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JOHANNESBURG TO CAPE TOWN August 2016

4.0

Johannesburg to Cape Town

An excellent trip slightly ruined by the lack of support vehicle which added hours to already lengthy days and meant we nearly always arrived at new places in the dark having spent whole days on the bus on occasion. It is clearly a trip which involves long journeys but at least 2 hours were added onto the normal journey times which is not acceptable on an expensive trip.
Township visit in Cape Town; Cape Peninsula; camping at Tsitsikama; Lesotho - could have spent much longer there; walking in the Drakensberg Mountains; rhino walk in Swaziland; seeing a baby rhino in Kruger.

Rob was an excellent leader - he coped very well with being let down by his company (Mask expeditions) who failed to provide a support vehicle after the original one broke down at the start of the trip. It was out of respect for him that we didn't kick up a fuss about the extra hours this cost us on the bus which was not suitable for the weight it had to pull (us, all our bags, all the tents, all the food etc).
 He is unfailingly upbeat and calm and has a wealth of knowledge about southern Africa.

Insist that Exodus/Mask provide appropriate vehicles for what is an expensive trip.
 

I wouldn't want my comments to put anyone off what is an excellent and varied trip but I do think we deserved more for our money! Exodus should insist on better from Mask - I think profit was clearly put above our needs.
Personally Mozambique could be scrapped from the trip - it is a long way to travel for what it is and  I would have preferred longer stops in other locations (pick any from Cape Town, Lesotho, Drakensberg, Swaziland, Kruger)
 
 
 

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Operator Exodus Travels

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Great Lodges & Awesome Service June 2016

4.0

9 Day Luxury Cape Town & Kruger Experience

Great lodges and awesome reserves. We had a fantastic time - the service from K&D was great

Operator Ker & Downey Africa

EH

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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

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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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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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