Testimonials

See what our travelers are saying! These are a sample of reviews from on line platforms like Yelp or Google and we encourage you to search the web for independent reviews of Piper & Heath, we have never found a bad one.

Incredible Honeymoon

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POSTED BY Brittany Diamond     6 hours ago

Piper & Heath, specifically Chris, helped us plan an incredible honeymoon to Uganda and Kenya. I’m not someone who normally uses an agent to book a vacation, so it was difficult for me to let go of complete control and trust the process. However, Chris heard me out on things I had researched and worked with me to get to a budget we were comfortable with. I know I couldn’t have planned a better trip myself! Chris is also no BS, and I really appreciated that every conversation we had with him was honest and didn’t feel like a sales pitch. He has stayed at many of the lodges he recommends and even knows some of the guides and staff personally. Needless to say, he knows his stuff and will plan a life changing trip for you. Aside from Chris, his team is also wonderful. They were always on top of things and available to answer any of our questions. Can’t recommend Piper and Heath enough!

Most incredible vacation of our lives

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POSTED BY Kelly Gunderson     2 weeks ago

We recently returned from a trip to Kenya and Tanzania booked by Piper & Heath and it was hands down the most incredible vacation of our lives. Chris is very attentive and started off our planning process by asking what we wanted to achieve, learned our travel style and our major goals for the trip. From there he planned a trip that was beyond anything we could have possibly put together. Everything went seamlessly, Chris and his team obviously know what they’re doing – giving us private handling in airports where there was a fast transfer (we’re 100% certain we would have missed one flight if we didn’t have this), contacting the lodges prior to let them know about my food allergy, you name it they did it. The next time we go to Africa… yes, we will DEFINITELY go back… we will be coming back to Chris and his team.

Their passion for Africa is real!

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POSTED BY James Nelson     2 months ago

I have always been able to arrange my travel without outside help….until my trip to Africa. I turned to Piper & Heath to plan and execute my two week trip to Namibia and Tanzania in July of 2019. Wow! What an amazing adventure they put together. The CEO of the company was born and raised in Namibia and he flat out knows Africa, not just Namibia.

I told them what I wanted in Tanzania and they suggested two camps instead of one, both closer to the animals we wanted to see. We wanted to see herds of animals on the savannah without seeing herds of vehicles. Check! We hoped to see the “Big Five” and saw a leopard in a tree eating an impala, while her cubs played below. Later we found a lion nursing and bathing her cubs. And the list goes on.

Our big wish was to see the Wildebeest migration, and after two days of searching, we saw thousands of Wildebeests in a frenzied stampede. Magical!

In Namibia, I had a few ideas of what to see, but Piper & Heath said that would be a mere chapter in the book that is Namibia. So I asked for the book….and got it. They had us flying small planes across the desert, over the mountains and along the coast. Gorgeous! We had three different lodging experiences: Sossusvlei, the stunning red sand dunes; a rugged mountainous area populated by desert-adapted wildlife( where we tracked a rhino for hours until we found him);and the wild, pristine Shipwreck Coast. We also visited a local tribe at their village. Fabulous book!

One other thing. Though Piper & Heath is an American-based company, they CARE about Africa. Their CEO spent years in animal conservation in Africa and the company gives back to African causes 1% of its gross revenues (NOT 1% of net revenue like some companies do). Their passion for Africa is real!

P&H really listened to us…

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POSTED BY Karen Hemphill     3 months ago

Piper & Heath made so our trip of a lifetime. Usually we are do-it-yourselfers when traveling but we are so glad we used P&H for our trip to Namibia (even my husband who did NOT think an intermediary would be added value).
P&H really listened to us in terms of what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it and gave us the perfect custom itinerary, with all flights, lodging and door-to-door handoffs fully arranged. Everything was made so easy for us that we could just enjoy our amazing experiences without stressing at all about logistics.
We spent just over 2 weeks in Namibia and would have never gone to as remote areas or had as in depth of experiences whether out in the bush or in Windhoek without P&H. We will remember Serra Cafema our whole lives. And yes, I’ve been raving to all of our friends and family about P&H and if we ever go back to Africa I will absolutely go with P&H again!

Their knowledge base of Africa is profound

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POSTED BY Mark & Ginny Andrews     4 months ago

We just returned from our African adventure! Everyone on the team at Piper and Heath worked very hard to identify recommendations specifically created to fit our interests. Their knowledge base of Africa is profound. They are always responsive and accommodating. They provided us organized documents with lots of educational information and details of each step of the trip. When our trip began, each part of the trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya was executed flawlessly by their associates in Africa. Every person who helped us was on time, reliable, friendly, knowledgeable and fun to talk to. The locations and tours were first rate, the safari lodge in Zimbabwe and safari camp in southern Kenya greatly exceeded our expectations! Piper and Heath is a remarkable group of people dedicated to providing you a trip you will never forget, a trip of a lifetime. We highly recommend their services.

Incredibly personalized and effective customer service

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POSTED BY Cathy Lewis     4 months ago

We worked with Chris and Emily at Piper and Heath to plan our dream trip to Africa. They provide incredibly personalized and effective customer service. Chris interviewed us for over an hour to understand our travel desires and our values concerning the environment. He came back with a plan for us to visit three incredible wilderness safari camps in Botswana. In addition, they arranged all of our logistical transfers, plus a day of adventure in Johannesburg. Piper and Heath are amazing. Everyone of our transfers was handled professionally. We had an issue with one flight, and the representative stayed with us and helped us handle the situation. All the camps in Botswana were magical, And absolutely in alignment with our expressed goals and desires. We would work with piper and Heath again in a minute. Cannot say enough good things about them.

Our experience was incredible!

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POSTED BY Sally Meyerhofer     5 months ago

This was our first trip to Africa and with Piper and Heath Travel. Just like all of the other reviews, our experience was incredible! When we started out on this journey I felt so overwhelmed with the vast amount of information available online. But when I was referred to Piper and Heath, Chris did an incredible job asking us the right questions to help him figure out what type of itinerary would best fit our desires. The end result was a journey with four Asilia Africa camps in both Kenya and Tanzania that was absolutely seamless from beginning to the end. Once we started on our journey, every detailed was taken care of and my husband and I were able to relax and thoroughly enjoy our trip. Each and every camp was a different experience but consistently exceptional in terms of the staff and their hospitality. The people we met along the way and the wildlife made for life long memories. Thank you, Piper and Heath! (Chris, Emily, Josh, Mark, Kathy) you were all fabulous!

