Written on: October 30, 2013
I visited in February 2013
Pieter took my dad and myself on a tour through Namibia for a couple weeks, early 2013. He was very helpful before we even met, via email, in order for us to arrange the itinerary that best suited our interests.
I loved the pace of our travels and Pieter's flexibility: I never felt that we rushing to places, or that we couldn't afford to spend a bit more time somewhere, if we really liked it there. It's nice to have a plan, but it's also nice to have the freedom to adjust it as one goes ;-)
We stayed at great hotels, every night, the kind that fit our taste for authenticity, and ate well too. All the logistics were smooth, but really, what I most enjoyed was seeing so many animals, and our guide certainly was brilliant in finding them and pointing them out. He is also very much into photography, as is my father, so they met on that common ground and both enjoyed spending longer periods in a single spot, trying to get the best shots of elephants, giraffes, dunes, etc.
It was also a pleasure meeting his wife, Tessa, when they both took us out to dinner on our first night in Namibia. This immediately set the tone of a personal tour, where Pieter wasn't just a guide, and we weren't just customers. All throughout our tour, our conversations were enriching, as he has a very in-depth (bottomless!) knowledge of his country, on pretty much any level you can think of!
Thank you Pieter, for such a unique experience, and thank you Papa, for having been there to share it with me :-)
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