TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST AFRICA TRIPS:
Gabriela Forca, Molina de Segura, Murcia - "I had the privilege of traveling with Craftours to Kenya, it was a trip of a lifetime, so well organised. The game drives were spectacular, the accommodation superb, and the meals delicious. I met some wonderful people, everyone was kind and open. I left Europe stress out and returned a new person, relaxed and on a high from seeing the big five."
Merrie Jo Schroeder, Port Angeles, Washington, - "I’ve been able to cross off Tuscany and Kenya from my travel bucket list thanks to Craftours. The trip to Tuscany was wonderful -- a terrific hotel, great day trips, outstanding service and the expertise of a guide who knows Italy inside and out! I hope to return one day. The trip to Kenya was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Again, the accommodations were 1st class, the game drives amazing and Steve, our local guide, was absolutely the best. The attention to detail and extensive travel experience make their tours one of a kind."
Carolyn and Dan Rhoads, Saratoga, CA - "My husband Dan and I took the trip to Africa in January of 2011. It really was a trip of a lifetime. Everything on the trip was fantastic. I never ever thought I’d do a trip like this, but we are sure glad we did. We saw every wild animal imaginable and close up. We stayed at beautiful places. I especially liked the tent cabin. We ate wonderful food and were really well taken care of. I’ll never forget the trip and hope to go on another one soon."
Judy Snook, Phoenixville, PA - "The African Safari trip with a whole bunch of friendly people was stupendous! Our accommodations were very nice, even the tented ones. Our meals that we all enjoyed together were delicious. But most of all the safari trips took us out to see animals up close and personal! When I saw the giraffe that we could feed, I thought "wow, he’s big! We are in for a big, wonderful time" - and we did!."
Pat Seager, Marion, LA - " I have taken only one trip (so far) but have recommended Craftours many times. My trip was to Kenya in 2011 and I saw comments on the website from fellow travelers. All were positive. I was most impressed by the quality of the accommodations, the excellent meals and the overall feeling that everything was handled professionally."
Ollie Griffin Hastings on Hudson, NY - "The trip to Africa was amazing! Each venue had something different to offer. I was astounded at the number of animals we were able to see. Our room accommodations were excellent, and I thought the tent sites were unique. The food was delicious. The staff throughout the trip were friendly and courteous. The Masai Mara was mind boggling! As you can tell, I loved everything!"
David Rattigan Lesmurdie, AU - "The Africa Expedition was eagerly anticipated, so much so that I had probably created an impossibly high expectation. To visit Kenya had always been a wish of mine since first meeting Karen in 1979."
Ruth Stowe, Gillette, WY - "The African Expedition was a once in a lifetime trip. The accommodations were great! Just what one would expect on a safari in Africa. In fact the tents were nicer than any I had ever slept in before. The buffet meals offered a lot of choices in foods - some Kenyan some not."
Heidi Moles, Davenport, FL - "It was a great trip, We didn't have any problems and all the people we met were so friendly."
Michaele Cooke, Groton, CT - "I almost don't know where to begin. It was a life changing experience for me. I have always wanted to go to Africa and the experience of this trip was far beyond my wildest expectations. The safari rides were incredible. We saw every animal I have always dreamed of and closer than I could have imagined. Our driver, Gilbert, had in depth knowledge of the animals and the terrain, as well as the history of Africa - its land, its people and its animals. I learned so much. Our twice a day safari events, our side trips to various local craft centers and wildlife preserves were really interesting and something I will always remember - especially our visit to a Masai village. Our stays at each of the tented camps and hotels could not have been more luxurious or comfortable. The food was really fabulous and all their employees made us feel at home. I honestly don't know how the trip could have been better. Even our transportation to Africa was so well organized that all my anxiety vanished. I would recommend this trip to anyone. It opened my eyes to another world outside of my own little comfort zone and for that I will always be grateful."
Sharon Gordon, Bloomington, IL - "The African Expedition was such a wonderful trip. The tour was well done. I loved the smaller size of the group - we all got to know each other while traveling and eating together. The lodging was excellent, the food was great, the local people were interesting and very kind to us. I've traveled with other groups, but this was by far the very best trip I've ever been on."
Elaine Y. Olvie, Chicopee, MA - "All the things we saw and places we went to were magical! Going at this time of year, their spring, we were able to see all the baby animals with their moms."
Lola Nordstrom, Battleground, WA - "The African Expedition trip was beyond anything I could have imagined. I was on a total high from start to finish. We went on numerous safari drives and saw amazing animals. It was fun to meet new people with the same interests. Couldn't of been any better than it was."
