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“We had an amazing time with Safari Explorer, a true dream come true. I traveled with my sister and we are very well travelled, everything was organised to perfection. Lauren created an incredible trip for us for both Cape Town activities and stays to a 5 day Bush experience as well. She directly understood what we were looking for and made us the perfect itinerary. On safari we stayed at Hillsnek, this place is pure magic! On arrival we were not only greeted by the wonderful staff but also by the elephants that came to drink from the pool. A perfect start. We spotted many animals and the landscape was also incredible. We definitely recommend booking with Safari explorer to all our friends and family and cannot wait to go back someday and do it all again. Thank you tons!“
Travelled: April 2022 – South Africa
“I cannot recommend Explorer Safari and Lauren Maker enough! I have been working with Lauren planning my husband and I’s honeymoon for about 2.5 years due to the pandemic. Lauren was amazing and always very helpful! We stayed at Camissa House in Cape Town, Leeu Estates in Franschhoek, Tanda Tula, and Dulini Moya while on safari. All our accommodations, tour guides, and drivers were fantastic! Lauren was also very helpful with making dinner reservations in Cape Town and Franschhoek. Our favorite was Pot Luck Club in Cape Town. Lauren was very helpful while we were on our trip and made it a point to check in on us to make sure everything was going smoothly. Our time on safari was the highlight of our trip. At Tanda Tula, we were lucky enough to see the big five as well as 8 lion cubs and wild dogs! At Dulini we were also lucky to see the big five again as well as a cheetah. We are sad our trip is over but can’t wait to one day revisit South Africa with the help of Explorer Safari! “
Travelled: February 2022 – South Africa
“Thank you Lauren Maker for organising and helping us with a Safari of a lifetime in Tanzania! We had a great experience and COVID did not detract from that at all. In fact, it kept crowds down in high season, which made it especially a wonderful time to visit.”
JAIME THOMAS – USA
Travelled: August 2021 – Tanzania & Zanzibar Safari
“Saying Lauren Maker is the best is an understatement. We had a our trip planned to SA for April and Lauren helped us plan everything. She helped us determine how many days to spend, where to stay, and activities to do. However, everything was/is put on pause due to COVID but Lauren has been amazing throughout this whole process. She has stayed in contact with us every month to keep us informed. She has made everything so easy and seamless its unbelievable.
I absolutely believe Lauren is the best travel agent I ever dealt with. We are so excited to take our trip soon (next year after COVID). We would not be able to do this trip/planning with out Lauren. Hands down best employee ever. We were a little concerned about booking our trip with this company because there were based in SA but honestly, the best decision we have ever made. Can’t wait for our trip and we can’t thank Lauren enough!“
JESSICA TORRO – USA
Travelled: June 2020
“If someone says they had a bad safari experience, it’s probably their fault! Our safari was great, game-viewing was a little tough at times because of the extended rain season – however we still managed to see the Big 5! Our guide Victor did a good job changing some things around so we could see more, including the wildebeest migration in Ndutu. His knowledge and flexibility helped us get the most out of our experience. I really loved the luxury and downtime of Ngorongoro Manor, it was the perfect break! We came back to a rose petal bath one day and had a fire in the fireplace each night – magic! It was also extra-special at Treetops because we got one of the few rooms with the baobab tree branch through it! Pioneer Camp was excellent, it felt like you were really sleeping close to the animals and being in the park, gave us more freedom to come and go at our leisure. We loved our safari, thanks again for everything Lauren!”
SHEENA & DARRYL PLYES, USA
Travelled: January 2020 – Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar Safari
“Good morning Pauline, thank you so much for your email. Africa is a beautiful continent filled with amazing surprises. The gorilla trekking was so exciting; my daughter was actually touched by a female gorilla and luckily we have a picture of that precious moment. Our time at the Masai Mara village brought tears of joy to our eyes, it was an unforgettable and moving experience! The Masai Mara Game Reserve was everything I was hoping for, and on our flight back to Nairobi we were lucky enough to see Mount Kilimanjaro. Some of the hotels were more than I was expecting; the food and service was amazing! Overall we have just only good things to report. I’m still dreaming about Africa and hopefully next year we’ll travel to South Africa. Thank you again for putting up with my jitters!”
Travelled: August 2019 – Gorilla trekking & East Africa safari
“Lauren, we all had an absolutely fantastic time. From the beginning of the trip with the meet & greet at the airport, and the nice stay at The City Lodge in Johannesburg, to the safaris. Both locations – Kapama Buffalo Camp and Thornybush Waterbuck – were incredible. Each location had a different kind of feel and atmosphere, and both offered luxury and all of the natural beauty that we were hoping for. The staff at each of the game reserves made us all feel welcome and definitely helped (going above and beyond) when our daughter was suffering a migraine. We really appreciated that you reached out to check on her and see if there was anything that you could do to help once we got to Cape Town. This trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and much of that was due to your hard work co-ordinating and scheduling all of the logistics. I am sorry we were unable to meet you in person, as I felt that you were definitely part of our experience. We couldn’t have managed the trip as smoothly and without issues if it wasn’t for you. We will treasure this forever!
THE WILSON FAMILY, USA
Travelled: July 2019 – Kruger safari
“I have to say Shanaaz, I have probably said your name 100 times since returning home. I have told everyone that they must use you when they decide to go to South Africa. We had the trip of a lifetime! The hotels, in-country flights, guides, drivers, tours – all perfect! We really cannot say enough nice things about Desmond and the time we spent with him. The safari was life-changing. We all cried when leaving. The guides and trackers – Doctor and Darrius, as well as Angie at the front desk, were amazing humans and gave us the most wonderful family feel. Thank you!
SLOANE & NATE, USA
Travelled: July 2019 – South Africa holiday
Pauline, just a short note to thank you for organizing a great and memorablesSafari . For us, it was an experience of a lifetime. A safari is something we always wanted to do and your company certainly excelled. Chobe / Kasane was delightful and so was the accommodation at the Cresta Mowana Safari Resort and Spa. The bug has bitten us and we will be back in the not too distant future.
RON & RONA, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Travelled: October 2019 – Botswana safari