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Apr 2014

Nigel Kirkup

Dear Carina

I cannot begin to tell you what a wonderful Namibia trip this has been. The Olive Grove Guesthouse was simply lovely and we are thoroughly enjoying our stay in Swakopmund. The hotel there is marvellous. In both cases the staff have been fantastic - friendly, helpful and always smiling. The desert tour was simply great and we learned a lot. We went to Sandwich Harbour with Photo Ventures based in Walvis. Fantastic and we thoroughly recommend them especially with John the guide.

Thank you so much for arranging this, we will be back!

Kind regards

Nigel

Feb 2014

Pauline Harwood

Hi Carina,

Just wanted to let you know that we had a great trip in SA and beyond. The portion that we booked with you all went very smoothly and seemed effortless. Trouble with Africa is that once you have been there you want to keep returning!

The only criticism that I have and it was not your fault is that when we crossed the border to Zimbabwe, we had to wait well over an hour because some Americans had only that morning booked the same tour as us with Bushtracks Africa. One of them was rather incapable of anything physical. So when they finally arrived our guide had to slow everything down for her benefit and she was only able to do part of the walk. Just wanted to let you know this.

Everything else was terrific and we really enjoyed Gomo Gomo Game Lodge - the laid back atmosphere and the great people running it, and also your suggestion of the Zambezi Sun at Victoria Falls was a good one. So overall, with your portion of the trip and the hospitality of our friends in Grabouw we had a holiday to remember! Cheers,
Pauline Harwood

Jul 2013

Susan Wiesner

Hi Cecil,
Ons is terug,en wil net laat weet wat n ongelooflike ondervinding ons gehad het.
Van die oomblik dat ons daar aangekom het tot die laaste wildrit, was ons op die hande gedra.
Die kos was fantasties - die diens uitstekend,en nie te praat van die natuur en wild nie !
Dit was n onvergeetlike ervaring !
Jy kan gerusl Mkuze Falls aanbeveel.
Baie dankie vir al jou reelings !
Groete, Susan

May 2013

Susan Oliver and friends

Overall, we had a wonderful time!
Capetown and the Cape region were unbelievable beautiful. Our guide, Danie, was very friendly and helpful. We did add a trip to Robben Island, on our own that he helped arrange. Accomodations were perfect. The activities in the Oudtshoorn area were varied and unique. Rita and I both got the ostrich neck massage and I pet a tiger. No-one bungy jumped, but there were some serious serious consideration by Roy and Samun.
The Kruger Park area was also outstanding. We enjoyed our time inside the park. Our guide, Andre, was an excellent naturalist and was very generous to cook all the dinners for us at the camps. Thorneybush was a nice supplement to the inside the park experience. Between the two areas, we did see the big 5 plus cheetahs.
The Summerfields Lodge/ Spa was not very useful; we arrived around 5 pm and departed at 8:30 AM, so all spa activities were closed. It would have been better to have a more standard hotel nearer to the airport for such a short stay.
The Victoria Falls area was also very scenic and beautiful. Although the hotels were very luxurious, we were a bit uncomfortable with all British "aristocratic" and colonial atmosphere. Not sure what was available here, but we would have preferred accommodations a little less upscale. The Royal Livingstone was convenient, but a more standard hotel in the town of Livingstone would have been fine.
All of our pickups and connections were flawless. The trip was very well organized and the service was great. We were pleasantly surprised by the favorable US dollar to SA rand exchange rate and found meal and wine prices and value quite good. We all were very impressed with South Africa. By the 4th day in the Cape, Rita and I were ready to live there!

Thank you for working with us and coordinating the trip. We had a great time!

Regards,
Sue

Oct 2012

Edward & Jade Chong (Canada)

Greetings Cecil!
We've returned from a trip of a lifetime, it was thoroughly fabulous.
You've managed to take care of every aspect of our trip and the itinerary was fantastic.
Each of the safari destinations were unique and your selection was superb. We'd be hard pressed to decide on just one and thus the three selected were perfect. Cape Town and Victoria Falls were also incredible travel destinations.
We cannot thank you enough and sincerely appreciate your experience and efforts.
One tiny remiss, could have been advised that travelling to Zimbabwe requires $75 visa, fortunately we had the cash. In any case, it was a must do trip for Victoria Falls.
We will not hestitate to use your services in the future, nor will we hestitate to reccomend your services.
Thank You!!!
Edward & Jade Chong (Canada)

Aug 2012

Jeannie

Trains, animals and food are some of the few passions I have in life (not necessarily in that order). My decision to go to South Africa was mainly to experience an intimate encounter with wildlife in an environment that is as close to their natural environment as possible. My initial contact with Climax Tourism was to inquire about a package tour they advertised that includes the Blue Train, Big 5 Safari and Cape Town. From the very beginning, Cecil Harley was the specialist that took care of me. I knew what I wanted from the trip but the challenge was to design an itinerary that would accommodate time constraints (the trip was a last minute decision and I had to be back home by certain date) and to include the Blue Train with its limited time schedule. Cecil worked hard in designing several itineraries to best fit my schedule and budget. All throughout, Cecil was always very patient and replied professionally and promptly to all of my questions.

I didn’t know what to expect from the trip as I had never travelled to any countries in Africa. All of the tour guides were very professional, knowledgeable, prompt, pleasant, and friendly. Cape Town was beautiful and the people felt genuinely nice. Being in the Blue Train was quite an experience. It’s the perfect backdrop for an Agatha Christie’s novel—mysterious, elegant, and classic. Service was superb and the train was truly a moving 5-star hotel. The safari is a photographer’s dream. There were so many momentous events to capture. I am still dumbfounded as to how close we can get to these wild animals. Pierre Mouton and Service, the assigned ranger and trekker were quite a team. They tracked all Big 5 and many other wildlife. Pierre was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the region. It’s always gratifying to learn from one who shows much enthusiasm in his field.

I learn so much about the history and peoples of South Africa. Of course the opinions of the history, culture and points of view differ in range with people from different backgrounds and economic status. All politics aside, South Africans were very approachable, courteous and warm. Overall, it was a spectacular and unforgettable experience.

I thank you Cecil for making this trip possible!

May 2012

Pamela Davidson (Farmingdale, USA)

I just want to thank you for a amazing trip. It was more than I thought it would be. I did so much and saw so many awesome animals , I saw four of the big five. The places I stayed was great. Cliff Top was one of my favorites , beautiful place and huge game farm for the animals. The staff was so nice there. The Ranger Sebastian was awesome and funny. The Elephant Safari was a highlight as well as the great tour of Cape Town. Cape Town is a great city. I went to the waterfront thanks for the suggestion I got to spend a good amount of time there. Thanks again. Also the drivers were nice and great also. Everything went smooth with all the transfers.
Pamela Davidson

Apr 2012

Ken Sills (Acton, MA, USA)

Hi Cecil,

Yes, we’re home and catching up on things to get back into our routine.
The trip was super. Pat and I between us took 2700 photos. We saw all of the big five MULTIPLE times over with addition of all of the other animals and seals, penguins, and baboons as a bonus in Cape Town.

All of your associates performed flawlessly. All of the logistics worked perfectly, with not a single glitch.

Reentering SA from Zambia, immigration carefully checked our Yellow Fever UN pamphlets. You should stress this to your clients as we were told that without the appropriate certificates of immunization, we would have been denied entrance into SA.

All of the hotels save one were fantastic. The accommodations at Hoya Hoya, Elephant Plains, Botswana, and David Livingstone (DLSL) were super, with Elephant Plains having the best room and view. The views of the rivers from Botswana and David Livingstone were great and both of their dusk cruises were filled with animals by the rivers feeding.

We thought the Ambassador Hotel in Cape Town was a little wanting. Nothing major but our least favorite hotel even given the ocean view.

We were disappointed to not be able to go the top of Table Mtn. It was socked with its own private fog-bank the entire time we were in Capetown. (See photo from boat on way to Robben Island on flickr). But Seppie took us up Signal Hill where we got a similar panorama of Cape Town.

All of the restaurant transfers were planned to get us to the airport about 3 hours before flight time. This is too early. Two hours would have been better. For our last transfer, we had Seppie pick us up an hour later than plan of record, and drop us at the airport about 2 hours before flight-time.

Thanks for a great and successful trip.
Ken & Pat and Jeff & Elayne

Nov 2011

Olav, Regi & "Mama" (Germany)

Hello Andre

We arrived back in Germany after four beautiful days in Cape Town followed by three sunny days in Dubai. The temperature here in Germany is around 6 deg cel at the moment....we all miss the warm weather.

