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our work and success in planning our clients' African safari vacations,
exotic adventures and romantic honeymoons. The following are just
a few of the comments we've received from our clients regarding their
Eyes on Africa safari experiences.
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H. Prosser, California - November 2007
Hope is all well. I went to Hawaii this past week and even though i had a good time, i was thinking about Camp's Bay THE WHOLE TIME. Now that i've been, NOTHING COMPARES!! Maui just seemed "so white & fluffy", so overpriced and almost dull. I cannot wait to go back to Camps. I use it as my anchor for finding my "goddess self." it was just so vibrant and alive and magical. I feel like I can do whatever I want when i put myself when i put myself in that mindset. Anyways I wanted to FINALLY pass along the referral:
I recently used Pam at Eyes on Africa to set up a 3 week trip to go to South Africa. I've had never been there before, and was traveling by myself, so I heavily relied on Pam to put together a trip that was both cost effective and full of adventure. She did both perfectly! I can honestly say that it was one of the best experiences of my life! I saw everything and did all of the things that I wanted, traveled like a queen, and felt great about the price. She was able to get a much cheaper airline & hotel prices than I could find. Her recommendations for the restaurants & shopping & activities that I should go to where spot on. Also, the safari was divine. Absolutely amazing... it's hard to put into words the experience. It's just one of those things that you have to do. I spent about 2 weeks in Cape Town splitting my time at the waterfront, the wineries, and Camp's Bay. I cannot wait to go back. I had such a good time that my parents are going this year and using Pam to plan the entire trip! I highly recommend her! CHEERS!
I'm already planning when my next trip is going to be. Hope you're well. XO.
H. Prosser on safari in South Africa
Table Mountain view
I cannot belive that I have waited so long to write to thank you with deep and warm thanks for the most magnificent, beautiful, educational, amazing, fun, inspriring, exciting vacation of my life. [On day 3 of our adventure, I was at a loss for appropriate adjectives that were able to express my overwhelming emotions and senses...except "wow"!! What I had previously described as a 'once in a lifetime', quickly became our first of many experiences in South Africa!!]
Nicky, thank you for all your thought and efforts that you dedicated to our experience in your home country. We appreciated and learned from each location, each experience, each person.... I have never been a photographer--and was quite apprehensive-- especially after reading your husband's recommendations for cameras, lenses and binoculars--of taking pictures, yet looking back and viewing our 856 shots (!!), I am additionally appreciative of all James' ideas, sharings which actually urged me to bring the camera (purchased the day before we left) and take pictures of any/everything!!
I always keep a journal with me; I rarely keep up with my thoughts, travels, perceptions. In S.Africa, however, I could not keep up, yet kept writing and writing and weeping with glee and joy, sorrow (at my inaction, ignorance, and lack of action)...and placing more items, cards, notes in my journal. The animals were magnificent and majestic, the accommodations were superb and luxurious, the people--from our Andrew, our Cape Town guide to Robin in Jo'burg, to each Ranger and Tracker in between--were gracious, grateful and generous, and the views and country were mind-boggling, mind-expanding, mind-enriching!!
Nicky, my only regret is that I waited so long for my first trip to South Africa!
We have shared our joy, lessons, learning and delight with all friends and associates, knowing that our travels were specially grand, extra-specially prepared, scheduled by you, Nicky!! So, thank you for sharing South Africa with M. and me. We had the time of our life, and our adventures were beyond every expectation we had.
K. & M. Norris, South Carolina - November 2007
P.S. Nicky, I have a small 'regret' and major request: On the last day of our 2nd 'Camp', a server accidentally spilled coffee on my Eyes On Africa hat -- "See Africa, Fall In Love." The red thread bled such that I could not salvage my hat. Since I wore it each day--on each of 10 safaris --our hats are in many, many photos, and remains on M.'s head since we have returned home. I would treasure having another...! If I am not asking too much--and there is no rush, may I please have a replacement Eyes On Africa hat?
Good morning Vanessa,
What a fun surprise to receive the fabulous Mombo book! It will be perfect to have over the holidays to show family and friends...especially since it many be months before I can work on the 1200 pictures I took. I borrowed my son's "nice" camera with lenses and quickly turned into a photographer on the first game drive. In fact, we saw James and Nicky arrive with all their gear as we were leaving Mombo.
E. and I both are so impressed with the level of service you and Eyes on Africa were able to provide for our trip to Botswana and South Africa, especially at the last minute. You listened to our dream of Africa and made it happen. From start to finish we felt so well taken care of that all we had to do was relax and enjoy our journey. In Wilderness Safaris language, you are definitely 6 paws!!! Of course, we have already recommended you highly. Please pass along our very high praise to the management team at Wilderness
Safaris, too. Without exception, each employee was well trained, engaging, positive and eager to do anything to make our visit pure pleasure. Eyes on Africa and Wilderness Safaris make a terrific team.
The Westcliff was the perfect enclave for us to rest after a week in Dubai. The Jacaranda trees were in full bloom and made the most idyllic view of Johannesburg from the pool terrace. My tour with Robin Binkes was a highlight of my trip. His knowledge, passion and ability to tell the story of South Africa's history in such a compelling manner made my day with him a fascinating introduction to our journey in South Africa.
Darren, your Wilderness Safari representative, was delightful to meet and quickly followed through with every request we had during our stay.
Of course, we had "dreams" of what we hoped Africa would be. We wanted to fly in small planes looking out the entire time at the African landscape. We wanted small, comfortable tented camps. And most importantly, we wanted to see the animals. Botswana far surpassed our dreams of Africa! We arrived at our first camp, Mombo, and were warmly greeted by the staff singing. We walked along the board walk and through the entrance into the camp and came to an immediate stop...the view was amazing. You could see forever onto an open plain right in front of the camp deck. My first thought was that it was like Noah had opened the ark and let the animals out! We could hardly concentrate on the camp staff's welcome and introduction and watch the elephants, cape buffalo, giraffes, lechwe, impala, warthogs and baboons, too.
How can you explain to someone who has never been to Mombo how fabulous and luxurious a tent can be? Our guide, Alex, was an exceptionally knowledgeable young man and his passion for the bush made him the ideal guide for our first game drive experience. Not being a morning person, at all, I was concerned about the 5:30 am wake up and the morning game drive. Each drive was so spectacular, I couldn't imagine missing a single one...even at 5:30. Chef Simon does a beautiful job of creating a dining experience that is both lovely in presentation and delicious to taste. We could have gained many pounds at Mombo, but feared we'd out grow our safari clothes the first week. The entire staff were engaging and delightful to spend time with during our stay. I couldn't think of a better entree to Africa than Mombo.
