Africa Trip Feedback


What passengers said about Select tours

210 Days Trans Africa Overland - London/Malaga - Nairobi

"Who said you can not enjoy a long Overland Safari?

I had a wonderful time during the 7 month Trans Africa. Part of the West cost of Africa was a challenge which I will remember for a long time. The scenery and wildlife from Namibia onwards was breathtaking.

The younger generation on the truck gave me the challenge to do things I always was to scared to do in my live. I did tandem skydiving, quad bike riding in the sand dunes, white water rafting on the Zambezi river, bungy jumping of the Victoria Bridge and the micro light flight over the Victoria Falls.

Our driver Brian was excellent and a good mate.

All in all I can recommend the tour to people who like something more exciting than a standard organised tour. A truly memorable experience of a lifetime."

Roderich - Australia


70 Day Africa All The Way - Nairobi to Cape Town

"I hope you are keeping well.I did Africa All the Way and I finished my tour on the 7th November

I really had such a great time and it was an experience that I never forget. I had so many good highlights along the way and I will be recommending all my friends in Australia to do this tour and do Africa All the way.Yes we did have a pretty crazy bunch of people, but we had so many good memories that will remain with me for the rest of my life.It was an adventure of a life time. The main higlights that stood out where the Mountain Gorilla Trek, Walking with the Lions and the Masai Mara. Namibia was my favourite country in Africa.Thanks for all your assistance and thankyou for all the great memories."

Dirk - Australia


Capetown to Istanbul

"It was fantastic trip.It was also a new experience - I plan my next trip with them to West Africa. "

Gerd - Germany


42 days Southern Africa Nairobi to Johannesburg

"An organized tour is never going to be quite as "there" as independent travel, but this overland operator runs well-organized tours and I had a very enjoyable experience.

It is a good way to get to all the interesting places easily in a short time and the route was well-planned. Apart from the obvious tourist sights, other highlights were playing football with villagers in Malawi, shopping in local markets for group meals, and bushcamping in the middle of nowhere. Although there were some long drives, the travelling did not outweigh the sights and activities. I enjoyed my trip from Nairobi to Jo'burg and thought it was a good introduction to the continent before continuing on my own.
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Zoe - Malaysia


49 day Southern Africa and Namibia Safari Nairobi to Cape Town

"I had an absolutely amazing experience. Everything was incredible and I can't wait to return.

Thanks! "

Eric - Canada 


42 days Southern Africa Nairobi to Johannesburg 

"Just a quick note to say a big thankyou Mark and I had a fantastic time in africa the trip totally exceeded our expectations the wildlife we saw was completely mind blowing I didnt expect to see as much as i did our favourite bits were the Ngorogoro crater and the Masai mara were we got to see Lionesses with there cubs just a few feet away, our guide and driver Jaques was amazing his knowledge of all the wildlife was amazing he made us all feel welcome and he became a great mate with all of the group and we are all going to keep in touch,Also thanks to reuban our cook i would like recipes please! very good food .and another thanks to jaques for getting a t-shirt from MA who only normally gives them out to the drivers and guides im very honoured once again thankyou and i am looking forward to our next trip with you "

Mark and Lee - UK


 

 

Nairobi to Victoria Falls

"We would like to express our thanks for such a great holiday. The trip was everything we had hoped for and more and was great value for money. Our driver really made the trip special. He was entertaining, informative, and went out of his way to ensure that we enjoyed ourselves. The trip itself was very well organised and having met other travellers, we felt that we had the best deal having chosen African Trails. We ate like royalty every night and will always have fond memories of our time on the KT.

regards"

Jeremy & Ayesha - UK


 

 

Kenya and Tanzania

"We thought we'd send in some feedback about the recent Kenya/Tanzania safari we completed on 15th Aug.  In a word, AMAZING!!!  All five of us had the most incredible expereince, and I know I can speak for all us in saying a big thank you to everyone involved.  Whilst each of us loved it from start to finish, the trip was particualry special and life changing for my parents who have not had the opportuntiy to travel before.

Our crew were just brilliant!  Whilst they clearly cannot be credited for providing the stunning scenery and amazing animals that we were lucky enough to see, the things they WERE able to influence such as the atmosphere, the food (including fab veggie grub for 4 of us), the knowledge they offered, the way the group mixed, their humour, their attitude to responsible tourism (i.e. NOT disturbing the lion!), their approach to mishaps and the way they were a real part of everything made a great trip even better.  They made a real and genuine effort to make sure everyone had the best time possible.  We would be extremely grateful if this feedback and our thanks could be forwarded to them and to their bosses.   
 
