Wonderful trip to Odzala

Odzala, Congo  - January Dear Trish and John and all at Zambezi, Thank you so much for arranging the wonderful trip to Odzala! And for organising all the ground arrangements in Brazzaville. The Odzala ground staff were fantastic and looked after us very well. Hotel Hippocampe was fine - it was a friendly pleasant place to stay with good food and the staff even spoke good English!! I would recommend it for those who want just basic safe accommodation without luxury. It was popular with ngos, aid workers and our pilots stayed there! With many thanks Sarah

Sarah W
The best canoe trip!

Canoeing the Lower Zambezi River was mind-blowing! Dear Liz, Yesterday I arrived back home in Germany, but in my mind and in my heart I am still in Africa. It was a great pleasure to meet you and your husband in Kariba, thank you so much that you took the time for a drink. I really enjoyed meeting you and talking with you. My trip through Zimbabwe was mind-blowing, it was one of the best experiences I ever had. I can’t describe my feelings and memories, it exceeded all my expectations. The one thing I know is that I want to come back to the Zambezi River as soon as possible, and then I would love to do the longest of the Canoe trips with the same guides Zera and Kenneth who were the best guides I ever had on a safari trip. Gunther

Gunther
Victoria Falls and Chobe Adventure

We had an amazing time - thank you Liz A big THANK YOU LIZ from us both for all the effort you put into organising our trip we had with Josh Booyens, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. We had an amazing time in Muchenje, it was our favourite part of the trip and to be there with our friends made it so special. Being a small more private Lodge, getting to know everyone there and being able to see the animals from the lodge was beautiful. The food was fabulous and we were looked after superbly. Kevin and I are only just back from our African trip 2 days ago. What beautiful gentle people we have met on our travels in Africa, so friendly, always a smile, helpful. Kerry and Kevin

Kerry & Kevin
Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique

Hi, Liz! I do have some comments that I would l like to make regarding the trip which was overall, spectacular and amazing. I had a wonderful time!. I LOVED the Outlook Lodge and our trip to the Cheetah/Monkey/Elephant Sanctuary and I am SO glad that I went early and was able to experience that. Francois was absolutely wonderful to us!!!! I enjoyed walking to the bird sanctuary also. Swaziland was not my favorite stop but it was interesting to learn about the King and his many wives. Some of the people were much more interested in this than I was, but that is part of traveling - everyone will find something they liked. I especially enjoyed seeing the Cultural Center and learning about customs of former days. The dancing was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking, especially those above-the-head kicks. I did not care for the lodge we stayed at - shower was slippery and difficult and food was so-so. The owners seemed to think the only thing we were interested in was shopping. I am a very active person and was worried that things would be slow the entire trip. I need not have worried, however, as things really picked up after that. My favorite camp was Shindzela! Loved the people there, loved the accommodations - it really felt like being on safari. I could have spent a whole trip there as you would have ended up seeing most of the animals coming to their water hole. Umkumbe was more upscale but the people were just great! I liked that it had a small gym. Shepherd's Tree was over the top for me.......did not know there was such a thing as a 5-star game lodge. On safari I prefer less luxury but that is just me. The one thing I did like about this last camp was that you were assigned to one guide/driver and stayed with him all the way through. At all three places the food was good. I preferred the buffet style of the first two rather than the three course meal offered by the third camp. It was just too much. Mozambique left me feeling a little sad. There we were, at a beautiful beach resort with all of the amenities you could possibly want until you exited the hotel's gate. Then you saw the difficult life of the people and it was a jolt! I took the horseback riding option there and it was one of the highlights of the trip for me. Mandy was wonderful - allowed several canters down the beach on her well cared for and well trained horses. WONDERFUL!!!!!!! I ordered her book, 104 Horses, to my Kindle as soon as I got home. I also got a facial there which I really really enjoyed and used the gym. I probably saw more animals than on any of my other African trips. 5 leopards will probably be a record that stands. The guides really really worked to track things we most wanted to see and I certainly appreciated their efforts to please us. All were knowledgeable and willing to share information while driving and game-spotting all at the same time. Very skilled individuals!!!!!!! I was absolutely amazed at how you were able to coordinate the pick-ups and deliveries of all of us, especially as we split up near the end. We had a small problem getting to Shindzela because the transfer guide's GPS sent him a way that we could not go. It really was not a big problem. My favorite driver was Nelson - he picked us up in JoBurg, took us to Pilanesberg , picked us up again and took us to the airport. He went above above and beyond, taking each of us to our gate and seeing that we were properly checked in before leaving. What a super guy! I certainly appreciated his extra efforts. All the transport companies provided us with water and were good about comfort stops. I thought the Michaelangelo Hotel was SO over the top; I do not need that kind of luxury on a safari trip. However, there was nothing wrong with the place but I would have been happier in less glamorous surroundings. If I had to specify one complaint, it would be about the constant tipping. I am used to traveling with Overseas Adventure Travel. They charge enough ahead of time and do most of the tipping except for the main guide. On this trip it seemed as though I were fumbling for money all the time. Thankfully I had brought $100 in one dollar bills and I used almost all of them before we were through. It was nice to be able to use credit cards at some of the camps and for what little shopping I did. I think you were amazing at coordinating all of our activities, our various comings and goings and making the trip FLOW with no major snafus. I appreciated your patience in answering questions before we left - we must have driven you crazy! The final packet you sent out was so thorough and complete! I have a granddaughter who is a freshman in high school this year; I have promised her a trip when she graduates. If she chooses Africa and you are still working, I am sure you could plan a great one for us. So....................................thanks to you and Char for all you did to prepare a wonderful adventure!!!! All we needed to do was to show up and enjoy which I think everyone did to the max. I'll be thinking of and talking about this trip for a long time. You guys are the best!!!!! Charlene

