Here are a few snippets from past travellers who have enjoyed their experiences with us. There are plenty more - just browse to the destination you are interested in to read more traveller reviews:
the tour was amazing. Exceeded our expectations. Tohi (tour guide) is an absolute gem. He really went above and beyond.
We have both travelled with adventure companies before and rate this now as one of the best. Inclusions of accommodation and food where surprising in a good way. Love the included transfers. Love the mix of bus, boat, train (we have been on India trains so coped well) and bike and rickshaw.
Back to Tohi - very patient, very knowledgeable and very much an asset to on the go.
Loved the amount of free time, very big thing for us when we travel. Loved the size of the group!
We would both definitely travel with on the go again.
Thank you On the Go !!
Lee-Anne Cottam, Nov 2013
|Very Vietnam - 10 days|
We’re back (unfortunately!) and we had an amazing time!! India is just beautiful, the people are fab and the food wonderful!!!
Diwali was definitely an experience, to say the least! Very, very loud with fireworks going off constantly from mid-afternoon until early hours for at least 4 days – literally noise from all directions! It’s very colourful, with the streets decorated with lots of tinsel and ribbons. The local family we went to actually run a tourist company, that’s linked to the Maharajah Express Train, so they had other guests for a short time and then we were on our own with them – they were incredibly wealthy and had a lovely house.
We watched their puja ceremony (they had a small temple/alter laid out in their living room) and then ate with them – we didn’t cook, as that was all done by the maid. We also didn’t stay too long as they had another engagement to attend to – some large posh party in the City Palace grounds (they were very well connected!).
But we did experience Diwali with a local family, as planned, even if we then spent the rest of the evening listening to and watching fireworks at our (beautiful) hotel in Jaipur……
Thanks for organising it all, we had an excellent trip!
Maxine Kirk, Nov 2013
|Tailor-made Holidays - India|
Mum and I had a recent OTG personalised tour across South America and I can't thank you enough for the amazing holiday we had. It was exactly what we were looking for - travelling around South America without the fear of not knowing where we were going or how to get around at each destination, but also doing it in our own timeframe, without a tour group, and with a personal tour when and where we wanted. I want to give a big thumbs up for all of the guides, they were terrific and we were looked after at every destination. Your attention to detail showed, and I only recently found out the extra time and effort you put in to get us the best accommodation.
I particularly want to thank you for the special attention mum received on her birthday at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. The hotel was well worth the extra cost in my opinion, but they also arranged a cake and for the entire restaurant staff, patrons and band to sing her happy birthday. It was so lovely. And the guide Joel who took us around MP on the day was terrific, made mum feel special, was very patient with keeping a leisurely pace, but also was also very funny and had us laughing all day.
Thanks again for the amazing trip.
Samantha Ryan, Nov 2013
|Tailor-made Holidays - South America|
Thank you On The Go for our fabulous holiday, Jordan was excellent, everything I thought it would be and more as a single solo female traveler coming to the middle east in the time where there was tension. Jamila was such an amazing guide and made this trip a truly memorable time for me . she is a credit to On The Go and a great ambassador for Jordan.
Veenaa Rajan, Nov 2013
|Totally Jordan - 8 Days|
This was my trip! I have heaps of amazing photos & will tag OTG on facebook when I get around to it :)
My guide Yusef was fantastic - as was the bus driver & his assistant.
Thanks heaps for your help booking this in for me... I LOVED it & would do it again now if I could :)
Sarah Rourke, Nov 2013
|Taj Express - 8 days|
I have just returned from the best holiday and best adventure I have ever had in my life. This trip was not just money well spent - it was an investment, an investment in self-enrichment second to none.
The service we had from your tour guides and local representatives was excellent throughout. Upon arrival, a gentleman (in every sense of that word) called Alberto rescued us from the bowels of Cairo International Airport and whisked us through the administration of our entry into Egypt in record time. It was effortless, and an utter pleasure, thanks to Alberto.
Throughout our tour, we had not a care in the world, and felt free to enjoy to the utmost everything we saw and experienced because we knew that we were in expert hands - those of Alam Otg. Thanks to your local reps, namely Ahmed (in Luxor) and Heni (Dahab), we never had one hitch or delay waiting for transport. How they managed this was quite astonishing.
As you know, the second round of the Egyptian Revolution started while we were in Egypt. We returned by train from Luxor early on Saturday 29 June. Alam told us that, in view of the protesters setting up in Tahrir Square, he felt that we should go straight to Cairo Museum. We all agreed, and what a smart move that was! We almost had the museum to ourselves, and could view the most important exhibits, e.g. the contents of Tutankhamen's tomb, at leisure! It also meant that afterwards we could drive through the now world-famous Tahrir Square on the way to Cairo Market, the Old City, a glorious luncheon and a perfumery. Everyone I know who has gone to Cairo Museum, has told me to brace myself for a jam-packed crowd, and I expected this to be a disappointment. Alam's decision to go early had turned it into a boon for us. Damn, was I happy!
