Travel has always been something that is an integral part of my lifestyle. I am constantly seeking out a new destination to explore. From city breaks in Europe, tiger trekking in India and exotic islands in Indonesia, safaris and sunsets in Botswana, travelling is what fuels me. Despite having travelled extensively, Africa is the one that captured my heart.
When the first opportunity arose to travel to Africa, I jumped at it. Being offered an opportunity to work for an international development charity based in Port Elizabeth, I got the opportunity to both meet local people, explore the beauty of this stretch of the Garden Route, the Kruger and many others in between. The dramatic coastlines with stretches of golden sand, picturesque rollings hills, lagoons, lakes and a stunning array of wild flowers and wildlife just to top it off! Despite its natural beauty, it was an absolute pleasure to work alongside some truly inspiring young people. This was all I needed to fuel my next adventure – to Zambia and then to Botswana and then on to the next and the next….!
I’ll never forget the first time I went on safari. I was filled with a childlike sense of excitement. Finally being immersed into the African landscape, watching springbok grazing, elephants wading across a river, giraffes battling for their territory even down to the birds – bright flashes a colour as they flew past. To top it off – relaxing with a glass of wine watching the vibrant sunsets with Acacia trees silhouetted against the sky, the glow of the moon and the thousands of stars overhead and the sound of the African bush at night.
African safaris are life changing – something that everyone should have the opportunity to experience.
Ask me about sunsets over Victoria Falls, drifting through the Okavango Delta or penguins, whales and seals in South Africa.
I have never used a travel agency before, I usually book my own trips but because it was Africa I decided to find an agency to assist me and I was very fortunate to have chosen Jacada travel.All I can say is Rebecca Cook pretty much held my hand throughout the entire process (and I truly needed hand holding). We had a number of transfers between Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti, the Masai Mara and Capetown. I was a little skeptical that everyone who was supposed to meet us would be there, that the bush planes would be there when they were supposed to, to my relief they were all there waiting. That was my biggest concern. For me it felt like a very complex trip and Rebecca made it run like clockwork. The lodges, the safaris, the hotel, the guides, could not have been better. It truly was the trip of a lifetime. During the planning whenever I had any minor issues, between Rebecca, Angela and Biron they resolved them instantly. I recommend Rebecca and her team highly and I would definitely use them again especially when I plan my next big trip (China,maybe)
This was my second travel experience with Jacada. Last fall my husband and I visited South America, which included travel to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu and I have now just returned from a gorilla trekking adventure in Rwanda and safari in Kenya with my adult daughter. My first experience with Jacada was beyond expectations and the second certainly did not disappoint. Rebecca’s service was exceptional from our very first contact. She tailored the trip exactly to our needs, wishes and budget and offered helpful tips and suggestions to make the trip as memorable as possible. She even included thoughtful gifts for my daughter’s young children that were related to our visit to the Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi. The itinerary, internal flights and transfer pick -ups were seamless so that it was a completely stress free holiday. Her accommodation suggestions were superb. We were fortunate to be one of Jacada’s first guests to the newly opened Sangita in Rwanda and it was stunning! Rebecca and extended Jacada staff as well our knowledgeable, professional and friendly guides and lodge staff all worked together to create unforgettable memories for my daughter and myself. I will definitely be booking a third trip with Jacada..
Rebecca was incredible to work with! She was so patient with all of our changes! She went to great lengths to make sure our trip was perfect. 10/10 would love to work with her again.
Planned a last minute 11 night trip to Morocco with Rebecca. Her and her team were absolutely fantastic. We gave them a tall order in asking for booking on such short notice (and then changing the dates mid-planning!) and we could not have been happier with the results. Highly recommended.
Very reliable tour company. Good communication. Very detailed.
Rebecca Cook did an exceptional job of arranging our "Safarimoon" in Africa - Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Seychelles. We had many ideas and dreams that she considered and organized into a trip full of adventure and beauty. There were only a few (expected in Africa) bumps along the way and Rebecca was interested in feedback on how to make an already spectacular experience even better. We highly recommend Jacada as a travel partner extraordinaire!
As a travel agent it was a Joy to work with Jacada and Rebecca! My clients were very impressed with all accommodations and dreams came true! will use them again!!
Well organized trip. Took into account our likes and dislikes with respect to accommodations, restaurants , sightseeing. Answered all our questions. Guides that were arranged were very knowledgeable and passionate about the country. Having a rep present at the airports made the transfers stress free. The hotels were top notch. The detailed pre planning resulted in a wonderful trip.
Rebecca and Angela were exactly who you would want to entrust with your important family vacation. All of us are busy and can only get together once a year, so it’s a big deal when we do. We left the planning in the capable hands of Jacada, and it’s a good thing we did, because they delivered a spectacular time that exceeded all of our expectations.Arrival - slightly less smooth than it should’ve been, only because our original flight was canceled. Jacada adjusted accordingly, reacting quickly to get us to Kruger.Kruger - An unforgettable safari par none. Even though we wavered on our plans and missed the opportunity to book at our desired lodge, Rebecca understood how important this was to us and shifted the entire itinerary to make sure we were able to get a reservation. I’m not sure what kind of magic she pulled, but I wouldn’t have wanted to stay anywhere else. Rebecca also gave us the suggestion of surprising one of our family members for his birthday with a breakfast in the bush, a one-of-a-kind experience we would’ve missed out on if it weren’t for Rebecca’s astute guidance.Cape Town - Really charming city, and we stayed right on the waterfront. Angela provided some excellent dinner suggestions that injected some culture into our trip. Our tour guide was excellent, proving knowledgeable and friendly.Overall, I was truly pleasantly surprised at the trip. Typically after a week, I can feel a tinge of homesickness; during this trip arranged by Jacada, I felt none at all.