I have just finished the Landscape Tour to the Drakensberg with Di Norton.
What a wonderful experience it was for me – especially as I have never been there before.
Di was a superb tour guide and she made sure that we all enjoyed ourselves to the full.
I would like to congratulate you and all who work at Landscape Tours for all the effort that goes in to making the trips so successful and so memorable for all of us who are lucky enough to go on them.
I would like to wish you well for the future and I hope that I may be lucky enough to do another tour with Landscape sometime.
Di Norton was a wonderful guide. She was caring , attentive, thoughtful, considerate, cheerful, energetic, kind and compassionate as well as being a good planner. She organized group activities and made sure we were always comfortable and happy. She is a competent and safe driver. Di is a credit to Landscape Tours Her knowledge of birds , other wildlife and local history was invaluable to the group. To make the Tour a really 5 Star experience, consideration could be given for Champagne Castle to replace Giants Castle. The tour may cost a little more but will add more class to a great overall experience. Next time I want to book a tour I will first ask if Di is the guide! because she goes the “extra mile” on behalf of Landscape Tours.
Many thanks to Di for her excellent leadership of the tour, her attention to detail, and her willingness to accommodate the needs of every participant. thank you very much.
Kind regards and hope to travel again with you guys.
As usual, Di was an excellent guide. Although warned, I found the day trip into Lesotho most demanding. I would have preferred an extra day in the Midlands Meander.
Many thanks to you all
It was a great joy to travel around the wonderful Kingdom of the amaZulu! The countryside is very dry at present and the animals scarce, but I did enjoy the nyala antelopes, warthogs, and zebras etc., around the camps. Also the bush babies who joined our braais in Mkhuzi!
Ithala was a highlight because of the spectacular beauty of the terrain – and the elephants and giraffe.
The boardwalk at Dlinza forest in Eshowe was the cherry on top – the quiet and beauty of walking amongst those ancient tree tops centres the soul.
Pieter was the perfect guide and host for 10 aging women on a tour. He is calm, decisive and very accommodating – and has a great sense of humour!. He is also very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the flora, fauna and birdlife. And may I say he produced two superb braai evenings!
It was fun meeting the Cape Town girls – and Karen from the Netherlands – I hope I meet up with them someday again.
My sincere thanks to you and the background people who do all the arranging – and special thanks to Pieter, who adds great value to the tour.
Tx so much for a wonderful 4-day flower tour and for choosing Ian to be our tour guide.
Joan and I had a great time and the other 6 ladies were wonderful companions
We were so impressed with the warmth we received from all who worked in the different places in which we stayed and with the cleanliness of all the places where we stopped
And the great drivers who picked us up from and dropped us back at the airport
It was truly a great adventure
Sue Bloom And Joan Rout
Dear Jane and Pieter
I add my voice to Elizabeth’s in thanking you for a memorable 5 days. How unbelievably fortunate we were to have a private tour guided by you, Pieter: your encyclopaedic knowledge, friendliness, unfailing good humour, your art in finding magical places and moments (I will never forget the large fly drinking orange juice off your finger while you pointed out his dramatic colouring and huge eyes) and your brilliant driving made every moment relaxed, happy and very special.
As you know, I was charmed by Redelinghuys, and was delighted to find on YouTube a lovely interview with Hennie Carstens, where he describes his journey into painting.
As always, the Landscape experience was hugely professional, polished and enjoyable. In our case, this was multiplied many times by the privilege of a private tour – five amazing days I will never forget.
Grateful thanks and all best wishes,
A very big thank you for arranging – and Pieter for leading – our truly wonderful trip. I have spent a lot of the weekend going through the hundreds of photos, discarding lots and marking those which need sharpening up. Carole and I had coffee with Judge Waddington, her brother-in-law whom I met on our last Landscape Tour and he spent some time ‘saturating’ one and showing how that improved the picture so I must now start work on the others! Pieter, thank you SO much for your patience showing me how to use my new camera and then going through the photos at the end of the day – beyond the call of duty. Incidentally, I would really love a copy of the horse at Garies and one of the Ludwig’s Bustard (bastard). I am planning on putting together an album of our trip.
Having spent the morning picking figs I must now go and change for lunch with friends whom I will regale with my trip – including telling one South African that I did actually visit Papkuilsfontein which she raves about. Having said that I think I preferred Skilpad, the mountains as well as the flowers.
I shall now have to think of another (private) tour, though probably not next year. In the meantime, do enjoy Kinky Boots: not only an excellent production but fun, slick and leaves you feeling good.
I will take you up on the glass of wine on the next trip!
This is just to thank Landscape for a wonderful trip. Tjomps was a brilliant guide – knowledgeable, patient, relaxed and FUN! Everything ran incredibly smoothly and we had a delightful 12 days.
