The brief from this charming UK couple, (he a captain on British Airways) :
“Plan and book a trip for our family of four in the best luxury accommodation: 1. in a reserve with the Big Five guaranteed; 2. followed by a few days of diving in Mozambique (we’re all PADI qualified); 3. finishing off in another reserve on the way back to Johannesburg. We’ll self-drive in a 4×4 – if you could please source and book that too.”
We had an absolutely wonderful time thank you Viv.
What I particularly enjoyed was several times in Moz and then in Tembe we had South Africans saying “how did you know to come here?”. Each time I would say I used a local agent and they would nod in understanding and appear only slightly miffed that we might be the vanguard of “foreigners” about to spoil their more hidden (and more cost effective) tourist gems. In that regard it was fascinating to have the comparison between Shonga and Tembe.
I was very impressed with the hired Toyota, loved the profusion of wildlife in Kruger but hope they get decent rain soon, would do more walking safari’s, and pleased we were not in Ponta de Ouro as that would not have been us. We enjoyed Malongane Tented Camp 6km north and the dive centre was excellent with launching and recovery through the surf an added bonus. Looked like it would be very crowded Dec/Jan from the number of camp sites among the milk wood trees. I really enjoyed the Tembe experience with its atmosphere and said to Ro I could easily just relax in the camp for a week without needing to do the game drives. And I do like the thought of the $ helping the local community directly so look forward to more of the same.
Thanks once again for being the instrument of such a lovely family holiday Viv and it has certainly given us the confidence and desire for more and longer.
All The Best, Graeme