Africa Odyssey Testimonials

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

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…!!

Odyssey Travels Tanzania Odyssey Asia Odyssey South America Odyssey