(Letters shortened – for full version contact Richard).
Hi Richard .. !
"It was a great tour ! I will miss your trademark ambiguous chuckle ! Do come to S'pore to visit soon :-)" Huixuan Kate
"You made this an interesting and memorable first trip. Thank you for being always willing to share your knowledge. And continue to bless others :-)" Faith Ng.
"It was great getting to know you and learning so much about SA from your wealth of knowledge. Thanks and hope to meet ya in SA again some day ! :-)" Hsing Dee"
Thank you so much for sharing so much. I've learnt so much from you !
Ngiyabonga :-)" Cai Shu Juan
"Hi, Richard ~ Thank you for everything and I did enjoy the journey with you ! My Mom and sister have gone back to Korea and want to say thank you to you. We all had a great time because of you!! I do appreciate what you done for us. It was really God's present for us. Have a great 2011. May God give the revelation for your everyday.
Don't forget to have a coffee time with Joseph Project people!!
See you again!"
For us it was an unforgettable experience. Every day I watch the pictures to keep the memory alive. You're right it becomes surreal.
We had a good flight back and adjusted quit well here in Holland, although it is cold and rainy here.
We were very privileged to do the trip with you. You have showed us a marvellous Kwazulu Natal, you brought us so many facts about the people and the country and not to forget the animal world. Nobody else does have so much knowledge and humor. We have had inspiring conversations and a lovely time with you. Thanks for your professional driving.
"Got back Monday from a month in South Africa (my all time favorite place !). After Cape Town, four of us went on a safari tour. AWESOME experience - all of us thought it the best vacation we have ever had. First to Johannesburg for the night, then on to Swaziland for several interesting experiences and lovely place to stay at the Forrester's Arms. Then on to Kruger Park -- unbelievable how the animals were everywhere for us. Then on to a private game reserve to walk with cheetahs and more. Finally, one more day of spectacular mountain views and quaint towns and a night in an old farm bed and breakfast. Richard Dixon of Inkosi Africa took us on the trip and was the most incredibly knowledgeable and fun guide possible, with a fabulous love of Africa, its people, history, and especially its animals and God's creation. Can't recommend a better experience and hope some of you decide to do this !"
Dr Jane Kelley
Louisville Kentucky USA
It truly was an unforgettable experience for us. The sights of the animals in the game parks, the balloon ride and the gold mine of information you were able to present to us on all aspects of African history and the flora and fauna of the region made it a very rich time for us indeed.
Thanks again for a wonderful experience,
Dr Mark & Jenny Harwood
Creation Ministries International, Queensland, Australia
Dear Richard and Inkosi Africa
Thank you for my unforgettable and long overdue trip to South Africa. Meeting you and going on safari with Inkosi Africa was definitely the best way to celebrate my milestone birthday ! From petting the contented loin cubs to the thrill of touching the playful baby elephant, to you having to chase away the cheeky baboon from our dinner ... it was a vacation unlike or unmatched by any other ! I thoroughly enjoyed your company and humor while learning a lot about varies birds, trees, animals & history of South Africa. I can't wait to go back for more adventure.
Thank you for making me feel safe, special & wanting more !
Blessings to you, the team and your family,
Hi Richard. It was magnificent ! .. but as if you need more nice things said about you and your tours ! No you don’t need another one raving about this wonderful safari, but I do.
It really was fantastic.
Bye, and thanks again for a WONDERFUL time !
Tauranga, New Zealand
It was really fantastic holiday in South Africa!
We are both now sure that we want to spend more time in Africa, to work on development projects and to get to know more of Africa.
We wanted to thank you once more for the tours that you have organized for us. We have learned so much from you. It is a pleasure to meet a person with so much knowledge and positive energy.
We hope to stay in touch with you for the future.
Jelena, Maarten and Lasta Mitrovic
It was the BEST holiday I have ever had.
Richard was at the airport to pick us up and from there the information and trivia flowed. From our very first day we felt we were amongst friends and it just got better. Highlights were many - seeing these amazing wild creatures in their natural habitat was awesome, being able to have interactions with elephants, lions and cheetahs was extraordinary. A wildcat sat on my lap - wow!
Thanks again Richard and Jono for the trip of a lifetime!
Cool bananas !!!!!!!
The first day started with warm sunshine and a warm welcome from Richard Dixon.
Kruger Park was amazing and on our first day we saw so many animals in their natural habitat. God was really blessing us with such variety and with so many sightings.
As a city dweller it was such a treat to be outside in the warm sunshine by day and to share food together around an open barbecue in the evenings.
Even through Kruger was amazing, to my surprise the tour got even better - beyond my expectations - walking with lions, hearing them roar, stroking cheetahs and being only inches away from elephants were just some of the highlight
It seemed like God was on a mission to bless us with the beauty and diversity of His creation. The skies was so incredible - the heavens declare the glory of God !
