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"We recently went on a wonderful bird watching trip to Zimbabwe all organised by Cazenove and Loyd. We visited two camps, Little Makalolo in Hwange Narional Park and Musango on Lake Kariba, two totally different parts of the Country but both stunning in their own ways.
All the various travel arrangement worked like clockwork and the welcome and attention at both camps was excellent. Wanting to concentrate on birds, the standard and the knowledge of the Guides that C & L particularly chose for us was outstanding.
Although Cazenove and Loyd operate at the higher end of the market, our tailor made trip was worth every penny and we will much look forward to another adventure with them in the near future. They really know how to do it!"
"Everything worked brilliantly from when I first shared our plans to the flight home. The arrangements to get us to the wedding were excellent and our drivers in Nairobi were helpful, courteous and a pleasure to travel with. Samburu was fantastic and a great recommendation. Hopefully one day there will be the possibility of travelling again
MANY THANKS MILLIE
"Lovely knowledgeable guides who made the whole trip varied yet seamless. Always happy to go the extra mile they made us feel we were VIPs. The background admin meant we didn't have to worry about any of those boring details like transport!
Hotels lived up to expectations and the whole holiday was truly amazing. The Burmese all seem to smile, and their default mode is kindness and consideration."
"This was first class; divine. I want an extra star in the box above with "Outstandingly excellent" in it. "Very good" simply isn't good enough!
Emily helped Karen set up the bits she couldn't do and also coordinate the 14 others' travel arrangements, documentation, diving certificates, etc etc etc. Painstaking work - like herding cats - and she did it perfectly. The flight connections, drives to hotels and other details were all very smooth, we all met up as planned and had a seamless, easy time. (And due to panic emails and the great response from the Caz nerve centre in London we also had enough wine on board the boat!) Thank you!!
This was quite simply the best holiday I have ever been on. I have travelled far and wide for 50 years and really don't say that at all lightly.
Quito was wonderful and our hotel was great fun - hilarious bits of décor and the residents reminded us of the Marigold Hotel. It is brilliantly positioned, with v helpful staff. Quito on a Sunday morning is much recommended - obviously has few shops etc but the atmosphere with markets, music in the square, etc was magical. Worth going up the cable car if the weather is clear. Roof-top evening restaurant with band on Saturday was great.
The Napo exceeded expectations by a mile and you should be very happy to send others to the lodge we stayed at. We thought we would emerge from the jungle covered in boils, bites and missing various bits to some creature or another, having spent most of the time huddled under a mozzie net. As it is we have to pause to think which of the forest or the Galapagos was the better. The rooms (they were the best but not many $ more) we were in were excellent, the service on all fronts was brilliant and the food perfectly adequate. But the camp, the lake, the wildlife guides, the trips in canoes in the little rivers, the forest itself, the family feeling of the place (all owned and run beautifully by the 30 families that own the land) and the amazing wildlife - 9 species of monkeys, 60 species of birds, giant river otters seen every day - was all simply incredible. We LOVED it! And there are NO mosquitos; they don't like the black river water, so contrary to all websites, etc there is no risk of malaria at all. Not a single insect bite - it was a very easy, happy experience. We also saw others who had been to the two other Napo lodges and ours got top marks from them too. 4 nights is about perfect, we felt. Happy to have seen almost enough, and happy to move on; but I could easily go back.
The Athala was also way beyond expectations. Excellent accommodation (loads of room in the cabins and common areas,) food and staff. I really mean excellent - way beyond comfortable, delicious and nothing-too-much-trouble. There are some other similar catamarans but I cannot believe the others will have as good a crew. A delightful young team led by an obviously very experienced Captain, and as well as good hosts they were also good seamen. A couple of tips: we much preferred eating lunch outside in the bar area to inside, which they happily did for us except when in rough sea, and they could maybe do an extra BBQ (there was just one, which was outstanding.)
