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Review by: Neil, Nottingham UK
Tailor Made Tour (August 2010)

Rob kindly organised a fantastic tour - out to Pilansberg up to Tzaneen and into Mashatu reserve Botswana. All was very smooth and worked well even though Rob couldn't come himself. Brian was an excellent guide and a great bird spotter and travelling companion. The contrast between Pilansberg and Mashatu was wonderful and we could have stayed another week or two! this was our third trip with Rob and his team and we will be using them again. I am not sure how many birds we have yet to spot but there can't be many left!!
Neil and Elaine
Review by: Randy Bacchus, Toronto, Canada
Tailor Made Tour (February 2010)

Rob expertly arranged tours for us for a few days in Cape Town. Jack, our tour guide, took us to all the main spots and provided excellent commentary, and customized the tours to fit our time constraints and make the most of the weather. The whole trip was an amazing experience. Thanks Rob!
Review by: Dr A R Ward, Bolton [UK]
Tailor Made Tour (March 2009)

Rob is a brilliant guide and a superb companion. We have travelled with him before, but never for as long as this [3 weeks plus]. We went from Cape Town via Jo'burg to the north Kruger and back again. What a trip - what a guy!

We are already planning our next trip - we've not "done" the Elephant Coast yet, and we wouldn't want to do it with anyone else. Cheers, mate!
Review by: Michael Fisette, Carnation, WA
Tailor Made Tour (October 2008)

Was picked up at JNB by Fred, right on time. Told Fred we had 10 hours until our flight departed, and that we wanted to see the area. He took us a tour of Johannesbug and Pretoria, as well as Soweto. Took us to lunch at a place in Soweto we would never have found on our own. Even took us through one of Johannesburg's many shopping malls. Fred has an indepth knowledge of the local area and the history. We learned so much about the area in just 10 hours. Fred did not cut any corners. We could not have asked for a better day.

One of, if not the best, tours I've ever taken.
Review by: Yvonne Oughton, Leeds, Yorks, England
Tailor Made Tour (October 2008)

We first contacted Rob Parkinson in March 2008, regarding a trip to S.A. in October. He put together a 15 day tour for us which was just what we wanted. We were picked up at Jo’burg airport and taken for a tour of Pretoria seeing the Voortrekker Memorial and the main square with its statue of Kruger and wonderful jacaranda trees.

Our trip took in the Drakensberg Mountains, the Battlefields including Spion Kop and Rourke’s Drift where we had the best Battlefield Guide, Michael Nens, to explain the strategy of the wars to us. We then went on to Ladysmith and Pietermaritzburg. We had two nights in Durban before flying to Port Elizabeth. We headed down the Garden Route via the Tsitsikama National Park to Knysna where we visited Featherbed and had an amazing ride to the top of the mountain and a good walk down.

We had two nights in Hermanus where we saw so many whales that we became quite blasé. We also visited the Stellanbosch wine farms on our way to Cape Town. We had the most amazing trip up Table Mountain – clear blue skies and no wind. All the B&B’s, Guest Houses and Lodges were of the highest standard and the trip included all meals and entrance fees. Rob was also knowledgeable about birds and flowers and would take us wherever we wanted to go. If you want a great time with a great guy, then Rob Parkinson is certainly ‘The Tourists Friend’.
Yvonne, John, Margaret & Jo.
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