Having been on a "Proper" safari, I was wasn't expecting much and I wasn't dissapointed. If you're in the market for a safari during your stay in the Western Cape, you'll probably be dissapointed too - you'll see as many animals (probably more) at places like Whipsnade, Longleat, Busch Gardens etc - this is by no stretch of the imagintion a safari as it claims.
First the good.
The actual resort isn't bad - nice restaurant building, bar / lounge area, pool etc. Breakfast buffet not bad either.
The accomodation - dirty / dusty with nasty sewage smells.
The "safari" and game drive. driving around a boring landscape with a few animals dotted about. When I did a real safari at the Selous game reserve, they gad to clear the runway of deer, giraffe & zebras before we could land! Here, there were 2 elephants, 4 rhino, (2 rhino had been shot by poachers.. what type of reserve is this if it doesn't protect its animals???) 1 giraffe (no trees in the park, so adult giraffe have to be taken away as they can't feed from the ground).
Most sad (in africa of all places) was the lions in an elecrified pen looking bored, over fed and not living as they should in the wild. The rehabilitation centre was really depressing - all electrified pens - a lone leopard in one, 3 lions in another and 2 cheetah in a third. This is NOT a safari where you see these animals in their native environment. the only positive aspect was because the animals are used to people, they don't run off whe you approach, as they would in the wild.
The food - absolutely dire (apart from breakfast) The same stuff was served up for dinner and lunch. Boring selection of tasteless muck. I could really relate to the people I watched circling the buffet over and over hoping something appetising might have appeared since the last tour.
The restaurant, despite being nicely fitted out, is like eating in an aviary - with lots of birds flying in and around the tables. If you manage to find a seat without bird mess on it, should you leave your table for any reason, birds would swoop down onto the tables and eat the food! There were also mice running around the tables, hiding under the central stands of the tables.
The lazy, disinterested staff made no attempt to remove the birds or stop the birds eating peoples food. I fact, the only time I saw any sign of life from the staff was when I left my table to get some coffee whereupon I was chased after as they thought I was leaving without paying for a bottle of water I ordered (Water is more expensive than beer in this place.... bring your own!)
To summarize, If a safari is on your backet list - this should not be it. Go to one of the proper reserves like Selous, Serengeti, Kruger etc etc and see the real thing in all its magnificence and you'll be amazed by the variety and abundance of wildlife.
This place is just a tourist trap. Poor value for money and a long way to go to see very little. Not recommended.
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