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More Travellers’ Reviews

In addition to the independently verified reviews we receive through Feefo, our travellers regularly send us feedback about their safaris in other ways, as well as happy updates along the way. Here’s a selection of highlights:


From: Birgit ********* ********* <************@gmail.com> 
Sent: Monday, 12 November 2018 10:20 AM
To: Art of Safari <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: UPDATE ON YOUR SAFARI

Dear Nicky,

We are safe back in Denmark with lots of warm memories from our trip to Tanzania. High lights of our trip:

  • the big five we saw on our unforgettable stay in Serengeti under canvas, Rhino, leopard, lions, elephants and buffalo plus cheetah, crocodille and hippos and all the other amazing animals at very close sights. Only need for the binoculars for spotting the animals. We saw 3 crossings of the Mara River, marvelous.
  • the flamingoes and the small monkeys at the Lake manyara tree lodge
  • the amazing view at the Crater Lodge
  • And not least genuine smiling faces everywhere we came – the Tanzanian people are so friendly

BEST LODGE: Serengeti under canvas, we loved it – please send all your guests to them. They deserve it. The camp manager Ben Athanas and our ranger, Justice Narikae are the best.

The Crater Lodge, the interior a bit to weird for us but the view incredible.

The tree Lodge; so beautifull and peacefull, but not so many animals. We did though the mountain bike tour of the local village with one of the butlers, as it is his home town. So we came to visit his house, wife, mother and the local school. Also down to the lake where the local fishermen where drying their catch of the night. 

We certainly want to come back one day. Maybe another destination in Africa, but for sure we will be back.

Thank you for advice and planning. Every thing went so smoothly.

Love

Birgit

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From: Patrick ********* <*****************@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Sep 16, 2018 at 9:19 AM
Subject: Re: Welcome home!
To: Art of Safari <[email protected]>

Dear Gary. — we had a great time !

I plan to put up a bunch of stuff on your Facebook site if you think that’s the best channel.  I was very happy to see the abundance of lions and lion cubs in the Mara North Conservancy- a place I would highly recommend to anyone.  The trip went off without a hitch – thanks for the excellent work.

Pat

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One of Pat’s pictures from the Masai Mara…


From: Suzanne ******* <*********@bigpond.com> 
Sent: Friday, 14 September 2018 2:50 PM
To: Art of Safari <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Welcome home!

Hi Nicky,

I’ve filled out the Feefo review for Art of Safari but on a personal note I’d like to thank you directly for the wonderful Safari you put together for Nat, my family and myself. We all had an awesome time and we will be back, that’s for sure! I will definitely recommend you guys to anyone who asks. The memories will last a lifetime.

Kind regards,

Suzanne.

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From: Marco A <*************@gmail.com> 
Sent: Wednesday, 12 September 2018 4:12 PM
To: Art of Safari <[email protected]>
Cc: *.****@fastwebnet.it
Subject: Re: Welcome home!

dear Nicky,

thanks a lot for your work! We seriously really enjoyed the whole itinerary. Livingstone and the falls were great! the location of avani was super as we could walk in and out the falls as many times as we wanted! Bakwane Lodge was amazing. The staff are fantastic as well as the lodge. Chobe park is superb.

We are already thinking about our next Africa trip and we will indeed consider Art Of Safari for it.

Thank you again.

Best,

Marco and Gaia

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From: Ed ****** <*******@aol.com> 
Sent: Wednesday, 08 August 2018 1:38 PM
To: Gordon ******** <******@verizon.net>
Cc: Art of Safari <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Your dream safari in Kenya & Tanzania

Nicky- let me join Gordon in expressing our enthusiasm!! I know you are doing your job but you do it so well and with such enthusiasm! It’s infectious!

Thanks,

Es

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From: Mitch L <********@gmail.com> 
Sent: Monday, 16 July 2018 11:33 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: THANK YOU

Nicky,

Hope all is well with you.

I just wanted to let you know that Paul and Sue had the most amazing time on their holiday that you organised and keep waxing lyrical about how great you were at arranging everything.  They say it is one of the best holidays they have ever had.

It is super awesome when a recommendation works out so well, thank you.

All the best

Mitch.

