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Zambezi Safari Guest Comments

Like most good safari companies we have a long list of guests comments stretching back to the early 1990's when we first started to collect them. We've mounted only the comments from the past three years to the site but the list is still incredibly long to plough through.

Quite a number of our past guests are happy to be contacted by email or phone to chat about their experiences in Africa. If you're new to us and would like to chat to our past guests, drop us a line and we'll put you in contact with those who've given their permission.

We love your feedback especially the stories and photographs so please keep sending them through!

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Victoria Falls - by Te Wei Chao

Dear Delene:

Thank you for your follow up. The tour to Victoria Falls was one of the greatest experience/adventure of my life. First start with the African Rainbow hotel where I stayed for 4 nights. The service was flawless and the evening buffet was tasty with a good range of food choices. Then the elephant safari. Honestly I didn't feel particularly excited after the ride.
But after a day or two everytime I think about it, it was great. The helicopter ride was more than superb and the white water rafting, my Words!
I have never played anythig like it! We fell in the water twice, drank about 500ml of Zambezi river everytime, and it felt awesome. I am definitely gona take my friends there next time, so see you soon.

Thank you for your service!

Te Wei Chao

Livingstone - by Dave Sheppard

Hi Delene

Many thanks for asking - we had an excellent time. I have put some comments below, please feel free to use anything you wish:

Zambezi Cruise


We were certainly not disappointed that we were not on the larger African Queen. We boarded a much smaller craft with a very small party of people and the benefits were soon apparent. The Barman/Guide on the cruise was excellent and did not miss a trick – he knew the likely areas where we would find some animals and being a small and very manoeuvrable boat, we were able to take advantage of getting in close to see 4 bachelor bull elephants out for a night’s fun in the river, lots of hippos and a couple of crocodiles. As soon as the guide spotted that the elephants had decided to swim across the river, a quick 180 degree turn and a bit of speed enabled us to get a close up of this wonderful spectacle. For those of us from the UK, it did look a bit like some of the old ‘Loch Ness Monster’ pictures. The buffet was good and guide introduced us to the locally brewed Mosi beer – very much to our taste! Of course the ending of the trip was the wonderful sunset and being a small party we passed cameras around to take pictures – there will be several couples around the world with pictures to treasure. My favourite picture has to be the lead elephant tumbling down the bank into the river.

Elephant Back Safari


My Wife’s dream was to ride an elephant and this adventure fulfilled that dream to perfection. Right from the initial safety briefing we were made to feel welcome and as with the Cruise, the numbers were just right. The path taken could obviously not be too long, but they had chosen a very varied terrain. The banks down into the water made the ride much more exciting that just being on the flat. When asked if we wanted to go across the deep water – where you have to bring you feet up like a jockey – we immediately volunteered along with another couple from the USA. We thought about the elephants swimming across the Zambezi the night before with just their trunks and a couple of humps protruding out of the water – but who cares, it was bound to be safe. It was great fun – there were even Hippos in the water we crossed!

The chap riding at the front of the elephant was incredibly knowledgeable and spoke 15 languages – we only tested him on two!

To make it even better, the whole experience was available on DVD, which since being home, we have played several times. We even researched the South African music on the DVD and have now become fans of Johnny Clegg and Savuka (formally Juluka).

30-Minute Helicopter Flight

The weather on the morning we were booked to fly was poor and the helicopters were grounded. We could not ‘go up’ in the afternoon (when the weather improved) as we were booked on the elephant back safari. No worries though – Zambezi Safari and Travel sorted out a flight for us early on the day we returned to the UK. The Royal Livingstone even bent the checkout rules to allow us to take advantage of the new Helicopter flight time. It was unbelievable and we recommend the longer time as the pilot takes you down the gorge between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Whilst you also need to see Victoria Falls at ground level, you simply must see it from the air as well – just to see the shear size of the delta and the vast expanse of the falls – after all it is one of the Natural Wonders of the World. Whilst we did not see it when the water covers the entire width of the falls, it is a sight not to be missed.