I highly recommend working with Piper & Heath for travel to India

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POSTED BY Sandy Perretti     5 months ago

Many kudos again to Piper & Heath for organizing a fabulous bespoke tour for me and a friend – this time to India in March 2019. It was the perfect blend of the best of India’s art, culture and wildlife. We hit the highlights in Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and forts and palaces in Jaipur, Rajasthan. We spent two awesome nights at Dera Amer camp where we were greeted upon arrival by Lakshmi the elephant who walked us to our luxury tent. Lakshmi had so much personality and we spent a lot of time with her – bathing and scrubbing her and painting her trunk. Food and service were excellent at Dera Amer. Our next stop was Bandhavgarh National Park where we stayed in the fabulous Kings Lodge and had two days of game drives focused on Bengal Tigers. Good fortune was with us as we saw a total of 11 Bengal Tigers for an awesome safari experience! We finished our tour in southern India in Cochin, Kerala which almost felt like a different country. All along the way, all of the arrangements made by Piper & Heath including airport greeters, drivers, guides, and accommodations were top notch with no glitches. And their local contact was just a phone call away when we needed help with a cancelled flight on our way to Cochin as well as for arranging massages for our last day in Delhi before we flew out that night. As two women travelling in India, we felt completely comfortable at all times with total confidence that Piper & Heath had covered all the details. Even though Africa is their specialty, I highly recommend working with Piper & Heath for travel to India.

Flawlessly planned and executed.

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POSTED BY Steve Cotton     7 months ago

We just returned from a 17-day safari in Uganda that was flawlessly planned and executed by Piper & Heath. No surprise – this was our third P&H trip to Africa (previous safaris took us to Namibia and Zambia/Zimbabwe), and they were also fabulous.  Chris doesn’t just bring expertise and personal knowledge to bear; he asks questions and really listens.  His advice and recommendations have perfectly matched our requests, and his low-key descriptions have proved reliable – which means we’ve embarked with realistic expectations of what we’re likely to encounter.  The P&H team does a fabulous job of making certain it all goes as planned. And BTW, the gorillas and chimps were awesome

One of the best trips I have ever taken

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POSTED BY Charlotte Mark     8 months ago

It’s been my dream to go to on a safari for a while now, but always felt overwhelmed by the process of selecting the perfect place out of an immense array of options. When planning my 30th birthday, I reached out to three travel agencies and Piper and Heath was not only the quickest to respond, but they were the only ones to actually pick up the phone and call me directly. After hearing about our interests, they were able to select the perfect safari for us. It ended up being one of the best trips I’ve ever taken — and I got engaged along the way! We did have one hiccup along the way when our driver in Zanzibar thought we were going to another hotel, which resulted in an increase in fees for transit. Piper and Heath was even nice enough to refund us the difference and take accountability for the mistake that wasn’t even their fault. All in all, highly recommend.

Travel professionals that set the bar incredibly high.

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POSTED BY Christa Muth     10 months ago

There are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe what an incredible journey was crafted by the team at Piper & Heath! The common thread running through all of their reviews is consistent execution, local knowledge, patient guest interaction with an unusual focus on the small details that set exquisite travel apart from a great trip. Starting with a gorilla trek in Rwanda and ending with an elephant encounter in Botswana, I have a difficult time picking a favorite experience. But what began this epic adventure was working with a team of travel professionals that set the bar incredibly high-bravo!

They are the best!

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POSTED BY Paul Azevedo     12 months ago

We recently completed a five week trip to Africa with the help of the folks at Piper & Heath. The short version review is this: If you are thinking about or planning a trip to Africa, we cannot urge you enough to use the professionals at Piper and Heath. They are the best!.

Having never been to Africa before, it was a bit overwhelming to assess travel options and figure out the best fit for our travel goals. Upon hearing that Piper and Heath were in our city, and after reading the stellar reviews by other travelers, we visited them. Upon the first contact with P&H, we knew we had found the right professionals to help us. The entire staff was knowledgeable, professional and friendly. Having grown up in Africa, Chris is particularly suited to advise about the details of the options there and fitting your travel plans and goals with the incredible options to select from in Africa. The entire staff really care about helping you have a great experience and it shows in their attention to detail and their efforts to make the logistics work for you. And they are also just very nice people.

We did a four week, self-guided tour through Namibia and a week “safari” in Zimbabwe. The itinerary was well thought out. The accommodations along the way were incredible. The “in-country” support was fantastic. The advice and suggestions for the safari were perfect. We met a number of travelers along the way that were quite envious of our itinerary and mentioned that we were staying at the “best places”. When our college-age daughter joined up with us for the last couple of weeks, we watched as her dreams to see Africa and the wildlife came true before our eyes each day. I would not change a thing from the recommendations that Piper and Heath gave us.

A couple things to note. Some of the best places to stay and visit in Africa cannot be booked directly so using a travel agent can improve the quality of your trip. Also, it does not cost you any extra to use them and in fact, Piper & Heath can save you money by giving you the best “bang for the buck” available for your adventure. Finally, if you are just thinking of going to Africa, do it! It is incredible.

We rarely write reviews for products or services. However, the knowledge, service and professionalism of Piper & Heath deserve as high a rating on any scale as we could give. They are exceptional at what they do and you will not regret using their services.

From the outset it was clear I had chosen to plan my adventure with an extremely knowledgeable and experienced safari planner.

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POSTED BY Stephen Hall     1 year ago

Earlier this month (August, 2018) my wife and I returned from a wonderful, expertly organized safari to Botswana, Africa. Given the numerous lodges and itineraries available and my own lack of prior travel to Botswana, I contacted Piper & Heath in January. From the outset it was clear I had chosen to plan my adventure with an extremely knowledgeable and experienced safari planner.
Their wealth of experience in the country of Botswana (and Africa in general) was readily apparent throughout the process. The day of my initial contact the staff immediately began making phone calls and sending seemingly countless emails that ultimately proved successful in fulfilling all of my special requests and reserving space at my preferred camps during the busy month of August.
All of the trip details including lodge bookings, guides, flights, flight connections, customs navigation, and travel insurance were confirmed and finalized by Piper & Heath within a week of my initial contact.
Having now seven months later just returned from Botswana, I can confirm that it proved to be a marvelous, unforgettable experience, free of confusion or ambiguity and full of the memories and highlights envisioned in January.
I would recommend Piper & Heath to anyone planning an adventure to Botswana or southern Africa. They are simply the best

I wanted to let you know that we had the trip of a lifetime

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POSTED BY David & Debbie Halbreich     1 year ago

I am writing this as I wait for my last flight from JFK to LAX. I wanted to let you know that we had the trip of a lifetime. Everything went off without a hitch. It could not have happened without your expert advice and follow through. From initial planning through final execution you guys did an absolutely wonderful job. The camps were all different but each amazing in their own unique way. The transfers around the airport were an added bonus and eliminated the anxiety that comes with traveling in abroad.

In addition to the above, I want to add that everyone in the company was extremely helpful. They were patient with my endless questions as I planned the trip, were professional in their follow through, and extremely knowledgeable about each of the camps in the countries I sought to visit. I have no hesitation in recommending them.

Dreams do come true!