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From: ******.******@gmail.com
Sent: Wednesday, 27 June 2018 8:38 AM
To: Art of Safari <[email protected]>
Cc: Amar ****** <****.******@*********.com>; Satyajit ****** <********.******@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Welcome home! | Nicky Mears – Art of Safari | 26 June 18

Dear Nicky,

Yes, we’re back home – still smiling after the wonderful holiday! The safari experience was what made it the best holiday I have had- loved the pace and rhythm of the place. We shall never forget the experience of seeing the abundance of beautiful animals up close, in their natural surroundings. 

Cape Town is also such a beautiful city. It’s mix of stunning geographical features and beautiful architecture is amazing. And the people in both places are so friendly, cheerful and helpful, it added to the charm of the place.

Added to all this was the fact that the hotels were so good and that you had arranged our itinerary so well and arranged for us to be driven around and that everything went off seamlessly.  You really have made our holiday a very, very special experience! I’m so glad that we met you and Nicholas – do give him our regards. It was very nice of you both to take the time to meet us – and drop us off back to the hotel!

Many thanks for all your efforts!

Warm regards,

Villoo 

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From: Amar ****** <****.******@gmail.com> 
Sent: Tuesday, 26 June 2018 9:31 AM
To: Art of Safari <[email protected]>
Cc: Amar ****** <****.******@*********.com>; Villoo ****** <******.******@gmail.com>; Satyajit ****** <********.******@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Welcome home! | Nicky Mears – Art of Safari | 26 June 18

Dear Nicky

  1. We had the holiday of a lifetime and have brought back a trunkful of memories to keep us warm & smiling for a long, long time!
  2. Now that we are back we realise how all the little things that you did added up to the overall experience – the selection of hotels (especially the family tent at the Ol Seki with full service), the seamless connections (pick ups & drops), the itinerary at Cape Town, the quality of cars, drivers / guides and hotels (More Quarters was exquisite). Everyone can very easily go to a great destination but if the little things don’t come together in a classy & seamless manner, the experience can be quite pedestrian! We would especially like to compliment you for the level of hotels and everything else that you picked for us. And all our connections worked like a Swiss clock – just perfect! And you were always available to answer the hundreds of queries that we had – truly world class service & engagement levels! 
  3. I will certainly do the feedback & the rest of it as soon as I receive the link. Villoo & Satyajit may want to add their own comments here!
  4. Please do stay in touch and we look forward to hosting you in Mumbai or reaching out to you to help arrange our next safari very soon!

Warm regards

Amar

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Some of Amar’s pics…



From: Susan ***** <************@gmail.com> 
Sent: Thursday, 24 May 2018 3:41 PM
To: Art of Safari <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Welcome home!

we are readjusting to New Jersey it’s not easy no special animals in our yard ,most ordinary 

birds in our sky’s . No way to describe what an amazing time we had. Forever a special and extraordinary

time

😍😍😍Susan and Gary  

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From: Susan ***** <************@gmail.com> 
Sent: Thursday, 10 May 2018 10:23 PM
To: Nicky Mears <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: CLOTHING FOR YOUR SAFARI

Dear Nicky,

Nagala reserve was incredible. Wow!!!!!!!

Off to the delta tomorrow,can’t wait.

Regards,

Gary

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From: Andrea ******** <******.*.********@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, 26 March 2018 8:42 PM
To: Nicky Mears <[email protected]>
Cc: Johnny *** <***********@gmail.com>
Subject: Thank you!

Nicky,

Thank you for your guidance and last minute adjustments for our safari. We cannot truly express how much we loved the experience. Tambuti Lodge is an exceptional place, the staff and game drives are wonderful. We saw so many animals, enjoyed terrific meals, and thoroughly enjoyed everyone about the lodge.

When we return home we will share photos with you – or on your facebook page – but in the interim want to be sure you know the the trip was a complete success, despite our delays.

Our kindest regards,

John & Andrea

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From: Benita ****** <************@gmail.com> 
Sent: Tuesday, 20 March 2018 4:46 PM
To: Nicky Mears <[email protected]>
Subject: Benita ******

Dear Nicky

I arrived home from Botswana very late yesterday evening after my flight back from Jhb was cancelled and I was not informed but that had nothing to do with your planning!!!