We all are still talking about the wonderfull stay in Johannesburg together with your wonderful company on all our tours and the information that you gave us at all places.....we cannot forget this holiday of ours.
Thank you Andre for being with us...we will come back and do the itinerary that you spoke to us about....infact the 14 day itinerary that you have in your website is a very interesting one....and you will take us on this one!!!

We will definitely stay in touch and I will forward The Climax Tours web address to my contacts around the globe.

Take care Andre and thanks once again. Fondest regards from Reggie and Mama too.

Olav

Sep 2011

Antonio Gueli

Dear Cecil
We enjoyed a wonderful safari holiday thanking the competence and the seriousness of the tour operator Mr.Cecil Harley and of our guide/interpreter/driver Mrs.Carla Dogliani.Everything was perfect !
So, our score is:10.
Kind regards

Jul 2011

Josephine Tan (Singapore)

Hello Vera (Climax's online agent at www.africaguide.com)

I just returned from the most wonderful holiday in Africa! It's my first visit and it will certainly not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, from camping at Victoria Falls to Safari at Kruger and finally at the most beautiful Cape Town.

Cecil at Climax have been most helpful. He was very responsive from the beginning and I am very grateful for his help in booking 4days/3 nights at a tent at Waterfront Resort, Livingstone, Zambia. The arrangement including transfer from OR Tambo was flawless and it was a very auspicious start of my holiday :-)

Now I am planning my next trip to Africa and will certainly turn to you for ideas and suggestions. Thank you for the great site and keep up the good work.

Best wishes
Josephine Tan, Singapore

Jan 2011

Shari Smith - USA

Hi Cecil,

2 Things:
1. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR OUR WONDERFUL TRIP!!! Robyn and I had a FABULOUS time and we would do it all over again!!! The tour guides were great, the hotels were perfect, the food was good and the tours were exactly what we were looking for!! If you ever need a referral, let me know, I'd be happy to help!!

2. Do you have an address that I could send mail to Nic Prinsloo? I have something for him! He was FABULOUS!
(Also, just FYI, Nic told us that he LOVED doing tours for YOU because you are always "organized and on top of things!" I would have to agree!)

Anyway, thanks again, it was an AMAZING trip!

Shari

Nov 2010

Dr Azman - Malaysia

Dear Cecil
Dr Azman and his family had just returned from their holidays. All went well and they had a good time. They extend their utmost appreciation for all your efforts and arrangements. Thank you very much!
Kind regards
Karen (Personal Assistant on behalf of Dr Azman)

Aug 2010

Mandy Thomas

Good morning Cecil
I just wanted to drop you a note and say how professional and fantastic JB and the bus were on Saturday. My customers were hugely impressed! Thank-you.
Thanks and Regards
Mandy Thomas - Cirrus Travel

Jul 2010

Chris Heil - USA

Dear Cecil
Thanks again for the wonderful tour - it was a great time!
Sincerely,
Chris Heil

Jun 2010

Christiane & Christian Drees

Hi Cecil,
thank you so much for this nearly perfect trip! Everything went right and was well organized. The Guides had a lot of very interesting information for us and did their job best. The food was very delicious and lodges were very comfortable.
All were kindly and gave us a very enjoying time and a great african experience.
Thanks a lot!!
Regards
Christiane & Christian

Mar 2010

Kathy Paterson

Hi Cecil This is just a message to say thank you for organising a great safari for my family. Andre was a great guide and the information he shared was extremely interesting. We loved the close encounters with the animals and we now realise that if you want to see cats you need to go in July. Thank you once again. Kathy Paterson, New Zealand

Jan 2010

Mervyn Atkinson - Australia

Dear Cecil
Thanks for all your help
Ulusaba was sensational, as was Cape Grace. My wife had the holiday of a lifetime (as did I!)
It was all spectacular. After the first mishap, everything went very smoothly. Thank you.
Kinds regards, Merv

Jan 2010

Astrid Schwenke - South Africa

Hallo Betsie
Baie dankie vir julle flinke en uitstekende diens. My dank en waardering aan André ook vir sy diens
en besonderse bydrae tot die suksesvolle toer.
Groete
Astrid Schwenke - Centre for Cultural Services - Tourism - Research - Products

Translation:
"Thank you for your prompt and excellent service. My thanks and appreciation to Andre for his services and special contribution to a very successful tour."

Jan 2010

Daniele Doyle - Rhineland Pfaltz, Germany

Climax Tourism Services took care of my every need for my first trip to Africa. I was a bit nervous traveling as a single female, but they made all the arrangements and everything was taken care of for me.
My safari in Kruger Park was unforgettable. Marc's Treehouse Lodge fit the occasion perfectly, although I did have a few unwanted guests the first evening :-). The hostess was very sweet, the food delicious, and the safari exciting. The guides were not only knowledgeable but anyone could tell they were completely dedicated and enthralled with their jobs. That made our safari even more special.
Victoria Falls was breathtaking. The tour on the falls and the river cruise just made the experience that more memorable. I have photographs of scenes that I could never have imagined. Again, the accommodations at the Zambezi Sun were lovely and the food excellent. The staff were helpful, always polite and always with a smile.
Cape Town speaks for itself. Africa definitely is a place of surprises. First a safari, then to the falls, then on to a bustling metropolis with a small town flair. Only in Africa :-). Both guides in Cape Town were phenomenal!! They answered every question and more. They were as excited as their guests to show them their town and all the beautiful sites. They made my stay that much more special.
I want to personally thank Cecil and all his Team at Climax Africa for making my first trip to Africa as memorable as I knew it would be. I will definitely return and hope to build more fond memories...and hope to bring my family and friends along too.
Sincerely,
Daniele Doyle

Dec 2009

Nicole Benko - Zurich, Switzerland

Thank you for your emai. Sorry for the late response but I am just travelling and I don-t have everyday internet access.
The Safari with Climax was great. Everything was organisez well. Thank you very much again.
Just something small. What I would suggest is that just one night will be at Marc's Treehouse and the other nights at an other hotel. The Marc's Treehouse is very special, but me and also other people thought that they have to do some renovatings. Once we had a big rain at night. I was lucky with my room but the others not. Some people had water in the room.
But after that everything was ok and the tour in Cape Town was also well organised.
Have a good day and Happy New Year.
Best regards
Nicole

Oct 2009

Rhonda Seebold - Danville USA

Cecil
I have finally gotten home from my travels and am catching up on e-mails etc. I just wanted to thank-you for your amazing service! I was thrilled with the all around quality of the trip. It was really above and beyond my expectations. I am sorry about the flight delay and also the fact that you did not receive my text with my new flight info. I wish you had handled my hotel arrangements as well but I will keep that in mind for next time. Just to let you know, Andre was a delight. He was so informative, professional but fun. I had no idea I would get the individual service that I did. I hope to bring my husband back and possibly my boys. I will definitely be contacting you. I also spread the word about your excellent service to my delegation. Thank-you again for a great trip!
Rhonda

Oct 2009

Luc De Boeck & Family

Dear Cecil,
We will thank you for a wonderful trip to Kruger Partk and Swaziland, also Pongola Game Reserve was magnificient. Also a very great thank you to André Gildenhuys for his fantastic guidance and driving. We had very great holidays with you!!!!
Kind regards,
Family De Boeck

Oct 2009

Sandro & Jadranka Volaric

Dear Cecil
Thanks for the nice organiozed tour.All was good,and once thanks.
Best regards
Sandro & Jadranka Volaric

Oct 2009

Robert Fottorino

Hello Cecil,
I would like to thank you very much for the trip you designed for me : all was very interesting and nice.
Sincerely
Robert

Sep 2009

Nancy King

Dear Climax Tourism,
I recently completed a short safari, staying at Marc's Treehouse Lodge. The whole process went like clockwork from the start. Being a single female traveler, I was concerned about safety, but I truly had no need to worry. Everything from my travel to Johannesburg and hotel accomodations there to transportation to the camp and back to the hotel was was well orchestrated through Climax. Marc's Treehouse Lodge was a little more rustic than I expected, but the treehouse was fun and thoroughly adequate with a very comfortable bed, electricity, and en suite facilites. The little tree frog who shared the shower with me served as a reminder that I was indeed in the African bush! Monkeys and amazing birdsong were the morning alarm clock and stembok were grazing right by my porch! What a treat! The food was simple, traditional cooking and absolutely delicious. The staff members at the lodge were delightful and totally concerned with the comfort of the guests. Getting to know the other guests was lovely and we quickly became a congenial group. I especially enjoyed chatting with our guide Lorey. I had one day in Krueger Park and what an amazing day it was- we saw the big 5 and so much more. The guide for my vehicle was very interesting, fun, and knowledgable- I'll never forget how to identify impala, kudu, and waterbok from his whimsical technique! All in all it was an wonderful and unforgettable experience and I wish I had been able to stay longer!
Thank you!
Nancy King

