Here we are back home and first of all, we want to wish you an excellent new year and all the best for you and Backroads for 2012! We agree with your philosophical letter!
We had a wonderful trip and discovered a beautiful country. We have been really amazed with all the beautiful landscapes, so green, so huge, so much nature...You organized everything so well! It was great and easy to follow your directions and all the accommodations were so nice, comfortable and well chosen. And the hosts in the B&B’s were so nice too.
No doubt, the ``masterpiece`` of the trip was the safari. This camp and experience in the bush was exceptional. We really appreciated to be in a simple but comfortable camp, far from business life... The 2 guides were so great. They know the bush so well and made us feel it: following the tracks, explaining so many things, going so close to the animals, knowing exactly what they can do and being so excited with us every time we were discovering something together. It was a fully private safari! And 4 days was a perfect timing.
The remaining of the circuit was also beautiful. We really liked you sent us to such a quiet and beautiful natural park like Mlilwane or Giants Castle. We would have liked to have spent more time at places like Mlilwane to have one full day to enjoy biking or doing a long trail in this park.
Going through the border was a special ``experience``. Apparently the day before Christmas was a busy day and it seemed like the custom officer decided to have some fun with us - make us phone to the car rental company for insurance, then make us go back to the counter to declare our cameras whereas at the counter, they said it was useless..... And then going back the next day was easy because it was Christmas day.... As you said, this is Africa!
We just have not been so lucky with the weather during the panoramic road and in the Drakensberg... but the landscapes are so huge and beautiful in this country!
And now back home with a lot of nice memories and beautiful pictures! Here is a souvenir of the bush with all the family and those 2 great guides!
Thanks for everything; it was also good to meet you in Hoedspruit and to count on you in little ``difficult`` times!
All the family, Jeff, Marianne, Benjamin, Juliette and Mathilde