We would recommend African Trails to anyone and fully intend to return to the continent for another adventure. 
 
Many thanks again,"
 
Eliza, Mark and the Harris Family - UK
 

210 Days Trans Africa Overland - London/Malaga - Nairobi

"This is not a summer holiday trip, it is an adventure ! and a great one at that. You will see the african continent the way it really is. I really enjoyed this trip and it got my hooked on Africa.

I was happy to be with African Trails and not one of the other overland company's I met along the way. For our approach towards locals and are easy going attitude. I don't think there is a better company to do this mother of all trips.

This trip let me through Congo and Angola which are not on the itinary but were the only way to lead us to our goal to reach Nairobi by road. Itinarys are guidelines and plans are ideas - in Africa nothing is certain. Everyday turns into a mission as soon as you wake up. Don't expect the luxury's of your western lifestyle but think that your still doing a lot better then a lot of people you will meet.

This is a once in a lifetime experience (not if i can help it, but for most) and so cheap. And that is what you get. So if you had enough of luxury, stress and self righteous white people and want to see the world as it is, (it is nothing like you have seen on tv) see stunning scenery and meet nice people. This is your trip, being part of a group takes a lot of getting use to, but it gives back cheap transport, comfort, security and friends to share your experiences.
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Dennis - Holland - Trans Africa


 

Namibia

"We started our trip in Vic Falls and went through to Cape Town and we found African Trails to be of excellent value and provided everything we could have expected right from the very start of our trip.

Our driver was really friendly and helpful and did his best to ensure that everyone was happy on the trip. We also had a great bunch of people on the truck who have now become friends!

I would definitely recommend African Trails to anyone who wanted a great experience! "

Genny - UK


42 days Southern Africa Nairobi to Johannesburg

"We came across many other overland truck companies, but after talking to some of the travellers,  African trails were outstanding in their value for money, having a cook on board made meal times so much more enjoyable, we would all pitch in and help but did not have the responsibility of planning and buying. So thanks to our Kenyan cook for the super meals he cooked up and for always being there for us. Our driver definitely knew his job, besides being a great driver and guide, he was part of the group. He had to make some tuff decisions at times for the best interest of all and he did it very well. So thanks Sarah, Af trails, the cew, and all the guys on the truck for making my African experience so enjoyable." 

Heather - Australia


 

42 days Southern Africa Nairobi to Johannesburg

"I have just returned home from a 5 week safari with African Trails. I had an absolutely amazing time and would really recommend the company to anyone. The driver was always well informed, highly knowledgable on the areas we visited and open to questions.

African Trails are defintely a value for money company and by travelling with them you are able to visit areas of Africa you may well not be able to if travelling alone. Before departure the company do warn you that the itinery is not set, and plans may well change due to the volatility of the countinent. This in turn means that travellers do not have too many pre-departure expectations of what activities they will be doing, or even what countries they will be spending a lot of time in, thus avoiding disappointment."

Eleanor - UK


 

70 Day frica All The Way - Nairobi to Cape Town

"Dear Guys,

I've been back in England one week after finishing the 10 weeks Nairobi to Cape Town trip in April, and am absolutely gutted to have left the truck!

I'm sure it's mainly down to Sara and Johan that we all had such a phenominal time, so please pass on a huge thank you for all their hard work and for organising so many great excursions (and nights out - especially that one in Bohemia!).

I'm pretty sure you can't be beaten for anyone looking for heaps of fun, adventure and seeing Africa at its best. I wanna go again!

Regards,"

Lozza - UK


 

70 Day frica All The Way - Nairobi to Cape Town

"Just wanted to let you know that I had an awesome awesome trip with you guys.  I learnt pretty early on not to expect too much, ie the unexpected could happen because we were in Africa, but it was really cool. Sarah and Johan were the best, Sarahs cooking, and the variety of it (food)was really good, and Johan as our driver was wicked as well, and they gave us heaps of information.

