Testimonials – What Clients Say About Us
Below is just some of the incredible feedback we’ve had from clients returning from their journeys with us to some of our destinations. If you have travelled with us and would like to share your experience, we would love to hear from you!
“To celebrate my 60th birthday my family and I travelled to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. It was an amazing adventure. We saw the spectacular Victoria Falls. Thankfully, we were wearing our Hogwarts rain cloaks!
Botswana’s Duma Tau touches the soul. There is something very peaceful gazing out on to the Savute Channel with elephants crossing and hippos wallowing. One of the highlights was a herd of elephants ambling through the camp. My daughter and son in law discreetly waited for the mothers and babies to pass before setting off to their rooms.
Our last night was steeped in drama! We were eating outside on the deck when suddenly we heard an ear-piercing guttural growl. Suddenly a leopard shot out from underneath the deck. The whole night, the elephants trumpeted, the hippos grunted and a hyena whooped. I was in heaven!
We met the San Bushmen of the Kalahari plains and were fascinated to hear a little of the traditional life they lead. As I am interested in natural medicine they explained which plants they use for certain conditions and how to prepare them into medicine. That night in the camp we were entertained with traditional song and dance. They have such rhythm.
We were extremely fortunate to see a lioness with her one month old cubs and a hyena loping out of the water. As I love the elusive leopard we were so excited to see one amble across in front of our car and effortlessly climb up a tree. So beautiful!
Namibia’s Serra Cafema had by far the most amazing terrain, quartz, granite inselbergs and stunning red earth dunes. In contrast to this the camp was situated by the Kunene River which had lush greenery on the banks. We visited the exotic Himba tribe who are steeped in their traditional life. It was fascinating to hear how they use red ochre and cow fat as a beautifier and moisturiser of their skin. This mixture also protects them from mosquitoes. We learnt about their spiritual beliefs and the roles females and males play in their community. We went quad biking and spent time on a boat cruising down the river.
In our last camp I was regaled with a birthday song and dance, and then a birthday cake appeared! I was overwhelmed and very appreciative. All in all, no effort was spared in making our trip memorable, from the ambiance of the camps, to the staff, to the guides and the amazing food.”
Monica & John Shalit
ZIMBABWE, BOTSWANA & NAMIBIA
“As we have learnt to expect from AWS, all connections worked perfectly and the services were of a very high standard. Our guides (John in Tanzania and Joshua in Kenya) were excellent – knowledgeable, good fun and experts at finding wildlife while positioning us for great views and generally best light for photography.
We saw just about everything – very good multiple cat sightings, particularly leopards and amorous lions.
This was our third Africa trip with AWS, following trips to Southern Africa in 1997 and Selinda & Namibia in 2006. When Africa next appears on our travel planning radar, we’ll be back for more via AWS.”
Paula & Peter Boylan
KENYA & TANZANIA
“We have just arrived home from our trip and thank you for the very efficient organisation of it. Everything coordinated as it should. As you are aware one of the important features for us was to see pink flamingos in Kenya. As expected, there were only a small handful at Lake Nakuru, and they were fairly distant and difficult to see. However the next day at Lake Bogoria, in perfect weather, we saw very many thousands of them at very close range in several locations around the lake.
All of the parks we visited had large numbers of animals of most varieties. Our guide, George, in Kenya was excellent, patient and highly experienced and could not do enough for us. Our Takims guide in Tanzania was younger and less experienced, but still very helpful and obliging.
Once again, thank you very much!”
Pam & John Peacock
KENYA & TANZANIA
“I recently contacted Africa Wildlife Safaris to organise a last minute holiday to South Africa. To say I was thrilled with the resulting holiday is an understatement. I was joined at the very last minute by a friend, and your agent Siobhan Pemberton went to a massive effort to coincide our hotel rooms, flights etc. The journey went to plan perfectly and Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge and the shark cage diving were exceptionally successful recommendations from Siobhan. Thanks for our wonderful trip and I will have no hesitation recommending your firm to friends and colleagues.”
“A few lines to confirm that we are still enjoying the memories of our trip to Africa – definitely the most special trip that we’ve ever had! The trip was so well organised and that helped as well of course. We were met and cared for by such pleasantly efficient people along the way and so the day to day itineraries just flowed.
We enjoyed Elephant Bedroom and congratulated the chef on the cuisine before we left! Even scored a favourite recipe! Aren’t the local people lovely? Their lifestyle is so basic and simple but they are so content with their pathway in life and were so friendly. We really enjoyed their company.
Ngenche was a great experience too! Right on the banks of the Mara River and we were so lucky to jag not just one, but two crossings of the wildebeest thanks to our fabulous guide, Steve Mwangi of Origins. He was a standout and I would happily recommend him to anyone. He was so knowledgeable about the wildlife, their habitats, movements, etc and he definitely made our stay on the Massai Mara a sensational lifetime experience which has left us with memories that we will not only treasure but enjoy sharing with friends and family – especially when we show them our photos and reminisce. Having Steve as our private guide also helped to enhance the whole safari experience.
