Chris & Avril
Sent: 27 September 2017 10:38 AM
The Vanila Hotel was really excellent, with a lovely spacious
sea view room and great service from all the staff. The hotel
gardens are absolutely magnificent !!! It is a true paradise.
The airport transfers went smoothly, and we enjoyed the trip to
Sakatia island. Instead of another boat trip we arranged our own
tour to Lemur Land, and Hellville port and town. It was very
interesting to see the people doing their normal business in
Town, and experience the traffic "system" first hand.
Avril bought some lovely hand embroidered tablecloths from a
vendor on our beachfront - all hand drawn and
embroidered without a template or pattern. We were able to watch
them being made from the comfort of our loungers!!!
We will definitely make a return trip to Nosy Be sometime, but
first of all Avril wants to visit Zanzibar. What do you think of
Zanzibar as a destination ???
attach just a couple of photos, as I know you have seen it all
Thank you for making all the arrangements, and dealing with our
enforced change of plans re the bookings.
Chris and Avril
Simone Mc Carthy
wrote about their holiday on the island of Madagascar
18 August 2017 9:58 AM
Subject: Madagascar Trip
Good Morning Cheryl
I want to take the opportunity to thank you
very very much for such a special holiday! The resort was an
awesome experience and one we will definitely treasure for a
long time to come. We will definitely recommend you guys and
this treasure place in Madagascar Nosy Be.
Simone Mc Carthy
Carrie wrote about their holiday on the island of Madagascar
I think your cold weather has arrived in
Johannesburg today it's freezing here to. Our holiday was
fantastic and we have fallen in love with Nose Be, the Home La
residence was superb, the staff and Manager Damien as well as
the restaurant Manager Francois were wonderful. I would highly
recommend this place as my Son said Mom this is seven star not
Our excursions to Nose iranje and Nose
Fahiny were also fantastic, we snorkeled and saw giant turtles,
Manta rays and stunning coral. Wonderful memories were made and
I am recommending Madagascar as an awesome place to visit to all
my family and friends
Thank you so much for the great
organization, everything went so well!! It is definitely a place
that we would love to visit again
and Mary Wallace
about their tour of Madagascar with Selftours
Sent: 11 April 2017 3:48 PM
Subject: Selftours - cross
country holiday in Madagascar
was going to drop you a note as soon as we got over the major
time zone changes etc.
everything went wonderfully. The group that run the
two more souther parts of the tour was flawless. A couple
of minor admin problems occurred with the last part of the
tour to Diego etc. There was some confusion on where
the hotel voucher was but they took care of it. Also,
we got met by two different groups at Nosy B so we were well
taken care, one from the tour group and one from the lodge.
all, your group did a perfect job and we are complete advocates
of your services. You are right, Madagascar is a poor
country. You would think that they would do a little
more to fix up their roads if they want to develop a thriving
tourist industry. The lodges certainly measure up but
rather difficult to get to them.
and Mary Wallace
Sent: 24 October 2016 12:39 PM
Lavery wrote about her happy car hire experience
Just a note to thank you for arranging the cars for me during
the recent trip to South Africa. Everything was flawless as
I've come to expect from Self Tours. We had a great
time, the sun always helps, as usual and look forward to dealing
with you again on our next visit.
Sent: 12 April 2016 08:29 PM
Foor wrote about their holiday on the island of Madagascar
Subject: Madagascar trip
leave for Mauritius in the morning as my Madagascar adventure
sadly comes to an end. I had a wonderful time and amazing
experiences. I want to ask for the name of my guide through
most of the overland tour if you have it by chance. I'd like
to keep it for future reference to work with her on future
tours when I return with friends. She was excellent! I also
want to extend an enormous thank you to you for all the work
you did getting this package together for me. I know
I didn't make it easy. Anyway, until my next Madagascar adventure,
cheers and stay well! Soava dia!!
23 February 2016 07:15 AM
Subject: RE: Selftours - Car hire booking forms
wrote about her car hire experience
Thanks you so much for facilitating my rental. It was
great and enjoyed my time. Hope to do more in the near
17 March 2015 11:22 AM
Evans wrote about their holiday in Madagascar
Subject: Madagascar trip
hope you are well.
to say thank you for a fantastic trip to Madagascar.
It really was an awesome trip and we have many fond memories.
Africa Finance | Manager: Africa PBB Finance
Perth Australia wrote above his recent car hire experience
I just want to
thank you for all the effort from your side with our car bookings,
it was excellent service and I will use only you in the future.
Also my apologies for not coming back to you with that request
for the Johannesburg car hire. The family offered to pick
I will pass your
details on to people that wants to visit SA.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Western Operations - Perth
Sent: 24 October 2014 02:20 PM
wrote above her recent car hire experience
appreciate your help for assisting in the last moment, I am
very grateful for your help, thank you very much. We
had a wonderful trip.
Sent: 21 January 2014 11:10 AM
wrote above his recent car hire experience
Thanks a million. Finally the light at the end of the
tunnel (for you and for me)...
Hope you get that deserved holiday and thanks again
for your patience and your help.
Nice doing business with Selftours, as always, super
Best regards and have a nice day.
Sent: 10 January 2014 04:09 PM
wrote above his recent car hire experience
I asked for quotes from quite a few companies and only 2 bothered
to reply. Your professional service made me decide to go with
you and your company despite the fact that the other company
I hope that your employers appreciate your competence!
