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Katherine   –  
United States US
Visited: April 2019 Reviewed: Jun 24, 2019

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Life changing AND life-affirming in every way possible
5/5

Thank you for the trip of a lifetime. Starting with Denise in Reservations, Patrick My ever-faithful driver, Addo elephant park the, De Drift Inn, and then the amazing Shamwari . I can’t speak highly enough....Simbu, Marley, my ever gracious hosts, James my dedicated and delightful Game driver and all of the staff to say it was exceptional is a massive understatement. And then on to 5th Ave., Beach’s house in PE with Chantelle, Ada, and Sandy. I made friendships that will last a lifetime I loved it so much I did not want to leave!! I plan to return and hopefully purchase a home there in the next two years. Thank you for the gracious, welcoming, delightful, trip of a lifetime. It was not only life affirming, is life-changing. I will be back as soon as possible....and hoping to buy. Home there in2 yours. Amazing country and amazing people. Thank you so very much for welcoming me to your country and guiding me through a a solo trip of a lifetime.

Reply from East Cape Tours
Reply from East Cape Tours
Posted on Jun 24, 2019

Good day Katherine,

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We are so glad you enjoyed your time in South Africa. We look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful country!

June Smith   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: October 2018 Reviewed: Mar 23, 2019

Email June Smith  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Last minute weekend tours
5/5

We were in J’Burg on business and had two weekends for Safari. Last minute booking so it needed to be very efficient. Cape Tours found us excellent residences with lovely rooms and good tours. Thank you!

Reply from East Cape Tours
Reply from East Cape Tours
Posted on Mar 26, 2019

Good day June,

Thank you for your review! We're so glad to hear that we could help you. We look forward to helping you organise more custom-made holidays in the future!

Les and Margaret   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: February 2019 Reviewed: Mar 8, 2019

Email Les and Margaret  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Responsive , flexible, light-touch planning with perfect selection of countrywide hotels and lodges.
5/5

We had originally planned to self-book our month's tour of South Africa for 2019, but having made contact with Colin and his team at East Cape Tours, their professionalism and effort to tailor a perfect plan for us, won us over. Their light touch and total flexibility to meet our initially sketchy ideas enabled us to fit in all the places we wanted to cover, plus give us extra confidence in the quality of accommodation, as well as providing us with a one-stop-shop
Our personal travel consultant , Lynn Bowers, managed everything for us as we fine tuned the locations and local travel together. She was highly responsive , with comprehensive , clear and rapid communications , always backed up with East Cape Tours' really smart systems integration that delivered us plans, accommodation details and travel information by return e mail.
Flexible to the end, Lynn was able to manage changes without any fuss , and provided invaluable support when our inbound flight to Cape Town was delayed by a day - notifying the hotel and rearranging the car-hire.
The location and quality of the hotels and lodges was perfect for us and bookings were always faultless and comprehensive : the booking at Madikwe Safari Lodge , our final stop, was really special and proved to be a stunning finale to our trip. Part way through the trip at Port Elizabeth, Colin from East Cape took time out to meet us for dinner which was very kind. Thank you all at East Cape Tours
So if you have some vague future travel plans for South Africa , we heartily recommend you talk to East Cape Tours first.

Reply from East Cape Tours
Reply from East Cape Tours
Posted on Mar 26, 2019

Good day Les and Margaret,

Thank you so much for your awesome review! We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your holiday. We look forward to planning your next East Cape Tours getaway and connecting with you again in the future.

Urs Forte   –  
Switzerland CH
Visited: November 2018 Reviewed: Dec 4, 2018

Email Urs Forte  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Truly professional support with great choice of the lodges.
5/5

The communication with East Cape Tours was simply excellent. Very quick response by mail and even by phone for any requests we had. We will, for sure, contact East Cape & Tours again when we will plan our next trip to Africa !!!

Reply from East Cape Tours
Reply from East Cape Tours
Posted on Dec 18, 2018

Good day Urs,

Thank you for the awesome review! We can't wait to plan your next trip to Africa!

Steve Tudor   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: September 2018 Reviewed: Nov 24, 2018

Email Steve Tudor  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

A fantastic 'Holiday of a Lifetime' thoroughly planned and executed by East Cape Tours & Safaris
5/5

This holiday involved travel and transfers in South Africa ( Kruger - Sabi Sands ), Zambia ( Victoria Falls ). Namibia ( River Lodge and Zambezi Queen ), Zimbabwe Hwange Park ( 2 lodges ) and a 5 star boutique hotel in Johannesburg. All accommodation was of the highest standard, all transfers were arranged and executed flawlessly. The high standard of the holiday as a whole and all of the travel in between went to make this an unforgettable experience and it was all put together by East Cape Tours, our greatest thanks go to Colin and his team, especially Lynn for ensuring everything went off without any issues and for suggesting such top class locations.

Reply from East Cape Tours
Reply from East Cape Tours
Posted on Dec 18, 2018

Good day Steve,

Thank you for the fantastic review! We're so glad you enjoyed your getaway in Southern Africa!

Melanie Kuessner   –  
Germany DE
Visited: December 2017 Reviewed: Feb 8, 2018

Email Melanie Kuessner  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Our fifth time with EastCape Safaris
5/5

I found Lynn from EastCape Tours by incident via internet in 2013. From then on she booked already 5 tours for me, my family and friends. Always reliable, in time, professionell and very good recommendations. Also very calm when I again changed my mind and tour ;-). This year we have been at Pilanesberg, Limpopo Province, Swasiland, Umshlanga, Garden Route, and Westcape. Hilarious tour and we will come back latest 2019!
And last but not least a big thank you for Carla while Lynn has been on maternity leave!!