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POSTED BY Betsy & Art Boyd-Baxley     1 year ago

Dreams do come true! In planning our safari Chris & Emily Liebenberg and Mark Forman were patient with our questions and listened to what we wanted for our African adventure!!!
Piper and Heath made this the trip of a lifetime. Every contingency and preconceived problem were taken care of. Their alignment with Asilia Africa truly enhanced our experience. Teaching us about their fragile ecosystem and the efforts to protect it.
The chosen camps, all the many many people who cared for us, all 8 flight schedules, everything, outstanding & stress free!

Top notch service from Piper & Heath.

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POSTED BY Carolyn Maloney     1 year ago

Top notch service from Piper and Heath! They planned and coordinated the trip of a lifetime for us- safari in Tanzania. Every detail was perfect and the service was truly remarkable. Thanks Emily for answering my endless questions and for everyone at P&H for always being so attentive and responding so quickly. We look forward to planning another trip with you!! Thanks for making a lifelong dream come true 🙂

If you want to travel to Africa for safari, call Piper & Heath.

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POSTED BY Susan Griffin     1 year ago

If you want to travel to Africa for safari, call Piper & Heath. They will customize your vacation and plan every detail meticulously.
Chris, Emily, Mark and Josh and I had many conversations and they took as much time as needed to answer my questions. As soon as I spoke with Chris, I knew he understood what we wanted and I am so grateful he made it a reality. We say it was a trip of a lifetime – but now we know we will go back to Africa again, and without doubt, rely on Piper & Heath to plan and book it.

Piper & Heath developed the perfect itinerary for us.

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POSTED BY Bruce & Sandy Peretti     1 year ago

After an afternoon with Chris to discuss a safari, Piper & Heath developed the perfect itinerary for us to South Africa and Botswana. The selection of our camps was perfect and in the perfect order. Beginning with Jack’s, the 1940’s style camp with no electricity to a more luxurious camp to a remote island camp only accessible by water and ending at another luxury camp. It was the perfect mix of rustic and luxury with regard to accommodations and amenities. Also, each camp offered a different wildlife viewing experience – from the Zebra migration at Jack’s Camp to the Big 5 at Qorokwe – as well as various activities (in addition to morning and afternoon game drives) from horseback riding to touring by Mokoro. Finally, we very much appreciated the great services, guidance, and transfers from point to point that were arranged by Piper & Heath. Everything went smoothly and we always felt safe and comfortable and in great hands. We highly recommend working with Piper & Heath for your travel to Africa. They will tailor the perfect safari for you.

Rarely do you find a company in any field that are as good as Piper & Heath

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POSTED BY Jim Lesperance     1 year ago

I’ve traveled to Five continents and over 20 plus countries for my obsession with Wildlife Photography. I believe I’ve taken 6 trips to Africa with Piper and Heath now. THEY HAVE NEVER MADE ONE TINY MISTAKE. I’ve used used so many different companies over the world and each one normally has a couple of things wrong with it. Piper & Heath delivers what they promise and above and beyond every single time. Signed, Sealed and Deliver. Here is the best part Chris and his staff are amazing friendly people who have their ethics lined up as well. They are active in conservation and think about the animals first. Rarely do you find a company in any field that are as good as Piper & Heath. They sell wonderful experiences with piece of mind while you travel in a foreign country. TRAVEL WITH THEM.

 

We would return tomorrow if we could!

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POSTED BY Charley and Marilyn Wheeler     1 year ago

We just returned from our third safari in Africa and without a doubt this is the best experience we’ve ever had. Past trips were very good, but this one was excellent. We would return tomorrow if we could!

Chris Liebenberg and his team at Piper and Heath Travel took care of every detail. They listened to what we wanted to experience and planned accordingly. Their recommendations for camps and length of stay were spot on. Commercial and local flights were coordinated with representatives meeting us at every stage of the trip. Everything was taken care of including expedited customs and immigration.

Our first stop at the Fairlawns Hotel in Johannesburg was amazing. It is a gorgeous property. It is definitely worth a return visit and even longer stay.

Vumbura Plains in Botswana is beautiful and well-managed with friendly and highly competent staff, great food, and the best guide and tracker we’ve ever had, Chris. Abu Camp, also in Botswana, is also lovely. The experiences we had with the elephants were unbelievable. For four days we interacted with them, fed and walked them, and played with the baby, Mototo. It was life-changing. Giraffe Manor in Nairobi was a special experience. Two days was enough time to feed the Rothschild giraffe and enjoy the beauty of the property. Again, great accommodations, outstanding food and service. Ending our trip at Segera Retreat was a recommendation that Chris made and he was so right. It is stunning, located on a plateau in Kenya. With a wine tower, gardens, pool, art gallery and perfectly decorated suites, it is definitely not a camp!  The food was incredible, as well as staff, who treated us like family. We were so relaxed we lost track of time and thought we were staying another day.

The number of animals we saw throughout the trip was extraordinary. There is nothing we would have done differently, except stay longer!

We highly recommend Piper and Heath and plan to book our return trip to Africa with Chris and his team.

Charley and Marilyn Wheeler

Thanks to Piper and Heath for an epic adventure!

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POSTED BY Jacque C.     2 years ago

Thanks to Piper and Heath for an epic adventure. We could not have checked off our bucket list items without them! From beginning to end, from the Indian ocean to the top of Kilimanjaro, our trip was flawlessly executed! Thank you for the adventure of a lifetime!

This is an A-1 Travel Agency

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POSTED BY Don Lipmanson     2 years ago

This second Botswana safari organized for us by Chris Liebenberg and Mark Forman confirmed my earlier view that this agency is A-1 in every regard.

Chris puts a lot of time and effort in helping create what I’d called a balanced trip, where the adrenaline and physical demands of time in the bush are framed with tranquil and comfortable accommodations in Cape Town or Jo’burg, and perhaps a several days for recovery at a fabulous beach resort Mozambique. Chris is particularly attentive to one’s travel objectives, and has an exquisite knowledge of the unique qualities of each safari camp – seasonal variations in ecosystems and which camps are best for wildlife viewing in a particular season, and his suggestions have proved impeccable.

As a birder, the opportunity to add 250+ species to my life list over the course of five weeks is proof of Chris’s ability to deliver what the client wants from an elaborate and costly trip. His planning has allowed me to see hundreds of elephants, thousands of antelopes of various species, dozens of hippos and Cape Buffalo and giraffes and zebras and warthogs, handfuls of lions and leopards. Most exciting of all was seeing a large pack of African wild dogs stalking, chasing and dispatching several impalas right by our vehicle in the Chitabe concession in March, when the scenery is gorgeously lush and the camps less expensive, but wildlife is more dispersed than in peak season.

Chris finds excellent accommodations in whatever price range suits ones needs, and can arrange exceptionally informative private cultural or scenic tours in South Africa (a country he knows from birth and whose political and social nuances he well understands). He shows an extraordinary personal commitment to wildlife protection and the welfare of local communities, which helps ensure that his client’s visits will have a beneficial rather than a harmful impact in a part of the world that remains a “wild kingdom” yet is so vulnerable to human-driven destruction.

