Testimonials from past guests
My husband and I recently vacationed in South Africa, Dave was our guide for the 11 day visit.
Our initial impression of Dave, when meeting us at King Shaka Airport, was that he was friendly, polite and knew how to handle a person confined to a wheelchair. Note my husband is paraplegic who likes to be independent.
Dave informed us that he would be with us for the entirety of our stay. This was a little concerning as we have dealt with many guides over the years, some were somewhat overbearing. This was certainly not the case with Dave.
It became very apparent that this gentleman was incredibly proud of both his country and his job. He was happy to share insights into South Africa, both urban and rural life. He was extremely knowledgeable regarding the wildlife we encountered.
Beyond this Dave stood out as a guide because of the following:
• He was quickly able to determine my husband’s level of function hence the level of assistance required, that we game for just about anything, loved taking on new challenges and had a sense of humour.
• He was always polite, punctual, enthusiastic and positive.
• He was very aware of problems faced by a wheelchair user and handled all situation with care and dignity.
• He always followed through with anything he said he would do which included such activities as making sure all our personal needs were met, cooking us a braai and taking us on a nighttime ‘hippo hunt’
• His sense of humour added to the fun.
• He was eager to learn about life in Canada.
Saying goodbye to Dave at the end of our stay was so tough. He had provided us with an amazing African experience and had become a man we are proud to have as a friend and would recommend him as a guide. – Dave Rudderheim -Canada – 2019
`Its been amazing and I would highly recommend it to anyone great host beautiful country amazing I`ve loved every second of this trip`.
Carmel Mackness UK –April 2016
African Experience and Safari -`What a wonderful time we all had – the feedback we have received from all could not have been better. It gave clients the opportunity to develop social skills and they also had opportunities to nurture what for some, will be lifelong relationships due to the strong bonds that were developed. They were able to experience activities that would not normally be available to them, allowing them to explore their own abilities and surprise themselves with what they have achieved, albeit with support in its many forms. We have many photographs and videos which capture our clients achieving many of their aims for the trip`.
Kate Russell. UK – April 2016
`I just returned from 10 days in South Africa where I had the honor to witness the awesome perfection of nature. Thanks to Jennae Tachea and Access2Africa safaris, I was able to get closer to nature than I have been in the 33 years I’ve been a quadriplegic. Because of her wealth of experience and great knowledge about the needs of the disabled, I had no difficulty with bathroom facilities, transportation or accessible restaurants. This was the first time in 33 years I didn’t have to worry about details. We were taken to A trip to one of Africa’s many game preserves was simply breathtaking as we watched elephants, water Buffalo’s, giraffes, hippos and many other species in their natural habitats. Natures perfection! And yes, I got to pet big cats, elephants, watch hippos while I was riding a wheelchair accessible riverboat.
One of my fellow travelers said that it would be very difficult for her to go back to the “real world”.“No, I said “this is the real world. Most of that stuff back there is the outward manifestation of human egos trying to move mountains. Where we are in South Africa we were surrounded with people who don’t try to move them-they honor them.”
Daniel Gottlieb Ph.D.
Dr Dan Gottlieb – USA –July 2014
Jennae Bezuidenhout of Access 2 Africa Safaris is an enterprising woman. She is the reason I was able to make this trip.She and her husband J. J. live in the area of Kwazulu Natal Province South Africa known as the Elephant Coast. Surrounded by about 400 game reserves, animal rehabilitation centres, sporting, leisure, and vacation destinations she lives and breathes travel industry in a corner of the country north of Durban. Since her husband’s paralysis she has taken what she has learned from her personal and business environments and woven them into something unique. She has become a provider of – and an evangelist for – safaris that include travellers with mobility impairments and other disabilities.
Dr Scott Rains- USA- Jan 2009
Dear Jennae, I’ve thanked you already but I’m doing it again: thank you! You’re doing such a wonderful job helping us disabled people. This video proves that your hard work and dedication allow us to experience the best of what South Africa has to offer. All of this wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for you. I’m once again sending you a tremendous amount of thank yous all the way from France.
Group tour of 14 with six power wheelchair users.
François Le Borgne – France –April 2016
Everything went very smoothly from the beginning, our guide clearly knows her way around the world of the spinal cord injured and made every effort to accommodate our isms. It was nice not to have to switch locations any more than absolutely necessary, it was nice not to have to be out the door at 8 but rather on our timetable, it was great that even our driver took extra care to drive considering how it felt for our son in his chair. All the accommodations were exactly what we had hoped for, better in fact. Not only were they comfortable and actually accessible, but the place in Huhluwe was drop dead gorgeous. Who’d have thought about having a room with a private accessible outdoor jacuzzi!
Audrey Berg Clothier and family – USA July 2013
Going on safari has been a dream for us now thanks to you we were able to do it. We cannot thank you enough for all the planning and effort you put into the trip. It went so smoothly we saw so many wonderful things and we felt safe and well supported.
Catherine and Ralph – July 2016