So I just wanted to say thanks, because I did have an awesome time, and I have absoultly no complaints Take care "

Jacinta - New Zealand


 

Nairobi to Victoria Falls

"Let me add one more. Aftrails!! this is a budget overlander, but seriously, i think the best value for money. nothing against another company, after hanging out with alot of travellors on that truck, i was shocked...so were they.....when we compared costs for our nairobi - vic falls trip. they paid 3 1/2 times more. what they got was a lunch included, better folding chairs and tents and an electric fridge in the truck, plus glass windows. otherwise, exact itinerary, all extra activities WE both paid for. Aftrails Trucks are reliable,windows are rollup canvas/plastic, we used a big cooler with ice for our bar, good stereo system and a cook also comes with the truck, excellant & lots of food. ok, tents are alittle old fashioned and our folding stools....shit, but other than that.....no complaints, especially what i ended up paying for it. something else, our driver, born and bred in africa, 8 years of experience driving knew alot of really cool places to go to, he always gave us the option of breaking away from the itinerary for a day or so to check out places no other trucks went to.....it was our paradise.

In the end, really, most overlanders are all similar, prices vary, but, its the driver, you and your fellow travellers that can make your trip a lasting memory!! "

Keith - Canada


 

Middle East Trail (Oasis Caravan) 

Forgot to pass on my thanks for a cracking trip. The Middle East doesn't have the automatic "Wow" factor that Africa has. However, Kev's knowledge of the area made the trip, the strange stop offs for lunch / breakfast, the Turkish Turkish baths, the pork shop and all the other "side trips" that aren't in the brochure really made it an excellent tour. 

Mike - UK


 

28 Days Nairobi to Zanzibar

"Aftrails made our African trip and amazing enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

Without our drivers local knowledge the trip would have been far less satisfying. We saw and did things that were a dream come true.

I would recommend the company to anyone wanting to explore Africa. "

Keily - UK


 

210 Days Trans Africa Overland - London/Malaga - Nairobi

The trip was fantastic although there were problems, but not due to Aftrails. We were due to cross from west to east Africa by going through Chad and Sudan into Ethiopia.

Bo, the driver, really work hard to give everyone a good itinerary in West Africa, even though it is not a well trodden route. I flew home from Ghana due to personal reasons, but African Trails have been good enough to offer me a free place for a trip from Kenya to Cape Town. I will hopefully be going on this trip in Feb 2004. African Trails are a budget company, but the service from them, from the time I booked, to all through the trip itself, was excellent.

It was very relaxed and made every effort for everyone to have a good trip. Excellent value for money!!


Chris - UK


 

Gorillas to Victoria Falls

Hi there, I have just completed the Gorillas to Vic Falls trip which departed on 29 Sep. I had a great time and will hold some great memories from my time on the truck.What can I say the food was brilliant, Certainly didn't think I be eating baked ham dinner off the truck. For the second leg we had Joe and Lozy(AKA David) as our drivers. I would like to thank Lozy and Joe for a first class effort as drivers. Joe's negotiation skills didn't go astray with police in Zimbabwe. He certainly managed to save us from getting our foreign currency seized. I think the Zimbabwe leg was a brilliant edition to the trip I am glad we had the opportunity to go that way rather than through Zambia. I notice that you will have cooks on all trips from January 2004.  I think this is a great idea as it takes the pressure of the drivers it terms of keeping the food side of things under control. Also gives the passengers more time at the bar!!! Once again thanks very much.  I will be recommending Aftrails to my friends!!

Regards Belinda United Kingdom


 

70 Day Africa All The Way - Nairobi to Cape Town

Hi, I recently completed the overland tour from Nairobi to Cape Town.  I was just wanting to say thankyou for giving me the opportunity to tour around such a beautiful country in a safe and fun environment.  I thought the trip was very professionally run and the itinery was reasonably flexible. I think the single biggest factor that 'made' the trip for me was our driver.  I found him to very flexible to group wishes, extremely knowledgable about the country, geography, wildlife, history - and I could go on.  He obviously enjoys his job very much and this shows.  He loved stopping the truck to explain the history of the area, what a particular tree or animal was, or how a rock formation had come about.  He is obviously very proud of his country and loved to 'show' it off.  His hard work throughout the tour was very much appreciated by myself and others. Once again, thankyou and I wish you all the best for the future.

