We are home·safe and sound, thank you so much for reaching out! Caroline: we had an incredible vacation. Everything was simple easy and magical. Transfer from the airport to Ilala Lodge was straightforward and prompt. Ilala was lavish beyond our wildest dreams! We caught Victoria Falls on Saturday afternoon (breathtaking and a perfect afternoon for it), and then took advantage of the hotel amenities·on Sunday. Monday morning we had a smooth and easy trip by car and then plane to Hwange and Camp Davison which was every bit as ideal as Ilala. Every single member of the staff was courteous, engaging, interesting, and hospitable. As hospitality professionals ourselves, we honestly just couldn't stop talking about how genuinely nice and helpful every single member of the staff was. Our guide Richard was an absolute superstar with an insane·amount of knowledge and prowess about the park and the animals. We were treated to magnificent animal sightings every single day with never a dull moment. Once again, thank you thank you. What a truly lavish and incredible experience.·-Josh
Renee: Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Namibia, Dec 2019
I really had a wonderful trip.·Your·plans for me in Ethiopia worked out beautifully.·It was the perfect transition to Africa.·Two days was plenty for me in the Addis Ababa area.·The last evening the guide and driver took me to a wonderful restaurant with fantastic food and a great performance·including a band, singers and dancers.·Fantastic costumes and very interesting musical instruments. All camps and accommodations·were exceptional.·Little Makalolo had a fantastic and friendly staff and they didn't hesitate to socialize with us.·The chef was a capable vegan cook plus he did some nice things for Jill in the gluten free department.·Our guide Paul was fabulous - outgoing, knowledgeable and kind hearted.·The watering hole right in front of our camp was a source of endless amusement with constant flows of wildlife. I really enjoyed Hoanib Skelton Coast Camp from the point of view of being able to follow the animals' daily rhythms.·That was a super learning experience for me.·Again a really interesting watering hole in front of the camp. Serra Cafema was a fascinating experience.·Our guide, Gabes, was fluent enough in the Himba language so that we were able to interact with the people in a friendly and meaningful way when we visited the Himba village.·The staff was wonderful in general and the place extremely well managed.·Ongava Lodge was a great way to wind down the African experience.·The trip has planted the seed to go again - maybe to Uganda and Rwanda next time.·I also plan on recommending your services should anyone appropriate be interested. Thanks for everything!
Melissa and Michael: Zimbabwe and Botswana, Dec 2019
We had a remarkable trip, and every single interaction we had that had anything to do with your organization was flawless. We were met as noted by helpful people, the accommodations were comfortable, and everything happened exactly as expected.·The staff at both camps were just lovely, and they were so willing to ensure that we had a stellar experience--we slept under the stars, irritated an elephant on a mokoro ride, and heard lions roar just feet from our beds. We had great guides at both camps, too. Michael took at least 5,000 photos of animals, birds, and the landscape.·I can't say enough good things about the whole trip, really. It was amazing, from beginning to end (and that's counting the 36 hours it took for us to get home!)·I would absolutely do this again, and might even return to one or the other camps because they were terrific. Or maybe Savuti or Qorokwe or Linkwasha. I might avoid the summertime heat next time! But thank you for all of your thoughtful preparation and hard work. It was, as they say, a life-changing experience.
Terri: Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana, Nov 2019
The trip was beyond what I imagined it could be – absolutely incredible! ·Everyone was fabulous and all the help I received was terrific – I never had to worry but just enjoyed myself and I learned so much.·It was truly a dream come true! The only issue I really had was when the honey badger bit into my cell phone early on at Kapamba camp in Zambia.·That killed the phone! Fortunately, I brought an extra camera. Of all the people I met, I was one of the few people who had never even been to Africa.·In a few years I will want to travel to Kenya and possibly Namibia.·I heard so many wonderful things about those two countries and their safaris. Thank you!· Terri
Jean and Mike: Kenya, Uganda and Zambia, Nov 2019
Just wanted to say thank you for all the work you did on planning our trip.·The trip was wonderful, and we had such a great experience.·I will recommend your services whenever I can.· Again, thanks for everything.
Kim: Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa, Oct 2019
I cannot say enough about our trip. It was amazing, spectacular, magical. I appreciated all your help and guidance you gave with the planning of our trip. I have made sure when talking about our trip to mention you and Natural Migrations. Thank you again!!
Holly and John: South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe, Nov 2019
I want you to know we had an amazing trip!· It is hard to put into words how awesome it was and we can’t thank you enough for truly creating a trip of a lifetime.· You exceeded our expectations!!· Everything went smoothly and seamless.· All three camps were incredible.· The people were wonderful, the camps exquisite and the food was way too good!· The guides were outstanding.·Shaun Milan at the Machaba camp was awesome!· So incredibly passionate and determined to find us great animal sightings.·Onx Manga was also fantastic and very interesting.· We learned so much!· Trust was our guide at Verney’s camp who also did a fantastic job.· When we arrived at Verney’s camp the drought effect was much more evident as there were many elephants who did not survive.·Hard to see but we also noticed there were lots of babies so we were hopeful as well.· They had received a small amount of rain right before we arrived and by the third day we could see things starting to turn green again which was also very encouraging. On our last night at Verney’s we had our sundowner at a beautiful water hole with a heard of elephants.·It is here during the sunset John got down on one knee and proposed!·I said YES!·I could not have dreamed of a more special place to get engaged in front of a heard of elephants.·I really can’t thank you enough for creating such a special trip for us.·I will definitely continue to recommend Natural Migrations to anyone who wishes to travel to Africa.
