Gisela put together the perfect trip for my family! Her suggestions were all just right and customized for our needs as a family. We travelled with a toddler and a 10 years old kid. The accommodation completely fulfilled our expectations, she chose nice, cosy and sometimes luxurious and family-friendly accommodation for us. She was also happy to help us with our lost luggage issues.
I can't say which part of the trip was our favourite because we visited so many different and amazing places. Sibuya Game Reserve was magical and very relaxing, especially for the adults, as they were even babysitting my young son so I could enjoy a relaxed safari on my own.
Thank you again Gisela!
Costanza & family, Italy, August 2017
Liebe Gisela, wir wollten uns noch bei dir für die tolle Reise bedanken! All die schönen Erlebnisse und speziellen Unterkünfte werden uns in Erinnerung bleiben. Alles hat wie geplant geklappt, danke! Wir schwelgen noch immer in Gedanken bei den diversen Abenteuern in Südafrika.
Gerne kommen wir bei Fragen zu weiteren Reisen wieder auf dich zu, und werden dich natürlich auch anderen Leuten empfehlen.
Marlen und Thomas, Switzerland, September 2017
We are back from our fantastic holiday in South Africa and wanted to thank you again for your wonderful recommendations and all your help that made our stay to a memorable holiday! Especially the Manor House at Dunstone was absolutlely stunning and we all wished we could have stayed longer....! Will definitely come back to you when we plan our next trip :-)
All the best for you & thank you for everything!
Daisy, Germany, March 2017
"All the accommodation you booked for us was great, we always felt that we had the best room at every Guest House. We enjoyed the wine and dine experience at Mimosa Lodge, Montagu, this meal was one of the best I have ever had. Our room at Tilley Manor, Sanbona, was complete luxury. The whole Sanbona experience was unforgettable seeing the wild life up close and personal, especially the elephants (my favourite animal). Mymering was a total rest, wandering around the vineyard and gazing up at the stars. We met another couple from Jersey there, whom we later caught up with for lunch once back in Cape Town. Madi Madi at Dysselsdorp was another unforgettable experience. Although no lake due to lack of rain, the horse riding on the animal trails, cuddling Meerkats, including a baby one and bottle feeding a Springbok, made up for that. After being up in the mountains for six nights, we were reluctant to travel to Knysna, Hide Away Guest House, where Colleen undoubtedly receives my "Hostess with the Mostess" award. Knysna had delicious oysters. Naals cooked us perfect Ostrich on the dining room fire at Skeiding Guest Farm, Heidelberg and he and Anne-Elize enjoyed a glass of Scottish whisky with us as a night cap. In the morning we collected an Ostrich egg and had omelette for breakfast. Ashbourne House, Franschhoek was perfectly located and our room was ideal for my early morning swims. We enjoyed horse riding and wine tours, a quiet retreat after a busy day and the only heated swimming pool out of 9 locations!
Thank you Camilla, you did us proud. We are boring all our friends with our adventure to South Africa".
Glynis and Edward, Jersey, March 2017
"Wir planen unsere langen Reisen sehr detailliert in Zusammenarbeit mit einem lokalen Tour Operator. Bei unserer Südafrika-Reise unterstützte uns Gisela Piercey für die finale Version kompetent und engagiert. Auch wenn wir "Hilfe" brauchten, war sie sofort "zur Stelle". Herzlichen Dank. Alle Lodges vor allem Shamwari, Sanbona und Tswalu waren hervorragend. In Kapstadt würden wir wieder das ruhige, familiäre Compass House buchen. Wir verbrachten fuenf intensive, interessante und spannende Wochen in Südafrika.
Gerne empfehlen wir African Twist Travel weiter".
Heidi & Hansruedi, Schweiz, Januar 2017
"We both enjoyed Sibuya very much. Very interesting for us and we were impressed with the professionalism of our guide and the company as a whole.
We were also very happy with our accommodation in Stellenbosch. Very spacious, clean, and quiet, but close to all of the very best parts of town.
We have just loved our trip to South Africa and I want to sell everything we own and move here. Actually, I have said that before, but we just love the place. Reminds us somewhat of New Zealand in many ways, but much more affordable and better food! We have some friends planning to visit next year and we will be sure to recommend that they use your services to plan their vacation.
We will be back"!
