3 independent reviews for Garden Route holiday, tailor made, South Africa

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review 7 Feb 2011

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Being so close to wild animals on the game drives at Elephant Plains.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Loved the area around Tsitsikamma - some brilliant walks. Did not get chance to do the walk to the waterfall, as we spent too long around the suspension bridges. We assumed a 3km walk could not take too long, but when we got to the start we had not allowed enough time. Robberg peninsula was also a great walk, but not a gentle stroll. When it says 4 hours, it is pretty accurate (we managed 3 hours 50 mins, partly because we kept stopping to look, and partly that there was a lot of clambering over rocks)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Fantastic!

review 26 Feb 2007

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Difficult to say as it was all memorable ! The Drakensberg mountains and Didima camp at Cathedral Peak provided a magical start to the holiday, with stunning scenery, fantastic hiking and lovely accommodation; we could easily have stayed much longer there. The game parks provided a further high point, seeing and learning about all the flora and fauna in its natural habitat. At River Bend Lodge, a private concession within the Addo Elephant park, our enthusiastic guide imparted her very extensive knowledge of the flora, birdlife, ecology, history, geology and everything else, as well as the wildlife! Accommodation , food, atmosphere and setting were wonderful. Bukela game park was also special but different; it was good having 2 contrasting experiences. We also very much enjoyed hiking in some of the very many national parks and nature reserves, and were very impressed at all the well marked trails, and the information available. The fynbos vegetation of the Western Cape was amazing and beautiful. Most scary/exciting must be the canopy tour we did in Tsitsikamma/ Storm River, though a little disappointing in that I had hoped to learn more of the birdlife and flora at treetop level! Memorable in a different way was our trip to Robben Island where we were shown round by ex political prisoners; it gave us much food for thought.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

We appreciated the freedom afforded by an individual itinerary and self drive as opposed to a tour, but with the security of having all the accommodation booked in advance, and advice and suggestions as to where to go. It was difficult deciding just what we wanted to see and do so research beforehand is very helpful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

As far as we could judge, generally yes, in that the guest houses and game parks were providing employment. In several places in particular - Didima camp, Jan Harmsgat guest house, Bukela game lodge, and River Bend Lodge it was clear that profit was going into improving local facilities and specific projects that would benefit local people. Also in these places (though not River Bend Lodge) local (black) people had more responsible employment, not just the simpler/menial tasks. As far as impact on the environment was concerned, we felt some of the more luxurious establishments were using resources unnecessarily , eg spa baths and excessive air-conditioning . Generally though there were attempts to reduce washing of towels etc.

4. Any other comments?

We had a fantastic holiday. At least 4 star!

review 17 Mar 2006

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Many and varied but some of the best were - the penguins on Boulder Beach, Cape Point on a glorious day, staying with Hazel of Hazel's Homestays, the Real City tour in PE, Amakhala Lodge.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday? Take account of the distances when driving. It's a bigger country than the UK.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, some benefit to local people. Don't believe we minimized our impact on the local environment.

4. Any other comments?

The guest houses and lodges we stayed in were all different and all very good. Highly recommend. Much more interesting than hotels.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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