Mark Australia


 

 

Middle East Trail (Oasis Caravan) 

Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Adrian and I have just completed the middle east trail anzac day tour. First of all I would like to say that the trip was fantastic the place's that the group saw and the way the trip was run was quite outstanding. I would like to show my appreciation to our driver , of all the tour leaders I saw along the way he was by far the best, his enthusim and knowledge for the areas that we visited were outstanding, I would reccommend him as a tour leader to anyone. I would like to say thankyou again for your service and help that I received from your sales staff, and of course your crew. I would also like to ask for a trip dossier on the africa all the way tour for 70 days, it would be much appreciated.

Adrian - UK


 

70 Day Africa All The Way - Nairobi to Cape Town

"Hi, just done an overland with Aftrails from Nairobi to Cape Town via Namibia, first time done anything like this and had an excellent time, the truck i was on had an open deck just above the cab which was excellent for sunbathing and game viewing, loadsa storage space for all your stuff and our driver (not a tour leader) who was an aussie called Karl was laid back, friendly and informative, i classed our trip as the Hippy Overlander as there were no strict rules just a lot of common sense, we all treated each other as we expect to be treated and the mood throughout the trip was FUN, you meet other overlanders from different companies and i was glad i was on the your trip, so glad that im gonna do the Gorillas and the Middle East with them, after speaking to other overlanders i dont think the companies with a driver AND a tour leader are better value for money, one of the highlights of my trip with Af Trails was actually participating in the cooking of meals for the rest of the group rather than having someone do it all for you and being able to sit in the cab with Karl gave me a different view of the trip instead of always being on the back of the truck, found the office really helpful even if you do feel like your asking a million and one stupid questions.

There were 16 of us on the trip ranging from 22 years upto 50, it was a really good mixed group with a few couples, 6 different nationalities and loadsa different personalities, all i can say is you will have your highs and lows with whichever company you go with but if you want a trip where its fun,laid back you get to use your own initiative without relying on someone else to do everything all the time and your prepared to put in a bit of effort then try Af Trails, wonder if they will give me a job now? hahaha"

Sonia United Kingdom


 

42 days Southern Africa Nairobi to Johannesburg

Hello

Thanks for the info.  I need to sort my life out and then I may come back to you to see if I can book one of these.

The Africa trip was excellent - brilliant fun and great countries - a good trip all round.

Neil. United Kingdom


 

70 Day Africa All The Way - Nairobi to Cape Town

Just thought I'd let you know what an amazing safari I have just had. Unfortunately it has all of a sudden finished and My bro and sis have flown to OZ. we had Jim and Hil with us. they are both so much fun and have really looked after us. After all my doubts before leaving the uk it all worked out amazingly well. All 20 of us got on so well and had such a laugh. with a few minor incidents obviously ! ! ! ! so thank-you for all your help before the trip. Am chilling with the guysl in cape town at the mo. Last drink with them tonight. Hope you are well.

Tracy - United Kingdom


 

Middle East Trail (Oasis Caravan) 

"G`day,

I had a fantastic holiday in the Middle East. Everything about it was great. Kevin our driver, well i couldnt think of a better person to run the tour. It`s obviously not the easiest job in the world, but he handled everything so well.

I`m now looking at travelling to Africa towards the end of the year, so you will be hearing from me again.

Thanks again with all your help & information.


Kind Regards"

Fiona Australia


 

70 Day Africa All The Way - Nairobi to Cape Town

"Absolutely fantastic - had a great time only sorry had to come home after 3 weeks - would have loved to have gone for the next 7 weeks all the way to Cape Town."

Michelle - Ireland


 

210 Days Trans Africa Overland - London/Malaga - Nairobi 

"Hi!

It was fantastic!!! I really had a great time on your trip. No mosquito bites, no diarrhoea, no hassle, just perfect. Joe's driving? I'm still recovering from my bruises. No, of course not, only joking.

As a matter of fact, I liked it so much that I'm thinking about more travels through Africa. 21 countries in 29 weeks, in other words your trans from London to Cape Town, sounds very tempting to me.

Have a nice weekend."

Erika - Switzerland


 

42 days Southern Africa Nairobi to Johannesburg 

"I have just returned home from a 5 week safari. I had an absolutely amazing time and would really recommend the company to anyone. The driver was always well informed, highly knowledgable on the areas we visited and open to questions. We also had a chef on board who cooked brilliant meals every night - even in the middle of the bush we were still eating pork chops, stir fried vegetables and mashed potatoes, followed by bananas and custard!

