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Holiday review by Mrs Patricia Edney

Date of trip: 13/02/2016
Number of people: 2
Country: South Africa

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "This was a trip to see a bit of Cape Town, watch a lot of cricket (matches that England lost) relax and also do some bird watching."
Tribes Service: "Amanda managed to sort us out extremely well given that we were booking quite late in the day for a half term."
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Average"

Our Memories

"Cape Town is a lovely city with lots to see and do and it was difficult at times to remember that we were in Africa after all our safari experiences. Going up Table Mountain is obviously a "must be done" but is very touristy with long queues and souvenir shops, but wonderful views. We did not do the Winelands tour. Instead (and this could be a development opportunity for Tribes) we spent 2 full days on bird and nature watching. The first day was around the peninsula seeing roosting night herons, nesting thick knees, thousands of flamingos (both types) and avocets. The second day we spent at the West Coast Nature reserve where we saw Bontebok, Eland and swamp hens. We also watched Heaviside's Dolphins playing in the surf. In the week we saw 102 different birds. 60 of which were new species to us, the light was wonderful and we had plenty of time to really watch them. I think it would be really good for future Tribes' guests if there was the option in your trips advertised for Cape Town of a nature excursion with knowledgeable guides as the variety to be seen just outside the city is incredible. We organised our trips with birding eco tours and we realise we were unfaithful to Tribes but I would recommend them."

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Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time: There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.

Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.

Visas: Visas are not required for British passport holders.

Health: No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.



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