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Sikeleli Travel & Expeditions

Explore Africa, Asia & Europe.

Why Sikeleli?

Sikeleli Travel & Expeditions is a family-owned business dedicated to individually-tailored luxury african safaris and travel experiences throughout Africa, Europe, India and Asia. Our deep roots in Africa, India and Asia, have provided us with an intimate knowledge of both destinations and a burning passion to share them with you, our guests.

Ours is a personalized service. At Sikeleli Travel & Expeditions, we listen to your desires and travel dreams and draw from our expert local knowledge to create unforgettable, tailor-made trips to the world’s most desired destinations. Sikeleli is about one on one service: white-glove, and attention to detail. We invest heavily in our Travel Expert’s own travel, thus, the knowledge of the destinations we are sending you is delivered with startling detail and insight.

We are committed to planning inspiring, transformative and experiential travel with heart-soaring moments and lasting memories.

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Chrissy and Kelly

from

USA

travelled to

Kenya

Travelled in December 2022  | A most magical East Africa proposal! This trip was truly life changing! From the moment we landed and were greeted by our drivers, to the minute we left with tears in our eyes- this trip was incredible. We saw every animal on our lists, plus SO many more and were treated as family, with respect and extreme hospitality. Our greatest highlight on this trip was getting to propose to my partner of 13 years with the help of Baracka, a blind Black Rhino in Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Rhino Conservation has become a huge passion for us, and getting to involve him and the two remaining Northern White Rhinos in this precious moment is something that we will never forget. We knew this trip would not be cheap, and we weren't willing to compromise, so we didn't try to stick too much to our initial budget once we got into it. You (Sikeleli) did a fantastic job accommodating what we did and did not want to do, and providing us with options for price comparisons. This was our first time using a travel agent, and now I don't want to ever travel without one.

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Andy and family

from

New York, USA

travelled to

South Africa and Zimbabwe

Travelled in June 2023 |   First of all, the trip was epic!  All four of us can’t stop talking about it.  Londolozi – Exceeded all of our expectations!  The staff, our guide and tracker and every person we interacted with were extraordinary.  We saw every animal we hoped to see and couldn’t believe the sophistication and depth of every employee’s knowledge.  The accommodations were fantastic and the food was amazing.  It was worth every penny and we will definitely go back. Being on the river was nice and we loved Victoria FallsI’m glad we saw Vic Falls and we loved the Lookout Café. Thank you for the Champagne! Ellerman House – one of our favorite hotels in the world. Better service than any Aman, Mandarin or Four Seasons we’ve ever stayed at.  We had two suites connected by a private pool in the Spa building.  It was gorgeous.  We also LOVED the staff who were super friendly and accommodating in every way.  We had a private gallery tour and also a tour of the wine cellar and gardens. Babylonstoren – super cool. Loved our cottages and bikes and enjoyed the wine tour. Lunch at De la Graff was a highlight.

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Patrick, Carleen and Family

from

USA

travelled to

Italy

Travelled in May 2023  |   The entire trip is a highlight, the boutique hotels were magnificent almost impossible to select a favorite from the Coliseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the David, wine country in Tuscany, early morning in Monterosso or enjoying a Spritz in St. Marks Square. You were there every step of the way, what a comfort! The itinerary and the Vamoos apps were fantastic. We would recommend you without hesitation. It is a joy working with Danni and the team.

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John and Anna

from

UK

travelled to

Zambia

Travelled in July 2023  | Starting with the flights and then arrival in Lusaka - it was all seamless. South Luangwa. The first camp was great- had a good game drive in seeing lots of game. I thought the hotel accommodation was very luxurious and the guides etc knowledgeable. We had a few walks there and they emphasised the stories which suited us over just ticking off animals. The walk between the camps and sleep out were a highlight. The second camp in south luwanga - stunning view from the accommodation. Food etc was great in both! We had a great time flying out in the small plane and Anna enjoyed sitting in the copilot seat. Transfer to lower Zambezi went smoothly. The walking there was incredible and we felt very welcome. I really liked the entire experience at lower Zambezi and thought the increased time there was definitely a great thing. We got on well with the guides (dispencer, Karl and Jacob) the whole set up there was precisely what we were looking for. A big shout out to the camp manager Nana who arranged for a private dining evening- when we were able to have some time together... Read More

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Rick & Leslie

from

USA

travelled to

South Africa

Travelled in June 2023 |   We just returned from our second trip with Sikeleli! Our first trip to Zimbabwe and South Africa, six years ago, was so wonderful that we decided to visit Africa again. We asked Sikeleli to put together a trip recommending excellent safari camps with first-rate guides, lots of animal sightings, awesome food, and wonderful, professional staff who made you feel right at home. The Sikeleli team put together an outstanding trip to Zambia for us. We visited 6 very memorable safari camps in 3 National Parks. We visited Musekese Camp in Kafue National Park, Chula and Kutali in Lower Zambezi, Mfuwe Lodge, Kapamba and Bilimungwe in South Luangwa National Park. The camps were all unique, special and provided an excellent safari experience. We saw 13 lions and 3 leopards in one day, canoed the Discovery Channel with countless hippos and crocs, and enjoyed a lunch in the river and a pizza lunch in the bush! We loved every minute of the trip, from the hearty campfire breakfasts at day break to the informative, awe-inspiring game drives and outstanding meals in camp. The trip was seamless from the pickup at the Lusaka airport, the transfers between camps... Read More

