Lisle Christie and Dan Hill Canadians living in Costa Rica Traveled to: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa


I guess that is as good a way to start as any.

It is hard to put into words the feeling of two male lions roaring to announce their presence 20 meters from you or watching a group of hyena feed on an elephant carcass or watching 50 elephants swim across the Zambezi river. On our very first drive in Sabi Sands, we literally saw every animal on the list, and I thought “what on earth are we going to do for the next 18 days”. Well, not a drive or walk or river safari passed without us experiencing these creatures doing something amazing – to them it is just living, but the privilege of witnessing this up close was unbelievable.

Lisle picked Africa as the destination to mark his 60th birthday, and Danni and the Sikeleli team turned the idea into a month-long adventure worthy of the celebration – 6 camps across South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana over 18 days, a stop at Victoria Falls, 5 days in Cape Town and a wonderful respite in wine country.

From the second we stepped off the plane in Johannesburg, it was clear every detail was taken care of. We were welcomed, escorted, transferred, flown, and driven across three countries without a hiccup, pause, question or confusion. With the logistics taken care of we were free to relish the experience.

And what an experience. We had worked long and hard over a period of 3 months with Danni – by email and WhatsApp calls – to understand the possibilities and narrow down our choices to provide a unique experience in each location. Danni’s expertise was invaluable and her patience with our questions and decision making greatly appreciated. In the end we selected 6 locations, each known for a different safari experience.

The ‘camps’ were as varied as the locations – from permanent air-conditioned structures to expedition tents with bucket showers, but all had comfort, hospitality, amazing food, exceptional guides and a true desire for every guest to have an amazing experience. Because they were so different, it is difficult to pick a favorite, but Somalisa Camp in Hwange, Zimbabwe is it. The setting is unbelievable, the accommodations luxurious, the food delicious and the staff the most genuine, experienced, knowledgeable and welcoming that we experienced. They are part of African Bush Camps, and that group deserves a shout-out. We stayed at 3 of their properties – each very different from the other – and they have a formula that focuses on the guests and their experience, which is executed flawlessly by staff!

Our time in Cape Town and wine country was equally enriching and relaxing – a great way to return to civilization after 3 weeks in the bush! The great folks at Capexec provided exceptional transfers and tours, and Seafive Boutique Hotel was the perfect place to stay.

What became clear to us over our travels was that Sikeleli Safaris and Danni in particular was not just another tour packager. They were known by almost every camp, tour and transfer provider, like part of an extended family. And they treat you like family. Danni emailed while we were traveling to make sure things were good, called while we were in Cape Town and arranged for her colleague to connect with us over coffee (she was unfortunately traveling herself). We travel a great deal and finding someone in the travel business who is truly interested in you and your experience and does so by adding a personal touch and connection to the entire process, is truly unique.

This was our first safari experience, but it definitely will not be our last, and I can’t imagine using anyone but Sikeleli Safaris for our next adventure. Danni and her group have already been recommended to our friends, family and business contacts.



Frederique G. Monique B. Paul, Claude, and Thomas G. From: Dison, Belguim Travelled to: Zimbabwe

First of all, we all had a such an amazing time during the trip, an experience that none of us will ever forget. One of the highlights really was the accommodations we stayed at. The concept of safari camps truly met our expectations of doing a safari trip and stepping out of our comfort zone.

We loved being close to the nature and animals and especially meeting great people and learning a lot from them. Additionally, we particularly liked staying at the Vintage Camp (Hwange) due to its eco-friendly note.

Another highlight was also the way the trip was organized. Karen genuinely planned the trip by giving us a few days of rest in-between two safaris in Victoria Falls. Finally, not to mention, we adored seeing all this wildlife and beautiful nature with this perfect weather!

I contacted Karen pretty late and with a quite restricted budget for the trip. But this did not hinder her to fulfil all my requests in a very short time period. Attentive to my requirements, she offered me several options and was always ready to answer my many questions.

The Sikeleli Africa Safaris website was very helpful as it contained a lot of information on how to pack for a safari trip, on visa and vaccination requirements as well as information on the country itself. Moreover, I really liked the way the trip was presented by the software, giving a good overview of the whole organization.

I would definitely recommend Sikeleli Africa Safaris to family and friends and even use your services again.


Tom McDowell & family, from Connecticut, USA. Travelled to Zimbabwe & South Africa.

Is it possible to add more stars to the 5 star rating ? If so add all of them! My family and I recently returned from the trip of a lifetime to Southern Africa, all arranged by Sikeleli Africa Safaris and the incomparable Danni Ponter.

I began researching travel companies almost a year prior to our adventure. I had received a few recommendations and searched the web and review sites and reached out to several for information. Danni responded almost immediately and did so differently than any of the others. She didn’t try to sell. Instead, she asked questions. She wanted to understand who we were and what we were looking to experience. Although the budget is of course ultimately a substantial factor, it wasn’t her first question. Danni wanted to understand what we were looking to experience before she matched the itinerary that stayed within our parameters .

Danni sheparded me through the daunting process of deciding what options would best fit all of our needs. We ultimately decided on a 3-part adventure: Victoria Falls, Kruger Park for a safari, and a Cape Town food and sight tour. Brilliantly, Danni chose for us to begin our trip in Victoria Falls. The tranquil setting of our lodge and the incredible natural wonder of the Falls was the perfect begining to help us recuperate from our long flights. Danni was spot-on in the overall orchestration of our adventure. Her attention to detail, genuine concern and energetic enthusiasm without a doubt significantly elevated our adventure.

Our trip had 3 parts: each with distinct personality.

The Victoria Falls was breathtaking and the perfect beginning for us. The trip to the Fall’s edge and jumping into the Angels Pool was a thrill-seekers dream. Seeing my 92 year-old mother be guided to accompany and watch this adventure was heartwarming.

The safari was everything we imagined and more. The accommodations that Danni arranged were perfect. The guide and tracker were top notch. The most amazing safari experience was when our tracker spotted evidence of a lion which we soon spotted and decided to cautiously follow. After about half an hour, the big female eventually led us to a brush-covered area where, to our amazement, we witnessed over 10 lions feasting on a girrafe that they had killed the night before. That was our first morning!

In Cape Town we did a day-long food tour, including street food and local favorite spots. It’s hard to decide if the surfing lesson experience was more memorable!

Sarah, Julian, Roman & Gary A. From: California, USA Traveled to: Zimbabwe

The houseboat was overall a fantastic experience. We were concerned that our kids would get a bit antsy after three days on the boat, but they loved it. The staff were gracious and always available to help with anything we needed. They were patient and understanding with the kids. Our guide, Dollar was wonderful and warm, with great sense of humor. He had a breadth and depth of knowledge that seemed to come from a great deal of education and a lot of experience. The kids loved going out and fishing. We loved the game excursions out on the small boat. The lake was so beautiful and peaceful. It was also great to just relax and hang out with friends on the houseboat.

Karen was great. She worked hard to give us options that were not only interesting but would work for our budget.

The website is very well designed. It’s very informative and easy to navigate

I would definitely recommend this trip to friends. I think it’s the perfect trip to do with a group of people – either family or friends, or both.

Just trying to figure out how we can come back and do another trip!

Thank you!


Matthew and Andrea B. From: Toronto Canada – honeymoon Traveled to: Zimbabwe South Africa

MANY thanks to Danni and the Sikeleli team for planning the honeymoon of our dreams! We felt that we were taken care of from beginning to end. Not one worry about transfers, rides, accommodations- it was all amazing.

This tour company is fantastic and planned the perfect trip for us that met all of our needs. Danni was incredibly helpful and responsive, and worked within our budget and time frame.

We enjoyed a fantastic safari at Somalisa Camp, which totally blew us away. The service, experiences we had, and the people we met made that part of the trip so special.

We also enjoyed some time at Victoria Falls, which Danni helped us organize and enjoyed a number of great excursions and delicious meals.

The last leg of our trip was in Cape Town- Danni organized the perfect selection of activities that captured everything we wanted to do. Great private tours, cultural experiences, and lots of good food and wine.

We can’t thank Danni and the Sikeleli team enough- I would HIGHLY recommend using Danni and this team if you’re looking for a phenomenal trip of a lifetime.


Safari and the camp at Somalisa in Hwange National Park were incredible. It felt beautiful, luxurious, and adventurous! The staff were so friendly, and our guide Lionel was very knowledgeable. We saw the big 5 animals, plus so much more! We also did a community visit to Dete, which we highly recommend. We felt so lucky to spend some time in the community, meet community members, and explore the area a bit more!


Our time at O on Kloof hotel in Cape Town was amazing as well. The small boutique feel of the hotel was exactly what we love, and the staff could not do enough to help us. Our guide Mark with CapExec toured us around Cape Town and for a day in the winelands, which was amazing. Mark knew so much about the history and communities, we absolutely loved spending time with him.


We feel that there is so much better to say about this trip but can’t get it all down. Just go! You will not be disappointed.

Iris M. From: Texas Traveled to: South Africa Zimbabwe

Having very busy schedules, we basically entrusted sikeleli to plan our whole trip. They planned a very detailed daily itinerary and exceeded our expectations. It was an amazing experience. They also went above and beyond when the airline lost my luggage, they helped track it down and return it to me.

Everything was memorable! Victoria falls is beautiful. We did a variety of things while on the trip like riding a helicopter, gorge swinging, and great white cage diving. But seeing nature at it’s best on the safaris(the big 5) was the best.The food…mmm. Table mountain!

Javin and Nicole S. From: New York Traveled to: Botswana and Zimbabwe

What an amazing trip!! Everything was seamless and fantastic. We cannot thank you enough for helping us to organize this adventure.

Karen worked miracles! She was so patient as we emailed over many months and waited until my husband got his vacation approved. She was able to still find us space 1 month before we were scheduled to go! She worked very hard and was extremely attentive.

We loved the 3 different experiences we had. Each place was unique and offered us a different perspective. The hosts and staff were attentive, and we loved how intimate each place was – we felt like we had it all to ourselves. Vintage camp was the only one that recognized our anniversary. They were especially attentive. Ngoma gave us anything we asked for and the laundry was included! That was so helpful. Vic Falls lodge was beautiful. The food and service at all locations were wonderful. The transportation was safe and comfortable.

This was my parents’ first time to Africa and they were blown away, so thank you for that.

My husband and I had an incredible adventure. We would highly recommend Sikeleli and would hope we have the opportunity to use you again for another African adventure.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Emily, Mallory, Hugh and Madeline M. From: Los Angeles Traveled to: Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

First and foremost, what were the highlights of your trip? Any favourite experiences or memories?

