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CLIENT REVIEWS

Craig & Sara / Seattle, WA

When:

September 2016

Where:

South Africa & Zambia

"I knew during the first introduction with Nick that he was not only a serious professional, but also someone who absolutely loves Africa. That alone convinced us that booking with him would result in a trip of a lifetime. His overall enthusiasm about Africa and attentiveness to our somewhat naïve questions really showcased his professionalism and client service.
In terms of the trip, the itinerary was perfect. We started further south in Capetown and then spent two nights in Franschhoek (Winelands) before heading to Safari for six nights. A delightful surprise was that he proactively got us upgraded at no cost to a better lodge as the original place we were going to stay was under construction longer than expected.
As many of his clients have mentioned, you are treated like royalty on a YPA safari, but at the same time, each guide and lodge is great at customizing the experience to your taste, risk tolerance, and anything else that you deem important.
We ended our trip with a stop on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. It was one of our Safari highlights and a perfect ending. The falls are amazing, but the Zambezi river and the lodge we stayed at were out of this world. We ate dinner on a floating dock and were serenaded by the local church choir. It was a memory we will never forget.
In summary, I would give Your Private Africa the highest possible recommendation. Even before leaving we wanted to go back and explore more that Africa has to offer – Kenya, Uganda, etc. If you have any trepidation about Africa, I would say that while you’re there, you’re safe, in good hands at all times, and will gain new perspective of the planet we live on and our ecosystem."

Judy & Steve / Los Angeles, California

When

September 2016

Where

South Africa

"My husband and I decided it was time to reach into that bucket list and go on our dream trip to South Africa. It was an easy call to make to Nick at Your Private Africa. In addition to having a wealth of knowledge about the region, Nick and Ashley made sure that each hotel was an amazing experience—each one more exceptional than the last. There was no stone left unturned in terms of attention to detail to our daily itineraries and to our overall comfort while traveling. I highly recommend “Your Private Africa” to plan your next world class trip."

Adrian / Renton, WA

When

August 2016

Where

Tanzania

"Over the summer I had the pleasure of going to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and safari in the Serengeti and Ngoronhoro crater. Nick and Ashley were there for all my groups needs from start to finish. They listened to our goals and provided options for the trip of a lifetime. Paying careful attention to everything from dietary needs to the best places to visit based on the time of year we traveled and they excelled at every step. The guide service we were connected to as we stepped off the plane was second to none. I've been on excellent climbs with other guides but have never had the level of personal service I received from not only Nick and Ashley but also the guides they provided in Tanzania. I would highly recommend YPA if you are traveling to Africa. They provided my friends and I with a trip we will never forget and will be talking about for years to come."

Tom & Beth / London, England

When

March 2016

Where

South Africa

"As our first trip together, as well as our first time visiting Africa, Tom and I really had no idea where to start. Nick not only put us at ease, he helped us to build what we now refer to as our best holiday ever. Nick's knowledge of South Africa really was exemplary, but what really made him stand out was his commitment to building a trip that was right for us. He was extremely accommodating of our somewhat last minute requests at a very busy time of year. His recommendation of our accommodation in Franschhoek was a particular highlight - a truly wonderful hotel, with exquisite rooms and service.
From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we were made to feel like VIPs. In the three days we spent at the wonderful lodge in Kruger we were lucky enough to see four of the big five, including a baby rhinoceros and numerous leopards. Even on the drive to the lodge itself we saw a family of wild dogs resting by the track.
In short, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nick to any of my friends and family should they be planning a trip to Africa and when we return, we will certainly be calling upon Nick once more."

Mike & Cesar / Venice Beach, CA

When

December 2015

Where

South Africa

"Planning a trip to Africa seemed like such a daunting task, but thankfully we had Nick to assist us! He helped us to decide what type of trip we wanted to take and then handled everything for us from start to finish. The result was a trip that we will remember for the rest of our lives. From an amazing safari experience where we saw all of the Big 5 game, to wine tasting and exploring Cape Town, everything was top notch and perfectly arranged. Nick made sure that our trip was stress free and that our experience was curated exactly to our tastes and preferences. I can't wait to plan another trip with Nick as our guide."

