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 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

Mary, I am sure you would like to have some feedback on our trip. We had a great time and thank you for organising it. We saw a lot of wild life and some action like two leopards eating and impala, wild dogs chasing some impalas, a stand off between 3 lionesses and 7 hyenas, 500 buffaloes, 3 male lions walking through a pond, and lots of others.

John and Anne-Marie travelled through the Okavango Delta region of Botswana

August 2013

Hello Mary, Wanted to let you know that we had an absolutely wonderful time on safari at the OffBeat camp. The experience exceeded our expectations. The camp was extremely well run, the guides and drivers could not be surpassed; wonderful accommodations and food. Wanted to thank you for the wonder package you and your team pulled together – the transfers were smooth and efficient, the planning was superb. Truly a well – run organisation, and your experience was obvious. You can be assured that we will highly recommend your agency and the OffBeat camp. I sincerely hope to have the pleasure to work with you again on a future ‘adventure’. Thank you.

Nancy travelled to the Masai Mara in Kenya

August 2013

Dear Rob, we can’t thank you enough for organising our safari so well. The choice of camps was excellent. Robin’s House was a perfect place to start, very comfortable and the chef excelled himself. Having started a drive almost as soon as we got there, we were lucky to find 2 lioness with 3 cubs feasting on a young Zebra – and young Will’s comment (aged almost 14) at the end of the day was “that was the best day of my life”. Obi, our guide, interacted so well with the young and amazed us all by the depth of his knowledge, especially on our walk through the bush. Tafika surprised us all by being even better. We felt we really were living in the bush. John, Carol, Heather and their staff were very welcoming. Amon, Bryan and Isaac were again profoundly knowledgeable about the birds and animals and their behaviour. We did not think the variety of game was quite as wide in the Lower Zambezi as in South Luangwa. But Old Mondoro itself is very special and even wilder. We all loved Old Mondoro, the extra adventures in canoes and boats. It was the perfect place to end a holiday that none of us will ever forget. Two very special features of all the camps were that they were very small and secondly that we seldom saw another vehicle. Both grandchildren fell in love with Zambia and camp life and are determined to return one day. It was certainly the most exciting experience of their lives. We much enjoyed meeting your loyal clients, Paul and Ruth at Tafika and Old Mondoro. They too speak very highly of your advice and organisation over many years. Thank you again.

Graham, Jo, Rob, Will and Ellie travelled as a family to the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi in Zambia

August 2013

Hi Mary, Overall, the trip was absolutely wonderful – I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Truly incredible! Thank you for all your help in the arrangements.

Cassie travelled to the Masai Mara in Kenya

August 2013

Hi Rob, just to let you know that Liz and I arrived home after a great trip to Zambia. All the arrangements worked perfectly, and Robin’s House was an inspired choice. Many thanks once again for your great attention to our requirements.

Heather and Liz travelled on safari to the South Luangwa Valley in Zambia

August 2013

Dear Michele, some of our best sightings, most of which we were the only vehicle! Black rhino in the open grass; two different cheetah kills; leopard stalking and hunting wildebeest; Dik Dik fighting; lioness killing wildebeest and gave to three cubs; 3000 + zebra over crossing/croc kills 5; massive wildebeest crossing estimate 300 000; cheetah family – female and 3 cubs playing/drinking; two hippos fighting; all the Marsh pride on a kill; Mara Triangle 1000s of wildebeest massing for crossing to Tanzania with two lioness ambushing the massing, 4 kills in half an hour; two females lions killing zebra 100 yards from us; leopard climbing a tree to reach a kill; cheetah (pregnant) freezing in the grass, as a huge male lion passes her at 10 feet. There were many other sightings of course but the above were the ones we will never forget!

Mike and Clair spent 20 days in the Masai Mara in Kenya

July 2013

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