Sent: 26 November 2013 04:17 PM
above his recent car rental experience
you Steve, our best car hire arranging experience ever,
anywhere; just so straight forward in comparison with our
last four annual visits to SA.
It would be good to make your acquaintance, may give you a
call when we are in Knysna.
wishes, Tony and Sue Cove
Sent: 01 May 2013 07:32 AM
Elize du Randt
wrote about their recent holiday to Victoria Falls
We had a great vacation thank you!
Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers, card and
champagne on our anniversary, it was a great surprise
when we returned to our room and found it there!
It is much appreciated.
We will definitely make use of Selftours in the future, as
all was so well organized. We found Shearwaters
to be so well organized and so friendly, it was a pleasure
to have them on board!
Have a great day.
Sent: 01 February 2013 10:12 AM
Helen Swart of
Cape Town wrote about their recent
Hi again Shona
Thank you sooooo very much for brilliant service……and for
also helping Diane out during December
11 January 2013 08:48 AM
Cape Town wrote about their recent
you very much again for arranging the car hire for us. It
was such a pleasure walking into Tempest with all our baggage
knowing that everything was arranged for us beforehand. Besides
the minor details such as credit card and drivers licence,
we were literally just given the keys to a Nissan Tiida and
told where to find it. No bother, no fuss, no hassle, no time
Thursday, October 04, 2012 2:12 PM
wrote about their recent holiday in
Zanzibar was marvellous, the hotel was clean, large rooms,
great views. They physically made an extra bed for my son...........food
was iffy, but then you are on an island so excusable. The
generally saying was "why not?" whenever one asked
for something. Well worth the money. Cassim the transfer guy
was excellent and took us to Stone Town and arranged a deep
sea fishing excursion as well.
We were well looked after and can recommend you and the package
June 27, 2012 2:55 PM
Sue and Norval Lippiatt wrote about their holiday on the
Madagascan Island of Nosy Be
for organising our trip to Nosy Be for the week 16 - 23 June.
We had a wonderful time. The hotel we stayed in - Anjiamarango
Beach Hotel - was really stunning.
had a bungalow just above the beach with our own private beach
area in front as well a lovely view of the sea and sunsets.
The setting couldn't have been better. The bungalows
are comfortable, and nice and roomy. The hotel area etc is
very nice and clean with a beautiful pool. The owners
and staff were very helpful and pleasant, and really tried
to make us happy. Monique and her family all spoke English,
and the manager in charge of the restaurant as well - so the
language was not much of a problem. They organised a
sumptuous seafood feast for my husbands birthday dinner, on
our patio at our bungalow at no extra charge plus they made
him a birthday cake - it was very special.
organised the 4 trips we went on, plus an english speaking
guide when we needed one.
Nothing was a problem for them to help to make our stay very
enjoyable. The hotel is not situated in the busy area
of Nosy Be which is why I chose it. There were no hawkers
bugging you when you walked on the beach. I was also
happy with Air Madagascar - although their planes are old
they still are in reasonable condition and we had no problems
mechanically, although they did leave an hour later from Jhb
and also from Antananarivo when we came back.
Sue and Norval Lippiatt
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 12:53 PM
wrote about their recent holiday in
Just a quick email to say Thank You!!! Shannon and I
thoroughly enjoyed our
trip to Zanzibar, What a beautiful island, absolute paradise!
Let me know of any other good deals you may come across.
I hope to organise
another holiday with you!
Thursday, May 19, 2011 7:19 PM
Ndlelenhle Sithole reported on his drive from Johannesburg
via Zimbabwe to Victoria Falls
Selftours - Vic Falls
would like to thank you a lot Cheryl, our holiday was real
great everything exceeded our expectations. The stay at the
Kingdom Hotel was great including the staff and the food was
top class. Please send our praises also to the tour guide who
guided us through the night game drives (Lawrence) he
was real friendly and so knowledgeable. Thanx a lot once again
will definitely be in touch soon.
Saturday, May 07, 2011 1:14 PM
reported on his Gorilla Trekking experience in Rwanda
Subject: Good day Courtney
Sorry for the delay in getting this back to you.. work has
been very busy.
I would like to thank Selftours for a well planned and enjoyable
trip. Hotels were great and the gorilla trekking was amazing.
I would definitely recommend Selftours for a hassle-free adventure
holiday. As a single traveller I would have enjoyed it more
if Selftours could have placed me as part of a larger group
doing a similar tour.
(We try, but it is not always possible to get everyone
together on the same dates. Ed)
Friday, January 21, 2011 2:37 PM
Miss Tozama Ngcongolo reported on her many car rentals
Subject: Good day Courtney
Good day Courtney
Complements of the New Year.
Firstly, let me thank Self tours for the manner I was treated
during the previous year - like a Queen! At times I had to embark
on unplanned urgent trips and you made it possible for me to
get a car to move around. For that I will always be thankful.
Ever since I got to know about you, I can say I have a peace
Thank you once again to you Courtney in particular for always
walking an extra mile to rescue me. May the good Lord bless
you abundantly and grant you ALL the desires of your heart in
2011 and beyond.
Can you please quote me a group B car, full cover insurance,
pick up at East London Airport ...............
Tozama Ngcongolo (Ms)
Children and Families
Department Social Development
had the most wonderful time on Ile Sainte Marie !
promised to let you know all about it. Here is our story
With grateful thanks for all your recommendations, excellent
planning and exceptional service !
