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On this page our guests share everything about their trip/holiday organized by Affordable Africa Safaris.com (AAS)
AffordableAfricaSafaris.com guests came back from amazing Uganda and provided me these beautiful photos.
They were called the “lucky team” by there private ranger because they saw nearly everything you could wish for.
At AffordableAfricaSafaris we are also grateful with the feedback we received from them because this is the only way how we can improve our service to our guests.
Thank you so much Marijke & Arjen (lucky team) for your feedback and the photos.
Last year via us to Tanzania and this year Uganda...
What’s next for you?
Marijke & Arjen (the lucky team)
We are home but we still have the thoughts of a fantastic week in Johannesburg and the Kruger Park (Klaserie).
We would like to thank you for this amazing week because you organized it perfectly for us. We enjoyed it from the start to the end.
The first time Johannesburg for me together with my family, fantastic accommodation, the cycling tour in Soweto, Blyde River Canyon Lodge were we were welcomed by giraffes, zebras and of course the ostriches it was all just great.
The Panorama Route with beautiful weather, great food en amazing hosts everywhere. The highlight was our stay at Baobab Ridge Lodge.
The lodge is just great and everyone was so enthusiastic. Upon arrival we were immediately directed to the water hole because 13 elephants were there, waiting for us, to drink.
We nearly saw the big 5 during our stay at Baobab Ridge Lodge. This is absolutely a very good reason the come back again.
Food was good and our ranger David knew all about wild life. Just an amazing week. Once again we would like to thank you for helping us to put this week together for us.
Best regards, family Kruithof
Nog nagenietend van een fantastische week in Johannesburg en Krugerpark (Klaserie), willen wij je bedanken voor de perfecte organisatie.
Het was Top van begin tot eind.
Met het gezin voor het eerst naar Johannesburg, fantastische accommodatie, de fietstoer door Soweto, Blyde River Lodge waar we bij aankomst én vertrek begroet werden door giraffen, zebra’s en natuurlijk de struisvogels.
De Panorama route met prachtig weer, heerlijk eten en zeer vriendelijke hosts overal. Als klapper het verblijf in Baobab Ridge. De lodge was fantastisch, iedereen zó enthousiast.
Na aankomst werden we onhaalt omdat er 13 olifanten bij de waterplaats voor de lodge stonden.
Bijna de big 5 gespot. Een goede reden om nog eens terug te komen ;-)
Het eten was voortreffelijk en onze ranger David zeer kundig. Kortom, een onvergetelijke week.
Enorm bedankt! Hartelijke groet, Fam. Kruithof
Thank you for the welcome home message, we had a fantastic holiday !
All lodges were just beautiful but our favorites were Stonecutters, Blyde River and the most amazing lodge Baobab Ridge.
Everything is amazing there, the food is great and the staff is so friendly.
Brett was our driver, very skilled and enthusiastic to everyone.
We have seen so many animals and, except for only 1 drive, we saw leopard every single drive !!
Besides that we came across a Rhino with calf, buffalo, elephants, warthogs, crocs, impala, hyenas and a black mamba and many more animals.
The last drive Brett and David did their utmost to find lions but the lions were well hidden and we could not find them but this means we have to come back for our lion Safari.
During our stay in Cape Town we climbed Table Mountain and we visited Robben Island.
In Hermanus we saw Whales up close and personal and we joined a whale tour including a shark cage dive.
All together we had a blast of a holiday with the family.
We would like to thank you for your advice and organization and we hope to come back for another safari in the future.
Best regards, Kos family
Bedankt voor je welkom thuis berichtje, we hebben een fantastische vakantie gehad!
Alle lodges waren mooi met voor ons als favorieten stonecutters, blyde river en de topper was echt Baobab Ridge. Alles is daar mooi, het eten is zeer goed en de mensen zijn erg vriendelijk.
Brett was onze driver, heel enhousiast en hij deed erg zijn best voor iedereen.
We hebben heel veel dieren gezien, op 1 drive na elke keer een luipaard !!
Daarnaast rino's (met baby), buffels, olifanten, warthogs, krokodil, impala's, hyena's black mamba, etc.
De laatste drive hebben Brett an David erg hun best gedaan om leeuwen te vinden maar die lieten zich niet zien. We moeten dus nog een keer op safari...
Bij Kaapstad zijn we natuurlijk de tafelberg op geweest en Robben island. In Hermanus walvissen voor de deur en hebben we nog een walvistour gedaan incl. sharkcage diving.
Alles bij elkaar een zeer geslaagde vakantie.
Hartelijk dank voor alle adviezen en we hopen zeker nog eens op safari te kunnen gaan.
Groeten, familie Kos
Our trip to South Africa was amazing! The first day we relaxed a bit around Johannesburg and on day 2 we travelled direction Krugerpark. The first lodge (Blyde River Canyon Lodge) was just beautiful.
Beautiful rooms, awesome food (requested a braai) and many things to do in the area.
We visited a rehab animal centre.
The best part of the journey (by far) were the 3 days we had at Bateleur lodge (Timbavati Reserve). Luxury and spacious accommodations (tents). We enjoyed the fantastic food and drinks at this lodge as well.
Now we are back home we need to think of what we eat again to loose some ... 😁.
During our stay at Bateleur we saw the big 5 which we loved.
Such a special journey we had!
We really would like to thank you for your help.
Onze reis naar Zuid Afrika was fantastisch! De eerste dag een beetje bijgekomen in Johannesburg en dag 2 richting het Krugerpark. De eerste lodge was prachtig. Prachtige kamers, heerlijk gegeten (braai op ons verzoek) en veel te doen in de buurt. Wij hebben een bezoekje gebracht aan een animal rehab center.
Maar het leukste gedeelte vonden we allemaal de 3 dagen bij Bateleur. Super mooie en luxe tenten. Het eten en drinken was hier ook weer zo goed geregeld. Denk wel dat we allemaal even een balansweekje moeten houden! 😬 En niet geheel onbelangrijk, alle 5van de big 5 gezien! Wat een bijzondere reis!
Nogmaals heel hartelijk dank!
