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LaVonne Markus-Stillwater,MN

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Safari Experience

Elephant at the Zambezi River
Elephant at the Zambezi River

I had an extraordinary trip to South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  I began in Johannesburg for two nights and visited the Nelson Mandela sites, which were fascinating.  From there we flew to Madikwe Private Game Reserve for a three day safari where we were able to see the big five as well as many other animals.  Our lodge was right in the reserve, so we could watch the elephants, zebras and giraffes from our deck with a plunge pool.  Our highlight after seeing all the animals, was having a wine tasting table with hors d'oeuvre out in the bush under the stars.  It was unbelievable.

From the game reserve we flew to Cape Town.  Everyone is extremely friendly and it is very easy to get around.  Some of the highlights here are Table Mountain, Robben Island and the water front area.  The watershed and the African Women's Craft Market are great places to go and pick up some local items.  We were able to travel along the peninsula to see the African Penguins at Boulder's Beach, visited the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point.  Wildlife, scenery and wine are abundant.

Our last adventure was going to Victoria Falls and seeing it from both the Zambia and Zimbabwe sides.  You get two different perspectives, just like Niagara Falls from the US and Canadian sides.  We experienced a Boma, which is an outdoor event where a meal is prepared of different meats and other things.  We tried crocodile tail, warthog steaks Mopani Worms, Steenbok, Impala, as well as other items.

This was an exceptional trip, which I would love to go back to again!

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I flew from Johannesburg to Madikwe, a private game reserve about one hour away and stayed at the Madikwe Safari Lodge.  It is unbelievable to see the animals right there, almost close enough to touch.  Before landing, we circled the airstrip to make...Read more.

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14 of 24 people found this review helpful
Best Travel Agent
Very Professional, Easy to work with, close to home that I can stop by with any questions.. Knows what is going on with my travels and keeps us updated with any changes...
When we had to cancel our cruise in 2014 due to a emergency medical situation, she was on top of things, making it easy to make other arrangements which was a very big help...When we rebooked the following year, she was right there making the arrangements for us. We enjoy working with her and will continue to do so.....
By  kobe  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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19 of 34 people found this review helpful
Viking Rhine River Cruise is a "Bucket List" trip.
Lavonne makes everything seamless. Arrangements are quick and easy. We can always contact her quickly and get results, if we have any questions or concerns.
By  Tom  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Rhine Valley ~ Germany ~ Europe
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5 of 7 people found this review helpful
A fabulous trip
LaVonne spent lots of time with me helping me plan our trip. She was very patient and gave good advice when I was confused or unsure of something. I had a small problem with a reservation while in Scotland. I emailed LaVonne, and she took care of it for me. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for an agent.
By  Barbara  from  Stillwater. Mn
Traveled to  Ireland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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7 of 11 people found this review helpful
The all inclusive resort exceeded our expectation
LaVonne did a great job finding a great resort in a very short time frame. Everything went super smooth from beginning to end.
By  Lombo  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Isla Mujeres ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
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10 of 17 people found this review helpful
A carefree trip
LaVonne was a pleasure to work with. When we stopped in at Travel Leaders we kind of knew what we wanted but weren't sure of everything we had to do to get our trip booked. We explained to LaVonne what we wanted and she took over from there. She showed us our options, explaining them all, and made all the necessary bookings. All our flights got us where we needed to go, our land tour went off without a hitch and the cruise was a great way to end our 2 week adventure. We looked at booking our trip online but there were questions we couldn't find answers for. LaVonne had all the answers and even gave us ideas on excursions to take. We walked out of there feeling great knowing our trip was finally booked and everything was in place for a great trip. Thank you Lavonne for a great trip; 2 weeks of fun, adventure and relaxation. We couldn't have had such a great time without your help!
By  mnmrxmas  from  Oak Park Heights, Minnesota
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
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