Kudos to Liesl Matthews who coordinated our trip to South Africa beautifully. We were delighted with the scope and variety of our visit, and the ease of getting escorted with knowledgeable and interesting guides who made our experience rich and rewarding.
Review by Hamblin3 weeks ago
The trip was amazing. All tours were amazing and right on schedule. The Peach Hotel was wonderful! The safaris were great! Rooms were very nice nice. Guides were great!!! So knowledgeable.
We had so much fun. Cape Town tours were great! Loved our guide.
Thank you for arranging an amazing trip!
Review by HenryHoover Hamzanaseer1 month ago
Camille Rowe is always our trusted and valued agent whenever we plan our trips to Zambia and South Africa.
Nothing is too much trouble for her and she covers all the details.
Review by Ballyhackamore Trucheon2 months ago
Lise is an outstanding travel agent. Super responsive and very knowledgeable. Always wonderful service. Both trips were memorable. Highly recommended!
Review by Guenola3 months ago
I will return to Camille to book my next safari. I have just returned from an amazing trip in Botswana, thanks to Camille. Due to changes in my circumstances there were many unexpected hitches and changes between making the booking and departing. Camille rose to the challenge on each occasion and was endlessly patient. She is also highly efficient and a delight to communicate with.
Review by DanBlackout3 months ago
We decided to plan our family trip to South Africa very last minute and Lise planned the amazing trip for us. She was extremely knowledgeable and professional. She patiently answered all our questions, gave us tons of options and planned the perfect trip for us. From start to finish every detail was taken care of. We went to Victoria falls, Capetown, Grootbus and Sabi Sabi. Best family trip ever thanks to Lise!!!
Review by Andira3 months ago
We are so happy with the opportunity we got to work with Daisy at Southern Destinations. Our trip to South Africa was a dream! We didn't want this to be just the trip of a lifetime but the experience of a lifetime. Daisy had been referred to us by a friend that knows of her excellent quality of work. To start the communication, we set up a conference call with Daisy. During our conversation, she listened to every detail of what we were dreaming of and asked many questions. Within a day, Daisy provided amazing options for our family to consider. After some more communication and Daisy answering every question we had, she built an itinerary that was exactly what we were looking for. We had never been to South Africa before and as such we had to totally rely on her experience. We were not disappointed! Daisy's customer service has left a lasting impression with us. We will certainly work with Daisy again! We are referring Daisy to our friends who are planning a visit to Africa soon.
Review by Fhatama Ayokanmi3 months ago
The most perfect trip ever thanks to Liesl Mathew. Capetown is a city not to be missed. Sabi Sands, Chobe, Victoria Falls, and the Maasai Mara for witnessing the great migration unparalleled! Tents, cottages, hotels, spectacular food and unlimited spirits were icing on the cake. Making life long friends with other guests and rangers are priceless.
Review by Mardis4 months ago
This is the second time in four years we have used Camille to plan our African getaway. She was perfect both times. No details are forgotten. It is without reservation that I recommend her for your African travel plans.
Review by Bafford Qing4 months ago
Liesl planned our trip to South Africa which turned out perfectly. She was easy to communicate with and very knowledgeable. She worked with us in creating our ideal itinerary within our budget. The accommodations exceeded our expectations. David our guide in Cape Town was great. We will use Liesl again when we return to Africa.
Review by Slavik4 months ago
Lise is awesome. She has planned two trips for me, and both were fantastic!
Review by Din Cortigiano4 months ago
Southern Destinations planned a tailor-made journey for our family to South Africa. The service and arrangements were handled in an A+, Five-Star manner at every communication. Responses were thorough, informative, timely, and helpful in planning our trip. No question went unanswered and everything one could possibly asked was handled with the highest degree of professionalism. The follow-up was absolutely perfect. Camille Rowe was our travel planner and could not have done a better job with hotel recommendations, daily itinerary suggestions, restaurant recommendations (including special dietary), packing suggestions, desserts, music, museums, safari destinations and lodges. Southern Destinations and Camille successfully planned our best family trip ever in 25 years of traveling as a family around the world!!!
Review by Mindymoo5 months ago
Excellent planning, with detailed and accurate documentation. Travel App is a bonus, as was the travel pouch with trip booklet waiting at the first hotel.
The choice of hotels and service providers (tour guide, drivers) was vey good
Review by Rosidah Angelbert5 months ago
Our trip to Zambia was fantastic - the accommodation recommended and booked was just superb and all the internal flights and transfers were seamless. The effort Camille and Candice planning and booking our trip made our holiday one to remember for a long time to come. Thank you so much - we'll be using you again for our next one! :-)
Review by Travail Riotinto5 months ago
Liesl did an amazing job planning the vacation of a lifetime. She listened carefully to our “asks”, chose perfect lodges and activities, and took care of every detail. We will refer Liesl to everyone we know who expresses interest in traveling to Africa!