Thank you for your welcome home message to us! The whole vacation worked out perfectly, including car rental, flights, everything!
We saw lots of wild animals in Addo Elephant Park and Welgevonden.
Wild Ivory Lodge was great, suburb food and an nice intimate lodge.
All in all a great holiday thanks to you! Once again we would like to thank you for that.
I already recommended you to several friends of mine ....
We definitely will contact you as soon as we go back to Africa again and that might be sooner than you think 😉
Han & Ursula
Did we had a great holiday? Absolutely!!!
The Safari Lodge was amazing although they need a new sign at the road to make it easier to find (the owner knows and works on it).
At Blyde River we a wonderful stay in a beautiful room.
Umlani Lodge (http://www.umlani.com) was top.
We came across the big 5 several time including a leopard with kill in a tree and very special for us was to see mating lions !!
Very friendly personnel, fabulous food and skilled rangers.
StoneCutters was a big surprise for us to finish this awesome holiday.
A huge house with great food (breakfast & dinner).
This whole trip was well arranged by Cara and you. We would like to thank you both for making this happening for us.
I will definitely advertise www.AffordableAfricaSafaris.com for you !!
Wat hebben we een mooie reis gehad: fantastisch!
Safari lodge prima :alleen is een nieuw sign aan de weg noodzakelijk omdat de locatie niet te vinden is in het dinker en het vorige sign in een brand gesneuveld is. De eigenaar is op de hoogte van deze noodzaak!
Blyde river geweldig mooie kamer
Umlani top : big 5 paar keer gezien, leopard met prooi in boom, parende leeuwen zo bijzonder
Vriendelijke staff, heerlijke maaltijden, kundige rangers
Stonecutters een verrassende afsluiting waanzinnig huis waar we in verbleven superdeluxe, fantastisch diner ontbijt
Alles was super geregeld door Cara en door jou! Heel erg bedankt, Marcel!
Ik zal een (www.AffordableAfricaSafaris.com) aanbeveling op jouw FB site schrijven, hartelijke groet, Monique
To start , I'm very pleased with the way the booking was made in our contact by email with the help and support of Marcel. That way we could amend an existing travel plan to one of our own. You were flexibel and swift to respond.
I must thank Marcel for making making suggestions and thinking with us to make it our safari.
It was nice to meet you (as ground handler for AffordableAfricaSafaris.com) on arrival in Nairobi so that we could see the man in person who we dealed with via email.
Joseph (our driver) was an excellent choice ! He was driving safely , being always on time , flexibel to accomodate our wishes , an expert game driver with good connections and making good suggestions.
The booking of hotels and resorts went ok but with a bit of luck due to the low season. At Nakuru they expected us one day later than planned.
Arrangements were made so we could stay there for the night.
You must have heard from Joseph that Mara River Camp is situated just outside the National Park which is of influence on the entry fee. Thank you for not billing that on our account. We on the other hand abstained from taking a our last game drive in the morning to get a little bit more sleep on that long day.
Apart from these remarks we had a holiday we will never forget with the family !!! Everything went just the way we wanted , even the weather ! I want to thank you , Joseph an Marcel for all your troubles and hard work.
Harm van Iddekinge
We had a fantastic holiday! We fully enjoyed our time in the bush, we even came across the big 5.
We would like to thank our friendly ranger/guide Ally. He had lots of patience.
After our safari period we flew to Zanzibar for the relaxing period of our busy holiday. Unfortunately we had some rain on Zanzibar but being on one place some days in a row was very relaxing and our kids enjoyed the time anyway!
We would like to thank AffordableAfricaSafaris.com and Jurie for this amazing schedule you prepared with wonderful lodges.
Kubu Kubu lodge in the Serengeti was just amazing! We really appreciated the bottle of wine which Jurie brought us to celebrate my husbands birthday, great !
Het was een fantastische reis! We hebben enorm genoten van een super safari,
zelfs de Big 5 gespot dankzij onze vriendelijke en geduldige gids Ally!
Daarna heerlijk uitrusten van drukke reisdagen op Zanzibar, helaas daar heel
veel regen gehad, maar paar dagen op 1 plek relaxen was heel fijn en de kids
vermaakten zich er gelukkig toch prima!
Veel dank voor jou en Jurie voor mooie programma en fijne accommodaties!
Vooral de Kubu Kubu lodge in Serengeti was prachtig! En Jurie had heel
attent een flesje wijn voor mijn jarig echtgenoot geregeld, top!
It all started with the marriage of our good friends which was really special. The surroundings and the park were we stayed were just beautiful.
Nothing could beat this ..... we thought. But the locations which Cara found for us were even more beautiful.
After a short night we visited the endangered species Centre.
The employees work and talk full of passion about their project to protect these animals.
After this visit the real adventure started for us.
The Panorama Route and our stay at Blyde River Canyon were impressive.
The next stop was Buffelshoek Lodge in Manyeleti Reserve.
Sleeping in the wilderness in between the wild animals was existing and very special.
My boyfriend and brother liked it a lot as well.
In the early morning the elephants walked trough Camp while we are having breakfast (Buffelshoek is unfenced), just amazing!
I think we saw it all from elephants to lions with little cubs and from leopard to beautiful colorful birds.
Our ranger Louis was an awesome ranger and tracker.
Unfortunately we had to leave this beautiful place again because our holiday had more stops in mind.
In Hazyview you booked us another pearl.
That evening we had some nice drinks at our private pool.
The next morning we did some zip lining which we really enjoyed and after that we continued to Dullstroom were we spend the night.
The next day it was time to fly out to Cape Town for the second part of our journey booked by AffordableAfricaSafaris.com
The owner of our Franschoek was a very nice lady. We enjoyed this little famous place.
Wonderful wines and food. We visited some amazing wine houses in this area.
We visited the touristic places like Hermanus, penguins and Cape of Good Hope of course.
The atmosphere around Cape Town feels like the atmosphere we know of Ibiza and this is what we like a lot.
We visited Klein Constancia, Table Mountain and we did an helicopter flight around this mountain on a clear and beautiful day.
