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Layan   –  
Israel IL
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Oct 2, 2023

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

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the best tour guide

I'm currently in South Africa and at the Kruger National Park for the first time. That one was the most fun I've ever had! I believe our tour guide Simon Taylor played a significant role in that. The most important quality about him is his desire for supporting us even in small ways after tour hours. He is a decent, polite, and professional individual. He always made an effort to make sure we were comfortable so that we could all have a great time together.

Jude   –  
Canada CA
Visited: September 2023 Reviewed: Sep 28, 2023

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

could not have asked for more... it was absolutely fantastic experience

This was my second trip to South Africa, and for that matter, second safari at Kruger National Park. Surely there was a bit of hesitation at the start, especially due to reports on media and certain blogs, strikes and load shedding etc.... Surely, South Africa has her share of challenges just like many other places but this place is magical in my view.

About the tour group, Wildlife safaris, from the beginning they were very professional. Jonathan with whom I had my initial communications was very professional, extremely helpful and courteous. Always answered my questions to the point and made additional helpful suggestions when needed. Also I had a positive experience with Lorraine in the office.

Our tour guide was Simon Taylor. He was absolutely fantastic. Not only his knowledge, but his passion for nature and African Wildlife is commendable. He took every possible effort one can possibly take to show us more and more animals. I have no doubt that he has seen all that on many of his trips to Kruger yet he was so eager to spot the animals as if it was his first visit. He is an absolutely super guide who is well organized, efficient in time management, and above all so passionate about his work and extremely friendly. We also had a super good group, six of us altogether from different parts of the world, but we gel well as a group, and overall, had a fantastic 4 day safari... spotting the big 5 twice in 4 days. All that thanks to Simon's effort.

Graziano   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2023 Reviewed: Sep 24, 2023

Email Graziano  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Great Experience

Amazing experience, we saw all the big 5! Simon is a gteat guide, always helpful and attentive. We strongly reccomend both the agency and the guide.

Manuela   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2023 Reviewed: Sep 23, 2023

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

A great experience

The tour was perfectly planned and executed, our guide Nick and his lovely wife were amazing. We managed to see the big five and many more wild animals and birds. We also were very well matched with the other couple that planned the safari in the same days, so we had also super pleasurable lunches and dinners and it felt as if the 6 of us were old friends. Kruger Park is a unique place where the nature dominates and we felt humbled by it. I loved every moment and I hope I’ll be able to do another safari with them.

Corrado   –  
Italy IT
Visited: August 2023 Reviewed: Sep 22, 2023

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

very well organised

very well organised safary tour. we had the experience to see all the animal with an very expert guide

Jill and Michael Scholtens   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2023 Reviewed: Sep 6, 2023

Email Jill and Michael Scholtens  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Completely organized; knowledgeable guide and animals, animals, animals!

This was a long-delayed adventure from the 2020 COVID days. Over those years, Christine and the staff of WS kept things together and continued to reassure us that our dream would eventually be realized. We had planned the Kruger 5-day Panorama Tour and through the years that continued as our sole focus.

In 2023, the bush camps and resorts perhaps changed a bit but the essence of the trip remained intact. Our guide picked us up as scheduled in our Joberg hotel and immediately immersed us in his knowledge of everything we were seeing along the way to the Sabia River Bush Lodge immediately adjacent to Kruger Park. As a matter of fact the Kruger fence line runs along the back of the property so there can be any number of changing collections of wildlife on the other side of the fence. How delightful it was to spend late afternoons and early mornings with the Hippos currently in residence - 3 adults and 3 children!

Our other two Bush Camp/Resort experiences differed but were equally enjoyable. Throughout, our guide gave us insights and willing/knowledgeable responses to our many uninformed questions. We had no idea that the Park is teeming with wildlife of all sorts or how varied the geology and vegetation is. The only constant in a Kruger multi-day visit is the changing panoramas and wildlife combinations.

In the end we saw thousands of animals and must admit that the highlight was the sunset drive from the Satara Rest Camp. We spotted a pride of 8 lionesses directly beside the road and 5 males in various stages of sleep/rest along the way. And we surprised a young elephant in a family at rest beside the road which immediately put the senior female into an aggressive state along with a very audible warning to bug off! Exciting and humbling!

We'll never forget these and other memories of our time with our guide and Wildlife Safaris in Eastern South Africa!