The royal Livingstone was glorious, the cruise down the Zambezi at sunset and dinner with African music and dancing, the magnificent bar mitzvah at the Thor tree, the gorge jump for my kids, the hide was like no other, house boat on lake Kariba was peaceful and beautiful and to top it off the plane ride over the falls was a perfect full circle end to the trip.

We had a trip of a lifetime!

Lori, Dave, Natalie, Matthew, and Libby S. From: Iowa, USA Travelled to: Lusaka, Solwezi, South Luangwa and Livingstone (all Zambia)

The whole trip was wonderful!

One highlight was visiting my son’s village and meeting the people he lives and works with. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. They prepared a traditional meal for us, consisting of chicken, goat, nshima and two vegetables with groundnuts and spinach. It gave us a delicious introduction to Zambian food.

The Tours Africa transportation were great! The meet and greet in Lusaka was nice and helpful. We learned a lot about Zambia from our drivers and they were very accommodating when we wanted to make unscheduled stops! They also delivered our delayed luggage to the hotel, the day after we arrived in Lusaka. The Wild Horizons team was also great!

The next highlight was visiting South Luangwa National Park and staying at the Track and Trail River Lodge. We had an incredible time there! All the people who worked there were so nice, and they catered to our every need. The food at the Lodge was incredible! I miss it! The chalets we stayed in were awesome! We felt welcomed and safe. It was so beautiful and peaceful.

Our safari guide, Vick, was excellent at his job and gave us amazing safari experiences. We saw so much more wildlife than we expected and learned so much from him. He was wonderful!

Another highlight was Victoria Falls. It was mind-blowing! Pictures definitely don’t do it justice. The experience was awe-inspiring! The Maramba River Lodge was fine. If we had gone there before Track and Trail, we probably would have been more impressed with it. The restaurant food and bar service were good and the people who worked there were nice. It was also a nice location on the river and the common areas were beautiful. The reception we got when we arrived could have been better. We enjoyed the Zambezi Café and Olga’s in Livingstone.

We also liked the Cresta Golfview Hotel in Lusaka and the Protea Hotel in Chipata. The staffs were friendly, the rooms nice and the food was good.

Everything in Zambia went smoothly and with a minimum of stress. We were able to relax and enjoy the experience. It was wonderful!

I have recommended you to other Peace Corps families who are planning to visit Zambia and will definitely recommend you to any friends or family interested in an African adventure.


Margaret W. and family from Oregon, United States traveled to Zimbabwe and Botswana

We had a great trip.  I talked with Danni from Sikeleli Africa Safaris a few times on the phone and email to talk about what we wanted to do, and she recommended places that turned out to be exactly what we wanted.  I felt that Danni really listened to what I wanted to get out of the trip.  It was a once in a lifetime Adventure, so we wanted to get it right.  Thanks Danni!  We had three nights at each location – Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Ngoma Lodge in Botswana and Dulini Lodge in South Africa.  We were taken care of from beginning to end with people at each place to get us where we needed to go.  Generally speaking, I can’t say enough about how well we were treated during the whole trip.

Victoria Falls is spectacular!  We took the guided walk to see all the viewing sites on the Zimbabwe side of the falls.  They will rent you a poncho for $3.  I’m so glad we got them because in some places we got soaked.  Danni recommended that if we go into town we should stop at the Elephant Walk shopping mall.  We did and ended up getting several things.  It had artists who did various crafts, so I knew we were getting original and unique mementos from our stay there.  I was really happy with the place we stayed – Victoria Falls Lodge.  When we got there, there was a mix-up with the rooms.  Danni stepped in and got it fixed right away.  Our rooms had decks that overlooked the watering hole.  It was amazing to get up in the morning, step out on my deck and see elephants, impalas and crocodiles meandering around the watering hole.  One night for dinner we had a Boma, which is kind of like an African luau with local dancing and singing.  They get everybody involved so it was a lot of fun.

Next, we drove to Ngoma Lodge in Botswana.  It was truly in the middle of nowhere, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Every aspect of it was wonderful. The lodge was on higher ground, so we overlooked the flood plains of the Chobe River. They had a multi-level deck with lots of places to sit and enjoy the view. In our rooms the whole wall was windows, so we had a view that just went on and on.  And we had a deck with a plunge pool.  We never got to use it because we were so busy.  Near the lodge, there was a watering hole.  Each morning the zebras, giraffes, impala and more came to the watering hole to drink.  We took our meals on the deck, so we could enjoy it all while we ate.  The food and the service were good.  They really pampered us.  We went on game drives each day.  One thing I really wanted to see was elephants crossing the Chobe River.  I had heard about it and seen pictures.  We saw a herd of what must have been over 100 elephants crossing the river.  It was one of my favorite highlights.  We saw lots of impalas, kudus, elephants, giraffes, and so much more.  We saw a lion stalking a kudu.  Nearby there was a herd of giraffes that got scared and ran away.  They are so graceful when they run.  They really went out of their way to ensure we had a good stay.  Our game driver was Joe.  He grew up in a nearby village so was really familiar with the area and knew exactly where to take us for the best game viewing.

Our last stop was at Dulini Lodge.  It is a private game reserve outside of Kruger National Park in South Africa. The room was huge with an extra-large bathroom, living room and large deck with a plunge pool.  Elephants walked in the dry river bed off of our deck.  The grounds were all grassy and covered with trees.  It was beautiful.  Every day animals came up and grazed on the grass.  We ate outside here too with elegant dinners and excellent service.  Sometimes we ate by ourselves and sometimes in small groups.  Try the kudu steak and the wart hog.  They were both delicious.  We tried lots of foods we had never heard of.  Most of them were really good.  Both lodges had expert chefs.  We went on game drives every day.  Our game driver here was Mac.  We would tell him what we wanted to see, and he and his tracker would look for tracks.  One time we saw three lions resting after eating their fresh kill.  In another part of the park we saw a leopard with her cub and a fresh kill in the tree.  Then we saw a lion with three cubs.  We saw so much on every game drive.

I was really pleased with the whole trip.  The locations were just what we wanted.  We were really pampered with the food, service and amenities.  We saw game on every single drive we went on.  Three nights in each place worked out really well.  I would whole heartedly recommend Sikeleli Africa Safaris to plan your trip.

I asked my husband what was a highlight for him.  He said, Jeese! Everything!

A highlight for me was seeing all the elephants crossing the Chobe River.  And how well we were looked after at each location.  People really took pride in service and accommodations.

Our adult daughter went with us.  She said that she loved that the people were all so friendly and seeing all the animals was amazing.  She also said it was educational.  Everywhere we went, she learned new thing about the animals and the places we visited.

I wanted to see Victoria Falls with lots of water.  We were there in late June.  I would absolutely go to the same places.



Kris R. and her two daughters, Adrian and Melina from California, USA travelled to Chobe and Cape Town

I just wanted to pass my appreciation on to you and thank you for helping us start this journey. My daughter Melina, currently serving in the Peace Corps in Zambia, is very good friends with Mary Coon’s son, who is also serving in the Peace Corps, and the family highly recommended us to you. I feel so lucky to have found you, and I am very happy to pass on Sikeleli safaris with the most enthusiastic recommendation!  Thank you again to you and Karen for all your help.

Loved the lodging, the locations (Cape town, Hermanus, Cape Winelands). Loved meeting the local people and Bakwena Lodge was warm, welcoming, friendly. Super high marks to Bakwena Lodge for outstanding service!

Karen was more than patient as we exchanged many emails (with changes on our end) until we got the perfect itinerary and met the budget precisely.

We loved Mark Murison of Capexec tours. His tours through the cap peninsula and the wine country were excellent. He spoke knowledgeably not only about the area but also about the challenges facing South Africa. We give our most enthusiastic recommendation to Mark and are thankful for his time spent with us!

I wanted to tell you how very much I have enjoyed working with Karen over the past few months.

This has not been an easy trip to figure out since there are three of us, heading from different directions on 5 different flights, going to three different countries and not everyone is going to all the same places!

Karen has been more than patient and professional as we have run through 4 different itineraries. I am so appreciative of her kind and supportive help with my endless questions, as we have worked hard to keep everyone happy AND meet the budget. I am thrilled with the final plan and so grateful to be able to have this amazing adventure with my two daughters!

Karin, Paul, Chet M. and Michael P. from Connecticut, USA traveled to Zimbabwe and South Africa

There were so many highlights. Of course, seeing all of the animals was a thrill. Our safari guides and trackers were fantastic at finding incredible sites for us to see. We can’t imagine it could have been any better. The lodges we stayed at were all phenomenal. The accommodations were comfortable and beautiful, lovely employees, extraordinary food, and extraordinary hospitality.

Being met by helping guides at every leg of the trip made us feel very comfortable and secure. This gave us a sense of peace about the entire trip.

The website provides a great deal of useful information to help prepare for a trip to Africa.

Thanks to Danni for always answering our emails, sometimes with our silly questions and sometimes with things we had previously asked. She was very good at alleviating any concerns we may have had before the trip about foreign travel.

Given the amount of time we had to make the trip, I thought the time we spent at each lodge and area was perfect. We saw unique things at each and at the end combining all three areas the trip encompassed everything we could have hoped for. The lodges were all five star and the money spent.

I would absolutely, highly recommend you to family and friends without hesitation.

It was absolutely the thrill of a lifetime. I am so impressed with Danni!! Her advice was invaluable. I had the opportunity to meet her and found her to be the most remarkable young lady I have met in many years. We never had to worry about a thing, we were met at each airport and assisted through every procedure, we were informed the day before our pickup for ground transfers as to time, and we never waited.

The accommodations selected were amazing, as well as the staffs. Friendly, attentive, fun to be with and always felt it was honestly sincere. We saw multitudes of wildlife and collectively, we must have exceeded 3000 pictures. Victoria Falls was everything I imagined and well worth the side trip.

Each place we stayed at was different, but all were luxurious and comfortable, with beautiful grounds and delicious food and beverages to meet every taste.

If I have one regret, it’s because I didn’t plan a longer trip than the eleven days we planned. Eighteen would been much better. However, they might not have been able to get me on a plane to come home if I had. My compliments and thanks to all involved in making my 82nd birthday trip the marvelous experience it was.

Actually, everywhere we went was just a little different and remarkable. Wildlife abundant and varied wherever we went. I enjoyed meeting the other guest from all over the world and have formed, I hope, lasting relations with some of the staff who waited on us and saw to our safety and needs.

Elephants with family of young from 3 weeks to 3 years old, lions and cubs, leopards so close you could almost reach out and touch them, giraffe, gnu, impala, steenbuck, kudu, hyena, cape buffalo, ring tailed mongoose, baboon and monkeys, and numerous birds and other hoofed animals, and of course the magnificent Victoria Falls. It is impossible to say that one part was more memorable than another.

