Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia - 2018

Johannesburg • Kruger National Park • Hwange National Park • Victoria Falls • Chobe National Park

  • WALK THROUGH VICTORIA FALLS NATIONAL PARK
  • VENTURE ONTO THE CHOBE RIVER FOR AN EXCITING GAME DRIVE
  • SEARCH FOR "THE BIG FIVE" AT KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, AFRICA'S LARGEST GAME RESERVE
  • DELIGHT IN THE COMPANY OF LOCALS WHEN YOU’RE INVITED INTO A VICTORIA FALLS HOME FOR DINNER

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Best of Africa: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana & Namibia

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Traveler:Gail BARNES
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:May 2017

The survey doesn't permit much expansion on the ratings and I want to say that both tour directors we've had with Vantage have been terrific. On our recent trip to Africa, Anne M. WAS AMAZING! She dealt with everything with aplomb and did her best to make each transition (Between countries) as easy as can be. She was personable and funny, making sure that each member of our group got attention. First class all the way.

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Traveler:RICHARD SONTHEIMER
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:April 2017

Fabulous trip. Seeing the animals in the wild was an experience we will never forget. Our group was great and our Cruise Director, Kieth was the best. He was knowledgeable, efficient and friendly. We are already feeling we would like to return.

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Traveler:LEONARDO FLORENDO
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:6
Traveled:April 2017

Keith Martyn, our tour director was excellent. He was very friendly, very accomodating and made our trip memorable. From start to finish, he made sure that our trip would be enjoyable.
The people were quite nice and the animals and the weather put on a show.

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Traveler:RICHARD GREEN
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:April 2017

This was an amazing tour of southern Africa. We couldn't be more pleased with the quality of the tour guides or the accommodations. This trip far exceeded our expectations. We would recommend it to anyone.

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Traveler:LARRY COLLIGNON
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:0
Traveled:April 2017

Vantage Adventures Best of Africa was an amazing experience. Brian Haysom was a great tour director with a comprehensive knowledge of African history, culture, flora and fauna and an easy sense of humor. The itinerary was complete, diverse well-paced and included a balance of activities in park safaries and river cruising. Terry was a super guide at Hwange Park and the photo aides on the Chobe photo river cruise were especially helpful to us amateurs. All-in-all, we can find nothing to improve this adventure. Don't change a thing!

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Traveler:JANIS SCHNABEL
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:February 2017

Fabulous trip in which we had wonderful accommodations and saw all of the Big 5 and the ugly 5 pus many more! Guides were excellent and knowlegable. Wonderful grouop of people on the tour wih whom we hope to keep in touch. Food was very good although I coud have done without so many buffets! Our tour guide Anne was the best, handling ever little glitch with style and grace! Also, Terry, at Hwange Nat'l Park was superb and went out of his way to find the animals including an elephant herd with a 3-4 day old calf! Overall a fabulous experience! I generally don't like the regimen of organized tours and prefer to make my own travel arrangements,, but this tour was exceptional!

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Traveler:WAYNE A GAREE
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:February 2017

Words cannot describe this trip! Our tour guide, Deirdre Venter was beyond excellent. Her knowledge of everything we saw was astounding. We have now been to all 7 continents and of all the trips we have taken, we would repeat this one in a heartbeat. Saw all of the Big 5 on the first 2 days of the safari. Every day we thought would be the highlight of the trip and then the next day was even better. The special touches that Vantage arranged were terrific, almost something every day. You can go to Africa, but can't see it the Vantage way and you won't have Deirdre. This was our first Vantage trip, but it definitely won't be the last. Kudos to everyone involved! If you are even thinking about this trip, run, don't walk to book it!

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Traveler:Marty
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:November 2016

Although I've traveled to about 50 countries, I’ve infrequently been on an extended organized tour. That said, this trip really was the best of Africa. We saw the big five; some a few times. Beyond that we saw wild dogs, hyenas, hippos, giraffes, and many, many of other animals as well. As my ratings show, I was extremely pleased with all aspects of this trip. That said, I believe it was Johanna (Anske) Mol who was greatly responsible for my glowing assessment of this trip. She;s everything: knowledgeable, thoughtful, well-organized, well-connected, gracious, patient, caring, and truly in love with Africa and her adopted city of Capetown. Thank you Anske for making this trip so enjoyable and so memorable. With you at the helm, being on an extended organized tour, with many lovely fellow travelers I must add, was truly a positive experience for me.

