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What other travellers, just like you, have to say about our service, professionalism and knowledge of camps, lodges, parks and reserves!

OCTOBER 2020

‘Thank you for the exemplary customer service through this difficult year. When I do come to Africa, and I will, I will only deal with you. You have my deep appreciation and loyalty. Thank you!’ – Aaron

SEPTEMBER 2020

‘Thank you for your help for this wonderful journey in Chobe and the Delta. It was amazing and relaxing.’  – Benoît

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MAY 2020

‘Thanks for the prompt response to our request. I am really impressed with your professionalism. As you may know, our planned Safari trip is a big reunion of our University friends after graduating almost 40 years ago. Everyone was really looking forward to it. However, many of us now fall into the high risk category if infected with the virus, so although extremely disappointed we really have no choice but to cancel our plan. Hopefully we can regroup and fulfill our dream next year. I am sure we will definitely come back to you for booking when the right time comes.’ – Peter

‘Let’s hope all goes well by July 2021. Really appreciate the work you have done and special Thanks to all Camps to accommodating our request… Once again, Thank You very much for your help!!’ – Pravin

APRIL 2020

‘Thank you so much for talking to all the vendors and getting all this figured out. I’m hopeful that once all this is over and it is safe to travel again I will be able to re-plan this trip. In the meantime, is there a place I can write a review for you? I’d love to let your supervisor know what an amazing job you’ve done in planning and rearranging everything for us.’ – Emily

‘You’re a star Nadine!!! I speak for all of us when I say that your service and hard work is highly impressive! Let us hope that the Covid-19 situation soon has reached its peak and that all of us can get through the aftermaths as well as possible. Stay strong and hang in there!’ – Marie

‘Thanks very much for your efforts on our behalf.  We look forward to our time in Botswana at the end of our new countdown. All our best to you and the Safari Specialists’ team and your families.’ – Martha and Grant

MARCH 2020

‘Jane and I wanted to let you know that we are back from our safari… and to thank you so much for another wonderful experience. Everything you planned for us worked exactly as you laid out – no surprises…

‘Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater was the most pleasant camp as far as temperatures and bugs (there were none) were concerned.  While not in the same league as Swala in terms of facilities and views, their location inside the gate for the northern descent road was a big advantage.  Again, the late rains made about half of the crater floor unreachable (roads were too muddy and vehicles were getting stuck) but we still saw a lot even if some of it was from a distance…  We would definitely go back.

‘Siringit was a lovely camp and we were shocked that on our second and third days there, we were the only ones in camp (there was only one other family the first night).  The tents were very nice and the views were what one imagines when thinking of the Serengeti… The game viewing in the Central Serengeti was more challenging because of the tall grass and getting to some locations was more difficult because of flooded or washed-out roads. Still, we were glad we elected to visit the area. On our drive from Ngorongoro to Siringit and from Siringit to South Serengeti, we encountered parts of the Great Migration so that worked out just fine.

‘Sanctuary Kichikani had tents almost identical to Ngorongoro Crater Rim Camp minus the hot showers which were installed in Ngorongoro in the last 2 months; however, the bucket showers were just fine and added to the whole experience of being on safari.  The views from the common areas were very beautiful and made for some lovely sunsets.  The camp was very remote… As expected, this is where we most of our encounters with the herds from the Great Migration.

‘Wayo Manyara Green Camp was in a lovely location and the staff made it more special by setting up the tables for meals in locations along/in the river/waterfalls. The camp is much more basic than any of the others we stayed at and we knew that going in… Again, the game drives were greatly impacted by the longer than normal short rains. Many of the roads close to the lake were under water as was the boardwalk. The guided walk with the Tanapa guide was not possible because the area of the walk was flooded so a canoe ride was substituted… This was the only park at which we saw the climbing lions.

‘Rivertrees was very nice. The grounds were beautiful and the rooms were nice even if they did not have A/C – thankfully they had a ceiling fan… We are very glad we made this safari – we enjoyed the variety of landscapes and wildlife we encountered… We were very happy with Allan, our guide/driver. Would we have done things a little differently? Yes and we will keep those lessons learned in mind when we plan our next safari.

‘Again, thank you for all your effort and help in putting this trip together.  We will be in touch when it is time to plan the next one.’ – David and Jane

FEBRUARY 2020

‘The trip was beyond fantastic and everything went unbelievably smoothly, without any hitches at all. Just for the record, Qartar Airways is the best airline, with great service and very convenient access to Tanzania which minimized jet lag.

‘Max from Wayo met us at KJO with an easy transfer to Rivertree Inn. Very comfortable in a quiet and pretty setting. Good dinner and breakfast. Perfect entry point to Africa. The next day, in the pouring rain, we met our guide, Meydokenya. Can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed his steady and informative presence. A seasoned pro. We appreciated having him all week and really bonded with him through many hours in Bessie (the vehicle) with a number of extreme vehicle rescues due to the late rains though the week. We drove to Lake Manyara in the rain, but the rain cleared as we entered the park. We enjoyed the forested countryside and the dramatic Rift Valley in the Lake Manyara National Park.

