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: What a trip! Your planning was perfect and its execution was nearly flawless. We were particularly impressed with the system which seamlessly passed us from one service provider to the next without a single hitch. The Islands of Siankaba was delightful, the management attentive and hospitable, the experience, helicopter flights, elephant rides etc., thrilling. Ntwala wasn’t quite as luxurious as the Dorchester, but it was not far off that mark. Sandibe was the perfect combination of tranquility and excitement. Our guide, Tschabo, was terrific. Lebala was the prize. Not necessarily because of the accommodations, which were just adequate; not because of the food, which was ample and delicious; not because of the staff whose unfailing kindness and good humor were constant. But rather for our guide: Dux Mareja. I don’t know what kind fate put him in charge of our little group, but it was a godsend. In short, it was a marvelous trip, and we thank you profusely.

Dean, Lynn, Ben and Chris travelled to Zambia and Botswana

June 2012

We absolutely LOVED Old Mondoro. We were the only guests there the first 2 nights- what a magical experience! Kayla and Jason (managers) are so personable and attentive. Seb and Levy were our guides and were incredible knowledgeable and we didn’t realize how great we had it with them. We also loved the diversity of activities there. Footsteps was a phenomenal experience. OP (guide) was a delight to be with. We were the only people there. He mentioned they only book one group at a time (up to 6 people) so a very private, personal experience.

Thank you again for all your guidance, recommendations and patience in answering my millions of questions from safety to tipping to activities. You made our honeymoon magical and unforgettable. This trip exceeded my high expectations. We are completely in love with Africa. We are trying to figure out when to go back. Most likely won’t be for a few years, but when we do decide, you will be the first person we call so you can help arrange a magical trip again.

Jen and Gary travelled on honeymoon to Zambia and Botswana

June 2012

Hi Rob, we had a wonderful trip! Lodges were all great, wildlife sightings and guiding/tracking were amazing and service was perfect as well. In more detail: Little Kwara – beautiful tranquil camp. Tent 1, which we had, is situated wonderfully. We loved the whole atmosphere of the camp! We had some good lion sightings and also came across a pack of wild dogs and two servals during a night drive. Most remarkably, we found a pangolin on our first evening drive. Very special! Lagoon – a little more busy than Little Kwara. However, tents were the nicest of all lodges. Very spacious and tasteful. Situation next to the river (and the “Hippo Highway”) was nice. Wildlife was least abundant around this lodge, however we had good sightings of the local hyaena den, with the cubs. Additionally, we had unusual sightings of honey badger (3 times!), a pair of bat-eared foxes and a small group of roan antelope. Sandibe – differs most from the other two camps, probably because of a different owner. The organization was a little bit more sophisticated in a way. Since we still had leopard and cheetah on our wish list when we arrived in Sandibe, we were quite eager to find them. Guide (Gift) and tracker (Hamole) did a great job. We found cheetah in two different afternoon drives, the second occassion being a mother with two “cubs” (already quite big). We also saw a female leopard in a morning drive. Additionally, we saw a diminished pack of four wild dogs and a big family of lions (including two small cubs). In general, we liked Sandibe most for its abundant wildlife in comparison with the other camps and for its very nice and variable scenery.

Joost and Marijke enjoyed a big game safari through Botswana’s Linyanti and Okavango regions

May 2012

Dear Michele, Please find enclosed the returned appraisal form supplied by you. Can I also say a massive thanks for all your work in planning and arranging the holiday, all aspects ran like clockwork. The whole trip was fabulous and we enjoyed every minute! In discussions with Andrew and Pippa (managements at Kanana) they expressed the views that the selection of camps had been really well thought out since they were all very different. I think I would like to take this a stage further and say that we felt that for virtually the whole 3 weeks every day seemed to be different and we particularly enjoyed this aspect. We managed to see a whole host of wildlife. The only animals we did not see where cheetah and rhino. On returning to the lodge one evening we stumbled across a leopard kill but two hyaenas had stolen the prize meal; a truly amazing experience! We believe we achieved great rapport with all lodge personnel who were brilliant everywhere. All our guides where excellent. Once again many thanks for all your efforts.

