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Jessica S.

June 22nd, 2022

Where to begin? ...the trip was AMAZING. 

The Illala Lodge, hotel in Vic Falls, was lovely. I could see the mist of Vic Falls from my balcony, the pool was lovely and a pair of hippos wandered up to graze on the lawn one night as I ate dinner. The Boma dinner was fun - they originally had me at a table by myself but I made friends and joined another table. Also, after the river cruise I bailed on the scheduled dinner and went with a couple locals to get pizza. As they say..."When in Rome.." :)

There aren't many westerners traveling in Africa right now so almost all of my activities were private/small group. My game drive in Botswana/Chobe was just me and another women from Harambe who was in town for the conference. We stumbled upon 50+ elephants on the banks of the Chobe RIver....amazing. 

My flights to Cape Town were smooth/easy. The 12 Apostles Hotel was great. I had the most amazing Sunday brunch, followed by a float and massage in the spa. The Cape Town Wine day tour was my least favorite part of the trip...I had hoped to find some delicious wines to ship home but no such luck. It was more of an introduction to the region vs. a wine tasting trip. The Cape Point tour, on the other hand, was excellent. 

Kruger National Park and Lion Sands: Narita was AMAZING! Hands down, the best. The staff and accommodations were exceptional. I saw the Big 5 and more! I can not recommend this lodge highly enough. It was the pinnacle of my trip.

Overall, I couldn't have asked for anything more. The African Travel folks were great and I had an amazing time. Thank you for helping make it happen - this was a trip of a life time! 

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