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  • Many friends have asked about the trip since my return and I still haven’t been able to come up with the perfect one word response to capture how I feel about it.  Brilliant, Wondrous, Inspiring, Emotional, Unbelievable – these words just don’t seem to do the trip justice.  I end up telling everyone that our time in Africa exceeded my hopes and expectations beyond my wildest dreams.  It truly was that perfect, and we have you to thank for that!

    This trip was a life dream for me.  Top of my bucket list, if you will.  And it couldn’t have been more amazing!  Having the opportunity to share it with my two college-age daughters made it that much more special.  The trip itinerary was such that we all three had experiences that were personal to us as individuals; and we made memories together that will not only last our lifetime, but I feel certain will be shared with each new Fairman generation.

    First, the people of Africa were beyond compare.  We’ve done a fair amount of international travel and have met some wonderful people along with way.  But there was something extra special about the people of Africa.  So welcoming, so gracious, so genuine. Second, our accommodations across the country were wonderful. The Desert Delta Camps we visited in Botswana were OUTSTANDING! We stayed in four camps, and upon our return couldn’t decide which was our favorite.  They all offered something unique and afforded us the experience of four different landscapes and habitats.  The atmosphere and ambience at each was distinctive and special in its own way. 

    Third, the logistics of our trip couldn’t have been better executed.  We scheduled a lot of activities and did a lot of moving around, and I’ll admit that before we departed the states I was a bit concerned about making all of the ground and air connections.  But I needn’t have worried.  Every step of the way everyone was where they were supposed to be, and on time, to transport us from one place to another with little to no effort necessary on our part. 

    Fourth, the wildlife, which is what brought us to Africa to begin with, was brilliant, wondrous, inspiring, emotional, unbelievable… We watched a den of wild dog puppies playing while their parents lounged nearby.  We were not more than 15 yards from a cheetah and his fresh kill.  We watched a pride of lions: two males, four females, two adolescents and four cubs, dining on a buffalo.  We watched jackals attempting to ‘share’ in the buffalo meal, while a lioness kept a keen eye on the jackals’ movements.  We watched a lone lioness stalk a warthog mom and her three babies (the warthogs were oblivious to the lion’s proximity, but avoided an encounter). We observed another lone lion and lioness whereby the male was following the female with an obvious interest in mating (we ultimately did see them mating).  We saw both a brown and spotted hyena, one on a night drive.  We experienced honey badgers run across the open ground one evening while dining on the deck at one of the camps.  We saw some of the most beautiful birds ever, along with many ostrich in the bush.  We watched more baboons than we could possibly count running, playing and socializing.  We saw a lone leopard resting under a shade tree and then watched him dart away.  We saw a porcupine on the side of the road and an otter playing in the Zambezi river.

    Some of my most memorable moments include when, while watching a herd of elephants cross our path, two males began what I initially feared was fighting, but turned out to be playing.  It was amazing to see these wondrous beasts butting heads, tangling tusks and chasing each other just as my own children used to do.  Another time we were cruising in the Okavango Delta and almost ran smack dab into an elephant in the water eating wild reeds.  The elephant was as startled to see us as we were to see him.  He took one step toward the boat bellowing with his trunk held high.  I can’t describe the moment except to say we were all relieved when he backed off and exited the water.  Another moment that I’ll never forget was watching a male lion playing with one of his cubs.  On the surface one might think the ‘dad’ was only tolerating the playful cub.  But with a closer look you could sense the love shared between the two.  Proud is what came to mind when I looked into the eyes of the male.  Another lion moment was when we watched a lone male considering ‘swimming’ across part of the delta.  You could sense his trepidation, but he ultimately took the plunge.  And there might not be anything as entertaining as watching from behind a giraffe prepare to drink from a pond.  There’s an obvious art to the exercise!  I could go on and on about the animals and their babies.  Simply put – every species was spectacular and I felt honored to observe them in their ‘homes.’

    Finally, let me close by saying how thankful I am that I found YOU at Go2Africa to plan our trip.  I had phone conversations with several representatives at several companies, and my visit with you is what sold me on putting my trip in the hands of Go2Africa.  If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn’t change a single thing.  So truly, thank you so very much for making my life dream come true!

    Take good care of you and yours, Dori Fairman P.S.  I’m proud to say that at the ripe old (young?) age of 58 I did the Zambezi River Gorge Swing.  It was exhilarating (even though the guide had to push me off, at my request of course)!

    Dori Fairman - September 2016
  • It was a very well planned itinerary, everything was very precisely done. I did not have to worry about anything and things worked out with such smoothness I am highly impressed. From my first day to last, you have planned so well and the selection of hotels, planning the Garden Route, Kruger, Victoria Falls was fantastic. I am looking forward to plan my next trip with you. Congratulations Ashley and thank you once again for this wonderful experience. 

    Nisha Sutaria - September 2016
  • Many friends have asked about the trip since my return and I still haven’t been able to come up with the perfect one word response to capture how I feel about it.  Brilliant, Wondrous, Inspiring, Emotional, Unbelievable – these words just don’t seem to do the trip justice.  I end up telling everyone that our time in Africa exceeded my hopes and expectations beyond my wildest dreams.  It truly was that perfect, and we have you to thank for that!

    This trip was a life dream for me.  Top of my bucket list, if you will.  And it couldn’t have been more amazing!  Having the opportunity to share it with my two college-age daughters made it that much more special.  The trip itinerary was such that we all three had experiences that were personal to us as individuals; and we made memories together that will not only last our lifetime, but I feel certain will be shared with each new Fairman generation.