Jul 2009

Rosi Valetic

We loved our South Africa trip immensely and would like to thank Climax for bringing my 50th birthday trip together.
We were so happy with Andre who was our guide for half the trip. He was a wealth of information and looked after us ever so well and made us feel very at home.
My goal was to not only see an 'ingwe' but to get lots of beautiful pictures, so thank you Climax, Cecil & Andre for helping me achieve this.
Hope to be back again one day.
Rosi & KG

Jun 2009

George, Ted and Dean

Hi Cecil
We returned to the states yesterday, and I still have a bit of jet lag. We all could write many pages about how much we enjoyed the itinerary you put together for us. But in the interest of time just let me say that it could not have been any better. You read our desires and completely fulfilled them. Andre is terrific.
With much appreciation and best wishes,
George, Ted, and Dean - USA

May 2009

Colin & Kirsty Milham

Hi Cecil

I am writing somewhat belatedly to thank you for a fantastic safari and Soweto tour which we enjoyed last month

The safari component was fantastic and an unforgettable experience for Kirsty and myself. Andre our guide was great company and a fountain of knowledge about the Park, the animals and South Africa in general and he kept us entertained and informed throughout the tour

We were extremely fortunate to see the big 5 in our time in the park and that was entirely due to Andre's ability to spot game and sense of where animals might be.His knowledge of the Park gained from the time he worked there was a huge asset

Also his cooking skills and his sense of humour were both great and we really enjoyed his home cooking so much more than just having another " hotel" type meal.It gave us a greater feel for real life in South Africa which is what we were looking for

The tour of Soweto was also a "must do " for us and visiting Mandela's home and eating in a local cafe was great.It opened our eyes and changed some of our perceptions of Soweto which we had developed over years of media reports and, dare I say it, bias

We appreciated your assistance in setting up our tour in the Jo'burg-Kruger area and must say that at all times your ability to anticipate our needs and then make alterations to our plans as we kept making minor changes to our wish list was exceptional

The whole tour went like clockwork without exception from flights, to accommodation to the safari and internal travel and that was entirely due to your skilled and client focussed way of business and to Andre's expertise and personality.

We would thoroughly recommend your company and Andre to any one else considering travelling in South Africa and would definitely use you again should we be lucky enough to get back to South Africa which we hope to do

South Africa is a beautiful country and the safety concerns which many people warned us about before we travelled were to us almost non existent .As long as you are sensible and moderately cautious about when and where you go, as you have to do any where in the world, then there is absolutely no problem .

Cecil once again many thanks for a magic experience and I wish you , your company and André all the very best for the future ,please pass on our thanks and best wishes to Andre and congratulate him on the Bulls win in Super 14-the best team won .

Regards
Colin and Kirsty Milham - New Zealand

Apr 2009

Bob & Barbara Brown

Cecil,
Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our recent trip, dealing with your company and your staff & guides. Andre is a really passionate and experienced guide and we felt we were lucky to have had him. When I get a chance I'll right something more in depth, but we just wanted to let you know how we enjoyed the trip and will be sure to let everyone know and rate you highly.
Yours,
Bob & Barbara Brown

Mar 2009

Liz Anderson

Dear Cecil,
I just wanted to write to you and say thank you for organising the safari trip and accommodation in J'burg. We had a fantastic time in Kruger and saw everything we wanted to see (particularly a leopard!!). Andre was a brilliant guide and did a fantastic job catering for everyones needs and wishes in the group. Sue and i are both particularly interested in photography and Andre made every effort to cater for this during the safari trip.
I would definately recommend your company to my friends and family if they come to South Africa. Please pass on my best wishes to Andre when you next see him.
Thank you again for everything. Kind regards. Liz Anderson

Feb 2009

Sherry & Bob Cox

Dear Cecil, just a note to thank you so very much for all the efforts you made to make a wonderful tour for Bob and me. We appreciated greatly the attention to detail and caring attitude you exhibited at every turn. Your websight is excellent. I had researched so many African tours and yours stood out for its attention to specific activities at each sight. I certainly made the right choice and you helped us constantly. We are so glad we used Climax and have already recommended your company to several friends who might have been a bit hesitant to book an African over an American group. We live in Europe 2 to 3 months a year and travel extensively and can readily say that this is the best tour we have ever had! I have to say that having Mart was the very best part of all. She is an amazing person, so thorough, knowledgable, and good natured. She, indeed, MADE the tour for us. She was absolutely wonderful, and I can not say enough good things about her. Her wonderful good humor, attention to detail, consideration, and kindness made us so sad when we had to leave! But we will return to your beautiful country and its fantastic, caring people. We feel so lucky that we used Climax and appreciate so much all that you , Mart, and Andre, too, did. Again, many many thanks.
Sincerely, Sherry and Bob Cox

Feb 2009

Irene & Ralph Jordan

Dear Andre
We would like to say a big thank you to you for all you did for us in the last 4 days. You did more than supposed to do. We enjoyed the whole trip very much, it was very exiting and impressive. We saw the most beautiful places and learned a lot.
We will never forget these days with you and hope that one day we can have a second chance to be on tour with you.

Jan 2009

Carolyn Curtis & Family

I have been meaning to email you to thank you for planning such an amazing holiday for us. South Africa far exceeded any expectations we held. You truly are blessed to live in such a wonderful country.
I have travelled extensively and never have I felt at "home" so quickly. It was Day 1 and we had just left the markets and were travelling towards Lesedi when I shared with my husband, Darren, that I truly thought I could retire in S.A. - the scenery, the people, the atmosphere....all were just so welcoming.
Andre was a remarkable guide. His knowledge of the area, his demeanour with the children, and his patience of all of us as a family were wonderful. Andre was great to talk with and gave us some wonderful advice. He was extremely attentive and checked all of our bookings ahead of time so that when we arrived at our destinations we were able to breeze through without any problems. Brock really took to Andre, even giving him a hug when we said goodbye at the train station - Andre reminded Brock of his deceased grandfather, he also shared Brock's passion for wildlife. It was great spending time with him, such a lovely man. Please send our warmest regards to him.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit to South Africa and on reflection wished we had've used your services in Cape Town too. Our pick-up from the train station was great (organised by you), our accommodation was wonderful (organised by us on-line) but our rental vehicle and a planned trip to Robben island were dreadful - The car company messed up our booking - kept us waiting a day and then delivered the wrong vehicle (!) At Robben Island we were unable to secure tickets until after our departure date. I was devastated - truly! I was in tears trying to get tickets but to no avail. We had tried to book several weeks in advance on-line but no-one was replying to our emails. On arriving in Cape Town we called and were told we had to purchase at the ticket counter only....by the time we arrived and got there everything had sold out. This was the most disappointing part of our trip...next time I'm having Climax book for us!
There will definitely be another South Africa trip for us....none of us wanted to leave. Next time we will look at doing Kruger and the East Coast and ... I WILL get to Robben Island!
We have shared our pictures and memories with family and friends and many are eager to visit. One family member in particular is talking of a July visit so if this comes to fruition I will most definitely pass on your name and company details. Climax's organisation, communication, and personnel cannot be beat. Thank you for helping us to fulfill a family dream.

Dec 2008

Mark Irwin

My 15 year old son and I have just got back from our Guided Tour with CLIMAX Tourism Services. We arranged a private tour based around one of their advertised tours. The before tour organisation was fantastic with quick responses and accurate details. Our Guide was very professional and very experienced. Our accommodation exceeded our expectations which was a good thing. We would have no problems in recommending this Company to anyone based on our experiences.

Dec 2008

Pierre & Irene Agasizz

Excellent tour, lot to see....our guide Nico was just great, looking for everything to make us comfortable. The drive was excellent, the timing was made for us, stops as we wanted, so all near perfection. Please keep this level of quality without raising the prices.

Nov 2008

Carole Ceremello-Scales

Andre, it is a pleasure to work with you. Your promptness and thoroughness make my job so much easier. (From Carole Ceremello-Scales Pres/World Consultant NORTHSTAR CRUISES & TOURS Canada)

Nov 2008

Omar & Jeanette Busuttil

Being our first encounter with African wild life we are very happy with the overall experience . We feel very lucky to have had such an experienced and knowledgeable guide like Nic . We feel we learnt a lot from him not just about African wild life but also about South Africa in general . Even though we didn't to see much, especially on our last day, we still feel that it has been an unforgettable experience.
Thanks Nic for your time and for sharing interesting experience !!

