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Client Trip Reports - April - June 2014


Scenic Southern Africa to Madikwe Game Reserve and Chobe National Park


Hi Kyle and Kollin,


What a wonderful vacation.  Everything went smoothly.  The hotels were wonderful, especially The Residence. 



Bee at Chobe and Nicky at Madikwe were outstanding guides, as was Buz in Cape Town. The weather was perfect, food delicious and we all had a wonderful time.  Thank you for planning such a great vacation.




We saw the Big Five, wild dogs, cheetahs, jackals, and many, many more animals and birds.

Peg Fearon, June 2014




Botswana Classic Flying Safari to the Selinda Reserve, Okavango Delta and Moremi Reserve


Dear Mark, Saskia, Irene, Janet and staff,

 

Our safari was spectacular! We understood all your recommendations as we encountered them. Each venue was enchanting in its own right, the people of Botswana were extraordinarily warm and welcoming, our guides were terrific, and the lodges were amazing. The firsthand extraordinary wildlife viewing was beyond our expectations.

 

One of our kids mentioned that in addition to the above, our trip was seamless. Of course that's due to your expertise and care. Thank you, thank you.

 

Warmest,

The Kaminetsky Family, June 2014



Luxury Safari to Namibia and Botswana – including the 5-Star Little Mombo Camp


Dear Alison,


Thanks so much for your email.


  •      - We had a fantastic time on our African Safari.
    •      - The kids really loved seeing all the animals.
      •      - Thank you for organizing our trip - we really enjoyed every place that we went to.
      •      - The staff at each camp were excellent in their service and we were so grateful to have Brooks as our guide.
      •      - He was great - kept us and the kids entertained as well as teaching us so much about the wildlife and animal behaviors...
      •      - He is such a great tracker too - found the leopards for us at Little Tubu and Little Mombo.
      •      - Took so many photos - had 5 cameras going...
      •      - Ate too much though (as the food was so good). Stephen asked for some recipes from the cooks at Little Tubu..
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Thanks again!

Regards,

Elaine Kuo, June 2014





The “Best of Southern Africa” – MalaMala’s Rattray’s, Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls


Thank you Kyle,


For the trip of a lifetime.  Everything could not have gone any better.  The travel arrangements, the private guides, the accommodations, the weather and the sites of true Africa, everything was wonderful...  Everyone was exceptionally kind and gracious.  The guides went out of their way to make sure we got an outstanding experience.  Buzz and Esther were really great.  They really made their part of our trip worth the little extra costs and it was worth it.  Without their help we would probably still be walking around airports wondering where to go and how to get there.  Their knowledge of the areas really made a huge difference.


The lodges were outstanding and thank you very much for the upgrade at Mala Mala, the Rattray’s Lodge made the whole trip worthwhile for our wives.  They were WOWED at the extravagant furnishings and decors, but the guides, Fritz and the whole Rattray’s team, were exceptional.  We could not believe how close we could be to the wildlife.  We experienced eight leopard sightings in the four days that we were there and so close we could literally reach out and touch them, but we didn’t.


Chobe offered so many animals that we actually got tired of seeing them and their numbers were astonishing.  We actually had lunch with a herd of elephants in the middle of the Chobe River.  So exciting.



Anyway, thank you very much for a truly memorable African Adventure.  You did a great job and we will be using you services again in the near future.

Jeanne & Mick Presco, June 2014




South African Safari and Cape Highlights


Hi,


We had a great time! Cape Town was spectacular! It was soooo cold and raining. But the sights were still beautiful. We didn't expect to see some animals on the cape tour but we did which was awesome. The natural beauty is just beyond words of description. I was surprised that I loved Cape Town because I'm not a huge city girls but Cape Town surprised me. We visited the penguins and we saw ostriches and baboons along the road. We did get hop-on hop-off tour bus tickets, this was a great way to see the whole city while listening to the history of the city. We stayed at the Four Rosmead it was great, the staff was helpful and super nice. The breakfast was amazing. The rooms were so cute and the art was so beautiful.


The safari was wow! Cheetah Plains was nice.  The staff was nice and inviting, the chef was amazing. Andrew, our guide, was the best! He was knowledgeable, he could find animals like crazy (animals blend in really well in the bush), and he was really respectful of the animals and the bush… We also learned a lot and met some cool people from around the world. We also learned in the dark scorpions glow fluorescent green under black light is was so cool. We had an amazing time.


