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In their Entirety by Travel Writer, David Cogswell... Just click on the BLOGS button on the far top right of this page

Read up on his fascinating visit to track gorillas in Rwanda in May 2010, along with our MD, Karin Jones -- followed by a safari in Kenya...

Trekking for Gorillas May 2010 by Travel Writer David Cogswell

In Search of Gorillas in May 2010 By Travel Writer David Cogswell

Highs and Lows in Rwanda in May 2010 by Travel Writer David Cogswell

The Big Five at Masai Mara in May 2010 by Travel Writer David Cogswell


3 New properties across Africa. Which one are you adding to your must list?

July is going to see three brand new properties opening across Africa. They may be in different countries but they share a few characteristics; small, extremely luxurious and guaranteed to contend…Continue

Started by Karin Jones Jun 28, 2011.

What makes East Africa so different from Southern Africa?

East Africa offers stays in bush homes which allow a rich cultural exchange for our clients to get to know European settler families who built a life in Kenya with histories dating back to the late…Continue

Started by Karin Jones May 19, 2011.


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Anastasia's Africa is a highly personalized safari operator with over 54 years of experience designing customized safaris for every budget to every superb destination in Africa from Southern Africa, Eastern Africa and Egypt and Morocco to the Indian Ocean Ilsands.
Our clients are often surprised to find out that we start with a blank piece of paper and 100% of what we do is custom safaris.

What sets us apart from all the others is our commitment to the tailor-made journey and working with individuals, couples, families, groups of friends, specialty groups and a wide variety of companies and non-profit institutions together with their travel planners and agents as part of the team, to design experiences that are completely unique to the client, their personality or mission and budget.

South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Indian Ocean Islands (Seychelles & Mauritius), Egypt and Morocco.



TANZANIA, ZAMBIA, SOUTH AFRICA & DUBAI                                Santos & Han– August 2012– Booked through Zicasso Travel

What are your overall comments on the trip and travel company?

Karin was amazing. She was able to take our expectations and make it come true and more. She was happily willing to adjust the itinerary to accommodate our needs and budget. When we had asked to work with a specific vendor instead of the one she had recommended, she was able to switch to our preferred vendor and make it work. Most importantly she was extremely responsive, helpful, and knowledgeable. Karin always responded to our emails and calls within 24 hrs, but usually it would be within the hour! Karin travelled to all the places she had recommended to us, so she was able to address any questions with real experiences.


What were the most enjoyable or memorable parts of your trip?

Watching a cheetach hunt and kill of a gazelle in the Serengeti.

Jumping into the Devils pool at Victoria Falls.

Our stay at the luxury lodge, Tongabezi in Victoria Falls, Zambia.

Shark cage diving in False Bay, South Africa.

The delicious food we ate everywhere!


If you could take your trip again, what would you do differently?

Nothing. Just to travel for a longer period of time



Back in Nairobi after 4 amazing days of Safari with Laragai and Borana safari camp, Richard's Camp and Saruni. Thank you Anastasia's Africa for helping us get it organized." Mary Anne Been–Managing Editor Jetset Extra January 2012 LINK TRIP VIDEO FOOTAGE CLIP 2 WAKING UP WITH LIONS


Read the latest April 2012 article on Anastasia's Africa in Kenya




“Dear Karin and Don, We arrived home as you know yesterday. I wanted to thank you for helping us have this amazing experience. I am overwhelmed with getting myself back on task here. So I have not actually had time to completely process all that we saw. Every detail that you planned was carried out to perfection. You left no stone unturned. Each camp was unique and its staff fabulous. I am just beginning to download photos and unpack treasures. Thank you again, Nina”    Saslove Family– August/Sep 2010 – Booked through Don at Corniche Travel.



"We had a fantastic time in Kenya. We enjoyed the safari very much. Thank you so much for organizing it for us. We have a million pictures in our camera and met a lot of nice people from there. We received excellent service everywhere we stayed. Dan and I thank you for all your help with our honeymoon. Christine De Leon" DeLeon Honeymoon– August 2011 – Booked Through Flo at Alour Palisades Travel



"Five Star! Anastasia's Travel was exceptional, I would use them again. Every aspect of the trip was first class and seemless. Karin was very responsive while planning our trip, and more than willing to help me figure out exactly what we wanted to do, and how to fit it into our itinerary." Julie Bird - Bird & Ellenwood Family - Dec. 2010 - Booked Through Zicasso Travel



Hi Karin, Keith and I both greatly enjoyed the trip.  Everything went very very well and there were absolutely no issues.


Meno A Kwena was rustic, but fabulous and a beautiful setting.  The zebras were migrating so it was a gorgeous sight viewing them from across the river.  The food there was INCREDIBLE, the best we had.  And the management so nice and personable.  Normally, I would say I'm not a fan of rustic, but this place was magnificent!


