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.

Mary, I thought you were excellent throughout both in interpreting our requirements and in your service generally. The holiday was good value for money and I would certainly recommend you and travel with you again. We were really grateful for your assistance in organising yet another excellent holiday and hope to return to you in future years.

John and Elizabeth travelled to Selous, Ruaha and Zanzibar in southern Tanzania

August 2013

Dear Michele and Bill, I just wanted to say how fantastically the whole trip went and thank you for your impeccable organisation and advice leading up to it. All the practical arrangements worked seamlessly. However the greatest praise goes to Nottens Bush Camp where we had the most amazing 4 nights, 8 game drives and 2 bush walks. Everything was perfect: the welcome; the accommodation – spacious, comfortable, clean and perfect for our family; the staff who were so friendly and helpful; the company of David Notten and his cousin Dale at the evening meals; the food (in particular the amazing cakes at high tea!); the roaring fires to keep as warm whilst socialising with other guests at night; the hot water bottles and blankets to keep us warm on the early game drives; the atmospheric oil lamps that lit the camp and our rooms at night; the superb driver and tracker who took us out for the 4 days (Teniko (spelling?) and Fox) and who gave us so much information about the game and the natural environment. Then of course there was the game viewing which was absolutely outstanding – we had seen the big 5 in the first 24 hours and went on to see so much more, often following the day to day lives of particular animals e.g. the hungry leopard that we saw one morning, we saw make a kill the next evening, we then saw her eating the next day and then finally the hyenas who had stolen the remains of the kill, fighting over the last mouthfuls…absolutely fascinating. We got so close to the animals that our breath was taken away on several occasions. Thank you for recommendation to go to Nottens – it really was a trip of a lifetime.

Richard, Nicky, Cara and Gemma went on safari in the Kruger region of South Africa

July 2013

Hi Michele, we had a brilliant time and sad to be back home. Both Pinewood and Offbeat were awesome. We did have a difficult time coming home through Nairobi but ended up only being delayed by 3hrs. Thank you so much for keeping on top of the airport chaos and liaising. Everything went without a hitch.

Simon and Rachael were married on the beach in Kenya and then visited the Masai Mara on safari

July 2013

Hi Michele, I want to thank you for arranging such an amazing holiday for us. Everything about it was great, and we are still on a ‘holiday high’. We got to see all that we hoped for and much more besides, including some relatively rare animal sightings (we are told) – cheetahs chasing a leopard, honey badgers, African wild dog pack, and a 3m Python. The travel arrangements between hotels and camps was all executed perfectly. The camps were brilliant – accommodation, food, atmosphere. The people we met very friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and engaging. The hotels were also just great. Also – you having tipped people off about why we were having the holiday, resulted in a few spot points of ‘special’ treatment at both camps and at Next Paradise. This was a very nice touch. Safari Consultants’ up front advice was all good and prepared us well – so you score on that front as well.

Andrew, Yvonne and family travelled on a special celebration holiday to southern Tanzania and Zanzibar

July 2013

Dear Rob, we are now getting back into everyday life after our wonderful holiday in Tanzania and Zanzibar. Thanks to our initial long discussion on the phone when planning our holiday we got it about right. It was a long trip from Nairobi to Olivers Camp in one day and I arrived with a headache and suffered side effects from malarone which I had taken before, but Justin and Jackie at the camp were excellent. Our driver was experienced at knowing where to find game and was knowledgeable when asked questions. The walking safari with Lewis was incredible, if somewhat scary, when we encountered a young male elephant 100 yards away, but we trusted Lewis’s professionalism and learnt a lot. Gibbs Farm was a wonderful haven and the food was excellent . We enjoyed having a day to tour the farm veg. plot, watch the coffee beans being dried and then a walk to a wood carvers. Serian provided another amazing experience and Alex and Robyn were attentive hosts. The highlight was seeing a close up of a leopard and also driving through the vast expanse of the Serengeti, covered with hundreds of thousands of wildebeest. We had two long days of game drives from 6.30am-6.30pm, taking our breakfast and lunch and these were superb. Breezes on Zanzibar lived up to its name, but was a lovely hotel and we had some long walks on the beach. Stonetown was so interesting and we went to Prison Island to see the Giant Tortoises. I am glad we had a night there because the highlight was sitting in the evening on the floor of a roof top restaurant eating the most delicious food under the stars. So , thank you for all the efficient organisation and your expert knowledge of both the camps and best areas to go to. The holiday certainly lived up to our expectations.

Richard and Helen combined a northern Tanzania safari with Zanzibar

July 2013

Hi Michele, we had a fabulous time in Zambia, thank you for putting together such a great itinerary. It is impossible to say which place we liked the most as they were all very different and we were looked after so well in each. We saw so much and learnt so much, the guides were excellent. Thanks again and best wishes.