Nov 2008

Turner

The holiday excelled our expectations ...
From the minute our Guide Nic picked us up at Jo Burg airport to the time he dropped us back at our hotel ... Nic was so informed and helpful .. Answer all our questions and gave us a full history etc of South Africa which was excellent as our first visit ...
Can't thank the Company and Nic for the best trip ever ...

Sep 2008

Jenny Pudney

I just wanted to send you an email to thank you for all the hard work you put into organizing our tour and ensuring it ran smoothly and was enjoyed by all.
The guests that went on it have been absolutely raving about it and are keen to go back and do more game viewing now. I have to say how fantastic Neil and Andre were as our guides - they made for a fantastic, relaxed atmosphere and were so accommodating. They were simply fantastic at their job. I can even quote one of the guys in our group saying "What Neil doesn't know simply isn't worth knowing" - that's informative and helpful he was.
Thanks again to you and Cecil for you help.

Aug 2008

Marguerite

Hi Nic,
Just dropping you a note to once again thank you for the amazing job you did of guiding us to, through and from Kruger National Park. It was the highlight of the trip, and I just cannot stop talking about it, although I must admit that the experience is hard to put in words.
The rest of our trip was wonderful as well. Two lovely days in Johannesburg - we went to Soweto and Gold Reef city and did some shopping. Capetown is, as you said, just beautiful. We did a one-day Cape/Wine country tour and
then Robben Island. Then we went on to New york - and guess what? South African Airways did NOT lose our luggage!! I definitely plan to come back to South Africa, and whenever I do, I want you as my guide - still want to go to the Kalahari and brush my teeth with rum (I will bring the rum)!

Thanks once again for making our vacation simply wonderful!

Aug 2008

Dr Ronald & Gabriele Strauss

Yes, our trip to South Africa was successful, and our stay at Lukimbi was very enjoyable. Also, the ground transportation service was excellent.
Thank you for arranging everything promptly and accurately.The game drives at Kruger were very interesting, and the animals we saw complimented our experience in Botswana of a couple of years ago. The camps in Botswana with Orient Express Safaris were a little more “up-scale” than Lukimbi in terms of service, meals, etc and there were almost no children with whom to contend. However, we were pleased with our experience at Lukimbi.

Again, thank you.

Aug 2008

Natasa Miran

HI,We must tell just great things about the agency. Everything they arranged just perfect. We recomande them to every body who travel around the South Africa.
Thank you again for everything and we hope see you again.

Jul 2008

Vivien, Nigel & Jamie Parsons

Many thanks for the most wonderful holiday - over 3 weeks of travel that took us from Jo'burg, up to Kruger, down to Port Elizabeth via Durban and the Garden Route to Cape Town, and then back again on the Premier Classe train. We did everything - from animals in Kruger to the 3 nights in Umlodti (if you visit Fairlight Guest House from the UK, don't forget to take some Minstrels!), carrying on to the Garden Route - where Jamie did the Bungee Jump - and down to Cape Town.

We discovered the fact that giraffes are invisible - you see just one - and then a second ... and then a third ... and then a fourth etc. We saw a hyena suckling some newborn cubs, Jamie jumped off the highest bridge in the world, we zipped around the tree tops on zip wires, we stroked a King Cheetah, Jamie fulfilled a lifelong dream and played with cheetah cubs, we rode ostriches, we fed elephants, we dived with sharks, we saw whales 15m off the beach, we saw whales breaching, we went up Table Mountain in sunshine, we had a braai in Skukusa with an elephant watching us and all the while surrounded by the most fantastic scenery.

What can I say about Mart? If there was ever anything we asked her that she didn't know (and that didn't often happen!), she made sure she knew the answer by the next day. She was incredible. When we arrived at hotels/lodges, we were sent off to the bar whilst she checked us in and got the bags to our rooms. We missed her so much at Heathrow on our return when we had to sort outselves out - if only we could have put her in our bag and brought her home!

Finally what can I say about Climax's dedication - we regretted not buying a wall hanging on our first day, mentioned it to Cecil and by the time we arrived in Jo'burg, he had arranged for it to be purchased and delivered to us. That is service over and above ....

Thank you so much to Cecil and Andre for organising it, and to Mart for making it so special. We will be back ...

Jul 2008

Jeff Budimulia

I guess the trip was balanced when I compared with Cape Town and Johanesburg . We went up table mountain and the time was that the mountain was covered with all types of clouds. But when we were up there it was all clear. The next day we went to see the seals and we saw table mountain with the clouds in mid way like a picture from a movie. The hotel in Capetown was an excellent choice . The weather was relatively kind with the rain holding off except when we were on the way to Hermanus. Some rain but it cleared. The winds stayed the next day and that chased the whales away. The hotel there was basic but sufficient. Whales was seen the day before I presume just before it rained in Hermanus . Our guide was excellent. He was practical and sharing his knowledge with us. I like some of his local knowledge information. He was very helpful minding that we had children and arranging the itinerary accordingly . In Johanesburg we saw our animals and appreciated camouflage. Giraffe which is an odd looking animal cannot be seen clearly at 300m until the “tree trunk” moves was a great experience. It is a pity we did have more time to see more of the animals but when you pack a holiday you need to live with the consequences.

Jul 2008

Smyth Family

Just a quick email to thank you very much for arranging our trip to South Africa. A week was definately not long enough but has given us a little taste of what we can do another time!! Please pass on our thanks to Nico, Andre and Seppie who all looked after us brilliantly. For your future info, the Premier Classe train was excellent. It was running 5 hours late, .....but the service was brilliant and a great way to catch a glimpse of the countryside when you dont have much time for exploring. The staff were most helpful and food was great. Would recommend it anytime.

Thanks again Cecil, hopefully we will be in touch again one day in the future.

Jun 2008

William Kent & Terista Kim Fletcher

Just a note to tell you that our trip was wonderful. The Cape Town Lodge was very nice and since we left so early to fly to Livingstone, sent us off with a large box breakfast. The proximity of the Zambezi Sun to Victoria Falls made the stay memorable. The walking tour of the falls and the boat tour on the river were well done. The day trip to Chobe was spectacular - the amount of game we saw in one day was a complete surprise, and crossing the border was quite an event. At the Emperor's Palace in Johannesburg, for some reason they upgraded our room to a 4 room 21/2 bath suite larger than most houses. Our accommodations in Kruger were great, and we really enjoyed both the game drives and self driving around the park - we were able to spot the Big 5 while there along with numerous other animals, birds and flora. If you have clients looking for places to stay in the other places we visited we stayed at the Blue Waters in Durban, a high rise located right on the ocean with a spectacular breakfast and good accommodations for families, the White House Guesthouse in Grahamstown - really a nice, nice place and a very energetic, pleasant hostess, Brookes Hills Suites in Port Elizabeth, which also are set up nicely for families with condo type rooms and the Coachman Guesthouse in Swellendam - a beautiful setting in an interesting, old town.
Thanks for all your help with the trip. It is something we will will always remember.

Jun 2008

George M Cowden

Graves and I made it home without mishap. We enjoyed our trip with Andre who is a true expert on the flora and fauna of Kruger Park. We were amazed at his knowledge and ability to "spot" animals and birds and to identify birds the way he did.

Thank you for a wonderful time.

Apr 2008

Michalis and Ifi Alexandrakis

We would like to Thank Cecil, Sepi and all his team for making our trip to their amazing Country such an unforgetable experience, everything was well organized and executed.

kind regards
Michalis and Ifi

Mar 2008

Josef Porubsky

Big thanks to Elaine Scholz, for unforgettable grin on her face all days on Safari and all what she made for us.Josef

Mar 2008

Ulf & Anette

We would like to give our biggest thanks to the wonderful driver Mr Dries de Bruyn, who drove us to Cheetahs Safaris 5 th of march and back and then showed us around in JOhannesburg a whole day. He was very nice and kind and showed us the " diamonds" of Johannesburg.

Feb 2008

Tania T'Toole

My overall experience with Climax was wonderful,Cecil was so helpful prior to Departure ,gave us tonnes of ideas on what to do when we did have spare time and the Itenery itself was fantastic !
When we arrive we never once had to worry about what we had to do or where to go ,it was all so organised and Nic our driver went above and beyond the call of duty ,My Partner proposed over there so between Nic and Cecil they organised a jewellers to go too ,again above and beyond !

South Africa, has such a natural beauty, diverse cultures, and amazing wildlife, is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular countries in this world I would recommended my trip and how to organise it through yourselves and Climax !