Mark’s and Emily’s involvement in trip planning helps avoid glitches like inadequate time for flight connections, or lack of travel documents necessary to satisfy the bureaucratic obsessions of immigration and customs officials. Their careful review of travel details and repeated communications with clients before the trip begins avoids a lot of opportunity for problems en route.  Even for a very experienced traveler, it’s reassuring  to have them watching the details and proposing ways to avoid potential disruptions.

It’s been a dream…

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POSTED BY Bonnie Wilhelm     2 years ago

It has been a dream to go to Africa; but while we travel quite a bit, planning a trip to Africa seemed too overwhelming. Two years ago, we met Chris Liebenberg. Immediately, Chris, Emily and Mark started thoughtfully planning our August 2017 trip. Initially, we had a long phone conversation where Chris asked about each of our interests (we have 11 & 12 y/o girls), to put together a perfect itinerary. After a few tweaks (had to add a winery visit), we committed! During the 18 months between booking and traveling, the team fielded dozens of questions ranging from flights, what to wear to dinner, camera and lens tips, vaccinations, weather, tipping, safety, packing, providing our luggage, and even assisting with finding a volunteer opportunity for us. Would we recommend them to plan a trip? Absolutely

We started our trip in Joburg @ the Fairlawns Hotel. After a long trip this was the perfect place to relax and rest. We spent a day in Soweto, bicycling through the community, talking with locals. We had a chance to spend time with children at a youth center and visit a home. Together, our family learned tons about how the gold rush affected Joburg, the beginning of Apartheid, the Soweto uprising, the life of Nelson Mandela, and the history of South Africa.

From Joburg, we traveled to Botswana. We arrived at the border and were greeted by Dan, our guide, and Eddie, our tracker from Mashatu. We got in our open-air vehicle and started our short drive to camp. D&E were laughing at our excitement over the animals that we saw on the way to camp. At Mashatu, after a staff greeting, we were taken to our beautiful stone hut with perfect accommodations that overlooked the bush. In the nights that followed, we’d hear elephants outside of our room (“ele party”). Shortly, we were off on our first evening drive. For 3 to 4 hours, 2/day, we would go on a unique adventure. First, it was the male leopard who put on a show for us while marking his territory along the river. The elephants were fun to watch; the baby’s were playful, and the moms protected them & were quite aggressive when our vehicle posed the slightest threat. The giraffes were curious; they just stared at us and chewed. The lions – clearly the King of the jungle (or bush). The baboons were funny, and lived among the antelope and monkeys. They hyena babies were curious and playful, and moms so protective. On our evening drive, we’d watch the sunset, taking perfect pictures with animals in the background. We’d stop for wine & jerky / the kids water. With our experienced guides, we never worried about our safety. Early mornings, we were off to find the animals and watch another perfect sunrise. Between drives, many people napped; others sat outside overlooking the pond, reflecting on the trip. The food, South African wine, and company were fabulous.

Leaving Mashatu was sad, but we were excited to head to Mala Mala. At the airport, where we were greeted by our pilot who transported us to camp, bordering Kruger. Our guide, Michael, met us at the airport and took us to camp. Michael showed us the lodge, the balcony that overlooked the river, the infinity pool, and to our hut which had 2 rooms, a balcony overlooking a pond (& our hippo). Here we saw the Big Five within 24 hours, were educated about animals, astrology (you can’t imagine the sky at night), entertained by stories of previous shenanigans at the camp, followed the lion prides and learned more about bird life than I could imagine. Sitting by the pool during the day meant watching the animals walk through the dried-up river. Evenings, we met in the lodge where dinner was announced by a tribal dance. Our guide was brilliant and passionate about his work. There was not a question he did not have the answer to. Leaving was heartbreaking. I knew it meant saying goodbye to Michael, and the animals for a long, long time.

Our next stop was Cape Town. We stayed in the impressive Cape Grace Hotel. The girls were surprised with gifts of earrings in the room, we experienced a whisky tasting, a high tea and amazing breakfasts. We spent our days exploring the peninsula, shopping, and penguin community, and even had drinks next to Charlize Theron!

Next, we headed south to Grootbos, recently featured in National Geographic. It was rainy, but it didn’t stop us and our guide Gareth from exploring the sand dunes, caves, beak walks, milkwood forests & feynbos. Meals were fantastic. We had our own house, with a generously stocked mini bar. Chris and team had arranged a tree planting ceremony for us which helped us to feel connected to this beautiful place.

We finished our trip with a stop to Vergelegen Winery; beautiful grounds, great food and delicious wine. What a perfect way to toast an amazing trip.

If you have the chance to have Piper and Heath plan a trip, you will not regret it! Perfect way to bond as a family, disconnect and get a whole lot of perspective! We will certainly have them plan another trip!

Thank you so much for the whole experience…

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POSTED BY Chester & Diane     2 years ago

Thank you so much for the whole experience! I have been on safaris before where it was so crowded, but I just loved being in private reserves and sometimes not seeing even another jeep out on drives! The animals are really in their natural habitat there, and they seem to know they are safe. The service everywhere was so friendly. We talked to all the staff and they willingly shared their life experiences with us, and were eager to chat making time in their busy days to give us all the attention! Can’t say enough good things about your excellent planning of our trip of a lifetime! Thank you!!!

What a fabulous trip!

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POSTED BY Tae & Sallay     2 years ago

We recently returned from a two-week trip to Tanzania to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and go on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. What a fabulous trip! No other words can describe it other than it being a once in a lifetime experience with warm memories that will forever be embedded in our hearts. For our six-day climb of Mt Kilimanjaro we truly could not appreciate the amount of work it took to move our small group of four until we experienced the 25-man-team’s professionalism and dedicated services firsthand. And each day with a smile on their faces and joyful singing upon reaching each camp. As in most things in life, you get what you pay for. We realized how extremely fortunate we were in choosing Piper & Heath, as we saw a number of examples of poorly led groups during our climb that did not stay together on the mountain resulting in poor accountability and lackluster morale for those unfortunate group members. And the safari portion of our trip was first class. From the transportation via SUV or aircraft to the stay at each lodge, we experienced the kind hospitality of the local Tanzanians and the five-star treatment of each venue. It was truly money well spent. Our guides were full of pertinent information and enthusiastic to share their world with us. It was clearly evident that they possess a keen passion for the work that they do daily. Thanks to Piper & Heath for helping us put together the perfect itinerary. From the strenuous beginning with a Kili climb to the more relaxing trip to the crater and safari in the Serengeti, each piece was perfectly planned and executed. Looking forward to continuing to share our memories with friends about our amazing trip and the service of Piper & Heath. Thank you for a first class, professional, and overall easy experience. We were quite fortunate to find you all!

