Client Feedback : Witnessing East Africa’s Wildebeest Migration
Jul18

Client Feedback : Witnessing East Africa’s Wildebeest Migration

From tree-climbing lions to savannah sunsets, white beaches of Zanzibar and witnessing the annual wildebeest migration in Kenya; there’s no denying that Natasha’s clients enjoyed an East Africa safari of a lifetime. Her clients stayed at Gibbs Farm on the outer slopes of Ngorongoro Crater, Breezes Beach Club in Zanzibar , Mount Meru hotel in Arusha and at the traditional tented Ubuntu seasonal camps in the Serengeti. East Africa is an exceptional destination for year-round game viewing and Natasha is very much a hands-on, caring consultant who goes to great lengths to knot together the perfect East Africa safari itinerary.  Here is their feedback :  Hi Natasha, sorry for the slow response but it’s been pretty crazy (work-wise) since we got back. We had a wonderful time thank-you.  Gibbs Farm (along with Ngorongoro) and Ubuntu camps where the highlights.  I think we saw all the animals we wanted, but seeing the lions playing and resting in trees was wonderful, along with the baby elephant in Manyara were wonderful. However, nothing could have prepared me for the awesomeness of the Great Migration!  We were so lucky with the timing… the Wildebeest arrived the day after us and were pretty much gone as we left.  Standing with great friends, watching the Sunset with 250,000 Wildebeest was a moment I’ll never forget. Undoubtedly the biggest surprise was the birds… I hadn’t expected to see so many different and beautiful birds!. Thanks for everything, and some pictures enclosed....

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Client Feedback : Luxury Kruger Safari at Nottens and Tanda Tula
Jul17

Client Feedback : Luxury Kruger Safari at Nottens and Tanda Tula

Liselle arranged a luxury Kruger safari for her clients to the premier Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and the world-renown Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. She carefully selected two lodges known for their excellent service, incredible atmosphere, personalised guiding and prolific game viewing opportunities. Liselle’s guests stayed at Nottens Bush Camp (Sabi Sand) and Tanda Tula (Timbavati)! Here is their feedback : Hi Liselle, We are back home and absolutely thrilled with the experience! Truly unforgettable. Our time in the bush exceeded all expectations and we definitely hope to be back in the future. Tanda Tula and Nottens were both excellent. The staff, the guides, the accommodations, the food – everything was just perfect. We were incredibly lucky on our safaris and saw everything we hoped to see and more! We honestly have zero complaints and are just so happy with everything. Thank you so much for all your help! Best,...

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Client Feedback : Family Holiday to Botswana, Vic Falls, Manyeleti & Cape Town
Jul17

Client Feedback : Family Holiday to Botswana, Vic Falls, Manyeleti & Cape Town

Mark Barnes and his family enjoyed the ultimate African safari to Kruger and Botswana, and even found time to visit the world’s largest falls : Victoria Falls. Natasha cultivated an itinerary to suit their needs and budget; and decided that a trip to southern Africa wouldn’t be complete without sampling the delights of coastal Cape Town! Mark and family explored the many activities on offer in Cape Town, and certainly made the most of their time in the Mother City. Natasha’s amazing choice of accommodation included : LawHill Luxury Apartments in Cape Town Honeyguide Khoka Moya in Manyeleti Game Reserve Batonka Guest Lodge at Vic Falls Chobe Bakwena Here is their feedback : Hi Natasha, We are safely back in Australia and spending a few days in Perth before heading home to Melbourne. We had an amazing time and loved all the places we stayed at. Lawhill was a great apartment and in a perfect location. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful, they were fantastic. They organised one of their tour guides to take us to Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and Penguins – he was excellent. We went up to table mountain, fairly cloudy but it broke up a bit before we got down. Went to the big botanical gardens starting with a K and did walks around there. Unfortunately we booke Robben Island each day but the fairies were cancelled each day due to weather. We loved Cape Town, just slightly disappointed we missed Robben Island due to weather but we looked around the museum. Honeyguide was excellent. This would most likely be the highlight of the trip. Accommodation was great, food great staff great. We had a fantastic guide (KK). We had amazing game drives seeing the big five and more. We had already seen the big five, but on our second last day we saw the big five in one day. We loved how they can go off road for the cats and get us up close to see them. An experience our family will never forget. Victoria Falls was amazing and good to see since we have already seen Niagara Falls. We loved the walk along the falls. The accommodation was very nice and again the staff wonderful. The guide who took us to the Falls was very good and went out of his way to take us to markets and out to lunch. Donald was very good. Chobe’s accommodation and food was amazing. We enjoyed the game drives, particularly doing two boat game drives as a point of difference to what we have already done. The game drives...

