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Old September 11th, 2013, 04:58 PM
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Looking for super high end accommodations, with an authentic and true view experience. Target area is South Africa. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Cost is a factor so, if you've been, please incorporate the per person charge per day.

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Old September 11th, 2013, 05:08 PM
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Looking for super high end accommodations, with an authentic and true view experience. Target area is South Africa. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Cost is a factor so, if you've been, please incorporate the per person charge per day.

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We have a friend that just did a similar trip as you know, make some time and we can do a meet up. Also Charles knows the wines in the area
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Old September 11th, 2013, 05:14 PM
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Looking for super high end accommodations, with an authentic and true view experience. Target area is South Africa. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Cost is a factor so, if you've been, please incorporate the per person charge per day.

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A friend Loftus Hitchins goes frequently.
I'll PM you his contact info.
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Old September 11th, 2013, 05:25 PM
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Here is conda nast's 2013 top list for SA.

http://www.cntraveler.com/gold-list/...t#south-africa

Lucky you. I really miss Africa alot, and I spent a month there sleeping on a cot. You are going to really like it.
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Looking for super high end accommodations, with an authentic and true view experience. Target area is South Africa. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Cost is a factor so, if you've been, please incorporate the per person charge per day.

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We've been a few times, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa & Zimbabwe.
I don't think "super high end accommodations" and "cost is a factor" can go together on safari. It's expensive but it's a fantastic experience, I always tell people that if they have desire to go, "save up" it's worth it.
That said, I believe Zambia, Botswana or Namibia (in that order) are the truest wilderness safari experiences that I've had. South Africa (ZA) is good but those are better IMHO.
We stayed at Londolozi (Sabi Sands Private Reserve) and I was disappointed how much infrastructure was visible. At night, and night rides are a safari staple, you could see street lights and buildings in the distance & fences during the day.
On the other hand in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia you are in the middle of freak'n nowhere. Outside of the camp you're staying in there's nothing or no one for miles. Check out Shenton Safari's and the camps were Kaingo & Mamba. The game viewing is the best we've experienced.
Can't quote the prices, I don't make the arrangements, my wife does all that.
Let me know if I can help more.
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Everything south of of middle of Botswana is more like Arizona desert. All the animals on the south end of Africa are mostly in Northern Botswana where the Kalahari is. I would stay up that way.

Botswana was part of UK and English is the official language. And they love Americans. I can attest to that.
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From experience I would suggest Tanzania. .. not south Africa but the Ngorongo crater cannot be beaten. Also the Serengeti, lake Manyara, and Tarengeri are very close or border the crater park so you can travel through several parts. Just my 2c
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Well I echo a few...

Sth Africa - will be quite high end, and caters to the "Big White Hunter" type of crowd a lot - so they get the high end....plus just going into SA (read Joh'burg) can be dangerous. Harry's Huts would be a strong recommendation up near the Kruger though

Tanzania - On the low end, but there are a few good Safari outfits, most operate out of Arusha (Ngorongoro crater - a must see) and there are real nice hotels there...think swanky for Tanzania being 4*...big PLUS - lack of crowds

Kenya - My choice - you can do two of the BEST game parks in luxury, with many good operators. Masai Mara & Serengeti - most/all operators are good to excellent, and you pay for what you get - but you will be able to find a good operator at a decent price....only issue Crowds.

I operated out of Nairobi into the Masai and Serengeti, as well as Tsavo for 4 years....and visited a lot of similar operations.
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As stated before Tanzania is great especially the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti and Tarangire. A lot of animals.

Northern Botswana is also very good. Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe NP. The Central Kalahari Game Reserve was impressive but there are more animals and lodges up north.

Namibia not much game but the scenery is awesome.

I would try and fit Victoria Falls in the itinerary especially if you can time it with high water flow. That is impressive.

My wife and I completed self- drive camping safaris in Namibia and Botswana so we don’t have any high end lodge recommendations
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I would not do SA. Do Bostwana, Tanzania or Masai in kenya.... my recommendation is kenya
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Governor's Camp in Masai Mara, absolutely fantastic for high end, atmospheric experience. Serengeti and Ngorongoro also great but I didn't do high end there. Also Samburu in Kenya is great. But go to Governor's. you will be well pleased.
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We had a fabulous time at Sabi Sabi private game reserve . The staff and the guides were fantastic . We saw the big five and the accomadation are first class . Best trip so far by far .
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