Africa Odyssey Testimonials

J Green

Hi Marc,
Just to let you know we got back to UK. Had a fantastic time in Tanzania.
All connections to flights, hotel bookings etc etc went without a hitch.
Security for the BA flight back was unbelievable – there must have been at least 5 baggage checks before we got on the plane (even having to take off our shoes and put them through the Xray machine).
We both made it to the summit of Kili with no major altitude sickness problems (the only problem was with me on the day before the summit climb – I ate too much, and with the blood all diverted to my gut my brain was a bit hypoxic so had a bad headache for a couple of hours, but this had settled after a few hours sleep). We set off up to the summit a bit late (1.45am), as we think the guide overslept,  but we still made it up well before the sunrise at 6.25am!! We had really good conditions with a clear sky and no wind. Even so at about 4.30am the temperature must have been at least -30 to -35C. The last couple of hundred metres up to Stella Point were a killer for me – my legs didn’t want to move. All exhaustion was completely forgotten once the sun came up when we were on Uhuru (at least until it was time to descend – my thigh muscles were burning all the way down).
Safari was great. Had a good driver who spoke excellent English and who was keen to tell all about the habits of the animals. Saw everything we wanted to see – the only exception was we didn’t get to see a lion kill a wildebeast (but there were so many wildebeast on the plains that we think the lions were doing most of the killing during the night so that by morning there were just the vultures picking over the carcasses). Even managed to see 3 different leopards – one in Ngorongoro and two in the Serengeti! Got some excellent close ups of cheetahs (my favourite cats and the ones I desperately wanted to see – we had to wait until the third day in teh Serengeti to see them) and lions, and were lucky enough to bump into a couple of prides with a few lion cubs.
Ras Kutani was the perfect end to the trip, although we wish we could have had a couple more days there. Very surreal getting there though by plane, 4WD, and then finally rowed across the lagoon. The chef there was superb and the manager/manageress were so friendly. The Rough Guide was a little less than complementary about the place but I have written to them and expressed my annoyance at their impartiality (a trait which is also present in their Nepal and New Zealand books) – we weren’t really looking forward to going there as a result of their comments but how wrong they were. Expensive it may be, but the Rough Guides always seem to want cheap accomodation everywhere which would completely ruin the quiet, relaxed feel of the place as well as ruining the flora/fauna (and would also piss off the locals I suspect).
Anyway, enough of my ranting.
South Americawill be next on the holiday list I think sometime in the next
18 months – do you organise trips there?
Thank you for arranging the trip – it all went like clockwork.
J Green 2003

A Murdoch

Marc
Many thanks indeed for all your work on the honeymoon. We had an absolutely superb time and it was clear that you had made a great effort to ensure everyone knew it was our honeymoon.
If you would like a brief summary of each bit for your future reference, we are more than happy to repay all your efforts on our behalf with a run-down on the each place.
Many thanks again for all your patience in the many changes we made before the final, final, final version. I hope all your “Nairobi horrors” are now behind you.
Kind regards
A Murdoch 2003

D O’Sullivan

Dear Marc and James.
First day back at work so it is the first opportunity that I have to personally thank you both for arranging our magnificent holiday, it was brilliant in nearly all areas (the Zanzibar accommodation in a few areas was a bit of a disappointment) and in particular I would like to thank you in going both in going out of the way and arranging the flight for me to Sydney so that i could attend my fathers funeral.
Lastly could you please give me Chris email address at Ras so that i can also send him and Theo a thank you.  If you want a testimonial happy to oblige.
regards
D O’Sullivan 2003

Paul

Hi Marc,
Just a quick note to thank you very much indeed for organising a wonderful honeymoon. It has come as a considerable shock to the system to drop back down to reality.
All the resorts and hotels were some of the best and most original we have ever stayed in with exceptional friendliness, service and food throughout. It became a monotonous wrench to leave each in turn. We are looking forward to writing a glowing feature.
Hope everything is good with you and I’m sure Lucy will be in contact soon.
The advert looks very nice.
Thanks again,
Paul

Dunstan and Alex

Hi Marc,

Just thought I would send you a quick note to say Alex and I had an absolutely wonderful honeymoon and we are already planning our next trip to Africa!
Sorry about the confusion over the room at Ras Nungwi, didn’t really matter I just thought I had order it, but as I hadn’t all was cool as we were more than happy. Alex and I did our open water padi course and did 6 dives, which was amazing and the Safari was just beyond imagination (Selous Safari Camp is remarkable).

Anyway just to say well done and thank you!

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