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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Desire Africa Travel Celebrating another year!!



As we celebrate our birthday today, we would firstly like to thank all our amazing clients for your continued support throughout the year. Without you, we would not be where we are today…

It has been a busy year, full of exciting adventures, great travel destinations, romantic breakaways, fun filled family packages and more.

We've had clients getting married, others getting engaged, we've planned surprise trips, long time coming dream holidays, epic migration safari experiences, barefoot island packages, flying safaris, self-drive trips, scheduled tours and more ....all trips successfully completed with happy clients returned home.

Secondly we have to thank our fantastic suppliers, ground handlers and amazing properties for always looking after our clients, no matter where in Africa they are. It gives us peace of mind to know that you there to look after them and help us make sure our clients always have memorable holidays.

We also wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the feedback we’ve received throughout the year:



"Thank you very much for the organization of our wonderful Namibia & Botswana holiday. We travelled 6000 kms in two beautiful countries, Namibia and Botswana, we met very nice people and saw all animals we could possible think of. But moreover, everything was extraordinary well organized; the car, the welcome in Windhoek, the route, the locations of the camping sites and lodges. All bookings worked out very good, we were expected and welcomed in hostels, guesthouses and campsites and felt secure in all possible ways. It truly was a marvelous vacation and we want to thank you very much for that! "
Dr. Harmen de Haan & family

"Solana beach, Mauritius, was absolutely amazing!! Everything we had hoped for and more! Thank you so much for everything, your excellent professional service, and friendliness, Thank you for helping us out when things went a bit South. The staff at Solana were so accommodating, and helpful, and wanted to do whatever it took to make things right. We will recommend you to everyone we know, and from now on, will contact you directly for our next holiday!"

Yolande & Garth Ginsberg

"We had the most wonderful and memorable time of our lives in Zanzibar with my family and the Tshipi family and would like to extend our gratitude for all you did for us from day one of us making contact with you and throughout our timeless journey never in our previous trips were we given such special attention to detail, always continue with this professional , personal and most efficient service .
Asante San"
Dr Maduwane

"If there is anywhere I want to go in Africa, the first person I would call is Desire from DesireAfrica Travel. Right from the lovely presentation of our tickets and travel information a couple of weeks before we left, we knew that our trip to Mozambique would run like clockwork. It did, and it was an absolute blast. We chose Machangulo Beach Lodge for our honeymoon destination at the advice of Desire, and she did not lead us astray. We enjoyed every moment; it really was the best choice for a week away after our wedding to relax. Having been so busy planning the wedding, it was such a relief to leave the honeymoon up to Desire. She organised our flights, the transfers, the accommodation and even a few special requests. We didn't have to worry about a thing! Thank you for organizing the trip for us. It was one of our favorite and most stress-free holidays ever. "

Tania De Lima

"It was a pleasure to work with Desire while planning a quick weekend trip to Victoria Falls. The trip itself was last minute and Desire was able to organize everything in a short period of time. She also worked with me so that the trip was within my budget. She recommended a great place to stay and was able to work around my schedule.
Desire was also available while I was in Zimbabwe in case anything came up. I almost had an issue with my credit card not working at the hotel and she was willing to go out of her way and speak with the owner of the lodge to ensure everything was handled. It was a trip I will never forget. Thanks Desire for a your friendly and prompt service. "

Peter Gauthier

"Thank you for organizing our trip to Morocco. Casablanca was nice. The hotel was good, but we did not get much time in Casablanca. The Mosque in Casablanca is incredible to see. Meknes and Rabat were interesting. The Medina in Rabat was beautiful. Fez, was interesting. The Medina is something to behold. The sheer size of it. We learnt a lot and saw lots of things. The guide that took us around Fez, was a nice man and very knowledgeable. I think all the sites we saw in Fez made an impact on the trip and were important to see. Marrakech is awesome. The hotel was fabulous, the places we went to were awesome. Definitely a good idea to spend more days in Marrakech. I could spend a week there and still need to see more. It’s a friendly beautiful safe city. The restaurant that you booked for Greg’s birthday should be in every tourists itinerary. What a magnificent place. Worth every cent. I have never seen anything so beautiful. You should definitely put a Hamam onto every tourists things to do. What an amazing experience. You walk out like you have a new skin. Really worth it. Mohammed, our driver. Excellent choice. He should be used every time. He made up for the time lost in the Atlas mountains, he took us to have lunch with a Berber family, he took us to a Berber village, he really made a huge effort. He took us to shops that sold good quality Moroccan items at inexpensive prices. He is definitely a gem. .................."

