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Des Mahoney – South Africa - August 2018
Dear Jacques and Team. My family is struggling to adjust to life after the delta. We all were looking forward to a holiday in the swamps but it exceeded expectations. There are many lodges and places to visit in the delta, but you and your team made it seem like we were the only ones ever to visit. It was such a treat and a privilege. Ace, Jackie, Mosh, David and Gabriel were not only brilliant at all they did, but made nothing look like any trouble. The game experience was unforgettable, the sundowners the best, the food, the camp (even the ablutions) were all spot on.
Thank you….we’ll be back and will recommend ORS to others.
Sheila Head – South Africa – September 2018
The river safari was a really fantastic experience. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. Ace is amazing and is so knowledgeable - a really lovely guy who was so patient and kind, especially with dear old Arthur. The whole team was wonderful and was all so helpful and friendly. How they managed to produce muffins, rolls and bread in that bush kitchen on an open fire is beyond me! All the food was delicious and we loved the special touches of the way the cloth serviettes were folded etc. All in all it was a really wonderful trip and I would have no hesitation in recommending your river safaris. It was the best wildlife experience I have ever had. Many, many thanks to you and the whole team.
Elke & Paul Hockings – Sweden – September 2018
We have now arrived back home in Sweden after a fantastic trip to Botswana and the Victoria Falls. We brought back home many wonderful memories from this beautiful part of the world. Among all the impressions and marvels, the boat trip in the Okavango delta stood out by long shot! We would very much like to thank you for organizing this trip for us with such dedication, patience, knowledge and efforts! It is difficult to know where to start with the praise. All the logistics and operations went perfectly smoothly. The food was by far better than what we could have expected in these camping-in-the-wild conditions (just think of all these great fresh salads and freshly baked breads, muffins, desserts). The team caring for us was very friend and supportive. The jewel in the crown was, however, our guide Ace. What a great guide he was! He did not only share freely with us his infinite knowledge on birds, mammals and plants but he managed to infect us with his great love for the nature in the delta. All things large and small mattered and made us marvel. Your organisation, Ace and the team had set a high standard that was impossible to follow up. Surely, the car safari, Kasane and Vic Falls were great, too. But we all realised that nothing could match those four days in the delta! Allow me to say it one more time: thank you so much, guys, for this great experience! Warm wishes,
Larry and Marcia Ward – Australia - September 2018
Here, here, echoing Elke and Paul’s comments, it was amazing and great thanks to Ace, Mosh, Jackie and David, an unforgettable experience!
Caroline and Mark – Northumberland UK - September 2018
Back now and sorting ourselves out. That was just the most amazing and extraordinary holiday that you put together for us. Thank you so much for everything you did and we all loved every moment. Jacques and David were the most brilliant, knowledgeable and fun guides that we have ever had. The two parts of the holiday were so different and melded together so well. It was amazing how close we got to wildlife in the boat and absolutely amazing the food that was produced in both camps. A trip of a lifetime without doubt. The new experiences we had were wonderful. Camping out under the stars was brilliant. On our last night with Jacques, a leopard wandered through the camp and then lay down under a bush, quite happy with all of us, with head torches, watching him. We had a mock charge from an elephant and a very grumpy hippo who jumped into the river to see us off!
Marie and Anton Reynolds – Rustenburg , South Africa - June 2016
If we would express in words how amazing our experience was, it would take all the giga bites in cyberspace. This was truly the most incredible week of our lives. We would like to congratulate you on putting together the ideal package for bird lovers, nature lovers, animal lovers, water babies and adventure seekers.
The staff were amazing, all of them all the time. They were relaxed, displayed a wonderful sense of humor and absolutely professional in their conduct all the time. The way both Ace and Lister handled the boats with such care, respected the animals, conveyed their knowledge about trees, birds, animal’s reptiles... . . . and the list is never ending. The walks we had will always be part of our fondest memories. Jacky, Boyzi, Jani could do enough for us. The care they took with the meals, table decorations, serviettes, and by golly the FOOD! one cannot wish for better. The menu was interesting varied and extremely scrumptious, eish! Who will ever forget the succulent steak of the last night Amazing! In short (to use Boyzi's words) the experience was SOOPA DOOOPA!