Thanks

Kirsten Reinhold, June 2014



Classic Botswana Safari to Chobe National Park, World famous Okavango Delta and Moremi Reserve

 

Elena,


Just wanted to follow up on our trip:


  •      • Unanimously all 8 of us felt this was the best trip we had ever been on.
    •      • All 8 of us want to do this again and everyone is asking when.
    •      • The Food was phenomenal.  You failed to warn us of the quality and volume of food.  Some thought they would lose weight, everyone gained weight.
  •      • Though we only stayed a few days in each camp, it was sad to leave each one.  We felt like they had become part of our family.
  •      • In Victoria Falls we had a great visit with Mr. Mpisi and the local school.  When we return we would love to see and understand more of the local culture.  Our guide was fantastic,       even took us to his home so we could see his house as a comparison (not sure his wife was happy about it).
  •      • Esther in Victoria Falls was a treasure.  Great personality, extremely knowledgeable, and fun to be with.
  •      • The coordination of our pick-ups and transportation was perfect.  We never even came close to missing a flight or having to adjust the itinerary. This also provided a lot of comfort     as we would enter a different airport or cross a border.

All in all, we wanted to thank you for the impeccable planning and making very detailed arrangements.  We already have two groups asking us about who we used for arranging this.




Regards,

Mark Rosser, June 2014




“Big Five” Game Safari to Tanda Tula and MalaMala Game Reserves


Hi Saskia,


Just wanted to let you and everyone at The Africa Adventure Company know what a wonderful time we had on our trip. Cape Town was a beautiful city and we regret not having the extra day to visit the wine country there. Although we did enjoy our fair share of the local wine! Our guide for the peninsula tour, Dave, was very knowledgeable and friendly. Tanda Tula was a great stop for an introduction to our first safari rides. The people there were beyond friendly and accommodating and the animal sightings were plentiful. The tents were also a nice change. MalaMala is in a class by itself and a great way to end our vacation in luxury and style. The staff there was also amazing as were the safari rides and sightings.


Thanks for all your help in planning this amazing experience –

Rochelle Bass, May 2014



Zimbabwe and Botswana Flying Safari to Hwange National Park, Chobe and the Okavango Delta


Dear Elena

 

I wanted to send you some feedback about our trip while it is still fresh.  First of all, I want to thank you for arranging for us the most incredible trip imaginable!  We loved every minute of it.  We appreciated that the transfer agents were always there to greet us, and we were never left to figure out where to go or what to do next. We were always treated with warmth and respect, and truly felt like VIPs.


Our first camp, Davisons Camp in Hwange, was wonderful.  The young directors were warm and friendly, and our guide, Mike, was brilliant…The camp was charming and the food great…Mike knew every bird, gave us a lecture on the usefulness of elephant dung, etc.,  and kept us entertained the whole time. He also had a wonderful sense of humor.


Victoria Falls was amazing, and the hotel stay was like stepping back in history.   Esther stayed with us most of the day, and we agree with the reviews that suggest that she's one of the loveliest ladies in Africa. 

The tour of the falls with her was very interesting, so much better than having done it on our own…We enjoyed the helicopter ride over the falls…


Our next camp was Ngoma Safari Lodge.  It was clearly the most elegant lodge in the most beautiful setting.  And it had the most animals close by and in larger concentrations.  They even had wi-fi right there from the dining room overlooking the great view…Our guide at Ngoma, BG, was very good and we managed to see a wonderful assortment of big animals.  The room we had was on a par with any at a nice hotel…

  

The last camp was Little Tubu.  The director, Philly, was very welcoming and a 'bigger than life' type of person.  She and the guide, Bee, ate meals with us, and we spent a lot of time laughing during those meals. They're great people.  Bee was also very knowledgeable about the animals and environment, though he was not quite as polished as our other guides.  But I can't say it enough--all of the guides we had were top-notch.  Little Tubu was a unique little place in that it was basically built up in the trees. We really enjoyed ourselves there.


Again, there were only four of us staying there, so we got a lot of attention.  We had a good concentration of animals there (although not as much as at Ngoma). I don't know if Little Tubu would be right for everyone, but it was right for us.


And thanks again for everything!  We will always remember this trip.


Love,

Betsy and Emil Kloske, May 2014




Wildlife Safari to Southern Africa - Mashatu Game Reserve and Timbavati Game Reserve


Hi Lynne,

 

The trip was awesome.  We are so grateful for all your help, insight and execution.  Thanks to you and all your team.

 

Cape Town was beautiful.  The Radisson was lovely and a great location.

 

Mashatu was incredible.  The property was fantastic, the food top notch, the people were all so enthusiastic and friendly - and the wildlife so varied and abundant.  We loved everything about Mashatu.  From the very cool cable ride-in over the Limpopo river, to our great guides, to the beautiful and diverse terrain - we couldn’t have asked for more or been more pleased.

