Testimonials by Clients | Sense Africa


Martin and Diane Eveleigh – 2019 

“We had a wonderful holiday with Sense Africa. The guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their subject and we saw some amazing animals in their natural habitat. I’d go again, to another area just to have a different experience.

Sense Africa provides a personal service with direct communication with the director, which was very welcome.

It was clear that Jenny wanted us to have a good time.

Penny Smith – 2019 

“This was a really well planned and varied holiday.

It makes such a great difference when the guide (Jenny) has such passion and local knowledge of the area.

Jackie Turnpenney – 2019 

“I can not believe it is all over. It has been fabulous, enriched by your knowledge and humour and memories of the caterpillar conga! 

Suzie – 2019 

“My first trip to Africa has been a truly wonderful experience, thanks for your amazing local knowledge, sense of humour and last, but not least, your patience.

Ann Holgate – 2019 

“I’m happy to recommend Sense Africa. Our trip to ESwatini was everything I hoped it would be. A great mix of culture and wildlife with some very special visits due to Jenny’s experience and connections with local people.

It is a trip I will remember for a very long time.

Stella Warren – 2019 

Jenny made our holiday, with her total enthusiasm for Eswatini. Her knowledge about the culture, birds, animals flora and fauna was very impressive. I cannot recommend this holiday highly enough.

Mary Cantrille – 2019 

“It is more than two weeks now since our return from Eswatini and already it seems ages ago! Thank you for making the tour so interesting and enjoyable – we saw quite a lot of the country and I found it all fascinating. I particularly liked the encounters with the wildlife. Jenny led a fascinating trip to a lovely country. I enjoyed it all.

I would definitely recommend Sense Africa.

Mary is a wonderful photographer and has allowed me to use this photo.

Di Chapman – 2019 

“First time with Sense Africa and a wonderful experience. I have done safaris in the past but never in so remote places and had such spectacular viewing of wildlife and birds. Lodges different and better than I have experienced before with excellent food and good company.”

Traveleyes – 2019 

“Jenny was excellent with a thorough knowledge of eSwatini in all areas. Her commentaries made for a very interesting trip.”

Duncan Laker and Patsy Gamble – 2019 

We have taken several trips to Africa, all organised for us by Sense Africa.

I have to say that Jenny does an absolutely fabulous job. Every detail is considered so that we can concentrate on enjoying the unforgettable experiences that she arranges, no one else could possibly better personalise out holidays.

Thank you Jenny, looking forward to the next one!

David – 2019 (I love this picture)

“Jenny took all our ideas and aspirations for our trip to Africa and put together a fantastic itinerary for our self-drive trip around Swaziland. The destinations and accommodations were exciting and varied.

All travel arrangements worked without complications and I wholly recommend Sense Africa which delivered a first rate and personal service for a memorable safari experience.

Geoff Manger – 2018 

“I’d like to thank you for Christmas present, which now sits proudly on top of a bookcase at home, looking very presidential. More important, I had a top ticketyboo time throughout the trip; our group was just a fantastic and lovely bunch and I thought they did really well to put up with some of my flippancy.

I don’t believe I’ve had a better experience anywhere at any time and it makes me go all teary just thinking about the whole lot of it. From somewhere below the bottom of my heart thank you so much for arranging this all.

Julia Crofts – 2018 

“I travelled with Sense Africa to Swaziland (Eswatini) over Christmas and New Year with my daughter and I can honestly say that it was the best of holiday experiences we have ever had.

We were new to Safari and this was the best introduction we could have had. To see lion, giraffe, rhino, elephant, zebra and so many other beautiful animals, including wonderfully colourful and exotic birds, up close and personal was breathtaking, humbling and amazing.

The accommodations were so well thought out in order to give us a varying experience of this wonderful country. Not least, Jenny, with her enthusiasm, vast knowledge of this area and the wildlife, local contacts and experience, absolutely made this trip exceptional. I cannot recommend Sense Africa more highly.

