Laura Gonzalez, USA
3 Day / 2 Night Kruger Safari (January 2012)
Hello Ann, we are now back from our trip to South Africa and wanted to thank you very much for all your help with the safari arrangements. Everything went so well that the experience exceeded our expectations. Our guide Benno was very knowledgeable and experienced so we got the most of our visit. Fortunately, we escaped the flooding right on time and despite the rain, we got to see a lot of animals including wild dogs!!! Benno really went the extra mile for us and we were lucky to be the only ones in the vehicle those 2 days so even better! The recommended accommodations were the perfect match for a perfect African safari experience, the Inn was cozy, warm, outdorsy and very romantic. A perfect spot to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. Again, thank you for your services, all the transportation and drives were right on time and with impeccable service. We will highly recommend your company to our friends. Regards, Laura and Scott.
Susan Keuning, Ontario, Canada
3 Day / 2 Night Kruger Safari (January 2012)
Dear Ann, we had a fabulous experience in Kruger Park, we are already dreaming of the day when we can return. We were really impressed at your initial prompt response to our inquiry and the professional way that you corresponded with us and kept us updated. Gavin was awesome, Tom and Meta are big birders and his knowledge of birds was a real highlight for them. They saw over 130 new birds. He was also outstanding with giving us information about the animals and you could tell he really loved the animals and that he enjoys his work very much. We were quite overwhelmed with what we all saw and must say that everything was much more than we could have imagined. Of course seeing all the Big 5 was fabulous. We were able to take some really good pictures. We have already spoken to many, many people, have given a power point presentation of our safari to friends and they all have been informed that if they are ever given an opportunity to come to SA to contact Regent Safaris. We wish you all the very best in this new year. Susan
Phill Paul, Australian working in SA
Kruger Open Vehicle Day Safari (February 2012)
Hi Ann, we had a great day with Gavin and probably used up more than our fair share of his luck as we managed to see the big 5 (albeit the leopard was only clearly visible with binoculars and disappeared into the bush quite quickly so no photos) plus 2 cheetahs (great shots of them), wild dogs, hippos, crocodiles, a hyena and the other usual suspects (zebra, impala, kudu etc) and some smaller species such as turtles (hinged back & leopard) and a chameleon. Gavin was very knowledgeable and did a wonderful job and certainly impressed us, especially my colleagues who had never been in such a park before. Look forward to more such exciting days in the park. Thank you once again for the arrangements and the hotel was also very good – the set menu dinner was delicious and the service was exemplary. I have attached one of the cheetah photos for your viewing pleasure and there are also many on my facebook page. Best Regards – Phill Paul
Michelle Conlon, Nelspruit
Kruger National Park Day Safari (April 2012)
Dear Ann, we had a really wonderful time on Safari last Sunday! Gavin was very informative and knowledgeable it was a great experience for us both, we learned so much from Gavin, who I must commend as he is an absolutely outstanding guide! We were very lucky with our sightings, we saw a pride of lion shortly after we got into the park, we saw rhino, elephant, buffalo and impala (I always thought that impala were quite uninteresting animals but Gavin told us some very interesting facts about them) Sadly the Leopard wasn’t very co-operative, but we certainly had a great deal of fun trying to find him! Thank you once again! Kind regards, Michelle & Dan
Jackie Zaki, Johannesburg
Kruger Open Vehicle Day Safari (December 2011)
Hello Ann, I would just like to say thank you very much for the most incredible Game drive that we had on 31st December 2010. Frank was really fantastic !! I have been on many game drives around the country and in many 5 star lodges but none of the game rangers were as knowledgeable, interesting and professional as Frank was. He really went all out to make the drive most pleasurable for all of us. I will most definitely be recommending Regent Safaris! Again thank you. Regards Jackie Zaki
Patricia Bellenot, South Africa
Kruger Open Vehicle Day Safari (October 2011)
Thanks, Ann, we all had a great day with Ben, he’s a great guide! We’ve seen so much, 4 of the Big 5, including a Black Rhino, but no Leopard, we’ll have to come back. We even saw a white Giraffe – awesome.