I would Definitely try to stay a bit longer. Every siting of any animal was a new one and brought excitement to us all.



Leonard & Jackie F. from Wisconsin, USA

We had wonderful safaris.  Transfers at Johannesburg were a breeze with the Menzies representatives they sent to meet us (they short cut the lines for us).

At Ngoma in Chobe, we had an elephant drink from our plunge pool. We also raced a hyena. At San Camp, I had a meerkat climb on my head to scan the area. At Khwai on the delta, we had hippos graze by our dinner table, not 10 yards away. We also had great leopard viewing since the leopards have grown accustomed to using the safari vehicles to hide behind when stalking their prospective impala dinners.

Danni was great to work with and patient with my questions.

Molly C. & friends, from Philadelphia, USA

Sikeleli could not have been better to work with. Their personal attention and attention to detail were top notch. When we asked to make some late changes to our itinerary, they handled everything with aplomb. We really enjoyed meeting Danni in Vic Falls!

Too many to mention memorable parts to mention! They were in the position of pleasing 4 well-traveled women and all of us said this trip exceeded our expectations. Safari in Botswana was unforgettable, and for me personally, opening champagne with a sabre at Boschendahl in Franschhoek was a true bucket list experience!


This was a perfect first trip to Africa–we got to sample several countries and experiences in our 2-week trip. We are already talking about planning our return trip with Sikeleli!

Rita & Kyle F-C., from Massachusetts, USA

Dear Karen and Danni, I want to thank you for all you did to help us have a very memorable time in VF and Hwange. Every aspect of our trip was outstanding, the accommodations were excellent, all transfers went incredibly smooth; ’twas a completely stress-free experience filled with beautiful sights and people.

That said, the highlight was clearly our stay at Somalisa. The staff were all wonderful and our guide David was simply amazing.  His knowledge of the bush and respect for all animals who have Hwange as their home was exceptional. David provided us with incredible once-in-a-lifetime sightings of magnificent animals that we will treasure forever.

Ware highly recommending this trip to our family and friends and hope to return some day. Warmest regards, Rita.

David & Jeannie S. from Utah, USA

Danni at Sikeleli did a wonderful job setting up with a safari just for us. She arranged a 6-day horseback safari in two locations and then a trip to Victoria Falls.

She setup all of the travel and excursions for us ahead of time and everything went as planned. We were able to meet with Danni during our stay at Victoria Falls and enjoy a lunch with her.

I would highly recommend Sikeleli travel for your African vacation.

Pat & Doris L.

Everything went off without a hitch. Transfers, flights, hotels, Shawn, and especially the Camp Hawange were perfect.

I would not hesitate to refer the camp to anyone.

The accommodations were awesome, and the guides and the staff were so friendly and helpful.

Thank you for doing such a great job.


Pat and Doris

Terry & Becky C., from California, USA

We used a travel concierge on a custom trip to Croatia two years ago and thought it was fantastic but our latest trip to Africa by Sikeleli was even better.

The game drives were amazing. We saw the big five and many many more. Our guides were excellent at finding game and had great knowledge of the animals’ behaviors. We were educated every drive on the habitats and behaviors of the game. They had a great sense of humor and cared for our needs every day.

We had the best safari camps with the best accommodations, food, service and game drives. Everything was 5 Star. Our connections, flights, guides, tours, and itinerary were perfect. We were treated like royalty everywhere we went.

My wife and I have been traveling all our lives and we can honestly say this was our best vacation ever.

Thank you, Daniella at Sikeleli for a trip of a life time.



Nadene C. from California, USA

My husband and I went through Sikeleli Africa Safaris to plan our two-week honeymoon. The trip was exactly what I requested during the initial itinerary planning. Danni was a great consultant who delivered on the expectations as well as being honest about time constraints and budget.

They cater to your price point which was key and was very helpful in responding to questions and concerns throughout the whole process.

The actual trip itself was beyond my expectations. The safaris we went on were great as they placed us in different locations, giving us the ability to see different types of animals in different types of environment.

Every lodge we have stayed at had great staff and the food was excellent.

The most memorable part of the trip was when we were in Hwange National Park and had lions outside our tent during the night. It was quite an experience to see these beautiful animals up close.

I enjoyed that every lodge we stayed at had these lovely animals who are accustomed to the presence and can see them right outside your window.

The amount of wildlife seen was unexpected and spectacular

Marian M., from USA

The Hide in Hwange National Park is a top-notch safari camp. Everything, from beginning to the end of our stay at The Hide was the way I envisioned. The friendliest staff, excellent accommodations, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides, all first class. Their own concession was huge with its own resident wildlife. Being within the park enables you to voyage deeper into the less traveled of the park.

Then the next adventure was to Victoria Falls. Our lodging was at the lovely Batonka Guest Lodge was also a first-class operation. Set just outside of town was a good location. They provided shuttle service to Victoria Falls which was convenient. The Falls are breathtaking. Our local guide, Laura, was charming and a wealth of information, including do’s and don’ts, beware of…etc.

I cannot express how well Danni worked for us. Having never been to Africa, much less on safari, she did not hesitate to keep touch by all means to calm my fears. I was traveling with my elderly mother (89 years young), so you can imagine my fears. Mother loved it! What a trooper. The Hide and Batonka were exactly right for Mom. This was a trip of a lifetime, as promised, for both of us.

Emeli E. & Scott H.

Loved the rustic experience of our camp. It was absolutely amazing to be able to have it all to ourselves. Our guide Jefferson was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and kind.

Thank you so much for an amazing safari! We will absolutely recommend Sikeleli.

Marc & Jenni B., from New York, USA

Dani our agent was friendly, knowledgeable, responsive and worked hard to put together a great trip that did not blow our budget. The trip was incredible. We started with 3 nights in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe at the River Lodge which provided 5-star service and accommodations. The game drives there were a bit tamer than our later safari activity at Sabi Sands, but we saw lots of elephants, Zebra, Giraffe and even a lion. Every transfer was arranged.

Our next stop was Sabi Sands reserve where we stayed at Savanah lodge. They were terrific in every way. The guides and trackers were top notch. We saw all of the big five as well as wild dogs and other animals. Great food and room as well as personal touches made this place special and overall a great value and choice among the many options.

We flew to Capetown where we started at Cape Grace an elegant old-world hotel on the waterfront, great choice. Trips to the cape point and wine country were very nice. If we were to change our itinerary at all it would have been to stay one less night in Capetown and stay one night in wine country on our way to the next stop which was at Grootbos a world class high end resort on the whale coast. Terrific high-end cuisine, wonderful private suites and incredible views were the highlights and a great way to finish our trip.

Thanks Dani for making our vacation the best one yet!!

Everything was incredible. Savanah and Safari at Sabi Sands was certainly the most unique and Grootbos the highest end resort.



Kyle & Jono M.

Sikeleli and our travel consultant, Danni, not only made our first trip to Africa a breeze, but it was the trip of a lifetime. Everything was taken care of for us from start to finish. The accommodations were stunning, the locations diverse and beautiful, and every excursion/tour we did was well worth it. I am so glad we chose to use them for this adventure, it truly would not have been possible without them!

Each destination was so unique that it is hard to pick, and if you asked me and my husband what our favorite parts where I think we would say different things (which, in my opinion, is a great thing).  Going to the falls edge of Victoria Falls and seeing the falls from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides provided such different perspectives on this world wonder.  The proximity to animals on safari and luxury of the lodge both surprised and impressed.  Exploring Cape Town through a food tour and eating and drinking our way through the city was an incredible introduction. Hiking Table Mountain and at the Cape of Good Hope also allowed us to revel in the natural beauty of this cosmopolitan city. Franschhoek and the Winelands blew us away; the stunning natural beauty, relaxed pace of the town, incredible and approachable vintages, and delicious food scene all made this an unforgettable locale.

There is little that we could do to improve upon our trip.  We would want to give ourselves more time in the Winelands as we only just scratched the surface of all it has to offer. Otherwise, the timing and activities in each place were perfect for us!

Alan Cohen B., from the USA

My wife and I spent 3+ weeks in South Africa, superbly designed by Danni. We’re very practiced travelers, and I’m accustomed to doing my own research and planning, so it was with guarded optimism that I turned over the reins.

Throughout the planning process, Danni demonstrated she was a responsive and efficient listener, tweaking the itinerary and accommodations according to our feedback until it felt just right. I can’t say enough about how smooth and magical the trip was. All of Danni’s hotel recommendations were spot on, and if you have occasion to visit the Ngala Tented Camp, you’re in for a real treat.

We’ve been all over the world and never left a place feeling like we were truly leaving family behind. Danni anticipated every hiccup, staying on top of details throughout our trip, and solving obstacles before we even knew they existed. She’s a pro, and I’d gladly work with her, again. Highly recommended!

Paul M., from Toronto, Canada

We had an amazing honeymoon planned by Danni. From Cape Town, Winelands, Safari in Timbavati, and last but not least Victoria Falls. All of the heavy lifting was done by Danni and the team, so we could enjoy without all of the headache of planning. The cultural experiences and food of Cape Town, the beauty and wine tastings of the Winelands, seeing hundreds of animals up close on the safari (including most of the big 5), and the surrealistic Victoria Falls from a helicopter and on the trails of the national park were all highlights of the trip.

Both our budget and time constraints were perfectly managed.

I would recommend to family and friends. This was a tremendous experience.

Pooja R.

This safari travel company and our agent did a fabulous job of truly tailoring the holiday to our needs and ensuring that it was a special experience all the way through. The itinerary was a great mix of different safari experiences, very diverse landscapes and a bit of culture and city thrown in at the beginning and end. The pace of the holiday was also perfect – 2 to 3 days in each camp was just enough to keep it exciting without feeling hectic. The logistics were flawlessly organized, with no hiccups with pick ups, transfers, flights etc. So, even though we had a lot of connections and transfers to do, it felt easy and not burdensome.

The guides and camp staff were also  wonderful – genuinely hospitable, friendly and eager to delight. Perhaps the only camp where the service levels & quality of experience did not match the others was Kuala Desert Lodge. I have to say, that the other places such as Khwai tented camp, Tintswalo and Nottens set such a high standard that in comparison, Kuala felt average. But nothing to complain about as spending 3 nights in a place like Sossusvlei was truly special.

