Holiday review by Ms Julia Vetromile
Name: Ms Julia Vetromile
Date of trip: 26/04/2013
Number of people: 2
Tribes set up a tour for us with flexibility in Johannesburg. Our guide,Zonga engaged us in discussions of history, economics, art, and philosophy. Based on our responses, he took us to sites tourists don't usually see, including the museum at Sophia town, the Freedom Charter in Soweto, an art and poetry center, and the hip area of Melville. Contrary to what we heard from most tourists, we found Johannesburg to be a lively and fascinating place, where the cultural rewards outweighed the fears of insecurity. We travel to be able to make these cultural connections, and Tribes provided options to do this.
On our first night, our lovely Capetown B&B hotel, Four Rosmead, recommended a local fish restaurant not on the usual tourist circuit. We looked at the map, and realized we could take a lovely 4 mile walk to the ridge (Kloofnek) and down into the beach town to the Codfather restaurant. It was a lovely introduction into our fabulous South Africa adventure.
This holiday exceeded all our expectations. The selected hotels/lodges were very special. The tour/ transport providers were consistently good, and often went above and beyond to provide a great experience.
Tribes did a great job in finding special hotels and safaris for us. Our consultant listened to us, and offered us options. Would you like this type of hotel in a vibrant part of town, or would you prefer a secluded, spa-oriented hotel? What worked best for a safari: focus on photography or on special services? We focused on photography, and found excellent service as well at the Tribes recommended safari lodge.
We enjoyed all the guided events. The drivers were very good, often adding extras.
- One of the drivers (Faizol), from Kagga Gamma to Capetown, took extra time to show us a winery and the Bokapp area in Capetown.
- Our African Safari driver from Nelspruit to Sabi Sands, pointed out game inside the reserve. He also found good restaurant options on the drive. The botanical tour was nice as well.
- All the guides in Johannesburg were intellectual as well as good drivers.
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
It really helped to know that all the service providers passed the Tribes standards for sustainability. This was particularly important for the local guides and drivers.