I will definitely be travelling with Landscape again and have already started recommending it to others.
I must thank Landscape tours for organising such an awesome trip.
Pieter was genuinely an excellent guide and host – honest, dependable and I felt very secure. I am positive the whole group had a wonderful experience and we shared many laughs.
I have already earmarked my trip for next year…..
Colin and I recently went on your Karroo 5 days tour, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Di was a fabulous guide/driver – she was so aware of her group, pointing out things of interest, plants, etc and was never in a hurry.
We will certainly encourage other people to engage with your company.
The only observation – not a moan – we can make is to have some free time at Rooiberg Lodge which is gorgeous place, to explore a little and watch for animals and birds in the area.
Thank you for such a fantastic tour and will certainly do another soon.
Colin and Margaret Reid.
In response to your e-mail, Denise and I thank for a really excellent trip. It was very well organised and we all enjoyed ourselves very much.
Our special thanks go to Pieter who was outstanding in all ways. We particularly thought his catering was outstanding and also his general organisational abilities.
Regarding photos, it will be some months before I have those I took downloaded and sufficiently organised before I can send any out so please don’t wait on me. Once I have these I will gladly send a few.
Best regards and thank you again
Don and Denise Slatter
I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the tour and to commend Tjomps for his wonderful handling of such an elderly group of customers. His culinary art of proving delicious meals so quickly after a long drive through the game reserve was incredible and many housewives asked for his recipes.
His knowledge of all the animals and birds was wonderful and all questions were answered without hesitation. We were so lucky having him to lead us.
Thank you for providing such a large bus for the tour. It meant that all the photographic enthusiasts were able to move freely and the rest of us were very comfortable.
Thank you also for the refund for having to share a night with my daughter instead of each of us having a single room.
I have been on many Landscape Tours before and it was wonderful to enjoy another one.
Dear Greg and all the Landscape Team,
I have been meaning to write to you to say how much John and I enjoyed our trip to Kruger with “Tjomps”. He really was a great guide – knowledgeable, patient with all the “oldies”, including myself, relaxed in his leadership, incredibly well organised and a very good cook. What more could one ask!
We certainly hope to travel with Landscape again. As soon as I can organise myself, I will look for the pictures.
With kind regards,
John and Rene Clarke
It was a great pleasure to receive some updated News. As an “old” Traveller with Landscape,- all together 20 Tours-, allow me to add a few words and comments. It was always a great pleasure to go on a trip,never had to worry about anything, as everything was well organized and laid out just for you. I made a few trips with Heidi and we became friends, she is a super guide and a good organizer. Unfortunately the years are catching up and I am grateful for my comfortable home – and live from memories – Thank you all for giving me these good times.
A big and sincere thank you to the Landscape family and in particular Pieter B. and Pieter R. for a special tour – like all Landscape tours, I need to mention! We were treated to rain, snow, cold and sunshine so what more could we have wished for? Everything was out of the book and on top of it all we were spoilt with a gift bag filled with lovely surprises.
I repeat: you are the best in the West!
Regards and (sorry in Afferkaans) doe’ so voort!!!
As one of those who was part of this group, I want to thank you all – Gayle who fetched me and the gentleman whose name I am afraid I have forgotten who brought me home from Somerset West and of course the two Pieters. We were very well looked after and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, from the great meals (some too large for my more limited appetite!) to interesting stops and wine and beer tasting and vintage cars; also Rooiberg was such a lovely choice of accommodation it was so peaceful and seeing the animals and birds and stars added to the ambiance ….and of course my Goodie Bag. I am still enjoying my sherry (and will continue to do so for some time) and my rug has come in very handy and I just love my petite mug…..
We all seemed to get on well together (which is a blessing) and Pieter B’s experience meant that all ran smoothly and we seemed to have lots to talk about and share at mealtimes and on the bus.
Thanks also for the photos – I now have proof that I was of the company on this trip.
I wish to convey my thanks and appreciation to you, Trudy, Greg and whoever else was involved for the most enjoyable and well-planned tour of Namibia from which I returned last week. I must also commend Heidi for being an excellent guide.
I could not fault your choice of places to visit or accommodation, and everything went smoothly. The duration of the tour was also just right.
Please forward my mail to the others.
Best wishes until we chat again!
Althea du Plessis
Dear everyone at Landscape.
Just a note to say how much I enjoyed my recent trip to Namibia. My fellow travelers were great, and Heidi is a fantastic guide and incredibly knowledgeable. Everything was well organized- except Windhoek airport which was a bit crazy!
Will definitely be planning a further trip, probably next year.
Thanks for everything.
Apologies for the delay.. am still busy sorting almost 500 photos/video’s of a fantastic tour with Heidi.
As you know, it was a repeat of my first tour with Landscape in 2010 with Tas and I enjoyed the second time around even more. My friend Cerys Elliott was so overwhelmed that we are looking at which one next!!! I just love Namibia and am more than happy to repeat the other three tours. Heidi is not only a fantastic guide but she is now a dear friend and we had a wonderful time together. Stand by for lots of pics. I will downscale the size as most are between 4-6GB.
A big thank you to all at Landscape for another great tour. Will be saving up for no. 12 soon.
Trying to catch up with Prue!!!!
Thanks for the gorgeous photos – we have added them to our collection from the holiday.
We had a marvelous time with Tjomps. Nothing was too much trouble, he was totally organised and friendly with everybody. The accommodation was great in all aspects, together with the picnic stops and organised lunches at various establishments. Tjomps cooking was excellent and varied. We would not have seen 10% of the animals or birds had we been on our own. He was so attuned to nature and so utterly committed. He worked extremely hard to ensure that he made the holiday in the Kgalagadi very special and memorable.
Thanks to all the Landscape staff who put so much effort into the background organisation of the tour.
Ann and Rod Buttle
It was a pleasure to have the chance to join that recent trip to the Kalahari with Tjomps. It was super. Lovely weather, good company and an excellent guide – what more could you want. Tjomps really goes out of his way to make sure everyone is okay and enjoying themselves. But he is far too good a cook – time for plenty of exercise now to work it off !
I had been on the 10 trip but this longer one was far better with time at both Mata Mata and Nossub. More opportunities to see game and more time to relax and enjoy the bush. I hope you try it again.
Will definitely travel with Landscape again and could recommend this trip whole heartedly. It’s a trip that shouldn’t be left too late it’s pretty tiring. But very exciting.
Thanks to all involved for all the work and friendship, especially our team leader Piet.
Steve was great he really was he was very knowledgeable about the battlefields and he must have done a tremendous amount of research beforehand.
He was friendly and very empathetic towards me particularly. One niggle – I sat mostly towards the back of the kombi and I couldn’t hear what Steve had to say. A loudspeaker would have helped !! The same problem I had was with the 5 Battlefields tapes that Steve played in the Kombi.
But nevertheless it was a great trip (of the 9 that I have done with Landscape !!) and most enjoyable. And a big thanks to Steve who made it most enjoyable.
Our apologies for not sending this email on our return. We have now been back for three weeks but our daughter arrived the following week with the entire family of five and Leif has only a short time to do his part in a kitchen Reno before he goes sailing for a month. ( yes, I know he has a good life) Firstly a huge thank you for a wonderful job of organizing our trip. We had a fabulous time and our group assured us that this trip was in the top 3 and they for sure, have traveled a lot. I would say that the entire holiday went without a hitch. We did have one flat tire but considering the condition of the roads in Namibia, that wasn’t entirely unexpected. I would probably choose a four wheel drive again next time.
Just for your information, Namib Naukluft Chalets are not self catering. We did come with all of our groceries but there wasn’t so much as a plate at the chalets but we were able to borrow plates and cutlery from the kiosk which actually has a dining room. Our breakfast was included in the price and after the braai the first night we ate in the dining room. The road into the Chalets wasn’t great as they had previously had big rains and had some washouts.
Namib Naukluft Lodge was brilliant with outstanding meals and accommodation however the road to Soussesvlei is in terrible condition and worse than I remember with Jill. Lots of washboard and in our VW transporter, very rough. But, Soussesvlei was wonderful and we all made it to the top of Big Daddy. I would definitely go again!
The Hansa Hotel was wonderful. Great service and the meal that we had in the dining room was superb.
Twyfelfontein Country Lodge also had recent rains causing wash outs so the pool was closed which was disappointing as it was hot on our arrival. The attitude of the staff from our last visit there with Jill had really changed. There was no entertainment from the kitchen staff and they were rather unenthusiastic. Oh well, we still had fantastic time.
In Etosha, Dolomite Camp and Onkoshi Camp exceeded our expectations, wonderful stays with enthusiastic staff but Halali Resort rather tired as were their staff!
We loved the Minen Hotel and the Okapuka Lodge also brilliant. We could have had a full day there instead of our early departure to the airport.
So…a wonderful trip in all and this is only meant as feedback not criticism. However, 3000km on rough roads may not be repeated again unless our girls talk us into one last trip!!
And let me make a comment on Fugitives Drift Lodge, The Best, the highlight of our entire trip, the tours of the battlefield outstanding and staff were wonderful.
Thank you for taking the time for our introductory chat, it was great and really got our enthusiasm up for our trip. Thanks again to you and Trudy for organizing a wonderful trip and we won’t hesitate to recommend you to others contemplating a trip to Namibia and South Africa.
Leif and Maureen Bjorseth
After 10 tours you are still the Best in the West.