Anne-Marie, the River Club on the banks of the Zambezi River was also fantastic! Would love to go back there one day.
The accommodation at Makanyane had the wow factor and the food was also excellent! Watching the wildlife from the comfort of our rather luxurious unit on the bank of the river was incredible! Seeing a herd of elephants, several giraffe, antelope and then on the last morning a pack of the wild dogs go down a well worn path, which happened to be on the opposite bank, to take a drink or have a wash in the river was so exciting! We had the cameras clicking big time but we also made sure that we enjoyed the moment.
Not just a holiday – an enriching lifetime experience! Well done Anne-Marie! We are so glad that we called you!”
Valmai and Peter Kopke
KENYA & SOUTH AFRICA
“Thanks again for organising our recent African holiday. There is simply no way we could have put our 4 country trip together without your help. We seemed to move seamlessly between different tour operators and safari camps. Each camp was its own unique experience and staff and guides were always helpful and well informed. We have seen a few places over the years but the level of accommodation and food were exceptional. Too good, in fact, as it will take some time at the gym to shed a few extra kilos.”
“I would not hesitate to recommend African Wildlife Safaris to anyone planning this sort of holiday as you were happy to work with us and amend out itinerary as we sorted through the many options we could choose from. We took literally thousands of photos and have memories that will last a lifetime. It took us 22 years to return to Africa after our last visit there. Hopefully we can get back again and when we do we will be sure to contact you for help in planning.”
Ruth and Drew Klee
SOUTH AFRICA, NAMIBIA, BOTSWANA, ZIMBABWE
“What I was most impressed about was that I had this image that the national parks would be fairly similar and that we would be seeing the same animals in each park. But how wrong was I? Every place we visited was completely different to the last….Samburu was more of a look and find adventure. The excitement built each track we went down wondering what we were going to find ahead. The peacefulness and quiet of Mt Kenya. The beauty of Lake Nakuru, and our surprise lunch at the look out, well nothing in life will ever beat that. And then it brings us to the Maasai Mara. Everywhere you looked there was an animal, the vast expanse of grassy plains it’s the ultimate image of Kenya.”
Kimberly and Warren McReynolds
“We have just returned from our wonderful African Safari and would like to thank African Wildlife Safaris for doing such a great job in organising our trip. Everything ran to schedule and all our transfers were there waiting for us in each location. The accommodation and safari camps were all excellent and all up we have had the most wonderful experience.”
Prue Karp & Lee Carter
“On our first day, we were stoked. Seeing wildebeest, leopard, lion, zebra, mongoose, elephant, giraffe, jackal, dik-dik antelope, impala, vulture, ostrich, magpie shrike, superb starling, hartebeest, lilac breasted roller, eagle, and Egyptian geese all on the first day was almost too much for us. But you kept it up! Day after day we regularly saw lions, elephants, hippos, cheetahs, leopards and even rhinos in the north.
Luxury camping at 3 different campsites with beautiful meals, hot showers and 240 volt power was wonderful.
Finally I want to say something about our guide Anne-Marie Zambelli. She was always the helpful guide who, at least on the surface, never became flustered and always had an answer to what might have been a difficult problems – such as for instance when we arrived by air at Mount Kilimanjaro from Nairobi to find that none of our luggage had been loaded on the plane.
The team of Anne-Marie and her local drivers Nixon and John were always ready with explanations and knowledge about all things Tanzanian which I’m sure didn’t all come from books – it came from their passion for the country and it’s life. Together they made our holiday truly remarkable and my wife Chrissie and I thank them all. We then had an “add on” of 3 days at the Victoria Falls Hotel–fantastic R&R!”
William and Christine Hart
TANZANIA “WILD ABOUT AFRICA” ESCORTED TOUR
“Just letting you know that we had a great time, in fact all of our arrangements exceeded our expectations. All of the transfers proceeded faultlessly and the staff from the two local agents in Nairobi and Zanzibar were fantastic, please pass on our compliments, especially to Salim from Twiga in Nairobi, and Mohammed & Sulieman from Hakims in Zanzibar. We felt safe at the Stanley in Nairobi and the Serena in Stone Town is a charming hotel. Our safaris in Kenya at Elephant Bedroom camp and Mara Ngenche camp were a great choice, we are raving to our friends about the accommodation, the locations, the food, the game drives, the guides, the vehicles and of course the animals. It was nice to finish at the 5 star Baraza Resort, we felt like movie-stars. Swimming with dolphins was a bonus. Thank you for organising a perfect holiday!”
