User Reviews – South Africa
Email Kim Walder | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Affordable experience with a lot to offer
From the very first sighting of an elephant as we drove to our accommodation, this trip was full of unexpected adventures and memorable experiences. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and went out of their way to ensure we had the best experience possible. Accommodation in the lodge was comfortable, meals were excellent and the staff great. It would have been nice to have a bar open for drinks and socialising with other guests. The vehicles for the safari were comfortable and allowed fantastic viewing. I believe a four-day safari offered a great range of experiences, as the trip to the rehabilitation centre and the other park were great. The day trip to Kruger was fun, together with the evening and early morning safaris. The walking safari was also a great experience, even if we almost came face to face with a rhino!
Email Sue Stephan | 65+ years of age | Experience level: first safari
Our time in south Africa was spent in Kruger NP which was terrific with many wild animals and birds to view. 4-5 days in Kruger is a perfect amount of time.
Email Kok Kim | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Diverse unpredictable wildlife sightings and action in 10 game drives at 3 different lodges
We were blessed with sightings of the major big cats: male and female lions and cubs (in various activities: a mating couple, young cubs suckling mommy lioness, 3 young male lions feeding on carcass, 2 lionesses face off a rhino family; a male and female lioness staking and chasing a warthog); cheetahs (brothers and within family) in Phinda park reserve; leopards (and even 1 one that prowled at Kirkman Kamp where we stayed).
Also saw several white rhinos, hyenas, genet, dwarf mangoose, besides lots of zebras, giraffes, elephants, wildebeest.
Weather was pleasant: dry and cold in mornings.
Food and accommodation was excellent, with good variety and quantity of food and very comfortable bedding and bathrooms.
Rangers and drivers knew their stuff and got us key cat activities and also close to the action.
Email Irma Chen | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Email Nuria Lagunas | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Absolutely worth it! Wonderful wild life
I loved johan’s caring and prof attitude. He helped us organizing ever detail. We were very happy with the overall experience. The food was absolutely incredible! We personally liked more Sabi Sands. We did not like the guide we had the first day of the safari, JC i think. We really liked the blonde girl the second Day, apologies I forgot her name. Overall very happy and the safari is really worth it!
Email Chris Conti | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
A good guide makes the difference. Some days were absolutely great!
We had two great guides, who were knowledgable, took the time to explain things, stopped when we wanted to, etc. And we had two guides that were quite terrible, pretty much making what could have been an excellent day, quite a frustrated one.
Please take the time to evaluate guides, train them, etc.
Overall our experience was quite good, with all the other apects of the trip.
Email Juh Nam Ho | 65+ years of age
Our 4 days Viva Safaris is quite a good experience to see the wildlife.Viv
Viva Safari provide excellent service to their guests in every aspect. Patti provides quick response and advice to us to join the Safari tour.
They provide the excellent service and tours as to the printed itinenary, nothing skipped. My daughter and I really enjoy our trip there.
Email Michael | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
great time with beautiful scenery and sunset
it still is a beautiful country however immigration is very unfriendly!
Email Debora de Almeida Nogueira | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Good people, good food, good safari. It was great days.
Email Marc Verbruggen | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Great experience - was impressed with the quality of the lodges, the friendliness of staff and the overall service level of all folks involved. At the moment, South Africa is also quite affordable compared to other safari locations. Overall great value for money.