Holiday review by Kay Melville
Name: Kay Melville
Date of trip: 02/10/2015
Number of people: 2
We were thrilled to come across a leopard up a tree with her kill, protecting her bounty from the hyaena waiting below. We also witnessed another leopard and her cub having a very recent kill stolen by a hyaena. Being in among the family of elephants was wonderful. We were also lucky enough to see the 'big five' all in one evening drive. The G&T at sunset each evening, always in a beautiful setting, was a lovely surprise! I also loved the 'Disney Seats' in the back of the land rover ðŸ˜‚. The other company we had plus great guide (Reece) and tracker (Justice) really completed our trip. We were never, ever bored!! From the majestic and beautiful giraffes to the shy zebras who eluded us till our last day we were enthralled!
Our Sabi Sands adventure, based at Leopard Hills vastly surpassed expectations! Everything from the amazing game drives, wonderful staff and accommodation to the superb food was absolutely 5*! Not a single 'could do better' .
Sadly our experience was not repeated at Maradiva Villas in Mauritius, however overall we had a wonderful holiday.
Sinead was very helpful and gave great advice about where we should safari at this time of year. Everything we needed for our travels arrived in plenty of time. Sinead then resent me all the 'stuff' I had left behind in our UK house! This is the first time we have felt the need to use a travel consultant and we are very glad we did!
Reese was brilliant! His knowledge was most impressive and he was able to answer any questions asked of him. He drove us over scarily rough terrain with great skill and only had to dig us out once! When it was too dark to see anything he then turned off all the lights and gave us a lesson on the stars! Justice, our tracker, was a delight and between him and Reece they found us everything we were looking for and we witnessed countless wonderful sightings.
Social & Environmental Responsibility:
Local staff were employed and schooling provided for local children. All staff and guides were very mindful of the wildlife and local environment.
The places you stayed
Stunning position, gorgeous villas with private deck and plunge pool looking out over the bush, wild animals meandering past.......what's not to like?? All the staff were brilliant but we must mention a few by name, Sam the restaurant manager and Admire, Chris and Neville, waiters, couldn't do enough. Staff were always waiting with cold towels and cocktails when we returned from our game drives. The chefs are also wonderful and we ate three delicious meals every day we were there, two evenings eating in the atmospheric 'boma'. And we daren't walk back to our lodge alone in the dark without getting in to trouble from the charming Mandela!