Jon & Jenny / Seattle, WA

When

September 2015

Where

South Africa & Mozambique

"A trip to Africa is often a once-in-a-lifetime investment in memories for most people. However, Africa travel can be intimidating even for the most seasoned international traveler. This is where Nick truly stands alone as your personal planner, designer, and mentor all in one. Nick combines his vast firsthand knowledge of African destinations with premier event planning skills in order to create wholly unique trips catered specifically to the client. You can rest assured that Nick will craft an amazing trip bounded only by the limits of your imagination. As for the logistics, our trip was the easiest international travel I've ever been on, Nick had every single transfer point planned to seamless perfection. The overland border crossings were simple and allowed us to relax and enjoy the scenery of Africa rather than the minutiae of proper visas and travel documents. Our African honeymoon took us from the vistas of Capetown, to the wilds of KwaZulu-Natal, and finally to the waters of Mozambique. Nick created an experience that went beyond my wildest expectations. Look no further for professional African travel planning; Nick is simply the best."

Margie / Seattle, WA

When

June 2015

Where

Zambia & Malawi

"An exceptional travel consultant who captures his client's hopes and dreams and turns them into reality. Nick asked the right questions, listened carefully to the answers and expertly crafted our extraordinary African adventure. Our expectations were high, yet the trip exceeded our expectations at every turn. The ease and success of our trip reflected Nick’s deep personal knowledge of the Safari lodges, camps, hosts and guides that make up the African travel experience and the care he took with every detail. We are so fortunate that we turned to Nick as our African travel specialist."

Dave & Krystal / Kirkland, WA

When

November 2014

Where

South Africa & Zimbabwe

"Using Nick to book our safari to Africa was probably the best thing we could have done! Our trip was fun, seamless and we didn't have to worry about any of the logistics. Nick made sure everything was setup ahead of time, explained everything we needed know before we left and had his affiliates meet us as soon as we landed. It really made our trip easy and care-free. While we were there we enjoyed a number of incredible experiences including a beautiful sunset river cruise, Boma dinners, a guided tour around Victoria Falls, and went zip lining and even did the gorge swing. Our favorite part of the trip had to be white water rafting the Mighty Zambezi River! Thanks Nick for building us such a memorable and amazing trip!"

John / Spokane, WA

When

February 2014

Where

Namibia & South Africa

"Nick is without doubt the most amazing and knowledgeable expert on Africa travel that I could ever wish for. I traveled with Nick as my private guide to southern Africa (via a great stopover in London) and we had the safari of a lifetime in Namibia. Nick had everything covered from the first phone consultation to until we returned home. The trip was a VIP experience, and was beautifully planned and executed, with insightful experiences, and a variety of amazing local people we met and spent time with. Ongava Private Game Reserve and Etosha National Park were highlights of our trip, with unsurpassed animal encounters. Swakopmund and the Skeleton Coast were almost "otherworld" experiences. At Ongava we enjoyed safari on game drives and in private 4x4 open game vehicles, in which we encountered incredible wildlife, including zebra, giraffe, rhino and elephant. We were even lucky enough to witness a giraffe being pursued by five lions, for approximately fifteen minutes. The walking tours were fantastic, with extremely knowledgeable local guides, who went out of their way to make our trip a once in a lifetime experience. The sunset excursions from our lodge were spectacular and unforgettable. I cannot say enough about Nick, and his knowledge and demeanor. I would give Nick my highest recommendation. I cannot wait to visit Africa again."

Clint / Renton, WA

When

December 2013

Where

Tanzania

"My family and I visited the Serengeti in the winter of 2013/14. We used Nick to plan our trip and he performed exceptionally well. He had great attention to every detail and that careful attention showed up again and again in our 10 day trip. We loved where we stayed, and each place had something unique and different that added to our experience. I would definitely use him again and I highly recommend his services. He listened well, and came up with plans that exceeded our expectations all along the way. An African safari is a once in a lifetime experience and I have done it twice. The difference between the trip Nick planned for us and our other trip made what is a great experience even better."

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