Keith, Canada, November 2016
"We are very happy!! :)
White Elephant was great and exotic. We loved the tent and the service was very good. We saw a lot of animals. They served great exotic food from local farms from there area. The ranger did an excellent job!.
Thonga Beach was so pretty, we should have had one more day for relaxing and trying out the beach. We really enjoyed ourselves and we did almost every activity they offer.
We are very happy for the help you provided and the itinerary for this trip was superb!
So thank you! I have told everyone how great South Africa is and how well we were treated. I have also told them about African Twist Travel so maybe you get some more customers form Norway.
We will return and visit South Africa again" !
Lars Roar, Norway, October 2016
"South Africa is a GREAT country to travel. Especially with a small baby, I must say. People are very open and caring. We were provided baby cots easily everywhere. We had the best of times.
The safari at Sibuya Game Reserve was perfect. The tented hut was luxurious and beautiful. Fell asleep with a fireplace going on and hot showers in the morning. Nice waking up to monkeys and deers at the terrace! Great staff, babysitters and food. When not on safari we went fishing, reading, relaxing or some «safari» on our own from the watch tower.
On the safaris we saw everything: elephants, rhinos, lions, giraffes, buffalo, zebra and so on. Staff is very knowledgeable and open for a good laugh. Very professional people.
I think people get value for money here. We had a great time, will recommend Sibuya to everyone we pass.
Whale safari was great, even though the boats gets crowded. Staff was very professional and we had a great time on the ocean. Saw several southern right whales, penguins, seals and birds. Even past a great white in the surface on the way back. Very educational".
Kjetil, Norway, October 2016
A huge big THANK YOU!!! My mom and I had an amazing trip and everything was organized soooo great.
We had the best time and will both definitely be back (hopefully with our better halves :)).
I totally fell in love with South Africa.
Michelle, Switzerland, October 2016
"It was the trip of a lifetime for me. The accommodations were top notch, Savannah was over the top, and your country is very beautiful. We had wonderful food. Out guide, Gertraud was a true delight--very warm and friendly, knowledgeable, and most helpful with all our requests. Would love to do another trip there, maybe I will someday. Thank you for your kindness for all our requests, changes and sometimes silly questions.
I will certainly recommend African Twist to anyone who is anticipating a trip to Africa".
Dinah, USA, October 2016
"Ditto what Dinah said. Everything was planned perfectly. Could not have asked for better accommodations or a better guide. Gertraud outdid herself in making sure we had a memorable experience.
Will have no problem recommending African Twist to others planning such a trip".
Alice, USA, October 2016
"The trip was fantastic, we did really enjoy it overall. All accommodation and experience was good. We will definitely recommend your services to any of our friends and family".
Deepa, Australia, September 2016
"Um das Wichtigste vorweg zu nehmen: unsere SA-Rundreise 2016 war einfach grossartig und unvergesslich! Unsere Erwartungen wurden in jeder Beziehung übertroffen.
ALLE unsere (von Ihnen empfohlenen und reservierten) Unterkünfte waren sehr sauber und geschmackvoll eingerichtet - und haben uns mit ihren jeweiligen Besonderheiten jedes Mal positiv überrascht! Da gab es atemberaubende Aussichten in eine Schlucht, auf ein Wasserloch mit wilden Tieren, oder einfach in eine unberührte Landschaft - oder ein Luxuszelt mit Löwen- und Elefantenspuren gleich daneben...
Was uns (ausser den bequemen Betten) am besten gefiel: die Freiluftduschen - Shower with the monkeys!!! Oh, wie werden wir das zuhause vermissen!
Offenbar haben wir den richtigen Zeitpunkt für unsere Reise gewählt, denn wir wurden nie mit "Massentourismus" konfrontiert (was wohl auch an den platzmässig kleinen aber feinen Lodges liegt) - oft waren wir nur zu zweit oder zu viert auf dem Game Drive unterwegs. Wir haben das sehr geschätzt!
Geschätzte Gisela - gerne haben wir Ihre Agentur AFRICAN TWIST TRAVEL in den Umfragen der diversen Unterkünfte eingetragen und werden Ihre Adresse allen unseren Freunden und Bekannten empfehlen!
Herzlichen Dank für Ihre grossartige Dienstleistung!
Silvia & Heinz, Switzerland, March 2016
Nous sommes à peine rentrés du Cap et l’Afrique du Sud nous manque déjà!
