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Guest Feedback Africa Memories- Hosted Retirement Retreat Getaways for Seniors – South Africa

(See our Hosted Retirement Retreat destinations here:  Hosted Retirement Retreats)

Thula Thula, Zululand, 2 night / 3 day Hosted Retirement Retreat:

Dear Natalie, such a wonderful , very well organized holiday at Thula Thula. So very special to visit Lawrence Anthony’s home and encounter his beloved elephants. It was so lovely to meet Francoise , who was very hospitable and signed many books. Our ranger, Victor was very enthusiastic and interesting to talk to. Anne

Megan the last 3 days were wonderful- thank you for being as you are organised, caring and friendly- it was a privilege to go with you to Thula Thula to enjoy our South African outdoor life and the wonderful wild life bestowed on us to protect. Thank you. See you again. Colleen

Oh Megan, what a wonderful experience. Thank you so very much for being such a gracious hostess. Everything was perfect. Hope to see you again soon. Ingrid

Hi Megan. I agree with the comments by our group. Everything was way above my expectations and your arranging of all the events was brilliant. Thanks again for all your hard work. Bazil

It was so nice meeting you Megan Anne speaks so highly of you and Derek and I must say I understand why you all including Natalie make us feel so at ease … I so enjoyed the trip thank you. June

Hi Megan, I can’t thank you enough for being such a wonderful host and friend. Beryl

Pumula, South Coast, 3 night / 4 day Hosted Retirement Retreat:

“10/10 Africa Memories Travel. We were catered for wonderfully and made to feel as if each of us was special. Both Derek and Megan went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed & turned us into one big, happy family. Our driver was very friendly, so very helpful and confident and made me feel perfectly safe. Our accommodation was clean, comfortable and had everything I needed. The staff were all efficient, friendly and helpful. The food was amazing. Pumula Beach Hotel is the perfect place for a holiday/break. The view is breathtaking, the gardens are a delight. I can’t wait to come back to bring my family here” Ireen

“100/10 Africa Memories Travel. Our hosts were excellent – helpful, attentive, kind, thoughtful, friendly hosts. Efficient company organising a most wonderful holiday with other like-minded people. Our driver was careful, safe and helpful. Accommodation very good and the food excellent! A very memorable holiday” Marilyn

“A wonderful 3 night / 4 day break at a grat destination with good staff and facilities and activities. Our hosts, Derek and Megan, went over and above to include everyone in the group. Loved our last night party!! 10/10 all around” Jo

“Africa Memories Travel and our hosts were very, very good as well as our driver. Accommodation was excellent. A wonderful experience. We will do it again” Jean & Neil

“Derek and Megan are wonderful, kind & helpful hosts. Our accommodation excellent. 10/10 Africa Memories Travel” Di

“Africa Memories Travel is excellent and our hosts very caring, driver very good as well as the accommodation” Irene

“Excellent. 10/10 all around” Bridget

 

Tembe Elephant Park / Lake Jozini Houseboat,  Zululand, 4 night / 5 day Hosted Retirement Retreat:

“What a pleasure Natalie – you were incredible, ever cheerful and ever caring, heartfelt thanks. Themba our driver was amazing, silently getting on with his job and his driving was immaculate. Our accommodation was refreshing and relaxing and not 5 star snobbish. The knowledge of our guide was excellent and he had a great sense of humour. Game viewing is pot luck but had really good sightings. A most enjoyable holiday – well organised with contrasting experiences. Thank you” Margie, Howick

“Natalie is a real people person and manages the elderly very well and very tactfully. Our driver was very pleasant and a very good driver. Philemon was amazing. He made the experience unique. We had some good game viewing and great accommodation. Overall 10/10” Jenny, Westville

“Africa Memories Travel was very good 10/10 and will come again” Beth, Bothas Hill

“Africa Memories Travel – Natalie was very cheerful, helpful and efficient and will happily travel with them again” Rosemary, Pinetown

“10/10 Africa Memories Travel – brilliant! Exceptional! Wonderful! Excellent! Everything was well organised and it was and excellent experience… everything from time table to food was perfect. Well done” Sharon, Howick

“10/10 Africa Memories Travel, a most memorable experience all around. I would love to come back” Val, Pinetown

 

Springbok Lodge, Nambiti, 3 night / 4 day Hosted Retirement Retreat

“10/10 Africa Memories Travel. I am exceedingly grateful for the kindness and helpfulness shown to me. Our guide was most knowledgeable and friendly and helped at all times and made game drives a great experience – exceptional. Our accommodation a wonderful experience. Fabulous. A most wonderful experience far above anything I expected. Great fun with lovely new friends to share it with. Thank you so very much” Gill, Pietermaritzburg

” Our host, Natalie, is very friendly and attentive, making sure all her guests were well looked after. Our driver excellent and very helpful with all his passengers. Our guide was excellent and could not have enjoyed it more – his knowledge was very good and he has an excellent sense of humour. Our accommodation was very comfortable and well appointed. I would definitely like to repeat this experience” Ann, Howick

“Natalie is so friendly and helpful in all aspects of our time away – 10/10. Our drive very comfortable – 10/10. Our guide excellent – couldn’t ask for better – 10/10. Our accommodation comfortable and very clean – 10/10. An excellent and memorable stay. As stated ‘Africa Memories’ was exactly that. An experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Well done! 11/10” Jenny, Pietermaritzburg

“Natalie, Sandra and Beth were more than I could wish, our drive felt safe, accommodation comfortable” Bridget, Pinetown

 

Springbok Lodge, Nambiti, 3 night / 4 day Hosted Retirement Retreat

“The first time I have travelled alone in many years. I had fears but they were so unfounded. Derek, our Africa Memories Travel Host, wen the extra mile for each and every guest – living up to my impressions of the company. Our driver was excellent and so careful and on time for everyone. Nadine and Chad – what interesting young guides – so alert and knowledgeable and a real joy to be with. What a wonderful experience. Can’t wait to repeat the visit. 10/10 to Africa Memories Travel” Val

“I’ve had a great time. Derek, our Africa Memories Travel Host, is always helpful and kind and very patient with us old birds. I felt very safe whilst our driver drove us and am amazed at how much information he had to cope with having to find different people in different places. Our guides were so good and they know so much and are so patient and kind. I was delighted with my ‘tent’ and it had everything I needed including a lovely outside shower. To the staff that cleaned our ‘tents’ they did a grat job and the food was delicious. 10/10 for Africa Memories Travel” Muriel

“We had a lovely time and we will recommend Africa Memories Travel to all our friends and family. Our host, Derek, is friendly and always willing to help. Our guides were very friendly and helpful at all times and you can see that they love what they are doing. Springbok is excellent and very comfortable. The food was delicious. We will always have lovely memories. 10/10 for Africa Memories Travel”

“Derek, our Africa Memories Travel host, is a wonderful host and enjoyed his kind and helpful company. Our driver drove smoothly and was patient and very helpful. Our guides were such fun with lots of knowledge. The lodge is perfect and the outside dinner around the fire most memorable” Lynette

“Our host, Derek, could not do enough for both Peter and I and every detail was taken care of. We have loved every minute of our African memories adventure. Top marks to our driver Themba – he drove us so professionally and was wonderful with the luggage as well. We found Chad and Nadine so knowledgeable about the game reserve, as well as expert drivers. They are so passionate about the flora and fauna and their career choice. they are both lovely and were so kind to Peter. They helped in every way to make Peter comfortable. Our accommodation was very luxurious and so comfortable. The outside shower was gorgeous. I would certainly recommend Africa Memories Travel and Nambiti to all my friends. A very special 4 days. 10/10 for Africa Memories Travel” Peter & Glenda

“Our host was excellent, very caring and helpful, our driver very good and guides amazing with much knowledge and friendly. Our accommodation was very good. I had a most enjoyable holiday and planning my next trip. 10/10 for Africa Memories Travel” Marilyn

 

Umngazi, Wild coast, 4 night / 5 day Hosted Retirement Retreat:

“Africa Memories Travel – Natalie – love her very kind, professional, well organised and hope to do it again. Brilliant service and nothing was too much trouble” Mary and John

“This was truly an African memory we will never forget, Steve’s 80th, thank you Natalie and everyone on the trip – a real experience of excellence in caring and organisation We cant wait to go on tour again with Natalie” Heather and Steve

“Africa Memories Travel – Superb – the attention and care to every detail was wonderful & appreciated. Thank you, I loved the whole trip. 10/10”

“Africa Memories Travel – amazing attention to detail ensured and unforgettable experience. Thank you so much. Our Africa Memories Travel hosts were good company. The plane flight was the cherry on the top. 10/10” Julie

“This was a lovely experience. Natalie and fam were fantastic hosts Always willing to walk etc with us. Could not wish for better hosts. River cruise was fanastic and the walk to flat rock along the beach a must.10/10”

“Something different and out of the ordinary – beach and river. Excellent food and loved the boat cruise and Kevin. 10/10”

 