Everywhere we stayed was clean and comfortable and everyone we met was friendly and hospitable. Our tour guide, Richard, did a superb job of looking after us and drawing out the magnificent detail of God's creation. Between Richard and the park rangers we felt very safe despite some very close encounters with the animals ! I would highly recommend Inkosi Safaris and may God continue to bless their marvellous ministry.
Amen and Amen !
We had a great time in SA with you and Pepe.
Great adventure !!
Don & Betty Woods
Weetangera, ACT, Australia
Hi Richard. Had an awesome time on my safari. Thanks for all your effort in organising the trip at short notice, much appreciated. Walking and patting lion and cheetahs is something you never forget. It was great to see so many animals through Kruger in their natural habitat instead at a zoo. You certainly have some animals and scenery. Neil was a great wealth of information. Not sure yet but we may be back early next year for a trip up through Zimbabwe.
Thank you for showing so many places, so we could see, learn and experience. We are very grateful for having wonderful time because of your sincere effort. Big thanks to you. May God bless you and your family.
We finally arrived home after a long and boring flight. But I am still excited and amazed at so many thing we saw and experienced because of your great assistance. I am going to show these pictures to my grandkids, so they can brag about grandma went to Africa and took pictures with lions and elephants. You sure were very knowledgable and kind to take us as many place as you did. We were blessed to have you as our helper and guide. We had wonderful time. I greatly appreciate your kindness and hard work.
San Francisco, USA
I’m a South African who has never visited Namaqualand and Namibia prior to this trip and as such I was just as wide eyed as the rest of the tour group. I had a fun filled, enjoyable and ‘fattening’ time – diet to start immediately!
From start to finish everything was great/swell/corking/wow (take your pick) … the flowers in Namaqualand - God’s paintbrush at work. Words aren’t adequate to describe the eye-fest, the atmosphere, the wonder, the perfection and ….. the food!!! … unfortunately all the meals were great.
As far as Namibia is concerned – I don’t know what I expected but it wasn’t what I got. One would think that a desert will be boring, but then you see the different shades of sand and the way the dunes are shaped and coloured; you see the small flowers in an otherwise barren landscape, some spiders nesting in the flowers making use of the shade ...
This is a trip that I will recommend to all my friends.
Inkosi and especially Minette and Richard, thank you for making a life long dream a reality. Christian Cafe, thank you for putting me in touch with Inkosi so that this dream could be fulfilled.
To all readers wondering if they should go on this tour – go for it!
All of the best,
Adele van der Merwe
Pretoria, South Africa
"The whole trip was wonderful and so different from any other holiday I have had in the past.
For me there were two major highlights, the day in the flower reserve was like a touch from heaven. The air was pure and clean and like champagne, the sky was blue and the sun shone. Seeing fields and valleys filled with flowers could not fail to lift the spirits, and climbing up the hill was worth every step for the panoramic view from the top. Lying among the flowers brought back childhood memories of being close to nature and enjoying the purely sensory input of colour and smell.
The vasteness of the desert landscapes also enchanted me and the second highlight was the day we spent at Sossiesvlei among the red dunes. The play of sunshine on the dunes again made me feel as if I was in an enchanted place, the constantly changing colours were wonderful and I could not stop photographing them. Walking among the dunes reminded me of 'The Lost World of the Kalahari and I felt the timelessness of this ancient landscape"
Alison Howe, Northumberland, UK
Inkosi Africa organized an amazing 5 day trip for me which led us to the Kruger National Park and from there to the foot of the Blyde River Canyon.
The arrangement including a stay at the private game reserve Tsekhudu was the highlight of the trip (and you think it can’t get better than the Krueger Park after seeing the big FIVE….?). The panoramic route back to Johannesburg made the long hours in the van worth while! Minette is a great tour guide and Richard did a marvelous job putting the tour together. I got addicted to the bush and would definitely go for Inkosi again: great people, great spirit, great adventure!
My three teenagers and I went on a tour with Inkosi Africa to the Drakensburg Mountains, Durban, St. Lucia, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Kruger National Park. It was truly the trip of a lifetime – very educational and interesting. Richard is very knowledgeable about wildlife, the native people, the history of South Africa, and the most interesting places to visit. One of my favorite experiences was seeing vast multitudes of crabs as the tide was going out on a long stretch of pristine shoreline in Mozambique. At a watering hole in Kruger we saw water buffalo, giraffe bending down to drink, zebra playing together, a wart hog rolling in the mud, a crocodile swimming, and an elephant putting on a bathing performance – the scene rivaled National Geographic coverage. There were many other wonderful experiences – too many to include in this short format. Perhaps most importantly, we saw how the native people of Africa can be very happy with just the basics of life, causing us to re-evaluate our lives. We now feel connected with Africa and care about the well being of the people there. It’s definitely an experience I recommend!
