Client Feedback : Spotting the Big 5 in Kruger
Oct10

Client Feedback : Spotting the Big 5 in Kruger

Natasha’s clients visited a few nature and visited Bushwa Game Lodge, Honyeguide Khoka Moya Camp and Klaserie Sands River Camp. Bushwa is a luxurious five star lodge but it is not located within a big five reserve, and should be considered more of a local getaway in nature, as opposed to a game-laden game reserve. From the gentle retreat of Bushwa, the moved onto spotting the big 5 in Kruger.  Here is their feedback : Hi Natasha, Yes, we are back after these 10 days which passed very fast. Hereafter, a short summary of our feelings on our stay. Concerning the 3 lodges, we are very satisfied. They are all different, very comfortable with excellent locations and very nice staffs. However we have a preference for Honeyguide due to its authenticity (having many animals, including elephants, a few steps away from our tent was quite unusual…). Concerning the game drive, I must say that we have been quite disappointed with Bushwa. If we would have known that the reserve have so few animals, we would have asked you to change the camp. Spending three days in Bushwa to see the same group of sable antelopes, the same group of buffalos and some giraffes was a bit frustrating. Therefore we booked game drives in neighbouring reserves with the hope to see more animals and, in particular, the big five… Fortunately, Honeyguide and Klaserie were much more exciting. Especially at Honeyguide, where, meeting elephants when going to our tent or to the restaurant is an experience that we will remember. In these 2 reserves, enjoyed our competent and interesting guides who gave us the chance to see all animals we were expecting (except wild dogs).  They were not very abundant groups (perhaps because of the changes of the weather?) but we really enjoyed to see cheetahs, leopards, lions and rhinos as well as a lot of very beautiful birds. Globally, this trip has met our expectations and we thank you for the good memories we bring back home. I will send you some pictures using we transfer. With our best regards Nicole &...

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Client Feedback : Botswana to Cape Town
Oct10

Client Feedback : Botswana to Cape Town

Michelle’s clients enjoyed an incredible safari to Botswana, and combined it with a coastal trip to Cape Town and the winelands. They explored the game-rich areas of the Savuti in the Chobe National Park and the ever popular Moremi Game Reserve in the pristine Okavango Delta. Both areas offer the best of land based and water based safaris. They took a trip out to the whale watching town of Hermanus to try spot the marine 5 and ended their African adventure with a relaxing holiday in Stellenbosch, the wine capital of the Cape! Michelle crafted the perfect Botswana to Cape Town itinerary.  Here is their feedback :  Michelle, I have left a 5 star review on Safari Bookings. We are all still flabbergasted by the experiences we had in Africa and we all want to return. I have attached just a handful of the many amazing photos we took. We saw the Hyena family within 15 minutes of landing at Sango camp on the first stop of our safari. The woman in the next picture is DK, she was our Guide at Sango and she was terrific. We felt blessed to spend time with her and to have a female guide. We never saw another female guide, the rest of the time on safari! We came across the two young male cheetahs on our very last morning game drive at Savuti. The elephant greated me about 7am in the morning at Oddballs, as she began grazing on a small tree growing less than a meter from the toilet I was sitting on! The final picture is an Eland hanging out at the Cape of Good Hope!   During the time at the three camps, we saw four of the big five, no Rhinos, and just about every other animal that we could imagine. The three different topographies of the camps was great, as we were able to see different animals in different types of settings.   Chronologically here are our impressions: Peermont Mondior, Johannesburg – A good place to stay if you need to be near the airport. Breakfast was very good, and hotel staff was helpful. Sango Camp, Khwai River– Our overall favorite camp! Everything from our fabulous guide, D.K., to the great staff, campfire gatherings and delicious meals, Sango was thoroughly enjoyable. We would, however, suggest that when guests are leaving late morning, there is still time for an early morning game drive on the way to the airstrip! Oddball’s Enclave, Moremi Game Reserve – The  Mokoro rides gave us the opportunity to get a different perspective of the animals we were viewing (crocodile, hippos, Cape buffalo), as well as the chance to...

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Client Feedback : Bob and Family Spot the Big 5 in Kruger
Oct09

Client Feedback : Bob and Family Spot the Big 5 in Kruger

Natasha’s clients enjoyed a family safari in the Kruger, and stayed at Kambaku River Sands the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and Simbambili Game Lodge in Sabi Sand. Here is their feedback :  Hi Natasha, Thanks for the email, I meant to follow up with you. All went well. Flights were good, we were picked up on time, accommodations were super. Food excellent and wildlife viewing was as we hoped. We did see the big 5. The staff at our first lodge went out of their way to celebrate my sister-in-laws birthday. They were a fun group. Lodges at the second were beautiful. And staff also very good. The final judge is my wife and she said it was probably our best vacation ever. Thanks for the effort putting this together. Well done. And our daughter’s wedding was beautiful. I’ll send you some pictures. Thanks again,...

