Written on: July 23, 2013
I visited in October 2009
My husband and I went to South Africa in September, 2008, and hired Graham Maskell as our personal guide based on a reference from dear friends of ours. It was the best decision we could have made. At first, we were hesitant about having a guide 24/7. However, those fears were dispelled after the first day. We cannot say enough good things about our time with Graham. I don't know if you know he is a paramedic, professional guide, architect of many of the tents camps we stayed in, a pilot, and a photographer who happens to speak several languages. He is also absolutely and incredibly knowledgeable about everything without being a "know it all."
Wherever we went, whether it was Table Mountain, Robbin Island, Kruger National Park, Botswana, Zambia or Zimbabwe, he was always a delight to spend time with because of his sense of humor, and most of all his knowledge of history, culture, etc. We did not want to spend time away from him, which you can if you wish. He always enhanced our trip by sharing a wealth of information. In the morning, he would spread out a map and show us exactly what we were going to do, see and the history and culture of the land and people we would visit. He knew many of the guides, so we were blessed to get really good guides in the bush.
If you wished to spend time alone, as we did one evening because it was a special occasion, Graham suggested a lovely African restaurant, in Cape Town, and took us there and picked us up. During the entire journey, we never had to carry luggage, plan a plane trip between countries, get a Visa to visit Zimbabwe because Graham handled it all with grace and finesse.
From the very beginning, he asked us our tastes, and we told him. He then designed the trip for us. It was never a package off the shelf. It was around our needs and wants. He would suggest things to us, which turned out to be magnificent like the ultra light over Victoria Falls, the walk of the falls in Zimbabwe, the elephant safari, the wine country, a trip to an African Village that was not a tourist trip. He knew the chief, and we were the only guests there.
It was a life changing trip for us, and we credit Graham for helping make that happen. His services were worth every penny. Even though you have great guides in the camps, some do not speak English well, and Graham was able to enhance the safaris with his incredible knowledge of the animals and his tracking abilities. He was the value added on the trip. We have recommended him to several of our friends. You could not get a better person or guide.
If we ever go again, we would not hesitate to have Graham be our guide again. When we think of Africa and the amazing trip we had, we think of him as a critical part of the trip for us.
If you have any questions, please feel free to write us. We envy your going on the trip, and wish you a wonderful journey. Just don't go in October. It was 120 degrees in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
5 family members had 12 nights on safari in Botswana only, and 3 nights at Vic Falls. Ages 18-71. Cold morning jeep drives were fascinating, siestas in camp were perfect, afternoon drives always full of wildlife just at sunset. Gill asked our priorities, and then matched them perfectly to the camps she chose. She is knowledgable, detail-oriented and fully familiar ...
My wife and I contacted Gill to help plan our 20th anniversary trip two years in advance. After many emails with Gill we decided to move the trip up a year because we became so excited to go. Gill was the perfect person to work with as I am the son of an ex travel agent and it is very hard for me to give up control but working with Gill was so easy. We put together...
In November, my husband and I and my in-laws toured Botswana, Zambia, and South Africa. We have traveled and lived in different places all over the world. Thanks to Gill and Graham at Africa 2000 Tours, this was the best holiday ever!! It was a truly wonderful adventure from beginning to end! Every place that we stayed along the way was excellent and unique in thei...
My wife and I had used Africa 2000 Tours in 2009 to organise a trip to Victoria Falls and Botswana which was great and will be one of our top five best trips EVER.
We had some experience of Africa when we worked in Zambia from 1976 to 1981 and had always wanted to experience Namibia. Given their wonderful service previously with us and other friends we consulted G...
Our trip to South Africa had been planned in outline for some years. Having made contact with Gill & Graham, our plans quickly crystallised based on the areas and sights we wanted to see combined with Gill's recommendations.
We specifically chose a Tour Company that specialised in South Africa, we also wanted a company that was based in South Africa for that ext...
What an experience we had in Africa. Gill and Africa 2000 tours did a fantastic job of putting together a vacation of a lifetime for us. It was wonderful having Graham with us us on the first leg of our trip. He oriented us to South Africa, culture, politics, cuisine, history and sights. He got us in and out of the airport without a glitch. We had a slight issu...
Our tour group decided to do a safari prior to The World Golden Oldies Cricket Festival in Cape Town. After searching a suitable travel itinerary in Australia we found Gill and Graham and decided to ask their advice. Gill and Graham put together a package and with some tweaks and adjustments over several months and tailored the tour to suit us. Did it ever! We had ...
This trip was a such a memory maker and we cannot thank Africa 2000 Tours enough. From the moment we received our first response from Gill, we knew that we were in good hands. Every detail was covered. We did a 4 day hike up Mt Meru, then a 7 day safari in Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and Serengeti. The tent lodges were perfect for what we wanted. We loved going to ...
I highly recommend Africa 2000 Tours who we used to organise and book an 18 day trip in Botswana with an add on to Victoria Falls in June 2014.
We had a fantastic trip. The organisation was excellent and all done on-line. Dealing with Gill was a real delight. She made excellent suggestions about how to tailor our itinerary to maximise our time in Botswana. Gil...
Botswana is a MUST!
Every part of our trip was grand and I heartily recommend Africa Tours 2000,
Husband & wife team, Gill and Graham Maskell. Gill (pronounced Jill) and I set up the itinerary and her husband Graham was our guide throughout our two weeks. Gill was super to work with and Graham a wonderful guide and they both are now friends of ours! They are So...