We felt it was an excellent and well thought out itinerary to a beautiful, peaceful and very interesting country. Our ‘celebrity’ guide George McGavin was a great success. In addition to his vast knowledge and huge enthusiasm – George was caring towards the group and was constantly humourous and entertaining. He added a lot more to the tour then just his insect knowledge!
We’ve had a great trip overall. Saw lots of dragons yesterday at the watering hole on Komodo as well as some great snorkelling. Relaxing in the sunshine at the moment before we leave for Bali later.
We are back and all I can say is what a fantastic tour! Thank you so much for organising, we have both fallen in love with Indonesia and cannot wait to go back to see other things. Sulawesi was fabulous –the diving was so good it was like being in an aquarium. The tarsiers were all that I expected but the black macaques were so much more!
The first evening walk to see the Tarsiers, on the way we saw two Cuscus hanging about in the trees. We saw a couple of Macaques but the main event was the Tarsiers. We saw six in one tree and they are more cute/ugly as their photos. I could have stayed there all night watching them.
The next day we travelled back to see the Macaques, we were a little late and thought we had missed them as a we got to a group of people who had been watching them the macaques turned away into the bush. We carried on walking to look for kingfishers when we found ourselves in the middle of a monkey gang fight. Rambo 1 and Rambo 2 troops had travelled onto each other’s territory and all hell broke loose! They didn’t care that we were there they just rushed back and forth hollering at each other, it was so exciting watching it.
Once all the testosterone subsided Rambo 2 relaxed and groomed each other we just stood in the middle of them watching them for ages. One climbed a tree to communicate with me by sticking his tongue out and showing me some very strange facial expressions – Stewart thought he was asking me to be his 3rd wife! As we stood watching them relaxing, one came to play with my shoelaces and then another liked my trousers, then a brave one climb up me and started grooming my hair! He didn’t give up easily, sticking his fingers in my eyes and kept looking at me seeing how I was reacting– it was a fantastic experience all round.
All that is left to say is thank you again for giving us the wide variety of what we can see in Indonesia, it has whetted our appetite to see more! Now to plan for next year –we will be in touch soon!
It was tiring, but we had a fantastic time and the holiday was up there with the best of them! The boats in particular were brilliant ways to travel, and it was great that each place we visited had something different to offer. The people were so lovely, and the food was great. In fact, it’s one of the few places that we’ve been to over the last few years that I really feel I’d like to revisit.
We had a fantastic trip and had some amazing wildlife encounters which we’ll always remember. We got to see everything we wanted and more.
We loved this trip! The part arranged by Reef and Rainforest was very professional and thoughtful. Overall, we saw many highlights. We very strongly recommend the Seatrek experience. It was amazing and just what we were looking for. We believe Reef and Rainforest Clients interested in the archipelago would really enjoy the trip and the experience. The food was outstanding and the boat crew terrific. The guide was also excellent and they had arranged really interesting, informative and beautiful trips on land on different islands each day. Even the day spent on tour before boarding the ship was fascinating and well guided. We have taken many trips with Reef and Rainforest – Galapagos, Madagascar, Brazil, Peru, Indonesia. Our guides and have also been very good birders, and this was important to us. We have appreciated the way Reef and Rainforest arranges trips and the eco-tourism nature of the trips. It has been a good fit for us.
It was an epic and stunning holiday which we will remember for a very long time. A highlight was seeing the Hornbills, Tarsiers, Bear Cuscus and The Sulawesi Crested Macaque in Tangkoko National Park. As usual your organisation of this trip was excellent.
We both loved it. We found the Indonesian people very smiley and friendly. The ground agents and drivers were polite and informative. All dealings with Jonathan Morris were helpful and efficient. Thank you.
On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to thank all at Reef and Rainforest for arranging so superbly yet another exceptional wildlife experience. As you are aware our ‘expeditions’ tend to be species led and this year’s brief was to observe and photograph the ‘Three Big Cats of Africa’ in a truly wild setting (i.e. no fences). Your recommended destination, Botswana, did not let us down, in fact the whole trip proved an outstanding success in all aspects.
We stayed in three camps (three nights in each) across the Okavango Delta and surrounding area, each provided a different environment which ensured our aims were met. Each camp was run to a very high standard, was extremely comfortable and provided excellent meals. The quality of guiding and tracking in all our camps was of the highest standard. As Botswana manages its natural resources so well all the camps were small (no more than 18 guests) ensuring a very intimate safari experience in pristine wild African habitat.
I am delighted to report our big cat objectives were realised. All observations were lengthy and offered excellent photographic opportunities. However, unexpectedly, the highlight of our spectacular trip turned out to be sightings of two separate packs of African Painted Dogs. We visited two dens, the first had a very healthy number of adult dogs, approximately fifteen and eighteen pups. The second had seven adult dogs and sixteen pups. At Lebala we had the privilege of spending a prolonged period of time following the pack of dogs as they hunted, an experience we will never forget.
When one also considers the significant mammal and bird species we observed, Botswana is truly a must visit destination for the wildlife enthusiast. Incidentally we also observed three serval and two African wild cats. We also thoroughly enjoyed our few days at Victoria Falls, possibly the most spectacular waterfall in the world, the hotel in Zimbabwe was excellent. Viewing the falls from the Zambian side and also the helicopter flight are both well worth doing.
This was our third consecutive trip with Reef and Rainforest, and I would be very surprised if there is not a fourth being planned very soon. Thank you all once again.
Everyone we ran into in Rwanda was so friendly, kind and proud of their country. The service they provided was excellent. We had a wonderful time getting to know them better.
Our guide was AMAZING. We got to know more about Rwanda and its people because we spent so much time with him. He stopped frequently to point out all the different birds to us or show us a particular view. He helped us get on the gorilla hikes that suited our fitness and interests. He let us know exactly how each day was going to play out so we could be ready with the right clothing and water / snacks.
All the guides for the tours were very knowledgeable and quite entertaining. They were concerned with our enjoyment and our safety. The porters were invaluable – they not only carried your pack (filled w. camera equipment & water) but also helped us up the steep grades and along ledges.
The landscape was as spectacular as the wildlife in Rwanda. Pictures do not do it justice. Seeing three different gorillas families was the highlight but there was so much more to see. The Golden monkeys were gorgeous. Nyungwe was a beautiful park filled with primates and birds. We saw chimps, mona, vervet , blue, mangabeys, mountain and colobus monkeys.
We changed one of the tours (the waterfall one) and went birding for an entire day instead. We saw tonnes of birds including a Great Blue Turaco and many different kinds of sunbirds and hawks.
One day we will get to the UK and actually the meet the wonderful people who plan these incredible vacations for us. Thank you for all the help you give us.