 

Tanda Tula was beautiful.  The property and facility was stunning.  Our tents were first class, spectacularly luxurious…

 

The weather was awesome.  And as we learned, this was the ideal time to go, at least from our prospective.  The days were pleasantly warm, and nights/mornings cool.  But what was best was the fact that bugs and other creepy crawlers were at a minimum… Don't think we saw even one mosquito and certainly no scorpions...  Our weather in Cape Town was perfect as well.

 

All the transfers worked perfectly.  All were exceedingly friendly, courteous and always on time.  We appreciated the passes to the airport lounge.

 

We absolutely loved the trip and are so grateful for all your help.


 

Thank you again for everything.

Richard McLaughlin, May 2014


 

 

 



“Great Namibian Journey” and Botswana flying Safari to Linyanti Reserve


So we are back, after a long, long, flight home.  The trip was in all respects; fabulous.  We had top notch accommodations, service, food and our guides were beyond wonderful.   Can't say enough about Jeremiah and Francis, who knew everything about plants, animals, rocks, minerals and even the stars.  They were great.  Their knowledge and love of their country and it's riches was infectious. They both took special care to insure that I had my preferred food each night often in consultation with the lodge managers which was very thoughtful.  They even made special "lunch bags" for me. I do know that Billy really enjoyed the food, which was excellent at all places.


Wilderness Safaris was impeccable in their service, hospitality and style.  The lodges were better than pictured and our two nights camping was great, but made us realize how spoiled we had been.


The first trip part in Namibia we were with only one other couple, a lovely Swiss couple who we immediately liked and enjoyed.  On our Botswana trip we were along with our guide which was also great.


At one lodge we were the only guests in Botswana (Linyanti Camp).  It was a great place with hippos and elephants chomping in the Channel all evening…


Thanks for a great trip...hope to travel again with you someday.  This was our second trip with Africa Adventure as our very first African trip in 1993 to Tanzania was planned by you.  I still have Mark's "Top Wildlife Countries" after all these years and fond memories


Thanks again,

Valerie Merrin and Billy Deyo, May 2014




Classic Botswana Flying Safari to the Linyanti Reserve and Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls


Elena:

 

Had a great trip.  Here is feedback:


Victoria Falls was a great suggestion even though we have seen many of the big falls around the world.  The Victoria Falls Hotel was superb….Chitabe Lediba - the highlight of the trip.  Great camp and guide. Saw everything imaginable and all made possible by very willing staff and management.


The time of year was perfect.  There was plenty of greenery and even though the wildlife was not focused around watering holes, there was so much wildlife everywhere, it didn't matter.  Also, the temperatures were perfect.  Early May is a great time to go. Wilderness Safaris is very organized and made all transfers easy.


Overall. the trip exceeded our expectations.  Thank you for arranging such a great trip.



Regards,

David Tattersall, May 2014




Luxury Safari to Vumbura Plains and DumaTau (Okavango Delta and Linyanti Reserve)


Hi Kyle,


I know that Lauren called and gave you an update on our trip, but I also wanted to say THANK YOU for organizing such a wonderful vacation for us.    Whatever expectations I had (which were few as I didn’t  really know what to expect) – this trip FAR exceeded them.  We had such a fantastic time from beginning to end!  It was flawless each day to the next… the transfers, the accommodations – from the shower at Vumbura to the shower at the Vic Falls hotel, the staff, the food (especially the food at Vumbura), the scenery, the game drives, the sundowners, the EVERYTHING.   We usually don’t “back track” on trips  much as there are so many things to see in the world, but we might just have to re-think that now.

  

I thought the “trip of a lifetime” comment that everyone uses was such a cliché – but now I understand it.

I still daydream about it every day.




Thanks again to you and all of AAC for creating something so special!

Kathy Hocking, Apr 2014 – (Dickman file)




Botswana Safari to Chobe, Okavango Delta and Linyanti Reserve


Hi Elena,


The trip was truly wonderful and though I did not think anything would be as good as my Tanzania trip I was wrong.


Victoria Falls was lovely though the ever-present helicopters hovering were a drawback.


The tour of the Chobe River was wonderful with a ton of bee-eaters and other critters, just great…


Duma Tau was great, so new and sparkling with wonderful management. Guide was very energetic and seemed to really want to please…there was plenty of action from the vehicles and the boat. We saw the 17 wild dog pack every day, wow.


