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From: David Kendall
Sent: 09 October 2017 12:02 PM
Subject: Our trip
of Victoria Falls And South Africa

 Hi Cheryl,

First my apologies for not contacting you sooner after our trip to Victoria Falls and South Africa.

Secondly Bridgett and I wish to thank you profusely for the faultless way in which you programmed our holiday.  If we had started out with the expectation that all the arrangements - places, accommodation, timetable and experiences - would work out so incredibly well we would have thought we were being unrealistic.  So to have our expectations so far exceeded, and they were naturally high to start with, was wonderful, and was testament to your expertise and care.  We cannot thank you enough.

All of the varied accommodation was without fault.  The welcomes we received were always warm, the rooms spotlessly clean, beds comfortable and the food good.  Everyone we met was extremely friendly and helpful, and we were struck by the cheerfulness of everyone who served us.  I would recommend them to anyone without reservation.  South Africa has a lot to teach Europe about how to treat visitors and make them feel really welcome.

The stay at Victoria Falls, after a comfortable night in Johannesburg, was magical.  The Elephant Hills hotel, in a wonderful setting, paid great attention to detail and the transfers to the Sunset Cruise, helicopter flight and to and from the airport were spot on.  The experiences we had there in Zimbabwe and with the people were amazing.

At Cape Town at trip to Table Mountain had to be postponed for a day because the cable car was not running, so we drove to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope on an extremely windy day.  When we went up Table Mountain the following day we enjoyed several changes of weather which enhanced the panoramic views, and of course the vegetation was incredibly varied.  We visited the Waterfront on two evenings and I had the pleasure of seeing the former Port Captain’s building where a great uncle of mine had been Port Captain either side of World War 2.

We would happily visit Hermanus, Knysna and Storms River again and stay at the same accommodation, each very special in their own way with the variety of experiences they provided.

The way you structured the tour gave us an impressive start and built to a stunning climax when we visited Woodbury Lodge.  Everything about that venue was breathtaking.  The setting, accommodation, service and meals were excellent, but you will not be surprised to hear that the 12+ hours of game drives were the highlight of the whole trip.  I would strongly recommend that you request that Lenny be the ranger seconded to all your future visitors there.  Not only was he tremendously knowledgeable, eagle-eyed, great fun and an excellent driver, but he dealt calmly and expertly with a potentially dangerous situation when on a very narrow, rutted track we were suddenly confronted by a bull elephant who wanted to get past.  That incident occurred soon after we witnessed a lion killing an antelope, only the second such sighting in the lodge’s history.

Our only disappointment in the whole trip was with our dealings with Hertz.  They had lost the key to the car originally allocated to us and so there was a long delay after which we were given a free upgrade, which was fine.  When we returned the car at Port Elizabeth we were told a device for getting us through tolls was missing from the windscreen.  We never had one.  I have one on my own car for French toll roads and would definitely have spotted it, but I have no way of proving its absence and so expect to be charged for its “loss”.  I do however accept responsibility for the loss of the little bag in which the TomTom GPS was provided.  It blew out of the car at Cape Point.  I am left regretting that I should not have been quite so anxious to get on our way after the long delay at Hertz Cape Town, though even with a more thorough check of the car’s condition I doubt I would have realised that a toll device was missing.

This was a tiny blip, and not your responsibility, on an absolutely wonderful holiday.  We shall certainly encourage friends to visit Victoria Falls and the Garden Route, and to do so using the expertise of Self Tours, and I hope that we shall be able to revisit too.  We thank and congratulate you most sincerely for the arrangements you made on our behalf and for the friendly and efficient way in which you communicated with us.  If any of the above would be useful to quote in any of your publicity please feel free to use it.

Thanks again, and best wishes


David Kendall
Lieu-dit Le Buisson
71520 Montmelard


Neil & Lorraine from USA wrote about their guide coach tour of the Cape & Wine lands
Sent: June 2, 2017 9:13 AM
Subject: Tour in Cape Town

Thanks Steve

We truly enjoyed our tour of Cape Town and area with you.  Your knowledge of the area added great to our experience.
Thanks for the photos.   I will be adding them to our album.

All the best to you.
Neil & Lorraine Johnson


From: Peterson, Craig from Australia
Sent: 24 April 2017 10:25 AM
Subject:Selftours -
South African Tour package 

Hi Cheryl,

Well we are back safe and sound from our trip and I must congratulate you on the package you put together for us. We absolutely loved it and will remember it for the rest of our lives. There is way too much to see in just a couple of weeks as you know, but the itinerary you put together for us gave us a very good cross section of the highlights and has left us wanting to return again to see more. Everything ran incredibly smoothly and aside from some very minor issues, the accommodation was superb.

The highlights for us were Shamwari (every single aspect of this place was absolutely superb) and the sunset cruise on the Zambezi river (The Shearwater people were fantastic in every respect, from tours to airport transfers).·  

We were extremely happy with the trip overall. To get an itinerary like that to run so smoothly takes an enormous amount of effort so we thank you very much for that. We will definitely be recommending your services to friends and family coming over that way and will let you know when our next trip is coming up. I wasn’t brave enough to ride an ostrich but have attached a couple of photos of the trip.

Thanks again for such a brilliant holiday.  

Craig Peterson

Aviation Safety Advisor – Western Region


Maryla Bogdanowicz  wrote about their 4th tour to South Africa with Selftours
11 February 2016 09:43 PM
4th Holiday in South Africa

Dear Cheryl,

I just want to say THANK YOU for all the arrangements you made for us. Everything was excellent! This was one of the best vacation in my life!

We loved accommodation and food (especially in Graskop and in Swaziland). The guest houses in Umkomaas and in Cape were outstanding: friendly and helpful owners and beautiful gardens.

Sorry for the trouble with the overload at the airport, I didn't expect you to cover the cost; I was just surprised that we can carry only 20 kilos per person, but, anyway, thank you for your help:-)

The only activity we were not able to do was snorkeling in Umkomaas (due to the weather condition our snorkeling was cancelled), so you may check with the diving company if they would reimburse the costs - please let me know.  (Due to Weather conditions. Ed )

I can not wait for the next holiday in SA:-) Greetings from all the members of our group!

Kind Regards, Maryla


Sent: 08 January 2015 08:14 AM
To: 'Cheryl Dijkers - Selftours'
Subject: RE: Selftours - Tour packag
Isaac Tsheko
 wrote of their memorable tour of South Africa

Morning Cheryl,

I would like to thank you for everything you’ve done for us, the vacation was excellent, transport, flights and accommodation. My family were happy enjoyed every corner of Cape Town and back home safely.

Thanks Again.

Isaac Tsheko
Quantity Surveyor
Basil Read


Sent: 26 November 2014 07:11 PM
To: Cheryl Dijkers - Selftours
Subject: Farewell to South Africa

Bengt-Ove & Kerstin wrote of their familie's memorable tour of South Africa and neighbouring countries

Dear Cheryl,

It i now our last evening in South Africa. Tomorow the plane will take us home to the winter. We have had three fantastic weeks. All arangemets have worked as planned and all hotels have been very personal gems. You have worked magic for us. I have attached a picture from today's walk. You can also check more pictures on 

Don't be surprised if you will get more busines from Sweden. We will spread the word. 

Best Regards
Bengt-Ove & Kerstin


Sent: 11 February 2014 08:36 PM
To: Cheryl Dijkers - Selftours
Subject: Re: Selftours - Tour package

aryla Bogdanowicz
wrote about her families memorable holiday in South Africa

Hi Cheryl,

I just want to say THANK YOU!  Everything was just perfectly organized: car, accommodation and our activities. Especially, we enjoyed our stay in Tsitsikamma (beautiful surrounding, great activities and wonderful accommodation) and Knysna (very good tour and friendly accommodation). I was even lucky to ride an ostrich on the farm near Oudtshoorn!

Had great time in Cape Town. We really enjoyed our stay. Once again thank you for all your recommendations and I hope to come back to SA as soon as I could.

Warm Regards, Maryla


Sent: 11 August 2013 04:48 PM
Subject: holiday feedback
Catherine Bossier from France wrote about her families memorable holiday in South Africa

Dear Cheryl, 

First of all, a big thank you to you and your team for having organized a fantastic holiday for us in your beautiful country. We have just returned (sadly) and are now picking up reality, slowly but surely!

We had a great time - with its ups & downs, of course - and really loved South Africa. Apart from the bag problem when you met us at the beginning we had absolutely no problems with the flights and the car rentals that you had also organized. And it was great to meet you at last - thank you for fitting us in. And you were right - we loved Capetown and the coastal area. 

The best moments? Well, there were many, many happy meetings with various people & animals that made most places memorable. In general, I think we managed to have one of the best holidays ever and my children will always remember South Africa with fondness & a smile!

I hope to stay in touch and will definitely recommend you to any & everyone here in France! 

Catherine Bossier


Sent: 10th July 2013 03:09 PM
Malville Swanson wrote about his memorable safari to the Kruger Park

Hi Shona

Just to let you know that we had a great time and memorable experience. Tremisana Game is a nice place and all the staff was very friendly, the food was good and plenty to eat and you just feel welcome and open to talk to them. We enjoyed all the game drives. Kruger Park was great and we managed to see many animals with the exception of the leopard we saw the other Big 4. We opted for the rehab centre instead of the bush walk which was a wonderful and educational experience. Here we saw the Leopard and lots of other wild animals, vultures, eagles etc. Shona thanks for organising this safari for me and my wife. Everything work out fantastic. The timing of all the programmes just fitted well with us. My wife is happy and so am I.

Thank you
Malville Swanson


Elizabeth Crossan  from Abu Dhabi wrote about their family holiday in South Africa
Sent: 13 April 2013 02:09 PM

Dear Shona,
We have arrived back in Abu Dhabi.
We all enjoyed the holiday in South Africa very much and would not hesitate to return.
Thank you for all your hard work and assistance.
Best Regards
Liz Crossan


Sent: 22 March 2013 03:31 AM
Karen Ahnemann
 and her two friends (teachers from China) raved about their South African Safari
Ginny Voigt [STAFF]; Dellisa Williams [STAFF]; Evelyn McCulloch [STAFF]
Subject: All was awesome

Hi Shona, Jenny and Ginny,

Just a quick email to you for making this trip so memorable. From our first night at Four ways hotel near the airport to our last nights at the Indaba fabulous hotel we were smiling. The safari package was excellent, I think we would all recommend the lodge you booked us.

And our conference was worth while too, lots of great conversations that enriched our ideas about teaching all children!

Attached is a picture of us  from our morning bush walk, we are sitting on a rocky ledge overlooking hippos in the morning light. Great memories, and I think I speak for us all in saying "Someday we hope to go back and see more of your beautiful country!"

Thank you both !

Karen on behalf of us all...Dellissa and Evelyn too!


Sent: 07 February 2013 01:40 PM
Liisa Panschin from Finland wrote about their South African holiday Tour

Dear Shona!

Many thanks Shona for the excelent arrangments. Hotels, minivan, food and excursions were very good ones and our guide Paul was excelent, as well. Your country is very beautifull, that some day we will come back, and that it certain, that we introduce you to our friends with great pleasure.


Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 1:53 PM
Omar Hoek wrote about their exciting family holiday in South African Tour

Dear Cheryl,

Just came back last Sunday from a wonderful holiday in South Africa , it was fantastic !!

The quote from my two boys (6 and 11) was “ what an awesome holiday”

Everything was arranged by Selftours with highest care and taste. The hotel – lodge and B&B selection made by your for our two weeks trip could not have been better.  The moment we landed at Capetown Airport the rental car and accommodation package was available and extremely well explained .

We will definitely count on your services when we head down….and we will surely do….and come back again.

Hoek family.


Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 9:51 AM
Sandy Lee wrote about their exciting South African Tour

Dear Cheryl,

Yes we had a wonderful time in South Africa and we sincerely like to thank you for the arrangement to make this trip happen. 

I have been posting pictures everyday via facebook to update all my friends, colleagues & family members showing them how beautiful this country was. We also like to tell them it is safe to self drive in South Africa and just be vigilant will do. Asian often has the assumption that SA is unsafe, it is not advisable to arrange free & easy tour. Well we proved them wrong, the road is well maintained and access and road sign are clearly indicated, except that traffic in Cape Town is chaotic as compare to Garden route. However we manage to reached the destination in Cape Town like Cape Town, Simon’s Town etc.

We are actually looking at coming back to South Africa again next year or might be looking at Madagascar too. We will definitely come back to your company for quote.

We will also provide your contact for friends in Singapore whom are interested to go for self drive or guided tour in South Africa.

