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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

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

D & C Powers, USA, 2019

Hi Kitty,

 

So nice to have your email welcoming us home!  We thought of you often during our trip—singing your praises for helping us put together such an amazing adventure!

Everything went so smoothly!  We felt very well taken care of every step of our journey.  First of all, the yellow fever vaccine was not even mentioned in Nairobi airport.  Once we got to Dar, Coastal Aviation representatives made all of our transfers seamless—always there on time and bringing us exactly where we needed to be.  We were very impressed with them!!  All four of our accommodations were amazing!  We loved every one!

So you can see, Kitty, we loved this trip and will have so much fun sharing our tales with our family and friends!  We will have such delightful memories of marking our 70th birthdays!  By the way, every camp made a special effort to mark our birthdays in a special way, with cakes, candles, and song!   We felt very celebrated!  And they also accommodated my food intolerances—Fanjove was meticulous about it!

We thank you for your attention to detail and for always answering our questions and being so responsive and personal.  We feel like you are a friend! =)

P. Magrin, Italy, 2018

Our trip… perfect. Everything was perfect. Organisation, people, accomodation, safaris, guides… Everybody focused on our whishes and requirements.
You organise all steps in a right way: we rate all lodge at masimum rate, is it 5? Rivertrees: quiet, perfect to have rest and start our safari.. we eat, drunk… found good people and a good pizza!!! We loved Kitela (beautiful accomodation, big garden, with coffee plantation and people proud about it!), Chaka Camp was perfect (a really good staff, coordinated by David) and RAs Kutani…. what about Ras Kutani??? perfect. Simon and Giulia were prepared, very kind and really organised. But all staff is high level!
Safari…. Duma gave us all the experiences and emotions we’ll hope to find. All guides was prepared and very kind. We already travel in Africa, but we think that all your organisation is excellent.
One thing lacking? maybe the seabed in RAs Kutani. But…. it is a little detail, not essential!
So. George, many thanks for your kindless and professionality, also from Stefano.
Hope to travel again.. soon…!!

R. Bardine, USA. 2018.

Thought I would drop a line mid-trip. We just arrived in Zanzibar yesterday and are having a wonderful time.

Lake Manze was amazing! Sean and Millie, the managers, our guide Samwel, our driver, Abuu, and the entire staff were just phenomenal. The camp, as you know, is very clean and well appointed and all of the safari, driving, walking, boat, full day, half day, breakfast in the bush, were breathtaking. Food was awesome.

Zanzibar Palace is beautiful and our suite, Arabica, is beautifully positioned at the top of the hotel. The steps may be a challenge for guests with any walking issues but they are well worth the energy. Eating at Emerson’s this evening.

Transfers have been great, timely and polite.

Thank you for steering us to these wonderful places and for these arrangements. We are very pleased and appreciate the great service you provide.

We had a FANTASTIC experience, Kitty, and I cannot thank you and your colleagues enough for your help in making it so. Each and every place we stayed were wonderful.

Lake Manze was a Shangri-La (see my prior email and review for our view of the camp). The volume of animals and birds and amphibians was overwhelming. Can’t say enough about this WONDERFUL place. The perfect place for safari from our point of view.

Zanzibar Palace was a great little place to stay and Emerson’s was a fantastic recommendation for dinner (thank you for that recommendation). Stone Town was interesting and, truth be told, a bit overwhelming after 4 days in the bush……I guess we were not prepared for the shear onslaught of folks selling to us while we were there, but we secured a guide and had a great time of it there. Just for future reference when you are helping other guests, we were on the top floor of the hotel with one heck of a lot of steps and no lift. If you are working with older guests who have any mobility issues, you may want to secure accommodations on a lower floor for them.

The Zuri Zanzibar resort was just over the top georgeous. The bungalow was incredibly well appointed, the pool and the beach were top rate. Great spa. Great service at the front and back of the house.

Frankly though the one thing I would caution about was the food service. The food itself was great, but these folks are still working out the service kinks of a July opening. They alternated between serving dinner via buffet (which worked very well) and fixed menu (which didn’t work quite so well). The kitchen and the front of the house were not totally in synch for fixed menu and, frankly, one night they just so totally screwed up the entire service we left after the fish course (waited for 60 minutes for the pasta course which never came) but we were pretty full anyhow so it was not a major issue. I could imagine however that some guests would pitch a fit so be aware that they have these issues right now. The manager served us champagne the next dinner as a comp (he really didn’t need to as we are veterans of dining out and understand how things can get out of synch) but the gesture was much appreciated.

The folks greeting us in Dar, Selous, Stone Town and Zuri were all top notch, timely, polite and really very professional. So, across the board, this was a 5 star trip. You know we have NEVER used a travel service before. You outdid yourselves (the app was a great addition too by the way), so know we will be availing ourselves of your services again soon.

Thank you for everything!

Acept our congratulations for a job incredibly well done and our heartfelt thanks for making this vacation a dream.

L. Kelly. USA. 2018

Retuned back home to New York last week. My safari to Ruaha – camp Mwagusi was better than wonderful. Everything was outstanding; the accommodations, the food, the staff (Martina and Trudie) but especially our guide Baldon! His knowledge about everything was exceptional. It was truly an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget!!

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