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.

Dear Mary, I just wanted to say a personal thank you to you too for putting such a personal, wonderful wedding and honeymoon package together for Christian and I. You really gave us the best experience of our lives and we have so many fond memories to cherish forever. Africa will always be a part of us now and I know we will be returning!

Christian and Fliss from Norfolk were married in the Masai Mara in Kenya

October 2013

Dear Bill, our holiday to Kenya and Tanzania was beautiful, fantastic!!! Under Russell’s expert guidance we saw and learned a lot and we are very grateful to him. But a huge ASANTE SANA goes to you and your team as well, as everything went smoothly. We would like to visit Africa again in a few years time and we will certainly contact you again when that moment has come!

Mark, Claudia and family from Switzerland travelled to Kenya and Tanzania on a private guided safari

July 2013

Hello Mary, Just thought I would send you a quick thank you for arranging our trip and sorting everything out so perfectly. It was our best trip anywhere ever so far! Many thanks for all your help in arranging it all for us. We are planning things for next year now so I will be in touch with another suggested Itinerary for you to sort out for me shortly. Thanks again!

Richard and Andrea from West Sussex travelled to Kenya

November 2013

Hi Michele, we had a lovely time on safari in Kenya, thank you. Kicheche Laikipia was lovely – would highly recommend it and would very happily go back! We were hugely lucky to see two cheetah on a walk, and we got really close too. We had white and black rhino and the wild dogs and loads of lions. Mara House was lovely, and they could not have done more to look after us. We did flip for the front bedroom – Caroline won! – but to be honest, all the bedrooms were nice and the second bedroom was also pretty big. I really liked the fact that everyone who works there is Masai and proud of it, right down to the Masai dress. I think I need to diet after all the great food too! Anyway, we loved it and I can’t wait to go on safari again. Thank you so much for organising it – it really couldn’t have been better. The contrast between the two game reserves was also really interesting. Thanks again!

Carolyn and Caroline from London travelled to the Laikipia and Masai Mara regions in Kenya

October 2013

Dear Rob, all the arrangements went well. The Serian camp is in an excellent location and very well managed by Roisin who made us very welcome. Our guide, James, was outstanding, one of the best ever. The game viewing exceeded our expectations. In the conservancy we saw lions (lots), cheetahs, hundreds of wildebeest and zebra, elephants, impala and many gazelles. We saw lots of hyena, packs of over 30, out and about in broad daylight, even with cubs, and clearly frightened of no one. On no occasion were there more than a couple of vans at any sighting: we thought it might be very busy but it wasn’t. Katavi, by contrast to the Mara, was a bit quieter in terms of game, although we did see 4 of the big five in one game drive. We saw more hippos in one drive than we have ever seen before and as the pools are drying the smell was just horrible! Mahale was completely different. The Greystoke camp is very well managed by the departing manager Sasha and his replacements Jeff and Kerry who made us very welcome. Our guide, Robert, was also good. Our first chimping was good. They were only about 40 mins away in the forest hills up from another camp so we went to that camp by boat and had a reasonable climb to find them as it was on the tracks all the way. On the second day two chimps decided to visit the camp just before we were about to go out into the forest. They had come to eat some mangoes which were just becoming ripe. We had about 40 mins following them through the undergrowth until they went off up a steep gradient and out of sight. As we were still entitled to a further 20 mins we set off to find some the trackers had located. This was a climb and a half. We were off the tracks for a lot of the one and a half hour climb (and it was a genuine climb up rocky slopes and through dense undergrowth) and in the end we saw only two chimps high up in a tree. We could hear that the others were not far away but they kept on moving and eventually even the trackers couldn’t go any further. It certainly demonstrated chimp sightings are not guaranteed!

David and Pamela from Surrey travelled to the Masai Mara in Kenya and then Katavi and Mahale in western Tanzania

October 2013

Hi Michele, the holiday was great, mana pools is such a beautiful place. Lots of game and I finally saw leopard up close. The wild dogs were unique I saw two packs at Kanga and Ruchomechi. Both camps were excellent great food and accommodation. Ruchomechi was busy with not enough jeeps , particularly if you wanted to go out with just your own party. Guides were excellent, beautiful setting. Kanga great camp, food and tents great – had the honeymoon suite fab. The guides weren’t as experienced. Zimbabwe is fast becoming my favourite African country. Thank you for all your help.