Sandy LEE

Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:09 PM
Dave wrote about their exciting South African Tour

Hi Cheryl,
Back in the UK and missing South Africa big time. We had an absolutely fabulous holiday - many thanks for arranging everything so well. We had no booking or travel problems whatsoever!
I hope the following feedback is useful:
Airport Grand Hotel - ok hotel but directly on the flight path to the airport.  We were woken early by the first flight landing at O.R.Tambo. No major problem as we wanted an early start but we would have preferred a quieter hotel. 
Cavern Berg - lovely restful place. Beautiful location, great walks and met some lovely people. 
Shakaland - weird experience but enjoyed it. Surreal having dinner sitting next to a Zulu chief in full Zulu dress!
Sea Sands, St Lucia - absolutely loved the place and didn't want to leave. Great game reserve and Cape Vidal was beautiful. Hotel staff couldn't have been more helpful - booked boat trip and night game drive. 
Foresters Arms, Swaziland - once again fantastic hotel. Great place to chill out and relax. Fantastic food. 
Kapama - 3 days stay was just right. Weather was poor but we had a great time. Game drives were fun, saw loads of animals and made some good friends. Fantastic memories. 
Graskop Hotel - we liked Graskop.  Nice relaxing stay. Hotel was pleasant but our room was quite noisy. Local scenery was out of this world. 
Sandstone City, Jo'burg - good hotel, safe location. Enjoyed the Lion Park and visit to caves etc. 
Car hire - no problem. Delivery to the airport was very helpful.
Driving - some of the distances were very long but roads were generally excellent and we got used to the long distances. The pack, maps etc were extremely useful . Directions to Jo'burg airport would have been useful as the road signs were poor. 
Would we change anything - not really. Had a wonderful holiday. Thanks again.
One last thing. We're thinking about going to Namibia next year - do you do tours in Namibia?
Best regards,


Laura Lorenzini wrote about their exciting South African Tour
Sent: Friday, August 12, 2011 2:25 PM

Dear Cheryl

We enjoyed the tour in South Africa very much.
Interesting places, wonderful nature and good accommodation. Everything worked out well, we will introduced for sure Selftours to our friends.
Hope to be back sson
Thank you very much



Adam wrote about their tour of Greece and Turkey
Monday, July 04, 2011 12:01 PM

Dear Cheryl

We are now back from our Europe visit and I must say I hate to be back.
Nevertheless life carries on and I suppose I need to work again.
Just from all of us I must tell you that everything was very well organised and we had a wonderful time.
Greece was very good but Turkey was outstanding.
Please convey my thanks to all the persons that were involved in the organisation of everything.

I shall certainly recommend you.

Kind Regards Adam


Yolande wrote about her in-laws exciting South African Tour
Friday, June 24, 2011 11:55 AM

Good Morning Cheryl
I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank you. My in-laws had a wonderful time in South Africa, in part thanks to the wonderful tour they had in Vic Falls/ Kruger.
The only regret they had was that it was not longer.

Thank you for your timely correspondence & problem resolution when they had the hiccup with pick up from Joburg Airport.

They could not wait to get home and tell their friends about the fantastic trip.

Yolande Davies


Piyush Jain from India wrote about their exciting South African Tour
Sent: Monday, June 20, 2011 9:10 PM

Hi Cheryl

Hope you are doing fine.
I dont know if you remember me or my dad (Mr.Pradeep Jain) from India, but we would never forget your great contribution in making our trip a huge success. We went on a road trip to South Africa (Western Cape) last year in June and the trip was beautifully planned by you making it the most memorable one for us. 

I write this mail to thank you from the bottom of our heart for your efforts and wish you the best in life. The itinerary and hotels booked were perfect, even the people at Budget car rentals were so warm and friendly. There are so many doubts and scepticism when one visits a foreign land that too own self drive, but the way you planned and arranged things made it all so smooth, hassle free and enjoyable for us.

Below is a blog that I wrote, visit the site where I share details of our experience.

Thanks again

Piyush Jain


Simon Smink wrote about their South African Tour
Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 1:16 PM

Dear Cheryl,

We would like to you for all your help concerning our trip to South Africa. We had a wonderful time, it was truly an incredible experience! I liked it so much that I was very sad to be back home again. South Africa is a beautiful country and we enjoyed every minute of it.

A friend of mine is planning to go to South Africa in June. I gave him your contact details. 

My apologies for not sending you an e-mail sooner , but we had some internet problems at home.

Again thanks for everything and I hope to come back to South Africa in the future.

Kind regards
Simon Smink
The Netherlands.

Ian Gartshore wrote about their South African Tour
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2010 10:59 AM

Morning Cheryl

As I cannot write directly into your guest book, I would like to make the following comments for you to up load if you wish.
"We have just returned from 20 days in South Africa with the Victoria Falls add-on. Selftours, especially Cheryl, have been absolutely superb. From first telephone contact with us in the UK their service has been first class. They noted what we wished to see and the type of accommodation we wanted and put together a wonderful holiday including car hire and internal flights. The route was well planned and the accommodation very good indeed. I did not think it was possible to pack in such a variety of sights and experiences into 20 days. The add on to Victoria Falls was equally well organised. We received at Johannesburg Airport a folder packed with suggestions, vouchers, an atlas and also two  complimentary tour vouchers. The company was very supportive and helpful to us when we had to contact them whilst in South Africa. It was great to have that level of back up.
I would not hesitate to use Selftours again and I recommend the company wholeheartedly and unreservedly for anyone wishing to tour South Africa independently."
Ian Gartshore
Retired Secondary School Principal

Ian Mote wrote about their South African Tour
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 4:58 AM

Many thanks for your help with the organization, it was a great trip.  
Everything went very smoothly & having the folder with all the maps & info in was a huge help

We very much enjoyed South Africa & will certainly recommend your company to anyone we know travelling to SA in the future


144. Silby Harmse wrote of their Victoria Falls Holiday
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 4:38 PM

Hi Courtney,
From departure to Livingstone and arrival back to O. R Tambo,  all arrangements went smooth.
We had a wonderful time and the memories will stay with us for a long time.
Thanks for your hard work to make our holiday an unforgettable event.

Kind Regards.

Silby Harmse.

IBM PARK, A - Block, IA12

Ian Seres wrote of their South African tour
Thursday, June 24, 2010 10:09 AM

Thanks Clayton 
The trip you organized for us was perfect and all the accommodation excellent. I will be recommending you to anybody that is thinking of visiting S A

Ian Seres

Scrutiny Support Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Historic St Albans District: a premier community


Lance Geweld wrote of their South African tour
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 10:41 AM

Hey Courtney,

Thank you for the tour that you arranged – it was a blast and we really enjoyed our stay over at all the venues you have suggested to us. However I think that maybe in the future you should maybe just enquire what type of vehicle the client drives before booking them at a place like Zuurberg Mountain Lodge…be that as it may it is quite an experience to live on the top of a mountain, it was really relaxing.. (guest used his own car - Ed)

Other than that as mentioned above we really enjoyed it very much and I have suggested your service to few of my colleges already as it is just really convenient to have everything set-up on your behalf..

So hopefully with all the business you will be getting in the near future – hopefully I will be offered a nice weekend away or discount with my next holiday venture..  Please note that i will be planning a honey moon later this year and will request some information from you when the time arises..



Stephanie Rose from Ireland wrote about her parents tour of South Africa that she arranged for them
Tuesday, December 01, 2009 10:54 AM

Dear Courtney

My parents are back and are very relaxed from their vacation in South Africa.  They have asked me to pass on their endless thanks  to you for all the hard work you put into their holiday they said it was truly magical, the accommodation was comfortable and the car was great. They have already recommended your company to a number of their friends.
I now have the South African bug even though I have never been but have many friends from Cape Town, could you look into an itinerary for myself and my husband for 14 days over Christmas and New Year 2010, doing a similar route to that of my folks with car hire, could you quote for standard, mid and high range accommodation please.
Thank you Courtney

Marion Batley wrote about their tour of South Africa
Monday, November 16, 2009 4:26 PM
Dear Clayton,
Thank you so much for making the travel arrangements for our trip to South Africa.
The Guest House accommodations were superb - location, size of room, decor, friendliness and helpfulness of hosts were always perfect. There was only one exception - The River Club at Knysna, where although the accommodation was satisfactory, the staff in the reception and restaurant were disappointing. Our Schotia game drives and overnight stay were amazing - I highly recommend this to other travellers.
Once again, thank you very, very much - we had a marvellous holiday.
Best wishes, Marion Batley

Peter & Gay Griffiths from England wrote about their 3rd tour of South Africa
Thursday, October 29, 2009 4:49 PM
Subject: Thank you
Dear Shan,
Well we are now back home after a very good flight but not much sleep, so we are feeling a bit jaded at the moment! No doubt after a good night's sleep tonight we'll be back to normal.
Yet again we say a very big thank you to you and the staff at Self Tours for a fantastic holiday, just what we needed.
All the accommodation was great and it was lovely to see you and Steve in Knysna to put faces to names and discuss the aspects of our tour and our visits to South Africa.
The weather continued to be sunny and we thoroughly enjoyed St Francis Bay. Our time at Addo was wonderful and we look forward to spending more time there in the future. Of course Shamwari was superb, even though the weather decided to throw everything at us during our time there from hurricane force winds, torrential rain, hail, thunder and lightening
and brilliant sunshine! We had some amazing sightings, in particular a male cheetah, just a few feet away and also a male lion also just a few feet from the jeep, we have some excellent pictures to look back on.
A big thank you once again, keep well.

With very best wishes
Gay & Pete 


David Gascoyne from England wrote about their 1 month South African tour
Sunday, October 11, 2009 1:45 AM

Hi Clayton & Steve,

Having returned home after our wonderful holiday in South Africa Jenny and I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for helping us to have such a great holiday. Everything went very smoothly and your help in planning and booking the tour are much appreciated.

The Tour Pack was a great help in detailing every part of our journey. The instructions for each day’s drive and how to find our accommodation were spot on. The extra information and tips about what to do locally in each new location were extremely useful. A very professional and well presented pack.

Thank you too for the extra free tours and entry tickets you enclosed with the Tour Pack. You encouraged us to do several activities and see some things that we would not have thought of doing otherwise and we enjoyed them all.

It was nice to meet up with you in Knysna and put faces to the names from our email exchange. We shall certainly get in touch again if we plan to return to South Africa; A country we enjoyed so much and would love to see more of; but first there are so many new places to be explored!

We had a good trip home and have now started to face the reality of winter back in the UK after the South African sunshine. We have hundreds of photos to sort through so that should take care of many evenings as the nights draw in!

We will definitely recommend you to any friends intending to visit.

With our best wishes and sincere thanks,
Dave & Jenny Gascoyne

137. Patrice Bertail  from France wrote about their South African tour
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 11:02 AM

Dear Shan,
Thanks for your email.
We greatly appreciated our tour : the hotels and places were really great (actually more than we expected). We loved the  safiri tours in the Krugeras well as our stay at Drakensberg  Garden. Actually, we are still in south Africa , for my work , in Durban until the 21, then in cape town next week until the 27th. I will give you a more detailed feed back , when I will be back to France.

Best regards,

Harry Griffiths & son Eric, from America wrote about their South African tour
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:51 PM

Dear Shan

I probably had the best vacation of my life !!

and I will tell you all about probably this weekend when I have put my thoughts down and i will be honest .
And I will use you again because we will be back !!
Thanks again for a wonderful vacation


Judy Martins, from Australia, wrote of her intention to book a South African tour through Selftours
Sent: Thursday, 14 May 2009 5:04 PM

Hi Clayton

Apologies I have been travelling for business

We thank you greatly for matching the offer – we need to save money where we can but, as I said, I believe you had done an amazing service and probably deserved the job over a group that just got one itinerary to work from and provided a quote – as such and as you can match the quote we would like to proceed with Self tours

I might add for your own feedback Self tours have had the most professional responses to our enquiries – I gave up on a lot of other enquiries very early on as they were not responding with the same amount of professionalism as your responses

If so lets proceed and make bookings
What would you like me to do next?


Eleanor Mathrick from The UK wrote about their South African Coach tour
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 3:10 AM

Shan, thank you for email which was forwarded to my daughter Kellie Snyman who dealt with you and organized our Capetown tour when we were in South Africa earlier this month.
We had an absolutely wonderful holiday, each day was full of fun and interesting activities and we would thoroughly recommend this tour to everyone.
Eleanor Mathrick

Tomek Stomcznski from Poland wrote about their South African tour
Sunday, March 22, 2009 9:48 PM

Dear Carina.

My holidays have just finished L…start to cry!  What can I tell You…was incredible wonderful time, I never had!!!. Everything what You have prepared for me, increased my image.

Cant find words to say how much I m grateful for it!!!  Super accommodation with so friendly owners.

Wonderful safari Lodge, where we have seen so many Wild life and Cheetah we met so friendly people,  preparing so nice and comfortable room and dishes!!!

Thank You for trip to Sun City. with our guide, who explained us history of South Africa.

And finally…Cape Town and Our FISH HOEK
Never supposed  spend 2 weeks in so… once again cant find words to explain…what we get there!!!

Apartment In BAYSIDE SUITS included big living room with full equipment kitchen and terrace with breath taking view to Ocean and City 2 bedrooms with own bathrooms. A welcoming plate of fruits, coffee, tea, champagne and flowers in pots.
The beach was beautiful, which was stretch of Sand, and safe swimming beach. Could see local fishermen trekking fishes and BAYSIDE REASTAURANT which offered delicates seafood. We have tried it, its delicious!!!
Fish Hoek is place of so nice so friendly people, so close to the rest wonderful places In WEST CAPE.

 My Dear Carina.

I wish to be once again In SA, but only there, if I sure You prepare it.
Made it magnificent.
So, Thank You so so much.
Best regards


Cliff McKnespiey wrote about their South African tour
Sent: Monday, January 19, 2009 5:22 PM

Hi Clayton,

Back in the office today and not enjoying it ~ I would far rather still be on Holiday in your wonderful country! Still life moves on.
Sorry we didn’t meet in Knysna but I expect you received our note from St James?

Can I thank you for arranging such a wonderful trip for us, everything was fantastic and your arrangements faultless ~ everything worked just like clockwork. We are very impressed by your beautiful country and the hospitality shown by everyone we met, we will most certainly return. When we do we will be in touch so that you can make our arrangements again but I doubt that you can surpass what you did for us on our first visit ~ that will be a challenge for you.

Please feel free to give my name and contact details to any future customers requiring a reference about your service levels.

Kind regards,

 Cliff McKnespiey
Managing Director
Ross LLoyd Insurance Services


Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2009 8:39 AM
Isaac Tsheko wrote about their South African tour

Hi Carina

Thanks so much for what you did for us, we return safely and  your service met our expectation in every spot.
Boat cruising, Table mountain( Cable car), Waterfront, Helicopter cruising, Sea point view, Robin Island, camps Bay and many more. We really  enjoyed each and every corner of cape town .