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Jacquie and Natalie

from

USA

travelled to

Kenya and Tanzania

Travelled in July 2023 |  This trip was a true best in lifetime experience for me shared with my daughter for our 30/60 which actually became 32/62 because of Covid ! Fantastic all around trip !! The travel transitions were seamless, you had everything coordinated for worryless travel!! Karen coordinated everything perfectly, the accommodations were terrific, our guides were fabulous especially our Safari guide Fedelis with Leopard tours (Good luck) went above and beyond to give us a great experience and birthday celebrations along the way !! Karen worked with our changes our budget and rescheduling because of Covid and did an amazing job!! Superior presentation, itinerary and Vamoos was a terrific app! Fidelis in Kenya presented us with a beautiful bound copy of our itinerary as a keepsake!! Safari excursions to Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti all if it especially our trip to the great migration it was a Nat Geo moment ! Saw hundreds of wildabeest, zebras etc.. heading north toward the Masaai Mara including crocodile encounters with wildebeests!! Also saw huge lion prides up close, cheetahs, serval and leopard! Also enjoyed our beach rest in Zanzibar at The residence inn!! Also, our day guide in Zanzibar and the spice... Read More

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Catherine

from

USA

travelled to

Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Travelled in April 2023 |  Fungai, your help was the backbone of my trip to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. There’s no way I could have put together anything close to what you designed for me. It was my first safari, and my first time to use a travel planner. Traveling through three countries with multiple transfers could not have been smoother, and I won’t travel without an agent again. You went over and above putting together a superb experience. The crew from Letaka Safaris gets my five star review, and I would do the exact same trip over again. The nine day mobile safari in Botswana was incredible, the epic trip of a lifetime, inspiring me to further exploration and future safaris. Our guide and the camp crew could not have been more friendly and cheerful, from the sweet melodic wake up call at 5 AM to the sing song welcome and cool drink on return to camp. The food was great, tents comfortable, bucket showers totally luxurious. Unlike me, I learned that many people have a must-see list of animals while on safari. Traveling in the shoulder season my goal was simply to have a great experience, which was... Read More

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Russell and Maryanne

from

Australia

travelled to

Namibia and South Africa

Travelled in March 2023 |   The entire trip was just fantastic. All feedback is very positive. A real pleasure working with an agency with such depth of knowledge and professionalism. They do create a bespoke and individualised trip. Namibia is a vast country so selecting amazing lodges in beautiful and vastly different locations gave us the opportunity to experience the diverse landscapes, fauna and flora. Observing desert adapted elephants and lions, hiking up and flying over dunes, flying along the Skeleton Coast, watching elephant, kudu, rhino and more roam 10m away from your bed were very memorable experiences. Getting up close while game-viewing from the back of a horse was also incredible. The entire planning and booking process from beginning to end was fantastic. Our thoughts and ideas were taken into consideration when providing itinerary and resort options. Given the experience and knowledge of Sikeleli Travel, a range of options were suggested so that we could tailor the trip to be exactly what we wanted - absolutely amazing. Nothing was too much effort and the team at Sikeleli worked seamlessly. Having the personalised electronic itinerary portal was very useful and convenient. We have already recommended Sikeleli Travel to many friends... Read More

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Austin and Jill

from

United States of America

travelled to

South Africa

Travelled in April 2023 |  My wife and I used Sikeleli Travel and Expeditions for our honeymoon and we couldn’t have had a better experience. From the jump Karen, our travel specialist, was extremely responsive, listened to our needs, and steered us away from bad ideas. The trip was in two parts. In Cape Town, our itinerary was full but left a few days for self exploration. Must do’s are the food tour and the wine train in Franschhoek. Our favorite was the second part which was safari in Kruger. We stayed in Sabi Sabi as well as Timbavati game reserves. Each location has top notch service, food, and game sightings. The best part in Cape Town was the food tour. Our guide Kath was very knowledgeable about the area, knew the best parts for food, and gave us a great tour of table mountain. You can learn so much about a city from its food. On Safari, the best part was Sabi Sabi’s little bush camp. Service and rooms were top notch. Dieter and a Mfundo were our guides and every day we saw something new and exciting. Karen even arranged for us to get a couples spa treatment in the... Read More

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Patty & Tom

from

USA

travelled to

South Africa

Travelled in May 2023 |   Everything you have done for us has been above excellent; you are one in a million.  We are overly impressed with not only your plan preparations for us, the itinerary as a whole, but your attention to detail cannot be surpassed. We think very highly of Sikeleli and everything it has to offer and all the staff we have dealt with. I didn’t know we had a meet and greet at CPT but it was a godsend!  It REALLY was a bonus navigating through this airport—a definite A+. As Patty’s email to you earlier said,  your expertise and planning made this vacation a memorable one with no hiccups.  All aspects of this trip was like a precision timepiece running smoothly.  You are a true professional!!! The eats tour was great…definitely off the beaten track type of spots…met many locals and had a taste of SA….a winner for us. The Leeu Estate is magical; they were even kind enough to give us a room upgrade!  Gorgeous doesn’t describe the room nor the atmosphere or view…..absolutely incredible.  You picked a winner here…thank you! (An excerpt from an email from our guests Patty and Tom, sent while on vacation!) All is going perfectly….not... Read More

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Jill and Austin

from

USA

travelled to

South Africa

Travelled in March 2023 |     The highlight of our trip was by far the Safari. We could have spent even more time there! The Dulini staff have every detail thought of and then some! It was such a special way to kick off our trip. We saw incredible animals on every drive - we even saw all of the big 5 in one evening drive! Our budget was always kept in mind and Karen helped us rebook twice because of COVID. She was incredible to work with and extremely patient as we debated how to proceed. We were very thankful for her attention to detail. We found your through another travel company that finds local companies to bid on the trip. We reviewed the proposals and liked yours best! Karen was an absolute pleasure to work with. Every single detail accounted for and thought through. All questions were answered in a timely manner and her planning created a memorable honeymoon and the trip of a lifetime. We’ve already said we would like to go back with friends and to the new Dulini that is opening in Botswana - we will absolutely be using you again when we do.

