Karen Boike

Paoli, PA

African Safari Specialist

Are you ready to get to the African Safari dream trip on your bucket list? From luxury safari to value trips, let me help you make your dream trip a reality! I've been a travel consultant for over 20 years and have recently traveled to Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Victoria Falls, and South Africa.

My Travel Specialties

New Zealand Adventure

Need help putting together your dream New Zealand trip?  Please let me help you experience the best this country has to offer!  Enjoy highlights you can only find in New Zealand - Glowworms, Kiwi birds, Hot Water Beach, Zorbing, Hangi dinner, and unbelievable scenery and friendly people.


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Queenstown Glacier helicopter tour

Your travel consultant expert for African Safaris

Are you ready to get to the African Safari dream trip on your bucket list?  I put together tailor made safaris, packages or custom group trips, and can help you plan the best time of year to go, as well as add special features like hot air balloon, shark cage diving, wine tasting, mokoro dug out canoe...
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Lioness in Maasai Mara

Island Getaway Specialist

Let me help you travel to the perfect getaway you're dreaming of! Are you looking for soft powdery beaches, awesome snorkeling, gourmet dining, luxurious accommodations, island exploration and memorable experiences? There are great places waiting for you to experience. I can give you options to help...
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Jamaica Resort

My Travel Albums

Kenya Safari 2018

My Travel Stories

Kenya Safari 2018

I traveled to Kenya in April for a stay in 3 separate areas.  The flight arrived late into Nairobi, and we checked into Hemingways, part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and it was a great way to start the trip!  Our guides met us in the airport and whisked us through customs to our private...Read more.

Customer Testimonials

New Zealand review

"I just got back last week from Japan and NZ trip. The NZ portion was fanstastic, thanks to you. All the hotel and tour bookings were spot on, and i was able to complete all of what I wanted to do without any problem. I definitely will refer you to my friends and you've been great. I was able to attend two cricket games, visit Glow worm caves, Waiotopu Thermal wonderland, Lake Rotorua, Tamaki Maori tour, Coramandel peninsula trip, lake Taopo, Hobbiton and had a small sight seeing in Auckland as well. Thank you so much for making my trip and life easy at NZ." 3/15
Single traveler

My Reviews

12 of 26 people found this review helpful
Anniversary Trip to New Zealand
Karen was and is a very pleasant person to work with. At our request she made all of the necessary arrangements for a worry free first time traveler abroad to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. Even after a flight cancellation during our travels outbound she responded to our situation quickly and got us back on schedule. Karen has the appropriate Kiwi certifications that gave us the confidence to book our travel experience to New Zealand with her.
By  Tom and Dianne  from  Parrish, Florida
Traveled to  New Zealand ~ Australia & New Zealand
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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20 of 44 people found this review helpful
African Safari
Just returned from a two week trip/safari to Africa- using our Travel Agent Karen Boike Once again we were extremely pleased with all her expertise in planning the perfect care-free vacation. This trip took a lot of coordinating as we stayed in 4 different places and took over 10 different flights to three different countries. Accommodations and planned excursions were excellent and she provided tons of information regarding money, tipping, clothing, cameras, shots needed etc. We felt very prepared. Her Best recommendation was that we do two different safari experiences and this proved to be so worthwhile. Karen really knows her stuff and we benefit from her knowledge every trip we take.
By  Cathy  from  Mundelein illinois
Traveled to  South Africa ~ Africa. Zimbabwe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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28 of 63 people found this review helpful
A special trip to France and Switzerland
Karen was responsive and efficient in getting all we needed for our trip. From private drivers to train tickets to great hotels, she handled everything. She listened to our requests and made it happen, as well as offered suggestions, based on her own experience, for us to consider. We had a wonderful time thanks to all of her pre-planning.
By  Dora the Explorer  from  Traverse City, MI
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for the awesome review! I enjoyed working with you!

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17 of 43 people found this review helpful
A Great Adventure
She was a valued partner in all aspects of travel planning for our 28 day trip to New Zealand and Tahiti. She presents suggestions and options with insights gained from her personal experience and from reports from her prior customers. She is prompt and thorough in her research on suggestions we made to her based on input from friends of ours who had been there previously. She tailors physical activities (treks, kayaking, biking, glacier climbs) to requested exertion levels. She suggested a few upgrades in accommodations that proved to be well worth the added cost as she was able to obtain room rates below those I was able to find by going direct. I have done most of our travel planning without the assistance of an agent. I found the assistance Karen was able to provide as clearly value-added.
By  George  from  Lemoyne, PA
Traveled to  Australia ~ Australia & New Zealand
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Karen Boike responded:
George, thank you for the fantastic review! It was a pleasure working with you. I look forward to helping you with your future travel adventures! Karen

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16 of 42 people found this review helpful
Stress free planning!
Karen was absolutely amazing to work with! I reached out to her with an idea for a trip, my budget, and dates and she was able to put together the perfect package for myself and the friend I was traveling with. She asked just a few questions about our interests and planned perfect excursions for us. When we were looking at flights, hotels, and tours on our own it was very overwhleming and much more costly. Karen was able to highight the best cities to see and the best sites to see in those cities. She was always very responsive throughout the booking process and even while we were away. We had some flight issues upon departure and she was on the phone after we emailed her at 10:30 pm trying to make sure we had the best flight and still had the seats we wanted. When things changed on the trip because of weather she was there to help us find other options and made sure we got a refund for the tour we were unable to go on. She definitely made some last minute changes less stressful!
By  Marcella  from  Philadelphia, Pa
Traveled to  Australia & New Zealand
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Karen Boike responded:
Thank you for you for your review! I'm happy you enjoyed your Australia and New Zealand trip. I look forward to working with you again soon!

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Destination Expert:

  • Africa
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Caribbean
  • Botswana
  • New Zealand
  • Zimbabwe
  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • Victoria Falls

Travel Specialist:

  • All Inclusive
  • Animals & Wildlife
  • Couples & Romance
  • Safari
  • Destination Weddings
  • Family Vacations
  • Honeymoons

Top Travel Partners:

  • African Travel Inc.
  • Avanti Destinations
  • Travel2
  • Abercrombie & Kent
  • Tauck
  • Alexander & Roberts
  • Classic Vacations
  • AmaWaterways

Certifications/Awards:

  • Fiji Bula Specialist
  • Destination Specialist - Caribbean
  • New Zealand Kiwi Specialist
  • Aussie Specialist
  • Disney Specialist

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