What can I say...the safari was the most wonderful vacation we have ever experienced.
We have traveled a great deal, but this stands out as just fabulous. We traveled with the entire family grandparents, parents, and grandchildren. Each camp had a different flavor and all were wonderful. The food was delicious, the staff warm and accommodating, and the guides and trackers were extremely knowledgeable, taking time to answer questions and give special information on each animal, bird, plant and tree. We saw every conceivable animal anyone could imagine. Julie went above and beyond, checking every detail and planning the most memorable vacation ever! Everyone young, old, and in between were enthralled. Exceptional!!!
Charlie and Daneen S.
My family of 5 (including kids ages 14, 12, & 12) worked with Julie for our first family safari this past July.
Julie and our Kenyan safari truly exceeded our expectations in every aspect. Julie provided highly experienced and honest input during the planning phase; patient and timely response to my many questions over the almost 18 months leading up to our safari; excellent guidance, tips and tools to make our preparations as easy as possible; and even technology and access while on safari to ensure we had everything thing we needed at our fingertips.
The Safari Collection’s lodges were stellar, including the rooms, vehicles, service, food, staff and management. The guides and spotters (especially Daniel, Ole, Nickson and Anthony) made our trip spectacular and we were literally in tears when we had to leave Sala’s Camp and the Mara. I guess I should mention the animals since they were the reason we were there. We didn’t just see the animals to take photos; we were able to track and follow the animals to observe their behaviors and watch some amazing stories play out with lions, elephants, leopards and more. The memories that we created as a family are precious, and seeing our kids so engaged and enthralled in the bush thrilled my soul. Our son is an excellent spotter, didn’t want to leave the Mara, and now wants to study and become a guide in Kenya. I believe the best travel agent is one who has personally had the experiences that you seek. In this respect, Julie cannot be surpassed. Her own extensive safari travel throughout Africa has enabled her to have a unique perspective to listen, understand and guide her clients to the perfect safari experience for them.
TJW and Family
My adventure in Zimbabwe was the trip of a lifetime…
From the second we stepped off the plane every detail was perfect. We were met with welcoming smiles by enthusiastic hosts. The knowledge and experience of our guides was top notch. They taught us about the local people & animals and were eager to share personal stories. Our safety was never in question and the amenities and meals were spectacular. I would recommend Julie to anyone looking for a life changing safari experience. I will be using her on my next trip!
San Francisco, CA
We can't thank Julie enough for making all three of our trips to Africa,
including visits to Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, a smashing success. Julie's passion and knowledge for African safaris is easily felt the moment you begin speaking with her. Her numerous bush nights spent throughout Africa provides the foresight to build a trip around the things you want see to, all the while eliminating the uncertainty of did you book the right place. We can't wait to get back again for more life changing experiences to carry with us for the rest of our lives!
Doug and Laura B.
We had a most amazing time on safari in Tanzania in June 2018.
Every detail of our trip was well planned, extremely organized, completely documented and perfectly executed! Julie’s firsthand knowledge of everything Africa is an absolute blessing! We did not do any research or planning for the trip and thus relied solely on her expertise and excellent recommendations every step of the way. We enjoyed every venue and can honestly say the progression of venues was perfect from Legendary Lodge, to Chem Chem, to Singita Sabora to Mwiba Lodge. One of the biggest blessings of the trip was having the same Legendary guide, Mathew Olekasale, with us every step of the way. He was extremely knowledgeable of all wildlife, terrain, the Masai tribe and worked hard to create extraordinarily personal experiences throughout our trip. The African people are the most hospitable, gracious and service oriented people I have ever met. They are always smiling, completely flexible about anything and everything and they love to surprise their guests. The accommodations were luxurious, the food was incredible and those who were taking care of us were completely humble and delightful. To say we enjoyed the game drives would be an understatement as we were within feet of many different animals every time we got in the vehicle or we were brave enough to walk with the bushmen. We visited two villages and had extraordinary experiences meeting the people, wearing their clothing and engaging in singing and dancing with them. We are so grateful for all of your upfront planning, Julie, as well as your timely emails, safari guides, itineraries and packing lists. We will treasure our Tanzania trip forever and all of the wonderful memories we made with our African friends.
Phil, Kim, Ashley and Ava
The trip to Kenya was a once in a lifetime experience for my wife and me.
Julie set up a trip for us to experience and explore several of Kenya’s unique wildlife areas. The food was delicious, the accommodations comfortable, the wildlife wonderful, and the wildebeest crazy. The experience of that wildebeest river crossing will forever be one of my most unforgettable memories. I give this trip my highest praise.