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Testimonials

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    Tailormade Trips :: 6 Days Victoria Falls - Chobe

    Hi Muriel,

    I just sent my parents back to Colombia but I wanted to say thank you so much for your help in organizing our trip to Victoria Falls and Chobe. We had a wonderful time and I think my parents have fallen in love with Africa.

    I can’t thank you enough! Catalina Mar 31, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive Cape -Town – Kruger – Mpumalanga – Johannesburg – Victoria Falls 14 days.

    Good day Muriel!

    This little note to tell you that we are well back, a little tired of the long return journey with a long stop of 08 hours at Johannesburg but everything went well. So, we ended the trip with the Victoria Falls, it’s majestic and splendid and we were in very capable hands with Waldo who a priori knows you well, he was charming, available, really caring and really great.

    I wanted to thank you for the organistion of this beautiful trip, everything was perfectly orchestrated, I believe you managed to sort the problem with Avis (a priori no levy at the moment on my credit card for the deposit of the GPS).

    So, big thanks, and also for taking a bit of your time to come and have a drink with us, my friends found you charming. You made me want to go to Namibia, but not immediately, if it is confirmed I’ll come back to you for sure, but before that there should be Argentina and/or the Greenland…so change of scenery but not immediately, I have to rebuild myself.

    Here, thank you again, the pleasure of crossing you again and kissss.

    Catherine et Denis (Translated from French) Mar 28, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive Mpumalanga, Kruger and Tsitsikamma

    Gooday Muriel,

    Our trip went very well. All the reservations of accommodations met our expectations, detailed plans very helpful. The Gomo Gomo is really a very good lodge, offering excellent quality safaris. All our accommodations were spacious, very suitable for our family. We are delighted to have followed your advice!

    Thank you for your follow-up in our procedures and your availability.

    Regards,

    Laurence (Translated from French) Mar 26, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive Namibia

    Good day Muriel!

    We returned from Namibia yesterday morning, quite satisfied.

    Georges, I believe, sent you our collective appreciation for the South Africa part.

    In Namibia, the course and reservations worked well for both the car and the lodges.

    We found these lodges quite enjoyable.

    The boat in Walvis Bay (seals and pelicans) and the getaway to Sandwich Harbour were particularly pleasing.

    We thank you for this organization and will certainly be tempted to return to the North in both Namibia and South Africa by expanding towards Zambezi Falls and Mozambique.

    Best regards,

    Denis (Translated from French) Mar 10, 2017
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    Guided Tours :: South African Patchwork + 10 days Victoria falls

    Good day madam,

    Back in France in the grisaille and the cold, I took a little time to land mentally. First of all, I want to thank you for your kind attention and the speed of your answer throughout our exchanges. Until the last minute, I hesitated to leave because of a sciatica problem that occurred in November. Needless to tell you that I’m delighted to have taken the decision to go.

    I was delighted to be able to discover this country so rich of contrasts in privileged conditions, with a very small group of 6 people who very quickly integrated me along the way. Regarding the vehicle, I think a bigger size would have been welcome because the numerous luggage occupied several seats and we were a little cramped especially for such a long distance to go.

    In addition, this very complete tour has allowed me to discover both grandiose landscapes, fascinating and incredible wildlife during safaris, as well as the unavoidable places of Johannesburg and Pretoria. I’m so glad I could, thanks to you,I was able to complete my stay with my son, who made me discover many different places. Of course, I still have to discover other parts of this vast country, so perhaps another time?

    Thank you again and Enjoy your day!

    Marie Claude (Translated from French) Mar 7, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive 15 days Garden Route + Graaff-Reinet

    Dear Muriel,

    Unanimous congratulations from the group on your wise choices. You have been able to measure the accommodations so that they are varied and surprising, offering a beautiful image of the country.

    Thanks again,

    Kind regards.

    Georges (Translated from French) Mar 7, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: self-drive 3 days Madikwe, North West

    Dear Muriel,

    We would like to thank you very much for this unforgettable stay at Madikwe River Lodge.

    The Lodge is remarkably placed in the park, because that’s the place where all the animals are concentrated.

    Moreover, Takoura (Charles) the ranger who is attached to it, is simply phenomenal! Zimbabwean raised in the bush, he viscerally knows fauna and flora. We saw not only the Big 5 but also the magnificent 7 not counting Giraffes, Hypotargue, Hyena, Springbok, Lycaon, Etc

    The welcome and service of the lodge is also very good.