Lynne, Bruce ,Ian & Thea
Stevens | Executive : Sales
Connectnet Broadband Wireless (Pty) Ltd
October 2010 05:31 PM
Lynne Stevens report
to us & her friends about their
MADAGASCAR holiday on Sainte Marie
Subject: Madagascar : "A Whale of a Tale"
Dear Friends, Family & Colleagues
hit the floor running on my return to the office, and have
almost forgotten that I even had a holiday !
But allow me make you envious with my tale of Madagascar !
Marie Island is a small island (50km long, 6km wide) off the
coast of mainland Madagascar. We
were collected from the airport in an ox-wagon .. so quaint
..and greeted at the hotel with an iced drink, and iced facecloths.....for
the long journey from the airport.....about 800m !
lodge comprises of 22 bungalows, all thatched with banana
leaves and wooden shutters, no glassed windows.... The
sea breeze at night was delightful, with the wind rustling
in the leaves, the stars and the moon......! In true Stevens’
Spirit we attacked the islands’ pleasures with gusto !
hired a scooter and set off to discover the little village.
All dirt roads of course, with deep drainage
ditches on each side ! Being a French Island, driving on the
right hand side of the road was a bit of a challenge – avoiding
the ditches was also a challenge ! Constant admonishments
to Bruce to mind the ditches fell on deaf ears! Need I say
more.... ? I can still hear
the peals of laughter from the locals, as we careened off
the road and landed in the ditch -with the scooter on top
of us !!
Malagasy History tells the story of Princesse Bora
who rescued Captain William Kidd, an
infamous pirate, from drowning, so besides his
grave to visit , there is a tavern named after him.
local beer is named “Three Horses Beer ” or THB ...and
with 6.5% alcohol, it also kicked like a mule ! Naturally,
we had to sample the local brew to calm our nerves after falling
off the scooter !
Luckily we didn’t need our pathetic attempts at the
French language to enable us to order the beers
! During our rest, I had a rather uneasy feeling
that I was being watched – and indeed I was !
– by a 40cm chameleon – black, white and grey – (concrete
colour) Now, even I can out-run a chameleon
, with its ‘ parrot like feet and swaying
gait- but it did out stare me with its ‘ separate
mobile eyes ! After my initial flight, I was encouraged
to touch it – by then of course, I needed another THB – to
fortify my nerves, you understand !
following day it was off to Ile Aux Nattes ( Island of Nuts)...only
about 100m from Ile Sainte Marie, and easily swimmable
at low tide ! . (Madagascar is famous for its
cashew nuts yum ! yum ! This little island is only 7km in
circumference, so we set off to walk around the whole island,
and to stop and snorkel en route ! Now
Bruce, Ian & Thea are almost 6 feet tall –so when
they were wading shin deep, I was already waist-deep, and
no-one considered the incoming tide !! Here we found
the most delightful little pre-primary school fenced with
poles painted as coloured crayons ! The school bus is a skiff,
that is poled along in the warm shallow waters ! How
my heart ached to stay and watch those little ones at their
lessons and play !
lighthouse is at the highest point, and it was
also at this point , that I fell down
the mountain – Bruce’s fault, as he had left
the beaten track (his idea of a shortcut )and encouraged the
party to thrash through the undergrowth ! Did you
also know that Madagascar is famous for its snake
population ? A few more THBs were needed here too !
Ile Aux Nattes we discovered a small restaurant, La Petite
Traversee “ A small journey” run by an Afrikaans chap, ex
Benoni who came to Madagascar 7 years ago....and never left
! How I envied him !
Imagine our delight in discovering ring-tailed lemurs in his
garden ! These adorable little creatures had to be coaxed
down from the trees with a banana, but then curled up and
cuddled with us for a scratch on their heads and tummies !
Lemur comes from a Latin word meaning ghost or spirit, and
truly with their ghostly cries and reflective eyes, they could
was enchanted with their liquid, golden eyes and was so surprised
to feel that their coats were soft like a rabbit ‘s,
but they have wet noses like a dog ! They also have long,
flat ,silky, ribbon-like tongues...to suck nectar and insects
out of flowers. These creatures are truly adorable ! There
are also about 30 odd species ranging in size from a mouse
to a fox !
following day we hopped on board a 4m motor-boat to visit
“Coco Bay” a little alcove, to snorkel
and enjoy a seafood barbeque on the beach . Imagine our delight,
when we spotted a Humpback whale.....a 15 metre male! Humpback
whales calve here in Sainte Marie and stay for 3 months, before
moving onto to The Antarctic, so we were thrilled to see this
late-leaver ! (typical male) He cavorted,
and breached and slapped his fluke (tail) and swam within
15 metres of us, and although my heart was in my mouth by
the sheer enormity of his size, I was totally in awe of this
magnificent creature !
felt like I had been communing with God ! 7 people on
the boat were absolutely silent for more than an hour while
we bobbed next to this magnificent giant. I was rather tearful
when he gave a grunt (like hippo) and with a final spectacular
flip of his tail, he finally decided to swim on.
Princesse Bora Lodge is home to Maria, a
Marine Biologist from Caracas who encourages the tourists
to join her daily expeditions on the whale-ship to record
data such as flukes, fins, grunts, whale songs, sounds
etc which are unique to each individual whale. This data
is then fed into a world data-bank for scientific purposes
! She was horrified that we had got so close to it
! Did we know that it probably weighed about
36 000 kg ?....and we were in a 4m boat ? And did we
know that the approach distance to a whale is at least 100m?
No, we didn’t, but we couldn’t exactly stop a 15m whale
from being curious about us now, could we ?
