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Nancy and Randy   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2013 Reviewed: Oct 10, 2013

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

A thoroughly enjoyable, 'bucket-list' Kruger Park safari & Panorama tour by Wildlife Safaris (Pty)

Our 5-day Kruger Park safari with Panorama tour arranged and managed by Wildlife Safaris (Pty) Ltd. was an overwhelmingly positive experience from the get-go. This was our first trip to Africa and we knew NOTHING about safaris. We found Wildlife Safaris via our Lonely Planet tourbook and reserved our safari online with Christine who was ever informative and patient. She helped arrange our airport pickup and pre and post safari overnight stay in the Johannesburg area, making that aspect simple for us. Our Wildlife Safari guide, Clive was very knowledgeable with 11 years of guide experience and >35 years of visiting the park. His knowledge of the flora, fauna and history of the park was ever reliable and his stories entertaining. The safari vehicle, a clean air-conditioned van (with binoculars provided by Wildlife!) was very comfortable and the ability to view the African wildlife was good from all sides through open or closed windows. During the safari we stayed at a Kruger park bungalow for 2 days and a 4-star private safari lodge for 1 which gave us a sense of the differences between the two types of operation. We saw the greatest diversity of animals at Kruger Park while driving with Clive - lions, leopard, elephants, zebras, various antelopes - amazing in their natural environment. At the private safari lodge though we saw a cheetah with cubs close up which was very special. The Kruger Park bungalow was air-conditioned and had a kitchen which was not needed because Clive cooked wonderful barbeques for the evening meal and we ate at Kruger park venues for breakfast. These meals were fun, comfortable and good though not 'haute cuisine' (which was fine for us). The private safari lodge had their own restaurant and we enjoyed those meals but preferred the more relaxed atmosphere of our Kruger Park meals. Our room at the private safari lodge was beautiful. After the safari, Clive drove us through the canyons and waterfalls that are part of the Panorama tour. It was hazy but the scenery and views were jaw-dropping and well worth the trip. We stopped for shopping (at a silk factory and South African craft places) before staying overnight at a quirky motel called Hippo Hollow where hippos and crocodiles could theoretically join you at breakfast (they can coe on the grounds). It was a niice stay. Then we went on back to Johannesburg for the end of our safir. Wildlife Safaris (Pty) Ltd and Clive provided us with a truly memorable experience that we would return for and highly recommend to others. They provided us with a safe but adventurous safari and touring experience, that was professionally arranged and had the element of a personal touch from our guide, Clive and the various venues that were well-selected by Wildlfe Safaris. They are a great company and the cost was very reasonable!

Aldo   –  
Spain ES
Visited: September 2013 Reviewed: Oct 10, 2013

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

They were very formal and the guides were funny and they knew their job

Everything was better than expected, since the firts contact they were helpful. The guides were punctual and efficient. We felt secure the whole safari. The car was confortable.

Mark   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2013 Reviewed: Oct 6, 2013

35-50 years of age

We learnt a lot from his vast knowledge

Kelsey and I had a wonderful trip and we really enjoyed our time with Clive . We learnt a lot from his vast knowledge and answering all our questions . Took lots of photos to share with family and friends . Thanks again for all your help in planning our wonderful time !

Andrea   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2013 Reviewed: Oct 6, 2013

He's really a gentleman and a great guide , very passionate of his work

Back home after our amazing tour if South Africa , its the proper time to thanks Wildlife Safaris and especially our guide Hoppy for the fantastic safari we had with him . He's really a gentleman and a great guide - very passionate of his work . Thanks to his knowledge and good eyesight , we had the pleasure to see so many animals , birds and learn a lot about fauna and flora in Kruger Park . We only missed the leopard so we definitely must come again !

Rachel   –  
Canada CA
Visited: March 2013 Reviewed: Oct 6, 2013

Experience level: first safari

All the amazing wildlife we saw & laughts with with top guide Hoppy

Graham & I had a wonderful trip with Wildlife Safaris under the guidance ( and laughs ) of your top guide Hoppy in February . We felt we lucked out incredibly with all the wildlife we saw and interesting conversations we had with Hoppy.

Graham   –  
Australia AU
Visited: April 2009 Reviewed: Sep 24, 2013

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

Great tour and friendly operators.

Everything went very smoothly, we were given plenty of details beforehand, and the guides had excellent knowledge of the animals and plants. We even got to stay in a plush guesthouse in Jo'burg post safari before our flights out. Lovely!

Levi Schouten   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: April 2009 Reviewed: Sep 18, 2013

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

Splendid experience, great guide and some (really) exiting wildlife encounters.

We had a great guide, very experienced and good company. We saw 4 of the big 5, missed the leopard by a second! Some exiting moments with an elephant in must, I will never forget this. The sounds at night, the views, the wildlife, the special birds and photographic scenes, the male lion @ 2 meters distance from the vehicle, the unexpected moments and the fun with the group.

WouterV   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: April 2009 Reviewed: Sep 16, 2013

Email WouterV  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Excellent game viewing and a professional staff

My best friend and I went on a 5-day safari with widllife safaris and had a great time. We first stayed a night in a private game reserve near Kruger and the rest of the days in Kruger NP. It was a great overall experience with excellent game viewing (we saw 4 out of the Big 5), quality mid-range accommodation and a wonderful and knowledgeable guide; Clive! Not only did he tell us a lot about Kruger and its wildlife, but also about South Africa and its historical and future challenges, which really added to the whole experience.

It was a small group tour and we had a lot of fun with the other guests as well. Too bad they specialize only in a couple of parks, because I would have loved to also use Wildlife Safaris to visit other safari destinations.

job2003   –  
Australia AU
Visited: May 2008 Reviewed: Apr 18, 2012

50-65 years of age


Guide looked after us. He Worked hard to ensure we saw animals, ate well, were not in any unnecessary danger and that we enjoyed ourselves safely.

Doug   –  
United States US
Visited: March 2024 Reviewed: Mar 12, 2024

Email Doug  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Very efficient, great service and our guide Simon was wonderful.

The entire experience was great from the booking to the departure. Our guide Simon was knowledgeable and found us literally thousands of animals to include 2 leopards, more than 2 dozen lions, 3 rhinos, hundreds of buffalo, hundreds of elephants, as well as thousands of Impala, birds and many other animals

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