Client Feedback : Safari to Kruger and KwaZulu Natal
Oct29

Client Feedback : Safari to Kruger and KwaZulu Natal

Michelle’s clients enjoyed a superb safari in South Africa, and one that included a walking trail. Pafuri is in a private corner of the Kruger National Park, in a remote and game rich destination. This stay was combined with an exploration of the Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park area in KwaZulu Natal, which ensured clients had a diverse safari experience. The Klaserie River Safari Lodge provided an authentic bush experience overlooking the Klaserie River. Clients stayed at  Pafuri Camp (and also enjoyed the walking trail),  Rocktail Beach Camp where many snorkelling sessions were enjoyed; and Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge added a touch of scenic luxury to the trip.  Hi Michelle hope you’re well. Olivier is now back from his holiday and once again is very pleased with his experience and everything that you have organised for him. He particularly enjoyed Pafuri Walking Trail (3 hours walking in the morning and 1.5-2 hrs in the afternoon was great for him). He was ok with the more ‘rustic’ accommodation and overall found this experience to be the most beautiful as he was close to nature. At Rhino Ridge he changed his programme a little while he was there and paid extra to have a walking guide as he prefers to be on foot than in the jeep. Because he learnt snorkelling at Rocktail Camp, he was able to fully enjoy his shark diving experience…a great result after the disappointment with the weather last year. Olivier would like me to say ‘thanks a million’ for all your work. He’s very impressed with your organisational ability….as he works in transportation/logistics, he understands the difficulty of linking together all the different elements. Everything went smoothly and he will certainly return to Africa again. Warm regards, Jo (& Olivier !!) Client’s Online Review : This was my second Sun Safari experience and like before, the organisation was perfect. Working with Michelle for a second time was like being back in contact with an old friend….nothing was too much trouble for her and her and all the arrangements that she made in my rather complicated itinerary worked beautifully. The camps all met my requirements and knowing what I had experienced last time, Michelle was able to suggest options that complimented my last trip, rather than repeating what I’d done before. If you are hesitating about booking with Sun Safaris….don’t – they’re...

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Client Feedback : An Honest Review of a Safari in KwaZulu Natal
Oct22

Client Feedback : An Honest Review of a Safari in KwaZulu Natal

Natasha’s clients are repeat guests and they’ve just sent through a lengthy and informative review of their safari to Africa. They enjoyed a unique safari to KwaZulu Natal, which offered them an opportunity to experience the best of both worlds in terms of safari living – tropical paradise surrounds heaving with animals! Clients spent time overnight at Petit Provence, then safari to Hluhlwe River Lodge in the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Royal Thonga Lodge, Thanda Tented Camp, Tembe Kosi Tent at Utshwayelo Lodge and Camp, and Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. Quite the safari in South Africa ! Here is their review :  Hi Natasha,  As usual, I wanted to send you a bit of feedback on the places we stayed at during our road trip.  I can’t say much about Petit Provence since we were literally in and out. The room was very comfortable though (amazing bed!) and very beautiful. Knowing know how little time we had here to really enjoy any of it I would probably next time pick a(n even more) budget place. Just because we literally only used it to sleep from 11-7.  Hluhluwe river lodge was very pleasant. I would rate it a solid 8 thanks to the manager/barman/server/receptionist Lesley and the amazing breakfast/lunch pack they made us to take to the park (there was enough food in there to feed 2 people for 2 days! and it was very good food). The honeymoon suite was very lovely (huge!). The food was very good. The drinks were a bit overpriced in comparison to other places (wine was really quite expensive by SA standards). They always made a lovely boma fire in the evening where you could have a pre dinner drink (I love those!). They have a somewhat tame Genet that visits during dinner if it smells meat, loved having him over as a visitor. My first time seeing a Genet so close. I had an accident involving water and an iPhone and Lesley happily provided me with some rice to help it dry, which was incredibly nice. He really made the place. The other staff unfortunately were a bit surly. We only encountered smiles everywhere else we went and here the ladies were definitely in a more sour mood. The place is quite easy to find, well sign posted. Though definitely recommend people  not to drive there during the dark. There are so many animals (and people) on the road, it’s insane! We had to stop several times for goats and cows on the road or about to cross. We stopped at Ilala Weavers for some souvenirs and a light lunch before continuing our trip onwards and that is something I can...

