Happy Mother’s Day, Camille!
Today, Andrea and I are having a day of leisure at the hotel. Others in the group went on a helicopter tour and into town. Therefore, I have time to give you some input from me as well as a consensus of the group.
Firstly, you have done a great job thus far! We are very pleased with the way the trip has unfolded.
Abbey Manor, Cape Town: Judy was GREAT! She was so personal in assisting us with whatever we needed. She even did everyone’s laundry and refused to accept any money for it. Highly recommend you put your clients in the Abbey Manor.
Mantobeni Camp, Manyeleti Game Reserve: Good tent accommodations, outside of the monkeys continually trying to get into our tent–sometimes successfully. Staff was very acommodating. Meals were very good. Those of us in our Landrover did have some trouble understanding the ranger with his heavy, soft South African accent, but he was very diligent in his job. We saw lots of animals. It exceeded our expectations. There was a very warm, personal feeling of being in their camp. We all truly enjoyed the experience.
Elephant Plains Camp, Sabi Sands Game Reserve: Wonderful, spacious suite. Thank you very much. I liked our ranger much more on this trip (Deavon) as he was easier to understand. The place was run more like a corporate location than the feeling of warmth we had in Mantobeni. They charged us for drinks on the game drive, and charged us for internet, where it was free at Mantobeni. The rangers did try to be nice to us at all times, not just on the game drives, but the feeling was not the same as Mantobeni. We did have good game drives. The ride from Elephant Plains to the airport was a hard almost 3 hour drive. It would have been interesting to know how much more it would have cost us to have a charter rather than drive over the rough roads. The transfer driver who took us–Tommy–was a very good driver
Zambezi Sun, Victoria Falls: Hotel was just as you described–a good 3 star hotel. Small room, but very adequate. The grounds were beautiful. Great location to be so close to the falls. Bushtracks Africa did a good job of always being on time and adding the trip to see the falls from the other side. Their guide was great on this side of the Falls. Truthfully the 6 of us who went on the other side, really enjoyed it and we would recommend you include it on future visits of clients–it was not as wet and it was much clearer than seeing the falls from this side. The dinner you hosted last night (it would have been better if you were here but we understand the distance involved) was great. The food and the service was wonderful.
Later Don wrote to Camille again from the airport in Cairo:
We are now in Cairo in the business lounge and awaiting our flight to NY, so I have time to give you some input about our trip.
Chobe Game Lodge, Botswana: Transfer went very smoothly and efficiently from the Zambezi Hotel. The staff at Chobe Game Lodge were great. The lodge accommodations and grounds were very nice. This was a positive change in our feelings from Elephant Plains where we felt they were looking for every nickle from us. There was ample food and a real variety as well as free laundry service, liquor, and internet (whereas Elephant Plains charged us for all of those items). The morning game drives were very poor from the standpoint of seeing animals, no fault of the ranger, who tried her best. The afternoon drives were very good, as we were able to see alot of animals at that time. The boat rides were great. All in all Chobe Game Lodge was a good stay for our group.
Camp Okavango, Botswana: Was a great choice for or last stay. The staff were excellent, providing us personal service of all the items that I mentioned above the Chobe gave to us. We loved viewing the birds and game from the boat and saw numerous species of birds. The tent accomodations were far superior to Mantobeni Tents.
Again, transfers went smoothly with the chartered airline as well as the commercial airline.
Camille, you put together a fantastic trip. We truly appreciated your work and we were most pleased with our experience.
Incidentally, Mantobeni gave me a nice birthday celebration, and all lodges thereafter gave us an anniversary celebration, thanks to you.
View Honeyguide Mantobeni Tented Camp
View Avani Victoria Falls Resort
View Chobe Game Lodge
View Camp Okavango
View Abbey Manor Luxury Guest House