Review by: Jessica Dutton

Overall Impressions

Amazing - we loved it!

Countries Visited

South Africa

Incredible country - so beautiful.

Accommodation Visited

Phinda Mountain Lodge

My favourite place. Such a treat - incredible guide (so enthusiastic, knowledgeable and perfect for adults and kids). We went on a walking safari and tracked some rhino, went on awe inspiring game drives - saw leopards and cheetahs close too and in daylight which was our highlight as first time we'd seen leopard properly. Delicious food, beautiful interiors, great pool. Good babysitting service. Guide had some child friendly activities up his sleeve - he took kids fishing and put out a wildlife camera and put a giraffe skeleton together.

Fugitives Drift Lodge

Really interesting tours and they were great with the kids too.

The Oyster Box Hotel

The children loved the Oyster Box! We were disappointed there was no kids club and they tried to charge us 360 R per hour for babysitting (180R for 2 children) we told them as we left we thought this was too much (because they didn't tell us this was the rate) and they refunded us 50% and apologised. Hotel not quite it's normal self with corona and didn't realise we needed to book a dinner reservation on first nights and restaurant was full and we didn't know there was no kids club in advance so that was annoying too. It was great but overpriced we thought in the scheme of the holiday.

Cathedral Peak Hotel

Old school hotel so accommodation and food not as good as elsewhere but amazing hiking and riding. Again no babysitting (at all - dinky place with zero babysitting on offer) so that was a shame, restricted Charlie and I a bit. Incredible horse riding and stunning place with lots of fun activities for kids.

Pearls of Umhlanga

We had bad weather but thought the set up was good. A bit sterile but we knew it would be.

Staff Review

Natasha was very helpful and thorough. My only feedback would be I would have liked to have been warned that there would be no kids club at OB and no babysitting at CPeak. When you have 4 kids, childcare is something you look forward to on holiday and it influenced our choice of accommodation. Just a tip for future clients. If I'd been more organised I should have looked in to this but because everything else was managed for us I didn't need to do much research. We had a wonderful trip and thank you so much for organising it and sharing your knowledge. Map directions etc were great too and itinerary pack useful.