Feb 2008

Tom and Linda Hermans

We can't say enough positive things about the wonderful Beauty by Diversity tour we just completed with Climax Tourism Services. Cecil was always extremely prompt in answering all of our questions, and he had great suggestions when we asked how to fit a few changes into our itinerary. Our guide, Nico, took care of everything for us - almost to the point where we forgot how to think on our own! In addition to having enormous insight into the culture and wildlife of South Africa, he was well-organized, knew exactly where he was going, and had a great sense of humor. Everyday was filled with laughter and fun. The food and accommodations were wonderful as well. Everything was well-planned and went without a hitch, and we truly felt like we got a tremendous value for our money. South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and our diverse itinerary gave us a great taste of what it has to offer. Table Mountain, Cape Point, Pongola, the Featherbed Experience, Kruger Park, and all of South Africa's natural beauty, mix of cultures, and amazing wildlife will stay with us forever. Thanks again, Cecil and Nico! It was a trip of a lifetime, and it certainly was above and beyond what we expected

Feb 2008

Penny & Billy Durham, USA

Thanks for your help arranging for our time at Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge. We loved the lodge, the people, the food and the game drives had excellent guides

Feb 2008

Roger Hainsworth

Just a note to thank you for organising such a memorable and enjoyable visit to South Africa. We certainly saw a lot of the country are all inspired to visit again in the not too distant future. The accommodation was excellent. The lodges especially were absolutely wonderful. The best thing, however, was our guide. Mart was excellent. She was a mine of information but, more importantly, she became one of our group and we were all sorry when we had to leave her. Your logo is certainly correct; we did leave as friends.

Best wishes

Feb 2008

Linda and Mike Selig

We arrived home from Syria on Sat after an amazing trip. I wanted to let you know that we were more than pleased with all the arrangements that you made for us. All of our accomodation and meals were good and some were outstanding, especially the guesthouses in Swellemdum and Outshoorn. We would like to have spent a week in each of those. South Africa is much more beautiful than I imagined and the variety of terrrain, flora, etc kept our interest throughout the tour. We enjoyed Seppie very much and he took excellent care of us, going above and beyond anything we could have expected.
We were so impressed with your country that we may someday return for a longer visit, in self catering accomodation, but that will have to wait until the bank account is replenished.
I intend to spread the word here that South Africa is a great winter holiday detination and if I get the chance I will recommend your services to anyone who wants to go .
Should you ever have a request from a customer for a reference from someone who has used your travel service, we would be happy to provide it.

Feb 2008

MARIE WILDE

Thank you so much for making all the arrangements for our South African trip. I have lots of good memories of your country. The trip took us to so many beautiful sites and varied countryside. I realize there is a lot more that we did not see.
For me the highlight was actually standing on the most southern point of the continent. It is something I never dreamed of doing; my heart was doing flipflops. I thank you for respecting our wish to see the beauty of nature rather than doing the tourist things like elephant rides. The hike to the falls in Tsitsikamma National Park is not for the faint of heart or the unfit. As the oldest member of the group I was pleased to be one of four who made it to the falls. Also, I was the first to the top of Signal Hill.
I will recommend your company to anyone asking for help with a tour of S.
Africa. Your care to make the arrangements made our trip very smooth. Seppie kept us entertained too. His easy going manner and flexibility were appreciated.

Oct 2007

Carl L. Pherson

Our experience with Climax Tourism Services and specifically with our guide, Mart van der Walt, was thoroughly enjoyable and informative. We were absolutely thrilled by seeing all the BIG FIVE and so many more species of animals and birds as well as the spectacular scenery from Cape Town to Kruger Park to Johannesburg. My wife and I and two young women from Ireland traveled in a up-to-date van with a good speaker system and stayed in pleasant accommodations. We had numerous opportunities for interaction, not only about the wildlife and geography, but also about the history and cultures that created 21st century South Africa in comparison to that of our own countries.

Jul 2007

Ramona and Matt

Dear Cecil,
I'm sorry that it took us so long to get in touch with you, but after our Kruger vacation we spent quite some time in Europe and upon return to the US we had tons of stuff to catch up with. But now we want to thank you for the perfect organization of our trip - everything was super! Although it seems that it is a much slower pace for many things there, we've got everything going fairly fast upon arrival and with car (much older and worn out than expected) and mobile phone we were rapidly on our way. We arrived to the Inn earlier than expected and got scared by the last days of the cold spell... Once in Kruger, the weather turned out to be perfect and had a very enjoyable time there. To our surprise, we've seen lots of animals already up North (Punda Maria area) and had plenty of occasions to take pictures. Unfortunately, we still don't have the "big 5" - the leopard keeps hiding, so I guess we will have to return in a few years. Maybe you'll be willing to take care again of the bookings...
Thus, everything went well, even the weather turned very windy and cool only the day we left (and we've seen the worst later on, on the news). All the info we've got from you was very helpful - thanks again!
We hope that you will be able to provide this wonderful service for many years to come and show the beauty of your country to people from all over the world. And be assured that the day we think of doing it again, we'll contact you!
Best wishes,
Ramona and Matt

Apr 2007

KIM MCFAUL ,UK

Remeber us!!
How are you doing - I hope you are keeping busy (on a pink tractor if I recall some random conversations correctly!!)
I was talking about our trip with some friends at the weekend and I thought I'd look up the website. I 'm glad to see the 13 day one is still going so others get to have such a great time as we did - how I would love to do it all again sometime!
I noticed that Jennifer and I's comments are not on the guest feedback - and I thought our experience with the alcholic grandmother would be such a recommendation! I am sure we gave you a glowing reference... although I think you needed a holiday after our trip just to get over the whole experience.
Anyway Jennifer and I are meeting up in Ireland in September so I'm sure we will recount every detail of our trip - I know we had an absolutely fantastic time.
I hope you are keeping well and the tours are fully booked!

Mar 2007

DUTCH ALTHLETES MS ANGELI SPIERGENBERGER

On behalf of CEO, Mr Colin Stier and myself we hereby would like to thank you and your tour guide, Mr Chris Kruger, wrt the Pilansberg tour and visit to Sun City ON 08 March 2007. For the High Performance Centre, visited by foreign athletes, is of the utmost importance to render professional and service of high quality for they are important to us. Their experience and hospitality of South Africa may change wrong ideas and perceptions. We need them to bring about a great understanding wherever they come from of South Africa. We want to exchange our deepest appreciation and gratitude for the professional service the Dutch Athletes experienced. They came back to me and thank us for the tour and mentioned the way Mr Chris Kruger took care of them. Your Professional service was noted by our MD, Mr Toby Sutclife and we will certainly make use of your service. Please do thank Mr Chris Kruger for make us proud to have a Tour Company who are very professional.

Mar 2007

Richard and Stephanie Coggill

Now we have been back for a week we just wanted to send a quick note to say how delighted we were with our Climax Africa trip. The accommodation and the itinerary you had developed for us was perfect. The mixture and style of lodges together with the different types of locations worked really well.
Andre was an excellent guide: attentive and knowledgable and he provided us with a wealth of information about the country and the wildlife.
We would not hesitate to recommend your company to others planning a trip to South Africa and we would readily use your services again should we plan another trip to explore a little more of your country (probably in a year or so!!)
Thank you once again.

Feb 2007

Andrew Tanner and Julia Taylor - from Australia

A mighty thank you for the experience your team at Climax Tourism Services offered us, both Julia and myself had a totally wonderful time with Andre at Pilanesberg National Park from 22nd to the 25th January this year.
We did enjoy the opportunity that you offered us to see something that is indeed uniquely South African and our guide Andre was fantastic to say the least. We found Andre to be exceptionally easy going about the schedule and flexible so that we were able to squeeze about all we could out of our 4 days on Safari.
His knowledge of the animals, their habitat and general ecosystem in and around Pilanesberg gave us an excellent opportunity to see all that we could in the time we had, we didn't see any Buffalo, Leopard or Lion, but we did see a Cheetah and some Black Rhino which was the highlight for me.
Another point worthy of comment is Andre's obvious passion for the birdlife, I am sure that we saw much much more than other tourists due in fact that Andre would be just as happy to stop for a Blue Waxbill as he would for an Elephant.
Thank you for making our final activity on South Africa soil so memorable and we will certainly be in touch in the future for a return visit to go into Kruger National Park.

Jan 2007

Karen and Lesley - from UK

Apologies for the delay with feedback from the holiday. Demands of work!
We had a wonderful holiday, made all the more enjoyable because of the intelligence and vast knowledge of our amazing guide Mart. What a source of information and stories she possesses.
We had some wonderful experiences along the way, culminating with the high point of Kruger.
Definitely want to go there again one day.

