Our Kalahari Trips for October 2019 and February 2020 are fully booked
Photos provided by Maureen and Dana in Oscar our hire car
SAFARI REVIEWS KALAHARI TRIP FEBRUARY 2019
“Had a fantastic 9 days in South Africa, painting and going on safari. The accommodation was excellent, the painting tuition unparalleled and the company enormous fun. Everything was so well organized, it was possible to sit back and enjoy every moment. I could not recommend it more highly.”
Thanks- Rosemary Sen
Hi John, Nice to hear from you, I’m sure you are both well in that lovely B and B of yours, more like a hotel really. Yes John, I’ve just about recovered thanks, what can I say,It was for me my final long haul and what a trip it was, all that I hoped and more, you were a great host John , larger than life in all aspects, entertaining,funny, and able to deal with any situation that arose, and of course I loved the banter. Hazel was brilliant, again able to cope with every whim and demand put upon her by all of us. Knowledgeable about her art and the animals we saw. Great demo’s and inspirational with her palette and paintings. The lodge was extremely comfortable,clean,in a lovely situation, oh yes ,the food was fabulous.! As a group I thought we all got on very well indeed, quite a diverse bunch really, I will remember with fondness those lovely meals on the terrace , everyone chatting, sun shining, a truly lovely place you both have there. Thanks once again for a superb trip both, all your hard work paid off. One to remember for sure and Augrabies Falls were spectacular as well.
An experience of a life-time I’d have no hesitation recommending this trip to anybody.
Myself and my partner Cynthia attended a 11 day excursion with the charismatic John Goatley, owner of the Ocean Golf Guesthouse located at Chapmans Peak, a five minute walk from Longbeach. The main part of the excursion was a 7 day trip to the Kalahari, which proved to be an experience which far exceeded my expectations.
Thanks- Cynthia & Chris
Finally it was time for my 3rd visit in Cape Town at the Ocean Golf Guest House at Hazel and John came true. Also this time we started for a painting trip to the Kalahari, but now from the Botswana side. Full of joy we drove off with 2 vehicles in Cape Town to our 1st stop with overnight stay in the Ou Skool Guesthouse. For me a new accommodation in the middle of the vineyards with a very nice room and excellent food.
Thank you so much for a marvellous trip. It was great being able to paint in the Kalarhari. Thanks Hazel for you informative demos. I picked up a lot of extra information. I was sorry to have missed the finishing off of your lion's head demo.
The Rooiputs thatched chalets were amazing and the food was very good indeed.
Thanks again for a terrific time.
Safari Reviews Kalahari Trip October 2018
Dear Hazel & John,- Roselyne & Gordon
Thank you for the opportunity to travel with you up to the Kgalagadi. It was an amazing experience. We loved all the animals and the scenary both there and at Addo. We look forward to going through our photos and doing some painting.
Once again thank you for inspiring us to go on such a memorable trip.
Dear Hazel and John- Dee
I hope you are both well.
I just wanted to say how wonderful you both are. You were SO patient and kind to such an irreverent and diverse bunch! Thank you for looking after us so well.
It was a privilege to travel with you and share in such a personal and wonderful experience. I really feel I have learnt a great deal.
Not only about pigments, colour and painting technique, but I have also learnt to love the animals and nature of the desert. You are truly an inspiration Hazel.
John, your logistics for the trip were impressive! What a guy!
I am looking forward to catching up with you and the group at your exhibition.
PS. Thank you to all your helpers as well!
SAFARI REVIEWS KALAHARI TRIP FEBRUARY 2018
I cannot thank you enough for a trip of a lifetime... all thanks to your brilliant organisation... what a fantastic time we all had and SO much laughter... just the best. I am in the taxi home now and it felt like walking into a fridge coming out of Heathrow.. what a shock to the system!! I went through the red area and declared the skin and there was no problem at all.. phew!!!
Loads of love and what a treat to have those extra days, thanks so much John for organising everything for those days.... The wonderful Simba, the restaurants, my room and stunning stay at Ocean golf etc etc and of course a zillion thanks to you Hazel for all the fantastic workshops and advice on painting in the desert. Huge thanks also to you both for getting us all there and back safely.