We will definitely be back, God willing next year the same time. Thank you yet again, we wish you every success with your venture! Till we meet again. God bless.
Francois and Aletta Feenstra - Western Cape, South Africa - June 2016
Dear Okavango Safari's team:Thanks to Jacques, Ace and team for an outstanding adventure. Well planned, relaxed and professional outfit that you people run. Highlights were boat trips and exposure to nature and animals/birds; accommodation/facilities (outstanding small touches of greatness) in pristine nature; excellent food (manner of presentation) and, for us, the easy-relaxed-just enjoy yourself environment you present. Your outfit comes highly recommended, to all nature lovers, but in particular, bird lovers.Thanks, Johan Rothman's group of 10 (Francois and Aletta Theron, Wellington, South Africa)
Freek & Kobie Lindeque - September 2014
Very, , very enjoyable safari. Can recommend it to anybody loving nature. The camping facilities were very good and the food delicious.
Carole McMullen - September 2014
The Delta has been on my 'bucket list' for years and I was not disappointed, it had to be one of the best holiday experiences I have ever had. Jacques, Costa and the team behind the scenes could not be faulted. The Delta has to be a very special place and no wonder it has been awarded a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Jacques and his team managed to create a unique experience that only comes with the obvious passion that they have for their environment and the wish to share their knowledge of both the flora, and fauna of the Delta. The camps were very comfortable, the meals that were produce from the bush kitchen were delicious and varied and the evenings around the camp fire were always entertaining with never a dull moment. Hopefully I will get the chance to go again.
Anna & Christian Galli - Germany - August 2014
We still remember the journey into the Okavango Delta like it was last week! Thanks to Jacques, the very good guide Costa and the whole backup crew we enjoyed a wonderful and exiting week in the Okavango Delta. It was the most relaxing and interesting holiday week we have ever had! We recommended Okavango River Safaris to our friends, so watch out Jacques many more will come from Jo'burg to enjoy the Delta with your team! Thank you again and regards from Jo'burg.
Jan Mostert - July 2014
Our 7 night safari on the Okavango delta was superb in every respect, from our airport pick-up, through 8 days of scenic and game-viewing travel by boat on the \"highways and byways\" of the Okavango delta. Our overnight camps were very well-appointed and comfortable, and the food at every meal was delicious and well-presented. A big thank you to Jacques, Costa, Dimpho, Jackie and Kelly, for a wonderful, relaxing and informative holiday in incomparably marvelous surroundings.
Susan Wolfaardt - June 2014
What make this safari unique is that the wild is truly coming to you and not the other way around. Thanks for a beautiful experience with very knowledgeable guides.
Tanja Hichert - June 2014
An unforgettable holiday and experience! The Delta truly is an unspoiled wilderness paradise and visiting it with Okavango River Safaris makes it all possible and unimaginably pleasurable. The guides, the staff, the food, the equipment, the organising of it all is top-of-the-range. Kudos and compliments to you all. Thank you! We relaxed, we learned, we adventured, we ate magnificently, and in short; had an experience of a life-time. We are already talking about when to be back...
Daan & Kittie Vorster - April 2014
A wonderful, wonderful experience in the jewel of Africa. So pleased the Delta was recently declared a UNICCO World Heritage Site! Many thanks to Jacques, Costa and the team.
Erik Balden - April 2014
Very enjoyable trip and fun was had by all. Traveling by boat on the channels really is the best way to experience the Okavango Delta. Closer to nature you cannot get. Beautiful scenery and great for birding and other wildlife endemic to the area. Experienced and knowledgeable guides who will go out of their way to ensure you get the most out of the trip, while always ensuring everyone\'s safety. Support staff were very friendly, capable and helpful. Beautiful camp sites and the camping facilities provided were very good. Meal times were always special, great food and with a beautiful table being set each night by the camp staff. The boats used to transport guests are comfortable and well suited to the task. All in all it was a great experience. Okavango River Safaris are very professional and can be highly recommended.
Gretchen Stols - May 2013
I was telling some friends about the most amazing 10 star trip we enjoyed with you in 2013 in the Okavango on the boat. It was great fun. Met fantastic new friends and the service of the staff making the food on the open fire, all fresh and the scenery on the boat, the elephants walking past our tents, stopping the boat next to the animals going thought the water, the bird life, the camps, being 5 star!
Ian & Sandy Webster - Somerset West Cape Town - September 2012
We were left in such awe after our trip that it has taken us awhile to process everything and write about this incredible safari in the Okavango Delta! We were positively shell-shocked arriving home from paradise and having to step back into the real world after a trip of a lifetime. Thank you Jacques, Dimpho, Boyks & Daisy for your wonderful organisation, skills, knowledge, talents and your incredible brand of hospitality - we loved every single second of this very unique trip. Thanks must also go to the behind-the-scenes ladies, Kathy & Suzy for the role you play in making this experience unforgettable. How will we ever forget the incredible sunsets, the gin & tonics at midday, a glass of chilled Fairview Sauvignon Blanc with our lunch time picnics on pristine islands, our many swims in the crisp, clear waters, the incredible animals and the birds we saw (abour 15 lifers), the fish eagle encounter (the hippo one too!), the camaraderie & stories around the camp fire at night and the absolutely amazing meals prepared so lovingly by the camp staff. Mike you certainly are a legend ...!You certainly have perfected the mobile water safari in the Delta and we shall be back ...
Norma and Derek Fivaz - Hogsback RSA - July 2012
We're safely home and dry, but with loads of memories that no one can remove from our minds.....It's unreal that little more than a week ago, we were "swimming with the hippos". We have enjoyed every minute of our trip with your company, Thank you for making it so special! I have already recommended it to several of our friends. Please convey our sincere thanks to Mike as well, The two of you have really set such a high standard, and have achieved something to be proud of in your company. Well done! Warm greetings from a freezing Hogsback.
Jeff & Kary Smithers - Pietermaritzburg RSA - June 2012
First of all we'd like to thank you both (and your staff) for the wonderful organization of our trip as well as the excellent knowledge and insight that you have of the Delta and all it's inhabitants. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and have created lots of memories - and some pretty good photo's Mike! We noticed quite a few elephant pictures!!
We especially enjoyed your knowledge of birds Mike and we certainly learned a lot. Although it would have been nice to see some lions or hyenas, etc we really felt that there was so much more to the Delta than that. Altogether it was a very special time for us and we congratulate you on the excellence of your safari and attention to detail.
David and Susan Hall - UK - October 2011
We originally contacted Roger Dugmore Safaris, asking for a 5 day boat safari and had the benefit of Jacques Conradie of Okavango River Safaris and Roger Dugmore combined - two very experienced guides, expert photographers and sharing the British sense of humour. We were very fortunate that this year (Beginning of October 2011) the water levels were high and we were able to go deep into the delta. we are retired Brits living in South Africa and in the last 30 years we have been to many wonderful places - Kruger, Etosha, Okonjima, Wankie (now Hwange), Amboselli, Mlilwane, Kgalhahadi - and enjoyed them all, but the Okavango is unique and this boat safari beat them all. First class camping kit, superb cooking, >70 bird species, close encounters with hippo, lion and elephant (and mating boomslang). Not cheap, but worth every pula! Will gladly correspond with anyone considering this trip - firstname.lastname@example.org
Annabel Ackroyd - UK - September 2011
Thank you so much for a wonderful introduction to the Okavango. I loved everything about the safari - the locations, the animals, the birds and most of all your excellent organisation of the whole trip. The Delta is so unique and you gave us a great insight into the life and workings of the area. I wouldn't have missed the experience for the world. Most people back in the UK look puzzled when I mention Botswana/Okavango but soon admit they would love to go there. Thanks again for a special trip.