Arriving at Little Vumbura was just as I had hoped. We had a short plane hop from Mombo and were picked up by our guide "K" and driven to the boat landing, where we transferred to a small boat for our ride to Little Vumbura. E. and I enjoy boating and have a vacation home on a creek in a coastal nature preserve in South Carolina, so we loved every time we hopped on the boat to begin our game drives. Arriving at the dock, again to a delightful staff singing, a fun spirited tone was set for a wonderful visit to Little V. The camp has just been totally rebuilt and decorated, as you know. We thought it was fabulous. We especially enjoyed the view from the cozy library and lounge area. The tents are just as luxurious as Mombo, only smaller. When our guide learned we had not seen a leopard at Mombo, he made sure we saw three at Little V. Although we are certainly not "bird watchers," we thoroughly enjoyed the variety of bird sightings. Dining at Little Vumbura was like being invited to a fabulous small dinner party. The meals were excellent and it was obvious the staff took great pride in their work. They even shared a delicious recipe for sweet potatoes and leeks with me. Our guide "K" was wise, witty, a wonderful story teller and determined that we come away loving Little Vumbura as much as he does. The community impact agreement with Wilderness Safaris is a wonderful model for social, environmental, political and economical success.
I did not think a trip to South Africa could be complete without a visit to MalaMala. But as you know, I was worried that Rattray's would not be an authentic experience. His and her bathrooms, air conditioning, no tents and a private plunge pool we could get anywhere. Sometimes, I can be wrong. E. loved it! After being with people for two and half weeks, he asked for lunch to be delivered to our "villa" with a bottle of wine and we lounged by the pool and napped in a COOL room until the afternoon game drive. The sequence of the camps was perfect, with our final destination being a "colonial" experience. Steve along with his tracker, "Philiman" guided us to the "Big Five" certificate. Two days there were perfect and I'm glad we went, but Botswana won our hearts.
We arrived in Cape Town with "The Doctors" and the rain. We were freezing after being in the 90's for three weeks. Our driver was right on time with umbrella in hand and drove us to Welgelegen. What a delightful B and B! Fiona and her staff were lovely and eager to help in any way. Our room was on the top floor with a lovely view of the courtyard. We immediately got out our New York warm clothes and went to dinner at Ginja. This is a fabulous restaurant that you must recommend to clients. Food presentation and service is outstanding. The food is delicious, wine is excellent and all at a fraction of what it costs in US.
The next day we walked to the Green Market and visited the waterfront. That evening we had another outstanding meal at Jardin. On the third day, the car was delivered and thankfully the sun came out. The winds were still too strong to open Table Mountain or for boats to visit Robben Island. So instead we drove to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, which was beautiful and a relaxing way to start the day.
From there we drove to Simon's Town and had lunch on the water. Touristy, but nice to be able to sit outside on the harbor. We had hoped to stop in Hout Bay but Chapman's Peak was closed.
After lunch we drove down to the Cape of Good Hope and walked up to the Cape Point light house. What a spectacular view! The "Doctors" never left Cape Town while we were there so we never did get to the top of Table Mountain, or even see it for that matter, but we were glad we included Cape Town in our trip.
We left the city on a warm, blue sky day and made our way through Stellenbosch to Franschhoek. It's a pretty drive and we stopped for lunch outside at Terroir, in a vineyard just outside Stellenbosch. Franschhoek and Le Quartier was the ideal ending to our trip. Our suite was beautiful, overlooking the pool and the mountains. Our dinner in The Tasting Room was amazing and E. says its the best he's ever had...which is a huge compliment, since he's eaten in many fabulous restaurants all over the world. We relaxed, sat by the pool, visited a few vineyards, walked in the village and ate and drank our way to the last minute of our journey.
It was a luxury to spend a month with my husband of 38 years and have each day be so perfect. I wish you could plan all of our trips! Again, many thanks and praise. Have a wonderful holiday.
L. & E. Harrison, South Carolina - November 2007
We were leaving Joburg the day you arrived. It would have been great to
meet you there.
Our trip was excellent once again, probably as good as 2 years ago, but
each one is different.
Kaya Mawa was very good. The architecture and stonework are creative
and stunning. The site is beautiful. The camp seems well managed, on a
more casual schedule than a safari camp for good reason. We did scuba
by boat, and swimming directly off of our cottage. Exploring the island
by bicycle was very interesting too. R. and I would give Kaya Mawa a
very good recommendation. Nkwichi was very different, but also very good. Beautiful.
Qilalea was excellent. There is so so much to do there and the service
All of the safari camps were very good. Mwamba and Kaingo were
excellent bush camps. The wildlife is great, the walking safaris were
interesting and sometimes exciting, the place is crawling with lions, it
was fantastic. Mvuu was quite different, with focus on water safaris.
There is less intensive wild game here, but the birds were amazing. We
went into a local village by bicycle for a different and interesting
Next trip we are thinking about spending 1-2 weeks in close encounters
with gorillas. This means Uganda and Rwanda.
Also, the great migration might be good to see, if we can find a way to
do it with less of the human crowd. Time of year is the question- June
for the migration going north in Tanz/Serengeti, or Nov going south?
How do we combine these different trips?
Maybe end up for 4 days at an ocean resort again at the end.
Thanks again for helping us to plan our trip.
Can you think about ideas for such a trip??
M. Sinreich and R. Leone, Ohio - October 2007
M. Sinreich & R. Leone at Kaya Mawa
Kaya Mawa in Malawi
The following is the e-mail I wrote family and friends from Cape Town. I cannot add much to the total awe we had about the animals, the people, and the entire Botswana experience. The people in the camps were lovely and the people we met during the trip were interesting and fun. We returned about one week ago. We have yet to go through our photos, but when we do, I certainly will e-mail you a few!
Our continuation of our trip to South Africa worked out well. We even met Bishop Tutu at the Anglican Cathedral in Cape Town by chance! What a thrill that was. We spent six nights in Cape Town, drove to the Winelands - our first attempt at driving on the left - and then onto the Garden Route.
Thank you for all your planning and quick responses during the year we had to plan our wonderful trip. When we arrived home we received your lovely gift. The photos are gorgeous. Did your husband contribute to the book? I have read some of the text also. It all brings back wonderful memories of our time in Mombo and Botswana. We were actually the only guests one of the nights in Little Mombo!
We will highly recommend your services.
Thank you again, Diane and Tom
D. & T. Gould, California - September 2007
We have just returned form our amazing time in Botswana. For as long as we have wanted to come to Africa, it is hard to imagine that this trip could exceed our expectations, but it did! We went to three safari camps- one in the far northeast, in a drier region near a spillway called Selinda, followed by a lovely camp in the Okavango Delta region called Little Vumbura,and finally Little Mombo in a national reserve called Moremi.
In the first two drives in Selinda, we saw leopards, lion, massive numbers of elephants ,zebra, hippos, buffalo, wildebeests, warthogs, impala, several types of antelope- too numerous to mention- wild dogs- which are very rare. The birds are so numerous and include, rollers, cranes, stork, ostrich, egrets, owls and eagles! Many people came up to us and told us how lucky we were to see that variety of animals in our brief time on safari.
The people were wonderful and kind. At Little Vumbura we lived on an island in the middle of the Delta.This camp had six tents and we were assigned the honeymoon cottage! This camp provided the opportunity to do both water and land "drive". We were visited by baboons one morning while we were gone and they seemed to like my calcium pills and travel books! No harm done, but the next day when T. saw the baboons, he said "There they go with green pills in their hands!"