At Dahab, Alam Otg again did some smart thinking on the wing, which had to do with the removal of Morsi by the military and the possibility of trouble could escalate in Cairo. Alam got to work and arranged for us to stay an extra day in Dahab and upgrade to a flight from Sharm El Sheik to Cairo International so as to arrive an hour or two before our departure to South Africa. Well, you have no idea how happy we were to spend another day snorkeling, dining and shopping in beautiful Dahab. The flight back also saved us loads of time and energy, and enabled me to have a bird's eye view of the stepped pyramid complex at Sakkara (one of my favourites) as our plane banked to land after crossing the Nile to approach the runway from the west. I could have reached down and touched the pyramid, it was so close and clear!
When we went to Sharm El Sheik Airport, Alam had a guide take us there, and he helped us book in, and went to the trouble of helping us book our luggage straight through to OR Tambo in Johannesburg. This was so thoughtful, and spared us trekking through Cairo Airport with loads of luggage. This man finally delivered us into the departure lounge - ! - where I happened to have one of the best capuccinos and chocolate cake ever.
Upon arrival in Cairo, I was the only On The Go Tourist on the flight (some had come an hour earlier and some would come an hour later). As I entered the airport I braced myself, a bit daunted at having to find my way - and out of the crowd popped a man saying "On The Go?" I simply could not believe it! Like a guardian angel he saw me straight through to the departure lounge!
I must also commend you on the excellent hotels we stayed in throughout, the very best of which were The Oasis (Giza), The Sonesta St George (Luxor) and The Mercure Bay View (Dahab). The Isis in Aswan was also very good, and well located on the waterfront. Every hotel had a wonderful swimming pool, which was enjoyed by all, especially since we were there in the Egyptian summer.
Our felucca boat ride was equally wonderful, especially the swimming, the amazing food prepared on the support boat, the evening spent smoking shisha pipe inside the Nubian farmstead, the friendliness of the felucca sailors (Jalufa and his mates) and, of course, our eternal companion: Stella! By the time we disembarked at Kom Ombo Temple, I was so relaxed and completely de-stressed. And this brings me to another point that I loved about our tour: the periods of intense site seeing were so well balanced by periods of relaxation (on the felucca, the train, and on the beach).
Alam (our tour guide throughout our tour) was very knowledgeable, and provided us with invaluable nuggets of information, while avoiding getting bogged down in too much detail. The amount of information was, therefore, perfect, as was its content. One of my lines of study has been an MA on the history of Judaism from 587 BC up until the 3rd century AD. Jewish history is intertwined with Egyptian history, which is largely used to date Jewish events. After out tour, I am reading a book on re-dating Old Testament events using a different chronology based on Egyptian history. Our tour has provided a perfect introduction and back-drop to this fascinating book ('A Test Of Time' by David Rohl).
I see that you have won wonderful accolades for your excellent tours, and I can understand why. Keep up this good work. I have already recommended you to people I know who are planning tours abroad.
Lastly, there was Egypt herself. I fell in love with Egypt - infatuated, in fact. I feel as if I left something of myself there, and I will surely have to return to find it. And when I return, it will most definitely be with On The Go!
So, I am so very grateful to my travel agent (Jessica Cameron of Flight Centre, Mimosa Mall, Bloemfontein) for recommending Egypt and On The Go Tours. And I am very grateful to On The Go Tours Egypt for making this the experience of a lifetime.
Dr George Bentley Dennill
Dr George Bentley Dennill, Nov 2013
|King Ramses - 14 days|
Lex and I got home to a wet and miserable Johannesburg on Monday (28th) night, and I just have to send you this to say a very grateful thank you for helping us with this adventure and hopefully to give you some useful info.
As you know our first stop was Delhi where we met up with our tour group and our wonderful guide Vansh Singh. We had a great mix of people from SA, Australia and the UK and we all got along very well.
The Almondz Hotel in Delhi became our “home base” and we got to go around quite a lot, even on our own by tuktuks and the very efficient metro. The Indian people are very friendly and even though the traffic is chaotic, it works somehow, and no one ever gets upset!! Walking around is also quite safe, and there is always someone willing to help you out.