Peter & Kaye Kelsh - Australia - September 2011
Kaye and I had such a wonderful, enjoyable, educational trip with you in the Delta. The staff, OT and KK were wonderful and the food so good. I could not believe the quality of the food that just kept coming from the kitchen. One special highlight was the walks. Mike has a gift and we felt so safe. My event with the so called lion ?? at midnight while on the toilet was something that will never leave me..!!! You guys have so much knowledge that is fantastic. For Mike to give his shirt was toooo good. I will prize it. Thanks for a great trip and we will recommend it and hopefully come back one day..
Geoff and Jill Annesley-Smith - Auckland New Zealand - August 2011
We have travelled to Africa on safari for many years and had hoped that we would be able to visit the Okavango Delta one day. We jumped at the opportunity to join a group of African friends when invited to share a Delta camping trip with Okavango River Safaris. Our experience with Jacques and Mike surpassed all our expectations. The trips by boat and camping on the Delta was outstanding – a once in a lifetime experience – contributed by wonderful companionship and service from Jacques, Mike and their great staff – How such fantastic meals were cooked in such an environment was beyond belief. Our sincere thanks to all for providing such an enjoyable adventure.
Shaun Wustmann& Mandy Lovell - South Africa - August 2011
Visiting the Okavango Delta was truly the most memorable trip of a lifetime and words can barely describe the experience. Special thanks to Mike, OT and Dimpho for the wonderful time we enjoyed in August 2011. Besides the glorious weather and breathtaking views, we had great company, lots of laughs and good times around the fire, most comfortable camps with hot showers with awesome meals and snacks. We will definitely be back, the best way to relax ever!!
Kevin Irene and Mitchell Chalmers - New Zealand - July 2011
What an experience ! The Delta was Africa like we had never seen . Jacques and Mike were great hosts going out of their way to meet our needs . OT Boys and Dimpho worked hard to ensure our camp was comfortable and the food was amazing . We will be back soon and highly recommend this to others.
Tony and Di Unger - Durban - July 2011
Our trip to the Delta was one of the most memorable experiences of our lives. Mike, Jacques, OT, Dimpho and Boys were superb - thank you all for the thoughtful care (with seemingly effortless ease) taken in making this an unforgettable trip. Dodging hippos, keeping a beady eye open for the ellie tht insisted on sharing our island camp with us - tales around the fire - scrumptious meals created with such skill under the circumstances, the magnificent birds, are just some of the stand-out memories for us. Mike and Jacques, your knowledge of and passion for the Delta is inspiring. We certainly hope to be back again before too long. (By the way, Mike, a collective noun for a bunch of hippos is "a bloat of hippos" !!
Bert & Merle, Eddie & Margot - UK - June 2011
What a unique experience we all had on the Delta. Thank you to Mike, Jacques, OT and Dimpho for a job well done. You run a good operation, your knowledge of and respect for the Delta is amazing. All success in the future.
Tony White - UK London - September 2010
This was my fourth visit to the Delta leading a group from the UK, and it was by far the best organised and exciting. Many thanks to Jacques and his team for going that extra mile which gave all the people on the tour an experience they will treasure for the rest of their lives. See you next year, Tony.
Mike & Ann Macaulay - Port Elizabeth South Africa - September 2010
An awesome experience. The Delta must be unique and deserves to be one of the seven wonders of the natural world. So utterly unspoilt - the peace, the beauty, the birds, the elies, the trees, endless waterways, islands, reeds and grasses - stunning. And our hosts and their staff couldn't do enough for us. The meals were seriously 5-star. And the beds were comfortable. Thank you all for a truly memorable safari.
Michelle Nelson - Durban South Africa - September 2010
I have been to Botswana many times, however the experience with Okavango River Safaris was unique and one of the best trips I have done in Botswana. The staff were fantastic and ensured that everyone had a very special holiday. Everything was run so professionally and this made for an amazing experience. The guides had outstanding knowledge of the Okavango which really added to the experience. Thank you guys for a wonderful safari!!!