We also were privileged to celebrate Botswana Independence Day with the wonderful people of this camp. They sang and danced for us and ended with the National Anthem.The night sky was amazing and you could even see the "clouds" of the Milky Way! At our last game, in the Reserve (Moremi), there were many more animals and they seemed a bit less skittish. Although we were generally amazed that yo could get within 20 ft. of the animals, here you could get within ten ft. - but stay in the vehicle! We saw two prides of lions, one 18 in number and one 22 in number. One evening we saw one of those prides feed on a buffalo. It was bloody and difficult for me to watch, but that is part of nature. T. was more impressed than I. When we came back the next morning to see the remains, there was just the seven vertebrae and skull left. We also observed leopard lounging on a tree limb and even saw two leopard mating- unusual.
Yesterday we flew from the bush to Maun, Botswana and then on to Joburg and then Cape Town. Today we went on an historical walking tour of Cape Town. We walked around on our own and then back here at out hotel, the African Villa. Tomorrow we are going to Robben Island. We have four more days in Cape Town and then it is on to the Winelands.
The Goulds at a Boma dinner in Botswana
Lions eating a buffalo at Mombo
I had intended to come straight home from Africa and write you a note. But
of course, I got home and tried to catch up with everything at home.
J. and I had a wonderful time on our trip. We were just amazed at how
smoothly everything went, considering the fact that most of the time we were in
the middle of nowhere. We loved the Grace Hotel in Johannesburg. We really
liked the staff at the Sussi & Chuma. I guess you know that Abercrombie and
Kent has bought it and is remodelling. I hope that they don't mess it up...we
really liked it the way it was. The manager was particularly interesting
and well educated. The staff sang and danced both nights at dinner which we
I think that our favorite camp was Little Vumbura. Everything about it was
special. I think that we liked the staff at Selinda the best. The manager,
Ishmael, was friendly and welcoming. We saw great animals at Chitabe and
enjoyed the celebration of Botswana independence day. It was quite an affair
Cape Town was wonderful and we did wish that we had planned three nights there. Our guide for the one day that we were there was really good, and we
made it to all the sites that we wanted to see. We also loved the Welgelegen....it was like staying in someone's very nice home. The staff there was
Your beautiful book arrived this week. Thank you so very much. It brings
back such fond memories and the pictures are just a little bit better than
ours (1000 of them). The only one of the big five that we missed was of course
the rhino. I guess that we are just going to have to come back and see the
rhinos in South Africa.
Thank you so much for your expert planning. The traveling was exhausting
but we had no worries about the arrangements.
C. & J. Caudill, Texas - September 2007
P.S. We met Diane and Tom (don't know last name) at Selinda and then ran
into them again at Little Vumbura. It was such fun to meet and then remeet
them. We shared the fact that you had planned both of our trips.
Fantastic. That's all I can say. Everything went wonderfully and
smoothly and the places were all, without exception, fantastic! Thanks
I liked Royal Malewane better than
Singita Boulders -- just had a bit better feel. I'm glad we stayed at
both and I can see how the next guy might prefer the Singita experience
to RM, but for me, I liked Royal Malewane better. Just had a more
homey, less corporate, slightly cleaner feel. But again, this isn't a
complaint and I am really happy to have visited both. Five nights at one
would have made me a bit antsy.
The wedding was good. We had rain, and most of it was supposed to be
outdoors, but what can you do. And we had a great plan B in case of
rain -- so I was very pleased. Also, in the end it's the people that
make it special and fun -- and they all showed up in spite of the rain.
So yes, it went smoothly (enough)!
Regarding North Island -- It was heaven on earth. The
absolute perfect way to get away and unwind -- especially right after
such a big event. The setting, the villa, the help (Kamal was great)
were all perfect. We really, really enjoyed our time there.
Also, regarding Singita Boulders, just so I leave you with the right
impression -- it was super and if we'd never seen Royal Malewane, we'd
be so in love with Singita Boulders. The setting, the people, the game,
the food -- it was all first rate and no regrets whatsoever. It's just
that when you stay back to back -- it begs a comparison. So that's
where that came from.
Anyway. All went wonderfully and we are both very glad that we trusted
you with our most special trip -- because it couldn't have been better
or gone more smoothly. Thanks again for the help and if you ever need a
reference -- I'm a fan!
Hope all is well with you and look forward to the next time we talk, which will mean I'm closer to returning!
All our best,
B. & L. Kinetz, New York
- July 2007
Wedding ceremony in Europe
Honeymoon safari in South Africa
Our trip was absolutely amazing!! Thanks so much for all of your help
and advice in picking hotels/camps and getting everything booked. We had
a wonderful few days in Cape Town and the Wilderness camps were
absolutely unforgettable....we saw everything and loved every second.
It was the best trip we have taken in our lives and you helped make it
happen. Thanks again for everything and I am sure I will be sending
some additional business your way b/c many of our friends are looking to
take similar trips...
E. & S. Perlyn, Pennsylvania
- July 2007
Atop Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa
Leopard, Mombo Camp, Botswana
Cheetah brothers, Botswana
Boat ride in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
With guide Alex at Mombo
Elephants in Botswana
Thank you, we had a wonderful African experience! Your knowledge, expertise, and most of all your personal touch in designing our itinerary was right on. You included all of our expressed points of interest, in addition, the transfers at the airports, hotels, etc., provided reassurance in an unfamiliar environment.
MalaMala was outstanding. The accommodations were world class, and the safaris were beyond our expectations. Our memories from this adventure are indelibly a part of us. We feel fortunate to have found Eyes on Africa and such an exceptional travel consultant.
B. and I especially appreciated your guidance in packing, what to see, and the other important nuances for travel in Africa. We were captivated with the beauty of Cape Town. The guide escorted us on a full day tour of the peninsular. His commentary regarding the historical and current political and economic climate provided much insight.
C. & B. Droker, Florida
- July 2007
Atop Table Mountain, Cape Town
Brunch in the Cape
The safari was fantastic!! It was beyond all expectations. Each camp was unique and showed a little bit of a different geographic aspect of Botswana. All the staff at the camps were helpful and accommodating. Our guide, Copper, was extremely knowledgeable and was uncanny at finding wildlife.
We saw all the standard wildlife - elephants, zebras, giraffes, hippos, all types of antelope, buffalo, wildebeest, warthogs, jackals, meercats, etc., plus the always elusive lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, wild cats and leopards,
as well as lots of birds including owls and eagles. We found the cheetahs
just minutes after a kill of a zebra. I think we saw everything possible (even
a python) except a rhino.
Selinda camp has the most animals, but all camps had something great to offer. Victoria Falls was a final treat and awesome. Two of our party bungie
jumped off the bridge at the Falls.
All travel arrangements went off without any problems other than the commercial airlines being their normal lateness. All in-country flights between
camps worked perfectly and on time. Due to one airstrip being under water, we got
the treat of going in and out of one camp by helicopter.
Nicky, thanks for all your help in setting up what so far has been the best trip of my life. I really appreciate it.
J. Nicholson, Texas
- July 2007
I would like to thank you for the part you played in providing us with one of the most wonderful vacations we have ever had as a family. What ever hesitation we had originally regarding this trip was immediately alleviated once we arrived at the camps. Each and every camp that you suggested was perfect. I can’t say enough about all the people we met at the camps. Each person made us feel welcome and comfortable from the moment we arrived. Thank you for making this exciting adventure unforgettable.
