Once again, thank you for arranging everything! We had an excellent time.
Ngala Safari Lodge was absolutely fantastic. The quality of guides and enthralling game experiences was just great, and the unique dining experience each night (including a surprise dinner setup in the bush) is something we’ve quickly shared with friends and family back home. We are certainly andBeyond believers now and brought home their book of other properties to consult for next visit someday.
Chobe was a good experience to complement since, compared to the sometimes-sporadic animal sightings on private reserves outside Kruger, we were happy to see animals en masse during the cruise viewing around the island. As far as the Chobe Marina Lodge is concerned, the villa exceeded expectations; we did intentionally pick this as the budget option (so begrudgingly purchased a lot of water during our time there) but were content.
In hindsight, I think your preliminary itinerary (which allocated ~2 days to Vic Falls including one excursion day, such as Chobe) probably would have been sufficient.
- The game drive and boat-ride in Chobe park were fairly redundant between day one and day two, so we wouldn’t have lost much by cutting a day there. This assessment may be different if we’d have stayed on private property outside Chobe park where the rangers could go off-road, but since we had that experience at Ngala, we were happy with how it panned out nonetheless.
- We were a bit disappointed when finding out the township visit was only to last about an hour. (It was still a great experience!) This gave us an appreciated day of rest, but moving the sundowner cruise to immediately following the Vic Falls tour and spending an extra day in Cape Town may’ve been better.
Cape Town is such a fantastic city! We were very happy with all of the choices for activities: Cape Point, Winelands, and Sharks with the final day for Table Mountain and roaming. Our Cape photos were so-so due to the weather but turned out okay. (It may’ve been better to have done the Winelands that day instead, although the countryside was gorgeous as well and warm outdoors made for a delightful day of vineyard touring. But alas, they were booked since everyone else must’ve been thinking the same thing!) Most of our boat ended up getting sick due to rough waters during shark viewing, so as a result, we bagged Robben Island on account of staying on dry land the next day.
I imagine that we’ll definitely back to the Cape again someday (and possibly Eastern Africa before then), and will be sure to reach out when planning — more than the month beforehand next time 🙂
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