Margaret & Kevin   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2023 Reviewed: Aug 30, 2023

Email Margaret & Kevin  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: first safari

Very well organized

Our first safari and it was amazing, saw lots of wildlife. I found the skukuza camp accommodation a bit tired. The sabie river camp was lovely .
The guides were very informative and knowledgeable. The tour vehicles were not huge and not crowded do that made the safari a bit more enjoyable.
Going in the South African winter is great as there is not a lot of foliage so this makes spotting animals easier and it was not that busy. I felt the value of the safari was great for what was included. I would highly recommend them

Siobhan King   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: May 2023 Reviewed: Jul 26, 2023

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

Absolutely Amazing!!

We had such a great experience on our safari tour. We did the 5 day tour including the panorama route. We went end of May-June. We stayed in 3 different lodges, and spent most days in Kruger national park but we stayed in one private gaming reserve for an evening and morning drive. Each place offered different things, Kruger was a closed vehicle and often busy but our guide was great at finding spots and allowing time to absorb and also spot the animals. We ended up seeing 4/5 big fives on our first day in Kruger national park. The private game reserve was amazing in its own way and you got to experience off roading to experience more “wildlife”. Here we went through a herd of elephants and saw lions drinking from a water hole. Weather was nice, a bit cold in the morning and evenings drives, but all the lodges provided blankets so it’s not an issue. Our guide, Simon was absolute amazing. He stayed with us pretty much the entire time and made our trip a once and a lifetime experience. He was very knowledgable and was also asking for anything specific we wanted to see, but often we took his guidance. The organisation of this tour was very easy and it was highly customisable depending on extras you wanted to add. I would highly recommend this company, SIMON as your guide and this experience as a most do when doing your safari experience.

Karen Thomas   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: June 2023 Reviewed: Jul 14, 2023

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

Friendly,Efficient and delivered exactly what they promised

We highly recommend Wildlife Safari's if you are planning your safari trip. They are extremely helpful and efficient and provided all the information we required from planning our trip right up to arrival in South Africa and linking us up with our guide. The service throughout our 4 day Kruger Park and private lodge was excellent. It was certainly great value and our guide was reliable and his knowledge of the bush and South Africa made our trip. Our guide was Nik, he collected us on day 1 from our hotel, at this point I would recommend that after you arrive in South Africa you leave 24 hours before you commence your safari. We found this gave us time to recover from the flight and relax, as the schedule is quite intense and you are up early and have 4 full days ahead. Then wow what an experience we had, right from our drive to our first nights accommodation. We had no expectations and I think that is the best way to be as the bush is full of wonderful delights and if you are patient will share its amazing wildlife, birds, scenery and stunning sun rises and sun downs. We saw so many animals and fulfilled the Big 5 easily several times. Nik was an excellent guide and we would highly recommend him, he made our 4 days informative, exhilarating and was great company. He gave us the best experience and we thoroughly enjoyed his company. All the 3 nights accommodation was adequate and comfortable, where your days are so full after a shower and dinner your bed was welcoming. The Private Lodge with its stunning back garden view of the bush was breath taking along with its welcoming and extremely friendly team, we will certainly return. Overall great value for money and we can not wait to return.

Liam   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: May 2023 Reviewed: Jun 1, 2023

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

Dream come true

This trip was a dream come true! Wildlife Safaris did an amazing job from start to finish, and our guide Simon was a huge reason why the trip was so successful. From the first day, he made us feel welcome and was a joy to be around. He taught us so much, not only just about the animals and nature, but about the history of South Africa and how it shaped how/why things are done today. He is brilliant at spotting animals on game drives and helped us get better at it too. He always made sure that we were having the best experience.

The accommodations we stayed at were Sabie River Bush Lodge, Mohlabetsi and Hippo Hollow. All of them were great in their own way and I would stay in them all again. The food at each was also very good, beds were comfortable and showers were good (these are important to me). Pickup and drop off from Johannesburg was simple. The airport hotel they recommended (Premier Hotel OR Tambo) was also an excellent hotel to use.

We felt that the value for money was outstanding. For a 5-day tour, everything met or exceeded our expectations. Communications in the lead up was slightly slow, however when we followed up they responded quickly.

I cannot recommend Wildlife Safari’s enough, especially Simon. This is an experience everyone needs to have once in their lives.

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