Three Different Safari Experiences and Cape Town – South Africa

Three Different Safari Experiences and Cape Town – South Africa

Three Different Safari Experiences and Cape Town – South Africa

 Report from past clients who travelled there in January 2014.

Queen Mary 2 Sailing from Southampton to Cape Town – 3 nights The Cellars-Hohenort –

2 nights Franschhoek Country House & Villas – Flight Cape Town to Hoedspruit –

3 nights Tanda Tula Safari Camp – 2 nights Chitwa Private Game Lodge in a Suite –

3 nights Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve in a Suite – Flight Mpumalanga to Johannesburg and flight home – Private Transfers throughout (Jan 14)

 

The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Cape Town had a lovely location in Constantia close to Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens, 5.5 star accommodation and service. Two restaurants – ‘Greenhouse’ which requires advance booking and the other restaurant ‘The Conservatory’ which is A La Carte. Top quality food in both restaurants and the hotel provided a complimentary transfer to the Waterfront.

The Country House Hotel in Franschhoek had several buildings set in gardens with central dining room area. Rooms large and comfortable. Food was good and are able to arrange wine tours at short notice. Pleasant village in lovely surroundings.

The Tanda Tula Lodge was tented accommodation but well-appointed with toilet, bath and outside showers and private deck. Cooling by fans which worked perfectly well. Charming staff and a tray of tea, coffee, biscuits brought to tent at 5am then game drive from 5.30am lasting 3 to 4 hours. Breakfast was served in the bush with bacon, eggs etc. cooked over a large wood fuelled barbecue. Second game drive at 4.30 again for 3 to 4 hours. We had a Ranger and Trackers on the drives – game was plentiful and we saw all the ‘big 5’ within the first 3 to 4 drives. In the late evening we all dined at a single table (about 12 – 14) with one of the Rangers presiding, plus another staff member – all staff were announced by name which was a nice touch.

Chitwa Chitwa has a lovely setting overlooking a large lake with hippos and lots of game. Large room well-appointed with air conditioning and mosquito nets. Game drives were similar but some difference in the type of game (Tanda Tula more rhino, giraffes, zebra – here leopard, lion, cheetah). More upmarket lodge but somehow the atmosphere was not as relaxed and friendly. Drinks cost extra (even the Sundowner on the evening drive) whereas at the other 2 lodges all were free.

Leopard Hills was a top quality lodge – the most expensive – but pretty well faultless. The Rangers were excellent with game drives as before with plentiful lions, leopards, rhino, and buffalo. Good staff, well run and upmarket. Rooms large, very well appointed with private decks. Great situation on a hill overlooking a waterhole.

Summary

In summarising the QM2, Princess Grill was excellent value and we felt there was no need to upgrade further. The Cellars Hotel was outstanding and probably expensive but we would return there like a shot. The Country House Hotel – comfortable, well located, and good value. Of all the lodges Tanda Tula and Leopard Hill were excellent in their differing ways. As an upmarket lodge with money no object Leopard Hill was top class. Chitwa Chitwa’s situation was excellent and it was well appointed but did not have the comfortable atmosphere we found elsewhere. For us Tanda Tula was more authentic, less formal, more African, and the guests were younger and more outgoing.

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All details quoted are thought to be correct at time of posting but are always subject to confirmation at time of booking

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