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Thomas   –  
Switzerland CH
Visited: November 2022 Reviewed: Nov 14, 2022

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

Our first Safari Experience

This was our first safari experience and it was amazing.
After reading the various great reviews we selected Wild Planet Safari. To be honest, at the beginning we were a bit worried to pay all that money to a foreigner country but we took the risk and it was a good decision. From OR Tambo airport we were booked on a shared transfer service to Kruger park (5 hours drive). As soon as we reached Kruger we met Ryan and his assistent and the tour started. We were really exited as we spotted the first animals just about 1 hour after driving. Accomodation were very good, arrangments, meals and company was super. To be honest everything exided our expectation. Thank you everyone for this great experince.

Benson   –  
United States US
Visited: May 2022 Reviewed: Oct 1, 2022

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

Attentive to all the details, customized and personal experience, and incredibly knowledgeable.

My partner and I absolutely loved our 5-day experience with Wild Planet Safaris. We started with four days on safari in two different camps in Kruger, followed by a day of exploring the Panorama route. Thale (Wild Planet coordinator) advised us on every aspect of the transportation, activities, logistics, and options.

Thale responded very quickly and professionally to our questions and requests while planning the trip. Before and during the trip, she helped incorporate everything we wanted into our itinerary.

Our guides, Chris and Sani, drove us on morning, afternoon, and evening game drives and shared their incredible knowledge of the bush. They tailored the drives to our interests, and took us to the best locations to see rare game. Because of them and their knowledge, we saw a huge number of animals and birds. Highlights included baby cheetahs, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, vultures, lions (male, female, and cubs), and elephants galore! They even took us to the rare sighting of an elephant carcass with predators feeding at dawn. They also set up a night drive and a morning bush walk with the Kruger park rangers at our request. Both were incredible!

The service was excellent. They made sure we were comfortable with prepared meals four-times a day. We chose to camp during the trip, and they set up and packed camp quickly, allowing us to maximize time enjoying animals and exploring. They cooked almost every meal, and we especially loved the freshly barbecued bush brai, shared family-style. Sani's curry was a huge hit after a long day of adventure.

The five day package was great value, and we were lucky to have such an accommodating guide to plan our customized tour. We had a completely private tour experience. We slept in comfortable and warm cots in spacious tents, with electricity provided. I'm 6'5" and could stand up straight in the tent. All of the camp restrooms and showers were clean and well-maintained. Almost all meals were included in our package, and we spent very little money on the occasional lunch during travel days.

Our guides Chris and Sani were incredibly respectful and we enjoyed getting to know them and their backgrounds. They both were extremely gracious to us, helping us have the best experience possible. They were attentive to the smallest details, ensuring we ate with a table cloth and tailored the menu to accommodate our dietary restrictions. We felt very safe during the entire trip, both in terms of security, animals, and Covid 19.

We would absolutely use Wild Planet Safari again in the future and have already recommended them to our friends and family.

Eve   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2022 Reviewed: Aug 24, 2022

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

Exactly what we wanted and needed

We did an 8N/9D safari in June. The original plan was to go in 2021 but because of Covid everything was postponed. Thale was very understanding and was happy to accommodate us this year, 2022, instead. She also organized us a custom made trip where we skipped the beach but did only safari parks: We stayed 1 night in Blyde Canyon, 5 in Kruger and 2 in Hluhluwe.

We had two guides: Chris for Blyde and Kruger and Trompie for Hluhluwe. Two completely different people for the two different parts of our trip. Both were very knowledgeable and gave tons of information, making us feel like we could be safari guides ourselves by the end.
They also provided us with great meals. I loved the braai, the braaibroodje and the Durban Curry. Chris even surprised us with a typical African dish called Pap in South Africa or Sadza in Zimbabwe, when we told we wanted to eat as African as possible.
I knew I was going to love South(ern) Africa but I fell head over heals. Wild Planet was fantastic in helping out reaching this feeling. I wish I could go back tomorrow!
Thank you very much for making this all possible

Nada, Larissa, and Lennart   –  
Netherlands NL
Visited: August 2022 Reviewed: Aug 23, 2022

Email Nada, Larissa, and Lennart  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Super lekker tour!

Are you unsure which safari tour to book (like we were)? Go for Wild Planet Safari! For four days, we travelled with Chris, Kagiso, and Ryan, who are outstanding guides, hosts, and cooks. They are deeply passionate about Kruger, respectful of all the animals (and our vegetarianism), and captivating story-tellers. In short: it was a super lekker experience!

Jutta Hackstock-Sabitzer   –  
Austria AT
Visited: July 2022 Reviewed: Aug 23, 2022

Email Jutta Hackstock-Sabitzer  |  35-50 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Great private camping safari experience

From the consultation to the booking to the execution everything was uncomplicated and familiar. Our guides Chris and Kerry made our family camp safari (2 adults, 1 child, 11 years) through the Kruger a real experience. We saw lots of wildlife and Chris spoiled us with great culinary. The facilities were fit for purpose and we enjoyed the adventure all around. Thanks also to Thale who answered all my questions with great patience.

Roger Groenset   –  
Norway NO
Visited: July 2022 Reviewed: Aug 1, 2022

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

Knowledgeable and going that extra mile to make the experience exceptional!

