Erik Schneiders, Global Exploration, The Netherlands – March 2020
Jessy has been the Global Exploration chairwoman in South Africa since 2014. Ever since then she did an excellent job organising our intercultural exchange program in South Africa. Many Dutch schools have travelled to South Africa to meet up with their buddies in Cape Town and Johannesburg. As no school has exactly the same wish as others Jessy’s amazing energy and network was priceless in organising all these tailor made projects.
Marja & Danielle, The Netherlands – February 2020
Dear Jessy, Marja and I have just returned from our fabulous pre honeymoon trip to SA. You really hit the nail on the head with the places you chose for us. Spot on, each one of them. We’ve taken so many photographs to remember everything by and to attempt to take home the feel it gave us. Yet the most important feel is nestled in our hearts. Filled to the brim with love and joy. Jessy, thank you so much for putting together this wonderful trip and help make our dreams come true. Love Marja and Danielle
Fam. Van Woerkom, The Netherlands – August 2019 (3rd time visitor to Southern Africa with PlanetPilgrims)
Hi Jessy, De reis was geweldig! Mooie plekken gezien en bijzonder veel dieren (na drie jaar nu eindelijk ook het jachtluipaard 🙂 mogen bekijken. Alle lodges waren uitstekend. Lind End vonden we bijzonder mooi, bij zonsopkomst een schitterend uitzicht op de bergen. Eigenlijk verliep de reis geheel probleemloos. Wat meer potholes dan we bijvoorbeeld in KZN hadden maar daar had de auto (Fortuner) niet zoveel moeite mee. Bedankt weer voor het regelen! Groetjes, Arvid
English Translation: The trip was fantastic! Beautiful places and we saw lots of animals and after 3 years we FINALLY saw the cheetah too. All lodges were perfect. We enjoyed Lind End the most. The sunrise is simply spectacular with a view on the mountains. All in all the trip was without any problems or challenges. Slightly more potholes than in KZN but our Fortuner had no problem tackling those. Thanks very much again for organizing it all. Arvid
Fam. Geleijns, Belgium – July 2019 (2nd time visitor to South Africa and Namibia with PlanetPilgrims
Wij zijn gistermorgen weer veilig thuis gekomen hier in Roosendaal.. Wat een prachtige reis hebben we gemaakt en wat heb je het goed georganiseerd. Veel dank daarvoor. Prachtige lodges, leuke afwisselingen, waarbij Sossusvlei Lodge, Hobatere, Grootberg Lodge en natuurlijk Mokuti Lodge er echt uit sprongen! (ahum, bijna alles dus…). Weltevrede vonden we het minst, maar voor 1 nacht prima (blij dat we nog 2 nachten naar Sossusvlei Lodge hadden kunnen omzetten).
Fam. Tromp, The Netherlands – Jan 2018, Guided trip including Cape Town, Cape Wine lands, luxury safari and luxury beach resort
On our way to Durban! Ik kan wel zeggen dat wij allemaal enorm hebben genoten van een fantastische reis, door jou perfect georganiseerd. Zuid-Afrika is een prachtig land dat ons in vele opzichten heeft verrast. Een land om terug te komen. Heel veel dank en hartelijke groet, Anneke.
February 2017, University of St. Gallen, MBA Executive, Switzerland
“For our 40+ group of Executive MBA students from Europe Jessy organized various leisure and culture activities in an around Cape Town for us. Everything went very smooth and with very high quality. Jessy made our stay in Mother City very special.”
January 2017, Fam. McCallum, United States
You are absolutely correct. We left so many things that some day we will need to do. We definitely have plenty of reasons to come back, which I am sure we will do. For me, the real litmus test is how well Catherine liked the trip, and on that note it was a real success. She thought the itinerary was perfectly balanced and every segment a real treat and different from the one before. There were no disappointments other than some rain during the last 2 days at Marataba, which we can’t control. I think, if there was a favourite part, it was the safari. In the end, we spent 3 nights at Trails and 2 at the Safari Lodge. We loved Trails best – the walks, the solitude, the service, the accommodation and the post safari dinners – all fantastic.
Thank you so much for customizing the trip for us. It was a special vacation and one that we will remember and speak of for a long time.
December 2016, Atlas Travel, Germany
I hope you are doing well.
Many thanks again for your cooperation on the tour. The group is coming back satisfied.
December 2016, Beltman group, The Netherlands
Wij zijn inmiddels weer veilig aangekomen in NL. Graag willen we onze ervaringen met je delen. We hebben allen een prachtige reis gehad. Goed georganiseerd door jou en ondergebracht in goede accommodaties. Uiteraard waren de onderkomens heel verschillend, maar van goede kwaliteit. Totaal oordeel: Prachtige reis door Zuid Afrika met veel verrassende elementen in goede accommodaties met goede diners en prima enthousiaste driver.
