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Testimonials



Listed hereunder are some testimonials and examples of AAT’s clients:

a) Blue World Travel - Cruise liner of African Americans out of San Francisco (500 passengers). AAT handled all day trips in port of call namely Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Richards Bay. ATT organised the “Pre-Cruise” in Johannesburg of 120 people 4 days and the “Post-Cruise” Johannesburg 4 days. We were also responsible for all airport transfers of 500 passengers arriving in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

b) 17 x Student Travel Abroad Programmes - Groups of 8 - 40 students for 4 weeks in South Africa namely Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KZN and Western Cape.

Link to Santa Monica College website - Los Angeles. They have been travelling with AAT for 5 years


Professor Frank Dawson (far left, second row from the back) with one of his groups from Santa Monica College, California.

Professor Dawson has consistently brought out groups to Cape Town for the last 5 years. He is a true visionary, teaches from the heart and has a lifetime of experience. This photo was taken in Dennilton, just outside Johannesburg, en-route to Kruger Park. The organisation is Youth With A Vision (YWAV) and supports aids orphans. AAT has supported this organisation for the last 6 years.


Professor Pamela Roberts from Long Beach University. She has been to South Africa 6 times with various groups. Her vision and insight has been inspirational to all who cross her path.

Link to Long Beach University website who are in South Africa at the moment

c) 12 x heritage African American Tours - Groups average 16 - 40 passengers. This includes African American church groups and women’s’ groups. They usually spend at least 2 weeks in South Africa in Gauteng, Mpumalanga (Safari), and Western Cape.

d) We also arrange all travel arrangements for an organisation called Room to Read, run and founded by Mr John Woods, based in San Francisco who work directly with the Mpumalanga Department of Education in building schools and mainly libraries. http://www.roomtoread.org. Room to Read’s programmes have reached more than four million children so far.

AAT runs their “Donor Tour” which takes place annually consisting of the US funders of these projects. The next group will be coming out in October 2010 and we would like to involve the MTPA in these monumental non-profit projects that are changing the face of education in South Africa. The donors print school books in all 11 languages in South Africa.

e) 19 x Singles, Couples and Family Groups - 2 weeks are usually spent in South Africa in Gauteng, Mpumalanga (Safari), KZN and Western Cape. These are generally 4 star travellers.

f) World Cup 2010 Groups - 6 small and medium groups between 3 and 12 passengers, one larger group from the travel company of LSR Sports in the UK of 30 passengers in Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and 30 passengers in Cape Town. We also hosted a group of 25 students from California called Fund a Field who conducted a 3 day soccer contest in the rural community north of Nelspruit. Fund a Field build and pay for soccer fields for rural schools and communities in Mpumalanga. http://www.fundafield.org

 

References and Testimonials

 

Hey Luke,

Per your email request to Stephen, here you go:

Our trip to South Africa was exceptional. Although the places we visited were beautiful in their own right (Jo-Burg, Kruger Park and Cape Town), our experience was enhanced and enlightened due to the personal attention we received from African Angel Tours. Our guides Luke, Lutendo and Massimo provided a high level of professionalism, experience, knowledge and excitement to each excursion. In addition, there were no details missed.

Many thanks to African Angel Tours for making our trip a memorable and special experience.

Stephen, Chris, Rhozalyn and Patricia
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Having worked with African Angel Tours on the biggest sporting event in the world - FIFA World Cup 2010, I am extremely grateful to Luke and his team for providing a service that was exemplary on every level. Luke’s attention to detail, organizing, planning and persona in getting all that is required completed was first class. With our first major project together under our belts, I look forward to working with African Angel Tours on many successful endeavours to come and would highly recommend their services to anyone thinking of going to South Africa.

Lee Rogers, Managing Director – LSR Sports.
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“Luke Angel and African Angel Tours have been pivotal in our development of a 3½ month Study Abroad Programme in South Africa for students at Eastern Illinois University in the U.S. I have worked with Luke on developing the locations and identifying volunteer programmes for student internships and volunteer work. Luke’s extensive contacts with volunteer programmes focusing on sustainable community support has been perfect in developing opportunities for human services experiences for our students. We have successfully completed two programmes (2006 and 2008) and the students say that this is a “once in a lifetime experience”; that it is “life-changing”; and that the experience “sets us apart in the job market.”