Ce fut un extraordinaire voyage très personnalisé, comme nous le souhaitions, grâce aux conseils très avisés de Gisela. Les hébergements très variés, les différentes réservations, tout a été impeccable et organisé de manière très professionnelle. Pendant notre séjour, quand nous avons eu besoin d’un conseil ou d’une aide, Gisela a toujours répondu présente et a été d’une très grande efficacité. Cela n’aurait pas pu être mieux.
Il a été un de nos plus beaux voyages et nous le devons pour une bonne partie à Gisela.
Nous ne pouvons que recommander African Twist Travel à toute personne désireuse de venir découvrir l’Afrique du Sud et nous confirons très certainement à Gisela l’organisation de notre prochain voyage en Afrique.
Jacques et Barbara, Switzwerland, February 2016
"Wir sind gestern aus Südafrika heim gekehrt und ich möchte Ihnen gleich mal Feedback geben: Es war eine ganz tolle Reise, Sie haben wunderschöne und gemütliche Unterkünfte ausgesucht! Es hat alles perfekt geklappt - alle Reservierungen (Unterkünfte und Auto) bzw Voucher haben gepasst. Ihre Wahl der Quartiere war super - jeweils herzliche Gastfreundschaft, wunderschöne B+Bs, gutes Frühstück - perfekt. Gerne werde ich auf Tripadvisor eine (gute :-)) Bewertung für Sie schreiben und Sie an Freunde weiter empfehlen! Vielen Dank"!
Klaudia, Germany, January 2016
"We have all had a wonderful holiday and wish to say a big “Thankyou” to you for your impeccable organisation and choice of venues… .There were no serious hitches at all. We had some Facetime with the family in China yesterday and they too were very happy with the arrangements.
All in all a very busy but much enjoyed holiday and thank you for your efforts and prompt attention to all our queries over the last 6 months!
Many thanks from all of us Camilla and very best wishes for 2016"
Ian and Nikki, England, January 2016
“We had a wonderful holiday. Would love to move to SA! but alas!
All went very smoothly and we thank you very much. The guest houses were all marvellous. The people running them were so helpful and the standard of accommodation was perfect.
Am already thinking of coming back to SA next year - will maybe be in touch!
Once again, thank you so much for your help with the planning, organisation and patience!"
Kerstin and Simon, Shanghai, January 2016
"The trip could not have been more perfect!
President Lodge was just what we needed after a very long journey. Elaine greeted us warmly and instantly made us comfortable and welcome. The Lodge is quiet, and calming, and our rooms by the pool added to the pleasant ambiance. The manager drove us to and from a nearby restaurant each evening, which was great for us. We met our driver at the airport with no problem.
Our drivers to/from Madikwe (Elvis and Justice) were also wonderful - punctual, pleasant and very very patient and helpful.
Mosetlha camp was truly a dream come true. Everything we could have hoped for in a bush camp experience, and more!
The last day tour was definitely a highlight. Our tour guide (Bongani- ?) was extremely knowledgeable and provided us a valuable learning experience in a very short amount of time. He took great care to make sure we saw everything and, at the same time, made it to the airport to beat the afternoon traffic. He was extremely patient and professional and we couldn't have asked for a better guide.
Thank you so much for everything! It was the trip of a lifetime for me and my parents!
Maryellen, USA, November 2015
“As for the trip arrangements provided by you and African Twist; we cannot imagine things having gone any better than they did. The quality of accommodations was outstanding especially Rosedene in Cape Town and Simbavati. The President Lodge in Joburg was excellent as well. Tanamera and Blyde River were outstanding choices for our trip. Both beautiful and unique. The driver services you contracted on our behalf were first rate.
Our sincere thanks to you and your network of lodging and transportation companies for making this a most special vacation. You can be assured that we will be referring friends to you and African Twist”.
Keith, USA, October 2015
"Nicht nur die Safari, liebste Gisela, sondern die GANZE reise war unbeschreiblich und unvergesslich und wir empfehlen jedem, der uns danach fragt, dieses wunderbare Land zu besuchen und auf jeden Fall deine perfekte Beratung, einfühlsame Betreuung und lückenlose Organisation in Anspruch zu nehmen (die Hilfsbereitschaft und das Verstaendnis fuer Menschen mit einer Behinderung bei den Transfers und Unterkuenften war ruehrend). Ein grosses BRAVO an dich und vielen Dank von ganzem Herzen".