Janis Giles, Tewksbury, MA - "This was the trip of a lifetime, and I wish everyone could go. Everything was organized and first-class. I made some great new friends and had experiences I will treasure for a lifetime. Having the opportunity to go to Kenya was an incredible blessing."
Marny and Tony Howe, Kalamunda, AU - "We had a wonderful time would do it all over again."
Linda Parker, Longview, WA - "The trip to Africa was fabulous. In addition to seeing so many heavenly creatures, we were moved by the hard working factory workers. It was very special to have the bead artists, break into song and dance for us. I never dreamed I would come away with very special friends. We are already working on another visit."
Pam Smith, Martinez, California - "It was wonderful!!! The accommodations were first class and the planning was excellent. The people involved were wonderful, drivers and guides. The leaders, Pam and Keith, handled all the issues that came up and kept the tour rolling forward."
Janet BIgelow, Tacoma, Washington - "I have always wanted to go to Africa, and at last was able to go, and mark it off my bucket list. This trip was all one could wish for, great leaders, guides, knowledgeable, down to earth, and all the good stuff."
Jeff Todoroff, Arcata, California - "Lodging was the best, and the game was quite cooperative. Food was excellent and abundant. The Masai Mara is a stunningly beautiful place; the balloon trip was magical."
Melvina White, Hercules, California - "I had a wonderful time. The game drives were lots of fun, looking for different animals. I enjoyed seeing the beautiful land all around us, beautiful sunsets and sunrises."
Lynne Todoroff, Brookings, South Dakota - "Working with Craftours was easy, very helpful, answered concerns, and well organized. The Africa Expedition was a little late in the high season but animals plentiful. We lucked out with the weather until our last day. I would consider another Craftour and recommend the Africa Expedition"
Karen Kelley, LaPlata, Maryland - "It was wonderful! Pam and Keith made it so special, and easy. I have never taken a trip like that before and will remember it always."
Elizabeth Edwards, Edwardsville, Illinois - "Tour guides, drivers and accommodations were exceptional."
Sherry Turpenoff, Glen Carbon, Illinois - "Duncan and your company turned the rest of it into a trip of a lifetime! Duncan took care of our every need. The 2 vans for 6 gave us wonderful photo opportunities. Adayo and Joseph were the BEST safari guides you could ever have. We saw the big 5, the Samburu 5, 2 leopards, 2 cheetahs, 2 lionesses with young Cubs, one male guarding a huge carcass etc. I have the photos of a lifetime and equally wonderful memories of the vial age we visited, the fabulous places we stayed and especially Duncan and guides!!"
Larry Gene Beach, San Antonio, TX - "This was the best vacation I have taken. The beauty and serenity of Sweet Water was amazing. The animals seemed to be totally at ease with all the photos of them. They actually were posing for some of them. The guide we had (Dominic) was a great part of the trip. He was totally knowledgeable and also fun. He made each game drive enjoyable. Overall truly inspiring vacation."
Mary Ann Hayre, Santa Rosa, CA - "Wonderful trip, although is there a possibility of more crafts. Safari much better than I envisioned."
Marie Novak, Edinboro, PA - "Our adventure started with the cancellation of one flight due to weather. We managed to get to JFK, but not in time for our connecting flight. I called the office, panicked. They made arrangements for us to get a different flight, different airline than the one scheduled. We made it Nairobi an hour earlier than the originally scheduled flight. And then, once in Kenya, the trip got better with each stop we made! We shopped for fabric in Nairobi, and I packed my suitcase full! We traveled to see the elephant orphanage, then to the giraffe center where I got to kiss a giraffe! We got to the camp, and the animal sightings were amazing! Every excursion built on the previous. The safari was amazing! Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. We ended the last drive by spotting the elusive leopard!"
Jo Barnes, Cambridge, New Zealand - "A very interesting tour."
Louise Toler, Forestdale, MA - "A fabulous experience!"
Melody Hicks, Lake Mary, FL - "I have traveled to many places over the years, but this trip was by far the most exciting one I have taken to date. Very well organized and the accommodations were top notch!"
Monica Orlofski, Forney, TX - "Absolutely the best vacation ever. I would definitely go again and will book all of my trips with craftours."