Luke has a keen understanding of the needs and requirements of an academic programme (as opposed to tourist-oriented). While students have many opportunities for fun and seeing the sights, the main purpose is a respectful and interactive cultural experience, which is expertly developed by Luke and his staff. Additionally, he understands the financial constraints and the essential procedures of working with a public institution. The details of arrangements and funds transfers are managed in a very timely and professional manner.

Working with Luke Angel is a pleasure. He is resourceful, responsive, and ethical in every interaction. I highly and completely recommend African Angel Tours to my colleagues and anyone needing assistance in programme planning in Africa.”

Frances L. Murphy, PhD
Professor
Eastern Illinois University
U.S. A.

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“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to write a recommendation for African Angel Tours (AAT). I am an international consultant in African community development and specialize in programme evaluation. Much of my work has been with the United Nations Office of the Special Coordinator of Africa and the Least Developed Countries (UN/OSCAL), and the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (UN/OSAA). As you can imagine, this line of work has entailed that I have an acute sense of local cultures, and that I must travel quite a bit in Africa. Therefore, I feel very qualified to highly recommend Luke Angel and AAT.

This past December I presented two papers at the African Evaluation Association's 3rd annual conference, held in Cape Town. Following the conference, my wife and had three weeks to combine both professional travel, visiting community development initiatives, and sightseeing travels, enjoying the culture and countryside for which South Africa is famous. Several colleagues had recommended that we contact Luke Angel and AAT for assistance in arranging our itinerary. We were extremely thankful we took their advice and contacted AAT.

AAT was recommended by our colleagues not only because of its expertise in arranging travel plans, but because of its active involvement and support of African community development. AAT is what we call in the development industry, "socially and ecologically responsible tourism". It means a lot to me to see that AAT does not simply fixate on profit, but is investing itself in the African Renaissance, supporting community initiatives that economically and democratically empower Africans towards improving their continent.

But a tourism company cannot just succeed on noble ideals; AAT also distinguishes itself in the tourist industry for its exceptional service! Luke and his team not only know South Africa and other African countries, but they have travelled it themselves firsthand. Thus, they were very helpful in planning our itinerary. Because Luke is connected with a variety of community development initiatives, he was able to direct us to them, which ended up being some of our most memorable experiences. For instance, in Cape Town itself, Luke took us to a variety of craft markets benefiting programmes to assist street kids, AIDS orphans, and township communities.

In summation, Luke and his team at AAT instilled a pride, interest, and appreciation for South Africa in my wife and me so that we want to come back for another visit sooner than later! Already we are looking at our schedule for later on this year when we can make free time to come to South Africa, and when we do, it will be even more pleasurable because from the start we have the confidence of knowing we have AAT to help us in our journey.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.”

Warmest Regards”
Scott Chaplowe

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The following two feedbacks are from Next Aid which is a Los Angeles based non-profit organization dedicated to creating sustainable solutions for African children orphaned as a result of AIDS.

"From the moment I was picked up at the Cape Town airport until the minute I left, my time spent with Luke was as enjoyable and educational as possible. I couldn't think of a better way to experience South Africa than in Luke's conscious, gracious and easy company. He truly lives up to his last name. Luke is one of those unique individuals: flawless in his professionalism, genuine to the core, interested and interesting. Anyone who is fortunate enough to know him would agree."

"I met Luke at the African Marketplace in Los Angeles and immediately wanted to work with this kind, interesting, thoughtful individual. African Angel Tours' model of conscious tourism attracts like-minded individuals who want to experience Africa in a way that will help those that need it and deserve a better life. Luke is a magnet for the kinds of people, businesses, and non-profit organizations that South Africa would want to attract. Just recently, he put together a powerful event in LA where my organization Next Aid (creating sustainable solutions for children orphaned by AIDS) was able to network and get support for our initiatives in South Africa. Anything Luke does here in LA brings positive results that build sustainability. I'm not going to lose sight of this man."

