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Travel reviews by Mr C & Mrs P from UK

Review Distribution

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Total number of trips

1

Countries visited

1

Lodges stayed in

7

Excursions taken

0

General comments

South Africa between 16 Dec 2007 and 30 Dec 2007

Trip rating: Excellent
"A good trip was put together at short notice.

Generally the style of accomodation used was aimed at relaxed time in hotels rather than a more active agenda. Set dinners were a bit restrictive at most places - both the limited menus and the timings. Food appeared pricey compared with other SA experiences but we have nothing to compare with on this trip.

Two hotels did not have information about local places of interest - Rosenhof Country House, Oudtshorn and Hunters Lodge, Knysna.

Expert Africa's information about finding some hotels was insufficient - we had to research the web to find directions; predeparture information did not include advice about set meal times (which we found restrictive); Predeparture information was fragmented in the "book" provided, and covering letter; there was much more focus on Namibia than South Africa and it was not always clear which information related to which country."

Arranged By Sabina Hekandjo


Vineyard Hotel

Vineyard Hotel

"Vineyard Hotel review"

3 nights Arrived 17 Dec 2007
"Excellent location for Kirstenbosch, access towards Hout Bay and Chapmans Drive, also to Cape Point via Muisenberg.

Excellent breakfasts."
Good
Location
Good
Service
Good
Facilities
Good
Rooms
Good
Food
Good
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Roggeland Country House, South Africa (this camp has since closed)

"Roggeland Country House review"

2 nights Arrived 20 Dec 2007
"The best hotel of the trip.

Please advise future clients that wine is included with dinner.

Very friendly welcome.

Great for access to Paarl Bird Sanctuary."
Excellent
Location
Good
Service
Excellent
Rooms
Good
Food
Excellent
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Klippe Rivier Country House, South Africa (this camp has since closed)

"Klippe Rivier Country House review"

1 night Arrived 22 Dec 2007
"We were the only guests staying yet they rushed us through arriving and dinner.

Overzealous attention throughout dinner asking every few minutes if everything was alright for sir/madam.

Nice room - very good bathroom, shower etc."
Good
Location
Good
Service
Average
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good
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Rosenhof Country Lodge

"Rosenhof Country House"

2 nights Arrived 23 Dec 2007
"Pricey meals with limited choice. Christmas Eve was ridiculously overpriced - no difference from the night before apart from the cracker and a small gift.

Nice welcome.

Terrible weather!!"
Good
Location
Good
Service
Good
Rooms
Good
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Hunters Country House

"Hunters Country House"

2 nights Arrived 25 Dec 2007
"Not much choice on the Fine Dining menu. Insufficient day to day change.

Pushy with pre-dinner drinks.

Room smelt damp, lots of insects. Even had a scorpion in the room.

Alistair was very helpful with a birding query."
Average
Location
Good
Service
Average
Rooms
Average
Elephant House

Elephant House

"Elephant House review"

1 night Arrived 27 Dec 2007
"Bathroom needs refurbishment - shower head broken, lights not working, no shampoo. generally a bit shabby and run down.

Rushed to order and choose dinner immediately on arrival after 10 hours on the road. Service at dinner was haphazard by local staff, management not very evident - food not particularly good.

Stuggled to get a packed breakfast - but succeeded after three attempts. Did not seem geared up to people wanting an early start and to be out all day.

Other guests seemed to like the hotel as a place to relax and do nothing."
Average
Location
Excellent
Service
Average
Rooms
Poor
Food
Average
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Cosmos Cuisine

"Cosmos Cuisine Guesthouse"

1 night Arrived 28 Dec 2007
"very helpful in supply breakfast packs for an early start.
Excellent room with water, tea/coffee, snacks available.

Well run guesthouse.

Swimming pool minature (not used by us)."
Good
Location
Good
Service
Good
Rooms
Excellent
Food
Good

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