Needless to say, another few THBs were needed to calm
our nerves, and to celebrate this most precious moment.
Did you know that whales and porpoises are from the same
family ? I didn’t either – I thought that a porpoise and
a dolphin were alike !
did I leave only my footprints on Ile Sainte Marie ?
No, I definitely left a piece of my heart !
my safari loving friends – when you’re finished “beating
about the bush”, go to Madagascar, for “A Higher Porpoise
about their Mauritius Holiday
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:08 PM
Subject: A Big Thank You
I hope you
well. Let me take this opportunity to give my gratitude
to all that you have done. I really appreciate your service
excellence and this was a real authentic experience. We
really enjoyed ourselves. The reception and ambience
not hesitate to inform me whenever there are specials. My
husband would love to do Paris or Caribbean in December
that is from 27th to 3rd. Please keep me posted.
Sent: Friday, August 06, 2010 10:55 AM
Re: Thank you
wrote about her car hire experience
Thank you for all your assistance regarding a 4x4 hire. I
was so impressed with your level of service and warm + efficient
approach. Well done on excellent service. I will definitely
be using your company again.
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 4:28 PM
& Penny wrote about their Madagascar overland Adventure
package in Northern Madagascar
Extracts from Jonathan's 3 page detailed report - Ed
Thank you for arranging a truly wonderful Madagascar experience.
Penny and I have put together some feedback for you (see
attached). Hopefully you find it useful for future Madagascar
Hotel transfers were punctual and friendly and the vehicles
were in good condition. The hotel itself was comfortable
and clean and the staff pleasant. They endeavoured to fill
our needs to the best of their abilities and when we requested
extra time in the Tana markets or a bit of an extra sight-see,
they were more than obliging.
driver from IC Tours, Fabian, was wonderful. His driving
was reassuring, despite the road’s up and down mountain
passes with no straight section more than 100m long! Pyereras
Private Park Tour made a very good journey-breaker and the
friendly staff took us on a tour of large enclosed areas
full of chameleons and the most amazing butterflies. We
also had our first encounters with lemurs here.
our way to Andasibe, Fabian stopped at a market in a village
on the way and gave us a quick tour of the produce being
sold. We also had a very interesting Anadasibe village tour
as we had some spare time that day.
in all, our Madagascar trip was fantastic, despite the few
challenges we faced. Once in Madagascar, we realised had
it not been for
arrangement of our guides, transfers, lodging etc, we would’ve
had a very different type of education, one which I think
we could do without. Thank-you for setting up a fantastic
trip, with reliable service providers and if you ever have
clients who would like to speak to someone who did a Madagascar
trip through you, please refer them onto either Jonathan
or myself. A fantastic trip and well organised.
Jonathan & Penny
Thursday, July 22, 2010 1:27 PM
Liza Cross wrote about
holiday in Mauritius
you so much for a well-organized vacation. Will definitely
make use of your services again, you were truly remarkable.
will be planning our next holiday on yet another exotic
island, so please give us some tips on great destinations.
Friday, July 16, 2010 2:55 PM
& Selvan Naidoo
wrote about their FREE
on Nosy Be Island
Thanks to Self tours for an all paid expenses trip to Madagascar
.What an amazing island. Just to sit and watch the sun rise
and set is truly the best one can ever see. As for the beaches
it is the best. Imagine walking 50 meters into the water
and the water only comes up to your waist. Watching the
tides come in & out every 6 hours is amazing. The people
on the island are friendly & loving. The Nosy Be Hotel
was very clean & neat. Elma the owner made us feel very
comfortable and even arranged us special meals when we requested.
As for the staff of the hotel they are absolutely wonderful
people. Their hospitality touched our hearts. When we were
leaving on the Saturday morning most of the staff was there
to send us off and we all had tears in ours eyes. Thank
you Steve for choosing my sms and very special thanks to
Cheryl for a well organized trip. Because of you guys we
had the most beautiful time of our lives. I will highly
recommend my family & friends to book via your company.
Many thanks once again for all your help
& lots of love from:
Veronica & Selvan Naidoo
Eds: Note - Veronica
free holiday competition and
won an all expenses paid 7 night holiday package to the
Island of Nosy Be.
Read about our winners
Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 11:49
Johann & Carina Bothma wrote about their
MADAGASCAR holiday on Sainte Marie
had a WHALE of a time (literally and figuratively of course!) on
the island. A big thank you to you for outstanding
arrangements. Everything went as planned. We
were so proud of our touring agent as some other people
had problems de luxe with their arrangements.
rain every day we did see the sun occasionally. Princesse
Bora is fantastic. We cycled nearly every day after
the rain, went out (on invitation by management for free)
to check out the whales by speedboat after we sat through
a whale conference (all in French) the previous night and
could only understand the English below the photographs.
That was their way to apologise. What an experience.
We are only used to see them from our balcony at a
distance on their return to Antarctica and know they
are huge, but never realised how huge. We also took
a 4X4 excursion with 2 local guys and they really spoiled
us by visiting all their favourite spots. (One of
these guys' mom has a primitive spice shop and I got the
loveliest spices from him. Everybody at the airport
thought their few airport vanilla pods were smelling so
good, in fact it was my whole bag with a collection of spices.)
The Toyota Rav really did the thing on those 'holy' roads.
The 'transport' to Paradise Island between the mangroves in
a mokoro is a highlight and to eat fish and crab prepared
from being alive to nicely spiced and fried in coconut sauce
within less than an hour under such primitive circumstances is
amazing. And ja, we enjoyed the zebu cart. I
had my first ever full body massage in French.