Thanks again
Isaac Tsheko

Sent: Monday, January 05, 2009 10:13 AM
Erendea Herfurth wrote about their South African tour

Hi Carina

First of all I want to thank you for a great holiday, we all had so much fun and it’s definitely a holiday that we will never forget.
I would recommend your services to all my friends and family.
I’ve attached some of the photos of the holiday.  Once again thank you so much for a wonderful holiday and the great service you gave us!!!

Please keep in contact with me if you have any specials or more great destinations for us to visit.

Keep well.

Erendea       ---   Thanks for all the photos Erendea, magic times to remember - Ed

Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2008 12:59 PM

Hi Shan

I just want to say thank you very much for your excellent service, the car was nice and in good condition and the staff at Imperial were helpful, once more thank you very much, keep up the good work, the next time I need a car I know were to go.

Thank you.

Mzwakhe Kennedy Nkosi
Senior Admin Officer

Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 8:17 PM
Stephen Newman wrote about their group coach tour
Dear Sirs,

I am writing to express our complete satisfaction and admiration for the driver who took our group TOFF ( Trips for Older Females and Fellows) around South Africa on the wonderful holiday we recently enjoyed with 21 of our members.
Edryss was always courteous friendly and efficient and was especially good going around the Game Parks and spotting the wild life.
Your appointed guide, Chris, was knowledgeable and interesting.  He had an extraordinary fund of information which was always communicated clearly and well.
Together with our driver Edryss he formed a splendid team Please pass on our compliments and good wishes
Stephen Newman
Director  TOFF (Trips for Older Females and Fellows)

127. Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 6:49 PM
Liz Johnston wrote about their South African tour

Hi Clayton,

We really thought that your choices of accommodation and brochures and pointers were excellent and would highly recommend you. We got washed out in Knysna and turned back at Montagu due to the horrible southeaster, but even so, our trip was wonderful (we did go on the canopy tour and visited Monkeyland/Birds of Eden and managed Featherbed Reserve just before the big storm).

Thanks again for a great trip,

Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 5:34 PM
Sebastian Manana wrote about their South African tour

Dear Carina,

Thank you for everything, our trip was fantastic, we really had the right time to enjoy your beautiful country.

Sebastián Mañana

Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 7:23 AM
Heather Welch wrote of their South Africa tour

Hello Carina!
Sorry I never responded earlier to your message. We had a wonderful time on our trip and always tell people what a wonderful country and great product you provided for us. The kids still remember the animals along the way.
We are now living in India and as exciting as it is, I can't wait to go on another holiday. By any chance, does your company book trips to Tanzania?
Hope all is well and thanks again.
Heather Welch

Sent: Monday, March 20, 2008 2:15 PM
John and Margaret Wheeldon wrote of their South Africa tour

We had a marvellous holiday and thank you for finding us such a variety of accommodation. We shall certainly be contacting you when we have saved up enough to afford to come again.  South Africa is addictive!

So nice to have met you,  best regards
John and Margaret Wheeldon

Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 11:15 PM
Mary Cronin wrote of their South Africa tour

Hi Clayton, Sadly back in the office today, depressing!!
I am so sorry we didn't get to meet up in the end, by the time we got the message (our fault) it was too late to contact you really..)  But I do want to say that we truly had a fabulous time and I would highly highly recommend your services to anybody interested in S/Africa.
take care, all the best

Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 2:16 PM
Angela and Michael Law wrote of their South African tour

Hi Cheryl
Just want to say a big thanks for organising our wonderful holiday.  We all enjoyed every second of our time there - it was so exciting and every one of the guest-houses etc were superb.  We look forward to another visit in the future.

Angela &Michael Law

Sent: Sunday, December 02, 2007 7:27 PM
Tanya Kerensky wrote of their South African tour

Hello Cheryl,
We had a great holiday in South Africa, thanks for all your organisation and planning for us.
Here are some brief thoughts on our trip etc:
Car hire - Europcar
Very efficient service, no problems
Itinerary - Very good overall, we didn't think we were being too ambitious when we looked at the plan on paper but I think you were right and it was a bit tight for time in places, really we both wanted a 3rd week!
The package - Very good!
Hope weather out there has now improved!

Sent: Monday, December 03, 2007 9:46 AM
Mark & Lynne Coppin from England wrote about their Wedding and Honeymoon in South Africa

Dear Cheryl

Lynne and I want to thank you so much for all the help that you have given us in arranging our holiday, wedding and honeymoon in South Africa, and ensuring that everything ran smoothly.

We've now settled back down to life as Mr & Mrs in the UK. Although the weather here is depressingly damp & dreary, we are still on a high after all our experiences in South Africa.

We couldn't have asked for anything more on our holiday, the accommodation and arrangements for Fairview, Bovlei, De Old Drift, Addo, Nirvana and Soverby have all been perfect and we attribute that to your good advice and arrangements.

Everything was perfect on our holiday & we, along with all our family & friends, are deriving great pleasure from reliving the wedding day and extended highlights through the wonderful photographs we have taken.

Our only regret is that we weren't in South Africa for longer on this occasion, we said at each place we stayed that we would have liked to have stayed longer.

We have written separately to thank all of our hosts, as well as the Minister at the wedding and the photographer.  They have all done us proud.

I said I would send you a couple of photographs.  There are so many to choose from but I have picked three of our favorites.

Thanks again for your help; Lynne and I hope it is not too long before we are able to return & stay again.  We will not hesitate to contact you on that occasion and seek further recommendations.

All our best.
Mark & Lynne Coppin

Mark Coppin
Senior Developments Manager

Sent: Friday, October 26, 2007 6:05 AM
Greetings from Jungle Joanie in the USA ...... who wrote about their guided group tour of South Africa

Dear Steve,

My thanks to you, Anne-Marie and Carina for the lovely evening in Knysna--marvellous dinner and warm camaraderie.  It is indeed gratifying to meet those one has communicated with over so many months.

Please tell Carina all LOVED Kichaka!  The cottages were 'safari chic'.  And the staff were exceptional.  Good game drives in spite of rain, rain, rain; elephants up close, rhino, lions mating. All my pax were pleased with the 11-day tour en toto.  Most meals were good to superb.  Several pax agreed that the very best meals were at Kichaka.  I found the buffet at Featherbed quite exceptional too.

Your selection of Maria for our guide was perfect; everyone fell in love with her!  Her rapport with the group was excellent.  And Ben did a fine job and all liked him very much.

Steve, my apologies, you were certainly correct re:  the route of Rovos; it was indeed Zimbabwe, not Zambia.  The train excursion was pampered luxury and I would recommend it to anyone, and Victoria Falls Hotel as well.

Again, thanks for a successful tour.

Joanie Shores
Jungle Joanie

Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 9:54 PM
Sally & Cathy Muse from Washington DC wrote about their South Africa holiday

Dear Cheryl,

Our holiday in Africa was wonderful.  We were amazed by what we encountered and were totally able to relax and enjoy ourselves because the arrangements were perfect and our accommodations, transportation, transfers and activities were so well planned.  The reserves, hotels, condominium, B&Bs, camps and lodges you chose were great.  We were always comfortable and well tended to, had terrific meals and met kind and interesting people.  I've been telling everyone what a great vacation we had and how well planned it was.  I'll spread the word here in the Washington DC Metro area and feel free to use me as a reference.  I've attached a photo of us on Table Mountain.
Thanks a million to you and your colleagues for all you did to make this a trip of a lifetime!
Warmest regards,

Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2007 6:03 PM
Wendy Griffiths from England wrote about their South Africa holiday :
Dear Cheryl
My friends and myself really want to thank you for the superb package you put together for us and for all the information and help you supplied both before and during our visit.
All the locations and accommodations were great, we really had a good time, even if the weather in Cape Town was against us. Ah well, we will just have to come back. Being English and naturally cautious we did wonder about booking with a firm in SA but never had cause to regret it, the local knowledge and excellent customer care you showed, made all the difference.
With many thanks

Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 11:53 AM
Vivien Hillier from England wrote wrote about their South Africa holiday:
Dear Cheryl
I just wanted to let you know that we had an outstanding trip to South Africa - our daughter's wedding was wonderful - and many thanks for your part in the arrangements which all went very smoothly.
The VW Sharan was perfect - very comfortable with plenty of room for all of us (7 people at times) and luggage.  The stay at Hippo Hollow was excellent - very good river view chalets - we really liked the hotel and the surrounding area. Our 2 year old granddaughter loved the African evening in the hotel and is now an expert tribal dancer!
On our next trip to SA in 2008, we'd like to go to the Victoria Falls.  What is the best time of year to visit this? Or Okovanga (sp?) delta in Botswana. It would be just my husband and self - very approx. what would the cost of these trips be now (2 people)? 
Many thanks again and will be in touch for the next visit.
Vivien Hillier 

115. Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2007 11:33 AM
Julien  Pouille from France wrote about their South Africa holiday:

Hi Carina,
We got back to France the day before yesterday and it was so hard to leave SA!!! everything was just great! I wanted personally to thank you for all the arrangements, the package was perfectly designed. I think we got a short but fascinating snapshot. 2 weeks is a minimum and I cant wait to return and spend more time in places like Hermanus, Franschoek and Graskop. Diving with the great white, searching for the Big 5, watching whales from the shore was fantastic. Vic Falls were also nice but more touristic. We enjoyed a lot cruising on river Zambezi, though. Now back to work, it seems like things are less tasty as they were over the last 2 weeks. Anyhow, thank you again, I will recommend Selftour for sure and you especially.

Regards, Julien.

Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 4:17 PM
Roxanne & Gnyanesh from Mumbai wrote about their South African Honeymoon:

Dear Cheryl,
We are still getting used to our new found married life and home here in Mumbai.  But, the experience we have had in SA we will cherish for our whole life time.
Let me be frank with you, I had certain misgivings about the country and also feeling not so happy about not being able to goto Safari. But the moment we landed, all my doubts cleared out. The whole country is so very beautiful and picturesque (my camera didn't rest at all!), people are so friendly, and the tour that you had given us, the hotels you had put us, well they are simply amazing.
The only complaint we have is, why you didn't put us 7 days in each location, though I know it wasn't possible for us .....:)))
Anyways, as you said, all good things must come to an end, so did our South African Honeymoon. I am already recommending your name to couple of my friends/family who have shown interest in SA.
Wish we could have met you, as you are behind our successful SA tour, and we didn't meet you only. If you happen to visit India, do let us know for anything.

To put it in nutshell - YOU ARE OUTSTANDING.

Thanks & regards,

Roxanne & Gnyanesh

Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 1:01 PM
Bob Eaves from England wrote about their South Africa holiday:

Hi Clayton
This is just a brief note to say that we have just arrived back in the UK after having had a wonderful trip. Everything went to plan, we saw all the places, birds and animals that we wanted to (and more!), and to thank you for the superb service you gave us - all the accommodations were top notch and we now have to lose the weight put on from your South African food!!
Many thanks, when we have the dates for our next trip we will be back in touch with you.

Sent: Wednesday, March 28, 2007 11:08 PM
Anne & Andrew from England wrote about their South Africa holiday:

Hi Carina,
We had a great time in South Africa.  Many thanks for your time and effort in arranging our itinerary, which was superb.
We both appreciated Steve and yourself making the effort to visit us when we in Kynsna it was nice to meet you both.
As first time visitors to SA your planning made everything easy for us, we had no problems.  We loved your country and will definitely be back some time soon.
Anne & Andrew Greenhalgh

111. Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2007 4:11 PM
Norman Badger from England wrote about his South Africa holiday:

Dear Steve,

Just a short note to pass on our thanks to Carina for doing a brilliant job on our recent trip to SA and such short
notice she did an excellent job and is a credit to your company........I work as a consultant to Richard Branson of Virgin and
will certainly recommend Selftours as a Travel Company for Virgin to use.....this may or may not have an effect.....but I will ensure he and the team have your name...... once again many thank to a really nice professional lady...... Carina is tops....

Regards Norman Badger

Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:15 PM
Michal and Dorota Babilas from Pozan Poland wrote about their South Africa holiday:

Hello Cheryl,

We have returned from our South African trip. We would like to let you know that we were immensely pleased with what you had planned for us, both regarding the itinerary and the choice of the hotels.
We will recommend South Africa as a holiday destination to all our friends. It is also more than likely that we will return one day to your magic country (possibly to Cape area).

Many thanks and all the best!
Michal and Dorota Babilas
Poznan, Poland

Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 7:15 PM
Iwona Dudzinska from Poland wrote about their South Africa holiday:

Dear Clayton,

I would like to say “thank you” to you as well for the arrangements for our team and your patience and understanding when you had answered our questions before… We had the opportunity to spend the wonderful vacation in different world then Poland is - especially there is the winter time here.

What a pity the time runs so fast! It would be wonderful if holidays never ended.  But we have our memoirs and a lot of pictures taken during our stay in South Africa.

Now is time to come back to the reality.
Thank you very much

Best regards
Iwona Dudzinska


Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 12:33 PM
Maryla Bogdanowicz wrote
about their South Africa holiday:

Dear Clayton,

Thank you for your perfect arrangement.  Everything was very well prepared, Your service really exceeded our expectations!
I have found a "Welcome Package" very professional and useful. I will recommend your service to my friends without any hesitation.

We had really good time in South Africa and we already miss this beautiful country. Especially my son, who is 16, wants to move to Cape Town (but he said Johannesburg is also OK), so if you could assist me in finding something he can do in SA I`d be very grateful.

Thanks again for your outstanding service!
Best Regards,


Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2007 9:23 AM

Barry & Sheila Lancaster from Britain wrote about their South Africa holiday:

Dear Carina


Thank you for arranging a wonderful holiday. Everything worked out as planned and we had no problems either with the itinerary or difficulties in South Africa. Your choice of hotels was first class and the just got better as we moved to Knysna and finally the Spiers Estate.


