Reviews & Testimonials
From the words of our clients, learn more about the unique experiences that we at Pete Oxford Expeditions deliver
We’re excited to share with you the experiences and stories of the travelers who have accompanied us in our adventures around the world. We invite you to read these comments and reviews. If you have traveled with us, feel free to tell us about your experience. We would love to hear from you.
By Deb N
It's always been a dream of mine to travel to the Galapagos. My husband kind of went along for the ride. The entire experience was more than I could have hoped for, literally the trip of a lifetime for both of us. Pete and Renee aim to please and never fell short. Each land and water experience was thrilling. Our guide was fabulous and I so appreciated how they all shared their love of this amazing place and the wildlife that reside within.
December 30, 2019
By Mary M
India was a big gap in my travels, and so I wanted an overview. This trip was perfect. We started full on with the cities: Delhi, rather briefly, Jaisalmer, the golden city with its exquisite stone carving, Jodphur, the blue city with the most wonderful fort, which we explored. Expert local guides, plus Pete and Renee, made sure we saw as much as possible, and, while the cities teemed with life, noise, colour - and holy cows - we stayed in lovely quiet hotels out of the busy centres. Travel was in "our" bus, which we colonised as our home on wheels, and decorated in Indian style. Rather few tourists, I am sure, get to the camel fair at Pushkar, and it was a real India experience watching camels being paraded and traded. All the time Pete was interacting with the locals, photographing them in their wonderful dress, and making sure we could, too.
Ranthambore is a beautiful national park: hills and plains, rivers, lakes and gullies with the most wonderful fort rising above, and other remains rising out of the vegetation, very like Raiders of the Lost Ark. Pete can sniff out an animal anywhere, and, together with the local guide, we found 8 different tigers! So exciting, not to mention all the other animals and birds. We finished with the Taj Mahal, Pete making sure we got to the best vantage points first, so some lovely photos, even if ethereal in the mist.
Altogether a great trip, a lovely fun group expertly led, and we saw more sights than I could possibly have imagined. A joy!
December 4, 2019
By Glenn N
My wife and I generally travel independently but after experiencing the Galapagos Islands with Pete and Renee last year we decided to explore India with them. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the result. Pete and Renee work hard to provide the level of service, accommodations, local guides and itinerary that you would expect from a high-end tour operator. What separates Pete and Renee from other operators is their knowledge, enthusiasm and the level of effort they take to ensure you have a truly unique experience. For example, in Ranthambore National Park groups are assigned specific sections of the park for morning and afternoon game drives. If there are no tigers in your section, which happens more often than not, you don’t see tigers. But Pete and Renee arranged for our group to have a special pass that allowed us to pick the sections we entered and allowed us to stay in the park between the morning and afternoon sessions. The result was seeing eight individual tigers over two days, some of them so close I could count their teeth on my iPhone video. Also, because we were in the park when it was not generally open, we were the only vehicle present when we saw several of the tigers. Pete and Renee also planned the itinerary so we had enough time at our various stops such as Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and the Pushkar camel fair to really take in the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the area. Although we saw a lot and were always busy, we never felt rushed. Pete and Renee also made sure we left the main roads and saw the countryside of India. Our bus frequently took small roads, sometimes asking for directions along the way, that resulted in us seeing a side of India one misses on the main roads. We frequently made unscheduled stops and followed Pete into a village or camp along the road resulting in wonderful unscripted interactions with the locals and some of the best travel photos I’ve ever taken. Pete is an internationally-recognized photographer and is always willing to share his knowledge and improve your photos. Perhaps the strongest recommendation I can give is to say we have already booked Pete and Renee for an upcoming trip to Botswana along with eight of our friends. We can’t wait.
November 26, 2019
By Marvin C
It may seem surprising but being bounced around on a variety of different forms of transport turned out to be very therapeutic for the back. Those therapies included tuk-tuk around the backstreets of Delhi to reach the best markets and through Jodhpur to reach the parts other forms of transport could not reach. It also included camel rides, camel carts, bicycle rickshaws, and of course the bus. The latter had plenty of accommodation for the group and managed to get to places buses should not really try to go. Along the way we saw an abundance of wildlife and got the benefits of Pete's experience, knowledge and expertise to improve our photographic skills. Everything was an adventure with as much packed into each day as was possible and accompanied by great local guides and excellent Indian food. The trip highlight was undoubtedly the record number of tiger sightings in Ranthambore National Park, some of which were about as close as you would want to get to a tiger. We know a lot more than we did about India now, including how to choose a good camel.
November 26, 2019
Our trip to the Pantanal, Brazil, to watch jaguars hunting, fishing, swimming and stalking prey on their turf was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Several of the jaguars were only about 50 feet away and we would watch and follow them in our boat for an hour or more. We also saw a lot of other wildlife and many birds. This was a very unique experience which we will never forget.
October 28, 2019