Working with Africa Exclusive was an excellent experience. Emily and Haley were the best at communicating with us during the planning process. Always so patient as plans were changed and adjustments were made. Always felt like our best interest was top priority. Everything about our Uganda and Kenya trip was very well planned out. So enjoyable to sit back and enjoy a stress free trip. Such a pleasure to work with you and would hope that our paths will cross again!
Review by Cairistiona3 months ago
This was our 4th holiday with Africa Exclusive & we certainly wouldn't book with anyone else. My husband & I had always wanted to visit Namibia, so as a surprise for our anniversary I asked Alex to put a holiday together. We had no idea of what we wanted to do, apart from a visit to the Skeleton Coast, but Alex arranged the most amazing trip. 6 fantastic lodges in such varied locations gave us a taste of this beautiful country. Alex has arranged trips for us before so has got to know what we like & dislike, but always goes out of his way to ensure everything is perfect, even arranging a special box with the itinerary in for me to present to my husband. Once everything was planned Isabel then took over & as usual was amazing. She made sure everything worked perfectly, kept us updated at regular intervals, answered all our questions, & when we raised concerns about the time between flights, arranged for us to be met & fast tracked through immigration, which made life so much easier & reduced our stress levels immensely.
If you want an amazing holiday which will leave you with incredible memories Africa Exclusive is the company to use.
Review by ChaFel Edet4 months ago
I long to ring Laura as I wouldn't dream of going to Africa with any other company. My only worry is getting to the airport and getting home again from the airport. They organise everything and I don't have to think about a thing. The accommodation is always perfect, people fantastic, food wonderful and animals beyond belief. Oh, just dream of going back with AF. Hakuna Matata really should be their motto.
Review by Duniesky6 months ago
We asked for a safari, the first thing that happened was that Ross interviewed us: a thorough grilling really what were our likes, dislikes, expectations etc. The result was an itinerary incorporating three camps in Botswana; three camps that offered very different habitats and experiences. We saw all the usual suspects, and leopards, rhino, cheetah and even honey badgers, glorious sunsets and then each day there was at least one extraordinary experience - something that we will never forget. You might suggest we were lucky, we were, but we also had very talented and experienced guides.
This holiday exceeded our expectations in every way all thanks to the professionalism and hard work of Ross and staff at Africa Exclusive.
Review by Crawfiord10 months ago
Superb service from everyone at Africa Exclusive.
We spent two weeks in Botswana and Zambia and already had a very good idea about our preferred itinerary.
What was good was that Ross made a number of constructive suggestions (regarding accommodation choices and timing) that improved our holiday.
Everything on the trip ran smoothly and the one issue (cancellation of a South African Airways flight while we on our holiday) was handled quickly and efficiently.
Review by Nursyaza10 months ago
I would not hesitate in recommending Africa Exclusive. Emily and Angie arranged simply the best experience you could wish for. From the very first moment we spoke to Emily we knew we were in the best of hands and that they adventure they would create for us would be second to none. Angie continued the fabulous service and took care of every little detail. This was very special for us as we chose to get married in Kenya (Emily's idea!) and it quite simply turned out to be the best decision. Our trip included 3 days in Nairobi, 5 days on safari (Loisaba) and then 8 days in Mozambique. The partnerships that Africa Exclusive meant that the whole trip was perfect. Fully recommend, in fact hopeful to soon arrange a wedding anniversary trip!
Review by Sharrock11 months ago
We are regular africa safari trippers and the experience with Africa exclusive was excellent . A complicated trip well organised . We had a cancelled flight from joburg to Namibia discovered only when we arrived . The changes for our flight next day to the desert and the lodge etc were all changed smoothly
The trip itself was well thought through and our guide/ naturalist Tim in Namibia was a an absolute delight with his knowledge , thoughtfulness and desire to please . Strongly recommend Africa exclusive
Review by Shaka Terbit1 year ago
Outstanding company! We had a week long trip in Kenya and every detail was meticulously managed and organised. From the moment I contacted Africa Exclusive I knew I had made the right decision. Emily was so knowledgeable and made recommendations which suited us to the tee. Hayley did all the organising and planning and was faultless in her attention to detail and so quick to respond when I had any questions. The locations they recommended were AMAZING and the ground service from their agents was second to none (and we travel extensively). I would recommend this company again and again - honestly fantastic and exceeded every expectation! Thanks for making our trip so memorable.
