We had a great time. Gate 1 treated us like royalty (as usual). Cape Town is a beautiful city, especially when viewed from the top of Table Mountain. The Mabula Game Lodge was so exciting. We got up close and personal with the "Big Five" as well as dozens of other types of wild game. Our tracker, Isaiah, shared his knowledge and experience with us and positioned our Land Rover for the best possible pictures. Sunset over the mountains, in the African bush, with a glass of wine was a great end to each game drive. I would recommend this trip to anyone.Paul K. Valparaiso, IN
We had a fabulous vacation! The itinerary was terrific and included many excellent stops on the way. Stewart the guide, was knowledgeable, helpful and kept us entertained! Everyone on the tour were like minded fun people and got on famously with each other. We made many new friends and now look forward to planning another trip with Gate 1!Ansuya D. Ontario, Canada
The trip was extraordinary!!!! So hard to describe the vast number of experiences packed into 10 days! Our guide was delightful, knowledgable and his love for his country was evident. Each day was filled with something even more awesome than the day before. We would have loved to do Victoria Falls but it was out of our price range but it is on our bucket list.Reva C. Southport, NC
The trip was absolutely sensational. Well organised, we got to see all the sites and managed to fit all of the itinerary in despite the weather playing havoc with the trip up Table Mountain. The township tour in Cape town should be an essential part of the trip. One of the highlights for me was our Tour Leader, Charl. His telling of life in South Africa during apartheid told me more about the country than any history book could and he held nothing back. He made sure we all had a good time and could do any of the extra activities we wanted to. Would recommend him highly as one of the best tour leaders we've ever had. We have now booked our next Gate 1 trip for March next year.Danielle W. Victoria, Australia
GREAT trip!! Our tour manager was super, the hotels were very nice, the food was very good, the group was very friendly and all seemed sad to leave the trip, and of course, the animal viewing was outstanding.Paul R. Louisville, KY
Our guide Don was superb- had amazing command of history of his beloved country. His love and passion for his work came through loud and clear. Truly a great tour guide and a great asset to Gate 1!Trang B. Haddonfield, NJ
IT WAS AMAZING, ABSOLUTELY 100% AMAZING! Our guide, Shaun, was the best we have ever had on any trip that we've taken. Thanks so much to Gate 1 for putting together this incredible itinerary, using wonderful hotels, taking us to places to see things and experience the culture that we would have missed doing this on our own, and having the internal "at home" Gate 1 team there for us from the day we booked to answer any questions and help with any problems. Gate 1 rocks!!!Judith V. Greenbank, WA
It was an outstanding escorted coach trip. Charl was an informative, entertaining and caring Trip Director. We had interactions with all South African groups and learned the history of this emerging, mineral-rich nation. We had 3 days of game drives and saw the Big-5 and many more animals. Cape Town was an enjoyable and scenic city to end the tour. This trip is a good value for the money.Cecil S. Germantown, TN
The S. African trip was super. The tour guide was humorous and knowledgeable. The people on the coach friendly and warm, and the drivers of the coach, very good.Edsel D. VIC, Australia
The trip was fantastic! Everything was great. Our tour guide, Jean, was excellent. She really exceeded every expectation. I don't think I would have enjoyed the trip as much, or learned as much, if it wasn't for her. As far as tour guides go, Jean should be the standard! I am already looking forward to finding another adventure through Gate 1 :)Candice R. Jonesboro, GA
The trip was fantastic and such great value. Our tour guide, Shaun, was the best guide I have ever had on a tour.Debra M. VIC, Australia
We would like to say how much we enjoyed our trip, it was wonderful and Shaun, the tour guide was absolutely fabulous, well informed witty and just a pleasure to deal with. Our drivers were really great also which meant we all felt safe. We did have a fabulous group of people with us which always helps, we would definitely recommend the tour to anyone.Judith B. QLD, Australia
Fabulous!!!! Roger, our guide, was very knowledgeable and helpful in all aspects. The accommodations were lovely and the food good. All of the safaris went well. We saw all of the animals I expected to see and more. Great group of traveling companions. The trip fulfilled my expectations.Sally H. Fort Mill, SC