Jan 2007

Ole Tjomsland - from Oslo, Norway

After returning to Norway with several degrees below zero I would on behalf of my family like to express our sincerely appreciations for all arrangements you made for us during our stay in South Africa 20th December 2006 4th January 2007. Furthermore I would like to thank your excellent guide Andre Gildenhuys, whose efforts, knowledge and friendliness by far exceeded our high expectations. His very skilled contributions made us feel very welcome in your beautiful country resulting in an unforgettable holiday. I am more than willing to be used as a reference for his excellent guiding-skills.

Dec 2006

Paula J. Mullins - from USA

Hi, Mr. Harley - I am finally sending this note which is long overdue. I went on the mini safari to Kruger Nat Park with Kathy Adams- House back in Sept & Johan Noppe was our guide.
I wanted you to know that I had such a wonderful time & the time there was magical. The arrangements & facilities were nice & little things like the basket with goodies to begin our morning was greatly appreciated.
Johan was such a wonderful guide - so nice, attentive & knowledgeable. The only possible way the trip could have been any better was for it to have been longer but not even sure that would have made a huge difference given our incredible experience for the 3 days we were there.
Thank you so much for making this experience so memorable. Hopefully, I can return some day & have told several friends about it in hopes they can visit some day.

Dec 2006

Leonie and Colin Metcalfe - from Leeds, England

Returned two weeks ago from the best holiday we`ve ever had (South African Highlights). The holiday far exceeded our expectations, just got better and better as it went along. I picked your Company purely because it seemed to offer just what I was looking for - small tours to the places I wanted to go to, allowing for independent travel at the end. I had no idea what to expect, in fact I was expecting something middle of the road to basic, probably with some hitches along the way. I was certainly wrong there!
We couldn't believe it when we were picked up at Johannesburg by Eugene who was to be our guide for the first leg of the holiday (Kruger Park), when he told us that the tour comprised simply of the three of us, he would take us to our hotel, and collect us next morning (time to suit ourselves so we could have a lie in after long flight). We thought Fantastic... don't expect this again. After a wonderful few days in the Kruger (personally I had not been bothered about visiting the Kruger, as I`m not particularly "into" animals, but this proved to be one of the many hightlights). we flew down to Port Elizabeth to join the Garden Route Tour, where we were met by Peter. Again, to be another individual tour .. just the three of us.
To be individually chauffeured around with what in effect were personal drivers was a fantastic experience. Not only did we have their personal attention the whole time, but as we got to know them, and they us, they each knew what we would be interested in seeing, and went out of their way to show us (eg garage of vintage cars in George) - well off the beaten track and certainly not on the itenerary. Again, if we were not interested in something on the itinerary, they would make sure they took us somewhere else they knew we would enjoy more. No way would we have been able to see many of these things had we been on a large tour, or done it ourselves on a self drive option.
Both guides were superb, and can't possibly be beaten for their knowledge, friendliness, helpfulness and sheer good company. In fact, after leaving Peter at the end of the tour in Cape Town, we had arranged our own accommodation, where we dropped us off, and on his return home to Port Elizabeth a few days later, he telephoned to make sure we were ok and to wish us well on our return home. Not only that, but as we were staying a good way out of Cape Town and didn't want to hire a car, we were anxious as to how we were going to get around Cape Town and surrounding area. No problem there... Peter put us in touch with another guide who he knew of in the area. What service!
The hotels/lodges were excellent (one even included Basil Fawlty Mark 2!) and as for La Plume ..... I'll say no more ... in no way could that "B & B" be bettered. Certainly equivalent to 5* in UK.
I would thoroughly recommend your Company (and have done), to anyone and everyone. I only hope that next time I book with you (which I will), the holiday we chose will be as good, as it can't possibly be any better.
Keep up the good work and keep me posted of any new trips you organise.
Many thanks - will certainly be booking with you again.

Dec 2006

Ted Steiner - from Canada

Overall we had an excellent experience. The guide, Andre, was outstanding. The food and the vehicle were great. Our only complaint is that the lodging at Skukuza was not as nice as we had expected. It was generally clean and secure, but not luxurious by any means.
We would also, in retrospect, have preferred to receive a choice of airlines and flights to Mpumalanga, as the flights that were arranged for us turned out to be much less convenient than if we had been able to fly on SAA (since the rest of our tickets were on SAA).
I would happily recommend this tour to friends or family, particularly if Andre is available as the guide.
Thanks for helping provide this experience for us.

Nov 2006

Kathryn Davis - from United Kingdom

Yes, thank you we had a lovely holiday, I guess we didn't fully appreciate the difference between the basic government run lodges in the Kruger and the more elaborate ones that you see in the brochures. However, this did not spoil our enjoyment and we all had a very good holiday, now for the feedbck.
First of all we would like to say thank-you to you and Cecil for all the information and advice supplied to enable us to have a most fantastic holiday in South Arica.
We chose the trip Beauty by Diversity and with Mart as our guide, who was very knowledgeable on all animals, birds, plants, history and culture we felt we achieved a fantastic amount from those 13 days.
We had perfect weather for Table Mountain and one of our party abseiled part way down, only to find she had to climb up again!!
The scenery on the Garden Route was spectacular. My husband said the Aqarium in Durban is the best he has ever seen and could have spent a lot longer there.
In Kruger we saw so many animals, its easier to say the only one we didn't see was the leopard. We were impressed with the country and the friendliness of all the people we met and would very much like to go back.
Thanks again to Vera, Cecil and particularly Mart who drove theCombi and guided us for over 2000 miles.

Oct 2006

Steve & Nicky Hilliar - from United Kingdom

My wife, Nicky and I arranged much of the trip over the internet and took a 3 day safari at Madikwe.
Cecil was most helpful in advising on the 'independent' part of our holiday. We wanted a safari in a non malaria area, and Cecil suggested Madikwe, which was excellent.
The accommodation was supurb and organisation faultless, we saw lion, elephant, zebra, rhino, giraffe, hyena, sable, eland, wildebeest, buffalo and the scarce wild dogs. Tremendous viewing for us on our first safari.
From our initial contact,organising the safari (and tour of Pretoria at the end of the holiday), being collected and dropped off at the airport all was handled efficiently by friendly and knowledgable tour guides.

Sep 2006

Hugo & Maya Winiger

Maya and myself we had the chance to find the best tour guid we could fid for our trip and visit in the Pilanesberg game Reserve . we very much appreciated her comments, information in all respects about annimals, plants and genral. We felt very safe all the time and 100% assisted.
Thank you again for all .

Sep 2006

Robyn Lassey - from New Zealand

We were indeed very happy with the arrangements made for us for our South African safari trip to Pilanasburg.
Rudolph was a WONDERFUL guide. He arrived very promptly to pick us up from the hotel - indeed he was early. From the very beginning he did all he could to ensure that our experience was a wonderful one. His knowledge of the birds and animals was great and he shared so much with us. We found him to be friendly, approachable and always cognisant of our needs. I could not praise him enough and would thoroughly recommend him to anyone wanting a safari guide.
The accomodation arranged was great - the only comment I would make is that I think that many New Zealanders (including us) would have been happy to save a little more money and stay in a safari tent rather than the grander accommodation.
I think it is always a good measure of a holiday to be able to say at the end of it "if we were doing this again - and knew it was the only opportunity we would have to do this we would do exactly the same thing"!
Your efforts on our behalf were very much appreciated.

Aug 2006

Francisco Tome - from Portugal

We are now back to work after an excellent holidays in SA.
This email is to say tank you to you for the excellent tour you to the operator who organized our group. Really everything was very well prepared and the choices were all very good. Marta was excellent and made us felling her like a friend and not a guide what was wonderful.
We hope you can return one day to SA and than we will contact you again.

Jul 2006

Susan Green - from Canada

We found this operator through The Africa Guide.
Cecil contacted me with all the information I could ever need in planning a trip to South Africa which was quite useful.
We were going to be in South Africa for 9 days and had a big list of places we wanted to see so we arranged a customized itinerary. They worked with me tirelessly to include everything in our itinerary and to stay within our budget using a combination of day tours and self drive.
Our trip was fantastic. The tours were great and we were very happy with all the accommodations.
For anyone traveling to South Africa, I would highly recommend using this tour operator

May 2006

John Davis - from United States

My buddy and I just got back from the safari at Kruger and Moholoholo.
We expected to have a good experience of course, but we never would have imagined just how great a trip it would turn out to be. We saw all of the "Big Five" as well as countless other animals, and found the accomodations to be just what we were looking for.
I must tell you that one of the most positive and enjoyable aspects of our trip was our excellent guide, Mart Van der Felt. Her knowledge and professionalism was top notch, and her enthusiasm and joyful personality was positively contagious. This added a dimension to our trip that was far beyond what we ever would have expected. If we asked her a question about something, and she did'nt know the answer (a rare occurrence), she would show up later after researching the subject with even more information than we had asked for.
During the long drive to Kruger and back, she dazzled us with her knowledge of the geography, history, and culture of the people that inhabited the various landscapes we travelled through.
It seemed like Mart couldn't do enough for us, even bringing Charlie lunch when he wasn't feeling well one day, or offering to do our laundry (I thought this was way above and beyond so I did it myself).
In closing I would like to thank the operator and his staff for the speedy answers to all my inquiries, your service, and for making my first safari something I will remember for the rest of my life. I would gladly recommend this operator to any friend who is interested in going to Africa.
Hopefully I will get the chance to return some day.