To top it of we did some parasailing from Signal Hill, amazing !!!
After this adrenaline boost it was time to head back home again.
We felt bad that we had to leave this awesome country again.
I would like to thank you (AffordableAfricaSafaris) and Cara for your help to make this a trip we will never forget.
I definitely will recommend you guys to everyone who would like to travel to Africa and the moment we decide to visit Africa again I know where to find you again.
Best regards, Marianne
Safari Club B&B is fine for the first night after arrival, because driving in the dark in Johannesburg is not recommended.
Next day Soweto your on schedule. Two incredible enthusiastic young guys full of humor showed us around in their neighborhood. And above that they told us a lot about the history. They were really great!
Village Green Guesthouse was a beautiful guesthouse, very hospitable (I'm here for you 24/7. Serious, every day again...) and again everyone was so incredibly friendly.
Then off to Mount Sheba. We knew this was going to be a long day of traveling, but it got a little longer because the road up the mountain became hard to pass, because of the rain, if you do not have a 4x4. We had to be pulled out by a tractor. On top it was raining, misty and cold. I think it is a beautiful spot, but not in the rainy season.
On our way to Blyde River Canyon.
How beautiful is this area! Really beautiful day. We kept on going a bit, because we had a bit of delay in the morning and we wanted to arrive in time in Baobab ridge for the afternoon game drive. We had great game drives saw a lot of game AND we saw a leopard 4 times!!
The lodge Baobab ridge was luxury, they spoiled us a lot. It was beautiful weather, so we spent the time between game drives enjoying the weather.
Personnel was superb and the accommodation very nice.
In Tzaneen we slept in Tamboti lodge.
Again nice atmosphere, good beds, nice pool and great food for diner.
Then on our way to Entabeni.
A very long drive on gravel roads, but so very worth it. We saw lots of wild life. Elephants and rhinos so close we could almost touch them. And we saw an attempt of two lions trying to kill a wildebeest. Just under our nose.... At night on our way back to our accommodation almost walked into two rhinos, walking on the same path as we were just 3 meters away. It ended well, so now it's a nice story to tell.
Then there comes a time to go home, our youngest did not want to leave anymore. He wants to go and live in SA.
All in all, we had a great week! Except for Mount Sheba. All lodges were great, all well organized, everywhere two separate beds for my boys. we had always great food, saw many animals and also got a touch of local life and culture in SA.
Thanks for organizing, Marcel! If we need it another time, we know where to find you.
Regards from Brenda ( writing this email made me want to go back...)
The whole family (my parents, my husband and I) enjoyed our routing through South Africa.
The highlight was our stay at Baobab Ridge Lodge.
We enjoyed our stay at Baobab Ridge very much. We had a great time and the staff working at this lodge are so sweet.
My parents stayed in the house which has a direct sight of the water hole in front of the lodge. From the swimming pool we saw a herd of elephants drinking. Amazing!
Our trip started at Johannesburg airport were a staff member of Safari Club accommodation awaited us and guided us to the car rental office.
Safari Club was nearby the airport and was good for the first night.
The next morning we headed to Rissington Inn. Unfortunately we only stayed here 1 night because it's just beautiful here.
In our mind we knew more amazing places would follow during the rest of our holiday.
Our next stop was Baobab Ridge Lodge.
Affordable luxury at this amazing lodge. We saw many animals including the big 5 during our game drives. Just awesome!
Our next destination was Blyde River Canyon Lodge. A beautiful place along the river but I think the road to the lodge was a bit far from the main road.
The personal was not very friendly.
(I will contact the lodge about this, AffordableAfricaSafaris reaction)
We liked it to sleep in a round house.
Our last night we stayed at Old Joe's.
This is just an incredible place. Just next to the road we didn't expect such an amazing garden. The food made us very happy.
I will visit this place again, for sure.
Thank you Marcel of AffordableAfricaSafaris.com for all your help.
I hope you will be able to help many more clients in the future.
Best regards, Monique Zegers
We were a group of 4- 2 senior citizens, 1 child, and 1 adult- traveling with AffordableAfricaSafaris.com and it was a perfect experience for all travelers.
Marcel and Jurie were so helpful to give guidance and suggestions on planning the right itinerary and the preparation was easy and very positive.
In Tanzania we had the most wonderful guide in Kaanaeli.
He immediately made us feel very comfortable and told us the most amazing stories about his life, how life is in the Arusha area, and gave us such a great understanding of the people and culture.
This was very important for us and he made us feel like we were not just outsiders looking in but that we were getting a deeper understanding of what we were seeing.
The safari was perfect- the route, the facilities (wonderful hotels!), and the game drives were amazing.
We saw so many different animals but also got to spend time just observing and taking in everything we saw. Kaanaeli's passion and interest in the country made the trip fantastic.
I can only highly recommend traveling with AffordableAfricaSafaris.com if you are looking to custom-design a trip that exactly fits your needs and potentially takes you off the normal tourist path.
We would definitely do another trip with AffordableAfricaSafaris.com again!
Beth Wolff (from Denmark)
In February 2017 we visited South Africa with our 6 & 9 year old children.
The whole vacation was very well organized by AffordableAfricSafaris.com.
Oooooh it's all very great !!!
Blyde River was super, Simbavati is just amazing.
Thank you for the nice wine, by the way 😉
It was a fantastic holiday.
We enjoyed every minute of it. We had the time of our lives.
This was our best holiday ever.
Laura vd Tas
A fantastic "once in a life time" experience in Tanzania; 6 days safari (Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park) and 4 days Zanzibar (Nungwi & Paje).
We experienced a very good guidance; before (AffordableAfricaSafaris.com) and during our holiday with our awesome ranger Paul "Hawkeye".
Everything was perfectly prepared for us, from the start to the end, without any hidden costs and without strange changes in the routing.
You get what you paid for ! In cooperation with our ranger we could make changes if we wanted without any problems.
We would like to thank Marcel of AffordableAfricaSafaris for guiding us in the preparations before our trip and during our safari; we also would like to thank Jurie And Paul for their efforts to make this trip an unforgettable one for my family and me.
