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Dear Adèle Coetzee,
As feedback on the safari tour we did in Schotia Game Reserve and Addo Elephant park I can only say: amazing!
It was very well organized and our guide had real knowledge on the nature and animals around us.
Also the meals (diner, breakfast and lunch) were very good and we had a very nice and peaceful night in the Orlando Room.
And for me the price was definitely worth it.
Greetings,
Martine Kalisvaart

April 2012
Hi Ester, herewith some feedback on our long weekend at Shamwari, booked through Zuid-afrika Specialist :
The initial booking was promptly [within an hour] and professionally handled. The logistical arrangements [the SAA flights to and from PE, the transfers to and from Shamwari and the airport] all went smoothly and on time.

The experience at Shamwari was fantastic. The lodge is very professionally managed. The staff are knowledgable and attentive. The food was excellent. The game drives were well handled and we managed to log the " big 5 ". The tented accomodation is luxurious and secluded. We also met some very nice people on the game drives.
So all in all a very enjoyable and pampered game lodge experience
Thanks for helping to make it so special for Cheryl and I
Regards
Barry Martin

November 2012

Travel South Africa 2012 evaluation of 21 October t/m 14 november 2012.

We have (Antoinette, Annet, Piet and Jaap) a tour through South Africa created.
For the organisation of our trip we had a South African travel agency (specialist Franschhoek) enabled.
In total, we have a small 4000 km with a rental car (VW-transporter), 15 cities/places visited and shelters had 14.
Below we want to assess the dwellings on the basis of a 5-numerous criteria:

1.   Sanitation; including shower and wc.

2.   Sleeping accommodation

3.   Service; including facilities, Wi-Fi, t.v., coffee, tea, clean

4.    Entourage/atmosphere

5.    Experience

Accommodation

Sanitation

Sleeping

Service

Entourage

Experience

 

Ermelo

Penny Lane Guesthouse

7

7

7

6

6

Hluwule

Rhino River Lodge

7

8

8

9

9

Stanger

Wellvale

8

6

8

8

8

Underberg

Umzimkulu river Lodge

7

7

7

8

8

Lesotho

Sanipas Top Chalet

7

7

8

8

9

Kokstad

Ripplemead

7

7

7

7

6

Bulungula

6

7

7

8

9

East London

Warmkaros

8

8

8

8

7

Addo Elephant Restcamp

8

8

8

8

8

Tsitsikamma

Ploughmans Rest

6

6

6

6

6

Oudshoorn

Karoo Soul

7

7

7

7

7

 

Montagu

Karoo Guestlodge

7

8

9

8

8

 

Stellenbosch

Beau Bell Guest House

9

9

9

8

7

 

Kaapstad

Observatory

Koornhoop Manor House

7

8

8

9

9

 

In the vouchers of Sani Top Chalet, Bulungula and Ripplemead Kokstad was not clearly stated passed that the stay including breakfast was. This gave the necessary (mutual) ambiguity. Eventually solved, but that served more explicitly mentioned clear.

Wellvale Stanger Cottage was not suitable for 4 adults, or for a family with 2 small children.

Absolutely highlight of the trip was Bulungula; a beautiful location, the people, the atmosphere, the intent. We were deeply impressed.
A number of comments about Bulungula:

  • Accessibility:

-Difficult passable route; improvements bring them is obvious.
-A taxi/schuttel/pick-up service is desirable.
-Clear route description/indications for guests who come with own transport is necessary.

  • Hygiene: the general hygiene (especially the toilets and large residence space) should more attention.
    The chairs and banks (both in the large space as at the barbecue place) are far from pleasant. The backs are too slanted.
    Balance guests-residents; at certain times there was no balance in the presence of guests and residents in the large residence space.
    Presence of dogs and cats in the great lounge is not desirable. Certainly not if the dogs lie on the banks.

    We were impressed by the specifying pre-school, for children from 2 to 6 years. We would like to be informed of the activities of this ' school '.

With kind regards,

Antoinette & Jaap de Jong, Annet & Piet van Nerven