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Tammi and walking team of 10

from

USA

travelled to

Spain

Travelled in May 2023 |   Holy moly, what a trip! Wow! Words cannot express how wonderful the whole thing was. I came into the trip expecting you guys to have everything handled, because of course that's what you did for Aaron's fam and myself in Africa, but I never imagined how extra special the on-the -ground team would be of Sandra and Olga - wow! I am more than over-the-moon and literally in awe of how well your team came to bat for us. Thank you, from all of us for sticking with us (especially Kathy and Frank) until they make it home on Friday. I just can't thank you and your team enough, Karen. It was fun for me to watch how my little crew of 9 interacted with them. They were NEVER alone, Karen - ha! At least one of our team of 9 was constantly with them, talking with them, laughing with them, learning from them. They were extra special. So once again, you and your team have gone above and beyond in planning and delivering a most excellent adventure that I'm sure we will not forget forever!!!!  

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Teo and family

from

Singapore

travelled to

Botswana and Zambia

Travelled in April 2023 |   We did love that upon arrival we were seamlessly moved from 1 lodge to another. The guides were too notch, each and everyone of them super knowledgeable. Oria at chobe and Kedi at moremi. Also we did see the big 5 as promised - and we can see how the locations have been curated to maximise our chances of fulfilling it. Service and quality of guides were tip top. Felt like we never had to lift a finger and only enjoy our stay and game drives. Everyday was something new and unexpected… we were going on a hunt. Stay at Chundukwa was our favorite - original African safari style which was impeccably clean. Staff were 200% attentive and everything felt individually tailor made for us. All that said we enjoyed the whole experience a lot and are thinking about the next one.

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Flora & Friends

from

Zimbabwe, South Africa and Cyprus

travelled to

Morocco

Travelled in March 2023 Morocco was absolutely gorgeous our little group of ladies had the best time ever. The itinerary was amazing . The places we went to where outstanding. The hotels were beautiful Our guide was the very best and we so enjoyed Mustafa company very much Thank you for putting this tour together for us Karen had endless patience with us and I am so happy I booked this extraordinary tour with you. Sending love and look forward to our next adventure with you and your team

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Louise and Art Collecting Group | Mcurated Tours

from

Sydney, Australia

travelled to

South Africa

Travelled in February 2023 Fantastic team - take away all the stress of planning and organising a trip. Would absolutely recommend. As a large group Danni took care of our main trip as well as organising bespoke additions for several of our travellers at the conclusion of our tour. Wonderful to work with a team that has such a great knowledge - they have a solution and recommendation for anything you ask. We were lucky enough to have Danni join us for part of the trip and her insight into SA was invaluable. She ensured our tour really was a trip to remember for each traveller and they all left SA with plans to return. We had both a set budget and timings for the trip and the team managed to accommodate us on both fronts. We had such wonderful communication with the team directly and we're already planning another two trips with you and looking forward to many more after that!

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Donna & Donna

from

USA

travelled to

South Africa and Zimbabwe

Travelled in April 2023 Sikeleli knocked this one out of the universe! Sikeleli provided first-class hotels and tours. Each hotel was a unique, boutique hotel that provided individual attention to us. A hot breakfast was prepared to order each day, and at some locations, afternoon tea and treats. This was our first trip to South Africa, and we had high expectations for our journey. On every turn, our expectations were exceeded with the highest quality, professionalism, and efficiency. Every need was anticipated that we hadn’t even considered. On the few occasions where we encountered difficulties, we reached out to Ms. Karen Dewhurst, our primary contact, and she responded out of nowhere with a steady solution each time, day or night. Our accommodations were plush and comfortable, the hotel staff we encountered were friendly and supportive, the transportation service was deluxe and reliable, and the airport handlers were helpful and efficient. The food and beverage service was top notch. We lacked for nothing. We felt like royalty throughout our travels to four destinations. We asked for a high-end experience, and that’s exactly what we received: luxurious accommodations, superior service, extraordinary amenities. No one does it better than Sikeleli Travel! Danni and... Read More

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Meru and 4 sisters

from

Switzerland and Harare

travelled to

The Zambezi National Park Victoria Falls

Travelled in April 2023 I wanted to thank you for getting us into THE most amazing river camp! We had the best time. The accommodation was superb. The food was gourmet style the service sublime! So five sisters got together after a long time and it was truly memorable! I had intended to write on Monday after our speedboat ride to the lodge. What a treat that was, and flying through rapids was just fabulous. What a way to start the trip! This has been the trip of a lifetime for us girls. The lodge is out of this world, the staff are so attentive and the food was absolutely wonderful. The most professional, knowledgeable and friendly staff right across the spectrum of services. The sunrise cruises every morning were spectacular and made a 5.30 am wake up very well worth it! We saw lots of game, almost rushed by an angry elephant and saw amazing bird life. This has been a wonderful trip. I am so glad I made the right choice. Thank you all!

