Review by: Anonymous

Overall Impressions

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip which was very well organised from start to finish.

Countries Visited

South Africa

South Africa is a wonderful country - rich and diverse. There is however extreme poverty in some parts of the country which is quite sad. We also had a sense that crime was a problem due to the security measures used on houses and businesses. We never felt unsafe however although we were careful. The people were generally very friendly and helpful.

Botswana

Botswana is a vast country and we only saw a very small part of it and that was within the touristic jewel. The people we met were delightful and our experience was extremely positive.

Accommodation Visited

Hotel Verde Cape Town Airport

This hotel is perfectly adequate for a stopover. It is a little shabby in parts but very comfortable.

Chobe Under Canvas

This was perhaps the the most unexpected and challenging camp that we stayed in but we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The staff led by Igobe went out of their way to make us comfortable and we adapted well to no electricity or connectivity. It was a great start to our safari experience. We had an excellent guide in Innocent and a great programme. All things considered we survived very well for two nights without even a hairdryer or mirror. Great fun!

Nxabega Okavango Tented Camp

This camp was quite luxurious after Chobe under Canvas. The attention to detail was amazing and again the staff went out of their way to ensure that we were comfortable. Our guide AK was very knowledgable and we had some very interesting and exciting game drives. Our butler, whose name escapes me at present, was superb and looked after our every need

Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge

This was undoubtedly the most luxurious of the three camps and we had a wonderful time here. The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful and our butler TT ensured that we wanted for nothing. Game drives were superb with Molima and Pro and their knowledge and enthusiasm was incredible. It was for us the experience of a lifetime.

Vineyard Hotel & Spa

The Vineyard is a very comfortable hotel and a great base from which to see Cape Town. It is perhaps a little outside the central areas but for us this was a positive. We would stay there again if visiting Cape Town.

Ocean Eleven Guest House

This Guest House was a great find. The rooms all have wonderful views and great balconies. Breakfasts were excellent and the service was to a very high standard. It is not far from the centre of Hermanus and there are pleasant walks. Getting taxis was also very easy.

Staff Review

Monique came up trumps in designing a holiday - particularly the safari - which was very enjoyable. The camps themselves and the order in which we stayed were fantastic. We really appreciated the ethos of "and Beyond" and were delighted she booked us with this company. We found Monique to be extremely helpful and patient. All in all our experience with Mahlatini was very positive and we would certainly use the company again. Thank you Monique and all at Mahlatini