This trip was a great introduction to South Africa. The itinerary and accommodation choices made by the Mahlatini team were perfect.
Our family really enjoyed the diversity of South Africa. It felt like four consecutive holidays: a safari, the Garden Route, Winelands and then Cape Town.
This place is perfectly located in proximity to Port Elizabeth airport, for people either going on safari like us or beginning the Garden Route. The rooms are very comfortable, and the service is very good. They gave us sound advice on local things to do and places to dine.
We would give this a six our of five if we could. It was my family's first safari, and we had the perfect experience. Our ranger was Ivan and our tracker was Ernie. They quickly figured out what would interest us, and took us on some excellent game drives. We saw all kinds of wildlife and, as we could go at our own pace in our vehicle, we spent as much time with each group of animals as we liked. Besides the wildlife, highlights of Kwandwe were sundowners, breakfast in the bush, a walking safari and a South African braai. Ecca Lodge was perfectly comfortable for our family to stay.
Laird's Lodge is well located between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, and we were able to use it as a base for exploring the area. Each meal at Laird's was excellent, and they gave us nice tips on things to do, like the Saturday market we would otherwise not have come across.
Basic accommodation, well located for the area, but impersonal because of its size. The staff booked the wrong restaurant at Delaire for us, and the concierge couldn't correct it. We had to change it ourselves.
Greg took the time to listen to what we wanted out of our trip, and then magically made it happen. He selected locations and an itinerary that was nicely paced and that gave us such a nice impression of South Africa. The support team was efficient, and sent us well-organized printed documents and materials for our travel.