Why Cedarberg Africa
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Our objective is very clear
to offer tailor-made holidays and safaris, backed up by our expertise and insight, at a fair and competitive price. You get the full financial protection and 24/7 support which you forfeit when you book piecemeal.
Cedarberg clients range from time-pressured honeymooners, to parents anxious to make sure that all the family’s needs are met on a first-time safari, to safari veterans keen to try somewhere ‘different’.
- Impartial and informed personal safari planners
- Inspiring, interactive tailor-made itineraries
- Excellent pricing
- A team of 12 – over 25 years of matching travellers with unique experiences
- Hassle-free, transparent and flexible
- Characterful, hand-picked accommodation
- On the ground support
- Your financial security guaranteed
The Cedarberg Way – why we love what we do
No, it’s not a long distance footpath, but a way of working which is uniquely ours. At its core is our mission to unearth what you really want from your holiday, not to tell you. Yes, we bring our expertise into the conversation, but not in an overpowering way.
We love to talk about Africa, but we never forget that it’s all about you and what you want from your holiday. That’s why we ask more questions of our clients than most companies. Our approach is not about displaying our knowledge – that’s a given – but instead we focus on getting to know what makes you tick and what you want from your safari.
Dedicated, impartial & informed personal safari planners
You bring your ideas, thoughts and dreams. We add our expertise, a healthy dash of enthusiasm, some insightful questioning and a twist of inspiration. Together we tailor the perfect safari for you.
Our consultants are not paid on commission and so offer you their impartial opinions. We have no interest in pushing you to use a particular lodge or hotel. Check out our Meet the Team page.
“Really communicative and just very on the ball. From the planning and payment, all the way through to arriving back home. The transfers, hotels, everything was spot on. Couldn’t have been happier with how our honeymoon went.”Clark Hoy
Inspiring, interactive tailormade itineraries
The process starts with our tailormade itineraries and interactive digital itineraries. Click here for an example. These allow you to see the route, check out the hotels in detail and decide on unique excursions.
Once you’ve booked, we provide comprehensive pre-departure documents with directions and routes, suggested things to do, and tour descriptions.
Excellent attention to detail“This is the second holiday that Ginny and her team have arranged for us, and once again the service and attention to detail were excellent. Ginny put together a wonderful tailor made itinerary for our trip, and her recommendations were absolutely perfect in enhancing the trip. In today’s world of being able to arrange most things yourself, I have no doubt that there is no way we could have put together a trip like this, you need the depth of local knowledge that Cedarberg have. I thoroughly recommend Cedarberg Travel “ Mrs Janet Mudge, UK
Cedarberg & company have been amazing!“Cedarberg & Co have been amazing! Professional, knowledgeable and very helpful. We had put everything together in about a week. Communications are of high standards. All plans worked. “ Mr Roland, UK
High satisfaction with Cedarberg“We just returned from our third African safari booked with Milandi. I cannot say enough about our high satisfaction with Cedarberg and, particularly, Milandi. Milandi has always worked with us, making recommendations based on our preferences, and together we “tweak” the itinerary until it is perfect for us. Milandi is efficient, highly responsive, knowledgeable, friendly, and seems to really care and act excited about our booked adventure. Each time we have traveled, all arrangements have been punctual and without any delays or cancellations. Every detail has been prearranged. During our most recent trip, Milandi even checked us in for each of our domestic and intercontinental flights, knowing that we would not have the capability to do so from the camps we visited. Cannot recommend Milandi highly enough!! “ Mrs Shirley Spain
Great to deal with“Cedarberg were really great to deal with. The Drakensberg mountains were spectacular. We most enjoyed Victoria Falls that literally took your breath away. The river boat cruises at Livingstone were well worth it. Also getting so close to the animals at Umlani in the Timbavati, even the lions and leopards. “ Mr Martin Butler, UK
1st class“We have had Sonja with Cedarberg plan our trips for years and they have all been excellent. The properties she has chosen for us have all been 1st class and exactly what we wanted. Many were a giant puzzle of flights, drivers and lodging reservations and they all fit together perfectly. “ Mrs Marianna Willis
You bring your ideas, thoughts and dreams. We add our expertise, a healthy dash of enthusiasm, some insightful
We also have to deliver this expertise at the right price point. Luckily, though we are an independent African specialist, we are also part of the largest buying group in Southern Africa, TravelSmart Crew.
What does this mean for you? Well it’s simple really – good prices! We have negotiated the best buying rates with all the safari lodges, hotel groups and independent hotels.
This means that we can compete on price with the online booking portals. See our interesting article comparing our prices with a well-known online booking site.
“Cedarberg were helpful, easy to deal with, and competitively priced. It’s extremely likely that I will recommend you to others.”
Team of 17 – large enough to count, small enough to care
Founders Ginny Russell and Kate Bergh are fortunate to draw on the expertise of two teams of talented and enthusiastic safari planners in South Africa and the UK. Between us we have hundreds of years in safari travel bringing a deep knowledge of the destinations we offer.
In our open plan offices, it’s easy to share our knowledge from recent research trips. But you will always have a single person who looks after your booking from start to finish (except where leave or research trips preclude this).
Check out the unusual Story behind Cedarberg Africa …
“Cedarberg was professional, responsive, and personable. All flights, all transfers, all accommodation, all activities, and the safari itself went exactly to plan. The experience, end-to-end, exceeded all expectations.”
Hassle-free, transparent & flexible
Our approach takes the stress out of safari planning. You can be as involved as you want to be. We are here to be a sounding board for your ideas, but we are not afraid to tell you when your plans are too ambitious (4 countries in 10 days anyone?), or when the hotel which looked so nice on the website is not so smart in real life…
As tailormade specialists, we offer flexibility so that you can refine your trip until it suits you perfectly.
“The service that Cedarberg provided for us was outstanding. The itinerary that they put together worked seamlessly, all the pick ups were as they had stated and whenever we had a query about any aspect of the trip they came back to us quickly and provided all the information that we needed. I cannot recommend them highly enough.”Kevin Wilson
Characterful hand-picked accommodation
In a world of anonymous hotel rooms which could be anywhere, we have identified those smaller hotels and game lodges which exhibit friendly exuberant service and local style. Many are owner-managed. You don’t give up any creature comforts but you do forgo the uniform impersonality of the ever-present resort hotel.
“Very helpful discussions beforehand to give us lots of options. The personalised website was really good. The pre-holiday booklet was really useful as well.”Rachel O’Connell
On the Ground SupportWe are based in South Africa which means that we know what’s happening on the ground – the latest news, the best new eateries, lodges or unique adventures.
Generally all our trips run very smoothly but sometimes even the best laid plans go awry – whether because of Icelandic ash clouds, unexpected illness or other unforeseen events. It’s how we deal with those situations which sets us apart.
We are here to support you 24/7 with an emergency contact number and Duty Manager on hand at all times. With our on-the-ground knowledge, we can get your safari back on track with the least inconvenience and stress.
“Cedarberg were helpful, easy to deal with, and competitively priced. It’s extremely likely that I will recommend you to others.”Mrs J
Financial security guaranteedYour financial security is guaranteed through financial bonding with SATSA. Your financial outlay is covered and your holiday protected. We also guarantee no currency surcharges.