Lucinda Davidson – 2018 

“Our trip to Eswatini was an adventure of a life time and for someone like me who had never been, a fantastic introduction to Africa. The trip was well thought out from beginning to end with beautiful accommodations, excursions, and lots of information.

Jenny’s involvement with the group made the whole experience even more engaging and fun, going that extra mile by tailoring all activities to the needs and pace of the group. Jenny’s love and excitement for Africa was infectious; I’ve only just returned home and am already planning on going back!”

Anna And Priscilla – 2018 

An extremely well organised Holiday with Jenny.  Had fabulous and “different” Christmas and New year with a great group of people.. Once again many thanks.

Lesley and Ian King – 2018 

“Jenny made the process of organising the Swaziland trip very easy: always responsive to our requests, quick email replies, and, importantly, an itinerary that provided variations of accommodation, landscapes and activities. On the ground, it all worked well.”

Sarah and Bob Gornall – 2018 

“We have just returned from our first visit to Swaziland. The first time we have used Sense Africa to assist us with a holiday. Thanks to Jenny’s advice and assistance, we have had a most fantastic time.

Good advice, a personalised service catering to our particular requests and an abundance of good information which was both helpful and informative. The places we stayed (3) were obviously chosen carefully to match our preferences for holiday activities and they were near perfect. This was not pot luck but the result of detailed planning as a result of full discussions with us when we were offered a number of possible options.

We would recommend Sense Africa to anyone considering a holiday in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia or Swaziland. You will get excellent and personalised service and the holiday you hoped for.”

Dianne (Walking Women) – 2018 

“Thank you so very much for sharing the wonderful ‘secret’ Swaziland with us.

Your amazing knowledge, observation skills, organisation, patience and friendly and easy going nature have made this such a fantastic part of the holiday.

What an experience – so envious of your ‘office!’ Best wishes for the future.”

Gay and Bob Jenkins – 2018

“We had an amazing time! We liked all the places we stayed but particularly Mbuluzi. We had the tented camp to ourselves (except for the baboons and a loan wildebeest). And Mkhaya was a great adventure and we are determined to go back for another few days in a year or so.

The Kruger lived up to expectations – highlights included a black rhino within yards of us – mother, father and baby; wild dog pups playing and lions lying in the middle of the road having a little morning nap.

Thanks for arranging the hols. It was one of the very best we’ve had.”

Maggie – 2017 (Walking Women)

“From the eerie roar of lion to the quiet gaze of impala, this has been a holiday of firsts for me and a fabulous introduction to Swaziland. Jenny you are a wonderful ambassador for teh country and you will be a great asset to Walking Women. I look forward to future ubiquitous trips in the programme! With many thanks and much love, Maggie.”

Duncan Laker – 2017 

“I had a great time and all went very smoothly, thanks to your organisation. Swaziland in general was very friendly and I had no problems in town , shopping etc.

All in all another great Sense Africa trip, so thanks once again Jenny.”

Michela Butler – 2017 

“We are both still buzzing from the experience and have memories that will stay with us for ever. The choice of destinations was spot on throughout.

We loved the the intimacy of Sango Safari Lodge. On our very first drive out with him we saw a leopard……..we were so excited. Sitting in the splash pool watching elephants nearby was a highlight too. On to Chobe Elephant Camp and the sheer size of the herds of animals here was extraordinary and definitely something to behold.

Last but not least was our stay at Victoria Falls. We were so glad you suggested doing this as it finished our holiday off beautifully. 

We truly had a wonderful time throughout, and Africa is a place that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. I can see why it has such a hold on your heart.

Thank you so much for your expertise and thoughtfulness in arranging us an unforgettable holiday. I fully intend to utilise your skills again in the future.”

Bindu Pather – 2017

“Jenny Bowen, our guide was very friendly and efficient. She had a deep & extensive knowledge of Swaziland, sights, people and traditions.

I felt she was more a friend then just a guide, very keen on sharing her knowledge and intent on the group having the very best experiences. I certainly felt that my Swaziland trip was very much enhanced by Jenny.”

