November 2, 2016

Amanda S. – Scottsdale, AZ


I grew up in South Africa so when I saw you were doing a trip there this year – naturally, I was the first one to sign up! Keep in mind I had not been back to the land of my childhood in 30 years! Wow, Wow and more Wow’s! First of all – STI did an amazing job with the itinerary! Within 10 days, I had 6 mini vacations, and got to see 6 mini eco environments! The Safari in Madikwe was absolutely amazing! The game rangers were beyond knowledgeable, the staff was amazing, food beyond excellent and my accommodations – were beyond 5 star!


I was thrilled to be in the Kalahari again, how awesome was it to take an outdoor shower whilst watching Giraffe’s and Elephants pass by!!!! Then of course, the animals…just gorgeous  exactly I got so many “money shots” of Lions, Cheetah’s, Elephants, Rhino’s Giraffe’ etc. I even caught a storm, a bush fire and a tripe rainbow – can you imagine?
Did it end there…hell to the no! Then we were off to Hermanus, a gorgeous coastal town. I changed my mind at the last minute and ended up cage diving with a Great White Shark. Now in fairness, my eyes were closed but I was in the cage, I was submerged and there was a shark!!! Off the bucket list ha!
Then it was off to pet Cheetah’s at the Cheetah outreach program on our way to Cape Town. I just want to tell you the Cheetah purred for me – amazing! Then a tour of Cape Town, a visit to the Seals, Table Mountain, the Cape of Good Hope, Penguins in Simon’s Town and even wine tasting in gorgeous Stellenbosch! I ended my time with a visit to Robben Island and had tea with a wonderful South African family that invited me! I did so much more, but it’s too much to write here – Just amazing – all of it!
I would be remiss if I did not mention Chris Tromp! I have travelled to over 64 countries and been on planes, trains and automobiles. I have done every tour you can image. Chris was amazing and the best tour guide I have ever encountered! He was passionate and knowledgeable about South Africa, from history to his knowledge of the land and animals – I was in awe of his expertise!!!! He was patient and helpful and always took care of everyone aboard the trip and tried to fulfill even the smallest of requests. Trust me when I tell you that was not an easy job even with a small group. His passion and positivity inspired me beyond words!
For me this was not just another visit to another place. I left my soul in South Africa many years ago and thanks to you and Chris – my soul is truly at peace with South Africa. I am proud of my time spent there and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to return! I can’t wait to go back…
Thank you for everything, this was more than a trip for me, it was a life changing experience!!!!


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