7 independent reviews for Self drive South Africa holiday

Reviews for Self drive South Africa holiday

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review 6 Nov 2018

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

All of it, the hotels and guest houses were great and our itinerary was just what we wanted. The country was so different but interesting.

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

Driving in Cape Town was tricky but outside was good roads and little traffic. There is crime against hire cars so take care.

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

Hopefully yes, and water conservation was particularly an item everywhere.

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

Brilliant.

review 5 Oct 2018

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

The game drives in Pumba Game reserve was the bit that exceeded our expectations the most. But it was all fabulous.

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

Plan options for what you might like to do beforehand - there is so much. We couldn't go to Robben island or any other boat trips whilst we were there due to sea swell although the weather was lovely, but we had plenty of alternative ideas so didn't feel as if we missed out at all. Guided tours are a good idea.

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

We took several local guided walks/tours and tipped everyone who helped us. We ate in local restaurants and bought local crafts, and went to local shows. I hope that our safari has helped to promote wildlife conservation too. I'm not sure about reducing environmental impacts as we did fly there and travel around in a car!

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

Fabulous

review 10 Oct 2017

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

Garonga Safari Park. Amazing experience. Beautiful accommodation with fantastic safari drives.

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

South Africa is a fantastic country for those looking to get out and experience nature and adventures. If required include some rest days between travelling to different locations.

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

Yes, all the accommodation were eco friendly.

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

An amazing, fantastic experience. South Africa has something to suit all tastes.

review 24 Oct 2013

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

This is difficult because the holiday was an incredible journey of different experiences. If I had to choose it would be the Township Tour in Cape Town. This was an emotional and unforgettable experience.

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

Let Simon prepare your itinerary and take care of flights/accommodation/car hire. You won't be disappointed. Try and extend the holiday as much as you can (and avoid 'one night stops' if possible) because it will go very quickly.

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

We definitely made a contribution, which is a nice feeling.

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

Holiday of a lifetime! Truly memorable.

review 3 Mar 2013

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

Seeing big game at very close quarters during our game drives

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

Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather! It can be very wet and very windy at times. Don't bother packing shampoo, conditioner, body wash or cream....these are all supplied by guest houses and are made from fantastic local products. Don't worry about formal clothes. Everyone is very casual even in expensive restaurants.

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

Yes! We bought a number of items made by local people. All the guest houses used local products, were ecologically aware in their use of resources, and promoted local business initiatives to us.

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

It was excellent. The accommodation was superb. There was an enormous number of things to do and see at each stop-over. Everyone was helpful and friendly. The food was delicious and authentic. And most of all, the natural surroundings were beautiful beyond belief.

review 19 Mar 2012

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

Safari in Amakhala Safari Lodge and shark cage diving with Marine Dynamics.

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

If they have time and money to extend the holiday to 3 weeks as there is much to do and discover in the Garden route and Cape Town.

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?

South Africa is a very beautiful country and South Africans are very friendly. We were very warmly welcomed everywhere we went. Itís a holiday for everybody as it is very easy and comfortable to drive.

review 16 Nov 2011

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

It was all memorable! The whales in Hermanus really caught our attention as they swam passed us and were literally 10 metres from us. Definitely no need to go out in a boat to see them! The itinerary worked like clockwork. Being met at the airport was a bonus and the additional information was most useful.ie. places to eat suggestions of what to see. The standard of food and service and guest houses was very high

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

Take lots of small change for tips and car parking. Talk to the locals. We met very nice people in Knysna forest and heard their thoughts on things. One also recommended somewhere to eat. It was a local market run for the school to raise money for them.

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

Definitely! Local people are being trained for posts in the travel industry. In some places it didn't quite all come together as it should but that is part of the charm of Africa. Our Safari lodge River Bend at Addo Elephant Park had really got it together. We met all the staff be it the gardener or the waiter or the game guide. They worked together to provide a really good service and each had been trained in their jobs. But if one of them saw you struggling with your bag they stopped and helped.

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

Excellent!

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