Savuti was fabulous.  The setting and the people were great.  It was amazing to see the elephants, giraffes and kudus right from your lodge or the dinner table.  The game viewing was great and we had a great guide, Gwist!  We saw 9 lions and 7 leopards and got really up close and personal.  In addition, we got into a huge herd of elephants that created it's own excitement.  Tongabezi was also fabulous.  A great way to relax and unwind and prepare to face reality.  It was a beautiful setting and a peaceful, relaxed environment.  We really liked the way they trated you individually and tried to do something special for you while a guest from eating at the lookout to dinner on one of their boats.  I could definitely get used to being spoiled - from having meals on the table at our request to having a bath ready every evening.  FABULOUS!  And Vic Falls - amazing and beautiful!!  We even went to the Devil's Pool.


Thanks to you and your team for great coordination and a fabulous agenda.  Frankly, I was hesitant about a second safari trip because the first one was so amazing.  Guess what, we were not disappointed!!  It was unique in it's own way and completely amazing.  I have come to the conclusion that I LOVE AFRICA!!Thanks again,Karen and Keith Metz – Sept 2011 - Booked Through Zicasso Travel



Karin, The trip was great.  The safari was amazing and the people at both lodges were great.  Some of the nicest we have ever met.  Capetown was also a blast.  It was a perfect combination of safari and city. Thanks for all your work in setting it up.  We had an amazing time and I will recommend you to all of my friends who now want to go on a safari.  Thanks for everything. Joe  " Perry Honeymoon–– October 2011 – Booked Through Zicasso Travel



" Dear Karin, This is a response for your brochure!!!  Thank you for all your hard work!!!  Thanks, Ellen

[This from her clients:]

Ellen, Starting to get over our jet lag but I wanted to let you know that this was just the most amazing trip - a real life changing experience.  Everything went off without a hitch and we took so many photos we will be downloading for a month!  We can't thank you enough for this trip and I'll catch up with you soon to give you some of the highlights but I feel every day something amazing happened.  Anyway, talk to you soon. " Derek and Rose Anne

McCants Dec 2010/Jan 2011 Booked Through Ellen Castleman at Westside Intl Travel at ALTOUR



Karin:  Reaching out to you post-Morocco...It was an extraordinary adventure and trip for Jocelyn and me—truly, truly, unparalleled.  Latif and Abdell were fabulous as our guide and driver.  Two weeks is a great deal of “togetherness” with non-family individuals and both men could not have been more accommodating, informative, easy going, helpful or gracious.  The itinerary was so comprehensive.  We felt as though we saw nearly the entire country (which we did!) and had such a great sense of the country after two weeks.  The accommodations were incredible!  Jocelyn and I are still talking about the rose petals on our sheets and towels at the Riad Maison Bleue.  The dromedary excursion realized one of my life-long dreams—I am still thrilled over the memory.  Paul was very attentive while we were traveling about and I was impressed that he checked in with us by phone to monitor our “happiness” level I am thoroughly spoiled after this trip you planned and do not want to travel any other way!  So, thank you, deeply, for the time, effort and superb planning you spent and did on our behalf.  I look forward to planning another trip with you! Linda   Linda & Jocelyn Rheem Family - May 2011 - Booked Through Don at Corniche Travel



"Hi Karin:  We're back from Africa!  We returned yesterday.......I don't know where to begin - this was the best trip that we've ever been on - and we love to travel!  Every place you put us was fantastic.  We LOVED Tongabezi - how romantic!  I felt like a kid in a candy store!  We took the helicopter there and also walked with the lions and cheetahs, which was a highlight.  Thanks so much for all your wonderful selections!  Barbara and Danny"  D'Agostino Anniversary - May 2011 - Booked Through Zicasso Travel



"I cannot say enough positive things about Karin, Anastasia's Africa  and the absolutely amazing tour of Africa my husband and I had. Truly, the best trip of my life...and I have traveled the world.   It is worth every penny, you will not regret it. Absolutely safe, very friendly and a welcoming...filled with gracious people. We did the gorilla trekking in Rwanda and safari in Kenya, with lots of excursions along the way."Judy Ahl - May 2010 -Booked Through Montose Travel



"Anastasia’s Africa were more than I had hoped for. At the beginning of my trip United Airlines cancelled my first flight & I missed all my connecting flights. They re-routed me, but instead of landing in Ethopia, I landed in Nairobi (and 12 hours later). Anastasia's Africa made sure I had a contact in Nairobi in case my flight to Kilimanjaro was cancelled. I felt very secure and all the accommodations they had arranged for me throughout my trip were excellent. There was always someone to meet me at each location. All of the guides were very kind and knowledgeable.” Barbara Wong– July 2010 – Booked Through Zicasso Travel



“Hi Karin & Kara!

 We are having the MOST incredible time here and just wanted to drop a quick note to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for everything! We are being spoiled rotten with champagne, rose petals, chocolates, delicious dinners and over the top service. We absolutely love it here and just keep looking at each other saying "WOW, WHERE ARE WE?!?!" haha.    We are off for our horseback riding wine tour, but just wanted to say a little hello and thank you for all the planning and work that went into our honeymoon. We will never ever forget it and love the people here.