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Client Feedback : Cape Town, Kruger and Mozambique
Oct09

Client Feedback : Cape Town, Kruger and Mozambique

Liselle’s guests enjoyed the safari of a lifetime in the Kruger. They combined the best of the bushveld with a tropical holiday in Mozambique and then a sightseeing extravaganza of Cape Town and its coast. They stayed at the V&A Hotel in the Waterfront of Cape Town, Klaserie Sands River Camp in the Klaserie, Simbavati Hilltop Lodge in the Timbavati Game Reserve, the Intercontinental Hotel and Massinga Beach in Mozambique.  Here is their feedback : Hi Liselle, Thanks so much for reaching out. Sorry it took a while for us to get back to you. We had an absolutely AMAZING time. The hotels were wonderful – great service, beautiful locations and facilities, amazing food, etc. The game drives on both safaris were great! We saw tons of animals and the guides were very knowledgeable. Everything with the transport that you coordinated was smooth and seamless. We just wanted to give you a huge huge thank you for everything you did to help us have a better honeymoon than we ever dreamed.  Best, Heather and...

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Client Feedback : Klaserie River Safari Lodge
Oct03

Client Feedback : Klaserie River Safari Lodge

Liselle’s clients enjoyed a safari at Klaserie River Safari Lodge, which is located on the banks of the Klaserie River. Klaserie River Safari Lodge is located in a private game reserve in the Greater Kruger area, right on the banks of the burgeoning Klaserie River. This highly acclaimed region of South Africa is on the doorstep of the Kruger Park.  Here is their feedback: Hi Liselle, Thanks for this and yes, we saw a fantastic range of animals and birds, the highlight being a very close encounter with a superb leopard!! The Lodge was great, from the guides to the food. Thanks for your arrnagin and advice, worked out fantastically well and will call on you again next time! Best...

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Client Feedback : Botswana, Victoria Falls, Kruger and Cape Town!
Oct03

Client Feedback : Botswana, Victoria Falls, Kruger and Cape Town!

Liselle’s clients enjoyed a safari in southern Africa’s top regions. And, to top it off, they enjoyed a coastal holiday to the eclectic region of Cape Town. Their safari included a safari jaunt to Botswana in Moremi Game Reserve with a stay at Camp Moremi and then Oddballs on Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta. Their Botswana safari was combined with a stay at the Victoria Falls Resort, where guests were able to enjoy the splendour of Victoria Falls. The next stop was a safari to South Africa with a stay at Nottens in the Sabi Sand, and then the charming Cape Cadogan in Cape Town. Here is their feedback :  Liselle, Thank you so much…it was fantastic!  Everyday we kept saying…”best day ever”. Chris and I are already trying to find a date to plan our next visit.  Hopefully, you will be able to assist us again as everything was flawless!!!  The Nottens Bush Camp choice was such a lovely addition, and Cape Cadagan was great as well.  We were so fortunate to have our same guide/tracker at Oddballs Enclave that it felt like staying with family. Kären & Chris...

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Client Feedback : Whale Watching, Cape Town and a Life Changing Safari
Sep29