You might only visit Livingstone once in your life – so do as much as you can. We would have enjoyed a few extra days to do white water rafting and walk over to the Zimbabwe side, but we made good use of the time we had.   

Many thanks for your help Delene.

Regards
Dave

Victoria Falls Activity - by Jenny and Maureen Maroney

Hello Delene
 
I am sorry that I have been in contact since my return but it has been a mad house.
We would like to thank you very much for the wonderful Helo ride and the walk with the lions was just magnificent.
They were two of the highlights of our trip.
Once again thank you for making our stay in Africa a dream come true.
 
Yours
 
Jenny and Maureen

Wonderful trip to Africa, July 2011 - by Katharina Geier

Dear Delene,

Thanks for following up. Yes, we made it home safely and we had enjoyed a wonderful trip to Africa. 

The tours booked with you worked out perfectly, everybody was on time, the schedule was met, staff was very friendly and concerned about our well-being and we enjoyed the tours very very much. For me personally the Chobe tour was more impressive due to the high amount of animals seen, however the Zambezi Canoe tour was a real experience as well which I would not want to miss.

Thanks for your support. Unfortunately there is nothing planned for the next future as we first need to earn the money therefore :o)

Best regards,

Katharina

 

Incredible time in Victoria Falls, May 2011 - by Danie & Anel Cronje

Delene,

We would like to thank you for all the trouble you went through assisting my mom with our surprise!

It was an incredible time. There is so much unimaginable beauty at the Victoria Falls, a weekend is surely not enough and the Elephant Safari were truly breathtaking, amazing.....

We would love to receive your monthly letter and will definitively contact  you with our next trip.

Thank you once again for everything. You truly helped us make it an unforgettable trip.

Danie & Anel Cronje

 

Amazing time on Tamarind Canoe Safari, July 2011 - by Tina Fountain

Hi Delene

We had an amazing time. everything was really well organised and I have to say the trip is probably one of the best organised that I have ever done and I have done lots of trips all over the world. The guides were fantastic extremely knowledgeable and made the trip all the more enjoyable. I was very impressed by the food which was balanced and tasty despite being in the bush the whole trip. I would highly recomend the Tamarind canoe safaris.

Tina 

Excellent service received, July 2011 - by Jan Henning

Delene,

We arrived home safely and had a wonderfull time.

The service through Zambezi Safari was excellent.  The reservation process went smoothly.  The check in at our destination went without a hitch and they were expecting us, (Waterfront, Zambia).  We felt very welcome throughout our stay.  It was a pleasure working through Zambezi Safari and Travel Co

Thanks for your great work. 

Friendly and informative staff on activities in Zimbabwe, July 2011 - by Glen Thompson

Dear Delene,

I have just returned from Africa and am happy to advise that all the travel arrangements I made with your company, ie. elephant encounter and walk with lions, (in Zimbabwe), went very well with no problems at all. Staff were friendly and informative.

Cheers 

Glen

Lovely Elephant ride, July 2011 - by Mitzi Findlay-Cooper

Hi Delene,

''This was my second trip on the lovely Elephant ride in Zambia ,we love to see them all every year. And although my UK friend and I let her son and daughter in-law ride our favorite, magnificent Bop we loved Chavanuka and Marula just as much!''

Yours Sincerely

Mrs M

Smooth transfer, July 2011 - by Karin Theron

Hi Delene, 

We are safely back home after a wonderful holiday! Thanks once again for your excellent service. Your driver was more than in time to pick us up (in Kariba, Zimbabwe) and took us through the border and safely to Lusaka without any hicc-ups. 

Warm African greetings.

Karin and family 

Surprise elephant ride for Mum, June 2011 - by Anel Cronje

Delene,

We would like to thank you for all the trouble you went through assisting my mom with our surprise!

It was an incredible time. There is so much unimaginable beauty at the Victoia Falls, a weekend is surely not enough and the Elephant Safari were truly breathtaking, amazing and a whole lot of other words I do not know.

We would love to receive your monthly letter and will definitively contact  you with our next trip.

Thank you once again for everything. You truly helped us make it an unforgettable trip.

Danie & Anel Cronje

 


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