What to say Clare other than a huge thank you?
The entire trip was utterly extraordinary and to say it was once in a lifetime would not be doing justice to a quite sublime ten days. It can’t be easy co-ordinating 11 people of different age groups and with varying demands on a trip around South Africa and Zimbabwe. You did so quite wonderfully and with fantastic precision and thought. All the flights, transfers, pick ups worked extremely well and the hosts at each of our destinations were hugely impressed with your thoroughness and professionalism.
Kwandwe lodge was our first experience of Safari and it was more than immense and we all fell in love with the Lodge. The scenery was enchanting and the drives both enthralling and productive, we could not ask for a better introduction to the South African safari experience. Accommodation, was top notch and the food prepared each day quite beautiful. There was nothing to fault and waving goodbye to Nick and his team it was difficult to imagine anything matching our first four days, then we got to Matetsi!
Alastair, provided an extremely warm welcome and the setting on the banks of the Zambezi is ridiculous. The lodge was perfect and the various accommodation options just right for everyone. For me the day at Victoria Falls was the most memorable of the ten days. From the guided tour and canopy walk then the swim and lunch on the edge of the Falls, it was all so beautiful and impressive. We had cruises on the river, sipping cold beers watching the magnificent sunset as Elephants and crocodiles glared from the darkening river banks. The safari tours were first class and the evening spent at the barbecue dancing with our hosts to traditional Zimbabwean music was probably the best laugh any of us had in years. Wonderful food, beautiful location and the friendliest people - Matetsi was exceptional.
Our final stop was Africa House and it was certainly beyond anything anybody has anticipated. The decor and accommodation more than lived up to the brochure and your own narrative. The hospitality was quite brilliant and the safari drives superbly hosted. Ryan our main guide could not have done more to ensure we ticked off the hit list and we certainly did. The big five were tracked down and watching elephants drink from the swimming pool was quite special for the family.
Clare, thank you for the thought and effort you put into the entire excursion and the incredible organisation behind it all. Everything went like clock work and the holiday got better by the day. We are all home intact, Stephen got his 2500 photos, no one caught malaria, Tom retrieved his phone, Anna tabled her 3,000 questions, Andrew ate Africa, Leo got his soya milk and all of us have memories to last a lifetime. So, thank you for all your hard work, patience and help.
Glancey & Craig Family