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Jewel of Africa Safaris

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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About Jewel of Africa Safaris
Jewel of Africa Safaris is a tour & safari operator conducting professional guided and self-drive tours and safaris in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. We handle all arrangements, tours and safaris for large inbound groups, FIT and incentive groups. We have 18 years’ experience in travel and tourism across Southern Africa, however, the company is now 12 years old – registered in 2004. We offer luxury safaris in the Kruger Park region as well as Malaria free safaris in other areas of South Africa. Jewel of Africa Safaris currently also offers luxury Southern Africa Holidays and vacations in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. We offer packages for medium and large groups, families, golfers and romantic Honeymoon and much more! Visit Africa and you will see for yourself that: You may leave Africa, But Africa Will never leave you!
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Martin wrote a review 12 Aug
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My wife and I had an amazing trip. Saw the magnificent 7 and so much more on safari. After a two year delay due to Covid-19, everything came together for a great trip to South Africa and Victoria Falls. Thank you Neil for all you did!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from Jewel_of_Africa, Owner at Jewel of Africa Safaris
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Martin & Jennifer, I am so glad that you enjoyed your African Safari. It was great to meet you after all this time, and we hope to see you again in the future! Remember, you may leave Africa, but Africa will never leave you! Warm regards Neil de Jonge
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Conniealoha wrote a review 06 Aug
Wailua, Hawaii28 contributions7 helpful votes
My husband and I had a trip of a lifetime with Jewel of Africa. I started planning this trip in 2019, but because of covid it was postponed until June 2022. So I was in communication with Neal and Elize for almost three years. They were so quick to reply to my many emails. Our trip began in Windhoek, Namibia. Our itinerary in Namibia included Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Hoanib Valley, and Etosha. We saw all of the big 5 animals. We then flew to Capetown and had a great tour of the Cape and the surrounding area. Then we flew to Botswana and visited the Okavango Delta and Chobe. Wildlife was abundant! Our final destination was Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. I would have never chosen this itinerary on my own, so I am so thankful that I was able to trust Neal to plan this amazing 21 day journey! Every accommodation was over the top. Safari drives, boat rides, flights to the remote lodges, meals, and drinks were included with the price of the tour. Everything went smoothly and I can’t thank Jewel of Africa for a perfect trip of a lifetime! This tour company is beyond excellent. I would highly recommend using this company for any trip to Africa.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from Jewel_of_Africa, Owner at Jewel of Africa Safaris
Responded 2 days ago
Dear Connie, Thank you for the lovely review! I am so happy that you enjoyed your African Safari. We strive for excellence and pride ourselves on personal attention to design the perfect custom safari package. We hope to see you again shortly! Best regards
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Globetrotter48 wrote a review Jul 2022
Denver, Colorado204 contributions30 helpful votes
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Before I comment on the few negatives about Jewell Of Africa, I want to say that Neil designed a fantastic safari for us to the Timbavati area of Kruger and then up to the Okavango Delta and Chobe region of Botswana. Everything went flawlessly with all our flights, transfers and in the camps. This included several single-engine aircraft flights between the camps in Botswana. My Wife and I have been on 5 other trips to Kenya and Tanzania, staying at almost a dozen different camps and what we experienced in Kruger and the Okavango topped them all. Communication with Neil during the pre-trip organization part of our safari was spot on. He was quick to answer all our concerns as was Elize, his sales consultant. Jewell of Africa sends you a complete on-line "guest portal" profile of your upcoming trip that is concise and fact filled with everything you need to know about your location stays, from what to wear, the suggested tips to give out, flight connections with tickets, visa and covid testing information for going into and out of both countries, baggage limitations on the small planes and a never-ending list of other very helpful information. Probably the most concise information portal we have ever been sent on all our safaris. Neil was very personable and likeable when we met him at the international reception area upon deplaning from our arduous 16 hour non- stop flight from NY. I would recommend this safari company to anyone. We did have a few communication issues with Neil during the last few days of our trip up in Botswana. We had decided that we would like to do a day trip from Kasane to Victoria Falls and Neil promised that he would send information/ pricing on this excursion to us prior to landing at Kasane. I even reminded him on WhatsApp about this, a few days prior to our arrival there. He never responded with this information. We were a little disappointed as we were only 90 minutes from the Falls and would have liked to do this excursion. As it turned out, we had a fantastic 3 days at Chobe Game Lodge anyways. Neil also told us that he would meet us upon arriving back in J'burg for a "debriefing" on our trip which he never did. We had such a great trip, but these few issues kept me from giving out a 5 Star review. As I said in the beginning, I would recommend this company to anyone. I hope Neil understands that even "perceived" minor issues have a lasting effect on their clients overall impression of his company.