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Client Testimonials

elephant bulletThank you, Denise, for a most fantastic trip to Africa! We can’t tell you how much we enjoyed ourselves and are ready to go back! We loved seeing your smiling face when we arrived in Nairobi and felt cared for throughout our entire safari. Your enthusiastic spirit and love of Africa is contagious and was even more so while we were there. All of the accommodations were incredible! Pictures are great but to actually be in the middle of it all is indescribable! We loved Little Governor’s Camp and will never forget our stay there. The service, food, and staff were all excellent! We especially enjoyed seeing and hearing the hippo outside our tent the first night. We were so excited! We also very much enjoyed our stay at the House of Waine in Nairobi. What a great place to begin and end a safari! It is so beautiful there and everyone was so friendly. We can’t wait to go back! Thank you, Denise! Your knowledge and respect for wildlife made this safari stand out from the rest. And your sense of humor kept us laughing on the game drives. We cannot wait to travel with you again. Our safari adventure was truly unforgettable.
The Lehans, Pacific Pallisades, CA

elephant bulletMy husband and I and our two children were blessed to have experienced a trip of a lifetime on safari in Tanzania with Denise Bonnell.  Denise loves Africa and was an enthusiastic safari guide.  She held a meeting before our trip to give us all the details of what to expect, how to pack, and to answer all of our questions.  Denise is very professional and experienced in coordinating safaris and personally reviewed the tented camps and lodges ahead of time.  The accommodations were wonderful and the food was exceptional every where we went.  The driver guides she provided were very personable and extremely knowledgeable about plant life and animal behavior.  We went on game drives in the morning and in the late afternoon every day in quality safari vehicles.  We had the opportunity to take amazing pictures and enjoy an array of wildlife.  One of the highlights was our visit to a Masai village to learn about their way of life.  We will never forget our African adventure and hope to return some day with Denise.  Our parents had gone on safari with Denise in 1996 and had a wonderful experience as well.  I would recommend Denise to any of my friends or family interested in taking a trip to Africa.
Diane Hohener, Trabuco Canyon, California 

elephant bulletIn August of last year, I had the most wonderful experience of my life going on safari in Africa.  With all of the anticipation one has before embarking on such an adventure, there is much to do to get ready.  Denise Bonnell made this whole experience seem effortless though, as she was our guide and led us through every task, thus preparing everyone in regards to what was needed for the trip.  Immunizations, visas, clothing needed, all of these necessities were checked off our list before we left U.S. soil.  This preparation left us with the most wonderfully eventful, fulfilling, and relaxing trip. EVER! While on safari, every item one might conceive of was handled expertly by Denise. Her knowledge about Africa and the wildlife we would encounter was frosting on this wonderful cakewalk through Tanzania.  We were on a schedule, but it didn’t seem so, as everything was planned out so well; the days flowed and the game drives we took and evening group dinners, were relaxed and full of fun times.  Denise always considered our safety as well; being in a foreign country might seem like it might be dangerous or scary, but not once did I ever feel any kind of alarm about anything.  It was truly a trip of a lifetime and I would recommend Denise to anyone who desires to have the same experience.  I am going back as soon as I can!  And, of course, I will request that Denise be my guide!
M. Neary, Crestline, California 

elephant bulletSafari-Girl African Safaris was recommended to us by friends who met Denise Bonnell while they were on safari in Kenya with another tour company. They were impressed with the close interaction she had with her group members as well as her knowledge about Africa. We took our friend's advice and signed up for one of Denise's safaris two years ago. We had a wonderful time and met new friends who we continue to stay in touch with today. We were completely impressed with Denise's professionalism, her honesty, her humorous outlook on life, and more than anything, her love and admiration for Africa's people and wildlife. We had an adventure we will never forget!
M. Olsen, St. Paul, MN

elephant bulletThank you so much, Denise, for a trip I will never forget!  After watching the movie “Out of Africa” about Karen Blixen’s life in Kenya, my dream was to go on a real African safari.  My husband went along for the ride because he knew how badly I wanted to go but he ended up enjoying it as much as me!  The entire trip was completely wonderful from beginning to end.   My favorite quote from the book “Out of Africa” was “There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne…”  This is exactly how I felt every minute of every day while on safari. 

Denise has a way with people and we really enjoyed her funny stories as we sat around the campfire at night.  It was obvious the camp staff at all of the places we stayed really liked and respected her.  There was nothing she wouldn’t do for our group to make sure we were all comfortable.  Best of all, she was an expert guide on our game drives.  She has an innate sense about wildlife and their behavior and I really liked that we took the time to really observe the animals.  Other vehicles would stop, take pictures, and leave.  We took the time to watch and observe the animals closely.  This was one of the things I liked best about our safari.  We didn’t rush around like the others.  There were so many highlights on our trip with Denise it is impossible to mention them all, but one thing we know for sure, we will go on safari with Denise again.
Mr. and Mrs. S. Perry, Los Angeles, CA 

elephant bulletHow can I even explain how incredible our trip was!  The amount of time that Denise put into the preparation of the trip with a timeline to do what needed to be done and when took a lot of pressure off of all of us – i.e. clothes, hats, cameras.  She even thinks through how the people in the group will react to one another so makes sure everyone gets to know everyone else by changing us in the vehicles on game drives.  We all got to know one another very well which only enhanced our safari experience.

Denise’s love and knowledge for Africa is really apparent!  After two weeks in Africa, I came to understand how very important the vehicles and guides are and ours was very good thanks to Denise’s research and preparation.  Africa is a very unique place and I am so glad we chose to go on safari with Denise.  I truly hope that you will have the opportunity to experience this trip of a lifetime!  We will never forget it!
C. White, Colleyville, TX 

elephant bulletDenise led a wonderful trip to Tanzania for our family.  Her advance planning and attention to detail ensured that everything was of the best quality.  The accommodations were “luxury camping” which was perfect for a non-camper like me.  The driver/guides made the trip for me, as their English was excellent and they were very knowledgeable about the animals, the geography and the people we saw.  You spend a lot of time in your vehicle seeing the animals, so the quality and comfort of the vehicle makes a huge difference.  Denise made sure that we had newer vehicles and that they were comfortable and not crowded like other vehicles we saw.  Denise’s passion for Africa is contagious, and she couldn’t have done a better job on the itinerary.  It truly was a trip of a lifetime.
M. Gilly, Irvine, CA

elephant bulletThank you, Safari Girl!  We couldn’t have asked for a better adventure than our safari with you in Kenya and Tanzania.  You thought of everything which made our safari more than we could ever have imagined!  Thank you so much for the birthday cake too! What a great surprise!  The accommodations, safari vehicles, food, small group size, and service were all excellent!  We especially loved the tea and cookies delivered to our tent before our morning game drive.  We were definitely spoiled.  Best of all was the game viewing and your knowledge of Africa’s wildlife.  We learned so much and have a new appreciation for what predators must go through to get a meal.  We can’t wait to go on another safari adventure with you.

T. Fulton, Kansas City, Missouri



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