We took to teenagers and they even commented that this was the best vacation we had ever taken. We would (and have) recommended this trip to everyone we meet. Thank from the bottom of our hearts. I would also like to thank you for the book that you sent us upon our return. It will remind us of all the wonderful memories that you help create.
D. Bernal and family, California
- June 2007
The Bernal family on safari in Botswana
The Bernals ready for a mekoro safari
Greetings! We had a marvelous time in Namibia, with everything
organized perfectly for us - your excellent arrangements made the
entire trip totally hassle-free! Everything worked very smoothly -
easy transfers, charters, etc. - we never had a moment of worry!
We found such variety in the three different camp locations in
Namibia - each with its unique and wonderful offerings. But wherever
we were, the Wilderness Safari guides were excellent.
We loved the accommodations and food at Little Kulala and really
enjoyed being able to hike on the dunes and walk through the Seisrim
Canyon area. Climbing Big Daddy was a real highlight for the boys!
Although we'd read about the Skeleton Coast . . . we hadn't quite
imagined how remote and vast it really is! Morne and Susan, the
managers of the camp, were particularly great, and we think, well
suited to running such an intimate camp - they were not only helpful
and informative, but very warm and welcoming, with a wonderful sense
of humor! We enjoyed the relaxing communal dinners there and the
opportunity to get to know the other interesting guests, hosts and
guides. Our only frustration there is that the area is so large,
that to try to see the "highlights", required us being in the vehicle all
the time, with very long days and no time to really enjoy the
environs properly. It would have been great to have been able to
take half a day to hike and play on the dunes . . . or to hike around
the Rock Garden area, etc. The accommodations while not luxurious,
were very comfortable and perfect for the setting - the hot water
bottles for the cold nights took the prize!
Ongava . .. never have seen so many rhino! But . . . having had a
truly incredible game-viewing holiday in Botswana (Kings Pool, Duba
Plains and Mombo) a few year's back, we couldn't help but miss
Botswana. Ongava Lodge seemed large and a bit more impersonal to us,
although comfortable with very friendly and helpful staff. Etosha
had incredible amounts of plains animals, but was so packed with
tourists and "commercialized" relative to our other experiences, that
we were very happy to spend all but half a day within the Ongava Game
Rocktail Bay was relaxing . . . and we had a wonderful guide who,
upon hearing that we were interested in seeing red duikers, arranged
to take us out at 6 a.m. on a drive to see them while they were still
active in the early morning! Unfortunately, timing and conditions
didn't really work for beach snorkeling . . . and other folks who had
been snorkeling said it hadn't been all that great, perhaps in part
due to a recent storm that had passed through.
We are dreaming of returning to Botswana in the next few years . . .
would love to revisit some of the camps we were in, plus venture to
Jack's Camp in the Kalahari. Will be in touch then!
Thanks for all your help!
L. & J. Tse, New York
- June 2007
Red dunes of Sossusvlei, Namibia
Climbing the dunes, Sossusvlei, Namibia
The Tse family, Dead Vlei, Namibia
Hot air balloon view of the dunes, Sossusvlei
Zebras drinking at Etosha, Namibia
White Rhinos at Ongava, Namibia
Tents at Skeleton Coast Camp, Namibia
Sand and vehicle - Skeleton Coast
Eland, Kudu and Hartebeest, Etosha
Rocktail Bay coast - South Africa
Thanks for the follow up email. Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner.
We really appreciate the Mombo Book. It is fantastic.
The trip was great. Planning was superior. People were so friendly and accommodating. Food was exceptional.
I Loved Africa!! I hope to be one of your regulars.
Please let James know that I have never taken a photo in my life. I read all of his information on the website. I purchased all of the recommended equipment. Everyone has been commenting on the quality of the photos. I really appreciate this tutorial on your website.
I am trying to send you referrals. It is still a large "leap of faith" for many in the States, however, I will continue to rave about the experience
and the people.
Thanks for the memories,
F. Hertrich, Delaware
- June 2007
Thank you so much for all you did to help us plan the 'perfect trip' to South Africa. It was our first time traveling to Africa and after our experience, it will not be our last. From our arrival in Johannesburg 'til our departure from Cape Town 2 weeks later, it was a spectacular vacation.
The safaris at both Chapungu and MalaMala were incredible - the animals so close, so beautiful...I felt like we were living 'National Geographic live'. Our rangers and trackers were very knowledgeable, so we learned so much about the animals, their lives, the environment and the issues that threaten their continued existence. I took countless photos and the memories will last a lifetime. The food was delicious; we tried kudu, crocodile, warthog, springbok and ostrich - all cooked to perfection and complimented by choice South African wines. The accommodations were superb - I felt pampered and spoiled while 'on-safari'.
Traveling south to Grootbos, we enjoyed the South African shoreline, and the 'caged shark dive' was awesome...those great white sharks are huge up close! The Grootbos lodge and our stay in Cape Town at Cape Cadogan were equally impressive - superb food and facilities...and everyone so friendly, welcoming and helpful. We learned a lot about the political and economic issues South Africa faces as it works to develop its tourism industry and recover from the Apartheid era.
I so appreciate all of the suggestions you made to make our trip so memorable...you truly listened to our trip dreams and goals and made it a reality. It is very rare to return from a trip and not have something that could have 'been done better' - but there is nothing from our trip that could have been improved. You have our highest praise and compliments!!
I have attached a few 'eyes of Africa'.....
C. & J. Majewski, New Hampshire
- June 2007
On safari at MalaMala, South Africa
The safari you put together for our honeymoon was absolutely fantastic! Victoria Falls was truly breathtaking, and both camps --
Chitabe and Little Vumbra -- were wonderful. We particularly appreciated the way in which you tailored the trip to our special desires as birders. Your recommendation that we take private vehicles was particularly helpful. As well as your suggestion that we buy an extra seat on the plane for our weighty photo equipment. And most importantly, your ability to get us superb guides at each camp, who not only knew the animals, but the birds as well, really made all the
difference in the world. We will always be hugely appreciative to Kay
at Little Vumbra and Neuman at Chitabe for the incredible job they did in finding us the birds and the cats! And they were truly extraordinary people to get to know.
The honeymoon suites as well as the special dinners didn't hurt either! Our only complaint came upon our return to London. We were quite disappointed to find that we had to handle our own luggage. We simply weren't prepared for arriving at
a location without the wonderful folks from Wilderness Safaris there to take care of everything for us!
V. & B. Gindoff, California
- May 2007
V. & B. Gindoff on safari in Botswana
Cheetah at Vumbura
You can add R. and I to your long list of clients who are wishing we were back in Africa! Thank you for planning a fabulous trip. In April we traveled to South Africa (Cape Town), Botswana (Chitabe Camp and Vumbura Plains Camp) and The River Club in Zambia with six other couples. Each destination surpassed all of our expectations, and each and every day was exciting, thrilling, awesomely beautiful and awe inspiring. Having said all of that, there are actually no words to adequately describe that trip. It was somewhere between a religious experience, a treasure hunt, a University course and being a 6 year old at Disney World!
When we left Chitabe they gave us a bookmark with a poem titled The Soul of the Delta by C. Emily Dibb. One verse reads:
When you long to see the elephants,
Or to hear the Coucals song
When the moonrise sets
your blood on fire,
You've been away too long.......
I think we have been away too long, and we can hardly wait to return.
