I am in love with panoramic views. This shot, captured and composed from on top of Table Mountain, provides a perfect view of downtown Cape Town in the week leading up to the 2010 World Cup. With the mountains in the right sloping down towards the harbor and waterfront on the left, you get a [...]
Jeff is a twenty-year veteran of the travel industry. He began his travel career at the age of 8, memorizing seating configurations on the newly launched 747′s and creating a fantasy airline (NorthWard Air), complete with schedules, route maps and fleet plans. He went on to book all of his family’s holidays, college friends’ years abroad, [...]
This week, we’re going in a slightly different direction with our choice of photo of the week. This shot, caught as the sun sets on the tip of the African continent in Cape Town, really captures an energy that to me typifies Africa and all it has to offer. The tree in the foreground, while [...]
For me, this shot defines Africa. As the sun sets overhead, casting a beautiful red shadow on a rocky outcrop, a group of lion cubs sits peacefully looking off into the distance. It’s incredible to think that these cute little animals will one day grow into the kings of the savannah. Robert, an ASC alum, [...]
If this video doesn’t make you want to pack up and head out on safari immediately, I don’t know what will. This is the kind of footage that you would expect from a Disney movie; but lo and behold, nature surprises us once again. While out in the bush in Tanzania, a lucky group witnessed [...]
The first time I saw this picture, my initial thought was that it had to be fake. It just looks too perfect. This is the kind of scene you imagine seeing in a movie, as the elephant rears up and bellows across the grassland for everyone to hear. The fact that Robert, a former ASC [...]
Vanessa was lucky enough to travel extensively as a girl, including road trips with college friends across Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and a few years overseas in Europe and the United States. These trips instilled a love for travel in her, and a deep understanding of what people want when they visit a country. Vanessa also had a desire to share [...]
For all you safari enthusiasts, African Safari Consultants is also on Facebook! Our Facebook fan page, along with our Twitter account, is your go-to source for all the interesting safari news floating around the internet and incredible pictures straight from the bush. Click the link (http://www.facebook.com/pages/African-Safari-Consultants/162045410483521?ref=ts) to check out the page, and make sure to [...]
For 2011 the Governors’ Camp — a longtime ASC favorite in Kenya — has kept their accommodations rates pricing the same as for 2010. Additionally, the Camp has also continued it’s special offers for 2011 and added a new family offer, an upgrade offer, and a fantastic discount on hot air balloon safaris in the [...]
Neil was lucky enough to grow up in Southern Africa and travel extensively as a boy: family safaris in Kruger National Park, beach holidays on the whale coast in Hermanus, and trout fishing in the Drakensberg Mountains composed his exciting childhood. Travel stuck with Neil, and his love of airplanes and the aviation industry turned [...]
Leopard kills baby elephant in Sabi Sands game reserve in South Africa
Before discovering the wonderful world of travel, Liesl worked extensively in the event planning industry where she learned how to get things done in a pressure-filled environment. Seeing the pivotal role and bright future that tourism had in South Africa, Liesl decided to launch her own travel company. It grew, merged, and is now a thriving [...]
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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.
It was an absolutely great trip and we loved every minute of it. It was so worth it to upgrade and the accommodations were excellent and all our guides were superb! I am very glad you used you and will absolutely recommend you to everyone I know who will want to see the gorillas!
Dear Jeffrey and Ilze, We will forward more pictures as we edit them. A friend recommended that we trek a second day, wished we had. It was an incredible experience. Be sure to tell you customers to wear really good gloves, the nettles are bothersome! I had only a knit glove that did not help. David wore very heavy gloves and he had no problem with his hands but those nasty nettles are everywhere. Makes no difference because after a certain point you forget the stings. Our mountain guide, Fidel, was great, very professional and very helpful preparing us for the trek. On the mountain we were met by 3 trackers that were equally wonderful. Our next trip will probably in 2014 unless I can talk David into an earlier one. Thank you again for making this so special. Carol
Ilze, I’ll let Caty add on, but in a word the trip was outstanding! The place you got for us at De Waterkant was great – lots of character and an excellent location. The experience at Shamwari was also superb! We had great service, an outstanding ranger, and excellent accommodations. We’ll send you some pictures soon – I’m now trying to wade through them – I took almost 500! Thanks for all you help on the trip! Regards, Larry
Lise & Jeff, The safari was awesome. Among the many amazing animals and landscapes, we saw 3 kills - a pride of lions kill a cape buffalo, and twice saw cheetahs kill a gazelle. Solomon was really 100% responsible for making the trip so awesome. More than just a driver, he was unbelievably knowledgeable about absolutely everything - animals, plants, star constellations, geology, Tanzanian and African history, demographics. We didn't ask a single question that he didn't know the answer to, and we asked a lot of questions. We requested, and he and the camps obliged, for him to eat dinner with us and the other guests because he was so enjoyable to talk to. Not only was he smart, he was funny, considerate, polite, jovial. He also had an "instinct" for what animals were about to do - for example, one day there were a ton of trucks watching a leopard from a distance. Not only did he watch the leopard, but he watched where the leopard was LOOKING. He said "I think I know where it's going next" and drove us away from all of the other trucks. It jumped out of its tree and disappeared in the grass. A moment later, it emerged from the tall grass and jumped onto a log 10 yards from where Solomon had positioned our truck. Not one of the other trucks had done the same, and we got an up-close-and-personal view of the leopard. Then it walked right towards us and around the front of the truck. We have some amazing photos from the trip and I am getting a ton of questions about it. I tell everyone that if they ever go to Tanzania, they absolutely need to use Solomon as their guide. He went above-and-beyond the entire 10 days and it really made our trip special. Dylan