Esther, our local specialist, designed our tr...
South Africa | Jun 2 - Jun 8, 2024

Francois C.
Danville, VA | Reviewed on Jun 16, 2024

Esther, our local specialist, designed our trip perfectly and according to our tastes. She found the perfect lounge in a private reserve for the Safari of our dreams next to the Kruger National park. Umkumbe bush lodge was amazing. We had the honeymoon suite and our guide, Ezaan, was great. We saw 4 of the Big 5 (lions, elephants, rhinos, and cape buffalo) with her and many other animals. We were lucky enough to see and take very nice pictures of a leopard (one of the Big 5) on our way from the airport to Umkumbe Bush Lodge. Also, Elzaan entertained us by showing wild herbs, exotic birds, chameleon... Then our stay in Cape Town was very nice. We stayed at the Lawhill Luxury Apartments (very nice and well located in the V&A Waterfront. We enjoyed the African Dinner Show and Drum experience at the Gold restaurant. The next day we enjoyed the Hop on Hop off around Cape Town and the Table mountain by cable car. On our last day, we had a full day private tour around the Cape peninsula. There was a misunderstanding with Esther for the time of the pickup that morning. She scheduled the pickup at 9am while we had 8am in our trip plan. I recommend to always confirm the next day activities with your local specialist at the end of the day before. We managed to have our pickup at 9:30am. Our driver, Abdoul, was great and explained very well all the landmarks along the drive. He managed the time and schedule perfectly before driving us to the airport for our return flight at the end of the day. We drove the scenic shore line, went to Cape of Good Hope, saw the African penguins, and we had a great lunch in a very nice restaurants next to the ocean. Overall, our trip to South Africa was amazing and so memorable.

Hotel Reviews
Umkumbe Bush Lodge
Sabie Park

Our tent was fantastic. It was very luxurious, with private outdoor pool, air conditioning, bath, and very nice amenities. We could see wildlife from our balcony across the field. The guides are amazing and we saw the Big 5 and many more. Food was great and the staff was really nice.

Authenticity & Character
Wild but comfortable.
Cleanliness & Comfort
LawHill Luxury Apartments
Cape Town

This is in a very safe and gated area. The apartment was very luxurious with everything included. It may be a little bit difficult to drive in the reception. Our driver for the full day drive had to wait for us at a different location on the premise.

Authenticity & Character
Cleanliness & Comfort
Local specialist: Esther Ruempol
Esther Ruempol
Local specialist in Johannesburg, South Africa | Replied on Jun 23, 2024

Hi Francois, thanks you so much for the great review and also for the feedback on the hotels and tours. This is incredibly helpful for us. We are so happy you enjoyed your trip!