FlyerTalk Forums - View Single Post - Booking Agent for Botswana Safari + Etosha/Bwabwata in Namibia
Old Jan 25, 19, 11:30 am
  #6  
dcstudent
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Atlanta but Washington DC will always be home.
Programs: Starriott Plat, Avis Presidents Club, Whatever Airline is going where I want to go
Posts: 1,597
Originally Posted by Jasper2009 View Post
I can vouch for Travel Beyond and the expertise of their agents. The owner - Craig Beal - also is an active FTer (SafariCraig) and has shared a lot of valuable information on FT over the years.
Originally Posted by SanDiego1K View Post
Travel Beyond is an excellent recommendation. I've also used Chris Liebenberg of Piper Heath. I was networked to him by Craig Beal. Chris was born and raised in Namibia and has extensive knowledge of the safari industry there. He is also very knowledgeable about many of the African safari destinations.
Thank you both. I totally get that you're paying - in part- for expertise and I'm more than willing to do so. I have no intention of getting said advice and then trying to book everything myself. I just think it will be a combo of agent booked/planned and self-booked. For instance:

Virgin to Johannesburg from Washington, D.C. (Self-booked w/ miles)
4x4 (self booked w/ avis - points)
Kang, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Livingstone, Nata, Francistown & Jo-burg, self-booked (points at Protea where possible)


Etosha, Bwabwata, Kasane (including Chobe and r/t transfer to Livingstone Zambia), Okavango Delta, Linyati, Kalahari all agent arranged.
dcstudent is offline