 ~Micaela & Kyle         P.S. Pierre was FANTASTIC!!! He was just the best..!”   Bitterlin/Brewer Honeymoon May 2010 – Booked by Kara at Elite International Travel



“Dear Karin,  I meant to write to you sooner. I just wanted to let you know that our trip to Egypt was wonderful. Our guide was fabulous. She was great with the girls, extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. She took us to see things she knew the girls would find interesting and paced it perfectly for them-and the heat.         The coordinators in Cairo and Luxor were terrific. We didn't have to think about a thing-everything was handled beautifully.   Thank you so much for making the trip so memorable. Best, Carol” Becker Family– June 2010 – Booked through Zicasso Travel



“Hi Karin, Many, many thanks for a really wonderful experience!  The trip was really phenomenal.  We can't thank you enough:-).  And, thank you for all the darling "goodies" that you've sent our way.  We treasure them all...and, they will all be incorporated into the trip scrap book that we're creating.  Thanks again!!!    Beth & Troy”  Trenchard Family–– August 2010 – Booked Through Zicasso Travel



"WE got back last night. We really enjoyed the trip. David was terrific to spend time with, and we enjoyed his expertise and who he is as a person.  We're still recovering from the long trek home, but wanted you to know we really enjoyed it…  All the lodges were great. We really liked being able to talk with the owners and hear their views on Kenya.” Walter & Susan Noce– Aug/Sep 2010 – Booked through Rhoda at Corniche Travel.


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Anastasia's Africa wins 2011 Award from Tanzania Tourist Board

Los Angeles, CA -- Febuary 1, 2012 Anastasia’s Africa has been selected to receive the 2011 Tanzania Tourist Board Southern & Western Safari Circuit Award. “We are extremely proud of our achievement” said Karin Jones, CTC, MBA, Managing Director of Anastasia’s Africa “We work very closely with our partners at some of the best and small safari camps, in particular Tanzanian-born Tom Lithgow, owner of Palahala Camp in Katavi and Lupita Island at Lake Tanganyika, to provide a spectacular…


Posted by Karin Jones on February 1, 2012 at 10:43am

Dinner with Andrea Hugo focused on Africa's Best of the best...

Andrea and I caught up for dinner last week at Street in Hollywood to discuss all the latest happenings at all great properties she represents in Africa:



Tanda Tula:  where we have clients over Christmas - one of the few tented camps in South Africa's greater Kruger area.


Selous Safari Company:…


Posted by Karin Jones on December 8, 2011 at 12:48pm

Christmas with Kids at the Langa Township near Cape Town

Jenny Peers, Anastasia's Africa Southern Africa Operations Manager, who runs our Cape Town office together with Pierre Loft -- who guides many of our clients work very closely with the Langa Township.  Here are pictures from a recent Christmas gathering there...



Posted by Karin Jones on December 7, 2011 at 11:13am

Journey to South Africa’s Eastern Cape By Karin Jones, Managing Director Anastasia’s Africa

I recently explored the less discovered, Malaria-free, Eastern Cape of South Africa and the region known as The Great Karoo.

After a quick flight from Johannesburg to the Eastern Cape’s gateway city of Port Elizabeth, we were whisked through miles of citrus groves to the bushveld of the world renowned Addo Elephant Reserve, staying overnight at Woodall Country House – an award winning boutique hotel nestled in the heart of the Sundays River Valley. Renowned for its gourmet cuisine,…


Posted by Karin Jones on December 6, 2011 at 2:40pm

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Los Angeles, CAAnastasia’s Africa has been selected to receive the 2011 Tanzania Tourist Board Southern & Western Safari Circuit Award. “We are extremely proud of our achievement” said Karin Jones, CTC, MBA, Managing Director of Anastasia’s Africa “We work very closely with our partners at some of the best and small safari camps, in particular Tanzanian-born Tom Lithgow, owner of Palahala Camp in Katavi and Lupita Island at Lake Tanganyika, to provide a spectacular experience for those who want to venture beyond the northern region of Tanzania. The untouched Southern/ western safari circuit of Tanzania is truly authentic Africa. This area was once crisscrossed by the famous explorers including Livingstone, Stanley and the famous Big Game hunter Selous. Now we have wild life enthusiasts armed with cameras and binoculars!”

This prestigious award is handed out once a year and was presented in New York City.

The Southern safari circuit consists of several world renowned game parks- Selous, Ruaha, Katavi, Mahale and Gombe, and what makes them even more special is the ability to go game viewing by boat in the Selous or even by foot with an armed ranger, as well as helicoptering to amazing waterfalls near Katavi and visiting chimpanzees at Mahale and Gombe.


Zicasso has selected Anastasia's Africa to receive an award as:

The Zicasso Top Travel Specialist a badge of honor to recognize partners who have:

  • Achieved and continues to maintain an excellent rating above 4.5 out of 5 stars from Zicasso travelers - Anastasia's Africa have 5 out of 5 with all travelers.
  • Delighted Zicasso travelers with excellent service and expertise, based on emails and comments to Zicasso


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