Holiday review by Mr Stephen Miley

Name: Mr Stephen Miley

Date of trip: 04/11/2017

Number of people: 2

The Mandela foundation in J'berg has a small exhibition with personal items such as letters from him in prison as well as the opportunity to see his office post Presidency. Spending time in the Bush and the mix of the constant stream of the smaller animals and birds with the iconic views - Leopard with Impala up a tree, Leopard stalking an Impala (unsuccessfully), Leopard stalking a Guineafowl (successfully), one astonishing drive that mixed Lion, Leopard kill, baby Rhino, and then two Leopard females vying for the male. The way in which he rangers went out of their way to ensure we had good experiences. Watching the rugby with the Inyati staff - despite SA losing badly !

  • Elephant at Simbavati River Lodge

     

  • The lounge at Simbavati River Lodge

     

  • Bath with a view at Simbavati River Lodge

     

  • Simbavati River Lodge guided walk

     

  • Ilala Lodge terrace and falls spray

     

  • Executive suite at Ilala Lodge

     

  • Victoria Falls is a short walk from Ilala Lodge

     

  • Swimming pool at Ilala Lodge

     

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Tribes Overall:

All the arrangements worked smoothly, all the accomodation was excellent, warm welcoming staff everywhere, interesting and powerful political history in J'berg and amazing game drives in Kruger.

Tribes Service:

Extremely efficient and delivered exactly as planned.

The new app was helpful and clear

Didn't need it but good to have the local numbers in case of delays etc.

Guides:

Knowledgable and helpful guide called Life in J'berg. Soweto born, so knew the political history and area well. Kind and helpful in adding a few extras - like Mandela's house in Houghton.
All three rangers in the lodges - Kyle in Simbavati, Darren and Matt in Inyati, were passionate, knowledgable and patient, making sure we all had great views and experiences. Trackers were all skilled and identified animals we would never have seen otherwise.
All staff in hotels, lodges were unfailingly helpful and welcoming

Social & Environmental Responsibility:

Good that there were staff from all backgrounds in every location.

Passion for wildlife evident throughout - even the waiter on the boat on the Zambezi knew every bird we saw.


The places you stayed

Elephant at Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge

South Africa

Friendly welcoming staff, posh well appointed tents and wildlife available to see from the veranda.


Ilala Lodge terrace and falls spray

Ilala Lodge

Zimbabwe

Nice hotel, good location, easy to walk to the falls and to the bridge. excellent restaurant.