The safari was beyond our expectations. We had 8 game drives, and we had seen excellent sightings of the big 5 within the first two drives, and many other animals as well. Our guide said we were quite lucky with some of the unusual or rare sightings and/or situations. The lodge was great, and the food was excellent. I am pleased we selected this category rather than some of the more luxurious options.
Franschhoek was beautiful, and we really enjoyed the food and wines. Christmas lunch was excellent. If we were to change anything, we would probably have chosen to stay in Franschhoek another day. We did drive back up to Franschhoek one day from Cape Town. The La Cotte cottages were very nice (once we found them). We stayed in the Orchard cottages, which are in a different location compared to the main house and the Forest Cottages, and unfortunately the guard at the main location did not recognize our reservation. It was not a big problem, and we really loved the cottages themselves, and their beautiful gardens. One day we opted for a private tasting tour, just so we didn’t have to drive or select wineries since we had not done any research.
City Lodge in Cape Town was what you would expect from a less expensive hotel, but was certainly clean and convenient. The front desk staff were very courteous and helpful when I need to print and scan some paperwork. The breakfasts were very good, and the restaurant was fine for any other meals when we were too tired to get out. We did a full day private tour that took in the Boulders Beach penguins, Cape Point, Cape of Good Hope and Table Mountain. We also went to the aquarium and the botanical gardens, and wandered around the waterfront area shops.
We truly enjoyed all the experiences, but the safari was really hard to beat! Angie has had a lot of requests on social media for our itinerary (she posted a lot of photographs), and we will be sure to pass along your contact details.
Thank you again for all your help and excellent recommendations.
Randy and Angie L – Texas, USA. Travelled in December. Kambaku River Sands, City Lodge, Waterfront, La Cotte in Franschoek