Testimonials NEPAL BORNEO MADAGASCAR
Thanks Clyde !!! Another amazing "soft adventure" It was as good as our Madagascar tour with you in 2012 and despite all the palm oil plantations we saw so much more wildlife. We loved all aspects of the tour but the birds at the Rainforest Discovery Center and on the Kinabatangan River were the big highlights for us birders. We saw more Orang utans than we ever expected. The accommodation and cuisine on Clyde s tour were first class all the way. If you get the chance dont miss an opportunity to travel with Clyde and Aus Global Soft Adventure, we are already planning our Palawan, Philippines adventure with Clyde in the near future. Geoff, Donna and Jill April 2013
My name is Sue and I was on Clyde s recent tour of Sabah in April. I joined the tour as a single female with a keen interest in nature photography after a recommendation from a friend who had been on two of Clyde s tours. Having toured Africa a year earlier with a big company I was totally amazed at the personal care Clyde provided through out the 14 day tour. His choice of accommodation was excellent and his knowledge of nature was very inspiring. There is no doubt my experience was made so much richer thanks to Clyde and his careful planning. I loved it all but the birds were my main interest, the variety is just fantastic and the butterflies were stunning. Thanks Clyde and the others in the group for your memorable company. Sue, April 2013
Tony and I have recently returned from an amazing holiday in Sabah with adventurer and photographer Clyde O'Donnell. We had trekked with Clyde in Nepal in 2010 and enjoyed the way it was organized and the care taken in looking after us. Clyde gave us a fantastic experience in Borneo, the meals and accommodation exceeded our expectations and the wildlife was truely fantastic. Our interest were birds and primates and with Clyde s knowledge we found so much more than we ever imagined, we ended up seeing 288 birds and 7 of the 8 primates including Orang utans in the wild in 2 places. If you love nature you must visit Sabah in Borneo and we highly recommend Clyde for his care and knowledge. We loved the company of the others in our group also, well done to all. Helen & Tony Henderson, April 2013
"It was with a little trepidation I went on my first trek in 2011 as a solo female, it had always been a long awaited dream to do EBC. Things could not have gone better from the relaxed company of all I was immediately made very welcome. Clyde and his wonderful guide Khari were always there to reassure you with confidence when needed. The cuisine along the trek was truely wonderful, the company superb and the laughs immeasurable.....so much so I have just recently completed my second trek with Clyde, once again the experience was wonderfully positive" Maryanne O'Connor July 2013
Thanks Clyde for an awesome experience, we were not sure we would be fit enough for Everest Base camp but you proved us wrong, we avoided any issues with altitude sickness (unlike many others trekkers we met) and could not have done it on a shorter itinerary. You have it worked out so well, loved it. We look forward to another trek soon, maybe Annapurna circuit, thanks Cris & Richard
I have wanted to trek Nepal region for most of my life! So when the opportunity came to join Clyde and his group on the Annapurna Circuit I was amazed that all of my dreams or expectations were realized. We had a great group of trekkers led by an outstanding local guide Khari, and supported by a charming team of incredible Porters.
Clyde's trek is well planned and timed to cope with all levels of experience and fitness and hence none of us suffered the ill affects of altitude sickness. Our accommodation and meals were more than adequate, even outstanding at times!! Moving from one activity or location to another was always flexible and seamless.
The Himalayas are a "must see" and would have to be one of the most memorable and spectacular experiences. Thanks to the Soft Global Team. Lyn Stephens WOW advertising . July 3013.
I have just returned from a 16 day Madagascar adventure with a group of 7 and led by Clyde ODonnell and his local guide Hasina. We had an amazing experience that really exceeded our expectations, I highly recommend Madagascar as a MUST DO SOON as all the amazing wildlife is living on borrowed time. The tour went extremely well with Clyde able to make a few adjustments when it was needed from unforeseen situations that can suddenly occur in third world countries.
The one thing we all agreed on as a group, the quality of the tour Clyde organizes is very undervalued. I have paid considerably more on other tours with big travel companies that do not measure up to this experience. I have trekked in Nepal with Clyde some years earlier and will be joining a Borneo tour in the near future. I can highly recommend Clyde s tours to anyone with a sense of adventure, its an amazing experience and there is much to gain from a personalized tour over the big companies. Sue Barker, June 2010.
