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aldo   –  
Italy IT
Visited: September 2014 Reviewed: Oct 11, 2014

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

confortable and safe

we did the Kruger Park Safari Tour in September. The guide Susan is an excelent guide, very professional and kind. Generally speaking, we are not disappointed about the tour experience but we didn't like to change 2 restcamps in 2 days (SKUKUZA and PRETORIUS) and in particular, we didn t like PRETORIUS Camp (where we didn t find restaurants but just a WIMPY!). The price of the tour is too expensive for this poor options.

Reply from Wildlife Safaris
Reply from Wildlife Safaris
Posted on Oct 18, 2014

Hello Aldo ,
We appreciate your comments following the Kruger Park safari .
Re overnight stops on the itinerary you chose - we usually arrange both nights at the same camp in Kruger & I agree its inconvenient having to pack-up & change camps . However , in high season such as Sept , we face constant problems finding suitable chalets on the dates required . We are contracted to National Park & governed by their rules which prevent us holding surplus chalets for the benefit of overseas visitors . Reservations open almost 1 year ahead of expected arrival & many bookings are placed several months in advance . However we can now book online 24/7 which is a big advantage .
Meals - I am sure Susan told you that National Parks have decided to partner with franchised South African family restaurants ( such as Mugg & Bean , Wimpy & Debonairs ) to manage their restaurants in the main Camps at Kruger . These restaurants have only opened during recent months & I have read several negative reviews about Wimpy in our local press . As Tour Operators , we can decide to avoid staying at Pretoriuskop or suggest to the guide that he does a barbeque . We have certainly noted your remarks .
I hope you have some wonderful photos to remember your safari .
Kind regards Christine

Sharon   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: September 2014 Reviewed: Oct 16, 2014

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


My husband had been on safari before with Wildlife Safaris and was so impressed that he would only travel with them again. The trip to Kruger Park far exceeded my expectations, it was just amazing. All the travel arrangements were made for our Private safari with Christine who arranged our itinerary. Nothing was two much for Christine she answered all our questions and put together the perfect holiday. Everything was well planned and arranged. We even had to work our holiday around Hoppy the guide my husband had had previously! No Hoppy, no holiday!
Hoppy is wonderful,so knowledgable about all wildlife and could spot an animal anywhere. He's also funny two lots of stories to tell. We saw the Big 5 before breakfast on the first morning we arrived.
A big, big thank you Hoppy for an amazing time. A holiday I'll never forget....

Tim   –  
United States US
Visited: August 2014 Reviewed: Oct 28, 2014

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

Tremendous praise for Wildlife Safaris and our guide, Hoppy

My fiancee and I had the pleasure of traveling on safari with Wildlife Safaris in August 2014 for our honeymoon. We chose the five day trip to Kruger and could not have been more pleased with our experience. From the beginning communications, the staff of Wildlife Safaris was professional, prompt, and accommodating.

Our guide, Hoppy, was quite simply outstanding and we'd recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone wishing to book with Wildlife. He was extremely professional and well-versed in his trade as a guide. He was doggedly determined in looking after us, going the extra mile with staff at the various locations to ensure that my wife, who is pescetarian, had excellent food options. More than that, he was a pleasure to share five days with and we consider it a joy and privilege to have gotten to know him as a person.

As for animals, we saw well beyond what we could have expected from the Big Five to wild dogs running along the safari vehicle at night to a honeybadger and much more.

the Welsh group Visited: October 2014 Reviewed: Oct 29, 2014

Guides, service, accommodation - all excellent. Will be coming back!

We had never been on safari before, but as we were going to be in South Africa on business, we decided to take the opportunity to explore Kruger using a safari company. We did not want the hassle of having to figure everything out ourselves with regard to accommodation, driving through the park etc as we had very little time to plan this trip. So, we took the 4 day panorama route, staying one night just outside Kruger, one night inside, and one night in Balule private reserve. We were a group of three, and were joined for two days by another couple. Our guides were Sue (the first 2 days) and Clive (last 2 days), and they were fantastic - very informative and knowledgeable about all creatures big and small, and good company to boot. They took care of all the arrangements, and we were impressed at how they sorted out even the most minor issues quickly and efficiently (such as being served slowly at a lodge restaurant - like I say, minor details). The accommodation was lovely everywhere that we stayed. To cap it all, Clive took us back to the airport in record time, leaving us plenty of time before our flight home (something we had initially been a bit concerned about before booking!). I have already been recommending this company to friends, and would love to go back on another trip with these guys. Thanks a lot Sue and Clive :)