Sinead from County Mayo, Ireland travelled to Mana Pools in Zimbabwe

October 2013

Dear Rob, firstly thank you for once again putting together a marvellous holiday for Emma and I. We had a fabulous time. You had advised that it would be hot – but we had not realized quite how hot. It reached 43c at Jeki the day we arrived at the airport! Kaingo and Tafika both offered re-hydration salts which was much appreciated. KAINGO is an excellent camp. It sure does work you hard with three activities a day, but we would not have missed the elephant, Carmen bee-eater, hippo hides, for anything. Game viewing was superb and the guides knowledgeable and helpful. TAFIKA is a very comfortable camp, our ‘family’ room perfect in an idyllic position. It is very much the Coppinger family home and they are not very good at telling you all about their additional benefits e.g. the hide on the edge of camp or more importantly the Carmine bee-eater hide which was superb (we only found out about it from another guest). Its position is at an angle to the bank where the birds are nesting so they are flying all around you. Please tell Mary that I did go on the microlight which was – as she said it was – amazing. OLD MONDORO – was everything you said it would be. We loved it. Old Mondoro had the happiest atmosphere of the three camps we visited and we suspect this is very much down to the superb managers Jason and Michaela. Fabulous game viewing – including an aardvark. We went out with all three of their guides Levy, James and Sebastian who were really knowledgeable and keen to find what we were interested in, in particular leopard, and at which they were successful. Thank you Rob for all you did to put together such a wonderful trip. The level of accommodation was perfect for us, the game viewing fascinating and it was lovely not being surrounded by loads of other vehicles. All in all it lived up to all our expectations and I’m now happily going through more than 2,000 photographs of a fabulous ten days.

Charlotte and Emma from Suffolk (and London) travelled to South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi in Zambia

October 2013

Hi Mary, The holiday was amazing. You did so well – everything was perfect and went like clock work. We saw some wonderful sights and stayed in amazing places. Waterberry – well what can you say. Such lovely people. Nothing was too much trouble. Winchester Mansions – what a lovely hotel, really quirky. The people were so nice everywhere we went. I would recommend all of them. We had fantastic views in all the places we stayed in. Lavender Manor – the whales were unbelievable we didn’t expect to see them so close. The rooms were lovely. Candlewood Lodge – we had fantastic views and again the rooms were lovely. The owners were very nice too. Knysna was a lovely area. Kichaka Game Lodge – that was amazing. We saw lots of animals and saw hippos and elephants from our room. Those rooms are amazing. Again the people were lovely and nothing was too much trouble. The game drives were brilliant. We would love to go back to Africa again one day and will certainly be in contact when we do. Thank you again so much Mary, you made our holiday very special.

Tony and Tina from Hampshire travelled to Zambia and South Africa

September 2013

Rob, back in the mad world after three weeks in paradise! Great trip in every way. Kaingu was superb and Busanga Plains were definitely worth a visit (including a balloon ride); Chamilandu was superb and game sightings excellent. Mumbo Island was just wonderful (surprisingly, one of the highlights of the trip); then we had a good time at Mvuu before Huntingdon House (maybe an acquired taste and not quite what we were expecting but nevertheless worthwhile) then finishing up at Makulamadzi in Majete – a fab camp/lodge; great hosts and good guiding. Thanks again for getting our trip absolutely spot on!!

Peter and Anne from Cambridgeshire travelled to Zambia and Malawi

October 2013

Hi Michele, I have wanted to get back to you sooner but just could not bring myself to admit it was all over!! We did indeed have a fantastic experience and enjoyed every minute of our time in South Africa and are already planning our next trip. A huge thank you for arranging everything as it all went to plan without a hitch and we just loved everywhere we stayed. Cybele was perfect as I had been unwell for the last couple of weeks prior to going away and it was perfect place to recover and de-stress. The sightseeing with Geoff was incredible, a really hot day and a fantastic guide with so much to take in just never disappointed us. Kambaku had a great team there and the food was simply lush! It will be held as a very special place to us, everything from the small touches, little details and exceptional service, our guide and tracker were great guys and made sure we saw all the big 5 with so many other wonderful viewings – simply amazing. So once again a very big thank you!!

Karl and Mandy from Reading travelled through South Africa

October 2013