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Arjan & Judith

Posted on July 19, 2016, featured in

Knowing Danni already for years, we knew that we were in for a treat. Well, this was the understatement of the year, what an amazing trip we had.

On our arrival at Victoria Falls Airport we were collected by the staff of the Victoria Falls Safari lodge and in 30 minutes we arrived at the stunning premises of the lodge. Even though I’d been to the lodge before it still amazed me what an amazing vibe it gives. I can only imagine how it felt for my parents and my girlfriend.

In our itinerary we were staying at one of the standard rooms facing the waterhole which I can assure you is already an amazing place. However, this time Danni organized us an upgrade to the Honeymoon suites, which are absolutely stunning.

Besides our accommodation, we had the pleasure that Danni organized a trip on the Zambezi Express. The cruise was an ultimate combination of exploring the Zambezi, tranquility and luxury.

Other activities which we have done while in Zimbabwe;

– Visit the Victoria Falls (a must-see)
– History Talk on Livingstone and Rhodes (very interesting)

After our stay in Zimbabwe we had a great transfer to Botswana. The transfer was well organized and we had only little waiting time at the border and prior to our flight to the Moremi Game Reserve.

On arrival at the Moremi Camp (Dessert and Delta) we felt straight away at home. Both the welcoming staff and the accommodation were excellent.

During our stay at the lodge (4 nights) we had Vincent as our guide. With his amazing skills(and hospitality) he was able to show us the diversity of wildlife in the reserve. During the game drives, we were extremely lucky seeing wilddogs on a hunt and just minutes after they killed an impala. We furthermore had an extraordinary sighting of a female leopard and her cubs eating from a pray by keeping (us)patiently waiting until they came out of their hiding spot. These were only two of the highlights during our stay, we furthermore saw; lions (eating a waterbok), kudu, giraffes, honey badger, crocodiles, large hurt of buffalo, a large variety of birds, and more. A private dinner at the pool makes the trip even more exciting.

Our next stop on our trip was at Xugana Island Lodge. After arrival by plane we already had a warm welcome at the airstrip, we headed to the lodge by boat (with the first sighting of Hippos near the lodge). The Lodge is based in the middle of the Okavango Delta and is completely surrounded by water. Lodges are a bit more luxurious and have an amazing view over the lake in front of you. The people at the lodge are as friendly and warm as they were in Moremi. They really like to give you that “home” feeling.

The water-based activities are amazing, we had an amazing thrill of a hippo chasing us in our boat, but at all times the experience of our guide (TH) made it feel comfortable. Also during our walking safari on one of the islands we felt the comfort that nothing would happen. Unfortunately, we were unlucky this time and didn’t see any big animals.

Our Mokoro ride was probably the most amazing event of our trip, as my girlfriend and now fiancé answered the big question with a “Yes”! A special thank you for Danni and the team of Xugana Island Lodge who organized all the things I requested for this day, including a dinner on the lake.

Conclusion:

Sikeleli Safaris

It was my second trip organized through Danni and again I would recommend everyone to use Sikeleli for Africa trips. She really understood our needs, basically all our requests materialized and she even went beyond that by organizing all kinds of amazing surprises along our trip.

On behalf of my parents and my fiancé we would like to thank Danni for the great care and most of all for the lifetime lasting memory of this amazing trip. Personally I would like to thank her for all the help with preparing the wedding proposal, it was absolutely beautiful.

We furthermore would like to thank Desert and Delta for the great care during our stay, it was amazing.

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