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Once again I was able to travel through the Kalahari in the old fashion style: by mobile safari.

Even after more than 40 safaris with Penduka Safaris, I am still hooked !

 Who other than Penduka Safaris is able to take you to places far away from civilisation where you can experience the real African bush and keep coming up with new itineraries,  they really are true pioneers.

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 This year we travelled first through the Central Kalahari, my favourite and then carried on in Moremi, Savuti and Chobe for another 10 days.  We enjoyed the game drives and were able to watch unexpectedly a lot of lions. Within a few hours and short distance from each other we saw lions, an old leopard and a cheetah. A very rare combination. We watched quite a lot of  animals but not so many in numbers as the rain drew all of them in its direction. During a short safari through Moremi we also went on a boat trip which is very relaxing. One drives through various channels and can observe a lot of life along the bank. One morning 4 wild dogs walked past our camp. Really exciting. Of course the lack of rain was visible too but hopefully by now the water has risen.  The new tents with attached  bush bathrooms are really great as well as the new solar lamps. The food  excellent and the people friendly and helpful. In the evening a refreshing shower from a bucket of hot water gets you feeling refreshed. During the night you can listen to the sound of the animals such as lions, hyenas, jackals and many more and towards morning the birds are calling. It is just a magic place. We say thank you once again for your help in organizing our holidays and to our crew during our  2019 tour.

Ursula

Switzerland 09.02.2019

What's your idea of a perfect holiday? Sleeping in a luxurious bed with crisp bed linen after taking a bath in a designer bath?

Well -  forget about it when you go on a Penduka Safari, but believe me you won't regret it and you won't miss it!

Instead experience nature at its best with people at their best!!

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In our tent in the vastness of the Kalahari or in the wilderness of the Okavango delta we enjoyed the sounds of the wild at night, woke up from the gorgeous smell of coffee and the sounds from the open air kitchen, showered under a bucket of water underneath a Mopane tree, sat around the fire at night and gazed at the stars, listened to stories that made you feel jumpy ... saw the lions in the grass behind the tents.

Willem, Sally and their  wonderful team made this holiday the best ever.

I came back home as a different person and with the longing to return to the special places Penduka offers.


Susanne

Germany 15.02.2019

Thank you Thank you Thank you

It was a privilege to be back on safari with Penduka once again.

After many years I was able to be back in Botswana, and its sacred treasures again, with Penduka , in whom I have the utmost faith.

30 years ago Penduka introduced me to what I still perceive as the essence of the relationship between man and nature. My gratitude for this connection is boundless.

Tony

South Africa 04.11.2018

Simply speaking, it was fantastic!

I think one of the best experiences during my whole stay in Africa for more than 15 Years!

Willems personality is very charismatic and he is absolutely devoted to what he is doing. I will recommend Penduka as much as I can.


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Besides the knowledge and love for African nature, the service was totally outstanding with the best comfort provided. You will not get this service or comfort in a 5 star lodge! Penduka's food was also the best among the 7 lodges which we visited on this trip, many thanks to the chef and other members of the team.

The world just needs more people like Willem, with this type of safari - to represent real Africa and it's wildlife. This was truly an African experience , and one wants to repeat it again and again.

Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience.

Elena

Namibia 30.09.2018

What a fantastic safari!

Kaiser was a great guide, we still don't know how he spotted the game he did, but day after day we were spoilt with sightings.

We came out as a family with young children and Kaiser was wonderful with them, taking the time and trouble to engage and connect them with the bush and all its sights, sounds and smells.

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The meals were outstanding and hit just the right note, appealing to both the adults and the children

Thank you to everyone involved in making this the holiday of a lifetime.

David

United Kingdom 08.08.2018

An unforgettable experience!

The organisation involved and physical hard work that goes into a pulling off a safari of this calibre was eyeopening, and yet it was all done seamlessly and with a smile.


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The safari team worked together fantastically and our guides Cowboy and Kaiser were wonderful.

I was immensely impressed with the variety and good quality of food you served during the fifteen days on safari, how you come up with different meals each day, amazed me.

I hope to be back.

Sarah

USA 05.06.2018

We have just returned from an amazing safari with Willem.

We saw nature and scenery at its supreme best and it has left a significant mark on all of us.

We have just returned from an amazing safari with Willem.

We saw nature and scenery at its supreme best and it has left a significant mark on all of us.

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 We admire your grit and determination to find the elusive predators, as well as your ability to drive the long distances. In the evening we loved your good humour and fascinating stories.

