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Rovos Rail…a great way to begin a trip!
Thank you for your message. We just arrived home late Sunday (April 21st) so we are still adjusting to the long flight home to Southern California. We had an absolutely great time (great will be used frequently in my message as that single word describes the experience) during our vacation to Africa and we are extremely pleased with all aspects of the arrangements that you made to make our visit to Africa so enjoyable. Upon our arrival in Johannesburg we were welcomed into their county and that feeling of being welcomed was prevalent wherever we went during our stay.
The Rovos Rail trip to Victoria Falls to start our African journey was a great way to begin our vacation. We highly recommend that experience to anyone – excellent service, food, wine and a very good way to “unwind”. The train took us through very scenic country side and into Victoria Falls where we stayed at the Ilala Lodge. A very beautiful setting with great food, service and very close to the spectacular ”waterfalls”. We had a great guide (the first of many) that was very knowledgeable of the “Falls” and made the tour very interesting. We spent extra time after the guided tour to revisit the falls, get wet again, and later crossed the bridge into Zambia so that we could experience the sights of the river below.
We have been asked about the highlight of our trip and it was certainly the safari experience and our stay at the Muchenje Safari Lodge in Chobe. Joy and Robert (Lodge Managers) and everyone on their team were exceptional and the level of customer service far exceeded anything my wife or I had expected. We were fortunate to have Ocean (that’s his name) as our guide; a very fascinating individual with a sharp sense of humor, a great love for what he did and an extremely talented in being a guide in “the bush”. We learned a lot from him and his bush skills provided us with the opportunity to experience seeing the wildlife that we had hoped to see..
After the safari experience we returned to Joburg before taking the Rovos Rail to Cape Town – this trip was shorter; provided more excursion as well as diversity of scenery, and continued to provide the exceptional service, food, and wine that is the trademark of Rovos.
We loved Cape Town – we were met at the rail station by our guide Buz. We developed an immediate friendship with him and we were so pleased that we were able to spent nearly four full days with him being shown the various areas in the greater Cape Town area while being educated on the underlying history of the places that we visited. The Cape Cadogan where we stay was a lovely B&B; we would highly recommend it to any visitors to Cape Town, and the same recommendation goes to having Buz as their guide.
Our vacation concluded in Joburg. We stayed at the Africa Rock Hotel, which was very nice with exceptional food and service. We enjoyed the stay there, but it is quite removed from the historic parts of Joburg (but convenient for overnight stays and close to the airport). Once again, we had an exceptional guide (Joel) who was very knowledgeable of South African history and the events that occurred at the sites that we visited during our two day stay (which should have been longer). We highly recommend that adequate time be proved to visit the Apartheid Museum’s and Soweto in order to develop an understanding of the events that took place there. A full day could easily be spent in those locations.
We learned so much during our trip, appreciated the graciousness of the people and loved being in their beautiful countries. We will forever treasure the memories.
We have not had the opportunity to view all the pictures that were taken, but if there are safari pictures that “capture the moments” to be shared we will send them to you.
Thank you again for all that you did in arranging a great vacation experience for Linda and I.
George & Linda
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