Greetings Michel Althoff
Een fantastische once-in-a-lifetime happening in Tanzania; 6 dagen safari ( Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro krater, Tarangire park ) en 4 dagen Zanzibar ( Nungwi & Paje).
Geweldig goede begeleiding gehad; zowel in het voorbereidingstraject , als wel onderweg met geweldige gids Paul “ Hawkeye” .
Alles , van begin tot eind, tot in de details goed geregeld, geen verborgen kosten of nare wijzigingen. You get what you paid for ! Heel erg veel in overleg aan te passen.
Dank Marcel van AffordableAfricaSafaris voor de voorbereiding en begeleiding zowel voor als tijdens de safari; thanks Jurie and Paul for their efforts to make this trip an unforgettable one for me and my family
Gr. Michel Althoff
First of all we wish you all the best for coming year!
We are back home again, we had a fantastic journey.
We enjoyed the first overnight stay at Safari Lodge from owner Cara, great place, very kind staff. A great first place for an overnight on a good location.
Tshwene lodge in Welgevonden, fantastic and beautiful place, lovely staff and great food and most of all peaceful. We loved the exciting game drives.
In other words, we had a awesome time there and most important for us, our daughter felt in love with safaris.
Cape Town was amazing as well. We only had 4 days which we used to the maximum. We saw and did a lot down there.
We would like to thank you for your help and we definitely will contact you again in the future when we travel to Africa again and most important of course, we spread the word about AffordableAfricaSafaris.com
Best regards, Diane Jacobs
Allereerst de allerbeste wensen voor het nieuwe jaar!
Wij zijn weer thuis, we hebben een fantastische reis gehad.
Allereerst de Safari lodge van Cara, prima bevallen, erg aardige mensen . een prima
lodge ook qua locatie.
Verder onze Tshwene lodge in Welgevonden,, fantastisch mooie plek , lieve mensen, heerlijk eten en
vooral de rust en de spannende gamedrives natuurlijk. Al met al, we hebben genoten en voor ons heel belangrijk
onze dochters zijn helemaal “ om’” qua safari.
Kaapstad was ook super, hadden helaas maar 4 dagen maar veel gedaan ( en gegeten).
Wil je enorm bedanken voor al je hulp, we gaan je zeker inschakelen bij een volgende safari en natuurlijk aanbevelen…. !!
Groet Diane Jacobs
About a month ago we decided last minute (5 days before departure date) to contact Marcel at AffordableAfricaSafaris.com to help us to arrange a fantastic safari trip.
We went 2 days to Lake Nakuru, 1 day to Lake Naivasha and 3 days to great Masai Mara.
On arrival at Kenyatta Airport at Nairobi our private ranger Joseph was already waiting for us.
Joseph proved to be a great ranger with lots of knowledge of nature.
In no time he showed us the big 5 and much more. The planning could be changed any way we liked it: a picnic in a reserve or a boat cruise. Anything was possible.
We stayed in a diversity of lodges in several price classes in the reserves.
Mother Nature is just beautiful in Kenya so I will advice everyone to visit Kenya. Via AffordableAfricaSafaris.com everything can be arranged quickly and good. We definitely can recommend Marcel's company to travel with.
We are already looking for our next Africa destination.
Best regards, Bob Tulleker
Nairobi - Kenia
Een dikke maand geleden hebben we last minute (5 dagen van tevoren) via Marcel Kuijper (AffordableAfricaSafaris.com) een fantastische safari geregeld.
Twee dagen naar het Lake Nakuru reservaat, een dag Lake Naivasha en vervolgens 3 dagen naar de Masai Mara.
Bij aankomst op de airport stond ons vervoer en gids, Joseph, al op ons te wachten. Joseph was een uitstekende gids met veel kennis van de lokale natuur.
Hierdoor hadden we in no time de Big Five te pakken. Het programma kon naar onze wens aangepast worden: picknicken in het reservaat, bootje varen, geen moeite teveel! We logeerden in lodges in het reservaat, welke in verschillende prijsklassen beschikbaar zijn.
De natuur in Kenia is van een overweldigende schoonheid en ik kan dan iedereen ook van harte aanraden om die kant op te gaan.
Via AffordableAfricaSafaris.com is alles snel te regelen en ik kan Marcel dan ook zeker aanbevelen.
Wij zijn in ieder geval al aan het kijken voor een volgend tripje richting Afrika.
Groeten Bob Tulleker
We had a wonderful time at Kwafubesi. This lodge is a small intimate lodge and not as big as most other lodges in the area like Mabula Lodge.
We enjoyed the peacefulness around the lodge.
Staying in the tents (accommodations) is an experience. The tents breath the same atmosphere as the entire lodge which is great, relaxed.
Amazing food and very friendly staff in the lodge. Safaris were just great altough sometimes we drove for miles without seeing an animal.
We would like to thank you for your help so last minute. I will advertise for you !
Greetings Anke van Alphen
We hebben het heerlijk gehad.
Kwafubesi was heel knus en dus vooral niet zo massaal als bij mabula lodge. We hebben genoten van de rust.
De tent vond ik een hele belevenis.
Ook de inrichting vd tent en de heel sfeer vd accommodatie. Heerlijk eten en vriendelijke mensen.
Safari's waren ook goed! Veel gezien ondanks dat we ook vaak lange stukken reden en niks zagen.
Nogmaals dank voor alles wat je geregeld hebt.
Ik ga zeker reclame voor jullie maken!
Groeten Anke van Alphen
We travelled via AffordableAfricaSafaris.com (AAS)
in cooperation with AAS our travel schedule was put together the way we liked it so the only thing we needed to do is enjoy our time in South Africa.
During this trip we came across whales, lions, elephants and many more animals.
We loved the South African landscape and we enjoyed the great food we had. We stayed in wonderful accommodations during this amazing vacation.
I defenitely will recommend AffordableAfricaSafaris.com to everyone.
Greetings Jorrit Visser
In samenspraak met AffordableAfricaSafaris.com hebben we een geweldig reisschema opgesteld voor Zuid Afrika.
