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Kate & Darren Humphrys with Henry, Olive and Hume

Kate & Darren Humphrys with Henry, Olive and Hume

Compass Odyssey

(208 Reviews)
Offices In:
South Africa South Africa
Australia Australia
1-5 employees (Founded in 2006)
Member Of:
Southern Africa Tourism Services Association
Tour Types:
Custom mid-range & luxury tours that can start every day
Botswana BW
Kenya KE
Mozambique MZ
Namibia NA
Rwanda RW
South Africa ZA
Swaziland SZ
Tanzania TZ
Uganda UG
Zambia ZM
Zimbabwe ZW
Kate & Darren Humphrys with Henry, Olive and Hume

Kate & Darren Humphrys with Henry, Olive and Hume

Compass Odyssey prides itself as being a small and personable travel planner and is owner-managed by Kate and Darren Humphrys, who live in the bush on the edge of South Africa's Greater Kruger region along with their three children Henry, Olive and Hume. Compass Odyssey offers quality travel experiences that provide their travelers with a journey that is both informative and inspiring.


Incredible detail and planning of customized Safari

If you are planning an African Safari, you will want to work with Compass Odyssey (Darren and Kate). Our trip included South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. They were great to work with, always very responsive, and very reasonably priced. We were able to customize our safari to choose which locations we visited and how long we stayed at those locations. They were even able to accommodate some changes we wanted to make within a month of our safari. Darren and Kate provided us with so much helpful information prior to our trip that took a lot of the stress out of trying to research everything for ourselves.

The trip was very well planned and our itinerary was very detailed. During this time of traveling during Covid, Compass Odyssey made sure all of our Covid testing was scheduled and that we would get results back in time before we had to travel to the next country. This was a huge relief as we would not have known where to go to get the tests completed or the contacts to ensure we got the results back. In addition, our drivers/guides helped with navigating through the land border crossings, which was important with the added complication of providing the negative Covid results to health officials prior to going through customs. Compass Odyssey provided us with detailed instructions on what to expect with each of the airport border crossings. It was nice to not have any surprises with those.

When we added a couple of extra days, Compass Odyssey scheduled us to go on the Rhino Walk and go to the Elephant Cafe in Livingstone, Zambia. We were all so thankful they did as these were experiences we will never forget.

All of the accommodations were incredible. We stayed at the Senalala Safari Lodge on a nature preserve in South Africa, Camp Nkwazi on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia, Batonka Lodge in downtown Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and the Chobe River Lodge on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana. All of them had great rooms, wonderful food, and extremely nice people.

The guides and drivers we met along the way were all so friendly and knowledgeable. Our guide at the Senalala Lodge was James. He did an incredible job tracking the animals for us on our game drives. He had really good information about the animals and you could tell he enjoyed finding the animals for us to see. In Zambia, we had a different James as our driver/guide. He was very friendly and shared a lot of very interesting information about Zambia and Victoria Falls. Mortimer was our driver/guide in Zimbabwe. He was always willing to help us out when we needed and was a wealth of knowledge. We really enjoyed talking with him. We had a boat guide (Leo) and a game drive guide (Tifl) in Botswana. Both were great guides and were able to get us close to the animals. They too had a lot of information and you could really feel their passion for the animals.

Overall, I would not hesitate for one second to recommend Compass Odyssey to anyone looking to do an African Safari. They made sure that our experience was one that we will treasure for a long time.

nothing was left to chance; every detail was carefully laid out in an easy to understand fashion.

Compass Odyssey delivered a truly memorable and outstanding tour of 4 countries in Africa. The tour was laid out in an easy to understand series of documents. Nothing was left to chance. Every day of the tour was delineated from covid testing, airline flights, lodging, meals, etc....the people that were responsible for all our daily activities were introduced to us in the documents. These individuals that provided all the services were top tier.....from the animal guides to the camp hosts you got the best. Darren from Compass Odyssey checked in with us frequently to insure that all was going as planned. Kate and Darren had to make last minute tour changes due to unforeseen circumstances. If you want the best tour custom designed for you, then Kate and Darren from Compass Odyssey should be your choice. Thanks Compass Odyssey for designing a tour that exceeded our expectations....

The BEST...provides the most detailed itinerary and customizes specifically to your wishes.

Compass Odyssey provided the absolute best trip I have ever been on. They listened to what we specifically wanted in an African Safari and put together an itinerary that gave us a wide variety of activities to truly experience South Africa and surrounding countries. The itinerary was so detailed and left nothing to chance. The accommodations were excellent, and our guides, drivers, and lodge managers treated us like family. This is the first trip I have ever had where I would not change one thing. Everything was so well planned and so much fun that I have a difficult time saying what was my favorite part of the tour. Communication with Compass Odyssey was also excellent. We requested some last minute changes, and they did not hesitate to do them and were completed and back to us very quickly! I cannot say enough good things about Compass Odyssey. I highly recommend them for the absolute best and worry-free Safari!

Amazing service. Very responsive.

Had the pleasure of working with compass odyssey for my wife’s 50th present trip. The trip was amazing. Darren took the time to have a zoom chat with us to learn about our interests. Then customized a trip just for us.

When SA informed some stricter covid rules that precluded us staying in Jo’burg Darren was able to quickly rearrange our travel plans we end up staying longer in the Okavango delta longer.

I would absolutely use them again and strongly recommend Compass odyssey.

Darren and Kate are extreme thorough and thoughtful as they help you plan your adventure

Overall, Sarah and I had an incredible time on our safari. Traveling right now is not easy to say the least, but I assure you that you are in good hands with Compass Odyssey. From the day we arrived, to the day we left everything went smoothly. Compass even went as far as to arrange a place for us to rest after our international flight as we waited to start our adventure. As complicated as traveling can be right with testing, all of this went smoothly and was pre-booked to reduce stress and concern. I would highly recommend using Compass Odyssey for your safari needs.

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