Martin, Katie, Ellen and Alistair travelled as a family to Zambia

July 2013

Dear Rob, Jackie and I would like to thank you and your associates for the splendid luncheon last week. It was great to talk to other safari enthusiasts and share our experiences. Further thanks for the support and guidance you gave in helping us decide our choice of safari. Southern Tanzania was an excellent choice and gave us another perspective having seen Kruger and Kenya. Tenting was a great experience and one which I think we will repeat. I think its fair to say that we did not see as many animals as we anticipated although we saw most species. You did warn us about that. We saw Cheetah and Leopard which was on our list and to some extent the lack of animals was compensated by the birds we saw which were amazing. The Management, service, food and accommodation at both camps was excellent but the Bandas at Mwagusi were outstanding. Eight days was long enough for us and the respite in Diani Beach at Asha Cottage was just right. Overall the trip was excellent and we are looking forward to next year, whatever style of holiday that will be.

Richard and Jacqueline combined Southern Tanzania with the Kenya coast

July 2013

Hi Michele, Paddy and I would like to thank you for putting together yet again a perfect holiday for us. We did our best to explain to you what we hoped to experience in Africa and, like magic, it all happened, just like last time. We couldn’t be more pleased or impressed with your company. Every bit of your advice was spot on. It just couldn’t have been better. All in all, if I say that I came back having experienced the bush in as authentic a way as I would ever dare to want and met people whom I will never forget because they affected me in a variety of ways, I hope that that will do as a sound bite for my time in Zambia.

Joan and Paddy travelled to the South Luangwa Valley in Zambia

June 2013

Rob, Where does one start? The uniqueness of the trip and the overall experience is what made it all worth it. It will be something we will treasure for a long time – if it is the only time we make it to Africa it certainly has left a mark and created some lifetime memories. Your efforts to come up with such a varied itinerary worked extremely well. Amboseli National Park/Porini Camp – Knocked over by the number of animals. Elephants everywhere, masai giraffe, buffalo, warthogs (pumbas) gazelles, impala, giraffe and vultures everywhere. The two cheetahs catching, toying with and dismantling a hare. Mara/Acacia Houses – both houses were outstanding and a nice change from the tents. Quality and friendliness of the guides was very high. Very down to earth and personable. Fred was a star. Kicheche Bush Camp – personally loved the openness of the camp/sitting under the stars. Felt like we were back home in the outback. Cats, cats and more cats (leopards, cheetahs, lionesses and cubs) – on the hunt, playing, in the trees, eating their kill. Despite not seeing the two male lions hearing their roar roll around the hills was something else. Lake Naivasha/Nakuru & Loldia House – The house seemed like an oasis after the plains/reserves but very different to the rest of the locations. Heather the manager was a hoot/real character with lots of stories and local history. Lake Nukuru was a bit disappointing – number of animals limited but did see the rothschild giraffe. Only 1 rhino and very few flamingos with many more apparently at Lake Bogoria instead. Ol Malo – What a house! Samburu village visit more traditional than the masai village visit so provided a slightly different view. We went into a lived in hut this time which was more than interesting and learned of what they eat and drink. Great variety with walks, camel rides and horse riding. Much less about the animals but did see wild dogs on the hunt. Much more laid back and a great way to end the trip. Thanks again for organising such a fabulous trip. Kenya was a great recommendation.

Gerard, Virginia and family travelled to Kenya

July 2013

Hi Rob, Yes we are back in ‘civilisation’, but I’d probably rather be in Kenya. What a beautiful country, I just loved it. It has become one of those countries that just gets under my skin. The managers and hosts at all the properties were brilliant. We really enjoyed the hosting side of the holiday, which was something I hadn’t really considered prior to the trip. Such a good way to immerse yourself in Kenyan life. We really liked the people we stayed with and I do believe I hugged a few of our hosts as we left! The game watching side of the trip was superb. So much more that I had imagined. So many elephants! We saw just about everything I think, apart from male lions. But we certainly heard them. The guides had so much knowledge and clearly enjoyed their jobs. They hadn’t lost any enthusiasm for spotting animals, nor looking after guests with breakfast on the go. The whole thing was great from start to finish. The food was fantastic and plentiful. The kids said the pools were too cold and I agree with that, but went in anyway! You also said to tell you of sightings. At Ol Malo we witnessed four wild dogs chasing some prey right across our path. They returned with pieces of the unlucky beast in their mouths and rushed off under some bushes to gorge themselves. Apparently this was a rare sighting so we were very lucky. So thank you very much Rob, to you and your team. It really was the most wonderful trip. It was worth all the research and tweaking of the itinerary in the early stages and we will have memories of it for a long time.

Carissa, Andrew and family travelled to Kenya

July 2013