Africa Odyssey Testimonials

Testimonials

One of the best aspects of our work is hearing what you say about it afterwards. Over the years we have enjoyed hugely rewarding feedback, and we have to admit that we are proud of it… look around these pages and you will see why.

We always like to ask is if there is anything that didn’t go as planned or expected, and whilst 99% of our clients return home ecstatic, we are constantly looking for little improvements to push our trips above and beyond the expectations of our clients. Over the past 20 years we have formed exceptional relationships with our suppliers on the ground in the best safari lodges and beach hotels across the continent, and the benefits of these relationships become apparent when you go on an Odyssey trip – the little extras add up and transform your trip past the norm, and into an experience of a lifetime… If you still aren’t convinced, then take a look in our archives dating back 15 years…

We have published our feedback back as far as 2003, categorised by year, (currently about 300 individual client reviews). If you click on the “tag Cloud” to the right you will be able to search by our most reviewed lodges, or alternately, please enter the hotel you are looking for into the search bar.  However, as ever nothing really beats first hand knowledge of these places; there are a lot of lodges out their each with their own idiosyncrasies, so we strongly recommend you give us a call to discuss

We have recently signed up with Trust Pilot – please see our reviews – currently with several hundred of them.  Trust pilot for those of you who do not know it is an independent review site

Lois A. 2019. USA

Our trip was amazing!  There was not one glitch — everything ran smoothly.  The Bush and Beyond representative (Chuy) at NBO was great and connected us with a driver (Martin) who picked us up the next day and drove us to the Giraffe Centre and a lovely garden/sculpture center for lunch.  We had a walking tour booked but it was cancelled so we appreciated  Martin stepping in.  When we departed, Chuy got us checked in at Wilson where there was nothing we needed to do except wait for our flight.  Private plane — just the 3 of us!  

Obviously, Eka Hotel is not a 5-star Ritz-Carlton but we would give it 5 stars for what it is  — an airport hotel.  Basic, clean rooms, friendly staff and great food.  We enjoyed sitting on the patio with drinks and snacks and that’s what we did both nights.  Our two days there were very satisfying.

I’m so glad you gave a convincing case for going to Laikipia.  We ‘loved’ Loisaba!  A sophisticated tented camp with dramatic views, very friendly, efficient staff who go out of their way for you.  A little screw fell out of my sunglasses the first day and within minutes someone was there with a tiny screwdriver.  We loved the varied terrain, visiting with the sniffer dogs and Jennifer went horseback riding.  The bush breakfast was magical and our guide, Brown, was so much fun.  It was a 5-star 3 days for sure!

Speke’s Camp has such a different look from Loisaba and that’s exactly what we wanted.  We like different experiences.  The rooms were great and bucket showers fun (our first).  The food was very good and dinner was by candlelight — real candles!  We really bonded with our driver and spotter — Ambrose and Marco.  Loved driving through the conservancy where we saw small settlements with hundreds of cattle and sheep.  Tons of wildlife also.  Another 5-star camp.

We would give Kiota 5 stars also.  The tents have everything you could possibly want and look out over amazing views.  The manager, Eric, was kind, helpful and even arranged snacks and sundowners in the bush just for us on our last night.   Our amazing driver found more wildlife than we could have dreamed of seeing.  Lions climbing trees was a highlight.  We’re glad we went to the Serengeti but would probably go to other locations in Tanzania before going back there.  The roads are rough, dusty and we liked the Mara as much or maybe more.  But, we felt we needed to go there so it’s all good 🙂

Our trip was amazing because of you,  George.  I was so ‘all over the place’ and you stayed with me until I sorted it out in my head.  Thank you so much!   You must have heard many comments on how patient you are.  Africa Odyssey is so lucky to have you!

N. Carr, USA. 2019.

Thanks, George. We had a wonderful time in Tanzania. Everything went smoothly and according to plan. We really enjoyed the Nomad camps and the Nomad guides. Kuro Tarangire (5) and the Serengeti mobile camp (5) were really outstanding in every way.

I. Mannozzi, USA. 2019.

Dearest Kitty,

I wanted to write you already but then somehow I forgot.

We’ve got your mail and now I´ll take advantage of the opportunity to thank you for arranging the most incredible and wonderful trip ever.

IT WAS GREAT: Especially LAMAI and RAS KUTANI

We became fans of NOMAD and their standards, the food was in both venues very good,the guides fantastic, the settings beautiful and the staff real jewels….(especially in Lamai) and the furnishing simple but super tasteful.

RAS Kutani the same, beautiful set up. I think, Ras Kutani is suffering from a lack of vistors that go to Zansibar instead. I would be such a pity, to see this pearl dying. Kitty you gotta do something and send people there.

We will highly recommend your agency and you of course to make this all happen for us. We are already planning the next trip to Galapagos, maybe you can set us up.