Alles is tijdens de reis uitgekomen. We hebben walvisen, leeuwen, olifanten en ga zo maar door gezien.
Tevens enorm genoten van de prachtige natuur en het lekkere eten.
Tijdens onze reis hebben we in heerlijke accomodaties overnacht.
Ik zal het boeken via AfforableAfricaSafaris bij iedereen aanbevelen.
Groet, Jorrit Visser
We had a great trip via affordableafricasafaris.com
We were picked up at the airport of Kilimanjaro by Claude, who would be our guide and driver for the week to come.
After a comfortable night at a local hotel, it was an early rise and shine for our trip to the Serengeti, where we stayed at Kiota Tented Safari Lodge, which I would definitely recommend. The tents were extremely comfortable, the staff very hospitable and the food simply good, as were the wines and the gin-tonics.
Sometimes we were awakened by the sound of a male lion, which only added to the experience (toilet and shower where incorporated in the tent, so no worries on that front).
We enjoyed a nice couple of days of safaris in the Serengeti with Claude, who had true eagle-vision (next to being a very safe driver), so we literally saw all the species of wildlife of the Serengeti!
Next Claude drove us to Tarangire, were we stayed at, indeed, the Tarangire safari lodge, were one can have (as we did) gin-tonics watching the sun set over the Tarangire valley.
After to more splendid days of safari, Claude dropped us of at the airport of Arusha, our safari had unfortunately come to an end!
We are back home but we wish we were still in South Africa playing golf and watch the wildlife.
We (my son and I) had an amazing time playing golf on the Sun City playground and we saw lots of wildlife during the organized safari.
During our golf round we shared the greens with lots of mangoose who apparently like to be on the greens as well.
Thank you for your last minute help together with Alastair.
Alastair did an amazing job to get it all sorted on such a short notice, well done.
Best regards, Nicolette
Pilanesberg was just beautiful, a very nice area, we didn't see to many big5 animals.
A pitty was that we only saw 1 lion in the distance but we came across a cheetah with 3 cubs which is a big treat.
Beside that we saw giraffe, elephant at a water hole and of course kudu, zebra, wildebeest and impala.
Black Rhino Lodge is a very nice lodge, beautiful rooms with an inside and outside shower possibility.
It felt very intimate because it's not so crowded.
After these 2 nights we decided to drive to Madikwe because we hoped for more lions.
We came across mating lions in Madikwe.
We also liked the Soweto cycling tour in combination with the Apartheid Museum arranged by you.
I would like to thank you (AffordableAfricaSafaris.com) for your help and advise and I would definitely recommend you to my friends.
Via you (AffordableAfricaSafaris.com) we booked our 18 days round trip trough Namibia.
With our 4x4 vehicle with 2 roof tents we started our fantastic journey in Johannesburg (South Africa).
Via the southern border post we entered Namibia.
Our first idea was to travel all from the southern part of Namibia to northern part and via the Kaprivi strip to the Victoria Falls and down Botswana back to Johannesburg again.
AffordableAfricaSafaris convinced us that the time available was too short to do all this and enjoy the trip.
With our 4x4 with 2 roof tents we enjoyed Namibia to the max. Freedom and an amazing scenery.
The Fish River Canyon was just breath taking but also places like Nakluft, Swakopmund, Damaraland and Etosha were very worth our visit.
We had a very good time with the family.
We ended our Namibia trip in Windhoek and flew to Johannesburg and from there back home.
The trip was very well organised and we would like to thank you for that.
Irene Bethan family (11 days self drive South Africa)
What a great trip we had to South Africa! Everything was arranged perfectly for us by AffordableAfricaSafaris.com (AAS).
There was someone waiting for us at the airport to take us to our accommodation for our first night.
The next day we made an impressive bicycle tour through the township of Soweto and visited the Apartheids museum.
On day 3 we collected our rental car: the beginning of our adventure through South Africa.
We drove the beautiful Panorama route and visited Blyde River Canyon. But the most beautiful thing was our stay in Klaserie Private Game Reserve, where we stayed in Baobab Ridge Private Lodge. Food was perfect, the people super friendly and the game drives great. Our ranger David did everything to give us un unforgettable time.
The owner of the lodge even found time in between to take our kids along to find foot prints of animals and make plaster casts of it.
Unfortunately all good things come to an end, so was our holiday.
If we will ever visit Africa again, we will surely have it organized by Marcel (AffordableAfricaSafaris.com).
Baie dankie Marcel!
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11 daagse self drive Zuid Afrika
Wat hebben we een geweldige reis naar Zuid-Afrika gehad. Alles was zeer goed geregeld door AffordableAfricaSafaris.com (AAS).
Iemand stond ons op te wachten op de luchthaven van Johannesburg om ons naar de accommodatie voor de eerste nacht te brengen. De volgende dag hebben we een indrukwekkende fietstour door Soweto gemaakt en een bezoek aan het Vrijheidsmuseum gebracht.
Dag drie de huurauto opgehaald en ons avontuur kon beginnen. De schitterende Panoramaroute gereden en Blyde River Canyon bezocht. Maar het mooiste was toch wel ons verblijf in het Klaserie Private Game Reserve waar we verbleven in Baobab Ridge Private Lodge. Het eten was er perfect, de mensen waren er superlief en de gamedrives geweldig waarbij door ranger David alles uit de kast werd gehaald om ons een onvergetelijke tijd te bezorgen. De eigenaar van de lodge ging zelfs tussendoor nog een keer met de kinderen op pad om voetsporen van de dieren te zoeken en er gipsafdrukken van te maken.
Helaas komt aan alle goede dingen een eind dus ook aan deze vakantie.
Mochten we ooit nog een keer op vakantie naar Afrika gaan dan laten we die zeker weer door Marcel (AffordableAfricaSafaris.com) regelen.
Om de hele trip te zien druk hier
Baie Dankie Marcel!
Madikwe National Park
We really had a great time this holiday with the entire family.
When we arrived at OR Tambo there was someone waiting for us to transport us to our accommodation. We used only 1 room because it was spacious enough for all of us.
