominent journalist Aggrey Klaaste.
The township has also produced the highest number of professional soccer teams in the country. Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows all emerged from the township, and remain among the biggest soccer teams in the Premier Soccer League.
Homelessness has been a perennial feature of Soweto since its inception. With its uniform four-roomed matchbox houses, hostels and without trees, Soweto looks drab and grey. The hostels were built on the outskirts of various townships to house migrant workers who have historically lived on the fringes of Soweto communities.
With its high unemployment rate, the area has also spawned many gangsters and been a seedbed of criminal activity. Since the 1930s, various gangsters, mostly territorial formations of young, barely literate males, out of school and out of work, have come and gone.
The gangs come and go, fashions come and go, but the ubiquitous township continues to grow.
The extensions built in the 1980s to house the emerging middle class, mostly civil servants, have added some colour to the township.
Recent years have seen Soweto become a site of massive development projects and a major tourist attraction in the country.
With just three lodges in this pristine bush area you can be sure to experience the best of South Africa far away from mainstream tourist areas. Manyeleti is one of those very few remaining ‘secret places’. Whether you are travelling with your partner for a romantic getaway of want to enjoy a perfect family holiday, we sure hope to welcome you soon in Manyeleti, our wonderful little place of the stars!
The Panorama Route is a scenic road in South Africa connecting several cultural and natural points of interest. This route, steeped in the history of South Africa, is situated in the Mpumalanga province.
Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill are owned and run by Ant and Tessa Baber. The Baber family were one of the earliest pioneers in the area, settling here in 1886. Of English and Irish descent, they carry with them a love for Africa’s wide-open spaces, adventure and a passion for its wildlife. In the mid 1990’s Ant and Tessa renovated an old ranch house, which became Ant’s Nest and, in 2003, built Ant’s Hill above a spectacular gorge, designing each room to make the most of the magnificent view. Our two beautiful bush homes are located on their own private game reserve, nestled in the folds of the magnificent malaria free Waterberg region of the Limpopo Province. Easy to reach, we are situated about three hours drive from OR Tambo International Airport and road transfers and private charters can be arranged from any destination.
The classic and spacious bush homes are owner designed and built using local stone and thatch that blend into the surroundings, setting the scene to give our guests the most memorable unique bushveld safari experience of a lifetime! We welcome all ages and cater for individuals; couples; riders, families or groups of friends traveling together. We specialise in a home from home experience, delicious al-fresco dining, ultimate flexibility and a vast variety of safari activities. Our incredibly hospitable team will welcome you as a guest and we ensure you will leave as a friend! Our knowledgeable guides will accompany you on game viewing experiences; tailoring your day to suit you, there are no fixed times, wake up when you want and leave on your activity of choice when it suits you.
Namaqualand! 100% big sky country. Extending from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the small town of Pofadder in the east, north from the great Orange River and south beyond Garies, Namaqualand is indeed a vast and varied region.
During the arid summer months it is difficult for the tourist to imagine the phenomenon of the yearly wild flower appearance.
After the winter rainfall, Namaqualand dons her coat of many colours and for a brief moment, the wildflowers invade the countryside. Countless poems, novels, paintings and prose have been dedicated to this annual shower of God’s colour.
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Just a quick note to thank you for putting such a great family holiday together for us. The itinerary was fantastic, all went to plan with connections & people meeting us at airports etc. The two game parks were great, with the staff, service, food, guides & wildlife unreal.
We had an amazing time it was just wonderful, the staff at Elephant Plains particularly the rangers were just wonderful. The animals were just sensational we didn’t expect to get so close to them. A truly once in a lifetime experience we will never forget.
We had a fantastic time in Africa!! Everything went smoothly too thankyou. I especially loved the walking safaris at Rhino Plains Camp,but all of it was really wonderful. We saw plenty of wildlife and marvellous to get so close to lions and elephants and rhinos. The food was plentiful and delicious everywhere and all the accommodations were great too. We will definitely go back to Africa in the future.
What’s not to like about a superb trip to Botswana, Victoria Falls and Sabi Sand in SA organised for us by Destinations Africa. The game lodges could not have been more hospitable nor the food better and the game had to be seen to be believed. The itinerary, superbly presented with photographs, worked like clockwork with all connections happening seamlessly. We will treasure our wonderful photographs and memories of the holiday of a lifetime.