The only slight quibble with the week in the islands was that our guide was hugely knowledgeable but slightly lacking in humour. Just as much our fault as his I suspect; we were probably a nightmare to deal with. Imagine 16 hooray Henry's versus his normal fare of silent Attenboroughs who've never met each other and have ears only for him. That is not to say we didn't appreciate the wildlife. We were completely stunned by every day and every swim or walk of every day. Amazing. We all know about the Galapagos, and think we know what to expect but we probably had moments every day where we were truly amazed by something extraordinary. I know you can go year round, but I think Feb-March is about perfect, with very good weather and mostly warm water; aside from Mrs Mason who will happily spend all day in a wetsuit and possibly sleep in it, most of us were v happy without one.
Here is the only single "but" of a magical two weeks: Guayaquil is a dump - universal opinion from all 16 of us. And the rep there - airport meeter and greeter lady - failed to meet one couple, late for another and failed to tell us when she had picked up the late arrivals as she had promised. I'm not sure what else she had to do, but anyway managed not to do the one thing she was supposed to; ie meet everyone. The hotel is OK if you're looking for Birmingham's best but so out of character to the rest of the trip - utterly soul-less. And the town is really ghastly. As all flights seem to go via Quito, I strongly suggest you bite the bullet on the transfer times from the airport there to town and send everyone to Quito.
The Guayaquil bit is just for information / suggestion; it in no way stopped us enjoying every minute of a fab holiday. Do call if you want more background - [Personal Information Removed]. Robert"
"The best description of cazenove+loyd is 'off-piste luxury' for families or couples, adventure, discovery or pure indulgence.
Each destination expert is truly passionate about their areas and their clients, ensuring the perfect tailor-made holiday is crafted for them each and every time. Clients speak to the same consultant who has extensive first-hand experience in the destination they are interested in, from initial inquiry to the follow up call on their return home.
cazenove+loyd's speciality is finding that little known gem or gaining private access to people and places not normally on any tourist map.
c+l offer truly extraordinary holidays."
"We recently returned from a beautiful holiday in Sri Lanka – the mix of culture and beach was the perfect holiday. Our guide was fantastic really helped us understand the country. Cant wait for the next trip!"
"Superb holiday, handled exceptionally well from start to finish by cazenove and loyd."
"We absolutely loved our holiday and would definitely recommend Cazenove and Loyd to friends and family. We'll certainly book our next holiday through Caz Loyd!"
"To be honest we sadly do not have much regular communication with the team. However, we have always been aware that C&L provide occasional quality reservations.
It would be nice to be approached for joint marketing, which to my knowledge, has never occurred. This may increase awareness of our product with both staff and clients."
"Cazenove+loyd quite literally made our dreams a reality. both planning the trip with our designated experts & experiencing it was incredible. Highly recommend!!"
"Words cannot describe just how truly incredible our holiday was; I would recommend cazenove+loyd unreservedly."
"The whole trip was perfectly organised and it really felt that no request was too much for cazenove & loyd. They really have set the bar high for future holidays!"
"Amazing holiday in Mexico! Thanks so much"
"The most well organised holiday we've been on."
"Cazenove & Loyd took great care to understand our requirements and what we hoped to get out of our trip. Our expectations were exceeded at every stage. They are an exceptional group of people. Thank you."
"We organised a press trip (with Sara Wheeler and her son) to Cafayate and there were quite a few logical challenges to coordinate and Lucy, Sophia and Sacha were extremely professional, understanding and patient whilst we put all the program together."
"Cazenove & Loyd are a delight to work with. Their staff are very knowledgable and they invest in training up their sales consultants so that they can sell with first hand advice. This is really important for a company like us with camps and lodges in some of the most remote parts of the country."
"I have been working with Cazenove & Loyd for the last 7 years and have always had a good working relationship with them. Cazenove & Loyd is a very professional organization that caters to high end tourism.
They are flexible in their requests and are always open to suggestions and yet, never compromising on the quality of Safari they offer their clients.
It's been a pleasure working with you at Cazenove & Loyd."
"Excellent partner, great and knowledgeable team."
"We have worked with Cazenove & Loyd for many years - their team is experienced, well travelled, enthusiastic and focussed. C&L are always keen to find, embrace and promote the hidden gems in a destination and share these with their clients, our valued guests, through their extensive knowledge as well as their excellent pr network and social media."