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South African parks are affordable compared to Botswana and Zimbabwe.
The big five look the same any where in Southern Africa so decide why added expense and four extra days of travel with petrol costs make it worth while.

If you are in Gauteng a visit to the Pilanesberg especially during the week will make you feel as though you own the park. It is really a weekend park with often not more than 30 cars in the park during the week.

The Botswana side of the Kgalakadi probably trumps Chobe and Savute for its remoteness from other people minus the very big game. There with the proximity to the South African side there are always supplies of essentials should you need them as well as vehicle support and repair.

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I still believe there are many excellent places to visit in SA that are looked after and I would rather visit these park than go oversees.

It is one of the best experiences i ever had
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Wow, i had the best of times. The service that these guys gave me was top notch. I enjoyed my holiday and will use and recommend you guys again.

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Our trip to South Africa and Jamila Lodge in the Welgovenden Game Park was a trip of a life time! Sandra Nicol at Traipsing Through Africa made it all happen with the upmost care, excitement and precision. Sandra contacted me and immediately became my guardian angel through the whole journey--from planning, site-seeing, getting to our safari location--to our precarious return home due to the beginning of the world-wide shutdown & CORONA-19 Pandemic.

I contacted Safari Bookings to get recommendations for Safari excursions w/easy access to Johannesburg--I wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't know I would gain a friend in South Africa who knew exactly what we needed! When Sandra called, she listened to all of our needs and hopes. She soon became a wonderful resource for every aspect of our travel to South Africa, including hotels upon arrival, ground transportation, advice on day excursions and local safety. She was in touch on a regular basis to tailor our trip to our needs and time frame. She worked everything around other plans we already had in place in SA and Eswatini.

Sandra recommended a lodge in the mountains of the Waterberg District, of the Limpopo, province--about 3.5 hours from Johannesburg--Jamila. It was absolutely perfect! When the world situation began to change, our plans began to change by the minute as well. Sandra was checking-in and came to our rescue, re-arranging details and accommodations. We were blown away by the personal service of Sandra and the staff at Jamila Lodge. Sandra's concern and care for us went above and beyond. In spite of everything, we had a very private peaceful adventure with wonderful gourmet meals, beautiful luxury rooms, top-notch service, 2 daily-privately guided safari excursions, breath-taking scenery and sun-sets, morning al fresco tea-breaks, fire-side dinners, spotting of The Big 5 and so much more. It was heaven on earth and we could not have done it without Sandra at Traipsing Through Africa! When we do it again, we'll call Sandra!

Absolutely fabulous!
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Our safari to Madikwe Game Reserve was spectacular. We saw more wildlife than we could have hoped for; the accommodations and food were outstanding. Our guide went out of his way to show us all that he could. I hope to come back and spend more time in the future.

Amazing experience!
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We had amazing tour guides and saw the big 5 (and so much more). Would definitely recommend. Unforgettable experience.

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Wildlife was amazing!
Guide should not operate at night with lights! It’s not natural and destroys the ambiance and natural beauty of the park.
The guides should announce how much time to spend at a stop & when we are headed back! No communication on these matters! I didn’t like that

Excellent Safari Experience
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First Class Safari found through Safaribookings. Although initially looking at the numerous safari's and tours on offer via this web site I eventually narrowed the search down to just one recently established safari operator.
I was not dissapointed in any way with the excellent service provided. The wildlife we discovered was way more than we expected, the accommodation was first class, the tours on offer were varied and the guides had first hand knoledge of the wildlife .
Highly recommended, a must do for all wildlife enthusiasts.

Brilliant experience
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Loved every minute of our trip, the food cooked for us was so tasty and different every day. The day drives were my favourite part and then lounging by the pool. We saw plenty of wildlife and learned a lot about life in the bush. It was a truly unique and educational experience

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Let me start by saying that the Kruger 4-day safari with Wild Wings Safaris (WWS) was the BEST EXPERIENCE of my life!!

Before booking with WWS, we reached out to 6 other tour operators for similar safari options. Most of them were more expensive than what WWS was asking for pretty much the same thing (transport from/to Johannesburg, accommodation in the park, food, and guide for 4 days). We decided to book with WWS due to our limited budget. I didn’t know what to really expect to be honest. Here's what we got:

1- Our guide Sam was simply the best (24 years of experience)!! By day 2, we had already seen 4 of the Big 5. We saw animals up close which was UNREAL! Sam knew Kruger by heart! If you ever get Sam as a guide, consider yourself the luckiest person ever!
2- Jacques (our private cook) was wonderful! He cooked us homemade traditional South African meals every day for breakfast and dinner! I totally did not expect that! I knew that breakfasts and dinners were included, but I though it was going to be something really basic like sandwiches (which I would’ve been fine with). However, what we got was FAR from what we expected!
3- Transport from/to Johannesburg was great! Drivers showed up on time and the cars were comfortable and modern!

This safari was worth every penny spent. Please save your money and avoid overpaying by booking with different tour operators. In terms of cost/value, you can't go wrong with WWS!

Highly recommended!

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