Charlene
Zimbabwe & Mauritius – outstanding trip!

Hi Ang, Just want to let you know that my husband and I thought this trip was outstanding! First of all, all the flights were on time. We were a little worried about catching the flt to NY because we only had 1 hour, but it all worked out. Secondly, all the transfers were on time. When the hotels dropped us off, Wild Horizons was there to meet us with friendly drivers and visa versa. All went so smoothly! Thirdly, the hotels and lodges were wonderful. The Victoria Falls Hotel was perfect. The location to the town, Falls and the Look Out Cafe was perfect. The Hotel's art work and history was magnificent and breakfast overlooking the vastness of Africa was terrific. The Ngoma lodge was beautiful. The room was large, beds comfortable, food excellent and Jarred and Frances the managers and the rest of the staff made for a perfect visit. I used the outdoor shower nightly! The game drives were great of course. It was also a wonderful place to relax by the pool which also overlooked the great beyond! The Stanley Livingston Private Reserve was also great. The room was amazing (although we felt the place was commercial..of course after being in Ngoma. But a nice touch BEFORE we went to Camp Hwange:) There was a small tour group there, but when they left we were the only people there. That was cool. We did 1 game drive daily and they were fine! Rhinos! We also had the chance to go back into town and also to the Look Out cafe again to drink $2 beers and sit by the railing and view the gorge. We could sit there for hours looking out and also watching people ziplining. Even though going back to Zimbabwe could be viewed as redundant, it was perfectly fine and we loved it. On to Camp Hwange! A tented accommodation. Didn't really realize this. If I had I would have been worried, but as it turned out, the rooms were large and the 5 hour game drives were great! Our guide lead us on 2 hikes, 1 a few hours and the other we were with him all day..hiking and driving. Such an adventure. The community meals were great and the food presented so beautifully! We really loved it there too. The room upgrade in Johannesburg was unbelievable and a really nice surprise. Nice touch after Camp Hwange! LOL. All good. Finally The Beachcomber Resort was unbelievable. Room amazing, grotto outdoor shower, plunge pool steps away from the beach! Food in all restaurants excellent and included water sports. Loved going on the snorkel boat. We also took 2 tours while we were in Mauritius. We had no idea how large that island is. The staff was amazing! Everybody we met along the way were wonderful and all the staff couldn't do enough for us. This was truly a dream vacation! All in all we had a magical time. I love Africa, and I hope to get back there again at some point. Thank you for your patience throughout this process you really put together an outstanding trip. Best to you and Clare, Camille and Norman

Camille Globerman
Botswana Chobe Okavango Delta

Your service is impeccable. Liz and team were quick to respond each time and beyond patient with all of my questions. I had a travel partner that was difficult to coordinate with, and they were great at managing getting all the information they needed from her too! I can't say thank you enough for setting up a trip of a lifetime for us and making the booking process a smooth and enjoyable one. Nina O.

Nina Ozaki
Victoria Falls, Cape Town and Namibia

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Johannesburg, Thornybush & Cape Town in South Africa Windhoek & Skeleton Coast in Namibia The trip was wonderful! Thank you Liz for your diligence in putting together the itinerary for us and following up with every detail. I've already shared your contact information with a friend who said she wants to do "our trip". Ellen D.  

Ellen Deutsch
Letaka team were super!

