The African Buffalo is a respected member of the Big Five even though he might look like a mellow bovine. His cousins in the East, the Asian Water Buffalo, can be domesticated. Not this guy! He is extremely dangerous, and is capable of killing a lion. He is on the trophy wish list of big [...]
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By Vanessa Ratcliffe on September 28, 2011 in Africa, African Safaris, big 5 safari, Botswana, classic safari, Kenya, luxury safari, private safari, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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Jeff and Ilze, The trip overall was awesome! While on safari, we were able to see the Big 5, not to mention a Cheetah and a few other unique animals. The Thornybush staff was great and our guide Craig Wild and our tracker Alson were awesome. It definitely surpassed expectations. Our trip to Cape Town was great as well and the boutique hotel right off the water (Sea Five) was also a great choice. We had a nice trip to the Cape of Good Hope and to see the penguins. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate for Table Mountain, but we had a nice tour around town. We also had a lot of good meals along the Waterfront and in Camps Bay. Wine country was great and I am also glad we asked for you to make a reservation at Le Petite Ferme, as it definitely lived up to expectations. We visited many good wineries including: Fairview, Simonsig, Kanoncorp, Waterford and Warwick. The Majeka House was a great choice, thanks. We enjoyed a great dinner their and at Delaire Graff. Timothy was a great guide in both Cape Town and in the wine country. He offered some great information and made some great suggestion for both dinner and lunch while we were in Cape Town Azura was a great way to end the trip because the weather, staff, accommodations and food was excellent. Overall you guys did a great job of planning our honeymoon and it’s worth mentioning that all of our plane connections, transport pick-ups and reservations went off without a hitch. We will gladly recommend you to friends and family and look forward to hopefully planning another adventure through you in the future. I’m sure Megan will add some comments as well. It’s just that I am suffering from jetlag and have been up for the past few hours :o) Regards, Parks
Thanks for your mail, I was planning to write to thank you for the wonderful and unforgettable honeymoon you built for us. Every place we visited was amazing, the planning and logistics were impecable and the people we met made us feel like royalty. It was so incredible I left in tears. Be sure we will contact you again in a near future for another trip to Africa! Special thanks to Sarah who was so amazing and understood our needs perfectly. Thanks again for everything, The Valles
Hey Sarah, Kari and I just got back from the safari and beach honeymoon that you prepared for us. We could not be happier how the trip turned out. Everything went smoothly and effortless. All the lodges you picked for us exceeded our expectations. We were so impressed and amazed at each of our locations, just can't say enough. All the staff at each place were also just great. We can't even pick a favorite because they all were so unique and wonderful in their own way. A couple of the places had bottles of wine and flowers waiting for us upon arrival, so nice. We thank you personally for this Sarah. We felt so special upon arrival at every location. Our guide that you guys picked for us could not have been better. Jim was so knowledgeable and professional. He was like our own personal teacher for the trip. We asked so many questions and he knew everything and more. Jim not only knows all the animals and cultural aspects of Tanzania, but he also know his birds very well, which made my trip so much better because I am a bird enthusiast and Tanzania's birding was just incredible. He was such a laid back and nice person. We are so happy that we got to spend our time on safari with such a great individual. We truly missed him once we left for Zanzibar. He could not have fit our personalities better. As far as the safari goes we also could not have been more pleased. We saw every animal that we had hoped to encounter. Kari and I both had two animals that were tops on our list, these were the leopard and rhino. Both of which we got to see. So incredible!! We also got to see a cheetah, which I guess can be very difficult to find. A couple other favorites were the Serval cat and the pack of wild dogs that we found in the Serengeti. We felt very lucky to have been able to see the hunting dogs as they are extremely rare and nearly extinct. Our guide said he hasn't seen them in 15 years in the Serengeti! So he was as excited as us to witness them, he believes they may be the only pack in the Serengeti area. Pretty amazing to be able to find them in such a vast area. Of course we saw an abundance of all the other animals you would hope to see on a safari in Africa. Lots of lions, elephants, giraffes, buffalo, wildebeests and so much more! The ending in Zanzibar was a perfect way to end the trip. Diamonds resort was a great place. We loved the beach and the weather could not have been better. We took a tour of Stone town and a spice tour, which was really fun. The rest of the time we relaxed, had some great walks on the beach and ate way too much great food and drinks. Once again thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime. We both agreed this was the best trip either of us had ever had. Best wishes, Jake
Hi Ilze- Nicole and I are back in the US and wanted to thank you again for all the help that you gave us to make our trip truly fantastic! We're happy to give you some feedback on some places that stood out to us, as well as some learnings for future travelers. I'll also try to address your questions in the respective sections. Below is a quick summary: South Africa
- Cape Town accommodations were fine. Nothing "special" but we knew that going in. It was very comfortable, clean and convenient.
- The lodge in Franschhoek was really nice.
- The Elephant Lodge was a really nice location. Very unique and charming.
- You definitely warned us about the distance between all locations - we probably should of listened. While it was great to see the towns that we did, it was often after a long day of driving only to have to leave again first thing in the morning.
- All in all, the locations and lodges were all lovely in S. Africa.Mozambique
- Everything was amazing! LOVED Islands of Siankaba.
- We've already given feedback here. It was an amazing island. Beautiful, tranquil, etc.
- The Banguerra Lodge had a lot of potential. It was beautiful, the food was good.
Overall Feedback Aside from the above, we were very very happy with all the other elements of our trip (food, boarding, activities, transfers). That said, we thought we’d summarize some things that may have made our trip a bit more seamless so that you can pass along to future customers. Looking forward to connecting at your convenience. Thanks again for your help in planning a truly amazing, life changing trip. I hope the feedback above is helpful, and in the context that it was intended - which is that all in all, we are VERY happy. Have a great day. Colby
- We really loved the Stanley.
- Travel time between parks.
Dear Camille – Thank you for checking in. Our trip was FABULOUS! It exceeded expectations on all counts. My wife, who was a little hesitant, said of the trip “It was like being in the palm of the hand of God.” WE loved all three camps, but we thought each one was better than the last, and we loved Savute the best. WE particularly enjoyed Gee, our guide in Savute. I have written glowing comments on all 3 camps on Trip advisor (I’m “transplantdoc”). WE were sad to leave, and consoled ourselves with the idea that we will definitely come back, and make sure too bring our son, David. Thank you SO MUCH for organizing this brilliant trip. I would be happy to serve as a reference/provide a testimonial if you need one. I have already given your website to several of my colleagues here. I include several pics – I have over 1000, and these are just a couple. Best regards, James