Geoff Parker, Australia
Kruger Boutique (September 2011)
Hi Ann, Firstly, thank you so much for ensuring that the provision of information, choosing of options and answering of questions all before we even got there was always done with such promptness and politeness. Your assistance ‘pre-trip’ took all of the usual angst and worry out of working what was best for our very short stay in Kruger. The transfer from Nelspruit by John was great. He obviously has so much knowledge of, and passion for, the region and Kruger and is a very affable guy. We enjoyed his company on the brief trip to the accommodation, which we LOVED! The Lodge was great and Chris and Memory ensured our stay was warm and welcoming. The Kruger! What an amazing place. We were just in awe of the park, it’s flora and fauna, and rank it as one of the top two or three places we’ve been. We were so fortunate to see not only see the ‘Big 5’ (on day one!) but were privileged to see some other rare sights like lion cubs, a leopard with its kill in a tree, a hyena and probably a highlight, a cheetah just after sunrise. Our guide, Benno, was great. We were so grateful for his knowledge and experience and half of our sightings were because of his intimate knowledge of the park and its residents. We know a lot of sightings come down to chance, but we have no doubt that half were due to him. Our time was made all the more special by the people who helped us along our way, from Benno, Chris and Memory, to you and John. Thank you for being a part of a wonderful memory that will last me and my family a lifetime. We will be back, and Regent Safaris will be the first enquiry call we make.
Johannesburg, South Africa – Kruger Boutique Safari, September 2011
Ann, On behalf of our USA colleagues, thank you very much for a lovely weekend. Your courtesy just like before, they extend their gratitude. According to Rick: Whoa ! what an experience and his compliments to the lovely hotel with views he never experienced before. Have a blessed week, Jeane
Johannesburg, South Africa – Elephant Interaction Programme, September 2011
Hi Ann, Thank you for suggesting and organising this amazing unique marriage of proposal with Medwa bringing a basket with the ring. You at Regent Safaris and the team at the Elephant sanctuary were legendary. Eretia and I now have an amazing story to tell☺ Kind regards Gustav
Queensland, Australia – Kruger Boutique Safari, July 2011
Hi Ann, thank you and John for your company at dinner at the Lodge, an unexpected pleasure. Our transfers to and from the airport hotel enabled us to see the country side, the vehicles were comfortable and driver informative. The days on safari were above and beyond expectation. The Matriarch demanding (and taking) right of way for her herd, the honeymoon mating Lions, the kingfisher with a fish bigger than him, the flash of the elusive leopard, not least of all the majestic giraffe. We enjoyed every moment, thank you. Phillip and Gloria
Vivek Hurry, Mumbai
India – Kruger National Park Day Safari, May 2011
Hi Ann, a quick note to thank you for the excellent arrangements you made for our various excursions while at Hazyview. The day safari was the highlight and quite extraordinary! We got to see a showdown between a pride of lionesses and a herd of buffalo at a waterhole, plus more species than we could count. (Well, we did count them, actually – 22, I think!) The Skyways Trail and the Elephant interaction were also incredible! Best regards, Vivek
Oxford, UK – Safari Bush Camp, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, April 2011
Hi Ann & John, Thank you for the recommendation, it was amazing! Nothing was too much trouble for the staff of this luxurious yet down-to-earth bush lodge. We spent three days having the time of our lives. The game drives morning and evening were exciting and very safe in the hands of our Guide and Tracker. We saw all of the big five, with the highlight being a male leopard who was marking his scent and preening himself. The home-prepared food and all-inclusive drinks were of the highest standard and our lamp and candle-lit room very comfortable with showers inside and out, overlooking an expanse of the Reserve. We would recommend the Lodge highly!
Susan Hodson, Liverpool
UK – Kruger National Park Day Safari, April 2011
Hi Ann, we had a wonderful holiday thank-you, but the highlight has to be the day we spent with you and John in the Kruger and also the following day on the Panorama Route with Memory. They were fabulous days and they are still very clearly in my thoughts. I will definitely be back, next time with my husband, although Mum may come also. Thank you again for an unforgettable day in the Kruger….even though we didn’t see the cats it truly was an experience made all the better by the company.