Client Feedback : nThambo Tree Camp for Romance!
Mar15

Client Feedback : nThambo Tree Camp for Romance!

Natasha’s clients had an amazing safari at nThambo Tree Camp in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, and even enjoyed a romantic bar session. nThambo always pulls out all of the stops for their clients.  Wow! Absolutely amazing! We arrived in Hoedspruit airport and we were met by a lovely smiling Isaac ready to help. We had our bags loaded into the van and we made our way into the game reserve. We arrived at NThambo and we were met by Nadia with some welcome drinks. We were welcomed in and straight away invited to have some lunch. We were shown to our rooms, which were amazing! Absolute Safari luxury. The days kind of went: Safari, eat, sleep repeat! We were woken up every morning at  for coffee and rusks. Then on to the first game drive of the day. Back to the lodge for breakfast. Then the day was pretty much ours until lunch time and then time again to get ready for the evening game drive. Not forgetting the sundowners! The staff were amazing and made you feel like you were the only guests there. On our game drives we were lucky enough to see lions, leopards, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, zebras, kudu, wildebeest, hyenas, Jackals, elephants, blue wildebeest and a few cheeky mongooses. Add into that a few new creepy crawlies and an amazing range of different birds. The rangers and guides were so knowledgeable, we learnt so much from them. We chose to do 2 of the guided safaris on foot. It was amazing being so close to everything but definitely felt safe with Isaac, our tracker. We were surprised on one of our evening game drives by having a honeymoon sundowner setup just for the two of us. It was lovely. We were even accompanied by a few curious hyenas but knew the staff weren’t too far from us. We definitely felt special. Another highlight was the Bush Bar! Being in the middle of the bush with a few gin and tonics, some snacks and a fire burning…. It was absolute bliss! I could really write so much more. We had an amazing time and would highly recommend Sun Safaris and NThambo Tree Camp. We definitely did not want to come home at the end of the week. Mrs Sascha...

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Client Feedback : Masai Mara Safari
Mar15

Client Feedback : Masai Mara Safari

Michelle’s clients stayed at Governers Camp and Porini Lion Camp in the Masai Mara. Seems like Virginia Esposito had an incredible time exploring the wonders of a safari in East Africa ! Sun Safaris arranged their East Africa safari, but the guest’s Serengeti portion of the holiday was of their own accord.  Dear Michelle:   Finally we are all back home and settled down on a long vacations with  long  flights. We had a lovely trip, as you might know, we started in Serengeti were we had a lovely stay at Chaka Camp, mobile tented camp in Southern Serengeti  which we knew in   2016  in Northern Serengeti. I never imagined that the settings could make such a big difference in mobile  tented camps, it was a little dissapointment but we still enjoyed it. From there, we left to Maasai Mara, at the border, we had some delay with the visa situation which we had  applied online,  there, we were told that it is much better to get visa upon arrival. Who knows why!!! Governior´s Camp, a lovely camp, beautiful gardens, nice servise, food is fine and spectacular wildlife.  The elephants that cross the camp in the evening is something magic, only that is worth it. Again, transfers were on time, very smooth. Porini Lions Camp, a little bit too “Porini” it is too basic, common areas are not well taken care,  little bit abandoned, cleaness is not on their side, dirty ashtrays  and a mess of pillows in the sofas from the night before and .  It is very hot there, food is ok, basic rooms. They advertisse wifi, which almost never worked. Maybe we are comparing it a llitle bit with SA-Kruger  and there is no comparison  point, it is apples and oranges, service was normal, but: THE BEST WILDLIFE THAT WE HAVE SEEN!  There are other camps at Olare Conservation, maybe it is worth to consider the upgrade,  but, for people looking for the real african adventure, that is the place! We arrived in Nairobi with no problems at all, except for the confusion  the guides on Teresa´s hotel but that was it. We appreciate all the help from your side to make this and unforgettable...