    First, the people of Africa were beyond compare.  We’ve done a fair amount of international travel and have met some wonderful people along with way.  But there was something extra special about the people of Africa.  So welcoming, so gracious, so genuine. Second, our accommodations across the country were wonderful. The Desert Delta Camps we visited in Botswana were OUTSTANDING! We stayed in four camps, and upon our return couldn’t decide which was our favorite.  They all offered something unique and afforded us the experience of four different landscapes and habitats.  The atmosphere and ambience at each was distinctive and special in its own way. 

    Third, the logistics of our trip couldn’t have been better executed.  We scheduled a lot of activities and did a lot of moving around, and I’ll admit that before we departed the states I was a bit concerned about making all of the ground and air connections.  But I needn’t have worried.  Every step of the way everyone was where they were supposed to be, and on time, to transport us from one place to another with little to no effort necessary on our part. 

    Fourth, the wildlife, which is what brought us to Africa to begin with, was brilliant, wondrous, inspiring, emotional, unbelievable… We watched a den of wild dog puppies playing while their parents lounged nearby.  We were not more than 15 yards from a cheetah and his fresh kill.  We watched a pride of lions: two males, four females, two adolescents and four cubs, dining on a buffalo.  We watched jackals attempting to ‘share’ in the buffalo meal, while a lioness kept a keen eye on the jackals’ movements.  We watched a lone lioness stalk a warthog mom and her three babies (the warthogs were oblivious to the lion’s proximity, but avoided an encounter). We observed another lone lion and lioness whereby the male was following the female with an obvious interest in mating (we ultimately did see them mating).  We saw both a brown and spotted hyena, one on a night drive.  We experienced honey badgers run across the open ground one evening while dining on the deck at one of the camps.  We saw some of the most beautiful birds ever, along with many ostrich in the bush.  We watched more baboons than we could possibly count running, playing and socializing.  We saw a lone leopard resting under a shade tree and then watched him dart away.  We saw a porcupine on the side of the road and an otter playing in the Zambezi river.

    Some of my most memorable moments include when, while watching a herd of elephants cross our path, two males began what I initially feared was fighting, but turned out to be playing.  It was amazing to see these wondrous beasts butting heads, tangling tusks and chasing each other just as my own children used to do.  Another time we were cruising in the Okavango Delta and almost ran smack dab into an elephant in the water eating wild reeds.  The elephant was as startled to see us as we were to see him.  He took one step toward the boat bellowing with his trunk held high.  I can’t describe the moment except to say we were all relieved when he backed off and exited the water.  Another moment that I’ll never forget was watching a male lion playing with one of his cubs.  On the surface one might think the ‘dad’ was only tolerating the playful cub.  But with a closer look you could sense the love shared between the two.  Proud is what came to mind when I looked into the eyes of the male.  Another lion moment was when we watched a lone male considering ‘swimming’ across part of the delta.  You could sense his trepidation, but he ultimately took the plunge.  And there might not be anything as entertaining as watching from behind a giraffe prepare to drink from a pond.  There’s an obvious art to the exercise!  I could go on and on about the animals and their babies.  Simply put – every species was spectacular and I felt honored to observe them in their ‘homes.’

    Finally, let me close by saying how thankful I am that I found YOU at Go2Africa to plan our trip.  I had phone conversations with several representatives at several companies, and my visit with you is what sold me on putting my trip in the hands of Go2Africa.  If I had it to do all over again, I wouldn’t change a single thing.  So truly, thank you so very much for making my life dream come true!

    Take good care of you and yours, Dori Fairman P.S.  I’m proud to say that at the ripe old (young?) age of 58 I did the Zambezi River Gorge Swing.  It was exhilarating (even though the guide had to push me off, at my request of course)!

    Nisha Sutaria - September 2016
  • Our trip was magnificent. We will surely do it again! We were quite lucky to witness a massive river crossing, a new-born giraffe with its umbilical card and of course lions, elephants, leopards, cheetahs, buffalos, hippos, crocodiles... We saw a blind rhino at the elephant's orphanage; and our kids were happy to see how Lasayen, Ngilai and Rapa, the elephant orphans, evolved since we fostered them.

    The combination Samburu - Masai Mara was ideal. Samburu's scenery is outstanding and offers a wider variety of animals and birds. Masai Mara is impressive with the abundance of wild life, especially the wildebeest and zebras. The Giraffe Manor and the intimacy with the giraffe there will remain in our memories forever. Also the hot air balloon is surely something not to be missed. All lodge staff and game drive rangers were very friendly, and our children enjoyed the kids adventure activities a lot.

    We were so delighted that we started planning our next trip to Africa, combining Mara with Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mauritius. Thank you Ashley for organizing this wonderful trip.

    Walid Dagner - August 2016
  • As always our holiday was terrific, much of it down to the fact we love the sounds, smells and feel of the bush and so we keep returning year after year. The choice of game lodges also goes a long way to make our experience so enjoyable especially as we select them online and so there’s always that sense of anticipation when we eventually arrive hoping our expectations are met. Many thanks again to you for organising this itinerary for us.

    Simon Warner - June 2016

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As always our holiday was terrific, much of it down to the fact we love the sounds, smells and feel of the bush and so we keep returning year after year. The choice of game lodges also goes a long way to make our experience so enjoyable especially as we select them online and so there’s always that sense of anticipation when we eventually arrive hoping our expectations are met. Many thanks again to you for organising this itinerary for us.

Simon Warner - June 2016 View more reviews