It's been a little over a year now since we did our adventure in South Africa. When we came back home after the trip there was a time with sort of vacuum to absorb what we been through in South Africa…. and there were a lots of things spinning around in our minds. … We must say you became our favourite guide. The reason is that we thought you were such a nice person, You are very professional as a guide (knowledge and performance) and does these little extra things (like stopping the bus in the middles of the road to step out an pick up a shongololo that you spotted on the road (man you got eyes like an eagle)) and the most important as a person you a got personality, integrity, caring and a good sense of humor. You're the man Henry! Eah, Richard!
Love and hugs from
Peter & Ingrid Alenius
Guiding us through Namibia and South-Africa
Having had the best time of our lives... returning to Belgium, after such a wonderful trip with this very capable, knowledgeable, devoted, enjoyable, funny, hilarious and very modest guide, we cannot help to recall everyday the enjoyable moments we had.
We are pretty sure to come back some day-month-year.
Eddy, Patrick and Saskia
Let God show His amazing world!
Hi All,Just returned from the last safari and had an amazing time. The trip for me was far more than the incredible sights, animals and creation.
It was about the people, the fellowship with other Christians,and it was about love and purpose. Letting go of fears and mind sets that are not His best for me or my life. It was a journey that took me closer to God than I have been for while.
The trip itself was incredible with so much to see and experience, it is still in my heart. I fell in love with Africa, its people and its lifeblood!
The animals were so close and so majestic as to be breathtaking. I never felt fear, very safe with experienced guides and so much information and guidance on the people and customs of the countries we visited.
For me the highlight was the Victoria falls and an amazing church we found in the Drakensburg mountains with the presence of God so strong we all were overcome by His Spirit and a sense of humility.
I highly encourage anyone who is thinking of going to just do it and let God show you His amazing world!
It was truly amazing !!
My trip to Africa with Inkosi Safaris was truly amazing! I had a strong desire to go to Africa for quite a few years and I am so glad that I looked past all the stereotypes and fears of Africa to finally take the trip. Once I arrived and was greeted by Richard and the others on my trip I knew that there was nothing to fear. Richard organized an amazing 15 days for us to see some of the diversity of Africa. The trip to the mountains in the Drakensburg was beautiful. The people of Drakensburg made the area even more beautiful to me. They were so friendly and happy despite the poverty level that most of them were living in their entire lives. The seven days we spent on safari were awesome! It is just amazing to see and hear the animals in their natural environment . Both Richard and our safari guide, Mike, were very knowledgeable and made me feel very safe around the animals because of the respect that was given to the animals by them both. It is just incredible to walk to your tent under a star-filled sky and to wake up in the middle of the night to see an elephant walking outside your tent! I think my family and friends think I am crazy that I actually miss those nights on safari but once they see my pictures they get a better understanding of the beauty that Africa has to offer. Our last few days of the trip touring Victoria Falls was also just incredible. Victoria Falls is truly breathtaking and provided a perfect end to our perfect trip. I can’t wait to go back to Africa!!!
It was truly amazing!!!
Glendale, AZ, USA
It was a privilege for me to take part in this trip to experience God’s hand with us….
The highlight of the time spent in the Drakensberg with Christians from around the world, was the Sunday morning visit to a little Zulu church. Very old (one partially blind) faithful black woman who had walked for miles (their feet cracked and dry) had gathered together for the church service. ….. There were only seven of them ….. their pastor had not arrived ….. but they were delighted that we had come to praise the Lord with them! …. “co-incidentally” Zulu men were sitting at the shop next door consuming beer (much to Cheryl’s amazement as it was 9.30a.m.!)
There is a desperate need for salvation and forgiveness in Africa. The presence of the Holy Spirit was tangible in the meeting and there was not a dry eye …. We left there humbled and unable to speak for half an hour. What an awesome spiritual experience!
God gets the Glory for touching each of us in different ways on this tour and my thanks goes to Julia ….. and to Richard who gave me the opportunity for this experience and for connecting me with the beautiful woman of God from Canada, America and Australia under Africa’s beautiful skies.
Hope to see you all on the next trip to Namibia!
Durban, South Africa
I would do it again in a heartbeat!
I went on the June trip and it will be one of the top ten trips of my life I am sure ! We went with a very small group. There were four of us and Richard. Then we had a Wildlife guide in Botswana, who was the best ! a cook and two staff who broke down and set up our camp and cooked all our meals !
