User Reviews – South Africa
Email Emily Ward | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Five of the most amazing days of my life!
This trip was incredible! I came into it with low expectations, as I didn't want to be disappointed by being focused on the big five. The wildlife blew me away though, and I was pleasantly surprised with multiple leopard sightings. I'd heard that February isn't a great time to visit because the summer foliage makes it harder to see animals and they aren't concentrated at watering holes, but we saw lots of animals and the bonus of it being summer is that there were so many babies! The weather treated us well too. It was very hot during the day but we didn't get rained on (luckily; it rained like crazy and flooded many rivers in Kruger right after we left). The accommodations Tydon Safari Camp were rustic but fine. At Umkumbe they were phenomenal. I would 100% book this trip again.
Email Ali Khalid | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Me & my wife went on our annual vacations. We booked 3 nights stay with safaribookings.com. It was extremely well planned & managed by Mr.Andre. He took care of each and every minor detail and made sure that we did not face any issue during our stay. From airport pick up to arranging halal food to taking us to Pilanesberg & then bringing us back, everything was perfectly executed.We stayed at Manyane resort to enjoy our safari. Our guide Thabbo also proved to be quite nice & friendly. Transportation, accommodations both at Jo'berg & Pilanesberg were quite amazing. Halal food was arranged easily everywhere. In short, if we have ten options to go book our safari expedition, every time i will book with Mr.Andre:extremely thankful to him.
Email Stefan | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
One big adventure
The main attraction is the game life, hands down! Second price goes to the scenery and only third to food and beverages.
But above all are the warmth and friendliness of the locals.
However beware of sudden changes to your itinerary due to abrupt heavy rain (during rain season that is).
This might not really affect you inside Kruger but can hit you even harder in a private resort.
Apart from that, always wear sun protection and a mosquito repellent.
Email Almir Yeijo Tahira | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Unforgettable, really wonderful!
We were able to enjoy very nice hotels either in CapeTown or Johannesburg. Environment is very well protected around Cape Town, providing a wonderful sightseeing. The Safary was great, Pilannesberg National Park is the best place when you have limited time at Johannesburg area.
Email Zach | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Great first time safari for someone who hasn't done one before
The safari exceeded my expectations and made me want to do another one. This was really reasonably priced, and everything about it was awesome. The chalet I stayed in had a good ac unit, and was modern. The lodge and staff were very friendly, it even had a pool. The food was good. The driving wasn't far to Kruger park, and the guides were very observant and professional trying to show us everything we wanted to see. I managed to see all the big 5, and then some. I would recommend getting the morning drive on the 3rd day, it was worth it. This is a good safari experience, specifically if you are someone on a budget. If you have a bigger budget to do it big, maybe staying in the park would give you more opportunity to see the awesome animals.
Email James Arnold | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Tydon Safaris-Highly Recommended
Went on a 4-day, 3-night safari with Tydon Safaris to Sabi Sands Preserve and Kruger National Park and had a wonderful time. The guides were knowledgable, nice, fun, laid back - just what you needed. The food and tents were fantastic. I have to say, i liked the type of safari done at Sabi Sands better than Kruger. It was truly off-roading and closer to nature. I saw everything i wanted to see and more!
i was picked up from my hotel in the joberg area and was driven solo to the tenting camp - glamping is more like it. it was a long drive, but not bad.
the drive back to Joberg airport was very scenic. we took the panoramic route.
Email Jordana | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Great for budget and convenience, but more downtime than expected
Safari With Us booking at Kruger adventure lodge was overall a good experience for the price we paid, which while not cheap was definitely the cheapest we found compared to others for the value it offered. This package definitely maximizes budget and convenience (transportation to/from airports and safaris each day, breakfast and dinners included), however the package included more downtime than was expected with little to do on site.
The package advertised activities at night, full day safari and optional game rides on the third day. All optional rides were ~$100 extra each, there were no activities at night, unreliable WiFi only in the reception area, and the full day (which does start at 5am) ended before 3pm with nothing to do in the evening. So, what we thought was a 3 day safari was actually 1.5 (evening ride day 1 and 5am-3pm day 2). The game rides were incredible and made the experience absolutely worth it, but more transparency about what we were actually getting up front would have been nice.
The staff were mostly friendly (especially those who drove us and receptionists up front), with exception of 1-2 wait staff who seemed caught off guard when we sat down to eat and were not friendly at all.
The rooms were clean and spacious, though the AC does go out, the fridge did not work, and we found a frog in our bathroom on the last day.
Overall, I would still recommend this tour package if you are looking to maximize on budget and convenience while still getting to see some incredible things, but not if you are looking to maximize your time on Safari or a luxury lodging experience.
Email Rowan Cole | 65+ years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Excellent lodge efficient friendly service amazing wildlife could not fault the experience
I enjoy South Africa the safari was the topping of the cake on our three week trip there
Email Catherine | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Such a special experience
I’ve travelled a lot and I’ve never been to a country like South Africa before. It’s so beautiful and diverse
Email Ruth | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
An adventure of a lifetime
We traveled to South Africa for the first time this year ... and we're already trying to figure out when we can go back. We requested several quotes through Safari Bookings, and decided to used Justin Perumal of Paperjet travel. It was absolutely the best decision. Justin was AMAZING. He arranged for us to enjoy our safari at Phinda Vlei lodge for 3 nights. He was so helpful throughout the planning process. Not only did he answer questions from us almost every day, he also personally picked us up from the Durban airport and drove us to the lodge. He was very friendly and accommodating, and I would not hesitate to recommend his services and use him in the future for our next safari. During our trip, we visited several cities, including Cape Town and Durban. It is a magical country and can't wait to get back!!