4 independent reviews for Cape Town to Victoria Falls small group lodge tour

Reviews for Cape Town to Victoria Falls small group lodge tour

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review 29 Sep 2017

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

There were many memorable moments. Camping in the Okovango Delta was amazing, and the walks around the delta meant that we could get really close to some animals without disturbing them. The sunset cruise on the Chobe River enabled us to see loads of elephants taking baths and they weren't bothered at all by our presence. Some of the natural scenery was spectacular - Fish River, the Dunes, Victoria Falls. We also had a great time white water rafting on the Zambezi.

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

Be prepared for very long journeys, we did 5600kms. They warn you about this in the pre-tour info and they are not joking but it is a very big place! Take Kindle and music and a small back packs for walks etc and you do not need too much in the way of clothes. A good pair of sandals and a sun hat is essential. Plenty of cash machines but dollars are very useful.

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

Yes the money we spent in restaurants etc all went into the local economy and fees for parks help keep them going.

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

Outstanding, 21 days flew by and we should have spent another couple of days at each end. The guides were excellent and the trip was very well organised. We would happily do another similar trip with the tour operator.

review 23 Nov 2016

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

The whole holiday was wonderful especially drive through Namibia with spectacular scenery and its breathtaking landscape.

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

Prepare for long drives but it is compensated by beautiful scenery.

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

There was probably little benefit to local people but it did bring awareness to the beauty and fragility of our little planet.

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

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Arvind, Thank you very much for joining us on the Cape Town to Victoria Falls Grand Explorer safari. Our commitment to sustainable and responsible African safari tourism is one of our priorities and is demonstrated in our low impact travel style where all we take is photographs and all we leave are our footprints. Being an African company, 100% of the tour price is brought into Southern Africa. Although it may appear that the benefit is minimal, there is much that goes on behind the scenes that your safari contributed towards. By booking with us through Responsible Travel, you contributed in the following ways: The entrance fees for all the national parks visited go back to the running of these beautiful parks and to conservation, while all the food purchased on tour, was done so locally so as to benefit the local communities. During our stay in Damaraland a local guide took you to visit a San Bushman Rock Art site. A conservation partnership was signed in 2003 and this community benefit through employment and a percentage of the income of the lodge. Our walks to view the busman rock art are led by a local community guide. The local community directly benefits from your visit through the employment of the local guide and the entrance fees to this site. Conservation is not possible without the involvement of local communities and this arrangement ensures the preservation of these amazing rock art sites. When the tour travelled through Botswana, we used local 'poler guides' to take us into the Okavango Delta. The polers have an intimate knowledge of the Okavango Delta, and their employment as guides ensure that the local community benefit from tourism and ensures that these areas are conserved for future generations. The MOKORO is the traditional means of transport for the people of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. But behind this serene experience there lies a disturbing environmental impact. With the increase in tourism to Botswana over the last 20 years the number of mekoro polers earning a living from tourism has increased. This has been beneficial to the communities living within the Okavango Delta and by 2009 there are estimated to be over 2000 mokoros in the Okavango region. Each mokoro is cut from a single mature Kigelia Africana tree (Sausage Tree). ?The root of the problem is that a wooden mekoro lasts perhaps only 5 years before it rots and falls apart. Therefore to build new mekoro, roughly 400 trees must be felled each year and there just aren’t enough trees to sustain this. The local communities of the Okavango are aware of the problem – largely because they now struggle to find trees big enough for mekoro. The community have agreed to stop harvesting trees in the Ditsipi village area and are therefore buying wooden mekoro from other parts of the delta. In the Okavango the number of Sausage Trees cut down each year to build new wooden mekoros is not sustainable. The solution to this environmental issue is to use fiberglass mekoro. We have consulted with the community and they have agreed that should a poler buy a fiberglass mokoro, then the poler will pay 50% of the cost and ourselves the other 50%. Through our Botswana operating company we have set up a fund to assist polers to buy fiberglass mekoros and help protect their natural environment. I do hope that my explanation of how your tour actually contributed, was helpful. We thank you for joining us on safari and Responsible Travel and ourselves hope to welcome you back to Africa again sometime soon. Warm regards Debz Oscroft

review 9 Nov 2014

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

Seeing the faces and places of three different African countries.

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

Remember that this is Africa and everything does not work all the time. Be patient and positive and make friends along the way.

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

Yes it did. We had opportunity to meet and get looked after by local people and leave a few shillings behind!

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

A great holiday full of new experiences, faces and places.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Louis Thank you very much for your feedback. We are so pleased that you not only had a wonderful holiday, but that you would recommend us to your friends. We hope that you will choose to travel with us again in the future. If you have any pictures from your holiday that you would like to share with us, please don't hesitate to email them to us or share them with us on social media. We always love seeing pics from clients as it gives us insight into your perspective of your adventure. We hope you took some incredible memories with you. www.facebook.com/sunwaysafarissmallgroups Kind regards and all our best Jayne Harley Marketing Manager Sunway Safaris

review 19 Jul 2012

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

Driving with Makoros (traditional wood boot) to our wild camping in the Okavango Delta observed by hippos.

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

Take thermal underwear with you when going on this trip in Africa's winter. The temperature at night was sub zero and morning/evenings were cold as well.

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

Yes, we contributed to the local economy and tried to leave only foot prints.

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

Even I am not reborn I would give 5 stars. It was one of my best holidays for some time. It is breathtaking to observe wild animals like elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions... in the Etoscha National Park and/or the Namibian Dessert. A helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls is unforgettable as well.

Read the operator's response here:

It always wonderful to have feedback from our safaris. Thank you for travelling with us and we are humbled and really happy that they had such a great holiday with us. We are looking forward to having Sigrid Pach back on tour with us in the future. Regards Melanie.

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