We had to return to the car rental the next day, shortly after we left because the rental car gave some warning signs.
We swapped cars and we could go on our way to Madikwe National Reserve.
The lodge (Buffalo Ridge) looked nice. We stayed in a kind of a Tree House with lots of privacy and a magnificent view outside.
The food was delicious and every evening the chef came out of the kitchen to explain the menu for that night.
If we liked some small changes in the menu the chef made it happen without any problem.
At night during dinner quite some moths joined us so we had to be cautious when eating, but this wasn't a big problem for us.
The first morning drive was amazing.
We came across a baby elephant which was trapped in the mud. Some rangers helped him to regain his freedom again, but now he started following the game vehicles all the time. This was a sad thing to see.
Eventually we have seen the entire big 5 (the leopard even several times) and lots of other animals. Just great!
We swapped rangers since the one we had the first 2 days showed some fatigue signs, like being rude to other customers in the car.
The last days we had Godfrie as our ranger and this was the perfect man for the job. Lots of patience and very friendly.
The receptionist Priscilla was wonderful for us as well.
Nothing was to much for her, very helpful.
We are also very happy with the way you (AffordableAfricaSafaris.com, AAS) stayed in touch with us and we like to thank you for the way you helped us prepare this trip.
I definitely will recommend you to our friends.
Thanks so much and hopefully until a next Africa visit.
Monique ten Cate.
11 Days family Safari Kenya
After looking around to organize a trip to Africa with my 2 daughters and
husband, I contacted Marcel from AffordableAfricaSafaris.com to ask him for advice.
Right away I felt like he understood me, so Marcel together with his partner in Kenya made
the perfect package and for the right price.
We went on a 11 day journey with 5 days safari in Masai mara, Lake Naivasha,
Lake Nakuru to then go to Mombasa to relax for 4 days.
What we got was an amazing trip we stayed at the most beautiful and comfortable Lodges, we were given a very professional guide who spotted the 'Big 5' for us and more.
All the persons we met were so friendly we felt very at ease and we were treated like royalty.
The combination with Mombasa was the perfect way to upload our batteries before going home.
We had the best holiday of our life, we will never forget the beauty of Kenya, the amazing nature and the honest friendliness of the people
Thank you AffordableAfricaSafaris.com (AAS) for making our dream come true.
Vanessa de Waele
17 days trip South Africa
Wij wilden langs deze weg laten weten hoe wij de 16 daagse reis met AffordableAfricaSafaris.com (AAS) ervaren hebben.
Na de voorbereiding door Affordable Africa Safari's zijn wij op 15 februari naar Kaapstad vertrokken. Hier zijn we keurig opgevangen en naar ons guesthouse Rosedene gebracht voor ons vierdaags verblijf. Centraal geleggen bij Kloofstraat met zijn vele restaurants een prima uitvalbasis in Kaapstad en Stellenbosch.
Dan door na La Fontaine in Franshoek waar de lieve gastvrouwen het ons naar de zin maakten. Heerlijke stop met o.a bezoek aan het Hugenoten museum.
Volgende stop is Oudtshoorn voor het verrassende Earthbound B&B.
Een geweldige stop, veel persoonlijk aandacht van de gastvrouw en veel leuke uitstapjes. Een bezoek aan de Cango Caves is een must en 's avonds de leuke en fijne restaurants. Voor ons een echte topper.
Dan naar Knysna's Hamilton Manor. Door het ontbreken van het laatste bord ook voor de GPS nog lastig te vinden. Dit guesthouse heeft een prachtig uitzicht over de lagune, een heerlijk ontbijt vanaf het hoog gelegen balkon. Kamers zijn ruim maar minimaal ingericht.
Toch leuke stop met prachtige wandeling.
De dag erop over de geweldige Gardenroute naar Port Elisabeth voor de vlucht naar Joburg. Alles soepel verlopen.
In Joburg opgepikt en naar ons verblijf bij het vliegveld gebracht, de Safariclub.
De Safariclub is ons inziens wel op z'n retour maar goed genoeg voor een overnachting nabij het vliegveld. Dit omdat we de volgende dag hier onze huurauto moesten halen.
Door richting Dullstroom voor de volgende verrassing bij Stonecutters Lodge. Een mooie plek voor heerlijke stop. Had net als Earthbound dat beetje meer.
> 'S Morgen vroeg vertrokken via de Panoramaroute met z'n vele bezienswaardigheden richting Blyde River Wilderness Lodge nabij Hoedtspruit. We hadden de opgegeven coordinaten ingevoerd in onze GPS. Maar dit ging helemaal mis. We belandden tien kilometer voorbij de afslag op een eveneens tien kilometer onverharde weg bij een mangoteler. Een ingezeept bloot mannetje riep dat we helemaal verkeerd waren.
Maar het begon inmiddels donker te worden en we hadden geen idee waar we heen moesten. Na diverse telefoontjes met de Lodge kwamen we daar rond acht uur aan.
De beheerder vertelde dat de coordinaten inmiddels aangepast waren omdat er wel meer mensen verdwaalde.
Omdat we de volgende dag niet zover moesten zijn we wat langer in deze Lodge gebleven.
Bij het wegrijden uit de lodge kwamen we na 500 meter tot stilstand voor een kudde zebra's en vier giraffen. Heel speciaal om zo deze dieren te bekijken van dichtbij.
Door naar weer zo'n toplocatie Baobab Ridge voor de laatste vier dagen.
Hier hebben we de Big Five gezien. David onze ranger heeft een band met de wilderness. Hij zag echt alles wat wij niet zagen. We hebben al diverse gamedrives eerder gedaan maar dit was echt anders. Heel speciaal en nog nooit eerder de dieren van zo dichtbij benaderd.
En dan terug naar Joburg voor een maal en een douche bij de Safariclub en dan met de late vlucht weer naar Amsterdam.
Kortom een geweldige reis, met vooral vriendelijke mensen onderweg, zeker voor herhaling vatbaar.
