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review 15 Sep 2016

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

The whole experience on this African adventure was fantastic and exceeded our expectations - from the numerous animals, to the ever changing landscape and cultures of each of the countries visited - each day was a highlight! We loved the walking safaris looking for (and finding) White Rhino's, the open air driving safaris, the wilderness of the Okavango wild camping and mokoro trip with hippos. We really enjoyed the Great Zimbabwe Monuments and the views from World's View - a great cultural aside to safaris. We loved going to the mokoro poler's village - it was a unique insight to real rural African life. All the accommodations were great in their own way - tree houses, tented accommodation with the sound of hyenas and hippos just yards away, little thatched hideaways, Rainbow Hotel in Vic Falls - most were in fabulous settings. And last but not least our guides Patrick Page and Chris Zulu were absolutely wonderful - great company, fantastic cooks and extremely knowledgeable about animals, African politics, history - they really made this holiday special.

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

We took far too many photos (3000!!) and at times felt we should have just been watching and soaking up the atmosphere - beware of living through a camera lens - if you miss a shot - there'll be someone in the group who has the perfect picture! Don't over pack (I took a coat for cold September mornings - which I didn't wear - a fleece would have sufficed). Bring some washing powder for smalls (Although some lodges had a laundry service it worked out quite expensive at $1 an item). Be prepared for long drives - bring a few books to read. Be on time - we were lucky to have a small group and we were all punctual - but I can imagine it would be a nightmare with more people! The itineraries and distances mean that the prompter you leave the more exciting things you can do on the way or get to some relaxation time at the other end of your journey. We were usually up at 5.30/6am and very early to bed! We didn't have any problems changing money (which we had to do for each country - the dollar isn't as ubiquitous as expected) and would have probably been better off taking sterling and changing that rather than from sterling to dollar to rand. Remember to take enough for tips for guides, meals etc. Enjoy every moment!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes to all three. We used local guides at the majority of places we visited - and particularly in Zimbabwe, felt there was a direct impact from our visit on the local economies. We stuck to the rule of leaving nothing but footprints - which cannot be said of other visitors to some areas. All visits to the national parks give valuable support to the conservation work and we also had the opportunity of going to the Painted Dog Sanctuary and donating for upkeep of rehabilitating dogs and local school workshops/camps. If I could have taken a thousand bicycles over for some of the villagers in Zimbabwe - I would have.

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

Absolutely brilliant - exceeding our expectations on every level.

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