James S. & family, from Japan

We had a really great time in South Africa and it was really 5star all the way. We did canyoning, bungee jumping (not me but my 14 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed herself) and of course the safari. The Kwandwe reserve experience was quite amazing. From the lodge to the actual game drive I really think we had a once in a lifetime experience. Even our ranger said that not only did we see almost all the animal but we had some very exceptional experiences. From being immersed within a herd of 25 elephants as they made their way down the side of a mountain to the pride of lions walking all around our Jeep and coming literally within 3-4 feet of us, to watching a pair of cheetah hunt wildebeest, as well as the pride of lions hunting. Also got to see rare black rhino up close which is rare since they are so skittish of people. And then there was the private lodge with all the South African wines and fantastic meals. I really enjoyed the ostrich and Elan.

Oh the personal service with the transfer at the Johannesburg airport was also really nice and made everything easy. Thanks for that.

Anyway, we really had a great trip and all your recommedations were fantastic.

Kyle B., from Chicago, USA

Sikeleli and our travel consultant, Danni, not only made our first trip to Africa a breeze, but it was the trip of a lifetime.  Everything was taken care of for us from start to finish.  The accommodations were stunning, the locations diverse and beautiful, and every excursion/tour we did was well worth it.  I am so glad we chose to use them for this adventure, it truly would not have been possible without them!

Each destination was so unique that it is hard to pick, and if you asked me and my husband what our favorite parts were I think we would say different things (which, in my opinion, is a great thing).  Going to the falls edge of Victoria Falls and seeing the falls from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides provided such different perspectives on this world wonder.  The proximity to animals on safari and luxury of the lodge both surprised and impressed.  Exploring Cape Town through a food tour and eatingt/drinking our way through the city was an incredible introduction.  Hiking table mountain and at the Cape of Good Hope also allowed us to revel in the natural beauty of this cosmopolitan city.  Franschhoek and the Winelands blew us away; the stunning natural beauty, relaxed pace of the town, incredible and approachable vintages, and delicious food scene all made this an unforgettable locale.

There is little that we could do to improve upon our trip.  We would want to give ourselves more time in the Winelands as we only just scratched the surface of all it has to offer.  Otherwise, the timing and activities in each place were perfect for us!

Paul M.

We had an amazing honeymoon planned by Danni. From Cape Town, Winelands, Safari in Timbavati, and last but not least Victoria Falls. All of the heavy lifting was done by Danni and the team so we could enjoy without all of the headache of planning. Both our budget and time constraints were perfectly managed.

The cultural experiences and food of Cape Town, the beauty and wine tastings of the Winelands, seeing hundreds of animals up close on the safari (including most of the big 5), and the surrealistic Victoria Falls from a helicopter and on the trails of the national park were all highlights of the trip.

I would recommend to family and friends. This was a tremendous experience.

Heather B.

I absolutely loved  Thorntree and Somalisa – always absolutely amazing. We were at Thorntree for Christmas and they went all out and prepared this incredible bar/appetizer event for the guests (who all became very close) on an island. The staff were so incredible – it was simply amazing.

I have recommended to family and friends and would always use you guys for my African travels.

Gregory & Sue F., from Vancouver, Canada

What a delightful trip we had to Zimbabwe this past November, the arrangements of which were made by Danni and the  staff at Sikeleli Africa Safaris. The planning of our dream trip to Africa started with a group of 8, however by commitment time our group had changed in composition and numbers. Danni handled this planning transformation well with great composure and patience. Our trip started with one day in Victoria Falls, followed by three days in Somalisa Camp, (Hwange Park), three days at  Mana Pools and finally the Imire Rhino Sanctuary near Harare. Somalisa and Mana Pools are both managed by African Bush Camps and are rated by us as five star for their hospitality and experience. Imire is owned and operated by the Travis family and while quite a different experience to the game parks, I would highly recommend a stay at Imire. The family are extraordinarily hospitable and knowledgable of everything to do with game conservation and working positively in Zimbabwe.

Above all I was interested in Zimbabwe – the country. While we were there, Mnangagwa was fired by Mugabe, which within days led to the deposition of the latter by the former, facilitated by the military. At no time did we feel insecure or not welcomed through this process. Zimbabwe works hard to maintain its tourist industry, which I believe will only improve and grow as the new government evolves. So don’t wait, now is the time to experience Zim!

We must also thank Danni for being a wonderful host and organizer of our trip. She did a great job accommodating our requirements from all aspects. Danni came with us to Imire and introduced us to the Travis family. In all respects Danni did a fabulous job. Hopefully we will see her in Vancouver one of these days.

Rick & Leslie S., from Vancouver, Canada

The Somalisa Acacia safari experience was absolutely fabulous! As our plane landed on the airstrip we were greeted by two male lions relaxing in the shade. This set the tone for three days of unbelievably close encounters with the majestic African animals. Our guide Albert’s experience and knowledge added real depth to our understanding of the animals, nature and Africa. It was an experience of a lifetime!

Danni was extremely accommodating and worked within all our constraints. She is a pleasure to deal with! She has amazing local knowledge and personal experience with all the hotels, safari camps, air transfers etc which enable her to confidently put together a perfectly tailored trip that exceeded our expectations! The trip that Danni put together for us was outstanding in every way. We are confident that experienced the very best that Zimbabwe had to offer. We really enjoyed having Danni joining us at Imire. The Imire experience provided a whole new dimension on our understanding of the history and current complexities of life in Zimbabwe. The hospitality at Imire was incomparable! The opportunity to meet an 8 day old baby white rhino was amazing!

We would absolutely would recommend Danni and Sikeleli Safaris to all our family and friends!

Karen & Jennifer C., from the USA

We had the MOST incredible trip and ABSOLUTELY loved it – NOTHING went wrong. We could not rave enough about the country and you guys! Jennifer was in Zimbabwe when Mugabe was sworn in 38 years ago and on this trip she was there when he was “sworn” out – quite something. Thanks for all you did to make our dream trip possible – it really was a bucket list trip and we cannot thank you enough.

Amy P. & Ellen P., from Massachusetts, USA

This trip was fantastic in every way. Sikeleli Safaris provided unbelievable service and planned the perfect trip. Danni Ponter was absolutely committed to making this exactly the trip we wanted it to be… and more. She was responsive, collaborative, fun to work with, good-natured and nothing was beyond what she was willing to do in the service of providing us the best possible experience. Everything worked like clockwork from the moment we arrived and all the planning made for very easy traveling throughout the trip. Danni matched us with fabulous local guides and excursions. She promised a trip of a lifetime and she delivered.

We absolutely loved Cape Town—from the Zeist Museum to Robben Island: from Kirstenbosch Gardens to the District 6 Museum; from La Columbe to Chef’s Warehouse; from the Uthando Township Tour to hearing music—everything was fantastic. The Walking and Food Tour with Cape Fusion was the perfect beginning and a great way to get oriented to the city. We were with Pam from Cape Fusion for our Cape of Good Hope All Day Tour as well as our Winelands tour and it couldn’t have been better. Danni booked us at unique lodges on the Coast, in Winelands and in the bush and we enjoyed every moment of our time in South Africa. She did it all.

We would do nothing differently if we could take the trip again!!!

Karli M.

INCREDIBLE. Words can’t describe how fantastic the trip was. Favorite moments included watching elephants play in a watering hole, seeing a herd of sleeping lions, sitting around the fire talking to our guide about the local flora and fauna, sipping drinks at sun down…… the list goes on and on.

The safari went far beyond my expectations. I could not have asked for a more memorable or more perfect experience. Sikeleli worked well within our budget and timing constraints and crafted a safari that was perfect for our time spent in Zimbabwe. I can’t express how grateful I am for their help, professionalism and knowledge.

Everything was above and beyond. Past perfect!

I actually gave Sikeleli business cards to other safari goers that we met along our trip who had booked through other agencies. They had complaints about a few of their booking arrangements, and I could not say enough good things about my booking experience, so I had to share Sikeleli with them.

Can’t wait to see you in Africa again! Hopefully it’ll be soon!!!!

Justin H., from San Fransisco, USA

The trip was terrific and filled with so many unique and favorite experiences. Ending the trip with a candlelit dinner in the middle of the bush was the best. When the staff was singing to us under the stars, we literally were brought to tears.

Everything exceeded expectations. The trip was expensive, but worth every penny. I would even consider it a good value for everything we did and experienced. One of my highlights of the trip was how well the transfers were planned out. Every flight, van, jeep, boat, helicopter, etc was exactly on time. We never were left wondering, or left alone to figure anything out… we were hand held the entire way through all the transfers, which was terrific, and a relief, considering it was our first time to Africa.

The only thing I would change in the itinerary would be to have more time in Victoria Falls. We definitely could have filled another two days there at the Metetsi lodge and at the Falls. Maybe even another day to just relax and enjoy the resort! It would have been fun to have one day in town to just roam around the town, and then spend an afternoon at the Hotel at high tea. Then another day hiking around the Falls… then another day for activities like the helicopter, bungee jumping, rafting, etc… there was so much to do and sadly we didn’t get to do all of it. .but… that gives us a reason to go back!

Everything was absolutely perfect… can’t really think of anything! The cash crisis in Zimbabwe was a little odd for us because we literally had no access to cash the entire trip. We were properly warned about this, but we tend to be heavy tippers and spenders, so naturally we wound up going through the cash we brought a little early.

We all especially appreciated choice of lodges and the sequence of accommodations. It would have been overwhelming to go straight to the Okavango Delta under canvas… but starting at the luxurious Metetsi lodge and then moving deeper into the bush was just the right way to do it… and we wouldn’t have known to do it this way… so thanks for your expertise! Doing it this way was JUST PERFECT.

Emily W., from Chattanooga, USA

The trip was amazing! Both Victoria Falls Safari Club and Elephant’s Eye Lodge were incredible places to stay. The staff was professional and friendly, the rooms were clean, and the food was delicious.

The safari at Elephant’s Eye Lodge exceeded my expectations. The guide, Julius, was very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna and patient. He allowed everyone on the safari to take plenty of pictures before advancing to the next location.

We had the opportunity for an all-day safari which I was told is uncommon so we got to see animals and birds all day. A few notable sightings include a pride of 10 lions, family of elephants including elephants swimming at a watering hole, many different types of deer/antelopes (sable, kudu, springbok, etc.), bee eaters and rollers and giraffes. The budget and time constraints were worked out and there were no issues.

I will certainly recommend Sikeleli Safari to family and friends.

Thank you so much to Karen, Danni and the rest of the team for planning my trip. It was such an amazing and unforgettable experience. I can’t wait to schedule the next trip!

David D. & Jennifer C., from Connecticut, USA

Sikeleli Africa Safari’s ability to match the vision of my ideal safari and trip was absolutely prefect.

