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Stephanie P   –  
Australia AU
Visited: February 2024 Reviewed: Mar 17, 2024

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

Helpful, beuatiful lodgings and incredible safari experience!

Mdluli lodge were so helpful. The emails were prompt and let us know the details of the different options to help us decide. They even accomodated a last minute request to change departure time on the final day when we realised we needed to back in Joberg earlier

Th Lodge itself was beautiful. On both times we relaxed by the pool we so Bull Elephants casually walking past across the river beyond the fence! The tents were spacious, comfortable, and airconditioned.

Our safaris were both incredible. We went on the sunset drive the day we arrived. It was mainly elephants, local deer, and finished with a drink near a lake that was home to three hippopatami
Th next day we went deeper into Kreuger on the 10 hour all day game drive as we wanted to maximise our chances of seeing the big five. We were incredibly lucky and saw all big 5, two times over! 2 lepoards, 9 lions (across two prides), two groups of buffalo and rhino + countless elephants. Our guide was fun, skilled at in looking out for animals and always made sure we had enough food and water. Just a note, you need to let them know if you want to do the game drives a couple hour prior - so if youre arriving just before the 2pm-6pm Kreuger drive I recommend emailing them ahead of time to let them know

Overall I couldn't recommend Mdluli lodge more highly!

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

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

Great experience

We had a wonderful experience on our 3 day safari! The lodge was beautiful with amazing views and the staff was very friendly. The food was great. We had 4 rides (2 mornings and 2 Afternoons) that were 3 hours long! We saw so many magnificent animals up close and it was very exciting. Our guide was so knowledgeable about them and their habitats. Opportunity to learn about conservation efforts.

Rhys   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: February 2024 Reviewed: Mar 3, 2024

Email Rhys  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Fantastic customer service!

Andre, Janine and Lindo ensured that we had a great safari and really went the extra mile. I strongly recommend booking through Gems of Africa when booking your safari!

Margaret   –  
Australia AU
Visited: February 2024 Reviewed: Feb 23, 2024

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

Gems of Africa was extremely thorough

We found all Gems of Africa very prompt with communication and was able to address all concerns. They were value for money and meticulous in their information. A great provider.

Petra   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: January 2024 Reviewed: Feb 22, 2024

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

Perfect experience, start to finish!

So glad we chose Gems of Africa to plan our first ever Safari experience. It went so smoothly and we didn't have to worry about a thing and just enjoy our holidays. The team even gave us a little welcome treats and made us feel truly special!
Thank you!

Marc   –  
Canada CA
Visited: February 2024 Reviewed: Feb 19, 2024

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

Amazing and timely

I want to thank the whole team at Gems of Africa for so much help planning a bucket list trip that met and exceeded all expectations. From start to finish we had plenty of questions and requests and they were always handled promptly with professionalism, including transport to and the safari experience itself. I also want to send a thank you to the resort Shalati Train on Bridge that was absolutely magical – we would not have found this gem with Gems of Africa. Thank you!!!!!!!

Julian   –  
Gibraltar GI
Visited: February 2024 Reviewed: Feb 19, 2024

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

Great experience for our first safari in Inverdoorn

We had a great time on the Safari. Saw loads of animals up close and enjoyed the whole experience.
It is relatively close to Cape Town - around 2.5 - 3 hours drive, but feels like another planet.
The Inverdoorn resort was lovely, great food and service.
The stars experience was amazing, saw many more stars than back home.
The lions are kept in a separate reserve at the moment, so that is not so great, but as a first time safari it was really good. If you have already been on larger safaris maybe this is not the one for you. But, if you are looking for something close to Cape Town, that gives you the safari experience then this is a great choice.

Robert pain   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: February 2024 Reviewed: Feb 12, 2024

Email Robert pain  |  65+ years of age  |  Experience level: first safari


From the moment we contacted gem they were excellent kept you informed the whole time everything was on time Tom our driver was brilliant also thanks for the gin

Barry Power   –  
Australia AU
Visited: January 2024 Reviewed: Feb 1, 2024

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

Kelly your travel advisor made the whole booking process very easy and was a delightful person to wo

We were treated like privileged guest the only negative was a lunch and dinner there was no tea facility unless you paid for it

Keeley   –  
United Kingdom UK
Visited: January 2024 Reviewed: Jan 18, 2024

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

Attentive, responsive and helpful!

I first reached out to Gems of Africa when looking at booking a 2 night safari for our January trip. Within 24 hours, Kelly got back to me saying that the option I had enquired about was not available. Attached to the email was then a document of options that were available for my selected dates - options that I would not have been able to find myself when looking online. Kelly was extremely responsive and answered all of my questions quickly. We had decided to go with the presented option of Inverdoorn, a reserve that we had not heard of before but found out it is the sister reserve of Aquila. The booking process was easy and smooth, and Inverdoorn were in touch the day before our safari to inform us of pick up time from our accommodation to the safari. When we arrived, we were presented with a (huge!) cake as I had told Kelly that we were visiting for my birthday. A really nice touch that definitely was not needed, but was very much appreciated.

The tour itself was amazing, on our first drive when we arrived we saw lions, rhino, giraffes, springbok, buffalo and ostriches. Then the following morning we saw the same again alongside the elephants. We got very close to the animals without it becoming intrusive and our ranger was both extremely passionate and knowledgeable. You could tell he loved the animals and what he does. I would definitely recommend Gems of Africa to anyone who is looking to book a safari. Hassle free, great communication and reliable!

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