Vivienne und Christian, Schweiz, October 2015
“Thanks again for an extraordinary well organized trip in this beautiful part of the world! On a ranking of 1 (min) to 5 (max) we will evaluate your assistance and professionalism at 6!
The guide, Penny, was great, very supportive, open, well documented and close to us all the time! She is really reliable for this kind of service. Therefore, from our side, all high appreciations for you and her! We will recommend you both with high confidence to our travel agents here in Romania. All the best”.
Carmen, Romania, August 2015
"Overall sind wir total begeistert. Das Land, die Leute und die Tiere machen eine solche Reise definitiv zum Highlight. Was wir auch noch erwähnen möchten, dass wir im Ausland noch selten so gut gegessen haben wie in Suedafrika. Das Fleisch und Gemüse hat super lecker geschmeckt (wir sind Kudu Fans) mhhh…
Wir sind vor allem über die Zimmerauswahl begeistert und wie du da Einfluss genommen hast. Beim Kings Camp, im Hamilton Tented Camp und in der Thonga Beach Lodge hatten wir jeweils das beste Zimmer mit super Aussicht. Wir werden dich auf jeden Fall weiterempfehlen und wenn wir das nächste Mal nach SA kommen, dich sicher wieder kontaktieren."
Nadine&Reto, Juli 2015 (haben sich waehrend der Reise verlobt)
"Our holiday in South Africa was the best ever. You live in one of the most beautiful country I've visited till now. Dramatic but moving history, great people, magnificent nature!!!!
The activities you arranged for us were superb. The half day tour to townships was very interesting, also for our daughter, thanks to the excellent guide. All was perfect.
Thank you for your work and suggestions. We really hope to come soon another time".
Tania, Italy, June 2015
“Thank you so very much for your assistance in organising everything for me - and at the last minute! I had a wonderful time and am very much looking forward to my next visit. I know that I will absolutely contact you first whenever I do! Your help, local knowledge and attention to detail in arranging my transfers, accommodation and safari was invaluable, and I also thank you for your speedy replies in helping it to all come together. Many, many thanks”!
Karla, Australia, May 2015
“We can't really thank you enough for everything you organised for us, our honeymoon was amazing from start to finish. The accommodation was better than superb and the generosity of all of the guest houses was amazing, we received a bottle of bubbly at all of them and very generous room upgrades at both Plettenberg Bay and in Cape Town. Your recommendations were spot on and be both felt very spoilt during the whole trip.
Our experience of South Africa was amazing and we have both come back with great memories and very full bellies, we enjoyed the food so much, the African kitchen was amazing! Timings for everything worked perfectly and we didn't have to rush anywhere which can only be down to your knowledge and how to make the most of our time in SA. I did thank Julie at Quatermain's when we were there for recommending you - another great place - and it wouldn't at all happened if she didn't.
I will send you a couple of pictures at some point but thank you again for what was an amazing honeymoon”.
Stuart & Claire, UK, April 2015
"Wir hatten eine sehr, sehr schöne Reise, wozu auch nicht zuletzt die Safari im Sibuya Game Reserve beigetragen hat! Uns hat es dort sehr, sehr gut gefallen. Die Lage am Fluss war toll und die Unterbringung im Camp hat keine Wünsche offen gelassen. Sehr nette Mitarbeiter, tolle Game Drives und ausgezeichnetes Essen! Vielen Dank nochmals für den Tip!
Falls wir im Freundeskreis von jemandem hören, der einen Südafrikarrlaub plant, werden wir euch natürlich weiterempfehlen! Und ich selbst kann mir gut vorstellen, in ein paar Jahren ein weiteres Mal nach Südafrika zu reisen. Das Land ist ja riesig und es gibt noch einiges zu sehen und allein Kapstadt ist auf jeden Fall immer wieder eine Reise wert"!
Christoph, Germany, April 2015
"We are missing South Africa! We had a really super holiday. So much to see and do and interesting things for adults and children! A truly wonderful place with a lot more to see on another trip. The Clarendon Hotel was absolutely super - the staff are terrific! Thank you for doing all the arrangements - it was a great and varied itinerary. While I am more than used to arranging our holidays, your service took the pain out of it and included local sage advice".