    Thanks again,

    Best regards

    Laure / Luc (translated from french) Feb 18, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive Sun City + Garden Route 15 days

    Good day,

    I hope you are well.

    It was a wonderful trip we made my children my wife and I! Different landscapes each time. Everything went very well. Your itinerary was perfectly tailored to our requirements and interests and your advice impeccable.

    The selected hotels were very good and met our expectations.

    Having taken a rental car was a wise choice because we were able to improvise a bit and the discovery was only better!

    Obviously, I will come back to you for a future return to South Africa or Kenya or other for a denser immersion with this beautiful country because the stay at the lodge was too short and it really made us feel good to be close to nature.

    In any case, my wife and my children join me in thanking you for your participation in the success of this unforgettable journey.

    Thank you!!!

    Adam (translated from french) Feb 12, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Makalali stay self-drive (4 days)

    Hello Muriel,

    I thank you for your various suggestions and your help that have made this trip a very pleasant time.

    Regarding Makalali, the Game Drive was really good (we were also very lucky!) The ranger and tracker team did a tremendous job sparing neither efforts nor vehicles!

    Looking forward to getting back in touch.

    Olivier (translated from french) Feb 8, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive 6 nights Graaff-Reinet + Garden Route

    Hello Muriel,

    We were delighted with our trip to South Africa.

    The places we have stayed in have helped make this trip unforgettable. The rooms were nice, clean, quiet and the bedding excellent.

    We have also had a very good welcome each time.

    A big thank you for all this.

    Best regards,

    Christine (translated from french) Feb 8, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive Cape Town (9 days)

    Good evening,

    Our Cape Town getaway was for the best. We had a great time and were delighted to discover this city and its surroundings that we did not know.

    The welcome at the hotel was very warm as well.

    Thanks again.

    Good night.

    Marie-Pierre (translated from french) Feb 6, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive 21 days Garden Route + Limpopo + Kruger Park

    Dear Muriel

    I’ve been meaning to write as well to say how happy we both were with the trip.  You did really well, given the short notice and the time of the year!  We loved it all !

    Jenni Feb 3, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive South Africa (21 days)

    Good morning, Ms. Ménard,

    I hope you are well! I wanted to thank you for everything. In any case, we had to do with a very professional, organised and caring team. I will not fail to talk about it around me and make an Advert! I wish you many beautiful things and a good continuation.

    Regards,

    Salima (translated from french) Jan 20, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Honeymoon (Self-drive, flifghts and transfers) Cape-Town, Kruger Park, Victoria Falls and Chobe

    Good evening,

    We wanted to e-mail you a debriefing of our entire trip. Above all, we would like to thank you because we, my wife and I, spent a beautiful honeymoon, enriching, exotic and restful. The animals, landscapes and places we stayed were up to our expectations and we were very well received.

    We remain at your disposal if you wish.

    Best regards,

    Maxime (translated from french) Jan 12, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive (6 days) South Africa (Santa Lucia)

    Hello Muriel,

    Back from holidays, I finally take the time to come back on our 5 day holidays near St Lucia prepared by you for Christmas.

    The Makakatana is a small wonder: we had a great and unforgettable Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! The staff is attentive, the place is magical, intimate, the owners are charming (present for Christmas Eve) ... In short, a big thank you for this beautiful discovery. Obviously, the game drive and boat tour were also at the level of our expectations (we saw a lot of animals), the ranger was very friendly and very educational (the kids loved it).

    The Falaza is also very good (obviously, it is not quite comparable): the park is very beautiful, the reserve is small but interesting and the exit to Hluhluwe is a great memory (many animals including lionesses in hunt). We also did the False Bay walk (6km) the morning of our departure, it was very beautiful but unfortunately too hot on that day (despite departure at 7am, over 40 ° C with a part not shaded ... The children had trouble). Only downside: the Falaza restaurant is not up to par and yet we are not particularly picky.

    Still, our stay was excellent and we thank you.

    Have a good day,

    Yours,

    Sonia (translated from french) Jan 9, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Namibia Self-drive (13 days) combined Lodge/camping

    Hello Muriel and best wishes for 2017,

    We have just returned from our trip to Namibia which was fantastic with a wide range of scenery and breathtaking landscapes.