The car was perfect for carrying two sets of golf clubs together with two bags of luggage.


Thank you again for an unforgettable experience


Yours sincerely

Barry Lancaster

Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2007 1:52 PM
Joyce & Phil Garside wrote about their South Africa holiday:


We both had a wonderful time. Thank you very much for organising the holiday. This was our first visit to South Africa (and hopefully not our last) and you managed to provide us with a good mix of places to visit and sights to see. The itinerary you provided was very comprehensive, easy to follow and accurate. The only times we got lost was when we made a mistake. Your organisation of the holiday was excellent and resulted in us having a stress free holiday.  Good sized car, with a big boot. This made regular loading and unloading of the car much easier. No problems with the car or the rental company.  

Thank You once again. You will be the first we contact when we next want to visit South Africa.

Joyce & Phil Garside

Sent: Monday, January 22, 2007 9:06 PM
Clare from Britain wrote about their South Africa holiday:

Just returned home today after our trip to SA and just wanted to thank you for organising our trip ‘up north’ and to let you know how much we enjoyed it.  Everything went smoothly and the safaris were the highlight of our holiday.

Thank you!
We’ll be back!!

Kind regards


Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 2:00 PM
Errol Prinsloo from Oman wrote
about their South Africa holiday:

Hi Carina

Thank you for all the assistance rendered over the last year and for the professional way in which you conducted the arrangements. We collectively express our sincere gratitude to you and your team for your unselfish service. Our visitors cannot stop talking about our beautiful country and its people and you are truly a shinning example of our efficient, highly competent service providers. Thank you. I also hereby acknowledge receipt of the refund deposited into my account.

Fondest regards and looking forward to doing business in the future.


Sent: Monday, January 15, 2007 9:25 AM
Isaac Tsheko from Johannesburg, South Africa wrote about their South Africa holiday:

Dear Cheryl

We had a wonderful vacation in Jeffrey's Bay. The accommodation you booked for us was amazing, especially supertubes Guest House, we enjoy each and every second of our holiday. 

We also appreciated the activity suggestions and great organized trip booked with the journey.

Thanks again for all your help, All the best for 2007. 
Isaac Tsheko

Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2007 10:24 AM
Clare & Bart from Ireland wrote
about their South Africa holiday:

Dear Cheryl,
What can I say? We nearly didn’t get on the plane in Jo’burg, but realised that we had to
In short though, we were extremely impressed with your service and would definitely use you again. We would, and have already, also recommend your company to others wishing to travel in southern Africa.
Thanks again for organising us such a wonderful trip.

Clare and Bart

Sent: Monday, January 08, 2007 7:08 PM

Tony & Jenny Simone from Moscow wrote about their South Africa holiday:

Hi Clayton.  ...yes we are back in Moscow...just a brief message to tell you all went very well.  The trip you organized was great. The B and B's were great.  Cars, air tickets ..all went well.  The weather was super for us. It was nice to see sun after 45 days in Moscow with no sun.  The culture was varied and the beaches are some of the best in the world.  
We can't thank you enough for your careful planning and good choices on bed and breakfast spots. We particularly enjoyed Elephant Plains, Misty Mountain, Makaranga Garden. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride from Oudtshoorn to Cape Town through all the passes.  Cape Town just a great way to end the trip. So, again thanks for the help in making some memories.  You have a wonderful country.
Tony and Jenny Simone

Sent: Friday, January 05, 2007 10:52 PM
Grace Warren from Sheffield, England wrote about their South Africa holiday:

Dear Cheryl,

Thank You for organizing the car hire and Garden Tour on our holiday in South Africa.  The Hotels were of a very high standard and we had no problems with security.  It was thoroughly enjoyable and we will keep many fond memories of our trip.  Our 8 year old enjoyed stroking 3-month old lion cubs near Addo and I loved Titsikama's Misty Blue Mountain Reserve where I cooked a traditional Braai, caught sight of a mother and calf whale off the coast and watched a school of dolphins from air on a short helicopter ride. 

All the best for the New Year.

Grace Warren

Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2007 5:49 PM
Alexandra Burr from Mozambique wrote
about their South Africa holiday:

Dear Cheryl

We had a wonderful vacation in South Africa – much of it thanks to you and the great Self Tours did of organizing our trip.

Some of the accommodations you booked for us were really fabulous, especially Foster’s Manor and the Old Cape Road Guest House. We also appreciated the activity suggestions and wonderfully organized trip booklet with the itinerary.

A head’s up for future clients would be the following: if traveling over a major holiday, be sure to advise clients to pre-book dinner at their hotel – at least 2 days in advance! We arrived in Beaufort West expecting to be able to have Christmas dinner at the guest house, but were told that they were fully booked upon our arrival. The receptionist said that perhaps Saddle’s would be open, that we should go out in the town to try and find a place to eat. We did just that, and everything was closed. Only after this did the manager step in and make accommodations for us to eat at 9:45pm after all of the other guests (from the hotel and otherwise) had been accommodated for dinner.
Other than that, everything was wonderful!

Thanks again for all your help, we will definitely recommend your services to friends.
Best regards,


Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2007 8:12 PM
Colin Mouqué from London wrote about their South Africa holiday:


Thanks you very much. We all had a great time and I was very pleased the way everything went so smoothly. All the bookings were lined up very well for us and it helped make for a very stress free and enjoyable passage from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth.

We shall be returning to South Africa, probably to a Game Reserve for a few days stay, and perhaps Durban or somewhere.

I would certainly recommend you to any of our friends going that way. Do you operate outside of the Cape?
(Eds Note: Selftours covers all of South Africa as well as East Africa, Victoria Falls, Mauritius, Madagascar & Zanzibar)

All the best,


Colin Mouqué FIA
Director Actuarial Services
Alexander Forbes Financial Services Limited
Leon House 233 High Street
Croydon CR9 9AF


Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 7:16 AM

Chantal & Dave Wroteabout their South Africa vacation:



David and I would like to thank you for the trip that you have put together for us.  It has been a true adventure, thoroughly and thoughtfully composed.  In our dreams we could not have put together a better tour and this tour, let me assure you, will be talked about for a long time.  Also, the complimentary vouchers; we managed to use the Two Oceans Aquarium (the best we have seen), Monkey World (very cute!), but did not have time to do the Seal Boat Safari.  We did manage though, Cango Caves, Tsitsikamma National Park, Cango Wildlife ranch (building work going on – very limited), Lunch at La Petit Ferme (fantastic), shopping in Simons Town, Boulders Beach, the Cape of Good Hope Park, Plettenburg Bay, and countless walks all over the place – and that was just in our spare time!!


At Christmas we usually send out letter to all our family and friends – the mail list is over one hundred and twenty.  This year in the footer I have included your email/web site address, I hope this will be fruitful in the future for you.


We would like to go to India next year, any thoughts….!!!


With warm wishes for a prosperous New Year, we wish you a very happy Christmas


Chantal and Dave

Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 10:00 AM
Tladi Lodge South Africa wrote about Selftours organised travel package of South Africa

Hi Clayton

Thank you for the feedback.
We often have guests arriving, frustrated and in a bad mood because they could not find us. The travel agents they book through do not supply any maps, directions or even any recommended tours or things to do.
We were shown the package that you supply, it is very professional and very very well organised. 'It is a prepared scrap book for the holiday'.
All your clients speak very highly of you and your team.
Have a wonderful festive season and a very prosperous New Year.
Ian and Sylvia

Sent: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 11:18 PM
Ian and Rhana Steel wrote
about their South Africa holiday:


Just a note to Thank you for our tour which exceeded our expectations, and we thoroughly enjoyed our time in SA.

We were aware that facilities for wheel chair access might not meet the standards of europe but were pleasantly surprised to find that all the modern Tourist Facilities, shopping centres Airports, National Route Service Stations all had wheel chair facilities, on the negative side older town centres and pavements were not wheel chair friendly.

Sorry we were not able to meet up with you at Knysna .

We have no problems in recommending your services and hope we can use selftours again in the future

Season Greetings To you and your family.
Ian and Rhana Steel

94. Sent: Monday November 27, 2006 01.50 pm
Wendy Ogden wrote
about their South Africa Vacations:

Hi Cheryl

We had a fantastic holiday every thing we wanted and more.  Zululand was awesome we were the only 2 there that night so they treated us very well and meeting the Prince and his family was fantastic, he dined with us that night and next morning it was all amazing and we hope you recommend  it to all your clients and South Africans should visit it more it is and experience we both will always remember.  The whole holiday was a fantastic experience and we stayed in some fabulous places disappointed with where we stayed in Cape Town though after all the others. The Safari was great saw everything except a leopard. One lion was only about 10feet away amazing!! 

Thank you for all you help and booking all the things you arranged for us. I have also passed your details onto a work colleague as she retires next year and wants to do a safari, again many thanks.

  Wendy Ogden.

Sent: Thursday, November 23, 2006 2:51 PM
Linda Putter wrote
about their South Africa holiday:

I would like to thank you for your friendly and fast service, even thought it was such short notice for you to make arrangements.  Well done to everyone involved.

Best regards,
Linda Putter

Sent: Sunday, November 05, 2006 11:12 AM
From : Dr Howard Smith or Australia wrote about their South African vacation:

Dear Clayton,

We need to thank you and compliment you on the professional and detailed way that you planned our tour, and then tell you that we have enjoyed it immensely - and may well in due course come back.   It was all very special, including the 189 bird species that I (as a keen bird watcher) enjoyed finding.  I did not warn you about this as the rest of my party wanted to give priority to a wider experience of South Africa.

Everything was superb and we thank you again for your careful planning.
Howard Smith

Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 3:12 PM
Gay & Pete Griffiths wrote: (2nd tour with Selftours - cross reference with entry No. 28)

Dear Cheryl,

Well, we have arrived home safely and all is well.

The guest houses were great, we enjoyed a lovely Thai meal at the guesthouse in Port Elizabeth and our guide from Kariega took the details to go and stay there himself! The safari was super, lots to see and an excellent guide. Jeffreys Bay was a different area for us and we enjoyed our stay there. Knysna was great, no wonder you live there! Barbara and Ernest were so welcoming and helpful and what a lovely guesthouse they have too. We enjoyed a trip to the Featherbed reserve during our time there. We were very lucky with whale sightings in Hermanus and enjoyed it again. The Knorhoek Winery was so peaceful and all that wine on tap! we could have stayed for a week!! Then our stay in Cape Town was lovely the high spot definitely being the helicopter trip on the 'Legend', this time we also managed to see the Aquarium and the Castle, as well as having some really good food (and drink).

Rest assured that your name is given to all interested friends and we certainly hope to visit you again in the not too distant future. Thank you again for a great holiday.

Gay & Pete

90. Tuesday, October 31, 2006 7:42 PM
Vallotton family from Switzerland wrote about their South Africa vacation:

Dear Clayton,
we had a very nice trip in south africa without any problems. the places were well chose with kind people welcomed us. the travel by car was a bit long but like that we understood how huge is your country. the safari was a tremendous experience thank you for your very professional job and may be to a next trip, the vallotton family

Monday, October 30, 2006 12:59 PM
Brian Jones
wrote about their South Africa holiday:

Hi Carina,

Thanks for making our holiday such a great success. The holiday was fantastic Food, Accommodation the hosts and the local people were very friendly. Both Pat and myself had such a wonderful time in your fantastic country and if we get the chance we will certainly come back to South Africa.
Thanks again for making our holiday such a success 

Brian Jones


Monday, October 30, 2006 1:15 PM
Gerry & Carole Hince

Many thanks Cheryl for confirming our reservation with Budget - I now feel comfortable about everything and thank you very much for taking so much care over my queries.  We have always been very satisfied with Selftours, especially when we know you are personally dealing with our booking. We have recommended you to a number of our friends who holiday annually in S. Africa and who you may be dealing with at this time.  We are envying you your lovely warm weather as we now move into winter having changed the clocks at the weekend to winter time.  
We can't wait for our holiday!!!

Kindest regards


Monday, September 18, 2006 3:20 PM
Alexis Minkoff
wrote about their South Africa holiday:

Hello Carina,
Just a quick note to say THANK YOU for the great tour you have organized for us. We were very pleased with the itinerary and with the good quality of the accommodations you booked for us. Although everything was memorable our best memories of this trip will remain the Safari at Kariega Game Reserve, the Top Trees Canopy Tour, and the shark cage diving (awesome!!). South Africa and the Cape region is a wonderful place and we hope to come back someday.

Best regards,

Monday, September 04, 2006 10:21 PM
Karsten from Holland wrote about their South African holiday:

Dear Cheryl

Thank you very much for organizing our trip along the Garden Route. And thank you also for the beautifully constructed and detailed itinerary binder.


We had a great time, everything went without a hitch and the booked accommodation was excellent, especially in Tsitsikamma – but the next time I will visit this with my wife to repeat our honeymoon.


In Knysna we participated on a whale watching tour, we saw the whales really close to the boat (see the picture).


I would also not hesitate to recommend that my friends contact you if they were considering a holiday in South Africa – but longer than we were, we were only 6 days and this is much to less.


Contrary to expectations, we did not feel that personal security was an issue.

And although you in SA drive on the “wrong” street side and also the car has the steering wheel on the “wrong side” self driving in SA is after a short time of getting used really easy and all is well signpost.


Thank you again, for all your help!



Tuesday, August 29, 2006 1:16 PM
Ben Gardiner from England about their South African holiday:

Dear Cheryl

Many thanks to you for organising our holiday in South Africa during the first 2 weeks of June.  We had a great time and overall were impressed with the accommodation and services that were booked by SelftoursI will have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone I know visiting South Africa.

Thanks again


Friday, August 25, 2006 9:26 PM
Dagny and Bjorn Degerud from Norway wrote about their South African vacation:
Dear Carina!
To you we must say:

Thank you so much for a very well planned tour. everything has been just fantastic. From what we have seen of South Africa - you have got one of the most beautiful countries in the world. And this comes from a Norwegian who also has got a beautiful country. We know, of course, that we only have seen a part of it, but it all gives us lust for coming back.We stayed at Addo - in our own chalet - was very nice. The park was just fantastic and we had safaris both day and night. - No lions would show, but we heard them. - Quite exiting in a pitch dark night, sitting in a jeep with no motor running, lights out and keeping as quite as possible.  The trip to Knysna was also nice and we stopped and witnessed some Bungy jumpers at the Bloukranz. - Crazy people! Knysna was nice and we spent a wonderful time there. Our hosts Cecil and Edith was so nice and their home so nice. We had a tour on the lagoon and experienced "The Gap" and the park there. Hermanus was also exiting. Whales was in sight and they where just enormous. Cape Town - I have not seen the town for 31 years. It has changed in view, but not much. We where lucky the second day, and found Table Mountain in a clear view. The trip up there was fantastic and the walk we had round it was also good. Robben Island gave us a certain experience and the guide we had was just fantastic. The place you had booked us there - was very nice and we had a roomy flat there.  People we have met in South Africa has been so very nice. We have not experienced problems at all. The food has been excellent and so has the wines. All at reasonable prices.

We want to come back. Not next year, but then we will see!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Greetings from Norway, which now slowly goes over to autumn.

Dagny and Bjorn Degerud 


Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Ian Coulton from England about their South Africa holiday:


We are now safely back in the UK.

Firstly a HUGE thank you from us all, the holiday was just fantastic, all the arrangement - car hire flights hotels etc - were very smooth. And the information pack was outstanding.  The complimentary tickets also provide highlights for our visit. I would not hesitate to recommend that our friends contact you if they were considering a holiday in South Africa.
From our point of view SA is very good value for money the food and wine (and petrol) are cheap by UK standards and of high quality.  The roads (outside Cape Town) were quiet, all the people we stayed with were pleasant and helpful.  Contrary to expectations, we did not feel that personal security was an issue. The scenery and wild life are fantastic.

Thank you again Carina for your own endeavours in putting together such a great package
Best wishes
Ian and Lisbet Coulton (with Karen & Joanna)


Thursday, August 17, 2006 12:04 PM
Tony Lomas & Family from London wrote about their South Africa holiday:

Thanks Clayton

We had a great time, despite the heavy rains over the first 2-3 days, everything went without a hitch and the booked accommodation was excellent, especially Knysna where the log fire in the cottage was most welcome at night.  The most memorable location was Storms River Mouth at Tsitsikamma, where the seas were fantastically rough following the storms.

Kind regards and thanks for everything 

Tony Lomas & Family

Monday, May 08, 2006 12:23 PM
Jakob & Mateja S.Kenda from Ljubljana, Slovenia wrote about their South African vacation:

Dear Carina,

Thank you for your lovely mail and thank you once again for everything you did to make our holidays even more beautiful and memorable.
We really had a great time and we will definitly recommend your agency to our friends. There is no doubt we will give you a call when we decide (hopefully in the near future!) to visit South Africa with our family! Untill we meet again we both wish you all the best and thank you once again for your efforts.
Kind regards,
Jakob & Mateja S.Kenda. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 6:09 PM
Frank McCarthy from the UK wrote about their South African holiday:

Dear Clayton
Returned home today and just a short note to say we had a marvellous holiday and many thanks to you and Selftours for an excellent itinerary including the accommodation all of which were first class.

Kind Regards

Tuesday 10th April 2006
Wade Howard from the USA wrote about his South African guided coach vacation:

Hi, Ann-Marie:

Thank you very much for organizing my trip to South Africa.  And  thank you also for the beautifully constructed and detailed itinerary binder, as well as the complimentary half-day wine and Cape Town  tours.  The guides were delightful and I enjoyed the tours very much.  I bought some wine.

You have a beautiful country and I'm glad I had the opportunity to  experience it.

I would love to visit again, but South Africa is sooooo far away!  
But, who knows...
Thank you again, Ann-Marie, for all your help!
Wade Howard

Tuesday 10th April 2006
Jackie Fenton wrote about their South African vacation:

Dear Cheryl

Sam and I had a wonderful time in South Africa. Each area was a contrast to the others and the scenery and the coastline took our breath away at times.

The Old Cape Guest House was lovely. We were upgraded to a two bed apartment due to boiler problems in the room intended for us. The accommodation was beautiful, breakfast was delicious and Ernst and Barbara were very hospitable. The views over the lagoon were splendid. They may well see us again.

Montague was in a world of its own. Jeanne was very obliging and the attention to detail all around was wonderful. The setting of the garden was lovely and Montagu itself was very picturesque with some good restaurants. We dined in style at breakfast too with fresh baking every morning, good cooked breakfast for Sam and lots of fruit for me.

We really enjoyed the sea views from the Windsor. The staff were very courteous. Sam gave it the prize for the best cooked breakfast and everything else was tasty too. The hotel is in need of a bit of renovation but has lots of character.

The car rental firm were helpful, polite and efficient. The car was fine.

We tried on two days to use our voucher for the helicopter flight. The first day they were grounded by the weather and the second by mechanical failure.

Thank you for organising our holiday for us. We had a very memorable anniversary and it was good to have everything in place for us. I think it is a case of when rather than if we come again.  


Thursday, March 09, 2006 1:21 PM
Steven Cullen wrote about their South Africa vacation:

Hi Carina
the holiday was absolutely amazing - everything exceeded our expectations to be honest.  All ran completely smoothly and the accommodation was pretty much all fantastic (especially At the Woods).
I would have no hesitation recommending you in future.  Thanks for all your help (and patience when booking!!)


Date: 2006-03-17
Padraic Mc Gowan  from Ireland wrote about their South African holiday:

Hi Cheryl.

I have just arrived back to work from my fabulous holiday in South Africa.
I wish to thank you for all the arrangements you made for me. All the Accommodation was second to none.  You have a wonderful Country and the hospitality has even surpassed our own Irish renowned hospitality.
Again thanks again and I am already looking forward to my next holiday in South Africa.
Kinds Regards
Padraic Mc Gowan

Date: 2006-01-17 12:31:29
Madeleine Cameron wrote
about their South African holiday:

Hi Clayton,

Yes were back home now and we were sad to leave South Africa. We found SA beyond our expectation and we will tell our friends that it's definately a destination to consider.

You did a great job, all went as planned with just the right amount of time in each place. One of our favorite places was Belmont B&B by the Addo Park, we wished we could have stayed there the 2 nights. Addo was great. Our all time favorite for location & good hosts was in Knysna, we even tried to find your office but when the rain started we went shopping instead. We loved it there.

All in all, everything was wonderful, we will come again.

Thank you Clayton,
Best regards,
Madeleine Cameron

Date: 2006-01-16 09:58:28
Jennifer from Australia wrote
about their South Africa vacation:

Hi Carina,

Just a quick note to thank you and the team for coordinating our car hire for our recent holiday to South Africa, the car was fantastic so much space for us and the 2 kids, it was also very new only 1300km on the clock . We appreciate all your help and will most certainly return to you for any future car hire.

South Africa is a country where a reliable car is a must and your company was able to deliver the goods.

We have up to this point be Avis Preferred Hire customs, however they were double your price and not even near the mark for service so its now there loss.

Please send us any and all relevant info for any promotions you have in the future we shall spread the word to the numerous Sth African friends who like us frequent your shores from Australia Regularly.


Date: 2006-01-09 14:17:14
Barbara & Ernest South Africa Guest house owners ( wrote:

Dear Cheryl/Clayton/Carina/Anne-Marie & the whole Selftours team.

May we take this opportunity to thank you for all the guests you have booked with us over the past year. We would also like to add that you are far and away the most professional and efficient Tour Operators that we have ever had the good fortune to deal with !!! In fact, if we had one wish for the New Year, it would be that the dealings we had with all agents and tour groups could be as pleasant and trouble free as dealing with Selftours always is.

Should our increased rates from October 2006 effect any of the tours you have in the pipeline at present, please let us know and we will be quite happy to quote on our existing rates.

Wishing you all have a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year

Ernest & Barbara
Old Cape Road Guest House

72. Date: 2006-01-09 11:22:27
Warren Evans from England wrote
about their South African vacation: 

Hey Cheryl,

Arrived back safe and sound yesterday, after a fantastic trip.
Your tour package you gave us was great; it was really exciting turning the pages to see what we could do next, and where we would be staying. All of us thought the accommodation was really quite special, and the Swancotts are determined never to bother with hotels again!

We all found the scenery stunning, the drive from Worcester to Oudtshoorn took all of breaths away; we had to keep stopping to take pictures! And in fact it was in Oudtshoorn that we had the best meal of the trip, the restaurant at The Queens hotel was great, and the service was first class, the food left our tummies full, happy and contented! Rode the ostriches there too, which was hilarious, very entertaining indeed. I haven’t screamed so loud for ages!!

We had a long journey then up the Swartberg pass, which is worth a mention in your package I think, all of us thought it was the best drive we have ever had for scenic views, and mention the skydiving in Plett too, a real buzz with some great people!!

Enough, enough, running out of room, and want to send you all of our thanks for such a great trip.

I had tears in my eyes when I left, there is still so much to do that I will need to return for several more trips before I have had my fill of your country, and I know we will all come back to you again to arrange another memorable holiday. Thank you so much from all of us in cold, grey England.

Warren, Sarah, Wills, Paul, Trace, Quinn and

71. Date: 2005-12-28 12:39:28
Grant Haustorfer wrote
about their South African honeymoon :

Hi Clayton,
We have just returned from our Honeymoon and had a fantastic time. Everything went very well and would like to make particular mention of Pondoro Lodge where they looked after us exceptionally well. The B&B in Hermanus was also very nice.

Unfortunately we were unable to do the Hot Air Balloon trip near Hazyview due to bad weather.

Thank you very much for organising the trip, it was great and would have no hesitation in recommending Selftours to others.

Best Regards

70. Date: 2005-11-29 06:46:36
Deborah Swailes wrote
about their South African vacation: 

Hi Cheryl,

A big thank you for all you help with organising our holiday. Everything went really smoothly and it was all really well organised. Our accommodation was of a really good standard and Pondoro was amazing!! All the maps and information you provided were really helpful. It really was the holiday of a lifetime we had some amazing experiences that we will never forget.

Once again thanks for all your help I would recommend Self Tours to family and friends.


69. Date: 2005-11-28 06:49:45
Essy BaniassadOn wrote
about Selftours excellent Car hire service :

Dear Cheryl,

I write to thank you very much for the completeness and reliability of the service which you arranged from Europecar hire for me. I was not familiar with your work and service, and I write to thank you and I'd be happy if you conveyed my sincere thanks to your colleagues. This kind of service of course ultimately depends on the care and interest which each person invests in the task. In this case you were the person I dealt with and I would like to let you and the company know that because of your excellent service, you have earned the company a longstanding customer for the future.

Best regards,
Essy BaniassadOn

68. Date: 2005-11-21 09:45:26
Joaquim Casals wrote
about their South African vacation: 


We heve arrived home from South África. We all thought it was a fantastic country , and the people we met were all very friendly. The places we stayed were perfect, you planned our trip perfectly, and your tour package was very detailed. We will certainly recommend self tours to all are friends


67. Date: 2005-11-09 09:02:23
Wil & Marianne Nefkens wrote:

Dear Cheryl,

Overall impression of the trip: We loved South Africa. It is a beautiful country with many different, but all beautiful areas, and we enjoyed all of them. We definitely want to go back, and of course will contact you then, but will also do a different trip. Lodolozi was in one word fantastic.

Of all the places we have been, we enjoyed the ST. James in Knysna, the lodge in Londolozi and the Atlantic View in Camps Bay the best. Stellenbosch is a beautiful area, all the vineyards could have been France, Australia or California!

Like Marianne said, this was one of our better, if not the best vacation we ever had to the most beautiful country we have seen.

As far as Selftours is concerned: everything was well planned and well arranged. You did a very good job and we had no surprises at all.

Last but not least, it was a real pleasure to meet you for dinner in Knysna. Rest assured that we will contact you on our next South African adventure.

Best regards,
Wil and Marianne Nefkens

66. Date: 2005-11-09 08:52:17
Bo & Annlis Lindgren wrote:

Dear Cheryl,

Many thks for yr assistance. We were very satisfied with the accomodation you arranged for us, some places , for example in Outshoorn, were very interesting. Our journey went without any troubles and we experienced a very beautiful and exiciting country. People were friendly with us and we felt welcomed wherever we went.
We wish you all in South Africa, particularly you at Selftours, good luck with yr future challenges, and we would look forward to returning.
To summarize we had a fantastic time and learned a lot of yr history.

Best Regards
Bo and Annlis Lindgren

65. Date: 2005-11-03 17:46:51
Gisela and Uwe from Frankfurt wrote:

Dear Clayton,

We safely arrived back home full of memories of a wonderful time in the beautiful country of South Africa. The complete organization was perfect in every respect and the friendly people in all accomodations well informed about our arrival. You made a very good job on a high grade of professionalism.
The Selftours package was also very helpful.

We felt like being home at Malherbe Guest House in Montagu and Broadlands Country House in Kirkwood on a citrus farm near Addo Park.
The Township tour in Mosselbay impressed us deeply.
Stellenbosch, Knysna and Hermanus are amazing places and we luckily saw many whales with calves and, of course, many other wild animals we do not have in Europe. We like the scenic drives especially over the mountain pass from Oudtshoorn to Prince Albert.

Thanks for everything. We enjoyed our holidays very much and hope to come back to South Africa soon.
Meanwhile we will recommend Selftours to all our friends and family.

Gisela and Uwe

64. Date: 2005-11-01 16:04:23
Marian Lewis wrote:

Dear Clayton,

Yes, we are back to reality.
We did have a very good holiday, all the arrangements went very smoothly and we would certainly recommend you to any friends looking to travel in that direction.

Marian Lewis

63. Date: 2005-10-13 07:51:34
Eddy Vocat - Praque wrote:

Hello Clayton

I really would like to thank you very much for the great organization of the trip and the high level of professionalism shown.
Overall everything was perfectly organized, the accommodations were great and all according to schedule. All this contributed to make this trip very special for us.

Best regards

62. Date: 2005-09-29 09:53:19
Alan & Catherine Little wrote
about their South African vacation: 

Dear Clayton
Car Hire pick up very easy and we collected your very useful Selftours package.

The accomodation at Hermanus was fantastic our favourite room of the trip and we wished we had stayed there 2 nights as the local people were so friendly. Great whale watching and really enjoyed the hospitality in the 'Tiger Bar'.
Knysna was lovely and the drive from Hermanus spectacular. Shamwari was fantastic only fault was 'Too much food'. The hotel in Oudtshorn was very good with great breakfasts, and we had a great day at the Cango Caves and then driving over some of the mountain passes. What amazing scenery.

Robben Island, Table Mountain, The Aquarium and the drive around the Cape were all superb. The most memorable trip was our Township Tour it was so moving and inspirational.

Thank you so much for helping us organise such a great holiday, it will be a memory we will all treasure. I will and have recommened Selftours to my friends.

Thanks again

Alan & Catherine Little

61. Date: 2005-09-16 07:50:49
Mark Neil wrote
about their stress free South African vacation: 

Hi Clayton

Great, and thanks for the very quick response.
Your service (and Budget’s) has been really excellent for these bookings. Everyone has been very helpful and professional, and everything went to plan. I do a lot of travelling on business, and car hire is rarely as stress free as it was for this holiday!

Many thanks, and keep up the good work..

Mark Neil

60. Date: 2005-09-16 07:48:28
Kieren and Mariolina Bailey wrote
about their South African vacation: 

Dear Anne-Marie.
Thanks for all the effort you put into organising what was a wonderful tour. We really enjoyed every moment of it and would certainly contact you again should we be heading to Southern African – my wife is already talking of another trip taking in the West Coast and an addition to Zanzibar or Mauritius. We were especially impressed by the location of and the views from the accommodation.

The location of the accommodation was excellent. We enjoyed never being in the centre of a tourist centre and loved the size of the rooms etc. One gets so used to accommodation being as small as possible in Europe.

Your information package was excellent. The car was wonderful and made the travelling an enjoyable part of the trip, not a chore.

Anyway, we really enjoyed the holiday and felt it was wonderfully organised. Thanks.

All the best until the next time,

59. Date: 2005-09-01 12:13:11
Sivuyile wrote
about their South African holiday: 

Good morning Cheryl,

I would like to thank you for organizing the car that I booked through you. I did not have any problems with it and I had a great weekend. If it was not for you, I am sure that it would not have happened. So, on that note "I THANK YOU VERY MUCH" for your assistance.

Kind Regards

58. Date: 2005-08-22 09:42:53
Jeannie Cornet wrote
about their South African vacation: 

Dear Clayton,

One sentence : Job well done by Selftours Agency !
Your agency has shown professionalism.
We want to thank you for organising such an amazing trip for us to see your beautiful country. We all had a wonderful time.
Too bad it was a bit too short.
We will definitely come back and next time we will bring our friends. Perhaps we will try to come in the summer.
Thanks again
Friendly yours
Jeannie Cornet

57. Date: 2005-08-22 09:37:17
Kim Greigo wrote about the cancellation of their
South African vacation due to an SAA strike: 

Dear Steve & Staff
SAA strike, flights cancelled.
Thank you so much for all your efforts on our behalf, cancelling everything the day before we where due to arrive. We are still unbelievably disappointed that we were unable to make this trip but your work to refund a great deal of our payments has helped to ease the sting.
We are eager to visit South Africa in the future, possibly next summer. It has been a pleasure working with all of the staff of Selftours and we look forward to using your company on our future visit.
Kim and Jamie

56. Date: 2005-05-06 12:21:05
David & Melany Cripps wrote
about their South African vacation: 

Dear Cheryl,

Suffering from post holiday blues, sorry its taken so long to let you know that we really enjoyed every bit of our holiday, and the accommodation was first class. The package with maps, things to do etc. was a nice touch and very much appreciated.

Thank you once again for all the help and arrangements you provided,

David and Melany Cripps.

55. Date: 2005-05-06 12:17:11
Pauline Laird wrote:

Hi Cheryl,

Just a quick note to let you know that we had a fantastic holiday. All our accommodation was very good indeed with a special mention for Chestnut Country Lodge which was superb. The pack you provided us with was excellent. Having travelled extensively over the last few years I can say this was one of the best holidays we have ever had. What a superb counrty.

Overall a fantastic holiday - you scored a 9 out of 10 !


54. Date: 2005-04-29 11:14:45
Rudy & Clare Jurg wrote
about their South African Honeymoon: 

Dear Clayton,

We are back in the UK after a wonderful honeymoon in South Africa. We would both like to thank for putting such a fantastic itinerary together and we have really enjoyed ourselves. We where very pleased with the choice of hotels and 'things to do' although I had little time beforehand to read about various activities and places to visit. We loved Stellenbosh and the vineyards and tasted some excellent wines with delicious lunches! We horse riding through one of the vineyards and this was a great experience, even for Clare who is an experienced rider!

The Garden Route Game Park was very interesting with excellent guides and we saw all the 'Big 5'. They happened to be all in one field, a sight rarely seen apparently so we did not have to look much around!
Plettenbergbaai was also beautiful and the staff in the restaurant of the Keurbooms Hotel where very friendly..............

The car was also very good and have no complaints! It was just great!
It was well worth it so we are already planning next year............

We are both very bad at sitting still so appreciate if you can put an'active' program together for us! We would probably go around the same time of year and length of time.

All the best and many thanks!
Rudy & Clare Jurg

53. Date: 2005-04-27 12:49:12
Derek Piper wrote
about their South Africa vacation: 

Yes all holidays must come to an end but we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to South Africa. We packed alot in, in 22 days with 11 stopovers and doing 4100 kilometres but we would not have left anything out of the itinerary now that we have done it. The accommodation throughout was excellent and we have no complaints. Your brochure of maps and things to do in each location was most helpful. The food was excellent wherever we ate and of all the places we visited, Capetown was our favourite.

All in all, you provided us with a good service and we will certainly recommend you to any friends that express an interest in having a holiday in South Africa.

Thank you very much.
Kind regards,

Derek Piper

52. Date: 2005-04-27 12:36:41
Cathie Laird wrote
about their South Africa vacation: 

Dear Clayton,
Thanks for all the work and help you gave us to make our holiday truly memorable. The accommodation was without exception fabulous and the people were very friendly.

We had a lovely holiday and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend your services. We appreciate all the extra work you put in for us.
Yours sincerely
Cathie Laird

51. Date: 2005-04-27 12:33:04
Bob Denholm wrote
about their South Africa holiday: 

Hi Clayton,

Just catching up with work that accumulates whilst away enjoying oneself. All your arrangements worked perfectly and we all thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in your wonderful country. Accommodation was excellent and all we came in contact with could not have been more helpful in explaining sights to see in the local area. Slightly unfortunate that we arrived in Outdshorn at end of African festival week and as a consequence most restaurants were shut. Those that were open, however, offered same wonderful value we had come to expect.

We also all enjoyed the 'Meet the People Tour' which you arranged and which gave us a different perspective of your country. In fact we ended up coupling this up with a mini safari which resulted in a day to remember.

We would without question recommend your company to any of our friends thinking of visiting South Africa.

Bob Denholm

50. Date: 2005-03-05 21:16:40
Roger Girling wrote
from England about their South Africa holiday:  

Hi Cheryl

Perhaps I can sum up our appreciation of your arrangements for us by saying that I will be surprised if you don't get other enquiries for your services from the many people I have recommended you to.
I guess we landed in SA with a little bit of nervousness as to what might lie ahead but your arrangements with a nice attention to detail ensured every day was memorable. So, thanks very much Cheryl - you have 4 happy and satisfied fans in England.


49. Date: 2005-02-18 09:40:53
Kaj Nilsson from Sweden wrote
about their South African holiday:  

Dear Clayton,

I and my travelling companions would like to thank you very much for giving us an unforgettable tour there, everything worked very well. The hosts for the accommodations were all very friendly and helpfully just like all other people we met.

I was also impressed by your tour package. The information you gave us was very useful and we found only one minor fault, and it was in Oudtshoorn in Cango Ranch. You have stated that the entrance fee for adults was R33 but it was R55.

I and my travelling companions think that the whole journey and all contacts with you have worked very well and that you and Selftours are highly professional.

We will recommend you to all people me meet who is planning a holiday to South Africa.

Best regards
Kaj Nilsson
Greetings from a cold and snowy Sweden

48. Date: 2004-12-24 09:17:12
Derek & Shirley Smith from New Zealand wrote
about their South Africa vacation:  

We covered 4200km in South Africa on a Self Drive tour organised by Selftours and we would most heartily recommend Selftours to anyone who is considering such a holiday. They understood our needs, and planned a trip that had a good balance of driving and time for siteseeing etc. Your travel package that we collected on arrival at Johannesburg airport was of superb quality with clear instructions, maps and lots of ideas for things to do. That the whole trip went without a hitch was a credit to their organisation and planning and was a key factor in having a most memorable holiday in an amazing country. - Thank you Selftours! - we are telling our friends about you!
Kind Regards
and Best Wishes for Christmas

Derek & Shirley Smith
Auckland, New Zealand

47. Date: 2004-11-11 10:21:04
nicole and carlo ( wrote
about their South Africa vacation:  

Dear Anne-Marie
We want to thank you for the beautiful holiday that you arranged for us in SA. In the beginning we were very nervous because everything was arranged by the Web, but when we received your Selftour package in Johannesburg we saw that everything was perfectly organised and scheduled. All the accomodations, B&Bs and restaurants were excellent, even far much better than we expected. It was very difficult for us to leave and say goodbye to SA. So we have to come back one of this years. Than we will definitely use your company again.

Kind regards and once again many thanks for your support.
Greetings from a cold and rainy Belgium.

Nicole and Carlo

46. Date: 2004-11-08 18:04:02
Alison Sturgess-Durden wrote
about their South African hoilday:  

Hi, Clayton

We had the most wonderful holiday, and so much of that was obviously to do with the places we visited and the accommodation you found for us. Thank you so much. We really couldn't fault any of it, and having it all taken care of meant the holiday was just so more relaxing.
Thank you so much for the arrangements you made for us. We were recommending you to all the people we talked to on the trip. We really want to return to South AFrica as we both enjoyed the country so much, so we hope to be in contact again to arrange our next tour!

Thanks again

45. Date: 2004-11-03 18:48:48
Marian and Philip Vernon. wrote
about their South Africa vacation: 

Yes, we are back from an absolutely WONDERFUL holiday! Everything went perfectly, and we saw far more than we expected.
The accommodation was of a very high standard, and the food included was excellent. (We even found the level of accomodation and the quality of the restaurants in Kruger to be much higher than on our last visit.)
St Lucia, Hluhluwe and Mkuze were very exciting. We saw hundreds of birds from very close range. We went on the morning game walk at Hluhluwe and met a herd of buffalo face-to-face. We had some fun in Swaziland, looking at even more exotic birds and flowers, and visiting a Swazi cultural village.
At Kruger we kept encountering small herds of elephants, lions, numerous antelopes, and even a group of rhino.
Finally two days at the Buffalo Camp in Kapama. This was gross luxury. The pattern of convening for drinks, then driving, stopping for a drink after one and half hours, then back for a grand banquet was great. There weren't many in residence, so the largest group we went with was seven, and on the last day it was just the two of us. Our "ranger", Bronson, took us on mad, bouncing drives through the bush while communicating with other rangers via CB radio. The two major highlights were tracking down a pride of lions (6) that had just killed a giraffe, and a female leopard with its cub, who had just killed a wart-hog. We were able to watch both these groups at close range for a long time, and also come back the next day as they guarded the remainder of the kill against the gathering vultures.
Altogether an absolutely wonderful time. We have hours of video film, and hundreds of photographs.

Thank you for all the suggestions and excellent planning.

Marian and Philip Vernon.

44. Date: 2004-10-30 17:49:06
Asier & Maider from Spain wrote
about their South African holiday:   

We arrived in Johannesburg a little bit later than scheduled but we got pretty easily to the Budget desk. We were surprised with all the things you included in Selftours Tour package and our first impression was excellent.

All the service in all the B&Bs and restaurants has been excellent, far much better than what we are used to in other countries. Roads and signing is excellent and driving is very pleasant. We haven't had any annoyance because we've followed the recommendations and it's been safer than expected. All the villages seemed to be very quiet (Sabie, Knysna...) and even Cape Town was ok to walk by night in Long St and surroundings. And your country has EVERYTHING to do and see: Landscapes, mountains (we love trekking), animals, coast, beaches... and Cape Town, of course.

We consider Selftours service very, very professional. Your type of service is exactly what we need from and agent and it has even exceeded our expectations. Starting with your excellent quotation, the fast, clear and effective answers to all the questions, the recommendations... and then the tour package and the accommodation.

We don't know yet if we'll go back to SA but we've read that you also work with other African destinations. In case we go there again we'll contact you and, of course, we will recommend Selftours to anybody who wants to go to SA.

You can publish above message in your website but please not my email address, since it's a work address. Anyway you Chinky have it and please feel free to contact me at any time.

Thanks for your support and service. It was also nice to talk to you on the phone.

Kind regards from Spain,
Asier & Maider

43. Date: 2004-10-26 12:39:29
Yvonne Pinto from Spain wrote
about their South African holiday:  

Dear Anne-Marie,

Wow, what a wonderful holiday!!!!!!! We did not want to leave South Africa, it was very difficult to say goodbye.

I really must congratulate you & your company for the EXCELLENT organization of our tour. I will admit that I was very nervous of using an Travel Agent found though the Web of which I had no other references. But I am very happy that we took the risk of letting you organize our trip.

I also admit that as a customer I was very demanding, obviously with theses trips there is a lot of money involved which adds on to the fear of not having a good vacation. But the travel portfolio that you prepared was very well detailed & very helpful.

We had absolutely NO PROBLEM at all. The hired cars were waiting for us at both CT + PE airport, the booking of internal flight, the accommodation reservations all went smoothly without any incident.

The best was Botlierskop Reserve, amazing experience!!!! The warmest Die Opstal the hosts made us feel as one of the family - Wonderful milk tart I recommend you try it. The most peaceful - Tsitsikama Reserve, no traffic, no pollution, just mother nature in all it's splendour. These were the highlights but the rest of the accommodations were very comfortable as well.

In Cape Town we just loved our little duplex home between the lake & the beach. Very comfortable & safe. We arrived in the afternoon to find a flowers & fresh fruit in the lounge, in the fridge milk, eggs, juice etc awaiting our arrival, very thoughtful gesture.

I will definitely use your company again the next time I go to S.A. I highly recommend your services.

You may use my story in your guest book, just pls. do not make public my email address on the web.
THANKS once again for all your help!!!
Hope you work with you again ------- soon!!!

All the BEST for SPAIN

Yvonne, Moises & Natalia

42. Date: 2004-10-21 14:10:22
Karen and Laurie Coulston ( ) wrote:

Dear Chinky,
We completed our trip successfully and really had a great time all round without any problems. The breakfasts were all great and much larger than either of us could handle. All accommodation was excellent. Addo was the highlight and were very glad we spent 2 nights there. We drove back inland through the Karoo to Oudtshoorn and found the scenery and mountain passes fantastic. We would have driven to The Hell as we had read a bit about it but did not have the time ( 2 hrs each way).

Costs were good by Aussie standards. Prices in tourist areas were not inflated compared to general areas e.g. Coffee and food on Table Mtn was comparable with prices down below.
Security was no issue for us and saw no sign of troubles. Roads and signage was very good and made it easy to get around all of this helped by the package you put together which was absolutely great including the Map book you provided. We have never received a package of this quality.

We would certainly use your services again and would recommend you to our friends.

Cheers and Thanks for all your efforts
Karen and Laurie Coulston

41. Date: 2004-10-10 19:38:14
David & Anthea Smith from England wrote:

Dear Anne-Marie,

Thank you very much for arranging such a wonderful holiday for us and allowing us to see what a beautiful country South Africa is. Your itinerary package was very good and gave us plenty of useful information and several places where we stayed said it was much better than anything they had previously seen.

We really did enjoy this holiday and the car, accommodation and your advise was excellent. We are seriously thinking of returning to South Africa for an extended holiday in the near future to see your area of the country. Do you also book holidays in either the Maldives, Seychelles or Mauritius which could be added on to a South African holiday?

Regards from a cold England
David and Anthea
Eds Note : Yes David, we do arrange 'add-ons' to Mauritius, Seychelles, Zanzibar, Victory Falls & Madagascar, but not the Maldives, no direct flights.

40. Date: 2004-09-28 19:26:49
Henning Günter ( ) wrote about Selftours Website:

I'm a SA'frican and was looking / longing for a holiday and came accross your site. I must compliment you on the well-layed-out, easy-to-navigate, beautifully-informative and 'longing-to-go-there!' feeling that your site elicits. I wish you all the best in showing off our country.

39. Date: 2004-09-14 19:01:26
David Barrington from Dubai wrote:

Dear Cheryl

We have now returned from our 3 week holiday in South Africa and I have been back to work for 1 week ( yuk!! )

We would both like to thank you for organizing such an interesting trip for us. All the hotels were excellent and the hotel in Zululand was an experience not to be missed. Keep putting people into the Reserve at Tsitsikamma as David and Val and all the staff were very friendly and what a glorious view from the rooms.
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and you can be assured that if we return to South Africa or the surrounding areas then we will contact you again for help and I will also recommend you to any of my friends who may be considering a holiday there.

David Barrington
Dubai, UAE

38. Date: 2004-09-04 14:56:19
John Snell wrote:

Dear Chinky,

On behalf of myself and my family I would like to thank you for the extremely professional way that you arranged our tour in South Africa and the personal touch of taking time to meet us in Knysna. What a beautiful place the St James is and the setting is stunning. From the moment we collected the car in PE to dropping it off in Cape Town we did not have a problem. Although it was a tight schedule we managed to do all that we planned to do and it was great to return after twenty five years to see the beauty of the country just as we remembered it.

We look forward to our next visit to SA and we know for certain that we have the perfect agent available to help us arrange the trip. Once again many thanks for everything,

Kind regards
John, Christine and Rosy Snell

37. Date: 2004-08-25 19:11:58
Matteo Scarparo from Italy wrote
about their South African holiday:  

Dear Cheryl,

we'd like to let you know about our full satisfaction with our holiday in South Africa. It was quite a long journey and we included so many things to do and places to see. Everything was great! We appreciated comfortable accomodation and had always a lovely stay wherever you booked for us.

Thank you for your help and we'll recommend your agency to our friends wishing to visit your beautiful country!
Bye from Italy!

Matteo Scarparo & Stefania Bellani
Piacenza, Italy

36. Date: 2004-08-16 18:44:43
Gillian Roberts from Moscow wrote
about their South African holiday:  

Edited as original guest’s letter too long.

Dear Cheryl
Our second wonderful holiday with Selftours. Thank you so much for all your hard work to make it so special. Overall the accommodation was first rate

Private Game Lodge and private game reserve - the absolute highlight of our holiday. What a wonderful place. We were spoilt from the moment we set foot in the reserve to the moment we left. I have no idea of the price of our stay, but whatever it was, it was worth every single cent. The staff were friendly, open, helpful and accommodating. The rooms were palatial. The food was good and plentiful (any time not looking at animals was spent eating!!!) and our rangers and trackers were first rate - no patch of land went un-searched for the lionesses and their 7 cubs and we even saw a cheetah with 2 cubs less than a month old - the first people (including the rangers!) to do so. Please, please, please recommend this wonderful place to any of your future customers. Also, managed to get my courage together to go on the elephant back safari - my husband said I didn't stop grinning the whole time!

St Lucia - a superb B&B which should be recommended to future customers. Charlene, the owner, looked after us very well. The rooms were spacious with lots of good facilities but the public areas were the highlight - lovely decking area to sit out, nice pool and beautiful garden backing on to St Lucia forest. St Lucia itself was also such a surprise - I had no idea such a paradise existed in that part of SA.

Zulu village. What an experience! We would never have found this ourselves and are grateful to Selftours for finding this for us and including it in our package. A fantastic night here learning all about Zulu customs and sleeping in our Zulu huts without electricity but with a great rock 'bath'! The village tour didn't finish until around 10.30am and then it is a further 2 hours on horseback or ox cart back to civilization!

We had a fantastic holiday and couldn't have done it without Selftours help. A personal thank you too to you Cheryl for your invaluable help in the preparation of this package. We are certainly going to recommend your services to family and friends, so if anyone else by the name of Roberts contacts you from the UK - they are probably related to us!
many thanks again

Gillian Roberts
British Embassy Moscow

35. Date: 2004-08-04 19:33:21
Mike O'Brien wrote from Sweden
about their vacation in South Africa :  

Dear Chinky,
Back in Sweden after a fantastic 6-week holiday in SA, I just want to say that the car rental worked very well indeed. For some reason there was no PT Cruiser available, but we were given an Merc C180 instead. No complaints. Won't hesitate to use your services again. Next time we will probably want something like the Toyota Condor. The kids will need more leg room!!
Mike O'Brien

34. Date: 2004-08-04 17:50:35
Anne-Marie Ducret wrote
about their holiday to South Africa :  

Dear Chinky,

Our mind is still in South Africa. We really enjoy every moment of our holidays. I loved Capetown and its weather. We enjoy Durban and the surroundings, did some great shopping both at Gateway and in the Victoria Indian Market and couldn't get over the beauty of the ocean and the beaches. My husband even gave surfing a try. Our daughter has been quite impressed by Shakaland and I think she has imported Zulu dancing and dressing in France. I wouldn't be surprised to see a couple of girls playing Nandi in the neighborhood. The ultimate experience was the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi park. We got to see 2 lions hunting at nights among all the other beasts. I just can close my eyes and see the African landscape at sunset or dusk. Well, I go on and on but I'm sure you already know you have a great country.
The planning was just right for us. We would like to congratulate everybody for the level of service we received. France, and Europe, should take an example some times.
Again, thanks for your wonderful organization.

Anne-Marie Ducret

33. Date: 2004-06-02 18:20:58
Donncha wrote:


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for everything involved in our fantastic holiday. We were very happy with everything, and would like to thank you for your help in organising everything. We will (and have had) have no hesitation in recommending your company to organise itineraries for anyone thinking of going to South Africa.
Many thanks,


32. Date: 2004-05-10 18:50:42
Geoffrey Hebdon from California wrote
about their vacation to South Africa :  

Congratulations to all at the office, we have referred many clients through to your site and without exception all have expressed their delight at the facilities provided on their first visit to South Africa.


Geoffrey Hebdon of Delamere Travel, Salt Lake City, Utah and Long Beach, California

31. Date: 2004-05-10 18:46:36
Martin Ayres wrote:

Dear Cheryl,

I am writing to thank you for organising a wonderful itinerary for me in South Africa. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and every place I stayed was of the highest quality.

I will certainly recommend Selftours to others and hope I will be bale to make a return trip in the near future.

With best wishes
Martin Ayres

30. Date: 2004-02-09 10:43:45
Henry Kihara ( ) wrote:

Dear Chinky,

Thanks for the excellent holiday arrangement. The tour was amazing and enjoyed my birthday. Yep, the bungy jump was breath-taking. The accomodation was excellent, choices were great. We enjoyed every part of the tour and you made our experience to cape town perfect.

Susan & Henry

29. Date: 2004-01-02 16:14:51
Evelyn Posch wrote
about their South African holiday:   

Dear Cheryl,

Thanks for your mails. Being too late now for x-mas wishes, let me wish you at least a very Happy New Year. Sorry for the confusion my son seems to have caused regarding the third person (who did not accompany us on the trip).
The trip was well organised with the travel documents perfectly arranged, with maps, advices, suggestions and of course, the instructions on how to find our accomodations. All of them were much to our satisfaction with some of them even exceeding our expectations, like for instance, the stately Manor in Oudtshourn with the morbid charme of the 'fin de siècle'. All our hosts were were very kind and helpful regarding any information.

The only thing we regretted was that most places of interest, including museums, close down already at 5 p.m. This makes it difficult, and most often impossible to see all that is suggested in the flyers. This is, of course, not in your hands.

May I take this occasion and thank you again for having organised our marvellous trip and wishing you and your colleagues once more a very Happy New Year!

Evelyn Posch

28. Date: 2003-12-08 19:25:12
Rebecca & Dominic wrote
about their South African safari  holiday:  

Thanks Chinky - We enjoyed meeting you and did not want to come home. We both said we could quite happily do the same trip again.
Shamwari was wonderful and we also saw whales at Plett as well.
The only thing we would change next time is to spend more time in the Tsitsikamma forest, we thought it was lovely and would liked to have stayed there a bit longer. But the holiday was wonderful and something we will always remember. Thank you for all your help.

Rebecca & Dominic Foley

27. Date: 2003-12-08 19:16:41
Arne Martensson from Sweden wrote
South African holiday:

Dear Chinky
We are more than content with all your arrangements. We think that you do a very professional job and we had a very good time during our tour. Thank you very much !!!!
Best regards from Sweden


Date: 2003-12-08 19:12:57
Paul & Jenny Selby wrote:

Dear Anne-Marie

We have just got home in time to watch the rugby England winning rounded off a perfect two weeks.

We meant to give you a call when in Knysna but just got too involved in our trip.
However, our thanks to you and Self Tours for a perfect holiday. Everything was just right, great accommodation — each place was run by some really nice people who made us most welcome at every stay. Everything was in place from the car to each booking not one problem. The choice of places to stay was impressive we particularly enjoyed the contrast each day from Addo Chalets to a nice hotel on the sea front and from log cabins in the Forest to a beach front stay in Mossel Bay.
We both enjoyed every moment what a great country. We will be back and I would have no hesitation in recommending Self Tours to our friends.

With thanks and kind regards

Paul & Jenny Selby

25. Date: 2003-12-08 19:01:57
Gay Griffiths from England wrote:

Dear Cheryl

I don't know where to start! A very big thank-you for a wonderful Holiday, your planning and itinerary was superb.
We were very impressed with South Africa and its friendly people and look forward to returning in a few years. I think that we had two main highlights, the whale safari was wonderful we saw seals & dolphins and managed to track a whale and her calf the whole length of the Bay, an amazing experience.
For me the whole experience of Shamwari was a dream, such a friendly place and we where lucky in that we saw 'the big five' plus lots more besides!
The thought that you put into our tour package is very much appreciated and I have been singing your praises to all. (Selftours comprehensive Tour Package)
We particularly liked the variation in Guest houses which were so individual in their own way, so once again a big thank you.
Gay & Pete

24. Date: 2003-12-08 18:45:13
Val Rees from Britain wrote:

Dear Anne- Marie and all in the office,

Just wanted to say thank you for a perfect trip. Everything went off as planned with the exception of the shark dive due to rough seas! However , we saw whales on our very first day on an excellent trip out of Hermanus. We loved the game drive too! And you were right , the seals and the penguins were waiting for us!

All the accommodation was lovely and the route worked out very well for us. You live in a beautiful country with amazing scenery and lovely warm hearted people. Our trip could not have been better organized so we thank you once again for the excellent tour package you prepared for us and a job well done.
Yours sincerely

Valerie, Adrian and Gareth Rees

23. Date: 2003-09-30 20:30:50
Abbie & Dave wrote:

Dear Steve and Anne Marie,

Thank you once again for what has been the holiday of a lifetime. Neither Dave nor I can think of a single time when we weren't provided with the highest quality of service in terms of accommodation, hospitality, information and help. Each of the guest houses/hotels you booked for us was charming and the hosts without exception were incredibly friendly and helpful. We found the standard of service of both these establishments and Selftours to be exceptional. Please pass on our regards to all our hosts (Len & Jean, Peter & Meagan, Jan & Lydia) who did an excellent job of looking after us. We were also extremely satisfied with the car provided by Budget Car Hire. We experienced no problems with the vehicle and were grateful that they forwarded our tour package to us when we did not immediately receive it from them. All in all we found SA to be a beautiful country with friendly people, amazing animals and a mulititude of things to do. We'd be more than happy to recommend Selftours to anyone planning a holiday in SA. Thanks for everything, hope to be back sometime in the not too distant future! Regards, Abbie and Dave

22. Chester Tugwell wrote:

Dear Anne Marie

We want to come back!!! England seems very grey, cold and boring compared to S Africa. We really had the best time – your country is just brilliant! Thank you for sorting out our holiday. We were impressed with how organized and efficient you have been and are already recommending you to people we speak to.

It was great having peace of mind by booking with you. We have been very impressed generally with the service in South Africa but especially with your efficient service and patience with our booking. Hopefully we will escape again from England soon and find our way back to South Africa.

Well there we are. Let us know if you would like us to comment on places we visited also. I have recommended you to one person already – a work colleague who is going on honeymoon to S Africa – so you never know, you may hear from him.
Chester & Kate

21. Thursday November 29, 2001 - 09:31am
Jason & Tracey Cooke - Qatar wrote:

Dear Steve, We would like to take the opportunity to say a huge thankyou to yourself and your team at Selftours. We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay in south Africa and were very disappointed when our holiday came to an end. The service and accomodation you provided us with were of an excellent standard and you will be highly recommended to any friends that decide to pay South Africa a visit. Everything was organised so well and ran so smoothly that the holiday was completely stress free. Out only regret was that we couldn't stay in your beautiful country longer, but we will be back! We are willing to write with more detailed feedback on the quality of service we received and anything we feel will be useful for people travelling as we did. Please let us know of anything you would like to know and we will get back to you when we can.
Many thanks once again Tracey and Jason Cook
PS We are going to Oman at Easter. Don't suppose you operate there? Only joking!!!!!!


Thursday November 29, 2001 - 09:32am
Christophe Bagnoud - Switzerland wrote:
Dear Anne Marie, Yes, the holiday is over and I just can't come over it! This has been the best holiday of our lifes. Thanks for organizing the Garden Route tour. The Zuurberg Inn was so good that we stayed one more night, and did not get to PE on the third night. Tsitsikama was outstanding, we loved the wooden hut. As for Knysna, Peter and Megan were so welcoming we felt almost better than at home! The car worked perfectly, it had that great blue color and we got lost only once, on our way out of PE. We spend days at Jeffrey's Bay and at Skt Pettesberg, were we saw dolphins. At Addo and Shamwari, we saw the big fives except for lions. But we saw good looking, smiling and welcoming people all along the trip. You have a beautiful country with extremely nice people in it. In Cape Town we stayed at Bantry Bay Guest House, a wonderful place with a stunning view, and our host Andre was just about the nicest person we ever met. We warmly recommend his place. We had no problem with security, the weather was beautiful all the way through and we had some of the best time ever... so good that I am now considering looking for a job in South Africa! Let me know if you need an assistant!!!! Thanks again for your assistance!
Greeting from sunny Switzerland. Chris

19. Thursday November 29, 2001 - 09:33am
Jack Uys - Newman, USA wrote:

Steve, Thank you for the good wishes. The trip went fine and all was OK. Thank you for your assistance and for having everything organized for us, and for being so flexible. We will definitely use your service next time we plan a trip to SA. Best regards Jack Uys

18. Thursday November 29, 2001 - 09:34am
Richard & Sue Cotterill - Australia  wrote:

We will certainly keep fond memories of Africa. The accommodation you booked for us was great. Over all we had a great time and appreciated the efforts you guys did in arranging the accommodation/car etc. all seemed to go exactly as planned. If only we had more time!!!!!!!!

17. Thursday November 29, 2001 - 09:35am
Ed & Alex - Qatar wrote:

Ed and I both felt it was the best trip we had ever been on. South Africa is an amazing country and we can't wait to come back. Yes we have taken the plunge and are now in the process of buying a small holiday cottage in Knysna. So we should be back there at Christmas if not sooner. Once again we would like to thank you for the excellent job you did in arranging a wonderful holiday for us. WE were very impressed with your efficiency and how hassle-free everything went. The accommodation was all excellent. We are just waiting for the mobile phone bill which we are bit nervous about as we used it more than we meant to. Once again our sincere thanks and we look forward to seeing you again in good old Knysna.
Regards, Alex & Ed

16. Thursday November 29, 2001 - 09:41am
Heather Fortner - USA wrote:

Dear Anne-Marie Your planning for my trip was impeccable. I'll definitely recommend you for all travel arrangements in SA. Some friends are drooling about a safari but probably Namibia / Botswana. Do you book those? In the car park at the Victoria Waterfront someone scraped the rear bumper of my car.( I am amazed that I didn't have an accident, and that the only damage was when I wasn't even in the car!) It wasn't dented, but there were black marks, and it was a tossup whether it would be an issue. The folks at George did note it, and said it would have to be repaired. It was pretty minor, and said that the insurance would cover the work. Thanks again for your lovely work. I'm keeping your tour package as an example of the way it should be done. Heather J Fortner


Thursday November 29, 2001 - 09:42am
Allen Andrews - USA wrote:

Thanks. I had a great time and it was a pleasure dealing with the professionalism of you company.

14. Thursday November 29, 2001 - 05:38pm
Dianne & Keith - Qatar wrote:

Dear Anne Marie
Thank you for all your efforts with our holiday. Everything was very well organised and we were very happy with all the accommodation you booked for us, we had a lovely holiday. Thank you also for sorting out the mix up at the Sun City Hotel re rooms.
We would definitely use your company again should we ever return to South Africa and recommend you to our friends.
Yours sincerely
Diane & Keith Harmer


Saturday December 1, 2001 - 03:48pm
Steven & Kirsty from Qatar wrote:

Dear Steve & Anne Marie, we would like to thank you for orginising such a wonderful honeymoon in South Africa... all the hotels and guest houses you arranged for us were 1st class!,as were all the places of interest you recommended, all in all we had a fantastic time!!! we will certainly be back in Africa at some point and wont hesitate to use selftours once again for our trip...
Hope to see you both again in 2002
Steve & Kirsty Ward

12. Wednesday December 26, 2001 - 01:13pm
Noel Harte - Doha, Qatar wrote:

Once again thanks for everything.
Despite the delay by Kenyan Airways we had a wonderful time in a very beautiful part of the world.
Your arrangements were all spot on and thanks again for the confirmation call to the Holiday Inn at JB.
We will definately return to catch up with a few more places and will be in
touch in the future.
Hope you had a good Christmas and all the best for the new year.


Friday January 4, 2001 - 09:15pm
Ralph & Kath - Doha Qatar wrote:

Steve, thanks for the drinks, it was a pleasure to meet you in person. Everywhere we stayed was very good indeed, and to be honest far above the standard of many UK establishments. All the arrangements worked well and we would, and already have, recommend you to anyone considering a visit to S. Africa.
Thank you again, and we wish you evey success for 2002 and beyond.
Ralph and Kath Thackray.


Sunday January 6, 2001 - 01:42pm
Doug & Ross - England wrote:

Dear Anne Marie,
Sorry not to have replied earlier but have been on holiday in Spain. We had a great time in your country and hope to return later this year. Knysna was wonderful, Earnst & Barbara were simply the best, the accommodation and their hospitality were first class. Mossel Bay was very acceptable. Cape Town we thought the city was everything we believed it was going to be. Stellenbosch the accommodation and our hosts were first class, we could not fault anything. Re the golf, we played Sparrebosch, Stellenbosch, Fancourt (links), Erinvale, all of which were delightful,courses we would recommend to anyone.
Regards Ross& Doug.


Friday February 8, 2001 - 08:25pm
Karen & Susanne - Qater wrote:

Dear Anne Marie,
Happy New Year!
We had a fantastic time in S.A. and enjoyed all the places we stayed in. The owners were all very kind and helpful and always happy to talk and help us on our way. We enjoyed the mixture of Guest Houses and were very pleased with the places you'd booked us into. We'd like to thank you for all your time and help and if we, or any friends return to S.A. we will definitely be asking for your assistance!
Many thanks,
Karen and Susanne


Monday February 25, 2001 - 08:30pm
John Newby - Kendal England wrote:

My wife and I, both 66 years old visited Fish Hoek, Nr Capetown in September 2001.
I have travelled and visited many different countries in my life but I have to rate Capetown as NUMBER ONE without any hesitation.
There are two problems with any holiday to South Africa and they are:
1 The flight is extremely cramped and very uncomfortable which will without doubt deter many from revisiting your wonderful country.
2. I have got the urge to go go again - but in a more comfortable way.
John Newby


Wednesday February 27, 2001 - 09:21pm
Marius Gerber - New Port South Wales wrote:

I found like to congratulate Selftours on their professional and most helpful manner in which you responded to my requests. I was not the most easy customer and everytime I received useful, friendly and relevant feedback and assistance. From the 22 companies I have contacted, Selftours were by far the best. I recommend them to anybody who want a carefree holiday!!!!!
Once again Congratulations

Thank you


March 18, 2001 - 07:28pm
Dan & Kathy Paulo - USA wrote:

Hi Steve,
We're back in the States after a stopover in Barcelona on the way home. We found our South Africa visit very enjoyable from beginning to end. Thanks!!!
The accomodations were great and your itinerary suggestions were right on. We'd come back and repeat the whole trip in a minute although now there's a lot more that we would like to see.
For the record, I believe our favorite stops were Oudtshoorn, Stellenbosch, Knysna, and Simunye.
That's about it. I certainly hope that we'll have the opportunity to connect again. If Kathy & I don't make it back you can count on us telling a few friends about your services.



Tuesday March 26, 2001 - 03:40am
Maureen Moss - W-Australia wrote:

2000 was a great yr for me & hus we went around the world and one of the best places we visited was SA what a great place, we drove from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth along the coast "The Garden Route" dont miss it, if your in SA.

4. Dated January 2001
Andrew & Louise Watson-Smith From London wrote:

Dear Steve Many thanks for a well-organised tour. We saw everything we intended to - except the whales which were "out of season" in the area. Shame! The car was very good and we found the air- conditioning essential, although it was a little under-powered when the air con was on full and we were going up hills! The accommodation in the main was all good, with the Rusthuiz in Stellenbosch being outstanding, Rene was very helpful and the place was relaxed and friendly. Also greatly liked Adley House in Oudtshoorn, gracious place and our room (separate to the house) was large with sitting area, fridge and essential air-conditioning! Agulhas Guest House was very unusual and nicely furnished with a lovely terrace overlooking the sea. Good evening meal there. Warner's Guest House was a pleasant stop-over and Peter and Megan were very helpful. We think that it is essential that all accommodation should have a fridge. We needed somewhere to cool bottled water and canned drinks, store perishables for our picnics, re-freeze cool bag ice packs, etc. Otherwise, all was really great and we have already recommended you to our friends in Somerset West, who regularly have people out to stay. Will pass on your details to anyone here intending to visit SA. Thanks again for all your help, and best wishes for a prosperous 2001.

Best regards Louise and Andrew.

3. Date December 2000
Steven Mulder - Mumbai India wrote:

Let me take the opportunity to thank you guys very much for the great way in which you organised our tour. Absolutely excellent! We had a very good time and we are absolutely plan to come back soon to explore different sides of the country as well.

Steven & Cynthia


Date 15th October 2000
Ian Long - Britain wrote about their South African Honeymoon:

Hi Steve,
In terms of setting things up, you were very helpful, and despite me being in Minnesota for most of the time, with a 7 hour time difference, things got sorted remarkably easily, overall, we had a superb time Peter and Megan were lovely hosts, very caring and attentive. They were most helpful in suggesting and booking restaurants for us. The whale watching was amazing! 11 whales (including 4 calves) a large school of dolphin and the seal colony certainly made it a worthwhile trip! The drive along the coast and then inland was spectacular. Your suggested activities were spot on as we managed caves, ostrich farm and wildlife ranch. The guesthouse (Adley's) was very comfortable and homely. All in all, as I said, we had a wonderful time and will remember our honeymoon for a long, long time, and I can only thank you for your assistance in getting it sorted.

Regards Ian


Date: 16th June 2000
Gyan N Zutshi from Egypt wrote:

Dear Steve,
Thanks very much for organizing our holiday tour in Cape Town and the Garden Route. Special thanks for giving prompt service whenever we called for it, beginning with responding to our enquiry, organizing the tour at short notice and very quickly and then immediately making the many changes we asked for, all done very professionally. The accommodations were all well selected and we enjoyed staying at every one of them. Thanks again and hoping we can do it again,. We would have no hesitation in recommending Self Tours to our friends and in fact have done it already.

A very satisfied customer.

Selftour's very first enquiry and client



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