Tembe Elephant Park & Lake Jozini Luxury Houseboat 4 night /  5 day Hosted Retirement Retreat:

“Natalie was the star of the show. Right of the top drawer – 5 *****. Our driver was as safe as a house, perfect. Our Tembe guide Philemon was the best and knew just about everything… animals, birds, plants etc. Accommodation 10/10. We had a ball. An elephant fancied my wife 🙂 – she landed up with his left tusk on her lap for about 15 seconds. Oh so special” Roy

“10/10 for Africa Memories Travel. Enjoyable. Wonderful hostess, cheerful group, scenery at Jozini spectacular’ Pat

“”10/10 for Africa Memories Travel. Wonderful, a most delightful experience. Thank you Natalie your kindness and helpfulness was SO much appreciated. Our Tembe guide, Philemon, was so knowledgeable with wonderful stories. I will recommend Africa Memoires Travel time and time again” Anne

“Excellent, well done Natalie. 10/10. Our drive felt safe with our professional driver. Nice rustic accommodation at Tembe. Houseboat was excellent” Tony

“A very pleasurable experience with a very good driver, excellent guide and nature experience, excellent accommodation. Will come again” Althea

“Africa Memories Travel – Natalie 10/10 – warm welcome, help and advice way beyond the call of duty. Our driver was very competent and safe. Our guide and nature experience was outstanding, knowledgeable and engaging. Accommodation very cosy and comfortable and tastefully decorated. Everything was lovely. Beyond my expectations” Wendy

“Africa Memories Travel and our host Natalie – great fun and well organised. Our driver was safe our Tembe guide Philemon was fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyed it, just too short. Didn’t want to leave!” Ann

“Africa Memories Travel and our host Natalie was outstanding, knowledgeable, long suffering and kind. Our driver, excellent. Our Tembe guide was excellent and got to see my spiritual animal, the elephant. Tembe is comfortable and different and thoroughly enjoyed it. All over excellent and would strongly recommend a get away like this where everything is done for you” Shirley

“Natalie, Africa Memories Travel – wow superb 10-10-10. Our driver was friendly and helpful and felt very safe. A wonderful nature experience 10-10-10! Elephant encounter will never be forgotten. Accommodation was lovely. The overall 5days experience was marvelous – thoroughly recommendable. Well done and thank you. Wish you love and luck” Kay

 

Tembe Elephant Park 4 night Hosted Retirement Retreat:

“Megan, our Africa Memories Travel Host, was an absolute star – she’s caring, concerned and cheerful. Absolutely organised and communicates everything well. Our driver – I felt safe and secure. Our guide Philemon was the best guide I have ever experienced – his knowledge of the bush was incredible and he imparted it wonderfully. 10/10 for Africa Memories Travel” Vicki

“Megan, our excellent, patient, helpful Africa Memories Travel host; Thabo is a good steady driver; Philemon- I can highly recommend him – he’s very knowledgeable on varied topics. Africa Memories Travel… after 5 years in ‘civilization it’s ‘back in environment relief’. I will be back” Fenja

“Africa Memories Travel and our host is friendly, welcoming and attended to every detail. Philemon, our wildlife guide, had a great deal of experience, informative, friendly, helpful and a great asset” Glenys

“An excellent trip away with Africa Memories Travel in the bush. Our guide Philemon was an excellent guide and driver and showed good sense and responsibility. Themba was an excellent driver to the park. We had fantastic experiences with elephants. Heart stopping moments for some. Loved the hide overlooking the waterhole. I will definitely travel again with Africa Memories Travel and with Megan. It was great fun” Elly

 

Springbok Lodge, Nambiti 4 night Hosted Retirement Retreat:

“Our host Natalie was thoughtful and caring’ could not be more helpful. 10/10″Frances

“Natalie, fantastic organisation of the trip. Natalie is so helpful and kind beyond the call of duty and also so knowledgeable 10/10. David is an excellent driver and a helpful and polite man 10/10. I learnt a lot and loved seeing all the animals and the cheetahs and absolute highlight 10/10. So efficiently organised by Natalie. Attention to detail was incredible. A wonderful trip” Jane

“Natalie is a superb hostess and talented tour leader. David is a very accomplished driver and helps wherever necessary. Sindi is a great guide full of enthusiasm and goes to great lengths to find the animals. A very comfortable glamping experience’ Heather

“10/10 for Africa Memories Travel – the care and attention shown all the time to each one of the group. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble and was like travelling with a daughter. 10/10 for David our careful driver and attention to the needs of his passengers. 10/10 to Sindi who must be the best guide of all – her knowledge and humour were super and pays attention to detail” Bridget

 

Tembe Elephant Park 4 night Hosted Retirement Retreat:

“We just want to thank you all sincerely for such a wonderful experience at Tembe – so tranquil and peaceful right in the bush. The three of you certainly went the extra mile to make our long journey there as comfortable as possible and the accommodation so special in those luxury tents (think its called Glamping?) Everything about Tembe is just so special…..( as are the three of you) fantastic friendly and obliging staff , excellent cuisine (thumbs up to the chef/chefs) Great to have a game dish every night as this is what one expects being in a game park. We just loved Philemon – Dr Phil with his vast knowledge which he shared with us and he excelled in trying to locate the different animals and birds during our game drives. His bird callings were phenomenal !!!!!! and he has such a good sense of humour too. What an excellent driver Themba is driving us there and back safely……hats off to him too!!!! Special thanks to you all including Dr Phil for assisting John at all times and making sure our accommodation was close to the amenities as requested. We so appreciated your kindness and patience. We will have no hesitation in recommending Africa Memories Travel for your excellent tours.” John & Jan

“A very big thank you to all of you for such a wonderful and awesome trip. Your organisation & professionalism shines through. Well done. How lovely it was to meet you all and be part of a fun, happy group. Many happy memories tucked away in the memory bank. Thanks so much for all the wonderful pics that we can continue to enjoy for many years to come. Thank you all once again for your kindness and caring and fantastic experience. May Africa Memories continue to go from strength to strength” Ann

“Natalie, Megan and Derek, thank you so much for an amazing and wonderful trip. I made fantastic memories and friends and it was such a special time with my mum. Thank you for making the experience of the game drives with Philemon – he was brilliant. To you all for looking after us and making sure we were always doing okay. Thank you so much once again. It was a trip I will never forget” Jen

“A most enjoyable experience not only for the animal sighting but there were lovely people in our group. And Derek and Philemon were so helpful and knowledgeable. Excellent service by Africa Memories Travel and a very happy experience. Philemon is an outstanding guides, knowledgeable and conscientious with a lovely sense of humour” Margaret

Derek, thank you for most enjoyable trip. Your caring and cheerful disposition all added to the success. Your drivers were outstanding. Philemon is 100% in all aspects – his knowledge of animals is superior and he’s very caring and helpful. All staff were very helpful and respectful of us oldies and loved all their smiles” Rodney & Irma

“Grateful thank for an enjoyable trip and an experience with the elephants and lion at such close range. You were an outstanding host – so kind and caring and helpful. It was so good to be out in the outdoors. Everything was number one, thank you. ” Cathy

“A very well organised trip by Africa Memories Travel. Tembe is very nice and rustic, your drivers and guides excellent” Ted & Jean

 

Springbok Lodge, Nambiti 4 night Hosted Retirement Retreat:

‘Natalie, your help and encouragement were like travelling with a Daughter’

‘Natalie is fantastic – so much patience with us elderly. Always willing to help. Excellent Host’

‘Us old ducks had a great time. Natalie’s kind understanding and helpfulness was a gem’

’10/10 for Africa Memories Travel’.

 

Tembe Elephant Park 4 night Hosted Retirement Retreat:

“It was super to experience being in the bush at Tembe. Everything was arranged so very well by Africa Memories Travel and the personal touch so very much appreciated. Definitely to be recommended to friends and family. With appreciation.” Ida

“Fantastic Time – will definitely be back. Great group of ladies who helped me as I am terrified of heights and arranged for me to sit next to the driver. Thank you Africa Memories Travel.” Judy

“Whereas I thoroughly enjoyed the luxurious tent and food in Nambiti, Tembe gave me the feeling to be in the bush. We did not see many animals, but were taught by the knowledgeable guide how to read footprints or how to identify birds by their songs. By the way, the “birding” part was a bonus for the birders, for the rest of us an interesting introduction into birding. For me, Tembe was exactly how I envisage a bush camp. I loved it!!!! Megan was a fantastic host, took good care of our little needs. Thankyou.” Ute

“I would like to say how much I enjoyed out trip to Tembe. I loved everything about the reserve, the people were delightful, the bush is wonderful…trees and vegetation so different. What an inspiring experience we had with the Elephant, just sitting quietly while they moved around our vehicle and fed. The baby was such a bonus. The birds were great and our guide/driver, Philamon, was so good with the animals, trees and birds, he made it such a special experience. The camp was lovely, unpretentious and comfortable, and showering every night, under the stars and moon, was such a treat!  Really enjoyed all my companions on the trip. Special thank you to David for his safe, comfortable drive there and back. And Special thanks to Megan for seeing to our every need” Kind Regards and love from Bunny

“Awesome bush experience which was added to by the knowledge Derek as an Honorary Officer had of the park and the animals and our excellent guide Philemon. Both went out of their way to ensure that our visit was of outstanding standard and our every need and desire met. I will have no hesitation in recommending Africa Memories Travel to family and friends” Heather.

