Late last year we spoke to Bert and Louise from Beilen in Holland, who were planning to visit South Africa in March 2011. They booked a private guided tour of the Garden Route with us a few years back and we were delighted to hear from them again. After hearing that they were returning to Cape Town on a family visit we arranged a short safari for them in the malaria free Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. We were thrilled to hear they enjoyed the trip so much that they volunteered to be our first guests to write on our new blog pages. Here is their story:
We did a guided Cape & Garden Route tour with Baobab Travel three years ago which we loved – especially the chance to walk with elephants in Knysna. This year we returned to South Africa to visit our daughter who now lives in Cape Town. Whilst over there we wanted to do another safari, but wanted something private and at our pace (we are not getting any younger). Louise at Baobab recommended a fabulous location in the Amakhala Game Reserve, which was just what we were looking for.
Our daughter dropped us at the airport in Cape Town, where we flew on to Port Elizabeth. From there we were collected by Calabash Tours for the short transfer to Amakhala. There are several lodges in the reserve, but Baobab had recommended Carnarvon Dale to us. Our host Roger was also a senior and understood straight away the pace we were looking for. Since we last visited Bert has had a knee operation and was not as mobile as on our previous trip. The relaxed pace of the safari we had was exactly what we were looking for. We were offered a bush walk also but thought that may be just a bit too adventurous given Bert’s knee!
The vehicle safari was just perfect though and it was marvellous to get reacquainted with the wildlife we had first seen three years back. This time we also saw cheetah on three occasions which I know is a special moment. One highlight we were not expecting was also the chance to take a day’s safari into the nearby Shamwari Game Reserve. This is a different landscape again and the reserve is famous for its work with the Born Free Foundation.
Overall this was just a short trip, but we had such a good time that I promised Louise to send her a blog and some photos of our experience as a thank you for putting it together and getting the lodge just right for us. I understand we are going to be the first customer blog on the Baobab blog pages so many thanks again Louise and all at Baobab.