Incredible Honeymoon

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POSTED BY Brittany Diamond
6 hours ago

Piper & Heath, specifically Chris, helped us plan an incredible honeymoon to Uganda and Kenya. I’m not someone who normally uses an agent to book a vacation, so it was difficult for me to let go of complete control and trust the process. However, Chris heard me out on things I had researched and worked with me to get to a budget we were comfortable with. I know I couldn’t have planned a better trip myself! Chris is also no BS, and I really appreciated that every conversation we had with him was honest and didn’t feel like a sales pitch. He has stayed at many of the lodges he recommends and even knows some of the guides and staff personally. Needless to say, he knows his stuff and will plan a life changing trip for you. Aside from Chris, his team is also wonderful. They were always on top of things and available to answer any of our questions. Can’t recommend Piper and Heath enough!

Most incredible vacation of our lives

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POSTED BY Kelly Gunderson
2 weeks ago

We recently returned from a trip to Kenya and Tanzania booked by Piper & Heath and it was hands down the most incredible vacation of our lives. Chris is very attentive and started off our planning process by asking what we wanted to achieve, learned our travel style and our major goals for the trip. From there he planned a trip that was beyond anything we could have possibly put together. Everything went seamlessly, Chris and his team obviously know what they’re doing – giving us private handling in airports where there was a fast transfer (we’re 100% certain we would have missed one flight if we didn’t have this), contacting the lodges prior to let them know about my food allergy, you name it they did it. The next time we go to Africa… yes, we will DEFINITELY go back… we will be coming back to Chris and his team.

Their passion for Africa is real!

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POSTED BY James Nelson
2 months ago

I have always been able to arrange my travel without outside help….until my trip to Africa. I turned to Piper & Heath to plan and execute my two week trip to Namibia and Tanzania in July of 2019. Wow! What an amazing adventure they put together. The CEO of the company was born and raised in Namibia and he flat out knows Africa, not just Namibia.

I told them what I wanted in Tanzania and they suggested two camps instead of one, both closer to the animals we wanted to see. We wanted to see herds of animals on the savannah without seeing herds of vehicles. Check! We hoped to see the “Big Five” and saw a leopard in a tree eating an impala, while her cubs played below. Later we found a lion nursing and bathing her cubs. And the list goes on.

Our big wish was to see the Wildebeest migration, and after two days of searching, we saw thousands of Wildebeests in a frenzied stampede. Magical!

In Namibia, I had a few ideas of what to see, but Piper & Heath said that would be a mere chapter in the book that is Namibia. So I asked for the book….and got it. They had us flying small planes across the desert, over the mountains and along the coast. Gorgeous! We had three different lodging experiences: Sossusvlei, the stunning red sand dunes; a rugged mountainous area populated by desert-adapted wildlife( where we tracked a rhino for hours until we found him);and the wild, pristine Shipwreck Coast. We also visited a local tribe at their village. Fabulous book!

One other thing. Though Piper & Heath is an American-based company, they CARE about Africa. Their CEO spent years in animal conservation in Africa and the company gives back to African causes 1% of its gross revenues (NOT 1% of net revenue like some companies do). Their passion for Africa is real!

P&H really listened to us…

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POSTED BY Karen Hemphill
3 months ago

Piper & Heath made so our trip of a lifetime. Usually we are do-it-yourselfers when traveling but we are so glad we used P&H for our trip to Namibia (even my husband who did NOT think an intermediary would be added value).
P&H really listened to us in terms of what we wanted to do and how we wanted to do it and gave us the perfect custom itinerary, with all flights, lodging and door-to-door handoffs fully arranged. Everything was made so easy for us that we could just enjoy our amazing experiences without stressing at all about logistics.
We spent just over 2 weeks in Namibia and would have never gone to as remote areas or had as in depth of experiences whether out in the bush or in Windhoek without P&H. We will remember Serra Cafema our whole lives. And yes, I’ve been raving to all of our friends and family about P&H and if we ever go back to Africa I will absolutely go with P&H again!

Their knowledge base of Africa is profound

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POSTED BY Mark & Ginny Andrews
4 months ago

We just returned from our African adventure! Everyone on the team at Piper and Heath worked very hard to identify recommendations specifically created to fit our interests. Their knowledge base of Africa is profound. They are always responsive and accommodating. They provided us organized documents with lots of educational information and details of each step of the trip. When our trip began, each part of the trip to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya was executed flawlessly by their associates in Africa. Every person who helped us was on time, reliable, friendly, knowledgeable and fun to talk to. The locations and tours were first rate, the safari lodge in Zimbabwe and safari camp in southern Kenya greatly exceeded our expectations! Piper and Heath is a remarkable group of people dedicated to providing you a trip you will never forget, a trip of a lifetime. We highly recommend their services.

Incredibly personalized and effective customer service

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POSTED BY Cathy Lewis
4 months ago

We worked with Chris and Emily at Piper and Heath to plan our dream trip to Africa. They provide incredibly personalized and effective customer service. Chris interviewed us for over an hour to understand our travel desires and our values concerning the environment. He came back with a plan for us to visit three incredible wilderness safari camps in Botswana. In addition, they arranged all of our logistical transfers, plus a day of adventure in Johannesburg. Piper and Heath are amazing. Everyone of our transfers was handled professionally. We had an issue with one flight, and the representative stayed with us and helped us handle the situation. All the camps in Botswana were magical, And absolutely in alignment with our expressed goals and desires. We would work with piper and Heath again in a minute. Cannot say enough good things about them.

Our experience was incredible!

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POSTED BY Sally Meyerhofer
5 months ago

This was our first trip to Africa and with Piper and Heath Travel. Just like all of the other reviews, our experience was incredible! When we started out on this journey I felt so overwhelmed with the vast amount of information available online. But when I was referred to Piper and Heath, Chris did an incredible job asking us the right questions to help him figure out what type of itinerary would best fit our desires. The end result was a journey with four Asilia Africa camps in both Kenya and Tanzania that was absolutely seamless from beginning to the end. Once we started on our journey, every detailed was taken care of and my husband and I were able to relax and thoroughly enjoy our trip. Each and every camp was a different experience but consistently exceptional in terms of the staff and their hospitality. The people we met along the way and the wildlife made for life long memories. Thank you, Piper and Heath! (Chris, Emily, Josh, Mark, Kathy) you were all fabulous!