Review by KevinPhillips1 year ago
When searching for an East Africa safari we found that Africa Exclusive was a cut above the others. We have been on safari several times and were attracted by the more remote luxury accommodations and game viewing.
From first contact with the company their professionalism and attention to detail was obvious. Everything was as advertised and we 6 (2 veteran
Africa travelers and 4 newbies) were extremely pleased with all aspects of our safari experience.
Review by Swf Abdalrahim1 year ago
Just returned from Tanzania/Kenya Safari with friends and grandkids. The trip was well planned and executed to perfection by AfricaExclusive team of Emily and Angie. It was a dream come true—-not only seeing so much of wild life but able to see the Mara river crossing of the wildebeest. We were group of twelve. Angie and Emily communicated well with each of us answering our questions and concerns with trip planning. They were on top of everything. They worked hard and handled all well. The camps, the guides were all great. Very professional. It was a dream come true vacation for all of us. I would highly recommend Africa Exclusive .
Review by Typical1 year ago
This was my 5th safari with AE and I received the usual excellent standard of planning, organisation and service. My grandson was not disappointed and thought it was an 'epic' holiday!
Review by Tanachart1 year ago
Africa Exclusive did an outstanding job arranging and organizing our trip to Africa. Beginning with the Staff at Africa Exclusive, primarily Paul & Angie, were friendly, knowledgable and went out of their way to prepare the perfect itinerary for our trip. The trip itself was a trip of a life time and was perfect in every way. From the people, to the food, to the camps, to the wildlife, to the transportation throughout the trip, it was amazing. The safaris at each of the camps offered a variety of wildlife and different terrain offering unique experiences each place we visited. We were a group of 8 traveling to Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, 3 camps in Botswana and finishing in Cape Town, South Africa. I was initially concerned with the amount of travel between locations but the transportation went smoothly without any issues and just added to the experience. At one of the camps, when we were leaving, staff handed each of us a box lunch as they knew we would be in an airport over lunch. We were very well taken care of. The attention to detail was incredible.
Review by Lydiac1 year ago
Holiday of a lifetime
We have just returned from a wonderful trip of a lifetime with our family my husband three children and other halves and 9 grandchildren aged between 9 and 22 years
We celebrated our Golden Wedding last year and it was my dream to take the grandchildren on Safari AE were extremely helpful from day one
They selected two Safari lodges in South Africa for us and made all the arrangements
Everything was perfect
The whole holiday went without a hitch beyond our wildest dreams
All the staff in the Lodges looked after us so well The Rangers were very knowledgable and gave the children a real insight into tracking and spotting the animals
All the meals were superb with a very wide choice for all the family everyone had what they wanted
Even Marmite !
The accommodation was truly tip-top I shall never forget the filled bath with bubbles and rose petals surrounded by T lights waiting to greet us when we returned from a game drive
Also the Amerula night and morning on a drive in the bush
At Madikwe we visited the local village primary school and spent a few hours with the local children who sang and danced for us it was very moving a few tears were shed!
We were transported from Johannesburg to both game reserves and back without a hitch
We left the family at the airport and were driven to a lovely small hotel for the night called Africa Rock Hotel .It was a perfect place to stay before our long drive to Fugitives Drift the next day
I even had a manicure there in the evening befor a delicious dinner
We stayed at Fugitive Drift Lodge the home of the Rattray family
We spent three nights there listening and viewing the sights of the battles at Rorkes Drift
Again wonderfully explained and very emotional
The accommodation was again fabulous and the food was perfect
I bought Nikki Rattrays cook book
Again the transfers were perfectly organised We never had to wait anywhere We never carried our bags anywhere The driver even took our bags to the desk in the airport
We returned to London after a holiday of a lifetime never to be forgotten by all our family
We can’t thank Paul and Angie enough for arranging such a wonderful trip and hopefully we will return
Review by CustomerTGD Kozlevac1 year ago
We have just returned from our third holiday booked through Africa Exclusive, & we honestly wouldn't book through anyone else. They listen to what the customer wants, then make suggestions based on their own experience & knowledge & put together the most amazing trips. They are so professional but friendly & approachable, happily answering all our questions & making the whole experience stress free.
We have had the most fantastic experiences thanks to Africa Exclusive & have already booked another trip for next year.
We would recommend them to anyone.
