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We just received this review - a year later, but these travelers are still regaling...

Subject Line: February 2016 Safari Review


Hi Heibrie and Mary,


Sorry if I took so long before sharing our experience with you in South Africa. And sorry for that long email filled with excitement! Believe it or not it is a short version of what wanted to say and I made 4 drafts already. Yes, one year already... But such unforgettable memories and outstanding service from you and your team. 


First of all, I have to thank Heibrie for her suggestion on visiting Cape Town before doing the safari. We would have been so exhausted that we’d probably be falling asleep throughout the safari.


Cape Town was awesome. We took 1,500 pictures alone of Cape Town. We went to Table Mountain, the V and A, had boboti and a delicious chicken pie on Long street in OuMeul Bakery. It is a beautiful town and the Red Bus Tour allowed us to see so much. We were spoiled with the seafood in Camps Bay. The Townhouse hotel was great. Great food, great staff, great service, great location and great accommodation.


The safari/panoramic route: First of, Erick and I have special words for our guide Pedro. We crowned him the best guide ever J: very knowledgeable, friendly, eager to provide a great service and attend to his guests needs (making a detour to go to the drugstore or the bank, getting us some biltong), always in a good mood, highly professional yet always ready to crack a joke. We immediately had a connection with him, so did the rest of the group. And we had a great group as well as a great connection with them as well; I actually had a sore throat at some point from laughing too much J. A real therapy. 


Dunkeld Estate: What a beauty! We did not get to spend a long time enough there to enjoy it. I amazed myself at dancing with the gum boots dancers. We wish we’d stayed longer there to explore Dullstroom (maybe in another trip!).


Kapama… We will have to create new words to describe that experience. Our Suite was to the extremely-utmost-top-of-the-line luxury. The accommodation is designed to provide its guests with unprecedented comfort and warmth without being ostentatious. The staff was awesome. Almost like having a butler with us, yet respecting our privacy.


Our tracker (Nikko) and our guide (Alicia) were more than great. We were able to see the Big 5 as well as some pretty nice birds. We even got a “paws tracks 101” with Nikko and Alicia. They are highly professional.


Seasons: Great location. Ofentse, our waiter, was really cool. He would recommend the right meal each time we’d tell him about our mood or appetite. The only small detail, though is that, most of the time, compared to the other hotels we stayed at, the food was really salty (most of us thought so) and we eat spicy in general. This might be something to look into. The spa setting and our room were marvelous. Again, too little time to be able to explore the Nearby Cradle of Humankind and other interesting landmarks.


All in all, we give Go Touch Down a mark of 150/100 for the quality of service they provide so their customers come back home with so much excitement they could write a long book out of it. Thank you so much for everything (Mary, your prompt response was appreciated while we were in Cape Town). We will highly recommend Go Touch Down to our friends and colleagues.


Best regards,


Farah and Erick J

Cape Town


Kruger National Park

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