I highly recommend working with Piper & Heath for travel to India

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POSTED BY Sandy Perretti
5 months ago

Many kudos again to Piper & Heath for organizing a fabulous bespoke tour for me and a friend – this time to India in March 2019. It was the perfect blend of the best of India’s art, culture and wildlife. We hit the highlights in Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, and forts and palaces in Jaipur, Rajasthan. We spent two awesome nights at Dera Amer camp where we were greeted upon arrival by Lakshmi the elephant who walked us to our luxury tent. Lakshmi had so much personality and we spent a lot of time with her – bathing and scrubbing her and painting her trunk. Food and service were excellent at Dera Amer. Our next stop was Bandhavgarh National Park where we stayed in the fabulous Kings Lodge and had two days of game drives focused on Bengal Tigers. Good fortune was with us as we saw a total of 11 Bengal Tigers for an awesome safari experience! We finished our tour in southern India in Cochin, Kerala which almost felt like a different country. All along the way, all of the arrangements made by Piper & Heath including airport greeters, drivers, guides, and accommodations were top notch with no glitches. And their local contact was just a phone call away when we needed help with a cancelled flight on our way to Cochin as well as for arranging massages for our last day in Delhi before we flew out that night. As two women travelling in India, we felt completely comfortable at all times with total confidence that Piper & Heath had covered all the details. Even though Africa is their specialty, I highly recommend working with Piper & Heath for travel to India.

Flawlessly planned and executed.

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POSTED BY Steve Cotton
7 months ago

We just returned from a 17-day safari in Uganda that was flawlessly planned and executed by Piper & Heath. No surprise – this was our third P&H trip to Africa (previous safaris took us to Namibia and Zambia/Zimbabwe), and they were also fabulous.  Chris doesn’t just bring expertise and personal knowledge to bear; he asks questions and really listens.  His advice and recommendations have perfectly matched our requests, and his low-key descriptions have proved reliable – which means we’ve embarked with realistic expectations of what we’re likely to encounter.  The P&H team does a fabulous job of making certain it all goes as planned. And BTW, the gorillas and chimps were awesome

One of the best trips I have ever taken

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POSTED BY Charlotte Mark
8 months ago

It’s been my dream to go to on a safari for a while now, but always felt overwhelmed by the process of selecting the perfect place out of an immense array of options. When planning my 30th birthday, I reached out to three travel agencies and Piper and Heath was not only the quickest to respond, but they were the only ones to actually pick up the phone and call me directly. After hearing about our interests, they were able to select the perfect safari for us. It ended up being one of the best trips I’ve ever taken — and I got engaged along the way! We did have one hiccup along the way when our driver in Zanzibar thought we were going to another hotel, which resulted in an increase in fees for transit. Piper and Heath was even nice enough to refund us the difference and take accountability for the mistake that wasn’t even their fault. All in all, highly recommend.

Travel professionals that set the bar incredibly high.

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POSTED BY Christa Muth
10 months ago

There are not enough superlatives in the dictionary to describe what an incredible journey was crafted by the team at Piper & Heath! The common thread running through all of their reviews is consistent execution, local knowledge, patient guest interaction with an unusual focus on the small details that set exquisite travel apart from a great trip. Starting with a gorilla trek in Rwanda and ending with an elephant encounter in Botswana, I have a difficult time picking a favorite experience. But what began this epic adventure was working with a team of travel professionals that set the bar incredibly high-bravo!

They are the best!

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POSTED BY Paul Azevedo
12 months ago

We recently completed a five week trip to Africa with the help of the folks at Piper & Heath. The short version review is this: If you are thinking about or planning a trip to Africa, we cannot urge you enough to use the professionals at Piper and Heath. They are the best!.

Having never been to Africa before, it was a bit overwhelming to assess travel options and figure out the best fit for our travel goals. Upon hearing that Piper and Heath were in our city, and after reading the stellar reviews by other travelers, we visited them. Upon the first contact with P&H, we knew we had found the right professionals to help us. The entire staff was knowledgeable, professional and friendly. Having grown up in Africa, Chris is particularly suited to advise about the details of the options there and fitting your travel plans and goals with the incredible options to select from in Africa. The entire staff really care about helping you have a great experience and it shows in their attention to detail and their efforts to make the logistics work for you. And they are also just very nice people.

We did a four week, self-guided tour through Namibia and a week “safari” in Zimbabwe. The itinerary was well thought out. The accommodations along the way were incredible. The “in-country” support was fantastic. The advice and suggestions for the safari were perfect. We met a number of travelers along the way that were quite envious of our itinerary and mentioned that we were staying at the “best places”. When our college-age daughter joined up with us for the last couple of weeks, we watched as her dreams to see Africa and the wildlife came true before our eyes each day. I would not change a thing from the recommendations that Piper and Heath gave us.

A couple things to note. Some of the best places to stay and visit in Africa cannot be booked directly so using a travel agent can improve the quality of your trip. Also, it does not cost you any extra to use them and in fact, Piper & Heath can save you money by giving you the best “bang for the buck” available for your adventure. Finally, if you are just thinking of going to Africa, do it! It is incredible.

We rarely write reviews for products or services. However, the knowledge, service and professionalism of Piper & Heath deserve as high a rating on any scale as we could give. They are exceptional at what they do and you will not regret using their services.

From the outset it was clear I had chosen to plan my adventure with an extremely knowledgeable and experienced safari planner.

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POSTED BY Stephen Hall
1 year ago

Earlier this month (August, 2018) my wife and I returned from a wonderful, expertly organized safari to Botswana, Africa. Given the numerous lodges and itineraries available and my own lack of prior travel to Botswana, I contacted Piper & Heath in January. From the outset it was clear I had chosen to plan my adventure with an extremely knowledgeable and experienced safari planner.
Their wealth of experience in the country of Botswana (and Africa in general) was readily apparent throughout the process. The day of my initial contact the staff immediately began making phone calls and sending seemingly countless emails that ultimately proved successful in fulfilling all of my special requests and reserving space at my preferred camps during the busy month of August.
All of the trip details including lodge bookings, guides, flights, flight connections, customs navigation, and travel insurance were confirmed and finalized by Piper & Heath within a week of my initial contact.
Having now seven months later just returned from Botswana, I can confirm that it proved to be a marvelous, unforgettable experience, free of confusion or ambiguity and full of the memories and highlights envisioned in January.
I would recommend Piper & Heath to anyone planning an adventure to Botswana or southern Africa. They are simply the best

I wanted to let you know that we had the trip of a lifetime

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POSTED BY David & Debbie Halbreich
1 year ago

I am writing this as I wait for my last flight from JFK to LAX. I wanted to let you know that we had the trip of a lifetime. Everything went off without a hitch. It could not have happened without your expert advice and follow through. From initial planning through final execution you guys did an absolutely wonderful job. The camps were all different but each amazing in their own unique way. The transfers around the airport were an added bonus and eliminated the anxiety that comes with traveling in abroad.

In addition to the above, I want to add that everyone in the company was extremely helpful. They were patient with my endless questions as I planned the trip, were professional in their follow through, and extremely knowledgeable about each of the camps in the countries I sought to visit. I have no hesitation in recommending them.

Dreams do come true!

