Ken and Tia V.
How would you rate your trip overall? Excellent
Comment: A trip on a lifetime! Everything ran smoothly, every detail looked after so it was worry free for us
What was the most important reason for choosing AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? Website
Read Anouk’s blog about Africa in November, our chosen month of travel
How many safari companies did you consider before selecting AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? None
How would you rate AFRICAN PORTFOLIO’S representatives in Africa?
South Africa Excellent
Comment: Everyone was on time, courteous and informative. Vehicles were excellent-new, clean, in good repair and comfy.
What additional information (if any) would you have liked to receive prior to your departure from home? Nothing-felt well prepared.
What additional information (if any) would you have liked to receive from our representatives in Africa while on safari? Nothing, everyone was sure to inform us of ongoing plans, timing etc. They were more than willing to answer any questions from political to personal.
How would you describe your accommodation, facilities and meals?
Most unexpected was how fabulous the food was. TOO much of a good thing�~�
Accommodations for the most part were excellent. Machaba/Gomoti were exactly what I envisioned for tented camps. Imbaballa was disappointing-lodge and cabins were tired, food basic, pool unusable. Loved Tanda Tula.
Tried massages at several and all were great.
What and where was your favorite meal of the trip?
Ken- beef stroganoff at Machaba I think
Tia – Kloof house ostrich or lookout cafe crocodile
How would you evaluate your safari guides and staff?
Most were excellent. Again imbaballa were lacking a bit. Best guide Scotch at Tanda Tula, Sean and Inga were great at Machaba as was guide Moreri. Gomoti staff were fun at bush dinner/dance and Glorious is a great masseuse, but also has a great future in tourism. Sweet and personable.
Was there anything you would have like more of, less of, or done differently?
I would skip Imballa, go straight to Chobi for a river cruise and Game drive, then on to Machaba. Too much time wasted in crossing back and forth through border and Imbabala’s consession was too smalll to make game drives eventful.
What was your most memorable moment in Africa?
Lounging at the pool at Machaba-alone-when a bull elephant decided to take a walk around the pool deck. YIKES. I was one with my loung chair for 25 minutes as he circled within 2 feet of me before lumbering off.
I asked for a closer to nature experience and I got it!
If you could give future travelers one word of advice, what would it be? Don’t wait!