Review by: Nkasi Okafor Wilken

Overall Impressions

It was a phenomenal trip. I don't know if and when I'll have another one quite like it.

Countries Visited

South Africa

South Africa is a stunning country. I will go back if I can. It is also a complicated country, and those social complexities (severe inequalities) are painfully obvious.

Accommodation Visited

The Clarendon Bantry Bay

I enjoyed my stay. No complaints except that the duvet on the bed was DISGUSTING (heavily stained with old blood). I had to point it out to management.

Grootbos Forest Lodge

Perfection. The room, the staff, the food - I could not ask for better. The activity planning and attention to detail was impeccable. I learned so much about SA, marine life, and the community surrounding Grootbos. I loved Grootbos' dedication to maintaining a positive relationship with the community in which it sits. Gareth and Princess made our stay even more enjoyable, and the manager (Mandy/Mindy?) clearly knows what she's doing. I didn't know what to expect from this property, but I was SUPER impressed. If I go back to South Africa, I will make it a point to visit Grootbos Forest Lodge again. I also plan on donating to its foundation.

The Plettenberg

Great beach break before the Safari. We didn't get a chance to take full advantage of the services the Plettenberg had to offer (we were there only for 2 nights), but the beach was stunning.

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge

Loved it. I saw all Big 5. Nick and Siza were an excellent team, friendly and attentive. The staff was amazing. The room was excellent. The food was tasty and plentiful. I really don't have any critiques, only cherished memories and pictures.

Staff Review

Nicki was attentive and answered all my questions. I felt comfortable navigating the two week vacation in a country I was not familiar with. I also knew that if I had any questions, Nicki would be there to answer them. That was a nice feeling to have. Also, the printed itinerary was very helpful (the GPS was not).