Guest Book

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

Incredible Experience

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

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

Great experience

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


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

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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

Amazing Experience

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

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

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

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

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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




Our first visit to South Africa - A truly unique experience

After a very difficult year in which my wife experienced a serious illness, my father passed away and I suffered an awkward accident, we decided to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary with a somewhat different trip: instead of doing one of our beloved cultural marathons, we decided to indulge in the amazing fauna and flora and the breathtaking landscapes of South Africa. Our goal was to recover, enjoy and relax.

After screening the numerous travel agencies offering taylor-made tours, I decided to contact Ute Sonnenberg from Roho Ya Chui whose website gave me that gut feeling of confidence and professionalism which was confirmed immediately after my first contact with Ute.
We had some 12 days to spend and wanted to make the best out of it. Also, we wanted to be pampered and did not shy away from topping-up our budget if we felt it was worth it.
Ute gave us a couple of suggestions and in the end we managed to pick out the ones we thought suited us best and fitted into a feasible i.e. not too tiring travel schedule, taking into account the limited time.

1. Johannesburg
Disembarking from our plane in Johannesburg we were welcomed by a special handling agent who swiftly took us through immigration and customs bypassing all the other passengers of a fully booked Boing 747-8, ushering us to the white Mercedes Limousine waiting outside. Our stay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Johannesburg was just perfect. What a nice start-off! The Four Seasons is a calm retreat in the outskirts of the town with luxurious rooms, a great pool and spa and an excellent restaurant. We simply loved it.

2. Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
After a relaxing day in Johannesburg we were taken once again by a white Mercedes Benz (water, refreshments, hand cream etc. on board) to the airport where we embarked on our flight to Skukuza, the amazingly beautiful (yes I am not joking) little airport at the southern point of the Krueger National Park where we were picked up by a driver from Kirkman's Kamp, the lodge where we were going to stay for the next 4 days. Well, no words to describe, or if so, it will be too much reading for you: just to say that we were stunned by the luxury of our room, the beauty of the whole compound, its location, extraordinary staff and amazing food. The game drives (2x per day) were quite an experience: we saw the big five, we were pampered with a lush breakfast in the bush, an open air bar at sunset on the margins of Sabi river, everything prepared by the rangers at the end of our game drives, just amazing.

3. Victoria Falls
From Sabi Sands we were taken to Nelspruit airport from where we flew to Livingston. Following Ute's advice, we stayed at the Royal Livingston Hotel which is the only 5* Hotel right close to the Victoria Falls, located in the natural reserve. You can hear the thunder of the Victoria Falls sitting on the terrace of your room and watch the "spray" at sunset while sipping a drink on one of the hotel's wooden decks along the Zambesi River. And you can simply walk to the falls and visit without paying as hotel guests have free access to the falls. The rooms are extremely tasteful and well appointed. The hotel is an island of beauty and calm. Zebras are strolling on the lawn. Al fresco dining on the terrace over the river is yet another must... Unforgettable.

4. Cape Town
From Livingston we flew via Johannesburg to Capetown where we hired a car and stayed at the Vineyard Hotel which is located on the backside of the Table Mountain, not far away from the Botanic Garden and has some amazing gardens itself and an excellent outdoor pool. We had a junior suite facing the little river running through the gardens. An island of peace and calm. Visiting the centre of Cape Town and the Harbour area is easily doable by car. There are good parking facilities all over. During our 3 days in Cape Town we visited the Table Mountain on a most beautiful sunny day, the Botanic Gardens, the Cape itself and the region around Cape Town. We loved the delicious seafood and oysters at Houtbay and had an excellent dinner at a wine estate in the Cape region. We definitely feel we need to come back.

5. Franschoek
We drove to Franschoek taking the coastal road (R44) through the Hottentots Mountain Holland Catchment Area, Pringle Bay and Betty's Bay, indulging into the stunning landscape and seaside views, wow! Ute recommended us to stay at the Grand Provence in Franschoek. Well, yet another highlight. We stayed in the owner's cottage, had our own butler who would light 2 dozens of candles around the pool for an evening swim and, of course always keep the fire burning in the living room. The property not only grows excellent wine but also offers a Michelin starred restaurant which simply cannot be missed. We stayed for 2 nights to discover the wine region but would have loved to stay longer...

6. Johannesburg
From Capetown we flew back to Johannesburg for another day before taking the plane back to Europe. The white Mercedes limousine was once again waiting for us at the airport upon arrival taking us to the Saxon Hotel, yet another top recommendation of Ute. This former private residence of one of the richest men of South Africa is an all-suite hotel with beautiful African art works all over the place, a mega outdoor pool and - of course - a private butler for each suite. It is totally secluded and calm. We had a bottle of champagne in our suite upon arrival. The food was excellent, so was the service. We visited the Apartheid Museum (a must, very impressive), Nelson Mandela's house in Soweto and his Presidential residence.

This first trip to South Africa exceeded our expectations and we want to thank Ute for her excellent and professional advice and perfect organisation. We couldn't have asked for more.
Dirk, Belgium, March 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



Great Trip

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



Nice experience, great people

Everything was well arranged and on time. The accommodation was lovely - great hosts looking after us, with nice food. The tour guides were experienced and informative. We saw all of the big 5 during the 3 days.
Aron Lancos, Hungary, June 2016


Fantastic. Service was the best quick and un complicated and to the point . And always available.

The best cant say enough about Roho Ya Chui and the venues we went to. Just a special thanks to Nicolene ( Schoeman ??? at Kirkman) she organized a camera lense shutter out of nowhere that fitted the required lense which we picked up at K.M.I.P. late one evening.
Roger Ryan, Zambia, April 2016


Wonderful Time

Ute was very helpful setting up the safari, arranging transfers, and answering our questions. She made the planning experience easy. Ute's recommendations for the safari exceeded our expectations.
Ben, April 2016, United States


Personal and professional

I loved working with Roho Ya Chui to coordinate my safari because Ute not only made the whole experience very easy, but was diligent in answering all my questions and managing our trip in a very personal way. I came away very much feeling like I was speaking to another human being rather than being treated as a nameless faceless customer. The actual safari and hotel were also phenomenal. Laughing Waters Guest House made us feel comfortable and valued as guests, and served amazing food. The safari guides were fun and informative and really made the experience that much better (we absolutely loved Mandla and Mishak). Thank you for such a great trip!!
SRay, March 2016, United States


We think that what you organized about our safari was that we hoped to get

We find that the 10 days together with our guide Jimmy from Wilderness Safaris was so well organized. The tent camps in Kulala and Damara Land was so exiting to stay in and the staff in the camps treated us so well with theirs lovely meals out in the wilderness. Our guide Jimmy was so informative about Namibia’s biology, geology, history, and the fight for independence And we saw a lot. The stay in Hansa Hotel was also very fine and a nice big contrast to the camps. Andersons camp , Ongava Game Park and Etosha was very fine too, only 1 day to short we think. 11 days would have been better then we could have enjoyed the area around the camp better.
Lone, Denmark, March 2016


Very well organized from the beginning till the end

From my very first E-Mail, Ute the Safari coordinator was really great and helpful. Any question that I had was answered within less than a day! All the information were accurat and she was very friendly and I also got the feeling she was happy for us that we were able to see the Krüger.
The trip itself was unbelieveble. Our guide Trevor made sure we were comfortable, explained everything we questioned, was very funny and just the best guy to be around. He was very experienced and well connected to other guides so whenever there were rumors of seldom annimals - we were one of the first to see it.
The lodge Laughing Waters was a great place to relax. The food was excellent and the two owners made sure we felt at home!
In total it was an unforgettable journey and trip. The organization of the trip was perfect (that coming from a German ;-)
Daniel, Germany, February 2016


Amazing guide, amazing trip

We had a stellar experience on the safari designed and set up by Roho Ya Chui. Ute was very responsive to questions, and all the transfers between airports and camps were handled smoothly. We felt well taken care of. Our guide Manu was very knowledgable, personable, fun and patient with our million and one questions about what we were seeing. All the lodgings were lovely, the food great, the staff responsive. This whole experience was beyond my expectations.
Sara, United States, February 2016


Once in a lifetime trip, safaris were amazing, transfers were perfect and the lodgings were superb

We went on a 3 country 9 day adventure. Our trip involved 4 light aircraft transfers, one regular flight, two road transfers, one of which was a road to ferry to road transfer. Every single one of them occurred smoothly. The one hotel and two lodges we were booked at were fabulous and first class. The two sets of safaris we went on were once in a lifetime adventures and in both locations we saw the big five (once in one drive!) plus numerous other animals. Ute Sonnenberg was there every step of the way before we left with immediate answers to the numerous questions we had. She planned an amazing trip.
Steve & Michelle, United States, December 2015


An excellent combination of Kenyan lodges, with superb service and connections.

The tour organised by Roho Ya Chui was perfect. I normally do not use tour operators and thought this time I wanted an expert. I accepted the tour as presented and it was only once we completed it that it became clear that the combination of different lodges, landscapes and experiences had been carefully considered and was a great balance. It was a first class experience with an authentic and very private and personalised tour with more wildlife than we could ever have imagined.
Michael, Australia, November 2015


Perfect organized tours

Roho Ya Chui did an excellent job. All question were answered immediately and the organization of the tours was perfectly done. All my wishes and requests were fulfilled and I had a wonderful time in Mpumalanga. I did a 3-day safari tour and a 1-day panorama tour. Both were marvellous experiences which I will never forget in my life. Thank you Ute and Carol for the organization and special thanks to Mandla, the best experienced and open-hearted guide ever.
Josefina, Germany, November 2015


Honeymoon Safari

We booked the Best of Kruger and Cape Town trip for our Honeymoon through Roho Ya Chui (Ute). We had a wonderful experience on every part of our trip. Ute handled all of the travel details of the South Africa part of our trip including ground transfers, lodge bookings, in country flights, hotel, and even the day trips we took from Cape Town. The safari lodge that Ute recommended (Ngala) was amazing, a wonderful accommodation, excellent staff, and animal siting at every turn (including the Big 5 in the first day!). The stay in Cape Town was equally wonderful with attention to detail and perfect recommendations for trips from our hotel. This was our first experience in Africa and we can't wait to go back! We would highly recommend Ute and Roho Ya Chui for any travel plans!
Kurt H, United States, September 2015


Unique experience in South Africa

Roho Ya Chui has organized our trip to South Africa on very short notice, but with great attention to detail in selecting the most appropriate tour, hotel and connection flights. It was a very unique and relaxing experience, as every piece fell into place, every booking was made correctly, every partner chosen was competent and friendly.
I very much can recommend RoHo Ya Chui for Safari Tours.
Willibald S., Austria, August 2015


From Pro to GoGoGo

Our Roho Ya Chui safari experience went from pro to gogogo. Ute took us through all aspects of the booking like a pro: following up on emails and calls quickly and thoroughly. Even when there was a miscommunication between the company and the driver on the first day, it was resolved in a way that did not detract from the trip. The safari in Kruger Park and in the Sabi Sands private game reserve was a flurry of activity -- three days of gogogo excitement. The high point of Kruger was seeing a rhino flop, spin, and reflop in a puddle one car length from our jeep. The high point of Sabi Sands was stalking a leopard across the moonlight. Honeymoon couples seem particularly welcome at Roho. My husband and I had our own poolside table for the final dinner at Sabi Sands! I would strongly recommend the company -- I actually already have, to my friend Ben. ;)
Colin Verbicar, USA, August 2015