What an experience ... but heaven. Johann had a manicure!
The food of Princesse Bora and all the drinks ... we are
already missing it. Never know that the langoustines
were actually crayfish in Madagascar!! Yummie!
IC Hotel was also an interesting experience especially on
the return night when the celebrations of their Republic
Day the next day has started with fire crackers.
We appreciated the fact that the hotel was so close to the
will definitely use you again for trips in future
- maybe back to Madagascar or maybe to Zanzibar.
Johann and Carina Bothma
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Mr & Mrs Tsepe Motumi
wrote about their MADAGASCAR
holiday on Sainte Marie Island
Compliments of the new season Courtney.
I trust that you had a breather during your leave. We
had a super holiday in Madagascar. It was very hot hot but
we had no options but to behave like fishes. We had so much
fun!!! My husband cant stop talking about it.
We are looking forward to working with you again. Please
keep us posted on any specials coming in the year. We also
want to do Thailand:Ghuanjou,Bangkok and Phuket sometime
in May. Will keep you posted.
Lots of love.
Monday, January 04, 2010 7:14 AM
Lynn and Ken wrote about their
MADAGASCAR holiday on Nosy Be island
Back in Harare - back at work!
The trip to Nosy be went without a hitch. Our outward flight
to Tana was delayed by a couple of hours, and we fully expected
to have missed the connection, but Air Mad had kept the flight
waiting for us - wonderful.
Nosy Be Hotel was fantastic. Great service, smashing staff,
lovely beach, good food, really comfortable and great location.
It was just
what we needed after a stressful year. They made a real effort
to make us welcome and comfortable. We were also really lucky
with the weather - only half a day of rain in 8 days!
It was bright and sunny most of the time.
IC Hotel in Tana is also a real Gem, couldn't have wished for
a nice place to spend the last night. We were very impressed
with the full
breakfast at 4am so that we could catch our flight!
Thank you also, for handling the whole thing so smoothly and
efficiently despite us being so last minute. We will be recommending
you to friends and colleagues.
Very warm wishes for a successful and prosperous 2010
Lynn and Ken
Tozama Ngcongolo wrote about the car rental we where unable
to supply over Christmas
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 9:43 AM
Subject: Re: Car Hire Quote
Thank you Courtney.
That's what happens when one decides at the last minute.
Let me take this opportunity to wish you a blessed festive season.
Thank you very much for your excellent service during the year.
Ever since I knew about your agency, I have a peace of mind.
Thank you once again
Tozama Ngcongolo (Ms)
Children and Families
Department Social Development
& Bon Snyders wrote about their
MADAGASCAR holiday on Sainte Marie island:
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 10:01 AM
Subject: Re: Thank you
I Wanted to say thank you so much for an absolutely awesome
holiday! Went so smoothly, everything was wonderful. My wife
enjoyed it so much she was close to tears when it was time to
leave, I had to promise to bring her back at least every 5 years.
Be sure I have already recommended your great service to some
Thank you so much once again.
Rob & Bon Snyders
parsons wrote about
her MADAGASCAR Scuba
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 8:15 AM
all is well with you.
wanted to send this mail to tell you what a fantastic time
Paola and I had in Madagascar but also to thank you for all
the effort and work you put in to make it one of the best
experiences of our lives. Everything run smoothly, all the
transfers were effortless and even our unexpected night in
Tana just added to an amazing experience.
you for helping to make it all possible, even with all the
changes we asked for, you have been nothing but friendly and
professional. I wish only the very best for you in your
is difficult to say which of the two islands we enjoyed more,
they were so very different it is impossible to compare. The
staff and owners at both were extremely friendly, helpful
Aux Nattes, St Marie was more rustic but far from basic, meals
were 5 star and the accommodation just a few steps from the
sea. The two resident lemurs defiantly rate amongst my highlights,
there was also a pet rabbit named Bert. The dive operation
is run from the main island but arrived to fetch us each day,
the only down side is that there was no where to rinse
our kit or hang it up after the days diving.
Sakatia is more established, our unit was set amongst the
trees away from the beach. At night a family of lemurs would
make their way across our roof into the hills and return the
same way in the early morning to head back into the forest,
talking to themselves all the way, again a highlight! The
dive centre is very organised, the staff very helpful. We
were the only two diving during our week so were made to feel very
special, diving on sites rarely explored.
general impression of the diving in Madagascar is WOW!!
We did 16 dives in 7 days! The reefs are totally unspoilt,
abundant fish life and variety we have seldom experienced.
The sea conditions were warm and calm, sometimes it felt like
a huge swimming pool. Paola is now a new convert to night
diving which has never appealed to her before Madagascar!
can strongly recommend our trip to anyone wanting to do a
diving holiday, it was the right decision to do both islands
but next time would probably do only one as the internal
travelling is long and tedious, wasting most of the day.
you get a feeling of how much fun and awsum times we had from
these few words. We will defiantly be going back sometime.
you very very much :-)
Monday, January 12, 2009 11:41 AM
wrote of their Tsingy adventure tour in Northern Madagascar
Hi there Clayton
thanks hope you had a festive Christmas and best wishes
for the new year.
had a wonderful trip full of adventure as only Madagascar
first resort was fantastic and the personalised service
provided by our own personal guide and driver everyday was
amazing! Well done! Food at this resort was also fantastic
as was the accommodation and excursions!
resort on Nosy was also great and there is lots to do on
again chat soon
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 5:28 PM
Charisse van Rooyen & Peter Taylor
about his MADAGASCAR
got back from Madagascar after a very successful and enjoyable
holiday marred only by a tummy bug which we’ve put down
to the Malanil Malaria tablets we were all taking.
went extremely smoothly with no hitches. Amarina was
just magic. We had 3 adjoining rooms each with our
own small patio about 15 meters from the beach. We
all sat on 1 patio each evening with a drink from the bar
fridge watching the sunset which every night never failed
to impress. Absolutely out of this world. I
have never seen such magnificent sunsets. We also
made use of the fabulous beach bar on occasion. The staff
at Amarina are warm and friendly and the service top class.
