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I wanted to send you a note to thank you and your team so much for making our trip the East Cape in October so completely magical. After having taken that incredible trip with our Aussie friends in 2015, was expecting that our shorter trip booked “last minute” would not have the same level of “adventure” or expansiveness. It ended up being a wonderful trip and completely exceeded expectations. Wanted to give you my thoughts on the itinerary and the lodges we visited.
We started at Pumba, then moved to Kichaka and ended up at Addo reserve at Camp Figtree. All of these lodges were wonderful. Great accommodations, excellent food, friendly staff and lots of animals. If I was scheduling this again, I would have done Addo first. While we were able to see quite a few elephants and they had a great water hole, after the other two camps, the game viewing was less exciting. It would have made a perfect first camp! Camp Figtree was really a treat, loved being up in the mountains and the lodge was really interesting, having a few less amenities because of its location gave it a charm and feeling of days gone by! Good for a couple of nights though a longer stay may not have been as good as you are really fairly isolated up there!
Pumba was a wonderful camp, I believe we were originally scheduled to be the Water Lodge but were changed last minute to the Bush Lodge. I thought the Bush Lodge was great but if I was staying again I would request the Water Lodge. One of the things I missed from our last safari was the ability to sit around the campfire at night or early in the morning and the water lodge had the nice fire pit which I think made it a little more social! We did go over there one afternoon for the spa which was wonderful. The monkeys were just little devils at the Bush Lodge!! But very fun to watch! The animals were very good at Pumba. We had some great experiences with the lions (the white ones were beautiful) and we were able to get very close to these three Cheetah brothers as they walked down the road, feasted on a kill etc. The landscape there was really interesting as well with hills and plains and there was lots to see.
Kichaka was next and I think both Adrianne and I felt it was absolutely our favorite experience of the three. Loved the cabins, feeling like we were in the tree tops, the main lodge was very inviting right on the water hole. Great good. Best food for trying local game (they had Ostrich Wellington!). What we liked the best were the game drives. Our ranger took us out literally for 3/12 to 4 hours twice a day. There weren’t quite as many animals as Pumba and the terrain was different but we were able to go off road whenever it made sense so we could actually get close to things. Saw some amazing things. It felt more like we were tracking animals, looking at prints and doing more seeking out versus just driving on a path and seeing what was there to see.
All three were fabulous in their own way! Really appreciate the great service from your team and so nice to be picked up and taken from one destination to another and to the airport. Took all of that anxiety of transportation away and let us just enjoy the adventure!
Joan United States Tailor-made itinerary 2017/02/21