Bart & IlseNetherlands
Because we are fairly new in Zambia, we asked Annekim and James from Wild N' Beyond Safaris to help plan a trip for us, using their excellent personal network to find out what was possible during the Covid-19 period and negotiate a good deal for us. Annekim put together a great trip for us at owner-run camps, like Tafika and Flatdogs, in different sections of South Luangwa National Park. We decided to bring James along as our private guide so we could enjoy a care-free holiday in this spectacular region of Zambia.
Having James with us was such a pleasure. He is a genuinely nice person with an encyclopedic knowledge of flora and fauna in southern Africa and his added value was revealed especially during our many walking safaris. Whether he is tracking big cats, identifying birds or explaining pollination of specific plants and trees, James is always engaged and passionate about his work. We have been fortunate to ride with many safari guides in Southern and East Africa and James ranks among the best. He is a super pro: never late, always prepared, and a gracious host. Moreover, he handles a 4x4 vehicle with ease and we felt very well cared for during the entire trip.
We recommend Annekim and James from Wild N' Beyond without hesitation. Their personal, hands-on and knowledgeable approach will deliver the best experience for any type of traveler in Zambia.
Simen and KaltunNorway
Our guide, James, is the most professional guide we have had during all of our safaris in Africa. Having stayed at some great places widely praised for expert, world class guiding, like the Serian camps in the Masai Mara, that really says a lot.
Vehicle, walking and night safaris were all amazing. There are a bit less animals down here compared to the central and northern sectors of the park, which we also visited, but having them all to yourself makes it so much more enjoyable. Especially when James during an afternoon drive heard baboon alarm calls, set out to investigate it and found a big male leopard! That was the best piece of safari guiding I have ever come across!
The guide, James, was extremely knowledgeable and showed exceptional ethics around wildlife; doing his best to not disturb them or alter their behavior.
The guide, James, stood out even amongst the other very good guides we had in locations across Zambia. He made both the walking safaris and the game drives utterly fascinating AND he achieved exceptional leopard sightings.
Our game guide, James was incredible knowledgeable about absolutely everything. He not only shared info about the flora and fauna, but also told stories and legends about the animals in the bush- it was great! One night, he had us all hop out of the jeep, brought up an app on his iPad and proceeded to show us the Southern Cross and other constellations and tell stories about how the constellations got their names. Incredible. Our spotter Patrick was personable, had a great sense of humor and was excellent at finding animals. What a team he and James made! One night, when we were just starting sundowners, we heard a leopard not too far away... James and Patrick gave us the option to continue sundowners or drink up quick, get in the Land Rover and find the leopard- we all chose leopard and Patrick had everything packed up within a minute so we could be on our way!
I have to say that James is one of the finest guides I've ever had despite already having been on no less than seventeen safaris in so many African countries. I was still amazed by his knowledge, ability to find things and courtesy. On one morning drive he managed to find more than five new species of birds. He also spotted a column of army ants returning from attacking a termite mound and I must say that I was truly amazed by all this.
Our guide, James, was unbelievable. We have had many guides in our visits to Africa, but none could compare to James. He was so knowledgeable in all areas of flora, fauna, and history, and he had so many interesting stories to tell about all.
We had James as our guide and I don't think we have ever had someone who was so knowledgeable. Our first morning we went looking for the lion we had heard in the night and found a mating lion and lioness ("the impala told me where they were'). Our walks, drives and boat trips were really interesting and we learnt so much.
The guide I had, James, is the best guide I ever had, and I am sure I will never have a better one. James has a wealth of information and is extremely knowledgeable on the park(s) and it's wildlife. He really enjoys to be out there in the bush and is extremely good in tracking and spotting wildlife, using ears, eyes, and smell. He is also in for a good laugh. (James, many many thanks).
We were treated like Royalty, fed like Kings and treated to wildlife viewing like never seen before. Annekim and James are such good hosts.
Thanks for everything you have done for us to organize our food with all the special dietary requirements!