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Client Feedback : Honeyguide Khoka Moya
Sep17

Client Feedback : Honeyguide Khoka Moya

Natasha’s clients enjoyed a safari at Honeyguide Khoka Moya in the Greater Kruger in the big five Manyaleti Game Reserve. In Shangaan, the name means “Capture the Spirit”, and it appears that Natasha’s clients walked away from their safari feeling rather spirited! Here is their feedback : Hi Natasha! It exceeded our expectations and the safari was the kick off. Thank you so much for planning the safari and flights and road transfer. I will send more details and pictures once we get settled. Let’s just say adventure seems to follow us and our story is above and beyond. Please let me know if I can rate Sun Safari or direct people your way....

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Client Feedback : Masai Mara and Zanzibar Adventure
Sep16

Client Feedback : Masai Mara and Zanzibar Adventure

Natasha’s clients enjoyed a family trip to Masai Mara to witness the famous annual migration, and combined it with a tropical paradise holiday to Zanzibar. Their family safari adventure took place over 12 nights and they stayed at Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel, Keekorok Lodge, Mara Engai Wilderness Lodge and Kisiwa House. Here is their feedback : Hi Natasha Just got back. Everything was great ; no glitches at all anywhere. Accommodation, travel company,guides, air flights were perfect. Saw everything we could have hoped  for ; saw in ‘big five’ in one single day and the migration of the wildebeest. When we come back to Africa – maybe to South Africa – I will be sure to get in touch with you. Best Regards Hugh...

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Client Feedback : Kruger Safari to Tanda Tula and Simbambili
Sep15

Client Feedback : Kruger Safari to Tanda Tula and Simbambili

Four of Michelle’s clients enjoyed a Kruger safari to Tanda Tula in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and Simbambili Lodge in Sabi Sand.  Their feedback is listed below. Dear Michelle, Paula and I were delighted with the arrangements you made!  Both Tanda Tula and Simbambilli were wonderful and we appreciated seeing them in that order:  more prey and in larger quantities at Tanda Tula, more predators at Sambambilli.  Also a bit more comfortable accommodations at Sambambilli, especially a door rather than a tent zipper, which was a bit difficult for me to tie down. Overall much more luxury than I expected.  And we got so close to the animals!  I’ve attached a photo I took of my favorite animal.  Not a particularly unusual photo.  Our best images are videos I took including two rhinos play fighting just in front of our vehicle and 11 lions dining on a cape buffalo.  Perhaps my fondest memories come from families: elephants with young who haven’t learned to use their trunks, wart hogs running in front of us, hyena mothers caring for their young. Thanks so much for a wonderful trip.  I can strongly recommend you! Sincerely, Alan Hi, Michelle, We are home and finally back on US time.  It took awhile.  The trip was absolutely amazing.  Everything you booked for us was absolutely spot on.  Both camps were delightful, the staff was wonderful and the food was excellent.  At Tanda Tula, on our last night a hyena wandered in across the lawn right at dinner time – we had seen signs out on our game drives, but had failed to see him, so he wandered in just in time for us to see him at dinner. We saw lots of antelope, giraffes, and elephants, one rhino and a couple of cats at Tanda Tula; at Simbambili we saw cats every time we went out, several rhinos, including a couple of young ones we saw several times together, as well as hyenas and wild dogs. It was everything we hoped for and more. We had a great time in Cape Town; the drivers on our tours were very friendly, very helpful, and we enjoyed them as much as the tours.  We had a bit of a hiccup in the condo I booked: the driver dropped us off, and we found out that the reservation I made online never made it to the resort.  The one I booked was full, but they found us a room in another resort, which turned out to be a better location in terms of restaurant availability.  It all worked out, but it gave me a bad moment.  We let the...

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Client Feedback : Honeymoon in Botswana
Sep13

Client Feedback : Honeymoon in Botswana

Liselle’s clients, Shiraj & Chanelle, recently returned from a romantic honeymoon in Botswana, and sent through detailed feedback about their incredible safari. The romantic honeymooners enjoyed a stay at Sango Safari Camp in the Khwai River region of the Delta, Hyena Pan in Moremi Game Reserve and Savute Under Canvas in Chobe National Park. Here is their feedback : Hi Liselle, We returned from our honeymoon in Botswana. I wanted to let you know that it was a truly wonderful experience. We were so impressed with the camps we stayed at and the overall quality of the whole experience. Sango Safari Camp – an incredibly cozy, welcoming and personable camp with some of the most hospitable people we met. Incredible drives and mokoro safaris which were great. The food was really good. The tent was clean and lovely. We had great sightings and would highly recommend this camp. Hyena Pan – Beautiful camp with great food. Tent was well appointed. It was a bit more remote than the Sango camp but was great. The guides we had were great too. Savute under canvas – Such a great mobile tenting experience with lovely staff and probably the best guide we had (Dips) who always got us to the best place to vivew the action. We had amazing food here and how they put up the tent every 5 days is amazing. Probably our best sightings were in Savute including cheetahs and hunting wild dogs. Flights were also great. Nice 12-seater planes and they always knew where we were supposed to go and the transfers were incredibly smooth. Liselle was extremely helpful and obliging and always willing to help with a great deal of useful information prior to the tour. Was a pleasure working with Liselle to arrange this excellent tour of Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Savute NP. Many thanks. Cheers, Shiraj &...

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