‘Our Wayo camp had the most fantastic setting under the waterfall and right on the sandy banks of the river. We loved the background sound of the waterfall. While the accommodations were more rustic than we expected… we actually came to like the more “camping feeling.” Of course, the tent was very comfortable with good bedding and netting… There was a very cool little walkway between our tents so we could visit with the girls without concern about what might be lurking in the dark outside the tent. Camp staff was fantastic. Lu had her 65th birthday and the staff serenaded her with an elaborate African birthday song and dance that made for a totally memorable celebration. Due to high water levels, we weren’t able to take the lakeside walk but still enjoyed our vehicle safari. Great birding! But best of all was spotting two leopards that had been “honeymooning”.  The male slipped behind the truck but the female trotted down the road in front of us with her tail held high before climbing into a tree where we could admire her for quite a while before she came down and moved on through the underbrush. Fantastic!

‘And then we had a nice ride to the crater enjoying the Tanzanian countryside before reaching the crater. Our first sight of the crater was unforgettable, absolutely breathtaking. We were a bit behind schedule (again, some rain while we were in the truck that stopped as we reached the crater). A short hike – which was good to stretch the legs…

‘Wildlife and scenery in the crater was incredible, starting with an elephant leading us down the road from Sanctuary into the crater. One day was perfect – and by the time we left, the girls had already seen the Big 5, as well as scores of other animals and birds. A perfect day!

‘Onto Nasikia Migration Camp. A beautiful setting above the river. A bit more appointed than the Wayo camps but still had a nice rustic feeling. My oldest girl had a zebra sidle up to the tent where she could hear it tearing grass with her belly right on the canvas. Again, excellent, friendly staff (the Tanzanians all seemed to be welcoming and positive throughout the trip). It poured rain our first night, which led to a series of extreme vehicle rescues throughout the day, including one of our own when we got stuck down by the lake chasing flamingos where we were pretty much out of cell and radio range. A bit of back country drama but eventually help arrived and everything worked out. We spent a good part of that day high and dry on the drier hillside watching a mother cheetah and two cubs playing and wandering. Maydokenya was great throughout with a steady, calm presence through the difficult wet conditions.

‘We left through an exciting deep river crossing and started following the migration, watching some calving and the waves of Wildebeest. Very cool, and then on to the Naadi Camp. Again, a beautiful setting. Very rustic with the tents on the ground, no platform, but no rain so no problems. Giraffes were munching the tree tops right outside our tents. The manager, Cliff, turned out to be one of Meydokenya’s brothers, so it was like a home coming of sorts. Again, the Wayo camp attracted a small group of other adventuresome campers (including a wonderful well-traveled Danish family with 3 children whom we really enjoyed) and great food that was hard to believe in such a simple setting. We took off for a short ride through the Serengeti the first afternoon where we immediately encountered some lazy lions. And the camp had a large number of eagles, buzzards and vultures soaring overhead. The next morning when we headed out we immediately ran into a cheetah walking along the side of the track whom we followed for a while. Great last camp!

‘And then on to Katambanga. This was a fabulous choice on our first night out of the bush. New, beautifully designed, great setting. We enjoyed the comfort, lazed by the pool and just reminisced about how incredible the safari was. The manger, Noel, was great. The girls were ecstatic about the whole safari experience – Lu and I went to sleep every night in the bush to the girls’ laughter from the next tent, and woke up every morning to the same. Absolutely unforgettable fun.

‘Again, a seamless transfer to the airport for an easy flight to Zanzibar with a seamless pickup at the airport and transfer to Jafferji House. Beautiful small cool hotel with a perfect setting. Loved wandering around Stone Town, with a great perch on the rooftop restaurant/bar to take periodic breaks from the heat. The AC was critical!

‘Loved Hodi Hodi. Small, intimate with a great staff. Julia, the owner, has done a fabulous job (she asked that we introduce you to her directly). Charlie, the manager, turned us on to a great local fish restaurant – Fuhara – and took us to a small performance of a Tanzanian musician, Ashimba, which was very special. We didn’t realize dinner was included, but that was certainly appreciated. A perfect relaxing ending to a perfect trip. We all agreed that every part of the trip was fantastic and that you and your team did a wonderful job planning the trip that was so perfect for us. Many thanks for your good work. We’re already thinking about another family trip next year (with plus one as my youngest girl is getting married this summer). It will be fun thinking about where to go!! Again, thanks so much!’ – Ian

JANUARY 2020

‘I just got back, and I am extremely happy with how the trip went. I wanted to thank you and Bronwyn for all your help and advice. We really liked both locations and value propositions. I think the set up worked out perfectly, since both experiences are very different and complementary. I would recommend you keep offering these options in that order. Chobe allows you to clear most of the animals, and see some of them really close. Then, complementing that with the second part, where you can go off-road and follow animals and get more picky on what you do and see, just works out perfectly. I hope to repeat the trip soon. In the meantime, we mentioned to Bronwyn, that we recommended the trip to our friends, and Alejandro is looking into it.’ – Nicholas

2019

‘We are home now having had a fantastic holiday. All the places you arranged for us to stay were great and all the travel/transfer arrangements went very smoothly. Our favourite was Mupala because of the isolation, the closeness of the staff, and the amazing game viewing. It was a completely unique experience for us and one that we would certainly recommend to others. But all the options were really very good. Thanks so much for facilitating our amazing experience.’ – Fiona

‘We are safely home and beginning to settle into our routines after the most amazing holiday we have had! Thank you so much for your assistance and contact throughout the booking process and your availability to answer all our questions before and during our trip. Although it would have been nice to experience the water in the Okavango Delta, in the end it made our game sighting even more richer. Although we loved all the Sanctuary resorts, Chiefs Camp was the best on every score.’ – Sue and Ted