Hi Chris, Happy to give some feedback on behalf of Lucy and myself. We had a fantastic experience. Although it was the rainy season as Brits we were fine with a bit of wet and rain. I understood from Gee and KB that the rain is particularly heavy this year and we were unable to get to the planned campsite as the supply truck got into a deep flood. We did camp about 3 miles from the third bridge. The bird life was absolutely fantastic! We also saw lion, leopard, wild dogs, elephant, etc The Letaka team were great, Gee our guide was superb and found us the first lion and was a really skilled tracker. KB is also excellent.  The base crew did a great job and the camp and food were really good, particularly as the conditions were unusually tough. We would really like to return to Botswana and some of the other party went onto the Kalahari which would be great. The Letaka team were super and the delta is absolutely superb. Met our expectations and beyond ! Hope to be talking to you about our next trip. Best regards Rob

Rob H
Christmas in Zimbabwe

My wife and I have just recently returned from a safari set up by your company. We absolutely loved every minute of it and was sad that it had to end. We would like to thank you all and in particular Chris Worden for giving us a holiday to always remember. Every detail was meticulously planned and catered for from beginning to end and every part of the journey went so smoothly. We met by reps at each leg of the trip and the staff at the camps Linkwasha and Musango were fantastic. The stay at Illala Lodge was out of this world and would go back tomorrow. We were a bit worried about the time of year concerning game viewing and heat but there was no need to worry as we saw fantastic wildlife and even a lion kill and we survived the heat of the Zambezi Valley by plenty of sundowners and a copious amount of drinks and good food. Even just driving through the bush and bird spotting was brilliant and the friendliness and knowledge of the guides was second to none. Thanks for the holiday Jim and Pat McGinness Thanks for the holiday Jim and Pat

James M
A good trip to Zimbabwe

A good trip, well organised and without any problems (as always!!!). Spent 2 nights Ilala , 5 nights Bomani and 10 nights Musango Travel Flights all went well from start to finish really. No problems except that the homeward Kulula flight from JNB to CTN was 20 minutes behind schedule and we had to depart Bumi Hills over 2 hours early because of impending bad weather leaving a long wait in VFA, but these things happen and better to be gone than stuck at Musango. All the pre-arranged transport with the various tour companies went without a hitch. The Elephant Express was a worthwhile excursion and it was a novel way of getting to Bomani. Graham and I even got to drive the train!!!!!! Some game viewing en route and lunch at Dete before we set off. A recommended way to get down to Bomani/Camelthorn to save the long drive. Accommodation Outlook Lodge was, as usual, excellent and Francois looked after us like he always does. We had a nice meal there as well and transport to/from JNB Airport was all organised. No problems experienced. Carol and Graham picked up early morning off the Emirates flight. Ilala Lodge was far superior to Vic Falls Hotel. We had a lovely room facing the Falls. Service was excellent and so were the dinners and breakfasts. Centrally located for the town. Bomani Lodge was very comfortable. We had a very nice room (Spurwing Tent 3). Spacious, comfortable and clean. We were greeted by a Tiger Snake in the bathroom!!!!!!! Food was fine and varied although brunch only alternated daily between a breakfast and a light lunch. Staff always on hand to get us a drink of some shape or form. Sean was there to start with and Desme and Warren returned before we left. Musango Safari Camp was at it’s best as always. We had Room 7 with the plunge pool. Food was excellent and varied and always nicely presented. Staff there are always on top form for us, especially as we have been going there for many years. Nothing changes and it is what it is - a safari camp not a 5-star luxury hotel with Spa. Activities Sundowner Cruise from Ilala was very nice. We were looked after very well with drinks and snacks and the weather was lovely. Plenty to see including elephants at close-range. Travelled with some nice people too. Helicopter ride with Bonisair was a real treat for our daughter and husband and they enjoyed the views. They got an extra 5 minutes as the cloud was low initially and with so many choppers working the pilot returned for safety. Gorges Lodge was a view to behold for our daughter and son-in-law and we had a nice lunch there as well. Siduli Hide was pretty quiet but then sometimes these places are. Still they enjoyed the 2 hour sit and we did get to see some animals. Our guide at Bomani was Harris Mupedzi. He was very good and worked hard to find animals. 2 prides of Lions, Painted Dogs, Porcupines, Honey Badgers, Elephants and the usual Zebra, Buffalo and Wildebeest. Our highlight was to watch the birth of a Wildebeest. Even found a Dusky Lark (lifer) and an African Broadbill at the camp (out of area). Despite the rains we had good viewing of animals but no leopard. Musango was as good as ever and needs no further comments really!!!!!! Overall impression A good trip, well organised and without any problems (as always!!!). Carol and Graham were very impressed as it was their first time here. A good choice of centres to do and see what we thought they would like. Michael G.

Michael G
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