Review by GNichols1 year ago
Africa Exclusive is an excellent organiser with attention to detail, capability to organise bespoke trips and has a first class partner in Namibia. Various members of our trip arrived in Namibia from different places and departed to different destinations at the end. In addition, some of us had business luggage having combined the trip with a business one. None of these details or variations posed any problem Having travelled to various parts of Africa on a regular basis (at least once a year), over the past 28 years, I can assure you that organisation and logistics can be a challenge! I will use them again. Well done Emily and Hayley!.
Review by Sugarcoat1 year ago
Great advice and wonderful organisation from Africa Exclusive. Amazing holiday. Have already recommended Africa Exclusive to several of our Friends.
Review by YoungMac1 year ago
Had a fabulous Holiday in Namibia, All planned superbly by Africa Exclusive. For a first visit it gave us a great overview of the country and if we were to return we now have a good idea of what Namibia has to offer. Their partner Ultimate Safaris handled all the ground arrangements excellently and provided us with the services of an exceptional guide that greatly enhanced our travel experience. All eventualities were taken care of and all questions answered with the utmost promptness and care. We stayed in some superb lodges, most exceptional of them all was the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.Thank you for the trip of a lifetime, and the care you took in putting it together.
Review by Vicou1 year ago
Our 2nd. safari trip with Africa Exclusive, this time to Botswana and Zambia. We visited 3 camps in Botswana (Chobe Chilwero, Baines and Chief's), all giving a different experience of wildlife viewing, and finished with a stay on the Zambezi in Islands of Siankaba, in a beautiful riverside lodge.
This holiday exceeded our expectations, and as before the arrangements by Africa Exclusive were excellent. We would thoroughly recommend this company, and indeed have done so to several friends.
Review by MvR Sidel1 year ago
Our Zambia trip was beyond our imagination. We had a rough idea of what we wanted when we contacted Ross at Africa Exclusive but he built a trip across three very different camps which meant we had a wide variety of experiences. We could not have done it without his and Africa Exclusive's expertise and advice. Thank you. Janet and Mike Ridler
Review by Inal1 year ago
Safari at the Selous (first trip)
From my first telephone conversation with Ross, I knew we were in good hands. A travel consultant who actually listened!
An itinerary was carefully formulated to meet our every expectation and presented exquisitely with an abundance of information and relevant details. At each stage Ross Cambray and Angie Sumnall were knowledgeable, professional, good humoured and patient.
… And, hence we were transported to the most beautiful places in the world.
We booked an eight day safari at three different lodges in the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. On being introduced to “our personal butler” on arrival, we were pampered beyond belief by gracious staff giving impeccable service Each location and lodge were unique; sundowners and dinner in the most scenic settings and safari guides who were brilliantly skilled with providing spectacular wildlife experiences we will never forget. Two nights fly camping felt like we were immersed in a scene from “Out of Africa” – totally incredible and a must!!!!
Onwards to recuperate at Ras Kutani a slice of paradise on deserted white shores of the Indian ocean. The perfect oasis of tranquillity to relax in comfort and luxury.
Throughout the trip, the meticulous planning and thought which Ross and Angie had tailored our trip was evident and we travelled with the confidence that everything had been taken care of.
Thank you so much for the memories
Zanzibar relaxation (second trip)
A call to Ross with a plead of “we need to rest somewhere!!!” resulted in another amazing destination.
Pongwe Beach hotel is a hidden gem on a stunning white sand beach, with clean warm aqua sea, beautiful simple accommodation and magnificent creative food. With staff intent only in ensuring that we enjoyed ourselves and a chef intent only on ensuring we gained a few pounds, this is the ultimate place to relax and for two wonderful weeks, we did!
Pre-organised by the team, a day trip into Stone Town and an afternoon big game fishing provided a little culture and excitement
Again, the level of professionalism and attention to detail in organising such a fantastic holiday was truly noticed and appreciated.
Ross and Angie, I can’t imagine booking a holiday without you now.
You haven’t heard the last from us yet!
Review by Najwar1 year ago
We have recently returned from our third trip to Southern Africa with Africa Exclusive. And it was yet another superb trip, Africa really is a very special place.
Our carefully planned and chosen itinerary took us to the Serengeti, continuing to the Lower Zambezi and S Luangwa National Parks in Zambia before concluding our 20 day trip with some rest and relaxation on the shores of Lake Malawi.