“Thank you – a wonderful trip altogether. Derek was excellent – did not err on an opportunity to help – thinking ahead of all our needs. Philamon was a superb guide – knowledge in all things, thoughtful and helpful”.

“I found the holiday well organized and most enjoyable. Many thanks to Derek for he care and attention to everyone” Julie.

“Thank you for the splendid unforgettable memories of Tembe. Our knowledgeable enthusiastic guide, Philimon, with his incredible stories, our thoughtful and caring host Derek who took care of us throughout, our splendid lion encounter, the map to show us our route through the park, the wonderful birthday treats I experienced. Attention to detail was impeccable. I can honestly say the whole experience has refreshed my soul and spirit with the renewed energy to return to real life or am I leaving real life behind? Either way, thank you and Au revoir” Frances.

“A memorable trip – really enjoyed every minute of my stay at Tembe”.

“I love the wild and it was the most enjoyable 4 days. I saw everything I would have loved to have seen” Sam.

 

GUEST FEEDBACK AFRICA MEMORIES – FROM GUESTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

Jades surprise for Keegen & Georgina (SA) – 2022 – Leopard Mountain, Manyoni Private Game Reserve, South Africa

They absolutely loved every second of it!! The service, food, accommodation, drives all lived up to the 5 stars ✨. Their only complaint was that it was too short 😂 Thank you for your help. Definitely on my bucket list to stay a night or 2.

Steph, Don, Mike Jenny (SA) – 2021 – Phinda, South Africa

“Natalie thanks for arranging our Phinda trip. Rock Lodge is such a gorgeous place and Kim was a great guide. Our tracker Jomo was good too – so it was a wonderful treat in the bush” Steph, Don, Mike, Jenny

Conservation-focused safari – June 2021 – Manyoni Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Natalie hosted a group of 12 guests of 3 generations to the beautiful Leopard Mountain Lodge in the heart of Northern Zululand, located high up in the wild secluded hills of the 58 000 acre endangered species protected area of the Manyoni Private Game Reserve.  Activities included Big 5 game drives through unspoilt bushveld and along and through riverbeds winding through indigenous forests.

Manyoni is home to a number of endangered species ranging from wild dog, cheetah, white and black rhino, vultures and pangolins. The threat to these species is significant and numbers are declining. Protection of these species are in the hands of our dedicated management team and field rangers.

Guest also had the privilege and opportunity to join the wildlife management team on a unique and exclusive rhino dehorning experience. Rhino dehorning has proven to be an effective measure to deter rhino poaching. Guests were able to get up close to wild rhino whilst assisting the team in collecting DNA samples and taking measurements, all of this contributing to the protection of the species. The procedure is not harmful in any way and our veterinarian and wildlife management team is highly experienced ensuring the welfare of the rhino during the procedure.

Guests also had the opportunity to visit the nearby Zululand Rhino Orphanage, a specialised facility which rescues and rehabilitates baby rhino when their mothers have passed away either from poaching or natural causes.  Guests heard their heartbreaking stories by the rhino carers whilst watching the rhinos jostle and play in the safety of the facility.

Thank you to the Duckitt group who joined Natalie on this conservation safari and ultimately saved 1 rhino’s life through the dehorning exercise and through their visit and financial contributions to the rhino orphanage.

Guest Feedback as follows:

“This trip to Leopard Mountain organised by Natalie has been a wonderful experience.  The rhino dehorning was very interesting as too was the baby rhino orphanage.  They so desperately need the funding that this experience provided.  The atmosphere here was so peaceful and relaxing. The service from the staff was phenomenal and the food delicious  The accommodation very comfortable.  In fact this experience is a must!” Pat

“5* in every way!  Leopard Mountain Lodge staff were amazing – personal service and the food was fantastic.  I even dreamt of the food.  The Rhino Experience – I cannot even put it into words.  To be so close to a rhino, to help with the process and to know that we have saved a rhino is just brilliant.  We will definitely do this again.  The rhino orphanage was such a learning curve and also knowing that there is a success rate of saving these little and not so little rhino.”  Anita

“Best experience ever! We so loved every minute.  Guides were amazing – incredible sightings and so knowledgeable – nothing was too much.  Loved the champagne in the bush.  Each experience was unforgettable. A highlight was the rhino dehorning – something we will never ever forget.  We loved George and everyone who served us.  They were so kind and helpful.  the food was delicious – we feasted.  The best holiday ever! Thank you Natalie for organising everything.  Perfect itinerary.  Lovely touches – the water bottles were a hit! You looked after us so well and make it so special.  We are so grateful for everything” Rachael.

“What a beautiful experience.  It is so nice to take a step back and relax and enjoy God’s creation.  It is so amazing to have an experience that no many people can say that they have had.  It was such a special interpersonal trip that I am so grateful I got to go on.  It was definitely a 10/10”  Willow

“The experience was something priceless.  There was game everywhere and the trackers were world class.  Being a part of something bigger than yourself is such a humbling experience. Thank you for a life changing experience”  Braedon

iMfolozi Bush Babes – Ladies Retreat – April 2021 – Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, South Africa
“Last week, Natalie from Africa Memories Travel, arranged for 8 ladies to have a getaway at iMfolozi Game Reserve. We had such an amazing time . Natalie was sensitive to each ones needs and limitations, as such every one of us had an extraordinary time away. As a group of friends, I would highly recommend a trip like this we felt safe and laughed more in 5 days than in a year. I encourage you to be in contact with Natalie to arrange your first or your next outdoor adventure.” Liz, South Africa

“Natalie created the most amazing space for us to have an unbelievable experience in nature, in the wild, with special friends, loads of fun and the opportunity to feel one with nature. She is an incredible human being, with such a heart to serve others and provide amazing experiences. She has incredible knowledge and experience of the Bush. What a blessing our time with her was!”  Jodi, South Africa

“Thanks to Natalie for an amazing bush getaway to iMfolozi. The trip was perfectly planned in every way. From the accommdation to the bush walks with an experienced ranger, to the fun filled evenings and to Natalie’s encouragement to just let go and let nature touch our souls. A special time away with special ladies making amazing memories. Thank you Natalie” Julia, South Africa

Dennis & Elizabeth family safaris, South Africa – Kruger, KZN, South Africa
“In the last couple of months, Natalie from African Memories Travel has organized a few trips for my family.
The reason why we keep on making use of Africa Memories Travel, is because Natalie delivers, what we want and always has more suggestions on the activities, we can sign up for, at the lodges we stay at.  Africa Memories Travel is efficient and I know that when we go on our trips, everything is clear and covered. I would encourage anyone to make use of this service, Natalie tries to get best prices and you can rest assured that your stay will run smoothly. We have been to Buhala in Kruger National Park, Rhino Ridge, in Hluhluwe iMfolozi and then more recently, we went to Mavela Private Game Lodge in the Manyoni Reserve.” Elizabeth & Dennis & Family, South AFrica

Jody & Dave family safari (South Africa) – KZN, South Africa
As a family, we’d been discussing spending time in the bush as it has been so long since we have been on a bush holiday and seen our beautiful African Wildlife.  Covid had taken its toll on us in 2020 and were desperate to get away. Natalie Knibbs from Africa Memories Travel was our first go to tourist Tour Operator as she comes highly recommended and we are blessed enough to know her as a dear friend. We know Natalie’s heart and passion for wildlife and the bush as for her passion to give others the best experience of which is so close to hear heart. Natalie outdid herself! It goes without saying that we honestly had the most memorable experience at the most beautiful lodge Umzolozolo in Nambiti Game Reserve.  Natalie was continually looking out for good deals at quality game reserves for us and was very knowledgeable about so many lodges, what they offered, and was aware of what would best suit our family and our needs.  Dealing with Natalie was such a pleasure.  Her level of care, clear communication and attention to details was exemplary.  Our time away was absolutely perfect in every way.  We had excellent accommodation, delicious food and service.  Our game ranger was such a wonderful guy and during our numerous game drives, we were lucky enough to see all the Big 5.  We had an amazing experience where we were treated like kings and cannot fault anything at all.  We highly recommend this wonderful lady and Africa Memories Travel. Thank you Nats. Jody and Dave

Judy & Neville’s family safari (Australia) – Namibia
Thank you for your email and for arranging our first ever holiday through Namibia. We loved the country, so vast, unique with such diverse wildlife . We are certainly very happy that we included it in our travels to Africa. It was very special travelling together with Darrol and Felicity and sharing such wonderful memories. All the best and thanks again. Kind regards, Judy and Neville

