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.

Travel professionals that set the bar incredibly high.

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POSTED BY Christa Muth     1 month 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     3 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     4 months 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     4 months 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     5 months 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     5 months 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     8 months 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     8 months 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     8 months 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     8 months 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.     1 year 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     1 year 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     1 year 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     1 year 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!

Travel professionals that set the bar incredibly high.

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POSTED BY Christa Muth
1 month 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
3 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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.
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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!