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Holiday review by Karen Tatlock

Name: Karen
Date of trip: 05/10/2013
Number of people: 2
Country: South Africa

Overall level of Satisfaction

 
Tribes Overall: "Excellent"
 
Tribes Service: "Helpful in every way."
 
Guides: "The welcome we received in all three locations cannot be faulted. Especially at Umlilo Lodge encouraged us to spent a day in the Wetland Park and organised us with cool box and snorkelling gear. A perfect start to our holiday. Justin guided us in the kayak safari and he was perfectly calm, informative and great company. Vussi at Kosi Bay was the perfect host and looked after us beautifully. He made our stay at Kosi Bay something we will never forget. His sharing of knowledge and making sure that we and everyone staying were happy came through. He took us to the fish traps and his sharing of the history of the area just added to the experience. The snorkelling was simple to do and so so rewarding. The fish are simply amazing. We had two guides from Umkhumbi Lodge. Nicky was our guide for the game parks. We saw three of the big 5 - no elephants or leopards, but not through lack of trying. A wonderful day. The highlight though was Themba our birding guide. We cannot fault our day with him. It was a wonderful experience from start to finish, and make us want to come back for more. "
 
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Beneficial to us as we were on a sharp learning curve. The local guides we spoke to were clearly very concerned with the social and wildlife environment, and we shared their concerns. "

Accommodation

 
Umlilo Lodge
Cannot fault the accommodation, welcome we received and information given, and breakfast.
 
Amangwane
Vussi at Amangwane made our stay so enjoyable. There is plenty to do from Kosi Bay but not to be missed are the fish traps and snorkelling - also on the menu the peanut soup with the most wonderful corn bread - delicious.
 
Umkhumbi Lodge
Again, a wonderful welcome and everything organised for us. The highlight was our birding guided trip with Themba organised by Emma. I cannot recommend this highly enough and an opportunity not to be missed.

Our Memories

"Self drive around the wetland park at St Lucia. A wonderful introduction to the area. We should have done a guided night drive to see the owls, night jars and leopards - next time. The fish traps and snorkelling at Kosi Bay were amazing. The birding day from Unkhombi Lodge was a day we will never forget. From start to finish it was a absolute joy. "

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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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