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Everywhere we went, the people were wonderful
Susan Carbon | March 19, 2023

We had some wonderful cultural experiences in the Nairobi area, and visiting Reteti (the women-owned elephant sanctuary in Samburu) was magnificent.

Everywhere we went, the people were wonderful — helpful, kind, informative, gracious, and we loved the wildlife!

Created an itinerary that was interesting, eye-opening, and fun
Mariann Youniss | February 28, 2023

We just returned from our trip to South Africa. It was a fabulous trip. We went to South Africa because we were invited to a wedding there. We had hesitated and weren’t sure if we would go, but at the last minute (6 weeks prior), we decided, “what the heck?” And we are thrilled that we made that deicsion.

We quickly got in touch with Daniel. He listened to me, delved into the types of places that we liked to go, and created an itinerary that was interesting, eye-opening, and fun! His accommodation selections were perfect. Our time in each location was exactly what worked. And we flowed effortlessly from location to location, every driver was on time, interesting, and safe. In addition, after Daniel had put together our itinerary, I felt it was too pricey. Without making me feel bad or acting inconvenienced, he quickly redid the itinerary to meet my budget. Daniel made the experience of working with him incredibly easy. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

Our last 4 nights were spent at Tswalu for a safari. Wow!!! What a place. We were pampered. Every single person who worked there was kind, generous, and always smiling. We loved our stay there. In addition, our guide was a fountain of knowledge on not only the animals and plants in the area, but had a remarkable knowledge of the stars and astral beings. We loved our night rides with her, learning all about the night sky. And the food at Tswalu and the dining experiences were “events,” which we will long remember and smile at. There are so many aspects I could talk about at Tswalu, but not sure anyone wants to read this long of a review. Suffice it to say that this is a must-visit place if you are in South Africa.

There was a watering hole right outside the window with a variety of wildlife passing by
Susan Ketchum | November 4, 2022

Dan Saperstein helped us plan our recent trip to Africa. Although this was my 6th time and my husband’s 3rd in Africa, in our opinion, having a knowledgeable travel advisor is critical to having the best experience. This is the third time we reached out to Dan for help in planning an African adventure.

We wanted to go on safari in Tanzania and also see the gorillas in Rwanda.

Dan suggested a lodge we were not familiar with for 3 nights, Chem Chem, before moving on to one of our favorite lodges, Singita Sasakwa, for 4 nights.

It was a great combination. Chem Chem is on the eastern edge of Lake Manyara and it is a beautiful setting. For 1 of the 3 nights we were there, we were the only guests! We felt like we were in our own retreat in the spacious tent-style accommodation. Service was 5-star. It’s always amazing to us how remote places like this can provide Michelin-equivalent meals, including spectacular wines. There was a watering hole right outside the window with a variety of wildlife passing by on the way to the lake at all times. Mesmerizing and great photo opportunities.

Our walk with Riposhi, our Maasai guide, was special and very informative. Our guide, Emmanuel, was one of the best we have ever had.
We then spent 4 nights at Sasakwa, perched above the rolling plains of the Serengeti. Picture Karen Blixen at her home in Africa with all of today’s modern conveniences and more! We have been to 5 of the Singita lodges in Africa and they never disappoint. Each time we are surprised and delighted by the beauty, the details, the meals, and most of all the people!

We then flew on to Rwanda, landing in Kigali. After a day and a half in the capital, including a visit to the Genocide Memorial Museum, and an overnight stay at a special place, The Retreat by Heaven, our driver transported us to the Singita Kwitonda Lodge for our 3 night stay.

This may be our favorite Singita property, which is saying a lot! Just opened 2 years ago, it is the prime location for the gorilla treks. An added bonus is they provide all the gear you need for trekking so you don’t have to pack those things, a big help with your limited luggage allowance.

We had several conversations with Dan throughout the planning process and he also always responded quickly to e-mail questions we had. There are so many details that go into a trip like this. It is difficult to get into these camps and lodges, as they all have limited accommodations, and Dan was able to make it happen. The logistics are also tricky, as the bush planes between places, and in this case, countries, need to be arranged. There was always someone to meet us at the airports and take us to the next place. We were never left wondering what we had to do next.

We were required to get a Covid test in Kigali to be able see the gorillas and Dan made those arrangements as well.

We love Africa and look forward to our next visit!

My trip to Africa was the most exciting, fabulous life experience I have ever had
Nancy Mazarin | September 21, 2022

My trip was originally planned in 2019 for South Africa in October 2020. My girlfriend also planned a trip in 2019 with Dan for March of 2020 in East Africa. All had to be cancelled, but Dan was able to have both trips rolled over until 2022. In the interim, my friend and I decided to combine our trips and go together…

We just returned from our 3 weeks, which included trekking to the silverback gorillas and golden monkeys in Rwanda, staying in Hermanus and Cape Town, and doing 2 safaris in South Africa and 1 in Botswana. Below is my letter to Dan:

I don’t even know where to begin—my trip to Africa was the most exciting, fabulous life experience I have ever had. I had so many concerns—but you took care of every detail—from the incredible camps and safaris to the expediters at every airport. Your safari information packet and detailed itinerary prepared me for everything I might encounter.

In hindsight, the marrying of Jo-Ellen’s and my trips was quite an achievement. I had no idea how difficult it was and you accomplished it all. Your attention to detail and co-ordination worked perfectly.

I found Africa “infectious”—I absolutely loved the safaris—the animals—the expansive bush country—and the people.

My whole-hearted thanks for planning a perfect trip.

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