(60 Reviews)
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LaVonne Markus

Stillwater, MN
Dreams Come True (Made Just For You)

My passion is to travel and experience many different cultures of the world first hand. Then, use that knowledge to create an experience that is uniquely designed just for you.

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South Africa

 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.  After such long flights, it is nice to stay put and rest for one or two nights before you begin the remainder of your trip.


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 simply unbelievable.


From the game reserve we flew to Cape Town.  Everyone is extremely friendly and it's 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, we also visited the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point.  The 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! I would be happy to help plan your safari experience.

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Africa
Elephant herd on the Zambezi River
Safari in East Africa

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Safari East Africa - 6

You probably have seen the movie – “Out of Africa”.  We went to the Karen Blixen House in Nairobi where she lived.  We were able to take a tour of the home and hear the stories, as well as walk the grounds.  At Angama Mara, the picnic area from the movie was shot here.  We also saw the airplane from...Read more.

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27 of 39 people found this review helpful
Great trip to Switzerland
We enjoyed the trip. As far as moving around to different seats on the bus, most people didn't think that should have been a big deal.
By  Ted  from  Champlin, Minnesota
Traveled to  Switzerland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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31 of 48 people found this review helpful
Retirement Celebration - Royal Carribean Cruise
This was our first trip to Italy and it gave us comfort working with a travel agent and agency just in case there were any issues. She provided valuable information as we were making our plans.
By  Dan & Kathy  from  Forest Lake, MN
Traveled to  Mediterranean ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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38 of 64 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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33 of 54 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
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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33 of 55 people found this review helpful
Amazing Trip
Informative, prompt with answers for any and all questions, great recommendations
By  Brandon  from  Hayfield
Traveled to  Australia ~ Australia & New Zealand
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Zanzibar

Travel Specialist:

  • Safari
  • Luxury
  • Escorted Tours
  • Animals & Wildlife
  • Adventure

Top Travel Partners:

  • Big Five Tours & Expeditions
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Alexander & Roberts
  • Globus

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