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

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Ralph Family, UK. 2019

Hi Kitty,

I am sure Vanessa will be giving a glowing response from our journey.

The trip, logistics, camps, wildlife could not have been better. Mind blowing is the way I have described this trip as. I honestly don’t know if we can ever top that trip.

9 flights in 12 nights was a tough one – but would have done it any other way.

The service from all was better than you’d receive at the Ritz. The accommodation was better than 5* in London – I could not fault anything there. The guides and camp staff were delightful and warm – so friendly and made our daughter feel special!

(the fridge in the Land cruiser was a winner for Ava – she loved been able to tap into a cold “fanta” when she was melting from the heat!)

The prep you gave us was spot on – and ensured we had a seamless journey and experience.

The animals and just the setup of camp made the trip  –  so rustic, yet so luxurious……… at the same time.

Then the bday cakes and songs where a complete surprise for Vanessa at the crater and Serengeti  –  she spoke about that a lot!!!

Zanzibar was the epic end to the trip – where we all enjoy the downtime!!! Hot sun and warm waters…….what a treat.

A massive thanks to you for the guidance, advice and organization – as we agreed, any “bump” in the logistics could have made the trip more stressful, and soured the journey – but this was top class – and have given you details to a lot of my colleagues here in work. (I know there will be definitely TWO sets of couple seeking your assistance in the next few months to help plan!!!)

From the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU!!

Hi Kitty!

Oh my goodness! Where to begin? There really is no explaining how amazing the trip was!!!!

Absolutely everything went according to plan and worked seamlessly.

All our transfers were there waiting for us at the right place and time, were friendly and helpful and got us to where we needed to be on time and safely.

The stop over in Arusha was a good call as we needed the time to rest and catch our breath after the flights.

Rivertrees was fantastic and I’d definitely rate it a 5. They allowed us to check-in early. The room was very comfortable and clean. The grounds were lovely to walk around and we

saw loads of monkeys playing in the trees. The food was fantastic and had a lovely atmosphere around the fire in the evening. All the staff were friendly and helpful and could’nt do

enough for us, from the reception, to the restaurant and the guys carrying our bags and the ladies cleaning the rooms.

Enatamanu was equally amazing (if a tad windy!!!) and would definitely give it 5 stars. Paul our guide had some car trouble on the way there from the airport but it was quickly sorted

and at no point were we concerned. The staff welcomed us so warmly it felt like we were royalty! Richard the camp manager was particularly friendly and made us feel very at home.

Our tent was amazing – being a family one it was double the size and very luxurious. We did struggle with sleep though as it was super windy and the tent flapped about very noisily but I suppose

thats the price you pay for being on the rim so it did’nt bother us much. The permanent structures they are building there would definitely make a stay 100% perfect. The food again

was fantastic and they even managed to make me a birthday cake!! (which i believe you had a hand in thank you!). The crater game drive was superb, we saw such a lot! We also got to do the

crater rim walk and the boma visit which was particularly special.

SSC was by far the best and I’d give it more than 5!! It was exactly as I had hoped. Completely open to nature and relaxed yet luxurious. When we arrived it was just WOW!

Our tent was perfect and had an incredible view! The common space was fantastic visually and the atmosphere it created I will never forget. Everything here worked like clockwork and

the attention to detail was superb. Early morning wake up calls with coffee, game drives starting exactly on time with blankets and hot water bottles, amazing laundry service!, bedtime turn down

and hot water bottles and the list goes on. Everything was thought about and it all happened without us even seeing someone do it! John the camp manager was fantastic and chatted

to us at length every evening and we really enjoyed he’s stories. Mussa our guide was fantastic and seemed by magic to produce everything we asked for……lion, leopard, rhino, river crossings.

The food here too was perfect and again I was treated to another cake and singing! Again the staff couldn’t do enough for us and were super friendly.

Breezes ticked all the boxes as well and also gets a 5. It was lovely to relax by the pool and Ava particularly enjoyed this part of it. We did a reef walk which was very interesting and did some sailing

which was great. The staff were all friendly and everything spotlessly clean. The food was also good but they alternate nights between buffet and set menu and on the set menu nights there

were not many things to satisfy all the families tastes. But that was a small thing and did’nt effect our overall stay.

Apart from that, thank YOU very much for all the planning and answering of my million questions. We definitely think the way the trip was structured was ideal. The stop over in Arusha, whilst

I initially thought would be a waste of time, was definitely needed! After seeing the distances from the accommodation outside the crater compared to that on the rim we were very glad

you advised to stay on the rim too! The time in Ngorongoro was just enough. And flying between places, whilst still tiring, was definitely a good call too!!

Overall we were totally happy with everything it just feels quite weird to be back now. Something that I had dreamed about for so long, with 18 months of build up and now it’s over!

Anyway, we have the memories which I have yet to sift through the millions of pics. I will definitely send a few over when I get around to it.

Thank you and hopefully we will be back again soon to book another adventure!

Vanessa

x

L. Nassr, USA. 2019.

Hi Kitty!

Firstly, THANK YOU SO MUCH for planning the most amazing trip!! We loved each park we visited and were so comfortable at each accommodation. We loved the tent life and were pleasantly shocked at how luxurious the meals and services feel in the middle of no where! We didn’t have any problems along the way, every day ran smoothly and we stuck to the itinerary. The guides were both great and so friendly!

Amazing pictures, amazing memories, and amazing friendships made. Thank you for making it all possible!!

Lauren & Barbara 

Heather K. 2019. USA

I don’t even know where to begin.. I guess the best place to start would be with our amazing Booking consultant George. He was so patient with me during the process of picking the best itinerary for my budget and wants for a first trip to Africa. It took me a while to finally book — lots of factors like PTO, money, flights from the US etc.

From the moment we arrived on our international flight we were always met by someone to transfer or help us. They were always prompt and on time. With no cell service it could have been really complicated to get lost – but with Africa Odyssey I knew we were going to be taken care of the entire trip. 

Our safari experience to the Selous was amazing. We were able to see so much game and in true privacy. Barely did we ever see another truck. The intimate experience might not be for everyone as you have to spend a bit more time in the car driving to see game, but you really get a next level experience.

We stayed at the Serena Selous tented camp — it was by far the highlight of our trip. The staff here was AMAZING. I cannot recommend them highly enough. They were so fun and laid back with amazing service at the same time. On our last night they upgraded us to the River Camp (which was more expensive). Though that was a fun experience we felt the food and service at the tented camp was actually far superior. 

From the Selous we traveled to Zuri Zanzibar. In hindsight I wish we had taken Georges advice and made it down to the Ruaha – that will be a lesson for next time. 

Zanzibar was beautiful. We had a lot of relaxing time together on the beach. Our favorite day was right before we departed when we walked down the beach and found some local paintings to bring home. The staff at Zuri was great as well. We had a little stomach issue but overall it was great. We’ve been home for over a month and cannot stop talking about our experience. We are patiently waiting for another chance to get to Africa. When we do – we will be booking through George and Africa Odyssey of course. 

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.

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