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Oscar at Heidelberg

Oscar at Simola


Photos provided by Maureen and Dana in Oscar our hire car


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- Caroline Potts

Dear Hazel and John

I must share this painting safari is a “dream come true” for me (two years ago I shared at a bible study meeting on “what is my dream? ” during an intro session).

On this special trip; I received more than I have expected; your humility, passion for painting and generosity in sharing your skills touched me and you will continue to be a source of inspiration. From the bottom of my heart I have to say once again:

"Thank You very much, Hazel and John”


- Siew Yim

Dear Hazel and John

I am writing this from a cold wet and windy St Andrews, and thinking about the lovely Cape Town and Kalahari weather! I had such a marvellous holiday with you - perhaps the best holiday ever! You and John were such excellent hosts, and the whole Cape Town and Kalahari experience was wonderful and very special. I do hope to be able to come again.


- Eileen

Dear Hazel and John

Thank you for your effort to send the video just to accommodate my early departure. I am OK not receiving as I have already learnt so much from you during the trip. I am very impressed with your down to earth approach in leading the group and your desire to share your painting skills to us. What a lovely guesthouse you and John own. I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to the Kalahari and the sightings were amazing!

Hope to be able to join your future trips.


- Mann Ping (Wee)

Dear Hazel, John and All

Thank you so much for a fabulous holiday and for being such a lovely group.

If I am feeling down I just have to look at my photographs and paintings and it always raises a smile. Such a happy time we all had under Hazel and John's wonderful hospitality and what an adventure into the Kalahari! It was a privilege to see all the animals and birds in their natural environment, particularly all the babies - springbok lambs, wildebeest calves, ostrich chicks and especially the cheetah cubs! Also amazing to witness that there will soon be baby lion cubs arriving too :)

Thank you Hazel for being so encouraging and generous with your time for us all. You are such a fabulous teacher and artist. It has been wonderful to spend time with you again and I have learnt so much. Thank you John for all your driving skills and for all the fun we had! It has been great to meet you all and I hope that we can keep in touch.

With my love

- Gill xx

Dear John

Thank you so much for a great trip to the Kalahari. I thoroughly enjoyed it. What great sightings we had; the most memorable for me was the cheetah mum and her four young ones on the ridge.

I took this photo of your vehicle with the red dune behind. I thought you might like it.Thanks again for everything and for all your driving - not as wildly as in Hazel’s dream!!!!


- Angela


Dear Hazel, John and all.

I had the most amazing holiday with you all. It was truly wonderful. Thanks to everyone.

I will come to the gallery when you are back Hazel to say hello, and yes ive continued painting and look at my fantastic lion photos a lot!

- Michelle

Dear Hazel and John

Greetings from cold and wet Portland. This did not enhance my homecoming. I find my psyche remains in the Kalahari and Capetown

First let me say how much I enjoyed the entire experience. Granted, my experience may not have been the same as the other participants but my appreciation of the entire trip cannot be understated. I would follow you and John anywhere. You made a challenging physical journey an integral part of a trip that will join a short list of Peak Life Experiences. Thank you. The key was looking long enough to see....and, OF COURSE, the two electrical storms!!! I am in the process of moving back into my studio and trying to capture the pre-storm skies, the storm itself and the post-storm calm.

John, I want to talk to friends who are golf fanatics but I realized I don't have enough relevant info. How many can you accommodate at OceanGolf and what is the seasonal price range? Names of most popular/prestigous golf courses in the Capetown area? That should be sufficient to take to the major travel agency in Portland and also to hand out to friends who take the big golf trips. No promises but I think you own a hidden gem!

Cheers and gratitude to you both...

- Linda

Dear Hazel and John

Still processing all that happened in the past month. Hope I can translate lots to paper. Thank you for a wonderful adventure in the Kalahari and at Ocean Golf and all the wonderful sightings we had.


- Lynn.

“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.”


- 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.


- Rod

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.

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- 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.

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- Isabella

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.


- Philippa

Safari Reviews Kalahari Trip October 2018

Dear Hazel & John,
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.
Best wishes,

- Roselyne & Gordon

Dear Hazel and John
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.
Best wishes

- Dee
PS. Thank you to all your helpers as well!


Hi John,

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

Hi John

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

Dear John

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

Dear John,

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,
Kindest regards to you all,

- Jacqueline

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


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 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!


- Aynn

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