Review by: Melissa & Daniel Kallio

Overall Impressions

We had such a great time! It has been really hard to describe to friends and family just how great our trip was. Words don't seem to do it justice. There's nothing that is comparable to the experience we had. Everything was flawless!

Countries Visited

South Africa

We were blown away by South Africa. There is so much diversity in the country - cities, winelands, and of course the game reserves. The people were so welcoming and friendly.


We did not venture from our hotel because it had so much to offer and we were looking to relax for the last leg of our vacation.

Accommodation Visited

Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel and Spa

This hotel is located in an ideal part of Cape Town, with great Table Mountain views. We were able to walk to Kloof Street and explore from there. The rooftop bar had great views and good drinks. Our only complaint is that the pool was too cold and dirty. The hot tub was not working. The restaurant that served breakfast was very good.

River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa

Wonderful location in Stellenbosch. Great breakfast. The staff was very welcoming and helpful. The pool was perfect as it was very hot when we were there. The set-up of the hotel is really nice, with the courtyard being very beautiful at night.

Serondella Game Lodge

This lodge was the highlight of our trip. The host and ranger said they try to make the experience as if they are welcoming guests into their home. That was certainly the case. The limited number of guest rooms made it a perfect experience for us. There were 2 game drives where we were the only guests at the lodge, so it felt like we he had booked a private lodge. The food was incredible. Our guest house looked out over the watering hole and monkeys were frequently at our window for our entertainment. Our ranger, Chewie, was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the animals. We saw the big 5 within our first 3 game drives. Chewie at every breakfast and lunch with us, so we were able to get some insight into South African life and his background. We thought that doing just one trip to the game reserve would be plenty, but we did not want to leave and already want to go back. Serondella was amazing!

Westin Turtle Bay Resort

Amazing resort. Beautiful guest room. We spent so much time at the adult only infinity pool that overlooked the ocean. There were plenty of included water sports. The food options were very good.

Staff Review

We cannot thank Donna and the Mahlatini staff enough for our honeymoon. Everything was flawless. It was so comforting knowing that Mahlatini handled everything for us. The hotel selections were perfect for us and in ideal locations that we never would've known on our own. Donna was able to make a quick last-minute time change on our of our transfers. There simply aren't words to express how grateful we are and how wonderful this trip was! Thank you so much!