For Alistair and Jackie this was a first visit to Africa. We wanted to show them different aspects of the continent so we arranged for them to begin their holiday in Cape Town. They then headed north to Pretoria on the luxurious Rovos Rail steam train before flying into Botswana for a six day safari. The holiday concluded with a delightful three days at Sussi & Chuma lodge overlooking the wide Zambezi River just upstream from Victoria Falls.
So this holiday had lots of different elements, all high quality, and took them on a journey of exploration at a relaxing pace from Africa’s most beautiful city to one of the world’s greatest waterfalls via the Okavango Delta.
We always pay enormous attention to the detailed arrangements knowing that just one missed transfer can spoil a holiday. Alistair wrote saying “We had a really fantastic time. The itinerary and all the transfer arrangements went perfectly. In fact the level of service we received in all the venues was truly exceptional. From the transfer drivers to the guides and employees of Kwando they were really amazing”.
In Cape Town we had discussed the ideal place to stay. They didn’t want a large impersonal hotel, so we chose Beaumont House where Peter and Gill Dearing host no more than ten guests at a time in their superb property. They know all the best restaurants and Alistair and Jackie had “two of the best meals we have had anywhere in the world” at Cellars and Myogar.
Rohan Vos, owner of the Rovos Rail train personally waved them off from Cape Town station, then over the next two days they enjoyed being wined and dined on one of the world’s great train journeys, right across the Karoo to Pretoria.
From there a two hour plane flight took them into Botswana, one of the most exciting safari destinations in Africa. Unusually high water levels in the Okavango Delta meant that their small plane had to use a new airstrip which meant a 90 minute game drive to the camp, threading their way along the tracks running between the Okavango water channels. Little Kwara camp has five treehouses and Alistair wrote “The rooms were far better than I expected. They also included a bath. The camp had a lovely atmosphere and we felt really at home.” They saw a wide variety of animals though noted that there are even more later in the year when the dry season is established and the grasses are shorter.
Lagoon Camp in Linyanti had just been completely refurbished “another very comfortable camp in a great location”.
The holiday concluded with three days relaxing at Sussi & Chuma Camp near Victoria Falls. This is a delightful little hideaway up the river from the falls. Alistair and Jackie found that the falls were at their fullest “you really need to be in swimwear. They don’t tell you just how wet you get”. This was a great place to chill at the end of the holiday, though there was room for one more adventure - “we were persuaded by some people we met to do the half hour helicopter flight. All the flights are expensive but this one which goes up the gorge was well worth doing. It really was an adrenaline rush as the pilot weaved his way up the gorge rather like Luke Skywalker!”