A fantastic adventure Clyde, you timed the rhododendron forests perfectly, they were stunning. Thanks for all your gorgeous photos, we had no chance of capturing the wildlife like you did with that big camera.We always felt safe in Nepal and the Nepalese people are just gorgeous, it just proves that that DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs) do not always get their facts right on local issues in third world countries and sadly it is very damaging to their economy. Lodges and food were great, quite a surprise, we will certainly recommend your tours to others cheers Beck and Bill. April 2009
Myself and my friend Heather recently returned from a beautiful adventure in Madagascar organized by Clyde the guide and Aus Global Soft Adventures. It is an Australian based company but we both joined from London after a recommendation from a friend who met Clyde in Nepal. Our tour was very efficiently run and the rewards were many, we saw almost half of Madagascas birds, 26 different lemurs and countless chameleons, all amazing for us.
Our tour was tailored and accompanied by 4 others from Australia who were all great fun to travel with. Clyde and his excellent guide "Hasina" obviously went to considerable lengths to select and confirm our accommodation because we met 2 couples (also from UK) who arrived at Park National Ankarafantsika the same time as us only to discover the rooms booked by their UK company were not available and they had no where to sleep. We met 2 others at Park Ranomafana with a similar problem. as Clyde pointed out, this is a very common problem in many third world countries and the very reason both Clyde and Hasina double check and more importantly the reason Clyde accompanies every tour.
I recently found out Clyde also takes wildlife tours in Nepal with a leading Nepal birding guide and also takes Bengal Tiger tours in south western Nepal, sounds fantastic and I plan to do one of these tours in 2014. I highly recommend Clyde s tours for his attention to detail and his knowledge. Fantastic value for money !!! Jo & Heather September 2012.
"We could only describe our trek to Everest Base Camp as an awe inspiring and life changing experience.
Clyde provided ample information relating to medication, training and trekking requirements along with an extensive itinerary. Being well informed allowed us to enjoy each day to its utmost. Ample time within the itinerary allowed us to take in the grandeur of the Himalayas, absorb the local culture as well as giving time to acclimatize with ease. Accommodation in local tea houses and sharing local cuisine was a highlight.
Clyde's wonderful support team in Nepal was led by Khari, an outstanding local guide along with his enthusiastic team of porters being made up of family and friends. Friendships made on our first trek encouraged a follow up trek to the Annapurna Region which proved to be equally as inspiring". Bev & Bill Newcomen 2013
Home fitter and lighter, it was hard work on some of those hills but your encouragement was great, and we had no issues with altitude sickness, thanks for putting up with us, we had a lovely time and you support team are fantastic, dont let them go. loved it all, might try your Borneo tours next thanks again. Jenny and Rob
A fantastic trip clyde, you even managed to get us in before the afternoon rain 3 times near the end of the trek. Loved every minute of it. the rhododendrons magnolias and daphne were awesome, never new it could grow like that, thanks for your photos. We will definately be in touch again soon. Like the sound of the madagascar tours. Thanks so much Jill, Rose and Sue March/April 2010
Just did the Everest B C with Clyde, had a great time, Thanks Clyde for all your encouragement and thank your boys for carrying my pack. The rooms were much better than I expected and those lodge menus are amazing, they do a great job catering for us tourists. I will certainly be recommending you clyde to my friends at work. It was a big achievement for me and could not have done it without you Thanks Suzi
A great experience Clyde, thanks so much, just loved Sabah and it was my third trip with you, first two were Nepal and all have been great, I have always felt safe and cared for and much prefer your personalized tours than with the large tour companies, your flexibility was appreciated. The orang utan and baby were just gorgeous, thanks for your photos, the birds and orchids are stunning, I could never have got them with my camera. Thanks for another fantastic trip and you just might get me to Madagascar in 2014, thanks Clyde cheers Marg May 2011
Madagascar was just fabulous Clyde, not what we expected, always felt safe and your accomm choices were excellent, could not improve on that. Thanks for the beautiful photos, we will treasure them. And a big thank you to you guide Hasina, he is an absolute gem Clyde. No doubt we will be seeing you again . thanks Harry and Mel October 2012
Thanks for a truely unforgetable experience Clyde, Madagascar is amazing. You certainly had every day organized to a T, the lemurs and chameleons were beautiful, thanks for the beautiful photos on the USB the birds are stunning, memories we will treasure. Think you have talked us into a Borneo adventure but not before 2015. Loved it thanks again Clyde June 2011
Another great experience with you Clyde, you have great skills to organize a group of 9 like us, you have a great team of helpers, you have a great life. Thanks for all your photo tips, dont think we could ever match your stunning photos you gave us. Borneo was certainly hot but you always got us rooms with aircon when we needed it most. The kinabatangan river was the highlight for us but we loved it all. Thanks Sam Jon Rebecca and Stacy August 2008