Reply from East Cape Tours
Reply from East Cape Tours
Posted on Feb 8, 2018

Thank you so much for this amazing review, Melanie! We're pleased to hear you enjoy your holiday, and we look forward to organising the next one for you :)
All the best,
East Cape Tours

John J   –  
United States US
Visited: December 2017 Reviewed: Jan 3, 2018

Email John J  |  Experience level: first safari

East Cape Tours delivered a fantastic Kruger experience!
5/5

This was our family's first visit to South Africa and we needed advice on the best place for a big-five safari. I looked around on the web and found East Cape Tours. It was a shot in the dark, but the reviews looked promising. Let me tell you, this company gets an A+. In a tight booking market, they found us the best possible luxury lodge inside Kruger National Park (Fitzpatrick's at Jock Lodge, see my review on Trip Advisor), and they put together a four-night/five-day package and guided us throughout the booking process. We paid them for everything in full 60 days before the trip, including for the airport transfers to/from Kruger, and crossed our fingers that all would be well upon our arrival. And it was; everything was perfectly arranged. I am pleased to report that we had zero hassles with the transfers and the lodge. Everything was taken care of by East Cape! Our agent was Nerine du Plessis. We highly recommend Nerine and would use her again. Thank you, Nerine and East Cape Tours, for making our family holiday so very special.

Reply from East Cape Tours
Reply from East Cape Tours
Posted on Jan 8, 2018

Hi John
Wow, thank you so much for this excellent review! We couldn't ask for any kinder words.
We're so pleased you had a fantastic time at Jock Safari Lodge, and hope to organise another great holiday for you some time in the future!
Wishing you all the best.

Tom   –  
United States US
Visited: November 2017 Reviewed: Dec 10, 2017

Email Tom  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

East Cape Tours put together a fantastic 7-day safari at three lodges. Highly recommend!
5/5

We are very thankful for the 7-day safari East Cape Tours put together for the five of us. They were very easy to work with, and went the extra mile to accommodate our interests and desires. In the end, we stayed at three very different lodges, which were all great and added some nice variety. They also put together our subsequent train trip to Cape Town. The wildlife and scenery we saw was amazing. Thank you Jolene! We would highly recommend their services. And we would love to do it again ourselves.

Reply from East Cape Tours
Reply from East Cape Tours
Posted on Dec 11, 2017

Hi Tom
Thank you for this fantastic review.
We're so glad you had an excellent time on your trip, and we hope you'll return to South Africa again one day!
All the best.

Lorraine Briggs   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: October 2017 Reviewed: Nov 15, 2017

Email Lorraine Briggs  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

An unforgettable African day in the Karoo at Inverdoorn Game Reserve
5/5

Denise was our travel advisor and I explained that I wanted a special trip for my Mother (long estranged from South African shores) who was recuperating from a heart attack and my children who had never been to Africa at all. We booked Inverdoorn as it seemed easy to get to from Cape Town yet promised to offer a safari-style experience which I hoped would stir the European "city-wise" hearts of my kids. I was not disappointed. The lodge itself is beautifully set out in landscaped cactus gardens, at the heart of which are the indoor and outdoor African style eateries. Our luxury lodges were fantastic with gleaming wooden floors and exotically draped firm and comfortable beds next to a private pool bordered by a paddock housing two very inquisitive ostriches. Directions were clear and we arrived just in time for a tasty lunch under the tents amidst the cacti. We were very fortunate to experience a spectacular African storm just before our first game drive which thrilled everybody and left that fantastic, steamy bush smell in the air as we set off. Our rangers on both drives were knowledgeable and very friendly and their passion quickly transferred to my family. Any dwindling thoughts of what we had done yesterday or where we were going tomorrow were instantly swept away as the 4WDs bounced along the tracks with stunning vistas on all sides and we were wowed by the simple splendour of the big 5 in their natural habitat. Our final experience in this magical place surpassed all expectation with our cheetah interaction and our unforgettable memories of this will warm our hearts for many years; the amazing photographs of which are set to grace our sideboard indefinitely. Thanks to Denise and Cape Tours for being an excellent trip advisor and making the booking process so easy and thanks to all the team at Inverdoorn that made this one day stay a highlight of our Cape Town holiday and an unforgettable experience.

Reply from East Cape Tours
Reply from East Cape Tours
Posted on Nov 16, 2017

Hi Lorraine
Thank you so much for this outstanding review! It sounds like you had a fabulous time at Inverdoorn, and I hope your mother and kids enjoyed it too. We're so glad to hear that you appreciated our service, and we hope to organise another great holiday for you in the future.
All the best.

Jade   –  
United States US
Visited: July 2017 Reviewed: Aug 15, 2017

Email Jade  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Excellent service all around
5/5

We decided to visit South Africa for our honeymoon and really wanted to go on safari. Chelse at East Cape Tours helped us decide on Pumba and made the booking process so easy. We had the best experience, everything was well organized and Chelse even helped make the trip extra special by letting Pumba know it was our honeymoon and my husband's 30th birthday while we were there! We will definitely recommend ECT to anyone we know visiting SA!

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