Thank you, thank you,
C. & R. Bryant, Washington
- April 2007
I am writing this to you to let you know how much we appreciated everyone in your company for making our recent trip to Africa an experience of a life time. I know there are lots of people that made it possible, not only in Eyes on Africa but also Wilderness Safaris. Everyone at all the camps were wonderful in their service and gave us more than we expected. The timing of accommodations between the camps, the pilots and the guides allowed us to have the most time for watching game. I would also like to thank Nicky for answering questions while Vanessa was gone.
Two people really made the trip memorable. From the very beginning I felt totally confident in Vanessa's knowledge and her getting back with us about any questions we had and we had a lot. She made a number of great suggestions about how we could arrange our trip. We started out with a trip through Costco for 12 days and then tied in 4 days in Makalolo before we started on our Botswana adventure. This required us to have some of our baggage transferred form Livingston to Maun which worked without any hitches. We also had to tie in with the other trip to coordinate our return flight from Johannesburg. I really don't know how to thank Vanessa for everything she did for us. The final touch was receiving the "Africa's Big Five" book right after we got back. We are ready to go back again, but this time we want to take our grandsons and do a custom tour. I took about 8,000 photos there and when I get them sorted I will put them on line and will send Vanessa the web site.
The second person was Grant Atkinson. He was like a one man marvel at coordinating with the camps, driving and finding games. It was one hand driving, one shifting gears, one working the radio and the other pointing out game. We had some very exciting drives in pursuit of game and great photos. As an avid photographer he was always aware of trying to be in the right spot with the right light. His vast knowledge about game and their habits allowed us to see a vast amount and variety of game. I have already told him that when we come back we will request him as our guide. He always made sure everyone had an opportunity to see and photograph as much as was possible. He was always willing to help with any requests that anyone on the trip had that was out of the ordinary. I would like to get the email for his manager so I can send him a compliments letter to express our thanks for everything Grant did for us.
Your organization has made it possible to have an unbelievable experience in Africa. The 70 people that went on our Costco trip will get a message about my photos but also a pitch to use Eyes on Africa if they ever want to go back. Thanks again and we will be looking forward to working with you again.
D. & D. Cone, Idaho
- April 2007
D. & D. Cone's Arican safari - April 2007
Wild Dogs, Botswana
Zebras, Makaolo Plains, Zimbabwe
Elephants on the Chobe River, Zambia
Elephants, Linyanti Reserve, Botswana
The lovely Okavango Delta, Botswana
Game trails through the Okavango
Meerkats in Makgadikgadi
The honeymoon was FABULOUS!!!!
Our guide in Capetown was
tremendous (Lucia Earl) and our township tour with Thando was a real
highlight. We even visited a school in the New Rest township where we
delivered food and made a few young friends. We're sending them a care
package this week, in fact.
Mombo was incredible (even if summer afternoons
with no air con got a little rough). We simply LOVED the staff there
(Richard and Jeremy especially) and the game was incredible. Leopard Hills
in Kruger was
beautiful (and amazing food), though there was less game there than in Mombo
and our ranger couldn't compare to our
Mombo ranger (Frances). But the plunge pools and the delicious bbq's in the
doma made up for that and proved a perfect complement to our more
game-centric time in Mombo.
The only thing I would do differently is
Victoria Falls: Zimbabwe is a sad place right now, and if I had to do it
over, I most certainly
would have stayed on the Zambia side. But we had an incredible time-magical
even-and the entire trip was seamless. Wilderness Safaris took GREAT care of
us over there... Very easy to pop from place to place. We are talking about
going back on our five-year anniversary.maybe sooner???
Many many thanks,
B. Strul, New York
- March 2007
Lion in the road, Leopard Hills
At Leopard Hills
Elephant right of way, Leopard Hills
With guide Frances, Mombo Camp, Botswana
Leopard and Impala at Mombo camp
Just a note to say that I had an absolutely brilliant experience both at Xigera and Mombo camps. The people were a delight, the guides, Cedrick and Sam at Xigera, and Tsile (who sends regards) at Mombo, were outstanding.
I had the good fortune at Xigera to see many many species of birds, loved the mokoro ride, and unexpectedly saw 5 lions and a leopard!
Mombo of course was stunning--so beautiful and so many animals. Counted around 50 lions and 4 leopard and cub sightings. The weather could not have been better--some rain every day that kept the temp down. It was very green, very lush--just gorgeous.
I met a guide from Zimbabwe who seemed very good--he joined us on a drive one day--Benson Siyawareva, in case you have a need for a professional guide at Vic Falls
Needless to say, I want to go again!
R. Breier, California
- January 2007
Hope you and your family are well. Just to let you know we had the most fantastic time in Namibia - thank you so so much for organising such a wonderful trip. Everything went smoothly and all the accommodation was excellent. We had a brilliant time in each place and did so many things I never thought we'd get to do, like climbing sand dunes at Sossusvlei and the balloon flight, sleeping out under the stars at Doro Nawas, seeing the desert adapted elephants and the rock carvings at Twyflfontein, seeing all the animals at Little Ongava (and what a beautiful suite we had there) and best of all for me, seeing the hundreds of elephants on the Chobe River. I got quite emotional as it was wonderful to watch them crossing the river, playing and covering themselves in mud.
Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and made our stay special in each place. Our guides were excellent and nothing seemed too much trouble. We couldn't have asked for more. What a beautiful country. I hope we are lucky enough to go back in the future.
Once again thank you so much Nicky - you are a star. I've included a photo of S. and I after the balloon trip at the champagne breakfast (what a wonderful experience).
Take care Nicky and will keep in touch.
Very best wishes,
J. & S. Cooke, United Kingdom
- October 2006
I'm hoping I am able
to effectively communicate how much N. and I appreciate the adventure
you put together for us in South Africa and Botswana. It was the best
trip of our lives. It was so much better than our best hopes. Wow!.
Gibson, who served as our personal guide for three plus days in the Cape
Town area, not only was able to answer any question we might have, but
she seemed to share our enthusiasm for the things we were seeing (and
which she had undoubtedly seen an uncountable number of times before
we showed up). She also gave us a good sense of the nature of the people
of South Africa. Over the course of our trip we found ourselves more
and more attracted to the warm, capable and friendly South Africans with
whom we came into contact. We managed to get to the Cape of Good Hope
in perfect weather (which I understand is very good luck in winter) and
Christine cheerfully climbed up and down the trails with us.
whales put on quite a show for us. About 40 of them put on a late afternoon
performance (breaching, blowing and so on) while we sat on a cliff overlooking
the bay. We found some restaurants there run by families who provide
wonderful homemade food and made us feel very welcome. We did our best
to encourage them to consider opening a branch in Scottsdale.
you arranged for us to visit DumaTau, Tubu Tree and Mombo. You got the
order in which we visited the lodges exactly right. The nine days we
spent in those lodges will always have a very special place in our memory.
African Wild Dog, Botswana
White Rhino at Mombo camp
saw every animal we hoped to see and a fair number we were not familiar
with before arriving. Ban was our guide at DumaTau, Moyo at Tubu, and
Tsile at Mombo. In nine days of nonstop questions about animals, plants,
weather patterns and other assorted topics, we didn't stump the guide
once. Every drive was its own unique adventure.