    We would like to thank you for your logistical organisation, which on our second trip with you was again flawless with the apotheosis on the night of December 31st under the stars at the Namib Dune Star Camp.

    I have allowed myself to share your details with a few work relations who would like to organise trips to Southern Africa.

    Best regards,

    Hervé (translated from french) Jan 4, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Sightseeing and excursions South Africa (8 days):

    We thank you again for organizing our stay. We had a very good experience with lots of great memories to bring back to Lyon!

    Guillaume (translated from french) Jan 3, 2017
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    Tailormade Trips :: Honeymoon self-drive and flight (15 days): Cape Town, Kwazulu Natal, Kruger National Park

    Good evening Madam Menard,

     Many thanks for your congratulations!

    It was a wonderful day :)

     The trip that followed was on the same level!!!

     In summary, except the night in Pongola and 2-3 little details, this honeymoon was truly amazing!!!

    We took advantage of every moment.

    We have seen, felt, discovered, heard things that we will never forget.

    Everything was amazing and that's exactly what we were hoping for our "Honey Moon".

     We thank you for everything.

     This country is wonderful.

     Looking forward to contact you for another trip :)

     Yours,

    Perrine & Sébastien (translated from french) Nov 26, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Makalali Game Reserve

    Our first safari trip allowed us to do 4 games drives because we stayed for two nights at the Makalali Lodge. The Makalali was an unforgettable experience! Waking up before dawn and going to search for wild animals in a 4*4 vehicle. Thanks to Jonson our driver, we were able to go close to a cheetah, go after a Leopard, take part in an Impala hunt by wild dogs, approach a Rhino, a Hyena and a flock of Elephants…we saw a “honey badger” and a happy “warthog”, Zebras accompanied by a gnu, Antelopes without mentioning all types of birds.

    Vera (translated from French) Nov 8, 2016
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    Day Trips :: In Gandhi's Footsteps

    Thank you very much Muriel. We have just now arrived back in Switzerland. All went well. Bongani was an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. We very much enjoyed our tours, and appreciated your moving the Thursday tour to the afternoon.

    Arthur. G Oct 4, 2016
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    Guided Tours :: ‘The Great Tour of Namibia’ + Victoria Falls (16 days)

    Good day!

    I’m very excited about my trip, the country has so many breath-taking sights and the circuit from the North to South allowed us to discover multiple facets.

    Eventually, some places deserved more time but the journey imposed this rythm. The Lodges were extraordinarly amazing, spacious rooms, extremely clean with bedding of great quality in a natural setting often sumptuous. The meals in the lodges were of great quality as well as those that were served in the reserved restaurants (for lunch) on the itinerary with one or two exceptions (this parameter wasn’t as vital for me as it could be for someone else). Our two guides were very efficient and pleasant (Fransisco and Gaarson).

    I gave your details to a French couple that I met in Windhoek who were looking for an agency for a future trip in the Southern Africa. I wouldn’t fail to recommend you if the case arises. I also hope to be back soon.

    Thank you for your availability and your precious help to recover my glasses.

    Cordially,

    Valerie (translated from french) Aug 28, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive South Africa

    Good day,

    I wished to thank you for the organisation of this trip that we’re going to keep wonderful memories. I want to speak on behalf of everyone to say that we had beautiful animal and human encounters and attended magnificent spectacles of nature. South Africa is a very beautiful country that we’ve only seen in part and we may have the opportunity to come back.

    Thanks once again.

    Patricia (translated from french) Aug 20, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive Namibia Big tour

    Good day Muriel,

    I wouldn’t want to add up on Patrick’s comments if not to express as well our total satisfaction when it comes to the trip itself and your service before and during the trip. We have already communicated our program and your details to our traveller friends.

    Cordially,

    Valerie and Laurent (translated from french) Aug 17, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive Namibia Big tour

    Good evening Muriel,

    Back from Namibia, we’d like to say how this trip has been a fantastic experience. Filled with strong emotions. I’d like to say that it’s the most extraordinary trip that we’ve ever made in our life though there’s a lot of comprtition because we’ve already visited a lot of countries. The trip by itself unfolded almost perfectly with one or two unavoidable incidents (surbooking of the kayak in particular) but very secondary.