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Traveler:TERESITA LAROSA
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:6
Traveled:October 2016

It was one of the best tours I've taken. The hotels were excellent, the safaris were a lot of fun, the school visit and home hosted dinner were an eye opener , learned a lot about the African culture and their way of life. Very educational trip . Brian , out Director was excellent, very professional, extremely knowledgeable. accommodating with a great sense of humor.

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Traveler:LINDA SENN
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:0
Traveled:June 2016

Our adventure leader really made our trip. Keith Martyn was so gracious and so knowledgeable about Southern Africa. This trip has such a nice variety: game drives, Victoria Falls, more game drives, wine-tasting, Robben Island and the Waterfront, and then the Cape Peninsula Drive with Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point and penguin. The accommodations were very nice and the food was exceptional. The home visit helped us make a connection with the people there. Loved it!

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Traveler:Judy M.
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:5
Traveled:June 2016

This trip was so well organized. We were at 3 park reserves. Saw so many animals in their natural habitat. The vehicles were great for comfort and visibility. The hotels were all well rated. Super comfortable. Specifically the Victoria Falls Hotel, built in 1904, and updated to its original splendor. All hotel were well located. The food was excellent. All buffets. Selection was huge and delicious. Take your list of the big 12 so you can tick them off.

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Traveler:JUNE JOYCE
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:9
Traveled:May 2016

This was an excellent trip balancing safari with history of Soweto and Cape Town, South Africa.

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Traveler:RALEIGH CEASAR
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:March 2016

Except for discussing the 2017 version below, our only suggestion is that Vantage bring back supplying the luggage tags. The tags make it easier for everyone to immediately see and identify the group's luggage.

After several years of contemplating taking The Best of Africa trip, we finally signed up for it. Our decision was made because the redesigned trip itinerary for 2017 is significantly different, more expensive, and is not what our idea of a trip to South Africa should be. The current version, in our opinion, is a better mix of safaris and cities. We took the pre-trip to Mabula and when you include it with the standard Chobe and Kruger parks, the number of game drives for us was perfect. As far as Cape Town and Cape Winelands go, these were phenomenal areas and were must see's. We were lucky because Vantage published the 2017 itinerary in time for us to read and evaluate it. Since there was an opening for the time we wanted, we made our decision. It was either go now or go with another company in the future so we signed up for it.

We were very lucky in a few ways. We were with a great group of 21, we had no rain during the trip, everything went smoothly, and we had the BEST tour director, DEIRDRE VENTER.

Bottom line is that the tour met and exceeded our expectations. The optional tours we took were the elephant ride, the Zambezi river cruise and the helicopter ride - all were fantastic. The hotels were excellent, and the included dinners and lunches were exceptional and allowed us the option to experience the traditional food.

Deirdre was outstanding. She was one of the best, if not the best tour directors we ever had. Unlike every other trip we have taken where you find out the night before what the schedule is for the next day, Deirdre provided us with a day-by-day schedule at the start of our trip, so we always knew in advance what was the plan. With her at the helm, our group felt like a happy family. Her knowledge of South Africa's history, as well as the different animals and plants was amazing. She appeared to genuinely enjoy her job as opposed to merely going thru the motions. She always greeted and was greeted by the hotel and restaurant staffs in a happy friendly personal manner. Needless to say, the 2016 version was a wonderful trip and we would not hesitate to recommend it, or Vantage, to others.

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Traveler:BARBARA DENT
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:11
Traveled:March 2016

This was one of the best Vantage trips I've taken. The wildlife viewing was a thrill. Victoria Falls were spectacular. And Cape Town is a vibrant city in a beautiful area. The trip was a nice mixture of natural beauty, cultural diversity, and history. Deirdre did an excellent job!

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Traveler:ARLOEEN SCIARONI
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:6
Traveled:March 2016

The journey was very enjoyable. The home office support not so much. Keith is a very knowledgeable, and informative tour guide. He did a great job handling multiple personalities. Even with the home office glitch, I would be willing to recommend Vantage to a friend.

