This is what some of our past clients have had to say about their experiences and holiday arrangements made with Greatest Africa plus comments from people experiencing Richard’s private wine tours:
Jenny & Jack Hasler
Australia – June 2014
Jack and I really enjoyed our trip to South Africa, one of our best trips to date. It is very interesting, diverse, educational and great food! We loved the history, and found your people very helpful and kind. Nkomazi Game Reserve was very special, a tremendous three nights, we did not miss a game drive! Thanks for your help, you have a great country and we hope to go back again.
Allison & Sandy Norman
Gabrouw – South Africa – March 2014
Kwandwe was everything superlative. It was worth going to Kwandwe just to see and learn about the restoration of land to its pre-European invasion condition. Very interesting and very impressive. Many thanks for your help sorting our booking, and for getting such a fantastic affordable rate to enable us to experience Kwandwe.
Boston – USA – March 2014
Corinne and I had such an amazing time on our trip, we wanted to stay longer! Hard to pick a favorite, but touring the vineyards and the safari were completely amazing experiences. Thanks so much for all of your help with everything.
London UK – March 2013
Many thanks indeed for twice organising my wonderful SA trip in March. I have to say that your brilliant responsive work at Greatest Cape made it all work and a pleasure to deal with. All your organisation worked to a tee, things happened when you said they would happen and you rescued me when problems occurred. I also think you have a knack of dealing with receptionists and managers alike.
Wales UK – January 2013
It is not often that a holiday surpasses all expectation but that is just what happened during our very recent stay in South Africa. We chose to have our holiday organised by Greatest Africa as the Company had been recommended and we were not disappointed.
Carla Bigio, Italy – Dec 2012
On behalf of my whole family, I wanted to thank you for your help, advice and attention to detail in coordinating our vacation to South Africa this past Dec./Jan 2012/2013. Not only did you answer an insufferable amount of emails that we sent in a extremely timely manner, but your recommendations about our accommodations were fantastic. It was truly fabulous not having to think about absolutely anything. Our transfers were always on time, even early! Thank you all so much for your incredible help, we will surely plan a South African vacation with Greatest Africa again!
Tracy Kimberley, Hong Kong – Dec 2012
I found Greatest Cape very attentive to my needs and to every detail of the trip. Nothing was too much trouble, and it took the stress out of me researching my own camps and flight connections – all their suggestions were fabulous and well researched. I would definitely use them again for any travel needs in Africa. Really, they were flawless!
Mr & Mrs Surtees, UK – Dec 2012
Greatest Cape organised our visit to Camps Bay and surrounding area. Their expertise ensured that we had the perfect accommodation for travelling with a baby and gave us wonderful recommendations for day trips, restaurants, beaches etc. Everything ran smoothly and we always knew that Greatest Cape were just a telephone call away. Without their help we would never have seen or done such incredible things. We’d been to Camps Bay before and thought we’d seen everything, but this time round with Greatest Cape guiding us, our eyes were opened to a whole host of specialities in and around the area. Thank you for providing us with a perfect first family holiday!
Carol and Keith Burrell, UK – Nov 2012
We were delighted to have booked our holiday through Greatest Cape, the knowledge and passion Richard and Vanessa have for the country are amazing and ensured we had a top class holiday in South Africa. The little touches such as Vanessa meeting us on arrival in hotel Victoria to the often behind the scenes phone calls from both of you to ensure we had arrived and everything was running smoothly were a very genuine and welcome addition. The wine tour we took with Richard was excellent, we learnt so much about the history of the country and the wine industry in SA and had some excellent tastings and a superb lunch along the way. Everything was organised perfectly and the holiday exceeded our expectations. Thank you so much.
Stephen &Anna Langton, UK – Apr 2012
All your arrangements for us were spot on and could not have been bettered – we loved all the places you sent us to and were never bored. Altogether, it was one of the best holidays we have ever had.
Ben & Lesley Crowther, UK – Jan 2012
Thank you for organising an unforgettable week. You made it all incredibly easy and every recommendation was spot on for us. Your local knowledge, from restaurants to wineries, was invaluable. We’d recommend Greatest Cape to everyone! Thank you.
John & Pam Brennan, UK – Dec 2011
We had an absolutely wonderful time at Nkomazi. Everything about the experience from start to finish was fantastic including the sundowner on Christmas Day which was at the top of one of the peaks and very special. Thanks for recommending this to us and I hope that we will be coming back to you in the near future for some more experiences.
Jos & Noreen Zweegers, Holland – Nov 2011
Noreen and I like to thank you for arranging this amazing trip for us and our biggest problem now is where to go next to see even more of your beautiful Africa!