The elephants were definitely the highlight. They would come up to us so close and trumpet us but never did I fear them as our guide was excellent and knew how to handle the situation at all times.  It was thrilling!

When we arrived, we were greeted with a nice wonderful warm towel and a glass of a delicious fruit sparkly drink.  It was a happy ending to a long trip, but so worth it.

Thank you for your expertise on accommodations within our budget. I have already passed on the website and a high recommendation of the services provided by Sikeleli. Very nice.

Thank you for making this trip so easy and comfortable and fun for my first trip to Africa. We had a wonderful trip to Chongwe and Victoria Falls. I hope I will be able to return someday.

It was wonderfully fantastic!

Leo & Margi A., from London, UK

We’re back now from a most fantastic holiday. Everything went so well.  The 2 safari days were unforgettable & our ranger, Mike, was brilliant. The stop over at the Broadwalk in Port Elizabeth before the safari gave us a good rest after the night flight.

Plettenberg Park was an exceptional hotel, just 10 huge rooms, great service by the staff & no problems at all with food & with a fantastic view from our room.

Our trips with Marge to the Garden Route were excellent & she was a perfect guide.

We ended up in Cape Town with Mark & then Eugene as guides. As Mark is Jewish, we had the whole history, not only of South Africa but also of the Jewish community.

The trips were wonderful & the weather throughout was magnificent. The President Hotel was perfect for our requirements with Checkers, Avrons & the shul on Shabbat so walkable.

All internal flights were on time, though our night flight home didn’t give us much sleep & we only feel human today!

So all in all it has been a holiday of a lifetime & what a way to have celebrated my 80th!

I will certainly recommend Sikeleli Africa to anyone thinking of going & wish you & your father every success & good health for the future.

Warm regards,

Leo & Margi

Image courtesy of the five star Plettenberg Park Hotel

Heidi & Chuck B., from Texas, USA

Absolutely awesome experience – better than we imagined! We spent time in Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and Cape Town. The service, guides, lodgings and experiences we had in each location were exceptional. Sikeleli and Ms. Danni Ponter made everything easy – we were greeted each step of the way, enabling us to enjoy our African adventure without the normal stress of traveling in another country. In Zimbabwe, we experienced the majestic Victoria Falls both from the air and a guided tour through the park. We enjoyed a sunset dinner cruise on the Zambezi River. Our room at the Ilala Lodge was picture perfect and comfortable, plus we could see the mist rising from the falls. In Chobe National Park, we went on numerous game drives and a boat tour with a dedicated guide. The Ngoma Safari Lodge was the most visually extravagant place we have ever stayed. The view walking into the lodge literally takes your breath away as you look down at the Chobe River with herds of zebras, giraffes and antelopes moving between a small watering hole close to Ngoma Lodge and the river. Combine that with great location to Chobe National Park, exceptional guides, thoughtful and well-trained staff, delicious dinners and wonderful rooms with incredible views and you have the perfect safari location. In the Okavango Delta we saw so much wildlife (inlcuding a numerous lions and African wild dogs and their pups) and were again blessed with wonderful guides, great staff, and lovely rooms in an amazing location at Sable Alley in the Khwai Reserve. Cape Town gave us an opportunity to relax at the Clarendon Fresnaye boutique hotel and enjoy winery tours and a peninsula tour, as well as amazing restaurants.

Originally, I tried to work out an itinerary myself using online review and travel books, but became concerned about arranging transportation and guides. Then I contacted several different travel agencies. Danni with Sikeleli quickly responded. She made everything easy for us. She worked with us on locations, desired experiences, dates and cost. We really wanted to see Botswana’s Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. Two other companies were trying to steer us away those areas due to cost and availability, but Danni was able to make it happen for us. She took care of absolutely everything from lodging, car and in-Africa air travel, tours, guides, and even restaurant reservations for us in Cape Town. Amazing personalized service.

How was the service from your agent?

Sikeleli makes you feel very pampered and special. Danni made time to meet us in Victoria Falls (her home base). In honor of our 30th wedding anniversary, Sikeleli surprised us with a complimentary dinner and bottle of wine at our Victoria Falls hotel, which had one of the best restaurants in Victoria Falls.

Best part of the trip?

Our absolute best day started leaving the Ngoma Lodge on an early morning boat ride on the Chobe River, We saw so many hippos, water buffalo, birds, crocodiles and even elephants. Then we headed out on a game drive and saw an amazing number of giraffes, antelopes, elephants and zebras. Our guide, MK, anticipated the movements of a pride of lions and we were able to spend two hours observing 4 lionesses and their 10 cubs by the river. As we watched, the lions caught sight of two giraffes walking along the riverbank and immediately went from relaxed to alert. The lionesses split up, some stalking the giraffes, another staying with the cubs. As we watched the drama unfold, the sky began to glow with incredible colors and we were treated to an amazing sunset reflected in the river waters. We got amazing photos of the sunset, river with a lioness in the foreground. When we arrived back at Ngoma and went to our room, we found the staff had lit our room with dozens of candles, provided a bottle of champagne, filled our tub with fragrant bubbles and placed a card and some gifts on our bed. It was Ngoma’s way of helping us celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. It was truly one of the best days ever of our 30-year marriage.

If you we could change anything:

We would definitely spend some additional days at Ngoma Safari Lodge and Cape Town. Ngoma was such a special place; it would have been lovely to spend more time relaxing on their patios watching the wildlife. We would love to take our children and our (future) grandchildren there. Cape Town has such beautiful scenery around it, we would have liked to spend more time exploring it. Additionally Cape Town restaurant prices were low; you could get a great meal with wine for very little cash.

One thing we would NOT change – we would definitely use Sikeleli and Danni again!

Caron S. & family, from Bermuda

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe. The only regret is that I feel 13 days was too short, and I feel like we only got a peek at what Zimbabwe has to offer.

Township tour in Cape Town – Xolani was a great guide and you can see that he was passionate about his work and what Uthando is doing in the community. It was good having a guide who grew up in the area and is familiar with the surroundings and the people. I enjoyed visiting the nursery school as well as the seniors. It was great surprise for us to visit the centre where we experienced authentic African dance. I don’t think there is anything I would have changed in the half day tour. Cape Fusion Tours – this was a great tour. I’m glad you added it to the itinerary. I didn’t know anything about it and was totally expecting something different from what we did. Despite the rain, we had a wonderful time and would not hesitate to recommend the tour to anyone that is visiting Cape Town. For me, it’s a must do. It was nice to be able to interact with the Capetonians and experience some of the authentic food and crafts. Ryan was a wonderful, easygoing guide, and you can see that he has a great relationship with the vendors. Leeu House – absolutely beautiful. The staff at both places went above and beyond to provide a great service.

Service at Tintswalo Manor House – I have no complaints when it comes to service regarding the staff at Manor House. The service from all the staff especially, Eric, Ntsako (Happy), Orlando, Eunice, and Jonathan was exceptional and the food/meals were superb and delicious. It was really hard leaving the Manor House after having such wonderfully prepared meals. I’m sure I gained roughly 10 pounds just staying at Manor House and Jonathan was on “point” as they say! Overall, the service was great and we had a wonderful and awesome guide Eric who knew his “stuff”. Even when we thought we were in dangerous territory with the elephants, especially with our first encounter.  However, Eric put us at ease and the rest of our games drives were exciting.

Tuk Tuk tour was a good way to see Soweto; however, it was unfortunate we did not get an opportunity to be able to go inside Nelson Mandela House as well as possibly go into the Hector Peterson Museum.

Again, I just want to say thank you for organizing an amazing trip for us. My sister Jill’s new saying for the whole trip was “simply amazing”, so with that again I would like to say a big thank you to you and your staff for organizing a simply amazing experience for all of us.

This trip was definitely an entirely different experience for me in a positive way from the last time I visited South Africa. I can’t thank you enough and my family, including myself, will be talking about this “simply amazing” trip for eternity! Thanks again for the wonderful lunch at Jordan Restaurant it was a most enjoyable and a relaxing experience. A good way to end our stay in “Wine Country”.

OMG, I almost forgot about the helicopter tour over the falls.  Not sure if you know, but I had the opportunity to sit in front. I don’t like plane rides and am definitely not keen on helicopters but the tour of the falls really topped it off for me. That is a must and I will be recommending that to anyone that plans on visiting Zimbabwe as a must do. The cruise on the Zambezi Explorer on the Zambezi River was also great way also to end a “simply amazing” trip!

Thank you for the memories, I honestly wished that we had more time.

John & Nok, from Kenya

“We LOVED Batonka Guest Lodge- I would highly recommend it to anyone and if I ever go back to Vic Falls, I would definitely stay there again. This place is super charming and the lodge staff was super nice and friendly.”

Ryan’s Cape Town Culinary Tour

This was a really fun day. This group was awesome. So much fun.

Our timing of it all was perfect. Managing to do Bree street, Bo Kaap and even to the station roof for African food with Sandile. Making it by seconds before the sky’s opened and came down it buckets. The guests were great and were not fazed at all.

Unfortunately after the East tour we tried to go up Table Mountain but it was suspended due to lightning strikes earlier which apparently caused a lot of issues with the morning groups being stuck.

All and all it was a great day with awesome people.

Thank you!

Jose Antonio A., from Peru

On behalf of the 30 Peruvians (in the group)  we, the committee, would like to say thank you very much for organizing an amazing Cape Town experience for all of us!

For such a short time visiting your beautiful city you managed to put together the most amazing itinerary, which not only included the best city tours, amazing accommodation, A1 tour guides and transportation, beautiful wine farms, delicious food at wonderful places and a safari that far exceeded our expectations.

We wish you only the best on becoming the link between Peru and South Africa, and count with us if you need any references!

Once again, thank you very much! (PEPE PEPEPEPEEE!)

Warmest regards + Salud Señor!

Beth & Myla M., with friends and family, from Canada

The service from Danni and Sikeleli was excellent!  We really appreciated having a “customized trip,” incorporating many of the elements from other tours but combined just for us.  Danni used our suggestions, but also drew upon her own expertise and knowledge.  As a result, the trip was exactly what we had hoped.

Danni responded to our questions in a timely, detailed way, even when she was traveling herself.  The itinerary provided on arrival was very helpful and complete, so that we knew what was in store for us each day.  We do suggest that Sikeleli consider sending the itinerary prior to departure, as it would have been good to know about tip amounts so that we could bring appropriate cash, schedules when we were in cities so we could arrange to meet friends there, etc.).