At Xigera the mokoro’s were super, great guide who really loved showing the birds to me. I loved the quite to that method of transportation…


And finally Chitabe - the camp I definitely want to go back to in the dry season. The most amazing guide, who really respected the animals, did not approach them rapidly and was just as excited about sightings as we were. Lovely hosts and a really beautiful place that deserves another visit from me.  We saw a leopard with her cub there and too many birds to count.


In total, I was again amazed by the number of birds and animals I saw and the respect of the people of Botswana for their patrimony. I need to save some money so I can go back in 2016 but in another season as still would like to see the younger babies. Thank you so much for the help with the planning of another adventure. I am attaching one of my favorite photos. I plan to send some for the photo contest but am still choosing which one.


 

Thank you again for all your help,

Lee Ann Palmer, Apr 2014




Adventurer Safari to Botswana and Zimbabwe – Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, Hwange and Matobo National Park


Hello Saskia and team,


We thoroughly enjoyed our Africa trip.  Thank you for your help in finding properties that fit well with our family, private drivers, and transfers.  It met my expectations and the kids said “it’s as good as Galapagos” (and that was by far their top trip so far, so a HUGE compliment)… 


The flight to Davisons Camp was great.  Davisons was by far the best part of the trip.  At first I was nervous, seeing how high the grass was, but I knew it was that season, and thought if nothing else, we’ll enjoy sleeping in a tent.  Was I wrong!  We saw tons of game—comparable to East Africa at times, and had TONS of lion encounters.  They told us that it was very unusual for us to see lions multiple times per day…


Our guide was wonderful.  We actually saw a leopard CLOSE UP.  We were driving down a road that had fairly thick vegetation and came up to a termite mound right next to the road.  I turned my head and locked eyes with a leopard only 6 feet away, at eye level!...My husband didn’t get a great photo of its face because he had too large of a zoom lens—caught is ear and shoulder! 


The accommodations were wonderful and we can’t say enough about the warmth of the staff.  I felt like I was leaving family when we left and was so sad to go.  However, one thing helped us be ready to go—a mix of super cool and exhausting.


The final night of our stay at the camp, the lions arrived at camp at dusk.  We were escorted to our room and instructed not to leave, and the staff left us a bedtime story called, “How the Lion Got its Roar.”  As I was reading this to our children, the lions helpfully provided sound effects to the story.  And did that all night long.  We know they were hungry as we could see the bones sticking out of the hips of the cubs, and the leanness of the adults, and we’d seen them stalking eland, but not successfully.  As we heard them roar, moan, and even breathe at midnight, 1am, and finally a big ruckus around 3:30, the lions who had been circling our tent seemed to have made a kill.  We saw them early in the morning and they left the camp area by 8am.  We learned that they had taken down a buffalo during the night, and the cubs now had bulging bellies.  The prints in the sand around our tent made it clear why we could hear them breathing and roaring all night.  They really liked our tent area, at the farthest end of the camp.  That was cool, but we needed to get a good night’s sleep after that experience.


…We found Amalinda architecturally interesting and our guide, Paul, was AWESOME.  We did in fact see rhino, completing the Big Five, and we found the cave paintings and rocks interesting.  Also visiting the natural history museum in Bulawayo was a nice change from game drives.  We visited the orphanage also—the flexibility with Paul was fantastic.  It felt very much like a family atmosphere and was a good way to round out our trip.


Thank you for arranging our trip for us.




Kind regards,

Teri Thomas, Apr 2014




Namibian Spectacular Flying Safari and Visit to Cape Town and the Southern Cape


Hi Ian,


I received your “welcome home” letter, thank you very much. Namibia was outstanding. The dunes, mountains, and desert really sets it apart from any other safari jaunts.  The camps, Wilderness Safari people, (guides & camp staff) were all amazing! Every detail was looked after to perfection. Again, Africa Adventure Company has shown itself to be a superior company compared to the stories I heard in camp of the companies others had used. They were quite impressed with my itinerary. I don’t think I would go back to Namibia as I do enjoy the jungle settings and seeing animals and birds. There wasn’t much of either going on.


The Mosaic Farm Lodge outside of Hermanus was the best choice you could have made for me to unwind. It was absolutely beautiful, lots to do....or not..and the food was memorable! The little town of Stanford was an awesome place to poke around in—and sample the home made gelato with chocolate sauce.


Thanks again for putting together an itinerary that was well paced, safe but adventurous, and wonderful accommodations. I noticed that most of the camps are making use of solar panels for light  & hot water.


Not sure what I’m going to do next year. Wish you did trips to the Himalayas.

Barbara Young, April 2014 




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