Enid Bilton – 2017

“A trip of wonderful experiences, Swaziland has much to offer. We enjoyed good accommodation, food, transport & the people & staff were most welcoming.

The tour owed much to the driver, Sifiso and an excellent ‘guide’, Jenny Bowen. Jenny is respectful, friendly, conscientious, efficient/well organized and knowledgeable. She has a strong commitment to Swaziland and its people. I doubt that we would have gained as much without her input.”

Linda Tobey – 2017

“Jenny is a fantastic guide. Professional, knowledgeable, kind, organised and enthusiastic. One of the best we’ve ever travelled with.

Excellent itinerary which gave us a good overview of the country. We packed a lot into our days and having everything included in the price didn’t mean that we stinted on game drives or other experiences. Being able to walk amongst wildlife, especially rhino and giraffe, was fantastic, an unforgettable experience.

I cannot express how important Jenny was to this experience. Without her it would have been a good holiday. With her, it was exceptional.”

Barnfield Family – 2017 

We were looking to arrange a family holiday to include a safari and were advised by a business contact to speak to Jenny. From the minute we spoke to Jenny it was very clear that she cared about us and wanted to hear what we liked to do on holiday. This is so refreshing in this day and age where many other travel operators will just try and sell you a holiday without listening to the customer.

Jenny took the time to put together an itinerary that took into account the things we wanted to do, but also suggesting additional brilliant ideas, because she had taken the time to talk to us and understand the type of people we are.

We had a great time in Swaziland and Kruger in South Africa.. The places we stayed were lovely and the people so welcoming and every part of the holiday worked like clockwork down to Jenny’s diligent planning.

We look forward to using Jenny and Sense Africa again.”

Jan Tankel – 2017 (Walking Women trip)

Jenny has created an outstanding itinerary to incorporate experiences of safari – jeep and walking – walks, cultural visits.

Terrific knowledge of all aspects of Swaziland especially wildlife, birds and culture.

Thank you Jenny.”

Christine Chudd – 2017 (Walking Women trip)
“Best of the 7 WalkingWomen holidays I’ve been on. The chance to get up close to wildlife on foot is thrilling, awe-inspiring and unforgettable.

I didn’t know there was a place in the world like this.

Jenny was incredible, the lodgings all different and enjoyable.”

Steve and Elaine Webster – 2017
“Of course it is exciting planning a holiday to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana but also a bit scary. We couldn’t wait to ride the cable car to Table Mountain, to get up close to Victoria Falls, take a balloon flight over the Okavango and to see the Big 5, the Little 5 and the Ugly 5!

At the same time we we worried about where to stay, visas, vaccinations and our budget. Having tried the usual travel agencies with not much success, help was on hand…

From the start Sense Africa and Jenny stood out.

Jenny helped us understand what we wanted out of the holiday and with great patience created the perfect trip for us. Jenny and her team were on call throughout our time in Africa and our one small hiccup was smoothed without a fuss.

We returned home delighted with an absolutely amazing adventure and many wonderful memories.

Sense Africa was a big part of making this happen.  Thank you Jenny!”

Jane Hawthron – 2017 (Traveleyes trip)
I just wanted to thank you so much for a fantastic time that I had in Swaziland. What a wonderful country it is. You were a fantastic guide and I learnt so much. I fully understand why you love the country so much. I loved seeing all the wildlife, birds trees and plants and your explanation of them all brought them alive for me. It was great moving between the different parks – all giving a different perspective on things.

Ted Reilly is an inspirational man and thank goodness he had the dream he had and was able to fulfil it.

Thanks again so much for giving me and all the Traveleyes group such a great holiday.

Lena Welch – 2016 (Traveleyes trip)
I’ve fallen in love with Swaziland and I had to laugh at the guides having to haul me onto the jeeps etc! It was a holiday I will always remember. The hospitality and the patience everyone showed with us was remarkable!

Your impersonations, impressions, descriptions and stories were fabulous and it really felt like you could actually see the animals even when we couldn’t! The different smells, feeling the animal skins was something I so wanted to do and you guys made it possible.