Yet again we could not fault Africa Exclusive or the choice of camps and accommodation. Although I have never met Ross face to face it feels as though Ross has become a real friend over the years. Long may it continue ... Holly also became a point of contact and nothing seemed too much trouble to her. I cannot speak too highly of either Ross or Holly. We have complete confidence and trust in Africa Exclusive and will certainly be discussing our next 'big trip' with them in 2018.
As a consequence of high winds in Schiphol on 13th September and the resultant chaos that the closure of four of the runways created we started our holiday by arriving in Amsterdam three hours late and missing our connection to Kilimanjaro ... Whilst an experience we would never wish to repeat, this worse case scenario for the long-haul traveller was seamlessly and superbly handled by Africa Exclusive from the moment we rang the out of hours emergency telephone number. Hopefully we will never have a similar experience, but at least we now know that Africa Exclusive will speedily and efficiently make alternative arrangements on our behalf should it ever again become necessary. Well done to Angie and the Africa Exclusive Team.
We can unreservedly recommend Africa Exclusive for the trip of a lifetime.
Graham and Judy
Review by Zhiye1 year ago
The Adams, Billson and Williams party have been travellers with Africa Exclusive for a number of trips now - never have we experienced any real problem - organisation, staffing, itineraries have been excellent. Latest trip to Tanzania was no exception. Everything worked beautifully - great staff in Tanzania (Nomad Tanzania). Camps were first class Many thanks again.
Review by Adamtheresajoshua2 years ago
My friend and I had the best time ever on our Africa Exclusive adventure! Every single day was filled with exciting, memorable and unique experiences. Neither of us will ever be the same...it was truly live-changing!
Our itinerary could not have been better planned. We were greeted and treated like royalty from the moment we entered the magical land of Africa.
Zambia, Rwanda and Kenya-each country unique unto itself-the people, the topography, the places we stayed and of course the incredible wildlife (hippos, lions, gorillas, giraffee, leopards, cheetahs...) After leaving each location we felt a deep sadness only to be cheered by the chance we would be fortunate enough to return sometime in the future.
My sincerest thanks to Paul and Angie for an absolutely brilliant Africa Exclusive adventure!!!!
Review by Salbugger2 years ago
Recent holiday in Zambia
My husband and I have recently returned from our fourth trip to Africa with Africa Exclusive. Once again we had an amazing time that exceeded our expectations.
Ross, our travel consultant and Hayley, safari co-ordinator listened to us and the sort of experience we were wanting to have during our holiday in Zambia. We like to have comfort and the experience of the African bush. They discussed options and ensured the plans were what we were looking for. All the travel arrangements went well and, as usual, we were met and escorted at each connection.
We stayed in three different national parks Kafue, South Luangwe and Lower Zambezi. The camps were well chosen. The staff gave us high quality personal service with some lovely added touches. It never ceases to amaze me how they cook such amazing food in the bush.
We had some of the best guides ever: very knowledgeable and excellent guiding. The game sightings were some of the best we have ever had.
A word of caution - don't expect to get a good night's sleep as the sounds of the bush will provide plenty of interest and entertainment. But thats what we went for.
Not a cheap holiday but well worth it.
Review by Healey Bieznieks2 years ago
Thanks to Africa Exclusive for providing a truly memorable experience and visit to Kenya. Over a year in planning with valuable information, prompt feedback and insightful recommendations from Ross Cambray and Holly Peace, together, we designed an itinerary tailor-made for our three generation family.
From the accommodations and Parks and conservancies chosen, to the chartered Yellow Wings flights, and ground transportation...from 'greetings' upon arrivals to 'goodbyes' on departures..every aspect made for a wonderful, never-to-be-forgotten visit to Kenya.
Special thanks go to "Cheli and Peacock" for looking after us in-country. Their attention to detail made for a relaxed, comfortable and safe vacation.
Our thirteen day itinerary included Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Tortilis Camp in Amboseli, Laragai House in the Borana Conservancy and the Kicheche Valley Camp at Naboisho Conservancy plus meeting up with our fostered friends at the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, going on early morning, afternoon and night drives, visiting with the Maasai villages and schools, observing the animal crossings at Mara, and enjoying bush breakfasts, lunch picnics and sundowners. The staff were exceptional at all the camps. The driver/guides knowledgeable and attentive to our comfort and safety. We observed from far and near the big animals and their babies.... the elusive leopard ...remained elusive.
We ate well. We slept well. We were well looked after! It was a first rate trip!