Great Experience

We booked a 7 day tour in Botswana through Roho Ya Chui and our experience was wonderful! Ute was able to help us with great amount of questions and provided recommendations relating to the lodges, order of the lodges to stay at, timing of the trip, etc. I cannot praise Ute enough as she had to deal with us a lot, answering multiple questions and changing our bookings twice for no additioanl fee! We decided to stay with &Beyond and chose Nxabega, Xaranna and Sandibe. Ute advised to stay in this particular order and we think it was perfect as we had experienced absolutely different accomodations (from tents to a sort of villa) and safaris. All of the lodges were great with exceptional team members. We were able to see the big five and much more. Special luck with the cats in Sandibe where we were able to see cheetah with a kill, many lions and 3 leopards. Sandibe stood out as it was just re-builta year ago and they are now using solar power (with generator's back-up) which is available 24/7 and you have wi-fi coverage thoughout the lodge and rooms. Otherwise, all 3 lodges were great with outstanding personnel, cannot fault any member of the lodges, they did a great job with acomodating our requests and were just great people to chat with.
Ekaterina, Russia, July 2015


A Most Magnificent Safari Experience

From the first contact to our departure for home after a most magnificent 4 week trip, the organization and communications with us have been nothing but first class.
Every enquiry sent during the planning stages was replied to within 24 hours at the most - usually within one hour.
The combination of the 3 &Beyond safari's combined with alternate style Pakamisa resort provide a good balance of safari experiences. Whilst we finished up doing 21 three to four hour safari's, we never got tired of the wonderful experiences each trip provided.
The 1 week car hire and our drive through Swaziland was another different, yet enjoyable facet of the trip.
The hotel accommodation in Jo'burg (Clico and Four Seasons) and Cape Town including the upgrades were exceptional complete with unbelievable inclusive breakfasts.
Thanks Ute for an unforgettable safari experience, provided at a very realistic price.
Gilesgolf, Australia, March 2015


Roho Ya Chui is the most reliable and trusted safari company I have ever experienced.

My safari tour in kruger National Park was well organized and everything was done perfectly exactly as I expeted.
Suliman, Saudi Arabia, August 2015


An amazing and unforgettable safari experience with Roho Ya Chui! Ute is wonderful!

My husband and I wanted to include a safari, prior to our tour to Cape Town for a cricket festival. After quite a bit of research, I contacted Roho Ya Chui and Ute to help plan our Safari. It was the best decision we could have made. It was our first time on a safari and I can honestly say it was perfect. We saw the big five in the first 24 hours. Arathusa safari lodge is wonderful. Our guide and tracker Roy and Chris were extremely knowledgeable. The accommodation, food and staff at Arathusa are all five star. Ute is a wealth of knowledge, made very helpful suggestions and is a pleasure to deal with. Thanks Ute!
Judy, Canada, March 2015


What a fantastic experience Ute arranged for us!

This was our first experience in South Africa and we totally relied on Roho Ya Chui for the whole organization of a three weeks trip there: initially Ute gave us the proper suggestion on how to better employ our time, based on our expectations and budget, and than she selected for us four different first-class lodges for safaris in different locations and one charming boutique hotel in Cape Town. The trip was perfectly organized in every single detail with timely and accurate communication. Thank you Ute for your highly professional support, there is nothing we can complain except … that the trip is just over now and we already miss SA!
Maurizio Pavesi, Italy, August 2014



Awesome experience!!!

Many thanks to Ute; she was awesome from the first contact till the end. Great organisation and communication... she made us feel very comfortable with our choice to book the Safari. We enjoyed it soooooo much! On our first Safari day we were able to spot 4 out of the Big 5; an unforgettable experience!!!
Isad, Germany, January 2015



Roho Ya Chui gave us ULTIMATE safari adventure unlike No Other!!


You gave us a "True" African adventure and exceeded our expectations. Had we gone to So Africa and Botswana on the first leg of our trip, we would have been Very Disappointed that the rest couldn't match what you provided. Our only regret was that we did not stay longer. Our permanent tents were luxurious; our non-permanent tent was comfortably rustic and took us back in time. The food and staff at Every site was Excellent; we especially loved the true Botswana lunch prepared special for us by Judy at Okavango Delta. A special Thanks also to Sunny Boy at Sabi Sands.
Bob and Elaine Mitchell, United States, September 2014


South Africa Honeymoon

We had some pretty high expectations for our honeymoon, and Roho Ya Chui went above and beyond to make our trip amazing. Our agent was Ute, and she put together a perfect itinerary. We wanted to make a few modifications and she was very attentive and helpful to work with. We were able to do and see everything that we wanted and the itinerary had everything planned out perfectly. If we were to go on another safari, we would definitely work through Roho Ya Chui.
Jason, United States, October 2014



The experience we had was much better than anything I expected.

My daughter was living and working in South Africa. When I suddenly found an opening in my schedule I contacted Ute at Roho Ya Chui and asked if she could put together a Safari for my daughter and me. My only parameter was that it would be memorable. We ended up spending three days as the Phinda Reserve at the Phinda Rock Lodge and three days in Sabi Sands at Kirkman's Lodge. The entire trip was amazing.
In working with Ute I found a true professional who really cared about the quality of our stay. She took care of everything from the time of arrival in South Africa to my transfer back to Johannesburg. She was fully accessible and immediately responded to all my questions. I cannot find words to fully describe this wonderful adventure.
Jim Flynn, United States, April 2014



We had excellent expierence with Roho Ya Chui (more than five star - seven star )

Ute, as always did more than her best to get us accomodation at Londolozi after very short notice.
We had a wonderful stay at SABIE SABIE BUSH LODGE on the 28th, my birthday. Ute made sure that they take notice of it and for the first time in my life I had an unforgettable birthday in te bush. Wild dogs, abeatiful leopard and her cub as a present and to fullfill my day Louis and I was special treated at dinner. We had champagne and a birthday cake specially baked for me. The staff were really great. Thanks to the management and the rest of the team.
At Londolozi we had a warm welcome home back. Garrit, the manager of Fonders camp and his team are very special. They went out their way to let everyone feel at home. While on our bush drive with James as our ranger (excellent) we were suprised with a real colonial bush sundowner treat. What a treat, it was so special and all the tourists of founders enjoyed it so much.
As always Londolozi s the one and only. We had a wonderful two days stay. Nice company on the vehicle
and the rest is history.
We will go to Londolozi in 2015 again for sure.
TERSIA AND LOUIS BOTHA
Thank you Ute for all the arrangements, Ute. You did it very well. We can refer anybody to you.
Tersia Botha, South Africa, October 2014



Excellent, every time again, very good organized, fast, friendly and very professional contact.

The organisation of our tour was very professional. The tour was very good planned on a high level showing an interest in our wishes and giving us better suggestions. The contact and responses to our questions and wishes were fast, very friendly and intensively. We have received a lot of very helpful informations in advance.
An experience we will never forget. We will choose Roho Ya Chui again for other tours in Africa and we recommend this organisation very warm. Absolutely the best!
Karin, Berlin, Germany, August 2014



It was very amazing

Very good organization, amazing and exciting safari!! The lodges Ngala and Kirkman's are comfortable, food is very tasteful. I really recommend this travel agency!
Roman, Russia, August 2014



A well organized and fabulous safari

Every phase of our trip was meticulously organized. The lodges were excellent and the staff were highly professional and personal. We were well looked after and entertained throughout our trip. This was a truly memorable safari and we strongly recommend Roho Ya Chui for safari excursions.
Hovik Yekiazarian, May 2014



First African Experience Was Overall Good ++

Following is a review of the places we visited this past month (June 2014). Roho Ya Chui helped us plan and book the trip. It was a group of 5, with 3 of us being newbies and and the other 2 old hands at African Safaris. Ute Sonnenburg was a delight to work with, and she went the extra step for us on several occasions.

I thought I'd give you my reviews of the places we visited.

Lawhill Apartments: I think this was a good choice, though a bit spartan in amenities / furnishings. Great location at the Victoria & Albert Wharf. Dionne (spelling?) was a good guide and flexible to our suggestions. I really liked Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Next time I might do 2 nights in Stellenbosch as it is quite a nice little town.

Xigera Camp: This one was my favorite. The staff were incredibly friendly and the whole "vibe" was inclusive. When new people came we were all introduced and had a communal table for dinner. And in one of life's little coincidences there was a couple that lives 1/2 mile from where I used to live in Hermosa Beach, California. Our guides, Onx and Rider, were very personable and knowledgeable. And for our last two treks we did game drives rather than the boat. The management at Xigera, Olivia and Masha, were very accommodating. This was my very first experience at game drives/floats (?), so seeing that first elephant, or hippo, or giraffe, or Cape Buffalo was really amazing.

Getting to Victoria Falls: This was an odd experience, from the airport near the Botswana - Zambia border, being dropped off at a small boat on the river to cross over to Zambia, then the wait at the border while the guide / drive had our passports processed. It was a bit unnerving for some of us.

Royal Livingstone Hotel at Victoria Falls: This was a very deluxe place with a head doorman with his hand constantly out for tips. The service in the dining room was excruciatingly slow. There is relaxed dining, and then there is "I should have brought a book" dining. The falls were at full flow and beautiful, and we had the chance to get pictures in the evening and the ensuing morning.

Moving on to Nelspruit, it was a long drive after our flight, BUT we did see a cheetah along the side of the road when we entered the Londolozi reserve.

Londolozi: Obviously a first class 4-5 star facility. The staff that we met were very friendly and accommodating. The "vibe" here was more exclusive, no attempt was made to introduce us to other guests, nor did the other guests seem inclined to socialize. But the rooms were very nice, the meals plentiful and tasteful, and the hot water bottles in the Range Rover for the morning game drives were a much appreciated touch. Will Ford, the camp manager, and the assistant assigned to us, Jeremy (I might have this wrong), were great, as were our guides, Alfred and Chadrock. The butler, Stanick, was always there for us in the dining room. Will Ford arranged a sundowner wine tasting for just our group one night which was a special treat. And we saw the Big 5 in our very first trek! The game here was more numerous than in Xigera. A great experience all around.

Jo'burg: The guide, whose name escapes me, was a disappointment. He met us at the private general aviation lounge at the Jo'burg airport and managed to snag a bottle of water for himself, but not for us. He had a tour he was determined to make and there was no flexibility in his schedule. We probably could have used an extra day in Jo'burg, but not with this guide.

Michaelangelo Hotel: This was a very nice place with big comfortable rooms (apparently if your AC was working which it didn't for the Browns). I was a bit disappointed in the restaurant, or at least the menu. But we had a chance to meet this delightful woman who had booked our trip, oh yeah, that would be Ute. So that made the evening good all around!

Serena Lake Victoria - Entebbe / Kampala: As previously noted by Stephanie, this hotel was too far away for a one night visit, and arduous to get to. And the staff didn't seem to know how to register guests, or at least were very inefficient at check-in and check-out. The restaurant was basically a buffet cafeteria, and not very good, a big disappointment for a property this beautiful physically.

