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Philomena G.

How would you rate your trip overall? Excellent
Comment: It was a wonderful experience, from when we first arrived at our destination until we returned home. The young man who met us at the airport (oh how I wish I could remember his name!) was a welcome relief and smooth transition after so many hours of travel.

What was the most important reason for choosing AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? Referral
Comment: A family member coordinated this trip, so I don’t have particulars for you.

How many safari companies did you consider before selecting AFRICAN PORTFOLIO? None

How would you rate AFRICAN PORTFOLIO’S representatives in Africa?
Botswana and South Africa: Excellent
Zimbabwe: Very Good

What additional information (if any) would you have liked to receive prior to your departure from home?
It is VERY important to let US travelers know that they do not only need plug converters for electrical devices, but power converters as well. The US uses a very different power source than the countries we traveled.

How would you describe your accommodation, facilities and meals?
We stayed at Hyena Pan, Chobe Game Lodge and Machaba Camp. Each had its own charm. I particularly liked the more natural approach to Hyena Pan and Machaba.

What and where was your favorite meal of the trip?
I don’t know that I can narrow it down to just one!

How would you evaluate your safari guides and staff?
Custard at Hyena Pan and Leopard at Machaba were both amazing beyond expectations. Custard in particular showed great respect for the travelers, the camp, the animals, and the country of Botswana, and with great integrity. I would most highly recommend both of these guides to anyone.

Was there anything you would have liked more of, less of, or done differently?
Having done Hyena Pan and Machaba before Chobe Game Lodge, the limited aspect of Chobe operating in a national park was a bit disappointing. Our guide did her very best to show us what we sought, but the experience was lukewarm compared to the game opportunities afforded us in the other locations. The Chobe facility itself–and its staff–was lovely, but I preferred the more natural environments.

What was your most memorable moment in Africa?
Being feet away from the game was breathtaking. I have amazing photos and memories of being 10-12 feet from a male lion. I will never forget it.

If you could give future travelers one word of advice, what would it be?
Unless the modern amenities of lodges like Chobe are critical to your having a good experience, go with more rustic camps so you really feel like you’re part of the environment. Elephants right outside your tent and the sound of a lion’s roar at night are experiences beyond words.

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