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 Mary just got back from our wonderful holiday and wanted to thank you for all you have done to make this holiday special. Everything went like clockwork, no problems with air transfers or hire cars, everyone and everything had been arranged superbly, all of the accommodation first class. We could not have wished for a better time. We loved Zambia and South Africa and will hopefully return someday. I will be letting everyone know about you and Safari Consultants as we have been very impressed throughout. Thank you again.

Lita and Keith travelled to South Africa and Zambia

September 2013

Michele we are back and I must say a big thank you to you. Africa lived up to its reputation and we have had a wonderful time. You were mentioned in many conversations, all glowing comments. However some quick thoughts about sightings. 1. The Wild Dog puppies at Liakipia are a delight. 2. The Mara is still packed with Wildebeest and the frequent rain is keeping them on the move. We had a good crossing and others from Kicheche Mara had similar experiences. 3. Kicheche Mara has a very big pride of Lions at the moment which number 28 probably bigger than the Marsh Pride. We saw most of them each day with very interesting interactions. 4. The area around Topi House has two beautiful Male Lions who are brothers and who are looking after the area with three/four females. I have (I hope ) some great video of these two acting as if they had not seen each other for week literally hugging each other. It was a magic moment. 5. Cheetah are never easy to see but there is one who we found twice near the Serena Lodge. She is pregnant so in the next couple of weeks there will be cubs. We saw her hunt twice and on each occasion Salaash got us into a position for me to video her taking a young Tommy. With Cubs she should be in the area for a while. 6. Near Topi House there is a Leopard who has recently given birth to a cub. She and the cub were playing near the road. Good work again by Salaash. Now I need to send you big thanks for the little “extras” you arranged for our anniversary. The Kicheche camps were well prepared. Thanks for all your work behind the scenes. Now as for getting the best guides I have no doubt that we got excellent driver/guides. At Olkiombo we were greeted by Jackson himself which was great to meet up again. Salaash was a gem. Funny and bionic eyes made for a powerful combination. The guys at the Kicheche camps were rather less gregarious but none the less very good at their job. As far as the service you provided, we both thought it was superb when we booked. All the evidence we have now seen and experienced as proved that, not only we, but other travellers share the same view that it is exceptional. Mary was also mentioned by a guest as someone he rated very highly. Having had several conversations with him I would say that he would not say this lightly so another rosette for her and the company. Very best wishes and thanks!

Gerry and Sarah travelled on safari in Kenya

September 2013

The trip of a lifetime! We felt like rock stars, flying in and out of camps and lodges, with never a moment’s doubt about a pickup or transfer. The recommended itinerary – arrived at after quite a bit of back and forth, since we were limited by time and had peculiar wishes, such as a preference for landscape and culture rather than game – suited us perfectly. I’d recommend Rob Slater to anyone planning a trip to Namibia.
Safari Consultants booked us 4 days with Johan Burger through Kunene Tours, and this camping segment proved to be the highlight of the trip. We found Johan super easy going, super well informed and prepared, and seemed to have radar as far as finding game was concerned – in short a dream camping trip was the result. We saw way more wildlife than we expected, and got as close to the land and culture as I think it’s possible to get in 9 days.

Hennie and Jeff found us through Travelspinner.com and travelled around Namibia

September 2013

Hi Michelle, we had a fantastic holiday thanks and took some memorable photos. I would recommend Karen Blixen very highly as the staff were extremely helpful and courteous the setting couldn’t be better. We met some lovely people during our stay. Pinewood itself was also faultless but the surroundings and sights whilst traveling in and out were not pleasant (which is not in your control). Thanks very much for your help in planning this “once in a lifetime” holiday.

Paul and Lynn travelled on safari and to the beach in Kenya

August 2013

Hi Michele, Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much we absolutely LOVED our honeymoon, we didn’t want to leave, every part was more amazing than the last and to end at Msambweni made it even more special. Thanks so much for all your help in organising it, there were no issues whatsoever, it all went very smoothly!

Jonny and Stacey travelled on honeymoon to Kenya

August 2013

Dear Rob, back again from one of your incredibly well planned and executed safaris! Another wonderful experience – thank you. If I’ve marked Mwamba down slightly, it certainly isn’t because we didn’t enjoy it! We just felt that it wasn’t run quite as well as Kaingo. The guides were excellent. Tena Tena was a lovely camp in a wonderful area and a good way to finish – as you said, perhaps a bit more luxurious/customer care than Kaingo. Also we felt the food at Tena Tena was better suited to us – less carbs/cakes and better meal times/arrangements than Kaingo. However, we felt the hides and extra activities at Kaingo/Mwamba certainly made up for any slight detriment on that score. Thank you very much yet again for all your help and work to produce another excellent holiday. We still have dreams of visiting Botswana again but may have to wait a few years!