Sanctuary at Bwindi: Same comments as Steph's. I didn't think it was dirty, just more rustic than what we had experienced. The staff was pretty indifferent with the exception of our server, Barbara. And if you weren't trekking, there was not much to do, though I managed to finish a terribly written book on the day I declined the first trek. I must say I am very proud of my fellow travelers for completing that trek and then the "easy" one two days later.

And you know all about the high drama with Qatar Airways, but even that turned out okay eventually, but it was handled very poorly by the airline.

One lesson learned by me is that I don't like the one-night stands (Jo'burg, Lake Victoria, Victoria Falls) because you never really relax and unwind. I'll keep that in mind in the future.

All in all it was an enjoyable trip with delightful travel partners.

Pierce Smith, United States, June 2014




"Wild Wise"

The Safari in Serengeti NP was exciting, not only by the wild encounters, but also by the guidance of Ute of Roho Ya Chui.
Utes mission, vision, operational abilities, transportation, lodges, were excellent, and her attention for details in service, philosophic attitude and wisdom were an extra gift. She is a photo-genius. She knows how to touch and snap the essence. Ute is a ‘’Wildwhisperer’’, empathetic in locating, meeting, and ‘’culture’’ of animals, including birds. She can make animals at ease and curious. Up to: ‘’listen what they tell you’’. I give her 5 stars!
Kees, Netherlands, March 2013



You have opened my eyes to a hobby I knew nothing about, nor did I imagine I would love it so much. This is just the beginning of my journey to discover how to capture a beautiful picture. I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you in the near future, perhaps in the rainforest!
XOXO Jessica
NYC, December 2011



Thank you for the insight into the “soul” of Africa. Learned a lot!
God bless, Lizanne
Cape Town, December 2011



Great Safari Trip

Good planning and suggestion from Ute. Family had a good time in Kruger. Would recommend her to guests. Everything turned out as planned.
Charles, Singapore, November 2013



Happy Kruger Visitors

Hi Ute

Back in Jo-berg after a great time at Kruger. Heading back to Ireland tomorrow night. Anyway I would like you to thank all the staff at Hippo Hollow they were all very helpful and friendly and we really appreciated everything they done for us. The food was also very good. 

Two people in particular we would like to thank, the first being Brian our driver who drove us to Kruger and back  again . He was excellent even through adversity,mainly potholes and burst tyres. He was friendly and informative and we really believe that his employers should realise they have got a gem in Brian.

Secondly our guide Moses Ludwig, what a character. He epitomises everything that is good in South Africa. He is clever, informative and has a wicked sense of humour. It is obvious to anyone that he has a wide understanding of the animals in Kruger and also the needs of tourists like ourselves. We decided that he should be called King Ludwig the first of Kruger. !!!!!!

Anyway please forward our comments to all people concerned
Sally and Irwin



It was all outstanding!!!!!

Excellent organisation, very well chosen lodges, fantastic locations, incredible landscapes, lovely staff, assisting for all our wishes, very helpful, a varied safari with lots of love, empathy and knowledge of the wildlife, time to watch the animals at the sightings, simply ingenious and created the desired to repeat the adventure!!!!
Christine & Lothar, Germany, November 2013


Dearest Ute,

I just wanted to thank you again for such an amazing weekend - I really had an incredible time.  From a photographic perspective, I have learnt so much – you really encouraged us to be creative and I have felt that not only in terms of the pictures, but also in terms of myself as a person.  I seem to look at the world differently now and even found myself staring at the light falling on the cars in the traffic yesterday morning!!  It seems I have photography on the mind, which is a wonderful thing.  Thank you for your kindness and encouragement and for taking us to such a special place, not just physically, but on other levels too.  As for Pakamisa, Isabella’s kindness, the hospitality we received from everyone and last, but most certainly not least, the spectacular horses, all made for a destination that will certainly remain with me for a long time to come.  I look forward to returning one day.

Kindest regards
Kelda    
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Equine photography with Ute Sonnenberg

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting Ute Sonnenberg at Pakamisa stud for an equine
photography workshop.So this year I attended a second workshop as I had immensely enjoyed the first workshop, had added it to the top of the list of outings I really like.
The choice of location and subject was as close to perfect as can be found in South Africa and the arrangements for the weekend had been coordinated very effectively by Ute.
I found the pricing to be reasonable and the value for money excellent.

Working with Ute is a real pleasure.Her approach to tuition is primarily concerned with working with people whilst sharing her strong knowledge and teaching participants skills in an effective manner. Contact with Ute reveals a sensitive and perceptive personality whilst she has a very effective approach to assessing the people she is working with individually and being able to thus work with each person in what is almost a one on one basis even though it is a group activity. Ute concentrates on improving the feeling with which one is carrying out the task which was photography but that the camera is a tool and the story about the horses and their environment is what we needed to capture and create.

Assistance on using the camera was available from Ute, but she stayed away from complex
technical detail on using equipment as far as possible.All the emphasis is on connecting and bonding with the subject which is different to any other photography or art courses I have attended before.

This really enhanced the experience of taking a hobby and combining it with an interest or
passion whilst being guided smoothly by Ute and her great sense of humor.
Duncan Craig
27th July 2010



Brian Khumalo, Leaders Unlimited, Johannesburg, South Africa

I’m the chairman of my company Leaders Unlimited. We provide integrated leadership solutions going from recruitment of executives to board advisory. We do leadership development, executive coaching, mentoring and assessment of leadership behaviour.

I have a great interest in what provides competitive leadership behaviour. I have a great interest in communication and how leaders communicate and how they inspire others. I call it consciousness. When I read about Ute’s course which looks at communicating at an energy level as a form of communication like on a body or a mind level, I got very interested because it responded precisely to my interest in consciousness management.

One of the guys who work for me attended a course where he met Ute and talked to her. He got very interested and excited because he knows about my passion around consciousness.

The key message for me was that communication takes place at three levels of humanity. Just as we are human beings with three dimensions – the body, the mind and the soul or the spirit – communication takes place at a body level through body language. We are all very familiar with body language and using it. The communication also takes place at a mind level through verbal communication. Speaking, reading and writing are the language of the mind. This form of communication is most widely used in the world. The third dimension of our being is the spirit, the soul, the energy level. We never really focus on this dimension. What I found fascinating about Ute’s program is that it focuses on bringing this level to life and activating our communication skills at an energy level.

To carry her methodology and her message across in educating people in communicating at an energy level Ute uses photography and light. Therefore you have to do it in a place which offers endless possibilities for capturing moments. In the wilderness you can capture nature and vegetation as well as wild life. The nature provides a high energy vibration because it is widely untouched by human beings. It is appropriate to connect to an energy level.

Absolutely. The biggest lesson I took was that at an energy level the message normally is derived from the silence. It is derived from you being silent and bonding fully with everything that is around you. I attend to explain things and to bring about logic in understanding things. Ute kept reminding me that the less is the better if you want to benefit from energy communication. Go into your soul and derive messages from the silence in the depth of your soul and your spirit rather than from external messages.
The second big lesson I took was to make aware that at the core of my being I am one with all of life and creation on earth, I’m one with vegetation, mountains, rocks and animals. At the core of my being I am made of that one divine substance that makes everything health on earth. Therefore I could communicate at that level kept into the consciousness of everything that surrounds me, which is made of the same substance as me.

In my daily life it has influenced me dramatically. I become more aware of my body and my being. Therefore it has increased my own intuition. Things you become aware of without any logic. You are aware that something is wrong or something doesn’t align with your being. Normally I would look for external evidence, logic and reasons on the basic of which I would conclude that something is not good for me. Nowadays I listen to that feeling instead of logic and reasoning. And my experience is that it turns out correct.

Photography is a great media for energy communication. As I said earlier about the substance everything is made of vibrates at the frequency level of light. At the end of the day we are all made of that energy level, of the energy vibration of light. Photography has to do with light. When you capture moments around you using the magic of light and you are communicating with light you are tapping into the consciousness of light and you make the consciousness of light communicate with your consciousness at a light level to capture a moment that then reflects a certain message to you. The photography is the best medium for people to engage at the level of light which is the level of their core. That is the significance of photography to me.
It is also fun to do. I never had interest in photography until I went to Kenya. I picked up that interest and became more knowledge about photography which is a great hobby. You are out there in the wilderness and then you come back with all of those moments captured through photography and you can put them on the table and can reconnect with them, you can analyse those moments and you can derive messages from what nature and light were communicating to you. In that way you start to develop your energy communication skills.

It is not easy and it is a lot of work to do. No physical work but it is a lot of inner work. It takes a while before it all starts sinking in because we are so conditioned by the mind. Our mind clicks in immediately trying to make sense of things. One of the things that Ute does is to keep reminding you to snap out of your mind. That is where and when energy communication takes place. When you silent your mind your energy dimension comes to the surface. You have to stop thinking and that is the most difficult thing to do because from the time you start going to school you are told that the mind is all. When somebody tells you that it is not a part of your soul and tells you to let go of your mental capability it is frustrating in the first place.

Who do you think should do the trainings?
Every human being on earth. I believe that life on planet earth is at the stage where the third dimension of our being – the spirit and the soul – is going to be the source of competitive advantage. The last 300 years were the era of the mind where mental and intellectual competitiveness was the source of competitive advantage for humanity. That era had run its course and the 21st century is the era where the spirit and the soul are going to be the competitive advantage.

Are you still interested in the topic?
It is my profession. I am in the profession of helping people tapping their full potential. This is especially good for leaders from all walks of life – political, religious, economically. All leaders have to understand that to lead in the 21st century is going to require more than intellectual capability.


Viktoria Susovits, Talk at Nyenrode Business University, Jan. 2010, Netherlands


On January 25th 2010 Ute Sonnenberg was invited by Prof. Paul de Blot of the Nijenrode Business University to give a lecture on her training about communication on energy level. Without any prior knowledge I listened to her with great curiosity.

Ute’s training is based on Quantum Consciousness, which integrates modern physics, Buddhist wisdom and Western psychology. One of its central ideas is that everything is made out of energy; this chair, my arm, an anxious feeling, a positive thought. It is all energy, but in different forms. This is the same energy you sometimes feel when you walk into a room with other people. In the 4 day training in the beautiful nature of Kenya, the focus is on this energy in forms of communication. In our daily life we are conditioned to communicate in a one dimensional way and usually don’t pay attention to unconscious aspects of our communication. These aspects will come to light through different techniques Ute uses in her trainings, like photography. By focusing on body, mind and soul, she tries to capture and explore communication on energy level as wide as possible.

Like Quantum Consciousness, Ute’s training is an
experience more than a concept. In order to know and feel what the real impact of the training is, it is not sufficient and satisfying to listen to some words explaining it. It is not a spectator sport, it is an experience. This makes it difficult to answer all the questions raised by the audience. Because the strong sense of curiosity couldn’t be answered as expected, it transformed into a cascade of confusion and emotions. With this, Ute pulled the audience out of their comfort zone and created a whole new energy that would have been felt immediately by someone stepping into the room.

