This is just a thank you for everything you did for us to make our trip something special. We had a great time and the locations were fantastic especially Inyati. Their staff couldn’t have been more helpful and the game drives and food were exceptional. This was the highlight of our trip. We saw the Big 5 on the first day/night and hadn’t even left the lodge when we saw our first Elephant eating a tree near the staff accommodation. It was a similar story with a Rhino on the 2nd day. We saw a lioness with 4 cubs (on her first trip out with the cubs), Honey Badgers which we were told are very rare. Lions, Buffalo, Wilderbeast, Impala (which our guide called the McDonalds of the bush, Giraffe, Warthog, Nyala, Kudu, Hippo, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino, Crocodiles (not to mention the many birds) were all a regular part of our day including a casual walk through the grounds by Leopard, Nyala, Elephant, Warthogs, Crocodiles and other animals.
Rissington was another little piece of paradise with great accommodation and food and the atmosphere in the bar during the games was fun. The Hillside lodge (ideal for large family) has its own pool and two large bedrooms with separate dining/lounge and the Manager Chris was a character that went out of his way to make sure you were enjoying yourselves.
We enjoyed Vic Falls and Thorntree River Lodge, although the rooms were very cold with no heating and a breeze blowing through the eaves onto your face in bed (would be very nice in Summer) but not in the middle of winter. The food and staff made up for any inconvenience and it was a nice short break. We did a helicopter flight over the falls (thoroughly recommend this to anyone). The game drive was good but after Inyati it was always going to be difficult for them to compete. We did however go on a walk to see Rhino which was fun. The best part of Thorntree is that it is very small (9 rooms) which gives it that more personal feeling.
We would thoroughly recommend Inyati, Rissington and Africa Direct (Tanya of course) to any of our friends and want to once again say thank you and wish you and your family all the best for the future. We would love to visit Africa again, see more and go further afield, we would definitely get you to organise it for us.
Robyn & Mark Woodward