Okavango Tours & Safaris
Reviews of Okavango Tours & Safaris
A magnificent experience
The arrangements were complex involving 4 destinations and 7 flights. Everything worked out perfectly.
Patient and courteous. We were well prepared and had a great time.
Safari in Tanzania - 1 week
We spent a week on safari in Tanzania. Beginning with 2 days at Lake Manyara National Park, we then moved on for 1 day to the Ngorongoro Crater, and finally 3 days in the southern Serengeti at Chaka Camp. Accommodation at all 3 locations was very good, with the Sopa Lodge at the Ngorongoro Crater just like a 5-star hotel.
Okavango Tours and Safaris hit a home run for our tour. They lined us up with a driver/guide who was beyond exceptional. He was a very safe, courteous and conscientious driver. We never felt in any danger no matter where we were driving — on the highways or across the Serengeti plains. More importantly, he was extremely adept at spotting wildlife. On several occasions, he would spot animals that none of the nearby vehicles were aware of. He knew the names and habits of EVERYTHING, even the Latin names! Every day was another thrill in seeing all the animals in their natural habitat. On our final day, in addition to the thousands of zebra, gazelle and wildebeest on the central Serengeti plains, and the dozens of elephants, giraffes, hippos, etc., we saw 9 cheetah including 5 cubs, 2 leopards, and 22 lions including a pair of cubs 1-2 weeks old. For our first trip to Africa, it was truly a jaw-dropper...something we'll never forget.
Okavango Tours & Safaris responded to this review on 9 Apr 2015:
Brilliant feedback for our partners in Tanzania, Hoopoe Safaris!
Africa beckoned once more
We had a wonderful experience once again. It was brilliantly arranged from start to finish by this company. Accommodation , game and complexc travel itinerary went very smoothly.
This is the ninth safari arranged by Okavango Tours and Safaris and they have never let us down - we would not use any other operator for this kind of holiday
Okavango Tours & Safaris responded to this review on 23 Mar 2015:
Lovely appreciation, thank you!
Africa beckons once more
We stayed in two safari camps--
--Rekero camp in Kenya's Masai Mara. Beautiful location on river/ very comfortable/ good food etc/ very attentive staff/ great animal and bird viewing with very knowledgeable guide..
--Olakira camp in Tanzania's Serengeti. A " mobile" camp, very will situated on the open grasslands. Once again, great food and drink, attentive staff, excellent game viewing with first class guide.
Whole trip---international travel, local air transfers, initial two days' stay in Nairobi etc--was organised by Okavango Tours and everything worked perfectly.
Okavango Tours have now organised safari trips to five different countries for us and, as with the most recent (see above) they have all worked perfectly--thanks to the personal attention from Jane Durham and Margueritte.
Lovely, varied trip. Excellent accommodation and food better than expected.
They provided excellent attention to all the details in helping us to plan our holiday and in ensuring that everything went smoothly while we were away. The company had detailed knowledge of the area and the accommodation so that they could match this to our needs. We were extremely pleased with the service that they provided.
Safari in Botswana
Superb camps, all very well run, with friendly staff, excellent guides, good attention to detail, smooth transfers.
Okavango Tours & Safaris responded to this review on 24 Nov 2014:
Botswana - never fails to deliver!
Good information, advice. Understood our wishes well and translated them into locations and services that fully met our expectations.
A Safari to Zimbabwe
This was a return visit for us. Our last safari in Zimbabwe was in 1991 also arranged by Okavango Tours and Safaris. An excellent tour staying in 4 camps all small and in beautiful settings Amalinda in Matopos , Somalisa in Hwange, Rhino Safari Camp on Kariba and Elelphant Camp at Victoria Falls.
Lots of opportunities for walking as well as game drives. Great sun downer boat trips on Kariba.
We have been using Okavango Tours and Safaris since 1991 and have always been impressed by their knowledge of the countries. Jane and Marguerite are always ready to answer questions and provide advice. Great company who know what their clients want.
Perfectly planned and perfectly organised
Okavango Tours and Safaris delivered the perfect tailor-made holiday according to our brief. Everything went very smoothly and all the staff (both at Okavango and on our holiday in Malawi) were knowledgeable and helpful.
Okavango responded perfectly to our brief and also made helpful suggestions. They were efficient and friendly. It felt like a very personal service.
We had a wonderful 10 days at three camps - Ngoma, Motswiri and Shinde. The camps were well managed and without exception, the guides were outstanding. While I thought that the food at Nghoma and Shinde was OK, the food at Motswiri was outstanding at every level. Great game drives at all three camps and super walking safaris at Motswiri.
Camps well chosen along the lines for which we asked and all transfers and internal flights worked like clock work. We would undoubtedly us this operator again and recommend it to friends,
A wonderful Safari holiday designed just for us by Jane the expert
We travelled to Namibia and Botswana to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary on a holiday designed specially to meet our requirements by Jane of Okavango Tours. We found the safari wonderful - we experienced a wide variety of amazing landscapes and wildlife across Namibia: from walking with in the Namib with San bushmen through examining Cape Seals on the Skeleton Coast and tracking the desert elephant in Damaraland, to watching herds of zebra, impala, kudu - and a solitary male lion - drinking at a spring in Etosha. In Botswana we watched spellbound as leopards hunted in the Okavango delta and matriarch elephant marshalled their herds in the Linyanti marshes. We saw the big five - and so much more besides. Throughout, the guiding, hospitality and travel connections were excellent - and delivered by cheerful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic people. Overall, a truly memorable experience.
Using her extensive and direct experience of the places and people involved, Jane carefully designed a safari tour to meet our requirements. She worked diligently and patiently as we requested amendments and delivered to us a superb result. All the arrangements worked extremely smoothly, the information made available was comprehensive and the personal support throughout was first class. This was the third time we have used Jane and Okavango Tours, we are already thinking about the next!
Okavango Tours & Safaris responded to this review on 21 Aug 2014: