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Hi Clyde I just wanted to say a big thank you for the vehicle we hired from you. We had a fantastic and very comfortable trip, and had all the equipment that we needed. Working with you and your team has been really hassle free which added to the pleasure of our holiday. We have recommended you to friends and will continue to do so, and if we ever need a 4x4 again on one of our trips to SA we will definitely be back Thanks again for a great product and very professional service Regards Gill Greene 10/05/2016

Dear Clyde, we want to express our appreciation for your company that has been very reliable, serious and absolutely adequate to that kind of journey. for sure we will be your customers for 2016 planing to come back in southern africa and we will suggest you to other frinds of us. Thank you very much for everything hoping to see you asap ! valerio and sofia

Hello Clyde We are now back from our fantastic trip to Botswana and Zambia. I just want to let you know the following: - The Car was the best I ever had, with out any problems and always running properly ! - Your Equipment was perfect and all what you need was there. - And for sure, we had a friendly and good Service. Thank you very much, I will recommend you and I hope to book a Car again soon as possible. I wish you a good time and send my greetings to South Africa. Felix Frei

Dear people at Bushlore, This email is to again thank you for your wonderful service during our holiday in Botswana with a Toyota Hilux 4x4 fully kitted out. The car drove like a charm, the inventory was very satisfactory, the service at the border unexpected but very nice and in every contact with your firm there was professional and nice reactions. We felt sorry for making the car so full of dust. We will definitely rent from you again in near future and are advising our friends back home to do the same. I will post a positive comment on tripadvisor and hope you and your business will continue to do well! Best regards, Nikki Rethmeier and Anne-Marie Zeeman

Dear Clyde, After we had 22 wonderfull days with the Bushlore car (I think it was the white Landcruiser JC 74JD GP) I am back in cold Hamburg, Germany. The trip anbd the service was great. I also appreciated the friendly service and support from your side and all the Bushlore staff: Outstanding! When we dropped off the car we had some very nice talks and I gave a list with my "expereinces, thoughts and comments to your colleague (I guess the name was Bob or so?). The Landcruiser 2 berth was a very good car with a lot of smart functionality and well tought features. Much better than a roof top tent. Even though the slighty newer model (which was the brown car we had hired) was even more smart (like outside water tap....) We would definately book this car at bushlore again, when we come to Africa anext time. Volker Bendel

Bushlore are an excellent company the hand over was very good and the vehicle was superb. We had a Landcruiser which was well kitted out. When we next visit I will be requesting a similar vehicle, we helped out numerous people who were stuck in sand including 4x4s from Bushlore however the Landcruiser had no problems. Iain Pearson

Dear all, Thank you for your assisting on my Bushcamper rental. Vehicle was excellent and so was the entire Bushlore administration (i.e. pick-up, drop off, paperwork). And our vacation was excellent as well … as expected. Br Mike

Here we are back for 1 1/2 weeks in France, and we wanted to thank you and tell you that it's very well with the 4x4 Hilux. the vehicle was well equipped, clean, and the person who greeted us the first day we arrived at the airport in Maun and symathique very professional. everything went well during our trip to Botswana and we will not hesitate to go through you for another trip to Africa and of course to recommend you on travel sites (tripadvisor and travel forum). can be has soon. DAVID M & Mme CHESSE David, Estelle, Sarah, Carla

Dear Clyde, We returned yesterday from our trip to Botswana. 4 Toyota high lux, fully equipped, 15 people. Not one complaint, and many compliments about our cars. We had not even one flat tyre. Well equipped, we missed nothing. We loved driving the cars, robust and reliable. Many thanks to you and Bushlore staff for preparing these cars. Warm greetings from 15 happy customers, Best regards Edwin

Dear Clyde, I want to thank you for the 2 excellent Toyota Landcruisers you delivered to us in Botswana. Now we realise how important it is to rely on very good cars. Thank you and we'll come back to you in the near future for another rental. With my best regards, Filip Rosselle

Dear Sirs, My wife Fiammetta and I, we want to tell you our satisfaction for renting a great Bushlore 4x4 Car. We had a beautiful vacation and for that we have also to say thanks to BUSHLORE !! A great car in perfect conditions and a great service !! If we’ll have a new chance to visit Southern Africa with a 4x4, we’ll choose again Bushlore !! Thanks and see you soon ! Gian e Fiammetta Concone

Dear Angelique, We are save back home and I would like to thank you for the perfect organization by Bushlore. Especially the way your colleagues Joël, Gavin and Mozes everything had arranged for us. We had a small problem with luggage so we had to wait at the airport no problem for the guys. They were relaxed and very helpful. Halfway our trip in Palmwag, we saw a car with problems. When we asked if we could help them, they asked if we did not have any problems. A local lodge owner said: "with Bushlore you never have problems". And we agreed!! Perfect advise from you to hire the Landcruiser. A fine car, enough space for us ( I am 6 feet 8 tall, my daughter is 6 feet 2) in the car and in the tents. It was perfect. Next time Bushlore again! Best regards, Aart Beelen

Mark We just got back home from our South African trip and we would like to thank you and Bushlore for our experience, the vehicle was in good running order and was nicely equipped for the journey we had planned. Most importantly we would like to congratulate the support team you have in Kasane and Maun, especially ( snake) for taking great care of us when we encountered minor issues with the tires. We never once in the 5 weeks we had the vehicle have any issues other than a flat or 2 , we will definitely recommend you and your company to our friends and should we come back to Africa, we will for sure rent from you again. Thank you Jean Pierre Guerin ( rented a pick up from January 16th for 5 weeks)

Hi Clyde, Just finally got back to the US. 20cm of snow on the ground..... Wish I had stayed in SA! I wanted to firstly thank you for providing a wonderful experience for us! The truck was amazing, perfect, everything we needed, held up great and you guys were super helpful and responsive. So thank you for a job well done! I recommend you to anyone. I shot almost 100 rolls of film so if I get some sweet pictures of your truck doing something badass I'll send you a couple. Thanks again! Nathan McGarigal - February 2013

Hi Clyde The crew have now left South Africa and so things a little quieter. I wanted to thank you for all your help with our shoot. Your team made sure that everything ran so smoothly, and it really took a weight of my mind. I will certainly recommend Bushlore to future productions working in southern Africa, and hope to work with you again in the future. Many thanks and best wishes Helen - BBC

Hello Clyde, We have returned home now, from our fabulous holiday in Namibia. Thank you for making this all possible. We were so happy, the car was totally reliable and presented no problems. Thank you also to Gavin, for his careful demonstrations and explanations prior to the beginning of our journey. We certainly look forward to doing business again, on our next trip to Africa. Louise Zattleman

Mark, Credit where it's due. You have a very good man in Gavin. He has been brilliant this week, with trouble-shooting, sourcing a means for repairs and just getting it done. Awesome awesome service. Many thanks, Richard Bennett

Hi Clyde We have just had one of your vehicles for a month in Botswana. We are now back in the UK. I would like to thank you and your team for the efficient arrangements. The delivery and collection in Gaborone were both carried out very well by your men. Thank you for the accurate cross border documents and the maps and other useful books. Finally, the vehicle performed well and had all that we required. Very many thanks Richard Barugh

Thank you for all the arrangements that you and your team did for us. We had the car waitinng for us in Livingstone airport and the person who delivered it was explain the vehicle quite well. When we had to deliver the car back, we wanted to change the location of return and your team was again quite accomodating and the person arrived ontime to collect the vehicle. It was a very pleasant experience hiring a vehicle through you folks. Thanks for making our journey enjoyable! Raghu

Hi, we already met Darryl at the airport for the car and now we are waiting for the flight to Paris through Joburg. We want to say you that we are very very satisfied about Bushlore support for our trip. It will remain one of our best travelling experience in our life. It was everything so beautiful and fantastic. All your organization is very professional, helpfull and .... friendly. We do hope to repeat an other experience through Africa with you in the future. Big hugs to all Bushlore group..... please give our best regards to Robert and his wife Claudia. Ciao Bushlore and good luck for your business. Piero and Liana Bellini

Christeen, We had a great time; you did a perfect job with all the bookings, suggestions etc., much appreciated. Also the car and camping kit worked out really well. We will definitely recommend Bushlore to whoever plans a similar trip and I hope one day we may do something similar again to a different country in Africa. Thanks, Tom Benaud

Hi Clyde Just to thank you for the exellent service that we have experienced from all of you at Bushlore, Brian in particular.Your equipment is of high quality,and 100% functional. It was a pleasure from day one, to enjoy the the well-planned layout,and the ease of the tent arrangements.Bushlore has really scored the highest possible marks in my book. I only hope that by next year when we plan to do the Baviaans kloof route,you will have a 3litre engine available.The 2.5 battles to get the vehicle over a nasty dune as the load with 4 persons is quite heavy.If not,we will still go ahead with our plans - just gear down a bit more! You may refer any prospective customer to me,if he is in doubt of Bushlore or your equipment. Kind regards Ben Naude Bellville

Hello Bushlore. We (Finn Gade Jensen,Katia Gade Johansson & Mai-Britt Johansson) went on safaritour to Kruger National Park ( KNP ) from 15.Dec.-20.Dec.2010. We want to thank you for choosing Niel as our guide. He spotted a lot of animals, also far away, and told us about them in a living and exciting way. He also told us about the birds, trees and flowers and he happily answered our questions. We spend 6 very amazing days with him driving around in KNP and we learned how to spot the animals. As for the rare animals we saw the big 5, cheetah,wild dogs, hyaena, black rhino, some croc´s and southern ground hornbill. We even were so lucky that we saw a rock python suffocate a baby impala. We have only good words to say about Niel Jacobs and will highly recommend him to anybody who wants to go on safari. As for your company we chose you, because it is a very good idea with the tent on the rooftop of the car, as we like to camp in tent, but were afraid of sleeping on the ground. We also like the idea with selfdrive with a guide, so you don´t sit in a bus. It was our first time in KNP (maybe not the last), so we needed a guide. We are from Denmark and see foxes sometimes. We also have badgers but have never seen one except in the zoo. We have 2 kind of snakes: Grass snake (not poissonous) and viper(poisonous to small children and if you are allergic). Yours Finn, Katia & Mai-Britt

Hi Clyde, Wanted to send an email just to confirm that both trucks were picked up at the Windhoek airport. Also, wanted to let you know how happy we were with trucks, we had no problems at all (and met many folks that rented with other companies that had many problems). Very happy with trucks, tents, camping equipment etc. You had everything well sorted for us, thank you. We will definitely recommend Bushlore and rent again on our next visit to South Africa. Best Regards sharon

Dear Mark and Everyone, I am not very good with words, but I want to thank you All from Bushlore (don’t forget Simão) for your kindness and support whenever I needed. The car was great, very well equipped and your services excellent. Hope there will be a next time, and be sure, I will recommend your company. Wish you ALL the BEST. Kind Regards Rui Machado

Hi Mark, I have made several reservations for the month of June with one of your team namely Christeen Steenkamp, I would just like to let you know that it has been ages since I have received service like this. In a potentially difficult booking situation Christeen has taken away all the hassles and turned a deal direct and worrisome experience into a total pleasure from SA. Please convey my thanks and I shall be sure to let anyone I know that is interested in bookings into Botswana know about your company and Christeen’s service. Regards, Jason Jones

Good afternoon Clyde, Well, we've just been dropped at the airport by Dixie (I'm sure I've butchered his name spelling) and Sandy and I would like to thank the entire bushlore crew for a fantastic, flaw free, holiday! It ended on a touch of a sour note as Dixie ran out of fuel just as he was pulling away from the airport however. We'd left 1/4 tank of fuel in the car as instructed by Rob when we picked the vehicle up so I don't know what went wrong. We felt really badly and bought Dixie lunch while he waited for help to arrive. He surmises that perhaps there's something wrong with the guage as the warning light didn't come on and the guage just dropped at the last minute? Either way we felt badly. I did notice a couple minor dash gremlins- a few times the e-brake light stayed on even with the brake off and at times the dash turn signal didn't come on even though the turn signals were working properly outside the car. Minor stuff. The radio antenna fell of somewhere in Botswana, I think we lost a mud flap somewhere (the left rear is missing now and I can't remember if it was on when we got the car) and the left rear hub cap is gone. And we lost the big steel barbecue flipper somewhere as well. Bush-lore provided us with an extra cooler box for the trip, but we bought a larger one in Maun and just left it with the car. Thanks again to everyone at Bushlore Clyde!

Sandy and Geoff Wade

Dear Clyde I just wanted to say a huge thanks for all your help and patience in sorting out the vehicle and equipment. Moreover, the whole set up was immaculate, well thought out and wonderfully efficient. I really couldn't find one grumble and we were thrilled to have a brand new vehicle (and even more happy with its fuel consumption!) Stefan Kohrs from Out of Africa was absolutely right when he recommended Bushlore as being the no. 1 choice, and I hope to recommend you to anyone else lucky enough to take a trip around Southern Africa. Hope the World Cup is treating you well

Best regards, Liz Metcalfe

Hello Clyde and the team, just dropping you a line to once again thank you for your service. We found dealing with Bushlore very easy and accommodating and would recommend you to anyone who was thinking of booking a Safari wagon.

Les Gasson

Dear Clyde, We want to let you know that we really did not expect to get a brand new Land Rover, so fully equiped. At the moment we are in Swakopmund and are heading for Etosha. So far this vacation is a really great experience, also thanks to Bushlore!!

Hendrik & Connie Voeten

Sirs, Just to compliment you on providing us with such excellent service with our recent 4X4 hire vehicle. The delivery and hand over by Mandla was so friendly and efficient on top of the fact that you provided us with a brand new Toyota.....just 196 kms on the clock !!. The relaxed yet professional attitude of all your staff was a pleasure and it all helped to make our trip to Botswana such a success. Thank you, we will be back for the next trip.

Kind regards, Wallace Paterson

Dear Mark,

You told me Bushlore is good at knowing their business and I could easily write I agree with you, but that would not really tell the whole story.

The night before heading back to Johannesburg, we enjoyed a beer along side the campfire in Khwai and racked our brains trying to find something Bushlore did wrong or didn't do or didn't provide or some crappy equipment that you gave us and Mark, we have experience at finding things that are wrong, broken or inconsistent and I'm honestly telling you we could not find one thing wrong with your camper, your camping setup or your customer service.

Bushlore's remarkable attention to detail goes far beyond just "dong it right" and ventures into the "honest concern" and "caring for your customer" category.

And we should know, because Bushlore is the third camper rental company we've tried. In fact, we discovered that Bushlore's comprehensive equipment list and stout, well maintained campers contain everything you'd need for a self drive safari in Africa and as unbelievable as it sounds, after 4,400 km in a Bushlore camper, I'm pleased to report, nothing failed, nothing went wrong and nothing wasn't there.

The crystal wine glasses in the crush proof container were a particularly nice touch.

Really good show Mark, Bushlore's attention to detail could only come from someone that not only cares if it's done right, but better than right, as if you were setting up a camper for your family trip.

My only wish is that Bushlore would start working for the phone company, the cable TV company and the US government. Imagine the miracles you can work there.

Jon & Karen Mitchell
Chicago USA

Hi Rod,

We just arrived back in Leipzig, Germany.

The first is, that I want to thank you, Mark and the bushlore people for your support in preparation and during our holidays. The car was one of the best we had during the last four years! We had a wonderful time and made it from Pretoria to Chobe, South Luangwa, Luambe NP, North Luangwa, Lake Tanganjika, Kafue back to Chobe, Kubu Island and at last to wonderful Waterberg Wilderness. It was a really great experience! Thank you and your people again!

Be sure we will recommend you and the bushlore team to other friends and we will put a recommendation on my website (when it will be updated during the next weeks)!

Warm regards from Germany,
Thomas Maul

I would like to let you know about a company that advertises in your magazine. The company is Bushlore. When you are planning an extensive trip from over 12,000 miles away, you want everything to go just right. Thanks to Mark, Rob & Chris at Bushlore our trip was great. They went out of their way to accommodate us and to make our trip hassel free. We highly recommend them to anyone who is planning on renting a vehicle. They are very helpful, friendly and terrific to work with.

Robert Allm

Hi there

I would just like to say that what an amazing experience I had last week on my birthday safari in South Africa in one of your 4x4 vehicles with the fantastic guide Daryl Smith. He was an amazingly knowledgeable guide who knows about all there is to know of the native animals and birds, their environment and habits. He was an excellent cook, host and very pleasant chap to spend time with. This made my trip with my daughter and her partner more enjoyable. Daryl is a very modest and polite man. He endeavoured to stick to the itinerary but was excellent at adapting this for our preferences (mine being elephants! - of which we saw hundreds!). We were lucky to have seen all of the big 5 in a short time, also lots of rare and endangered species. Daryl kept us safe at all times and had excellent people skills. he is a safe and competent driver and route planner.

The lovely land rover we had has now been named Boadicea as she is a conquering queen of the Kruger roads and tracks.

Thanks again for making my birthday trip a forever memorable and humbling experience. Huge regards to Daryl and I will be recommending your company to others when you are providing excellent services!

Thanks and regards

Marianne Pratley (Anna and Iain) UK

Hello all at,

Just a note to say thanks for making our trip to SA the best experience it could have been and thanks also to Chris Deffense for his friendly manner and helpful advice.

We saw amazing things and found the Defender a superb tool for the job, whilst I'm on the subject what colour is the Defender we hired as I can't seem to find it on the Land rover website as a colour option? Do you have them resprayed specially for you? If so could you tell me the colour code so that I can get some in the UK?

Once again thanks to all for a trouble free experience and I'll be recommending you to all.

Chris Procter

Ps: Love the door stickers also, any chance I could buy some? (Paw print)

Hi Rod

Just a note to thank you for your advise and route suggestion during our trip to Botswana in November/December.
The trip was excellent although we “cheated” a bit and opted for 2 extra lodges instead of the camps you booked for us.
The vehicles and service in general from Mark was exceptional.

Thank you and best regards
Nick Stamatiadis

Dear Mark, Rob, Clyde
and the whole team from Bushlore

My parents-in-law and their friends arrived home yesterday afternoon. I wanted to thank you in their name for the as always very good service you provided. They enjoyed their Trip through Namibia and South Africa with your Toyota Hilux immensely. They went the first time without Adrian and me and everything went well partly because they had no problem with the car. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Sandra Werhli

Dear Mark,

thank you very much for your service concerning our 4x4 rental from the 23rd Oct. to 9th of Nov. A Landrover in superb condition and a more than complete camp equipment, was more than we expected! Your guys and your company did a great job to make our trip not an adventure but pure holidays
I hope you didn’t have too much work in maintaining our returned vehicle ;-)

Thanks again and I hope to return to S.A. soon,
Roland Köhler

Hi Mark

Just wanted to thank you and the Bushlore team for providing first class service. The Landrover we picked up at the airport was fitted out with absolutely every piece of gear we could dream of and the tents on the roof were great. The tent on the roof solution also made us feel better with the family of warthogs running around the Pretoriuskop camp in Kruger Park. We were absolutely dry, even with some heavy rain at night. The fridge in the back of the car worked perfectly throughout our 7 day trip. Your recommendation of choosing the higher vehicle was on target as we could usually see over the high grass. My son and I had a fantastic and memorable trip. I think you'll be hearing from friends of ours in Israel.

Danny Oberman Efrat, Israel

Dear Clyde,

Last Wednesday we delivered our Hilux at the very kind Brian (the father of Rob I understand). Cora and I like to compliment Bushlore for the good service and the never failing car that was nearly our home for 30 days. We met a lot of people that were interested in your company. Many of them did not know that this type of full equipped cars are for hire. Maybe there will be new interested customers……… The first time in South-Africa was a wonderfull experience and SA (people and nature) has stolen our harts and that is the reason we will come back next year to SA. We already booked our flight by KLM!

Well, as you see we are very enthousiastic about SA & Bushlore.

Kindley regards, Bart

Dear Clyde,

Hello, I again would like to thank the entire Bushlore Team for supporting our vacation with the well equiped Landrover and the perfect service. Special thanks to Rob - your recommendation on the route was perfect, certainly we come again and spend some more time at mana pools and moremi.

Kindley regards, Michael Schreyoegg

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