Anniversary trip of a lifetime to Southern Africa
South Africa | Jun 24 - Jul 5, 2022

Kenneth
Kenneth R.
Merced, CA | Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

Tafadzwa (Taf to us) Chindove was the generous genius that helped my family plan and execute our life changing trip to Southern Africa. It was the 50th anniversary of our marriage, the high school graduation of our oldest grandchild, the 15th wedding anniversary of one of our children and so much more to celebrate that the trip just had to be perfect. It exceeded all of sour expectations.

There were 22 of our family on that trip. My wife and I, all four of our kids and spouses and all of... read more

Tafadzwa (Taf to us) Chindove was the generous genius that helped my family plan and execute our life changing trip to Southern Africa. It was the 50th anniversary of our marriage, the high school graduation of our oldest grandchild, the 15th wedding anniversary of one of our children and so much more to celebrate that the trip just had to be perfect. It exceeded all of sour expectations.

There were 22 of our family on that trip. My wife and I, all four of our kids and spouses and all of our grandchildren ranging in age from 5 to 18. All along the way there were fascinating things for all of us to see and do. We had dinner in a world class restaurant on a Cape Town mountain top with great child care we got to interview ahead of time, we saw the good the bad and the ugly of Soweto, the creation wonder of the Kruger complex including 43 species we counted of animals including all of the “big 5” at Kapama reserve, the Victoria Falls in full bloom, and had dinner on a 19th century luxury steam train on our 50th in Zambia.

Everywhere we stayed we saw the magnificence of Africa. And Taf was right there the whole time. We modified things along the way and she was right there to pave the way. She arranged medical visits to out hotel when testing for travel to Zimbabwe was required, handled small issues of time changes and large matters of air flights with coolness and professionalism.

Taf and her team are all 5 star as far as my family are concerned and all of the adults are professionals used to efficiency and competency and in KIMKIM and Taf we found that in excess. We will always remember our days in Southern Africa and if we ever get the opportunity to return to this sweet land you can bet we will be in touch with Taf before all else.

Taf and her company Salty Travel are amount the best of the best and is affiliated with KIMKIM travel as the consultant for South Africa. We really trust KIMKIM. When traveling in the first world we often plan our own trips though we consult with KIMKIM on diversions into the second or third world areas, or on hard to reach or time constricted travel. We used them to plan trips to Turkey, last fall to Egypt and now to Africa. They are just the best. Period

Hotel Review
Kapama River Lodge
Hoedspruit

Maybe the best hotel destination we have ever experience and My wife and I are very well traveled. All inclusive resort in the Kruger wildlife complex of South Africa, we had two photo safaris daily and actually saw all of the big 5 (leopard, Cape buffalo, lion, rhino, and elephant) and 43 other identified species plus countless birds. Guides were all expert trackers and very knowledgeable about the habitats in the region. Food was superb, the spa was so relaxing after long days, service was actually so good it was embarrassing. We were son well taken care of and appreciated that it was truly hard to leave. My whole family (22) of us agree, we would definitely choose Kapama again, no question

Authenticity & Character
The architecture and decode were luxuriously authentic
Location
Animals everywhere you look. Even right outside the window
Staff
Almost tripped over folks wanting to serve.
Cleanliness & Comfort
See above
Local specialist: Taf Chindove
Taf
Taf Chindove
Local specialist in South Africa | Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

Hi Kenneth

Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing the highlights from your trip. I am delighted that you were able to create wonderful memories while celebrating these cherished milestones with your family.

As mentioned previously you were so patient and such an easy group to work with and I genuinely enjoyed planning your trip. I am glad you got to see the different facets our region has to offer. We are eager to welcome you again whenever you're ready!

All the best and warm regards to you all
Taf