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Client Feedback : Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park
Mar14

Client Feedback : Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park

Michelle’s guests enjoyed a Botswana safari and explored all the best that the country has to offer its visitors. Guests stayed at Camp Moremi and Machaba Camp in the Okavango Delta. They also stayed at Ghoha Hills Savuti Lodge in Chobe and Muchenje Safari Lodge in the Chobe National Park. Dear Michelle Sorry for the extremely late reply to you. However, still think you should have some quick feedback. Overall, we were happy with your all of your support. Now, a friend is planning a trip asking for recommendation – so I will refer her to you 🙂 We had a wonderful trip. And yes, we definitely want to return 🙂 Yes, we were lucky to see a lot of animals – best part was leopards in Machaba, and everything else at that camp! Camp Moremi: it was fine, not overly exciting but just fine. The cabins are not luxury, but fine enough. We did see a lot of different animals, inkl. an encounter of some cat like animal (do not remember if it was an actual leopard) having a feast in the camp area. Machaba: Absolutely wonderful – everything from the tents themselves and the authentic feeling it brings of being able to listen to the animals and the interior design / decorations (50’s style). Also the shared facilities, all of the staff, the food, the drinks. Just loved the place. And we saw so many animals incl. leopards and hippo’s about and about. These guys and girls did a great job – heard they were about to open another similar camp during 2016, close to the border of S.A. I think. Also some of them do or used to do Horseback ride camp safaris. Are you familiar with any if this? (for future reference) Ghoha Hills: Beautiful place, great food, nice room etc. However, 2 things: 1) we were pretty much the only one’s there during most of the stay, that was too quit for us. Along this, we hardly saw any animals, and we drove very far every day. In addition, we got stuck in the sand dust/dirt several times, I think it was common that time of the year. Think hardly no one else being there at that time (July) and not much sight of animal goes together. 2) the staff did not do so well re service – seemed very unconscious of how to perform service to a level expected at such an expensive place. This was related to e.g. serving of food and beverages and cleaning of the shared areas. The upside was the private waterhole –  but it was only really impressive on...

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Client Feedback : Ezulwini Game Lodges in the Balule Nature Reserve
Feb28

Client Feedback : Ezulwini Game Lodges in the Balule Nature Reserve

Natasha’s clients stayed in the big five Balule Nature Reserve at Ezulwini Billy’s Lodge, and the party of 8 of  appeared to have an incredible time while on safari in the Greater Kruger. They seemed to have a fantastic all round experience of both game viewing and lodge life.   Here is their feedback : Our trip was amazing! We had a incredible time in all spots we’ve been. Talking about ezulwini, we’ve had a awesome experience not only on the games but also with the hotel team.  We saw rino, lion, zebras, girafas, koodows, baboos, hienas! Unfortunatly no elephants and leopards apears. The guides were very nice and made all they could to find the animals. The brunchs we had on the games were very nice, and the jeep very confortable. The food was great, Knox was very friendly, and the barbecue with the show thouched us all. We undoubtedly would return to this hotel.  ...

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Client Feedback : Gomo Gomo Game Lodge in Kruger
Feb25

Client Feedback : Gomo Gomo Game Lodge in Kruger

Natasha’s clients enjoyed an incredible safari to the Kruger and stayed in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve at Gomo Gomo game lodge. The Klaserie is a big five reserve, and Natasha’s clients certainly enjoyed a wealth of wildlife sightings.  Here is their feedback: Dear Natasha, sorry about my delay… I arrived yesterday from South Africa.  We have no words to describe our experience at Gomo Gomo, the experience we had there was far beyond what we could imagine and exceeded our expectations. I would like to thank you immensely for all the help and patience, if it were not for your help and suggestion we would not have been able to have this experience, again thank you very much! I truly recommend Gomo Gomo for all you want to do safari, all the staff, guides, trackers, waiters, etc etc. all of them are very polite, cheerful and helpful. Our guide and tracker could provide an unique and memorable experience, we could saw all big five and saw rhyno, elephant, leo… more than 2 or 3 times. It was amazing! Follow attach some pictures. Best Regards! Tamiris  ...