Judy’s group safari (SA) – Zambezi River, Zambia
Judy & friends spent a week at Baines on the Zambezi River in Zambia – here is what she had to say: “Hi All and especially Natalie,I thoroughly enjoyed our exciting week away, the only thing I could have done without is the little aeroplane and I wish I could have caught a fish, Unfortunately I hardly even had a nibble and I really did try hard, it was quite a challenge!! well done to all those who were successful. But all in all Baines was an amazing experience, Debbie and Ben were awesome and was wonderful to meet Tim and Sabine. To travel with such special friend was wonderful, thanks all. Well done for putting it altogether Natalie.
Kind Regards Judy

Mike & Di’s (UK) Safari – Zululand, South Africa
Natalie, Africa Memories Travel, you have ushered in new wind song to my soul with your amazing arrangements for our trip to Tembe, You could not have done more to make our stay enjoyable. There is a place called Tembe in Northern Natal, where one is made to feel welcome with song by the staff upon arrival. At Tembe one is shown to one’s tented accommodation and settled in. My second home now; where the peace and quiet wash the dust of modern living away. In the morning, I watched the early sun make leafy patterns on the canvas, while my husband went on the early game drive with our very good guide Carlos. I walked slowly down the sandy path to the restaurant, around a corner, came across a large Nyala ram just a few metres away, A small herd grazed around our tent every day. Tom ensures everything runs on oiled wheels, the staff are all from the locality, and very proud of this little Eden. They are a good team, thoughtful and kind, even to the young lady who insisted upon walking ahead of us to our tent at night. We had three close encounters with elephant on our afternoon game drives, truly awesome. They were not worried about us at all. We also saw more wild life, from giraffe to impala and water buck, guinea fowl, monkeys, buffalo, even though now the bush is lush and green. If you want to find peace and quiet, and breathe in African bush air, have all your meals cooked, shower in the sun under a mahogany tree, do not delay, book a place there, where peace comes dropping slow on the wings of morning. Mike & Di.

Michelle & Family (SA) Self-Drive Safari – Namibia
Thank you so much for planning our Namibian trip. We had never been there and had no idea of the vastness of the area or how long it would take us to travel between places. Thank goodness we took your advice!  The landscape is so different from S.A, and even though it is very dry, it has it’s own charm. All 7 places we stayed were totally different and offered new experiences. Our favorites were Desert Horse Inn and Sossusvlei Lodge.  We loved the wild desert horses and the tour around Kolmanskop Ghost town in Luderitz. There’s also a little local pub in Luderitz called ‘Barrels’ that we can highly recommend.  We watched an awesome sunset from the Quivertree forest and sunrise on our Sossusvlei excursion to Dune 45 and Deadvlei. Our guide Gabriel was extremely knowledgeable and super friendly.  We will definitely be doing another trip to Namibia in the not too distant future.
Kind regards,  Michelle & famil
y

Richard & Jean’s Safari (UK) – Greater Kruger, South Africa
We are now back in very cold UK after a memorable trip to South Africa. We want to say thank you for all the help you gave in the planning of our trip. It certainly will be one we will remember for many years to come.
Your choices of the three Lodges/Bushcamps gave us a rich variety of accommodation and experiences. Ones which in all their different ways added to the enjoyment. We manged to see the Big Five on a number of occasions and were able at one Lodge to walk with the Cheetahs.The little touches at Nkorho and Ulmani which enabled us to celebrate and share our 40th Wedding Celebration with a wide range of nationalities was an added bonus. Thank you for your own greetings to us at Nkorho.  Your choice of E-Coaches to transport us worked well. we felt very exclusive as we had a driver with car to move us from one place to the other. the driver was excellent and I’ve reflected that on the forms I signed for his firm. We were fortunate that it we had the same person for all but one of the transfers. He is to be commended on his manners and skill in handling the car over the bumpy rough roads as we approached each place.
We are extremely grateful for the way in which you have handled the arrangements all the way through for us. We will be more than willing to recommend to others wishing to visit your country to use yourselves as Agents.
With every good wish,
Richard & Jean

Wilson’s Group Safari (SA) – Zululand, South Africa
Excellent service, with very good and accurate information in respect of routes and travel times. Many thanks once again for your input, which was 5 star!

Taffy’s Single Safari (USA)– Greater Kruger, South Africa
I had a wonderful trip to Kruger – really appreciate you making the recommendation on the lodge. The team there was awesome and so were the guests. Thanks again! Taffy

Digges Fishing Group (SA, Kenya, UK) – Zambia
Just a quick mail to officially thank you for the great excursion you put together for us to Sekoma River Lodge. The fishing was very hard but this was negated to some extent by the Lodge, the staff, the food and the setting. A truly magnificent and special place – I would go back in a heartbeat and I am sure that most, if not all, in our party of 22 would agree. Many thanks again for a well organised and arranged trip. Best regards, Chris

Greg & Robert’s Corporate Getaway with their wives (Texas, USA) – Greater Kruger
Thank you for your patience and excellent service. We will definitely consult you whenever we need a “safari” or something similar.

Alva and Aonghus (Ireland) – Eastern Cape, South Africa
Just back from the trip of a lifetime in South Africa! I want to thank you for all that you did for us.The safari was absolutely perfect from all aspects. Kariega Game Reserve exceeded all our expectations. From the chalet, food, wine and scenery to the game drives, animals and staff. Bungani our guide was excellent and ensured we had the best possible experience. The highlight was definitely being surrounded by a herd of 20 or more elephants on our last day. An amazing experience we will never forget! Thanks again for organising our trip and we will definitely be recommending Africamemoriestravel to all our friends! Alva and Aonghus

Gordon & Family (SA, UK) – Zululand, South Africa; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; Chobe National Park, Botswana
Thanks so much for organizing our trips to Tembe and Vic Falls. everything went off like clockwork and Jonathan and Briony had the time of their lives.

Gordon and family from overseas, who were visiting Africa for the first time, spent their time on safari with Africa Memories Travel to Tembe Elephant Park in Zululand, South Africa where they enjoyed game drives in this Big 5 wildlife reserve, and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, spending their time in the Falls walking with lion, riding elephants, visiting the Falls, visiting Chobe National Park, helicopter flip over the falls, traditional dinner, vulture feeding, sunset boat cruise and more.

Barry & Friends safari (USA, Ireland, UK)  – Cape, Greater Kruger, Mpumulanga, SA
I am no photographer, but Albert did let me use his camera one day. I will look at the results and send you a few of my better attempts later.

As for the arrangements, everything went like clockwork. It was a spectacular trip for all of us. The hotel in Cape Town, Mannabay, was amazing, one of the best hotels, possibly the best, that I have stayed at anywhere in the world. I have written a Trip Advisor report on Mannabay, and received a “thank you” from Mitch the General Manager. Tsala Treetops, which I knew from another trip, and Branson’s place in Franschoek also were very special. Oceans Eleven in Hermanus did not come up to the same standard as the other three, and I will give Hermanus a miss on my next trip to South Africa.

The safari park lodges were great. We were so lucky with what we saw in both Kirkmans and Ngala. Kirkmans was truly outstanding, as we saw a two day stand off between a female and male leopard, a wild dog, and a hyena over an impala carcass. We got a little choosy, with the wide variety of game that we witnessed in the first three days, but Ngala also was very special. The only disappointment was that we did not see a Cheetah.

I think that I speak for the whole group when I say that it was possibly the best trip ever. Certainly Lucy said it was. All the ladies fell in love with Cape Town, and will return. Actually, I am sure that we all will!!!

Des & Sue’s Self-drive & fly-in safari (SA) – Botswana
It has taken me a while but I have at last had a gap to email you regarding our Botswana Trip planned by Africa Memories Travel.

What an experience we had on our Botswana “safari”. Natalie from Africa Memories did a fantastic job finding suitable accommodation for my Husband who has a walking disability due to a stroke.

We drove from Durban to our first stop over at Kwa Nokeng which is perfectly placed as you cross the border. The rooms were adequate for our needs with a restaurant on the property, as well as a take away at the nearby garage.

We left the next morning for a 2 night stay at Elephant Sands just outside Nata on the Chobe road. What a fantastic setting with a water hole right in the middle of the chalets. Unfortunately for us there had been rain and therefore no wildlife at the waterhole. Our son had been there over Christmas and didn’t have to leave the comfort of his camp chairs to game view. The accommodation could be improved on but the location is wonderful. again there is a restaurant and they offer game drives. Or with a 4 x 4 you can self drive.

Our next stop was 3 nights at Chobe Bush Lodge a smaller and quieter lodge than it’s big sister Chobe river lodge, with excellent accommodation, staff and food. Due to the rains the river was the highest since 1999. Natalie had organised activities which included a river cruise, fishing experience (no fish but great relaxation) and Game drives. We got really up close and personal with a lion kill which was fantastic and if you love Elephants this is the place to go. We enjoyed our stay immensely.

We head out next towards Maun but due to the distance Natalie arranged a stop over at Planet Baobab. The accommodation looks like Gingerbread houses (or so I am told by my grandson) lovely and quiet with home cooked meal. There is the largest Baobab I have ever seen on the property. Friendly staff and a great pool area to cool down in.

