From Catherine Rose and family:
What a perfect trip! We loved all of it and are still amazed that the trip went so seamlessly!
Experience with Falcon-Safari:
The best! This is why I booked with Falcon-Safari in the first place. When I initially approached Falcon-Safari and a couple of other travel agencies - both online and local, the most efficient response with the best-presented itinerary was the one that Mandy sent. As I refined our requests and asked questions, she always responded immediately and was helpful with the information she provided. I will admit to having a little trepidation about wiring money to an on-line agency. However, I went with 'gut feeling' and it proved to be correct. I even appreciated Mandy's recommendation that the original hotel I had booked in Johannesburg might not be in the location that I really wanted to stay (and I changed it and we loved where we stayed - Intercontinental Sandton.) Mandy is extremely organized and I am the kind of person that really appreciates that!
Great choice and definitely a camp I had never heard of before it was recommended by Falcon-Safari. The three chalets were nice and my husband and I were given the honeymoon chalet with an outdoor shower and huge bathroom area. The staff was nice, although the actual manager was away during our stay there. The food was very good and the grounds were beautiful. We had GREAT game rides - thanks to Piet (who was on his last game drive and moving too Singita) and Andrew. We saw all of the big 5 and also arrived right after four lions killed a kudu which was an amazing sight. The Rubbing Post spa was nice - wonderful massages and extremely reasonably priced as compareed to what we are accustomed to paying. We all liked the tour of the local villages of Dixie and Utha and were especially impressed at the spirit of the people who lived there even as they live without electricity and plumbing in their homes. Only recommendation for Djuma is that I would probably prefer that drinks be included, rather than charged separately. The staff that worked there were all some of the nicest people we have ever encountered with a genuine interest in pleasing the guests. Would definitely return to this camp!
We had the BEST vacation!!! All five of us had a GREAT time! I think it was the PERFECT trip with a perfect combination of places to visit and sites to see. I would not change a thing. We love looking at our pictures and feel like the memories will last forever. Everyone always says that their trip to Africa was 'the trip of a lifetime' We agree, with the following exception- I think we will be returning! Many thanks to Mandy for her assistance in planning this trip - the suggestions, the patience as we refined where we wanted to go and where we wanted to stay, the immediate responses. I did speak with others on the trip who had utilized an on-line travel agency and their experience had not been nearly as positive. My family kept telling me what a great trip it was during the trip. I kept telling them to wait and see what happened because it was not over yet. After several years of working in the travel industry in the U.S. I was ready for something to happen, whether it was a misconnection due to a flight delay or an overbooked situation. I do realize that 'glitches' can happen during a trip, but we were fortunately not subject to any.
If I can ever be of any assistance to Falcon-Safari in any capacity in the U.S., please do not hesitate to contact me. Again, we thank you for assisting us with such a great vacation! It was definitely the best vacation with excellent planning and wonderful people and great places to stay.
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