    Driving on the track eventually became very controllable after a few hundreds of kms. The lodge activities were very reliable. A mention for the “Night drive”of Namutoni (we were alone in the 4*4 with the guide and, besides the meeting at night of most of the animals of the Etosha park,a troop of elephants and their little ones came to drink and bath around a lost waterhole; very strong emotion in the dark!). The “Elephant drive” of the Damaraland that has provided us with a magical morning. The sunrise on the “Big Daddy” of Sossusvlei (to cry for), the climb in montgolfiere and the sabrage of the South African champagne at breakfast, the night under the stars at the Namib desert camp, the camp at the bottom of the Fisher River Canyon,We were even able to do a quad at the last moment at the Intu African Zebra lodge in the Kalahari.

    The success of course is due to the program that we patiently built together during the first six months of the year. This program has been in its application of remarkable reliability. Great bravo to your professionalism, orientation and advices that you gave to us during this period.

    We’ll be coming back to Southern Africa (Botswana? Zambia? S.A?); we now have the address. Speak to you soon then!

    Cordially

    Patrick & Marie-Helene (translated from french) Aug 16, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Combined Namibia/South africa, 3 weeks Self-drive

    Good day Muriel,

    We came back yesterday and I I wanted to send this mail to thank you very much. Our holidays went extremely well and we particularly enjoyed the itinerary you made for us. The hotels were top and we were very well received …an unforgettable vacation.

    We discovered the Southern Africa and loved it!! Lots of beautiful memories for us…Thank you again and I will not hesitate to give your contact to our friends or colleagues who would like to visit this region.

    Very cordially,

    Isabelle (translated from french) Aug 12, 2016
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    Day Trips :: Johannesburg+Soweto

    Good day,

    I’m sending you this small message to express our satisfaction following the morning visit of Johannesburg+Soweto with Moses who was very nice and knowledgeable.

    I’ll recommend you when the occasion shows up.

    Best regards,

    Beata (translated from french) Jul 26, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Namibia tour 12 days

    Hello Muriel,

    This stay was perfect and met the expectations of the whole family. Great and thank you!

    Kindest Regards,

    William (translated from french) May 23, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Combined Zimbabwe/Botswana

    Hello Muriel,

     Our trip was very well spent. The guides were very nice, always on time and cared about the guests. They are TOP.

    The hotels (Zambezi River Lodge and Ivory Lodge) are superb and the staff friendly. Nothing to say. It was a very good choice.

    A small question Muriel as we are already going on our next trip (Kenya and Tanzania) and we want to know if you are also organizing trips to these countries

    Thank you,

    Regards,

    Ana Sofia (translated from french) May 23, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive Kwazulu Natal

    Hello Mrs. Menard,

    We thoroughly enjoyed this trip to South Africa.

    The organisation of your agency is well established, and the 3 hotels you booked us in were perfect.

    Thank you and we will recommend Effective Connections to our friends and family.

    Best regards,

    Claire & Cedric (translateted from french) May 22, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive Namibia 12 days

    Hello,

    We had a very pleasant time, everything was perfect: the distances, the accommodations, the welcoming at the airport etc....

    We warmly recommend this trip to our friends and we are ready to do it again. We will not fail to return to you.

    Cordially.

    Michèle (translated from french) May 21, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive 9 persons Kwa-Zulu/Kruger

    Hello,

    On behalf of the 9 travellers, we thank you for choosing the different places during our trip, especially for the Thonga Beach lodge and safaris organised in the Kuger.

    Regards,

    Véronique (translated from french) May 8, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive South Africa

    Hello Muriel,

    We had a great time. Thanks again for your advices and your flexibility after all the  last-minute changes.

    It is truly a beautiful country and a magnificent region, we will definitely come back.

    Regards,

    Maurine (translated from french) May 7, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive South Africa big tour 17 days

    Hello Muriel,

    Here we are back in Paris, very sad in the gray and the cold.

    A big thank you for your services, our trip went very well and we are delighted. The country is beautiful and contrasted, adorable people, the sun very soft in this early autumn.

    All the hotels and guest houses were perfect.

    We came back with hundreds of photos that we'll have to sort through. What good memories.

    Another big thank you, Muriel. We will not fail to advertise.

    Truly.

    Marie-Noëlle (translated from french) Apr 26, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Namibia Big Tour 11 days

    Hello Muriel,

    Now when our stay is coming to an end, here is our feedback for the stay in Namibia that you proposed to us.

    First of all: it is a beautiful country, we took full eyes of landscapes, colours, animals ... We leave with images full head!!!