Regards to Landscape Team.
We had the most wonderful trip to the Okavango. The accommodation and food etc were excellent. The staff were all exceptionally polite and helpful. All in all everything was very well organised and we all had a wonderful trip.
I have just returned from a fabulous Caprivi tour. A friend had told me that this was the best Landscape tour she had experienced, and I have to agree with her. Thanks for making it possible. Heidi was a great “jack of all trades” and used a collapsible step to help us get in and out of her vehicle.
Thank you very much for another wonderful Landscape trip. Everything worked like clockwork in typical Landscape style. Heidi was an exellent guide. Her ability to spot and identify birds and beasts with one eye and keep the other focused on the road was amazing.
I did not take any photographs but most of the others did so I am sure you will get some soon.
Thank you for giving us such a great time.
Best wishes to all.
The Okavanga Delta Safari was really great and we had a wonderful time.
I have now sorted through all my photographs – just over 470 – and have selected 12 that illustrate some of our best experiences and show a range of the animals we saw. This was a difficult task.
Having had my name added to Tjomps’ Fan Club List, please would you add my name to Heidi’s Fan Club List! Her bush knowledge of both birds, fauna and animals was awe inspiring. I certainly learnt a lot from her. We were so lucky with the variety of animals we saw and a highlight other than seeing all the water, was finding our own lions on the early morning drive in Chobe. The accommodation, except for Waterberg which was adequate and thankfully had amazingly comfortable beds, was magnificent as was the food. Congratulations to Landscape Tours once again – I look forward to another trip soon – you do seem to attract some like-minded people!
PS I was very pleased to have done the trip from Windhoek to Chobe and not the other way around – found the long distances quite tiring and would definitely not recommend anyone who has a dodgy hip, knee or back to do this particular safari! Karen and Freddie, both very fit 80+ year olds, were amazing and put me with a knee replacement, to shame!
Unfortunately I came home with a middle ear problem, which fortunately only manifested itself on the way home, otherwise I would have written sooner. Several others were also sick, a couple ending up with bronchitis, although all managed to finish the holiday and remain cheerful throughout. I just hope it wasn’t passed on to Heidi, who was about to do the return trip.
Although we found the first couple of days rather long, we all thoroughly enjoyed the trip and found it all so interesting. There is a lot of Caprivi and I personally, found it sad to think of all the young lives lost up there during the bush war and hope that never happens again. Having been with Landscape to Chobe before, I was excited to go back and couldn’t believe the change after all the water which has come down from Angola. Although we couldn’t go round islands, we still managed to see lots of animals, both on the game drives and along the banks of the fast flowing river.
Heidi provided us with splendid picnics and we were astounded at not only her knowledge of birds and game but her extraordinary ability to spot them. She was always the first to see things and after the briefest glimpse of birds she was able to identify them.
I hope I will be able to travel with Landscape Tours again in the future and will keep recommending them to friends and family.
Shirley and I wish to thank you for taking us on a faultless Kruger Safari.
I think the best way to sum it all up is that on day one we met as eight total strangers and on the final day parted the best of friends!
Quite honestly everything went off without a hitch. Your planning was superb, and executed to perfection by Maestro Tjompie. We were well-shepherded through the airports, driven in comfort by skilled drivers, accommodated in comfort in those delightful bush camps,and fed like royalty.
How does one describe our guide? Skilled game-spotter, patient nanny of the not- so-young, great attender to detail, Outstanding Cook (who can produce Chockchip Ice Cream in the bush?) fantastic photographer, AND master story-teller!
Here’s hoping to repeat this with you in the Kgalagadi
With much gratitude
Shirl and Mike Downes.
Hullo to everybody there –
Yet another Tjomps triumph….we had the most fabulous trip to the Kruger – 7 people who got on well and still liked one another after a week…Tjomps worked his magic on the meals, lovely braais under the stars with lions roaring in the distance; tasty lunches produced in twenty minutes; the most delicious steak etc etc. And the viewing was superb.. one of our number murmured “how does he do it?” when yet another exciting sighting occurred, to say nothing of a lioness on the side of the road all to ourselves (almost unheard of in the park!)
Many thanks to everyone who makes these wonderful things happen.
Warmest good wishes
Just a few lines to say how much I enjoyed the visits to the game parks and Storms River (where I wished I could have stayed a bit longer !) with maybe one day less at the Karoo park.
Of course, what made it special was Pieter who was always so thoughtful, helpful and informative about everything …. geology, animals, birds (with his sharp eyes) rivers etc. He is a real asset in your company. It is many years since I have been to these parks and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
Wishing you continued success.
Kind regards … Kathy Dolpire
By the way, that little restaurant in Graaff Reinet was a real find. I understand that you hadn’t been there before.
Thank you very much, an unexpected bonus.
