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Harin & Lakmali Panambalana   –  
Australia AU
Visited: August 2019 Reviewed: Sep 23, 2019

Email Harin & Lakmali Panambalana  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Zambian Safari 2019
5/5

Our first Safari in Zambia. Chalk Africa planned and organised every detail of an excellent Safari covering a stay of 04 nights in South Luanga and Lower Zambezi - respectively. All the internal travel, lodge bookings, Safari Interests were catered for in a professional and courteous manner - no request to difficult or bothersome. A pleasure to deal with all members of Chalo Africa with their invaluable input making for a memorable trip.

Raghav Bihani   –  
India IN
Visited: August 2019 Reviewed: Sep 11, 2019

Email Raghav Bihani  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Perfectly planned recognising needs and tastes of the customer.
5/5

The information about the safari, parks and lodges is very good. They are able to customise as needed and provide good inputs. They ensure that travel is seamless and book with reputable agencies so that there are no hassles.

Ranjita   –  
India IN
Visited: August 2019 Reviewed: Sep 8, 2019

Email Ranjita  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Very niche!
5/5

Wonderful planning and execution! Camp recommended (Spekes Camp) was excellent. Can never forget the nocturnal visit of the elephant, wild buffalo and hyena!
Can also forgive Kenya Airlines for always being late!

Tarun Basu   –  
India IN
Visited: August 2019 Reviewed: Sep 8, 2019

Email Tarun Basu  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

It was very niche
5/5

The entire trip was very professionally organised and exceeded our expectations. We returned happy and fulfilled about a trip that was on our bucket list for a long time.

Steve B.   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2019 Reviewed: Sep 7, 2019

Email Steve B.  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Gabon -- Unique Country, Unforgettable Trip, Great Travel Company
5/5

I just returned from two of the most remarkable weeks I have ever had in Africa. Chalo Africa put together their first two Gabon Safaris in July and August (2019) and I was on the second trip. It wasn't a safari for the inexperienced traveler; internal transportation in Gabon is a mess so traveling between three amazing national parks (Lope, Ivindo, Loango) was very time consuming. But the experience in each park was unique and worth the effort. And Chalo did a fine job of arranging the best transport possible, given the challenges.

One of Chalo Africa's owners, Sangeeta Prasad, accompanied six of us on this journey in order to get some first-hand experience
in Gabon. The whole group, including Sangeeta, was a fun collection of unique individuals. We laughed a lot.

Among our outstanding experiences were:
-- seeing members of the world's largest mandrill troupe (Lope Park),
-- spending several days viewing forest elephants, red river hogs and gorillas at Langoué Baï in Ivindo Park,
-- and cruising the lagoons and waterways of Loango National Park.

Loango was the overall wildlife highlight. There, we trekked through rainforest following habituated lowland gorillas (less than 30 yards away), had an amazing guide, Dmitri, who wandered into the mangroves in pitch darkness and came back to the boat with a 4 foot Dwarf Crocodile (fairly rare), and we saw large numbers of elephants, extraordinary birds, red river hogs, hippos and much more. Note: we weren't at Loango in the correct season to see surfing hippos and elephants on the beach, but the stay at Loango Lodge was very comfortable and our two nights at their Akaka bush camp was a great experience.

Chalo Africa put together a unique trip to little-visited places. Their entire staff (including in-country operator Guillermo) could not have been nicer. This trip had logistic challenges (i.e. catching trains in the middle of the night); but it was full of good times. I recommend it to other experienced travelers .

Chhavi   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2019 Reviewed: Sep 5, 2019

Email Chhavi  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Madagascar, South Africa & Namibia - Unforgettable experience
5/5

My 5th grader and a small group middle school and high school students along with educators and a few parents went to Madagascar as a part of a school organized trip in Northern Virginia. We wanted to extend the trip for a total of 4 weeks (2 weeks - Madagascar/School trip and 2 weeks - Family trip with 2 boys 14 yrs and 11 yrs - South Africa/Namibia), and decided to work with Chalo Africa for the entire trip (as they were recommended by the school). From start to finish - and they were incredible. They by far exceeded all of our expectations and went above and beyond anything we could have ever imagined. We are last minute travelers, so booking safaris and other unique experiences in such short notice is incredibly difficult to do alone. But they have many connections & contacts and were able to provide us with top notch accommodations in less than a month before our trip. We are not typical touristy travelers, as we tend to enjoy non-obvious type vacations that create long lasting memories and experiences. Sangeeta listened to our needs and from talking to us - she suggested traveling to Namibia (which wasn't even on our radar), and created an itinerary that fit perfectly with our travel style. She recommended that we participate in Rhino conservation where a group of scientists sedate the endangered rhino and perform rhino notching. I didn't know what to expect, and had never heard of this before. I have to say that being a part of this experience of Rhino darting/notching is something our family will never forget. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. We received a leather bound journal and itinerary, information guides on animals - geared for the kids, a safari cross-body bag and binoculars. They provided us with detailed information about clothing, what to bring, what to expect, helped us figure out immunizations/shots etc. Madagascar was organized by teachers from the school and they worked with Sangeeta and her team to create the itinerary. My husband and my 11 year went to Madagascar and really enjoyed the trip. We were also able to communicate with the team and the ground team through Whatsapp during our entire stay. Any questions or concerns were handled immediately. It was such a pleasure to work with them. Our trip was complicated, with several stays, flights, and requests - and I'm so impressed that they were able to figure it out in such a short time. I have already recommended Chalo Africa to several of our friends who were amazed when they saw our pics of our accommodations and destinations. We will definitely be using them again.

Saumil   –  
India IN
Visited: June 2019 Reviewed: Jul 31, 2019

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

A brilliantly planned holiday...
5/5

Thorough in their research and with an eye for minor details, we thank chalo africa for managing and micromanaging our trip. The places of our stay were uniquely exotic and their activity suggestions truly commendable. We will be booking with chalo africa in our future trips to africa too.

Elisabeth   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2019 Reviewed: Jul 27, 2019

Email Elisabeth  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Can’t imagine using anyone else again!
5/5

I am a French teacher, and have been touring French-speaking Africa with my students for a decade and a half. With that said, this is the first time I used Chalo Africa, and the last time I’ll ever use another company other than them. From start to finish, the entire Chalo Africa team made me feel as though I was their only client. In addition, the tour itself (of Madagascar) was the best I’ve ever experienced! From the tour guides, the naturalists, bus drivers and all the eco-activities, everything was TOP NOTCH. As both an educator and former resident of Madagascar, I can honestly say that this tour exceeded all of my expectations. This team is fantastic!

Raghav   –  
United States US
Visited: July 2019 Reviewed: Jul 27, 2019

Email Raghav  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Very personal and outstanding
5/5

We worked with the Chalo Africa team Sangeeta, Malvika, Smita and Tanvi to plan our Tanzania visit. They had been recommended by our friends. Found the whole experience very personal to plan out the various details and very responsive. Their knowledge comes from personally leading expeditions and a true love for Africa. That showed in our itinerary. Our experience was very very good. Even during the safari, they had opened a Whatsapp group to keep in touch and made sure that we were taken care of.

Highly recommend them.

Aniruddha   –  
Singapore SG
Visited: July 2019 Reviewed: Jul 27, 2019

Email Aniruddha  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Wonderful Experience
5/5

Extremely helpful, accommodating and very honest.
I was a little sceptical about the whole experience prior to my visit. But, I have to be honest, I was mind blown.
Highly Highly Recommended!

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