Ute picked Samburu in Kenya to be the best place to experience her training. This place has a very special energy with its red coloured earth, beautiful nature and wildlife.
Her presence and short words were enough for me to decide to step into this experience and join her training in October.

Viktoria Susovits


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



Whole process of planning, deliverance and execution was smooth, seamless and very pleasant.

After a lot of research and with very helpful and timely suggestions and feedback from Ute, I decided to book 2 of Roho Ya Chui's safari tours, to explore Namibia and a small part of Botswana, with a couple of days at Vic Falls in between. The complete process was really very positive and enjoyable. A couple of days out from leaving Australia, we were notified of an upgrade to a different camp for our last couple of nights in the Okavango Delta (which ended up being a great camp). There was one hiccup with our first meet and greet, however this was quickly and efficiently 'sorted', with emails and phone calls quickly delivered. Our trip was fantastic, with all guides/drivers, camps, experiences exceeding or living up to expectations and providing a stress-free and totally enjoyable holiday. With magnificent scenery throughout Namibia and spectacular wildlife experiences in both Namibia and Botswana, our trip was truly fabulous, with no unpleasant surprises along the way at all. I would certainly use Roho Ya Chui's services again and will probably do so sometime in the not-too-distant future, to return to Africa and continue my 'addiction'. Thanks Ute, we had an awesome time with some unforgettable highlights.
Liz, Australia, June 2016


A big disconnect but all went well

We landed in Botswana but no one was expecting us. UGH! But a few phone calls and one temper tantrum, and all was well again. Ute was very responsive in email communications and her suggestions were well heeded. Great facilities and wonderful time!
Stephen Durham, United States, May 2016


Excellent First Experience in the Great African Safaris

Ute was very knowledgeable, clear and efficient in her work and email recommendations. She was also accomodating to our requests including a few changes in dates. Communication was highly effective, everything went smoothly without a hitch and the tour was thoughtfully created with our special occasion in mind (I received two birthday cakes at two different locations!), to give that personalised touch and a great variety of experiences - from the luxurious to the more adventurous. The tour package was also suitable and value-for-money for our budget as well. Overall, the trips to three different safari locations (including a wonderful sleep-out in the treetops) were well paced out and enjoyable. Our transfers arranged by Ute arrived on time with friendly, reliable and safe drivers, and the domestic flights booked were great for our overall schedule as well. Overall, it was such an unforgettable first trip to South Africa and the safaris! We would highly recommend the services of Roho Ya Chui to anyone. Thank you Ute and team!
P.Q. Singapore, May 2016


Ute was very helpful and always quick to respond to my many questions; everything went perfectly.

Everything was easily communicated by email. We had many questions about the experience with this being our first time to Africa and Ute promptly answered all of them. We were able to choose our locations and lodges based off her recommendations. One of our camps was cancelled and she upgraded us to a beautiful lodge that turned out to be our favorite place. We were nervous being in a different environment where everything was arranged over the internet but the transport was timely, the staff very friendly, and we had many great game drives. This was one of our favorite vacations full of the perfect amount of activities as well as relaxation.
Amanda, United States, May 2016


Trip to Sabi Sand reserve

Roho Ya Chui was fantastic in planning our trip - everything went extremely smoothly, including airline and hotel bookings. The &Beyond Exeter River Lodge and Kirkman's Kamp booked by RYC provided amazing opportunities to experience the incredible wildlife and birds of the region. I would definitely use RYC again!
Russell, April 2016, Australia


Roho Ya Chui delivered the trip of a lifetime!

A visit to South Africa including a safari has been a life-time dream, and we were thrilled with how it worked out. We considered several different organizers and were impressed with Ute's responsiveness and knowledge. She guided us in our selection of safari lodge. Some were too rustic, some too expensive, so based on her recommendation we decided on Kapama River Lodge and were delighted. It exceeded our expectations, was great value, and we saw all the Big Five. Ute planned a week in Cape Town for us, and again her hotel recommendation was perfect for us. We stayed at the Victoria & Alfred on the Waterfront and were delighted with the location, the views and the yummy breakfasts. Ute was a wonderful communicator and took care of every little detail. Our transfers worked like clockwork and our whole adventure went off without a glitch. She gets my highest endorsement and I would use her again in a heartbeat.
Denise, United States, November 2015


We had wonderful safaris in Phinda and Sabi Sands, South Africa

All 4 lodges were top class, the food was excellent, the guides were knowledgeable, staff was very attentive, and all connections to and from Johannesburg were flawless. Ute was very helpful in providing specific monthly weather information, which allowed me to choose best month for my photographic backgrounds.
Don, United States, February 2016


Two different safari camps in Kruger - both excellent in their own way - fantastic animal sightings!

I found Roho through a Google search of safari operators. Although there was a list of packaged safaris Ute was very good in custom designing a trip for us and handling all the logistics associated with the transfers. She was excellent in communicating information and following up on questions.
The airport hotel exceeded my expectations. The Sabi Sabi Earth lodge was first rate with the accommodations and food being first class - the game viewing was excellent in the open bush. I had lower expectations for the Ngala tented camp but was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the accommodations, the friendliness of the staff and the great rangers that they had there. If anything the game viewing was better at Ngala but part of this may have been that the main safari lodge was closed so there were only a few people in a big private reserve. All in all probably the best adventure type vacations we have taken.

Martin, United States, March 2016


Awesome service

Ute worked with me for weeks as we put together a wonderful trip. Everything was taken care of and even when a few issues came up the response was immediate. I would recommend Roho Ya Chui to anyone and have recommended Ute to our friends.
Steve M., United States, January 2016


Experience of a Lifetime

My husband and I went for our honeymoon and it truly was an experience of a lifetime! The communication to coordinate our trip was easy, everyone was extremely friendly and the experience was unforgettable! This trip was beyond our expectations and worth every penny! Everyday on our safari was an adventure, we saw something different and exciting everyday. Our ranger and tracker were extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the area and animals. Our hotel lodge and tented camp experienice was also incredible! The service was excellent, food was delicious and everything was very clean! Hotel staff was more than accommodating. I would love to go back and do it again one day. Amazing trip!!!
Hilda, Unite States, November 2015


Amazing experience

Thanks to Ute's great organization, to her knowledge and follow up we had one of our best experience for a travel so far. Everything went as expected and Ute was there all the time to answer any inquiry that we had. Our Safari led us to the most amazing places ranging from South Africa, Zambia to Botswana and we can't wait to go back there. If you want a great safari experience make sure to book through Roho Ya Chui, you wont regret it.
Thomas, Switzerland, October 2015


Very well organized safari with interesting itinerary. Professional and helpful service.

Our experience with Roho Ya Chui was very good with lots of helpful pre safari correspondence. We had both a very good guide and were happy with the first class accommodation provided. Good standard of accommodation and food. Our guide was particularly helpful and informative and paid special attention to looking after our 7yo daughter. He also was a very safe driver which was important to us.
The itinerary around Ngorongoro and Serengiti was very good and we saw most of the animals we expected to see. Basically a well organized and enjoyable safari.
Brian, Qatar, September 2015


Fabulous trip. Ute has a magical way of creating a special experience unique to your specifications.

We chose Roho Ya Chui to help us plan a trip for my husband's 50th Birthday. He decided on an African safari but beyond that we lacked direction so we reached out to Roho Ya Chui & Ute. It was the best decision ever made. We saw so much more than we dreamed of, never back tracking and stayed at the most amazing lodges and tents. At every stay we felt very special and the 50th Birthday was celebrated before, during and after. The service was 5 Star Plus. We were very fortunate and saw the Big 5 the first 24 hours of our first safari stop. We had such wonderful communication with Ute. She was flexbile, supportive and helped with many naive first time questions we had. I never dreamed that 2 weeks in Africa with 9 flights, 4 different stops and several cultures would be the easiest and most amazing trip of our life but it was. THANKS so much !!!
Happyat50, Germany, March 2015


Our Best Vacation Ever

When we started planning our safari in South Africa we really had no idea where to begin. We found Roho Ya Chui through browsing on the internet. This greatly facilitated the planning of our trip. Everything was clearly explained and the many questions we had were answered quickly and accurately. As everything was very well arranged, our trip went smoothly and completely stress-free. We stayed at the Ngala and Kirkman's Camp lodges and loved every minute. The customer service and friendliness was of a level we had never seen during our travels. The game drives were some of the best experiences of our lives. This was also one of the few vacations when we were really looking forward to getting up at 5 am every day to join the game drive. We had a truly fantastic time and have already started thinking about planning our next safari. We can fully recommend Roho Ya Chui for helping you to plan your safari and recommend staying at the Ngala and Kirkman's Camp lodges. Suzie & Axel, April 2015.
Axel Viaene, Netherlands, April 2015


A never to be forgotten African adventure

We booked a two week Tanzanian safari with Roho Ya Chui and our experience from the beginning was exceptional. We researched many different companies and costs and our interaction with Ute was always informative and honest, which we appreciated. We were very clear about the itinerary we wanted, and our needs, and she successfully put together a programme that exceeded our expectations. The lodges were all very different - some more modern, some more basic - but they all catered for our needs and everywhere we went the people were incredible. Despite our dietary requirements, we were looked after well and always with the kindness and hospitality that east Africa is famous for. Our guide was an excellent driver, addressed all the administrative needs of the trip, was easy to be around and took care of all our needs and requests. We travelled with our two daughters, who were well looked after wherever we went. My favourite accommodation was Serengeti Kati-Kati, which was 'simple' but a beautiful 'Out of Africa' experience and the most phenomenal wildlife sightings. Another highlight was climbing Oldoinyo Lengai near Lake Natron - which was very challenging but a wonderful accomplishment. We celebrated some significant family moments on this trip and it was a truly well organised and magical experience.
Calm, January 2015


Due to very last minute booking, communication with Ute at RYC went smooth, gave great confidence.

Communication with Ute went very well, quick answers, to the point and within very short we agreed to do the tour.
The tour itself was a great success despite our wide experiences in Kenya and Tanzania. Logistically everything was well arranged, tickets, transfers, accomodation etc etc. It is always good when during the tour you have no questions. Next to that Botswana, and i have to highlight 1 place " Kana Kara", was terrific. Chobe Safari Lodge and A'Zambezi River Lodge were perfect as well but in another category. "Kana Kara" is a place due to its basics, location and people you never forget. Thanks Ute, well done.
Wim de Wit, Netherlands, December 2014


Everyday was Absolutely Awesome!

Ute Sonnenberg from Roho Ya Chui is amazing! Each and every day of our trip was awesome.
The airport pickups/transfers were on time, courteous, and professional.
The accommodations were in prime locations, and were absolutely gorgeous with great staff.
The activities that she helped us plan were incredible. Each of our activities was booked with a top-notch operator. Our expectations were blown away.
If you're thinking of going on a safari to Africa, want to explore Cape Town, or have always wanted to visit Victoria Falls - do yourself a favor and book it through Ute Sonnenberg at Roho Ya Chui.
This trip couldn't have gone smoother.
We couldn't be happier.
Seriously... stop reading this, and book your trip!
Hillary Timm, United States, September 2014


Roho Ya Chui provided exceptional advice and service in tailoring the perfect safari experience

Prompt, informative, helpful and friendly. Roho Ya Chui met our all our specific needs for information and a high level of detail to help us plan and understand our safari choices. Our flip-flopping between lodging choices was met with patience and understanding. Provided helpful travel options between camps. Most of all provided priceless on-the-ground information to ensure that we made the right choices for us. Was a real joy to work with and strongly recommend Roho Ya Chui as your agent for planning an African experience.
Mary, United States, October 2014



Well organised, fantastic experiences and the big 5!