You drop a fork, bend down to pick it up and there’s a waiter
at your elbow with a new one. They all speak French,
their English is sketchy and our French was sketchy so we
had many a good giggle trying to communicate. The
food according to my “we’ll eat anything” family was superb.
They also served duck and on one particular night, frogs
legs which a couple of the family members tried and said
made full use of our days at Amarina. Our second day
we did their 3 island tour of Nosy Komba (to visit the lemurs),
Nosy Tanikely for snorkelling ending up on Nosy Sakatia
for an unforgettable lunch BBQ (absolutely delicious) on
the beach. The lemurs are gorgeously ugly and meeting
them was so much fun. They call them “Maki, Maki,
Maki” and through the trees, these furry long tailed bundles
come bouncing, jumping onto your shoulder if you have a
bit of banana in your hand. We had a wonderful guide
Jullen, for the day. 88 Euros and worth every
between excursions we snorkelled right off the beach at
Amarina at low tide. The reef is about 100m off the
beach so you can walk on the exposed rock (aqua shoes a
necessity) or wade across and enjoy the beautiful coral,
amazing fishies and some really fat starfish! The
pool at Amarina was great but at 34 degrees, definitely
left Madagascar feeling that we had really seen Nosy Be.
you for all your assistance in making our wonderful holiday
a reality. We appreciate it.
Charisse van Rooyen &
02 December 2008 08:40
Nobuo Kanda from
Japan wrote about their Madagascar holiday
Indo Jet & Maties Travel,
Thank you very much to arrange everything about Madagascar.
We just arrived
at Japan yesterday evening.
enjoyed in Madagascar very much!
were many baobab tree and monkey we could see!
Hotels were nice to stay and especially, Morandava
Hotel was so nice.
enjoyed so much in this tour!!!
Thanks a lot
and if I have some friends want to go to South Africa and
let them your name and e-mail address!
- AND what do Travel
Agents have to say about Selftours -
Once again Self tours with impeccable service! Between you
and Clayton I am impressed. I don’t think I will ever book
Madagascar anywhere else ever again!
Campus Square Student Flights
Flight Centre Limited
Monday, October 06, 2008 10:16 AM
Maryna Du Plessis
from South Africa wrote about her 50th Birthday in
Carina…………thanks for all the arrangements …….everything went
smoothly. I had a ball of a 50th celebration, be
Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 8:51 AM
Ben Grib From South Africa had this to say about
their Zanzibar holiday
Just returned from my vacation and back at work.
I must compliment you
company on the holiday in Zanzibar. The accommodation were
excellent and the staff very helpful and friendly. Transfers
were on time and the drivers were very safety conscious
and answered all questions on anything on the route.The
guides on the tours (stone town, prison island, spice tour
etc) were excellent and really knows the history and their
subject – Adam that took us on the Stone Town and Prisoner
Island tours is an asset to any company.
Thanks again for a great
week in Zanzibar
Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2008
from South Africa wrote about his
is a tough story with a happy ending !!... ED .....)
Last year I planned an island holiday but was not really sure
where to go, I bumped into your website and landed on the
lap of Carina, she was so enthusiastic, I had no option to
go with her ideas MADAGASCAR was the destination.
I later lost
interest as out of the blue I was involved in a divorce and
had no further interest in the holiday, now already paid for.
Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong, a divorce, the
flight from JHB delayed for 24 hours you name it.
Carina kept things
going and my spirit up, she convinced me to do the island
thing. In Johannesburg I was the only passenger on that doomed
flight who had contact with my travel agent that evening,
stranded in Johannesburg and all the other passengers looked
at me. Carina gave me her cell phone number and we were in
communication all evening until the matter was resolved and
all the passengers put up in a hotel in Johannesburg. I am
back home with very good memories and excellent photographs.
Carina kept things
going, we all enjoyed a fabulous holiday and to cap it all,
Carina even arranged for a refund from African Encounters
for all our wasted costs as result of the delayed flight.
Carina is tops
and there is no reason why I or anyone else should seek assistance
anywhere else that at Selftours cc.
All the compliments to Carina and Selftours cc.
Group Head Office
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 1:24 PM
from the Consulate of Finland in Malawi wrote about their
for your kind message and farewell!
I just thought
that you might be interested to hear how it all went. Generally
speaking this was a wonderful experience for us, we liked
the hotels and Madagascar a lot. The arrangements were ok.
Overall, this was a very good trip and we did enjoy the holiday
a lot. I have given your details to some of our friends here
in Malawi, who will be travelling to Madagascar later this
year - so, hopefully they will contact you and make a booking.
you for all the arrangements,
Saturday, January 05, 2008 2:58 PM
Linda Nielsen wrote about their MADAGASCAR
New Year! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish
you all the best for 2008.
of all, sorry it's taken me a while to get back to you -
as you know we arrived back on the 29th to Joburg but we
only got back to Zimbabwe yesterday evening as we took a
slow drive back, stopping over in Pietersburg to stock up!
that we're back safe and sound and have had time to unpack
our bags - all that remains is to thank you very
much for organising the PERFECT holiday for us!
