" Your respect for the people of South Africa was evident. This added to the satisfaction I felt about the tour."
"Our guide Crusty, was very well informed and always willing to answer our questions."
Meg Slater, Bellingen, Australia
"There was a genuine warmth extended by Kate and Crusty and a sincere interest in providing us a rich and wonderful experience. There is a 'culture' that is both 'down to earth' and authentic, coupled with a professionalism that is second to none. What really struck me was how Compass Odyssey is described on their website is perfectly aligned to the experience that is provided."
"I felt such a sense of 'rootedness' while in South Africa and this, in no small way, is to the credit of you both. You offer something far beyond a tourist travel adventure. It is a deep experience informed by a belief and perspective of the world that supports community, inclusion of diversity and fully engaging with differences. Thanks from the heart for this gift."
Colleen Kawalilak, Calgary, Canada
"Our trip to Soweto and the Apartheid Museum was very well done, and we can then come to our own thoughts about the current situation."
"I loved the variety of accommodation - always a sense of 'what's next' - very exciting."
"Very difficult to accept being home - we are all in mourning - I don't think you can do a trip such as yours and not feel that; you have both brought your vision to life and created something very special. Thank you."
"Your passion to involve and contribute to the local people and communities we met along the way came through.....if there were more people in the world like you guys, the world would be a better place. Thank you for the exposure and experience."
"What can we say! We have had a simply wonderful time with you over these three past weeks. We have explored the flora, fauna, social fabric & cultural heritage of the country that you respect & love so dearly."
"Your thoughtful planning and balanced itinerary has enabled us to throroughly enjoy the experiences that we have shared together. As well, your ability to connect with us on a personal basis & level has been deeply appreciated."
Kevin and Maree Dunne, Canberra, Australia
"I can't tell you how much Phillipa and I enjoyed our South African adventure. You had the pace and variety just right. Thank you both for the attention to detail that made it work so well - a very professional show!"
"I enjoyed Crusty and Kate's talks and would have been up for more. Crusty & Kate were always available for instructive chats which was also appreciated."
"Looking at the animals on the river on the morning game drive, and the hippo and elephant on the bridge (in Kruger National Park) was a highlight of the tour.....watching all the animals interacting 'documentary style' was beautiful."
"I had a great time and really enjoyed our group. I feel like I've seen things I came to see and have more insight into South Africa, although I'm still processing lots about the 'new' South Africa."
"Thanks for a great holiday experience. I did not know what to expect but would be happy to be back just for the spirit of everybody on the trip. Meals around the campfire, good company, a great crew, and yourselves. A complete relaxed holiday."
"I think the contrasting areas of South Africa made the trip more interesting and informative, rather than just a safari."
Ian Wood, Perth, Australia
"I loved the idea of each accommodation being different from each other."
"We felt touched and affected by the contacts made with local people which we would not have had the courage to seek out and experience by ourselves."
"We wanted to visit South Africa to see the wildlife and experience a little of the local culture. We booked with Compass Odyssey because of the integrity and focus of their tours which aligned with our interests and style of travel facilities....type of accommodation & tours etc."
"The quality of the food and service by the cook was above my expectations and there was plenty of it. The hygiene standard was also very good compared to other tours I have completed."
"Safety was my major concern and going with an Australian tour operator was reassuring. I appreciated the fact that all my emails were answered promptly and accurately."
" I did not expect such a high standard of accommodation". "I loved Kruger National Park. I felt very safe the whole time and saw more wildlife than I could have dreamed of."
Dominique Griffiths, Rockingham, Australia