I had the most wonderful holiday possible. Everything was in place, the accommodation was fantastic and the staff truly carried me on there hands. The area has had a great lot of rain with the result that the grasses are very tall and it was difficult to see the animals, but in spite of that we still saw a lot. Lion, leopard and lots and lots of birds!!!!

I think the ultimate spoil was the mocoro’s. That felt like just a little bit less than Heaven. I do not posses a camera but took a few photos with my cell phone which are pathetic but the memories will stay in my head for ever.

The other guests were great and I enjoyed there company but also the great company of the staff. Our guide, KB, worked so hard to try and show us as much as possible and the manager, Boi and the other guide, July and I became very good friends.

Thank you again for organizing a great trip. Everything was super.

Please thank Gary and Anja too.

Lots of good wishes

Benita

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Client Benita’s wonderful pictures from her Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta
Client Benita’s wonderful pictures from her Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta
Client Benita’s wonderful pictures from her Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta

From: Penny [mailto:******@***.com.au] 
Sent: Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:06 AM
To: Art of Safari <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: YOUR SAFARI IN KENYA.

Hi Nicky and Gary,

Thankyou for your follow up email Nicky..I had replied yesterday, but my battery on my phone faded and I lost my almost finished reply… I applaud the beautifully put together proposal and itineraries..a truely passionate portrayal of the things you love…I loved them.!!

I approached many companies both commercial topline..supposedly, and smaller companies along with hoteliers and air charter companies.. all pailed into insignificance in comparison.. On Occassion price was similar, but passion would clearly outweigh that.!!

It became clear that generally speaking for the type of accomodations and the distance which needs to be travelled, both by land ? and air, time and cost are involved.. Friends have no qualms about these issues, but it was clear that one of my sons ( who turns 30 a week before me), had conflicting issues about cost and timing… He is already on the “circuit” for 30th birthdays with a stable girlfriend ( who happens to be a vet, hence I thought this trip may be alluring), it appears that the safari at this point in time is not going to work out as a group…

Sadly, for us all, I am going to have to save this idea for another time..I am going to fit into an idea he and now his younger brother have to ski with friends in California ( one of whom lives there) and celebrate my birthday on the other side of their return ,mid way in Hawaii..

I wish you both much more success which you so deserve…. I will be posting a comment on trip advisor if allowed without actually travelling with you..fingers crossed..

Kind Regards, Penny
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On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 3:13 PM, RA ********** <************@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Gary, we’ve just returned to Windhoek after one week of Wilderness followed by two weeks of selfdriving. The week in Hoanib and Serra Cafema were absolutely perfect. Arranged to the minute details, nothing went wrong, perfectly on time, stunning locations and lodges. In SC we were the only guests and were treated like king and queen. Not too bad for 4 days. The 2 weeks selfdrive and camping was at the other end of the scale but just as enjoyable. Thanks and we’ll be back. Regards and all the best for 2018. Adrian

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Thank you Art of Safari, Gary, Anya an team for an awsome trip to Samburu and Masi Mara, a bucket list safari trip for anyone to tick off.

Gepostet von Carl Fourie am Samstag, 16. Dezember 2017

 


Hi Nicky,

Thank you thank you thank you for organising such an incredible holiday for us! We made so many extraordinary memories and had the best time. The two &beyond reserves were exceptional- everything from the food to the experience, and wildlife were incredible and the people made us feel welcome, taught us to much, and made our stay better than we could have ever imagined! You were an absolute pleasure to deal with and I can’t thank you enough for your patience and the care you took in planning our holiday! Thanks again, I’m sure we’ll be in touch to plan another holiday soon- we certainly will be back!

Jaime

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From: Pat ********* [mailto:****@shaw.ca]
Sent: Monday, 23 October 2017 6:08 PM
To: Nicky Mears <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Welcome home!

