Review by: Mary Ellen Maddalone & Michael James Somma

Overall Impressions


Countries Visited

South Africa

Incredible! We would love to go back again. The Safari was the most amazing experience. Also loved learning more about the South African culture and meeting different people.


We loved Benguerra Island. The hotel was magnificent and the hotel staff was incredible. It was the perfect ending to our trip - just relaxing on the beach or by our pool. I felt very safe the entire time I was there, but it was very eye-opening seeing the local people and how they live versus our luxurious hotel. The locals were extremely nice and we spoke a lot with Thys, the Manager and he explained everything the lodges do for the local people (building schools and the community center).

Accommodation Visited

Victoria & Alfred Hotel

The location was perfect, very easy for us to get around and stroll the waterfront. The hotel was super clean and modern. The only critique I have is that our room was pretty small. We stayed in a "loft" style. I would definitely upgrade to a larger room if we were to go back to Capetown.

Lion Sands River Lodge

AMAZING!!!!! The lodge was so luxurious and the staff were beyond incredible. Everything was perfect - the hotel decor, the room, the food, pool, safari guides. The food was out of this world and we had the time of our lives on the safari. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling to South Africa.

Benguerra Island Lodge

When we were first looking at Benguerra Island we wanted to stay at the Azura Lodge having seen that pop up on many top hotel listings online. Claire gave us her opinions on Benguerra Lodge and Azura and we ultimately decided on Bengerra Lodge. I am so happy we made that decision. The hotel was so beautiful -our room was fabulous...extremely spacious and the pool/beach area outside our room was incredible. We took a walk down to the Azura Lodge and thought andBeyond was 10 times nicer. They recently renovated the hotel this past year and it looks fantastic. I would highly recommend to my friends/family.

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