Client Feedback : Whale Watching, Cape Town and a Life Changing Safari

Liselle’s guests enjoyed a life changing safari in the Sabi Sand and Klaserie. They combined this with a coastal extravaganza in Cape Town, and whale watching in Hermanus. They stayed at : Cape Cadogan, Ocean Eleven, Umkumbe Safari Lodge and nThambo Tree Camp. Here is their feedback: Hi Liselle, There are no words or phrases in the English language to describe how perfect this holiday was. Transcendent? Life changing?  They don’t do my trip justice. Everything was absolutely perfect.  The B&Bs (Cape Cadogan and Oceans Eleven) were gorgeous and the service exceptional. Cape Cadogan smelled heavenly and I’ve been trying like mad to find the diffuser and scent they use. Nadine was a terrific host and the breakfast was fantastic.  Oceans Eleven is one of the most gorgeous spots I’ve ever been to. Megan and Rejoice were warm, lovely and welcoming. The huge bathtub was exactly what I needed after a cold shark dive.  The dives themselves were absolutely fabulous and I managed to get rammed in the cage by a great white!!! I have a stunning photo of the dorsal fin!!! Umkumbe Lodge was beyond amazing. Our guide, Jade, was  one of the nicest girls I’ve ever met, and quite knowledgable, patient and kind.The food was delicious and plentiful. The bomas were cosy and the camp itself was beautiful. We saw plenty of animals passing by the lodge as well as out on game drives.   Nthambo Tree Camp was an experience like no other. The tree houses were beautiful.  Our ranger, Rey, was hilarious and worked hard to get us to up close to animals. It was every photographer’s dream. Our last night there was EPIC. Ranger Rey took us to see a hippo. I’d mentioned really wanting to see one and it happened. The foods was outstanding. Absolutely outstanding. I enjoyed the communal dining experience and met some wonderful people there. I have a new saying and it is “Everything goes perfectly in Africa”.  I do have loads of photos but I’m at work right now so I can’ access them. However, I will forward some when I get them organized.  I did enquire about another trip via your website. I am planning to go back in 2019. I’ve got Africa running through my veins now. I just wanted to get a glimpse of pricing so I can plan accordingly over the next year. Shall I just contact you directly? I”m interested in perhaps going to  Botswana for safari and shark diving again but that means I’d have to do two countries and I’m not sure if that’s a good idea, so perhaps you can help with that. I was...

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Client Feedback : Safari and Seychelles
Sep20

Client Feedback : Safari and Seychelles

Natasha’s clients enjoyed a beach and bush experience in the Kruger and the pristine tropical island of Seychelles. Guests stayed at the luxurious Kambaku River Sand in the Timbavati Game Reserve, the Victoria and Alfred Hotel in Cape Town, the Residence Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg and the Constance Ephelia Resort in Seychelles.  Hey Natasha,  The trip was amazing. We really enjoyed all the hotels/accommodations.  V&A Hotel was the perfect location being on the waterfront and all tourist spots easily accessible for us. We were able to book all our daily activities with the hotel and the only thing we regret not booking in advance was Robben Island as it was completely booked for the week we were there.   The Kambaku Lodge was incredible. It was so fun spotting animals even as we drove from the airport to the lodge. I even spotted a leopard from the car, just 2 mins from the lodge! The room was beautiful. We had animals walking behind our deck some mornings which was so cool. The staff, chefs, and rangers were extremely accommodating to our religious concerns and dietary needs. They made sure to prepare special plates and dishes for us each meal. We had to be back before sundown on Friday for Sabbath and could also not get into a car on Saturday for that reason, and the staff was able to get a ranger to return to the lodge to take us in our own game drive so we’d be back for sundown, and then he took us for an extended bush walk on Saturday, which was amazing. We were 50ft away from a herd of 500 buffalo on level ground!! We saw all the Big 5 by the end of the trip and each day and drive was a different experience. We loved the communal feel at the lodge as the guests and even some of the staff ate dinner together each night. We would ABSOLUTELY return to this lodge again in the future. Maybe during your summer perhaps 🙂 We were a little nervous pulling into the Residence hotel in Joburg. It was so interesting to have this hotel in the middle of the residential area, I think that’s why we were confused. We’re also not used to the high walls around the houses! But the place was very quaint and had a “homey” feel to it for sure. The only downside was what I had previously emailed you about regarding the car service charge.  Seychelles was gorgeous. The resort was huge and if we really wanted we could have stayed on the grounds the whole time. Weather was a...

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