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, Just wanted to let you know that Miranda and I had a wonderful safari. I can’t quite believe how fortunate we were with our wildlife sightings and experiences. Our guide was Kevin Mlay and he was very experienced and knowledgeable and looked after us so well. I would certainly recommend him. Olakira Camp was great, they gave us a family tent so we had an extra bedroom which was very good of them, and Alex the manager was such a good host. It was quite an adventure for two middle aged ladies hearing the wildebeest and lions roaring at night over the sound of the rain failing on the tent, then seeing lion prints in the mud in the morning just outside the tent! We saw everything we wanted to including lots of lions, leopards and cheetahs – but my true love are the elephants, such a joy to see the babies wallowing in the mud. My favourite day was spent at the crater, just so much to see and the lions got so close to the land cruiser, just for a bit of shade. Spotting the Black Rhinos was a treat , even at a distance. All the staff were wonderful at all the places we stayed, couldn’t do enough for us, we were treated like royalty. So a big thank you Michele for organising it all for us and recommending such wonderful accommodation and providing such a good company as Asilia as your agents. Thank you again Michele – it was a holiday of a lifetime and one I will never forget.

Wendy and Miranda from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire travelled through northern Tanzania

January 2014

Hello Bill, we had a great time, thanks, and the Mara in particular was wonderful, despite there being no wildebeest to speak of, as we had great cat viewings and it was all extremely verdant due to recent rains. All in all, it was an oasis of calm and pleasure in the midst of lots of upheaval and hard work, so thank you for sorting it out for us as seamlessly as ever.

Kate and Tim from London travelled to Kenya

December 2013

Dear Bill, first of all, THANK YOU so much for your help and advise on our trip. It was fantastic and we all enjoyed so much. It was, personally, my best holiday (first time in Africa) and cannot wait to go back to Africa and visit different areas. I believe others felt in similar ways. I must say our itinerary was well thought through and all your advice came in handy in many places. All flights worked out and we did not lose our luggage! Thank you so much. I will definitely contact you when I travel again to Africa, and will recommend your service to others.

Shiho and party from Switzerland, France, Italy and India travelled around South Africa

December 2013

Mary, a big thank you for organising our trip to Tanzania. It was a complete success and has provided the whole family with some amazing memories to treasure. Our safari guide, Martin, was amazing and quickly worked out what our family was looking for. The itinerary was just right, with Becky sticking with it until the last night of safari when she went to bed early, exhausted but happy! Zanzibar was just what we needed, and the whole family soon took to the waters and we all did some great diving. Lots of happy memories and experiences to treasure! Many thanks again.

Rob, Sarah and family from Kent, travelled to northern Tanzania and Zanzibar

December 2013

Hi Michele, another fab. holiday & here’s a quick idea of the game situation. Meru was very green & we didn’t expect to see much but they knew of a previous lion kill so we saw them snacking on the remains on our 1st. game drive. The following morning we found 4 more from a different pride & then at breakfast Dominic caught a glimpse of one near a bush. We jolted down the hill & found 6 resting under a couple of bushes, another pride that they hadn’t known about. That made a total of 20 lions in 24 hours! There were lots of elephants & all the usual gang. At Steve’s camp there were lots (3 packs) of wild dogs with very good sightings. We had 2 good sightings of leopards – 3 of them posing beautifully for us. Kicheche had 2 very well fed cheetahs (on the night drive), 2 bat eared foxes & all the usual crowd. After I had told everyone that Ol Malo is our favourite camp despite not having much game I counted 22 elephants & 4 kudu from our room when we arrived – the official welcome committee! The next morning wild dogs again & posing very patiently for us & then they came back for a couple who were on the horses. We saw more game than ever before!

Bob and Joan from Nottingham travelled around Kenya

January 2014

Hi Michele, thank you once again for a truly memorable holiday! As always, your advice, efficiency and professionalism were perfect. Your arrangements all went like clockwork and we had a terrific time at Kicheche Bush Camp. Emma & Darren are great hosts, with nothing too much trouble. Charles is a superb guide, always in the right spot, and the sightings were simply amazing. We saw leopard every day bar one – Fig is such a beauty, I could watch her all day. There were lions aplenty, playful cubs, youths and mating adults, and we saw cheetahs most days too. We were also lucky enough to see a caracal hunting – she brought down a scrub hare in front of us. The boys had a terrific time too, with Oscar particularly enjoying the moment when we nearly got stuck half-way across a swollen, crocodile-infested river and water started to flood into the vehicle…Linus had buffalo bumping into his tent one night (they say their eyesight is poor …!), and Darren set up a motion-detecting camera outside Oscar’s tent to see what was moving around. So, thrills and excitement day and night!! A big thank you from all of us for organising such a brilliant holiday!

Katrine, Linus and Oscar from France travelled to the Masai Mara in Kenya over New Year

December 2013

Rob, we had a wonderful trip to Kicheche and Beho Beho. Thank you for arranging everything so expertly.

David and Joan from Hampshire, travelled to the Masai Mara in Kenya and the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania

November 2013

Dear Rob, Our tans may be fading, but not our memories of our fantastic South African adventure! We can’t thank you enough for organising such a fantastic experience, you read us so well, we can honestly say every day was perfect, indeed in many cases far exceeded our expectations! We have so many stories to tell, but I will just say that La Plume, Lavender Manor, La Fontaine and Blackheath were all fabulous. Tanda Tula…ah, emotions ran riot here. We saw so much game and the camaraderie at camp was overwhelming, we felt we were truly part of the ‘family’, and we made many friends. We can honestly say this was without doubt the best holiday we have ever had – as predicted, we have indeed fallen in love with South Africa!

Martin and Natalie from Surrey travelled around South Africa

November 2013

Dear Michele, Happy New Year! Well, we are back having had a marvellous week in Kenya. Thank you so much for organising it so beautifully. I will give you a running description of how it all went! We loved Lewa so much. Beautifully run – Karmushu was a brilliant manager as was Zoe. Food, amusingly British, but very good. Treacle pudding! Nothing too much trouble. Game viewing was excellent. Cheetah kill on the first drive! Elephants, zebra, giraffes, two dozy lions, etc…On Christmas Day we went on a horseback ride and then were surprised (totally) by a special breakfast laid out for us and then a ride back to camp on camels. Guides were excellent. Louisa cried when she left she had loved it so much. Off to Kicheche – all flights good. Darren and Emma run an excellent camp. Louisa was, however, terrified about being in an unfenced tented camp with a large pride of lions nearby. So, unfortunately, I am not sure she enjoyed it so much as she sat up all night worrying! But she survived. But the boys absolutely loved being there, particularly David. We saw lions, cheetah, leopard kill, serval and caracal and all the usual. Lots of babies which I liked. Very good food. Beautifully looked after. Our guide was fine although not particularly chatty. Hope this helps as an overview. We loved our holiday! Thank you so much.

Katie and family from Chelmsford travelled to Kenya over Christmas

December 2013

Overall, I was very impressed with the offering from Safari Consultants – both in terms of the in-depth knowledge of the country and the camps, and also the personable service from our consultant – Mary Grimwood. It was Mary’s service that made me decide to go ahead with Safari Consultants, in particular her: In depth knowledge of the camps and Kenya; Guidance as we shaped the itinerary; Prompt response to (many) queries and clarifications; being always at ease and managing my expectations well. I will be returning to Safari Consultants again in the future!

Anuj, Prithma and Manjiry from London travelled to Rwanda and Kenya

September 2013