User Reviews – South Africa
Email Yvonne Clarke | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Fantastic and exhilarating safari
The safari we booked at Pilanesberg Nature Reserve was amazing. From start to finish the trip was well organised and the staff were very helpful and informative. We were picked up from our Airbnb and taken back there after. We saw all the Big Five animals apart from the Cheetah which proved very elusive. The whole trip was fantastic and I would recommend Safaribookings.com to everyone.
Pleasant and relaxing
The accomodation was excellent. We saw a lot of wild animals. However, you won't find too many outside reserves and national parks.
Email Kevin B Agar | 65+ years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
An experience that should be on everybody's bucket list
We spent 4 weeks driving around South Africa taking in the Drakensbergs, Kruger, St. Lucia Wetlands, Dolphin Coast and Didima and every single place exceeded expectations. My main interest is birding and it certainly delivered but with added wildlife, incredible scenery and friendly people. We self drove a Ford Focus and didn't have any problems with the roads. The weather was very good and we only had a couple of days of rain, and even that wasn't bad. On hind sight, it would probably be better getting a 4x4 in case the weather is bad. Would I go back, definitely without any hesitation. A full report with photographs can be found on a personal blog at www.kevinagar.uk
Email Laura Martinez | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Great tour guides that made this an unforgettable experience!
We had a great experience with the guides and were very lucky during our visit. We saw all of the Big 5 and everything on our list. The scenery was beautiful and the evening drives were always our favorites with the gorgeous sunset. Overall would recommend Viva Safaris but recommend looking at Trip Advisor for details on the lodging.
Email Kimo | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Short but fantastic trip to Kruger
Sonja and Isabel from Kruger Park Tours set up a wonder three day, two night trip to Kruger.
Transport to and from the park: The transportation from Johannesburg to Kruger and back was in a van. The driver was professional and friendly. We took two rest stops on each trip. The stop at Alzu was the better of the two - it's a large rest stop with food, coffee, and a private park in the back with game animals.
Upon arriving at Kruger I was greeted by my guide, Abrie. He was a phenomenal guide with a real passion for the park and the wildlife within it. On the first night, I took a sunset drive with the park rangers. It was a great opportunity to be on the road after dark and to see the animals. The sunset drive was not too crowded.
The accommodations were "glamping" tents, which means they are larger tents with a bed and air conditioning. It was a very nice setup.
Each morning, Abrie met me at my tent with coffee and rusks. As I was the only guest at this time, I had his undivided attention, and this allowed me to learn quite a bit about the park. We went on two morning and one afternoon game drive. I was able to see quite a few elephant, rhino, and hippo, along with the ever-present impala and baboons. Unfortunately, due to the weather, not many lion or leopard were in the open, but that is no fault of Abrie or Kruger Park Tours. That is, I think, part of the allure of a true safari - there are no guarantees.
Overall I would highly recommend the experience.
Email Justin Gillett | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
A sight to never forget
The trip was full of excitement at every turn. We wanted to see something different than our usual "city or beach" vacation and South Africa delivered on everything we were hoping for. We took the three day Kruger tour and was able to see most all the animals we were hoping to see. Even got the surprise of seeing a very rare dog pack just chilling in the street. Anyways, if you're looking to see nature in its most natural setting and explore a very beautiful country, I highly recommend South Africa.
Email Jennifer Delacruz | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
We booked the first part of our S. Africa trip through Safari Occasions and had an amazing time!! I worked closely with Leon prior to the trip, and was nervous to use a newer company without many reviews. However, Leon was extremely professional the entire time, and I'm very glad I was not scared off. He made our trip a wonderful experience. During the booking process, he really catered our trip to our family. We were travelling with our little one (4 yrs) and he helped us select a very family-friendly lodge that allowed my son to go on all of the game drives. He noticed during the booking that it was going to be my husband's birthday (without me saying anything) and recommended a special activity that day to celebrate. And he worked with me to find a local tour and then worked with the vendor to make modifications after I told him what I was looking for. Once we arrived, Leon's entire family drove quite a ways to meet and greet us at the airport, making the arrival process very easy and special. The lodge he recommended (Kololo) was fantastic. We all enjoyed the game drives and only wish we could have stayed longer. We frequently saw wildebeests and warthogs from our lodge steps, and Kololo backs right up to Welgevodgen Park and is separated by a see-through fence, so you have a clear view of the wildlife. The restaurant was great (I recommend trying the wildebeest!) and we especially enjoyed the breakfast each morning. The lodge was spacious and just what I had hoped for. There was a small change in our plans (the hotel did not show one of the activities that we were supposed to be scheduled for), and although we were disappointed at the time, Leon worked with the hotel to find a suitable alternate. Overall, a very nice experience and I would recommend Safari Occasions and Leon to anyone looking to have a low-stress, worry-free vacation.
Email Artaa | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Beautiful and special experience that everyone has to try once.
The wildlife at Kruger Nationalpark was breathtaking. For one like me who had never done safari before and never been to the african continent before everything was exceeding my expectations. Very green land and a lot of wildlife. Beautiful birds, great vibe and the rangers were well educated, teaching you about animals you saw and their habits. Accomodation was an experience itself, sleeping in a treehouse in the middle of a privately oned piece of the nationalpark and going to sleep with the sound of hyenas somewhere far...
Definitely would recommend doing a safari tour.
Email Joseph Minnow | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Life changing experience
Saw the big five, accommodations were great. Would highly recommend
Amazing experience. Highly recommended
Kruger national park was the absolute best. We booked a 4 day safari with SAFARI WITH US. It was a wonderful experience, accommodation were very comfortable(tent) and our guide ETIENNE was the best. He cooks amazing, is a very fun guy and he know A LOT about animals.and wild life. We sow more animals with him than with the park guides. If you hire Safari With Us, ask for ETIENNE!!!