Pieter is an excellent tour leader and certainly goes the extra mile.
We enjoyed it thoroughly.
Marion and Wally Esterhuizen
Thanks and enjoy your day.
Di Norton guided and facilitated to make the tour an unforgetta
Derek van Rensburg
Thanks for your note. I would like to add my own note of thanks. Apart from stating the obvious, which is that we had a wonderful tour, beyond our expectations, I would also like to sing the praises of Tjomps.
Tjomps was like a father looking after his children, like a mother hen looking after her chicks. He made us the most wonderful picnics, tended to our wounds, made our cellphones work, and fixed every little thing that needed fixing (like a suitcase with no key). He could turn his hand to anything at all, and did it all so efficiently and, dare I say, lovingly! There were many occasions that would have tried a saint, but Tjomps took it all in his stride and always appeared relaxed and smiling.
He could be negotiating dongas and potholes, and still spot game that we had not seen. He seemed to have an instinct for where the lions would be, or when the ellies would be cavorting in the deep waterhole. He worked a 16 hour day with no break, for while we were resting he would be refuelling the bus, buying food for the next picnic … he never stopped. A guide/tour leader without equal!
I have just recently returned from a trip to the Kruger Park with Landscape Tours. My eighth trip I think with Landscape !
It was really a great trip with excellent fellow travellers and above all a great guide in Tjomps Rautenbach.
And here I want to single out Tjomps as being exceptionally professional in every way. His cooking was wonderful, his spotting was amazing, his driving was superb and so on and on. But above all he really worked himself to a standstill he really didn’t have a moment for himself during the entire trip. A great guide to have on a voyage !!
Thank you Grant for everything and to all those in your organization that made the journey possible and I look forward to doing another trip with Landscape in the near future – in all you are all a great professional team.
I was on the Kruger tour last week with Tjromps. It was my first rip with Landscape Tours.
I just want to say how much I enjoyed it and how marvellous Tjromps was as a driver/guide/cook and washer upper. He catered very nicely for my vegetarian needs and there was no chance of anyone going hungry. Apart from which he worked very long hours but was always good humoured and fun to be with.
I will certainly consider another trip with Landscape in 2018.
What a wonderful trip we had to Kruger! Good sightings, lovely weather and an excellent guide.
Tjomps was amazing the way he coped with all our needs – one really could not fault him.
Looking forward to my next tour
Kind regards to all at Landscape
We wish to thank you for the wonderful Tour we enjoyed recently Winter Break. The sights and places we were taken to were excellent, especially the Tractor Ride!!. Also outstanding Tour Guide. Mr Neville Norton. We saw amazing things.
Mrs A Kurten and Mrs M Ehmke
Good morning Greg,
We returned from the winter break tour last week and just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. The places where we stopped for comfort breaks, tea and lunch were great and the overnight accommodation was super, the Rooiberg Lodge is a gem. With the snow on the mountains and the magnificent scenery travelling was a pleasure and we went on back roads which showed us places we had only seen mentioned on a map. Our guide Neville was a star being so knowledgeable, caring, conscious of our needs and a great driver especially on the dirt roads.
From the time we were picked up by Robert it was such a pleasurable experience and testimony to the good organisation of your company. Our thanks to all concerned.
This is the second trip we have done with you and we hope it will not be the last.
Best wishes for the future.
Colleen & Mike Slater
Congratulations also to whoever put the trip together – it was constructed with just the right amount of interesting things to do plus the right amount of free time as well. The accommodation, particularly at Chobe, was great. I arrived back in Cape Town last night with a big smile on my face feeling totally stress free from having had a brilliant, magical trip which I was fortunate enough to share with some really nice people. So a very big thank you to all at Landscape Tours who organized such an amazing experience – I hope to be fortunate enough to do another Landscape Tour in the not too distant future!”
I would like to say how very much I and all the group enjoyed the recent tour with Tjomps as leader. He could not have been more knowledgeable of all the animals and birds and he looked after us “oldies” so very well. He is a wonderful tour guide and I certainly I hope some day to be able to join another tour with him. Without his “eyes” for the animals and knowledge in recognising birds and so many other animals, we would have missed so much. The last cherry on the top was when he spotted several sable (a rare sight) on the last game drive. We all came away so very thrilled with everything and the organisation by Landscape could not have been better.
Thank you to all the team involved.
When I told my daughter what a wonderful time we had in the Okavango Delta, she said the attention to details is what makes a tour great.
That was what was so impressive in the Delta tour. Pizzas in a discarded termite mound!! I thought that was amazing and I don’t think anyone here really believes me.
But I would like to thank Trudi and Tessa in the office for being unfailingly helpful and charming.
Of course Grant and Helen were the best tour leaders one could have and I look on the whole trip as an experience out of this world.
What is on the cards for next year?