Our trip was absolutely wonderful. In addition to an outstanding itinerary in South Africa, our guide Don was outstanding! He provided a wealth of information, delivered in a very clear and thorough manner and went out of his way to meet the needs of every member of our tour group. It was obvious that Don exhibits a high degree of enthusiasm towards his role as a tour guide and he connected very positively with us. In addition to providing us with an overview of the geography, flora and fauna of this most beautiful and diverse country; we very much appreciated the thorough and honest review of the very complicated and controversial social and political history of South Africa. Visits to Soweto, the Apartheid Museum and economically depressed areas were, to us, a most important part of our journey. Don was very candid about the troubled history of his country and its current efforts to overcome the legacy of its past. My thanks to Gate 1 for yet another fine tour that demonstrates your ability to provide travelers with a most memorable experience and one in which every detail was handled professionally; allowing us to realize the personal growth that only travel can provide.Kenneth M. Jericho, NY
This was our first trip with Gate 1 Travel and we can't say enough about the excellent care and quality of everything and we highly recommend it. Our tour guide in South Africa was Deliah, so kind, patient and very informative, we loved her!!!Janice E. Exeter, NH
This trip was absolutely wonderful! An experience/adventure of a lifetime. Truly a humbling experience- so grateful. Met amazing people as well.Arham A. Palos Heights, IL
The trip was fantastic. Loved every minute of it. Have been praising your company to all my friends. Looking forward to booking our next trip - may be to Morocco or the Dalmatian coast or combine both. Not very soon though....have to get over this one. Thank you so much for your organization. Everything fell into place and we enjoyed the company of all the participants.Anastasia R. NSW, Australia
It was just amazing!! We will never forget the wonderful experiences we enjoyed! Our guide, Desiree, did a fantastic job, and everyone on the trip enjoyed every minute. The hotels were perfect..we could not believe the value for the $$ spent. That has always been our experience with Gate 1 trips...and we have been to Thailand, Turkey, Costa Rica and now South Africa! We can hardly wait for our next one...a Russian River Cruise in June!! Keep up the good work!Judith E. San Diego, CA
Our trip with Gate 1 was amazing! We can't say enough about how well organized it was, the accommodations were great, food was good and our tour guide, Peter, was absolutely the best. He was always up beat, very knowledgeable about his country, liked to share and no question was too trivial for him to answer. The safaris were the high light and the animals we saw were amazing. It was beyond expectations, a wonderful experience. This was our second Gate 1 trip and both were exceptional. We highly recommend your tour company.Gwendolyn C. Ontario, Canada
Ofer, it was a great trip! Gate 1 does a super job. Our tour guide, Roger, was the best! The only downside was the long trip getting there & returning home. Thanks for all your assistance.Patricia S. Lincoln, NE
Had a great trip! Loved the Safari, wine tour, Swaziland etc! Roger our tour guide was outstanding!Wanda B. P C Beach, FL
Absolutely wonderful. This was our first Gate 1 trip, and we will definitely travel with you again. Colleen Webster was the greatest tour guide I’ve ever experienced, and I hope our paths cross again. Colleen was so extremely knowledgeable and very happy to share information. The hotels were great, and the food wonderful. Just can’t say enough how pleased we were.Jennifer H. Afton, MN
My trip was fabulous. This was my first tour as I've always travelled independently but it won't be my last thanks to Gate 1. The tour guide Colleen was so caring and organised. I can't praise her enough which she said was down to the training which she received from your organisation. However, one cannot be trained to be caring and empathetic. She displayed all this and more. Your schedule was organised in a way that we were able to enjoy so much of the country in such a short time without feeling rushed. Great, great trip.June H. Hampshire, Great Britain
Thanks! My trip was AWESOME! I saw so much stuff in a short amount of time. The location of the Cape Town hotel was perfect. We were so lucky to see so many animals at the game reserve. The buffet at the game lodge was outstanding. Our tour guide Heidi was great. I would highly recommend this trip and Gate 1!Ann J. Euless, TX
Thanks! My trip was AWESOME! I saw so much stuff in a short amount of time. The location of the Cape Town hotel was perfect. We were so lucky to see so many animals at the game reserve. The buffet at the game lodge was outstanding. Our tour guide, Heidi, was great. I would highly recommend this trip and Gate 1!Ann J. Euless, TX
Everything was absolutely beautifully planned out and close to perfect. Our tour guide in South Africa was Heidi and was she ever fantastic! Me, a former wedding and event planner, and my husband, the accountant, found every detail and activity organized to the fullest. Heidi was awesome at handling all of her clients along the way. I was seriously impressed at her ability to handle all types of people with grace and respect. Her knowledge of the country was very expansive and she was never a bore to listen to. We loved the experience, value, and trip Gate 1 gave to us, so thank you!!!Alan W. Kenosha, WI