Lisa Boggs, Dallas, TX - "Life changing trip of a lifetime ;)"
Lani Nagy, Willits, CA - "The trip to Kenya was my 3rd trip with craft tours. It was wonderful. The accommodations were excellent. The tents at Sweetwaters camp were very comfortable. The highlights of the trip for me were the Kazuri Bead factory, The spinners and Weavers, visiting the school and giving toys to the children, and of course the game rides. It was truly a trip of a lifetime."
Susan Pollesel, Ukiah, CA - "Tears flow as I struggle to find the right words to describe this incredible gift of a lifetime. It really all began with our gracious leader Jim West....He had the vision and did the planning and we all were lucky enough to tag along!! I’ll never forget the sweetness and innocence of the people Kenya as they extended their hands in friendship and hospitality to all of us. The food was gourmet quality, the accommodations were 5 star. Really, who experience something of this magnitude? Multiple game drives, animals at the waterhole right outside your tent, amazing crafts, precious wide eyed children, and being french kissed by a giraffe. No, words cannot do justice to this tour. .... you have to be there to feel the love."
Lorraine Brown, Plainwell, MI - "THIS WAS THE BEST TRIP EVER! I never expected to get to Africa until Jim West told me about the trip! I could never plan such an experience on my own! Saw 4 of the 5 big animals and our safari driver, Daniel, was the best!"
Roberta Allen, Oceanside, CA - "The trip was an incredible! From the moment we entered Sweetwater Tent Camp and saw the animals at the watering hole to the left, I knew we were in for a wonderful experience. When we got to our room and there was a rhino directly opposite of us, approximately 20 feet away??? Oh no, I KNEW this was going to be an unforgettable experience. The twice daily game drives afforded us the opportunity to see a variety of animals, in their own environment. I would highly recommend this Journey with Jim...don’t even think about it...just book it!"
Yael Hellman, Beverly Hills, CA - "This trip, in one word, was AMAZING. As I said in one of our groups, this was a dream I never knew I had, until I got to Kenya. Aside from great travelling partners in the group, and the excellent accommodations, going on safari and seeing the animals was like being in our own National Geographic special. The sight of extinct animals and the sadness and outrage about hearing about poachers gave me a new cause in life. The tranquility and camaraderie gave me a new perspective in life. Overall this true Journey with Jim transformed ME!"
Jolette Olig, Fargo, ND - "This was my first tour of this kind. For the price paid, I did not expect as many wonderful experiences and the top notch accommodations that we received. Many of my fellow travelers had been on previous trips with Craftours and gave great testimony to their other experiences."
Suzanne Leimer, Moultrie, GA - "Jam packed itinerary at a great price. Many wonderful memories I will never forget."
Kathie Vaughn, Carmichael, CA - "Kenya was a magical experience from our excellent safari driver and wonderful safari experiences to superb accommodations at Sweetwater."
Carol Carter, Marshfield, WI - "Indeed, this was a wonderful trip. Even more than was expected. The outings to see the animals were always exciting and the local guide seemed to always know where to go to see yet another animal. I liked that we had many outings. The spinning and weaving and then the beading place were heartwarming to see. I loved their artwork. Visiting the school was special. The kids were adorable. I’m glad Jim is helping them out and was glad to contribute.
Shelly Stilger, Bel Aire, KS - "Kenya is a wonderful destination. I found it to be beautiful, friendly, and welcoming. Our Craftours group was a fun bunch of fellow travelers, and our Kenyan guides were absolutely stellar."
Susan Server, Los Gatos, CA - "This trip was amazing and exceeded all my expectations. I wish I could have stayed longer. Thank you, Jim, for a memorable experience."
Siri Carter, Marshfield, WI - "Amazing experience! I would recommend to anyone!"
Diane Herrington, Dripping Springs, TX - "One of my favorite trips ever!"
Katherine Chevalier, Foothill Ranch, CA - "I loved my trip, it met and exceeded my expectations! I’m glad I upgraded my room at Sweetwaters, it was well worth it! I loved the paper bead class, the painting class. I loved having Pam Holland there as a guide, this is the second tour I’ve taken with her!"
Laura Payne, Dripping Springs, TX - "This was the trip of a lifetime!! Every detail was taken care of and we were free to just soak in the culture and enjoy the experiences that were arranged for us! Highly recommend Craftours!"
Andrea Gormley, San Francisco, CA - "The Kenya Arts & Crafts Expedition trip was a terrific combination of city tours/drives, shopping, craft presentations & participation, Safari drives to learn about & view amazing animals, and relaxation at our accommodations. It was a nice mix of activities, down time, and wildlife."