The trip exceeded our expectations in so many ways!  The accommodations were lovely; the guides were excellent; and of course the scenery and animals were incredible!  Our itinerary and schedule was structured but flexible and allowed us to have a number of serendipitous experiences.  We felt very comfortable and reassured that all was unfolding as it should – never a doubt or worry!

There were so many special moments that it’s a challenge to pick only one highlight.  The safaris and the animals were of course fantastic – we couldn’t believe how many we saw (the Big Five in the first 24 hours!) and how close we were to them.  It was great to have an opportunity to meet the local people, in the villages and at the camps.  One night at Gomoti, we were the only guests and ended up joining hands with all the staff and singing together around the campfire under a sky full of stars – an image and feeling I’ll never forget.

We loved the cities too – seeing the sights around the cape, tasting the wine, walking through Soweto, and visiting the powerful Apartheid Museum.

The helicopter ride over the Gomoti Plains was totally unplanned but was an amazing way to see the terrain and herds of animals – like something out of a movie.  We would definitely recommend Sikeleli to friends and family!

I hope to return to Botswana with my son-in-law and their family.  In addition, I would love to visit Tanzania and perhaps Uganda or Rwanda to see gorillas.

Asha R., from Qatar

“Spent two nights at Elephant Camp West in August 2016. A luxurious and wonderful experience – the service was impeccable, having our own private chef and attendants, bubbles for breakfast, beautiful meals, all the nice little touches that come with a top-class resort experience. All this in the middle of the wilderness – it was fantastic watching and feeding the elephants in the afternoon. The camp is also very close to Vic Falls – Sikeleli arranged our trip to the Falls and also managed to fit in a game drive in our limited time there, to see the big 5!

A nice surprise we found out that the entire Elephant Camp West was booked out for our group of 5 – which meant we had all the amenities and common areas to ourselves. Thank you Sikeleli Safaris for organising our entire booking with all the activities. A big plus point about the package was that it was inclusive of everything, and pre-paid, so the booking and all associated logistics was more efficiently managed.

Danni was most professional and her recommendations to ensure we had the best possible and most memorable Zim experience, were spot on. The service was very personalised, she also visited us at the camp to check in and see if we were comfortable and looked after. Her responses to emails and enquiries were also very quick.”

Nelson B., from Peru

Thanks, Sikeleli, for our best vacation of our lives. The recommendations of places to visit, hotels, safaris, tours have been wonderful. Africa has been for us a place full of sensations, different and absolutely recommended trip. The love and concern that put everything related to your customers is second to none. Thank you very much!

Gracias, Sikeleli, por nuestras mejores vacaciones de nuestras vidas. Las recomendaciones de los lugares a visitar, los hoteles, los safaris, las excursiones han sido maravillosas. Africa ha sido para nosotros un viaje lleno de sensaciones, distinto y absolutamente recomendable. El cariño y la preocupacion que le ponen a todo lo relacionado a sus clientes es insuperable. ¡Muchas gracias!

Murray & Adam, from Vancouver, Canada

Our Safari Camp, The Hide,  The hospitality, food, amenities, staff, facilities, and of course, the park are all top-notch.  The only “complaint” (and not their fault whatsoever) is that because we were there for such a short time.  The lunches and dinners, both at the camp and in the bush, were exceptional and memorable.

A couple of highlights……On our first afternoon there, just before sundown, we were able to watch a herd of around 50 elephants at a watering hole, soon joined by at least another 50. Thereafter, whether a night drive or daylight drive, we always saw numerous elephants…….The other highlight was seeing a lioness on the hunt.  Managed to see her make a move on some impala, but the baboons had tipped them off.  She then turned around and slowly walked back towards us, eventually walking between our jeep and the other one from the Hide, Incredible.

Ian led all of our drives.  He has incredible knowledge and expertise, not just of the animals but also of the birds, trees, you name it.  One of our guys from the UK is a very avid birder (his life list of African birds went over the 600 species mark on the trip) and between he and Ian we saw so many beautiful and interesting birds. That made the drives much better because as you know, sometimes you don’t see animals for long stretches, but you almost always see birds!

I felt relieved knowing that everyone in our small group, but especially the first-timers, had a great time, thanking me for making the arrangements and indicating that the short excursion exceeded their expectations.

As for the services of Sikeleli Africa Safaris, I want to again express my deepest thanks for the thoughtful recommendation but particularly for arranging all the transportation and fees into a single reasonably-priced package.  The transportation was comfortable and punctual;  Peace is a very conscientious and safe driver.

Danni, it was a pleasure working with you to put this excursion together. Your personable but professional approach immediately put me at ease, and I appreciated your quick and helpful responses to all my questions.  I would most certainly recommend Sikeleli Africa Safaris (and The Hide) to anyone I know thinking of going to Zimbabwe or anywhere else on a safari.”

P.O.J., from Sweden

You have really done a great job, completely without any remarks. In fact, we have never before (during 22 years) had an operator carrying all requests to 100%. All logistics have worked perfect, all lodges have been aware about our plans and requests. We really thank you.

When it comes to lodges (on a scale from = to 10) we provide the following rating (room, food, service, vehicle, guide):


Generally all guides had very good skills as drivers and great knowledge about wildlife.

The system with Tours Africa at the airport was brilliant. Without knowing how much it cost we find it worth every kwacha. Boarding and handling luggage always consumes a lot of power and getting rid of that was a release.

When it comes to result we are quite satisfied considering that wildlife in Zambia has a smaller diversity than many other safari countries. Out of 4800 pictures we have got 141 different species and among them 17 new ones we have seen before. Most pleasing was that we got nice pictures of all three endemic subspecies in Zambia.

To sum up; you are a professional.

Sam & Amber C., from the USA

Thank you SOOO incredibly much!  We have enjoyed our time here!

And a big THANK YOU for the wonderful “bubbly” that you had waiting on us!  We made some excellent friends while here and enjoyed on the beautiful patio at the hotel!  That was so kind of you!

Our tours were excellent!  Alisdair picked us up from Stellebosch and we started an early day for the peninsula tour on Monday– saw amazing sites and enjoyed his company.  Certainly got in lots of walking and experienced breathtaking views!  It was a full day and he was a perfect host!

On Tuesday, Ryan picked us up for the eats tour…and boy did we eat!  Lots of local food, coffee, beer…it was also exceptional.

I’d say that both tours were extremely helpful and enjoyable. It was great to get the “overall” and out of town perspective from Alisdair and the city/urban/eats tour from Ryan.

The hotel has been extremely accommodating and it’s a fantastic setting. From the reception to the comfortable beds, certainly five-star!  We just wish we could stay longer!

Thank you – not only were you and your services amazing, but also our time in South Africa was top notch!

Riana O.

Your service and advice was amazing. You booked the perfect trip for us and in the limited time we had you managed to get everything in that we wanted to do.

The whole trip definitely exceeded our expectations. The accommodation was very good and the food amazing.

I can’t really suggest any improvements as everyone, from booking the trip to the shuttle taking us to the airport, was so friendly and accommodating. Even on the last night with the Boma dinner,  they did not have reservations for us but the lady at reception said that if we were booked through you, she was sure it was done and that she knows everything will be good so she let us attend the dinner.

All the activities were amazing. We really enjoyed the Gorge Swing. Definitely something I would recommend anyone does at least once in their life! The Devil’s Pool is also an experience everyone should have!

It is hard to give one favourite activity, but if we have to then we will say the Zambezi Explorer cruise was our favourite. The whole experience was just perfect and all the staff we encountered during our trip was very professional and friendly but the staff on the cruise was just that level better.

If we ever get the chance to visit again we will definitely use your company and would highly recommend it to anyone with confidence that you are the best and know what the customer wants.

Arjan van de M., from Dordrecht, Holland

Our Zimbabwe/Botswana trip:

Knowing Danni already for years we knew that we were in for a treat. Well this was the understatement of the year, what an amazing trip we had.

On our arrival at Victoria Falls Airport we were collected by the staff of the Victoria Falls Safari lodge and in 30 minutes we arrived at the stunning premises of the lodge. Even though I’d been to the lodge before it still amazed me what an amazing vibe it gives. I can only imagine how it felt for my parents and my girlfriend.

In our itinerary we were staying at one of the standard rooms facing the waterhole which I can assure you is already an amazing place. However, this time Danni organized us an upgrade to the Honeymoon suites, which are absolutely stunning.

Besides our accommodation we had the pleasure that Danni organized us a trip on the Zambezi Express. The cruise was an ultimate combination between exploring the Zambezi, tranquility and luxury.

Other activities which we have done while in Zimbabwe;

– Visit to the Victoria Falls (a must see)
– History Talk on Livingstone and Rhodes (very interesting)

After our stay in Zimbabwe we had a great transfer to Botswana. The transfer was well organized and we had only little waiting time at the border and prior to our flight to the Moremi Game Reserve.

On arrival at the Moremi Camp (Dessert and Delta) we felt strait away at home. Both the welcoming staff as well as the accommodation were excellent.

During our stay at the lodge (4 nights) we had Vincent as our guide. With his amazing skills(and hospitality) he was able to show us the diversity of wildlife in the reserve. During the game drives we were extremely lucky seeing wilddogs on a hunt and just minutes after they killed an impala. We furthermore had an extraordinary sighting of a female leopard and her cubs eating from a pray by keeping (us)patiently waiting until they came out of their hiding spot. This were only two of the highlights during our stay, we furthermore saw; lions (eating a waterbok), kudu, giraffes, honey badger, crocodiles, large hurt of buffalo, large variety of birds, and more. A private dinner at the pool makes the trip even more exciting.

Our next stop on our trip was in at the Xugana Island Lodge. After arrival by plane we already had a warm welcome at the airstrip we headed to the lodge by boat (with the first sighting of Hippos near the lodge). The Lodge is based in the middle of the Okavango Delta and is completely surrounded by water. Lodges are a bit more luxurious and have an amazing view over the lake in front of you. The people at the lodge are as friendly and warm as they were in Moremi. They really like to give you that “home” feeling.

The water-based activities are amazing, we had an amazing thrill of a hippo chasing us in our boat, but at all times the experience of our guide (TH) made it feel comfortable. Also during our walking safari on one of the islands we felt the comfort that nothing would happen. Unfortunately, we were unlucky this time and didn’t see any big animals.

Our Mokoro ride was probably the most amazing event of our trip, as my girlfriend and now fiancé answered the big question with a “Yes”! A special thank you for Danni and the team of Xugana Island Lodge who organized all the things I requested for this day, including a dinner on the lake.


Sikeleli Safaris

It was my second trip organized through Danni and again I would recommend everyone to use Sikeleli for Africa trips. She really understood our needs, basically all our requests materialized and she even went beyond that by organizing all kinds of amazing surprises along our trip.