Mar 2006

Rob & Jenny Atkin - from Australia

The five days we spent in the park filled us with a sense of awe and sheer delight. The range of plant, bird and animal life which Nico taught us about totally exceeded our expectations. We were so fortunate to have a guide of his calibre. The tour ended in Pretoria, somewhat with a sense of sadness that we were saying farewell, but the tour was the highlight of our 5 week vacation, and the memories and photographs will endure.
We must say thank you to Cecil for his organisation, and a big hug to Nico for his skills, knowledge and friendship.

Feb 2006

Sue, Lou and Louis Kuhlmann - from United Kingdom

My husband and I and our 6 year old son have just returned from our trip of a lifetime and it could not have been possible without the fantastic services of the operator.
From our very first contact, Cecil dealt with our queries with the utmost professionalism and dedication. He is a truly passionate South African with a wealth of knowledge and information about one of the worlds most beautiful countries.
After many wonderful suggestions and ideas from Cecil, we decided to spend our safari experience at the Serondella Game Lodge in the Thornybush Game Reserve.
From the moment we arrived we were treated with care and gracious hospitality. Our accommodations in a private thatched chalet was simply luxurious. Delicious meals were served on a beautiful deck overlooking the magnificent bush and waterholes, the sounds of the area were magical. Our hosts, tracker, and the entire staff were warm and welcoming - their knowledge of the bush, wildlife and surrounding areas made our visit that much more special.
The game viewing far exceeded our expectations thanks to our fabulous tracker Themba and Ranger John - we saw the Big 5 within the first 24 hours of our stay, not too mention the other countless spectacular species of mammals, birds, snakes and insects - we even had a constellation lesson of the stars on our game drive back one evening! Well done Jess and John of the Serondella Game Lodge for making it a truly magical place - we will treasure our beautiful memories for years to come, a trip we will never forget!
And a great big thank you to Cecil for guiding us through what has been a journey of a lifetime.

Feb 2006

Fritz and Susanna - from Switzerland

We got what we were looking for. We saw a lot more tambuki than we expected...
The service provided by the guides on safari was very, very, very good. We learnt a lot about your country and the bush (from the helmeted guinnefowls to the wildebees, the hartebees and the marullahtrees...)
If one wants to see a lot of animals we blieve that a place like Masai Mara is more appropriate, especially so because there you don't have do drive on roads only.
Of course, when we come back to South Africa and we certainly will recommend your services to our friends all over Europe.

Jan 2006

Bruce Murray - from Australia

Our trip to Africa was wonderful....we were lucky to see a fair proportion of the country in a short time. We were particularly impresed with the service provided by the operator based in J'berg.
The courtesy, professionalism and service we received from Cecil, the proprietor, made our trip.His knowledge and service was second to none...we really felt we arrived as strangers but left as friends.
All this from a simple booking over the internet.....we will certainly recomend them to our friends and rebook ourselves in the future.

Jan 2006

M W Streeter - from United Kingdom

On safari, our guide (who grew up in South Africa) knew what species we were looking at as soon as he saw it, he also had a reference book so we could find out more about the animals. We took our own binoculars, but he had some available too
Amongst many other things, we saw a cheetah eating and feeding it's cub. We also had a close encounter with a Bull Elephant (luckily it held it's trunk up, so we knew it was a 'false charge'). My son was impressed!
Ten out of ten!

Dec 2005

Alexandra & David Wallace - from United Kingdom

We highly recommend our recent safari trip to booked through this operator.
From start to finish everything was first class.
We met people from many different countries, thus making it interesting and good fun. We hope to be able to look forward to another safari in the future.

Dec 2005

Paula - from United Kingdom

Had a wonderful time with a great guide who was very knowledgeable made to feel at ease and well looked after.
Only wish we were back there now.

Dec 2005

Jesse Yu, McKinsey & Company - Tapai & Singapore

Just got back to Taipei after 30 hours... whew! at one point, I wasn't if we were going to make it because the flight was just so long.
I wanted to give you a big thank you for a super fantastic trip at pilansberg - the group, including myself, were very satisfied with the experience, particularly because you had the local knolwedge to show us local scenes such as markets, black homelands, point out the different types of wild animals and answering our gazillion, incessant questions.. perhaps the most tiring of it all =) We were also very thankful for your professionalism and care, such as customizing the trip to our needs (sun sity, lion farm), acting with a sense of urgency when Gillian dislocated her jaw, etc.
I am personally looking forward to visit SA again.. and perhaps other parts of the African continent next time around. If you ever find yourself in my neck of the woods, don't hesitate to give me a shout!
Take care,

Sep 2005

Patricia & Claudio - Italy

We thank you for beautiful trip you organise to us. All landscape is fantastic, but our stop at to the "animal hospital" is great! We think that all people must stop there. We learn a lot from your kindness and professionality. Thank you for make our holidays great!

Aug 2005

Franklin, Babitha & Dhruv (3yrs) - Manama, Bahrain

Thank you for a lovely time. With Dhruv, we could not have enjoyed it in a large group.... we felt save throughout our tour and had a relaxing time...the memories will stay with us! We will definately recommend you to our friends....

Aug 2005

The Flagg Family - Cairo, Egypt (US Embasey)

We were already excited about the safari, but what set it apart was all the beautiful special touches...
...sleeping accommodation far exceeded our expectations...A+++ customer service...highly recommend this flexible, attentive and personal safari... from pickup to drop-of, absolutely flawless!

Jul 2005

Nancy Haws & Janine Hegarty - Colorado, USA

Where do we begin?
Travelling with you these past five days have been some of the most memorable times in our lives.
Janine and I were so excited about this journey to South Africa… but experiencing it with your deep love for culture, wildlife and conservation deepened our respect and understanding for this unique country in Africa.
Every morning felt completely different than the one before. We could never have imagined such thrilling sights, sounds, tastes, touches and fragrances as we have enjoyed throughout this trip.
Thanks so much for sharing your country’s riches with us.
You & Cecil represent the very best ambassadors for South Africa’s diverse wildlife and wonderful people.
I hope some day you, Adele, Lydia, Leo & Lulu can visit the US. You are most welcome to call us if you need help or would like to spend time in Colorado.
Stay healthy. Best of luck in all of your endeavours. Always take good care of this gorgeous country of yours.

Mar 2005

Melissa Ellwanger - USA Delegation to the Codex Alimentarius

This has been such an incredible experience in every way. Thank you for helping us create our own African Safari experience - it has been better than I could imagined. Your responsiveness to my requests for information and your personalized service has made this unforgettable. I could not have asked for anything more! Your hospitality, knowledge and personality make the whole experience even more enjoyable.
Thank you for the safe driving, cooking, information and entire journey. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself and would love to come back again.

Feb 2005

Natalie & Brian Allen - Chicago, IL, USA

...our trip was really great. We truly appreciate all you help in organizing our lodging before and after our safari trip.... this was the most amazing trip I have taken. I learned so much about the general history of South Africa... I absolutely loved staying on the river at Lower Sabie... the variety of animals and birds was fantastic...even when the elephant pushed us back on the road... Thank you for your patience and answering all our questions with expertise.

Feb 2005

Jim and Ike - Mas Du Petit Grava, Provence, France

I cannot begin to express to you how much our two days with the animals of Kruger Park has meant to us. Not in our wildest imagination did we expect to see so many of them and of such variety. Our close encounters with the elephants and giraffes are among the most memorable of our many experiences.
All of the above was made even more significant as you shared with us from your personal knowledge and experience with the animals and the Park. Your love of and commitment to what you do didn't end at dusk. Certainly, among the best moments were enjoyed as we ate meals that you magically produced from your food box and freezer, with candles and table cloth, no less.
Thank you for your professionalism and personal attention that made our time with you so special. We will be sharing your information with our friends and clients.
We look forward to repaying some of your hospitality when you visit us in France. Plan to come soon.