The next morning we are off to Maun to catch the light aircraft, from Wilderness air, into the Delta, the highlight of our trip.

Our First camp in the Delta was Xigera, where we stayed 3 nights and if you love Leopards this is the place to be. Accommodation meals and staff are all 5 star. Our luxury tent was private and overlooked an open area. The game drives were amazing. The bird life in this area is fantastic. The highlights for us was the Makoro trip which was so peaceful, we had a wonderful sighting of a baby croc the just sat on
a raft of weeds for us to take photos. But the magic was the leopard sightings, during super a leopard walked over the bridge which is well Lite at night, onto the island, then about 15 minutes later she came back with a cub following behind her, to our surprise a second cub followed over on its own, the worst thing was no one had a camera…We spent hours tracking Leopard on our last day, which was really exciting as there were a few leopards in the area that kept crossing the road, but in the end we were rewarded with a female Leopard right next to the road and for a photo shoot she climbed on to a fallen tree and started calling for a mate.

Sadly we left Xigira and our next 3 nights were at Chitabe Camp. The lodge is fantastic and the staff went out of there way to accommodate my husband. the Safari Tents (again private with a view out over the grass lands) and food were excellent. On our drives we saw many big cats and a large pack of wild dog. We sat with a male lion on a kill and we found his brother some way off calling for him. The sound sent chills down your spine. We also saw Cheetahs sitting next to an ant hill posing for the cameras. A beautiful male Leopard walking along the road and wild dogs lying out in the open warming up in the early morning sun. A wonderful place to stay.

Sadly our time in the Delta came to an end and we flew out to Maun and headed towards home. Our last stopover in Botswana was Nata Lodge lovely accommodation and food. There is a great bird sanctuary nearby but sadly we arrived too late to go, on our list for the next trip.

The last stop was Palm Hotel just across the boarder which is a great stop over good food and rooms. then it was back home the next day to Durban.

This fantastic trip was well put together by Natalie of Africa Memories Travel she put so much thought into our needs and my husband’s disability. It is hard to find someone who listens to the client and gives them exactly what they need.

I highly recommend Africa Memories for your Southern African experience. Thank you so much Natalie you are a star.

Kind regards
Des and Sue

Julia & Dougs self-drive family safari (SA) – Botswana, Namibia’s Caprivi, Zimbabwe
Thank you for arranging such an awesome holiday for our family! We had the MOST amazing time experiencing all the wonderful things Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe have to offer.
We had SO many highlights: Kubu island on the Salt Pans, Deception Valley in the Kalahari, flying over the Okavango delta, Christmas at Drotskys on the Panhandle, catching bream & tiger fish, Caprivi strip, Chobe River, Victoria Falls, plentiful game viewing…I could go on forever.
Not only did we see amazing things but our experience of all aspects of travelling including many border crossings, shopping at local stores, finding our way, fitting in all our ‘bucket list’ items were made possible by your impeccable planning and preparation. We were never taken by surprise, we had everything we needed, we were well prepared for even the unforeseen things.
Thanks to you and the whole package – we as a family rank it as the best holiday ever! Definitely one to be repeated

We will be telling as many people as we can to use Africa Memories Travel – making memories the easiest way!

Guys Family Group Safari (SA) – Zululand, South Africa
Just thought I would let you know we have had a fabulous time at Tembe. The staff are wonderful, from Tom the camp manager through to the rest of the team they have been super.
Kind regards, Guy

Sue & Family Family Safari (SA) – Zululand, South Africa
Leopard Mountain Lodge is a game lodge we will most definitely return to. The staff are welcoming, pleasant, knowledgeable and simply cannot do enough for you. The accommodation is immaculate and comfortable, The food was delicious and plentiful! The game drives were amazing where we saw 4 out of the Big 5 and our guide, Zee went out of his way to make our experience memorable. Thank-you, Africa Memories Travel for booking exactly what we wanted for a family getaway

Peter & Marietje Birthday safari (SA) – Botswana
Africa Memories Travel recently compiled a tailormade safari for Peter’s 70th birthday – what a privilege it is making peoples dreams come true and help memories being made. Their self-drive trip took them through the stark beauty of the Makgadigadi Salt Pans and sweeping grasslands of the National Park, flying them into the middle of the Okavango Delta to a romantic island camp where they enjoyed boat cruises and mokoro excursions and a very special 70th birthday celebration, through the Moremi Game Reserve with a knowledeable guide exploring the reserve on a network of roads which presented incredible game viewing and intersting sightings and finally into the Northern Border of the Central Kalahari Game. 2 weeks of magical experiences and incredible memories. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. “Thanks Natalie, fantastic holiday, so well advised and organised. Highly recommend Africa Memories Travel! Peter & Marietje.

Megan & Derek’s Self Drive Safari (SA) – KZN to Cape, South Africa
Thank you so much for the excellent service you gave us in booking our accommodation to the Cape and sorting out, very efficiently. Thank you again for all your efforts and professionalism. Megan & Derek.

Laura’s family getaway (SA) – Drakensberg, South Africa
Laura and family spent 4 nights in a self-catering house in the Drakensberg booked through Africa Memories Travel “We had a wonderful time. The house was lovely, the monkeys were extremely persistent, the weather was killingly hot, but we really loved it & will take away really lovely memories. Thank you so much for organising everything, I’d recommend it in a heartbeat. Laura & family

Stephan’s Family Safari (SA) – Zululand, South Africa
“We had a great holiday. Exactly what we needed for our family. The boat ride was OUTSTANDING!” Stephan

Keith’s family Safari (SA) – Zululand, South Africa
Africa Memories Travel recently booked Keith and his family on a wonderful safari to Royal Thonga bordering Tembe Elephant Park in Zululand. Kurt, Debra’s son has beautifully described his memories of their family safari on Trip Advisor (photos thanks to Debra) “Our South African family of four (two adult children) had never gone on a proper safari holiday before, and through word-of-mouth, we were recommended Tembe Elephant Park to allow us to see the Big Five & many other wild animals in their natural habitat.
A common misconception about game parks is that one to stay in the park itself to get the full experience, but thankfully, our stay at Royal Thonga Safari Lodge proved that not to be the case. In fact, you get the best of both worlds staying at this private lodge, which has its own access gate to the Tembe park and a wonderfully dedicated team of staff who go above & beyond to personally ensure your stay is memorable.
Behind the scenes, chef & lodge owner Moyra leads the reception & kitchen staff, who prepare excellent 3-course meals that are served in the lodge’s central restaurant & bush bar, or pack equally-yummy breakfasts & lunches for guests to take out on game drives into Tembe. They are very adept at catering to guests’ individual needs, offering a vegetarian alternative to a spicy beef curry one night, and stocking a decent variety of beers & drinks in the bar.
The lodge itself hides underneath a thicket of indigenous trees & bushes, with a maze of wooden paths connecting the chalets (approx. 15 from my count). This means that you are thoroughly immersed in nature, and each chalet is a little private enclave in the bush. The two we stayed in were 1-bedroomed, with either 2 single beds or 1 double bed. Note that the lodge still relies on generator power (for now), which is switched off at various points in the day to conserve energy, so plan ahead for charging phones and batteries.
Whilst Royal Thonga does have a few animals within its borders (including the endangered suni antelope), seasoned game guide Greg leads daily expeditions into the Tembe park as the main attraction, and is capably supported by Dylan and Vezi. Their local expertise & undeniable passion for conservation is what truly blew us city folk away, and we are still in awe of what we managed to witness in the 2,5 days/3 nights we were there.
Greg is the kind of grizzled safari veteran you’d want at your side (or behind the wheel) when traversing this gigantic park, and we thoroughly enjoyed his edutaining anecdotes about not only the variety of animal life on offer (including lion, elephant, giraffe, antelopes, rhino, and wildebeest – to name a few), but also the plants and trees and how the local Tembe people interact with the area. The latter was pleasantly unexpected, and we emerged from our weekend with a much deeper appreciation of what we saw than if we had just had a guide book or a by-the-textbook sort-of guide.
This passion extends to the customer service on the game drives – Greg and his team would expertly assess a situation to maximize the immersion aspect, such as parking our Land Rover next to a bridge crossing for a few hours where 3 lionesses were on the prowl (we ended up seeing an attempted kill right next to the car, as well as droves of elephants coming for a drink from the nearby watering hole). The next morning, Vezi led us to the same crossing, where we immediately witnessed a kill from the same lionesses. So these guides exhibit true patience & respect for nature – and in a park like Tembe, you are bound to see almost every type of animal there at least once after a few game drives.
For a first-time safari group, we would’ve been happy seeing just any wild animals and relaxing at a lodge, but the skill and dedication of the Royal Thonga team provided an inspirational and fulfilling holiday, which wasn’t just the norm. It was something far better – it was captivating. ”

John & friends Goup Safari (SA) – Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Thanks for your role in co-ordinating this trip for us. We loved the experience of being on one of Africa’s finest rivers and the exposure to the Lower Zambezi National Park environment. The fishing was certainly challenging but we had lots of fun – some fishing sessions we had more action than others! Debbie and Ben make a good management team together with their respective strengths and they have a great, friendly team working with them in Baines. John” John Gatherer Photography is a brilliant photographer and has published many books which are a must see – see John’s facebook site for more info. Thank you John Gatherer for the beautiful photos and feedback – wonderful memories were certainly made on this safari!