We have returned safely from our amazing African holiday. Thank you so much for all the assistance you gave us while we worked through where we wanted to go and stay. Sandie, I really appreciate your fantastic help – working via phone and email worked wonderfully well. The camps we stayed in Botswana (Okavango Delta and Chobe) were outstanding and exceeded our expectations. The wonderful guides at each of the camps provided us with an impressive amount of info about all the brilliant birds, mammals and reptiles we saw. The Elephant encounter at Stanley’s Camp was a not-to-be-missed experience! Victoria Falls was impressive even though there is a reduced water flow but your knowledge of viewing from the Zimbabwe side was greatly appreciated. Others we spoke to were disappointed they were on the Zambia side. Their agents obviously didn’t pass onto them this nugget of knowledge. The Victoria Falls Hotel is a wonderful grand dame of yesteryear, and the close proximity to the Falls made it an excellent place to stay. The camps in Zambia and Malawi were excellent and we had an amazing time. We saw lots of wildlife, ate too much, and snorkelling in Lake Malawi was an amazing treat. Your superb organisational skills saw us go through numerous border crossings without a hitch (patience is a virtue).
Thank you Sandie, John and the team at Destinations Africa for making our first trip to Africa such an easy trip, and it hopefully won’t be our last.
Absolutely amazing, very professional and knowledgeable. Thank you Christa and your team at Destinations Africa. Our holiday was unbelievable and amazing, everything ran like clockwork. The accommodation was fantastic and so special. The game viewing was spectacular. We were lucky to see so many leopards, all of the big 5 and many other special sightings. Hopefully we will be able to visit Africa again and without a doubt will be contact with Christa and the Destinations Africa team to organise our next trip.
The trip of a lifetime is the best way I can describe our travels to Africa under the guidance of Sandy, John and Hilary. Destinations Africa created a fabulous itinerary for our first experience to this beautiful country. The spectacular Victoria Falls was our first stop before moving on to visit beautiful Cape Town and the breathtaking Cape Winelands. Little did we know what was ahead when we landed at Skukuza Airport to stay in Sabi Sand at the Savanna Private Game Reserve. From the committed staff and the quality of service – to the wonderful animal experiences, it was truly amazing. Each day was different and always an adventure – my camera was on overtime capturing all that we saw. Our stay in Kenya at Karen Blixen and Little Governors’ Camp treated us to more amazing sights and experiences. Returning home after this incredible time with my husband and son, left us wanting to go back for more.
I was just about to email you and John to thank you both for arranging such a fabulous safari holiday for us all. Everything went perfectly, and we had THE BEST TIME!! We truly enjoyed every aspect of it. Although I know Savanna is your favorite place, we all really fell in love with Shumbalala. Maybe it was because for the first two days we had the whole place to ourselves, and it was our first ever safari experience. None the less, we loved Savanna too!! Our accommodations were spectacular and we saw some amazing animal sightings, both at Thorneybush and Sabi Sand. So glad we did the two different reserves. So anyway, massive thanks again for everything. I am now in the process of trying to organise the many (and I mean many) photographs and videos from the trip. I will be doing a blog post soon I hope, and want to try and put together a little video compilation. It was truly a fantastic family trip that we will all be talking about for a very long time.
Just a quick note to thank you all at Travel Destinations Africa for our wonderful family trip. We are lucky enough to have travelled quite a bit as a family over the years but this holiday was by far and away our best yet. The arrangements were seamless and the venues spectacular. In particular, I am struggling with the right adjectives for our experience at Savanna. What an extraordinary place. It is very difficult to think of anything that could be improved and the entire family had an amazing and life changing trip. We can’t wait to go back to Africa with you again.
Just a few words of thanks for your part in making such a memorable trip go so smoothly. Our communications go back further than one year, and several iterations of the itinerary during that time were surely a test of your patience and skill in making the right recommendations and bookings for a successful trip. Your skill at putting together a fantastic web page for the family to peruse made the lead-up to the trip most enticing and helpful. The two Land Cruisers from Travel Adventure Botswana that the eight of us used for the self-drive portion of our trip were absolutely the right choice. They were well equipped with all that one would need for bush picnics, down to fridges and tableware. Botswana and Zimbabwe Game Reserve roads leave much to be desired, but there was never a doubt that we would be stranded!