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Singer Family

from

USA

travelled to

South Africa, Botswana, Zambia & Zimbabwe

Travelled in Dec 2022 My wife and I completed a trip of a lifetime to Africa with 2 of our adult kids (27 ,21). The trip was an awesome experience from seeing the amazing wildlife up close on safari, the bustling city of Cape of Town, the breathtaking Victoria Falls, and the warm and welcoming local culture, arts and cuisine of the African people. Danni and her team (Karen and Fungai) at Sikeleli Travel took time to really understand our priorities/personalities and guided us from the initial planning/itinerary, preparation and every detail to make the trip so special. No stone was left unturned by Sikeleli including local pickups/guides/transportation/transfers every step of the way. The trip was highly customized to our desires/needs. We felt like VIPs! We also made some last minute changes/additions to the itinerary and Sikeleli was super supportive in making those happen.  Experiencing the beauty of the wildlife up close - we saw everything - lions, leopards, elephants, zebras, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, elephants, hyenas, baboons, and more - most with in a foot or 2 of our jeep. We were all blown away. Staying at Londolozi Game Reserve was a very very special treat - the service and... Read More

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Gary and Ros

from

Singapore

travelled to

Zimbabwe

Travelled in April 2023 Overall, 10/10 experience My wife and I had an absolutely wonderful, bucket list experience with Sikeleli. The camps we stayed at were wonderful, people were beautiful and friendly and the trip was organised superbly down to the last detail. The itinerary that Sikeleli produced was fantastic and we had the best time we could ever have imagined. The website/Vamoos App allowed us to plan our trip effectively and was a huge support. Absolutely we would and already have promoted the experience to friends and family. Huge thanks to Danni, Karen and all the team for creating a memory that will stay with us forever.

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Chevli Family

from

USA

travelled to

South Africa

Traveled April 2021. Our family trip to Kruger national park in Africa was one of the most amazing and memorable times we have experienced. We are worldwide travelers and I have worked with many agencies but Sikeleli travel team is one of the best. We had several airline glitches and they were endlessly attentive to helping us and made certain that we were flawlessly connected when we arrived. The places that we stayed were spot on with matching our dreams. Everyone in our family of six adults praised our entire experience. During our Safari resort stay we saw endless animal sightings, including may babies. The Rangers and trackers were kind and incredibly knowledgeable and informative. The resorts were spectacular. They beautifully blended with nature, providing premiere lodging. We had wonderful dining experiences and the service was incredible. You would think traveling during Covid could not run as smoothly as this trip did.

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The Jones Family

from

Zimbabwe

travelled to

Mauritius

Travelled in December 2022 Incredible family holiday, visiting Mauritius over the new year period, the weather was ok, wet on some days and sunny and wonderful on others, but Karen had mentioned this so we were expecting it and prepared for it so it wasn’t a damper on our holiday. We stayed at Victoria Beachcomber and this hotel was great, our room was on the second floor with a beautiful sea view, also I must mention that the room was huge, more than enough space for our whole family, so clean and fresh, and it was kept that way all through our stay. We were on an all inclusive package and this is definitely the way to do it, the bar staff keep you well hydrated and the good stuff flowing, the food was,,,, wow! What a spread, every meal there was something different and delicious. With 4 restaurants to eat at there really is no reason to leave the hotel! Also the “kids club” is next level, they kept the kids busy and most importantly entertained whenever my son was there, from pirate parties, fire poi shows on the beach, a full Disney show , dancing, swimming and crafts... Read More

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Annamei and family

from

Singapore

travelled to

South Africa and Zimbabwe

Travelled in January 2023 There were too many highlights to have time to write them down. The number of animals we saw and what we experienced was magical! We’re already planning our next trip! The whole trip was amazing! Karen was contactable the whole trip and provided us with updates and kept us in the loop with everything that was happening. The flooding of our initial camp was unfortunate but Karen managed to get us into another camp in 15 minutes. I don’t know what I would’ve done if I was in that situation without someone with connections to other camps! Re your website - Very professional and easy to follow. The guide on what to bring was great too! I’ve recommended Sikeleli to everyone who has asked about planning a safari

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Geb & Adrian

from

Canada

travelled to

Morocco

Travelled in February 2023 This is my 3rd time and our 2nd time as a couple with Sikeleli Safaris. Our recent trip to Morocco was an absolute amazing adventure. It was postponed almost 1 year due to Covid restrictions, but Dani and the crew did a great job at being flexible and working with the ground suppliers and us to come up with a new itinerary and timing when we could travel. As for the tour it was A+ the whole way. Right from being met after arriving to the airport to being dropped off at the end. Our guides and driver were knowledgeable, on time, friendly and respectful to our expectations, needs and wishes. The hotels we stayed at were wonderful with a varied experience from start to finish. Morocco was a fascinating country and we were blown away by how diverse the landscape was, the history was unbelievable and loved the food! As a gay couple travelling in a country that is primarily Islamic, it was a bit of a concern for us. We felt extremely well looked after by our guides, hotels and the people we encountered. Sikeleli once again knocked it out of the park for... Read More

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The Nestorovskis

from

USA

travelled to

Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia

Travelled in December 2022 One of the best trips we've been on, and we can't wait to go back to the Southeast Asian part of the world! Sikeleli knows what we love, and we love that they share such a big travel passion with us. It's always so exciting to work with such a great crew and share our experiences with them. Singapore - Futuristic and glamorous! Staying at some of the nicest accommodations in all of our travels (Marina Bay Sands and The Ritz Carlton overlooking the Bay and city, and consistently tasting some of the best foods throughout the day with our guide. The UNESCO largest Orchid Botanical Garden in the world was also a wonderful bonus and must-see. New Year's Eve celebration with the fireworks and drones over the bay way over the top! Brunei - Probably the most surprising to discover, and we enjoyed it much more than we could have imagined. The sunset mangrove tour along the river to see the endangered Proboscis monkeys was straight out of National Geographic. We loved strolling into the smokey night markets to sample the tastiest foods and people watch (our guide hit every item on our list that... Read More

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Mark & Family

from

USA

travelled to

South Africa

Travelled in November 2022 Wow, where to start... Continue to do what you are doing don’t change anything! Arrival and first days in Cape Town at the Pineapple House, incredibly friendly staff... our whole family was blown away at Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp, the safari and the facilities were second to non... We have already recommended you to some friends who are interested in visiting South Africa. This was planned to be a trip of a lifetime and expectations were soooo high...The team delivered on everything and far exceeded our highest expectations, Thank you very much!!