Everything went like clock work, no delays, no problems at
all and the hotels that you chose for us were just great.
Of course Relias des Plateaux, perfect because it was so close
to the airport, so very easy for all of us. Next day,
as we approached the island and looked out the window - we
knew we were landing in paradise! So beautiful - couldn't
wait to get to Vani Vola and unpack! Vani Vola was
another perfect choice for us - great family hotel
and the hosts Fabienne and Jacques did everything they could
to make us feel at home. We spent the day
with them visiting Ile aux Nattes for exploring the island,
lunch and snorkelling on one of the days and got to know
them a little better than just manager/client, that broke
the ice for the rest of the trip. On other days we
rented quads/bikes and did a tour of the island (the roads
are terrible!) but we managed. Spent the day
at La Crique relaxing, snorkelling and the boys went biking
again. Christmas was celebrated the French way
on the eve of 24th with a delicious celebration dinner
and all the trimings (unfortunately 2 of us in the party
were not well so couldn't enjoy the feast) but by the next
day we were over our woes and ready for more celebrations!
Again, Fabienne went out of her way to make it special
for the kids with presents under the tree - they loved it!
It really was a holiday to remember and just what we all
needed to re-charge our batteries.
once again, special thanks to you Cheryl and the rest
of the Selftours team - I'll be singing your praises
all over Zimbabwe for sure!!
Linda - the
Nielsen and Kirk families
Wednesday, January 02, 2008 1:31 PM
Massyn from Flight Centre, Nelspruit, South Africa wrote
about their MADAGASCAR holiday:
I am back (urgh!), but thought I would drop you a line and
let you know how our holiday was...
First of all, Madagascar is an amazing country. I fell
in love with it straight away. The people are awesome,
and even though their English is very limited, they were more
than accommodating - drawing pictures in the sand etc. etc.
Nosy Be Hotel was lovely. It was quaint and beautiful and
the staff were out of this world. Not too much of a
great beach and I saw this was the case with most hotels on
Nosy Be, but the excursions were definitely worth it. We managed
to swim with turtles and most importantly, I saw my lemurs
who promptly jumped all over me. I will send you the photos
as soon as I have loaded them. The food they put out on the
excursions is also out of this world! We had a variety of
crab, barracuda, zebu meat, some fabulous potato dish that
just took my breath away and all sorts of other things.
Our last night in Tana was also lovely. The Relaix De Plateaux
is a wonderful hotel and we were happy to part with our last
Ariary to a waiter called Hery who was just fantastic.
I just want to thank you for everything you organised - it
all went ever so smooth. I will not hesitate to recommend
you to my friends and clients and will definitely use you
again on our next adventure (not sure where to??????!!!!).
I wish you many blessings for the New Year! Thanks again!
Flight Centre - Nelspruit
Shop 219 A
Entrance 5, Riverside Mall
Tel: (013) 757 9500
Fax: (013) 757 0501
Monday, December 03, 2007 1:06 PM
Pieterse wrote to her travel agent at Rendezvous
Travel, Johannesburg- about her tour of MADAGASCAR
designed by Selftours
Thank you so much for your email, i must tell you it was an
excellent trip and we really had a great time. It was such
a wonderful experience thank you so much. Sad to be back
though. Madagascar is great and i would prefer it for anyone.
The French was a bit much though but we had fun learning some.
Monday, October 22, 2007 12:57 PM
Harvey a Johannesburg travel agent wrote about the service
she received from Selftours Re: Passengers Pretorius
Just a quick note to
say thank you very much I received my Madagascar documents
this morning for passengers Pretorius
I am very impressed your documents are packaged stunningly
Thank you so much, we will definitely use your services
Thank you & Kind
Senior Travel Consultant
Thursday, September 27, 2007 9:52 AM
& Magdel Schroda wrote about their Zanzibar holiday
We had a wonderfull
time in Zanzibar and Mapenzi Beach Club was Lovely. The All-Inclusive
Package made everything very relax so we could enjoy all the
other things that Zanzibar had to offer.
will definetly give you a shout for our next holiday (hopefully
soon .... ha-ha)
very much for your assistants.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 2:12 PM
Stewart & Michelle from South Africa wrote
about their MADAGASCAR holiday:
at the airport in Tana was quite hectic – it takes forever
to get through passport control. The good thing was that our
visa’s only cost us 13 Euros each as apposed to the 30 we were
Wow – what an awesome holiday. Thanks again for all
your efforts in making it such a special trip. The hotels
where we stayed were really beautiful and we would definitely
recommend these to others as well as recommend the services
of Selftours. All the hotel staff were incredibly friendly
and tried their best to communicate with us in English.
We eventually arrived at the Pallisandre at about 12:30am on
Sunday morning. The Pallisandre hotel is very elegant and the
room was lovely.
Onwards to beautiful Sainte Marie. Richard and I think that
Moasoandro was definitely the best choice for staying on the
island – its far away from the touristy part of the island
and really afforded us the rest and relaxation we were craving.
The staff were incredibly friendly, the rooms rustic and wonderfully
close to the beach and the beach was…heaven. Highlights for
us included seeing and hearing the whales, snorkelling the
coral reef, sipping cocktails at sunset and getting a very
sore butt travelling the islands bumpy roads by motorbike.
