Tom and Colleen McDonough
Trip Review: Our African adventure was truly the trip of a lifetime. Every detail of our 21-day trip was perfect! We have never used a travel company before. We could not never have found the places Victoria at African Portfolio recommended for us. We are both thankful and grateful for Victoria putting together the entire trip for us.
Most Memorable Moment: We have struggled with this question. There are so many most memorable moments from our 21-day trip. The most memorable moment was meeting the African people! Whether in the lodges, on game drives, or in the local communities, the beautiful smiles and hospitality of the African people wherever we stayed touched us deeply.
Advice For Future Clients: Do not hesitate to visit Africa!
Trip Review: The camp and Lodge selections were just outstanding. This then led to wonderful days of animal viewing, great food and drink with a wonderful group - just loved it.
Most Memorable Moment: At the Hide and an evening game drive we viewed a meadow with elephants , zebra's, kudus, impalas, baboons , and a wildebeest all enjoying the evening meal in peace together. A peak experience.
Advice For Future Clients: Have Kathy L. as your trip organizer.
Trip Review: We had a fabulous time and are already dreaming of going back! We are not wealthy people and our two trips to Africa have not been easy for us to afford. We chose African Portfolio to help us stretch our budget so that we can enjoy (and afford!) these "luxury" trips and we know that they will give us the best bang for our buck.
Most Memorable Moment: So many! However, seeing a cheetah mom and her two cubs at Somalisa was a highlight -- not on my radar at all. Seeing nine of the ten white rhino living in Zambia was one of my requests -- so special. We were also able to see a pride of lions on the hunt in Linyanti -- Ken did a fabulous job tracking them. Leadwood even gave us a 30 minute helicopter ride that was amazing! Finally, elephants, elephants, elephants! My favorite animal was everywhere -- especially at Somalisa.
Advice For Future Clients: Don't overthink anything or have too many animals that you "must" see -- and put down the camera sometimes and just take it all in. How many people are fortunate enough to take safaris in Africa?? Be grateful and you will not be disappointed! Thank you for another dream trip!
Trip Review: Once again the team at African Portfolio created a seamless and wonderful experience for me and my group of 14 travelers. The service and attention to detail were superb.
Most Memorable Moment: Tough call. Spending time with a herd of about 30 Sable antelope ties with walking up to wild bull elephants with Stretch.
Advice For Future Clients: GO!! If you are longing to see Africa, make it happen.
Trip Review: The trip exceeded all expectations and made for an amazing honeymoon. We enjoyed the variety from Cape Town to safari to Azura.
Most Memorable Moment: The first time we saw lions on our game drive. This is hard though because the entire trip was so special and memorable!
Advice For Future Clients: ENJOY!
Trip Review: Wonderful in every way.
Most Memorable Moment: Elephant rescue that we got to be a part of and witness. The amazing people and wildlife and culture we got to experience.
Advice For Future Clients: Go!
Trip Review: All went very smooth, and Victoria made the trip I had envisioned a reality.
Most Memorable Moment: It's too long to articulate, but the animals were fantastic.
Advice For Future Clients: Go to Africa and travel with AP!!
Trip Review: Victoria Herbert helped us make a good travel plan; all the accommodations were wonderful and fit our needs; the game drive guides were very personable and knew the animals, birds and fauna; the time of year was beautiful; we had excellent variety by including Victoria Falls; all flights were good; just overall and seamlessly easy outstanding trip! And the price overall was much better than other companies.
Most Memorable Moment: Coming back to camp from a very successful game drive where we spotted a male lion at night using a spot light and later looking up and seeing the Milky Way in the sky! Beautiful! You can't see that back home. And the water lilies on our mokoro ride! Or when an elephant walked right beside our private patio during our afternoon siesta time! Or spotting all the magnificent birds! Or seeing the actual Cape of Africa! Or watching a leopard eat her kill high up in a tree! Or the surprise burst of a hyena carrying a kill run right under our landrover! Actually there are too many memorable moments to list just one!
Advice For Future Clients: Don't hesitate - book a trip with African Portfolio! It will be a highlight of your life! And better yet - go twice to different areas!
Trip Review: Best trip ever! It was flawless from beginning to end!
Most Memorable Moment: Besides all the wonderful animals, it was probably the evening at Machaba where staff fixed a feast and sang and danced and I came to the realization that I'M IN AFRICA!!
Advice For Future Clients: You need to go with the flow and hire African Portfolio!
Trip Review: Our safari trip was a wonderful experience, couldn’t have been any better! Everything thing went smoothly, not one single snafu! We’re thinking of scheduling another safari with AP to Tanzania & Kenya in 2024 or 2025.
Most Memorable Moment: Too many to choose the most memorable!
Advice For Future Clients: Use African Portfolio for a well planned, “I’s dotted- T’s crossed” trip!
Trip Review: This was a trip of a lifetime and all because of Vanessa!!!!
Most Memorable Moment: I believe the most memorable moment was waking up in Botswana to elephants and giraffe outside my lodge were I was sleeping to see the animals so close and in their natural habitat really made me appreciate not only Africa but the majestic wildlife as well.
Advice For Future Clients: Pack less clothes, spend more time in Botswana, and make sure that I write down everything I see on safari each night after I finish the day in order not to forget all the animals and plants.
Trip Review: All legs of the trip - hotel, airplane flights, drivers - were all well coordinated.
Most Memorable Moment: Everything - people, culture, animals, geography.
Advice For Future Clients: Enjoy and explore on this great adventure!
Trip Review: This trip was seamless. We trust African Portfolio to meet our travel needs.
Most Memorable Moment: 1. Driving through the great migration. 2. Driving from Kenya into Tanzania. Seeing how the people live. 3. Relating to the guides. They were humble.
Advice For Future Clients: Be cognizant of the # of game drives unless you are really into that aspect. Frank took 1800 photos and we were amazed by the variety of animals and the knowledge we gained. Life changing trip.
Trip Review: It was more than a vacation- it was a transforming experience.
Most Memorable Moment: We were watching some lions on a beautiful rock outcropping that was surrounded and dotted with lush green vegetation. There was a big male with a mane, younger males growing manes, and a little cub. A lioness came through the shrubs from the other side of the rocks. She first greeted the large male, rubbing her head against his head. Then she checked in with each of the other lions. Then one of the teenagers began to walk up the rocks, and the cub grabbed his tail and held on, hanging on and following up to the top of the rocks.
Advice For Future Clients: Keep a journal and take photos of every place that you stay, as you will want to remember where and when you saw each thing. Save up your money so that you can fly business class, or pay the extra money to use the business class lounge in Qatar. Get a shower (free) while you have your layover.
Jane Davis - Sigall
Trip Review: So many beautiful memories from this most recent trip.
Most Memorable Moment: Too many to note. However, I personally loved visiting Reteti Sanctuary and feeding the baby giraffes and elephants.
Advice For Future Clients: Be advised that this safari experience is much less luxurious than Sabi-Sabi in South Africa. However, still extremely worthwhile because of the number and diversity of animals seen!