Review by: John Wisbach

Overall Impressions

Amazing trip overall. Wouldn't have changed anything about it. Hotels were amazing, site seeing was amazing, and the actual trip logistics worked out very well.

Countries Visited


South Africa


Accommodation Visited

The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara

Beautiful hotel in an amazing location. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Room was nice too. Very cool to see zebra and giraffe on the hotel grounds and we saw hippo and elephant in the river from the hotel deck, very cool experience. Food was only mediocre but everything else was amazing.

Simbambili Game Lodge

Best hotel we have ever stayed at. The hotel itself (main lodge and our room) is amazing. Could see animals from the main lodge and from our back porch. The room was very spacious and luxurious. The hotel staff was extremely attentive and friendly. The hotel had very cool events like dinner in the bush. Each day there was something different in terms of the meals which made it extremely interesting. The last night they surprised us with a candlelight dinner on our back porch which was a nice touch. The game drives were also amazing. Our guide Sabre was extremely knowledgeable and our tracker, Conright, was able to find almost any animal solely based on hearing a call or seeing tracks. Their teamwork was unbelievable. We saw the big 5 on the very first game drive and continued to see amazing wildlife on every single game drive. Would highly recommend Simbambili to everyone.

Westin Turtle Bay Resort

Pros: Very nice hotel and very nice room. Staff and facilities were all great. Cons: Food wasn't great. We did a lobster dinner which was an additional $110 per person, not worth it at all. It took half a day to book restaurant dinner reservations and book excursions. It would be great to book the excursions ahead of time. And it was clear why the hotel required reservations for the restaurants, they were always empty even though we were told they were fully booked.

Staff Review

Working with Caroline was awesome. She was extremely helpful and patient as we were going through various options. Always willing to jump on a call and very quick responses via email. Helped with every single aspect of the trip (flights, hotels, what countries to visit, what to see in each, transfers, what to do before the trip, what to do if something goes wrong).