Review by: The Fraser family

Countries Visited:
South Africa
Holiday Type:
Family Holiday
5 02/11/2012

Overall Impressions

Everything was beyond our wildest expectations and just when you think it can't get any better it just does. The one & only in Cape Town was just the most fantastic luxury and the staff go above and beyond. We had a menu for pilow stuffing, pillow scent, warm dressing gowns, cool dressing gowns and the rooms on the island were just out of this world. When we left we were wishing we had kept this bit until last because we honestly believed things couldn't top this- Not true. We saw so many whales in Hermanus we couldn't believe it and didn't have to leave the hotel room to view them doing their stunts -just fantastic. What can we say about Exeter River Lodge, the staff , the service, the adventure. We did not want to ever leave. It was beyond our wildest dreams. The highlights, mating lions outside our rooms, 4 male lions walking in a single file right past our jeep within touching distance - then all roaring in unison, 4 leopard sightings, one with a cub. The hippos playing in the water, elephants visting camp - highlights every single day, twice a day. A surprise breakfast in the bush, barbeques around the braii, and the staff singing and dancing. Our waiter Ronny was just the most amazing guy making a fuss over our boys to the point of spoling them and always had us in stitches with his stories and attempts at sling shotting the monkeys who were fond of trying to steal the bread. I think it was a draw between Ronny and the monkeys by the end of the week! Our guide Steve was exceptional and our tracker Prince just superb. Everything exceeded our expectations by miles and you expect a few hitches when you are travelling around so much - but nothing - not one single problem. Thank you everyone at Mahlatini for the best holiday of our lives. We will remember it forever. The Fraser family

Countries Visited

Accommodation Visited

One & Only Cape Town 5

Sheer luxury. This place has the wow factor without doubt. The food, the staff, the pool with its waterfalls. Fantastic location near the V & A waterfront and we could relax on our balconies in the evening.Adjoining rooms with the boys brilliant. Heavenly bathrooms - It was jaw dropping- We didn't eat at Nobu but Ruebens was excellent. Fantastic brekfasts to start the day. We had our work cut out getting the boys to go out for the day. They didn't want to leave.Just amazing with enormous beautiful beds. Immaculate. We felt like Royalty.

The Marine 4

The Marine has a prime setting and our rooms overlooked the sea. What a view of the whales doing their tricks! The hotel is a bit tired and wasn't too comfortable. The chairs in the day room were stained and torn and the service wasn't great. We do appreciate that there isn't a lot of choice in Hermanus and we were a bit puzzled how it hangs onto its 5 stars- maybe the restaurants-. The boys had a slighly better, bigger and more comfortable room than ours so no major complaints. We achieved our aim to view the whales and were very very happy with that. I do hope they spend a bit of money on furnishings at the Marine in the not too distant future because it is in a beautiful spot and could offer so much more. Very good but we wouldn't recommend staying here- If we did it again we thought we would be best driving up for the day.

Dulini River Lodge 5

Amazing, we did not want to leave. Heaven on earth. Beautiful rooms, beautifully clean. The staff made sure our fridges were stocked with exactly what drinks we preferred every single day. Wake up calls and guard escorts at night. Where in the world is there a more beautiful view than the decks of Exeter River Lodges- We can't belive there is one. We slept like logs in the most comfortable beds. We were spoilt rotten by the staff who never failed to spring surprise us with breakfast and champagne in the bush. Sundowners from the back of the jeep. They were happy to provide alternative food if the menu didn't suit everyone and our waiter Ronny was forever mixing surprise special non alcoholic cocktails for the boys from his secret recipes! Last mornings drive we were standing drinking coffee on the river bank watching the elephants have their breakfast in the morning sunshine. There are no words adequate enough to describe the sheer beauty of the place.

Staff Review 5

Adam and the team delivered the best advice, options,and guidance in relation to where to stay and what to see. No hitches and no problems whatsover. We are having trouble coming back down to reality. I cannot recommend them highly enough. We knew it would be good but we had no idea how good. Totally professional and friendly service that delivers tailor made holidays beyond your wildest dreams.