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John and Jean Lepore

How would you rate your trip overall? Excellent
Comment: I can’t say enough about our experience at Mala Mala Rattray Camp – our guide Gordon was extraordinary – his encyclopedic knowledge of the reserve and ALL of its inhabitants was amazing. From the lowly inchworm to an adult male elephant in must – Gordon provided detailed and engaging information and provided incredible context to help us understand the truly complex ecosystem we were inhabiting if only for a few days. I have new respect for dung beetles and termites! And the staff, food, lovely wine and gin selections (still pining for Fitch & Leedes pink tonic) coupled with the incredible and tasteful furnishings of our private accommodations was just icing on the cake. We plan to return and bring our young adult children.
What was the most important reason for choosing AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? Expertise
Referral
Please Specify We were referred by Luis Sole of Frosch Travel NY
How many safari companies did you consider before selecting AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? None
How would you describe your accommodation, facilities and meals? Please provide the name of the hotel, lodge or camp you are describing. Amazing. When elephants are splashing away in front of your private plunge pool – pretty hard to beat.
What and where was your favorite meal of the trip? I would have to say the ostrich – but all of the food, snacks, drinks etc at Mala Mala were fantastic. Everything exceeded expectations.
How would you evaluate your safari guides and staff? Please provide the name of the person you are describing. As noted in detail above – we loved Gordon. Kind, patient, unflappable (even with a flat tire in the midst of a pride of lions rousing themselves for the evening hunt!) his calm was infectious. And his knowledge was incredible. From the fungal-farming termites to the courting rituals of female leopards, Gordon could give us background and context about everything we saw. He was very patient. I ask more questions than most third graders. His love for Mala Mala and its inhabitants (animal, insect and human) was always evident. The incredible staff at Mala Mala Rattray Camp made us feel like we were the only guests. Truly warm and welcoming. Always went above and beyond.
Was there anything you would have liked more of, less of, or done differently? No.
If you could give future travelers one word of advice, what would it be? Go! Life-affirming and transformative.

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