November 2016, Laurie Foucteau, South Africa, solo parent adventure, road trip Johannesburg and Limpopo province
Travelling with Jessy and Rosie as a solo parent was a fantastic experience. I have so many great memories of that trip and we did so much within less than 2 weeks! Jessy made the bookings and I trusted her great knowledge and gusto in choosing accommodation and activities. We set out to explore Johannesburg staying in 3 fantastic places in Melville and Soweto and continued our trip into Limpopo, where we stayed in a beautiful luxury guest house.
The highlight of Joburg was our stay at Lebo’s backpackers in Soweto. This is a lovely house opposite a great expense of land where you can pitch your tent, braai and enjoy evenings around the fire. As part of a series of cultural evenings Lebo’s had invited a pioneer of music production from Soweto to talk about his life and exchange ideas with guests (mainly foreign backpackers) around the fire. Brilliant idea! And so good for visitors to this country to hear about the creativity and talent emerging from the area. The following day we went on a bicycle tour organized by Lebo’s. They have tons of mountain bikes and young local guides who really know about the history and the cool places in that part of Soweto. We ended our trip in the Vilakasi street area, at the Hector Petersen memorial. My son, a teenager, and a proud African, was super excited about the Soweto trip and actively took part in the cultural exchanges.
I also loved the evenings when we booked a baby-sitter and went out to the Jazz club in Braamfontein and to see Simphiwe Dana’s show.
In Limpopo we stayed at the gorgeous Madi a Thavha, were we enjoyed the pool, the great locally sourced food and crafts, the mini museum and a few visits to local cultural attractions. That place has incredibly beautifully designed arte-facts all over their huge property at the foot of the mountains. Kids were deliriously happy with the pool and giant trampoline.
Wow! What a fantastic holiday.
October 2016, Fam. Van Noortwijk, The Netherlands
Beste Jessy, Wat een fantastische adressen en reis heb je voor ons gemaakt. Wij hebben genoten van het mooie land en de activiteiten.
June 2016, Mc Farlane family, United States
Dear Bud and Jonda and the whole family,Thank you so much for the lovely flowers!! What a nice surprise to come home toI hope you enjoyed Livingstone and were able to see the Victoria Falls. Did you have a good flight back home? Greetings from cold Cape Town!
November 2015, C. Udd, Germany
Good to hear from you! I wanted to write to you last weekend but we had so much to take care of when we came home and on Tuesday I went on a business trip only arriving back home late yesterday…
Anyway we are super happy about our whole trip and the itinerary prepared by you. Everything has been perfect, we would just have needed a bit more time!!
I know this is your job but THANK YOU for helping us making our ZA trip an amazing experience!
November 2015. Fam. Ter Huurne, The Netherlands
Fantastisch ! We zitten nu in een stralende zon in Lesotho ,gaan morgen een tripje op paard maken. De verblijven zijn allemaal tienen! Het lange afstandrijden valt soms wat tegen. Gelukkig nog maar één keer zo’n rit naar Graaff-Rein. Maar we zien op deze manier veel van Z.Afrika en daar genieten we volop van. Hartelijke groeten van ons. Willem en Marian
September 2015, Fam. Geleijns, Belgium
Goedenavond Jessy, Inmiddels zijn wij alweer een paar dagen thuis en aan het werk. We willen je bedanken voor de hele mooie reis die we gemaakt hebben en voor de fijne organisatie en mooie locaties die je voor ons hebt uitgezocht. Het was ook fijn dat je af en toe stand-by was, dat gaf een gerust gevoel. Wij hebben ontzettend veel mooie dingen gezien! We zijn nog lang niet uitgekeken en hopen nog eens terug te gaan. Nogmaals heel erg bedankt! Misschien komen we je nog eens tegen bij Edwin en Heleen. Dat zou leuk zijn.
Groetjes, Marc, Ellen en de kids
June 2015, Brigham Young University, USA
I am the Assistant Director of the BYU Global Business Study Abroad which participated in a guided tour with PlanetPilgrims, formerly Extraordinary Travels on May 21st– 24th. Our time with Johann and Gys was wonderful and we were so pleased with our tour. Again, thanks for providing our group with a wonderful time in Johannesburg. We all loved it!
February 2015, Cornell University, Emerging Markets Institute, USA
I would like to whole-heartedly recommend Jessy Lipperts to organize any kind of business travel, meetings, or conferences in South Africa. She does an outstanding job. We recently completed a study trip to Cape Town and Johannesburg with 25 MBA students. Not only were the travel details flawless, Jessy was instrumental in setting up outstanding meetings with South African business leaders and government representatives. She quickly grasped what we were trying to achieve, and built a well-balanced agenda of social, political and business appointments. She stayed with us for the entire trip, making sure nothing would go wrong. She is easy to work with and pays close attention to details. In short, she is exceptional. I hope I have the pleasure to work with her again.
Richard J. Coyle