Helen’s Annual Family & Friends Safari (SA) – Zululand, South Afria
Our experience at Leopard mountain, was out of this world. Nothing I have ever done can compare to this experience.
Everyone has the same reaction. They can’t stop talking about it.  My grandchildren, want to know when is the next game drive and want to talk to Alden, game ranger, again.  They are very interested in the bush and loved the experience. You also managed to organize the weather for us.  My heartfelt thanks to you, for all your efforts on my behalf. Constantly checking on details, informing us of all necessary information you require, and never once showing any exasperation, with tardy replies to your emails. You deserve a “gold star”. Helen

Louise’s Family Safari (Australia) – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; Botswana
Was amazing to see Victoria Falls today. Words cannot describe, photos don’t do this place justice. If you ever have the chance, you must come here! Thank you so much Natalie and thank you so much for all your effort so very proffesional and VERY much appreciated. We cannot wait to come back. Will be recommending you very highly. You don’t know how much of a surprise it was for me when we got to Maun airport and our boarding passes were taken care of, that meant so much to me. I miss my daily riverboat trips in Moremi, looked forward to that every day, but unfortunately back to the grind. Just loved every minute of it. Thanks again and talk soon Natalie  

Piet & Al’s ‘Boy’s’ Safari (Ireland, SA) – Zimbabawe
My dear Natalie, Thank you so much for organizing our whole trip to Zimbabwe. Hwange National Park, the Milibizi Ferry  and especially Mana Pools which I would grade as an “extreme safari”.To walk with animals the way Stretch Ferreira conducts walk-abouts is just awesome. Every day, morning and aternoon is an adventure. Never a dull moment. And then of course is ‘story time’ around the supper table which in itself is an experience (and by the way, Stretch does the cooking himself on braai night). My highlights in Africa are definitely the Masai Mara migration and Mana Pools. I would not miss either of them as expensive as they are.” Piet

Bruce & Friends Group Safari (SA) – Zululand, South Africa
It was a fantastic experience. Everything was of the highest quality. Many thanks to all at LML for treating us so well. Kind regards Bruce

Rob & Belinda’s (Zimbabwe, SA) Group Safari – Namibia
Africa Memories was fantastic in  booking the Namibia trip for a group of 6. We had no hiccups and everything was spot on.

Picked up the Kombi at the airport outside Windhoek.

Namutoni Bush Chalets were fab and big you could have a shower under the stars if you so wished.  They are busy renovating the walkways.  It’s a very nice small camp.

Okaukuejo -The Premier WaterChalets were a highlight especially if you had the top room facing the Waterhole I lay in bed in the early hours watching the animals at the waterhole. Okaukeujo Camp is large and very busy. All meals are buffet and not bad considering so many tourists. One bit of advice pre book your dinner table in the afternoon.

Etosha was amazing and all said we could of spent more time as you suggested. Thank goodness for Natalie we added a day.

From Etosha we headed for Henties Bay. The country is so different. Our group do 6 said we should of stayed around Brandberg Mountains and Fingerklip for a night or 2. Had the most amazing late lunch at a Fish Takeaway in Henties Bay, Kabeljou and chips. Yummy

Swakupmund stayed at Brigadoon which is nicely situated to get around. Very comfortable,  staff are so helpful. Breakfast is served on your patios. For our crowd we sat together on one Patio. Must recommend the Jetty for dinner or lunch, at the end of the original old Jetty. You have the waves breaking all around you. There we could of spent an extra day as we also went to Walvis.

On to Sossousvlei. No one must miss stopping at Solitaire for their famous Apple Pie. We had to stop there again on our way back to Windhoek. A real time warp. We stayed at The Desert Homestead we felt it was too far to go to the Dunes and back and especially if you are doing the balloon ride. Would of preferred being closer to the Entrance.  It took us an hour from Desert Homestead to the Dunes. The balloon ride was a Wow and Eric the owner is quite a card. The champagne breakfast was also great.  It seemed to take us quite a while to get to Sossousvlei from Walvis. Stopping along the way to take photos as one minute you have Desert and the next you in Canyons and then on top of Mountains. Of course we had to stop at the Tropic of Capricorn as we always go through our Tropic of Capricorn between Polokwane and Makhado.

Our trip back to Windhoek was also very interesting the locals recommended  a road to take.  Very Picturesque.  Villa Violet was comfortable and friendly.  Coffee and cookies are on offer when you arrive and there is an Honesty Bar. Of course anyone who is in Windhoek has to go to Joes Bar.

Thanks Natalie for the most enjoyable holiday.  Everything ran so smoothly.  Each couple received a travel Pack at the airport with all the vouchers nicely put together for each placed we stayed at plus Map and information of each place we were staying at. ” Rob & Belinda

Hannah and family group safari (SA) – Botswana
Feedback from Hannah and family from their wonderful family trip to the Chobe River and the Okavango Delta in Botswana….

Feedback 1: Wild dog, young leopard , overall friendly, atmosphere of the camp.It was amazing, too good to explain.The food is delicious, and all my new friends that I have made. The staff were extremely friendly & helpful. Beautiful venue & location.Staff were passionate and unbelievably hospitable thank you. Staff is friendly approach, their knowledge and their love for the delta and its animals is what makes the place the best. I just loved everything ! you guys deserve 60 million star hotel ( cause u deserve it) loved it too much don’t want to go.

Feedback 2:Luv you guys ! (little heart) You made my whole entire year being here. Keep safe! P.s. Masha I am going to miss you when I come back next year… The staff really made us feel at home, the food was excellent and the guide is very knowledgeable, entertaining & professional. I love you all (little heart ) You must visit us and see where I live – Precious has the info. This is my second home P.s. A nick name for Niq – Nik Nak
We have been on many trips, can honestly say this trip was extra special safari everything, everyone went 100 % out of their way to make it the extra special. Our guides need an extra thank you.

Lynne’s Safari (SA) – Zimbabwe
“I have attached some photos of our trip. As you will see it was magical and Zim is still beautiful. Mana Pools to me is the best place in the world, we had hyena sniffing around the tent, lions roaring, elephants waltzing through camp, it is still wild Africa which is what I love.

Carribea Bay room was nice, very comfortable and clean. It would have been nice to have a lake facing room but I didn’t request that so I can’t complain.

The Ferry was amazing, so relaxing and the sunset and sunrise was magical.The food was excellent and the service was outstanding from all the staff.They made a cake for one of the passengers who was celebrating her birthday which I thought was very thoughtful. I would recommend the Ferry to anyone as it is so much more relaxing than negotiating the roads and roadblocks in Zim. The swim in the middle of the lake was much appreciated as it was extremely hot.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge was outstanding, the rooms were stunning, the service was excellent ( especially from the the manager Johnathon). The hightlight for me was the view of the waterhole, every evening we watched big herds of buffalo and elephant come down to drink. The vulture restaurant was an added bonus as it meant we watched vultures by day and hyena by night. The price of food and drinks at both Carribea Bay and Vic Falls Safari Lodge at R40 for a beer and R250 for a steak hits our South African pockets very hard.

I would like to thank you personally for your excellent service and all the added information you provided us with, it enabled us to make sure we had everything necessary for Zim and I am happy to say we did not get fined once. I will recommend you to anyone going to Zim, and will definitely book through you in the future.
Keep in touch.” Lynne

Walter & Friends Group Safari (SA) – Zululand, South Africa
Thank you, we had a great time. Although I have seen elephants before in the wild , I had never had the opportunity to observe the behaviour of elephant herds or young naughty bulls at such close range. I am glad that we went for three nights as it takes quite a few drives to see as much as we did. We were fortunate to see just about everything, also a scene where lions wanted to drink with their cubs at the waterhole , only to be chased away by the elephants, the lions had to wait for a long time until they could risk to quench their thirst. We also observed and another guest in our vehicle recorded 43 different species of birds.
In summary, a great wildlife experience .The service was excellent , the ranger was very knowledgeable, the accommodation was very clean and comfortable and the food was also fine.
Well perhaps another time again.
Thank you for being so caring,
Best regards,
Walter

Don & Walt’s Safari (SA) – Zululand, South Africa
Afternoon Natalie. Speaking for myself I had an awesome time from the accommodation – massage spoils and the competent game ranger we had on the Game Drives. Well worth it
Thanks again Walter for including me. Always enjoyable” Don

Ken’s Safari (SA) – Zululand, South Africa
We arrived safely and all is welll . thanks for a special experince on a special occassion.  Kind Regards Ken

Jane’s Safari (SA) – Botswana
“Thank you for arranging my trip to Okavango.The trip was very efficiently organized and you went out of your way to organize my local flight . Photos cant bring alive the feel / experience of being somewhere so very very far from the madding crowed. For me the smell and sounds of the bush are equally as important as seeing the animals. The birds were my main interest. Sadly no one has sent them to Tourist College so they VERY seldom hang about to be photographed by an amateur! Still I found it an honour and major pleasure to be able to see them and hear them.