The game viewing in Botswana is amazing. There is almost always something to see, tons of elephants, giraffe, hippos, monitors, impala, kudu, wildebeests, beautiful birds !, hyenas, warthogs, buffalo… we got very lucky and saw lions and a leopard up close !!!
We all got along very well. In our group there was lots of laughter and fun as well as prayer and spiritual growth and some times of serious talks… Richard has some amazing adventure stories ! I am sure he will share if you prompt him.
Keep in mind it is a third world country so there are always unexpected things that occur of which you have no control, but that is also part of the adventure. I believe I was always SAFE but there were times I was scared. I had never been that close to wild animals before. To hear lions and elephants and hippos making noises at night outside your tent is an experience I will never forget.
I would do it again in a heartbeat !!
I could go on and on…
AFRICA ! YES !
~ Diane Hoelzer, Albuquerque. USA
June in Africa
I was on the June trip to Africa, and I have to say, I had too much fun, if that is possible. We saw a ton of animals close up and hearing the lions roar near the tent at night was a real thrill !
I arrived to meet a group of strangers and left Africa with a group of new friends. It was a great experience that I have learnt a lot from as we were all from quite different backgrounds but shared a sense of adventure. Variety really is the spice of life!
Although there were times that I was full of adrenaline (ok, scared to death) I look back now and realise that we were safe at all times.
Before I got there, I wasn’t sure what to expect accommodation-wise, but we really had the best of both worlds: being in the midst of wildlife, and comfort. I’ve had to go on a diet afterwards because the chefs at the campsite were sooooo good, but now I can’t wait for another adventure !
Inkosi Africa Safaris
“The safari was very well organised and Richard went out of his way to meet individual requests. I enjoyed the experience as a whole and in particular the actual safari. I have shown my pictures to so many people and relive the experience each time. It has made me realise how awesome the experience was and how much fun we had. I would have no hesitation in recommending Inkosi Africa Safaris!”
Thank you Inkosi Africa
Since I was a boy I have always dreamed of going to Africa.Thanks to Inkosi and Richard Dixon, that dream became a reality in June 2007.
My adventure to Africa is one that I will never forget! I am so glad that I chose Inkosi Safari. Everything was turn key. I did not have to do
anything, no hustling for hotels or meals. I just had to show up and enjoy Africa. It truly was a worry free trip packed full of the sites and sounds
of what makes Africa a legend in our minds.
Thanks Richard and thanks Inkosi for giving me an adventure of a life time!
Pastor Roger Pettay
Virginia Beach, VA
On Safari in Africa
I just wanted to say Hi. From Claudette (Quebec) and I. We really had a fantastic trip. Thanks to you especially. We had great time - the best of our lives and we are planning to return. Just gorgeous!
All the best,
Our trip to Africa
“Just a note from Paul and I to thank you for giving us a better understanding of Africa. You are a wonderful guide and we thoroughly enjoyed your company. It was the most wonderful experience for us. What a way to go! Good luck to you and your family .. say hello to all the staff.”
Shirley and Paul Dearle.
Our six country safari !
“I’ve just got home from a six country safari including Botswana and Zimbabwe with Richard. Helen and I had a wonderful trip — What an experience it was! No complaints until Air Canada delayed our return to Vancouver by 6 hours. Thank you so much for your part in our safari. It truly was a trip of a lifetime and leaves us with many awe-inspiring memories!”
Campbell River, B.C. Canada
I went on a tour with Richard to Moçambique. I was and still am interested in the question of what God wanted me to do, what could I do? What would be useful to the Church, Africa, others, God, Myself?
It was useful to remove myself from my routine and go see how others lived. Mozambique was beautiful, vast, with tremendous potential. The people were poor. A father who walks three days through the bush feeding his child water to get to infant formula after his wife had died. A blind man given a job on a mission station. There is no social welfare so the blind are vulnerable. He burst into singing to show his appreciation. This is sincere worship.
I saw dedicated missionaries who challenged me by their lives to a greater love for God and man.
I saw the Church work together to build people. I saw cultural error in my Church, God’s Church? so clearly now I know exactly why we are dying. And what God wants to do about it.
I left the land like Caleb, seeing giants but trusting God. Literally, I faced the question Caleb? Or doubting spy?
I spent the following years trying and growing, and returning to the lessons learned with Richard. Without hesitation I can recommend a pilgrimage into Africa and yourself with Richard. The personal growth I underwent continues to this day.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Hi Richard and the Gang at Inkosi.
Congratulations on your new website. A great improvement on the old one. I want to say how much I appreciate all that you and the team did for me. Our Social Relief Aid trip into the mountains of Lesotho in the winter of 1998 (The “English Team”!) was one of the highlights of my career. Thank you.
God bless. Dr Michele Schaffer.
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