Roho Ya Chui were fantastic in organising a bespoke Sabi Sands and Kruger NP tour which was tailored to fit my requirements. Ute was great in communicating and organising all the tours and accommodation - I did not need to worry about a thing. The safari experience was amazing. I love doing amateur photography - I was able to get some fantastic shots of the big 5 and a plethora of other game. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and were able to get to some great spots. All in all - it was a fantastic experience!
Matthew G., UK, November 2014



A week in paradise

We had the perfect safari in South-Africa: the only thing we needed to take care of was our plane ticket to Johannesburg. As of the moment we arrived, everything was perfectly organized: somebody was waiting at the airport, quick transfer to the little plane (wonderful experience) taking us to Ngala. When we left the plane, our ranger was already waiting for us, and drove us to the beautiful lodge. Delicious food, extremely friendly people, we have seen the most amazing animals and birds during our 3-day stay there. We were sad to leave Ngala, but Kirkman's Kamp (also 3 days) was another wonderful experience - the "and beyond" organization stands up for its name, it is truly an "and beyond experience"! Everything is included, if you don't buy anything in the souvenir shop, there is no additional cost to the package price (there are no "hidden costs" - mini bar, all beverages, meals, bush aperos, ... are included)
Ute from Roho Ya Chui is a great travel agent, and she was extremely helpful, all questions we had before leaving were answered quickly! We can warmly recommend her!
Sofie Vandendriessche, Switzerland, April 2014



Ute …
Our trip was too amazing to begin to qualify.  From the Saxon, to Londolozi, to The River Camp, to Cape Grace, it was totally amazing. 
All along the way we met some great people and had a huge time
with all of them.
Thank you for your efforts in planning the trip for us.
We hope to come back to amazing Africa someday.
Ken & Sandy Lenoir, Memphis, USA, January 2013 



First African Experience .......memorable!!!!!!!!!

It was my first safari in Africa and it couldn't be better! The trip was really well organized.. Everything was wonderful... the camps, the people, the sightings....Thank you Ute !!!!!
Sarah, Italy, August 2014



Ute from Roho Ya Chui offers a very friendly, pro-active and personalised service and during the course of our communication developed a very good feel for what we are looking for which enabled her to personalise our trip to our wishes.
Ute put a lot of effort into getting the most out of our budget, her knowledge of the camps and regions was very good, one can tell she has actually been to the areas. All the communication was very friendly, fast and efficient. Roho Ya Chui was very caring for us throughout the journey and the 'after the trip' service we received from Roho Ya Chui was as good as the 'before the trip' service.
Roho Ya Chui was recommended to us by a friend and after our experience with Ute we would be more than happy to recommend her service to everyone else.
Claudia, Germany, March 2014


Roho Ya Chui was fabulous

I very much appreciated how responsive, easy to communicate with, and accommodating Ute was throughout the planning of the trip. This was our first safari and it surpassed all our expectations. An incredible experience. Everyone we met on our trip was helpful, professional and welcoming. I can highly recommend Roho Ya Chui.
Annette, L.A. United States, August 2014



Hi Ute!

I want to take the chance to thank you for the wonderful safari and great care you gave me on my photo safari last week. This was a remarkable photographic adventure for me as well as all support around in analyzing and reviewing the pictures I took, while you gave just the advise I needed at the time I needed!

I must say that I am an experienced photographer since many years and also have done numerous safaris some time ago. But nothing came close to your knowledge about capturing scenes especially in wildlife environment and also deep understanding of things far beyond pure photography!

This will definitely not be my last photographic excursion I have done with you and I only can recommend to anybody to try one of Ute's classes out personally - you will definitely be very happy with what you get!

Ute, please feel free to publish this on your
website.

Many thanks indeed

Peter
Peter Tomsu, Vienna, Austria, January 2013



The trip far exceeded our expectations. We’re now going through over 2000 photographs trying to pick our favourites!

Communications with Ute were excellent. She offered help with our airline reservations (which I had made myself) when things got a little messed up.

We had no knowledge of how to plan our trip, or what to expect. Everything we had hoped to be able to do, we accomplished. The safari itself was stunning, wonderful accommodations and extremely professional and knowledgable guides. The assistance and advice we received made our trip memorable.
John & Marcia Martin, United States, January 2014



LONDOLOZI is the place to be. Me and my husband had a wonderful time during our stay. Excellent!

Roho Ya Chui is excellent. Ute will do everything to provide in your needs. The communication and interaction between Roho Ya Chui and the clients can be rated 7star. Everything is done to living up to your expectations. It's an honour to do bussiness with Roho Ya Chui. Ute made our reservation for Londolozi and everything exceeded our expectations. We will definitely go again. Just as I was told everybody at Londolozi made our stay never to forget.
Tersia Botha, South Africa, July 2013







Great Service from Ute at Roho Ya Chui

Excellent communication and itinerary work by Ute. She was very friendly and always accessible to answer questions and ensure everything was ready for our trip. All accommodations were as expected and the trip was better than expected.
Bob, Georgia, United States, May 2014



Very personal and exceptional

The introductory discussions were very useful for a group that had not visited South Africa before for a holiday and doing their first safari in Africa. The initial bookings were handled very well. Then the e-mail system created a problem with final payments. What impressed me most was the way Roho Ya Chui retrieved the bookings and got our group of six to Ngala in time to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday.
Ittira Davis, May 2014



Great experience at Kruger

The trip was very well organized even with only a two day in advance booking. The resort was great with very friendly staff, and the guide at Kruger was a lot of fun and shared a lot of his knowledge about the park and its wildlife. Overall a great Kruger experience!

Rene Fassbender (posted on safaribookings), March 2014

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Liebe Frau Sonnenberg,

Vielen Dank, dass Sie mir die Safari Tour so schnell und toll organisiert haben. Das war eine ganz großartige Erfahrung für mich. Einen Leoparden konnten wir leider nicht entdecken, aber sonst war alles dabei.

Das war bestimmt nicht mein letzter Besuch in Südafrika...

Nochmals herzlichen Dank und viele Grüße,
Rene Fassbender (per email)
Germany



Wondered about safari for a long time. Everything was arranged nicely which helped make the trip as pleasant as possible.
Mike Brocoum
NYC, December 2011



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2011/10/25

Dear Ute,

I am writing to say how pleasantly surprised I was to receive the book, "The Leopards of Londolozi ", feeling like finding a Christmas present in my room. It was one more example of how the many little touches you put into the trip made it so special. The book will always
remind me of the beautiful leopards, particularly "Shorty," the "drama king of Londolozi." His tenacity in trying to protect his kill was amazing. He was like a huge spotted acrobat swinging from the tree, trying unsuccessfully to unlodge his kill. And to see the six lion cubs and then their mothers off in the night to find food for their babies was wonderful.

The rangers and trackers were so well organized that I feel as if I had seen every species of animal on the reserve. As for the rest of the ambiance, the food was first class, the accommodations were amazing and the staff and guests made the entire trip a delight.

When I got home, my friends commented on how relaxed I looked. The bush and a well organized fascinating itinerary certainly can do that.

Best of luck on your future trips,
Dr. Barbara Fisher. October 2011



This weekend has grounded my love for photography once again & simplified it. I went back to the basics & focused on enjoying the moment & being creative.
Thank you very much, Tilana Otto.



Liebe Frau Sonnenberg,

Von der Safari waren wir alle restlos begeistert. Zumindest Ivonne und ich haben nie zuvor solche Tieransammlungen gesehen. Erstaunlich war auch, dass wir den Tieren so nahe kommen konnten. Dies umso mehr, weil man sich ja im Gegensatz zu Safaris in Kenis an vorgeschriebene Wege halten muss. Uns hat das Afrika-Fieber voll erwischt und wir werden sicherlich wieder nach Afrika reisen.

Die von Ihnen ausgewählten Lodges waren genau richtig für unsere Zwecke und übertrafen teilweise sogar meine Erwartungen. Am besten gefiel uns der Aufenthalt im Mbuzi Mawe Camp und in der Lake Manyara Tree Lodge. Hier hatten wir einfach den direktesten Kontakt mit der afrikanischen Tierwelt und Platzangebot als auch Ausstattung ließen keine Wünsche übrig.

Unsere beiden Begleiter von 4x4 Adventures waren die idealen Tour-Guides. Zum einen profitierten wir von der optimalen Orts- u. Tierkenntnis, andererseits auch von deren stetem Bemühen, unsere Erwartungen zu erfüllen. Die beiden waren immer darauf bedacht, dass wir uns rundum wohl fühlen und die "big five" zu sehen bekommen, was uns auch gelungen ist. Außerdem waren die beiden immer gut drauf und haben uns zum Abschied sogar einen "sundowner" geschenkt. Es war einfach atemberaubend schön. Und wenn ich wieder nach Afrika fliege, würde ich gerne wieder mit den beiden unterwegs sein.

Sansibar war wie erwartet klimatisch sehr tropisch. Das Hotel liegt abseits der Hauptstraße und ist nur über eine Zufahrt zu erreichen, bei der man nicht vermuten würde, dass sich an deren Ende überhaupt noch Zivilisation befindet. Wir waren anfangs etwas erschrocken und dachten wir werden irgendwo aus dem Auto geschnmissen und ausgeraubt. Aber dem war natürlich nicht so. Das Z-Hotel wird im Grunde gut geführt. Nachteilig ist, dass es über keinen großen Hausstrand verfügt und der öffentliche Strand nicht wirklich gepflegt ist. Begehbar ist der Strand sowieso nur bei Ebbe. Dann kann man tatsächlich kilometerlang am Strand wandern und den Fischern beim anlanden bzw. bei der Reparatur ihrer Boote zusehen und schöne Bilder machen. Die Verpflegung ist etwas einseitig. 14 Tage Urlaub sind m. E. dort nicht zu empfehlen. Da wir aber nur 6 Nächte verweilten, konnten wir uns mit der Situation doch gut arangieren. Man muss seine Erwartungen auf Sansibar im Vergleich zur Safari
tatsächlich etwas zurück nehmen.

In den Reiseführern wird außerdem immen die Altstadt von "Stone Town" gelobt. Dieses Lob mag mal früher seine Berechtigung gehabt haben aber inzwischen verfällt alles und man erkennt auch keine Bemühungen, dieses sicherlich ursprünglich wertvolle Erbe erhalten zu wollen. Als ich unseren dort vor Ort gebuchten Guide daraufhin ansprach reagierte er sehr gleichgültig obwohl er ja damit seinen Lebensunterhalt verdient.

Zusammenfassend also ein ganz klares ja für ein Wiedersehen in Afrika. Sansibar wird aber nicht mehr von uns angesteuert.