I loved every minute of the holiday and would be back in a heartbeat.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart Jenny.

Michela Butler – 2016 (Traveleyes trip)
As a sighted traveller on this trip I was bowled over by how well everybody was catered for and how inclusive everything was. Jenny, you and your Swazi friends were amazing and have left me with the most fantastic lasting impression.

I’ve travelled a fair bit and this is by far the trip that has left me buzzing the most long after my return.

Swaziland is in deed a very special place, and Jenny has a gift for bringing it to everyone’s attention in the best way possible.

Neil and Sandra Harrison – 2016
“It is amazing how diverse this small country is and you really need two weeks to do it justice. Admittedly Swaziland is not Kruger, Masai Mara or Etosha but if you want to see great wildlife without the crowds this makes for a great destination.

Sense Africa subsequently put a great two weeks tour together encompassing all its history, culture and wildlife making it into such a memorable holiday.

Everything was meticulously organised in a friendly and professional manner to our tailor made requirements. Many thanks to Sense Africa for a great wedding anniversary holiday!”

John Chapman – 2016

“Jenny is a very efficient, well organised friend.

She has made great inroads into relationships between the UK and South Africa, particularly in the preservation of wildlife habitat and teaching others about the unspoiled habitat of certain African nations.”

Kate O’Boyle – 2016
Sense Africa were extremely helpful, efficient, and hospitable from start to finish. The package created for our trip was full of variation, combining relaxation, adventure and a chance to get to know a local community of the country visited. Overall, it has been a very enjoyable and well executed experience thanks to the hard work of Sense Africa. Many thanks again.”

Brian O’Boyle – 2016
“Rural Swaziland was a daunting and slightly worrying prospect. This was beautifully resolved by Jenny’s meticulous planning and organisation which gently guided us to places well worth visiting and ultimately fulfilled our wish for a great relaxing family holiday.”

Martin and Gill How – 2015
“Jenny worked with us to organise in two months a trip of a lifetime to Namibia and Botswana which most agents thought needed to be planned at least a year ahead. She listened carefully to our needs, aspirations and concerns and made sure that these were catered for. She was honest and clear about what we should expect and juggled reservations as booking confirmations arrived on an African timescale. In a couple of places the only facilities available were less grand than she would aim to book and she made sure that we would be happy with what was available.

Jenny helped organise a life expanding trip that all 5 people aged 15-60 will remember forever.

Jenny is passionate about things African and if you are looking for help to plan a bespoke experience she is a creative, helpful, sensible and trustworthy partner.”

Shell family – 2015
We have been lucky enough to travel to Africa twice through Jenny and Sense Africa.

I struggle to put into words what it has meant to us as a family.  Jenny made us feel that we had planned and executed the trip ourselves.  A real gift to be able to do this.  She knew exactly what we wanted and tailored our experience to our needs.  We saw the most amazing scenery and witnessed animals as they should be in the wild, but it was so much more than this. We felt Africa – the people and their lives.  A real privilege and a life changing experience.  Thank you.

Duncan Laker – 2015K_serval cat small

“Once again Sense Africa gave us a truly fabulous trip that will remain with us forever, thanks Jenny.”

Read Duncan’s write up about a Day in Botswana…

Ron and Alison Davies – 2015
“Well organised, well chosen itinerary and the accommodation was to such a high standard. We recommend you to every one we talk to about our holiday.

Thanks for an amazing experience.”

Mark Jarrett – 2015
“The organisation behind my holiday was excellent, as was the accommodation selected. All I seemed to have to do was to drive the car and be at the right place at the right time.”

Bernie Gleave – 2014
I can honestly say that I think about some aspect of our trip everyday.

It not just the animals it is the children walking to and from school, the variety of the countryside and climate! And of course the people themselves. I would like to say that I really enjoyed the time we spent together, and I really appreciated your company and your knowledge. Our mountain biking trip was particularly enjoyable because we were able to just look and absorb the sights and sounds and feelings. Malolotja’s canopy zip wire tour was so exhilarating! All the game reserves and accommodation I loved. So I thank you very much for organising a wonderful trip for us all.