Michael Savage, Chairman of the Algarve Wine Socirty – Oct 2011
In 2011 The Algarve Wine Society chose Richard Hilton of Greatest Cape because of his expertise in the wine business and his extensive local knowledge. They were not disappointed! The trip, in September 2011, proved a great success and was greatly enjoyed by all. It was obvious during the various wine visits that Richard really knew his subject and was also well respected by the other wine professionals. Accommodation and meals were all well chosen. In addition to the Wine Society trip most participants also used Richard to organize a pre and/or post trip tour (Hotels, Garden Route, Safari etc.) and again everyone returned with nothing but praise. Richard was a great find and is to be highly recommended to anyone contemplating a trip to South Africa. Michael Savage, President Assembleia General, Algarve Wine Society.
Helga & Larry Hampton, Algarve, Portugal – Sep 2011
A heartfelt thank you to the bestest guide, organiser, leader, entertainer and companion, who took us in hand, led us, fed us, spoiled us and kept us safe and out of trouble. Thank you, Richard!
Only a true professional with best insider knowledge could prepare such a stupendous trip sans pareil and sans hitches. Every detail was finely-tuned, finely-timed and finely-spiced with variety, fun and delectable food and wines. It was your own enthusiasm and love for this extraodinarily beautiful part of the world.
Hillary & Richard Goulden, Algarve, Portugal – Sep 2011
We’ve been reflecting on our wonderful tour of the Cape and would like to thank you so much for organising such a brilliant nine days. You made it so interesting and your knowledge of the history of South Africa and the Cape, its fauna and animal life, as well as the world of wine, was most impressive! So thank you so much for all your hard work and the time you must have spent organising it all and arranging for all our visits to the beautiful Wine Estates – that must have taken months in getting it all together!
Everett Hutt, Paris, France – Aug 2011
Thank you so much for organizing a great trip to South Africa and Namibia. We had struggled to find a tour operator that would organize a custom trip in both countries with a variety of events. You fit the bill perfectly. From our time in Cape Town to the Winelands, through our Safari in Sabi Sands to our time in Sossusvlei, everything was magical. And when we needed additional advice or ran into hiccups, you were always there to help. It was a truly memorable trip.
Peter & Annie Williams, Wirral, UK – Feb 2011
Dear Richard and Fi,
we had such a wonderful hols…. fabulous memories are still floating around when we tell our friends what we have done and seen, and the people we have met…… thanks to you both, we wouldn’t have been so adventurous without your input. Basically it was all good.. and we loved it.
Sophie and Alex, London – Dec 2010
Dear Fiona and Richard,
Our holiday was so incredibly well organised, the whole 2 weeks was just wonderful and you picked out the most perfect places for us to stay. All your suggestions for things to do, restaurants to go to, directions etc and everything else – just wonderful and it really meant that everything we did, we really enjoyed. Thank you for all your thoughts and input – you really did make it so easy for us, and everything therefore ran so smoothly – a truly brilliant itinerary – thank you, thank you.
John & Miranda Hoskings, Southampton UK – Oct 2010
Now home, and wanted to thank you for all the help you gave us putting together our South African holiday. It was a brilliant 10 days which none of us – especially the kids – will forget. The itinerary worked really well – and your advice on trips, visits, restaurants etc. was really appreciated. It all worked like clockwork. Highlight, I think, was the three days at Hongonyi – fantastically friendly and personal, and as you said beforehand, a totally different pace of life. But Spier Hotel was great too, and the apartment in Cape Town was way above our expectations – a great base for enjoying the Cape. I’ll certainly be recommending you (and South Africa) to anyone who’ll listen – and if you’re ever after a testimonial quote then let me know!
Natalie and David Bogod, UK – Aug 2010
David and I just wanted to say THANK YOU for arranging such a fantastic holiday. It was a truly lovely experience and we were really loath to leave.
Now back in the grey UK but had to write to you straight away. Thanks for everything and for finding such interesting and beautiful places. S. Africa is definitely one of our favourite spots and we will come back to you again when we return. All the best.
Øistein, Nils, Erik and myself, Roar – Norway – Jul 2010
Dear Richard and Greatest Cape – We are now home after a week with the experiences of our life of ZA in general, Durban, Safari, Joburg and World Cup! Thanks to your skilled and very well done organizing of our tour! Not once did we have problems of any kind thanks to you!
The hosts, the guest houses, the nature, the wild animals, the views, your restaurant suggestions and the feeling of being taking care of 24 hours a day by all gave us a memory which we all will take with us forever! Richard, once again, a very warm and thankful regard to you for giving us all such a “once in a lifetime” experience!
Polly and Will, UK – Jan 2010
I contacted Greatest Cape to book a safari during a visit to Cape town. They immediately responded with four fantastic options including travel itineraries, and also sent a comprehensive list of recommended restaurants to enhance my stay in Cape town. I chose one of the game reserves they have personally visited and was not disappointed. Umzolozolo Lodge is a special and rare find; in three days there we saw the big five and more, swam through waterfalls and enjoyed the luxurious accommodation. This would not have been possible without Greatest Cape, who took my brief and instinctively knew how to deliver my objective on budget. This is a team you can trust – a real class act.