Lauren Segal
NexAid

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This feedback is from a group from Agape Church who travelled with AAT through South Africa

"Hi Luke,

I am just knowing that all is well with you, for could it be any other way? The trip was, for me, most fabulous! The plethora of knowledge that you have about South Africa was so enlightening for me. You saw to it that we had experiences of all sorts, in different areas and that was very appealing to me.”
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March 22, 2010
To Whom It May Concern:

I have traveled with African Angel Tours four times; the first time, I visited as a tourist, the second time I came to assess the possibility of bringing our students to South Africa for a short-term study abroad course and the last two trips have involved teaching our CSULB students through lecture, fieldwork and fieldtrips in Cape Town, Johannesburg and the surrounding areas. This July, my fifth trip is planned, bringing more of our students to study in South Africa; as before, I am entrusting all of the arrangements to African Angel Tours.

I have been so happy with my experiences with African Angel Tours that I really can't imagine traveling to South Africa with anyone else. I especially like the way Luke Angel tailors travel to the needs of the individual or group. The course I have taught in South Africa for the past 2 years is called Death and Dying (HDEV 300I); to enhance my students' experiences, I have needed to find members of different South African communities to lecture about their death related rituals, to visit cemeteries associated with different religious groups and to have opportunities for fieldwork arranged with local hospice programs and orphanages. Luke's efforts in these and all other details have been superb. He is committed to understanding the purposes behind every assignment and fieldtrip so that he can select the best lecturers and fieldwork sites.

Luke also has been very conscious of the costs to students, arranging good and affordable accommodations, free or affordable access to WIFI and excellent, daily transportation. Because so few Americans get to travel to South Africa more than once, he has arranged for us to go on a safari at the end of the trip; again, he has been mindful of the costs and makes everything as affordable as possible without skimping on the quality of the experience.

Luke makes the study abroad trip safe and fun; he and associates took both of my groups out to local clubs to show the students the areas that are safe and the taxis that have reasonable rates. Optional hikes (with Luke and associates) up Table Mountain and Lion Mountain have been extremely popular with my students. In addition, Luke is quite flexible; he really tries to give students the experiences that they desire, occasionally adding something to the itinerary after he has met with the group. He also is as flexible as he can be about trip schedules. In 2008, we came less than one month after the civil unrest in the townships; I observed firsthand all of the contingencies Luke had made in case it was too dangerous for us to work in Khayelitsha as planned.

Another reason that I depend on African Angel Tours for traveling with students is that they never let you down. There is always someone waiting at the airport, someone to call if a student gets sick or gets her purse stolen, someone to help with confusion over tickets and someone to explain local customs. Traveling as we have during your winter, we have had to reschedule Robben Island tickets multiple times each trip, changing the rest of our schedule accordingly. Luke and the individuals he employs have been incredibly helpful in arranging for all the changes we have had to make.

I could go on and on about my positive experiences with African Angel Tours--not only with Luke but with the people who work for him. Another one of Luke's talents is matching the correct tour guide with the group or the purpose of the visit. All of our tour guides have not only been personable and helpful, but they have greatly contributed to the education of my students and tailored the experiences we had to my needs as their instructor. And that is a final point I would like to make. Last year, while I was in South Africa, my colleague took students to Ecuador and engaged a local travel company much as I have African Angel Tours. While they had fun, their guide didn't seem to understand the academic nature of their trip so that the instructor and tour guide were often at odds; she would want the students to be studying, but he would offer to take them on an unscheduled river rafting trip. Happily, I've never had that experience with Luke; while he wants the students to have a good time, he is very cognizant of the fact that the trip is part of a course. Before he plans something new for the students, he always consults me to see if new activities will interfere with their studies.

I have listed some of the reasons that I hope to have a continued relationship with African Angel Tours for years to come--I think it is a perfect fit with study abroad classes. My students think so too; two students from the 2008 class even came back in 2009 to travel partly with my new class and then to go off on another adventure Luke arranged for them in the Eastern Cape.

If you would like to see some of my students' evaluations of the class and trip, please see their 2008 website at: http://www.csulb.edu/~proberts/southafrica/

Please let me know if you have any questions about my experiences.

Sincerely,

Dr. Pamela Roberts
Professor of Human Development
Department of Human Development
California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, CA, 90840 USA

 

 



 


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