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This is a most fantastic trip with plenty of wildlife viewings (although not as many in numbers as the Masai Mara).
Lots of travelling through beautiful countries - South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland - where there are some tremendous views. This is a trip where you really NEED TO READ THE TRIP NOTES. So many of our group were not prepared for the long days travelling or the many nights camping. One person hadn't even brought a sleeping bag with her!! If you want luxury lodges this is not the trip for you. The more you read up before travelling the more you get out of this trip. The campsites were in some superb locations with tremendous views and most had excellent shower facilities and most even had places to charge batteries.
An excellent trip slightly ruined by the lack of support vehicle which added hours to already lengthy days and meant we nearly always arrived at new places in the dark having spent whole days on the bus on occasion. It is clearly a trip which involves long journeys but at least 2 hours were added onto the normal journey times which is not acceptable on an expensive trip.
Had a great time , pity there were only 6 of us on the trip. South Africa is a great country and this trip gives you a great view of it.There were a few hiccups on the way like when the truck got a puncture and no one could get the wheel nuts off, guy had to come and burn them off for us . But, that's travel.
This was a fantastic trip that gives a real taste of what this part of the world has to offer - stunning scenery [mountains, deserts and coastline], interesting walks, an enormous variety of flora and fauna, and fascinating culture and social history. The trip was well structured, and offered something for most interests. There is a good balance between camping and staying in small hotels and guest houses, and some of the camping sites were in amazing locations - notably the Drakensberg and Tsitsikamma. One of the really good things about the trip was how well the group of 15 gelled together - an essential element when you are spending three weeks at close quarters - and the fact that generally we had warm and sunny weather.
This was a fantastic tour from sights to meals to guides. This was our first Exodus tour and will not be our last. I'm not sure if we were just fortunate but considering the tour was full (16 people) we had a terrific group of people to travel with. My only negative would be the amount of driving we had to do to cover so many miles, that said, it was totally worth it for all we saw and the bus was thankfully air conditioned and comfortable.
Overall an excellent trip, with good knwledgeable guides, which i can heartily recommend. Lots of beautiful scenery, animals, and interesting sites. Mozambique, especially Maputo, could easily be left out with no detriment to the trip, Maputo is not somewhere you would want to wander around and, for the day by the beach in Mozambique there was not much to do.
Just thought I'd respond to Heidi's comment that people should be prepared to help out if you are to keep to your schedule: On a previous trip (Nambia) our guide Maxwell TOLD US OFF for helping: "This is a fully serviced camping trip - it is what you pay for." And this is the case for the J'burg to Cape Town trip. You don't need to help. The crew are well-drilled and operate like clockwork when clearing camp. Yes, of course you can help with stacking a few chairs etc. but more often than not it is the guests that hold things up. Another gem from Maxwell, and taken on too by Sifiso, our South African guide - "A packed bag is you pass to the breakfast table!" And how well that works. It was often the case that guests were so busy helping out clearing camp that we were held up and had to wait for THEM to pack their bags. No problems with the schedules - all you have to do is make sure that YOU are ready. (A great trip which I could readily do again.)
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