With the greatest appreciation and from the bottom of our hearts, Anton and I truly enjoyed our safari and stay with the staff at Selati. Craig and Linde were so thoughtful, helpful, and knowledgeable. The staff was so incredibly kind and very humble.
We were thrilled to learn upon our arrival that we were upgraded to the Presidential suite. It was a magnificent space, complete with every little detail of home.
We truly appreciated that Linde welcomed and escorted us to our villa; showing us all the ins and outs and also letting us know that sometimes elephants and leopards like to take a drink of water from our private pool! Both Anton and I found that so special and very exciting!
After quickly unpacking our luggage we sat for lunch. No sooner did we have our first sip of wine, and Anton was discussing elephants, and behold, a large bull elephant appeared in the open space right in front of us! And, he wasn't alone! The dry river bed that was directly below our lunch space filled with a herd of 20 more elephants all ranging in size from little ones to matriarchs. It was such an amazing experience!
We later joined Zeb and Craig for our first late afternoon safari. They were both so patient, and explained so much about the environment, about the animal habits, stories about the bush, history, and environmental factors. Craig is a natural professor; he has a true passion for his work and is just such a kind man. He also is an excellent driver. We navigated some very rough terrain and Craig took things slow and safe, always warning us to mind the branches or to hold on. This made for a very relaxing (and also exciting) experience.
Our first time out we were so fortunate to see a leopard. Craig followed her off road and she came so close to our vehicle, yet paid us no mind. We tracked her for about 30 minutes, and it was so exciting! I cannot describe the adrenaline you feel being so close to these animals!
We slept with our windows open (screens in place) and fell asleep to the sounds of the bush. Our first night in the pitch black we heard a rough saw type bark/growl and Craig told us it was the leopard.
The food presentation was so well done! I adored the thoughtfulness of the Chef and staff - they provided gluten-free meal options for me, (accommodating this request is sometimes challenging), but the Selati staff actually made it seem so natural, and it seemed any request no matter how small was received and completed with ease and graciousness. The care of the staff was simply lovely.
The entire experience was so wonderful. For the rest of our lives, we will have many stories and very special memories to share with our friends and family.
Thank you, Kelly-anne for your coordination efforts, checking in with us in a timely manner, and making sure we had everything so wonderfully arranged for this experience of a lifetime.