Liebe Frau Sonnenberg, wir möchten uns nochmals ganz herzlich bei Ihnen persönlich bedanken. Dafür, dass Sie uns diese tolle Reise zusammengestellt und so tolle Lodges herausgesucht haben, danke aber auch dafür, dass Sie jederzeit für uns erreichbar und stets bemüht waren, unseren Aufenthalt in Afrika zu einem wirklichen Erlebnis werden zu lassen. Wir werden diese Urlaubsreise bestimmt nicht vergessen.

Bitte geben Sie unsere überaus positiven Eindrücke von dieser Reise und insbesondere auch die von 4x4 Adventures an unsere Begleiter weiter. Die beiden haben dieses tolle feedback wirklich verdient.

Schöne Grüße aus dem frostigen Deutschland
Ivonne und Thomas Lang
sowie
Gertrud Sörries



Coming to Africa and Kenya especially was a dream come true. The photography experience made it all the better! It was so much fun to be able to share this with friends and to make new ones.
Julie Lehane
NYC, December 2011



"Ute is an exceptional photographer. She has that special ability to see the extraordinary within the ordinary. Her website is really inspirational. I found her workshop at Pilansberg so helpful. It was relaxed and easy going, and as we drove around the reserve she shared with us her special ability to spot a good photo. She helped me to experiment, to break from the conventional and try something new. I look forward to the next one..." Lara Kay


“Ute’s workshop stands out for the following reasons:
 
        Small groups and very personal attention and assistance
        Attention to detail
        Her passion for nature and the work she does is addictive
        An amazing breakfast
        I will go back over and over”

Regards,
Elize



Dear Ute 
First let me thank you enormously for my learning experience this morning. I feel totally motivated and hugely excited to start playing and exploring with my camera.
I cannot believe what a wonderful experience I had. I am looking forward to moving forward in leaps and bounds. 
Thank you once again
Regards Margie Dane



An inspirational journey of learning the beginning of painting with light. The promise of a lifetime of adventure with the camera ahead. Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration in the best setting ever!
Nadine Dreyer



This weekend has been a very deep experience, connecting with all levels of nature, myself, and being able to express it in the photos I took. You have made us look at ourselves and reflect on the beauty of nature and how connected we are to mother earth.
Looking forward to doing another trip with you in the future.
Kind regards, Noel Otto
P.S. You were like a conductor of an orchestra, not trying to teach us how to play our instruments, but continuously pointing us in the right direction and trust our instruments and ourselves.



“My husband and I attended one of Ute’s horse photography workshops and followed that up with a trip to the Pilanesberg.  We had both become overly concerned with the technical aspects of operating a camera and Ute helped us to refocus on the pure enjoyment of photography, using instinct and intuition to achieve a good photo.  She explained how to take photographs in situations where we would normally not have done so and taught us how to experiment with the conditions at hand, achieving some interesting effects.
 
Ute was an excellent hostess, keeping the trip light-hearted and fun.  We can definitely recommend her workshops.”
Regards, Claire & Dirk



Gregor Gersen, Kenneth Smit Trainingen, Netherlands

Have things changed for you after you did the training?
I am more relaxed. I always had the pressure to get to results and had stress to finalize and arrange something. In the training I realized more and more that going with the flow is even better. Things come on your path and you can use them or not. I am more open to use the things by looking, listening and experiencing.

Who do you think should do the training?
I think it is very good for people who are in the top of organizations, in management positions. But I can also recommend it to people who want to learn more about themselves, who want to become more conscious and want to do something with it.

Are you still interested in th topic?
Yes. I’ve changed my way of living by using my cell phone as a camera when I walk around and make pictures of special moments, events or nature. When I need them I download them, look at them and learn. That gives me the possibility to continue.



To my teacher, my guide and my new-found friend. Your presence and your compassion have moved and shifted me in ways I could only dream about. How do I adequately thank you for this?
Peace profound
David Allen



I learned a lot about photography, not only from the technical side, how to use the camera and which settings to use. The biggest learning was that you really don’t need to have the finest technical equipment to have nice photos. You can reach the spirit no matter how the camera is.
Minna Partanen



Dear Ute:
 
I am writing to thank you for a wonderful experience at the Photography Workshop.  Everything about the environment was extraordinary.  It was breathtaking to be perched on top of the mountain.  The accommodations really were five-star; staff were helpful and friendly.  I was so pleased with the members of the workshop.  They were the type of people who are unpretentious, very open and enthusiastic, and talented.   Though I required more attention than normal, no one ever acted like they were being "put-upon" when I needed help, including you. 
 
You were right!  In those four days, I completely relaxed, though I worked hardon learning about photography.  I forgot about all of my deadlines in the city.  I felt more rested than I had in a long time and the days just flew.
 
And what a stable of horses!  I haven't had much experience with horses but they were wonderful to watch and to shoot.  Because the shooting assignments were so unique and challenging, the follow-up discussions were also illuminating.  I was very sorry I was unable to ride Samurai, the horse with whom I bonded but hopefully I will come back when I am better physically and get that opportunity.
 
Again, I thank you for all of your hard work and your commitment to facilitating the best possible experience for participants.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Barbara Fisher


Marvelous Experience!

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



Amazing trip!!!'

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.
Carolina Griffiths



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



Botswana and Victoria Falls Safari

This was our first Africa trip and it more than lived up to our expectations. Ute arranged all of the lodging and transfers and everything was perfect. Everywhere we went the people were incredibly friendly and helpful. We visited four different lodges in Botswana which each had different terrain. Wildlife was spectacular at all locations. I would highly recommend Roho Ya Chui if you are planning a trip to Africa.
Paul, United States, June 2016


Trip Of A Lifetime!

My husband and I went to South Africa, Zambia, and then Cape Town for our honeymoon. The South African Safari at Kirkmans Kamp was absolutely amazing! We hadn't been to Africa before and didn't know where the best area to visit would be at. Sabi Sands game reserve had everything! We saw leopards, Serval, wild dogs, rhinos, and many more. It was amazing. All of our travel arrangements were excellent and waiting for us perfectly. The Royal Livingstone was beyond our expectations and the Cape Town hotel (Table Bay Hotel) was the perfect location!
Becky, United States, June 2016


Absolutely Amazing Experience with Roho Ya Chui

Booking our first trip to South Africa and Zambia with Roho Ya Chui (Ute Sonnenberg) was the best thing that could have happened to us. Ute set up an amazing experience with us that started in Cape Town, took us to Kirkman's Kamp for safari, and then onwards to Victoria Falls in Zambia. The accommodations she picked at all the locations were top notch. In addition, the safari lodge she chose was great in every aspect. The lodging, people, food, and experience was great. We had a blast and saw the Big 5. Thank you Ute!
Ravi, United States, May 2016


Amazing experience!

We worked with Ute in planning the safari as part of our honeymoon. Ute was very responsive in catering to our requirements as she customized the safari for us based on our interests and duration. The whole package including the lodge and the safari tour was great; special shout out to Laughing Waters Guesthouse for their amazing hospitality.
Rimple Gadhvi, April 2016, United Kingdom


"Perfect" is insufficient a word to describe the experience and Ute's service

Every detail was handled from beginning to end with a level of professionalism second to none. Ute took our interests, desires, and timetable and put together a program that was amazing. Her experience with the lodges, ground transport companies, and charter air companies made all aspects of our 12 days in the bush seamless leaving us to only enjoy every moment of our amazing journey. By the second day my wife was so impressed with the experience she was asking "When are we coming back?" Tip: Let Ute handle all your transport from your arrival in country to your airport departure to remove any chance of stress and distraction so you're left to only enjoy your safari.
The four &Beyond lodges we stayed at offered a level of luxury and service we honestly could not believe. Everything to the smallest detail expertly handled with the brightest and biggest South African smiles. Game drives with their ranger/driver and trackers were extraordinary with up close encounters with so many animals we couldn't keep track. We need to go through the thousand or so photos we took to make a list. Food was excellent and offered something like eight times a day so expect to gain a pound or two.
Just a few tips: The lodges do your laundry so it isn't necessary to over pack. South Africa has a electrical plug that is different from what most of the adapters we've used all over the world so be sure you either bring one with you or buy one on arrival. Pack a lightweight windbreaker that resists rain and packs down to nothing for use on the early morning drives as the wind created while driving in the open vehicles can be chilly but as the morning warms just pack it away. One warm jacket is a necessity as the weather will change and don't get caught short. Be prepared to have your face in a constant smile, your eyes startled, your brain over stimulated, and your heart warmed.
Scott Leonard, United States, September 2015


Fantastic safari

We had an amazing time on our safari booked with Roho Ya Chui. It was so convenient to have the option to fly into Skukuza airport and arrive straight into Kruger. Laughing Waters lodge where we stayed was lovely - Gavin and Carol were so hospitable and the food was delicious. The itinerary for the safari was very good - 4 Kruger drives, the Panorama Route and a nighttime game drive in Sabi Sands. The drive in Sabi Sands was magical and we really appreciated being able to do it without having to stay in a private game reserve. Our dealings with Roho Ya Chui were very good - Ute was very helpful and very responsive. Overall a fantastic experience.
Amanda, New Zealand, March 2016


Professional and slick

Booked our first 'taster' safari with RYC with 3 nights/4 days in Kruger, including an evening game drive at Sabi Sands. Organisation was seamless and the experience excellent. Not really knowing what to expect I can only say the whole experience exceeded every expectation thanks to Ute and the team.
Glynn, United Kingdom, February 2016


Safari and Zanzibar

This trip was planned to perfection by Roho Ya Chui, every connection, flight and accommodation was perfect. My safari guide was very experienced and helped me get the best of my trip. Zanzibar was a perfect come down after the excitement of chasing chui's!! I would recommend Roho Ya Chui for their excellent arrangements and the personal touch- answering stupid questions from Safari novices!
Karen, United States, December 2015


Amazing Safari Experience!

We did the 4 day Safari in Kruger park, Sabi sands and the panorama route and it definitely exceeded our expectations! timings were perfect, vehicles used were great and we had a wonderful stay at the laughing waters lodge. I totally recommend Roho Ya Chui and i really appreciated how they were so flexible in adjusting some things in the itinerary for us. We had an unforgettable experience and we did see the big five all in close encounters!
Hayam, Egypt, November 2015


We absolutely loved our safari with Roho Ya Chui.

The organization, responsiveness, and service by Ute was absolutely perfect.
Each of the three destinations was very special and completely different to the one before both in terms of accommodation and as a destination.
It is worth while to research the destinations before booking as not everybody likes tents in the middle of the wilderness with bucket showers and elephants around your tent or a lodge that is about 5km from the Victoria Falls but for us it was absolutely perfect and did completely match our destinations.
HCS, United Kingdom, September 2015


A perfect package of safari experience for Botswana

From the moment we showed our interest in one of the safari tour packages offered by Roho Ya Chui, Ute was very efficient in helping us organize what we had dreamed of. Several questions we asked by e-mail over the first few days were immediately answered in person by her, and it was this responsible reaction which made us decide on the tour rather quickly. Being immediately convinced that we were getting a reliable package with the best itinerary, we didn't even search for any other operators or tours.
The safari trips itself in Botswana (Okavango Delta, Savuti and Chobe) was a succession of unforgettable experiences. Even compared with our previous safari trips in Kenya and Tanzania, this time gave us much more diversified animal and landscape sightings, and we were extremely impressed by the quality of the safari guides offered at each of the camps we stayed. We saw all the animals we wanted to see to our full content (except for a cheetah).
Iwao, France, July 2015


Roho Ya Chui were very easy to deal with from the booking stage and throughout the tour.