Paul and Jennifer travelled to the South Luangwa Valley in Zambia

September 2013

Mary, Just a short note to thank you for organising our holiday. It was very enjoyable. We saw all the animals we hoped to see plus some, a serval cat, we did not expect. My three boys also caught some really nice fish which we and the rest of the hotel had for dinner!

Nicholas, Susan and family travelled to Kenya

September 2013

Hi Bill, Cathy and I just wanted say thank you for all your efforts in making our trip to Kenya go so smoothly. The whole trip was way above both of our expectations with the welcome and on-going hospitality, food etc in camp absolutely outstanding with every single member of staff addressing us by our first names throughout our stay. We have some stunning pictures somewhere in the 15,000 we took between us and now have the massive task of sorting them out. We were so lucky on our first four days with John, witnessing four crossings in two days and a number of great leopard sightings in addition to four week old lion cubs etc, etc. Even John said that some of the things we witnessed were either the first or best he had ever seen in the Mara. Once again many thanks and looking to save to go again!

Brian and Cathy travelled to the Masai Mara in Kenya

September 2013

Dear Rob, once again we would like to thank you for an amazing holiday! We were known as ‘ the lucky’ couple and people wanted to go on a drive with us because we were lucky enough to see so much action! We saw the Hollywood Pride try three times to make a kill, and even nearly had the ‘prey’ land in our jeep with the lioness following! We watched in awe as another lion pride of twelve, very skilfully set up their prey and make a kill, with a couple fighting over part of the bushbuck! Paul got stuck on a boat with three elephants drinking from the river up close and very personal! We had eight elephants join our chalet one day and one nearly joined us in the chalet he was so close, then three gave an amazing show swimming right in front of us before crossing the water! We were lucky enough to see two honey badgers in the day straight after seeing a civet in the day! We saw the most leopards in an evening this season, with one with three cubs eleven months old and one with one cub about six months old. We saw hyenas robbing a leopard of it’s kill while it just watched from a tree. We saw a leopard mating pair ‘in the act!’ We even saw, right in front of us a lioness attempt to attack a leopard by sneaking up on it beside our jeep! Thank goodness it made it up a tree! Well as you can tell, we had an incredible time. The lodges were great and the guides and people we met along the way were interesting too! We met a family who you also had organised their holiday for, who were singing your praises too! We look forward to your ideas and suggestions for our next safari, it will certainly take some beating, we feel. Thank you again.

Paul and Ruth travelled to South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi in Zambia

August 2013

Hello Rob, we are back home from our wonderful trip to South Africa. I wanted to thank you again for all your recommendations and arrangements, all of which worked out beautifully! Everything went off without a hitch. The accommodations were all excellent quality, and we enjoyed every place we stayed. Camps Bay Retreat had a wonderful, secluded, European feeling (the owners are German), and the breakfast each morning was delicious. Grootbos was also lovely – the setting is absolutely gorgeous, the cottages are beautiful and relaxing, the food outstanding, and the staff was very attentive. It was a particularly great place to go with children — they have a huge, well-stocked playroom where the kids could hang out any time of day, and there was a staff member who looked after the kids from morning till night. As great as Camps Bay and Grootbos were, we were most amazed and impressed by Morukuru. That place deserves 7 or 8 stars, if such a thing were possible! In an email I wrote to my parents, I told them I had found heaven on earth — it’s called Morukuru. The “Owner’s House” that we stayed in was incredibly luxurious. The beds, the linens, the bathroom, the living area — everything was gorgeous in this peaceful, zen kind of way. But most impressive was the service and attention we received while there. The staff was absolutely incredible. There was nothing they wouldn’t do to go out their way to please us. It was truly heaven. I would very highly recommend it to any of your future clients who are looking for a top-notch, once-in-a lifetime experience kind of place. Thank you again for everything. I will be happy to refer other friends to you in the future as well. Many thanks and all the best to you!

Mark, Jackie and family travelled to Madikwe Game Reserve and the Western Cape region in South Africa

August 2013