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Traveler:Ralph Hajik
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:12
Traveled:August 2015

This Vantage trip is a great one and can't be missed. The accommodations and food were better than I ever expected plus out Vantage tour Manager Anne Mollmann was one of the best we have ever had. Take it from me, you have to find out who your tour manager is before you go because Anne really made the trip. I would go again on the same trip but would never fly South African Airlines again out of Johannesburg for the reason that the ground baggage crew had broke my lock off my hand checked bag and stole some items I had bought. Overall, fantastic trip. You can view my pictures from my web site at http://www.RJTravelMedia.com

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Traveler:RICHARD TAUCHEN
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:7
Traveled:August 2015

We went on this experience with 8 friends and the overall expectations were far exceeded. This tri[p was always on the go but at enough of a leisurely pace that the 87 and 91 yr. olds with us could keep up nicely. The game drives were great and the accommodations were just great. Weather was spectacular and we have nothing but praise for our Tour Director who went way over the top in helping with all things on the trip. I would recommend d this trip to anyone who might be considering this location to visit. We enjoyed it so much.

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Traveler:STANLEY CHURCH
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:August 2015

This was an excellent trip regarding the hotels, food safari's and excursions.

Our only complain was that there was no rotation on the bus trips...one couple sat up front

Our Tour Director, Anske Mol (Johanna) was supurb with her knowledge and explanations from the animals habitat, etc. to the wineland in S. Africa. We highly recommend her.

This was our 5th trip with Vantage and was treated very special...thank you Vantage. We celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary and Joanna had a special treat for us!!!

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Traveler:DORIS LEHMANN
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:June 2015

This was my best trip ever, after years of travel. The hotels were great, but the pleasure of the game drives, the helicopter flight, and the elephant ride were the icing on the cake. Add the beauty of Capetown and the solemn history of Soweto and Robben Island,and you have a perfectly balanced trip. Deidre was a wonderful leader and a thoughtful helper. you have a gem there! I've already almost talked another teacher into going next summer.

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Traveler:DAVID MICHITSCH
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:5
Traveled:March 2015

Best trip ever!! Our guide Keith Martyn, was fantastic, we just love him, best guide ever. We saw every animal except leopard. We loved it so much, we leave in 30 days for The Heart of Africa trip! Vantage, you are the best!!!

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Traveler:Chris and Charlie Brunette
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:January 2015

Without a doubt, this trip was our best to date! The cultural connections Vantage tours provided gave us special opportunities to connect with local people The small number of people in our group enabled us to become friends with our fellow travelers. A superb tour guide, animal safari drives, Victoria Falls, an unforgettable elephant ride, and the cable car jaunt to the top of Table Mountain in Capteown were just a few of the stunning highlights that made the Best of South Africa an unequaled experience.

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Traveler:STEPHEN SMITH
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:7
Traveled:January 2015

This goes to the top of our "best trips ever" list!! Everything about it was wonderful: great guide, great excursions, great travel companions, great hotels. The highlight was spending my birthday at Victoria Falls...amazing!

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The experience of a lifetime

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Traveler:Lorraine Plante
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:October 2014

Best of Africa was the ultimate on my "Bucket List;" it turned out to be the "Experience-of-a-Lifetime!" The careful attention to details by the Program Director allowed for a carefree journey. Accommodations and meals were excellent, the Game Drives superb, and the varied, cultural experiences enriching. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who is looking to experience various facets of Southern Africa, as well as its magnificent creatures "up-close & personal."

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Traveler:James Scott
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:March 2014

One of the best tours ever taken. Would like more info and name of school visited, would like to donate money for students. Enjoyed travel mates and tour guide John was great. Accommodations were excellent. Looking forward for another trip with Vantage!

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The best trip I have ever taken

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Traveler:Joyce Jacobs
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:February 2014

This was the best trip I have ever taken. The animals were fascinating and our guides were wonderful. I would do this trip again. Our guides went out of their way to make sure we saw the BIG FIVE and all other animals of interest. Victoria falls was great, the hotel was wonderful, as well.

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Traveler:Jeanne Follett
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:January 2014

Feb. 18, 2014. Just returned home from this remarkable trip. I went to see the animals, and animals I saw in abundance, but I also returned home with four books about history and culture. Plus nine 2G flash cards full of photos. The Big Five in one safari drive? Fantastic. I even saw three of the Small Five. Plus things like a leopard leading us down the road for a quarter mile, three packs of Wild Dogs, rhinos, elephant tantrums, and various varieties of antelope crossing the road in front of the Land Rovers. Riding an elephant, zip lining across the gorge at Victoria Falls, too many elephants and hippos to count on a Chobe River float, and a remarkable talk about Dr. David Livingstone while cruising the Zambezi River. I made a humbling visit to the squatter camps in Langa, where I experienced the lovely aroma of the traditional beer in a shebeen, bought a souvenir in a squatter camp, and saw first hand what life in a hostel can be like. By all means, sign up for all the optionals (choose which of two helicopter rides you want) plus the extension to Mabula Game Lodge. The ambiance of Mabula lodge in a private game reserve was my introduction to Africa, and while it is somewhat more humble than the other lodges, it remains my favorite. But above all, the incredible and exhilarating experiences and friendly people, tour director Brian Haysom is a gem. Infinitely patient, exceptionally knowledgeable, and charmingly funny, you will grow to love him on this trip. Thank you, again, Brian for sharing your country and your love of your country with me....and for picking up after me.