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Daniel, Dave, Mark and Stuart

from

USA

travelled to

Kenya and Tanzania

Travelled in September 2022 I highly recommend Sikeleli Travel, and Karen Dewhurst in particular, for planning your trip of a lifetime. We had such an amazing 2022 East Africa trip, and Sikeleli Travel were our partners that made it happen. Our group of 4 benefited from  their extensive research for the safari camps and beach resort to meet and even exceed our expectations. They helped us navigate the uncertainties of COVID and the governmental travel requirements to keep us safe and worry free on this vacation. Their partnership continued during the trip with frequent check ins, advice on local customs, and occasionally jumping in to smooth over the unexpected bumps that inevitably happen on longer trips. The hot air balloon trip over the Maasai Mara was a highlight of our trip. We were able to view an eagle’s nest at eye level, watch monkeys climb up and down the  trees, and then drop to gliding alongside elephants and even catch sight a mother rhino and its calf. Loisaba Top notch room, service and food. The tents are spacious, and with decks and chaises that overlook huge vistas. The staff treated us like favorite relatives and made us feel so welcome.... Read More

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Chevli Family

from

USA

travelled to

Tanzania & Rwanda

Travelled in 2022 The highlight of our trip was definitely the gorilla trekking. My family has gone on a few different game drive safaris but this experience beat them all. The gorillas are so majestic, playful, and intelligent. We hiked up and stood with them for an hour. It was so fascinating to watch them interact with each other. My favorite was watching the young gorillas. It was so cute how they would play tag with each other and spin around in circles. There was even one point where they came up and tried to get me to play tag! This was an experience we won't forget. We have been using Sikeleli for years and are always impressed by the service provided. Danni is AMAZING. She is always responsive, listens to what I want, and executes efficiently. My whole family is always blown away by the adventures we go on and this is because of Danni and the Sikeleli team. Thank you!

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The Browns

from

USA

travelled to

South Africa

Travelled in October 2022 We had an awesome trip to Africa all thanks to Sikeleli and their staff that made sure we were well taken care of. Trying to pick highlights from the trip was not easy as the whole trip was a highlight! Cape Town was beautiful and we were able to take in Rugby World Cup Sevens. Cape of Good Hope was also spectacular. I loved the penguins in Simons Town. The time we spent in Franschhoek and the wine region was great and we were very pamper there. The river cruise on Sambezi River was well worth it as we saw many animals including hippos and a herd of elephants swimming. We loved our stay at Sabie Park and the bush camp where we saw loads of animals. They went above and beyond to take care of us. We also felt like royalty when we stayed at Nigel’s migration camp in Kenya where we saw hundreds of animals which was the biggest highlight of our trip. Definitely worked within our budget and covered all the bases including sight seeing with really knowledgeable guides and any of our transfers to and from airports and camps. I would definitely... Read More

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Andrew, Annie and Family

from

USA

travelled to

South Africa

Travelled in November 2022 Our trip was absolutely fantastic.  We had an amazing honeymoon and are so appreciative of all of the work that went into it.  It really was perfect.  We also appreciated how coordinated every ground transfer and flight logistics were (e.g., Menzies Aviation).  It made the trip that much more enjoyable. Londolozi: This was a highlight for us.  The camp felt intimate, welcoming, and was beautifully maintained.  The game viewing was excellent (and the food was fantastic) but what really stood out was the people working at Londolozi.  Annie was practically in tears hugging everyone goodbye when we had to move to Lion Sands.  I would recommend this to every single one of our friends and family without thinking twice.  This is a must return for us - Annie is already talking 40th birthday... NEXT LODGE: Beautiful room and property but definitely felt bigger and less intimate than Londolozi.  In isolation, Lion Sands was amazing - great game viewing, friendly staff, and the tree house was a once in a lifetime experience.  The only thing that detracted from Lion Sands is that it came after Londolozi (which was a ten out of ten for us). La Residence: Wow - this... Read More

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Family Stauffer

from

USA

travelled to

Zimbabwe

Traveled June 2021. Sharing the experience with family as we met wonderful people, saw many animals, and ate wonderful food. The whole experience was wonderful and we didn't have to do all the planning, just tell Sikeleli what we desired to do while there! We had a worry free vacation within our budget! During this time of uncertainty in travel many changes had to be made and our trip was delayed twice making - it actually ended up happening over a year after it was scheduled. Sikeleli was there with us - patient and able to help in every way to make our dream a reality. This is our second trip with Sikeleli travels and both times we have had a wonderful time with our fun and professional guides, saw many amazing animals and scenery and met many wonderful people. It has been a far better time then if we would have tried to set up our own travels. Having wonderful travel agents who keep in touch, know what documents need filled out, and have amazing patience, can call the different tour sights and get them set up as well as set up our itinerary (with our input of course!)makes... Read More

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Melissa

from

USA

travelled to

Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania

Travelled in August 2022 Going on a safari has always been a must do for me. Africa would be my 7th continent to conquer and deciding what to see and do had to be really special. Sikeleli managed to do that and more. My must see and do's took us to Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. Their attention to detail to making a smooth and seamless transition to each destination couldn't have gone any better. A special thank you to Karen for ensuring that each day in the itinerary is accounted for. We especially appreciate that she gave us a room to freshen up and recharge as our first day arrival was just after midnight and check-in for our first official day was not until later in the day. The accommodation chosen were top notch. The overall experience was everything I dreamed about and more! Spending an hour with a gorilla family up close and personal in Rwanda in their natural habitat is unbelievably amazing. The Masai Mara in Kenya did not disappoint with the variety of animals we saw. We even witnessed a predator becoming prey when a mama cheetah chased some baby warthogs only to have mama warthog angrily... Read More

