Activities at Antelop park
Rhino traxcking on foot-shame the Cecil Rhodes burial spot not part of standard trip(Extra money required!)
Walk in Hwange with ranger
Boat trip Chobe
Cave drawings in Matopas-why noit plan a walk around several cavesa! LOcal guide said could be arranged
Great Zimbabwe walk( Although some of group could not manage steep walk!
Hot Spa camp in South Africa
& Game Viewing Kruger
I booked trip among other reasons to stay again in Miombo lodge-it was very dissapointing that this removed from the trip.
Not sure we needed three days in Victoria falls- cut out one day and why not include sunset cruise on Zambesi on arrival day?
Place we stayed in Vic falls (Tokki lodge) a bit basic not as good as campt site you use on Cape town to Vic falls route. but very very clean and friendly-and easy walk into Vic falls.
THe stay on Main Camp in Hwange makes sense in many ways being next to the park but the camp althouigh clean is neglected, poor maintenance of toilets, broken windows, fence gaps etc . The current programme does not have anything during all day in Hwange main camp following the dawn game ride. Whilst the game walk was promised it nearly did not happen due to claims of no staff from trhe camp being available for two separate groups.Crispin did well to negotitiate this-but one group had to start tpp early in afternoon when it was too hot for them and the game.
After group discussions I got Cripsin to book jeeps through Miombo (grouop paid) so we could go to the Wange Safari lodge hotel to see game at the waterhole and then to go back into the Hwange park for game viwing from a platform (Nvotoldndhu) , Without this sort of addition activity it would be a really wasted boring day with nothing to do at the camp.
Other group members suggested visiting a school (Easy to arrange in nearby Dete St Francis Xavier the nearest) the red cross centre; another option could be to have a local lunch at a family lodge- Simon at Miombo could arrange if given notice; other options to fill the day would be staying at one of the camps in Hwange- game viewing can be much better near Kennedy 1 and Kennedy two area. The -painted dog centre is an imprssive building / site but as every other time only had three painted dogs there.The group were not particularly impressed with the outing
Although border crossing to SA quick it was a long day- arrival at camp at dusk .Nice place to chill out nevertheless-wonderful toilets after Great Zimbabwe and Hwange!
Matopas- Should include in tour sunset at Cecil Rhodes burial place-wonderful spot we did not get too. I think a second day here could be really good- plan a walk to several caves -guide said possible.
After day crossing border we then spent all next day travelling to central Kruger-. Why not put extra day into programme to allow time to travel slowly down through Kruger?
Journey from Krger to J Burg long -but Crispin not clear on journey times and had some grief with some of the group who thought we would miss flights! He attempted to get help from his boss (A lady leading next trip) but she was not able to clarify things. In fact journey and times all worked very well. Got to airport in time despite fears.
Cripin and JB both really excellent guide and driver. However thois was the first time recently doing the route- and we did have some route problems in SA.
Would have been nice to have longer-hot spa really good place to chill out!
Great Zimbabwe-excellent as was Rhino ttracking in Matopas.
Hope this helps revciewing future trips. It was enjoyable and had a good variet!
I think and the group generally thought it had a lot to offer-some tinkerings would improve in particular day at Hwange( activities after game drive), Matopas (cave walk)and long travel days before and after crossing SA border(suggest extra day-route through park even if slow drive!)!