A collection of emails from Otter's Den guests:
I hope you had a wonderful festive season.
I just would like to thank you for organising the most wonderful experience we had, staying at Otter's Den and doing the Hot Air Ballooning at Hoedspruit. We really had a relaxing, yet exciting time out there and would recommend Regent Exclusive Safaris to any of our friends.
Plse again convey our thanks to the Uys'e from Otter's Den (my children had a fun time with Philip) as their hospitality were absolutely outstanding and recommendable. Also to Deon who piloted our Balloon. With his wonderful warm personality, he really made the trip more than memorable.
Warm regards from Somerset-west in Cape Town.
S. van der M.
Dear Wynand and Marie-Tinka
We are leaving South Africa tomorrow after nearly two and a half months with many regrets. One of our main regrets is that we managed to spend only two nights with you in your wonderful haven. It counts among the high-spots of our experience so far as we make our way around the world. The pristine beauty of the paradise you have created; our truly educational walks with each of you: your warm hospitality; the outdoor showers and the natural pool; to say nothing of the hippo grunts and the call of the African Fish Eagle; and the sighting of a Narina Trogon; will long remain in our memory. We thank you, your family and your staff for giving us such a wonderful experience.
Anthony & Kate
I just want to thank you for a great weekend of rafting. Kristin, Sershan and I had a fantastic time and we'll definitely be back.
Hopefully, the river will be a bit higher the next time.
We were most impressed with your professionalism and your commitment to the safety and care of your clients. All in all, a very well run operation. Keep it up.
Just a short note to tell you that I am now back in Luanda after a succesful and enjoyable vacation in SA, thanks in no small measure to our special experience at Otter's Den and the Canyon. I hope it was obvious how much we enjoyed it.
We all thought you are running a very professional operation - both the
lodge and the rafting - but, most importantly, the atmosphere in both places was great.
So, on behalf of myself and the 3 other Finns, our sincere and heart-felt thanks.
it was absolute a pleasure to do the balloning above the bush arround Hoedspruit with you last week. I really had a good time and I hope to do it again with friends arround Christmas this year.
See you next time.
Just a quick note to thank you so much for the hospitality and generosity you and your staff gave us during our stay at Otters Den. It was a fantastic two days, we only wish we could have stayed longer.
Otters Den is a lovely place to stay and I hope I will return in the not so distant future.
Till next time,
we are safely back in Germany and are regretting it...The weather is foul, rain, some 7 to 8 degrees and it is dark. On top of it we have to work as from tomorrow again. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you and your family and the day out with Dion, Eric and "Popcorn" Wynand. Attached please find some fotos of our stay. Please give our regards to the guides and we hope to see you again soon.
At last I have caught up at work and can get down to thanking you for our superb stay at Otters Den.
What an absoluely stunning property starting with the swing bridge and hippos snorting in the river below.
As far as I am concerned this bush experience is a must for all clients, and a two night stay even better. Your informative walk in the morning is so very interesting and on all our future game drives etc I was looking out for all the things you had told us.
The boat trip up the Blyde River was just so peaceful and I envy you living with nature like this.
I have learnt so much on my trip about distances and road conditions and the time it takes to travel etc., which is so essential for our client base as they are mostly self-drive packages.
Once again many thanks.
Dear Otters Den staff,
I just wanted to thank all of you for our magic long-weekend with you recently. Thanks for going out of your way for us - the balloon flight was just the cherry on the top! I hope we can come and stay with you again sometime when the rivers are full & rafting is also an option.
Dear Wynand, Marie Tinka, Philip and Magdel
Well we are back to normality again after the wedding! It was the honeymoon of a lifetime and we had an excellent 5 days in Kruger. We saw the big 5 plus - plus - plus.......but the wedding and balloon ride were definitely the highlights of the whole trip - of course!
Everyone felt that things worked out for the best in the end, as we really enjoyed the wedding and the focus on the ceremony, which was so well done by James. Then we got the most out of the balloon ride too.So it couldn't have been better.
Thank you all very much for making our two days with you so special. We all really appreciated your efforts, from large to small, and no detail went unnoticed, I can assure you. The accommodation was really special,the food great, and all the little touches like the candles, flowers and decoration on the chairs etc were so classy. Magdel and Marie Tinka, you are excellent decorators!
We were so thankful to be able to fly in the end, it was an experience that, even as pilots, we'll never forget. Thanks Wynand, for making that happen. We also really enjoyed the walk with you, and surprised the ranger in Kruger with our excellent knowledge!
So all in all it was a wonderful trip, and made that much more excellent by your hospitality. Thanks again from all of us.
Paddy, Markus, Paul, Marie, Patrick, Hubert and Charlene
Bonjour Mary T, bonjour Wynand,
Out of Africa I would like to thank you warmly for you kind hospitality on your island with Felicity.
It is a place where everybody dreams to stay again. I hope to get the ppportunity to visit you again with some French balloonists or other friends.
Even shorted by our late arrival, we had with you a marvellous evening and morning at Ottersden.
If you plan to visit France, Loire Valley and Les Châteaux de la Loire, I shall be happy to welcome you. I am living just south from Saumur and we quite often take off from an island in the middle of Loire River. Landscapes and wines are marvelous here. The best season is short but splendid from mid July to mid September.
I hope to see you soon. Thanks again.
Dear Wynand and Marié-Tinka,
We are writing to say thank you for the lovely days we spent recently at Otters Den. We felt really at home, starting with your warm welcome. It is a privilege to be treasured, to be right in the middle of Africa's wonderful wilderness, sleeping with the forest choruses, and yet to have all the comforts of civilization, with the warmness of your attention. The food was superb, by far the best we had in our whole trip, and the meals at the veranda overlooking the river had a nice atmosphere. Besides, the small details like the nougats at our beds at sleeping time are the kind of small things which make a place not just comfortable, but charming. We wanted you to know that we have very fond memories of Otters Den, and we wish you much deserved success.
With kind regards from Brazil,
Fernando and Alexandra