The communications from start to finish were first class and very professional. The service as a whole was very good and I can't fault them on anything. The tour itself more than lived up to my expectations. The accommodations were very good, the tour guides were friendly and informative and all the transfers and tours whether by boat or vehicle were excellent and without a hitch. The locations and the animals I encountered are memories I'll cherish forever.
Steve Park, Australia, July 2015


Wonderful Family Safari in SA

My family and I were very excited to go on safari and I went online to do some basic research. Although I am an experienced traveler, I had never been to Africa and was overwhelmed with the options available for a first safari. Luckily, I found an itinerary by Roho Ya Chui with fantastic reviews that fit perfectly into our schedule. Four nights in a safari camp and three in Cape Town.
I sent an inquiry and was contacted by Ute, who was immediately helpful with my planning. Although she was in South Africa and I in New York, we arranged a mutually convenient time and spoke on Skype to arrange the itinerary. She was very flexible, especially when we added a fourth person last minute.

The trip itself exceeded all my expectations! We spent four nights in Kirkman's Kamp, an intimate luxury camp in the Sabi Sands reserve. We were paired with a tracker and ranger for the duration of our stay, and they took us on game drives to see animals twice daily. We saw all the big 5 and more. The quality of the game viewing was more than I could have hoped. We had a leopard walk right by our vehicle! The ranger was also very knowledgeable about these animals, which meant we learned as well as saw.

Having booked through Roho Ya Chui, we didn't have to worry about internal flights, airport transfers or the hotel in Cape Town. It was a wonderful experience and my only regret is I wish I had stayed longer.
Fernanda, United States, July 2015


Dear Ute

Thank you for booking us a safari trip in South Africa to remember by. It was an amazing experience for the whole family. The flight connections were so well organized that everything went smoothly without any delays. The two private game reserves that you booked for us at &Beyond were exceptional in accommodation, service, food and safari experience. We got to see the Big 5 several times at Ngala and once at Phinda  and during the 6 days there, we saw the Big "baby" 5. Highlights of our trip included seeing the rare wild dogs (and their 17 pups) and 4 sightings of the rare black rhino (one with a baby). The 5 cheetah babies were adorable and we had to go back a second time to take more photos. The sunsets were amazing to watch over the horizon. The beauty of watching the animals in their natural habitat was breathtaking! We also experienced the struggles of the animals in the wild - the mother cheetah who had her kill "stolen" initially by a hyena and then by a male cheetah, a male leopard who was limping due to a snare caught in one of its hind legs (and obviously in great pain - hopefully Habitat was able to find him and remove the snare), 4 lion cubs separated from their mothers and siblings who patiently waited for a reunion (they eventually got reunited the next morning). The lodges also celebrated our daughter's high school graduation and our son's 16th birthday with champagne and cake out in the bush. Both our ranger guides were excellent (Roan at Ngala and Matt at Phinda Mountain) - they made each safari an adventure filled with fun and laughter. Our tracker Musa at Phinda was outstanding in spotting the animals from afar. Actually, the combination of Matt and Musa at Phinda in finding and tracking the Big 5 amazed us at every turn (the other vehicles would give up but Matt and Musa persevered and managed to spot the black rhino, the mother cheetah with 5 cubs, the lion cubs separated from their mothers and the injured leopard with patience and knowledge of the animals and of the lay of the land). We could not have asked for more from this trip and would like to thank you Ute for organizing it and making the recommendations that you did. Definitely would highly recommend your services and the &Beyond Private Game Reserves to anyone wishing to experience South Africa in a once-in-a-lifetime way.
Thank you,
Gina, Lloyd, Laura (18), Adam (16) & Rebecca (13.5) from Ottawa, Canada - July 2015


Our trip was flawless in every way with diverse experiences from five star safari to tent camping

Communications were timely and very detailed. The service from our initial email contact until the first airport pickup was impeccable. The trip lived up to our expectations and more. Our tour was a mix of a five star private game reserve, to a quiet and upscale riverfront lodging, to tent camping, ending with a stay in a Leading Hotels of the World in Cape Town. We experienced absolutely no problems in services provided from various transportation companies, being met timely, escorted through various customs offices and even a trip by small boat across the river from Zambia to Botswana. We had individual service in all cases and never had to wait for a connecting driver from country to country. I don't know how it all worked out but obviously the planning by Roho Ya Chui made it all come together.
Beverly, United States, September 2014


One of the most memorable trips we ever made

We booked “Kruger, Panorama Route & Sabi Sands” Package (4 days) with accommodation at Rissington Inn.
We would book it again. This package is perfect for everyone who is looking for a first safari experience. Everything was nicely arranged and the guides provided very interesting information and made our game drives to unforgettable adventures.
The Rissington Inn is a nice place to stay. The rooms (bungalow) are huge and very quiet. The cuisine of Rissington Inn is top and the staff really cares about the guests.
M+J Bruengger, China, January 2015

A Very Positive Experience

Having arrived in South Africa on Dec. 26 without anything planned, we needed to move fast. Ute could not have been more responsive or helpful in facilitating delivery of an excellent safari experience. She took our preferences into account in providing myriad options for us to consider and did so in incredibly short order. For that, as well as her recommending Kirkman's Kamp, we could not be more grateful.
Justin & Sarah, United States, January 2015



South Africa HHW

First we would like say thanks to our Agent Ute Sonnenberg. She organized us an amazing travel with a lot of experiences and challenges. The first section in Kruger Park with a Photo session with Ute was a very nice time with a lot of animals (we saw all Big 5 and additional the 2 other Big's like Hippo and Shitas and as special highlight the Wild dogs where only 146 dogs exist in Kruger) and friendly people from the "Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge" and "Kirkman’s Kamp". Also the relax time in Swaziland where we walked a little bit and the treatment time in the "Pakamisa Private Game Reserve", on Rocktail Beach (direct on the Indian Ocean) with a beautiful beach with very less people and the New Year celebration in the "Lily Pond Country Lodge" were a very nice vacation variation. And the travelling and stay at last station in Cape Town (staying in the Abbey Manor lodge at the foot of Table Mountain) showed us the vastness and beauty of South Africa.
Even a short-term desire for a trip modified on first Christmas Day was executed immediately.
Because we were traveling with a rental car only the travel route planning, we will do better next time (shorter distances because it takes more time than expected between the stations).
We never had the feeling that it was dangerous for us in South Africa
Many thanks for the great vacation.
Hella and Hans, Germany, December 2014



Family Safari Extravaganza

At first we were a little apprehensive booking such an expensive holiday over the Internet but Ute was responsive and knowledgeable and gave us confidence things would go to plan.
We chose three safari experiences, all with And Beyond including Ngala, Chobe Under Canvas and Xudum lodge in the Okavango Delta. We separated Ngala and Chobe with a short stay at the Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia which was well worth the stay, a little qwerky, old worldy and had great access to the Victoria Falls.
Each safari park gave a different experience, Ngala with its variety of animals (we saw the magnificent 7 within 2 days) and the real benefits of a private park, Chobe with the sheer numbers of wildlife, and the Xudum with its variety supplementing drives with boat trips and traditional "mekoro" canoe outings.
And Beyond impressed with its quality service and attention to detail, well worth the money paid.
All in all a great trip we will all remember for the rest of our lives.
Steve Mac, Australia, September 2014



Very professional and flexible safari operator with contacts to the very best lodges.

The communication has been great through the entire process, always quick and good replies to our mails. We were very impressed with all the information provided before hand and everything has lived up to our expectations. Our stay at kirkmans camp were extremely pleasant. Great location, great accomodation, great food and staff, and not the least amazing safari-experience. Our guide was very professional and knew so much about the wildlife! We also had a good stay at the ngala lodge but felt it was a little bit less intimate and personal primarily because of its bigger size. The staff also seemed less engaged, but still great accomodation, great food and amazing wildlife experience. All transfers went as planned so it was easy for us to just relax and enjoy!
Anna and Peter from Denmark, October 2014



Roho provided invaluable local knowledge, allowing us to experience quality safaris and accommodati.

All excellent. Service and accommodation selected exceeded expectations. Staff at the lodges made us very welcome and were experts in their field.
Phil, United Kingdom, July 2014



The most incredbile African Safari

We had the good fortune to find this amazing company on safaribookings, and I feel so glad that we traveled with their expert planning. The very best part was the entire trip was customized to our exact preferences, including travel dates, lodge choices and activities planned. We enjoyed seeing both Kruger Park, and Pilanesberg Park as they were both filled with so many species of animals. We would highly recommend both the lodges we stayed at as well:Hippo Hollow Estates, and Bakuabung Lodge. A highlight of our trip was our safari guide, Muzzi. He made our trip extra special with his animal spotting expertise and good humor throughout our travels with him. This company is extremely professional and as a customer you will always feel safe and well cared for! We can't wait to return with them.
Heather C., United States, October 2014



Excellent experience, very helpful and accommodating.

Ute was fantastic, gave us a great trip. Very helpful and always responded to emails quickly. Safari was for 3 days, 4 nights which was perfect for us. Will recommend to friends and family
Donna, United States, September 2014



Amazing life experience in Kruger!

What an amazing trip. We were picked up at our hotel in Joburg and took the sightseeing drive to Hazyview. (Definitely stock up on the smoked macadamia nuts along the way!) Gods window and another great stop at a waterfall. Great sights. We arrived at Hippo Hollow and enjoyed staying in one of the garden chalets... it would have been nice to have a river view to watch the hippos at night and the elephants by day but all in all we were only 10 meters from the view so all was fine. We were picked up at 4pm for a night safari (it gets cold in April!) and actually saw a leopard eating an impala in a tree! Super rare and makes up for our not seeing a lion during the rest of our trip. The full day trips were very nice. less activity during mid-day but it was really nice to turn off the truck and soak in the sound and view from time to time. so peaceful.

What we did:
-1 night safari - Was ok but would not repeat. basically you shine a spotlight and drive slowly looking for eyes reflecting back at you. 99% are impala. we did a larger group with 10 people (strangers) and would not opt for that group size again. you lose all peaceful elements of the drive
-2 full day safari - definitely recommend a private tour or going with another couple you may know. its a long time to spend with strangers you may not care for
-1 1/2 day morning safari - this was fine as we were leaving for Joburg afterwards

What I would change...
-I would consider adding in a hike through the park with one of the trackers. This looks VERY cool!(and safe)
-I would consider staying at a camp inside the park. I actually would like to get deep into the [park and stray at one of the small camps... by camp I mean a small fenced in area with permanent tents and toilet. bare bones but very down to earth. May as well get very acquainted with the local beasts!

Ute and Roho Ya Chui did a great job and were very attentive of our needs during our trip. Its a fear that once you pay the broker is done with you but this was not the case with Ute. She is attentive and fast to respond during our trip. This is worth a lot and when we do another safari Ute will be receiving a call from us.