A thousand thanks to all of you,
Kind memories and regards
So good to hear from you….my turn to say thank you for such a wonderful stay in the Delta
What perfect organisation,what good choice of a camp, this we owe you and your team ! And it was a pleasure to meet you and Hellen and to share so many stories. I knew it was risky to go back to old memories but I can say that this tour was perhaps even better than what I remembered. Thank you from all my heart. And what a nice group we were : lovely photo ! Please relay also my thanks to Tessa.
PS : I am keen to do something similar next year !
Many thanks for the photo`s of our fabulous trip to Seba Camp. Would you kindly thank your staff at Landscape for all their kind and friendly help in making our trip such a memorable one. Best wishes to Helen
Our river safari in Botswana gave us the most incredible experience of siting 6′ away from a group of bull elephants while they ate & watching a herd of females with an assortment of youngsters on shore — including a very new 2 month old who just seemed tickled to death by everything he or she found to do! I was telling my daughter yesterday about the amazing country of South Africa where one can see everything from the beauty of Table Mountain & The Cape of Good Hope to penguins to great whites (albeit small juveniles & only on a “drive by”) to the Big 5 & everything in between! You are certainly a lucky bunch to live in such an amazing country! Please pass along our warm thanks to Neville for his knowledge, time & friendship. He was our first & best guide! If any of you want a lovely, pampered get-away weekend in Johannesburg, you must stay at the Peech Motel. It is a hidden gem with gorgeous grounds, luxury features in the rooms, and a surprising 5-Star dinner!
Finally, we want to reiterate our offer that if the day comes that you find yourselves in our area of Florida, we would be very pleased to take you out on our boat for a sail. You have our email, just let us know you’re coming. We would love to do something nice for you both! Thank you so much for everything — it was simply amazing & perfect in every way!
Warmest regards, Holly & Steve Baumann
How does one begin to say thank you? I know so many people work together and also behind the scenes to make a magnificent tour like the Serengeti/Ngorogoro possible. To each and everyone involved a huge thank you for your combined effort. It was lovely to have met you, Trudy, briefly, at the airport. Allen took us through our paces effortlessly at OT. And from Dar-es Salaam it was Pieter’s job who really took great care of us all – I am sure not always an easy job. The tour was absolutely amazing and I have no regrets. I had posted pics on FB and that destinations seems to be on so many people’s bucket list. It just makes me realise even more just how privileged and blessed I really am. Thank you for organizing sucha fantastic tour. I will certainly make use of your services in future again. (Andrea and John told me the Caprivi tour is great) and I will recommend your tours to others as well.
The reason for the delay in responding to your kindness is that both my wife and I became unwell six days after getting home – suspect ‘flu which has taken an inordinately long time to shake off.
We found the trip to be a wonderfully interesting and rewarding experience, especially the Sutherland component. Not only that, but it was fascinating to see and learn about the different places and environments through which we passed. Pieter was not only a knowledgeable tour guide but also a safe and considerate driver, particularly over some of the switchback untarred roads over which we travelled.
In summary, we are very pleased to have undertaken the Karoo Highlands tour, which more than met our expectations. My only slightly negative comment is that notwithstanding the amazing scenery and passes through which we travelled on Day 4 we found that day’s journey very long and wearisome. Of course, it was not helped by the 20-minute delay dealing with a tyre puncture after leaving the Tankwa Karoo National Park but that alone would not have caused us to arrive at Kagga Kamma after dark. Looking at the map, I’m not sure if the route could be shortened somewhat without sacrificing something worth seeing, but that is something for you to consider.
Great tour. Thanks
I’d just like to emphasize that Heidi is a super tour guide. She knows her animals, birds, trees and plants, and geology. She is extremely organized and runs a smooth operation. Both factors add to the enjoyment of the tour. And, most important, she has great people skills.
Our first encounter with Landscape Tours & Safaris was the Cape to Addo Nature Safari which ended last week. The visits to four of our spectacular national parks under the guidance of Tjomps was a wonderful experience! He is very knowledgeable and also an excellent organizer.
Our sincere thanks to Landscape Tours for a vacation never to be forgotten!
Martin & Laurette Hattingh
The Addo Tour was absolutely out of this world. Penny and I had a wonderful time.
Everything to me was luxury – the first tour I have been on in South Africa and I enjoyed it immensely.
Tjomps was amazing – highly organized and any hiccups he fixed promptly.
He made great picnic lunches – only sorry we did not experience one on his braai’s for which he is famous. He was attentive to everyone’s needs and was always right there when anyone needed an extra bit of help from the time we left our chalets in the morning until were were seen safely inside at the end of the evening. He seemed to know where the animals were so we had great viewing and pic taking.
An expert at everything – organization, driving, knowledge and very patient! He is worth a double salary as he is a valuable asset to Landscape Tours.
