About Us - Customer Feedback for Best of South Africa

Much like most of our properties and preferred partners, we are small, intimate, unique and owner-run, guaranteeing you a personal touch and undivided attention. We specialise only in South Africa, creating bespoke itineraries utilising our wealth of knowledge and passion. 

What our Customers say

Below are some testimonials from our customers giving feedback for and reviews of Best of South Africa; please note that feedback for specific hotels is displayed on each hotel page (in the 'Reviews' tab).

Best of South Africa Travel has 9 reviews and 9 ratings, with an average rating of 5.00 out of 5.

Kwandwe Ecca

Overwhelmingly Brilliant

We are still on an absolute high from our incredible trip to South Africa and cannot recommend booking with Ash Jarvis at Best of South Africa Travel highly enough. Ash ‘got it right’ from the get go. Not only is her knowledge of where to go, stay and what to do unbeatable, but she also has a knack, an intuition
for what is exactly right for you. From where to get the best breakfast, pizza or Michelin starred meal. The best time to visit the best places. What is a must, what can be a maybe, what is a wet weather option. All of this information delivered in a fantastically informative and friendly way.

Our trip was amazing. Kwandwe Ecca Lodge for a safari was incredible, Tsala Treetop in Plettenberg Bay was superb, our room at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Capetown was perfect for us.

But, the real reason to book with Best of South Africa Travel is Ash - you won’t get better. 

From who travelled with us in February 2018.

The Last Word Franschhoek

Truly was the holiday of a lifetime

I just wanted to drop you an e mail to say a very big thank you for organising such a wonderful trip for Matthew and I. It truly was the holiday of a lifetime, and I do not say that in a causal way.

What a stunning country you have. Everything surpassed my expectations. I could have happily stayed in Franshhoek my whole life.

Thank you for everything. We will definitely go again.

From who travelled with us in January 2018.

Mhondoro Game Reserve

A fantastic stay

Myself and my girlfriend recently returned from a fantastic stay at the Mhondoro Game lodge in the Welgevonden game reserve in South Africa.

Ash from Best Of South Africa travel organized our pick up and drop off and helped us plan our stay in this fantastic lodge.

I would highly recommend anyone looking to book a safari holiday or indeed any South African trip to get in touch with Ash as she is incredibly helpful , experienced and can offer some great deals

From who travelled with us in October 2017.

Nottens Bush Camp

Best family holiday

Best family holiday we’ve ever had.

From who travelled with us in April 2017.

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

A spectacular 2 weeks in South Africa

We are just back from a spectacular 2 weeks in South Africa. We took our 8 year old son back having visited on our own 10 years ago and we all had one of the best holidays. We wanted our son to see "the real Africa" at the same time as doing the usual touristy things (including a very patient son as we toured the beautiful winelands). Best Of South Africa Travel helped us plan our holiday to cover off exactly what we felt we wanted but gave really great advice for other ideas so we could get the most out of the holiday (Mpumalanga). We managed to tick off all the boxes as well as see the Big 5 (including rare cheetah and wild dog sitings!) on a wonderful safari in the Sabi Sands.

From who travelled with us in March 2017.

Boschendal Farm deli

A memorable trip

Thanks for organising such a memorable trip. It was absolutely fantastic, we all cried our eyes out when we left Sabi Sabi...thank you

From who travelled with us in February 2017.


A wonderful 7 night break to South Africa

We have just come back from a wonderful 7 night break to South Africa. We were incredibly well looking after from the second we stepped off the plane, by a lovely representative of Best of South Africa Travel - who met us and escorted us through customs and immigration literally behind the pilots. It was very efficient, and we felt very sorry for everyone else who had to queue for at least an hour! We didn’t want to hire a car and drive ourselves, so we had private transfers to two amazing game lodges, Marataba Safari Lodge and Madikwe Kopano. Best of SA Travel arranged a bush dinner for my husbands 70th birthday which was very special and a real treat to have supper out in the middle of the bush with candles and lanterns lighting up the tables. All in all we had a most wonderful time and plan to go back and do Cape Town and Winelands in 2018. We will definitely book with Ash and her team again, we felt very well looked after from start to finish.

From who travelled with us in November 2016.

Jock Safari Lodge

Definitely going back for more!

"We were referred to Ash by a mutual friend and were specifically looking for a unique experience for our family which involved a game park.  After a brief discussion around what we would like to see and do, Ash then came back with a package that met us at Jo'burg airport, flew us into the Kruger where our three day safari staying in a 5 star lodge began.  This intimate lodge with our own dedicated guide gave us an amazing experience seeing the big five and many more types of wildlife.  We then stayed in a luxury guesthouse outside of the park, drove the Panorama Route and visited an elephant sanctuary where we got to lead and ride the elephants - an experience our children will remember forever.  This six day portion of a three month world holiday was still the highlight of the whole trip for me.  We would not have experienced this but for Ash's local knowledge and attention to our specific needs.  I have recommended friends to Ash who have subsequently also arranged similar holidays via her.  I would love to come back and see more of South Africa in the years to come and will definitely use Ash again for this."

From who travelled with us in August 2016.

Pakamisa Private Game Reserve

How to make the most of every moment?

Local knowledge makes a huge difference! When I asked Ash at Best of South Africa to give me some guidance on how to make the most of our trip to Cape Town and Franschhoek wine valley, I felt sure she would be able to send me in the right direction. It never occurred  to me that she would organise our itinerary down to the last detail. It was like we were walking in Ash’s footsteps as she led the way, showing us the wonderful places that she had of course discovered as a native of this amazing country. From the best time of day to enjoy  a particular location right down to the best hotel room number so you maxed on the view. She took into account the ages of our three children, the pace that we would be able to travel at comfortably, and the style and ambiance that would suit our personalities. Like living in a tailor made suit we felt comfortable, safe and confident. Instead of feeling like a tourist I felt like a privileged guest. Ash opened the door and opened our eyes to a spectacular world of exteriors and interiors. Our personal tour guide and proxy host.


From who travelled with us in December 2015.


Nottens Bush Camp

Best family holiday

Best family holiday we’ve ever had.

Rob Willsdon

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