But our adventure was
so much more than just seeing the animals. We appreciate so much that
our guides allowed us to observe the animals' behavior over the course
of a morning, afternoon or evening and help us understand how they interact.
There were so many separate instances of this that understates things
to pick only a few. At DumaTau, we spent the
morning watching a pack of wild dogs (very rare animals) interact around
their den and protect their pups. At Mombo we tracked another pack of
wild dogs through their afternoon hunt, culminating in the take down
of an impala just before sunset and the reduction of the impala to just
a skeleton within ten to 15 minutes. At Tubu, Moyo drove the Land Rover
through formidable terrain to bring us to where a mother leopard and
her cub were sharing a zebra kill and later that night Moyo followed
a female lion as she progressed through her hunt, becoming aware of the
zebra kill and eventually displacing the leopards to take it over.
at Mombo tracked a mother leopard teaching her cub to hunt; we followed
them for about an hour. The ability of the guides to find and track animals
is just astonishing. At the first two lodges people who knew Mombo said
we would be very fortunate if Tsile turned out to be our guide. He has
lots of fans. He more than lived up to his publicity: he was the best
of the best. If you had a hand in hooking us up with Tsile, we are even
more in your debt.
The three camps were amazing.
We were in a state of constant wonderment how they could make us so
comfortable in a wilderness so many miles from roads, phones, electricity,
etc. At DumaTau, elephants wandered right by our gazebo. At Mombo,
a leopard settled in right under our tent floor. The food was great.
The enthusiasm and friendliness of the young managers was very welcome
and infectious. We appreciate so much the way the rooms are constructed
to provide a wonderful sense of privacy and intimacy. We quickly felt
like we were living in a sort of private Eden. We became hooked on
the outdoor showers where you observe countless animals and the water
sparkles in the low humidity warm sunlight.
We loved the many animal
sounds that filled the night particularly the up close and personal
sounds from the hippos. We also really enjoyed the other guests at
these lodges. People from all over the world who also realized their
time in Botswana was special and in most cases had the same sense of
enthusiasm as we did. From the reports we got from our fellow travelers,
Sabi Sands and Singita are also wonderful experiences and in retrospect
we wish we had taken your advice and left them in our itinerary.
I have attached a picture
I took of N. at the Cape of Good Hope. The smile on her face I think communicates
our enthusiasm. Of necessity, I've provided just a brief sample of our
experiences. I hope I've been able to communicate how special this trip
was for us and how grateful we are to you for arranging it for us. Warmest
R. & N. Kinderman, Arizona
- August 2006
N. Kinderman, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
R. & N. Kinderman with Tsile at Mombo camp
Your terrific gift of the Mombo book arrived in our mailbox
last Friday. N. and I have both spent lots of fun time with it over
the weekend (including using the list of James' pictures to look at
each of them - the picture of the leopard jumping from the tree branch
with prey is just amazing). What I didn't realize when I went through
the book at the Mombo shop is how interesting the text is.
When we left Africa,
we had already concluded that the Mombo Book would make the best souvenir
of our trip and as you know when we got back we started right away
to figure the best way to buy a copy. So it is no exaggeration to say
you have provided us with the remembrance of our trip we most wanted.
And your personalized note in the book makes it more special. Just
saying thank you seems inadequate. But thank you.
Lion cub at Mombo Camp
Leopard at Mombo
Back home just 72 hours and all we can say is… WOW!!! What a fantastic
from beginning to end. It exceeded all expectations (which were high).
Logistically, no problems at all.
Wonderful time in Cape Town. Our guide Ley Ann Wahl was awesome. She
arranged for my older daughter, A. (who was missing her horse), to go
riding with her daughter on our last full day there (her daughter is a local
veterinarian who owns a horse also). Best meals were lunch at Le Petite
Ferme in Franschhoek and dinner at The Africa Café and Baia. Our
wildlife encounter of the trip was being chased back into the car by Baboons
at Cape Point (very exciting :-) ).
Jack’s Camp was a unique, almost a spiritual, experience and, even after
the other camps, remained our 16 year-old daughter C.'s favorite camp.
We had unforgettable wildlife experiences of one kind or another at every
camp (close encounter with elephants and first lion sighting at Tubu Tree,
seeing the Wild Dogs and following as Cheetahs stalked a Zebra foal at
Savuti, Leopards and Lions with cubs at Mombo, etc). All our guides were
fantastic – especially Kitty & Super at Jack’s, Kane at Savuti
Mombo was, of course, a special experience and after talking with Jean and
Taps there, the girls want to gather a big group and reserve the whole camp
for New Years in 2008 or 2009. I have a feeling they throw quite a party.
There is no question we’ll be going back – soon I hope. I’ll
need your help
with ideas for where to go and what to do next – maybe a Namibia/Botswana
combination next time.
Thanks again to you (and Vanessa – who capably handled all my last minute
questions) for all your work on our trip – the usual superlatives just
capture the experience.
J. Poorman and family, Oregon
- July 2006
The Poorman family at Mombo Camp
The Poorman family at Jack's Camp
We had an AMAZING time!! The camps we stayed at were great, the
were very friendly & accommodating and the food was some
of the best we've ever had. We were shocked at how close we
got to the animals & how
informative our guides were. I had no idea I would learn so
Vanessa for all your help planning the best vacation we've ever had!
great camps, good variety (Cape Town, Botswana, Vic Falls),
great food, nice people and knowledgeable guides.
Safaris was great! Having a host made everything seamless!
C. Matalia, New Jersey - June
In the clouds atop Table Mountain, Cape Town
Game drive at Chitabe Camp, Botswana
Eyes on Africa,
have to say that this ranks as our best trip yet to Africa.
your help in putting it all together made it all the more
enjoyable. P. and I even made some new friends on this
trip in Botswana.
again and please have anyone thinking of going on their first
Safari to call us!
J. & P. Fermanis, Illinois - May
2006; (repeat clients)
At Stanley's Camp, Botswana
J. & S. Cooke, United
Kingdom - September
Just to let you know we arrived back in the UK at the weekend and
what a wonderful time we had in Zambia. Everything was fantastic
except for the heat (upper 30's - 40 deg C), tsetse flies and mosquitos,
but hey that's life in Africa eh!!
Nsefu and Chichele in the South Luangwa National Park were great. What
wonderful people and fantastic service. We had some good game viewing
made so very welcome. We had a brilliant time there.
Tongabezi on the Zambezi River was outstanding. Again the service was tops
and we got to do a helicopter and micro-light flight over Victoria Falls, a
trip to Livingstone Island where we swam in a large rock pool right next to the
main falls which was out of this world, and an hour long elephant back safari
then interacted with the elephants. We also did numerous other things like
sunset and sunrise river trips, a trip to the Falls, a picnic lunch on an Island
and a game drive in the local game reserve (Mosi oa Tunya).
We have some absolutely fantastic memories.
Thank you so much for putting together the trip for us. Everything went
smoothly e.g. the transfers and connecting flights and I'm sure if we do anymore
trips there I'll be in touch again.
Once again Nicky, thanks for helping to make some things we would never
dreamed of come true.
At the Victoria Falls,
The trip was fantastic.... everything went pretty much
exactly as planned, with no major hitches, and certainly lived up
to our expectations...