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from Jewel_of_Africa, Owner at Jewel of Africa Safaris
Responded 03 Jul 2022
Dear Mark & Janis, Thank you for your review! We appreciate your feedback, which will help us improve our service and offering. I am glad that you had a fantastic safari. We are working hard to provide clients with all the information and eliminate the uncertainty. Africa can be a scary destination for first-time travelers! We pride ourselves on personal attention and quality service, and I apologize for the lack of communication during the latter part of your trip. I called Chobe Game Lodge to present you with the information about the day tour to Victoria Falls, but I should have followed up to make sure you have received it. We hope to see you again in the future for an unforgettable safari experience! Best regards from sunny South Africa Neil & the rest of the JOA team
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Briana B wrote a review Jun 2022
Chicago, Illinois1 contribution
The idea of booking a trip to SA was initially very overwhelming, but as soon as I started working with Elize I knew I was in good hands. From start to finish we had a flawless experience and were able to enjoy the journey of a lifetime due to the hard work and friendly team at Jewel of Africa. During the planning stage, Elize listened to what my husband and I wanted for our honeymoon and personalized our trip to make sure we found the perfect locations, accommodations, and activities for us. Some personal favorites were our epic hike of Table Mountain, being drenched in the mist of Victoria falls, and seeing all big 5 (plus many other amazing animals) on safari. Despite a 2 year postponement due to the pandemic, Elize kept us informed on the changes happening in SA, as well as checked in to make sure we were doing ok. During that uncertain time, her warmth and integrity was reassuring that we would indeed go on our dream vacation eventually. While in Africa, every detail of the trip was set to a tee and perfectly executed. Communication was easy and everyone we encountered was so personable, enjoyable and kind. From airport transfers to day long tours, we sat back and let the Jewel of Africa team work it’s magic. We felt like royalty being so well taken care of and living in such luxury! If you’re considering working with a travel agency do yourself a favor and work with these guys. Hands down one of the most amazing experiences of our entire lives. We are beyond appreciative of the personalized touches that Jewel of Africa provided and will forever cherish our sweet memories of our African adventure. Thank you all so so much!!!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from ELoubser, Guest Relations Manager at Jewel of Africa Safaris
Responded 29 Jun 2022
Dear Briana & Liam, Thank you very much for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure to host you in South Africa & Victoria Falls. I am so happy that we could make your dream (honeymoon) safari a reality and that it was worth the wait! We strive to offer our guests unforgettable Africa safaris of a lifetime - every time! I am looking forward to welcoming you both back to Africa again soon. Warm regards Your friendly travel consultant, Elize
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Meredith W wrote a review Jun 2022
Jupiter, Florida30 contributions1 helpful vote
Just returned home from an 8 day safari through Tanzania. Neil at JOA helped us plan every detail of our luxury private stay, and still came through at a very reasonable rate. He assisted us with all the annoying details like Covid requirements and bush plane transfers, instructed us on proper tipping and so much more. The trip was better than we could have ever imagined. Although JOA is South Africa based and we were touring the 3 parks in East Africa (Tarangeri, Ngorongoro and Serengeti) Neil assured us that he could handle this. And he did.,, with flying colors!!!! Our guide Emanual Macha was not only informative about all the animals, but also turned out to be a great friend ... and we shared laughs, meals and established a friendship that will extend past the dates of the trip. Macha made everything about the trip run smoothly. We always felt like we were in good hands with his advice and suggestions, and he even found a local orphanage for us to visit and helped us shop for food and things they might need for us to donate. That was one of the highlights of our trip. I cannot say enough about Neil and JOA... they put together a trip of a lifetime for us... and our only job was to enjoy it! And we sure did!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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