This Tour Is Offered by Endless Summer Tours
Endless Summer Tours
- Office In:
- 1-5 employees (Founded in 2008)
- Member Of:
- CATHSSETA & TKZN
- Tour Types:
- Custom mid-range & luxury tours that can start every day
We are an outdoor safari company, specializing in personal down to earth safari tours to South Africa's best game parks. You will not find a more authentic and personalized safari anywhere, focusing on amazing service and a true African experience. From the beautiful locations to the lodge accommodation and the meals we provide, it will be real Africa!!
Fantastic safari experience!
We booked a 5-day, 4 night, private tour for 3 people in Kruger National Park with Endless Summer Tour. I had researched many tours and companies, reaching out to 4-5 companies for detailed quotes and information.
Rhys from Endless Summer was quick to respond, answering tons of questions, offering some customizable options, and patiently walking me through the process. Where other companies were inflexible on certain aspects, Endless Summer had no problems. (For example, our flight got into Johannesburg at 9:30. Another company's "private" tour had the transport leaving the airport at 9am. When I asked about our flight time, they said, "then that won't work for you.") Rhys' response was "No Problem!" I had a hiccup with the wire transfer, but Rhys patiently and expertly walked us through that. I was pleased with the easy and flexibility of communication.
When we arrived in Johannesburg, we were greeted quickly by our guide, Wade. Wade was amazing and super easygoing. He drove us to Kruger, and immediately started pointing out wildlife. He was excellent as both driver and spotter, always taking into account what we are most interested to see and do, getting the car into position for great photos. He prepared our meals, and we couldn't have gone hungry if we wanted to. The meals were incredible, and certainly more than we expected. You would think that spending 5 days with a stranger would be awkward, but Wade is incredibly personable, comfortable joking around, being serious, and also comfortable with silence. I can imagine him seamlessly adapting to each group he brings. (Seriously, don't hesitate to request Wade.) He clearly loves what he does, and has a great wealth of knowledge about animals, plants, tracks, etc. and is happy to share with you. We spent days driving and looking for animals, but also did a couple of game reserves at night and early morning (when you can only be outside of camp with a ranger). Those were nice experiences, but as Rhys had cautioned me, most people find one or two of those to be enough. He was absolutely correct. We found that having more people in the vehicle, it was harder to communicate with your guide, harder to get the stops you want, harder to get your photo, and also harder to deal with camera equipment in the elements. We also did a bushwalk with a ranger, which was a very educational experience, but you don't tend to get super close to the animals (obviously). Our best and closest animal experiences were with Wade. We saw the Big Five and many more animals. We learned so much about the area, not just Kruger, but South Africa in general, by chatting with Wade, which came in handy when we continued our vacation in Cape Town (knowing and understanding certain cultural norms).
We traveled in July 2019, and the weather was great. It was warm during the day, and chilly at night and early morning (great sleeping weather), though our rooms had A/C also. We had brought anti-malarial medication, but didn't really need it. We didn't see a single mosquito the whole time. I worried about the types of colors/clothes, but that's really only an issue on bushwalks. Most of the time you are in the vehicle, so wear what's comfortable, with layers to adjust. If you have access to a telephoto lens, obviously that allows you more great photo ops, but having a couple of cameras for a range of distances also helps. I had one camera with a long range lens, one with a standard mid-range lens, and still had to use my iphone camera for when the animals were RIGHTTHERE.
Overall, we were incredibly happy with our experience with Endless Summer Tours, with our expectations surpassed at every turn. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.
Amazing experience with great guide
We went for a custom private trip. Starting from Durban, with day trip to Lesotho, then onward to St Lucia, up through Swaziland (now Eswatini) (staying at Mlilwane Game Reserve) to Kruger NP (staying at Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie Rest Camps). Ant was our guide and driver and was fantastic all the way. Everything was well organised and planned, including breakfast and evening Braais. The accommodation was perfect for what we wanted, a mixture of guest house, tented and traditional beehive-style, both en-suite and communual facilities. Ant also worked to get the best possible location for the tented accommodation, which paid dividend by having hyenas and rhinos just meters away. The tour was done at the pace we wanted. As both my wife and I are avid wildlife photographers, there was no problem with just sitting by a waterhole for as long as we wanted to, sitting back and watching leopards and lions rest for a few hours, or driving down random back roads through Kruger. The wildlife did not disappoint with sightings of all the big 5, most fairly close-up! It's clear that both Ant and the other guides at EST have enormous respect for the wildlife and landscape, they do look after you well, but they also look after their own country. With years of experience they understand how the animals may react, and put you in the best (and safest) possible position for both you and the animals. If something wasn't right, or the animal was agitated (usually by too many other tour groups crowding the animal), Ant made the decision to move on and leave it be. Could not have asked for a better guide or company to travel with. The only disappointment was that we couldn't stay for longer. Eagerly waiting to go back!
