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Serena e Lorenzo   –  
Italy IT
Visited: January 2024 Reviewed: Feb 1, 2024

Email Serena e Lorenzo  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Amazing organization and absolute availability
5/5

This has been a wonderful experience. Very nice stay and beautiful people in a dreamy place. All the staff was great and they made our stay better than expetetions!we miss everything! we hope to came back soon for other unforgettable game drive!

Andrew   –  
United States US
Visited: January 2024 Reviewed: Feb 1, 2024

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

Overwhelmingly courteous, polite, and accommodating. A pleasure to stay with.
5/5

From the moment we were picked up at the hotel by the shuttle, all of the staff had been extremely polite, and courteous with regards to our travel arrangements, making sure we were able to maximize every minute of the tours, and entertaining at every meal. Guides were very informative, a pleasure to converse with, and very knowledgeable with regards to the animals and their environment. (Victor is AWESOME!!) We always felt safe while viewing the wildlife and traveling to and from Kruger National Park. Accommodations were pleasant, and clean. And we were constantly on the lookout for interesting and curious animals during our meals. We look forward to coming back to Viva Safaris again!!!

Otha Savage   –  
United States US
Visited: January 2024 Reviewed: Jan 28, 2024

Email Otha Savage  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Fantastic
5/5

Patricia, I wanted to touch base with you on my 4 day Safari. I felt the Viva Safari was fantastic, I was extremely pleased with how efficient and well planned the trip was operated. I was comfortable with my transportation from start to finish. The housing was great, including the meals and the staff was exceptional. The games drives were more than could be expected, I was excited on every trip out, the trackers were very informative and fun and safe. The game drives were just awesome we saw all Big 5 and then some.

In short I could not be more pleased with how this trip was operated. I will be booking again with you in the future and have already made some recommendations to friends who were interested.

Thank you for the help along the way.

Yannik and Zoé   –  
Germany DE
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Jan 20, 2024

Email Yannik and Zoé  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Everything was great and even better than expected
5/5

Well organized, awesome people, good accomodations, fun and knowledgeable guides, good itinerary and overall the perfect choice for our 4 day trip. Would recommend 10/10.

Julia P   –  
Germany DE
Visited: January 2024 Reviewed: Jan 17, 2024

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

I can only recommend
5/5

We had a very lovely 4 days Safari Trip. Well organized and very good communication. We really loved everything and saw the big five and many more animals. Can only recommend booking the tour with Viva Safaris and stay at Tremisana Lodge (and you have to book the bushwalk!!). Thanks for everything!

Dayna   –  
Australia AU
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Jan 16, 2024

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

Fantastic Safari with Viva Safaris
5/5

My partner and I booked the 6 day Viva Safari over late December/New year and had a brilliant time. The team at the accommodation and the various guides are all lovely and it was fantastic just being told where to be and when. The itinerary is action packed, and we were pretty tired by the end, but we had a fabulous time. The game drives around Tresmana is really special, and it is great that it is where you stay for your first night (or multiple if you book it). There are a lot of early starts and long days so it is nice to commute a bit less between the parks for the various activities. We stayed at Katakani for the rest of our nights and there was a lot more commuting between the parks/accommodation, which can be a bit tiring after a long day in the heat.

Over our six days we saw all of the Big 5 between Tresmana and Kruger parks. We did two days full day safari at Kruger, which seemed like a lot at first but every day is different there and we had Victor as our safari guide and he was excellent at finding the animals in their natural environment. You need to be prepared to be patient with some of the animals, we waited for a cheetah sighting for around 20-25 minutes while it dozed, obscured under a tree, but it was worth the wait and that is part of the fun.

The staff at Tresmana lodge are really lovely and friendly and accommodating. It is a good set up, the rooms are basic but nice and comfortable with everything you need. They have a great meals area where you can relax and see animals passing by at the waterhole while you eat. Smiley the guide is good fun, and the night drive and bush braai are a fantastic way to start your time there, also a good way to meet the other travelers in a relaxed environment. The night drive is really exciting as most of the prey animals hunt at night so we actually saw a lioness in action which was brilliant.

We only stayed the first night at Tresmana and then we moved to Katakani for the remainder of our stay, which is the more high end accommodation. That was really special. The cabin's are really impressive and the aircon makes a huge difference over the summer period. The ladies there were also wonderful, food was always delicious and plentiful and they were great with dietaries etc. There was a bit less of a "vibe" at Katakani vs Tresmana or the tree house, however that may have been due to the timing of when we were there as it was a bit quieter over the new years days.

Overall we really enjoyed our time with Viva Safari. Communication in the lead up and throughout the trip was great. The south African hospitality is amazing and seeing the animals in their natural environment going about their day is so special. I would have stayed longer and would have loved to do another night drive. My only critic (and i am splitting hairs), would be just a bit more down time, we were on the go constantly and it would have been nice to have a bit more time to just relax a bit and enjoy the cabin a bit more and the pool etc but otherwise loved it.

Macy   –  
New Zealand NZ
Visited: January 2024 Reviewed: Jan 14, 2024

Email Macy  |  under20 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Absolutely Incredible!
5/5

This company provides the ultimate safaris! Excellent value for money! Can’t rate them highly enough! All staff are incredibly friendly and professional.

Annie Burton   –  
United States US
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Jan 3, 2024

Email Annie Burton  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

So helpful with planning and great communication
5/5

I just found Viva on internet and from the beginning Patricia landau was so helpful with planning. All went smoothly on the trip with pick up and return to airports. The staff was delightful and efficient. The guides made every effort to find the animals. More big animals seen in Krueger than game reserve. Excellent way to have a short safari experience for good value

Boris Z   –  
Canada CA
Visited: November 2023 Reviewed: Dec 11, 2023

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

Perfect Trip-5 Days Tremisana and tents safari
5/5

Trip of the lifetime!
Saw incredible number of animals (Balule and Kruger) and had great time in general.
Included food was all homemade (fresh and great). Accommodation was clean and perfect (really liked the tents). All personnel was great. Guides incredibly knowledgable and willing to accommodate guest's requests for that perfect photo.
Incredible value for money, could not recommend Viva Safaris enough.

Luka   –  
Croatia HR
Visited: December 2023 Reviewed: Dec 10, 2023

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

Amazing experience, very pleasant and fun staff and tour guides. Overall, not a single complaint.
5/5

Pickup

The pickup is on time and professional.

The Staff

The staff at the Tremisana Lodge where we were staying were all of them excellent, professional, but most of all pleasant and fun. The tour guides have a lot of knowledge, but also work as entertainers, we were laughing half os the time, especially with a guide called Smiley (makes sense :) ). You also get a different tour guide on each day which is cool to see their different approaches towards animals.

The Accomodation

Very clean, comfortable beds and AC.

Average User Rating
4.9/5
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