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LaVonne Markus-Stillwater,MN

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Safari Experience

 African Penguins at Boulder's Beach
African Penguins at Boulder's Beach

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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16 of 27 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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9 of 14 people found this review helpful
Special trip for our Anniversary.
Always there for our questions, pleasant and knowledgeable to work with.
By  Shari  from  Stillwater, Mn.
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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12 of 20 people found this review helpful
Worry-Free Honeymoon
Lavonne did a great job of helping us pick the right trip for our honeymoon, and all travel logistics ended up being absolutely seamless.
By  Courtney L  from  St. Paul, MN
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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12 of 20 people found this review helpful
Aloha! Great trip
Lavonne Markus was a pleasure to work with. She is very efficient. She always answered every email and phone call.We often stopped in the office with requests, and she happily accommodated us. We enjoyed our excursions with Shore Trips, which she recommended.
By  Croix girl   from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Hawaii ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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21 of 38 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
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Africa
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania

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  • Safari
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  • Adventure

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