I hope I will be able to go on another of your tours one day.
Thank you again for all your help, especially with Penny and her broken arm and all our phone calls. What a tour!
To the Landscape Team.
I wish to thank you for the wonderful Addo tour. Everything was so well organised and Tjomps is a very caring and knowledgeable tour guide. I hope to go on another trip in the near future.
Dear Tessa and all who travelled to Addo,
What a lovely time we had. Looking at the photos bring back the sights and sounds and smells…
I’d love to share some of the memories I have put together. I have reduced the photos in size, do that the file doesn’t get too big. However, if anyone wishes to have any of these photos in full, please feel free to ask.
Tjomps Rautenbagh was a great tour leader. I do not have his e-mail address, so Tessa, If you think he would be interested, please forward this to him.
To all of you were on the trip, thank you for your kindness, for the lovely chats we had and for the companionship. It was good to get to know you and who knows, maybe we’ll meet again on one of Landscape’s tours. I hope so!
I have recently returned from a tour with 9 other fantastic people, we had fun and laughter from minute 1!
Accommodation, excellent meals wherever we “landed”, daily tours, and last but certainly not least our Tour Guide, Pieter, ALL rate 100%.
Thank you Landscape
Thank you very much for this e-mail.
We really had a great time and as it says on the Website: the food was also fantastic.
And PETER, of course, our favorite guide!!!
Many thanks for the pictures, they bring lovely memories.
Joan & Karel
Landscape Tours certainly lived up to its reputation and I will most certainly be using them again very soon.
so this will just highlight the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the most recent.
The wildlife Seeing 10, then 20, then 30 elephants in family groups silently shuffling to the waterhole; lines of zebras wandering across the plains; giraffes some-how managing to straddle their legs to drink; white rhinos; a vast array of wildebeest, kudus, oryx, springboks; lions resting in the shade of trees and beside the waterhole; a leopard sleeping in a tree –
Lots of beautiful birds identified by our bird watchers and guides
The scenery At times we could have been driving through different parts of Australia, from green rolling hills in the south, to vast stony plains, mountains, and desert in the north and interior; the red sand dunes at Sossusvlei; Table Mountain dwarfing Capetown, and the Cape of Good Hope – All stunning
Kirstenbosch Gardens and the wonderful diversity of native flora throughout the trip
Victoria Falls The helicopter flights, flying fox, and the amazing experience of swimming in Devils Pool and peering down over the edge to the base of the Falls
The locals Without exception the people were courteous, friendly and wanting to please; “Bob Hawke’s brother by another mother” trying his sales pitch through the bus window
The battle sites Brought to life by the excellent museums, touching memorials, and the knowledge of our guide, Pieter
The accommodation Very comfortable to the point of luxurious in places
Drinks The first beer, rock shandy, cider, or drink of choice after arriving at our accommodation in the evening after another 40⁰ day. It hardly touched the sides!
Food Excellent and often too much, but we managed to get through it anyway
Our guides Tjomps and Pieter, for their extensive knowledge which they readily shared, as well as their wonderful sense of humour
Welwitschia plants What a crazy, weird, botanical curiosity – who’d have thought such a plant even existed?
Our driver Floyd, wearing his Australia T-shirt to convince everyone he was born in Mildura
Flies and mosquitoes No flies and almost no mozzies…..except a veritable plague of mosquitoes at our motel in Livingstone. Lots of spraying took care of that.
The companionship, laughter, and shared experienc-es of the group
Weather It was really hot! Some days in Namibia it reached 40⁰ by 11am
Illness, which hit quite a few of the travellers, though in most cases not lasting more than 24 hours
The bus The sliding top windows providing minimal air circulation; the large windows sometimes falling into their cavity providing a dusty tornado
Nothing, except for warthogs, they are really ugly!
Our thanks to:
Landscape Tours, especially our guides Tjomps and Pieter
Floyd, our wonderful driver
Geoff, for coordinating the trip from this end.
The whole experience……fantastic!
Monique De Wit
You may want to consider upgrading your guests to the Palm Court rooms – they have recently been renovated, are much, much nicer and quieter and cost only R120 per person per day more.
Keep well, full marks, and I look forward to my next trip in October.
Sorella van Hoogstraten
Dave Hibbs was an excellent Tour Guide, taking calm responsibility for all the organisation and giving us details of the things we were seeing, without providing an overload of information.
Our two local Driver/Guides provided were exceptionally considerate, informative and skilled as they transported us through the route. Their observation and expertise in finding wildlife for us to photograph was also first class.
The hotels and lodges were also excellent.
We saw enough wildlife for me to acquire over a thousand photographs (after deleting the duds) so that the tour may be revisited once I have compiled a CD of the best ones. The fact that we did not see cheetah or leopard, only serves as an incentive to book the tour again some time!
