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Mirlin Manshon, Product Development Manager

Direct Line: 818.649.1933 | E-mail: mirlinm@africantravelinc.com

Before moving to California with her family and joining African Travel, Mirlin Manshon spent a decade in the safari business while living in South Africa. She was a frequent visitor to hotels and safari lodges, learning first-hand which properties were particularly suited to the discerning American market. Mirlin loves creating custom-designed safaris, and is a great source of knowledge for those clients who want to talk to a safari expert who has ‘been there and done that’.

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Scott

October 5th, 2015

Our trip was wonderful. I came back feeling like I have just scratched the surface of Africa and cannot wait to go back. It is definitely not a “once in a lifetime” trip.

We loved Cape Town, but loved our time in Zimbabwe even more. You were right that the Zimbabwean people are the best. Every single person we met was extremely friendly and bending over backwards to make sure we had a good time. Our driver in Zimbabwe, Alex,  truly reflected that. Always a great attitude with a big smile – even when he sat in his van waiting for us while we ate dinner one night.

The Hide was exceptional. The staff there is phenomenal. We could have stayed a couple of extra days. Our last night there, our guide David took us to a place called Imbiza for sundowners which was truly spectacular. Only 5 of us and over 100 elephants around a watering hole. It was simply magic and a wonderful way to end our time in the bush. Saw three of the big five at Hwange. You told us in advance we wouldn’t see rhinos there so we were not disappointed when we didn’t. Didn’t see a leopard either although did come across a baboon freshly killed by a leopard so one was nearby. That’s the thing with a true bush camp experience – no guarantees about seeing specific wildlife. Honestly I would rather have that then be a at a place where they guarantee the Big 5 in the first 24 hours. I can see that at Disney!     

The Vic Falls Safari Club was great and a perfect way to end the trip. We really enjoyed that property. The pampering is very nice and the restaurant at the lodge was awesome.  Vulture Culture was unbelievable. Wow… Just wow! And thank you for the recommendation of The Palm. Such a nice experience dining outdoors on the patio.

 

I have become the biggest Africa ambassador since coming home and spreading the message that you shouldn’t wait to go to Africa but go as soon as possible. Someone shared a quote that kinda went like “Once you drink the water in Africa, it becomes a thirst that is never quenched”. It’s so true.

We owe you a big thank you. You were so patient with us and did an outstanding job of arranging everything.

Thank you again for this opportunity. It was truly a life changing trip

Scott

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Lieselotte and Wolfgang

March 18th, 2015

Dear Mirlin, 

I wanted to show you what AMAZING a trip you have created for us!!!  

For more than two weeks now, we traveled a land of absolute enchantment. We saw a cheetah hunt, her body stretched in elegance like an arrow as she ran. We saw lions feed on their prey in the morning sun and watched elephants at 2am as they enjoyed a late night snack in front of our tent. 

We met a Maasai on their way from the village to the next well, five kilometers away, but holding a cell phone in their hand. We landed a hote air balloon in the Serengeti and got soaked dancing in the spray of Victoria Falls. We encountered crocodiles and hippos an arms length away from our canoe in the Okavango Delta, where we shared our tent with baboons and a scorpion. 

After all this we now ended up on Benguarra Island (Mozambique, Indian Ocean), were we found PARADISE! 

I lived my dream!! We LOVED every minute of it!!!

Lieselotte and Wolfgang

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John & Tara G

February 17th, 2015

Just a note to say thank you for all your assistance with the Gerber’s trip to South Africa. They sent me the note below and I also spoke with them. They had a “spectacular” time and are looking forward to planning another trip to Africa in the future!

They loved Kariega. The new section was awesome and they were the only couple in residence. They ended up with their own private guide and driver. The guide even took Mr. Gerber to his own private fishing spot one afternoon! 

The rest of the accommodation recommendations were spot on. There was not one thing that could have been better (per Mr. Gerber). 

Once again thank you so much for assisting me in making a “spectacular” trip for my clients. I will be sure to use your services again!

 

"Tara and I arrived home last Thursday evening.  What a great trip.  We had great weather, made our connections smoothly, had great food and wine, made new friends, made memories, photos and learned a lot about South Africa.

You did a nice job of planning this trip .  You certainly have our utmost confidence in planning our next trip.  Job well done.  

With fading tan I thank you."

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Steven and Judy Groban

January 10th, 2015

This was a trip of a lifetime!!!  African Travel did an incredible job planning our adventure.  Mirlin Manshon was outstanding to work with.  She answered our numerous questions and made suggestions to ensure our trip was a success.  Everything went smoothly.  The Hotels and Safari Lodges were beautiful and their respective staffs provided personal touches, especially celebrating Judy’s birthday at Ngoma Safari Lodge.  Our guides throughout the trip were excellent.  The food was delicious.  There were so many highlights during this trip.  The animals we saw on safari were everything we could have imagined and more. 

We have  strongly recommended African Travel to our friends.

Thanks for everything!!

Steve and Judy

       

 

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Paul C. from Egypt

January 5th, 2015

Hi Susannah and Mirlin,

I want to let you know what a fantastic trip my family had to Egypt.  The itinerary, accommodations, meals, and sites were perfect.  We thoroughly appreciated the superb  ground operations in Egypt, especially the Egyptologist, Driver and Escort in Cairo who were phenomenal.  All thoughout the program we had professional drivers and escorts at every stop and felt like were royalty with the high touch service provided.  My daughter got lots of great photos from this dream trip, whichshe tweeted to African Travel and AAA Travel giving kudos to African Travel.

I truly appreciate everything you and your team did to make the most memorable trip we have taken as a family.

P.S.  On the first day in Egypt our guide assured us that we would not have any problems in Egypt and since that time couldn’t have felt safer.  The Egyptian people were among the friendliest we have ever met.  I feel confident recommending an African Travel Egypt trip to anyone and have already!

Sincerely,

Paul C.
Tour Relations Manager              

 

 

              

 

 

 

      

 

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