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Georgia and Andrew   –  
Australia AU
Visited: September 2016 Reviewed: Oct 3, 2016

Email Georgia and Andrew  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Highly enjoyable and recommendable
5/5

Selecting a safari can be mind-boggling. We chose well when we chose Viva for Kruger Park. Clearly Viva understands the importance of their guests' expectations and meets them admirably. It was not expensive and gave us a brilliant first-time experience. Although the "processing" of guests runs like a well-oiled machine, the politeness, hospitality and grace of staff members was unfailing. Furthermore, when I was ill, they arranged a doctors' appointment, had one of their drivers take me to it and a staff member collected my medication. We had a room at Katekani which matched my dreams and delicious home cooking with plenty of variety, served with style. Gertrude and Margaret, our "hostesses", are gems. I hope they're treasured as employees, along with the Guides and Drivers. Having worked in hospitality and as a Guide, I recognise that shifts can be long, tedious and underpaid, especially in the affordable sector. I hope they are all rewarded suitably. Our game drives always included lots of thrilling animal sightings and entertaining, informative commentary. One tip: never rely on the weather and always take a jacket, preferably hooded. When night falls or the wind comes up, you don't want it to spoil your enjoyment.

Mary   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2016 Reviewed: Aug 8, 2016

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

Incredible experience we will never forget!
5/5

We did the 4day-Lodge/Treehouse Safari.
Arrived at Tremisana with a warm welcome from Pretty. Our rooms were very comfortable and relaxing! Meals were excellent, especially enjoyed the braai! Bongani, Rex and Philip were our guides during our stay. They all made us feel welcomed and safe (especially on the bush walk!) Then to Marc's Treehouse and lodge. Greeted by Victor and his contagious smile! Off to Kruger Park in the morning. Saw 4 of the Big 5. Maynard our driver was amazing. We felt as though he did all we could to make sure we saw as many animals as we could.
The service we received was amazing. Truly enjoyed the staff at both locations. All very friendly and made you feel so "at home" and felt they went above and beyond. We had left an electronic device in the shuttle on our trip back to Johannesburg. After an email to Viva Safaris, we were told they found the device and delivered to our hotel the next morning.
Viva Safaris was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone.

Alfonso   –  
Spain ES
Visited: June 2016 Reviewed: Jul 26, 2016

Email Alfonso

Without question, the experience of my life
5/5

Summer 2016 I will remember for the rest of my life. I spent part of my Summer in Tremisana Lodge (Viva Safaris) and, as the title says, it has been the experience of my life. From the first day the staff members made my stay feel like home, guides where undoubtedly qualified, and I learnt a whole lot about animals thanks to them. I had the chance of experiencing the bush whilst working in it. Animal sightings where non-stop, and proof of this is the Lapa, a sort of exterior dining room that had a view to a small pond where animals would come for a drink. Kruger Park guides where exceptional: I went to Kruger Park twice and had sightings of the Big Five both times.

As a conclusion, Viva Safaris provides fantastic attention from the personnel, guides that can almost guarantee amazing viewing of game, and beautiful lodges to enhance the bush experience.

Cyril Bigara   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: April 2015 Reviewed: Mar 13, 2016

Email Cyril Bigara  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

This was really an adventure and a memorable safari experience.
5/5

The friendliness of the staff is the first impression. While in camp, you are always comfortable and well fed and so rested and prepared for the abundance of bush activities. Two highlights are the evening bush-braai ( a magical and unique experience) and the uplifting morning bush-walks (with the really experienced and knowledgeable guides). Our vehicle tour of Kruger was a huge adventure and the sightings were beyond expectations. What an experience!

Jerry and Puri   –  
United States US
Visited: May 2024 Reviewed: May 16, 2024

Email Jerry and Puri  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Our tour operator Patricia Landau made it easy for us, she was helpful every step of the way.
5/5

My wife and I had the time of our life on our first safari. All of the staff made our adventure one of the most enjoyable experiences that you could possibly have. We would who use them again when we book our next safari. Lastly we like to give a special thanks to Patricia Landau who made things so easy.

Fiona Turner   –  
New Zealand NZ
Visited: April 2024 Reviewed: May 1, 2024

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

Outstanding, kind and friendly experience
5/5

I did a 6 day Safari tour with Viva and stayed at the Tremisana Lodge. Everything was outstanding. All the staff, the experiences, seeing such an incredible amount of wildlife, the accommodation and especially the food, all was fabulous. I enjoyed every Safari, walk, drive and visit and thank you to everyone at Tremisana for the laughs, company, caring and excitement. I 100% recommend this adventure with Viva. Tremisana Lodge you ROCK!

Robin   –  
Canada CA
Visited: April 2024 Reviewed: Apr 30, 2024

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

Friendly , content , happy to be doing what they’re doing!
5/5

Accommodating staff with all your needs . I’m a type 1 diabetic and they gladly stored my insulin in the kitchen freezer overnight . The whole experience was as over my expectations . Even though they mixed up some of the activities it didn’t change how great it was ! Great value for the price , I looked everywhere Viva is the place to go . Airport transfers were safe .

Danijela   –  
Croatia HR
Visited: March 2024 Reviewed: Apr 18, 2024

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

Must to while in SAF - The best Kruger experience
5/5

The first week after arriving in Joburg I decided to do a 4-day tour in Kruger (as one of my lifelong wishes) And let me confess this to you - it was the best decision I've made so far and Viva Safari made it possible! I was in contact with Patti, and communication with her was excellent, she clarified everything upfront and explained all the details to me. And trust me - as the solo female traveler I had many questions :) Viva Safari driver picked me up from the hotel in Rosebank, the drive to Tremisana Lodge was comfortable and pleasant. I recommend this tour to all solo travelers as this is a very safe option and you get to meet other like-minded individuals, nobody feels alone. Even if you lose some item, the staff will do everything in their power to find and return it! Both accommodations (Tremisana and Tree House) were good value for money. The highlight of my trip was a visit to Kruger, we managed to see 4 of Big 5 and many other inhabitants of the Animal Kingdom, together with Casper - a great lion! Even though I am very pleased with 4-day tour, you can do it within 3 days w/o issues. Thank you Viva Safari for everything, I hope to repeat this experience - with you! :)

Alejandro   –  
France FR
Visited: April 2024 Reviewed: Apr 17, 2024

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

Perfect organization, all staff very well prepared and ready to go beyond!
5/5

Everything very well prepared to make the most out of our stay.

The guides went beyond to explain every detail to the kids and make the games a lot of fun for the whole family.

All the details for the activities were clearly communicated considering every constraint (kids, large groups...)

Karen   –  
Canada CA
Visited: March 2024 Reviewed: Apr 8, 2024

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

Amazing Safari
5/5

From the moment we contacted Viva Safaris everything went smoothly. All information was provided for us to make our choice as to what type of accommodation we wanted and the length of safari.
We were picked up at our hotel and transported to the lodge just in time for our sunset safari and bbq.
The accommodations were lovely, all the staff were fantastic, and the meals were amazing.
All our safaris and bush walks were very informative. The guides were very insightful and knew just where to find the animals.
All in all, this was a fantastic experience!

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