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Margie Vogel, Safari Specialist

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Margie Vogel has worked in the travel industry for twenty six years, specializing in Africa for the past fifteen. On her most recent trip to Tanzania, she witnessed thousands of wildebeests and zebras grazing in the southern Serengeti, game viewing in the beautiful and remote Katavi National Park, and, relaxed in Lupita Island, a private resort on Lake Tanganyika in the southwestern part of Tanzania. She gets the most enjoyment from her job when planning itineraries. She creates the perfect adventures by asking all the right questions: the client’s budget, general interests, any must sees, and level of activity which are all important aspects. She combines this with her intimate knowledge of the diverse areas in Africa to design excellent custom safaris. 


Kent B.

January 19th, 2016

Just got back from our safari/vacation and just wanted to say “Many and sincere thanks”.  That was the finest vacation we have every had and we’ve taken plenty over the past 20 years.  Very professionally put together and absolutely everything was taken care of for us.  So thank you for all your efforts.  You could not have done more for us.

By the way, Arathusa Lodge was superb in every way.  Highly recommended.  Keep sending folks there.  You cannot go wrong.

Again thanks, 

Pete & Linda Snyder


Mandy H

December 1st, 2015

Thank you SO MUCH for helping us plan our trip to South Africa.  I haven’t been everywhere, but I’ve been to a good number of places and this is by far my favorite trip I’ve taken.  Safari was UNBELIEVABLE.  We saw everything on our wishlist except Hyennas, but that’s a good excuse to go back. Shiduli was lovely, the staff was great; they even upgraded me to the Honeymoon Suite. Food was great, spa was great, but the staff really made the whole experience.  I would have never found Shiduli without you, so thank you.

Our trip on the Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon was awesome.  Our guide, Sam, told us that we had a very lucky weather day because we got to see most everything.  There was a road closure so our drive was a bit longer than anticipated, but Sam and Thompsons made it work and we saw most everything and still made it to the lodge for our evening game drive.  Sam was AMAZING.  We spend two weeks in South Africa and he was by far, the best guide we had. 


Last note:  My sister was able to get an emergency passport with yours and LeAnn’s, help.  As an agent, I know the basic requirements and steps when a passport goes missing, but the logistics of an unknown city would have taken us much longer to navigate if not for Thompsons sending a representative to escort my sister.  The staff at Shiduli took her to town to get her documents and photos in order, and when we landed on Monday, a representative escorted her to the embassy and back to the airport.  She got a new passport and made our flight, even during JNB rush hour.  It was amazing and SO Appreciated. 

I recently hosted a Discover Africa night (last Thursday) with our African Travel Rep and I made sure that my clients and members knew exactly what you guys did to help us in that situation.  It was awesome and I can’t thank you enough.



Robert & Kathryn McCartha

June 1st, 2015

Margie was so wonderful to work with! We thoroughly enjoyed our safari –  everything was perfect. She also made out other flight arrangements within Tanzania – and everything went like clockwork!

Thanks for such great memories!

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