They are defintely a value for money company and by travelling with them you are able to visit areas of Africa you may well not be able to if travelling alone. Before departure the company do warn you that the itinery is not set, and plans may well change due to the volatility of the countinent. This in turn means that travellers do not have too many pre-departure expectations of what activities they will be doing, or even what countries they will be spending a lot of time in, thus avoiding disappointment."

Eleanor - UK


 

Nairobi to Victoria Falls

"They made our African trip and amazing enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

Without our drivers local knowledge the trip would have been far less satisfying. We saw and did things that were a dream come true.

I would recommend the company to anyone wanting to explore Africa."

Keily - UK


 

49 day Southern Africa and Namibia Safari Nairobi to Cape Town

"Hi there,

I have just recently been on one of your tours with Joe, which departed Nairobi on the 12th August.

Our group got together a little something for Joe to show our appreciation and I was wondering if you could give me a contact address I could send it to.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say thanks so much for a trip of a lifetime. Both my husband and I totally loved it and wait with great anticipation for our photos which are in the process of being developed.

The trip lived up to all expectation and beyond.....can't rave about it enough!!!! Certainly haven't hesitated to pass this on to all our friends and family!

Aftrails were fantastic to travel with, which was excellent given we had a bit of a nightmare experience with another company when going to Galipolli for Anzac Day.

Our only disappointment was that I think most of us on the trip thought that 17 days in Africa might be a good opportunity to loose a little weight, however this was clearly not the case. As you can imagine, I think we got over our disappointment quite quickly!!

Thanks again for making Africa a positively amazing and very memorable experience.

Kindest Regards,"

Carolyn - Australia


 

 

28 day Game Parks and Gorillas Safari Nairobi to Nairobi

"Hi,

I just wanted to pass some feedback to Aftrails on the Gamepark and Gorillas trip that my girlfriend and myself did a few weeks ago. We had a fantastic time and it definitely rated as one of the best holidays we've been on. The crew really did a great job and it was largely down to them that we had such a good time.

The truck was one of the best we saw during the few weeks and I reckon we picked a winner with Aftrails. I will definitely be recommending you to friends and look forward to booking with you again. Please feel free to use me as a reference should anyone ask.

I'd appreciate it if you could pass on these comments to Chris in Arusha. You have fantastic assets in your crew and the compliments should really be passed on to the boss.

Thanks again"

Warren - Ireland


 

70 Day Africa All The Way - Nairobi to Cape Town

"Hi there
have been back from africa for a week, and people are getting sick of me goig on about how good the continent is and how fantastic the Aftrails trip was. best travelling experience I have ever been on and will be looking to do further trips with your company at some stage.

Cannot say enough about Karl, our driver, without doubt made the trip brilliant and added immensly to everyones experience. well run trip which had everything including a bit a independence that I was looking for.

thanks again.will no doubt be in touch"

nat - Australia


 

28 Days Nairobi to Zanzibar

"Hi sales team....

about to leave for Zanzibar at end of my 4 week trip with Aftrails....wanted to write and tell you what a great time I had and what great crew you have. The trip was well organised...everyone knew what was happening and was happy.

The truck was well maintained, clean and comfortable. Amy went out of her way to ensure we all got to see the gorillas and was always chasing things up for us. Had a great time thanks to them and after comparing it to the other company's trip I did in Southern Africa I will highly reccommend your company to others."

Thanks Guys!

Kris - Australia


 

49 day Southern Africa and Namibia Safari Nairobi to Cape Town

"We give it rave reviews- it was fantastic It was the best company to go with as far as we are concerned - it was not expensive and you had the best trucks for sure. Our guide, Karl was an extremely good driver on some of the hair raising roads. He also was calm under pressure, at borders, flat tires, dodgy roads etc.. He was very patient with the group personalities as well and we had lots of fun in the evenings. It was our best trip ever and we have fond memories. Thanks for answering all of our questions before we left, John. We'll have to go back again some day. !
Sincerely,"

Danine and Joe - Canada.


 

Middle East Trail (Oasis Caravan) 

"Had to email u and let u know what a awesome trip I had round the middle east. Kevin is the business ,really did a top notch job at giving us the trip of our lives at often trying times.We met up with a lot of other tours and I think it wouldn't have been the same had I gone with anyone else than Af Trails. Well done for giving people good value for money and a well run tour. I will always put my friends on to you guys for if they were to visit either the middle east or Africa
thanks once again."

Shaun - Australia

 

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