    2 truly exceptional accommodations: Corona Guest Farm and Mokuti Lodge

    - Corona Guest Farm: Great, in the beauty of the place and the welcoming. Very nice benefits. An enchantment.

    - Mokuti Lodge: Great!! Beautiful. This place was magical and ideal for resting.

    I take advantage of this mail to let you know that we appreciated the availability and kindness of David ,the person in charge of welcoming at Windhoek airport.

    Isabelle (translated from french) Apr 19, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive Cape-Town/ Kruger

    Good evening,

    I am writing to express our great satisfaction with our stay in South Africa.

    The Johannesburg guesthouse and tour were perfect.

    The 2 safari stays in reserve were amazing and very complementary especially in relation to the diversity of landscapes between the 2 reserves.

    Accommodation and food were of high quality.

    The Europcar vehicles were good. The GPS placed at our disposal (without rental) has been very useful and seems to us unavoidable for this kind of route in order to drive around serenely.

    Finally, the Leuwenvoet guesthouse was very good: ideal location, very nice room and excellent breakfast.

     Itinerary, stages, weather: this trip was very rich, exotic, and therefore a great success!

     Thank you for your support.

    Fanny (translated from french) Mar 8, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Combined Cape-Town and Kruger

    Hello Mrs. Menard,

    We had a great holiday, South Africa is an amazing country.

    Regarding the organisation it was very good especially given the short notice time we gave you to organise it.

    Best regards,

    Frédéric (translated from french) Feb 26, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Tour with private driver-guide South Africa

    Federica, our guide is adorable and does everything to please us so we will also try to please her.

    In any case, we are taking full advantage and do not regret having taken a guide and to have passed by you.

    Thank you for everything, you have a beautiful and rich country!!

    Good night

    Sabine (translated from french) Feb 21, 2016
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    Tailormade Trips :: Self-drive Cape-Town/Karoo

    We are delighted with our trip!

    We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the accommodations and breakfasts. As for the welcoming, unique!

    The stages were perfect, we really enjoyed everything.

    Thank you for your choices and advice.

    Best wishes

    Anne-Catherine (translated from french) Dec 31, 2015
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    Business Trips :: Mining engineer seminar Johannesburg/Pilanesberg

    Hello Muriel,

    So far so good!!

    Thank you for your preparation which made this seminar a logistic success.

    We will recommend your agency.

    Good continuation.

    Thank you

    J-J (translated from french) Oct 30, 2015
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    Tailormade Trips :: Kololo

    Thanks for recommending Kololo. Fantastic place with wonderful views and very smart lodge. It was a perfect place to host my family. Thanks
    Jemma Oct 5, 2015
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    Tailormade Trips :: Okavango

    Dear Muriel,
    Our holiday was just amazing, we enjoyed every single moment ! Especially Okavango... So magic and peaceful!!! Thank you very much again, from me and Monica.
    Laura Sep 23, 2015
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    Tailormade Trips :: Manchangulo

    Hi Muriel,
    We arrived home a few hours ago after a wonderful holiday at Manchangulo.  What an amazing place - so beautiful and isolated.  We found all the staff very friendly and with a new diving instructor (only been there 6 weeks), we think the lodge will be even better.
    The lodge was exactly what we wanted and even over the Easter weekend, there were only 20 guests. My children loved the snorkelling, swimming and just playing on the beautiful beach. Thank you for all your help with our holiday arrangements. Jemma Apr 7, 2015
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    Tailormade Trips :: Namibian Tour

    Hi Muriel,
    We enjoyed it a lot and was well organised. For next time I would not go for 2 nights to Spitzkopfe as it's very basic and there is not so much to do. We liked Wustenquelle a lot and you can recommend that to other people. Beautiful camping spot, nice owners and very beautiful well marked hikes. Then for Sesriem there is a restaurant with a very limited menu.
    Thanks for organising.
    Nathalie de Nijs Oct 1, 2014
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    Business Trips :: Three-day seminar

    We called upon Effective Connections to organize a three-day seminar for the directors of French Chambers of Commerce & Industry in Africa. The 35 participants were accommodated, chauffeured and entertained wonderfully during their stay thanks to the very professional work of the Effective Connections team. Their diligence and efficiency are worthy of praise and we deeply recommend their services. Hervé Delabrousse ~ Communication and Development Manager Mar 12, 2013

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