My two kids (age 18 and 20) and I booked an 11-day Kruger Safari for 2020. Because of Covid, we were not able to complete the travel until July 2022. I would like to open my review by praising the flexibility and forthcoming way we have been treated. The planning and booking job was done and cancelled numerous times because of Covid and restrictions before we finally were able to go in 2022. All we have experienced from Thale, Ryan and the wonderful hosts at Wild Planet Safari, is a willingness and determination to solve everything with exceptional service and a smile. And when we entered the Kruger Park, they were always attentive and asked if there was anything we would like to see or do. If we wanted to see rhinos, they tracked and found rhinos. We actually spotted all Big 5 in one single day, which is exceptional. And the guides are very knowledgeable about the history and current status of the species; mammals, birds, reptiles, you name it. We were comfortably lodged in Park Lodge bungalows the whole trip, from Letaba Rest Camp, Satara, Skukuza and Lower Sabie. They also booked night game drive and bush walk for us with the local Park Rangers. I would highly recommend both. I would like to reflect on the value we got on our trip. It is possible to book a game drive with own car or with a bus, but the knowhow and service from the Wild Planet Safari team left me certain that it was worth every dollar. This should be on everyone's bucket list :-) Than you to Thale, Ryan, Chris, Adriaan and Cary for all the experiences and memories!

Aislinn and Aaron   –  
Ireland IE
Visited: July 2022 Reviewed: Jul 26, 2022

Email Aislinn and Aaron  |  20-35 years of age  |  Experience level: 2-5 safaris

Truly Once in a Lifetime

We travelled, a couple in our early 30's from Ireland to South Africa in July 2022. I booked a 4 Day trip with Wild Planet Safari which included 3 nights in Kruger and 1 night at Blyde Canyon. Thale in the office looked after every aspect of the trip from suggesting itineraries, moving the accommodation to suit our wishes, transfer times, sending packing lists and so on. Nothing was too much hassle and everything was sorted via email without difficulty. From an admin point of view my experience was faultless.
When arriving in Kruger we met our guide Chris who we will always remember for honestly giving us the trip of a lifetime. He was such a friendly, kind and helpful man who felt like an old friend after just a few hours. The game drives were exceptional and Chris really tried his best to show us everything Kruger had to offer. He was a wealth of knowledge on the trees, bushes, birds and of course the animals. Despite never being guaranteed to see the Big 5, it was clear that Chris really wanted us to see as many of the 5 as possible. Luckily we spotted 4/5 on Day one, but spent day two and day three without a glimpse of Rhino. Chris changed our day three itinerary to add more driving time in a final attempt to see a Rhino, and he was relieved when we found not 1 but 5. Each night was spent having a Braii at our camp, cooked by Chris (who should he loose his passion for tour guiding, most certainly has a cheffing career ahead). There really are no words to sum up our Kruger experience, but the memories will stay with us forever and we will be eternally grateful to Wild Planet Safari for making it so special.
For our final day we ventured through the breathtaking Panorama Route towards Blyde Canyon and spent the night there after some spectacular sight seeing. In hindsight, we probably would have preferred the extra day and night in Kruger - but that was my choice!
I cannot recommend WPS enough, every aspect from booking to being dropped back to the airport was exceptional, friendly, and easy! I would love to say I will do it again, who knows!

Justin   –  
United States US
Visited: June 2022 Reviewed: Jul 9, 2022

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

Everything was seamless, so we could really just focus on enjoying ourselves.

My girlfriend and I took a five day safari and absolutely loved it. We considered spending more money for what we thought would be a more "luxurious" experience, but are so glad went with the safari as Wild Planet Safari planned it. They were very patient with us asking a ton of questions during the booking process and once there, everything was perfectly planned. We felt incredibly spoiled as everything transfers, meals, check-ins; everything was handled seamlessly. The safari drives themselves were phenomenal. Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and had a great sense for where we would have the best animal encounters. We've recommended this tour to all our friends and family back home. You won't be disappointed.

Clara   –  
Sweden SE
Visited: April 2022 Reviewed: Jun 13, 2022

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

What an amazing Safari with both personal and very professional guiding!

I highly recommend traveling with Wild Planet Safari!
We travelled as a family with our two sons (7 and 10 years old) to Kruger park and Blyde canyon and it is certainly an adventure we will never forget!
Everything was so well organized, with effort put into many details. Like the coffee and rusks we were served (hot chocolate for the kids) while waiting for the gates to the park to open in the early morning!
We saw lots and lots of animals, and our guide Ryan was very knowledgable. He could answer all kinds of questions and give us insights to the lives and behaviours of the animals!
When some bad weather came in with some fog on our last day, Ryan managed to plan around it so that we could still make the most of the foggy hours and then see the wonderful Blyde Canyon when things cleared up. The view was stunning!
The food was really good too, with new favourites for both kids and adults!
All in all, both kids and adults were very happy with the whole trip!
(We also got some extra guiding from Ryan's son. Our kids were very happy to find a new friend in South Africa!)

Petros and Clive; Thanatos and Gregor   –  
Greece GR
Visited: February 2021 Reviewed: Jun 13, 2022

Email Petros and Clive; Thanatos and Gregor  |  50-65 years of age  |  Experience level: over 5 safaris

Personal, knowledgeable, accommodating and extremely friendly.

We were a group of 4, visiting Kruger (two of us have been many times before).
Ryan from Wild Planet organised our trip perfectly. He was very knowledgeable and professional, as well as being outgoing, friendly and fun to be with. Nothing was too much trouble. The whole experience was not only enjoyable and memorable, but very good value as well.
We would most definitely recommend Wild Planet to others, and will most likely be using him again ourselves.

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