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Client Feedback : East Africa Extravaganza
Feb15

Client Feedback : East Africa Extravaganza

Michelle’s clients travelled as a family, and both sent in feedback about their East Africa safari. Their journey included a stay at Masai Mara – Encounter Mara, Gibbs Farm in the Ngorongoro Crater region, Dunia Camp in the Serengeti and Kwihala Camp in Ruaha.  Here is their feedback : Hi, Michelle. Thanks for checking in with us after our return from East Africa. Our trip was amazing!  Everything worked out so beautifully and smoothly.  We loved it all. It was clearly a trip of a lifetime, and we thank you for all of your guidance and support in helping us make some incredible memories. Since Karyn led this effort from our end, I’ll leave it to her to share more specific feedback about the different locations, etc. with you.   We will happily provide whatever online reviews are most helpful to you and to the camps themselves. Many of our friends have begun expressing interest in safaris and will be turning to us for guidance. We will, of course, highly recommend you and your colleagues. Warm wishes for a happy holiday season. Jeanne & Joe Lebens Hi Michelle – thanks for your note.  Encounter Mara was a great suggestion – we loved the staff, had a great driver, and loved the ability to off road and participate in night game drives and walking safaris.  We also loved the landscape and contrast that Ruaha offered.  Overall the hospitality at all the Asilia camps exceeded our expectations and the food was also quite good (and did a really nice job accommodating food restrictions / allergies). We also appreciated someone greeting us at the airport in Nairobi and helping make sure we got where we needed to on our first day. While the wildlife is always the “wildcard”, we were grateful for all of the cat sightings we had.  One particularly special experience was a night drive where a male lion roared right next to our vehicle – something we will never forget! There are a few things I would suggest or that we may have done differently based on our experience: 1.) The transfer from Kenya to Tanzania and from the Crater to Dunia was a much longer and tougher drive than expected and the car really didn’t fit our group size + luggage.  I would suggest outlining in the itineraries the travel time and road conditions where they are windy and/or bumpy.   2.) The staff at Dunia Camp went above and beyond to make our stay special.  Unfortunately the amount of tsese flies coming in and out of the camp were unexpected.  Thankfully they wore off after the first and last...

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Client Feedback : Botswana to Cape Town – An Incredible Journal Entry
Feb14

Client Feedback : Botswana to Cape Town – An Incredible Journal Entry

Liselle’s clients enjoyed an incredible safari to Ilala Lodge in Victoria Falls, Lagoon Camp in the Okavango Delta, Kwara Camp in the northern Okavango Delta region,  Tau Pan Camp in the Kalahari, and Majeka House in Stellenbosch. Their review of each place is helpful, interesting and reads just like an incredible journey entry. Victoria Falls The flight to Victoria Falls from Jo’burg is relatively quick, and our driver initiated us quickly into life in Zimbabwe on the way to the town from the airport. The Falls are shared with Zambia, and the 2-street city of Victoria Falls cannot compete with the touristic overload that became Niagara Falls and Buffalo, perhaps sadly so in a Country that has lost its currency through mis-management. Not that we wish excess upon Zimbabwe, but some utilization of this resource, and development of a greater economic zone might be in order. The past mis-management has rendered ATM’s inactive, as there is no cash to be withdrawn. Just like Santorini, you cannot stop taking pictures. The ILALA Lodge provided great accommodations, and food and service, but the street vendors were quite obnoxious, following you along any walk in the town, or over the bridge to Zambia. If you go – take extra currency, none is available at the ATM’s (2018); try set the vendors straight at the outset, before they walk with you for a kilometer; no vendors are inside the National Park, at the walk into the Lookout Café, or at your hotel; and there is no need to pay the extra $45US for a joint Zimbabwe/Zambia Visa. The $5 Zimbabwean Visa is just fine. Botswana – Okavango Delta  Lagoon Camp had 9 units on the water, all were extra large rooms with an outdoor shower option. Rating: 5 out of 5, including numerous and varied daily animal sightings, from large game to colourful birds. Thankfully, they try separate the “birders” from the “gamers”. Indoor tub or shower option, but who could miss showering outdoors while looking at the wildlife. Caution, camp is visited by lions, leopards, elephants at night. And we saw two mosquitos in 3 days! Guides at all camps told us they had never heard of people catching malaria, in spite of all the North American warnings to take a 3-week supply of malaria pills. But they do supply lots of repellent, so parts of the year must have the pests! Our first game drive headed out to see wild dogs, a yawner I thought. But the guides filled us in on the history and future of the pack, told us stories of their hunts, and we gained another appreciation of nature’s survival issues…. Hippo...

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