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Laura and Daniel Nestorovski

from

USA

travelled to

Rwanda

Travelled in July 2022 Of course the trekking for gorillas was the most amazing and memorable part of the trip. It is almost difficult to describe the experience as it was very powerful and emotional to see them in the wild of Volcanoes National Park. We saw 17 gorillas in total with the largest being the Silverback at over 400 lbs. Our experience trekking for chimpanzees was more exciting that we had expected as we saw over 30 in the morning hike and they were extremely close to us and active. It was a lot of fun to see them interact with each other. We also loved our experience walking the tea plantations and the tour of the tea factory. The process of growing, harvesting, and making the tea from start to finish was fascinating. The Royal Drummers in Burundi put on an absolutely moving performance. They love their traditions and their skill and strength showed throughout the presentation. You guys always help us on a short timeframe with our last minute travel requests and we couldn't be more happy with that service. We absolutely recommend Sikeleli Travel to all our friends and family! Follow @coupleofthingstosee to see more from... Read More

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John and Sandra

from

Virginia, USA

travelled to

Zimbabwe and Botswana

Travelled in September 2022 We have returned from Africa and we can’t thank you and your team enough for the grand experience and seamless execution. Your choices of locations and lodges could not have been better. The hotel in Joburg was lovely and our visit to Soweto and the museum there was powerful. It was nice to start in Hwange at Somalisa, considering it is the first of ABC’s many lodges and where Fungai used to run the show. Our guide there was Dickson and he is very experienced, knowledgeable and generally fun to be around. We are novices in the bush and really did not know what to expect, but I kid you not, in the first 30 minutes of our first game drive we came across a pride of lions, watched a cheetah mother and her growing cub at close range drinking water, and then located and watched a leopard lounging peacefully in a tree. And as you know, there can’t be more elephants anywhere in the world. What a start! From there we enjoyed our time at the Victoria Falls River lodge where we pampered ourselves with sunset and sunrise cruises and mid-day massages. The highlight was... Read More

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Randy, Maureen and family

from

Vancouver, Canada

travelled to

South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe

Travelled in May 2022 The entire trip was a once in a lifetime experience. The animals were the definite highlight of our trip!! The Sikeleli team did an amazing job arranging and coordinating our adventure. From the very first day; to the day we had to come home, they were there to help. Karen ensured everything ran seamlessly throughout our journey and Sonia stepped up when we needed some additional help. The entire experience exceeded our expectations; the Sikeleli team did an exceptional job and we are highly recommending to everyone we share our experience with!...Well done! The entire trip was as budgeted; no surprises and we got to see everything we wanted to see! We were still traveling in strange times; vaccination requirements etc, so it was an incredible relief to have someone meet us as we got off the plane and help us through the bureaucracy! It was seamless and worry free from beginning to end!! It was a long wait but very worthwhile!! Thanks to everyone at Sikeleli – all of you did a fantastic job. When we decide to go back to Africa; you will be our first call!! Thanks so much!!We have recommended Sikelei to... Read More

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Paul

from

Canada

travelled to

Zimbabwe & South Africa

We had an amazing honeymoon planned by Danni. From Cape Town, Winelands, safari in Timbavati, and last but not least Victoria Falls. All of the heavy lifting was done by Danni and the team, so we could enjoy without all of the headache of planning. The cultural experiences and food of Cape Town, the beauty and wine tastings of the Winelands, seeing hundreds of animals up close on the safari (including most of the big 5), and the surrealistic Victoria Falls from a helicopter and on the trails of the national park were all highlights of the trip. Both our budget and time constraints were perfectly managed. I would recommend to family and friends. This was a tremendous experience.

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Stephanie and Jeremy

from

Singapore

travelled to

Botswana and South Africa

Traveled in September 2022. (postponed from 2019) We had high expectations of Africa, but the trip exceeded it. Our hearts are in Africa and we cant wait to be back. I cried on the plane ride leaving Botswana. We loved both destinations (Botswana and South Africa), but were truly captivated by the beauty of Botswana! The entire experience at Selinda Explorer's Camp was raw and wild– being woken up by lion roars early in the mornings was a shock to the system (in a good way)! Our guide Stitch was also AMAZING and extremely knowledgeable. The highlights of Bots were 1) a visit to a den of African wild dog pups, 2) a fight between 5 male lions on their search for a lone female, 3) a very close encounter with a semi-adult elephant (terrifying!! but Stitch knew exactly what he was doing). After Bots, we headed to Londolozi for a more luxurious stay and a slower paced safari– a wonderful way to wind down the trip. Managed to see many leopards and a kill up in the tree! The Tree Lodge was a beautiful establishment with so much history, thoroughly enjoyed spending time on the grounds. Our camp manager,... Read More

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Annette and son

from

The Netherlands

travelled to

Zimbabwe

Traveled in July 2022. I would like to thank you both for the amazing trip you organized for my son Thomas and me! The itinerary was just perfect with the right activities. The 2 safari camps were both so different so we got to experience different nature / wildlife / camp life in both places. In both places everyone took great care of us and the accommodation and food was just amazing! Also our stop in Vic Falls was great – we got the most out of our 3 days with bungee jumping, white water rafting, sunset cruise, Vic Falls walk and local performance dinner. It was also so nice to meet up with Karen for lunch at the 3 monkeys! So again, thank you so much for all you did to make this trip an unforgettable experience and we would definitely like to come back to Africa!