Our trip was excellent and I would like to specifically mention what a great guide we had in Jean, she was terrific and very well prepared. The venues where good and the hotel accommodations where just as advertised. I felt that the trip was a good deal for the money and would recommend your company to my friends.Jim C. Kailua Kona, HI
The trip was absolutely incredible! Lawrence was a superb tour guide, incredible knowledge and personable! And we can't wait to go back to S.A. and travel with Gate 1 again!Jordan S. Cincinnati, OH
My trip was great. The guide, Thabie, was exceptional. She was not only very knowledgeable and pleasant, but had many recommendations for me when I had questions about dining, local customs, places to shop. The activities were well organized and very enjoyable. All hotel stays, pre paid dining, and drivers/transfers were great.Gerry L. Manlius, NY
We could not have enjoyed our trip to South Africa more. We brought friends with us and they are now devoted Gate 1 fans. Our guide, John, was amazingly good at his job. He was organized but also funny and informative. Whoever picks the guides is doing a superb job. ALL of our guides have been outstanding. Well done. We fell in love with Cape Town. The home-hosted dinner is a must-do. It was a people to people evening AND the food was fantastic. I already plan to serve Malva pudding for dessert this Christmas. Our game drives were so lucky. We saw all but the leopard and many rhinos right by the game vehicle. Victoria Falls was stunning! The lodge there is fabulous. I can't believe how many activities were included in the price. This has got to be the best travel deal ever. Our group was also serendipitous. Everyone was on time and friendly. Thanks for another trip of a lifetime. We are really looking forward to our trip to Galapagos with you guys in March.Elizabeth L. Clovis, CA
John, our guide, & drivers were superior. Answered all our questions. Saw animals in the wild & learned a lot about South Africa. Enjoyed whole trip.Julie C. Larkspur, CO
It was wonderful!!!! It was a lot of flying but well worth it. Laurence, our Tour Manager was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable of the area and not only made sure we had a good time but I felt he went out of his way to make sure we were always safe. I have hesitated to travel alone, especially in another country, but after this trip I would feel perfectly safe to travel with Gate 1. There were two women traveling alone in our group. I have traveled with other tour groups but will now travel only with Gate 1 after this. You offer great travel itineraries, nice accommodations and all at a great price.Ann M. Ellijay, GA
Outstanding. It is the first time we take an escorted tour and we loved it!. Thank you so much. Our tour lady (Delia) was amazing. Food was delicious, hotels and transportation were comfortable and the tours were very fun and nice. Thank you, we are more than pleased we took Gate 1 as our tour.Denisse L. Orlando, FL
I recently went on the South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Botswana tour and had the most amazing experience and time. This was my first Gate 1 tour and wasn't sure what to expect. The tour was well organized and our Tour Manager, Jason, was the best. He was very informative, extremely helpful, made sure everything ran on time and smoothly, and took care of any problem. I saw so many incredible sights, animals, beautiful sceneries and different way of life as well how poverty-stricken some countries are. It's an eye opener for sure. I also met some really great fellow travellers. I'm booking with Gate 1 again to go on the India/Nepal tour on March 28, 2017 and this time, my daughter is coming along with me. I'm looking forward and hope it will be just as wonderful an experience as my African tour.Lily T. Richmond, Canada
Our trip was amazing. Every day brought new adventures and sights that were beyond our wildest dreams. Our guide, Laurence, was one of the very best. He was professional, caring, efficient and informative. We learned about the people, animals and plants that make up this extremely diverse country. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, it would!! From the penguins on the Cape to the elephants of Chobe we were constantly reminded of the fragility and beauty of nature. We met guides who were so passionate about their part of Southern Africa. Shay introduced us to the townships and the struggles his people face. Max, in Botswana, shared his passion for the animals in Chobe as did Mtembe in Hluhluwe. My husband and I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who wants to experience this part of the world. It was an epic journey not only in distance travelled but also in the way we grew in our appreciation for the lives that are lived around the world. Thank you for providing us with this opportunity.Elaine W. Ontario, Canada
My trip was wonderful. I loved South Africa. Our guide, Colleen, was very knowledgeable and looked after the group every step of the way. I love to travel to meet people around the world and to learn from them. I have often said that travel is the best education in the world. As always, Gate 1 provided quality, comfort and value as no one else can. I have three more trips planned with Gate 1 next year and hope I can continue that every year. Thank you.Richard P. Jamul, CA