I personally feel I got a real Sense of Africa.

Valerie and Graham Crafter – 2014
“We left Swaziland piled up with their local crafts – glass, candles, handmade bags and table mats. It was just as well we brought three cases with us! Thank you again for all your work on our behalf and for the comprehensive booklet.

We appreciate the personal service you were able to give us, so much better than the large companies. We would have missed a lot if we had done it on our own.

Duncan Laker – 2014
Simply the best holiday ever.

I’m not normally given to hyperbole, but Jenny and Sense Africa delivered our perfect break in Botswana and Zimbabwe with a combination of superb safari and lazy luxury. Thank you so much.”

George and Annie Miles-Eves – 2014
“Just a line to say how much we enjoyed our Swazi holiday.  

It’s a hackneyed phrase, but it truly was the “holiday of a lifetime”.  

We shall treasure the memories & we are sorting through the 2000 photos now (!) hoping to cut them down to 200 without too much domestic strife…

We were so impressed with your many skills (Jenny): speaking Swazi, tracking & identifying animals & birds (not to mention bugs & snakes), organising all the drivers & vehicles & accommodation & meals, and of course most importantly, your patience with people & your ever-present sense of humour.

We would recommend this holiday to anyone.”

Hugh Norton and Family – 2012
“A memorable safari in Botswana: This was a tailor-made safari for a family of four, starting from a lodge at Maun, and including a day afloat on the Okavango river delta, camping and wildlife viewing in the Moremi reserve and at Savuti in the Chobe National Park, then a few days at a very comfortable lodge at Muchenje, and finally three nights across the border in Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls. The wildlife viewing, including the wildlife seen while at Muchenje, and the camping experience were the heart of the holiday for us.

The preliminary advice on what to go and see, and then the tailoring of the itinerary to our preferences, were carried out very helpfully and patiently by Jenny Bowen, and everything ran to schedule like clockwork from the moment we touched down at Maun.

This was a holiday we shall remember with pleasure for a very long time.

Terry and Vicky Andrews – 2011

“I have known Jenny and her Sense Africa business for several years. Came the time recently when Vicky and I had achieved a significant marriage milestone and wanted something memorable to celebrate. Following the ‘proof of the pudding’ maxim, we decided to engage Jenny for our first trip to Africa, to Swaziland.

It would be an understatement to say that we were not disappointed. Meticulous planning with regular consultation with us to match our needs and advice on what to take; a schedule of travel, accommodation and venues to visit that went like clockwork; the opportunity to get ‘behind the scenes’ to places off the beaten track and to meet the people of Swaziland. Jenny’s ecological background enhanced our knowledge at every stage and her explorer experience made us feel secure in a very different environment.

A thoroughly enjoyable, personalised experience that did indeed allow us to soak up the culture, the variety of landscapes and the sheer, natural beauty of the flora and fauna that is Swaziland.

If you have the chance, talk to Jenny and just go do it – you will definitely not be disappointed!

Dave Thomas – 2008
“Getting from A to B is not important, it’s what you see during the journey that makes it all worth while.

During our journeys your infectious enthusiasm, specialist knowledge, love of Africa and Swaziland – its people, culture and wildlife in particular, illustrated Sense Africa is pertinently named as our senses are still buzzing from our experiences.

Thank you.”

Lucy Cullen – 2006
Thank you very much for a really amazing trip.

We will never forget our trip especially the rhino walking safari.”

Patricia Goodwin – 2006
Your commitment is amazing, your shared knowledge really appreciated.

Thank you for a five star performance. We were well looked after and at times we were the only people in the reserve. Truly ‘Sensed Africa’.”

David Grant – 2006
“Thank you for a superb holiday. Everything was well organised and I really enjoyed the mountain biking safari.”

Anthony Edmondson – 2005

“We had a brilliant adventure in Swaziland, experiencing the African way of life and enjoying the animal sightings.

Professionally organised, highly recommended – Thanks Jenny!”