EVERYTHING about this trip was PERFECT! From the very moment we decided to book this trip with Endless Summer, to the very end of the tour, everything was just perfect. Rhys, was the deciding factor in us choosing Endless Summer Tours. Very quick initial response, very professional and very accommodating as well. We had a few changes after the initial reservation and Rhys was more than happy to help. When we were picked up in Johannesburg by Steve and Leon, they were extremely helpful and knowledgeable about informing us on what we can expect during our visit to Kruger Park. Also, since it was our first visit to the park and not knowing what to expect, we felt reassured that we were in good hands with Steve and Leon. They made sure we were comfortable in our accommodations and during our game drives. During our visit to Kruger, the daily meals prepared by Steve and Leon were scrumptious. (Even catered to a few vegetarians in our group) Dinners were a fun time to discuss and share our sightings and pics of the day with them. Their knowledge and insights into our sightings was second to none. I would absolutely recommend Endless Summer Tours to everyone. Their knowledge, experience, and overall hospitality is second to none. THANK YOU guys for making this trip the UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE of a lifetime.
Sharing a little bit of nature with wild animals
It was one of the most wonderful trip of our life, if not the one. Four days around the Kruger park is unforgettable. We have seen the big five within only 24 hours, and many other animals. Steve brought us all around incredible sites, giving us the chance to see animals in their natural environment, drinking, sleeping, eating and playing. Steve is also a great cook and he gave us the opportunity to taste South African food, including vegetable and fruits. Everything promised was delivered and even more. Since going back home, we have encouraged our friends to take a similar journey. Many thanks to the whole team for this delightful moment.
Simply great! Rhys is the perfect guide, saw the big 5 at least twice, did everything we wanted to!
Even though quite some time passed by since our tour we wanted to say thank you to Rhys for our perfect tour!
Rhys and his team planned the tour perfectly around our flights, communication was easy and Rhys and his team answered right away to any question. So planning our tour was simple after we had picked Endless Summer Tours.
The tour started with Rhys picking us up at the airport with the 4WD that was becoming our second home for the tour. We headed right to Kruger park and got a lot of information about the landscape we passed.
In the Kruger park Rhys stopped for pointing out all the animals - and I am quite sure we would have missed mor than half of them without Rhys (and would have missed quite some rare animals for not knowing they were ;-)! He gave us interesting information about the all those small and big animals and it took only 2 days to have the big 5 completed the first time :-) - and we got to see all of them multiple times.
Also saw a hunt of Wild dogs, which Rhys was able to follow quite a long way with his driving skills and knowledge of the park. It was great fun spending time at the BBQ in the nights and got a lot of good food throughout the day *yummie*. He adjusted all plans just the way we wanted - so we spent all day in the car driving around to see as much as possible.
For us it was good to have a closed car for weather and temperature - especially in the mornings.
All in all it was just a perfect tour, we will definitely pick Endless Summer Tours again when we are back for another Kruger Tour!!!
Thank you Rhys (and sorry it took us so long to write our recommandation)!!!!!!
Other Safaris & Tours3 – Offered by Endless Summer Tours
4-Day Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Big 5 & St Lucia Wetland
$888 to $977 pp (USD)
South Africa: Private tour
Mid-rangeChalet & Self Catering Accommodation
You Visit: Durban (Start), Hluhluwe-iMfolozi GR, iSimangaliso WP, Durban (End)
5-Day Kruger Park Safari Inside the Reserve
$1,224 to $1,345 pp (USD)
South Africa: Private tourBudgetChalet & Bungalow
You Visit: Johannesburg (Start), Kruger NP, Johannesburg (End)
5-Day Kruger Park Safari & Blyde Canyon
$1,211 to $1,329 pp (USD)
South Africa: Private tour
Mid-rangeHotel & Bungalow
You Visit: Johannesburg (Start), Kruger NP, Blyde River Canyon (Panorama Route), Johannesburg (End)
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