Dear Craig-

I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you for the trip of a lifetime. Autumn and I had more than a wonderful time. Your attention to detail in all aspects of the vacation were extremely noticed. From the moment we received the itinerary until the moment the driver dropped us off at the airport, we were always in good hands and didn’t have to worry about a thing. The Cape Town tour was outstanding, and our guide Richard was very knowledgeable. Having a private guide is the way to go because you can visit and see what you want without inconveniencing others. As I have mentioned to you multiple times before, Cape Town is my favorite city in the world and I am lucky to have spent time in the Mother City. The real reason many people go to Africa is for the wildlife and your arrangement at Gondwana far exceeded any expectations that we had. To be 5 feet from elephants and lions was something we will never forget. Stories, pictures and videos will never do a safari justice, but the live sights and sounds are etched in your mind forever. It is one of the greatest experiences a person can have.

Craig, you are a master of your craft and I am thankful for what you did for us on our trip, but most of all, I am thankful for a lifelong friend. We look forward to doing it all over again next summer.

Take care,

Brett Adams


" One of the bests times of my life"
Maybe next year.

Jim Winkler

We very much enjoyed our adventure and are looking forward to the next trip.
Craig was great.
Michael R. Horowitz

We made it back safely and truly enjoyed every day in Africa. The plans went perfectly and we appreciate all your help and coordination.

Thanks again and best of luck in the coming weeks!
Rand Horowitz

Thanks to you our trip was the best, absolutely perfect.
It was all I wanted and more.
Kay Cannan

Thank you for all your planning to make out trip wonderful.
Words cannot describe your country!
Connie Annas

Thank you, Kate, for making our four-generation trip to Africa so fantastic. From ages 6 to 89, from Tanzania to Zambia to South Africa, we were treated like royalty at every lodge. Our connections were smooth and timely (quite a feat for a group of 13 traveling by charter all over the southern continent). We finally encountered the Great Migration, after years of pursuit, and it was even more spectacular than we had imagined. The big 5 were waiting to greet us, as well as about a half million wildebeests and zebras. Your thoughtful touches and detailed planning gave me the pleasure of relaxing at each camp with not a worry about the next day's agenda. Our two 6-year-olds will forever remember the guides who climbed trees with them and lead them on the adventure of their young lives - to witness a lioness kill. We love each and every one of the Maartens family and eagerly await baby Lily's imminent arrival!

Love, Nancy Phillips Abernathy

Maartens Safaris provided my wife and I the most incredible honeymoon experience in South Africa. Everything was well planned in great detail. Not only did they provide high end vehicles for transportation but they also provided excellent and professional staff who only further enhanced our experience. Craig Maartens made the planning fun and easy – we were able to experience all the great things South Africa had to offer in 1 week from Cape Town to the Cape of Good Hope to Wine Country and last but not least an incredible game reserve. I would highly recommend Maartens Safaris for anyone looking for a once in a lifetime vacation!

Mohammed Khudairi

Hello Kate!

We had such a wonderful time, thank you very much for all of your help and expertise!  We absolutely loved our time in Africa, what an incredible place.  All of us learned so much about the places, people and animals, it really was extraordinary.  My favorite place was Sabi Sabi.  They do such an excellent job there of making sure everyone is enjoying themselves.  The food is of course amazing there and the kids had a great time at the Elefun Center.  They were trepidatious about going but we went once and all played soccer with the kids- even Mike, the teacher and I joined in!  After that our kids were hooked and went during the mid day break but they always wanted to go on the afternoon safari.  The rooms or villas were very nice and clean, it was top notch. 

We also enjoyed the Table Bay hotel, that was very nice and the people who worked at the hotel were very helpful, delicious breakfast!  That is in such a great location and the bay view for the room was gorgeous!

The Royal Livingstone as you know, was also wonderful.  The food was so good- I keep saying that but it really was; we all gained weight! :)  That is also in such an incredible spot and yes, the falls are really magical.  I almost can't believe we were there.  We had a fantastic day with our guide on the Chobe.  We saw a great diversity of wildlife in a habitation different from that at Sabi Sands.  Wonderful.  

And having all of the drivers was of course very helpful.  They all arrived on time, or earlier, were very helpful and again made us feel well taken care of.  

Such a great trip and we certainly hope to be back!  You did a fantastic job, I am so grateful.  

Take care,

JJ McGawn