Cath, Shanghai, February 2015
"Wir wollten uns nochmals persönlich bei Ihnen für die super Reiseplanung bedanken. Es hat wirklich alles gepasst. Jede unserer "Stationen" wird uns äußerst positiv in Erinnerung bleiben. Die Unterkünfte und die freundlichen und herzlichen Gastgeber haben uns einen unvergesslichen Urlaub beschert. Die vielen Eindrücke, das wunderschöne Land und die Menschen haben uns sehr gefallen. Auch die Safari-Camps waren sehr unterschiedlich, so dass wir in edem Camp neue Erfahrungen machen konnten. Vor allem das White Elephant Safari Camp hat uns sehr gefallen. Die Wassersafaris waren halt doch was Besonderes.
Es hat einfach alles gepasst. Und da wir hier über Silvester waren, hatten wir einen unvergleichlichen Start ins neue Jahr. Das wird uns wirklich lange in Erinnerung bleiben. Wir sind uns nach diesem Urlaub ganz sicher, dass das nicht unsere letzten Ferien in Südafrika waren. Ganz viele Grüße aus dem "kalten" Deutschland und nochmals herzlichen Dank für Ihre tolle Planung."
Claudia and Alex, Germany, January 2015
"We are back from a very nice holiday in South Africa. Everything has worked out fine and according to plan. We would like to thank you for all your help and support, you have been very professional and service minded. If some of our friends plan for a trip we will be happy to recommend your services. Thank you and all the best"
Ann-Charlotte, Bengt and Jenny, Sweden, January 2015
"Wir hatten eine wunderbare Zeit in „Deinem“ Land. Die knapp drei Wochen waren ein Traum. Unsere zweiten Honeymoon-artigen Ferien innert zwei Jahren haben wir waehrend jeder Minute genossen. Und die Organisation, die Du für uns gemacht hast, hat hervorragend gepasst: Unterkünfte, Autos, Zeiteinteilung etc. Vielen Dank nochmals für die Organisation und den angenehmen Kontakt!"
Tayaout & Lenka, Switzerland. November 2014.
"The holiday was wonderful. A great trip and one which we will always have fond memories about. We will return to South Africa again so you need to find another route for us! Do you do Botswana, because we keep hearing very good things about it. Thank you for your help in arranging such an amazing stay."
Charles, UK. August 2014.
"Unsere Reise war für alle ein voller Erfolg. Wir sind vom Virus Südafrika angesteckt, und es gibt ja noch soviel zu entdecken. Wir beginnen wieder mit sparen und wer weiss, wann wir wiederkommen können. Auf jeden Fall nehmen wir dann Ihre Dienste gerne wieder in Anspruch."
Daniel, Schweiz. August 2014
"As the one who was in charge of planning our family trip I am so thankful that I found you. Your help has been impressive and invaluable. As a party of eight adults and the wish list we had you helped make the trip an experience of a life time. All of us loved the places you recommended for us to stay – each place was individual and delightful. We miss the amazing breakfasts we enjoyed at each place and have voted the Parker Cottage Special of the day as the best. Our time at Timbavati - Umlani Bush Camp was truly unforgettable - we saw every animal on our list except Cheetah, crocodile & T-Rex! The hot-air ballooning was a lifetime ambition of mine & it was as magical as I had imagined it! The white shark cage diving was 'enjoyed' by six of our party. The video of the event is quite breathtaking. The ones who took part would recommend it. We all enjoyed meeting you during our trip and cannot recommend your services highly enough to anyone planning a trip to South Africa."
Tilly and family, UK. July 2014.
"I want to thank you so much for helping with the trip. We could never have planned it without you. We met so many different people, saw so many animals, so many different environments, ate so many different types of meat!! I think we got a good feel for your country and learned so much. It's been a big adjustment to come back. Thank you so much for helping when I had difficulty with the car hire company. I was a lot more confident knowing I had you for a lifeline."
Carla, USA. June 2014.
"Liebe Gisela, eine perfekt organisierte Reise in einem der schönsten Länder der Welt , voller Abwechslung, interessant, spannend. Vielen herzlichen Dank für Ihre vorzügliche Arbeit und Organisation! Wir kommen sicher wieder."