Viv R   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: October 2014 Reviewed: Nov 14, 2014

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

All that we hoped for

Our guide, Sue, was excellent:- friendly, knowledgeable and eagle-eyed (and a good driver!) Although she didn't promise what we might see, we actually saw everything we hoped for and more, both large and small, animals, birds, insects and reptiles.
Communication with the company was efficient during the booking process and Sue was asked to report back every evening, to ensure there were no problems.
The accommodation and food were adequate, though not luxurious. However, it was worth having the last day in the private game reserve, both for the higher standard of lodge and the fact that we could go off-road and get even closer to the animals, including an exciting encounter with a leopard!

Janet   –  
United States US
Visited: November 2014 Reviewed: Dec 6, 2014

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

Amazing Experience!

Our tour guide was wonderful. We saw so many animals and he made sure that we were able to spend as much time as we needed to view and photograph them. It was a dream come true experience.

Marise   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: December 2014 Reviewed: Dec 15, 2014

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

Pricesless experience!!!

We just finished the 4-day Kruger Park safari via Panorama Route. We had the best time of our lifes made possible by Wildlife Safaris. We enjoyed every minute of it.

We are so thankful and so lucky to have had Clive as our guide. He's the best! As we called him: captain Clive! He does his work with so much passion and excitement. Still after all these years of guiding. It makes him so special; not only as a guide, but certainly as a person!!!!!! He did everything he could to
give us this priceless experience. He went above and beyond.

Thank you Wildlife Safaris. Thank you captain Clive!

pal   –  
United States US
Visited: September 2014 Reviewed: Jan 6, 2015

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

A once in a lifetime experience...

My co-workers and I joined 3 other under guide Sue's watchful eye. We saw SO many animals... and of course the Big 5. We spent 2 nights in Kruger, then the last in a private resort. Kruger was rustic accommodations, but adequate... and interesting, including the Baboon that visited our unit when we werent there!! He ate all of my cough drops. Sue kept firm control of us rookies... demanding on-time appearances from us all. She also rotated us every safari (3 a day) so that everyone had a chance to be in a different row on the safari vehicle. Sue is really an eagle-eye, and we saw many animals that don't normally make an appearance. She was very informative, fun, and excellent at her job... we learned so much about South Africa, wildlife, and South African history. I will never forget this experience. Sue was an excellent driver, only wish she wouldn't turn around to look at us while talking and driving... although no issues, just a bit uncomfortable.
Wildlife Safaris was excellent in explaining all their options, and responded immediately to any questions we had while making the arrangements... Thanks Christine!
I plan to take my husband back again later this year, and would deal with no other company than WS... Thanks!!

Sandy   –  
Germany DE
Visited: November 2014 Reviewed: Jan 6, 2015

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

one of the best Trips we ever Took!

We took a 4 Day Safari in November - it was one of the Most memorable and amazing trips we did! Hoppy was our Guide which was the best that could have happened to us. He is a very experienced and Most importantly kind and friendly Person. We can recommend the safari 100% - ask for Hoppy as your guide! We enjoyed the entire Trip so much since Hoppy knows where to go and See really amazing things, he can track the animals and is also a fun and interesting Person to Chat with. The Tour is really well planned with nice accomodations in the park, good food and so much to See! Try to do at least 4 days, it's worth it.

The next Time we come to SA we would definitely so this Tour again, but only with Hoppy because no Hoppy no Holiday :)
Thanks a lot for this experience
Sandy & david

Sandy Visited: November 2014 Reviewed: Jan 7, 2015

Best Trip ever with our Guide Hoppy!

We did the 4 Day Safari at the Ende of our SA trip and it was one of the Most memorable and amazing tours we did so far. The tour is very welk organized with nice accomodations in the Park, good food and most importantly we had an awesome guide who made the trip perfect! Hoppy is very experienced and such a Kind and fun Person to spend time with that it almost felt like driving through the park with a friend. We saw so much because of his experience and we learned even more from what je knew about the park and all the animals. We can 100% recommend the tour and would definitely do it again the next time we come to SA. Ask for Hoppy as your guide because no Hoppy, no holiday :) thank you for this great trip!
Sandy & David

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