The mix of Chitabe / Little Vumbura / and the Mana Pools canoe trail
proved to be an excellent combo of environments, wildlife and overall
the three, I'd have to say the canoe trail was the most exciting, but each had
its' high points.
of all, let me say we were most impressed with the professionalism
and quality of everyone and everything that had to do with Wilderness
the moment we arrived at JNB to the last bush plane pick up at Chikwenya, every
aspect of the trip was handled with a precision and good spirit that
was truly amazing. The only real hitch in the whole trip
was was an Air Botswana foul up on the baggage JNB-Maun, and your people
at Maun followed up beautifully, and had the bags in our hands the next
Guides at all 3 venues were outstanding, and our
our overall feeling at the end of the experience was that we'd received
an education more
so than an experience.
The photographic opportunities were limitless, and I will send you a
small sampling of some of our best shots once I whittle down the myriad
of digital images. When you spend
the kind of bucks this trip cost, you expect a lot... and to come
out at the other end of the trip wishing you could just go back and experience
some more of the same is a tribute to the quality of the trip planning
and destination features. We feel truly privileged to have experienced
Africa in such a natural setting, and maybe a disquieting sense that
future generations might not have the same opportunities. We applaud
the environmentally sensitive perspectives of Wilderness Safaris and
Eyes on Africa, and hold out the hope that, despite the odds, unique
ecosystems like the Okavango Delta and the Zambezi can be maintained.
you, Vanessa, for your considerable patience in working with us to put
together this once in a lifetime trip, and we will certainly highly recommend
your agency to anyone contemplating a trip to southern Africa. It
was a trip we will re-live for years to come......
R. & A.
Shull, Tennessee - September 2005
The Shulls with Newman at Chitabe
Sundowners at Chitabe
The Shulls on the Mana Canoe Trail
Dear Nicky -
I would like to get the Mombo book! As to our trip, we had a absolutely
phenomenal time! For our first safari
trip, we could not have asked for more. The Okavango Delta in flood was
unbelievable. We saw more animals than I thought possible. We actually
an elephant right outside our first camp as we arrived from the air strip.
He later wandered by the deck of our tent. K. took LOTS of pictures.
will send some to you after he has had a chance to do some editing.
The Namibia portion of the trip went
very smoothly. We made our connections with no problems and the Sefofane
pilot met us at the Windhoek airport as
planned. Namibia was spectacular. We particularly enjoyed Little Kulala
the Sossusvlei dunes and the scenic flight up the Namib Naukluft coast.
Damaraland was very scenic and we saw the desert adapted elephants several
times. Ongava Lodge was beautiful. We were placed in one of the newer
(room 12, room 11 is the other newer room) which was much larger than
older rooms. The newer rooms also have outdoor showers. Room 11 has a
view of the waterhole. I would suggest you tell your guests to request
these rooms if possible. We saw a black rhino at the waterhole and also
white rhinos on game drives.
The waterholes at Etosha park was great
seeing large concentration of game although I think seeing the same game
the Okavango was more memorable. Our last game drive at Ongava was
particularly memorable. We had alighted from the truck for our last
sundowner of the trip and K. was busy taking pictures of fresh lion
in the sand when the guide realized that we were being observed by a
of lions not 100 ft from us! We beat a rather hasty retreat back into
truck and then the photos among us proceeded to get some great close
shots of the lions. I think by the time we left Ongava our encounter
the lions was going to become boma legend.
Thanks very much for making the Namibia portion of our trip possible.
almost given up on going to Namibia before we called you. We kept getting
told it was not doable.
S. & K. Lee, New
Mexico - July
Dear Nicky -
We are back... thank
you for your
help in setting up the trip, which was wonderful. Everyone aged
7 to 79 had a
great time. Arranging private activities for our family was a great
definitely worth whatever it cost, though in general we had full stamina. The
weather was a bit warmer that usual, which was nice. Jao was truly
and DumaTau allowed us to have a bit more sense of the dangers of the
Wildlife viewing was excellent, though we did not see cheetah, wild dogs,
kill. We did get a lot of lion cubs and a couple of hours with
though, along with what I assume is the usual elephant, giraffe, zebra,
wildebeest, warthog, impala, lechwe, etc. We were very impressed
people, particularly the Botswana.
It turns out my department is forging
ties with a hospital in Gabarone, so
perhaps I will have another chance to visit Botswana. In the meantime,
watching “The Gods Must Be Crazy” again with the kids ...
Detre & family, Pennsylvania
At Jao Camp, Botswana - June 2005
The Detre's in the Jao Camp wine cellar
The Detre girls with guide Victor at Jao Camp
Nicky - I cannot begin to thank you enough
for the wonderful itinerary you
planned for our trip to Africa. Everything was perfect. It's hard to
which camp we liked the best--they were all great. But if I had to choose
would say Savuti. People were wonderful in each of the camps and the
wildlife incredible. Each camp offered slightly different terrain and
different animals. The accommodations at the Grace were a perfect beginning
The new Vumbura was impressive. The staff
and guide were wonderful, but the
accommodations were a bit over the top for our tastes. This is NOT a
complaint as it really was quite luxurious. But for the real taste of
husband and I preferred the tented camps of Chitabe and Savuti.
Victoria Fall was very nice and yet disappointing
that no one was there. There hotel was practically empty and we were
two of four on the boat on the
river cruise. Wonderful for us, but sad that so few were experiencing
We were thinking this would be a one
time trip and now we can hardly wait to
go back. You did a masterful job in setting this all up and I sincerely
thank you. I would strongly recommend you to anyone interested in such
J. Mumme, California - June 2005
At Chitabe Camp, Botswana
camps were tops. Well run. Staff went way beyond the
call of duty. Food was oh so good and plentiful. I had
to pace myself so that I didn't overeat. Both trip groups were
small and we all seemed to get along. I didn't have to worry
about my Dad. I had a tent to myself. And the guides
again were an unexpected pleasure. I really liked that I was
able to spend so much time with Festus and Linus - unlike in Botswana
where our guides changed with the camp. They were both so organized,
they never left me behind once. Both were willing to share what they
knew about everything, even when we may not have been politically
correct in the asking. And patience - it was never ending. Even
though I know they treated everyone kindly, I still felt that both
of them took extra care of me because I was travelling alone.
still greatly admire a guide I met in Kenya and Festus will be right
beside David when I need to take some mental time away from Nebraska.
Sightings of animals were fewer than Kenya, except in Etosha. I
knew this in advance because of the time of year. So each sighting
was that more pleasurable. And not having to contend with crowds
of people was another plus. I got to sit in the front seat
of the Ranger and in the co-pilot's seat of several planes. I
made the sand roar and waded in quicksand. This was the best!
L. Anania, Nebraska
- June 2005
Every day was special with no disappointments. All arrangements went
a hitch. Thank you!
The two overnights at the hides in Chitabe
will not be forgotten. We were
surprised to be greeted by the entire staff and they sang
stayed for a while and talked. It was great!
You are obviously better informed than
anyone else we could deal with and after this last trip you proved
to have great judgment in helping plan our trip (also great patience!)