Hanneke - Pretoria South Africa - August 2010
Trans Okavango - an adventure indeed!! Thank you Jacques, Kay-Kay, Frog & OT - you did an excellent job!! Everything was well organized and we were spoiled for 6 days - 3 course sit down dinners, hot showers, snacks, etc, etc. We had lots of FUN and laughter and I will never forget this trip!! Spectacular sundowners, encounter with an elephant, the sound of hippos & fish eagles - just to mention a few. Words cannot describe the experience of the Okavango - you have to do it yourself!!
Corné Duvenage - Johannesburg South Africa - July 2010
A quick note to say a GREAT, BIG thank you for the Okavango Traverse trip we did on the 17th – 24th July. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to spend time on the Delta with your knowledgeable, extremely competent and well-run crew and boats. We always felt very well looked-after and that we were in safe hands. The campsites are magnificent and words cannot describe the cooking! I also really appreciated the attention to detail from the camp crew – it is a fairly novel experience to come back from being on the river and to see all the pathways freshly raked! It almost makes you feel guilty to put fresh tracks on them!
Laila Darley - Johannesburg South Africa - July 2010I would like to thank you both from myself and Allan for an amazing trip. We really loved our time and we congratulate you on running a very smooth, comfortable and fun safari. The staff were great and the food exceeded all expectations. Anyway a huge big thank you again. It was a dream come true for me and an absolutely wonderful experience.
Carl & Alison Haycock - Durban South Africa - October 2009
Thanks to Mike, Jacques and Team for an awesome trip from start to finish. The trans Okavango must be the ultimate Delta experience and one of the most relaxing breaks that we have ever had. We'll be back for sure.
Mark & Linda Calvery - Kwazulu Natal South Africa - July 2009
Spoilt from beginning to end! We seldom left the cocktail position. What a way to see the Delta. Good food, good wine, good company, sealy -posturpeadic swags (bedrolls), courageous Captain, unbelievable scenery. Highly recommended experience. We loved it!
Many thanks to Kathy, Jacques & crew.
Jay - Canada - June 2009
No words can describe our experience. Mike, we will come back. Keep up the good work of showing the delta to the outside world and teaching nature conservation.
Penny & Beverley - Wakkerstroom South Africa - June 2009
Thanks Jacques and Mike for a great trip, well organized with good company, food and camping comforts. A fabulous way of viewing that special Delta. With Best Wishes
JG & Wendy Cowper – Johannesburg - April 2009
For me a great holiday is one that leaves you with lots of happy memories. The Okavango Traverse Safari, this is truly a unique experience that cannot be had anywhere else in the world, one that is now indelibly etched in my memory forever. The remoteness, being out there, the luxury, the fun, the stillness, the beauty, the relaxation, the fishing, the partying all wrapped in one – Wow what a holiday. Throw in doing this with really good friends and you get a holiday-highlight that will last a life time in my mind and has me continually wanting to go back and experience more.
Mike & Elizabeth - Australia - April 2008
contacted Okavango River Safaris they helped us to make a fantastic
itinerary which included some of the most spectacular scenery I have
ever seen and at a reasonable cost. Mike and Jacques were amazing
guides, with years of experience and plenty of enthralling local
stories. We had such an amazing trip and will definitely try a get back
to do it again! It’s a must if you ever get a chance. I’ve put a link to
some photos below.
Also see: www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree
Keith & Bronwyn - Wakkerstroom South Africa - July 2008
"Bronwen and I, as well as our friends, all are grateful for the “Okavango Experience". Bronnie is indeed, so awestruck by the week we spent in your company, and have sent e-mails to friends abroad, as well as to our local contacts, who, we believe, will not mind the rough way of camping in style! A big THANK YOU to your personnel, who handled everything concerning our comfort, and security. It was a deeply moving tribute to the wonder , and tranquilly of the Delta environment, that we determined to get our erstwhile friends to join us again on an extended trip."
Elena, Elly & Katy - USA - August 2008
Well we just had a magical time on the river with Mike! What a sweetie! Just wonderful and we're already talking about another one for next year. - Elena
Katy, Elena, and I had a memorable magical time swimming and fishing and drinking the river water. I hope I go back sometime. Thank-you so much - Elly