Een kort filmpje is te zien via deze link http://youtu.be/3IYKGUN7WkM
Groetjes Christine en Bert
with this email we would like to let you know how we experienced our 16 days holiday organised by AffordableAfricaSafaris.com
On the 15th of February we departed to Cape Town after all preparaties done by AffordableAfricaSafaris.com (AAS).
At the airport we had a meet & greet and after that we were transferred to our B&B Rosedene were we stayed for 4 nights. This B&B is with its central position near Kloofstreet a great place to visit Cape Town and Stellenbosch and of course many restaurants. After those 4 nights we continued our holiday to Fransschoek were we stayed in La Fontaine B&B with her very friendly hostess. A fantastic place were we visited the Hugenoten museum.
Oudthoorn was our next stop were we stayed in a great B&B Earthbound. A great place with a personal touch by the owner of Earthbound. The Cango Caves is a "must visit". Oudthoorn has very nice and good restaurants. For us this was one pf the highlights of this holiday. We proceeded to Knysna were we stayed in Hamilton Manor B&B. Due to the fact that the last sign to this B&B was missing and the GPS coordinates were not right we had some difficulties to find the Hamilton Manor. The B&B is beautiful situated along a lagoon. We had a great breakfast served on the one of the higher balconies. The rooms are basic but space full. The day after we drove the beautiful Garden Route towards Port Elizabeth for our flight to Johannesburg. Everything went smoothly. At the airport we had a meet & greet by someone of our B&B Safariclub. This B&B need a refurbishment but it is good enough to stay one night near the airport. After this night we collected our rent a car at the airport and we drove to Dullstroom. At Dullstroom we stayed at Stonecutters Guesthouse. A beautiful place were we had a great stay. In the early morning we departed. Via the Panorama Route with her amazing sightings we drove to Blyde River Wilderness Lodge near Hoedtspruit. The coordinates of this place were wrong so it toke us a lot pf time to find this Lodge. After some telephone calls to the Lodge we found the place. The Lodge owner told us that the coordinates are changed into the better ones. Since we had time enough the next day we stayed a little longer in the morning. On our way out we had a road block of zebras and 4 giraffe. A special last 4 nights we stayed in a top location Boabab Ridge. Our ranger David showed us the big 5 and we loved his wilderness feeling. He really saw all the animals which we missed. We have done several game drives before but this was way different because we had many animals up close and personal. Unfortunately it was time to leave for Johannesburg again were we had a shower and a meal at Safariclub and after this it was time to fly back home.
We had a great trip. Met many nice people so we definitely will do it again.
A short impression via this link http://youtu.be/3IYKGUN7WkM
Best regards, Christine & Bert
A first time amazing safari experience for my daughter
Hi Marcel (AffordableAfricaSafaris.com),
via this message we would like to thank you for all you have arranged for us.
My daughter and I had just a great holiday all arranged by you.
For my daughter this was her first safari experience and she could not belief her eyes of all the sightings all around her. It gave her a magical feeling to be out there in the bush seeing the big 5 (in 1 day !!!) and so many different species of birds.
Tommy was just the best and enthusiastic ranger/driver we could wish for. He knew everything about the animals, mother nature and the Masai people. His enthusiasm worked for us. His language skills were great as well.
He spoke fluently English and French. He was very passionated about his country Tanzania and he taught us many things of the Tanzanian culture.
This holiday was a chain of special surprises. Every morning again we were thinking of what that day would have in store for us.
We told ranger Tommy that we had just 1 big wish and that would be seeing the big 5 of Africa.
He did not only showed us the big 5 but he did that in just 1 day !!! How lucky can we get.
The holiday was well organized from the moment of the meet & greet at the airport until the moment we had to say "until we meet again" at that same airport.
Marcel, you told us in advance that this would be a great trip and you were so right. I have done more safaris in the past but this one was just special and will be in our minds for ever. You gave your special touch to this trip because you kept on thinking with us and arranged just the right ranger/driver for us. We had a private vehicle and Tommy gave us all the space and time we needed at a sighting, no rush at all. Tommy found us lots of elephants if we wanted to see one within no time. This trip was just one big adventure which my daughter which I won't forget quickly and you played a big part in our adventure and because of that we really like to thank you for all you have done and we definitely will recommend AffordableAfricaSafaris.com (AAS) to all our friends. The next time I know where to find you when I go again with one of my other children.
Once again thank you so much.
Best regards, Roos & Ophelie
Graag wil ik je langs deze weg ontzettend bedanken voor alles wat je voor ons hebt gedaan, geregeld en hoe je vooral meegedacht hebt met ons.
Mijn dochter en ik hebben een waanzinnige vakantie gehad, georganiseerd door jou. Voor mijn dochter was het de eerste keer dat ze op safari is geweest en ze heeft werkelijk haar ogen uit gekeken. Zelden is zij zo betoverd geweest door de natuur, niet alleen de big five maar ook van de vogels heeft ze genoten.
Je hebt voor ons een perfecte, enthousiaste en professionele gids geregeld. Tommy wist alles te vertellen over de dieren, de natuur, de masai. Hij bracht het buitengewoon enthousiast. Naast dat hij perfect engels sprak, sprak hij ook bijna vloeiend frans.
Met zijn enthousiasme en zijn eigen passie voor Tanzania, heeft hij ons kennis laten maken met alle bijzonderheden die Tanzania rijk is. De vakantie was een aaneenschakeling van een bijzonder verrassende reis. Verrassend was het omdat we sochtends niet wisten wat we overdag mee zouden maken. We hadden tegen Tommy gezegd dat we maar één wens hadden en dat was de big 5 te zien. Het was ongelooflijk maar op één dag hebben we ze alle 5 gezien.
De organisatie van de reis verliep perfect, vanaf het ophalen bij de luchthaven tot en met het wegbrengen. Je hebt niets teveel gezegd dat dit een bijzondere reis zou worden. Ik heb wel vaker safari's gemaakt maar deze blijft me zeker bij. Dat komt onder andere door de persoonlijke touch die je hebt gegeven aan deze reis, jouw meedenken, meehandelen, een privechauffeur die precies deed wat je hem vroeg. We konden zo lang als we wilden bij de leeuwen blijven kijken maar als we hem vroegen om de olifanten te zoeken dan had hij ze ook, binnen no time, gevonden. Hij vond dan niet één olifant maar meteen tientallen. Het was een avontuurlijke reis om nooit te vergeten, graag mijn dank hiervoor en kan een ieder jou ook zeker aanbevelen. De volgende keer dat ik met een van mijn andere kinderen een safari ga maken, zal ik zeker weer met jou contact opnemen.