You were also wonderful trying to keep a jump ahead of my of my delayed return flight. Thank you. My favorite photo is of sunrise on my last morning. It would have suited my regret at leaving if it had been overcast but instead I choose to think that the sun wanted to wish me a very cheery Good by .Ta ever so …..” Jane

Mike & Aeran’s family safari – Zimbabwe, Botswana
“Hi Natalie,Thank you very much for making all our accommodation bookings, sightseeing trip bookings and other arrangements for us on our recent trip to the Victoria Falls, Chobe and Chundu Island. Everything was as planned and everything went off as planned. In addition, the general  information you provided on each location was excellent and very informative. Once again, many thanks for all your input, it certainly made our holiday that much more special and memorable, one of the nicest we have had in a long time. We plan on another African trip next year and will certainly be contacting you again. Have attached a few photographs of our trip (see facebook. Ed).” Mike & Aeran

Jane’s Safari (SA) – Botswana
“Thank you so very much for all you have done re. my trip.  It is reassuring to know how competent you are and how much trouble you have taken over my trip. I have done trips to UK and Athens but not an ‘exotic’ area like Botswana’s Okavango Delta” Jane

Pieter, Liz & Family  (SA)– Botswana, Zimbabwe Safari
“From the minute we contacted Natalie at Africa Memories Travel  we were blown away by her dedication to make this a superb holiday for us as a family.  They provided us with all the info we needed to travel by car to Botswana and Zimbabwe and the experience was great , even through others talked of difficult travels we did not experience this at all. Our trip was really one we will treasure as a family for years to come. We would really recommend staying at any of the lodges the Africa Memories Travel book. You have to experience Chobe it was the real highlight for us even though the Victoria falls was what I wanted to see.  Take the time to do the helicopter flip and elephant rides in Victoria Falls well worth the extra expense. Our overall experience was a great one and thank you to Natalie for making our dream holiday so special.” Pieter & Liz & Family

Stephen, Chantal & Family Safari (SA) – Zimbabwe
“Africa Memories’ service was great. They shopped around for the more affordable accommodation to meet our requirements and it was more than sufficient and the wildlife….. well, WILD!  Loved it. The information was simple and all documentation needed was provided for each location. We didn’t have any hassles!  They helped make the experience worth the while. Thank you.” Stephen, Chantal & family

Dionne’s Group Safari –(SA)  Zimbabwe
Many thanks for putting together a great and memorable trip . Having selected a with Stretch was a great plus . Doing another visit without his guiding would simply not be the same and he’s set the bench mark. Like it or not many friends have had no option but to listen about of our experience at Mana Pools. Once again many thanks on behalf of all of us. Dionne

Walt’s Group Safari (SA) – Botswana
“Our sincere thanks for your part in organising the Nata/Tuli Block leg of our wonderful trip.  Everything went like clock-work and there were no glitches at all.  The accommodation was both comfortable and in lovely surrounds.  Although there’s a sparsity of game animals in Tuli, the lodge certainly made up for it and our guide Simon had an excellent knowledge of the trees, plants and the “little Big 5″ (ant-lion, elephant shrew, rhino beetle, leopard tortoise and buffalo weevil) to keep everyone’s mind a-ticking!

Your directions to Tuli Safari Lodge were a great help as my GPS hasn’t been updated lately and “lost the route” when we got onto the new tar road before turning off to the lodge.  It saved us a long round-about route! I’ll most certainly be in contact when next we plan a journey and have recommended you to friends.” Walt.

Bill & Sue’s Group Safari (SA) – Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
“Thank you so much for all your hard work in planning our holiday. It was a great adventure and we certainly saw and did things we never dreamed we would. There were obviously highlights and lowlights but as in most things you tend to remember the good parts as opposed to the not so good. We have many tales to tell and look forward to sharing those with you.” Bill & Sue.

Gail & Guy’s family safari (SA) – Namibia / Chobe River
“The entire safari was awesome! I would do it all again. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday!! Such an awesome experience.” Guy & Gail & family.

Pieter & Charmaine’s Safari (SA) – Botswana, Namibia
“Charmaine and I wanted to say a VERY BIG thanks you for the trip you put together for us on our recent tour of Botswana and Namibia.It really was an unforgettable experience.  But what made the experience that much more spectacular was your planning of the trip, which must have taken some considerable effort and planning on your part.  We were “blown away” by the way you judged things to perfection for us.We would highly recommend other people to have their holidays to these parts of the world, planned by you.  We have already told all our friends to use you without hesitation. Thanks once again Natalie….you made us very happy.” Pieter

Thad’s Family Safari (USA) – Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe
“The trip was FANTASTIC!.. and perfect for our family.  We could not have asked for a better combination of experiences in the time we had!  Everyone one of us had a great time, including my Mom.  She was thrilled.I must say that I enjoyed meeting people, and seeing the cultures just as much as seeing the animals.  It was all good!” Thad & family.

Elizabeth’s Family Safari (SA) – Swaziland
“The central word of this company is “Memories” – Natalie arranged for my family of 5 to spend a night at a Game Reserve in Swaziland. We had a lovely time there and enjoyed the animals. Our accommodation was right at the waterhole, which was comfortable and clean. The waiters at the restaurant were very pleasant, and served us their speciality Burger with lots of chips and to top it all, it was candle lit. So from an ordinary meal, it turned out to be tasty memorable touch. Our car broke down on the way there and I needed some contact details of someone local, to get out of the sticky situation, not knowing where to find such a number, I looked at the itinerary to see if there was any chance that I could find some information there. Well I was pleasantly surprised that not only did Natalie compile wonderful information about the location, with it were all the details that I needed to get out of the situation. So to sum up this part of our trip, we had great memories, both on the road and in the bush. Natalie organized our trip superbly, on every level. We have great photos and a wonderful memory of our trip.You will not be disappointed if you book your holiday memories with Africa Memories Travel. Thank you Natalie and Africa Memories Travel for a job well done.” Elizabeth & family

Graham & Barbara (SA) – Tembe Elephant Park
“Thank you Natalie. A well organized trip well done. We were very impressed with the Tembe experience”

Arthur (SA) – Tembe Elephant Park
“Was great thank Natalie,
Tembe, was definitely the highlight for me thanks as the staff were always pleasant, and could not do enough to assist and make you feel welcome.
Also liked the setting of the Camp because of its unique “ Bush Camp “ layout. They also surprised me with a Cake at supper on my birthday which was during our stay at Tembe.
Not sure how they knew ( Unless I told you, and you mentioned to them ) however, was really a “ nice touch “ as they sang a few songs, and really made it a memorable occasion. Did not expect it at my age Ha Ha !!!!
Will definitely go back again sometime in the future”

Doug (SA) – Tembe Elephant Park
“Hi Natalie
We had an extremely enjoyable trip with many great memories.
Thoroughly enjoyed Tembe and the camp staff were exceptional.
Thanks for the organisation of a very enjoyable weeks holiday..
Regards”

Julie and Jacques(SA) – Livingstone, Zambia                                                                                                         “Dear Natalie
Jacques and I had the most wonderful trip to Vic Falls and on the Chobe Princess. It was absolutely amazing and definitely so worth the trip. I got to tick off my bucket list of Vic Falls and saw it from the best angle possible….. the microlight!! Thank you so much for your brilliant organizational skills….I didn’t realize how brilliant you were!
Our trip was organized brilliantly – the pick up from the airport, the road and boat transfers, the activity pick-ups were on time and so well organized by the friendliest staff. Everything went so smoothly. We loved our time at Vic Falls especially the microlight flight that you said we just had to do even though I am scared of heights. I loved every second! THANKS! We also thoroughly enjoyed the Chobe Princess. The game viewing was magnificent and the staff and the food were top-class. We had a wonderful short break and you whet our appetite for more travel in Africa. 10/10 !!”

Feedback from Little Kwara Camp-Botswana
“Guests managed to see a large Male Lion chasing 3 younger male lions with a bit of fighting which was super exciting and made for great photos”.”Guests managed to see a large Male Lion chasing 3 younger male lions with a bit of fighting which was super exciting and made for great photos”.

Hugh and Maureen(SA) – Tembe Elephant Park
“Our guide, Khulu, was absolutely amazing at spotting birds. He could make all their calls and made our trip extra special. Tom, the Manager was equally special! We found the Thembe staff who run the resort wonderful. They are quite humble people who went out of their way to please.  Tembe is a place we will visit again – it was very well worth it! Thank you for recommending it and excellent booking.”

