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Anthony, USA, 2015

We had a tremendous time on our honeymoon and really owe Africa Odyssey a great deal of thanks. I contacted you all out of the blue to help plan this trip and you were extremely helpful from the get-go. My agent, Dave Fueller, was always very responsive and knowledgeable, and helped me plan the perfect trip for our time frame, interests, and budget. Once on the trip, we were blown away by the amazing wildlife and had smooth transfers during each leg of our journey. The hotels which we ended up using were wonderful as well. Especially the Asilia Tented amp where we had the plesure of spending 4 nights. Thanks for all your help.

Wheaton, UK, 2015

We had a fantastic trip and all the arrangements ran smoothly – we had someone to meet us at each destination and everyone was really friendly and helpful. Thanks to Dave and colleagues for planning a really memorable honeymoon for us.

Rose, USA, 2015

We had an extraordinary time. The trip could not have been better.

We loved Ngala Tented Camp.  They were real tents, so I was happy, and they were also truly luxurious.  We loved the warm atmosphere — the staff made it feel very cozy and family-style.  We loved the food (in fact, we largely thought the meals were better than at Singita), and the simple style — the chalk board menus, the choice of two appetizers and entrees at each meal — matched with very high quality.  We found the staff to be very genuine in their care of guests.  The entire experience felt very authentic.  We saw marvelous animals.  The only area that could have been improved was the quality of wines included in the lodging rate — the rosé was fine, but the reds and whites were not equal to the rest of the food and atmosphere.  Net, 4.5 stars out of 5.

When we left Ngala we truly wondered how another camp could be better.  And then we arrived at Singita. Singita is truly breathtaking physically.  The main lodge, the setting on the river, the decor.  All incredible.  Of course, seeing a herd of elephant in front of the lodge in the river when you arrive is quite a way to start a stay.  We found everything at Singita to feel almost hyper-real — over the top, incredible, gorgeous.  All of that is very good, though we also did feel in aggregate that it was a less authentic experience than at Ngala — more managed and curated rather than wild and natural.  From an animal viewing experience, Singita had much larger groups of animals — probably due to the greater water availability — and was a much lusher environment. The staff attention was very detailed — we received personalized menus for our diet needs, excellent wine selections and detailed tasting notes.  One important highlight of the visit was the Saturday night braai in the boma.  The staff chorus performed traditional songs and dances.  Perhaps because they were “amateur” performers, their pride and love of their music and heritage was incredible, and gave the evening a sense of authenticity rather than tourism.  Net, 5 stars out of 5 as an overall experience, but it felt less “real” than Ngala.

We truly loved both camps, and I would (and have) highly recommended both to many friends.  We have also been sharing your company’s info, so you may hear from other New Yorkers in the future.  Flying between the camps was definitely the way to go — some of the other Ngala guests took vans between camps.

We thought this would be a once in a lifetime trip, but started talking about going again with our children on the second day.

Thank you so much for all your help.  Your careful listening and thoughtful suggestions really resulted in the best possible itinerary for us.

Cowell, UK, 2015

We had a fantastic holiday thank you!

All the arrangements and transfers worked very well indeed. There was one slight “lack of communication” between the Zambesi Sun Hotel and Muchenge Lodge in organising the travel arrangements the evening before. We were not sure which company was actually responsible for co-ordinating the overall transfer. This took a while to resolve and we were concerned at the time but I think the actual communication link to Muchenge Lodge was down for a while. Otherwise, the arrangements were faultless and we were handed over from one very polite and helpful courier to another.

Both Muchenge Lodge and Kwara Camp were excellent. It is difficult to fault either but I would like to give Kwara a slightly higher rating because of the game driving arrangements and quality of the guide. So, perhaps 5 star for Kwara and 41/2  star for Muchange. The friendliness, helpfulness and courtesy of the staff and the level of service was wonderful in both places.

Whilst the game viewing is not purely about numbers you might be interested to know that at Muchenge we saw a total of 17 species of animals, 42 species of birds and 2 species of reptiles. For Kwara, the corresponding numbers were 22, 40 and 1. The quality of game viewing was better at Kwara mainly because of the ability of the guides to go “off piste” in the concession and to physically track down game rather than having to stick to defined tracks in a National Park as in Muchenge/Chobe. The highlight at Muchenge was the boat trip on the river and ability to get so close to the wildlife. It is difficult to pick out a highlight for Kwara because there were so many memorable encounters with wildlife and a wonderful atmosphere.

Hope this helps and thanks again for organising a superb experience for us.

Stamatis, USA, 2015

Quite frankly, we cannot have asked for a better experience. We put a lot faith in an organization we knew absolutely nothing about, and your company and the chosen properties performance can only be given the highest of ratings. A sincere thank you for not only providing what you said you would, but exceeding any and all expectations we had before our trip.

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