Gail and John: Tanzania, Oct/Nov 2019
We had a fantastic trip! Top line...the Asilia camps were beautiful, well-managed, and provided three different landscapes which was one of our objectives on this trip. All of the transfers were seamless which is always appreciated! To start, the river crossings at Olakira were a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience. Our guide, Noel, was excellent, the food was very good, and the staff very warm. Onto Namiri Plains Camp. Phenomenal design, excellent food, different landscape and wildlife emphasis. We mostly 'majored' in cats while we were there and spent a fair bit of time searching for the melanistic serval...no luck. However, we did see a caracal and regular serval, along with honey badgers and some cheetah families. For us, the cheetah cubs, smaller cats, and badgers were 'firsts.' Jabali Ridge. Again exceptional design, excellent food, topnotch service, and gorgeous, varied landscape. We so greatly appreciate your recommendations and arrangements and look forward to connecting with you on a future trip.
Diane and Ron: Zambia and Zimbabwe, May 2019
I have always pined for the landscapes of Idaho. Africa is the only place in the world for which, in addition to Idaho, I feel homesickness, as I do today. Again, thank you from Ron and me.
Randy and Nancy: Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, May 2019
We got home last night after 30 some hours of travel so were all exhausted. I may still be delirious but thought I wanted to send while I’m still on this wonderful Africa high! The trip was incredible. I was overcome with excitement to find Leo was our guide in Mana Pools ! I had no idea that he would be there so I was almost beside myself when I saw him at the runway to greet us. He is awesome- so intelligent, professional, caring, and solid. We have enjoyed all of our guides, but this man made such an impression on me. So- whatever you did to make that happen- THANK YOU!! We will ( hopefully) go back to Africa again, and if we do I will make it to a camp where he can be our guide again. Mana pools is incredible and it was even better to have him there. Thank you again.
Jim and Susan: South African and Botswana, May 2019
Just wanted to let you know what a great trip we had to South Africa and Botswana. Beyond words wonderful.We thoroughly enjoyed Cape Town. The waterfront area was vibrant and, on the water with surrounding mountains, beautiful. Our peninsula tour was great, with stunning scenery culminating with the Cape of Good Hope. And we also spent part of a day in the wine country where we were again taken with the beauty and, of course, the excellent wine. The most memorable part of the our trip was the safari experience. The camps (Little Vumbura, Savuti, Qorokwe) were all special and the guides excellent. But the truly outstanding experience was seeing the animals and being among them. We had anticipated seeing many of them, but the richness and diversity were exceptional. We could not have asked for any better. We also enjoyed meeting the managers and staff of the camps, the guides, and many of the other guests with whom we shared meals and game drives. Overall, we were very impressed with the entire Wilderness operation. I wore your hat much of the time and spoke of our good experience with Natural Migrations. Thanks for all of your help in developing this memorable trip.
Rich and Renee: Botswana and Zimbabwe, May 2019
We had a wonderful time, this was one of the finest trips we've ever taken!
Cindy: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana, May 2019
We loved it! Everything went very smoothly...very well organized. Unfortunately all three countries are suffering a terrible drought and the lack of water made it impossible to do any water activities in Botswana. Hopefully they will get some relief soon. Our favorite camp is Chitabe. There was an abundance of game and a lot of activity. We enjoyed each camp; they all offered a different experiences. Thank you so much for arranging this trip for us. It is heartwarming to realize the resources Wilderness Safaris puts into surrounding communities and wildlife conservation.
Angie and Ed: Tanzania, Jan 2019
I’ve finally regrouped a bit and wanted to get back to you both to tell you what a marvelous time Ed and I had. The trip exceeded all of our expectations, and I am grateful to have been able to rely on your expert counsel about where we should go and stay. Thank you! All of the places we stayed were first rate. We loved them all. The knowledgeable guides at all our camps were outstanding, and we learned so much from them. The rest of the staff at each camp made us feel very welcome and pampered. We loved the warm, friendly atmosphere at each place. I also loved the way you structured the trip – starting with “easier” safaris to Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater and working our way up to Ruaha, which was more remote and a very different experience but one we also loved. There, we got to do a walking safari and a nighttime game drive, which were both great. We were a bit tired by the time we got to Ruaha and so loved ending our safari time at Jabali Ridge where we could both go on game drives and also relax by the pool and at the spa. We also were glad to have three nights in Zanzibar to decompress and really enjoyed the spice tour and the Stone Town tours. And as I mentioned, we were very grateful for your assistance when we encountered the flight snafu at Zanzibar Airport. It all worked out just fine and the Coastal rep who met us at Dar took good care of us. Thank you again for jumping on that! I would be happy to recommend you all if you ever need a reference for a prospective client. I also will recommend you to any friends of our who might be thinking about an Africa trip. Ed and I think we definitely would like to go back to Africa at some point.
Rosanne: Rwanda and Kenya, Jan 2019
We really loved Lewa Wilderness and Elsa’s Kopje! They both are very special places, with wonderful service, food and rides…it was hard to part when we had to leave! We loved so much about the trip, the animals, gorillas, cats etc, but mostly the people, they have such a gentle and kind way about them, that really touched me. Thanks for setting up the trip, I’m looking forward to going back to Africa soon!