Review by: Terry & Mary Smith

Countries Visited:
South Africa
Holiday Type:
5 27/12/2011

Overall Impressions

Our recent holiday in South Africa really was the holiday of a lifetime for us. there were lots of highlights from each of the places we visited, including a range of different and wonderful sights and experiences in and around Capetown, our visit to Franschhoek and its lovely vineyards and our time in Hermanus, where we saw whales at close quarters. However the real highlight was the safari part of our trip, which was way way beyond our expectations and where we saw the most amazing number of wild animals of all varieties. We saw the Big 5 of course, but we saw so much more and the experience with our tracker and guide was incredible.

Countries Visited

Accommodation Visited

Lavender Manor Guest House 5

The accommodation at Lavender Manor guest house was excellent and the owners and hosts, Kobus and Isabel, were extremely friendly, and helpful to us during our stay. They did everything they could to make our stay in Hermanus a memorable one. The accommodation is excellent, the location is really lovely and we had a lovely time staying in Lavender Manor. we will certainly be recommending it as a place to stay.

Cape Riviera Guesthouse 5

We had a lovely time at Cape Riviera, and were treated extremely well by Owen, Lisa and the rest of the team. Their friendliness, advice and help given to us made our stay in Cape Town a very memorable and enjoyable one. they also know the best restaurants in Cape Town, and our dining experience certainly matched our wonderful experiences visiting the amazing sights in Cape Town and the surrounding area. We will certainly recommend Cape Riviera to our friends who are planning a trip to South Africa.

N'Kaya Game Lodge 5

What a wonderful place and what a fantastic experience. The safari part of our holiday was the part of our holiday that we were most excited about and it exceeded all of our expectations in every way. We stayed four nights, went on 8 safaris and we will not forget the experience for the rest of our lives. The accomodation is excellent, with only four chalets for a max. of 8 guests, each chalet is private, with a large and comfortable bedroom, sitting room and two bathrooms. It is very clean and the whole safari experience is very relaxing. The food was outstanding, of such a high quality, and really delicious. We had breakfast after early morning safari, a lunch in the afternoon before the second safari of the day, and dinner in the evening. Lianne, Mariza, Bert and their team do a wonderful job of preparing the dishes and go to a huge amount of trouble to prepare interesting a nd diferent lunches and dinners each day. There is a fabulous wine selection to boot. We ate with the lodge management staff along with our safari guide Beckson or the great tracker Andries every day, which was lovely. The game drives were phenomenal. We went on early morning drive each morning at 5:30am and one at 4:00pm each afternoon. The drives were between 3 and 3.5 hours each so you really do get to see lots of wildlife and game of every variety. Beckson and Andries, the guide and tracker are just amazing and their knowledge and experience in tracking and finding animals was great. Watching them find and follow the tracks of animals to find shy and often reclusive animals (especially the black rhino that was very shy and reclusive and hard to get a clear sight of ) was just great. You never know what you'll see each day but you are pretty much guaranteed to see the big five. We saw them all and at very close quarters, which was amazing. to see lions, cheetah, rhiono, elephants and buffalo up close and personal was incredible. But its much much more than the big five (we saw four of the big five on our first safari which was just great). The two guys tracked leopard for us and we saw a mother and her son leopard on two separate days really up close. We also saw an amazing array of other animals, from a variety of deer and entelope, including Impalas, Kudus and many others, Hippos, Wilderbeasts, Zebras, Giraffes, Warthogs (their so cool) and many other animals. We also saw a huge variety of beautiful birds, and other fascinating creatures including leopard tortoises, huge snails, snakes and other creatures. Beckson even found a chameleon one evening in the dark. The two guys have a huge knowledge and would spot the most incredible things all the time. We have the most amazing memories to treasure and would love to return one day. Thank you to the wonderful team - Leanne, Mariza, Bert, Beckson, Andries, and the other support staff at N'kaya. we will ceratinly be promoting N'kaya to all our friends as the place to go for the safari experience of your life.

Auberge Bligny 4

Our stay in Franschhoek was wonderful and it really is a beautiful place. The accommodation at Auberge Blingy was good, and while it is very central in the village, it was the least enjoyable of all the places we stayed at during our holiday in South Africa. We also found that the hosts were not as friendly and helpful as our other hosts and they did not offer us any real advice or useful information about restaurants and other places to visit, unlike the hosts in all the other places we stayed. We would not recommend it to friends, unlike all the other places we stayed.

Staff Review 5

The service provided the Mahlatini team was fine and the company arranged a fantastic holiday for us.