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May 2013

Mombo

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M Mioni 2013 (USA)

Edward:
We just returned late last night from an absolutely wonderful, seamless trip organized by you.  Thanks so very, very much!!  We are exhausted since our flight home (arranged by me) via British Air ended up with a 6 hour delay in London due to some landing gear mechanical problems.  Thus, we arrived home much later than expected and are dragging this morning here in Los Angeles.  Consequently, I shall send a more detailed review in a few days once we are back to normal.  Just wanted you to know we loved the trip and especially loved King’s Pool and Mombo.  At Mombo we had brilliant wildlife viewing including the elusive coupling of two gorgeous leopards (a rare sight according to our 5 star guide), a baby giraffe trying to stand within an hour of birth, a pride of lions feasting  on the sad remains of a buffalo (quite an interaction there among the lions) and so many other unbelievable sights. We enjoyed the company of many enjoyable people we met, ate well, rested well and just had an A+ time.  Many thanks and I’ll be more explicit in my next e-mail once rested. For now, I just wanted to say thank you so much, Edward.  Marcee

C Lozare

Hi Julian,

We loved Mombo Camp in Botswana. It was the first camp we went to and probably spoiled us for life in terms of game viewing.  On our very first day ever on safari we saw lions, the one wild dog of the area which had just had his kill appropriated by a hyena, and a white Rhino. And, of course, we saw herds of elephants, towers of giraffe, and a bloat of hippos and on and on. In addition to the bounty of animals, the accommodations at Mombo were heavenly. Hot water bottles in our beds at night, liquor to our heart’s content, food every time we turned around, and a wonderful staff everywhere we turned. It truly was heaven.

Beho, Beho in the Selous in Tanzania offered a different animal viewing experience. Here we could go on a walking safari which we couldn’t do at Mombo. And here we saw lions mating while having sundowners. Honestly, what more could one ask for? The rooms were glorious – first time I’ve slept in a room with just three walls. The fourth was open (but protected by an invisible fence) with a view of beautiful hills and a valley. The lodge was also open on one side and gorgeous. At night people dressed up a bit more here than anywhere else we stayed. And as in Mombo it was lovely to have some of the staff eat with the guests. And a man made water hole allowed us to view some animals as they came to drink and we ate. One morning we had a full delicious breakfast for two by Lake Tagalala and then the two of us went on the lake where we saw lots of crocodiles, birds, hippos, and more. Divine.

Faru, Faru in Tanzania was a perfect end to a dream trip. What could be better than cantering on the plains of the Serengeti up to a dazzle of zebra and herd of Topi? We had a guide to ourselves during our stay. Elephants were in camp when we left to go on a game ride one morning (sometimes I wondered why we ever bothered to leave these camps as animals constantly came around) and provided a bit of excitement. The plains were glorious and we saw a leopard and a cheetah as well as herds of Cape buffalo, and huge amounts of animals of every kind. And lunch up at Sasakwa Lodge was like a dream. The view of the Serengeti stretches for literally miles. The food was amazing (club sandwich of my life) and the setting; we ate outside, perhaps the best ever. And for those who love to ride, I can’t imagine a more perfect place. 18 horses, the wonderful staff helps outfit you with boots, chaps, helmets, whatever you need and want. And so long as you are able to ride and handle a horse, off you go with at least one in staff (I had two all to myself) to guide you. Be still my heart.

Best,

C Lazare

S Garcia-Sineriz

I just wanted to write you a small letter to thank you for everything as we had the most exciting and amazing honeymoon ever.

Everything worked perfectly with the people from Wilderness, and we had no problems along the trip.

Just to give you a little bit of feedback (i guess you’d appreciate for future customers), we had a wonderful stay at Tongabezi, where the location are food were the big strengths. Also the staff was always helpful, they demonstrated it specially when my husband injured his knee (while bungee jumping yes ha ha) and they drove us to the hospital and helped us out at any time so we could get everything sorted with a doctor at minimum cost. They were very kind and professional.

The first Camp Duma Tao, was lovely, staff was really kind too, and we had great game viewing there, was a great choice -that was your recommendation-..

Second Camp, Mombo, was as good and beautiful as we expected, best location ever to see lions and leopards (we saw a lot) and the most beautifully furnished and decorated Camp ever. Every small detail was beautiful, exclusive and with loads of taste. we loved our stay there.

The third Camp, Jao, was probably-maybe for being the last one- the most special to us. The location by the delta was incredible, but the best there was truly the staff, they made us feel as we were HOME, always so pleasant, nice, helpful and funny. There was something really magical around Jao, we also made the safari day+picnic which was really amazing.
Just to end, thank you again for the most wonderful trip of our lives!
kind regards,

S Garcia-Sineriz 2010

I Baird

Thank you so much for recommending Chiawa!!!
What a special place!  We had amazing wildlife experiences (lion kill in camp by a mating pair, hippos and elephants in camp every day, leopard in tree on the river and lots of other wonderful sightings on foot and by car and on the river.  I think the croc with the huge eel in its mouth was a first for me!).  Dave and Grant were there for part of the time and just wonderful to us.  The camp staff were terrific as well – so patient and helpful with the kids.  I think it was a life-altering experience for our friends, the Friedlands.   It took their kids some time to adjust to camp life, but they are raving to everyone back in New York about their first-ever trip to Africa and Zambia.   Although Peter and I and our kids have been on many safaris, this was one of the very best in terms of guides and wildlife.

Peter and the kids and I definitely hope to return next year – we are moving to Cape Town in January (schools are secured but still need a home!) and will be doing lots more travel around southern and east Africa.  Perhaps we can book Mombo far enough in advance to ensure a place – let us know the best time to be there.
I so appreciate your professionalism and guidance and hope to meet you at some point somewhere in Africa!

Best wishes,

I Baird 2009

A Ludwick

Imagine……….we are now home after a totally fabulous trip……………a few comments for our edification:

1.the stop in livingstone was terrific; the river club is marvelous; the falls even in low water makes for a delightful walk
2.the four botswana camps were outstanding……….13 nights is probably one camp too many, but I cant really tell you what I would eliminate because they are each unique…….nevertheless our order would be: mombo, little vumbra, duba plains and zib
3.ellerman house at cape town was simply out of this world….the experience there was nothing less than superb
4.we had arranged a guide through personal references and she was superb, name janice cocks and apparently she does a lot of work for wilderness
5.hermanus was a superb stop for the two nights, but the auberge was somewhat disappointing, to be super critical…….I think there is better, but I would not give up hermanus
6.hog-hollow was indeed exactly the right place near plett………a wonderful quality experience
7.even the night in port eliz. at windermere……..perfect

so julian thanks so much for steering us well

just one more thing, for my records and future planning purposes, please ask someone to send me a breakdown of the amounts I paid indicating, costs for flights, costs for botswana camps each separately, etc……..and thanks in advance for that

best personal regards from arnie and erna

A Ludwick 2008

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