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Eduardo and Nancy Vazquez   –  
United States US
Visited: October 2022 Reviewed: Sep 25, 2022

Email Eduardo and Nancy Vazquez  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Respect,care,integrity and a very true genuine dedication to fulfill your safari experience

From the very beginning,communication and true desire to please your requirements were paramount.Darren is one of a kind individual whom forever I will be grateful for putting together a childhood dream trip of mine.My concerns and questions were always addressed with the most respect and urgency.I am a very,very!!!!!!!!!happy customer along with my wife for having with,Compass Odyssey the most wonderful,fascinating and delightful travel experience ever.Everything went exactly as told and described.I just got back and I am preparing already for a return to the most wonderful country in the world with of course,the most wonderful travel company I have ever work with.To future travelers to the South Africa countries involving safari adventures,Compass Odyssey is the one to go with.Trust me Darren and his team will treat you like family from beginning to end✈️

Janet and Waylon Coy   –  
United States US
Visited: October 2022 Reviewed: Sep 22, 2022

Email Janet and Waylon Coy  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Outstanding professionals creating a memorable experience

Darren organized an amazing safari holiday. The safaris were fantastic with knowledgeable guides and amazing animal sightings. The lodges exceeded our expectations and the transfers were seamless. We've used Darren twice for African holidays and recommend for Compass Odyssey to coordinate yours!

Ken and Joyce Tye   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2022 Reviewed: Sep 16, 2022

Email Ken and Joyce Tye

kudos compass odyssey

darren and his wife did a magnificent job of setting up our safari trip....every detail was thoroughly presented in a written record to guide us on our travels.....the camps that we used were top notch....this was our 2nd trip back....even though we covered the same areas we felt like it was a completely different experience..for a one of a kind trip let darren and his wife set up a custom trip through compass odyssey....

Erin and James Flowers   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2022 Reviewed: Sep 14, 2022

Email Erin and James Flowers  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Highly experienced operator that focuses on what the customer wants to see and do.

If I could give this company more then 5 stars I would, Darren and Kate are awesome. The communication from start to finish was impeccable, he checked in with us through out the trip and if something needed to be changed he informed us before hand. Our guide in cape town was Garth and he was amazing, so informational and loved hearing all about the history. Garth was very knowledgeable and helped us plan out four days there, he even hiked with us up Lions head which was so awesome. Our guides in Victoria falls were great, Motimer and his wife are so nice and helped us plan out our couple days there. Our safari lodges were amazing, Senalala was definitely our favorite we loved eating with our guides and it felt like we were a big family. The place was absolutely beautiful and being able to watch the animals at the waterhole between our drives was great. The guides Geena and Johan were awesome and worked hard trying to find us the predators and soon to be guide Taya were great. Our lodge in Botswana was amazing all the staff there were so nice and accommodating. It was right on the river and there was a hippo and her baby that came around dinner as well as a monkey and a warthog that frequent during the day. The food was outstanding and so was our guide. Our guide Teo was amazing, he does photography which was great because he a always tried to get us the best picture and always got us as close as he could to the animals. We already have Africa blues and want to go back again. We already asked Darren about coming back for the mountain Gorillas and he already sent the info! we are also planning on make another stop at Senalala again soon. You will not find a better company to work with, there's nothing worst then paying money for a not so good vacation. There was not one person we encountered or place that we didn't like. Thank you Darren and Kate for an awesome vacation and we will be back to Africa in 2024 for those mountain gorillas.

Ryan and Faith Pinkerton   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2022 Reviewed: Sep 9, 2022

Email Ryan and Faith Pinkerton  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Compass Odyssey Exceeded All Expectations!

I was skeptical at first when I read all of the 5 star reviews. The other reviews sounded too good to be true, but I was 100% wrong! Compass Odyssey gave my family one of the best run and managed trips I have ever been on. The amazingly high level of communication from Darren never left us guessing about a thing. The guides we had were fantastic and the knowledge every one of them had was incredible. We hit 4 countries including South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana and had someone to guide us at almost every moment other than when we were on our flights or separate excursions which were worked into our itinerary so smoothly. I have already recommended Compass Odyssey to my own friends and will use them again for any future trips to Africa!

