“ We had a good flight back, slept through the Dakar stop and arrived in Washington, DC one hour early, and rested. A big reunion with all the family, ate a bit of turkey, and wowed the group with our Africa pictures and recounted all of our adventures. Every time Tibbi and I talk, we confirm that the visit to Africa was our very best vacation. You get all the credit for planning a great itinerary, and creating a wonderful array of hotels, and camps. Not a dud or hitch during the entire trip. We enjoyed so much being with you, and as they say "in Central Ohio," we think of you as our new new best friend.

So thank you so much for everything, and we look forward to being with you again soon. ”

- Jake and Tibbi Johnson, Washington DC. USA

“You know from discussions during the recent South African tour of the Carrolls and Johnsons, organized by Vineyard Ventures, that we four are well seasoned travelers, both individually and collectively. I mention that in hopes of putting what follows into context.

A few days after our return we received a note from the Johnsons saying this was "by far the best trip they had ever taken". The Carrolls concur wholeheartedly.

Any lengthy vacation trip has two basic elements: the things to be seen and experienced and the efficiency and comfort with which such experiences are achieved.

Unquestionably, southern Africa has much more than many other destination locales to recommend it; the animals, of course, thousands of years of natural development of predator and survivor. However, beyond this, the people, the landscape of mountains, farms and deserts, the vineyards, the culture, the Cape Dutch architecture, the food, the economy, the sophistication of Capetown, the history of Johannesburg and importantly the emerging political and governance situation. WOW !

Having said all of that, such a diversity of potential things to see and do becomes a complex challenge of logistics and entree. At this you were superb! !! It was clearly your skill, talent, knowledge and contacts that made it all work so superbly for us. You tailored the trip to our desires with a minimum of advance input from us. You sequenced similar events, such as hotels and lodges, so that each seemed shockingly better than the last. We were never without some one looking after us at every stop ( four countries, nine hotels and lodges, nine flights plus an overnight train, all in 22 days there). You had experienced all locations, knew the managers and were respected by them.

Or, to put it more succinctly, you personally made a potentially great trip a reality.

We praise you to potential travelers whenever we can. Thanks again.“

- Tom and Damaris Carrol, Washington DC. USA

“Vineyard Ventures is the best of several companies offering tours of the winelands. Sisters Gillian Stoltzman and Glen Christie are knowledgeable and passionate about wine, and will tailor tours to your interests. You can also opt for one of their standard one-day tours. All tours feature wine-tastings at top cellars and an excellent lunch.”

- Fodor’s South Africa

“For fun tailor-made trips and entrée into lesser known cellars for private tastings contact Vineyard Ventures”

- Frommer’s South Africa

“South Africa is better than TV.”

- William Gilbert, 9 year old from England

“The first and for a long time, the only specialist wine tour company - For 16 years super-experienced guides Gillian Stoltzman and Glen Christie have specialised in customising each sipping-safari to visitors’ tastes — off the tourist beat. Their matchless contacts and all inclusive costing make this an unforgettable experience. Gourmet tours, historic tours and garden tours each with a wine focus.”

- John Platter Wine Guide

"I just wanted to write and thank you again for a wonderful tour of Cape Town and the winelands. Not only did I absolutely enjoy the intimate knowledge you had of the entire area, but also your company."

- Hiro Ruo, USA

"A quick note to thank you for an absolutely fantastic time. You were the perfect hostess making the day both informative and enjoyable. You handled the day with flair and panache. We are looking forward to the next time."

- Mark Coetzee, Johannesburg, South Africa

"We enjoyed meeting you and many thanks for making the trip so much fun and rewarding. We will never forget the experience and the fun of being with you and seeing the area with a real pro."

- Sharon Lawson , St Lucia Island

"You have redefined the meaning of car and driver! You are more like a sunny friend, cheerful and knowledgeable, an excellent guide and a fun companion."

- Barbara Wurmbrand, California

"Thanks for the superb service delivered by your company. I appreciate by changing our minds at such a late stage we stretched you, however the sign of a great business is the ability to change quickly and decisively. On both points top marks are in order."

- Steven Johnson, London

 

"For fun tailor-made trips and entree into lesser known cellars for private tastings contact Vineyard Ventures"


- FROMMER'S South Africa