Just a quick note of thanks for all your efforts in organising Savanna Plus. We had a terrific time – fabulous hosts, good company, the unmatchable Savanna with all its fantastic staff and facilities and best of all, all that wildlife just presenting itself for our benefit! Brian’s first time and he enjoyed every second of it – I just loved watching him on that first game drive when within about 10 minutes we were surrounded by buffalo and then a pride of 16 lions. I think his jaw actually dropped open!!! And every day was exciting – great game viewing and off road tracking and then of course, lots of lovely surprises. He now understands why I am so smitten with it all and is keen to see and do more and of course, return to Savanna. We plan on returning in 2019 as we have a big trip to the USA and Europe in the pipeline for July next year for Brian’s 60th (he has delusions that he will cycle Alpe d’Huiz during the Tour de France!) but you never know – I might just sneak another trip on my own back to the African continent next year. And of course, it would be remiss of me not to mention the wonderful Hilary – she is a gem and a better storyteller, I haven’t stumbled across. She beats me hands down! Go Hilary! Thanks again to you both and I’m sure I’ll be back in touch in the not too distant future.
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Christa for a truly wonderful experience, planning my very first African Continent holiday, from the amazing Victoria Falls, the beautiful city of Cape Town and an out of this world safari in the Sabi Sands. Power Tripping and taking 9 flights in under 2 week, everything from pick ups to and from airports / hotels were hassle free and the activities planned and suggestions made were all perfectly laid out. For those like me wishing to travel solo to Africa for the first time, the itinerary that was put together for me by Christa has truly left some great memories (and photographs of course) along the way. Activities like white water rafting, helicopter tours, gorge swing and river cruising were just perfect ! I no doubt will be using Christa to plan my next African getaway and would highly recommend her for anybody that has their heart set on visiting Africa. Thank you again Christa and Destinations Africa for a wonderful African experience
My partner and I had the most fabulous time on our recent trip to Africa, we went there for 3 weeks and every minute of our trip was nothing short of sensational. Destinations Africa did the most superb job in organising our whole trip from start to finish, to put it simple it was perfect in every way. Thank you Destinations Africa for organising the best trip we’ve ever had, You guys are true professionals.
Well another amazing trip to Africa organised by our wonderful friends at Destinations Africa. Starting in Johannesburg with an interesting day tour of Soweto, we then flew to Zimbabwe and the magical Mana Pools where we had 3 nights each at Kanga and Zambezi Life Styles Camps. Nothing beats camping by the mighty Zambezi and listening to the hippos all night to say nothing of the lions and hyena, and the bucket showers were just fine. Walking close to animals in the wild, fishing and canoeing made for some wonderful lasting memories. We then joined John and Hilary for their annual Savanna Plus Safari at Savanna Private Game Reserve, something everyone considering visiting Africa should do, spectacular game viewing and the guides and staff go above and beyond to ensure everyone has an amazing time. Our final few nights were spent at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge near Durban a lovely relaxing wind down which included a game of golf before heading home. Once again a big thank you to Sandie for her patience and allowing us to step outside the box a little, as always everything ran smoothly and like clockwork. I’m sure largely due to the hard work and expert organisation that goes into every trip, we thoroughly recommend to anyone considering an African Adventure to go with Destinations Africa, but be warned it is addictive.
I am writing to say thank you so much for the wonderful trip we just finished! Adam and I had the trip of a lifetime thanks to the staff at Destinations Africa. Our travel plan was just perfect. We met beautiful people and beautiful animals. We had the privilege of being the last guests to spend time with the gorgeous elephant Thembi at the Stanley Camp before he tragically passed away the day after. Sandi and Doug Groves were just lovely to be with and the elephant interaction remains one of our highlights. Dave and Rinska the team at Savanna Lodge were amazing. We had the best time there and saw all the wonderful wildlife. Adam and Dave were bantering and telling jokes all week! I could honestly write so much here. Cape Town, winelands and all the accommodation you chose for us was just beautiful. We couldn’t be happier and will definitely spread the word about Destinations Africa and the wonderful continent of Africa. When the rep Joanne met us in Johannesburg she gave us a big welcome hug. It was so lovely and comforting being in a strange new land. So we will very much have our eye on another trip in the future. Might be a couple of years but we would love at some stage to take our children (adult ones) back with us. To finish, John was so kind to us at Stanley’s Camp when I got sick for a day. We couldn’t travel and Adam had to call him in the middle of the night to find out what to do. He couldn’t have been more helpful. We were truly grateful and relieved. It enabled me to rest and get better to fly out the following morning. So we have some money to pay you? John said we would fix it when we got back so this email is also to ask what we owe you and we will try and claim some of it back from Insurance but wanted to ensure you are not out of pocket. Basically Destinations Africa paid an additional night at Stanleys and we missed a night at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Just let me know what we need to do about that. Thanks again Sandie. My sister in Adelaide is a travel agent and she is not familiar with trips to Africa so suggested I google some companies. I have let her know all about you all and the wonderful you have done for us. She has already handed on the contact details to one of her clients. Hopefully there will be more to come as we spread the word about a trip of a lifetime.