Ms. Terry Soerens   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2022 Reviewed: Sep 9, 2022

Email Ms. Terry Soerens  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Excellent Communication, made it very easy for us

We could not have chose a better trip or Safari. The accommodations were excellent and the games drives were amazing. We were able to capture all of The Big Five plus many, many more. The memories will last my lifetime as will the wonderful people I met along the way.

Thank You Darren and Kate

Urvi Pikle and family   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2022 Reviewed: Sep 5, 2022

Email Urvi Pikle and family  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Very professional, responsive, detail-oriented, reliable, flexible good suggestions/recommendations

I recently visited South Africa with my husband and 2 kids (12 yrs and 9 yrs old) via trip booked with Compass Odyssey. I researched a lot of different itineraries with various tour operators but decided to go with them due to 5 star rating/reviews. From the time we decided to go with Compass Odyssey, they have provided us with immaculate service. Darren is very proactive and responsive and helped us come up with the best customized 11 day family-friendly itinerary that covered Cape Town, Kruger, Panoramic route(Blyde Canyon) and Jo’burg. Throughout the tour we had a great experience, visited very scenic areas and had a thrilling Safari experience. 5 days of Cape Town was amazing, beautiful and saw whales in Hermanus and did wine tasting in Cape Winelands area. It would suggest staying at both these places. Baobab ridge in Klaserie reserve is a great hidden gem and we got to see Big 5 on our game drives in 3 days. David who is the tracker/safari guide was amazing and made sure we saw lions in each drive. Compass odyssey packages are very competitive and reasonable and provides great value which includes private guide/vehicle at each destination. All our guides (Garth, Phillip
and Johan) were amazing, friendly, trustworthy and knowledgeable and made our whole experience memorable especially Garth, our guide in Cape Town. He is fantastic and engages even with kids to make it super fun. Darren would constantly check with guides on how we are doing which shows great customer service and care even after paying for the whole trip before arriving. We would highly recommend Darren and team if you are planning any trip to Africa!! Compass Odyssey is the best and hope to book another trip with them soon!!

Marieke and Fons   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: July 2022 Reviewed: Sep 5, 2022

Email Marieke and Fons  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Attentive, proactive and very informative travel agent which I absolutely recommend

From the first email to the last connect we really felt to be in good hands with Darren and Kate. They are very knowledgeable, attentive, flexible and very kind. We really had the feeling that we were being taken care off and looked after. The lodge that was selected was great and also the flights to get there were well arranged. All and all a great experience and can highly recommend to book with them.

Kathy Thomas   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2022 Reviewed: Aug 29, 2022

Email Kathy Thomas  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Compass Oddysey provides customized travel at group prices, and is responsive and experienced.

Since post Covid travel has resumed, the big travel companies are struggling to provide responsive service. That is not the case with the family owned Compass Oddysey. They replied to my every question, with timely and informative responses. The dossier for the trip they prepared for me (a solo traveler) was full of valuable and detailed information. We designed my weeklong trip through Namibia and it was a varied experience of safari, Atlantic coast, cities, and dessert. I truly loved the diversity of environment and wildlife. My Guide, Elvis, was experienced and knowledgeable. He knows his way around Namibia, it’s people, wildlife, and landscape.

Carl Solano   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2022 Reviewed: Aug 22, 2022

Email Carl Solano  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Compass Odyssey is extraordinarily responsive and efficient; I recommend it without hesitation.

I used Compass Odyssey to book a father–daughter trip to southern Africa — South Africa, Victoria Falls, and Chobe N.P. in Botswana. I am 71 years old, and in all my years of travel throughout the world, I have *never* encountered anyone as conscientious and responsive as Compass' owner, Darren Humphrys. He provided detailed answers to all of our questions; he carefully constructed our trip and then eagerly and efficiently addressed all of our requests for additions or changes. He was extremely knowledgeable about each aspect of our trip, from the pros and cons of various types of accommodations, to options for side excursions at Vic Falls, to the latest Covid requirements in each of the four countries we visited, to the best flight arrangements to get to each of our destinations. He provided us with expert guides in Cape Town and Vic Falls and advised us about how to get the most value throughout our trip. Best of all, once our trip began, he followed us each step of the way, staying in contact at each of our destinations and stepping in if an issue arose that could benefit from his assistance. I have *no* complaints or regrets about any aspect of the trip that Darren planned; all of it was wonderful! I highly recommend Compass Odyssey to anyone considering a trip to southern Africa.

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