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Vicky, George and family

from

South Africa

travelled to

Greece – Athens, Paros & Santorini

Traveled in June 2022. The Pomakov Family are forever grateful to you for creating an unforgettable Birthday holiday for us and all our friends. We will never forget this holiday and all the hard work that went in to it from your side. Your whole teams was an absolute pleasure to work with. We could never have done this without you! THANK YOU SIKELELI Gosh! Where to start! Our guided tour of Athens and the Acropolis was unforgettable. Danni and her team arranged a very experienced English speaking tour guide who was there to answer any questions. Our Half Day Catamaran trip was an absolute blast! Great service, great music and we got to sail around the islands. Kids loved it! Danni and her team worked so hard to fit this all into our budget. Booking a holiday for such a large group can't be an easy task! We are still all blown away how you managed to fit all our internal flights etc. into the budget. We had luxury transfers to each destination and at one stage even had a luxury limousine bus! Definite highlight for the kids too! I really can't fault a thing. As a family we... Read More

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Kerry & friends

from

Hawaii, USA

travelled to

South Africa

Traveled in June 2022. So sitting on the plane about to depart KMIA for our then international flight out and wanted to send a quick thank you note. Our trip was so memorable and the details that were taken care of made it even more spectacular. So thank you, thank you. Can’t tell you how many folks have asked for our exact same itinerary, so you’ll be getting some folks asking for the Bromsari trip. 😉 Will definitely be reaching out soon enough for our next booking. One being to book a gorilla trip. Again just a huge thank you! Going home with amazing memories and tears in my eyes.

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Karin & Friends

from

All over the USA

travelled to

Zimbabwe & South Africa

Party of 10! Traveled in June 2022. It was perfect just as it was last time! This time around the trip for me was about family and sharing this life changing experience with the people I love most. The entire trip was perfect and memorable! Website and app - Perfect! We always recommend you to family and friends.

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Family Glassberg

from

San Francisco, USA

travelled to

Zambia & South Africa

Traveled in June 2022. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!! By far the best tour company that I have ever worked with! In 2018/2019 Karen put together a two week trip to Capetown, Winelands, Victoria Falls, and safari.  Of course Covid-19 shut the world down and throughout the entire process, Karen and her team could not have handled things better. Karen was so amazing throughout the process and the entire trip. She was available anytime for questions and is just a really cool person. They put together trips all over Africa, and now Europe and Asia. If you are planning trips to any of these places, do yourself a favour and contact them right away. They will put together a trip of a lifetime for you! You have been amazing all the way through this journey with us.  You put together a trip that we will never forget.  I will always recommend you to people that want to travel to Africa, but also Europe and Asia.  I did put up a Google review for you, but I will also put it on your website as well.  We all very much appreciate everything you have done for us and hope we can work together in the future. ... Read More

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Lonna & family

from

West Vancouver, Canada

travelled to

Zambia

Traveled in June 2022. I had a wonderful time in Africa.  My favorite camp was Chongwe, the others were also very nice but the staff at Chongwe was especially welcoming.  I also liked the tent accomodations, more informal, which is more me! The guides at all the camps were incredible, I learned so much about the animals and birds.  They are all so well informed. Victoria Falls was spectacular, and the lunch was great.  I did not participate in the zip lining but enjoyed the videos of those who did so.  I have no favorite animals, but really enjoyed the babies—giraffe, rhino and elephants. Your staff and all those who were there to meet us at various connections were wonderful and made the trip so effortless.  I hope to travel again with you company.

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Randi & Jim Hinkle

from

California, USA

travelled to

South Africa & Victoria Falls

Traveled in May 2022. Karen and I talked about what type of experiences my wife and I wanted on our trip, and she came through in spades. Small family owned, boutique lodgings for a romantic trip. All were beyond our expectations. Our safari experience was the top highlight. We saw every "Big 5" animal multiple times as well as many other animals. We saw far more than we had expected and much closer than we expected. Each drive was as great as the next. Excellent restaurants, gardens, food and wines. Private tours of Victoria Falls on both the Zambia and Zimbabwe sides were the second top highlight of this adventure. Thirdly, thrilled to fly over Victoria Falls in an ultralight and an evening cruise on the Zambezi plus a stay in the venerable Victoria Falls Hotel. Food tour of Cape Town. Guided tour of Table Mountain, the Cape Peninsula, and the beautiful wine country. What can I say other than "Thanks Karen, this trip was special!" And thank you for taking time to meet Randi and me at the end of our fabulous trip. Karen was a delight to work with in the many months we worked on this itinerary... Read More

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Geb and Adrian

from

Toronto

travelled to

Tanzania

Traveled in February 2022. The migration camp and tenting was an unbelievable highlight. From the warmth and hospitality of the friendly staff to the great safari driver! Everyone went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable and happy! Gibbs farm was also an extremely lovely spot to stay and start our adventure with the crater. We wished we had more time here to explore the grounds and see the beauty of the grounds. You did not disappoint with anything! Everything exceeded our expectations and we're already looking forward to our next trip planned with you! Budget was absolutely on point. We've already been sharing the good word and work of Sikeleli! Danni and Karen took wonderful care of us during pre-booking, during and post travel. Their ground contact from Naked Wilderness also checked in with us every time we moved locations to ensure we were in good hands and happy with the services we received.

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Robin & Mark

from

USA

travelled to

Zimbabwe & South Africa

Traveled in April 2022. My husband and I got back home on Saturday after a truly spectacular trip. I told Karen that thank you seems so inadequate. The itinerary Karen put together for us was amazing - it seemed each place was better than the last. After resisting Africa for 10 years my husband is already talking about planning another trip. I'll be encouraging my friends who want to travel to Africa to use Sikeleli - I doubt anyone could do it better. It was such a lovely surprise to meet Fungai in Vic Falls. Thanks again to your wonderful team.