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Traveler:Aime Sundal & Wayne Zimmerman
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:September 2013

This was the best trip ever - way beyond our expectations! We couldn't believe how many animals we saw up close. Also, the variety the trip offered - game drives, sight seeing, and fabulous Cape Town and the wine region - was perfect. We can't wait to return to Africa with Vantage!

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Traveler:Sam And Dorothy Sinderson
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:September 2013

We had a great time on this trip. The only glitch was that our bags got tagged incorrectly by United Airlines and South African Airlines did not catch the error so our bags caught up with us on the 8th day. Make sure your bags are tagged for Johannesburg, not Dakar, which is an intermediate stop if you are on the flight from Dulles. United didn't follow the flight itinerary to its end and our bags were put off in Dakar. Our program manager made an outstanding effort to locate and secure our bags, but the incompetence of South African was too much. Nevertheless it was a great trip. I am a birder and with the help of two independent guides that I secured on otherwise free days and with the help of the regular safari guides, I was able to see 166 new birds and almost 200 species overall. We were able to see all the big animals, but the Chettah, including both white and black rinos. Virtually every day was a new adventure. We will long remember this one.

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Traveler:Laura Leve & Frank Steinberg
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:August 2013

Run, don't walk and book this tour. It was a most exciting, interesting and unique adventure. Sometimes along our life journeys, we decide what is yet to be experienced. This trip was definitely one of "those"! When I got off our 4-seater plane at the first destination, tears rolled from my eyes because I felt as if I had stepped into my dream. If Walt Disney, needed inspiration for an African adventure this would have been the spot. Incredible, inspiring and well, just everything. GO. JUST GO. See for yourself!

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Traveler:Carol Bellis
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:May 2013

This trip is truly a dream of a lifetime come true. The safari drives were wonderful. When I look at the pictures I took, it brings back the memories of my experience. The trip was well planned & our tour guide was very knowledgable & a joy to travel with. I am a single traveler & I have always felt safe & welcome traveling with Vantage. I would highly recommend this trip to fellow travelers.

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Traveler:Nathan & Karen Price
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:April 2013

This was an excellent trip, comparable to the quality of the other Vantage trips we have enjoyed. We were able to enjoy a cross section of what the area contains; culture, scenery, animals.Highly recommend for those wanting to see that Africa has much more to offer than just safari's.

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Traveler:Alison Bozman
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:January 2013

Our trip to Africa was a wonderful, never-to-be-forgotten experience. I couldn't believe the amount of animals we saw so close up! Truly amazing. Our guide Keith was knowledgeable about so many topics and made Africa come alive with his fascinating stories. The other thing that impressed me about our trip was the variety of experiences we enjoyed. We would never have been able to experience such wide diversity had we planned the trip ourselves.

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Traveler:Jean Jankovich & George Griffith
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:September 2012

I have always wanted to go to South Africa. This trip fit our needs which were to see beautiful animals in their natural habitat (especially African elephants), gain a better insight into the history, people, and culture, and to see the different cities with Capetown having been our favorite. We did so many diverse things; the variety was wonderful and there was never too much of the same thing. Vantage has continually exceeded our expectations. I don't know where they find the program managers, but they are extraordinary. When I'm asked what could be done to improve a trip I've taken, I have no response. Just keep doing it right, as usual.

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Traveler:Debra Lieberman
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:2
Traveled:July 2012

A trip of a lifetime! Seeing the Big 5 on every safari through Kruger and Chobe National Parks was fabulous. Everything, including Brian, our guide was phenomenal and I strongly recommend this trip.