Absolutely wonderful, we had one of the best anniversary and more to come thank you. I must not forget Charl was the best tour guide. Very caring, servant and knowledgeable we will not forget all of the things that he shared and did to make our trip even more enjoyable. Thank you Gate 1.Lisa H. Sicklerville, NJ
We had a fantastic trip. Our guide Shaun was awesome and made everything about this trip easy and enjoyable. I would rate the trip and his as our guide at 15 points out of 10 points. It exceeded our expectations. I have spoken to 2 friends who want to take this trip and asked them to specifically ask for Shaun.Marguerite M. Seal Beach, CA
We had a wonderful trip. Enjoyed the scenery, culture, animals, history!! and amazing Namibia!Susan K. Spring Lake, MI
We loved the trip. Our guide, Don, was terrific. I have already recommended it to many of our friends and family. The traveling to get there is tough. All of the connections were handled expertly.Allan D. New Fairfield, CT
Excellent trip. Everything was well done and first class and my fellow travelers were very nice. Tour guide was great! Buses and hotels were excellent as was the food.Gary K. Las Vegas, NV
We had a wonderful time. The trip exceeded our expectations and our Tour Guide, Jason was excellent! Mr. Mair went above and beyond to ensure everything went smoothly while taking time to address various personal needs for our group. He exercised extreme professionalism and patience with a diverse, multicultural group of 39. In addition, Jason was extremely knowledgeable and eager to constantly share interesting facts regarding South Africa and the culture. Gate 1 Travel is lucky to have such an enthusiastic, highly educated tour guide who goes the extra mile to take care of his tour group. This was our first trip with Gate 1 as we normally don’t travel with tour companies but will definitely travel with Gate 1 in the future. It was an outstanding vacation.Lisa P. Louisville, KY
Our trip was awesome. It exceeded our expectations in service, accommodations, game drives and just plain fun. Our guide, Joel, was outstanding. Despite one game drive being almost totally rained out we saw more animals than I ever expected. We saw the "big 5" twice except for the rhino. A truly wonderful experience. Five star +++.Frances P. Hendersonville, NC
It was fantastic! Jason was a terrific guide, really worked hard to make sure everyone had what they needed, has great knowledge of and passion for the wildlife. Accommodations were terrific - impressive that some of the major dinners were at nice restaurants, not just the hotels, though the hotels had great local food as well. Africa was very do-able for English speakers, very safe. My husband is working on the pictures, and they are fantastic.Kim C. Hendersonville, NC
Still unpacking and recovering from time zone changes, but trip was fantastic. We really enjoyed the many opportunities we had to see animals, and we were very satisfied with the accommodations. Our favorite parts were Zimbabwe and Botswana and the lodges in which we stayed. We are so happy we included those extensions to the South Africa tour.John P. Sandy, UT
Our trip was fabulous!! Better than I ever would have expected. Gate 1 really does a great job. Our guide, our accommodations, our day trips, entertainment and safaris were all top notch. Thanks for your help in planning this memorable trip.Judith R. Milford, CT
We had a wonderful time Caitlin!! Made many new friends!! And our tour guide Shaun is a gem!!! So friendly, competent and full of knowledge about South Africa!! He's a keeper, for sure!! We enjoyed everything, especially the safaris!! What a beautiful country, and wonderful, friendly people! Larry's mother was born in Witbank, SA, and we drove right by the town (now eMalahlane) taking lots of photos to share with his family back home. And we actually had the opportunity to meet (for the first time) and get to know three of his cousins who live in Cape Town!! Overall, a very lovely, memorable trip!!Brenda R. Destin, FL
My trip was absolutely wonderful, a trip of a life time. Hard to put into words what I saw. Our tour guide Francis, made sure we saw a the Big 7 and more. I wasn't sure what to expect, but any expectations I had were exceeded!! Thank you Gate 1 for the experience.Lisa G. Springboro, OH
The trip was nothing as expected - of course I'm not sure what I expected. It was a life changing experience. Your staff in Nairobi were spectacular, our guide Frances was exceptional! We will certainly take many many many more trips with Gate 1Elizabeth C. Bronxville, NY
I had a wonderful trip to South Africa and Victoria Falls! Our tour manager, Tesse was a wonderful lady who wanted us to see the best of her country. Thank you for such a great itinerary that you offer. It was indeed worth all the money and time that I invested in this trip.Jessica M. Glendale, AZ
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