Hi Leon

I cannot thank you and the rest of the team at Lawson’s enough for the wonderful experiences that you gave me over each of our trips. I have many wonderful memories which I will cherish. Without the extra support given to me I would not have been able to take part in this last tour which was without doubt the best ever and exactly the way that I could only have wished. You can be rest assured that I will continue to recommend Lawson’s to all and sundry as the only company to tour South Africa with.

Regards Graham Knighton, Adelaide, South Australia

Dear Derek, Andy, Leon, and Mariana

I thought you might like to see the follow up letter and checklists that I sent to our South Africa Tour participants.  It was such a fine trip and you all did such a fine job that I want to thank you one last time for sharing all your expertise and making the experience so enjoyable for the people on my trip.

Wayne Petersen, Massachusetts Audubon Society Leader

To Leon

You and Nic were the greatest guides I have ever had… and I have been on many guided trips. What a wonderful combination you made. Thanks again.

Tom Walker, Connecticut Audubon Society

Suffice to say the trip surpassed our expectations in every conceivable way. Our guide Leon was fantastic not only as a naturalist but as an engaging, amusing companion for our tour, he was extremely patient given our relative lack of knowledge of African wildlife and he satisfied our needs completely.

Dave and Liz Hallam, Worcestershire, England.

In March 2014 I went on the “Butterflies of South Africa” tour with your company.  It was an unforgettable experience and I wanted to express my thanks. I’d like to thank all the people in the office who organised and planned it.  I’d like also like to thank our tour guides Bert and John who executed the plan so well.  They were two lovely guys who were friendly, approachable, resourceful, and had the most incredible encyclopaedic knowledge of the fauna and flora of the country.  Just totally awesome!  Honestly I consider myself very fortunate to have met them.

Stephen Jaworski, United Kingdom

We would like to thank Mavourneen for all the help putting our holiday together. The tour was planned easily /efficiently; and you were prompt and informative especially following the floods in the Limpopo area.  Leon Marais was excellent and made the whole trip very enjoyable. It felt more like travelling with a friend. His knowledge really was very good especially in the “Twitchier” portion.

Ian Thorley, Germany

Our guides Leon Marais and John Davies were the best; from finding the birds, to knowing the history of the areas to making sure that we were always comfortable – they were the greatest!

Hugh & Kaye O’Riordan, Idaho, USA

Thanks to Nic’s and Kim’s help, we saw 333 species of birds, many mammals and reptiles, and a lot of very beautiful scenery and plant life. I liked the pacing of the trip and feel that I saw a great amount of wildlife in a short time.

John Sherwood, Boston, USA

It is only now on Sunday that I am enjoying a quiet few moments after our most successful trip to your part of the world, with huge thanks to you for all your help. Also, it was very kind of you to meet us at the airport on our arrival. You don’t know how overjoyed we were to see a kind and friendly face on our arrival at Nelspruit airport. Again, Mavourneen, Valerie and I cannot thank you enough for all the trouble you went to in arranging all our accommodation in the KNP – everything went like clockwork. I have to give a presentation to my local Glamorgan Wildlife Photographic Club where I shall also take the opportunity to promote Lawson’s Birding!!!!

Adrian & Valerie Hopkins, United Kingdom 

The tour went fantastically well and all of our American guests were very happy with the tour.  It went like clockwork from start to finish.  This was my 197th tour as a leader, so I know a little about bird tour leading. Your two guides, John and Bert, were very professional, had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the mammals, birds, trees and shrubs and even more important, they were both terrific individuals. I will have no hesitation in using your company again in the future.

Chris Doherty, Peregrine Tours, Australia

Great thanks to Leon for making it such a wonderful trip. He is so professional, punctual, friendly, patient (with non-expert birders), accommodating and fun to be with.

Evelyn Thalman, Switzerland

My wife and I recently took a two week safari in South Africa with Lawson’s and to say it exceeded our expectations is an understatement. The company and our guide, Leon, were professional, organized, knowledgeable, attentive and very thorough. We were interested in a trip that combined birding and mammal viewing. Lawson’s put together an itinerary that was perfect and included Mapungubwe National Park, the Kruger National Park and surrounding areas. The number of species of birds and mammals was fantastic. Leon was very knowledgeable about not only birds and mammals but natural history in general. He is a superb spotter and because of that we saw a great many birds and mammals we would not have otherwise. He knew the entire region intimately and took us on small roads to out of the way ponds and areas that held great birds and mammals. We would not hesitate to give Lawson’s the highest recommendation.

Gerard and Alice Lillie, Portland, Oregon.  

I just wanted to let you know how impressed I was with John and Jason who led our tour for Naturetrek. Their knowledge was great and their attitude was fantastic. Every thought was given to our welfare and enjoyment without them making any great fuss.  Their skills were greatly appreciated.

Marion Dale, United Kingdom

I would like to thank Lawson’s for a great birding trip to Uganda, and especially the guide, John Davies, who was always enthusiastic, helpful and interesting. He was extremely observant in the field, knowledgeable, seemingly tireless and exceptionally patient with the group. Well done John!

David Percival, Australia