Review by: John Cumming

Countries Visited:
South Africa & Zimbabwe
Holiday Type:
5 18/02/2014

Overall Impressions

The whole holiday was wonderful but if we had to pick two highlights they would be Rovos Rail and Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge. Rovos was an unforgettable experience - the welcome from Roland Vos, the superb carriages, the very attentive staff, wonderful food and wine and the company of lovely fellow passengers. Kwandwe was magical! The accommodation was superb. the staff very attentive and friendly and the safari experience beyond our expectations thanks to our wonderful ranger, Casey, from whom we learned so much.

Countries Visited

South Africa 5

South Africa is a stunningly beautiful country.The people could not have been more friendly and the level of service everywhere was excellent. Our itinerary let us see a variety of landscapes each one as impressive if not more so than what had gone before, we were constantly amazed!

Zimbabwe 5

Beautiful countryside and again lovely people. Victoria falls were breathtaking!An evening cruise on the Zambesi was memorable too.

Accommodation Visited

131 on Herbert Baker Boutique Hotel 5

Excellent! Lovely staff. After a mix-up over a taxi ordered to take us on a brief sightseeing trip, the hotel driver stepped in and took us so that we were not disappointed.

Rovos Rail 5

Unforgettable for all the reasons mentioned above!

The Victoria Falls Hotel 4

Lovely old colonial style.Public areas beautifully furnished. Bedroom had a fantastic outlook to the bridge however the decor/furnishings in the room/en suite looked rather tired. eg. very frayed did not stop us enjoying this unique hotel in a stunning setting.

Camps Bay Retreat 5

Stunning,secluded setting. Superb accommodation. Excellent service and wonderful food. We needed a doctor on arrival at Camps Bay and within 10 minutes they had one organised for 7.30am next day!

Franschhoek Country House & Villas 5

Excellent service, food and accommodation. Good courtesy car service into Franschhoek.

Kanonkop House 5

Great welcome from Chris , Mark and Samantha. They were happy to sit and chat, suggest activities, make restaurant bookings etc. The only slight disappointment was that we did not get the Sunbird Suite as per our booking but instead got The Forest Suite which was beautifully furnished but was darker and set lower down. We did not complain.

Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge 5

Simply superb for reasons mentioned above!

Staff Review 5

It was wonderful| Greg was very knowledgeable, listened to what we thought we might like to do and came up with suggestions for accommodation, activities etc. which were just right. The information provided pre departure was very detailed and extremely useful.