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Client Feedback : John Visits Chobe, Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls
Jul16

Client Feedback : John Visits Chobe, Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls

Liselle’s clients absolutely loved their African safari, and sent through a quick review of their holiday. They have plenty they’d love to write about with regards to their African sojourn, and in time will send us a succinct review. Having being on safari countless times, the mind-blowing experience of a safari coupled with a visit to the world’s largest can be tricky to put into words! John Giddens stayed at Linyanti Ebony Camp which is an intimate, luxury tented camp located on the Linyanti River in Chobe Enclave. Liselle’s guests also stayed at Khwai Bush Camp in the Okavango Delta and Ilala Lodge at Victoria Falls. Here is their feedback : Liselle, This is just a quick holding reply to let you know that I have received your message , but I would also like to take my time and do the reply justice – there is lots to write! The Botswana safari in particular was a truly amazing experience. I am in Zanzibar at the moment and don’t finish the full Africa flying trip until 3rdweek of this month. If you haven’t received a more detailed update from me by then please feel free to send me a reminder! I would like to say though that Africa Bush Camps were extraordinary. Our experience there was wonderful in every respect, and if you are giving feedback to them please convey our thoughts in particular about the two guides we had (Joe at Linyati and Mighty at Kwai) who were exceptional. The two camp hostesses (Cassie at Linyani and Dudu at Kwai) were also excellent and went several extra miles to make us feel welcome and at home in the camp. I will endeavour to get you a more detailed response and maybe some photos when I have a bit more time later this month. Best regards John Giddens...

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Client Feedback : Klaserie Sands River Lodge and Arathusa in Kruger
Jul12

Client Feedback : Klaserie Sands River Lodge and Arathusa in Kruger

Liselle’s clients enjoyed a spectacular safari in the Greater Kruger, and explored the wilderness areas of the game-rich Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and the famed Sabi Sand. They observed abundant game and managed to see 3 big cat predators.  Liselle handpicked two lodges for her clients – Klaserie Sands River Lodge and Arathusa Safari Lodge.  Here is Liselle’s client feedback from Hedy Wermer. Hi Liselle, I’m responding to your inquiry to Adam and Adrienne because I want you to know how spectacular the trip was from my perspective. Both Klaserie and Arathusa were luxurious yet unpretentious, with comfortable, beautiful rooms, exceptionally friendly, warm and attentive staff and delicious food. The wilderness settings for both lodges were stunning. At Arathusa, we had hippos, elephants, baboons, monkeys, warthogs, several kinds of antelope and numerous birds within a few feet of the pool deck and lawns; at Klaserie we had vervet monkeys in the trees above us where we sat on the deck and watched a parade of impalas and elephants come down to the pond to drink. The safari guides and trackers were outstanding at both places. We saw the “big five” within our first 24 hours on the ground and saw roughly 50 species of animals (including all three big cats…my favorite was a baby leopard) and 70 species of birds (and those were only the ones we could positively identify) during the week. It was magical. I should also add that the trip, including the game drives on rough terrain, was entirely manageable for a relatively fit 70 year old.  We all had a wonderful time. Thanks again for setting this up for us. Hedy Wermer (Adam’s mother) Click here to client feedback and reviews posted on the SafariBookings trusted review...