We used Christa at Destinations Africa to organise a family holiday to South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe in April 2017. I had no idea where to start with organising this trip and some friends had used Destinations Africa for their trip, so I went straight to them as well. I told Christa where we wanted to go and how long we wanted to be away. She worked within the budget I gave her and without exception, everything she organised was perfect. Our first stop at Johannesburg airport (with a 6 hour wait for our next flight) was no problem because she had booked us a room at the airport Intercontinental Hotel for the six hours. We had breakfast, a bit of a sleep and a shower and were ready to continue our journey. It was a great idea. First stop was Shumbalala Lodge in Thornybush Reserve and the whole feel of the place was understated luxury. The staff were so accommodating and friendly and the game drives exhilarating. Next stop was the Okavango Delta, followed by Chobe River and Victoria Falls. All the lodges were great, the game viewing fantastic and the staff super friendly and helpful. Christa had organised all our transfers, small aircraft flights and everything went smoothly. We were never left wondering where our lift was or what we supposed to do next. It was an effortless holiday and I would highly recommend Destinations Africa if you are thinking of going to Africa.
On behalf of my wife and I, please accept our sincere thank you for an African holiday that exceeded expectations. Your time, effort, knowledgeable suggestions and assistance to the minute detail including restaurant reservations during a protracted planning period ensured our tailored holiday was an amazing experience. Your intimate attention to detail including even a valuable tipping guide made our travel experience a dream. To your in-country partners, the delightful Joanne from Welcome Tourism Services in Johannesburg, Wild Horizons in Zimbabwe, Safaris Direct, Jay Jay from TDM Touring and Paradise Touring in South Africa who facilitated prompt, seamless and personable greetings, transfers and tours, please pass on our appreciation. Our favorite lodge was the Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe for personable service. Our best experience was the 25-minute helicopter flight over Victoria Falls. The most sightings of Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and the rare and critically endangered Rhino and Painted Dog occurred at Cheetah Plains Safari Lodge in Sabi Sands. Our best restaurant was the Monneaux at the true 5 star Franschhoek Country House & Villas that cost only $A150 for two, 5 course meals, coffees and a bottle of Champaign. And yes John, I have a certificate to prove that I went back for a second serving of Mopane Worms. To plagiarise from Lynn and Alex’s testimonial “For anyone wanting to visit Africa you do not need to look any further than Destinations Africa.” Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. Maybe Botswana next time?
Thank you for the superb itinerary you put together for us for our recent trip to South Africa/ Zimbabwe/ Botswana/ Zambia, despite us leaving things to the last minute (three months to go)! You really took the headache away of wondering what to see and in what order, where to stay and how to get around. The holiday was an unqualified success and things couldn’t have run more smoothly. All arrangements, transfers, accommodation, excursions etc. worked flawlessly, the people we dealt with were all highly professional and you sent us to some amazing places! Having left Zambia as a three year old, it was effectively a ‘first time in Africa’ trip for me, so we both enjoyed the experience of discovering Africa together. We shall certainly be returning to see more, and recommending your services to any friends and acquaintances who may be interested in travel to Africa!
Two amazing weeks in Kenya! Destinations Africa…we can’t thank you enough! We have recently returned from our first holiday in Africa. What an experience! From the moment we arrived until the day we left everything exceeded our wildest dreams. Not being the most experienced travellers, this was a giant step for us, but thanks to John, Hillary and Sandy at Destinations Africa we knew from our first meeting that we were in good hands and that we had found the right people. Their knowledge, experience and genuine interest in their clients shines through every step of the planning process. We met as strangers and parted, two hours later, as friends. Our holiday ran like clockwork. Flights, transfers, accommodation, safari drives, meals, people, experiences and a whole lot more; everything was first class. For anyone wanting to visit Africa you do not need to look any further than Destinations Africa. We were warned by John during our first visit that Africa is addictive. How true! We have caught the Africa Bug!
Now safely home, unpacked and over our jet-lag! Heartfelt thanks for another wonderful visit to Savanna. The organisation was absolutely first class never a doubt about transport, flights or anything else! In particular, my special thanks for your patience in allowing Judy time to recover from her back operation! She was thrilled by the Savanna experience and cannot stop talking about it! I am already starting to wonder whether I can afford another visit – but not next year! Anyway, sincere thanks for our African experience – Judy sends her love!