Testimonials

Testimonials

Having specialised in travel to Africa since 1983, we are extremely proud and fortunate to have built up a wonderful customer base of repeat travellers, who also recommend our services to their friends, family and colleagues, or even fellow travellers they meet on safari. Our aim is for every holiday we arrange to be perfect for the people who undertake them. Listed below are some of the comments we have received from our customers. Please also visit the AITO (Association of Independent Tour Operators) feedback site to see reviews on our services and our clients’ experiences.

Hi Michele, we thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and thought the Kicheche Camps were excellent. Your itinerary suited our requirements very well.

Christopher and Susan from Wiltshire travelled to Kenya

February 2016

Hi Frances, just wanted to let you know what a fabulous holiday we had! Glen Avon was so lovely, it was everything you said it would be. They were helpful, friendly and the place was beautiful. All the pickups you arranged were on time and the drivers were very informative and we felt completely at ease which is good for a first visit anywhere. Going to Nottens Bush Camp was brilliant. We had the most fantastic time, and no-one can believe just how much we saw in that short space of time. Fantastic people, so many stories and all in a beautiful setting. We felt completely safe at all times, maybe because we were looked after so well. I cannot thank you enough for making this holiday such a pleasure from start to finish. The whole process of you and Rob talking me through everything and your recommendations were spot on. Ian thoroughly enjoyed it all too, said it was the best holiday he had had. Even talking about a return trip!

Carol and Ian from Suffolk travelled to South Africa

December 2015

Dear Michele, I think this last holiday was probably our best ever so despite being boring, we will most likely do the same itinerary next year!

Bob and Joan from Nottingham travelled to Kenya

January 2016

Frances was AMAZING and so incredibly helpful for this whole process. We had never been to Africa and had nowhere to start and she really took the time to understand what we were after and was so kind handholding us through the process. We loved Sosian so much that we are seriously considering getting married there. From arrival, to the guides, to absolutely everyone – everything was taken care of and everyone was so nice and friendly. We honestly couldn’t fault Sosian in any place. Thank you Frances for recommending this place – we truly loved it. Kicheche: we saw loads of game and we really liked our guide – his name was Francis and he was lovely and managed to find all the animals when no one else did. We also thought the food was good. We did absolutely love Africa and think we will make this an annual trip.

Jackie and Chris from London travelled to Kenya

December 2015

Hi Frances, We had such a fantastic honeymoon! We loved Blackheath; the staff were really friendly and helpful with booking tickets and printing off maps etc. The room was lovely and the breakfasts delicious! We really enjoyed our time in Cape Town, can’t wait to go back! At Auberge Burgundy we had a really lovely big room with a balcony that we could watch the whales and dolphins from! The small pool area was nice and the restaurant opposite where breakfast was served was really good. We really liked Hermanus, lots of nice restaurants. The drive to Franschhoek was stunning, we had lots of photos stops! When we arrived at Auberge Clermont we were really blown away, the backdrop was beautiful and we loved being able to walk around the vines. The reception staff were really knowledgeable and helpful with the restaurants and where to go. Our room had a really nice homely feel to it, would love to go back here. Raffles was amazing, we’ve never been anywhere like it. The beach was beautiful as was the pool area. Every part of the hotel really was just perfect. Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie was a nice hotel with a lovely pool area and spacious rooms. The bikes were great and we enjoyed cycling around, the island was beautiful. Overall we had a fantastic time, we saw some amazing places and would thoroughly recommend the trip to everyone. Thank you so much for organising an amazing honeymoon that we will never forget.

Roanna and Peter from Cornwall travelled on their honeymoon to South Africa and the Seychelles

November/December 2015

Hi Frances, everything was absolutely amazing. Our guides in both locations were absolutely marvellous! We managed to see the Big 5 all in one day in the Serengeti. Rad was even able to see his top thing – a river crossing. Thankfully the crocs were all asleep and a baby wildebeest was able to cross twice to find its mother without coming to harm. The accommodation that you helped Rad to finalise was beyond my wildest dreams. Especially Lemala Kuria Hills. The staff couldn’t have been more welcoming or attentive. So much so that I think Rad was a little depressed when we left them as he wanted to stay forever. Thankfully the staff at Baraza were also amazing and Rad quickly adjusted to a lifestyle of relaxing on the beach. I can honestly say I have never had the opportunity to swim in such warm water. Overall– it was a dream come true, and a real once in a lifetime experience for us! Thank you for all that you did.

Kristin and Rad from Edinburgh travelled to Tanzania

November 2015

Hi Frances, I just wanted to say thank you for matching us up with the Nottens Bush Camp, we had a wonderful time. It was a truly memorable week and we managed to finally see a leopard (something which had eluded us on all previous safaris). In fact we saw leopards most days, so we were very spoilt. The whole experience was tremendous and I will certainly be in touch again whenever I want to go on another safari. Again thanks for your spot on recommendation plus outstanding professionalism and efficiency throughout.

Fiona and Chris from Surrey travelled to South Africa

November 2015

Hi Michele, just a quick note to say we arrived back yesterday afternoon having had an absolutely fabulous time in Tanzania. We are all agreed that the way the schedule was worked out was absolutely right for us, although we appreciate that our poor driver/guide had to do a lot of driving in the process. Starting with Tarangire and finishing with Ndutu, with a lovely few days walking/fly-camping in between was the right way round. We loved the Kirurumu camps, in Tarangire, at Lake Natron as well as Ndutu. We are aware that we were incredibly lucky to have been the only guests at the first two!!! Not great for their business but fabulous for us. Thank you for all your organising and advice! The whole thing went very smoothly, until we hit London and were confronted with appalling public transport problems to get home.

The Stonehewer-Smith family from Suffolk travelled to Tanzania

December 2015

We had an absolutely fantastic time in Namibia. Probably our best-ever trip, so many thanks for all your help and advice. It’s hard to rank so many different experiences, but our favourites were Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp and Tok Tokkie Trail. Hoodia was also very good, mainly because of the expert guiding to Sossusvlei, which really was a step up from the usual level. In Swakopmund, the kayaking and Sandwich Bay 4×4 trip were great fun. Best wishes and thanks again.

Charles and Amanda from Northamptonshire travelled to Namibia

October/November 2015

Rob, you have just got to promote this destination more. The country, its people, birdlife, wildlife and culture were just fantastic. Everyone was so friendly. Save Valley Conservancy was fascinating – spent a morning game drive with people from the wild dog research project and enjoyed great views of wild dog. Amalinda was wonderful – tucked away into the granite outcrops. Stunning location and we saw white rhino and Cecil Rhodes’ final resting place. Somalisa was stunning and contemporary. Hundreds of elephant virtually all the time drinking in the water hole and trough just yards away. Camp Hwange – just mind-boggling. We spent time with the Lion Research Project team that oversaw Cecil. Julian was a fantastic host. We also saw leopard and clocked up our 300th different bird specie on our last morning in camp! All in all, an amazing trip – with a mix of culture, birding, wildlife, scenery, and fascinating conversations over dinner tables. I have become a Zimbabwe ambassador – the country needs more tourists to go and see what it has to offer away from Mana and the usual travel hotspots. This is a travel circuit that could well prove of interest to experienced African travellers who are not simply interested in wildlife watching. We loved the changing scenery, terrain, climate, culture, flora and fauna. To rack up 300 birds over the duration of the trip was brilliant including lots of ‘lifers’. As you can probably tell – we had a great time. Thanks again for making it possible.

Peter and Anne from Cambridge travelled to Zimbabwe

October/November 2015