Samara Game Reserve
"Liebe Gisela, eine perfekt organisierte Reise in einem der schönsten Länder der Welt , voller Abwechslung, interessant, spannend. Vielen herzlichen Dank für Ihre vorzügliche Arbeit und Organisation! Wir kommen sicher wieder." Familie Tschuor, Schweiz. März 2014
"Initially we had trouble finding accommodation that would be suitable for a family traveling with small children, but Gisela managed to find the perfect places for us. She knew the most family-friendly staff, the best locations close to beaches, and made all the bookings at the same price as booking directly - just without any of the hassle of doing the legwork of trying to find good places online without really knowing about the quality and the convenience of the location.
She listened to our wishes rather than recommending a blue-print solution and had the patience to provide alternatives according to our search criteria. Not only did she fix the accommodation for us, but provided also valuable advice on what to do in Cape Town, which activities would be suitable for the whole family and which ones we should rather avoid.She hooked us up with good local service providers and recommended ways of exploring the town and its surroundings. On top of all this, we had the most amazing weather during our vacation, and all this put together made our stay in Cape Town arguably the best holiday ever.” Scheja family, Kigali, Rwanda. May 2014
"You could not have picked more perfect places for us the entire trip; each place was so different and the staff so accommodating! Our honeymoon itinerary was perfect, too. We loved winding down at a B&B and then in wine country to end our trip.
I wish it was just starting all over again! Thank you so much for all of your help in planning this for us, and for being in touch regarding any questions we have had. You have been so wonderful to work with and I would recommend you most highly to anyone traveling to Africa!
I will certainly keep in touch, and hope to be back soon. We miss it so much already!" Sarah and Charles Clutter, Minnesota, USA. January 2014
Honeymoon couple Sarah & Charles
"Wer in Südafrika reisen möchte, dem ist eines zu empfehlen: Sich an Gisela Piercey wenden und ihr mitteilen, was man sich vorstellt, welche Wünsche man hat. Damit ist man in besten Händen, frei vom Stress, ewig im Internet zu suchen und kann sich ganz entspannt auf unvergessliche Tage freuen.Wir denken täglich an die traumhafte Reise zurück. Danke, Gisela!" Agathe und Joachim Zirkler, Dresden, Deutschland. November 2013
"We are busy doing an around the world trip and my parents and their friends met up with us in South Africa. We wanted the holiday to be a very special experience for all of us, so I asked Gisela to help me with the planning. This was definitely the right decision!
The places she recommended were absolutely lovely (especially Parker Cottage and Honeyguide Tented Camps in Kruger Park, amazing!), the staff were so kind.
Everything was perfectly organized! Gisela's travel itinerary was both interesting and relaxing.
Communicating with Gisela was great: she responded to all our emails very quickly and even during the trip we could contact her anytime and she helped us instantly. Thanks for everything, Gisela!" Nicole Zoller, currently traveling the world. March 2013
My Alaskan clients Bill & Vivian
"I was trying to plan our first trip to South Africa and was confronted with an inordinate amount of mind numbing choices when Gisela Piercey’s
name was highly recommend by Parker Cottage Guest House to help me with my plans.
Upon contacting her, she enquired about our goals, our personal interests, physical needs and abilities. She then outlined a proposed itinerary with recommended accommodation. With minor messaging we finalized dates, plane reservations, car rentals and accommodation. Gisela did all of the leg work in the details of confirming time and dates with the entities providing the services.
I was a bit nervous about transferring funds to an unknown individual half way around the world and she gave me several choices as to how to handle the funds. Every detail of these arrangements was flawless.
I was so impressed by her personal touch and her concern for our needs that I visited her and her husband to let her know how much I appreciated her service. Dealing with African Twist Travel was the key to the best trip my wife and I had ever taken. Thank you again Gisela." Bill and Vivian Bubbel, Fairbanks, Alaska. January 2013
"I recently visited South Africa for the very first time. It was unforgettable!
I had booked a few nights myself but then required help to find available accommodation as it was peak season.
Parker Cottage Guest House was so kind as to recommend African Twist Travel. I sent an email to Gisela.
In record time I had a reply, and after finding out what we needed, Gisela suggested the perfect place to stay for us. Because of her excellent service I decided to let her book some additional places we had not organized yet for our trip.
She was incredibly efficient and has done a really good job in record time! In less than one week everything was booked and prepaid in a secure way.
For anyone who would like to visit South Africa I highly recommend Gisela's services, you'll have no bad surprises but only good ones.
I have to say that I usually book accommodation directly but this time it was really great to have someone who knows her customer and her country so well, doing it without any extra charges except extra smiles !!!" Sandrine Nessi, France. January 2013
"You are travelling to South Africa on your own with a little child of 4 years?" I was asked so many times. People thought that this must be dangerous.
So I asked Gisela for help because it was my dream to visit South Africa.
Gisela was of great help. She could answer all my questions and she organized a perfect round trip for my son and myself. And I can confirm: it was not dangerous at all. South African people around the Garden Route are so helpful and friendly. We really enjoyed our holiday. Gisela even organized private safaris for us and we had so much fun there.
The guest houses she booked for us were beautiful and luxurious and with friendly staff. If someone wants to experience this country, stay at very nice and high quality guest houses, meet friendly people and impressive wild animals – go for African Twist Travel.
Thanks, Gisela. It was an unforgettable and perfect stay in this amazing country!" Gaby B., Berne, Switzerland. November 2012
"Thank you, Gisela, for guiding us during the planning of our trip to South Africa. Your knowledge of the resorts and their unique characteristics, your attention to detail regarding logistics, and your prompt and personable responses to our questions and needs, all resulted in a smooth, enjoyable, and unforgettable experience!" The Hinshaw Family, Switzerland. October 2012
"Gisela Piercey of African Twist Travel has certainly delivered more than 100% when she worked out a tailor-made itinerary for my brother and his wife from Switzerland. Despite the lack of much knowledge of the English language and travel experience, the two felt perfectly safe and comfortable on their 3 weeks long self-drive round trip from Johannesburg to Durban via Swaziland and the classic Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.
They have been raving ever since their return about the many highlights along their journey and would certainly choose the services of African Twist Travel again in future. Thank you Gisela for assisting my relatives to truly experience part of Southern Africa THEIR way."
Christoph Flueck, Owner of Trevoyan Guest House, Cape Town (www.trevoyan.co.za). February 2012
"We have come to the first anniversary of our marvellous Safari to South Africa, which your excellent organisation made so enjoyable. When a friend suggested that we should not miss out on a Safari, we did not think it possible, given George's disabilities. We phoned you, however, to ascertain if you had any advice for us, and you assured us that you can take care of everything.
I could only walk short distances, and could not handle stairs and bathtubs. The program you organised for us was outstanding, from Cape Town where your guide met us, to Port Elizabeth where we finally bade good bye to South Africa. She was an excellent driver, and being married to a local, she was a mine of information. All the accommodation on the way to the two game parks you booked for us were 5-star, had showers and no stairs.
The game parks Blaauwbosch and Sibuya were most accommodating, with well informed and helpful guides, good accommodation and all the animals you promised us. Your advice to come in April, when the vegetation is not too tall, thus making the wildlife visible, had an added bonus. We did not encounter a single mosquito, nor even flies!"
George Freuden, Australia. April 2011
“We would like to thank you very much for the unique and out of the ordinary lodge and hotel proposals you came up with. You picked our minds and delivered an excellent service to us.
The administrative handling was also very professional. Thanks to you our trip to South Africa was a memorable and very special experience!!” Christina Stent, Switzerland. November 2010
“Gisela put together a four week trip through South Africa for us - it turned out to be an absolutely wonderful and unforgettable holiday. She took into account that we were traveling with our two young children and picked the accommodation and activities very carefully to cater for them, too. All accommodation was chosen brilliantly.
We have enjoyed a fantastic hospitality, an outstanding personal service and the food was excellent. Gisela recommended private game reserves where the kids could participate in the safaris with us, and in a completely malaria free environment.
With this travel planning service, Gisela has indeed proven how excellent her knowledge of South Africa is. We have enjoyed it so much that we cannot wait to return for another trip.” Family Tschuor, Switzerland. April 2009
“Recently I was in a pickle. I was planning on getting engaged but had no idea how or where to do it. Fortunately I came in contact with Gisela who not only suggested ideas to make the special day memorable, but also made all the arrangements for me. I was very impressed with the professional and efficient way all my travel and accommodation arrangements were made. In the end it was a weekend staying at a five star game lodge and partaking in a hot-air balloon safari (which is where a popped the question at 1200feet!).
Thanks to Gisela, I now have great memories which will stay with me a lifetime. I will most definitely be making use of her services in the future.” Neels Conradie, South Africa. September 2009
Amakhala Safari Lodge
“Gisela organised our entire honeymoon for us. I contacted her with a destination, a budget and a time frame. She came back with several suggestions of places to go to and made the important suggestion of NOT going to a busy place as it could mess with the intimacy and privacy a newly wed couple normally seeks on honeymoon. We picked a unique place and it was absolutely lovely.
Everything was organised for us when we got there and we had absolutely zero surprises. Apart from contacting Gisela, choosing a place and paying, I didn't have to do anything to organise our honeymoon and we had the time of our lives! I will happily contact Gisela time and time again for future honeymoon re-dos and holidays. Thank you!” Norio de Sousa, South Africa. March 2009