For the Golden Triangle, we were in very capable hands of Vansh Singh and his specialist team of guides. Their passion and pride of their countries history is always evident and they were always willing and very able to answer any of our questions. The highlights for this part of our trip was the fun rickshaw ride through the narrow alleys of Delhi, being awestruck at the majestic Taj Mahal ( being able to walk in and around it after seeing pictures for so long), the absolutely stunning havellis that we stayed in ( beautiful oasis’ in the middle of chaos), the beautiful architecture of the old forts and palaces and especially our early morning balloon ride over Jaipur.
We then left our group and went on alone to Kashmir and to the houseboats in Srinagar in the foothills of the Himalayas; what wonderful and accommodating people, and especially Nizar the owner of The Martins HB. Nothing was ever a problem – even hunting for a bottle of whisky in a majority Muslim state, with Nizar on our first night. We felt like bootleggers but it was great fun!
The boats were a totally different experience to the Golden Triangle – absolutely quiet at night broken only by the melodic calling to prayer from the local mosques and the calls of the wonderful birdlife. The boat was a bit basic and sometimes eccentric but comfortable, and fantastic to sit and watch the sun go down in the evenings. We again had a wonderful guide in Nizaar and our driver Masoor who both gave us fantastic personal service. The walk through the Mogul gardens and around the old city with Nizaar was amazing, visiting a merchants home to see the weaving of pashminas, and especially watching the manual silver plating of all the goodies for sale. It’s amazing what beautiful items are made by such skilled people, but with such basic methods and tools.
We also went on a day trip into the nearby mountains and went up by cable car. We saw the first snows in the Himalayas. It wasn’t too cold but I had forgotten how cold snow is, when Lex wanted me to hold some for a photo!
We spent 4 nights in Srinagar and then flew back to Delhi for 1 night. We spent the afternoon/evening zig zagging across Delhi in tuk tuks and the metro. We went to a shopping Centre call Select City which had every posh shop/brand name you could think of…and very, very expensive! Quite a contracts to most of Delhi. We also went to the New Delhi Hard Rock Café – another of Lex’s bucket list things to do. I have never seen such large burgers…and very tasty. I hope they didn’t mince up any of the local cows for them as they would have used a whole cow for one burger!!
We then went onto Rishikesh close to the Nepal border. The drive for this trip is on very bad roads and I would suggest that only a 4x4 should be used for this trip.
Rishikesh is a very spiritual place with Hindu temples right on the banks of the Ganges river. This was also another for the bucket list as Lex bathed in the river as per Hindu rites, collected water for religious ceremonies and then went on an 18 km white water rafting trip on the river with our driver Brij Lal! I happily did not do this….it’s not for middle age ladies with very little physical fitness (yes…me!!)
Here we didn’t have a guide and just roamed around by ourselves which was a great experience. The Hotel Great Ganga is very good and the Neer Spar is fantastic and very reasonable. The only issue here was the driveway up to the Reception. It think it would be a nightmare for anyone who may have any trouble walking – it is very steep and quite a long way – does wonders for the calf muscles!!.
We also went to the restaurant where the Beatles used to hang out when they were in their ”Guru” period - its high up above the river and very spectacular. We also went to a couple of very moving sun down Hindu Artie evening prayer ceremonies. There was every type of person you could think of there – it’s so peaceful, and the singing by very young Hindu devotees is absolutely unbelievable.
We left Rishikesh on Sunday morning, drove through to Delhi airport and ended up eventually in SA last night about 5pm. There was a 10 hour wait over in Abu Dhabi, so we booked into the hotel in the departures area and had a relaxing night and woke refreshed for our flight to Johannesburg.
What an absolutely wonderful experience; we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and well worth every single penny spent. It was made even better by meeting and spending time with the people we met during our adventure, both our fellow travelers, all our guides and drivers and especially the local Indian people. A truly Incredible Indian experience!!
Thank you both very much for making this dream come true, and especially to all the On the Go staff in India especially Vansh, Nazir, Nizaar, Masoor, Brij Lal and Massood from OTG India office, who kept in touch all the time with us. Please pass on our heartfelt thanks to them all.
We will definitely be in touch for our next adventure!
Linda Weeks, Nov 2013
|Golden Triangle and Kashmir - 12 days|
We would like to thank you and compliment you on your employees who made our first trip to China a very happy and memorable event.
Tony met us at the Shanghai Airport and made sure everything at the hotel was organized before he left.
Tony then collected us and accompanied us to the Fast Train Station in Shanghai and ensured once again that we did not make a wrong turn anywhere before departing for Beijing.
On the train our booked seats did not have any window at all (the only 2 seats in the carriage). Thankfully on request we were allocated seats with a window.
25/8 - Started tour with Betty who really looked after us until Tom met us in Xian and between them made sure we all had a great time. Tom really looked after us showing us how to do noodles on the overnight train.
Tonia and Peter Rogan, Oct 2013
|Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days|