Jørn Ole Johansen
Thanks to Richis Africa for a great trip. I joined here in May 2018 from Johannesburg and up through Botswana to Victoria Falls and back again, a trip of 3300 km. If you like nature and wildlife, I would highly recommend a trip with Richis Africa.
Jonas Olden Kromann
A dream trip to Africa that ended up being just that, a dream trip. When the opportunity presented itself to come to Botswana with Richis Africa, I jumped at the chance to experience Africa.
Richi had prepared me very well for what to expect, yet it was an overwhelming experience. Waking up in the “bush” and hearing the sounds is one thing you cannot prepare for. Everything I have seen on television about Africa comes to life in a completely different way when you can hear, smell, feel and see it.
Driving the car in the bush is a big part of the experience. We cross rivers, drive in heavy sand and from time to time have to stop for elephants crossing the road.
We drove out early in the morning and saw the savanna come alive in the early morning light. One evening we were sitting around the fire when we were suddenly visited by hyenas. In Chobe we had a fantastic afternoon with a multitude of animals. Zebra, buffalo, kudu, impala, baboon, elephant, giraffe and I could go on.
We ended up at Ihaha Campsite with the most amazing sunset view over the river.
Richi has an overwhelming passion for the African bush, a knowledge he loves to share with his guests. The trip is well organized and it is clear that Richi knows what he is doing. This made me feel in safe hands when we moved around the bush and when we spent the night in our tents.
Richi is also always ready to help. In Zimbabwe, he organized that Kaj and I could come to a school, as Richi knew that this had my interest. If you have a dream to experience the African bush and really get close to nature, then I can highly recommend traveling with Richi & Lene on one of their tours.
I went on a trip in May 2017 and what a trip. A fantastic experience which can best be described as unique, enriching, moving and, for me personally, border crossing.
The starry sky in the Kalahari, a mother lion with her 2 cubs up close, elephants as neighbors in the camp, beautiful impalas in elegant running, zebras with unique patterns. I could go on. And it’s all happening right in front of you.
Food in the open is always a hit for me, but food in the bush is something close to heaven. After a long day, when you are tired and tired, a campfire under the stars is meditation for the soul.
If you are into outdoor life, animals in their element and experiences that do not fall under the charter holiday category, then I can highly recommend a safari with Ricki. His many experiences from Africa and many trips into the bush, which he willingly shares, make SO much sense when you are there. “Out there” he is in his element, and that made me feel in very good company.
I did the Best of Botswana trip in May 2018 with Richi. It was an amazing trip, starting in Johannesburg and including a dip into Zimbabwe to see the mighty Victoria Falls. A tour with expedition character that we could never have done just by ourselves!
We crossed the country on mostly dirt and sand roads, drove through the bush and the desert, forded rivers and bumped into quite a few potholes. Occasionally, we nearly bumped into elephants, too, as they are truly abundant in Botswana. Plus there were many more animals to see (and to take pictures of) than I could list here. Some antelopes even made it onto the menu, but vegetarians were catered for, too.
Mostly we cooked in the evenings in the camps, partly with head torches, and dinner was eaten around the camp fire. And then it was a climb up the ladder to our cozy roof top tents to enjoy a night amidst the sounds of the bush before Richi woke us at 5 am (no kidding – but sometimes we could sleep in until 6 am) for a morning safari.
Most of the guests were Danish, but I got by with English, as people were nice and would speak English for my sake. And Richi and his wife Lene are great guides that feel like friends. They know and love Botswana and its people and animals (and presumably other South African countries, too), and are happy to share their experience. I fully recommend going on a tour with them.
Nanna Borg Oldenbjerg
First, thank you so much for our best vacation ever. We spent 20 days with you and our 4 children (ages 7, 11, 14 and 16). Before we left, we had two meetings with you in the summer of 2019, where we had a poll of expectations. After this we gave you free process to plan a holiday for us in Africa.
You sent a presentation, divided into 3 chapters, which was 7 days safari in the best of Botswana, 3 nights in Zimbabwe and finally 8 days in Hoedspruit in South Africa. We quickly said yes and bought plane tickets to Johannesburg, where we then met at the end of January 2020.
We were excited to see what you had come up with and now had to get started on. We quickly learned: “This is not a holiday – It´s an adventure and TIA (this is Africa)”.
Chapter 1: 8 days mobile safari in the bush. Didn’t see other people for 4 days. So lions, elephants, hippos, crocodiles, giraffes, many kinds of antelopes, various birds, etc. Everything at close range, and with plenty of time to enjoy it in the most fantastically varied nature.
Camps, food, equipment etc., which our crew in their own car drove in advance and set up, worked optimally. The best food, the coziest surroundings around the fire. Watching the giraffe walk by while we take a shower in the shower set up in the middle of the savannah. It was indescribable.
Chapter 2: Set in Zimbabwe. We lived in local traditional village where we lived like them. Great experience for us and for them. We experienced great hospitality. We Saw Victoria Falls and we river rafted all 6 on the beautiful Zambezi river.
Chapter 3: North of Hoedspruit in South Africa is Ekuthuleni, where you had rented the most beautiful house in the most fantastic surroundings. Here there was peace and no stress. The hippo came close to our terrace and the monkeys, impala, wildebeest and zebra were in our backyard. Here we relaxed and had various trips to attractions in the local area. Jessica the Hippo, Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, Blyde River cruise, shopping and more.
Richi and Lene, we gave you free process to plan a trip for us with the wishes we now had. To that extent, you have lived up to that. Everything has been perfectly planned and lived up to our expectations. The program has been effective, but with time for reflection.
You guys are great to be with. You know almost everything about Africa, including the culture, the traditions, the people, the food and the sights. It provides a great sense of security when you, like us, travel with 4 children. We have been very intense together, and not everyone can be that way. This is because you both have great intuition and empathy. You know how to feel what we as individuals and families need.
We say thank you once again and will at the same time give you the very best recommendations as travel guides in Africa. See you again in Africa… Kh. Nanna and Henrik with children.
Nina Hvid Topp
Can definitely recommend a trip to Africa with Richi. With Richi as a guide, you get a fantastic experience with someone who loves and knows Africa and nature/the bush from all its sides!!! That is you feel safe, relaxed and bombarded with fantastic sensory impressions and experiences that you don’t get on other Africa trips (have tried several)!
It’s not a holiday. It’s an adventure! Can only be recommended. Really many experiences you will never forget. Must try at least once in your life.
If you want a fantastic experience in Africa, I can only recommend Richi. He has a great knowledge of Africa and is the perfect guide.
I have now gone with Richis Africa and it is nothing short of amazing! Cars, tents, lodges and the route in general have worked perfectly! There is a huge travel experience.
The adventure of a lifetime!