I took part in a Jenman Safari from Cape Town to Victoria Falls commencing April 7 & concluding on April 28. It was the trip of a lifetime for me, made more special by the intelligence, professionalism and friendliness of the two guides – Charles & Sam.
We were a small group of 7 at the beginning of the safari, comprised of 5 Australians and 2 Germans…
When we reached Swakopmund, we were joined by 2 English sisters. The group all got on well and some of the thanks must go to Charles & Sam who discovered at the initial briefing that the Germans were expecting to be on a German-speaking tour. They managed to smooth the way for them & I believe that the success of the tour & the positive group dynamic was enhanced by the respect and care shown by both Charles & Sam, not only to the Germans but to all of us. They displayed extensive knowledge of African history, geography, geology and wildlife and showed great patience in explaining things more than once.
We all agreed that the vehicle provided was a perfect match for the trip across the enormous expanse of Namibian desert & we were especially grateful for the air conditioning during some searingly hot & strenuous days.
The accommodation was of a high standard but still retained a quirky and charming African personality. The meals that Charles & Sam prepared were interesting, innovative and healthy and they were able to take into account the dietary peculiarities of some of the group with good humour and grace.
Despite a couple of ‘interesting’ situations, Sam & Charles maintained a calm demeanour & displayed excellent problem solving skills, not letting on to the group that anything was amiss. Of course, we guessed but said nothing & just admired their professionalism.
I cannot emphasise enough what great employees you have in these two men. Please pass on my thanks to them.
It is because of their professionalism that I have been recommending Jenman safaris to anyone prepared to listen.
I may be visiting Tanzania and Zambia next year & will certainly consider joining another Jenman tour.
Jenny from Australia