Tons of love- Jules xxxxxxxx
Thank you for your email but you are addressing someone who has already experienced the holiday of a life time with you and john that was absolutely much better than any one can offer me now, for which I am extremely grateful and thankful to the courage, organisation and enthusiasm of you and John and the other artists through our experiences shared together in the Kalahari, the Tented Village, the journeys there and return and the efficiency of Louise, Ulene, Simba and other staff members who made my stay with you so memorable. [take a breath]
I would not afford the cost of this holiday. That is why I can barely put into words the wonders of our holiday, plus, my skills and confidence as a water-colour artist have received a wonderful boost. Thank you.
All best wishes- Julia Phillips
What an extraordinary adventure!!!
Thank you both so much for the very warm welcome (freezing temperatures and snow here in London) to your lovely home before setting off on our unique journey.
Hazel, thank you for your tolerance when sharing your knowledge and love of watercolours. John, for your amazing cuisine at no.9 and all the organisation and efforts to and from the Kalahari. Please also pass on my thanks to Louise, Ulene and her team and Simba.
I will definitely recommend Ocean Golf in the future.
Looking forward to seeing you Hazel, in London, in March.
Warmest wishes- Katrina
Thank you both for the amazing experience, and your generosity at oceangolf and the trip to the Kalahari. We are all now safely home, ahead of thick snow, but with freezing temperatures.
I had the misfortune to be downgraded... by B A , it was a very over booked flight which was why it was not allowing Lou to check me in.
I now start a battle for a refund...
Hoping to work on an African collage today... the washing and ironing can wait.
Love to you both, and again Many Thanks,- Xx Moira
Dear Hazel, dear John,
Back in freezing London, I would like to thank you for your warm and kind welcome at oceangolf and all the care you took to make our stay unique and so wonderful.
I enjoyed every minute of it and my memory is full of beautiful souvenirs. Thank you Hazel for sharing your knowledge and love of watercolour with such patient advise. Many many thanks to your great staff Ulene and her team, Louise of course and Simba.I shall certainly recommend Oceangolf in the future.
Take care, looking forward to seeing you in March in London,- Jacqueline
Kindest regards to you all,
We want to thank you for the Very Best Time Ever!!
It has been a wonderful magical time. The experiences we had in the Kalahari were beyond imagination, We just loved everything about the journey and places. The wild animal sightings were a joy. I must mention that I loved the tented part especially, it was lovely, exciting and fun.
And when we got back to oceangolf hiring the Nissan from you and leaving to go to Addo on our own in Osca please see photos attached- Maureen and Dana
SAFARI REVIEWS KALAHARI TRIP FEBRUARY 2017
Our wonderful trip in the Kalahari feels like a dream now that I am back into the swing of work and PGCE studies. Have missed you all. Hope everyone is keeping well. I have been enjoying looking through the wonderful photographs that we took in the Kalahari and a special thank you to you John re the great food and the wonderful driving experiences you gave me.
Thank you once again for making my first time out of Europe such a great trip. I loved Africa!
Lots of love- Gill
Life is too short to have missed this trip! Yet again i’ve had a brilliant time with you guys. Fantastic sightings, great food, brilliant drive in the new vehicles.
Thank you for organising everything so well, yet again. Please don’t forget to let me know when you are organising the next trip.- Cynthia
Yes I am unpacking in cold old Washington State!! What a far cry this is from the wonderful trip to the Kalahari!
Wow, how large those Kalahari Lions are and boy how quick they can move. This trip was one of the highlights of my life. The company of the other people, the food that you managed to cook in the tented camp was fantastic. The wines were amazing too.
Thank you so much for this- Jennie
What a brilliant trip! You have exceeded yourself this time - a stunning stay at Oceangolf to begin with and to end with.
The Kalahari was just amazing and it was so comfortable travelling up there in your new vehicles and the places you booked en-route were fantastic and once we got into the Kalahari the wildlife we saw was amazing from start to finish. The Lions, all the different type of buck and even the birdlife considering this is a desert......wow what a privilege! The tented campsite near Mata Mata was one of the highlights of our trip.
The food that you guys provided was just incredible - what can be done whilst on a safari!
I can tell you now that we have some friends that will certainly be booking with your for your next trip in 2018 and we will certainly be going with you again in 2019.
Thanks so much indeed- Chris & Jacks
Wow what an honour it was to do this Kalahari trip with you guys. You were right when you said it would be an amazing experience for me to drive some short periods off road. It was the perfect thing for me to do to get my confidence in driving a 4X4. Also, it was so nice to see Roger & Trish again in Africa. As always the food was delicious & the wildlife was always there for us to photograph.
I have now returned to Canada. I must just thank you for opening the world of Africa to me!