Familie Tschuor, Schweiz. März 2014
"Initially we had trouble finding accommodation that would be suitable for a family traveling with small children, but Gisela managed to find the perfect places for us. She knew the most family-friendly staff, the best locations close to beaches, and made all the bookings at the same price as booking directly - just without any of the hassle of doing the legwork of trying to find good places online without really knowing about the quality and the convenience of the location. She listened to our wishes rather than recommending a blue-print solution and had the patience to provide alternatives according to our search criteria. Not only did she fix the accommodation for us, but provided also valuable advice on what to do in Cape Town, which activities would be suitable for the whole family and which ones we should rather avoid. She hooked us up with good local service providers and recommended ways of exploring the town and its surroundings. On top of all this, we had the most amazing weather during our vacation, and all this put together made our stay in Cape Town arguably the best holiday ever.”
Scheja family, Rwanda. May 2014
"You could not have picked more perfect places for us the entire trip; each place was so different and the staff so accommodating! Our honeymoon itinerary was perfect, too. We loved winding down at a B&B and then in wine country to end our trip. I wish it was just starting all over again! Thank you so much for all of your help in planning this for us, and for being in touch regarding any questions we have had. You have been so wonderful to work with and I would recommend you most highly to anyone traveling to Africa! I will certainly keep in touch, and hope to be back soon. We miss it so much already!"
Sarah and Charles, USA. January 2014
"Wer in Südafrika reisen möchte, dem ist eines zu empfehlen: Sich an Gisela Piercey wenden und ihr mitteilen, was man sich vorstellt, welche Wünsche man hat. Damit ist man in besten Händen, frei vom Stress, ewig im Internet zu suchen und kann sich ganz entspannt auf unvergessliche Tage freuen.Wir denken täglich an die traumhafte Reise zurück. Danke, Gisela!"
Agathe und Joachim Deutschland. November 2013
"We are busy doing an around the world trip and my parents and their friends met up with us in South Africa. We wanted the holiday to be a very special experience for all of us, so I asked Gisela to help me with the planning. This was definitely the right decision! The places she recommended were absolutely lovely (especially Parker Cottage and Honeyguide Tented Camps in Kruger Park, amazing!), the staff were so kind. Everything was perfectly organized! Gisela's travel itinerary was both interesting and relaxing. Communicating with Gisela was great: she responded to all our emails very quickly and even during the trip we could contact her anytime and she helped us instantly. Thanks for everything, Gisela!"
Nicole, currently traveling the world. March 2013
"I was trying to plan our first trip to South Africa and was confronted with an inordinate amount of mind numbing choices when Gisela Piercey’s name was highly recommend by Parker Cottage Guest House to help me with my plans. Upon contacting her, she enquired about our goals, our personal interests, physical needs and abilities. She then outlined a proposed itinerary with recommended accommodation. With minor messaging we finalized dates, plane reservations, car rentals and accommodation. Gisela did all of the leg work in the details of confirming time and dates with the entities providing the services. I was a bit nervous about transferring funds to an unknown individual half way around the world and she gave me several choices as to how to handle the funds. Every detail of these arrangements was flawless.I was so impressed by her personal touch and her concern for our needs that I visited her and her husband to let her know how much I appreciated her service. Dealing with African Twist Travel was the key to the best trip my wife and I had ever taken. Thank you again Gisela."
Bill and Vivian, Alaska. January 2013
"I recently visited South Africa for the very first time. It was unforgettable! I had booked a few nights myself but then required help to find available accommodation as it was peak season. Parker Cottage Guest House was so kind as to recommend African Twist Travel. I sent an email to Gisela. In record time I had a reply, and after finding out what we needed, Gisela suggested the perfect place to stay for us. Because of her excellent service I decided to let her book some additional places we had not organized yet for our trip. She was incredibly efficient and has done a really good job in record time! In less than one week everything was booked and prepaid in a secure way. For anyone who would like to visit South Africa I highly recommend Gisela's services, you'll have no bad surprises but only good ones. I have to say that I usually book accommodation directly but this time it was really great to have someone who knows her customer and her country so well, doing it without any extra charges except extra smiles !!!"
Sandrine , France. January 2013
"You are travelling to South Africa on your own with a little child of 4 years?" I was asked so many times. People thought that this must be dangerous. So I asked Gisela for help because it was my dream to visit South Africa. Gisela was of great help. She could answer all my questions and she organized a perfect round trip for my son and myself. And I can confirm: it was not dangerous at all. South African people around the Garden Route are so helpful and friendly. We really enjoyed our holiday. Gisela even organized private safaris for us and we had so much fun there. The guest houses she booked for us were beautiful and luxurious and with friendly staff. If someone wants to experience this country, stay at very nice and high quality guest houses, meet friendly people and impressive wild animals – go for African Twist Travel. Thanks, Gisela. It was an unforgettable and perfect stay in this amazing country!"
