Exeter River Lodge Guest Stories
It is always a pleasure to receive feedback on how the &Beyond experience has touched our guests. For many of them, a life-long love affair with Africa's wide open spaces and its incredible wildlife has started at one of our lodges across the continent. Others have formed lasting friendships with the warm and welcoming &Beyonders they have met on safari. Here is just a sample of the incredible comments we have been receiving from our guests staying at Exeter River Lodge.
Iantha Brodersen - A Magical Place
A MAGICAL PLACE
"We were at Exeter River Lodge for three nights in early July 2007. Our accommodations were outstanding and the food was excellent, but the most impressive thing overall was the staff. From the wait staff to our guide/drive, Andrew, everyone was unbelievably friendly, helpful, cheerful ... just great."
Our drives were awesome. For example, we started our stay with a leopard / lion sighting and ended our stay with an early morning sighting of nine white rhino gathering together to enjoy their breakfast. We truly did not want to leave. My husband is an avid birder and our guide pointed out birds for him constantly on all of our drives ... in fact, this was one of his big interests and they swapped sighting stories. I can honestly say that I did not want to leave and actually cried when we drove away. My cousin and her husband were with us and they had the same reaction. This was not my first trip to South Africa and hopefully it will not be my last. It is for me a truly magical and spiritual place.
Wyler, Corina - and finally the leopard...
AND FINALLY THE LEOPARD...
My father and I we went to Exeter river lodge a couple of weeks ago.... The welcome was so friendly and the lodge such a relaxing place...it was amazing. But even more....I dreamt since I become a biologist, to see one time a leopard in its natural environment....but this animal is so shy and elusive...I had not much hope to see it in the couple of days at Exeter. On the first day on our arrival...Craig, the ranger, asked us, which animal we would like to see the most...."Leopard" I said...Craig answered..."ok, you will see a leopard..." In the next days we had no luck...even if Craig and Martin the tracker, tried, and tried....but on the last day....I saw him!!! It was one of this memorable experience in your life....and I thank you the Exter Team to have made our stay, such a beautiful experience! Thanks and best regards from Switzerland. Corina and Manfred
Shari Donnenfeld - Discovering Exeter
"I discovered Exeter on my last journey to Africa. It was such a stunning, secluded experience and really highlighted the feeling of getting away from it all."
The wildlife was simply awe inspiring and I felt so relaxed and well looked after. It was a trip that I will remember forever, as it embodied everything that Africa was about to me - peace, beauty, nature and simplicity. It's an amazing antidote to real life!
Andy Cox - Exeter Game Reserve - River Lodge
EXETER GAME RESERVE - RIVER LODGE
"Where seeing is only a minute part of the experience. Indulging all the senses with a total immersion into the environment through the people, the flora, the fauna and the views is the real indulgence."
Such a treat to the senses invites learning and education, and thus comprehension. This limited learning, however small in the grand scheme, fuels the internal desire and curiosity to indulge the senses once again. Thank you &Beyond - where the brochure can never do the experience justice! A and L Cox, April 08
Ginger Cruz - Great times
"The trip to Exeter River Lodge was outstanding. Despite the fact that it rained nearly every day - preventing us from being able to do a walk or the ballooning - we had a fantastic time!"
The best part about the &Beyond organization is the synchronicity you have with the animals and the environment. It was truly amazing how well everyone understood nature and how we were able to get a true glimpse of the lives of incredible wildlife (although sometimes it was so unbelievable that we would joke "release the leopard"). The service and the people were also outstanding - we felt so pampered! We have been raving about the experience with your company to everyone we know. In terms of suggestions for improvement - we have thought about that one long and hard. Every time we think of something, we come up with a reason why you would not change things ... for example, I was thinking you could put a bit more detail on what to expect on the website - the schedule, a few photos of the safari experience, a sample menu - but then again, the mystery of it was perfect too, so I'm not sure. In any case, thanks a million for all your help and to everyone at &Beyond and Exeter River Lodge ... a heartfelt thanks for an outstanding vacation.