Nogmaals dank en fijne avond
Roos en Ophélie
Just a great holiday (for English scroll down)
Hierbij wat foto's.....niet de beste kwaliteit want genomen met de iPhone behalve de laatste, het restant van de buffel nadat die 48u daarvoor door bovenstaande leeuwin en haar zuster was gegrepen!!!
De reis is prima verlopen, de accomodaties waren echt,zonder uitzondering,erg leuk!!!!
Uitschieter was wel de Baobab Ridge.....superleuk en fijne mensen.
Wat wij misten was omgevings-info vanaf de 1e overnachting jo'burg.....er waren veel leuke kaarten en brochures vanaf kaapstad tot port Elizabeth maar vanaf daar niets meer zoals wat brochures en leuke plattegrondjes....( is natuurlijk zelf ook aan te komen maar had wel makkelijk geweest).
Ja en verder was het gewoon een enorm leuke reis,we hebben echt genoten!!!!
Zeker voor herhaling vatbaar........
Groetjes en bedankt voor je inzet om alles zo goed en snel voor ons te regelen!!!!!
Debbie & John
Just a great holiday.
Here some photos .... not the best quality because we made them with our Iphone except for the last one, its the remainder of a buffalo. The buffalo was called about 48 hours earlier by a lioness with her sister.
We have to check our camera photos for more.
The trip was great, all accommodations, without exemptions, were very nice.
The best was Boabab Ridge, great place and nice owners.
What we misted was some Joburg information from day 1. We had enough informations like cards and brochures from Cape Town to PE but from there it stopped.
It was easy for us to get them somewhere but it would be a nice additional item.
Yes, and further I must say that we had a great trip, we really enjoyed it all.
We definitely will do it again......
Greetings and thank you for your help on this short notice.
Debbie & John
An unforgettable safari experience
We decided last minute that we would like to be in the bush during Christmas and New Year.
Via good friends we heard about Affordable Africa Safaris.com and the good experience our friends had earlier in 2015 with them.
We contacted them via their website's webform and from that moment everything was arranged quickly.
We flew via Johannesburg (overnight) to Maun into the Okavango Delta and stayed in 2 beautiful lodges.
The sightings in the Okavango Delta were just amazing and the service we received in the lodge better than ever so we felt bad to leave the Okavango Delta and Botswana again.
We will travel to safari Africa again and without a doubt we will do that via AffordableAfricaSafaris.com because if they are able to arrange a safari like this within a very short period like we had what can they do if they have more time available?
Thanks for your help and our unforgettable holiday.
Best regards, Jenny and Pascal
Travel magazine Columbus used one of the photos I took earlier this year.
The "baboon avenue" photo was taken in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.
This is great publicity and a reward of what we are doing at Affordable Africa Safaris.
The "baboon avenue" photo was taken in Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.
This is great publicity and a reward of what we are doing at Affordable Africa Safaris.
Een onvergetelijke ervaring dankzij Affordable Africa Safaris
Afgelopen augustus (2015) hebben wij met zijn 5-en een onvergetelijk safari gemaakt door het noorden van Tanzania.
Dankzij het deskundige advies van Affordable Africa Safaris was de reis perfect op maat gesneden, rekening houdend met de gezinssamenstelling, duur en budget. De afwisseling tussen de verschillende parken (Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro en Seregenti) en de overnachtingsplekken (luxe lodges afgewisseld met tentenkampen die een ervaring op zich waren) waren zeer goed afgestemd op elkaar. Door de samenwerking met een goede en betrouwbare lokale partij hadden we een zeer gedreven, vriendelijke en goed engels sprekende gids die ons gedurende de hele trip heeft begeleid. Zijn enorme kennis van het wild life was van grote toegevoegde waarde.
Kortom, zeker aan te raden!
Geschreven door familie Dahne.
An unforgettable experience with thanks to Affordable Africa Safaris
This August (2015) we made an unforgettable safari with the 5 of us through the north of Tanzania. Thanks to the expert advise of Affordable Africa Safaris the trip was tailor made, taking into account our family composition, the travel time and our budget.
The variation between the parks (Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro and Serengeti) and the places to stay (luxury lodges alternated with tented camps) were very well suited to each other.
Because of the cooperation with a good and reliable local organization we had a very driven, friendly and very well English speaking guide, who guided us the whole trip. His knowledge of the wildlife was enormous and of great added value.
In short, I recommend it!
Written by the Dahne family
it always is a pity when the holiday is over again. We prepared for this trip for a while and it was over before we knew it.
We had a great holiday.
Seen a lot from the country (of that part of southern Tanzania where we were because it is a big country) and we have a nice impression of it.
We saw lions up close and personal and also giraffe and some elephant.
The river was full of hippos which is a nice sighting to see.
From one side the time in our private Jeep was nice because like this we could see a lot from the country but on the other side this was also the part which took a lot of time to get from one park to the next (from Selous to Mikumi).
We found out that if people travel the southern parts they better fly from one park to the next because the distances are huge.
Unfortunately our budget was small so we could not do it that way.
We would like to thank you for all the effort you did for us to make it a wonderful trip. You kept an eye on all the stations of our trip to stay up to date if everything was well arranged for us.
Thank you so much Marcel.
We spend some days with 6 persons in Mikumi National Park Tanzania.
The drive from Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park toke us 7 hours but with a private driver that's not to bad.
We slept in Vuma Hills tented Camp.
This camp is really beautiful.
One of the days we encountered a fight between a lion and an elephant just next to our tent, just perfect.
The trip was just perfect and I would do it again when I can.
It was well organized by Affordable Africa Safaris
Captain A330, the Netherlands