P. Schwind, Michigan
- June 2005
Vanessa and Nicky,
Many thanks for all of your assistance
with our recent trip to Botswana. The Wilderness Safari camps truly
provide the experience of a lifetime.
As you know, we spent two nights at DumaTau
and three at Tubu Tree which provided an interesting range of topography. The
weather was perfect and
the species both diverse and abundant at both camps. The best of all,
however, were our guides, Nandi and Moyo. Both of them were much
better qualified than any biology instructor that I have known. Their
combination of field experience, technical knowledge, teaching skills,
sense of humor and their personal commitment to wildlife conservation
were the keys to our
The photos are of the
two of us with Nandi at Duma Tau and the leopard who literally posed
for the camera at DumaTau. My caption for the leopard is "If
you can't get this one in Nat. Geo., you should stop
Again, thank both of you so much for
arranging the Botswana portion of our
trip. We would love to do it again, and again, and again.
J. and B. Johnson, Michigan - May 2005
Having traveled throughout the globe, I can say that Botswana is
the most unspoiled ecosystem left on the planet.
My suggestion to those considering an
African safari: Listen to the suggested trip ideas from the experts
at Eyes on Africa rather than from your friend who visited africa six
Nicky paid close attention to every detail of our trip and we felt
that every request was attended to. She told us that "Every day
of every safari is a unique event for each guest," yet she tries to
include experiences allowing everyone to feel that they saw "almost
everything." Her extensive knowledge of the safari experience
was fantastic for trip planning ideas.
Nicky, Thank you. I would like to be
president of your fan club!
V. Szanto and family, California
On safari in Botswana - December 2004
Hello Nicky & James, Our trip went
flawlessly. It was an incredible
experience and far surpassed our expectations. It would be hard to
lodge or camp was favorite. My opinion: Singita Boulders for most plush & deluxe
facility, Royal Malewane for best food, Mombo for most animals, Jao
for best birds and water experiences and Kings Pool for the best ambiance
our living quarters. We totally enjoyed all.
The guides were
all excellent as well as the staff at all lodges and camps. As you
well know, then there
were the animals. The first half hour of our first game drive we witnessed
kill by a Cheetah and her three cubs. The last half hour of our last
drive we witnessed a kill by a pack of wild dogs. The big five and
everything else occurred repeatedly throughout the game drives between.
bought a Panasonic GS-200 3CCD Camcorder for the trip and it was a
major asset. I was amazed by the quality of the results, especially
from inexperienced users. B. thinks she's ready to tackle Hollywood
with her new found movie making talent. All in all we had no negative
experiences. All camps and Vic Falls were wonderful. We really appreciate
your efforts in putting the trip together for us.
After they get sick
of hearing us talk about this
trip, I'm sure all of our friends will be in contact with you for their
future trips to Africa. We certainly hope to make more trips back down
the future. Thank you again for all of your help.
R. & B. Hervey, Virgin Islands
Visit to Victoria Falls - 2004
Nicky, Please excuse us for not getting
to you sooner. We have been busy telling
stories and missing Africa and North Island and mostly figuring out how
we will get
back as quickly as possible.
The trip was fantastic and every last detail was perfect. We thank you
from the bottom of our hearts.
From landing in Joburg and our nights at the
Grace and all the camps in between, and our perfect experience on North Island,
everything was a dream.
We ran into some friends of yours. Suzy from Sefofane had taken
over the rest of Matusadona for her 40th birthday party. They were quite a
crew to have around for a couple of nights, in fact they took this picture
of M. and I at dinner one night. And then Bruce on North Island spoke highly
of you as well.
I could keep thanking you over and over, but just take it as such
our trip was the most amazing thing that M. and I have ever done with
our time and we credit much of that to you. Thanks, J.
J. & M. Van Alen, South Carolina
Honeymooning on North Island, Seychelles - 2004
Having gone though three tour operators,
not always with pleasant results, we feel that with Eyes on Africa
we have finally found the experts we have been looking for. Nicky and
James, thanks to your advice, meticulous planning and attention
to every detail, our last trip was truly memorable.
Nicky, you really addressed all our concerns
and answered all our questions promptly. It was reassuring to know
that you and James had inspected and stayed in all the camps
you recommended. Most importantly, you took the time to talk with
us and gain an understanding of which camps would best suit us. James,
your advice on cameras, lenses and the types of film to take on our
safari certainly helped insure that we returned with the great photographs
of all we saw.
We're ready to plan or next safari immediately
and we are looking forward to another great trip!
D. & C. Ray, New Mexico - 2004
I am feeling rather depressed now...
having to come back to the real world and work! I miss Africa
already. You can go ahead and arrange
for the next safari for September or October! The question is
The trip was absolutely wonderful.
I had a wonderful time... an experience that I will not forget.
It's difficult to relate to people as
one has to experience it. The walk to the hide was the best. It was a
bit dangerous as the grass was very tall (some parts were taller than
us) due to the rains. OT, the guide did exceptionally well in getting
us to the hide just before the sun set. Sleeping at the hide and
watching the southern sky full of stars was the best.
Kwetsani was too wet due to the rains
and Savuti was good. We did not get to watch the elephants at the hide
in Savuti as they were not
migrating back yet. They were expected to be there in 2 to 3 weeks due
to the rains again.
The whole trip was very well and professionally
organized from the moment I touched down. Grace Hotel was superb and
so was Victoria
Falls Hotel. Even the diamonds at Panda was excellent. Just bought a
Will certainly go back again. The question
is when. Oh, before I forget, thank you very much for the pleasant
surprise... the book on
Wild Dogs. It was very thoughtful of you. We did see a pack of 16 wild
dogs "feeding" on an impala at Savuti.
I can't tell you what a great job you
have done including the folks at
Wilderness Safari. The guides and staff at the various camps were
exceptionally wonderful as well.
A. Lee, New York - 2004
I just wanted to send you a quick note
to let you know that we are back safe
and sound following an absolutely incredible and perfectly planned trip.
Thank you so much for the wonderful planning, great advice, and beautiful
coffee table book. We were met every step of the way by professional
very courteous people who all took even better care of us because it
honeymoon. We can't wait to go back!
If you ever need a reference, please don't hesitate to ask.
N. Rothstein, California - 2004
M. & L. Hanby, Tennessee - 2004
Our trip was absolutely fantastic. We
such a wonderful time. Singita
was out of this world. It was just heaven, from the room and the lodge
staff to the food etc. Our guide, Leonard was most congenial and
We saw the "Big Five", even a mama leopard and her cub. Of
course we saw
hippos, even a white rhino, kudus, zebras, an African wild cat and of course
million impala. We met some very interesting people too. We cannot say
We took some unbelievable videos and
digital pictures. It is a trip we will never forget. Thank you so much for
it all together for us. Please do not hesitate to use us as referrals.
Thanks for your part.
Thank you for answering every little
question and concern I had, and for your patience, in planning our
Botswana safari. Everything
went very smoothly and all arrangements were perfect. I will recommend
you wholeheartedly whenever possible. (I hope I get the opportunity
to work with you again! I have Namibia in mind….) Our
trip was awesome – the
special moments we experienced will remain with us forever. When
I look at the photos what stands out to me are our big smiles – we
were so happy there. No one thought about home. Thank
you once again for everything.
L. Arigi, Illinois - 2004
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