Feb 2005

Howard Levitas - USA

I wanted to thank you again for the day trip to Pilanesberg. I had a incredible time and will definitely have many memories for a lifetime. I told Johanna you would be in touch with her for future business opportunities.
Thanks Again and Best of Luck

Feb 2005

Martin, Barbara and Sean Tumelty- UK

Hi thanks for the pics they are great. We had an absolutely fantastic time with you and with the rellies in Durban. I will send a few pics for you in a separate mail.

Jan 2005

Eric Rusch - KLM Netherlands

I just want to let you know, that we had a wonderful day last Friday! I placed a note on KLM's information site as I promised you. Hope to join you again soon for a tour.
Best regards,

Jan 2005

Ilana, Gabi and Guy Frum , Israel

thank you for the wonderful and interesting trip and time we had at the Kruger Park of S-A, we all enjoyed every minute of it (and we hope you did too), and we are definitely planning to come again for "second round" at the Kruger.
We are keeping the right to use you as a guide for our future trips to S-A and other African countries, and also to on pass your name among our friend and relatives with our warmest compliments (but not to any travel agent, as requested).

Dec 2004

Michel en Cecile Callens - Belgium

...nog bedankt voor die mooie, onvergetelijke reis, jullie hebben dat fantastisch gedaan , tot weer ziens

Dec 2004

Ann and Jaan Lepik - Sweden

First of all: Ann and I wish you A Merry Christmas and A Most Successful and great 2005!
We will never forget our trip to SA, and your skillful guidance.
Again best wishes for the upcoming holidays and warmest regards

Dec 2004

Ilana, Gabi and Guy Frum - Tel-Aviv, Israel

Although it is a bit late, we still wanted to thank you for the wonderful and interesting trip and time we had at the Kruger Park of S-A, we all enjoyed every minute of it (and we hope you did too), and we are definitely planning to come again for "second round" at the Kruger.
We are keeping the right to use you as a guide for our future trips to S-A and other African countries, and also to on pass your name among our friend and relatives with our warmest compliments...

Dec 2004

Amy Dixon

I am from New Zealand and in August this year you took me and my partner Dave and our friend Michelle on a tour of Pilannesberg National Park.

Nov 2004

Rita en Guido Daans-Remy - Belgium

Met baaie plezier denk ons terug aan die skone reis. Ons zal nooit nie vergeet nie julle prachtige land. Jy het met je professionele uitleg deze reis een meerwaarde gegeef. Baaie dankie!

Sep 2004

Winston and Natalie Williamson - Nelson New Zealand

We are very sorry for taking so long to get in touch but gosh time does go by fast these days! We had a fantastic tour of South Africa and especially the part with you and Nico.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time with you two and thank you so much for showing us around so well. We are still sorting through photos and have some amazing ones of animals, including of course the leopard and those lions close up.
Had a look at your web site and found this interesting and have advised the office as it is always possible they could have clients requiring your services. Who knows maybe we will be back one day. Or you should make a trip to NZ for sure!
Kind regards Cecil and if you see or talk to Nico please say hi from us.

Aug 2004

Amy & Dave - New Zealand

....done a few presentations to work staff and also the public about our travels, all have included the Pilanesberg tour! I have to go but I hope you remember us and we can keep in touch. Thanks once again for looking after us so well, we will never forget it.

Jun 2004

Myriam Spilstijns - Belgium

Wij zijn weer terug thuis in België. Wij willen je nog eens bedanken voor die prachtige dagen in Zuid-Afrika, we hebben er van genoten….

Mar 2004

Dan Gorton Sweeden

So, now we are back in Sweden again. After approx 28 hours door to door, airport time included. I just want to thank for successful guiding during the first week of the tour.

Mar 2004

Nigel and Sheila United Kingdom

Thanks for a great day in Pretoria. Flight home was fine, except it is cold and wet here!
Planning next year's trip already and will be in touch when we have formulated our plans. Hope you can help us with your next trip to your beautiful country.

Mar 2004

Ann and Jaan Sweden

We are back in Sweden, filled with great memories from our trip to SA.
You were an important part ot the success. We very much appreciated your guiding us to the insight into the SA life and all sights. Thanks to your knowledge and excellent guiding we got even more out of our trip than we expected.
Having looked into your photo albums displaed in the webside, we found that you have visited our archipelago and a few sites, where we often sail during the summer months. The hostel UtSikten is in Finnhamn, a very popular place. One of the overview pictures from there shows a concrete floating jetty in the back-ground. We have stayed there over night a couple of times.
Again many thanks and best of luck in your future career as a tour leader.

Mar 2004

Ric and Ulla

Thanks for an exciting and impressive week. You and Terrence comported yourselves very well and provided us all with wonderful experiences.

Mar 2004

Reichert, Pieter

Ek moet se die kampeerterrein en geriewe (ablusie ens) was van uitstaande gehalte. Beslis 'n plek waarheen on weer sal gaan. Paadjies was hier en daar "pret" en benoudheid was daar ook gewees net met 'n 4x2. Ons het egter nie die berg gedeelte met 4x4 roete gery nie.
Diere was relatief skaars, maar tog baie aangename wildsritte

Feb 2004

Lydia Kasemets - Lund University Education AB, Sweden

Thank you so very much for your excellent guiding during our first week in south Africa (14-21 mars ). We all mist you from the start in Port Elisabeth. And also thanks for your help finding a friend I met 36 years ago in Stockholm.

Feb 2004

Lars Gorton - Juridiska fakulteten - Lund, Sweden

...thank you for both a very good guiding and nice trip through the east of SA. We all enjoyed to have you as our guide....

Jan 2004

Hilde Heremans

Eindelijk een gaatje gevonden om je terug te mailen. (heb thuis (nog) geen e-mail, moet het vanop het werk doen)
Vooreerst ook het allerbeste voor het nieuwe jaar!!! geluk, gezondheid (en aangename toeristen)......
Bedankt voor de foto's op de web-site. Ik heb ze gedownlaod en afgeprint, ik vind het zo leuk dat er zoveel foto's van onze groep genomen werden. Deze hebben mijn album vervolledigd.
Zondag ga ik samen met Rik (de voorhistorische vis-specialist) op bezoek bij Erna (blauw oog bij de valpartij in Didima) en Erik.
Er zal dan natuurlijk weer over jullie gesproken worden.
Hopelijk zien we mekaar ooit weer.

Jan 2004

Angelina Ooi / Dr E H Choot - Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling J

Thank you for the wonderful times you have shown us what South Africa can offer. It is certainly a pleasure to have you as our main contact at SA. I will definitely contact you regarding our future traveling arrangements sometime in the month of May or June.
If somehow you have decided to come to Malaysia, please contact us and stay with us. You are always welcome to our humble quarter.

Dec 2003

Hilde Heremans

Eindelijk een gaatje gevonden om je terug te mailen. (heb thuis (nog) geen e-mail, moet het vanop het werk doen)
Vooreerst ook het allerbeste voor het nieuwe jaar!!! geluk, gezondheid (en aangename toeristen)......
Bedankt voor de foto's op de web-site. Ik heb ze gedownlaod en afgeprint, ik vind het zo leuk dat er zoveel foto's van onze groep genomen werden. Deze hebben mijn album vervolledigd.
Zondag ga ik samen met Rik (de voorhistorische vis-specialist) op bezoek bij Erna (blauw oog bij de valpartij in Didima) en Erik.
Er zal dan natuurlijk weer over jullie gesproken worden.
Hopelijk zien we mekaar ooit weer.

Sep 2003

Sushil Wadhwa, Mg. Dir. & CEO

Warm greetings from Platinum!!
It was indeed a pleasure meeting you. I wish you best of luck with your new venture, 'Climax'. As I mentioned, I would be recommending your name to friends and clients of mine who would be visiting SA.
If you do plan a trip to India, let me know.

Mar 2003

Regards, Nigel and Sheila Ferrier - UK

Thanks for a great day in Pretoria. Flight home was fine, except it is cold and wet here!
Planning next year's trip already and will be in touch when we have formulated our plans. Hope you can help us with your next trip to your beautiful country.

Nov 2002

Christine Mermod - Lausanne, Switzerland

......to thank you very very much for all you did for us.
Everything was really well organized... you are lucky to live in such a nice country. As I told you, you are welcome to Switzerland and if you want to experiment again skiing I will organize our flat in Zermatt for you.

Oct 2002

Jenny Mangbo - Philip Morris International, Switserland

Seems like a long time we left Johannesburg...
Thanks again Cecil for organising our trip in South Africa, taking care of us, making our stay down there very memorable, feeling safe... We really had a great time! We have received the photos and will send you some for your album...

Jan 1970

cecil

Penny & Billy Durham, USA

Thanks for your help arranging for our time at Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge. We loved the lodge, the people, the food and the game drives had excellent guides