The food was quite good – just breakfast could have been a
bit more adventurous – we gave the hotel the feedback that
some fruit with breakfast would make the difference.
we arrived back in Tana on Thursday afternoon we were greeted
by the friendly face of Tu (not sure how to spell his name)
who took us straight through to the brand new Nissan Patrol
driven by Sisi. After a four hour trip we arrived at Vakona
Lodge after dark. Once again a beautiful hotel with very comfortable
rooms awaited us.
The next day Tu and Sisi collected us again and took us to
the Perinet reserve – we spent about four hours haring around
the forest lead by our hugely enthusiastic and expert guide,
Zaka. He helped us to find four species of lemur, including
a super close up of some bamboo lemurs. We were also entertained
by the Indri cries, saw plenty amazing birds and even 3 snakes!
After lunch and an afternoon rest we were taken to lemur island
where we had an absolute ball feeding and playing with the
lemurs. Then off to the Vakona reserve before heading off
for our nocturnal walk with Zaka. Although we did not see
any nocturnal lemurs we saw frogs, geckos and chameleons –
just by walking along the road!
We were really sad to say
goodbye after such a short visit and headed back to Tana on
Saturday morning. After a short stop at the artisans market
it was off to the airport and home. Tu was incredibly attentive
and went out of his way to make the last part of our holiday
On the whole the trip
was really well organised – we hope to get the chance to utilize
your services in the future.
Thanks again for all your assistance and take care.
Monday, June 11, 2007 9:43 AM
& Douglas Hill from South Africa wrote about their
MADAGASCAR holiday :
What a wonderful trip we had to Madagascar! You arrangements
were perfect and the trip went without a hitch (other
than being bitten by a lemur and having to find a local
"dokteur" to sort me out!!
Be hotel was great, especially the food!
We did find that the excursions were quite pricey (paid
in Euro of course) for what one got. It was great having
the full meal package, but we missed most of the lunches
because of excursions where often lunch was included. I
am not sure whether it would have been better to pay separately
for the 2 or 3 lunches we had at the Hotel? Main course
was about R100,00 and starter and dessert R60,00 each.
we have certainly recommended Nosy Be as well as SelfTours
to all we have spoken to.
We'll be holidaying in Plett in July, so will maybe
have a moment to pop in and meet you.
Jane & Douglas Hill
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 3:41 PM
Paul Kennedy from Johannesburg wrote about their
Madagascar holiday :
Just a quick
note to tell you that we all had a great time in Madagascar
and the arrangements all went perfectly. Thank
you for all your help in making this possible.
May 23, 2006 2:29 PM
Harriet Joao from Cape Town wrote about their MADAGASCAR
are back after a wonder full holiday
in Madagascar! We will certainly be repeating the journey-as
soon as possible. We had a wonderful time and can highly
recommend the trip to all your customers.
May 04, 2006 10:55 AM
Victoria Bethlehem from Cape Town wrote about their MADAGASCAR
I hope this
email finds you well.
We have returned
from our trip to RSA and Madagascar.
We had an
amazing time. The accommodation on Nosy Be was great. The
food at the hotel was awesome. Some of the best seafood I
have ever eaten. There was lots to do on the island and we
had fantastic weather.
I would recommend
it to anyone looking for a different holiday, but a relaxing
island one at that too.
for all your help in organising our trip. I will pass your
details one to all that i know.
Ari and Victoria
Date: 2005-09-29 14:05:31
Brett Lund wrote about their MADAGASCAR vacation:
........... >Madagascar< ...........
Our trip was really amazing - Madagascar is a beautiful place,
and Isle Sainte Marie is a jewel. I enjoyed being in Perinet,
it a really beautiful place too and the Indri calling was
a truly magical moment.
Thanks a lot for all your help - you really did a great
job, I respect your input ENORMOUSLY!
Karen McGowan from Malawi wrote about their family holiday
in MADAGASCAR :
Madgascar. Well what can I say?
The Amarina hotel is probably one of if not the best hotel
on Nosey Be from what we saw of the others. It has a lovely
beach, beautiful swimming pool, fantastic Malagasy staff and
it was like our own island paradise! The food is amazing and
every dinner was superb.
For us it was paradise. We would love to go back, perhaps
Karen,Ewen and Kate Mcgowan
Dave & Kaye Johnston from Houston Texas wrote about their
We loved Madagascar, and wished we had booked more time there
and less in Mauritius - 6 days was not enough! We enjoyed Perinet
- excellent driver to/from, excellent nature guide, good food,
comfortable accommodations (except for 10C cabin in morning).
We loved the Tana hotel - wanted 2 more nights there to explore
Tana a bit and do some craft shopping. Vanila Hotel was incredible
- unit #24 was on the end toward the ocean and like a private
house near the beach. We had had enough of islands sailing around
the Seychelles so we did not take any of the tours. The published
taxi rates were great and we took one for a day for 70,000 ariary
Thanks for everything....Kaye
Date: 2005-03-29 07:30:31
Sandra Bell wrote about their group coach tour of South Africa
Our Coach Tour:
I just wanted to write to tell
you what a gem Mark Dixon was. He really was the best guide/friend
to have on a tour, he was so knowledgeable, helpful and friendly
everyone was sad to say good-bye to him in Durban. I was so
glad to have him around. Everyone has said that they had a
wonderful adventure and thanks to Mark a memorable experience.
Thanks again for all your help
and advice with this trip.
Best wishes from
Sandy and the 5W members
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Apologies for the delay in feedback
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