On behalf of my parents and my fiancé we would like to thank Danni for the great care and most of all for the lifetime lasting memory of this amazing trip. Personally I would like to thank her for all the help with preparing the wedding proposal, it was absolutely beautiful.

We furthermore would like to thank Desert and Delta for the great care during our stay, it was amazing.

Nico & Antoinette H., from Switzerland

The Vintage Camp in Hwange was absolutely great. Great scenery and wildlife viewing, including large herds of elephant. For lovers a must! We always had plenty of time to view animals. Life-changing experience, it has to be done!!! Our guide Dennis told us all about his life in Zimbabwe; he gave us many interesting facts about the animals, about the flora and the land. Good conversations, humorous, and witty.

Our ideas and objectives were completely met. Our trip was full of highlights, and full of unforgettable experiences we will never forget. There is absolutely nothing to complain about and we would do it again at any time. Very reasonable value for money and our investment in this holiday has been more than justified.

Our consultant Danni was always sympathetic, patient and friendly. She was very helpful during our stay and gave us more insights and tips for sightseeing and local interest. While in Victoria Falls we all went together to great restaurants with fine menus. We thought that the shopping at Elephant’s Walk was nice.

Danni, we thank you again very much for the wonderful trip that you planned and arranged for us. We will never forget our time in Africa. It was great that we could get to know you and spend time with you. Hopefully you can see us in the autumn in Switzerland. We would be delighted!

Paul & Marisela H., from Holland

Daniella went above and beyond to plan our safari adventure at Little Makalolo camp in Hwange, Zimbabwe. The service in the camp was excellent, the friendly staff made us feel welcome, safe and took care of our needs during our stay, combined with excellent food.

This was our first safari getaway, what a fantastic experience! During the safari rides we saw it all, loads of elephants, lions, zebra’s, hippo’s, giraffes, absolutely everything we were hoping for. A special thanks to Daniella and the staff of Sikeleli Safaries to making our first safari an unforgettable one. We will use Sikeleli services again for sure and we highly recommend it to others.

Sadaf & Jack W., from Singapore

Just want to say a big thank you for recommending the places in Botswana and booking it for us. We had an AMAZING time! Could not have been a better honeymoon destination. Everyone was hospitable and welcoming, accommodation was great, we saw everything we could possibly see and… there was a computer with internet to satisfy my connection with the world every now and then.

It was wonderful and we’d definitely look to go back to Africa, and do a different type of safari elsewhere.

E. family, from Australia

We are back home and all still reliving the memories of the amazing wedding back in Zimbabwe. The whole trip to Vic Falls was incredible, for us it was a reunion with family and friends.

Dani had her work cut out for her with our booking, from the start I warned her we would be a handful with everyone’s different demands to negotiate. I almost guaranteed Dan beforehand that whatever was booked would change last minute and I was right. Dani could not have been more accommodating to help get everything secured for us.

We are a family originally from Zimbabwean who have done many trips over the years to Victoria Falls and Hwange so probably high expectations and some tough to beat previous experiences. Thanks again Dan for all the running around when bookings changed and cancelled. We absolutely loved our time at Safari Club, the staff were exceptional and the luxury of the rooms was outstanding. We look forward to going back again soon. The final night we spent in Hwange on the way home, and it was a dream to be back in the bush even if for a night under the African stars. Looking forward to the next trip.

Charlene G. & family, from the UK

From the moment I contacted Daniella she couldn’t have been more helpful, organised and efficient! Nothing was too much trouble. It was all left in her capable hands and she didn’t disappoint! We stayed in Miombo, Hwange for my Dad’s 60th (14 of us). Daniella had organised a lovely surprise bottle of whisky for my dad on arrival, entertainment after dinner by the Ingonyama dance group from Dete, more complimentary drinks for the duration of our stay and a lovely bush dinner on our last evening.

The rates were super competitive, Miombo camp was beautiful, all tented accommodation (above ground on wooden stilts), over-looked a watering hole where we saw large bull elephant one night and lots of plains game the rest of our stay. The tented rooms were tastefully done, keeping with the bush style. Our room was large and open plan with a beautiful roll top bath which overlooked the watering hole too, inside and outside showers, just lovely. I could really could go on.

Everyone had a fantastic time and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough for any bookings throughout Zimbabwe. Daniella couldn’t do enough for us and really went out of her way to make our stay extra special, thank you so much Dan! I really can’t wait until our next African adventure with you.

D. family, from Bermuda and Spain

It is not easy to satisfy six totally different people, all with different expectations. Sikeleli did a good job in achieving just that! Danni was very responsive to all enquiries and tactfully guided us back on track in the initial planning, with gentle reminders that Africa is a very large continent where it is best to confine one’s search to one or two countries and not ALL. Her knowledge and experience in working through every detail of a safari is exceptional. There is a great deal of background work and connection bookings that go into putting a trip together. Our safari went without a hitch with well-planned transportation and inter-camp transfers/flights.  We came back home with memorable experiences of Africa, as we would have expected, but with so many additional unexpected experiences that made this trip special. The friendliness and professional quality of the Botswana people and camp staff; the unexpected helicopter ride; the night-drive to find a leopard; the rush of excitement when a group of lions went through the camp at night; meeting a hippo and then the elephant wondering down our pathway; the smell of death and the sight of the kill; the vultures in the tree tops; the safari walk tracking a family of elephants; the crisp, cool early morning drive out to a new day of “what will we find today” and all those bird names you have to try to remember; and then, the return to the camp in the late evenings with unbelievable sunsets – just too many amazing things to mention but enough to want to go back and do it all over again, as there will be more!

All the camps were comfortable, and tastefully decorated. Certainly the comfortable beds and quality linens were appreciated! We voted the Linyanti Bush Camp as being the more authentic to an actual bush camp, where the tents had open views to the marshes. We soon learnt that knowledge and experience of your guide is of key importance in making your safari memorable.  Although our guides were good in all three camps, Paul, our guide at Linyanti, was exceptional and by far the most experienced. He went the extra mile (literally!) to make our day-trips different and memorable. We were certainly not disappointed with the amount and variety of wildlife we were able to see at such close quarters. The private game reserves offered more exceptional viewing without too much ‘crowding’ with other game vehicles at the same sight, as experienced in the busier park of Chobe. We loved ending our trip at the Vic Falls Hotel, and finally meeting Danni!

T. family & friends, from the USA, Mexico, South America, France, South Africa and the UK

Anthony: “Fantastic time in South Africa and Zimbabwe! Thoroughly enjoyed it!!! The Cape Royale was a great property and everyone was really nice!!!! Location and facilities – amaze!  Also loved the African Safari Lodge and Boma… Was shocking how expensive Zim was compared to SA! To be honest… I’ve nothing but positive reviews for you! The trip WAS GREAT! Thank you!”

Gary: “The room in the Cape Royale was very nice. I thought the staff were all very nice and accommodating. The breakfast food was great, the front desk staff were gracious, and again, overall the quality of the rooms was high, in my opinion overall. The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge was great. A beautiful hotel, the pool was enjoyable, loved the views. Poolside service was a little slow, but the drinks were good and the breakfast food was good. The Zambezi cruise was great…great staff, fun and scenic trip. The boat was nice and the staff song at sunset was priceless. 🙂 Thank you so much for everything and it was a pleasure meeting you!”

Jason Dinger & Phil Greenberg: “Yes all around!!  The hotel in Zimbabwe was very comfortable and the staff was friendly.  It had the African vibe we were hoping to see.  Insider info on where to go and what to do is what every traveler is looking for and you delivered. So yes, very pleased.  The Zambezi River sunset cruise was wonderfully romantic for Phil and I and one of the best highlights of the trip. Also, I had the time of my life dancing and banging on the djembe drum with everyone at Boma Restaurant. I truly felt a love that night for Africa! Your wonderful personality and warm welcome to your country was truly appreciated!!”

D. group, from South Africa

We planned to travel to Victoria Falls in December. So glad that Danni was recommended to us by my cousin. She went above and beyond with the planning of the activities on our trip as well as the transfers. She had amazing ideas for our family vacation and truly made it one to remember. Danni was always on the ball and addressed all queries and concerns, she was there to help from the 3 month prior to our trip till the very end of it. It made our trip so much better arriving at Vic Falls with everything already planned out. We did the Zambezi explorer signature deck, the helicopter ride, game drive and the best experience ever, the Livingstone island tour with a dip in Devil’s pool. Sikeleli tours is highly recommended to everyone wishing for an epic holiday!

Donna D. & group, from Mozambique

We recently went on a trip organized by Daniella Ponter from Sikeleli to Victoria Falls and were all very impressed by the service we received.  Not only did she organize us great accommodation at a beautiful lodge, she managed to identify what we were looking for in  our holiday and organize the services we needed. The communication was fast and efficient making our holiday planning easy and stress free.  We thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and places we saw and highly recommend Victoria Falls as a fun holiday destination.

Michele B., from Switzerland

I just came back from South Africa, where I spent the most amazing time together with my boyfriend. Thanks to Danni! I didn’t really know what to expect when I contacted her first, but she replied promptly and asked all the right questions to get an idea of what we wish and expect from our vacation. I was amazed how quick I got a first suggestion of how we can spend the two weeks and experience the most of ZA. We like to be spontaneous so in the end we only booked the Safari at the Kariega reserve with her. It turned out to be the absolute highlight of the two weeks! We stayed three days at the Ukhozi Lodge. The Game Reserve and lodge was beautiful, the staff was courteous and very helpful. Danni recommended this lodge and promised us an unforgettable experience, but it was even better than we imagined! We saw so many different animals (4 out of the Big 5) and our ranger was great and knew everything.

Afterwards, we followed the Garden Route to Cape Town with our rental car. We stayed at different BnB’s on our way. It was a good opportunity to get in contact with the locals.

Danni gave us some good ideas of what to do in Cape Town, so we had no problems to keep us busy for five days. It is a beautiful city and you can visit and experience too many things for just one vacation. So we will definitely come back to ZA and also definitely book it with Danni again. She’s really amazing and has a lot of experience, I can highly recommend her!

Dale B., from the UK

I was looking to climb Kilimanjaro and do a Safari, however I was slightly concerned which travel companies I could trust. A good friend recommended Daniella at Sikeleli Safaris and duly put us in touch. My goodness, does Daniella know how put a personalised package together. In all, I received quotes and itineraries from 3 different agencies. The quality of the itinerary that Daniella put together and the professional and courteous manner it was delivered, even though it was slightly more expensive, far exceeded any of the other contenders, so without hesitation I booked the holiday, which payments were very simple via international balance transfer.

