Giraffe with calf

Male lion on a rock outcrop


Extracts from some of Joy's many testimonials.

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Good morning, Fay
Our trip was absolutely amazing and was more than I ever imagined.  We had wonderful sightings and some very amusing ones as well.  Absolutely awesome.
Joy really is a remarkable person and I still don't know how she does all that she does.  The meals she provided were very nice and tasty and we could not have wished for more. 
I have not stopped talking about our trip and try my best to explain to family and friends what a remarkable area the Kgalagadi is, but I know no telling can do justice to it - one must experience it firsthand.
Fay, thank you so much for planning and organising such a wonderful experience and I will never be able to thank Joy enough for her brilliant guiding and looking after us so well.  She does an awesome job!!
Best wishes


Joy and Fay,

We had the most incredible time with Joy on Safari!!!!!!  AND, Fay, it would never have been possible without all the planning and arrangements that you made.  Everything went like clockwork which was a great relief as our schedule was tight because we were trying to cover so much ground.  We loved each area and how different they were from each other.  We also got fantastic pictures and can't wait to get them up on our web.  I think we ended up with nearly 2,000 pictures and it's going to be hard to whittle them down to a few in each category.  BUT WHAT FUN I'LL HAVE!

Thanks again for everything as you both made this trip the trip of our lifetime!!!! 
Hugs and love,

Arnie and Carol

Hi Joy and Fay!
Just a quick note here to say your American "survivor" family did return home safely after 32 hours of travel.
We set the dinner table with our "Big 5" table cloth,... used our Meercat salad tongs,... and ate butternut squash from our garden in honor of Joy's great cooking.
Thanks for the life-changing experience you two have provided us.
We will keep you posted on our future travels and as the kids grow. We feel we now have extended family in S.A. !!
You are both unique gems in our universe.
Lynda, Chuck and the kids


From Neil & Sonia, New Zealand
Just a note to say a very big thank you to Joy. She is a fantastic guide to have as she loves to safari and that is so evident when you travel with her. Everything was perfect - the food, places we stayed and the company!
Thank you, thank you.

From Birgit & Eckard, Germany
When I close my eyes I am in Africa, when I dream at night I am in Africa!
When I look at my photos I feel the motion in my heart and I listen to the silence in the Kalahari Desert…in Kruger…

From Sandi, Ontario, Canada
(Extracts from a manuscript entitled "Beyond the Big Five: Photographing with Joy")
... By my second trip to the Kalahari I trusted not only that Joy could find the complex, less observed creatures, but knew them. Knew the habits of the surikats, the hiding places of the hyenas, the complexities of the hierarchy of all different types of vultures and the interrelationships of the animals and plants of the desert... Such a huge variety of birds, mammals, insects and plants that the small things became more fulfilling to find and photograph than did the obvious majesty of the creatures we all know... It took me travelling half-way across the world and being taught by a wise guide, to come home to the wonders around me.

From Jo, New Zealand
I will treasure our time together in the Kalahari. Thank you for the passion and true love that you have for the place and for the wildlife. I think you will spoil me for any future safari, as I will use you as a yardstick!… It would be an honour if we could go on safari again soon, maybe back to the Kalahari. Thank you again for the experience.

From Inigo, Spain
Excerpts from a photo dairy dedicated to Joy - "The lady of the desert".
Kgalagadi - let's just enjoy the glimpse of the drama of the desert. Dust, wind, freezing cold, heat, life, death… that's the Kgalagadi, the place the gods created for the San. Thanks Joy for those days!

From Ms. Darshana Patil, Dreamz Holidays, Mumbai
We have dropped in to say a big "HELLO" and "THANKS" for all your time and help for our Group. We all enjoyed a lot and had a great time with you .Thanks for giving us a lot of knowledge about the cities and Kruger and must mention our kids remember you very well for the great information you have given them about all the animals.

From Neville and Alison, Australia
I hope you are both well and still doing your wonderful trips. Whilst in Canada/Alaska recently we were talking to people about your trips and your hospitality. We remembered many of the hints Joy provided to us and I am sure this helped us gain better/more sightings and information.

An African Sunset