We thank you for all you and your staff did to make the safari memorable.
Nothing was too much trouble for Kenny, Klas, Ivan & Arnold to do for us for
which we all were extremely appreciative

Meiring Party

South Africa 12.07.2017

For those under a daily pressure, planning and plotting tomorrows plans go to the bush, the deserts, and the swamps of Botswana with Penduka Safaris. Become one with nature, listen and look. Watch an orange sun sink beyond a pink and blue horizon, and then be followed by a million stars ... does it matter if tomorrow ever comes?

Edward

USA 01.04.2017

I would like to thank you for organizing a great safari.

It started with a flight over the Okavango which was one of the best for me so far.

The car was very comfortable. Enough space for everything, comfortable seats and a good view. 

 The crew was excellent, the food delicious and rich in variety and last but not least Mike did a great job. 



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I would like to thank you for organizing a great safari.

 

It was a pleasure to be with Mike and your crew in the bush.

 

It started with a warm welcome and the delicious sandwiches from Sally before we had a great flight over the Okavango which was one of the best for me so far.

 

The car was very comfortable. Enough space for everything, comfortable seats and a good view. 

 

The crew was excellent, the food delicious and rich in variety and last but not least Mike did a great job. 

All in all we were very happy.

 

I hope to come back again next year.

 


Monika

Switzerland 06.07.2016

After almost two decades of tours and safaris in different countries of southern Africa, all of them strictly based on "self drive and no guides", last year I opted for a tented camp guided safari. I had many reasons for this choice, including the fact that was a bit tired of having to worry about the car getting stuck in the mud and in the sand or about flat tires to be changed. ...

After almost two decades of tours and safaris in different countries of southern Africa, all of them strictly based on "self drive and no guides", last year I opted for a tented camp guided safari. I had many reasons for this choice, including the fact that was a bit tired of having to worry about the car getting stuck in the mud and in the sand or about flat tires to be changed. Those do-it-yourself vacations had given me many satisfaction however and therefore I felt a little uneasy regarding this solution that was so new to me. I was aware that I was relying upon a highly professional tour operator; that mine would be a small group of friends and some relatives only, just like in my previous trips; that we would be guided by one of the best ranger available in this part of the continent. Never the less I was ready for nothing more than a pleasant holiday, certainly not a memorable and inconceivable one.

It took me less than twenty four hours after we landed in Gaborone to realize how wrong, very much wrong, I was in having such a low expectation by this new adventure. The beauty of the places chosen for the camps; the advantage of being taken around by a professional guide able to always spot the animals and to know how to approach them safely; the warm welcome, at the end of each safari, by well trained staff, always ready to solve your problems and respond to your needs; the pleasure of finding a well organized camp at the end of the day, with nice bedding and hot water for a much awaited shower; the very good and diversified food, including the daily baked bread: these are things you get used to rather quickly and soon you wonder how you could have enjoyed the place without them. Not to mention the unbeatable tradition of stopping every afternoon, just before sunset, to enjoy the magic of the show put up by Mother Nature, but also to toast with nicely cooled quality white wines.

I have discovered all this rather late in my life, but I know it would be wrong to complain. The right attitude, in line with a way of saying which I much appreciate, is to consider that "it's never too late". And now I know what I want for my next African safari.

Mauro

Italy 09.07.2016

Let me start by saying a huge thank you to you, Sally and Ann-Mari for the superb experience last week. The conference was one we will not forget in a hurry. Everything ran smoothly, the food was excellent and your staff are a pleasure to be with. 

I was so happy to meet you Willem, because I knew that you had the best knowledge of the Delta and Botswana and would be able to share such amazing insights and stories with us.

I only hope that I get the opportunity to get a group together and travel somewhere else in the Delta or in Namibia with you again.

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Let me start by saying a huge thank you to you, Sally and Ann-Mari for the superb experience last week. The conference was one we will not forget in a hurry. Everything ran smoothly, the food was excellent and your staff are a pleasure to be with. 
I was so happy to meet you Willem, because I knew that you had the best knowledge of the Delta and Botswana and would be able to share such amazing insights and stories with us.
 I only hope that I get the opportunity to get a group together and travel somewhere else in the Delta or in Namibia with you again.

Wedgewood

South Africa 24.03.2017

My compliments on the excellence of this journey. I was most impressed by the efficiency and excellent organisation and in particular, by our guide, Willem, who with his amazing knowledge and ability were undoubtedly the key to the success and enjoyment of this trip.