Review by Shoyab5 months ago
Excellent service from Lise and her depth of knowledge is first class.
Only reservation with the benefit of hindsight is the c25% increase in price we paid booking through SD.
Review by Muhadhis Musil5 months ago
We worked with Lise at Southern Destinations to help plan our recent trip to South Africa. The trip was fairly complex involving a group a 12, a mountain bike race (traveling with bikes) and three locations. Lise handled our many questions like a pro with quick responses and great recommendations. We capped our trip off with our first safari. Lise recommended Phinda Forest Lodge for it's quality and value. It was beyond our expectations and we would have not found it without her. Our South African experience was one of the best trips ever and we can't wait to come back!
Review by Wken5 months ago
Liesl was great to work with - we hope we didn't try her patience too much with our multitude of questions. She connected us with Simone, who was a great guide for the Cape Town area. (Simone - thanks for your advice on Ostrich eggs!) We were questioning whether we wanted such a fancy hotel (Table Bay Hotel) and were glad we did stay there; it was lovely and convenient and the breakfast spread was amazing. Having Liesl's input on how to fit in all we wanted to do was invaluable. We had chosen our safari location and Liesl helped with all the logistics. Overall it was a fantastic trip and I would highly recommend using Liesl and Southern Destinations.
Review by Jeter6 months ago
From start to finish Lise was just so professional and nothing was a problem for her. She just did everything we asked and I would use her again and of course highly recommend Lise.
This was truly a most wonderful trip and experience for all of us,
Thank you again,
Kind regards, Michelle Levine
Review by Gary Carter6 months ago
Lise provided invaluable assistance in planning our trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. We appreciated her rapid and detailed responses to all of our questions both before and during our trip. All of our connections went smoothly, and Lise’s recommendations were wonderful. She went above and beyond what we could have expected when she amazingly recovered my husband’s cell phone that had been lost on our international flight. Our guides and lodgings were fantastic, and we hope to call upon Lise again for assistance with our travel plans.
Review by ElectricsPlus6 months ago
This was our second safari in South Africa organised by Daisy Du Plessis, and once again we were absolutely thrilled! Our first trip was our honeymoon 3 years ago and after being so impressed with Daisy last time we knew we wanted her to organise our holiday this time too. This time was a family trip and once again everything about the trip was amazing! The wildlife viewing, the food, the scenery, the staff. Daisy arranged our flights and transfers too so all we had to do was pack our bags! Just how holidaying should be! This time I ended up in a moonboot after injuring my leg, so Daisy contacted the airlines and accomodation to give them a heads up so that I was given a seat with extra leg room etc and it meant I could still enjoy my holiday comfortably. Everything about Daisy’s organisation is impeccable. I have no hesitation in coming back to Daisy at Southern Destinations for a third time when we are ready to travel to Africa again!
Review by Qianying6 months ago
We just returned from our second wonderful trip to Africa, planned by Ilze, our favorite Southern Destinations travel expert. Ilze does an amazing job of listening to what your goals and dreams are, and then makes sure they’re met. She was very patient with, and answered all of our questions. Ilze made sure we had well rounded experiences in both South Africa and Tanzania. She included a variety of daily activities, sleeping arrangements, and cultural experiences. When we had to leave South Africa suddenly, she helped provide information and support while dealing with the travel insurance company. For Tanzania she did a great job of guiding the timing of our trip as well as choosing a variety of safari camps and parks for maximum animal viewing. Choosing Ilze and Southern Destinations helped to turn our trips into amazing lifelong memories. Thank you Ilze!!
Review by Candius7 months ago
Lise was wonderful. 5 stars across the board. We had an amazing trip and she was always available and extremely responsive for last minute adjustments and add-ons. Highly recommend booking your next adventure with her and Southern Destinations!
Review by Sarin Gayter7 months ago
Where do I begin. Lise is a real professional and truly knows her product. We started with a "wish list" but we knew we wouldn't be able to see everything. Lise helped us scale it down and arranged the sequence in the perfect order. The Lodges and hotels she chose for us were perfect and gave us the experience we were looking for. Every pick up and transfer went like clock work. Then when our international carrier notified us of a 2 hour schedule change, Lise was not phased and made arrangements for what I can only describe as VIP treatment when we arrived in JNB to help us with our connection to the SAA flights. We can't thank you enough for all you did and we can't wait to return.
Review by Lourdes7 months ago
I can't thank Lise enough....the trip/destinations that she arranged for us
in South Africa were truly "over the top"!!!! Fantastic locations, accommodations, and experienced tour guides that truly knew "where and when" to find the wildlife in action!!
Tom & Mike