Shannon Smith

"Firstly thank you for the meticulous work that you did for our trip to Ethiopia. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we are so glad that we went. Everywhere we went we were greeted by a representative of Lake Tana Tours and we were introduced to our driver and our guide for the day. They were all highly experienced and even though their English was not perfect, it was good enough to understand what they were saying and to ask questions. We were looked after like royalty, particularly in Gondar where our guide was very careful that we did not get lost in the crowds and that we were able to see all the important parts of the festival. That was definitely the highlight of our trip. The hotels were mostly good. Of course, the most luxurious were in Addis and Bahir Dar, but for friendliness and comfort, the Panoramic View Hotel in Lalibela was certainly the best. We loved it there and nothing was too much trouble for them. We enjoyed going on the boat on Lake Tana to see the island churches. Unfortunately, Axum was rushed even though the guide did his best. Air Ethiopia must take the blame for this, as they changed the flight times. The tours in Lalibela were taxing with dark tunnels, lots of climbing and walking through narrow passages but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!!! ....................."

Barbara Shaw

"O MY WORD…!!! I honestly do not have words to describe the awesome place you sent us and how we were treated. Anantara Bazaruto Island Lodge in Mozambique is...Out of this world! I just want to thank you for everything you have done for us, it was amazing and the people out there needs to know about your service. "
Riaan du Randt

"We enjoyed the trip to Zanzibar. Your service was exceptional and I was very impressed by the short notice I gave you and you came through for me. We had a good rest, which was needed after a long tiring year. Thank you, one again!"

Mark Harris

"There are no was perfect!!!
An African Proposal
Thank you for arranging our engagement trip to Botswana - you had such a big part in making this the best proposal ever!!!! "

Frits Beumer

"Concerning our trip throughout South Africa, it was really nice. We appreciated your service, all the reservations you have done (flights, cars, hotels, tours) - everything in order. Good car companies, all in time. All was very fine and I will for sure recommend your agency to people wanting to travel Africa. We will also come back to you for our next trip. "

Eric Hassanaley

Beach & Bush: "Our Honeymoon was absolutely AMAZING!!!!! It was officially the first time that we did not have to follow up, had no stress or needed to do any forward planning - it was not required, thanks to you. All the special touches, letters, welcoming gifts etc was so amazing and special....We cant thank you enough! Thank you so much Desire. You were absolute fantastic. Throughout the trip, we've been singing your praises to fellow guests etc.Thanks again."

Pieter Riekert

"Rwanda Trip (18 to 24 December 2014) The purpose of me writing this document is to provide insight for travellers wanting to travel to Rwanda.
The program was as follows and tailored to our needs which for us are great……Desire always manages to cater for our needs!!!!!
Day 1: Arrive in Kigali and travel to the Gorilla Mountain Lodge
Day 2: Visit the Gorillas
Day 3: Visit the Gorillas an travel to Nyungwe Forest Lodge
Day 4: Chimpanzees and Forest Canopy walk/Orchids
Day 5: Colobus monkeys and travel back to Kigali
Day 6: Kigali, flying back home ..........................."

George Van Der Merwe

"Thanks SO much, we had the most wonderful time at Pestana Bazaruto Island Lodge, Mozambique. Thank you for all your help, you made travelling a pleasure. "
Hazel Quirk

"Thanks for the welcome home message. Yes a great trip enjoyed by all for the 28 days on the ground in Madagascar.. Only a few hitches but on a trip of this nature this is to be expected and relatively easily overcome by the party with and of course Jocylin's help - our guide throughout the trip. Well done for getting everything together to match our requirements and for keeping an ear to the ground whilst we were in the wilds. Jocylin was a really excellent guide/chaperone/re-organiser/interpreter etc with a very caring personality. Very good at locating a variety of species plus info on culture/history etc. Very good at keeping us supplied with drinking water (essential). We thank you for your patience and time spent setting up this unique Birding trip - much appreciated.
Feed Back:
1. Anakao could easily be done in a day or one night only, if one needs to just go there for the two bird species (Rock Thrush, Red Tailed Tropic).
2. The overall routing worked well as it covered all the areas required. Trip could be shortened depending on interests.
3. Our weather was very good at this time even in the eastern rainforests (didn't take long to work up a sweat on the trails) and of course hot and dry in the south as expected.
4. Although we had some long days on the road at least the journeys were under our control rather than Air Mad! (punctures excepted).
5. Vehicle did not have good tyres to start with. Otherwise vehicle was comfortable with good aircon and the driving good.
6. The two long road trips ex Ankarafansika to Ankify were actually very easy and didn't take more than about 5 hours each ie road pretty good.
7. All parks were good to visit but we were saddened by encroachment, constant burning and slash and burn over most of the island! Madagascar will all be in the sea in 3 million years!
8. Guides chosen/secured by Jocylin were generally good. Some needed to improve their homework for finding certain species.
9. Local people friendly, helpful, non-threatening and sadly very poor. An interesting and different country.
10. We managed to see about 77% of the endemic bird species (very satisfactory) and about 28 lemur species plus lots of chameleons, frogs, snakes etc. "
Lyn, Rodger and rest of the team

"Many thanks for all the travel arrangements! We most certainly had a great time in Mauritius. I have been most impressed with the excellent and friendly service!! We could not have wished for better service, and I will most certainly be recommending your services to anyone wishing to travel. "
Charmaine & Jade Regnart


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