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Katrina and Julia

from

USA

travelled to

Botswana

Traveled in March 2022. From start to finish our Botswana safari experience was legendary! On arrival in Maun, our welcoming driver had us sorted and on our way quickly. This set the stage as we were received so warmly by everyone during our entire safari! While the camping conditions are a bit more rustic at Nxai Pan, the camp team made up for it with the great guiding by Ken, fabulous meals and attentive service by the entire camp. Proper bush luxury. We came specifically for the zebra migration, and did it ever deliver! One comes to Nxai for the herds of general game and we were so incredibly blessed with hundreds of zebra, local herds of elephants, large flocks of ostrich and loads upon loads of baby everything. Seems many of the herding animals come to drop their babies at Nxai because of it's safe, large areas of grassy terrain and low number of predators. Our arrival at Khwai Leadwood was a completely different style of safari. Leaving behind the golden grasslands of the Kalahari, the Delta promises a unique experience found nowhere else in Southern Africa. Our fantastic guide Sinka set out to deliver on my leopard viewing... Read More

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Noah & Tamar

from

USA

travelled to

Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa

Traveled in November 2021. “Wow, where to begin! We had the most incredible honeymoon in Victoria Falls, Botswana, and South Africa. It was easily the best trip we've ever taken. A huge thank you to the Sikeleli team for putting it together! We loved seeing the incredible diversity of environments and wildlife at each of our stops. Sunset river cruises on the Zambezi; the vast, open spaces and solitude of the Kalahari desert; the vibrant city life in Cape Town; and the amazing big-game sightings in the Sabi Sands. We saw a herd of 100-plus elephants swim the river, a mother cheetah and her two cubs on the hunt, a pride of lions at the waterhole, a rhino vs. hyena staring contest, buffalo fighting for dominance, and leopard cubs playing. We also got to hang out with a family of meerkats who used our heads as lookout perches! At every stop, we had luxurious accommodation, gourmet food, and perfect service. Honestly, the so-called "camps" in the "bush" were nicer than many 5-star hotels in the US or Europe. Although we traveled during the pandemic, we couldn't imagine a better COVID trip than a safari, where we were outdoors and in... Read More

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Max & Cathy

from

USA

travelled to

Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa

Traveled in October 2021. Karen - we are finally back home after our wonderful 3 1/2 weeks in Africa. Thank you so much for everything you did in coordinating and helping to plan the trip. Everything was perfect. All of the Safari locations were excellent and balanced each other out with types of animals and birds viewed. Environmentally, everything was so diverse. The comfort and luxury at all of the sites was beyond expectation - talk about feeling pampered… ;-) The logistical planning was awesome. Whether, the perfect timing of the small planes between safari camps, the people who helped us at the airports with customs and baggage, or the planning for covid tests, everything went as smooth as possible. As an engineer by background, I know none of these things happen by accident. Thank you for making them happen. La Cotte in Franschhoek was… beyond perfect. After “roughing it” on safari (… ;-)…), settling down in the wonderful cottage in the middle of town was exactly what we needed and wanted. The accommodations could not have been better. Finally, all of the covid planning you did made all of us feel well taken care of. The scheduling of the... Read More

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Tarryn & Grant Russell

from

Zimbabwe

travelled to

Turkey & Morocco

Traveled in September 2021. Our elopement in Turkey & honeymoon in Morocco was impeccably planned by Danni, an old and very special friend. We knew what we wanted to see and do in both countries, and Danni put our requests into a wonderful itinerary for us, filling in the gaps with suggested options and constantly confirming and adjusting activities with us along the way in order to put together a trip that suited us just right. Our marriage ceremony was perfectly magical and we had wonderful help from our agent & event organiser on the ground. Our accommodation in every place was outstanding; every detail of our trip was taken care of amazingly; and we were so well looked after on every level. Apart from PCR tests and a couple of extra forms to complete, we found that travelling has remained much the same as pre-COVID and we’d encourage anyone who may be considering a trip to go for it! This is the time to travel - before the popular spots get inundated in tourists again. Everywhere we went was a beautifully calm and enjoyable experience, due to places having just opened up again. Thank you to Danni, the whole... Read More

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Sharon & Bill

from

USA

travelled to

Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa

Traveled in October 2021. The trip was fantastic!!  The only negative is that we are home!  Your attention to detail was superlative and really helped!!  Each location was unique, we felt like we saw mammals and birds in different environments each time……from the dessert like to the more lush delta.  And, we felt pampered!  Our guides really knew their stuff and aimed to please. You know that I was the one who was most concerned about the effect of Covid….but I truly felt that everyone we came in contact with was cognizant of the concerns and was doing everything possible to minimize the potential of contracting the virus.  I joked that I was sanitized so often its in my blood! We are happy to give you good reviews, and will do the same for the lodges.  Bill might already be packing for a return trip! We will be in touch! Sharon and Bill

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The Buckman Family

from

USA

travelled to

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana

Traveled August 2021. One of the primary things that made this safari so enjoyable, was the ease of working with the Sikelil team. Danni, Karen and Fungai were all incredibly knowledgeable and very accessible. All questions were answered quickly and completely so we went into the trip with the confidence that all details from transfers to tours to accommodations would be taken care of. Everything was flawless so we did not have to worry about a thing! The quality of the accommodations and tour guides was top notch and the extra personal touches such as a gift waiting in our room or a text from Mark when one of us was under the weather, were greatly appreciated! We are already looking forward to our next trip back to Africa and can't wait to plan it with you again! The wildlife viewing was phenomenal. Not only did we see a plethora of giraffes, zebras, kudu, impala, warthogs, baboons and hippos, but we were lucky enough to witness lionesses hunting their prey, a leopard after a recent kill, a mother lioness taking care of her 2 cubs and a leopard protecting her baby in the tree. One of the non-safari highlights for... Read More

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