Gottlieb

Switzerland 01.02.2017

Willem, having just recently returned home from what can only be described as a truly remarkable safari. Traveling to those remote areas of the Kalahari with you and the Penduka team is a memory I will hold dear all my life. You showed us places that few others would venture to. ...

Willem, having just recently returned home from what can only be described as a truly remarkable safari. Traveling to those remote areas of the Kalahari with you and the Penduka team is a memory I will hold dear all my life. You showed us places that few others would venture to. You shared your incredible knowledge of the Kalahari, it's history, the animals, plants and birds; keeping us all fascinated despite the incredible drought we were witnessing.

 

My brothers and I were constantly amazed at the ease with which challenges were met and overcome with no discomfort or impact on us the guests. How many safari operators would be able to replace a vehicles clutch in an area as remote as you can get, with absolutely no delay to our itinary. The over 50 yrs of Penduka experience sure is telling!

The incredible friendliness and genuine warmth of the support staff, was never once phoney or false, always respectful, helpful and accommodating. The site of the beautifully "set-up camp" after a long day, the welcoming fireside sundowner and the three course meals. Quite unbelievable! Having a pride of lions come to investigate our camp, or the clan of 8 spotted hyena passing through, are memories etched into my being. You have showed me the Kalahari, the harshness, the beauty, the timelessness of a place but seldom found in this age. How remarkable it was while chatting to fellow guests, whether they be seasoned safari goers or first timers, how each persons life was touched and enriched. We are all agreed, we will be back to venture again with you to places that you know so well and love so dearly.

A classic, old world safari with all the comforts, all the sights, all the wonderful company. The ever faithful Internationals, just doing what they do. May they travel another million miles...hopefully some of those miles with me. Willem, the legacy of Penduka you have taken on from Isak and built on, change people's lives, enriching us all. Long may you continue opening the wildernesses of Africa to us fortunate few who safari with you.

Andrew

South Africa 15.07.2015

We recently returned to Seattle from a four week vacation to South Africa, Botswana and a very brief stay in Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls. THE HIGHLIGHT of our vacation was a bush safari we took arranged through your company! Seagal Tembwe was our guide. ...

We recently returned to Seattle from a four week vacation to South Africa, Botswana and a very brief stay in Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls.  THE HIGHLIGHT of our vacation was a bush safari we took arranged through your company!  Seagal Tembwe was our guide. Other safari staff included Ben, Owen and Rekang. Each and every one of your staff on this journey was without equal!  This truly was the vacation of a lifetime!  

 

On Safari, my wife and I slept in tents, ate excellent meals, witness amazing night skies and sunsets, heard the animals each night from hippos "laughing" to lions roaring.  Our camp was attacked by a rouge bull elephant one night, we experienced hyenas prowling through the camp nearly every night, we were raided by a honey badger on another.  We saw lions mate, vultures descend upon a buffalo carcass, enormous herds of buffaloes, elephants and antelope, dazzles of zebras, groups of giraffe, 14 lions, two leopards, several crocodiles, more birds than we can name.
 

I don't think it could have been better than that.  We had an incredible guide who not only knew the animals (and was respected/almost revered by literally every guide we came across) but was also very well read and engaged in fun conversations ranging from Apple and Coca Cola to world politics!  The fact is as I write this to you, words simply cannot tell the whole story.  It was that good!


Thank you for one of the most spectacular events we have ever experienced!

Dave and Therese

USA 15.07.2015

How to ever thank you? You put together the most wonderful trip in all the world and with so many personal touches. From the food, to the bathrooms, game drives, warm water in the mornings etc etc, all was noticed and so appreciated. ...

How to ever thank you? You put together the most wonderful trip in all the world and with so many personal touches. From the food, to the bathrooms, game drives, warm water in the mornings etc etc, all was noticed and so appreciated. It was more than we could ever have dreamed of and so much more than a holiday. It really was a time of deep unity and in places of such awesome beauty that so often, I felt it defied description. The meeting of the bushmen was a profound experience and so wonderful for all of us but especially our children.

Paul and Alison

Cape Town, South Africa 01.06.2014

We are a Russian ethnographic documentary studio and of all the companies that have provided location management services for us, Penduka is undeniably and incontestably the best.
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We are a Russian ethnographic documentary studio and of all the companies that have provided location management services for us, Penduka is undeniably and incontestably the best. Not only are they in charge of finding and securing locations to be used and coordinating the logistics for film production, but they also establish contacts with the local tribes to be filmed, hold negotiations prior to and during the production; to say nothing of the fact that their assistance on-site cannot be praised enough.

Sergey

Russia 01.05.2014