Gordon & Family (SA, UK) – Zululand, South Africa; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; Chobe National Park, Botswana
“Thanks so much for organizing our trips to Tembe and Vic Falls. everything went off like clockwork and Jonathan and Briony had the time of their lives.
Gordon and family from overseas, who were visiting Africa for the first time, spent their time on safari with Africa Memories Travel to Tembe Elephant Park in Zululand, South Africa where they enjoyed game drives in this Big 5 wildlife reserve, and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, spending their time in the Falls walking with lion, riding elephants, visiting the Falls, visiting Chobe National Park, helicopter flip over the falls, traditional dinner, vulture feeding, sunset boat cruise and more.”

Barry & Friends safari (USA, Ireland, UK) – Cape, Greater Kruger, Mpumulanga, SA
“I am no photographer, but Albert did let me use his camera one day. I will look at the results and send you a few of my better attempts later. …
As for the arrangements, everything went like clockwork. It was a spectacular trip for all of us. The hotel in Cape Town, Mannabay, was amazing, one of the best hotels, possibly the best, that I have stayed at anywhere in the world. I have written a Trip Advisor report on Mannabay, and received a “thank you” from Mitch the General Manager. Tsala Treetops, which I knew from another trip, and Branson’s place in Franschoek also were very special. Oceans Eleven in Hermanus did not come up to the same standard as the other three, and I will give Hermanus a miss on my next trip to South Africa.
The safari park lodges were great. We were so lucky with what we saw in both Kirkmans and Ngala. Kirkmans was truly outstanding, as we saw a two day stand off between a female and male leopard, a wild dog, and a hyena over an impala carcass. We got a little choosy, with the wide variety of game that we witnessed in the first three days, but Ngala also was very special. The only disappointment was that we did not see a Cheetah.
I think that I speak for the whole group when I say that it was possibly the best trip ever. Certainly Lucy said it was. All the ladies fell in love with Cape Town, and will return. Actually, I am sure that we all will!!”

Des & Sue’s Self-drive & fly-in safari (SA) – Botswana
“It has taken me a while but I have at last had a gap to email you regarding our Botswana Trip planned by Africa Memories Travel. What an experience we had on our Botswana “safari”. Natalie from Africa Memories did a fantastic job finding suitable accommodation for my Husband who has a walking disability due to a stroke.
We drove from Durban to our first stop over at Kwa Nokeng which is perfectly placed as you cross the border. The rooms were adequate for our needs with a restaurant on the property, as well as a take away at the nearby garage.
We left the next morning for a 2 night stay at Elephant Sands just outside Nata on the Chobe road. What a fantastic setting with a water hole right in the middle of the chalets. Unfortunately for us there had been rain and therefore no wildlife at the waterhole. Our son had been there over Christmas and didn’t have to leave the comfort of his camp chairs to game view. The accommodation could be improved on but the location is wonderful. again there is a restaurant and they offer game drives. Or with a 4 x 4 you can self drive. Our next stop was 3 nights at Chobe Bush Lodge a smaller and quieter lodge than it’s big sister Chobe river lodge, with excellent accommodation, staff and food. Due to the rains the river was the highest since 1999. Natalie had organised activities which included a river cruise, fishing experience (no fish but great relaxation) and Game drives. We got really up close and personal with a lion kill which was fantastic and if you love Elephants this is the place to go. We enjoyed our stay immensely. We head out next towards Maun but due to the distance Natalie arranged a stop over at Planet Baobab. The accommodation looks like Gingerbread houses (or so I am told by my grandson) lovely and quiet with home cooked meal. There is the largest Baobab I have ever seen on the property. Friendly staff and a great pool area to cool down in. The next morning we are off to Maun to catch the light aircraft, from Wilderness air, into the Delta, the highlight of our trip. Our First camp in the Delta was Xigera, where we stayed 3 nights and if you love Leopards this is the place to be. Accommodation meals and staff are all 5 star. Our luxury tent was private and overlooked an open area. The game drives were amazing. The bird life in this area is fantastic. The highlights for us was the Makoro trip which was so peaceful, we had a wonderful sighting of a baby croc the just sat on a raft of weeds for us to take photos. But the magic was the leopard sightings, during super a leopard walked over the bridge which is well Lite at night, onto the island, then about 15 minutes later she came back with a cub following behind her, to our surprise a second cub followed over on its own, the worst thing was no one had a camera…We spent hours tracking Leopard on our last day, which was really exciting as there were a few leopards in the area that kept crossing the road, but in the end we were rewarded with a female Leopard right next to the road and for a photo shoot she climbed on to a fallen tree and started calling for a mate. Sadly we left Xigira and our next 3 nights were at Chitabe Camp. The lodge is fantastic and the staff went out of there way to accommodate my husband. the Safari Tents (again private with a view out over the grass lands) and food were excellent. On our drives we saw many big cats and a large pack of wild dog. We sat with a male lion on a kill and we found his brother some way off calling for him. The sound sent chills down your spine. We also saw Cheetahs sitting next to an ant hill posing for the cameras. A beautiful male Leopard walking along the road and wild dogs lying out in the open warming up in the early morning sun. A wonderful place to stay. Sadly our time in the Delta came to an end and we flew out to Maun and headed towards home. Our last stopover in Botswana was Nata Lodge lovely accommodation and food. There is a great bird sanctuary nearby but sadly we arrived too late to go, on our list for the next trip. The last stop was Palm Hotel just across the boarder which is a great stop over good food and rooms. then it was back home the next day to Durban. This fantastic trip was well put together by Natalie of Africa Memories Travel she put so much thought into our needs and my husband’s disability. It is hard to find someone who listens to the client and gives them exactly what they need. I highly recommend Africa Memories for your Southern African experience. Thank you so much Natalie you are a star.
Kind regards
Des and Sue ”

Julia & Dougs self-drive family safari (SA) – Botswana, Namibia’s Caprivi, Zimbabwe
“Thank you for arranging such an awesome holiday for our family! We had the MOST amazing time experiencing all the wonderful things Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe have to offer.
We had SO many highlights: Kubu island on the Salt Pans, Deception Valley in the Kalahari, flying over the Okavango delta, Christmas at Drotskys on the Panhandle, catching bream & tiger fish, Caprivi strip, Chobe River, Victoria Falls, plentiful game viewing…I could go on forever. Not o…nly did we see amazing things but our experience of all aspects of travelling including many border crossings, shopping at local stores, finding our way, fitting in all our ‘bucket list’ items were made possible by your impeccable planning and preparation. We were never taken by surprise, we had everything we needed, we were well prepared for even the unforeseen things. Thanks to you and the whole package – we as a family rank it as the best holiday ever! Definitely one to be repeated
We will be telling as many people as we can to use Africa Memories Travel – making memories the easiest way!”

Alva and Aonghus (Ireland) – Eastern Cape, South Africa
Just back from the trip of a lifetime in South Africa! I want to thank you for all that you did for us.The safari was absolutely perfect from all aspects. Kariega Game Reserve exceeded all our expectations. From the chalet, food, wine and scenery to the game drives, animals and staff. Bungani our guide was excellent and ensured we had the best possible experience. The highlight was definitely being surrounded by a herd of 20 or more elephants on our last day. An amazing experience we will never forget! Thanks again for organising our trip and we will definitely be recommending Africamemoriestravel to all our friends! Alva and Aonghus

Rachel (South Africa) – Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls and Kariba
“Dear Natalie, Thank you for planning and organizing the most wonderful trip- it really was a holiday of a lifetime. We absolutely loved our time on Island Lodge. The accommodation was absolutely beautiful- the decor was so modern and stylish. The rooms were beyond amazing. We so enjoyed all the facilities. The food was so delicious. The service was incredible- nothing was too much!! Blessed and Obert were both so friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much for them. They made our stay truly unforgettable. We loved our cruise on the Zambezi and so enjoyed all the activities Victoria Falls has to offer. We will forever treasure our memories and so hope to return there soon. The Matusodona- we so enjoyed our time on the houseboat. The staff were unbelievable. The food was out of this world- we feasted on the most amazing breakfasts, lunches and suppers( and scrumptious cakes!)  We really enjoyed the fishing- I caught my first fish!! Scott was so professional. He was always prepared to help us, advise us and made our time on the boat most enjoyable. We so loved bird watching and our game viewing cruises. He was so patient with me( as I was terrified of the hippos and crocs!)  William, Wilson and Niesson were amazing!!! We were so sad to say goodbye to them!! They were so so helpful and made it the very best, relaxed, happy holiday! Thank you for everything you did to make it possible !!! This trip was more than I could ever have dreamed of- special memories I will treasure always.”

Angela (South Africa) – Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls and Kariba
“Island Lodge:  what an amazing venue.  We couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick start the holiday.  It was classy, with fantastic staff and superb food.  We will definitely be back and would recommend it to everyone.  I would like to especially mention Blessed and Obert.  They made our experience extraordinary.
Kariba: the boat was phenomenal but once again it would have to be the staff.  They couldn’t do enough for us and made this experience something to treasure always”
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