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POSTED BY Betsy & Art Boyd-Baxley
1 year ago

Dreams do come true! In planning our safari Chris & Emily Liebenberg and Mark Forman were patient with our questions and listened to what we wanted for our African adventure!!!
Piper and Heath made this the trip of a lifetime. Every contingency and preconceived problem were taken care of. Their alignment with Asilia Africa truly enhanced our experience. Teaching us about their fragile ecosystem and the efforts to protect it.
The chosen camps, all the many many people who cared for us, all 8 flight schedules, everything, outstanding & stress free!

Top notch service from Piper & Heath.

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POSTED BY Carolyn Maloney
1 year ago

Top notch service from Piper and Heath! They planned and coordinated the trip of a lifetime for us- safari in Tanzania. Every detail was perfect and the service was truly remarkable. Thanks Emily for answering my endless questions and for everyone at P&H for always being so attentive and responding so quickly. We look forward to planning another trip with you!! Thanks for making a lifelong dream come true 🙂

If you want to travel to Africa for safari, call Piper & Heath.

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POSTED BY Susan Griffin
1 year ago

If you want to travel to Africa for safari, call Piper & Heath. They will customize your vacation and plan every detail meticulously.
Chris, Emily, Mark and Josh and I had many conversations and they took as much time as needed to answer my questions. As soon as I spoke with Chris, I knew he understood what we wanted and I am so grateful he made it a reality. We say it was a trip of a lifetime – but now we know we will go back to Africa again, and without doubt, rely on Piper & Heath to plan and book it.

Piper & Heath developed the perfect itinerary for us.

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POSTED BY Bruce & Sandy Peretti
1 year ago

After an afternoon with Chris to discuss a safari, Piper & Heath developed the perfect itinerary for us to South Africa and Botswana. The selection of our camps was perfect and in the perfect order. Beginning with Jack’s, the 1940’s style camp with no electricity to a more luxurious camp to a remote island camp only accessible by water and ending at another luxury camp. It was the perfect mix of rustic and luxury with regard to accommodations and amenities. Also, each camp offered a different wildlife viewing experience – from the Zebra migration at Jack’s Camp to the Big 5 at Qorokwe – as well as various activities (in addition to morning and afternoon game drives) from horseback riding to touring by Mokoro. Finally, we very much appreciated the great services, guidance, and transfers from point to point that were arranged by Piper & Heath. Everything went smoothly and we always felt safe and comfortable and in great hands. We highly recommend working with Piper & Heath for your travel to Africa. They will tailor the perfect safari for you.

Rarely do you find a company in any field that are as good as Piper & Heath

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POSTED BY Jim Lesperance
1 year ago

I’ve traveled to Five continents and over 20 plus countries for my obsession with Wildlife Photography. I believe I’ve taken 6 trips to Africa with Piper and Heath now. THEY HAVE NEVER MADE ONE TINY MISTAKE. I’ve used used so many different companies over the world and each one normally has a couple of things wrong with it. Piper & Heath delivers what they promise and above and beyond every single time. Signed, Sealed and Deliver. Here is the best part Chris and his staff are amazing friendly people who have their ethics lined up as well. They are active in conservation and think about the animals first. Rarely do you find a company in any field that are as good as Piper & Heath. They sell wonderful experiences with piece of mind while you travel in a foreign country. TRAVEL WITH THEM.

 

We would return tomorrow if we could!

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POSTED BY Charley and Marilyn Wheeler
1 year ago

We just returned from our third safari in Africa and without a doubt this is the best experience we’ve ever had. Past trips were very good, but this one was excellent. We would return tomorrow if we could!

Chris Liebenberg and his team at Piper and Heath Travel took care of every detail. They listened to what we wanted to experience and planned accordingly. Their recommendations for camps and length of stay were spot on. Commercial and local flights were coordinated with representatives meeting us at every stage of the trip. Everything was taken care of including expedited customs and immigration.

Our first stop at the Fairlawns Hotel in Johannesburg was amazing. It is a gorgeous property. It is definitely worth a return visit and even longer stay.

Vumbura Plains in Botswana is beautiful and well-managed with friendly and highly competent staff, great food, and the best guide and tracker we’ve ever had, Chris. Abu Camp, also in Botswana, is also lovely. The experiences we had with the elephants were unbelievable. For four days we interacted with them, fed and walked them, and played with the baby, Mototo. It was life-changing. Giraffe Manor in Nairobi was a special experience. Two days was enough time to feed the Rothschild giraffe and enjoy the beauty of the property. Again, great accommodations, outstanding food and service. Ending our trip at Segera Retreat was a recommendation that Chris made and he was so right. It is stunning, located on a plateau in Kenya. With a wine tower, gardens, pool, art gallery and perfectly decorated suites, it is definitely not a camp!  The food was incredible, as well as staff, who treated us like family. We were so relaxed we lost track of time and thought we were staying another day.

The number of animals we saw throughout the trip was extraordinary. There is nothing we would have done differently, except stay longer!

We highly recommend Piper and Heath and plan to book our return trip to Africa with Chris and his team.

Charley and Marilyn Wheeler

Thanks to Piper and Heath for an epic adventure!

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POSTED BY Jacque C.
2 years ago

Thanks to Piper and Heath for an epic adventure. We could not have checked off our bucket list items without them! From beginning to end, from the Indian ocean to the top of Kilimanjaro, our trip was flawlessly executed! Thank you for the adventure of a lifetime!

This is an A-1 Travel Agency

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POSTED BY Don Lipmanson
2 years ago

This second Botswana safari organized for us by Chris Liebenberg and Mark Forman confirmed my earlier view that this agency is A-1 in every regard.

Chris puts a lot of time and effort in helping create what I’d called a balanced trip, where the adrenaline and physical demands of time in the bush are framed with tranquil and comfortable accommodations in Cape Town or Jo’burg, and perhaps a several days for recovery at a fabulous beach resort Mozambique. Chris is particularly attentive to one’s travel objectives, and has an exquisite knowledge of the unique qualities of each safari camp – seasonal variations in ecosystems and which camps are best for wildlife viewing in a particular season, and his suggestions have proved impeccable.

As a birder, the opportunity to add 250+ species to my life list over the course of five weeks is proof of Chris’s ability to deliver what the client wants from an elaborate and costly trip. His planning has allowed me to see hundreds of elephants, thousands of antelopes of various species, dozens of hippos and Cape Buffalo and giraffes and zebras and warthogs, handfuls of lions and leopards. Most exciting of all was seeing a large pack of African wild dogs stalking, chasing and dispatching several impalas right by our vehicle in the Chitabe concession in March, when the scenery is gorgeously lush and the camps less expensive, but wildlife is more dispersed than in peak season.

Chris finds excellent accommodations in whatever price range suits ones needs, and can arrange exceptionally informative private cultural or scenic tours in South Africa (a country he knows from birth and whose political and social nuances he well understands). He shows an extraordinary personal commitment to wildlife protection and the welfare of local communities, which helps ensure that his client’s visits will have a beneficial rather than a harmful impact in a part of the world that remains a “wild kingdom” yet is so vulnerable to human-driven destruction.

