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Tim & Jo

Knowing that going on a safari had always been a dream of mine, my husband Tim contacted Africa Bound Adventures and spoke to Sylvia John, the Managing Director, following a recommendation from a business contact who had previously been on a safari organised by the company.

As the trip was due to be a surprise for my 50th Birthday, initially Sylvia was not only being asked to organise ‘the trip of a lifetime’, but also - very unfairly – she had to discretely liaise with Tim on very complex matters prior to my knowing about our trip!

Throughout, Sylvia was simply fabulous. Her natural warmth and love for Africa shone through all the arrangements she made for us and her in depth knowledge of the area and of the locations we would be staying at, was incredibly helpful.

This really is a bespoke service in every sense of the word. We outlined our thoughts on the kind of holiday we wanted and Sylvia gave us a number of options in respect of locations, timings and travel arrangements. Her guidance on all aspects of the trip was invaluable! Having considered Sylvia’s suggestions, we then simply chose when and where we wanted to be and Sylvia organised everything to the last detail.

We travelled to three separate locations, staying in four beautiful venues; initially in Zambia at Sindabezi and Tongabezi, then moving onto Mfuwe for a stay at Nkwali Lodge - the safari part of our holiday and finally flying to Malawi and the paradise which is Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island.

We simply had the time of our lives and every aspect of the holiday dramatically exceeded our expectations! Aside from the beauty and romance of Africa, the thrill of white water rafting on the Zambezi River and the sheer magic of being on safari and seeing animals like hippos, elephants, lions, leopards and so many more iconic creatures in their natural habitat at every location; the luxurious accommodation, the attentive and considerate staff, the food and the tour operators who greeted us as we travelled around Africa, were all exceptional! Way beyond anything we had imagined!

We can neither praise nor thank Sylvia enough for all the care and attention she gave us. As an example, whilst in Zambia we discovered on New Year’s Eve that we’d left one of our internal flight e-tickets at home. We phoned Sylvia in a panic and by the time we’d reached our next destination, our onward bound ticket was waiting for us at the reception. Not a service which would have been available from a high street tour operator I suspect!

If we are ever fortunate enough to go back to Africa again we wouldn’t consider using any other company than Africabound Adventures to organise the trip for us and have, without hesitation, confidently recommended Sylvia to a number of friends and acquaintances since our return.

Tim had wanted to give me a trip of a lifetime and thanks to Sylvia he was able to do so. We will never forget our time in Africa and can’t wait to return. Thank you again Sylvia – it was absolutely wonderful!

Joanna and Tim Clarke – January 2012