Review by: Dowdell Family

Countries Visited:
South Africa
Holiday Type:
Family Holiday
5 04/12/2013

Overall Impressions

Every single moment of our trip was a highlight. All of our hotels were beyond expectations. Our safari experience at Ngala and Kirkman's Kamp was more than fabulous. It was truly the best holiday we have ever experienced. Everything went so smoothly thanks to Adam's planning and attention to detail.

Countries Visited

South Africa 5

Nothing can beat South Africa for spectacular landscape, amazing wildlife and tremendous people. Highlights of our trip included cage diving with great white sharks, climbing Table Mountain in Cape Town, seeing whales in Hermanus and every moment on safari!

Accommodation Visited

The Michelangelo Hotel 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Michelangelo. We were jet-lagged and exhausted and felt quite restored by the comfort and amenities at this lovely hotel. When we arrived I had a cold and the concierge immediately sent tea to the room for me without being asked. The room was beautiful and the amenities and meals very nice.

Cape Royale 5

We loved the Cape Royale. From the minute we arrived and were met by James (the doorman who gave us advice on great restaurants, where we would enjoy walking and how to drive to Table Mountain) we felt right at home. The concierge helped us coordinate and confirm transportation for cage diving with great white sharks (an excursion that was further away than I realized--I had been planning to drive us until I found out that a road was closed and we would have to leave at 3 a.m. The concierge not only confirmed our appointment but also found us excellent transport). The rooms were beautiful--it truly felt like home away from home.

The Marine 5

The Marine was fabulous. We loved Hermanus, which we are so grateful Adam added into the itinerary. The hotel could not have been more welcoming. We were met with tea and cookies, shown to two absolutely beautiful rooms, where a bottle of wine awaited. The views were breathtaking--we could actually see whales from our room. We had to leave early in the morning to catch our flight to Kruger so the staff packed us boxed breakfasts. What a lovely experience staying here was. We hope to return for a longer stay!

Ngala Safari Lodge 5

Ngala was the absolute BEST. Every single person who works at Ngala is top notch. We have never felt so pampered in our lives. Our guide (Steve) and tracker (Norm) were the most phenomenal people and the best at what they do. They were unbelievably knowledgable and showed us much more than we ever anticipated. I can't imagine this experience without them. Our butler, Marcus, knew what we wanted before we did! The rooms were beautiful, the setting was beautiful--we were ready to move in.

Kirkman's Kamp 5

Kirkman's, although a different experience from Ngala, was equally great. The setting was spectacular--we could see elephants from our back window, monkeys and impala through the front. Our butler, Sonny, was bringing my husband ice cream at almost every meal (after noting how much my husband enjoyed it). Our guide (Elliot) and tracker (Joffert) were excellent and made sure that we saw so much incredible wildlife. Our daughter (a college student) was invited to play soccer with the staff one afternoon--a truly unique and extremely memorable experience.

Staff Review 5

Adam is amazing. He listened to what we wanted to do on our holiday, planned a fantastic itinerary and saw to every detail--even planning for the contingencies (our transfer drivers had an extra set of vouchers for us just in case we forgot to bring them).