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Beth Engelhart, Safari Specialist

Direct Line: 818.649.1938 | E-mail: bethe@africantravelinc.com

Beth brings us thirty years experience in the tourism industry, of which twenty was spent living and working in Southern Africa. Her inquiring, adventurous spirit led her into many of the game rich safari areas and tourist areas in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Her life in the bush, working in these three countries, has left her with extensive knowledge, experience and intimate insight in organizing custom safaris for her clients . Her effervescent nature gets the African adventure started from the first phone call!

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Marcy & Michael B.

May 31st, 2017

Beth,

My husband and I (Michael & Marcy B.) booked our Southern Explorer Africa vacation through African Travel, Inc. We did South Africa (and added Grootbos Private Nature Preserve for 4 days) & Victoria Falls.  Although upon our arrival in Cape Town we found out our lodge at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve had tragically burned down during our flight to Africa, the African Travel staff were very accommodating, helpful, and assured us that we would be staying at a wonderful alternate hotel, and we were transferred to the Marine Hotel in Hermanus, which was a beautiful hotel alongside the ocean with exceptional service. We very much enjoyed our time in Hermanus (and saw lots of whales!). We were still able to be given transportation to and from Grootbos for the next few days, and enjoyed the beautiful preserve.

 

      

One of the reasons I wanted to travel to South Africa was to go shark cage diving, as I am a lover of sharks. This was a highlight of our trip to South Africa for me. The sharks we saw were absolutely beautiful and thrilling. Being so close to them in the cage made me realize how magnificent they are. Thank you so much for that incredible opportunity! Seeing the sharks meant so much to us that we adopted one of the newly seen sharks. The staff on the boat were fabulous - fun, kind, helpful, and full of knowledge. We especially love the conservation efforts of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. Our time next was in Cape Town and the Winelands - so lovely!  Our private tour guide was excellent and really listened to us and what were interested in and enjoyed, and focused our day tours accordingly (for example, our guide talked to us and learned that I work at a zoo, so he took us to a winery that was close to a place called Eagle Encounters - where I had the chance to hold a black eagle and other hawks and owls during our visit. Moments like this with a private tour guide were so meaningful.

    

Another highlight of our trip were the safaris, of course. We stayed at Kapama Southern Camp in a stunningly beautiful luxury suite with a private pool. Kapama's staff were absolutely fabulous - so lovely, helpful, and attending to all our needs. Our game drive ranger and tracker were amazing - full of information and so focused on helping get the most out of our safari game drives. Our game drives were a dream come true - the Big Five and so much more! So many special moments seeing giraffe, lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, zebra, vultures, hyena, kudu, hippo, jackal, bushbaby, monkeys, mongoose, and so many other species! The animals of Kapama touched our hearts and souls, and we are so grateful that we experienced so many special moments while at Kapama Private Reserve.

   

Stopping for "sundowners" was always a special treat - the African sunsets are so beautiful. We also visited Camp Jabulani, where we were able to interact and spend time with elephants - memories that we will forever treasure.

The end of our trip brought us to Victoria Falls and more safari time - we even saw a baby black rhino with its mom, and some crocodiles!

  

Thank you to African Travel for such special memories that will last forever. Your attention to detail and making sure we experienced moments that will never be forgotten are forever in our hearts.

Marcy & Michael B. 

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Jim & Dessa H.

September 8th, 2016

Beth,

Jim and I want to thank you for putting together our trip to see the migration in Tanzania and Kenya and the gorillas in Rwanda.  We saw soooo many wildebeast cross (or not) the rivers  , lions and cubs up close and personal, cerval, cheetah, leopards and zebras.  Hippos and crocs and multiple types of antelope.

  

  

With the aide of 2 sherpas I got to see the gorillas.  Jim trekked both days to see them.  Our guides were very helpful and fun!  Everyone we met made the trip more enjoyable. Thank you for your work in putting together this trip!
 

  

 

Jim and Dessa Hutchins

By

Linda & Dave LaBar

May 31st, 2016

Hi Beth!!

Dave and I  are over the moon about our South African trip with my son Shaun Callahan and Daughter-in-law Sheila! We've recommended it to everyone we know! 

Thanks again for arranging a fabulous trip of a lifetime!!!  

 

Linda Masland and Dave LaBar  

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Crown Niguel Travel

May 19th, 2016

“Comments from Crown Niguel Travel Client”

We have returned from our African adventure.  What a trip!  We had an amazing time and all the accommodations, flights, transfers and guides were outstanding and worked seamlessly.  We also had to adjust a bit to the supported travel culture whereby 3-4 people meet you at every stop and want to carry your bags, show you the way.  We are used to making our own way, but it was helpful on a first trip to such a foreign place.  We felt like royalty!

 

 

Thank you again for all your help in the planning and organizing of the trip.  We will certainly recommend you and your African Travel colleagues for any of our friends planning a trip to Africa. 

 

 

Don't be surprised if we contact you in a few years to go on another trip to Africa!

 

 

  

 

Take care. 

By

Tom & Julie Laugero

May 17th, 2016

Beth,

I wanted to thank you for a trip beyond comparison. An African vacation was not a priority for me, to say the least, but as it was a passion for my wife, Julie, so we went. The experience was the adventure of a lifetime and I want to thank you for coordinating a trip where the smallest of details was provided. From the airport guides that walked us through immigration, customs, security and to our gate to the luxury “tent” camps to the personal driver/guides.

   

Altogether it was far more than I could have expected. I’m so glad I bought a camera with a 300mm telescopic lens as I took about 3,000 photos and so glad I did. The photos help refresh our experience.  The guides were terrific and there wasn’t an animal in the Amboseli, Masai Mara or Chobe that we didn’t see and capture on camera, including the Cheetah and leopard (with cubs), lion prides, Jackals, Hyena’s with pups, Rhinos, all the grazing Animals-Sables, Gazelles, Dickdicks, Zebras, Wildebeests, Hippos, Crocks, Oh My!   

    

The animals are so amazing. The accommodations so luxurious.  Local personnel and staff, as well as the Masai villagers (sometimes one and the same), were so accommodating and attentive we really felt like royalty. The Masai Mara Sand River Tent Lodge was over the top with hardwood floors, Persian rugs, chandeliers, drapes, double sink vanity, oversized claw foot tub, outdoor shower, parlor, views of the Sand River from tent and deck. Billiard tent, Parlor tent, Dining Tent, outdoor breakfast and lunch (if not on the high plains).  It was all so wonderful. All the accommodations AND DRIVERS were tip-top. 

  

 

Thanks again for putting together the adventure of a lifetime and I think it goes without saying well be calling on your services again in the not too distant future

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