Ben and Janet Reys
KENYA & TANZANIA
“WOW…our journey to Zimbabwe in May 2013 was absolutely amazing and totally exceeded our expectations. Being our first trip to Africa this couldn’t have been achieved without Renee at African Wildlife Safaris. There wasn’t anything that was too much trouble to organise and she took the time to understand our requirements and designed an itinerary specifically suited to us. Every single detail of the holiday was extremely well planned and all the operators in Zimbabwe used by African Wildlife Safaris were extremely professional, friendly and went out of their way to look after us! We loved Zimbabwe and can highly recommend African Wildlife Safaris to assist with safari planning.”
Helen Rickards & Jason Thompson
“Hwange first impressed over 20 years ago, and returning in 2012 it has not lost its magic! Some of the most impressive elephant experiences, great predator action, and a stunning landscape. Staying at Little Makalolo which has to be the happiest camp in Africa, provides all the comfort you could need , with a very high standard of convivial but very capable guides, with rustic but incredibly comfortable accommodation and great food. It would be hard not to enjoy and who wouldn’t want to return!
Little Makololo is a terrific camp. The wildlife viewing is still some of the best – or maybe we were lucky. We saw thousands of ‘eles’ daily – often just at the waterhole in front of the camp – plus huge herds of buffalo, fabulous lion activity – 36 lion sighted some on multiple occasions, including a pride of 14 drinking together at sunset. Also 3 leopards, a gorgeous cheetah sighting and fabulous sable antelope. Our guide Bulli was terrific but the feedback from others is that all the guides were terrific. The food was good and all the staff were wonderful.
A special touch was the birthday cake for Bruce from the singing and dancing staff. How the chef can do a cossack dance (in a Zimbabwe kinda way) and hold a birthday cake in one hand is a curious thing. Also thank you for arranging 14 lion for Bruce at one waterhole for his birthday viewing – you guys really pull out all the stops! The leopard you ordered didn’t turn up until the following morning – but he realises leopards are easily confused with time zones. “
Gayle Gledhill and Bruce Williamson
“We loved our canoeing safari down the Zambezi River in Mana Pools, but it was one of the regular walks we went on which yielded the highlight of our entire African holiday. Our keen eyed guide spotted a small group of male elephants, and decided to set up lunch under a nearby Acacia tree heavy with seed pods. The elephants walked right up to the tree whilst we were sitting there and one of the group stood on his hind legs and reached up to get the choicest pods. An incredible experience!”
“Landing on Mombo airstrip at 4pm was the start of a trip of a lifetime, no time to waste checking in, it was straight to the pride of lions eating their kill from the night before. By 6.30pm we had also seen giraffes, a bull elephant, warthogs, impalas, kudu, zebras, the famous leopard “Lagadema” and the famous only wild dog in Mombo “Solo”. How can this be topped? We have walked in the bush with Sylvester the cheetah, kissed the giraffes and had Ajabu the 5 month old elephant from the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust who gently took my hand in her trunk and put my fingers in her mouth. Each camp Mombo, Abu, Kings Pool, the Elephant Camp, Sabi Sabi Selati, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Serengeti Bushcamps, Giraffe Manor was as exciting and full of wildlife as the next and tears were shed when leaving each camp. Amazing luxury accommodation, service and food. From start to end from Cape Town to Nairobi there was not one thing I would have changed. African Wildlife Safaris’ Michael Fitzgerald, who has the ability to know what you require with the attention to the smallest detail, has to be the most efficient person I have ever dealt with and who made this dream come true. For such a big trip, everything he arranged was perfect and there is not a day goes by that I do not think about Africa. This will be with me for life and that is all down to AWS. Thank you.”
SOUTH AFRICA, BOTSWANA, TANZANIA, KENYA
“This was the most exciting and varied trips I have had in Africa. All went very well, we were happy with the accommodation, the driver was excellent and the sites superb.
Thanks Taleen for the perfect organisation.”
“I would like to thank you for one of the best holidays Pam and I have ever had. Having been a travel agent for over 30 years this trip to Botswana and Tanzania was one of the best trips I have ever done. Your choice of camps and duration at each was a perfect balance enabling us to view and experience the camp ambience and animals on offer at each region . The holiday was enriched further by knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic tour guides. We are already talking about our next safari to Africa in the near future which we will be booking with African Wildlife Safaris. Thanks again for a fantastic holiday.”
Russ and Pam Marsham
RWANDA & TANZANIA
“We had an amazing safari to Botswana and Zambia in 2011 through African Wildlife Safaris and had no hesitation in having our travel agent Marianne use AWS again in 2013. We trekked with gorillas in Rwanda, had 7 outstanding days in the Serengeti with Nixon, a fantastic and knowledgeable guide, then flew to Ruaha and Selous. The whole safari was once again exhilarating and well planned. We were extremely happy with the animal sightings, guides, accommodation and food. We will definitely use AWS again.”
Lucy and Bill Lyne
BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA