Experience and professionalism; punctuality, accuracy, friendly; expert travel advice; exceptional!
From start to finish, this was the best travel experience I have had (and I've been to 63 countries and on two previous African safaris). Communication via e-mail was virtually instantaneous and everything on the safari was delivered exactly as arranged for. Not to mention, the safari itself was superb! Ute at Roho Ya Chui is an absolutely amazing, organized, and dedicated professional who truly made this safari the wonderful expedition that it was. All I can say is, thank-you Ute!
Pete, United States, August 2017
Ute and Roho Ya Chui are the very best!!
This was our fifth trip to Africa. We have booked with different operators, until we heard of Roho Ya Chui when planning our trip to Victoria Falls and Botswana last year. Our trip last year was absolutely wonderful, so we didn't even consider booking with another agent when we started planning our trip to South Africa this year. Ute was able to recommend the very best camps/lodges for our stay and I must say this has been our very best trip to Africa. It exceeded all our expectations. All the accommodations were wonderful, excellent guides, and food! We are already considering our next trip with Roho Ya Chui as soon as we are able to save up a bit! Ute is extremely responsive which I love. She will respond almost immediately to any queries I have. When we were able to add 3 extra nights to our trip at the very last minute, she made wonderful recommendations and was able to book one of the camps I had just hear about and ended up being are very favorite! She's flexible and offers different options to fit each budget. She's extremely organized. The electronic itinerary on Trip Plans was great. No need to refer to print outs when we could see everything on our iPhone or iPad. I highly recommend Roho Ya Chui for any safaris you have planned!!
Carolina Griffiths, United States, August 2017
Great experience. Definitely would recommend this trip to anyone.
Overall service was good, it surpassed our expectations. The safari tour itself was just fantastic.
Benji, Switzerland, July 2017
Agent Ute Sonnenberg very responsive/pleasant to deal with/knowledgeable or found out info promptly
Flexible re communication across time zone difference to USA. Prompt responses both prior to trip and while on trip. Totally seamless transfers and tour arrangements- excellent companies chosen. (So different from all the troubles we had with another agency on a different trip to Brazil/Argentina). Safari experience amazing- Highly recommend kirkmans kamp. Agent Ute Sonnenberg tailored trip to meet my exact requests. If she didn't know something, she researched it and got the answer. Would absolutely recommend Ute and Roho Ya Chui.
Gail, United States, July 2017
Fantastic, well organized trip
I used Roho Ya Chui to plan part of my trip to South Africa. Ute was very helpful and responsive in arranging lodges and transfers between Kruger, Blyde River Canyon, and another greater Kruger reserve. The whole experience was perfect, from booking to payment to the trip itself. The lodges and game drives she arranged were great, and all the logistical details went smoothly. I would wholeheartedly recommend Roho Ya Chui when planning a trip to southern or eastern Africa.
Andrew, United States, July 2017
Fantastic, smooth trip.
My family of four enjoyed a tremendous trip from Vic Falls, through Chobe and the Okavango Delta. We requested a few itinerary adjustments from Ute, and she nailed each and every one. Our guide, Charles, was extraordinary, and the quality of support and comfort exceeded our expectations. We'll certainly work with Ute and Roho Ya Chui on any future visits to Africa and recommend her to our friends as well.
Ken, Thailand, July 2017
Everything was perfectly planned with great service
This was our first safari and we were overwhelmed by the thought of planning the trip. Ute made all of our worries go away. She organized our trip perfectly and kept us informed throughout the process. Our accommodations were amazing with service that exceeded our expectations. We saw all of the big 5 and many other incredible animals on our game drives. We would definitely recommend Roho Ya Chui for your next safari.
Stacy Pool, United States, June 2017
If you wish to travel to South Africa, this is the group to plan with
I was more than impressed with the quick service and excellent selection of sites for us to visit on our two week stay in South Africa, particularly handling the private game reservations and the reservations to Cape Town, including transportation. Everything worked beautifully. However, my strongest recommendation for your services is because you are "local" to the region and when I needed questions asked or help, such as reserving my airline seats, Ute was there, in my time zone, to assist. Would definitely rebook through Roho ya Chui on my next trip back!
Bernadine, United States, June 2017
Amazing Botswana Trip
I can't say enough about Roho Ya Chui. The trip was absolutely incredible. Ute was always responsive, worked with us within our budget and picked places in Botswana that fit exactly what we were looking for. The trip was seamless- picked up and transferred right on time. We even had someone meet us at the airport when we were leaving to check in with us and ensure we made it on to our next destination. The lodges were amazing and so luxurious- food and people were incredible! Will absolutely be using Ute when we return and will be referring her to friends and family as well.
Adam, United States, June 2017
An amazing way to experience Botswana
From the first email all the way through to the end of our trip, our interactions with Ute and Roho Ya Chui have been great - fast responses and accommodating. The trip that was planned for us was seamless, all transportation, lodging and safaris were well organized and we felt welcome everywhere we went.
Ute was so great that when we first reached out to her for a quote, we mentioned we were planning our second honeymoon and she made sure to pass that along to our lodges/hosts who very graciously surprised us with romantic meals and perks - it was very considerate.
I would highly recommend booking your African safaris with Ute and Roho Ya Chui.
Kevin, Canada, May 2017
Kruger / Sabi Sands Safari's
When you plan trips over the web, there is always the uncertainty that your expectations are higher that what you will experience once you get there. Absolutely not the case.
Working with Ute from Roho Ya Chui was great. She was flexible, answered all my questions and helped us through all the areas of arranging our trip including adding an additional day in the Sabi Sands. From our flights into Skukuza airport in Kruger park to our return flights from Skukuza to Johannesburg, everything went as smoothly as I could hope for. Everyone we encountered worked hard to ensure we had a great time.
My hat off to Mandla who was our guide through 2 days in Kruger and a long drive along the Panorama route taking in Lisbon and Lone Creek Falls was tremendous. Our stay at Chestnut Country Lodge was extremely comfortable with absolutely 5-star accommodations and dining.
The second half of our trip was at Notten's Bush Camp in the Sabi Sands where everyone is extremely well taken care of. The staff there is delightful to talk with and hear their stories about living in that environment. the food and accommodations are absolutely fabulous. We had both walking and drive guided safari's that were a different adventure every time. Lions, leopards, wild dogs and about everything else you could ask for. From the Big 5 to the Ugly 5 and almost to the Super 7, I can't recommend Notten's enough.
Absolutely a great time. Tough to come home.
David Hamel, May 2017, United States
Terrific experience going through Roho Ya Chui to book my South Africa trip. She was patient with my questions and helped me ensure every detail was handled. We did the first part of our Sabi Sands safari at Londolozi and it was perfection. When we left and arrived inCapetown, every transfer and tour was taken care of and we never had to figure out where we were going. Highly recommend for booking travel.
Heather, United States, May 2017
4 locations over 9 days and everything went perfectly
Ute handled all the details well for us. She contacted me with updates prior to the trip and responded quickly to questions I had asked. The tour package she put together was excellent. All of the ground and air transportation was on time and we never felt unsure of what was going to happen next. Everything went according to schedule. We had personal guides at Chobe and Pom Pom that were very friendly and knowledgeable. All the accommodations were beyond our expectations, along with the food and hospitality of the staff. The safari tours were spectacular. Each day was filled with activities but not overwhelming so.
John, United States, May 2017
Roho Ya Chui met all our travel needs; including 5 star accommodations in Cape Town Beyond Kirkmans
Roho Ya Chui was always quick to respond to emails. We could not have asked for better accommodations as we were booked at Table Bay Hotel (5 star) in Cape Town and Beyond Kirkmans Camp in Sabi Sands. In fact the accommodations were better than we expected! Our safari guide and tracker were very knowledgeable about the animals and Sabi Sands. The safari was fantastic as we saw the Big 5 within 2 days. Our guide was determined that we each were thoroughly satisfied with our safari experience. The food, staff, and room was awesome at Kirkmans. We would absolutely recommend Ute Sonnenburg to any of our friends or relatives interested in the best vacation ever!!
Patty, April 2017, United States
Best trip we have done!
Ngala Safari Lodge is the best travel experience we have ever had. Thought this would be a one off but we are already planning to come back in the future. Staff were amazing especially Allyn at the lodge.
Jake, Australia, April 2017
Fantastic Safari Experience!
Ute was very communicative in helping to organize our safari. All of the pickups/light aircraft transfers were as planned, and the accommodation we were placed at were fantastic! The Chobe National Park safari in particular was incredible. Once in a lifetime.
Matt, April 2017, United Kingdom
This was our first time to South Africa and our first safari tour. I wanted this to be unforgettable experience and Roho Ya Chui made it happened! I was always surprised at the speed at which I received responses for my inquiries. Ute made sure to fit the most into our 4 days trip, but also work with our budget. The two lodges we stayed at, were very nice, clean and had a very unique design. This safari had far exceeded my expectations, the tour guide, Edward had so much knowledge about the wildlife, it was a pleasure listening to him. We loved our trip and we owe it to Roho Ya Chui, and our trip coordinator: Ute. Thank you!
Ewa R., April 2017, United States
The perfectly executed last minute African adventure
I contacted Ute about 14 days before my husband and I wanted to travel to Africa. We had a last minute window of being able to take time off of work. Ute was the perfect person to reach out to! She was very quick in her responses, was very thorough, and gave us the time (even though the trip was approaching quickly) for my husband and I to review the options.
She is very knowledgeable of the different areas to travel, travel times and the best way to get the most out of every day, and met exactly what we wanted.
All we gave Ute was a budget, key places we wanted to visit, and the dates available. She quickly came back with a full itinerary, & was open to conversations on potential adjustments.
We went to Victoria Falls, Chobe, Okavango Delta (Moremi specifically) ,and Phinda private reserve in S. Africa. We had never heard of Phinda, and to be honest, was a bit nervous about the sighting potential & quality (as you always hear about Kruger, etc). I was 100% incorrect in having any nerves. Phinda was actually our favorite part of the trip- from the lodge, to the guides, to the sightings, it was absolutely amazing!
It was Ute's deep knowledge of the different parks and areas of each country that made our 2 week experience absolutely perfect! If we are lucky enough to come back to Africa again, we will book through no one other than Ute.
Kendall, United Kingdom, April 2017
Good combination with excellent value for money
We had a great time doing the seven days trip to Vic Falls, Chobe and Okavango with Roho Ya Chui. It allowed us to see the "must's" of the region within our limited available time. We particularly enjoyed the time at Bakwena Lodge and Machaba Camp in Botswana.
Markus, Austria, March 2017
Exceptional experiences at Ngala and Kirkman
Well organized safari by Ute from Roha Ya Chui to Ngala and Kirkman. Transfers to and from the lodges was flawless. Importantly the driver that took us from Ngala to Kirkman noted a riot on our way and found a back road to take us to Kirkman. Another couple that was driving themselves on the same route that day was not so lucky. Their car was attacked, hit by stones and pushed from side to side, when they passed the burning tires on the road. We found another couple on the road driving in their car who were desperate as they were completely lost as there are no road signs at all. All of this is an indication that it pays to use a professional for your local travel needs and Roho Ya Chui did that flawless. The safaris at both Ngala and Kirkman were very exciting. It was like you were participating in your own documentary. We will go back for more.
Martin, United States, March 2017
Amazing 3 night safari in Kruger
My husband and I booked our safari through Roho Ya Chui. Couldn't have asked for a better experience! We decided to do 3 nights, 4 days. When I emailed Ute about this, she was very responsive and helpful. She planned the thing for us: our flights into and out of Kruger National Park, our accommodations during the safari, and our road transportation. We got 2 unique experiences: 1 beautiful lodge for the first 2 nights and then 1 night in an all-inclusive fancy bush camp within the park. We saw the Big Five, and SO MUCH more! It was just incredible.
Manasa, United States, February 2017
100% professional experience. Loved our safari experience.
We travelled as a family of 6. From the very beginning the service and communication was excellent. Thank you Ute for your patience with my many emails.
We safari'd at Kirkmans Kamp and Ngala. Loved both. Food at Kirkmans exceptional. Our guide Garrith and tracker Chris did an awesome job. Saw all of the big 5. . Pool and facilities at Ngala better. We loved our guide Allyn at Ngala. Really great with our kids and went the extra mile.
Rebecca, Australia, December 2016
This was one of the most memorable experiences of our lifetime! Ute did an amazing job of removing all the stress associated with such complex travel arrangements. She was very responsive throughout the process and once we were on the ground in South Africa absolutely everything went off without a hitch. We had very high expectations and they were somehow blown away! We already want to go back and will absolutely use Ute again.
JP, November 2016, United States
Very good organised-Thanks to Ute. Arrangements were perfect, everything was on time.
The camps we stayed were all good, specially Savute under Canvas was just great!
Roger, November 2016, Switzerland
Excellent service - in case of questions very quick answers
The Safaris and Transfers were very well planned and pick ups were in time.
We had really a wonderful time.
Jutta & KH Stern, November 2016, Germany
I don't even know where to begin. The overall experience right from coordinating with Ute on my requirements up until experiencing the trip was extraordinary. Ute has been very helpful in planning this trip and helping out by providing as much information as possible. The trip was as per schedule which was perfect since we knew what was happening each day. The accommodation was luxurious and comfortable and the hotel staff was amazing in every aspect. The safari guides whether to Kruger or to Sabi Sands were very informative and helpful and ensured that we had the best experience ever. I would recommend Roho Ya Chui and Ute Sonnenberg to anyone as I had my first best experience with them and I'm sure that this won't be my last experience with them.
Siddhanth Jayaraman, October 2016, United States
Simple and Efficient
We chose Little Bush Camp in Sabi Sands from reviews on the internet and then contacted Roho Ya Chul to undertake the bookings. Our first dates were not available but rather than try a place us at another lodge they found alternative dates that worked well with our overall vacation. The lodge was perfect and the new dates actually worked better for us than our original selection. We always communicated by email and Ute, our agent, responded almost immediately. Excellent service and I would recommend them to anybody booking a safari.
DouglasD, September 2016, United States
Very serious company with a clear tour program which is the same as it is in real
Great thanks to Ute Sonnenberg for the good communication
All lodges were real nice ( Ilala Lodge, Bakwena Lodge and Kadizora Camp)
great thanks to KB from Bakwena Lodge and OC from Kadizora Camp they were excellent guides.
Bernhard Kaufmann, September 2016, Austria
I just returned from a great trip to Namibia .
This trip exceeded my expectation . My booking agent Ute was wonderful. She took care of all the details and was very responsive to my questions. I highly reccomend this company.
Sighle, United States, September 2016
Very attentive to my needs and great follow-through!
Communication was excellent. Ute answered our questions/concerns quickly and concisely. The entire trip exceeded our expectations and with every place we visited or stayed, we felt welcomed and in good hands. Blyde Canyon is a must see destination and the lodge accommodations were superb. Vicky (owner) was wonderful and informative. Her staff was friendly and lovely. Our safari guides (Marten & Quintin) were knowledgeable and adventurous. Our accommodations at Laughing Waters Lodge were also wonderful. There were a few snafus, but the staff made-up for them with professionalism and friendliness. A must do experience and adventure!
C. Young, United States, September 2016
Africa Safari: Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Chobe (Botswana), Okavango Delta (Botswana)
I am really pleased with the communication, service and arrangements from Ute at Roho Ya Chui. Ute was always quick to respond to emails. I loved that she provided a detailed itinerary that provided information about each location, what to expect when you arrived at each location, and the activities included with our stay. She even provided information regarding additional activities that could be selected in Victoria Falls. She sent follow up emails regarding important updates about our trip, she even sent a quick email wishing us a good trip before we left. I thought that was a really nice personal touch that made us feel like she really cared about our trip and our experience. Our trip was seamless. Our airport pick-ups and drop-offs were always punctual, the accommodations were amazing - especially Kadizora Camp in the Okavango Delta! You must experience this camp! Overall, we were extremely happy and would definitely use this safari operator again. I've already recommended it to someone.
Diana, United States, August 2016
Botswana and Zimbabwe Safari
I am really happy with the communication, service and arrangements from Ute at Roho Ya Chui. Ute was always quick to respond to emails, providing detailed itinerary, information about each location and the activities included with our stay. We have faced an issues since one of our flight was cancelled due technical reason however we have received a excellent assistance. All the rest of our transfers went smoothly. Each of our hotels/lodges was the perfect choice for the location. Of special note was Machaba Camp, which was amazing. I'm sure this will not be our last with Roho Ya Chui and I look forward to a future trip organized by them
Enrica, Italy, August 2016
Ute was very good about responding to my questions during the trip planning process. I've traveled quite a bit and this was not my first safari, but first time to this area and it had been a while since I was last in Africa. Our accommodations were good and the staff at the lodges/camp were helpful and responsive. Kadizora Camp was especially nice. All the logistics worked very well - people were there to pick us up, make transfers, etc exactly as promised. I took my 20 yr old niece and we both said it more than met our expectations. I would recommend Roho Ya Chui to others.
Yvonne, United States, August 2016
Deliverd a well organized travel programme (with continious back up) for three groups of four.
Service and comminucation were immaculous. The 11 days road safari in three 4 by 4 landcruisers met the full expectations. This is a very reliable company that you can trust and which is very knowledgable about the Namibian scene.
Kors van Wyngaarden, Spain, August 2016
Amazing Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Vacation Thanks to Ute and Roho Ya Chui
An African Safari has been one of our dream vacations and after extensive research we came across an itinerary by Roho Ya Chui that sounded wonderful which was a 14-day Tanzania & Zanzibar vacation. Ute was our booking agent and was highly responsive from the beginning to all our questions, concerns, etc. She takes care of everything including booking the hotels/lodges and all the transfers. She also provided flight information so that we could easily book the flights. During our vacation that we just completed, everything and I mean everything went smoothly. There was always someone there to pick us up from airports, lodges, etc. We always felt safe along the way. All of the lodge bookings (tented camp sites & beach stay) were amazing. We cannot say enough kind words about the African people who work at these tented camp sites and lodges. Everyone is so hospitable and kind and they will all go out of their way to take care of you to assure you have the time of your life! If we do another Safari (and I hope we do), I would definitely book through Ute again.
One last thing, Ute booked us in the Next Paradise Boutique Resort in Zanzibar for our beach portion of the stay. This place is amazing, especially if you are looking for a quiet - relaxing place to reflect back and recover from a busy Safari. The food is amazing and the people are amazing. It is a small 20 room resort and I am so happy that Ute selected this place for us.
Mark Humphrey, United States, July 2016
Amazing first trip to Africa!
We can't say enough about our trip to Africa. I started planning late and it was overwhelming to try to decide where to visit and how long to stay in each place. I used one of Ute's tours as a starting point. She helped me to tweak it slightly to fit our travel dates. She handled booking the hotels/lodges and transfers. Also, she gave me the flight information so that I could book the flights. Throughout the process Ute answered all of my questions quickly. All of our transfers went smoothly. Each of our hotels/lodges was the perfect choice for the location. Of special note was Kirkman's Kamp, which was amazing. Although this trip was planned as a 'once in a lifetime' 'bucket list' trip, we fell in love with Africa and would love to go back. When we do, I will rely on Ute's expertise to plan another wonderful trip!
Kristen, United States, June 2016
Fantastic Support for South African trip and safari
We cannot say enough good things about the support Ute Sonnenberg provided to us for our trip to South Africa, including our safari. Ute understood even better than we did what our needs would be and exceeded our expectations every step of the way. Ute's responsiveness was nearly immediate and always helpful. We had many questions, and Ute patiently walked us through each decision point in our process. The safari she selected for us (& Beyond Kirkman's Kamp) was truly outstanding and customized for our family, as Ute secured us a private vehicle, since we were a family of five. It was truly the trip of a lifetime, and Ute was a wonderful partner the entire time. We are grateful to Ute for all her assistance and leadership, and would recommend Roho Ya Chui to anyone!
Eileen M., April 2016, United States
Well planned and executed!
Ute did an excellent job of choosing the places we stayed and the safaris we took. Our driver for 2 days was excellent and we were able to see 3 of the big 5. The last day was in Sabi Sands. We hit the jackpot. On the first night drive, we saw 4 out of 5. We enjoyed the day in Sabi Sands the best because we didn't have to travel for almost 2 days to see the big five. Both accommodations were good and the food was excellent.
Pam and John, United States, February 2017
Our safari experiences were many and varied seeing fabulous wildlife with experienced guides thanks!
Ute was terrific. She accommodated our family's particular needs and our desire to make our own choices right from the start of our planning. When our flight was delayed, she was at the end of an email to help sort things out immediately. It felt like Ute was there traveling with us. She had a knack for understanding what was important and connecting personally even though all our interactions were via email. Thanks Ute - we had a great 3 weeks in Africa. A very personalized service. Would highly recommend. We are looking forward to our next African adventure and using your services again.
Jo, Michael, Shannon, Kelly, Nat and Jacob, Australia, December 2016
Excellent safari with pleasant staff and ensuring the Big 5
From the beginning, Ute has answered all our questions within hours: big or small, everything was helpful and answered all our doubts. As soon as we got into Skukuza airport, the pick-up was very smooth and we went immediately on our first game drive, seeing elephants within 30min of our landing in Kruger. The two days in kruger were excellent to get used to the new enviroment, while the 1 night in Nottens could not have been any better. The food was great, the staff very nice but the game drives are on a different level of anything else. Driving up to anything you would like and expect to see within meters, allowing yourself to enjoy the wildlife and nature in its best while learning a lot from the rangers knowledge and guidance. Definitely recommend this to anyone, from couples to families.
Roald, November 2016, Netherlands
Excellent game drives at Kruger and day trip to Swaziland.
We had an unforgettable time at Kruger NP. The game drives and the guides were excellent. We saw all of the big 5 every single day (4 game drives) plus loads of other interesting animals (e.g. wild dogs). The guest house Laughing Waters was also great (big room, lovely garden and great food). Learning about the culture and history of Swaziland on the day trip was also very interesting.
We had an amazing experience with Roho Ya Chui, who were always extremely helpful.
Mark, October 2016, Switzerland
Considering we are an ocean and continent apart our service was without any problems and worked out
Sabi Sabi Little Bush was absolutely delighful, perfect and beyond our expectations. The accomodations were well appointed, comfortable and certainly 5 star. The ranger and guide were polite and knowlegeable beyond our expectations. The food was great and each evening the settings were all different for the four nights that we were there. The staff were polite and accomodating in every respect. If Little Bush wasn't 22 hours of flight time away we would revisit again.
Arne, Canada, September 2016
Wonderful safari in Kruger and Victoria Falls!
We couldn't have asked for anything more- did 2 weeks in Cape Town, Kruger, Victoria Falls, and Botswana! It was certainly an experience of a lifetime for us, and everything went as smoothly as we could have hoped! Ute helped us in organizing all the details, booking all the activities and transfers, and it all went off without a hitch. Made planning the trip a breeze- I would certainly use her again! All of our accommodations were top of the line, and far exceeded our already high expectations! &Beyond Ngala in Kruger is unbelievable- would highly recommend to anyone wanting to safari in South Africa!
Sarah, United States, September 2016
Excellent service, superb safari locations.
Roho Ya Chui delivered on all aspects of our safari. The safari lodgings and locations were superb and all of our transfers were on time and as promised. When one non-safari lodging turned out to be less than ideal for travellers without a vehicle, Ute was able to ensure we were provided with complimentary transportation for our essential needs.
I would recommend Roho Ya Chui to anyone interested in a safari. Their experience and knowledge were indispensable during the planning process and their pricing was the best I found for trips of a similar nature.
Don, Canada, August 2016
Excellent safari operator
In contrary to any other trip we made along the years, arranging a safari trip without assistance for the first time is not straightforward. While there are many fancy websites with great photos and grading for each camp, I still found it difficult to understand the differences between each area and camp as well as the transfer arrangements. Ute was perfect for assisting with all the choices we made. Her responses were prompt before and even once during the trip when we were not certain about a transfer flight she was immediately available on whatsapp. I also found it a superb service to be able to communicate with one person and not with different representatives of a larger company that may or may not be available when you need them. absolutely recommended.
Peer Dar, United States, August 2016
High professional service having as a result a memorable trip to Cape Town and a great safari.
It is a pleasure to recommend Roho Ya Chui for the high professionalism: timely communication, quick response, supply all the necessary information related to the trip ( visa documentation related, health & safety, safari info, trip plan, etc ), overall leading to a high return on the trip cost. The experience of this trip have exceed our expectations in terms of the touristic guidance provided in Cape Town and surroundings as well as during the safari. The location itself, Kirkman's Camp and the people working there were just great. They know how to make the safari experience a memorable one, going beyond standards with their friendly and caring attitude.
Monica, Romania, August 2016
Amazing Safari Experience
We booked a 6 night safari and 4 night beach vacation with Roho Ya Chui. The communication when booking our trip was excellent enabling us to have a fully customised itinerary. Our vacation was wonderful! The two safari lodges were both more than we imagined. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable leaving us feeling both comfortable and safe with all the wildlife. The beach resort was lovely as well. We'll definitely consider using Roho Ya Chui in the future.
Nadia K, Bermuda, August 2016
Another unforgettable safari experience…
Following our safari holiday in Botswana which we so much enjoyed last year thanks to Roho Ya Chui, we booked again for this August another safari holiday, this time in South Africa. Just as the last time, Ute’s responses to my inquiries were very quick and helpful, trying to make sure that we would be getting exactly the kind of safari we wished to have.
We initially intended to stay 4 days in Sabi Sand and 4 days in Phinda, but Ute suggested (partly because the lodge in Sabi Sand was getting full) that we spend more days in Phinda, mentioning that the latter was extraordinary in terms of wildlife and landscape. And we were absolutely happy that we did so. Not that Sabi Sand was less interesting than Phinda (we had beautiful long leopard sightings almost on our every drive in Sabi Sand), but Phinda was just marvelous. We enjoyed to our heart’s content seeing, among others, lions, cheetahs, white and black rhinos there.
And the lodges and their services and the confort were amazing, too. (All the 3 lodges were from « & Beyond »). As to the rangers and trackers, they were all unbelievably experienced and profossional. All of them were lively, pleasant and caring, and talking with them about wildlife was a gift of the holiday as fulfulling as the animals themselves.
Africa is immense. There are a lot of other places we would like to visit for safari. We would certainly come back to Roho Ya Chui for our next safari holiday.
Iwao, France, August 2016
Thrilling and unforgettable discovery of wild life of South Africa
Clear communication. Good planning. Always on time. Program and locations advised are of great quality. Our impressions and memories of safari experience are above any expectations. We met extremely nice and passionate people working in the lodges. Big thank you!
Galina, France, July 2016
Southern Africa Safari
This trip far exceeded my expectations. I had done basic research and had a general idea about where I wanted to go. The accommodations selected were superb, our flights went off as planned and our drivers all showed up when they were supposed to. We received great communication about exactly what was supposed to happen. We were even greater in Maun by a representative to make sure we got onto our connecting flight. As for the trip itself, we are fabulous food, saw lots of animals, stayed in great facilities at prices we liked. My only complaint was Credit card fees and being charged in Pounds pushed the trip up a bit higher. I would book through Roha Ya Chui again.
Michele, United States, June 2016
Perfection, best vacation by far
Finding a travel agent to help with Africa package was first a little difficult. Luckily we found Roho Ya Chui, Ute's expertice and help & quick response in all the questions was priceless. We booked the Victoria Falls & the Best of Botswana package and it was excellent! All the transfers went so smoothly (all the border crossings went easier than in US) and all the lodges (& Beyond) were amazing, pure luxury - 5 stars. We will definitelly use Roho Ya Chui again and already dreaming for the next African vacation, Kenya & Tanzanya) Best vacation by far!
Mikko, Finland, June 2016
We had a fantastic time because of all the arrangements being top notch.
Ute did a really good job with the back and forth emails. she responded very quickly. the safari itself was beyond words. it was awesome seeing all those wild animals up close. we will have wonderful memories to share with family and friends. it was beyond our expectations. the accommodations were very satisfactory. the transportation arranged was excellent except for one glitch, but Ute took care of it very quickly. we will recommend this operator to anyone we know who is going to south africa.
Sandy, April 2016, Canada
LONDOLOZI is the place to be. Me and my husband had a wonderful time during our stay. Excellent!
I would choose Ute Sonnenberg and And Beyond for ALL my future travel (safari).
I had previously been on safari in Tanzania with another organization and I really believed it could not be beat. And it truly was. Ute's choices and recommendations for us were so spot on, the number and choice of camps, how many days at each, giving us the perfect variety of game to visit. She was always responsive, adjusting our trip to accommodate our seemingly endless needs, and rather last minute too. She was amazing, booking our wonderful Cape Town Hotel as well. The consistent quality of And Beyond, (we did 4 camps, two in Phinda and 2 in or near Lion Sands) the incredible talent and training of our Rangers and trackers, was unfathomable, as was the hospitality throughout. We've only been home a week and can't wait to start planning our next trip. Way beyond expectations.
Sharon, United States, February 2017
Great experience on Blyde River, Kruger & Panorama tour
We booked the 6-day Blyde River, Kruger & Panorama tour with Roho Ya Chui and were not disappointed. Communication was always good with quick and helpful responses before and while travelling. A great selection of lodges and local operators as well as the stunning views along the Panorama Route and the amazing wildlife of Kruger truly made this an unforgettable experience.
Jens, Germany, December 2016
Outstanding, beyond what we expected, simply superior
Ute made the whole process easy and painless, from analyzing the dates to available locations and understanding our expectations, she created a unique and tailored package for my wife and I to enjoy and remember the rest of our lives. I will not hesitate to recommend her to my friends and associates. We will use her skills again in another location in Africa. Africa is to large to go to the same places twice!
Chris and Lisa, United States, December 2016
Big Five the First Afternoon Was Just the Beginning
Ute Sonnenberg's recommendations led to a stellar experience starting at Kirkman's in the Sabi Sands reserve area. On arrival at the camp, the staff immediately connected with us to assure us that we were in excellent hands. On our first game drive in the afternoon, they delivered two male lions, a full pride of lions, rhino, elephant, cape water buffalo and after dark there was a leopard chowing down on a water buck. Of course, we encountered lots more wildlife - our guides Joel and David made sure of that including a visit to a den of hyenas. In addition to the tiny one month hyena that emerged - we saw lion cubs, young giraffes, a baby hippo and more. Lots of birds including the rare ground gray hornbill and Scopes owl. The food was superb including the outdoor "white buffalo" buffet breakfast. We then moved on to Zambia and again Ute's recommendation gave us a chance for an all day safari to Chobe National Park in Botswana. The drive to the park gave us a chance to see the countryside, and then by boat and range rover we encountered so much more including the herd of elephants we were hoping to see. We rounded up our trip with a visit to the Leya visit in Livingstone. Everything went according to plan which was the result of numerous emails back and forth with Ute over several months. Our only disappointment was that we were not in Jo'berg long enough to thank her in person.
Paul and Peg McDonough, October 2016, United States
Tailored the perfect safari experience for our family.
Thanks Ute for organising an experience that exceeded our expectations. Ngala Tented camp was amazing, all the staff were fantastic and so very welcoming, our guide Mike and tracker Ernest made our twice daily safaris experiences we will never forget, they were also so amazing with our children. Thanks to MK for being such a warm and friendly butler.
After Ngala we didn't think things could get better, then we went to Kirkmans Kamp. Our new guide Brett and tracker Kholin were equally as fantastic as the Ngala staff. Sonnyboy who looked after us at the lodge was so very friendly and welcoming it was a pleasure to stay here.
Management in both camps are extremely friendly and were a pleasure to talk to. The food was exceptional.
The highlights were of course the animals, from elephants drinking out of the swimming pool(yes, nearly a daily occurrence) to the smallest reptile, the guides and trackers were so knowledgeable, interested and engaging. Of course we saw the big 5 in both camps, sometimes within an hour, but it was all the other animals such as painted dogs, hippos, hyenas and the new born pups. The excitement the trackers and guides showed when tracking animals was contagious.
Our family had high expectations and it is with much pleasure that we can say all our expectations were exceeded.
Which camp was best? I couldn't say but I recommend everyone experience both and come up with your own answer.
Thanks again Ute, everything you organised ran like clockwork, perfect organisation for a perfect holiday.
Damien, Kim, Ethan & Luca
Damien, September 2016, Australia
From the beginning we felt very comfortable with Ute Sonnenberg and she fulfilled all our wishes. The 2 Safari Lodges (Maratabe and Madikwe Lodge) have exceeded our expetations and the Cape Cadogan is such a charming and nice hotel. Many Thanks to Ute for this great experience!
Beatrix, Switzerland, September 2016
Utterly Professional and Genuinely Caring
Our recent trip to Africa incorporated travel to three countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Every connection, tour, and accommodation came off without a hitch or a glitch! This included many flights and even a train trip from Cape Town to Johannesburg. In planning the trip Ute offered many worthwhile suggestions and her response time to my many inquiries was unbelievable. It never took more than a day to hear back from her and usually she got back to us in a matter of hours (despite the time difference). She even went so far as to arrange a special surprise for us, on our anniversary, at the lodge at which we stayed. It's hard to know who to chose as a safari planner, but from our perspective and experience, Roho Ya Chui and Ute Sonnenberg were excellent.
Glenn, United States, September 2016
Wonderful 3-days safari in the Kruger Park area
My feedback with Roho Ya Chui is very positive. The trip has been perfectly organized, and the exchange of information with Ute has always been fruitful and collaborative. The accomodation at the Chestnut Lodge is really pleasant, and the staff of the Lodge are very professional and friendly at the same time. The organization and planning of the safari fully reflected our expectations. Guides from Gap Tours and Transfers were absolutely perfect, Mr. Mandla in particular with whom we spent almost all the time during these three days. He gave us an impressive amount of information and told us several stories of animals and men. He was really great! Also, we spent only a couple of hours with Trevor during a car transfer but it was enough to learn from him a lot and to feel his sympathy. I strongly recommend RYC!
Luigi Cucci, Italy, September 2016
The perfect honeymoon!
Earlier this month we went on our 10 days African honeymoon organized by Roho Ya Chui. We visited Botswana (Chobe), Zambia (Victoria Falls) and South Africa (Kirkman Kamp). Ute did an outstanding job at organizing everything for us, completely lived up to our expectations . It was absolutely perfect. She's very professional and goes the extra mile to understand what exactly is what you want on your trip to make sure you get that at a minimum. Communication was swift, replies to emails happened in less than 24 hours. Detailed itinerary is given to you so you know exactly what's happening during your trip. All locations we visited were fantastic. In summary, it was the perfect African adventure!
Luis Carlos & Jessica, Australia, August 2016
The dream comes true
The overall trip was truly fantastic, there are no easy words to describe the experience but I will give it a shot. I had a dream to come to Africa and live, feel the soul of the fantastic wild life of this wonderful continent, it all came true for me, thanks to a wonderful trip organized by Roho Ya Chui. Every thing was perfect the lodges the people the game views, all in all a perfect trip for me and my daughter. Thanks to every one who organized the holiday of a lifetime, I fell in love with Africa and I shall be back soon enough. Thanks to everyone.
Alfredo Vinci, United States, September 2016
Worry-free S. Africa with RYC
Having had some unpleasant experiences with tour operators, we were initially cautious and hesitant when enquiring with Roho Ya Chui. These worries were unfounded - Ute was extremely helpful, responsive, and happy to address our concerns, including providing us with Roho Ya Chui's satsa accreditation.
Needless to say, we had a wonderful time in South Africa, and our mum had a most thrilling birthday trip. Ute's itineraries are well-planned; she gave us good advice on scheduling our programme - it's tempting to squeeze everything in a day when there's so much to do - and all transfers were smooth and comfortable. While in South Africa, Ute was also readily contactable to resolve a slight hitch in the timing of one of our transfers.
We'd gladly recommend engaging Roho Ya Chui's assistance for a truly seamless holiday - they really take care of everything so you can focus all your energies on soaking in the wonderful country that is South Africa!
Rebecca, Singapore, August 2016
An Exceptional Experience
Ute helped us with our honeymoon trip to South Africa, we wanted to do a safari and a visit to Cape Town. Ute had been very patience with us throughout the planning phase and she has an outstanding organizational as well as coordination skills. From the time we arrived in South Africa everything was well planned and prepared, we did not have to worry about a thing. We stayed at the Phinda Mountain lodge which was an exceptional experience. The staff, service, accommodation etc were just great. We spotted all the big 5s in Phinda, so the game viewing was amazing, this is definitely a place to visit. After the Safari we headed to Cape Town and stayed at the Table Bay Hotel - the location was very convenient, we really enjoyed our time in Cape Town.
We highly recommend Ute for your future trip, you wont be disappointed!
Suad, United Arab Emirates, August 2016
Great service and locations with Roho Ya Chui!
The tour booking on the internet was very smooth and Ute answered all queries very rapidly. The information, tour prospectus etc sent was very informative and the tour experience certainly lived up to expectations. You can't do better than close sightings of the 'Big Five' on each of three game drives!! The drivers (Mishouk, Trevor, Danie and Quentin) were all first-rate, knowledgeable and delivered the goods! It was very interesting to compare the different modus operandi in Kruger national park compared to the private reserve (Sabie Sands). The only disappointment is that it is impossible to reach Bourkes Luck potholes, Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondavels during a half day Panorama excursion, as indicated by the RYC blurb. These are just too far away from Hazyview! It should be made clear in the itinerary that this is only possible with the full day option, to avoid disappointment, and offered on Day 3 when customers have satisfactorily 'bagged' the Big 5 on previous days. Otherwise, brilliant, and will certainly book through you again!
Tim Pharaoh, United Kingdom, September 2016
Me and my wife decided to book our honeymoon with Roho Ya Chui after speaking to Ute over email, she was the only one who put together an itinerary to match our requirments and her communication was amazing! Ute organised everything perfectly and to our exact requirments! From the first contact to the end of the trip everything ran smoothly. Out safari at Kirkmans Kamp was unbelievable, we saw everything and more, our guides were amazing and so were all the staff! On the second part of the trip we stayed st the luxurious Royal living stone near Victoria falls. The hotel and location were amazing as were the staff!
We fell in love with Africa and we will definitely be back! And when we do return we will be contacting Ute for sure!
Danny Evans, United States, June 2016
Best trip ever!
This is the fourth safari I've been to, but the first time working with Ute from Roho Ya Chui. My experience with her was just perfect. She was extremely professional, very organized, and responded right away to the many questions I had. Everything worked flawlessly, from the road and air transfers, to the camps and lodges used, the vegetarian meals we had requested, and even nightly anniversary celebrations and gifts provided by the camps and lodges we stayed at as Ute had notified them about our anniversary. I loved the app she used to send us our electronic itinerary. I loved working with Roho Ya Chui and my family and I are very grateful for the excellent organization and the wonderful trip we had. I'm sure this will not be our last with Roho Ya Chui and I look forward to a future trip organized by them.
Perfect organisation of our tour
Everything was perfect organised. Thank you very much Ute. If we come back to Africa, we will book again with you
Hans Loretz, April 2016, Switzerland