Hi Nicky,

Just wanted to add my thanks also. . . . . It was a dream trip and I don’t know what, if anything, could have made it better! Take care,

Pat

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From: Jaime ********* [mailto:*****.*********@***********.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 15 October 2017 11:59 AM
To: Nicky Mears <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Safari njema

Hi Nicky

Just left Ngala and have to say that you have done an INCREDIBLE job! We had the most amazing experiences there. Everyone and everything was extraordinary! Thank you for creating this itinerary for us- we already have so many amazing memories! We just realised that at Ngala we had massages that were charged to our room but they never took a credit card from us at check in- how can we ensure we settle that up?

Thanks again!

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From: Mara **** <*********@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 12:45 AM
Subject: Re: Welcome home!
To: Gary Lotter <[email protected]>
Cc: ************@gmail.com, Nicky Mears <[email protected]>

Hi Gary,

So sorry for the late reply. Returned to a busy time at work. We had a fantastic time and really loved Sala’s Camp. It was really perfect – no migration – but that didn’t matter. We saw lots of animals, the camp was beautiful, service and food excellent. Thanks so much for the terrific recommendation. The logistics were perfect, and David’s day trip was great. Leonard was a wonderful driver. It was hard to leave and we hope to return Agsin. Thanks again for everything! We hope to visit Cape Town one of these days and will be in touch when we do.

Mara

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From: fish.bowl [mailto:****.****@*******.com]
Sent: Wednesday, 04 October 2017 5:11 PM
To: Nicky Mears <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Welcome home!

Hello Lovely.

It was great to finally meet both you and Nic in your home town. As you already know we had the bestest time ever and meeting people like you along the way just amplified it. We are yet to get home, sitting now in Changi airport waiting for our final flight in less than 1 hour – drinking wine. In the next week we will post lots of photos and comlpete the survey. The American couple we meet along the way have also asked for your contact details so I shall pass them on 😉 We have also packed your wine to drink with family while we show them pictures. Once again thank you so much for organising such a great trip, we do plan to return in 2019.

Take care, we will try and keep intouch with the occasional email. I do think if we lived in the same town we would have been good friends. My mobile is +61 *********.

D&M

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From: Eileen **** [mailto:**********.**@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, 29 September 2017 4:20 PM
To: Nicky Mears <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Your safari in October

Hey Nicky,

Thank you for all your time in tailoring this itinerary and providing a package with value to us. I did compare other quotes from other suppliers in the earlier stages and my gut always told me that I was gonna end up going with yours. Your email interactions have also been very efficient and to the point and you understand our needs right away. So thank you for making this happen for us!!

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From: Bruce ***. <***_******@*********.ca>
Date: Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 7:10 PM
Subject: Thank you
To: Gary Lotter <[email protected]>

Hello Gary,

We would like to thank you for the lovely pouch and luggage tags, we are sure they will come in handy in our future travels. We would also like to inform you of how much we have enjoyed our holiday, and in particular, our safari lodges and game drives. We have witnessed up close and personal the big five plus many other wonderful animals. The tours that we took in Cape Town have been very good and our helicopter flip was absolutely amazing. Of course we would be remiss without mentioning how delighted we have been with Nicky, she has gone beyond and above in exceeding our expectations.

Thanks again
Ann & Bruce ***

PS: Rest assured that we fully intend to us Art of Safari in the future.

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From: Mark **************@gmail.com
Date: Friday, 25 August 2017 1:04 PM
Subject: Thank you
To: Nicky Mears <[email protected]>

Nicky,

Here is my feedback. If there was anything that could have made these two Safari experiences any better, I do not know what it could be. We had an incredible time! It was a good choice of yours to put us at Amboselli for two nights and Kehwa for three. It was just the right amount of time. Any more time, would have been redundant and we got to see two different geographies and animal groups. The service was fantastic and like I said, I don’t know how it could have been any better. I guess the only thing would be it would have been nice to be in one of the front cabins at Kichwa, number 1-5. I’ll try to do something on your Facebook page. Thanks for your good work!

Mark

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From: Marleijne *********.*********@gmail.com
Date: Mon, May 8, 2017 at 2:05 PM
Subject: re: Travel Documents For Your Safari
To: Gary Lotter <[email protected]>

Dear Gary, 

Everything was absolute fantastic! What a surprise lunch at the beach of Swakopmund! We have enjoyed every minute and it was all very well organized. Thank you!

Hendrik & Marliejne

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