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Traveler:Jerry Carre
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:June 2012

Sometimes dreams do come true. I had longed dreamed of a safari to Africa, but for a variety of reasons, mostly due to procrastination, I put one off until "later". I began to realize, however, that later was going to be a problem as I entered my mid-70's, so I began to check out various safari offerings and found this one from Vantage totally met my needs and expectations. Boy did it ever. First, it covered a huge area of southern Africa, none of which I had ever been to. Two large cities gave me an insight into the cosmopolitan nature of South Africa (Cape Town was one of the loveliest cities I have ever visited), delightful towns in the wine growing regions of South Africa, the world famous Victoria Falls (where I satisfied another dream and did a bungee jump), and finally, of course, I saturated myself in the reason for taking this tour in the first place, going on safari in two great national parks, Kruger in South Africa, and Chobe in Botswana. I was able to see all the great animals, and some of the lesser one, except for a rhinoceros, but that only means I need to go on another safari tour! The group was small and a delight, the guide, Brian, was topnotch, the meals way too filling, and the hotels vividly memorable, especially those in the parks. But if they contributed to the feeling of being in the wild, the Victoria Falls Hotel made me feel like I had stepped back in time. The ultimate result of this Vantage safari tour, however, was to start me dreaming all over again about taking an African safari, next time to Kenya and Tanzania.

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Traveler:Franklin & Judith Janzen
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:15
Traveled:May 2012

Our trip to southern Africa was one of our highlights in many years of travel. The stay in the Okavango Delta was the 'icing on the cake'. The entire itinerary was geared to an interesting yet doable schedule. We came home with raves about the entire trip.

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Traveler:Hugh Macdonald Jr & Mary Macdonald
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:April 2012

This was one of the best trips my husband and I have taken. The program director was fabulous! We stayed at superb hotels and the food was fabulous but the very best part was the safaris! We saw the big five and saw them up close. It was terrific and exciting.

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Best of Africa: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia & Victoria Falls

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Traveler:Gayle Butler
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:March 2012

The trip of a lifetime! How cool it was to see wild animals in their native environment rather than in a zoo. And what a neat country South Africa--and what history! Our program manager, Jacqui, was excellent--really got to know each of us in our small group.

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Traveler:Charles & Mary Grady
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:6
Traveled:March 2012

We picked this trip to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. A great choice. Anne was a tremendous program manager. WE were a small group--20 people. The itinery was superb as we had a chance to see and experince a lot of South Africa and four other countries.

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Best of Africa: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia & Victoria Falls

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Traveler:Beryl Levine
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:8
Traveled:February 2012

A fabulous adventure. Our guide, Keith, was one of the best I have experienced. He was always well prepared for any and all questions and always patient. Plus his "contacts" at each of our destinations were excellent. And you could see how well liked Keith was at each place we went. The highlights of this trip were, zip lining, seeing the wildlife up close and personal, and always outstanding accommodations.

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Traveler:Aurelia Baumgartner
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:1
Traveled:February 2012

I have been on land tours prior to Africa but not one tour guide was as passionate about his country (born, raised and still lives there) as Keith was. He glowed when he talked about Africa - came from his heart! The information he passed on to us was not just info - never boring - and always wanted to have a great laugh and please us! Very visible. I would do the tour again ONLY IF I were escorted by Keith!!!! Sure hope you tell him this!!! 5 star resorts surprised us completely especially in the Parks. Everything including food was excellent - I did get a little tired of buffets though. I hope China this October will be the same experience.

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Traveler:Morris McCall
Gender: Male
Vantage Journeys Taken:3
Traveled:January 2012

I was very pleasantly surprised with this trip. It was better than I expected. I especially enjoyed being able to see so many large animals in Chobe and Krueger National Parks. Victoria Falls area was very beautiful with many activities to do. Cape Town and South Africa had much to see and do, also. Robben Island, Mandela's home, other historical sites, and Cape of Good Hope were very Interesting, as we had a very good guide.

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Best of Africa: South Africa, Botswana, Namibia & Victoria Falls

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Traveler:Helen Gleason Mercer & Edward Mercer
Gender: Female
Vantage Journeys Taken:4
Traveled:September 2011

One of our favorite trips.Really loved the safari Part of the trip. Chobe and Kruger were awesome,animals everywhere. We got to see the big 5. This trip has great food and hotels. Our guide was wonderful and always helpful. Each country had it's own uniqueness. The wildlife parks, falls, wine country and the cities were great. We traveled there in September when there was very little foliage which I understand allows for better viewing of the wildlife. But I Guess anytime is a good time on vacation! We actually viewed a leopard hunting and pulling down a warthog.

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