Thanks to Stephen Mitchell for all the personal interest and care he took regarding the booking and arrangements.
It’s not often that experiences live up to expectations but that tour certainly did. We had the excitement of seeing wonderful game and birds and being blessed by the peace and tranquility of the Delta. Accommodation and food at Chobe Lodge were good and at Seba Camp outstanding. And we can’t say enough about the staff, especially the guides at Seba. We were spoilt rotten. And the cherry on the top was being fetched from home and delivered back safely.
It was a trip worth waiting for.
Pieter Badenhorst was not only a super driver – he answered every question (even the curious or somewhat unrelated ones) with patience and a wealth of knowledge
Looked after our every requirement with kindness – and was good looking to boot!
The accommodation was special and the food luxurious ( 2 k’s to get rid of) – the refreshment places were unusual, interesting and a feast for the eyes
The eight of us got on very well with each other and sundry afflictions!
Thanks for the memories.
Best wishes to all at Landscape
A big thank you for the wonderful trip to the Deserts and Etosha.
Our guide Alan/Tjomps was outstanding in every way!
My tour mates were a wonderful group of people so that It was not long before we became one big family with Alan being sensitive to the needs of everyone.
Once again, many thanks.
The days were sometimes long and bumpy but it was a great experience and we wouldn’t have done it any other way.
We will certainly consider Landscape for future tours.
Glenshiels Hotel and the Outpost were just out of this world and Sarah our guide at the Outpost was marvellous.
Trevor did a great job in keeping a disparate group organised and on schedule – we all commented on how safe we felt with his driving.
All in all not a single criticism
Kind regards and our thanks to Landscape
We really enjoyed the trip. We saw wonderful things and stayed in lovely hotels and guest houses. The tour was made even more enjoyable by the husband and wife team of Neville and Di Norton. They were excellent. They saw to our every need, nothing was too much trouble and they were delightful company. I had a slight medical problem at the beginning of the tour and they took me to a doctor in Plett. It was quickly sorted out so that I could enjoy the rest of the tour.
The food was delicious and we all ate too much I think!
We will definitely recommend Landscape tours to our friends and family. We look forward to our next trip.
Di was such a caring guide – she made every effort to ensure we were comfortable, and that each one of us had a good experience.
Our thanks & appreciation for a really memorable trip.
It was truly a marvelous experience, and thank you again for making it possible for us.
We will definitely look at other holidays and recommend your service to
Please keep us in informed of further tours.
This letter is to tell you how all my expectations of the Landscape Tour to Eight Bells with expeditions to Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn were greatly enjoyed.
This was specially due to the kindness and understanding of our guide and driver Alex also my fellow passengers who helped me over every stepping stone as well as in and out of the bus, ensuring that my poor eyesight did not endanger me,(or them!) so there were no trips or bumps.
Alex ensured that the tour was full of interest, especially in the Museums in Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn, sharing all sorts of interesting and historical facts especially about the arrival of Bartholomew Dias and Vasco Da Gama. It was always good to enjoy lunch and tea in various unusual restaurants, as well as evenings by the fire at Eight Bells.
Certainly living up to all our hopes of a great holiday.
Please will you be so kind as to share this email with Alex and tell him that I will return his map once I have studied it with someone who is able to read the facts to me.
With very best wishes and gratitude to everyone concerned.
She was an absolute pleasure and very kind to all of us. Please thank her for me and tell her that hopefully I won’t forget all she taught me too soon. You have a gem in her.
Talking about next trips please can you put my name down for your Caprivi trip next year, I would prefer to go in about August if possible. Jean Lidgett is keen to go with me again so please remember us both when you draw up your list of those who want to go and keep us posted about it when you have the details.
Once again, thank you to all of you for giving us such a wonderful trip, fetching and carrying us home and just being a very special tour company to deal with.
Kind regards to you all
I want to congratulate you all on a superb organisation which runs on oiled wheels from pick-up to return.
The anticipation of this trip came up to all my expectations, and more. Pieter as our Tour Leader was fantastic – he was always one jump ahead of us which made for smooth running in a calm and efficient manner. Nothing was ever too much trouble and he saw to it that every one of us was happy and relaxed. He is to be highly recommended.
His extensive knowledge of wildlife, birds and generally being able to organise a bunch of retired geriatrics was amazing!!
The hotels, food, transport arrangements to places of interest and general concern for each traveller was so impressive.
One thing which we suggested for the future was to maybe shorten the time in Livingstone and rather add a day onto the Chobe trip – the rugby balls for pillows at Chobe Safari Lodge could be improved upon sometime !!
I am hoping to maybe go on the Pafuri trip next year or possibly one to Namibia.
Well done on a wonderful job!
Regards and many thanks