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Cape Town and the Garden Route August 2016

5.0

Cape Town & the Garden Route

We first travelled to South Africa three years ago, and fell in love with it. This year we wanted to concentrate on the Garden Route rather than the big National Parks. This was the ideal trip.
Tsitsikamma is the most spectacular place! Wild seas pounding against rocks - "the ceaseless roar" - make a fabulous location to camp or stay in one of the rather nice cabins. A series of walks around the bay area - some far more arduous than others - and a decent restaurant (albeit a chain) for a good meal at the end of the day if you don't fancy a braai. And lots of cute little dassies running around.
Then there's Cape Town, of course - sophisticated, excellent restaurants, lots to do and see, and very close to the glorious Wine Region. The wine estates we visited were wonderful - especially the Van Louweren(?) estate, which gave us an in-depth tour of the whole plant.

The group leader was notably well organised, as well as easy to get on with and knowledgeable.

Strike out when you can to find your own meals! There are lots of great restaurants - and the standard of service is usually better when they're not faced with a huge group. Take mozzie repellent, especially when you get into the rural areas. Wine is cheaper at the cellar door, and just fabulous to drink. AND - many restaurants allow you to "BYO" for a small corkage fee. It took us a while to realise this.

We stayed on a few days after the trip ended and went to Franschhoek, east of Stellenbosch. Wonderful.

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Exceeded expectations August 2016

5.0

Cape Town & the Garden Route

This is a great trip despite a few issues detailed below. The wildlife, scenery and food is fantastic. I am not particularly a wildlife type person but I loved that part of it. Be warned though you do need some luck to get to see some of the animals. I also topped up before the trip with a trip to a game reserve so saw plenty. We also got lucky with a clear day at the top of magnificent Table Mountain.
With the Rand exchange rate with Sterling eating out is cheap and shopping a must in Cape Town.
Animals mentioned above should be taken as read. The moment though that will linger with me for a long time was looking out from table mountain at the join between the deep blue of the Atlantic and the cloudless light blue sky. A brilliant moment I lost myself in.

I got on well with our group leader. Thought he handled things well.

Take the right travel plug. A multi travel plug won't do the trick.
Also if you can go in whale season. We didn't and Hermanus was good. In whale season it must be fantastic.

The final hotel, the Tudor in Cape Town was a huge let down. Hopefully Exodus will take on board the feedback from me and others in the group and not use it in the future. It was a bit of a downer after a good trip.

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No mattatas August 2016

5.0

Cape Town & the Garden Route

And in the words of guide, Tsepho, - there were no problems - and that's the truth on our Port Elizabeth garden route holiday which ended on Friday 13th.
The holiday itself benefitted from the Exodus mini bus being out of commission and we had a slightly larger van and the services of Mr Mike (aka Uncle Mikey) who joined in the fun and was always the first smiling face we saw as we got back on the coach. We also had another huge advantage in that we were also accompanied by "trainee" guide, Sue, of Kruger fame who had huge knowledge of the animal and plant kingdoms and put us to shame in our knowledge of the stars, despite cribbing the new star app on our tablets.
A diverse and friendly group of several nationalities who bonded well from the first safari at Addo national park, despite the lack of elephants during the day and the damp conditions in the evening. No-one upset the status quo - all arrived on time and contributed different opinions and experiences to the holiday.
Just a shame it was over so quickly but emails are already rolling in and the photos are being shared.
Climbing Table Mountain in our group of 6 out of the 17 from the lower to the upper cable car site.

V good indeed particularly as we had the benefit of 2 who both went out of their way to look after/look out for the group. Would not have liked only one guide who also had to drive the minibus. Not fair on the guide nor the travellers.

Not as easy as made out in the brochure - very good footwear required and the group are expected to do several demanding climbs and descents, which might be hard for some people.
South Africa at present experiencing Stage 2 Load Shedding ie 2 power cuts a day in many places. Travellers MUST have a head torch and/or good small torch. Meals often take long time and hot meals not always available.

Good value and great experience - what more can a holiday do. Thanks Exodos

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Beautiful coastal adventure trip August 2016

4.0

Cape Town & the Garden Route

Wow where do I start! This trip had everything, safaris where we saw lions close up( slightly scary,but exhilarating)zebras, water buffalo,and the best ever views of African elephants. Mountain biking in Tsitsikamma,climbing to the peak overlooking the beautiful bay we were staying in. Just driving along the coast route was a fantastic experience,every turn a different view,mountains,Heath land forests,spotting ostrich, baboons and various deer. Visiting Boulder beach and seeing the gorgeous penguins on masse was yet another great experience,but for me the cable car ride and walk on the top of Table mountain,Cape Town was a jaw dropping experience. Finally our trip to Robben Island and learning all about the history of the island,Mandela and to cap it all on the boat trip back a dolphin doing acrobatics,a whale,penguins and seals swimming along side our boat!
Being on safari and seeing lions and elephants up close.

He was very funny,but didn't tell us much about the history or day to day life of S Afruca and he wasn't always clear about timings as we all came away with different messages!

Change your money before you go or use atm's in S Africa as there are high charges for changing your sterling.

When mountain biking make sure you ask about the cycle route first; ours was 25km and consisted of very steep hills. Also check the bikes over and get helmets.

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SA & Garden Route, November 2014 August 2016

4.0

Cape Town & the Garden Route

If you want an introduction to South Africa then look no further. As with any Country, South Africa is rich and diverse. No, you won't get to take in the whole Country in 2 weeks but you will be given the opportunity to sample/savour what it has to offer.
From the Townships in Port Elizabeth to the ......., there's more than enough to keep you engaged during your visit; and for the amount of money you're spending, I'd consider it a bargain.
Be open minded. Go with no expectations.

If you get Johannes as your guide, you're in luck. Sit back, relax and enjoy yourself. You're in very good hands. He's South African born & bred, is very experienced in what he does, is very open to your questions and feedback. If you aren't happy with something, you MUST say something there and then. There's no point in complaining after you get back, what's the point? He's there to make sure you have s good time and you can rely on him. He's very knowledgeable about where to go, what to do, very organised in getting you ready for the next day/day ahead, and if you get to be in luck, you'll get to savour his culinary skills too!

You may only have 90 mins to catch your connecting flight at Jo'berg. That might sound like a lot but don't get complacent. I suggest when you are checking in online that you pick a seat as close to the exit as possible to give you more time. Follow the crowds to immigration. If you're a UK citizen, opt for the lane for non SA citizens where Visas are not needed. Getting through here could take a while, so be warned. Once you're through and have picked up your luggage, follow the signs for domestic flights and recheck in your luggage. You don't have far to go. When done, go to domestic departures. Ignore/avoid unofficial/non Uniformed people who try to help you, they will ask you for money for their assistance.
Bring your own tea & coffee, not all rooms will offer this. Hair Dryer too but at the Tsikigamma National Park you can always use the sea breeze.
If you want to avoid excessive UK data roaming rates, go to a phone store such as Vodacom and buy a local SIM Card. The card itself costs pennies. 1GB costs about R150 so is very cheap. So before you leave home, estimate how much you use per day and factor it up. If you're a regular on social media and upload a few photos a day, 1GB could easily last you around 5-6 days or even less! But don't forget to enjoy what's around you rather than what's happening on your phone! Wifi is available in places but is hit & miss and can be slow. South Africa's mountainous geography doesn't lend itself to wifi very well.

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