Well, where do we start. My partner found Stanley Safaris via a quick google search whilst looking to plan our honeymoon to Africa. We had a basic idea of what we were looking for, but after a call with Shaun we started to piece together our trip. Shaun was able to provide some great recommendations for hotels in Cape Town, Franschhoek and in the Sabi Sands, as well as restaurants, day trips and tours. We were in frequent contact in the run up to our trip via Whatsapp (probably spoke to Shaun more often than my friends!) with help and advice on Visas, Covid PCR tests, vaccination and Malaria advise.
We arrived in Cape Town and the hotel Shaun had recommended did not disappoint, the location, view of table mountain, rooms, decor, staff, food was all amazing. Shaun managed to get us into FYN restaurant (#1 in Cape Town) and gave us some other great recommendations too. We booked Cape Point tour which was a great day exploring.
Our Safari Lodge in the Sabi Sands was absolutely insane, we have had some great holidays in some amazing hotels but this was by far the best place we have ever stayed (it is going to be hard to top this one Shaun!). We had high expectations for the safari, but this blew our mind. Again, the location, hotel and room, the pool with daily visits from elephants, the afternoon tea with gin and mojitos ready and waiting for us, the staff were amazing, super friendly, knowledgeable and made us feel so welcome! This was the highlight of our trip, and so glad we took Shaun's recommendation on the lodge (Silvan Safari Lodge is anyone wants to go!).
We missed a connecting flight and got stuck in Keyna for 10 hours - rather than sit in the airport Shaun was in contact and suggested we head out to the Giraffe Centre to make the most out of a bad situation - and this was definitely what we needed, and was a great experience. He also contacted the PCR Covid centre in Johannesburg and gave us a name to ask for - it made it so simple and easy for us.
We genuinely had the most amazing honeymoon and couldn't have wished for a better trip. I will be using Shaun for every trip we now book to Africa and beyond. Spoiler alert for anyone booking with Stanley Safaris - the gift box you receive before your trip is a great little addition, say no more.
I am quite a cautious person when booking a trip, I had never met Shaun other than a quick call (us being based in the UK and Shaun in South Africa), but I felt reassured and was grateful for the frequent contact. 5 stars and wish I could give you more. Thanks for everything, Jonny & Georgia.