Have been trying to find a minute to email you .. to thank you for arranging my trip. I had absolutely wonderful time and did manage to get up the courage to get into the cage for the Shark Diving although I was a lot more nervous than I thought I would be.
I must say that Rob Lawrence and African Shark Eco Charters were fantastic - the boat only had about 10 people on board (plus crew) and I was pleased I decided to go with them to Simonstown rather than one of the larger operators going out to Gansbaai where there seemed to be significantly more people. I can highly recommend it for people who want that more intimate setting.
MA, Sep 2012
Hi. We are not long back from our holiday in Africa. We would like to thank you once again for all your help and advice that contributed to such a great holiday. We would also like mention how great the upgrade to Xakanaxa was and how much we appreciated it.
Thought I’d provide some feedback that may be useful if you are talking clients who intend going there. I’ll summarise and keep it short but can provide more detail should you need it.
Flights – It took us 32.5 hours to reach our first destination – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. We had layovers in Perth (4 hours), Joburg (6 hours) and our flight to Kasane (Botswana) went via Maun (unscheduled), where we disembarked and changed planes. It was a l-o-n-g day!
Victoria Falls – Fantastic! We strongly recommend the Victoria Falls Hotel (built 1904) and a helicopter flight over the Falls.
Okavango Delta – Botswana. Most of Botswana seems to be national park or forest reserve. We stayed at 3 different camps in the Okavango Delta (as you know) and saw heaps (and I mean a lot) of animals and birds. I estimate that there are more elephants in Botswana than people! This time of year (i.e., dry season) is best for wildlife viewing (but you probably know that too!).
LG, Aug 2012
As I told you in Cape Town, the whole experience was just great. Right up to expectations & beyond. Thanks to your organisation everything went like clockwork exactly according to the itinerary. If you asked to nominate the highlight we would say the camps in Botswana, although our stays in Victoria falls & Cape Town were also memorable. The hotels in these two places were excellent. Of the three camps we would rate Muchenje number one just ahead of Pom Pom with Moremi third, but very good just the same. Pom Pom & Moremi don’t have as many animals as Muchenje but this is balanced to a large extent by the experience of the Okavango Delta. The guides & staff in all three camps were great & we would rate them in the same order as the camps overall.
As I think I mentioned to you, the only negative was the Winelands tour in Cape Town. With hindsight we would have preferred to have spent more time visiting wineries rather than tasting & more time exploring Franschhoek & Stellenbosch. Andy was a very personable & knowledgeable guide & his peninsula tour was very good.
Yes we have many great memories & photos & we will certainly recommend you to any of our friends contemplating a visit to Africa.
LC, May 2012
Janice: Susan and I just returned from our trip to your beautiful country. Everything was just perfect. All the lodging was beautiful with perfect service and wonderful hostesses. We love the game drives and Cape Town. All our transports were perfect and every one on time. I cannot thank you enough for the perfect plans you made for us. Do you plan other trips to Africa or only South Africa? Thanks again for all you did for us.
AT, May 2012
Well we are back in the UK now and I am pleased to tell you that we had a fantastic holiday!
On reflection the first day Blyde river canyon was too much as it’s such a lot of driving after an overnight flight. Blyde river canyon lodge was a great recommendation from you and we enjoyed an excellent dinner. Shindzela - was just Wow - back to basics - no electricity - mosquito nets and truly away from it all experience. We had approx. 12 guests each night and all had dinner together around a large table. Only two jeeps so a real family feel - can’t recommend it enough. That said the game viewing was a little thin at times and the animals were rather nervous - but that’s what you get when truly in the bush.
Kapama - time for luxury - and it exceeded our expectations! - Game viewing was excellent and included Lion and Cheetah (not seen at Shindzela). The animals were clearly very used to the jeeps however. This was not a bad thing as we did get very good viewing. They were very good and never had more than two jeeps at any one site.
The staff were very friendly although the guests tended to keep themselves to themselves.
Thankfully cyclone Irena stayed away and we had very good weather. We were expecting a lot of rain! What more can I say other than Thank You for the wine at Shindzela on my birthday and for booking us such a great trip.
IF, Mar 2012
UNFORTUNATELY we had to return to Germany last Thursday: it was very cold (minus 13 degrees Celsius) in Germany and dark, no sunshine at all). We had a really great time at Elephant Plains saw many, many animals (including wild dogs !!), but no lions. So we had to come back …. !!!!
And thank you very much for your welcome drink. I placed a photo as an attachment…We enjoyed the trip very much,
JH, Feb 2012