Testimonials

POST-SAFARI SURVEY

Welcome home from your safari vacation in Africa.  We hope your experience was all that you dreamed it would be. To help us refine the quality of our services and safaris, please take a moment to complete this simple post safari questionnaire.  

1). Overall, how would you describe your safari experience?

The entire trip was like a beautiful, epic dream.  Any film we have ever seen of Africa does not compare to the actual experience of being there. The quality of the accommodations was superb but the extensive wildlife we experienced was beyond anything we imagined was possible.  Perry and I have traveled extensively together all over the world.  This is the BEST trip we have ever taken.  In every way.

2). What was the highlight of your Safari? 

Every day was a unique and special adventure.  Sharing it with th we traveled with (close family) created shared memories we will treasure forever.  

3). Did you feel safe at all times? (if not, why?)

Absolutely.  From the moment we stepped on to the soil of Africa at the airport in Nairobi until we left ten days later, we had constant companionship and attention by our dedicated guide, James.  We stayed at beautiful, high end resorts where our every comfort and safety was their primary focus.  

4). Where there any significant issues? 

None

5). How was the quality of the guiding? (Any specific guide stand out, if so Why?)

We spent ten days with James and he became so much more than a tour guide to us.  He is a true expert on the wildlife and culture of Kenya.  We saw every one of the Big Five up close and some of these rare and elusive animals many times. This was due to his vast experience and unique ability to find them and ensure we had the best possible vantage point for photos or simply gazing at them in their natural habitat. He is also a man of great integrity and was solely dedicated to the four of us the entire time he was with us.  We quickly learned to simply follow his lead and trust his guidance and were always rewarded with an extraordinary experience.  Besides experiencing the wildlife, he taught us a great deal about the people, culture and politics and we absolutely fell in love with Kenya as a result. Everywhere we went, it was evident that James had taken the time to become acquainted with the people he interacted with.  From the camp porters and gate guards to the camp managers and park officials, James was friendly, cordial and always ensuring that we were given the best advantages and service possible.  

6). How was the food quality? (Any specific lodge stand out?)

We stayed three nights each at Tortillis Camp, Ol Pejeta House and Mara Ngenche Safari Camp.  The food was excellent and abundant at each location as was the service.

7). Would you recommend Holden Safaris to family and friends?

Absolutely - from the beginning Jim and his staff lavished us with information on every detail and were extremely attentive to our questions and travel details.  

8). Is there anything you felt was missing, either before or during your Safari?

Nothing. 

9). Any additional comments?

The first time we met with Jim he told us that most of his clients return to Africa after taking what they think is going to be their one “trip of a lifetime” there. Now we understand why.  It is such an extraordinary place and the entire experience is life changing.  Truly words have not been invented yet to describe what traveling to Africa on a Holden Safari is like. SE

"Jim, As you might have already guessed, we had a great safari adventure. Thanks to your expertise and organization and support. Reality way exceeded our expectations.

I would repeat this trip as it was tomorrow without hesitation. We will always recommend you and your company to anyone. Dr. R.F."

"It was wonderful. The attention to detail was impeccable. We never felt abandoned or unsafe." NI

"We wanted to thank you again for an amazing safari. Everything was fantastic and we loved every minute. The memories will last a lifetime. We cannot than you enough for all the time, effort and personal attention you gave to make this the trip of a lifetime." SG

"Thank you for the wonderful experience here in Africa. This truly is the most amazing trip I have ever experienced. I could have stayed another two weeks! We were treated so well by all and we know it was because of you. Sonia, it was so good to meet you. We all will get together when we are all home. BG.

"A truly exceptional trip. Starting in Nairobi the elephant and giraffe centers were amazing. We visited two villages, two schools and one high school in the Masai Mara. We played soccer in both places! A universal language. TW.

 

"Our Safari was perfect. The guides were professional and friendly. The lodgings were amazing and set at great locations with great food. We saw so many active animals. It's a trip I will never forget. LW.

 

"Jim Holden gave us an excellent briefing to review our itinerary prior to departure. The flights, transfers and camps were excellent" PA.

 

"James, It is with heartfelt gratitude that I thank you for your incredible thoughtfulness on this 'first' safari. You have made this the most incredible journey. You have taught me so much about the Kenyan people. I will never forget this trip and you, James. Your American friend."  -SLE

 

"Our trip exceeded the very high expectations we had! We were impressed with the people who met us.  Food was excellent, especially at Ngoma.  The guides were all great  - Allan at Ngala was outstanding!  All of the accommodations were comfortable, clean, and very chic!  We have recommended you to everyone that we've told about our trip! "

-MC & DS

"The trip was outstanding, all the guides, the accommodation, and of course, all the food. Each [place] was unique and special as were all the people. Thank you for planning such a special trip."

-GH

"It couldn't have been a better trip!  Extremely well organized and orchestrated.  We never had to wonder where we're going as someone was there to greet us every step of the way.  Visiting a real village outside Livingstone was a highlight!"

-MH

"James, It is with heartfelt gratitude that I thank you for your incredible thoughtfulness on this 'first' safari. You have made this the most incredible journey. You have taught me so much about the Kenyan people. I will never forget this trip and you, James. Your American friend." SLE

"Our trip exceeded the very high expectations we had! We were impressed with the people who met us.  Food was excellent, especially at Ngoma.  The guides were all great  - Allan at Ngala was outstanding!  All of the accommodations were comfortable, clean, and very chic!  We have recommended you to everyone that we've told about our trip! "

-MC & DS

"The trip was outstanding, all the guides, the accommodation, and of course, all the food. Each [place] was unique and special as were all the people. Thank you for planning such a special trip."

-GH

"I want to say how pleased I am with the help I have received from Holden Safaris.  I have been in the travel industry for over 30 years and Africa is one of my favorite places.  I know how important it is to have an expert help you with planning your client’s unique trip.  There are so many factors that come into play when planning a safari and getting just the right components are so important.  Holden Safaris has the true in-depth knowledge of Africa needed to get it just right.  Because of that knowledge I am able to help my clients get great value for money and meet their expectations."

-BA

"The trip was outstanding, all the guides, the accommodation, and of course, all the food. Each [place] was unique and special as were all the people. Thank you for planning such a special trip."

-GH

"It couldn't have been a better trip!  Extremely well organized and orchestrated.  We never had to wonder where we're going as someone was there to greet us every step of the way.  Visiting a real village outside Livingstone was a highlight!"

-MH

"Dear Jim, Our experience in Southern Africa was nothing short of spectacular!  Thank you so much for your knowledgeable advice and guidance.  The arrangements provided by Holden Safaris were everything we could have hoped for, and more!  Our friends are so enthralled by our photos and reports that they will be calling you soon to book their trip.  Thank you so very much!"

-NM

We had a wonderful time!  Seeing gorillas in the wild is an experience of a lifetime. Service and accommodations were very good.  We really enjoyed our trip!

-AL & D L.

Our guides in Cape Town and Kichaka were outstanding.  They contributed more than they will ever know to ensuring we had the trip of a lifetime - which we did!

-MS & JS.

Tremendous vacation!  Two guides were fantastic.

-GM.