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Review: South Luangwa River Lodge, Victoria Falls and Tauck-Tanzania and Kenya tour

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We loved our first African venture in September. We started in Livingstone at the Royal Livingstone which is a beautiful place with first class accommodations within a short walking distance of the falls. Even though it was the dry season, we thought the falls were awesome. We walked there our first evening and then went back the next day. The Zambezi Sun property is even closer and looked very nice. It may have been a bit more of our style; sans butler! We went into town for dinner at the Funky Monkey which had surprisingly good pizza. We went on the microlight over the falls which was incredible. We only did the 15-minute trip and wished we had more time!
From Livingstone we flew to Mfuwe where we stayed at South Luangwa River Lodge for 4 nights. We really cannot say enough good things about our experience there. It was everything we dreamed an African safari would be. The lodge is beautiful with all the creature comforts. It sits beside the river and is pure serenity. The owners, staff, chef, and,most importantly, our guide, were just great. We enjoyed dinner with very interesting people and enjoyed the time by ourselves as well. James, our guide, was so knowledgeable about the animals and the area. He located lions mating, leopards, and even a cheetah. He told us all about termites which was fascinating! I should add that Rocco arranged the Zambian leg of our trip and did a great job. I would highly recommend his services to anyone interested in going to Zambia.
The last part of our trip was the Tauck tour in Tanzania and Kenya which began in Arusha. We have traveled with Tauck before and loved it. Although many people advised against a tour in favor of a private tour at a lower cost, we decided to go with Tauck again and did not regret it. It is so carefree and we enjoy the social aspect of meeting other people and sharing our experiences. There were never more than 6 persons in a vehicle and the service and accommodations were top notch.
The only glitch in our trip was Kenya Airways. I made our African connecting flights on the internet and called to confirm about a week before we left at which time everything was fine. However, when we arrived at Lusaka, we were told we were not on the list. Even after showing our confirmation and credit card statement showing payment in full, the manager told us that the rate we were given did not include taxes and asked us to pay $120 more! When we refused to do so, we were delayed and barely made the flight with a later connection that we also had to stand in line and argue over to get on board. The whole day was a complete aggravation courtesy of Kenya Airways. However, one day, we shall return!

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