David and Christine travelled through Namibia and Botswana

May 2012

Hi Rob, Just to say thank you very much for creating us such a wonderful honeymoon! It was the perfect mix of environments – arriving in Jacana with the delta in flood was stunning – we loved going around by boat in the hippo highways and all the beautiful wildlife, flowers, birds and the mokoro. Selinda was awesome – amazing guiding and we were lucky enough to have some wild dogs and a hyena in front of the camp on day 1 and 2. Fantastic food too and lovely relaxed yet luxurious atmosphere and accommodation. We also found Ntwala stunning – supreme accommodation and the biggest bathroom I’ve ever seen! And being by the Zambezi – we loved it (you were right too – we ended up not going on that last game drive in the end in order to enjoy being on the river more). We saw lions chasing mongoose from the river in Chobe – great treat. We loved Siankaba too and the falls. Perfect!

Martin and Pam found us on the web and travelled to Botswana, Namibia and Zambia on honeymoon

May 2012

Phinda was extraordinary, beyond expectations. Boys all want to be rangers and Jack cried when we left – can’t understand why we live here n not there!! Callie and Mike were awesome rangers and lovely trackers too. Kids all in one jeep so fantastic for adults too! Mike a saint to deal with 7 of them for 5 days – even cut his finger with a panga as he prepared sticks for the boys! Phinda has expanded in acreage in 15 years but still the same welcome and service. Game viewing excellent, food very good and ambiance second to none. We will be back! Cape town was wonderful – arrived at end of wet easter WE and had 4 lovely days before change again on saturday as we left. Nellie (Mount Nelson) excellent. Boys only disappointed as there wasn’t enough time for fishing! Thx for everything. We have already let Phinda know we had a blast. In search of the recipe for their morning crunchies too!!

Fergal, Jane and kids travelled to South Africa on a family holiday

April 2012

Dear Rob, thank you so much for the many hours you must have spent in putting together such a great holiday – it really paid off! We had good sightings – lions, lots of elephant and buffalo in Tarangire. The pack of wild dogs at Ubuntu was really special (if rather gruesome). I kept a diary of all the experiences, so will be able to keep the memories going! Our three guides were excellent – very knowledgeable indeed in identifying birds and animals (very sharp eyes!) and charming and fun to be with – very courteous and helpful too. They all had great organisational skills.

Patrick and Marian travelled to the northern parks of Tanzania, as well as the Selous and Zanzibar

February 2012

The holiday Jane arranged for us was spot on. I don’t know whether to thank her or curse her for doing such a good job. Curse because now we’re keen to buckle down, save save save, and get back out there for another holiday. All the accommodation was superb and meals etc just right. The horse riding was very good, and an excellent way to see the animals… it ticked all our boxes.

Andy and Marie enjoyed a horse-riding safari in Kenya

February 2012

Dear Mr Slater, We are beginning to come down to earth after another really stunning trip to Botswana. Overall the trip has been a most enjoyable and stimulating experience, very many thanks for your guidance in putting the itinerary together. We look forward to having another opportunity to travel in Botswana in the near future.

Don and Gillian explored the Kalahari, Makgadikgadi and Okavango regions of Botswana

February 2012

We would just like to thank Safari Consultants for what we now consider to be the best holiday that we have ever had in Africa. Our Kenya trip this year was our 42nd trip to an African country. Over the past 32 years we have seen 18 leopards. This time we broke our record of seeing six leopards in one week and on the last day we saw three adult leopards together – something our guides said was unique. We are extremely grateful to Safari Consultants for this exceptional holiday and will certainly be planning our next holiday with you over the next three months.

Michael and Susan travelled to Kenya’s Masai Mara and Great Rift Valley

January 2012