Mark’s and Emily’s involvement in trip planning helps avoid glitches like inadequate time for flight connections, or lack of travel documents necessary to satisfy the bureaucratic obsessions of immigration and customs officials. Their careful review of travel details and repeated communications with clients before the trip begins avoids a lot of opportunity for problems en route.  Even for a very experienced traveler, it’s reassuring  to have them watching the details and proposing ways to avoid potential disruptions.

It’s been a dream…

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POSTED BY Bonnie Wilhelm
2 years ago

It has been a dream to go to Africa; but while we travel quite a bit, planning a trip to Africa seemed too overwhelming. Two years ago, we met Chris Liebenberg. Immediately, Chris, Emily and Mark started thoughtfully planning our August 2017 trip. Initially, we had a long phone conversation where Chris asked about each of our interests (we have 11 & 12 y/o girls), to put together a perfect itinerary. After a few tweaks (had to add a winery visit), we committed! During the 18 months between booking and traveling, the team fielded dozens of questions ranging from flights, what to wear to dinner, camera and lens tips, vaccinations, weather, tipping, safety, packing, providing our luggage, and even assisting with finding a volunteer opportunity for us. Would we recommend them to plan a trip? Absolutely

We started our trip in Joburg @ the Fairlawns Hotel. After a long trip this was the perfect place to relax and rest. We spent a day in Soweto, bicycling through the community, talking with locals. We had a chance to spend time with children at a youth center and visit a home. Together, our family learned tons about how the gold rush affected Joburg, the beginning of Apartheid, the Soweto uprising, the life of Nelson Mandela, and the history of South Africa.

From Joburg, we traveled to Botswana. We arrived at the border and were greeted by Dan, our guide, and Eddie, our tracker from Mashatu. We got in our open-air vehicle and started our short drive to camp. D&E were laughing at our excitement over the animals that we saw on the way to camp. At Mashatu, after a staff greeting, we were taken to our beautiful stone hut with perfect accommodations that overlooked the bush. In the nights that followed, we’d hear elephants outside of our room (“ele party”). Shortly, we were off on our first evening drive. For 3 to 4 hours, 2/day, we would go on a unique adventure. First, it was the male leopard who put on a show for us while marking his territory along the river. The elephants were fun to watch; the baby’s were playful, and the moms protected them & were quite aggressive when our vehicle posed the slightest threat. The giraffes were curious; they just stared at us and chewed. The lions – clearly the King of the jungle (or bush). The baboons were funny, and lived among the antelope and monkeys. They hyena babies were curious and playful, and moms so protective. On our evening drive, we’d watch the sunset, taking perfect pictures with animals in the background. We’d stop for wine & jerky / the kids water. With our experienced guides, we never worried about our safety. Early mornings, we were off to find the animals and watch another perfect sunrise. Between drives, many people napped; others sat outside overlooking the pond, reflecting on the trip. The food, South African wine, and company were fabulous.

Leaving Mashatu was sad, but we were excited to head to Mala Mala. At the airport, where we were greeted by our pilot who transported us to camp, bordering Kruger. Our guide, Michael, met us at the airport and took us to camp. Michael showed us the lodge, the balcony that overlooked the river, the infinity pool, and to our hut which had 2 rooms, a balcony overlooking a pond (& our hippo). Here we saw the Big Five within 24 hours, were educated about animals, astrology (you can’t imagine the sky at night), entertained by stories of previous shenanigans at the camp, followed the lion prides and learned more about bird life than I could imagine. Sitting by the pool during the day meant watching the animals walk through the dried-up river. Evenings, we met in the lodge where dinner was announced by a tribal dance. Our guide was brilliant and passionate about his work. There was not a question he did not have the answer to. Leaving was heartbreaking. I knew it meant saying goodbye to Michael, and the animals for a long, long time.

Our next stop was Cape Town. We stayed in the impressive Cape Grace Hotel. The girls were surprised with gifts of earrings in the room, we experienced a whisky tasting, a high tea and amazing breakfasts. We spent our days exploring the peninsula, shopping, and penguin community, and even had drinks next to Charlize Theron!

Next, we headed south to Grootbos, recently featured in National Geographic. It was rainy, but it didn’t stop us and our guide Gareth from exploring the sand dunes, caves, beak walks, milkwood forests & feynbos. Meals were fantastic. We had our own house, with a generously stocked mini bar. Chris and team had arranged a tree planting ceremony for us which helped us to feel connected to this beautiful place.

We finished our trip with a stop to Vergelegen Winery; beautiful grounds, great food and delicious wine. What a perfect way to toast an amazing trip.

If you have the chance to have Piper and Heath plan a trip, you will not regret it! Perfect way to bond as a family, disconnect and get a whole lot of perspective! We will certainly have them plan another trip!

Thank you so much for the whole experience…

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POSTED BY Chester & Diane
2 years ago

Thank you so much for the whole experience! I have been on safaris before where it was so crowded, but I just loved being in private reserves and sometimes not seeing even another jeep out on drives! The animals are really in their natural habitat there, and they seem to know they are safe. The service everywhere was so friendly. We talked to all the staff and they willingly shared their life experiences with us, and were eager to chat making time in their busy days to give us all the attention! Can’t say enough good things about your excellent planning of our trip of a lifetime! Thank you!!!

What a fabulous trip!

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POSTED BY Tae & Sallay
2 years ago

We recently returned from a two-week trip to Tanzania to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and go on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. What a fabulous trip! No other words can describe it other than it being a once in a lifetime experience with warm memories that will forever be embedded in our hearts. For our six-day climb of Mt Kilimanjaro we truly could not appreciate the amount of work it took to move our small group of four until we experienced the 25-man-team’s professionalism and dedicated services firsthand. And each day with a smile on their faces and joyful singing upon reaching each camp. As in most things in life, you get what you pay for. We realized how extremely fortunate we were in choosing Piper & Heath, as we saw a number of examples of poorly led groups during our climb that did not stay together on the mountain resulting in poor accountability and lackluster morale for those unfortunate group members. And the safari portion of our trip was first class. From the transportation via SUV or aircraft to the stay at each lodge, we experienced the kind hospitality of the local Tanzanians and the five-star treatment of each venue. It was truly money well spent. Our guides were full of pertinent information and enthusiastic to share their world with us. It was clearly evident that they possess a keen passion for the work that they do daily. Thanks to Piper & Heath for helping us put together the perfect itinerary. From the strenuous beginning with a Kili climb to the more relaxing trip to the crater and safari in the Serengeti, each piece was perfectly planned and executed. Looking forward to continuing to share our memories with friends about our amazing trip and the service of Piper & Heath. Thank you for a first class, professional, and overall easy experience. We were quite fortunate to find you all!