Enjoy your trip!

** Oh, one more thing. If you choose to do everything bay car/truck you cont need to buy all the safari gear listed on various sites. a tan shirt is more than enough. the animals cant see your legs in the truck and there are so many people moving through the park that you could have a flashing light on top of your head and the animals wouldn't care. okay, maybe that's an exaggeration but you get my point.

Enjoy!

Christian Ratteree, USA



Roho Ya Chui provided all the support I needed to make my safari trip the best experience ever.

From the very beginning I received all the information I requested and all my questions were cleared really quick (even with the time difference since I live in Mexico).
Ute, my guardian angel and travel agent, was 100% supportive and she was always open to any concern I had. She kept a warm and open communication at all times.
She also arranged an incredible dinner as part of the wonderful experience - my boyfriend and I were celebrating our 10th anniversary and it was a magic night!
The service provided exceeded my expectations: all the bookings were done timely without problems, both logdes were wonderful, the staff was always kind and willing to help. The food was amazing and our guides/rangers made the whole safari experience the best trip of my life.
Emilia Cruz, Mexico, May 2014



Excellent client service experience from start to finish.

I would like to thank you for putting together an amazing itinerary.  
Everything went very smoothly even when there were changes to the schedule - this could only happen with excellent communication and coordination between the different parties. This allowed me to focus on enjoying the safari experience!
Jan Yamamoto, United States, January 2014



One of the best holidays we've ever had! 5 stars!

We had an amazing holiday! AndBeyond safari lodges were fantastic. We were blown away by the high standards and superior service. Everyone remembered our names, and all staff were wonderfully friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. The accommodation in Exeter River Lodge was a real highlight. A truly stunning suite, and although it was a bit too cold to use the private plunge pool (we missed the 40C day and had 25C weather for much of our stay), we did enjoy sitting outside watching the Nyala, warthog, monkeys and lions wander by. This is absolutely the place to go if you're on honeymoon or want a romantic getaway.

The AndBeyond game rangers and trackers were excellent - both at Exeter River and particularly at Ngala, where I'm sure because of our tracker (Fanny) we seemed to see more wildlife than anyone else! Rhino, lion, several leopard (incl. cubs), buffalo, dwarf mongoose, cheetah, wildebeest, African wild dogs and pups, hyena and pups (they were surprisingly cute!), elephant (incl. lots of babies), yellow-billed hornbills and lots more.

Additionally the food was an unexpected highlight of our stay in the AndBeyond lodges. Every day we were impressed at the spread and quality of the food. We asked for many of the recipes and ended up buying their recipe book. Really, it was divine! If there was any criticism it would simply be that there was too much food and it was too irresistible - we came back weighing 1-2 kg heavier than before we left :-)

The staff were incredibly helpful and welcomed us warmly and professionally with airport transfers from the remote airport (where part of the Ngala rangers role was to chase any animals off the airstrip!). The short flights (10mins) between lodges were definitely the way to go (saved a 2-3 hour drive through uneven terrain). We really didn't want to leave when our guide and tracker returned us to the little bush airport (well, runway) for the final time.

We then had 3 days at Royal Chundu in Zambia to see Victoria Falls. Royal Chundu River Lodge was amazing! It was a bit of a treck to get there - an hour's drive from Livingstone, mostly along an unfinished and very bumpy road. By the time we arrived we were feeling slightly motion sick and starting to wonder whether it would all be worth the long drive there. But it absolutely was! When we stepped out of the car and into the resort it was the most serene and peaceful place, instantly dissolving any doubts we may have had. There was an infinity pool overlooking the Zambezi, the restaurant tables also overlooked the Zambezi. There was a welcome drink waiting for us and a beauty therapist ready to give us a shoulder massage whilst we completed the paperwork. The chef at the Royal Chundu was amazing - he trained under a 2 Michelin star chef and I have to say the evening food was divine - both in presentation, innovation and taste. And the room was amazing! Both Royal Chundu and Exeter River were stunning places to stay - probably the nicest places we have ever stayed at before.

The only slight disappointment with the Zambia trip was that the Vic Falls were very dry when we went (mid-late October), as the rains hadn't started yet. So it was a little like looking at a regular waterfall. So the views from the helicopter ride were not the stunning gush that we had hoped for, and there was no roar of water from the falls. But being in low season did mean we got to swim in Devils Pool - right on the edge of the falls, which was very very good! Apparently you can't do that in high season as I guess there is too much risk.

This trip has honestly been one of the best holidays we've ever been on, which is saying a lot as we are both well travelled. We can't recommend enough the lodges we stayed at: Exeter River Lodge, Ngala Lodge and (in Zambia) Royal Chundu (River Lodge). We also thoroughly recommend Ute Sonnenberg of Roho Ya Chui for organising this amazing holiday. She was enormously helpful and even added a wonderful personal touch of collecting us at the airport when we returned from the safari. She truly helped to make this trip so great.
Sharon & Simon from the UK, September 2013

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Excellent service and quality

Roho Ya Chui, Ute, helpt us in a wonderful to organise a perfect trip to Johannesburg in combination with a safari. Quick response, good hotels, perfect service, helpful and great advise on the variations of safari camps. She helped us to combine our wishes to the perfect location. We left South Africa with a very good feeling and Roho Ya Chui made that possible.
Richard, Netherlands, January 2012



A great help

It is almost impossible to plan a first trip to South Africa without the expertise of a travel agency that is based in South Africa. However there is always an unsafe feeling doing business with someone living in another continent. To do everything in confidence it was good that a friend advices us to contact Roho Ya Chui which is an agency based in South Africa however also in Europe, the Netherlands. So planning the trip was very easy and all financial stuff was done very correctly. We had a great trip.

Jan Keteleer, Belgium, August 2013



Amazing well planned photo safari

My safari at Phinda was truly life changing for me. It was my first time in Africa and I was there on business and I only had a few days to spend on a game reserve. I chose Roho Ya Chui because of their great reputation and their attention to detail. Ute Sonnenberg organized everything and left nothing to chance. The accommodations were excellent. Food was top notch. I am a photographer and this was my first photo safari. Ute was very helpful in making sure I was prepared with all the right gear. I got spectacular images and had an equally spectacular experience. I hope to return soon with my family, so they can experience Africa with Roho Ya Chui too!
Joel, USA, July 2013



A Fantastic journey-Serengeti Migration

A dream of me and my husband, both photo enthusiasts, was to go to Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, to experience the Serengeti migration and to make some good pictures.
We knew that over a million animals participate in the Serengeti Migration. So without experienced guides it would be rather impossible to cover it in 2 weeks time.
Ute Sonnenberg of Roho Ya Chui is such an experienced guide. With her help, tips and advice this adventure became an experience for life.
Catharina Koopman, Belgium, July 2013




Thank you again for creating a wonderful experience of narrative through pictures. I heard many comments of appreciation about your soulfulness and sensitivity. The journey of photography towards exploration of self and others have truly been rich and rewarding.
Marina Karstel
Momentum, SA, February 2012



Dear Ute,
Thanks for a wonderful weekend. I have learned a lot. You are so kind to learn us everything. I also enjoyed Linda’s company.
Kind regards, Tersia Botha
Pakamisa, SA, May 2012



This was an amazing experience, both seeing the animals & the Masai Mara & discovering I really like photography. Absolutely unforgettable.
Veronica Fiske
NYC, December 2011



You have awakened a new passion in me for Africa, a place I had only moderately thought of. I now want to come back and back and back.
Thank you for everything.
Herb Gingold
NYC, December 2011



IT WAS AMAZING !...  truly amazing.. We saw two crossings, some parts were emotionally intense.. A 4.5 - 5 metres long croc drowned a baby zebra, pulled her into the muddy waters right in front of us.. I am sure everyone felt it for her.. 
I have also done the balloon safari, costs 480 USD as an addition.. I enjoyed the ride as the sun came up in the horizon, very serene trip it was.. We were in the game drive sometimes 8-9 hours in a day, pretty exhausting but it was worth it. Safari Air was good, in time, no problems. Staff at the camp were very professional and gentle people. The guide, balloon safari pilot, alles good..
I don't know if I'll enjoy visiting Kruger Park after now on :), I saw more happening in the past few days than I've seen so far since I moved to Africa..
Thank you again for providing me such an amazing experience, much appreciated.
Babur Yakar, Johannesburg, SA, August 2012



What journey Ute!
Thank you for guiding me along the way, for your compassion + your honesty. I have learnt so much - about how I see photography + about how I see myself. This place nurtures & you do too. I have gained some insight into now. I need to change - mainly to just relax and “be” more.
Although it has been a journey of ups + downs, this place + all I’ve learnt … ends on a high. I definitely feel “lifted up”.
With gratitude + thanks, Lynda Smith
Pakamisa, SA



We had a most inspiring afternoon with you and spent much time talking about what we had learnt. Game was very sparse for the rest of the week but we had a new interest in looking for scenes which caught our eye. ... 
Thank you again for a fascinating experience. 
Tony and Brenda



Morning Ute!
Everything was wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! J
The Camp, the people the sightings, everything was amazing!
Monika Wassermeier



Lieve Ute!
Dankjewel voor de mooie dagen hier in de Masai Mara. Echt een geweldige tijd: de grootsheid doet je enorm nietig lijken, maar tegelijkertijd ook weer zo gigantisch, dat je werkelijk iemand bent en dankbaar mag zijn al deze ervaringen mee te kunnen maken.
Nogmaals dank! Heel veel liefs, Shirley



Liebe Ute,
Samen setzen, wachsen lassen und Früchte ernten in nur 4 Tagen. Es war sehr bewegend, habe mich so geborgen, so wohl gefühlt in all dem Neuen. Dein leiten führen hat es mir sehr leicht gemacht. Darf neben meinen vielen Fotos so viel Erfahrung und Eindrücke mit nach Hause tragen. Fahre mit einem sehr warmen Gefühl und Lächeln nach Hause.
Vielen Dank, Alexandra



Vielen Dank an Ute, die uns nicht nur fotografieren sondern auch viele Lebensweisheiten mit auf den Weg gegeben hat.
Es waren 3 wunderbare Tage in der Masai Mara.
Gehörtes ist gut - doch selber sehen ist besser. (Afrikanische Weisheit)
Vielen Dank, wir werden uns wiedersehen.
Gertrud Sörries



It was a great experience! I felt that each day I learnt more about myself, photography and nature. The lodge is phenomenal - great accommodation and phenomenal wildlife experiences. I really enjoyed the small team as I think it helped to bond and grow as a group. The camera and technical lessons were informative and helpful. I learned more about my camera, different techniques and the art of photography, which I will take with me on my future photographic experiences. As a real city girl, I fell in love with mother nature!
Overall, fantastic trip!
Thank you! xxx
Nazley Omar



I’ll never forget this passed weekend. I enjoyed each moment of it.
Tersia Botha



Hi Ute 
Thank you so much for the most amazing horse photography workshop ever.  It really was very special being around all those wonderful horses.
 
Sometimes we let the technical aspects get in our way while taking photographs, your workshop showed me that if you don't focus on the technical aspects you still get awesome photographs and it goes into a much deeper spiritual and emotional level.
Thanks again 
Regards
Alison Duncan

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