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Client Feedback : Ulusaba Safari Lodges and Beach Break in Maldives
Jul11

Client Feedback : Ulusaba Safari Lodges and Beach Break in Maldives

Janelle’s guests stayed at Richard Branson’s Ulusaba lodges in the Greater Kruger, before flying to the ultra island paradise of the Maldives. They enjoyed a big five safari while staying at Ulusaba Rock Lodge and Ulusaba Safari Lodge, and a tropical break to a newly built lodge in the Maldives paradise called You & Me. From bush breaks to Indian ocean islands, Janelle’s client certainly experienced the best of contrasting landscapes.  Here is Janelle’s client feedback :  Hi Janelle! Our trip was AMAZING! Thank you for all your help! We loved every minute of it. Our favorite part was S Africa. We cannot say enough about the Ulusaba lodges and the staff. The lodges were incredible…we felt so at home, we fell in love with the staff and our guide and tracker…the food was amazing. Everything was top notch. I literally cried when we left saying goodbye to everyone. We saw the big 5, saw a HUGE herd of elephants playing on our last day which was a definite highlight and something we will never forget, we saw several leopards (one eating a kill and chasing hyenas away), a pride of lions, hippos out of the water, tons of wild dogs, etc. It was the trip of a lifetime. I will send you some photos. You and Me was also great! There was an issue when we landed at the airport…even though we were on time, they had sent our seaplane on its way without us so we had to wait for another one. It worked out fine but was a little annoying after such a long trip. The resort was beautiful…we enjoyed scuba diving on 2 days. Being brand new, the resort definitely has some improvements it could make in their service. The service at the restaurants was lacking a bit (although the staff was very friendly), the beach chairs are not comfortable at all but the scenery is to die for and we LOVED our room and how it was just sitting in the middle of the water. So gorgeous! Thank you for your help and I will definitely recommend you guys to others!...

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Client Feedback : Hluluwe Safari Circuit in KwaZulu Natal
Jun06

Client Feedback : Hluluwe Safari Circuit in KwaZulu Natal

Michelle arranged an incredible KwaZulu Natal safari for her guests. It was a varied choice of camps and lodges, which provided a diverse wildlife experience. Walt and Sharon stayed at Rhino Ridge in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi National Park, Makakatana on the banks of Lake St. Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and the Thanda Tent Camp in KwaZulu Natal. Here is their feedback :  Hi Michelle….back from our trip and all had a great time. Game viewing not as strong as Sabi Sands by a long shoot but still fun. We really liked all three lodges. As usual, the shuttles were right on time, in fact always waiting for us at the airport and lodges. A few comments by location that you might find helpful. Rhino Ridge… Great room, great common area and excellent food. The dinner in the boma was good, sand was very loose so chairs sank in…no biggie. Staff excellent and game drives very good even if no off rooding allowed. Our ranger, Thebaca, ( hope I spelled correctly) was very good but also very soft spoken. Great animals except no cats at all were seen. The area is very large and limited by road only viewing. Makakatana…. Again, great facility, great folks, excellent food, and super service. The staff actually learned our names even though we were there only 3 nights! Very limited game, no predators present in their area so prey stock seemed out of balance. Loved the included drinks! River trip was great and boat host Warwick was excellent. Lots of hippos! The beach trip is a negative. Nothing really to do once there and beach access was terrible. A large hill of sand to both go down and up (see photo) really not suitable for most folks. Should be a full disclosures about it. We all felt not a good experience, except to say we touched the Indian Ocean. Thanda Tent Camp… Super! The tents were great, excellent food, loved the included drinks. Great game viewing despite its limited area. Our ranger, Vincent, and tracker, Derrick, were some of the best we have had. Great off-road driving for that up-close experience we are used to. The on-site photographer was great and Jain, Mike and I learned a lot from his free 2+ hour session. Highly recommend that to all interested in photography, despite their skill level. Tip…..tent 13 has great views but is a LONG uphill climb; staff said a 1/3 mile hike! We spent one night there then changed to a much closer tent….too old for it I am afraid! Thanks for all your help in planning this trip. All of the Africa...

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