On the lead up to the trip Daniella was available via emails to help with any questions or concerns I had, and with her expertise always delivered the information required. Phase 1 of my trip was to climb Kilimanjaro, and was booked with Zara tours, the most reputable firm in Moshi. Everything ran incredibly smoothly and the team that took me up and down the mountain were highly professional, my guide had 12yrs of experience and was a friendly chap who spoke very good English. I only have 1 point to note that should be passed on to others, and that is including tips for the team. The amount of effort that is put in by the entire team is absolutely phenomenal, and $260 standard tip doesn’t really come even close to what those guys deserve. I tipped almost double. However, to ensure everyone on the team does get their rightful share, it’s absolutely paramount tips are given at the end only once the whole team are present and logged on the Tip sheet. Otherwise I’m afraid the guide will try and take a large amount, if not all of the tip for himself. I could almost feel the tension amongst the team as we were coming close to the gate, clearly this goes on a lot.


So, upon successfully climbing Kilimanjaro and 1 nights rest, it was time to move to phase 2 and transfer to the Serengeti via Arusha airport. I was met by an agent from Ranger Safaris who checked me in and gave me my itinerary for the next few days at the luxurious Elewana Migration Camp. My flight was roughly an hour or so to Lobo airstrip where I was met by guide and driver Elias/Alias. As this was a shared vehicle safari package, we had a short wait for a Dutch family to arrive, then we proceeded with a morning’s safari, prior to moving to the lodge to check in and have lunch.

The lodge itself is probably the finest place I’ve had the pleasure of staying at, and combined with being right amongst the Serengeti wildlife with breath taking landscape, it really is worth paying a little extra. All the staff are highly polite and professional, and the head chef certainly has a wealth of experience. Winding down from Kilimanjaro here (personally selected by Daniella) made the holiday thousand times better and I’m so glad I chose Sikeleli for this adventure. The Safari was my first and certainly lived up to expectation, with Elias being extremely helpful and knowledgable with a straight answer on all questions. We viewed almost everything the Serengeti has to offer, with only Rhino and Leopard missing, though Leopards are rather illusive and as I understand it, there’re only 10 Rhinos within the whole of the Serengeti’s 15,000 SQM. Overalll a great experience.

Sikeleli Safaris delivered quite possibly the finest 10 day trip I’ve ever experienced. Daniella really is in a league of her own when putting together a package based upon her clients personal requirements. I whole heartedly recommend her to anyone seeking an African adventure. You’ll certainly receive quite possibly the best service that’s available from this family run business. In the future I think I’d like to book something in Zimbabwe and get the opportunity to meet and thank her in person.

Heath N. & family, from Australia

Kevin and I and our three sons had a fabulous time , and were very happy with everything you organised for us – thanks so much .

We would especially recommend Big Cave, Vintage and Gorges. They all served welcome drinks and the accommodation was very clean and comfortable. Lynne at Big Cave was an absolute delight. We did the rhino walk/drive – well worth doing! Roy Aldridge made Vintage very comfortable and went out of his way to make our time comfortable and interesting. Gorges had upgraded our accommodation (complimentary) prior to our arrival which really impressed us , and included free wifi which was a real hit with our sons. Lokuthula was was very comfortable and the free shuttle in and out of town was really useful too. I was sick the day we went to Chobe so couldn’t enjoy the trip , but still saw plenty of game and the others really enjoyed it. I think we had a good mix on our trip and know we will have many treasured memories.

Hope this gives you some useful feedback . Thanks again for all your efforts which made our trip so special . Wishing you all the best and will pass your name on to anyone looking to holiday in Zim

Dhiran N. family, from Switzerland and South Africa

When we decided to plan our trip away to Victoria Falls, the obvious choice was to book this through Sikeleli Safaris. The personal touch we received was very special, ensuring that we got a full itinerary that was within our budget. Everything went exactly to plan, on time – despite very late and liberal changes by Air Zimbabwe. Everyone we had the pleasure of meeting who were connected with Sikeleli and they went out of their way to make us feel welcome and as though we were their only guests that weekend.

We really did have a fantastic trip and a very memorable one – for many reasons – one of them being having dealt with a very helpful and professional tour operator. Friends and family have already been referred by myself to Sikeleli – I have no doubt they will also have a fantastic time.

Daniella – to you and your Sikeleli family we are grateful and loved our time together, till our next trip.

Di J., from the UK

The transfer was great – the driver arrived on time, with no issues, and got the boys there and back in time, and they said that he was great. They absolutely loved Imire, and did rhino walks, game drives, sunset drinks – the whole lot. They thought it was great, and that the food was really good too. I think it was one of the highlights of their trip! Thanks so much for the flawless organisation, it was so nice for me to be able to leave them and not worry about how they were going to get around and what they could do!

Style Hi Club group, from the USA

Danni and the whole Sikeleli team are an absolute pleasure to deal with. They understand the destinations that they sell and have the relationships in place to mitigate any problems or special needs that may come up along the way. Danni was present and available through every step of the planning process including on the ground once my guests and I arrived in Zimbabwe. Besides making sure every detail was taken care of, her welcoming personality instantly made my guests and I feel at home and comfortable in a place that otherwise could feel very foreign. She is simply an expert when it comes to Southern Africa and I can’t wait to work with Sikeleli Africa Safaris again!

E & S & family, from Australia

The stay was great, O on Kloof are extremely hospitable and helpful, the staff there are incredible. Thanks for looking after all of that, you were very helpful and professional, easy to communicate with. The winery tour was excellent, we had a great day and saw some beautiful places, plus our guide David was lovely.

Joggy H., from Singapore

Danni was really put under pressure when after deciding to take a mini sabbatical safari, I gave her less than a weeks notice. I can say even if she had more time to organise don’t think it could have been any better. I started off doing a safari in Hwange national park, Zimbabwe. The accommodation was high end but beautifully rustic with a view overlooking the watering hole where the animals drank at dusk. We did jeep drives but also explored on foot and not sure if just lucky or the skill of the guide ( would say the latter as he was amazing) but saw a myriad of animals from Lions, Lioness and their cubs to Elephants etc. To top it off the food was sensational and wine flowed into the evening.

The Next destination was Botswana for a river safari which even though I had just done 3 days in Zimbabwe this offered a totally different perspective from the water. I needed up in Cape town with a great guide doing wine tours which Dannis team organised. Weather unfortunately wasn’t great but nothing a few vineyards didn’t  solve.  Would highly recommend using Sikeleli and their team.

C. S. & family, from London, UK

From the moment I contacted Daniella she couldn’t have been more helpful, organised and efficient! Nothing was too much trouble. It was all left in her capable hands and she didn’t disappoint! We stayed in Miombo, Hwange for my Dad’s 60th (14 of us), Daniella had organised a lovely surprise bottle of whisky for my dad on arrival, entertainment after dinner by the Ingonyama dance group from Dete, more complimentary drinks for the duration of our stay and a lovely bush dinner on our last evening.

The rates were super competitive, Miombo camp was beautiful, all tented accommodation (above ground on wooden stilts), over-looked a watering hole where we saw large bull elephant one night and lots of plains game the rest of our stay.  The tented rooms were tastefully done, keeping with the bush style, our room was large and open plan with a beautiful roll top bath which overlooked the watering hole too, inside and outside showers, just lovely.  I could really could go on,

Everyone had a fantastic time and I couldn’t recommend her highly enough for any bookings throughout Zimbabwe.  Daniella couldn’t do enough for us and really went out of her way to make our stay extra special, thank you so much Dan!  I really can’t wait until our next African adventure with you.

Dani & Dwayne, from South Africa

To think that it was only four days!  A huge thanks to Sikeleli Safaris who gave us a holiday we could never have dreamed up ourselves. Looking back, we just can’t figure out how we did so much and still managed to find ourselves with plenty of time to relax at the Vic Falls Safari Lodge pool; here we enjoyed endless game-watching from the deck, which overlooks a water-hole before the bush stretches out as far as the setting sun.

From negotiating the roaring rapids below the falls, to a Sundowner Cruise on the gentle waters above, we were able to enjoy all that this great river has to offer. And as if guided walks through the bush weren’t enough, a brisk jog through the reserve in the Vic Falls Half Marathon was arranged. All of this was organized without us having to look up from our afternoon G & Ts. The logistics were seamless!

Most memorable of course, was a night at the majestic Victoria Falls Hotel. This beauty of and establishment stands as if grown out of the african ground beneath it. Sloping terraces, immaculate grounds, high-tea overlooking the falls…. and so much more. We can not praise Dani Ponter and Bren Butterworth enough for organising a surprise getaway for us to this hotel, where, after a year and a half of dating, we decided to commit the rest of our lives to one another!!  We can not imagine a more suitable setting. We loved, loved, loved our trip to Zim, and at this rate, we have to accept that coming back next year is non-negotiable; as much to see the country as to see our new found friends!!”

Jay & Arthur, from Washington DC, USA

What a beautiful place! We had such a good, relaxing time—it really felt great to unplug from work. Camps Bay was a great location—beautiful, fun, lively and lots going on. We changed apartments and got one on the front so we had a view of the water and mountains—a view that is definitely worth getting out of bed for in the morning. The winelands tour was exceptional—our guide was Z, and I recommend him highly—fun guy who knows the area; he booked us into Le Petite Ferme for lunch—among the best meals I’ve ever had! And having a couple of days at Shamwari at the end was a great way to wind things up—beautiful place and they really pay attention to quality service, food, and no detail is too small for them.

It felt like three vacations—each part different, fun, and exciting. We initially thought that so many days in CT would be a bit much, but we loved every minute of it and could easily have spent more time there. It’s tough being back home but I look at my pictures and videos of the ocean, the penguins, and Table Mountain—and life feels a lot better for a few minutes! Thanks for your help and patience with us. We were really pleased and enjoyed working with you.

T. family, from Singapore

Danni organised a wonderful itinerary for us through Zimbabwe and northern Botswana in July/August 2014. Zimbabwe was definitely the highlight of the trip. We arrived we a few apprehensions about the political situation and what it would mean for our trip, and we could not have been more pleasantly surprised. The welcome we received, the people we met and the quality of the camps and service, were superb. Some of the highlights included seeing a 6 week old rhino up close in the Matopos, sundowners on Rhodes grave meeting a local school trip learning about the site, sun downers being surrounded by elephants in Hwange and the bungee jump at Victoria Falls! We saw lions kills, cheetahs, giraffes drinking and herds of buffalo. Beautiful birds and “pumbas” everywhere. We saw all the animals we had hoped to see and all came home agreeing it was the best family holiday we have done.