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Exciting & Informative February 2016

4.0

South Africa Highlights & Safari

Immensely enjoyed this trip taken in late January 2016 with wife and 2 teenage girls. Group was small (26 ppl, incl. us) and mostly older couples, but we didn't mind. Shawn Bartnick was very informative regarding South African history and current political & civic environment. Included meals were surprisingly decent, & the meals we paid for were not expensive. Highly recommend the optional township tour in Cape Town. I wish the Victoria Falls extension (which we passed on) was shorter period & less expensive, since we had to get back for work & school schedule. Rufus Makwela, safari jeep driver at Kruger, was fantastic ... you must ask for him! Read more

Operator SmarTours

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small groups; a different way to travel (not touristic), authentic way... February 2015

4.0

South Africa & Swazi Quest

great!

Operator G Adventures

A

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Cape Town to Vic Falls camping Dec 2015 August 2016

3.0

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

Not the easiest trip for many reasons but nevertheless a well-paced opportunity to see some wonderful scenery and wildlife in a relatively short time.
Seeing all the wildlife we encountered, often at close quarters, including rare african wild dogs and black rhino. The dramatic thunderstorms and lightning display over the Okavango river.
The game drive and cruise (including a great sunset) at Chobe were both wonderful - could happily have stayed another day there.

Tschepo certainly had his work cut out with all the incidents that happened - from driving while Siya our regular driver was ill, to attempting to patch up a broken window of the bus, to thinking on his feet when the rains came and flooded some of our tents, and coping with all our problems even when he too picked up the stomach bug many of us contracted in Etosha.
It was clear that this was not an easy trip for him as many of these were situations new to him but he remained good humoured and personable and adapted our tour when necessary.
We often needed a repeat of our next-day-instructions but soon realised that all the timings were for good reason and he simplified our movement across the borders very well which saved a lot of time.

It sounds simple but do read the previous reviews and also the trip notes. Some of our group had not brought the currencies/medication advised.
- Bring a cheap "twisted elastic" camping washing line with hooks (not suckers) on the ends - used mine every day, easily attached between the tents for airing and drying.
- Bring a head torch as the campsites were not always lit at night.
- Bring a diarrhoea kit with you, I'm glad I did! (I got one from the Nomad clinic which included antibiotics for extreme cases, as well as the usual Loperamide and rehydration sachets)
Even though this is a fully-supported camping trip it's nice to help out with putting up/taking down tents or helping set out food/folding chairs etc. if you can.
It's a long trip but is well-paced and manageable - just go the the flow!
Don't worry about food we had one non-meat-eater (me) and one gluten-free on our trip and Enoch our cook coped admirably especially through the adverse weather conditions and sometimes remote locations of our campsites.

I had only been camping occasionally in the UK and thought it would be uncomfortable on the mattresses provided but was pleasantly surprised.
Note to Exodus - please amend trip notes to reflect that there is no flight exit fee for leaving South Africa (a nice bonus for those of us who had budgeted for it!)
If you are thinking about booking just prepare as much as you can and then go for it!

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Operator Exodus Travels

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Does Not Recommend

JOHANNESBURG TO CAPE TOWN August 2016

2.0

Johannesburg to Cape Town

An interesting and varied itinerary but exhausting with too much to do in the time allowed, this trip would benefit from being at least a week longer. Highpoints included Mozambique, walking in the Drakensburg mountains, the village walk in Lesotho and the boat trip to see whales close up.
Watching the sunrise over the Drakensburg mountains from Sungubala tented camp.
Watching the sunset over the crashing waves at Tsitsikamma.

Rob was young and enthusiastic and a good listener. He needed to be be more organised. His inexperience was tempered by Sifiso who was very knowledgeable about wildlife and culture plus being an excellent cook and driver.

Be prepared for long days in a minibus.
Check accommodation address for Mozambique visa application as one given hasn't been in use for some time.
If you want to 'stuff your rucksack' then the Malealea Developement Trust in Lesotho current wish list includes needles, cotton, scissors etc. for them to start a sewing group and medical equipment etc. suitable for a small clinic.

Tour vehicle not suitable for sightseeing or photography as had a substantial black line at eye height and no drop down windows. It was also cramped for space so it was good that only ten of us were on this trip.
Itinerary should be amended as game walk to get near rhinos in Hlane is no longer available. Info supplied re Mozambique visa application accomodation address is incorrect.
Food prepared by Rob and Sisiso was excellent.

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Operator Exodus Travels

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Does Not Recommend

disappointing August 2016

2.0

Cape Town, Kruger & Zimbabwe

It's hard to complain about a trip to Africa so I won't.

I have traveled with G Adventures before and I have taken tours with other companies. I was more than surprised at the low level of knowledge, experience and professionalism of the driver and the CEO on this trip.

They didn't ruin my trip by any means but there was so much wrong with this trip. The bus was completely inadequate for the drive through Kruger. It was too small and the windows didn't all open so that pictures could be taken. The bus driver said he couldn't drive off the paved road so the drive through Kruger was just a drive on a paved road through the park. Because of this, we often chose to do "optional activities" which costs much more money. But even when we did pay to be in an open safari vehicle, the driver stayed on the paved road. (We were given 10% back for this); however, since the ride was the same as the one the 'private vehicle' took, it should have all been refunded.

Unfortunately, as nice as the CEO was, she said any number of times, she didn't know what we had been told to expect from G Adventures. Then she would say, she got us an upgrade of some sort and that was not the way it was at all.

We stayed in nice places; however, they were very remote, like as much or more than an hour to a town or store. This became a problem because dinner was NOT included with these stays, even though dinner was available. So, if we wanted to eat, we had to pay or buy some groceries at stores and have no place to cook or even sit and eat. G Adventure should include the dinner meals with all of these accommodations, even if the total costs goes up to cover the meals. It's just silly not to provide it.

Overall, this would be a G Adventure trip I would not recommend.
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Operator G Adventures

A

Does Not Recommend

CAPE TOWN AND THE GARDEN ROUTE August 2016

1.0

Cape Town & the Garden Route

This trip was not very good value for money.  Much of the accomodation was charmless and badly located.  A majority lacked wifi which is just not acceptable in this day and age even if the standard in the country is not great.  While our driver was lovely, he was not a guide and did not tell us much about the country.  He also didn't have much knowledge about places to eat or to explore when we had some time - we had to rely on guidebooks and trip adviser (in the few places we could get wifi).  As he did not drink, he was also not very good in the wine region.  The lack of an itinery shows he was not on the take, but 'we will just go into a few places and see where looks good' is not really the standard I would expect.  In addition, the mini bus was very cramped given the amount of time that you had to spend in it.
Negotiate a large discount or use another company.  This would be good value if it was GBP 400-500 cheaper.

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Operator Exodus Travels

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