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Breathless Beauty September 2016

5.0

South Africa Highlights & Safari

Just retuned from African Highlights with the Victoria Falls extension. Can not say enough about Jeriemy Poole, tour director, and the entire once in a lifetime African experience. The whole tour was fantastic and I did every single optional tour. Well worth it. I highly recommend this tour. It's my second tour with Smartours and I'm booking 2 more trips for next year. You get your monies worth and then some. Read more

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Great trip! September 2016

5.0

South Africa Highlights & Safari

This was a great trip! We saw and learned a lot in our group of 22. Tour guide Jeremy Poole was informative, passionate and shared his extensive knowledge of South Africa and the region. He kept us on schedule, entertained and informed above and beyond. The hotels were great (Swaziland hotel was so-so but okay for just one night, but the other hotels and lodges were fantastic!). Food was great too. A nice combination of buffets and chances to dine out on your own. smarTours gives a lot of value for the price and everything was delivered as stated and more. Read more

Operator SmarTours

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CAPE TOWN TO VICTORIA FALLS August 2016

5.0

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Camping

Great views, good food and informative guides.   A real taster of Southern Africa!
Highlights were the Victoria Falls and Etosha National Park.  The latter due largely to being next to the watering holes - an animal lover's heaven.   Watching the black rhinos inch towards water under cover of darkness was truly amazing while the elephants drank leisurely as the lions called nearby in the darkness.  The beauty of the Falls spoke for themselves and had sufficient water to enjoy the force of nature but not too much to blanket the spectacle.

Our leader was from Namibia and full of enthusiasm about his country but at the same time very informative on the other countries visited.   Our driver was just as informative so we had a very good combination.  They were not so relaxed in some of the restaurants as clearly not so used to eating out in the way the Europeans do. 

We did the reverse itinerary so moved from hot to cool in the Southern African winter.  Think I would have preferred it the other way as pretty cold in the evenings - definitely need 3 to 4 seasons sleeping bag!  Take a warm jacket for the early morning safari trips and cool evenings.   The Rand seemed to be the best choice of currency as was accepted in Namibia with change given in local currency.  The US dollar was preferred in Zambia. 

The hot air balloon trip at Swakopmund was amazing and well worth the money spent.   Also try the oysters here as they were delicious.
For keen photographers a great place but put the camera down every so often and savour the sights and sounds of a very different continent ;-)

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Mike Porter August 2016

4.0

Cape Town & the Garden Route

Disappointed with Tudor Hotel in Cape Town with breakfast and the facilities there.
Wilflife

very good but has done the trip several times.

Go for it and you will enjoy it.

a third night in Hermanus would be my preference to 3 nights in Cape Town.

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Feast for your eyes August 2016

5.0

Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Lodge departure

This great trip from Cape Town to Victoria via Namibia and Botswana was a visual feast of amazing geology: the heights of Table Mountain, the depths of Fish River Canyon, the stunning sand dunes and desert-scape of Namibia and Etosha Pan across to the thunder of Victoria Falls. And then there were the animals of your story books: elephants, rhino, giraffes, zebra, lions, hippos and enough variety of 'bok' to make your head spin - we saw at least 30 animals you would not find in nature at home, and loads of birdlife. This was the trip of a lifetime!
We sat quietly at a waterhole in the heat at lunchtime in Etosha. The guinea fowl strutted around, but not much else was happening when there was a rustle from the bushes and a flash of grey. A large elephant emerged and marched to the water to drink, followed by another, and another, and another. Over 20 elephants came in single file with tiny baby Ellies so young they were still hairy. We watched in awe as they drank, splashed and trumpeted and gently nudged the babies into the water. The baby Ellies slipped around in the mud and were rolled by the Mums. It was a beautiful sight.

Our group leader was incredibly well organised and enthusiastic. He conveyed his deep love and enthusiasm for wildlife and worked well with our driver to ensure we had the best opportunities to see what we most wanted to see. He was also a great cook and very funny.

If you are thinking of this trip then ensure you go when it is dry as this forces the animals to the waterholes and you will see many of them. If you are looking for variety and fun - this is also the trip for you, but there are long days in the truck so be prepared for some big drives. I enjoyed staying at the lodges but I would have enjoyed camping at this time of year too as it was not too hot or wet.

Many thanks to our group leader, Innocent and our driver Shadrick for taking good care of us and making our holiday so enjoyable. Your enthusiasm and natural geniality combined with our fellow travellers made for a great group.

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