Sara Malmberg, Sweden – May 2012
Thank you for the wonderful wine and beer)tour. We were overwhelmed and had a fantastic time.
Stephen & Anna Langton, UK – Feb 2012
Our day with you, Richard, was the highlight of our visit because seeing all the vineyards as working environments seemed to be the real South Africa. On our holidays abroad we always like if possible, to have an inside track and that is exactly what you provided.
Dave Sherwood-Adcock, Cape Town – Oct 2011
Just when you think you have seen it all! I am a Cape Townian, born and raised, and while I have been to Constantia and Stellenbosch many times I was excited to experience ‘new wonders’. Richard Hilton from Greatest Cape Wine Tours took us on a journey that was so enjoyable we have decided to follow our tracks and do it all over again. I will not give too much away, as that is half the experience but what I can say is that there were things I learned on the trip that I did not know. There were places I had never been. It was a day out to remember…
Jo & Chris Crombie, Lymington, UK – Apr 2011
Many thanks for such a great day around the winelands – the tour was a real highlight of our trip. It was obvious that you’d done lots of planning before the day based on our wine preferences. A particular highlight was testing the barrel sample of Chardonnay, which was amazingly kind of you to organise with the winery. Thanks again – Best wishes
Diane & Kenneth Chayer, Denmark – Oct 2010
My husband and I went on a wine tour with Richard Hilton.. That was an exceptional experience! Richard has lived in Burgundy and he is a wine producer himself so imagine how valuable his comments are during a wine tour! He had chosen four wineries which all had great wines, very nice installations and fantastic views. We even had the pleasure of tasting Richard’s wine during lunch!
Susan and Ridge White, Atlanta, Georgia, USA – Sep 2010
Seeing the Wine Country with Richard is a MUST. We have travelled extensively and the wine tour with Richard was one of the best tours we have had anywhere. In addition to his vast knowledge of wine and the best wineries to see, his wealth of information pertaining to the history of South Africa is amazing. Richard is also a wine maker. After our tour we were able to sample his wine, with our dinner, at the Twelve Apostles. The sommelier at the hotel is a big fan of Richard’s wines, as well. The day with Richard was so special and something we will never forget.
Mr and Mrs Cannon, UK – Feb 2010
We had a marvellous day expertly organised and managed by Richard who has a great knowledge of wine having been trained in France. Our day was the highlight of our visit to the Cape.
Ken and Jane Falls, UK – Sep 2009
An extremely enjoyable and informative day. It was like a fine wine – well balanced with good structure and with many interesting notes and nuances. We particularly liked the linkage to South Africa history and architecture which gave an added value to the day. Your knowledge as a producer was a new insight into the world of wine. Many thanks indeed.
Mr and Mrs Sheffield, USA – May 2009 on behalf of ROAR AFRICA
Richard is a real gem. So accommodating to such high maintenance clients! So well informed about South Africa and so passionate about wine. He is well regarded by all the wine makers and made us feel very special at every winery. For us it could not have been any better
Mr and Mrs Kayem, USA – May 2009
Beyond our expectations. Every location was fantastic and he gave us detailed background information, history of the areas as well as up to the minute information. Excellent driver and congenial with the hosts and our group. Valuable experience in every way!
Jacqueline and Fred Stahl, USA – Mar 2009 on behalf of ROAR AFRICA
My husband and I had the pleasure and good fortune to have Richard Hilton as our wine expert and personal tour guide the 2 days we spent in Winelands. We were thrilled at the whirlwind tour he gave us, chock full of history, knowledge and interesting sites to see and vineyards to go to.
It was a treat for all of our senses – being able to learn and taste the wonderful wines-along with some choclate tasting! as well and having him share his knowledge of the country & experience of wine making along with the wonderful acquaintances he has met over the years.
His being a winemaker himself also added another special ingredient to the knowledge he shared with us. He added such a personal touch and took some wonderful pictures of us that made the vacation even more memorable.
I truly recommend having Richard take you through Winelands, it is an experience you won’t forget!
Richard Coute, UK – Mar 2009
We had a most enjoyable and informative day with you, taking in Rustenburg, Rust en Vrede and Vergelegen, and of course a super lunch at the charming 96 Winery Rd. We were most impressed by your knowledge and enthusiasm for the wine, for the country and the history and architecture of the beautiful Cape winelands. Thank you.
David, Viv and Bev, UK – Nov 2008
This was a fantastic day! We enjoyed everything and found the whole day enjoyable and informative. I can honestly say I have loved the wine and the instruction. With great thanks.