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Tasneem   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Jan 14, 2024

Email Tasneem  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Professional, welcoming, knowledgeable, and created an amazing experience!
5/5

I can not stress enough how enjoyable and how in awe I am from this experience. Trevor, our guide, was superb! Funny, knowledgeable, friendly, accomodating and just fantastic with maximising the experience. We were given blankets (in case we were cold) and offered water (in case we were hot and thirsty). He could answer almost any question. Shared jokes and stories from previous trips. Adjusted the vehicle so that we could get a better view.

Trevor was able to prioritise which animals to find in the early morning. The guides have a WhatsApp group and walkie talkie system where they alert each other to sightings. This made such a difference when witnessing lions, a rhino, wild dogs, water buffalos and a couple of other rare sightings. Trevor could confidently provide opportunities to see animals like the hippos in their watering holes. And also would share stories from previous trips while we came across some animals we had seen before, like the zebras, giraffes and elephants. We were very lucky to see almost every animal besides the hyena, leopard, cheetahs and an eiland. I can happily type an essay with the wide variety of animals (trust me, the list is very long).
Wildebeest
Impala
Zebra
Giraffe
Water buck
Marshall eagle
Grey bird with long orange beak
Dark blue small bird
Warthog + piglets
Monkey
Eagles
Vultures (lapid face- one of the biggest vultures)
Elephants
Pride of lions
Buffalo
White rhino
Wild dogs
Baboons
Guinea fowl

AFTER 9am
Hippos
Kudu
Brown snake eagle
Crocodile
Aramat weaver
Little 5: Red bird buffalo weaver.
Stork
Duck
Blue wildebeest
Purple Rolla bird
Sabel antelope
Water monitor
Lizards
Velvet monkey
Quail
Steenbok

The day was so well structured! We saw 80-90% of the variety of animals before 8:30am. The breakfast and curios stop was the perfect leg stretch and opportunity to take some souvenirs home. Lunch was enjoyed at the Golf course with a view of hippos relaxing in the watering hole. The food was good too! The chicken is halaal and is prepared separately to the other meats. There are also vegetarian options. The ease and convenience of pick up and drop off at our accommodation just topped off the experience.

Again, absolutely loved this! And I’d definitely recommend taking a tour and MOST DEFINITELY will be returning.

Francesca   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Jan 13, 2024

Email Francesca  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Outstanding service for a trip of a lifetime
5/5

We had an incredible experience with Elephant Herd Tours and Safaris when visiting Kruger Park. The guides who took us were friendly, professional and knowledgable. They went out of their way to ensure that we had the best experience to see the wildlife of the park. I would like to mention Bekifa who is an incredibly talented guide who was able to spots animals from miles away. His tracking skills meant that we were able to see two lionesses with five cubs from metres away. What an incredible experience!

Christin   –  
Germany DE
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Jan 12, 2024

Email Christin  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Absolut lovely Tour
5/5

The communication were really easy and fast, i was picked up from my Hotel in Johannesburg and dropped of at the camp after 5,5h.
The elephant whisper tour was an amazing 1h trip, the santuary is really taking care of the elephants and you can really see that they enjoy the work with the elephants. Next day I was picked up at 4:45AM for my safari trip in Kruger park which was really amazing with such a lovely and funny Tour guide! Also it is nice that they never plan more than 6 people in one vehicle, so everyone can have a "window"seat (we were 4 people in one vehicle). Second day were also amzing and really interessting as I had the whole vehicle just for myself with the tour guide.
Breakfast and Dinner were included.
My room in the camp was also amazing and my bed was really comfortable.

Mark   –  
United States US
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Jan 9, 2024

Email Mark  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Very knowledgeable tour operator
4/5

We enjoyed the guided tour of Kruger National Park. We saw many different animals, some very close to the road. The tour operator was very knowledgeable about the various animals and the park itself. Would definitely use Elephant Herd Tour and Safari company again.

Donato   –  
Puerto Rico PR
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Jan 5, 2024

Email Donato  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Absolutely amazing!
5/5

The experience exceeded our expectations! The guide was incredible. He went out of his way to help us catch a view of all the animals! We were able to see the BIG 5 in two days!! Absolutely INCREDIBLE experience!!!

Surprise   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Dec 31, 2023

Email Surprise  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

He was Excellent,knew eveything about the animals.
5/5

We had a wonderful tour around the park.We got our value for money.

Christian   –  
Germany DE
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Dec 22, 2023

Email Christian  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Best tour ever
5/5

We are coming to SA since 2007. We make a lot of safari. It was the first time that we saw th Big Five.

Thank you Smiley for the best experience in the Kruger ever.

Alex Martin   –  
Mexico MX
Visited: November 2023 Reviewed: Dec 21, 2023

Email Alex Martin  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Excelent service and quality of the stay and tours inside Kruger
5/5

After a detailed search we choosed Elephant Herd because of the opportunity of interaction with elephants at "Elephant Whispers". We saw pictures of the lodge which had great quality and the best of all, were the private tour into Kruger with one of the best guides we ever meet: Bhekifa Ngomane

Dot   –  
United States US
Visited: November 2023 Reviewed: Dec 13, 2023

Email Dot  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Very professional and informative.
5/5

The tour was very successful with numerous game sightings. They guide was very professoinal and knowledgable. This was a public tour thru Kruger and stayed to the roads, but we saw numerous herds and more rare species, including rhinos and Cape buffalo. Highly recommended,

Reneé   –  
United States US
Visited: November 2023 Reviewed: Dec 13, 2023

Email Reneé  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Yuri was excellent, hard working, attentive, informative, & an attention to details perfectionist.
5/5

I can't rave enough about this tour! Just life changing! I will be doing more safaris due to the excellence provided on this one. Not to mention that Yuri did everything he could to make sure that we all saw at the least the Big Five...and we did! I am a solo traveler & was met at the Skukuza airport on landing. The driver was informative on the drive. Once at the lodge, I was met by Yuri (my assigned ranger) & had a seamless check-in & introduction to my bungalow. The lodge & surroundings are beautiful & the staff was amazing! I arrived with 30 minutes to spare to take my first safari & it was just amazing! Every morning, I was up at 4:30am, knock on the door at 5am to make sure that I was up, then off we went at 5am. The safaris were 3 hours long. We arrived back at the lodge where breakfast was ready then we had down time to do what we wanted (enjoy the pool, edit/upload photos, read, etc) & usually there would be wild life wandering along the river. I saw elephant herds, giraffes, water buffalo, a hippo, kudu, & more up close from the lodge! At 2pm, we ate lunch then at 4:30 it was time for another safari & dinner on arrival back at the lodge. The food was delicious & the service impeccable. Each morning & night, while we were out, the staff cleaned our bungalows which, by the way, were beautiful, & comfortable (LOVED the outdoor rain shower). On my last full day, I opted to do a panoramic tour. My guide, Bhekifa, was so attentive & informative. He fell in love with my camera so I let him take a lot of photos while I used my iPhone & he took photos of me as well (which is nice when you solo travel!). I highly recommend doing the panoramic tour! South Africa is beautiful! I arrived back at the lodge just in time for the evening safari & had the morning safari the next morning before time to leave. Bhekifa was assigned to take me to the airport & arrived an hour early because he, being a ranger in Kruger National Park, wanted to try to find lions before I left. We saw a male & female lion plus so much more & he still got me to the airport on time. Exceptional is the one word that I would use to describe Elephant Herd Tours & Safaris!

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