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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 travel, safaris and 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.

Our Guest Book

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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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Len & Jackie

from

USA

travelled to

Tanzania & Zanzibar

Traveled in 2021. We used Sikeleli to plan out Botswana & Zimbabwe  safari and they did a superb job. So when we decided to travel to Tanzania, we contacted Dani to help with our plans. She and Karen both helped us work out an itinerary. Originally I had thought about ending our safari time with a trip to Madagascar, but they steered us to Zanzibar and that turned out great. When we arrived at Arusha, our greeter met us at the plane doors at the top of the stairs. My wife was having some balance issues, so he helped her down the stairway and commandeered a wheelchair for her. He whisked us through the three health stations and helped retrieve our luggage before we met our driver who sped us off to the Arusha Coffee Lodge. We stayed were a couple of days to accustom ourselves to the time change. Sikeleli saw that we had the cabin closest to the restaurant. They communicated those instructions to the other lodges as well, so my wife didn’t have far to walk to our lodgings. All of the Elewana properties we used as safari bases were wonderful. The levels of service were outstanding... Read More

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Ben & Kelsy

from

USA

travelled to

South Africa

Traveled May 2021. This trip exceeded all of our expectations. We booked our honeymoon in South Africa because we thought this would be a once in a life time experience. After our first couple days, we knew we’d want to come back in the future. The entire experience is unbelievable. From morning drives to sundowners, we always saw something different. Getting so up close and personal with the animals was the highlight of our entire trip. Karen went above and beyond to help us stay in our budget and have us options for our honeymoon. She was extremely responsive and flexible with our requests. Karen was so unbelievably helpful! She stayed in touch with us throughout our entire trip. Helped us with COVID restrictions and made sure we were having a good time! We have already recommended her to a few people looking to travel to South Africa! Thank you Karen!

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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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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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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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Leslie S

from

USA

travelled to

Zimbabwe

Traveled July 2021. I felt very safe in Africa. Sikeleli was in touch with me from the minute I landed at JNB. I did not feel scared or threatened at any time. I was terrified before I went. Especially because as a woman and I was travelling alone.. Everyone was always in contact with each other... guides, drivers (very friendly, welcoming and funny). The transfers were on time and I flew in a 2 seater airplane for the first time. It was fun. I just trusted the people in charge. Victoria falls was nice. I felt safe going for walks outside of my lodge at Shongwe Lookout. And the wild life was absolutely amazing at all of my camps. Lots of elephants. We saw wild dog. African cat. Serval. Mongoose roan antelope. Sable. Impala. Warthog. Leopard. lion. Giraffe. Zebra. Hippo. Buffalo. Cheetahs. I fed elephant and rhinos at Imire! And the food was fantastic.

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