Sending our love and thank you again

N Elworthy

It was fantastic! Thank you so much for organising everything for us.

We saw lions, lion cubs, a leopard and we had 4 different cheetah sightings, including the 5 cheetahs that live together in the Mara, which apparently featured on Our Planet, that latest David Attenborough documentary. In Lewa we watched the leopard bat a baby monkey out of a tree and then catch and eat it. Obviously felt really bad for the baby monkey but it was fascinating non the less.

Going to the Masai Mara in off-peak season was a great idea because it was quieter than I thought it would be. Apart from the 5 cheetahs and a big pride of lions on a kill, the number of vehicles around each sighting was really small or just us. Sometimes we drove around for hours without seeing another vehicle.

Weather wise, we brought the rain to every single place we went to, so everyone was really happy because they were desperate for it! It was perfect though because it was mostly at night so we got these amazing thunder storms in the evenings while we ate dinner or when we went to bed. And the light was beautiful in the Masai Mara when the purple thunder clouds rolled in and the sun shone through and made the grass look bright lime green.

The managers at Naibor did mention that the same week last year was a total wash out though and we wouldn’t have been able to do anything. So might be worth noting down for future guests because everyone said the weather’s becoming really unpredictable and it was perhaps more risky than we thought to go at that time. Happily it all worked out great for us though. I thought it would be really cold at night but I was hot most nights and kept throwing the hot water bottles out of the bed! It really wasn’t much different to going in peak season apart from getting stuck in the mud a few times after a big rainfall at night. But that was quite fun!

The safari camps were both beautiful and the staff at Lewa especially were exceptional. They couldn’t do enough for us. At Naibor we were the only guests and had dinner every night with the managers. One night a genet came right into camp and sat next to our table, which was incredible.

It was amazing to see Lake Naivasha again and Loldia House was lovely. It was like being in someone’s home and we even met the manager’s family. The manager was quite a character!

I have thousands of photos, as usual. It was great to get some more close up photo opportunities in the Mara, as the animals seemed much less nervous than anywhere else we’ve been on safari. For once I got some of zebras’ faces, rather than just their bottoms! It was good to have two different locations though, as although things were quieter in Lewa, it’s quite nice to feel you’ve really worked for your sightings. We were really lucky there as some other guests saw very little of the big game, but we saw a lion and the leopard.

So all in all, it was another great trip. Thank you again!

W. Sloneker, USA. 2019

First, I want to say that your firm did a spectacular job arranging the reservations at the lodges, coordinating Asilia for the drives at Lake Manyara and the Nogorogoro Crater, and the air travel throughout Tanzania. Also, the itinerary changes you were able to make quickly during the Safari shows an impressive concern for your clients and a fantastic depth of knowledge and experience in the Tanzanian Safari experience.  I will certainly call on you again for future safaris.  If you manage travel to India and Egypt, I would be interested more information.  Also, what other recommendations do you have for safaris in Africa?  Different locations in Tanzania and other venues?

 

Mwiba lodge was simply fantastic. While it is very expensive, it is worth every penny. The rooms or should I say cottages were spacious and very private. The bed was comfortable and large making for sound sleeping. Large sitting area inside as well as a very large balcony with nice views of the stream and countryside added so much comfort and enjoyment.

 

The food was exceptional. The variety offered at each meal was impressive and the quality was worthy of a Michelin starred restaurant. Three or four entrees at each meal with many side dishes and starters, desserts and soups would satisfy the most discerning and demanding palate.

 

The game drives were the best. Zeke and Charles were focused on providing us with the best safari experience.  The first afternoon out they spotted a huge leopard napping in a tree. I was no more than 30 feet from the female capturing beautiful pictures. The MWIBA private game preserve is incredible. We saw no other vehicles in the bush over the three days there, and we covered a lot of terrain.  Also, we could remain in the bush well into the evening hours, when the predators become more active.  Also, we were near enough to travel well into the plains to view the great migration.  What a unique and awesome experience that was along with watching lions lying in wait for their next meal.

 

Most memorable was the morning they took us on a walking safari. We encountered a tribe of bushmen (and women) hunting and foraging. We spent several hours following them in their daily routine, shooting smaller animals (birds and bush babies) and cooking them on the spot and smoking bees out to retrieve their honeycombs. The bush people were so skilled, happy and gregarious, Joanne and I were astonished.  MWIBA topped off this experience with a breakfast in the bush that was fit for a king with the chef presenting omlettes and all the usual fixings of a full English breakfast.

 

I could go on and on, but I thinks this captures the essence of Mwiba.  An unforgettable experience. It should be a required visit for those seeking the ultimate in safari experiences.

 

Thanks again Ted for all your help and professional guidance.

Best Regards, Bill

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