Gaby , Sitzerland. November 2012
"Thank you, Gisela, for guiding us during the planning of our trip to South Africa. Your knowledge of the resorts and their unique characteristics, your attention to detail regarding logistics, and your prompt and personable responses to our questions and needs, all resulted in a smooth, enjoyable, and unforgettable experience!"
The Hinshaw Family, Switzerland. October 2012
"Gisela Piercey of African Twist Travel has certainly delivered more than 100% when she worked out a tailor-made itinerary for my brother and his wife from Switzerland. Despite the lack of much knowledge of the English language and travel experience, the two felt perfectly safe and comfortable on their 3 weeks long self-drive round trip from Johannesburg to Durban via Swaziland and the classic Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. They have been raving ever since their return about the many highlights along their journey and would certainly choose the services of African Twist Travel again in future. Thank you Gisela for assisting my relatives to truly experience part of Southern Africa THEIR way."
Christoph, Tour Guide and previous guest house owner, February 2012
"We have come to the first anniversary of our marvellous Safari to South Africa, which your excellent organisation made so enjoyable. When a friend suggested that we should not miss out on a Safari, we did not think it possible, given George's disabilities. We phoned you, however, to ascertain if you had any advice for us, and you assured us that you can take care of everything. I could only walk short distances, and could not handle stairs and bathtubs. The program you organised for us was outstanding, from Cape Town where your guide met us, to Port Elizabeth where we finally bade good bye to South Africa. She was an excellent driver, and being married to a local, she was a mine of information. All the accommodation on the way to the two game parks you booked for us were 5-star, had showers and no stairs. The game parks Blaauwbosch and Sibuya were most accommodating, with well informed and helpful guides, good accommodation and all the animals you promised us. Your advice to come in April, when the vegetation is not too tall, thus making the wildlife visible, had an added bonus. We did not encounter a single mosquito, nor even flies!"
George, Australia. April 2011
“We would like to thank you very much for the unique and out of the ordinary lodge and hotel proposals you came up with. You picked our minds and delivered an excellent service to us. The administrative handling was also very professional. Thanks to you our trip to South Africa was a memorable and very special experience!!”
Christina, Switzerland. November 2010
“Gisela put together a four week trip through South Africa for us - it turned out to be an absolutely wonderful and unforgettable holiday. She took into account that we were traveling with our two young children and picked the accommodation and activities very carefully to cater for them, too. All accommodation was chosen brilliantly. We have enjoyed a fantastic hospitality, an outstanding personal service and the food was excellent. Gisela recommended private game reserves where the kids could participate in the safaris with us, and in a completely malaria free environment. With this travel planning service, Gisela has indeed proven how excellent her knowledge of South Africa is. We have enjoyed it so much that we cannot wait to return for another trip.”
Family Tschuor, Switzerland. April 2009
“Recently I was in a pickle. I was planning on getting engaged but had no idea how or where to do it. Fortunately I came in contact with Gisela who not only suggested ideas to make the special day memorable, but also made all the arrangements for me. I was very impressed with the professional and efficient way all my travel and accommodation arrangements were made. In the end it was a weekend staying at a five star game lodge and partaking in a hot-air balloon safari (which is where a popped the question at 1200feet!). Thanks to Gisela, I now have great memories which will stay with me a lifetime. I will most definitely be making use of her services in the future.”
Neels, South Africa. September 2009
“Gisela organised our entire honeymoon for us. I contacted her with a destination, a budget and a time frame. She came back with several suggestions of places to go to and made the important suggestion of NOT going to a busy place as it could mess with the intimacy and privacy a newly wed couple normally seeks on honeymoon. We picked a unique place and it was absolutely lovely. Everything was organised for us when we got there and we had absolutely zero surprises. Apart from contacting Gisela, choosing a place and paying, I didn't have to do anything to organise our honeymoon and we had the time of our lives! I will happily contact Gisela time and time again for future honeymoon re-dos and holidays. Thank you!”
Norio, South Africa. March 2009