User Reviews – South Africa
Email George | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
One of the best tours we have ever taken. A great adventure led by wonderful guides.
My family and I had a brilliant tour professionally organised by Christine and led by two fantastic guides Nik and Nick. Both guides were qualified, very experienced, knowledgeable and so much fun to be with. We managed to tick off the Big Five along with many many other wonderful sightings. The food was excellent and large portions. We opted to stay inside the Kruger Park for the Safari portion of the tour in the African huts which although dated were very clean and comfortable. When selecting accommodation please consider that you spend very little time in the accommodation. Once outside the park for the Panorama Route, we stayed at first class accommodation. If you are a first time traveller to South Africa and Kruger National Park, Christine will provide you with all the information you need for a great trip including what type of clothes to bring. I want to thank Nik and Nick for a memorable and fun 5 days. Finally a big thank you to Christine for organising our tour and sharing contacts for the rest of our South African itinerary. I can keep writing about how much fun we had on this 5 Day tour. My message to anyone considering a Safari in Kruger is contact Christine at Wildlife Safaris. I place this tour and experience as one of the best my family have ever taken.
Email Nancy | 65+ years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
So glad I did it!
I spent 4 days in Kruger which included a one-day private drive and a visit to the Elephant Sanctuary (which I highly recommend). Andrei was very helpful in arranging everything with multiple emails which he answered promptly and patiently. All the arrangements went like clockwork. The drives themselves ranged from okay to very good which is, of course, dependent on the game.
Email Patrick Hill | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
The best holiday
We have travelled most of the world now but this was the best holiday. We flew to Johannesburg and stayed a night then transferred to Tambuti Lodge. It could not have been better. The staff were awesome, the food, the lodge I cannot fault any of it.
The lady who helped me book it from Safari bookings then helped me free of charge to book Victoria falls for two nights which is a must do and then 2 weeks in cape town where we hired a car and travelled the garden route.
I recommend the whole experience. We based at the V & A hotel on v and a waterfront which was superb with great service. On the garden route we used high end guest houses where the service was impeccable.
Back to Tambuti lodge, we were there 3 nights and the game drives on this private reserve were just fabulous. Our guide Martin was very knowledgeable and just a great bloke.
The chef will greet you at dinner and introduce the food personally.
There is a free bar with free South African wines and champagnes.
Email Alexa Gil | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Food, transportation, guide were great... but the wildlife and safari experience was regular
Email Barbara Allatt | 65+ years of age | Experience level: first safari
Exceeded our Expectations
Where to begin. The People are wonderful, so welcoming, kind and polite. All of the accommodation was great. We did budget on actual safari, but all was clean and comfortable. Always great showers. Our airport hotel at J.berg was exceptional. More than I anticipated. All of our meals at the lodges were amazing. Our meals in various restaurants in Capetown were all of high quality. Nothing is overly expensive either. Transport was excellent, always felt in safe hands with experienced drivers. Our Game drivers were very good and great fun. As were our guides on our bush walks. Weather was good every day, though a few very hot days. To landscape is amazing, also being very much like Australia. In some spots breath taking. Obviously the highlight was to see so many of the wildlife up close. All in all I regret not going before hand. I really felt at home, whether it was on Safari in Kruger or relaxing in Capetown. Next trip ASAP.
Email Christine | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Reliable Company, Excellent Safari
Mmilo Tours ensured that everything was in order, and we felt like we were in good hands. It was easy to contact both our driver and the tour company while we were on our trip.
We went on two sunrise and two sunset safaris and got to see four out of the Big Five. I am still not not sure getting up at 3am two days in a row is something I would recommend or not, so that is something other travellers might want to consider when booking. Hamilton's Lodge was a great place to stay in terms of location and had a great receptionist, but the restaurant staff was a confusing mixture of unhelpful, slow, and decent. The Graskop Hotel eventually proved far more service-oriented, and the majority of the staff were kind and helpful, and I would not hesitate to strongly recommend this hotel.
The Panorama Tour bit was unfortunately cut short for us due to an accident. But even apart from this, the Panorama Route was the part of our trip we were least happy with. Our tour guide/driver was very helpful in many ways, even taking us to the airport when we had to cut our trip short. However, in spite of asking more than once, he did not reveal the full itinerary of what we were going to see, which resulted in us spending a lot of time in one (to us, less interesting) place rather than other places that we would rather have prioritized had we known where we were going and that we did not have much time.
In short, we are very pleased with the company, which ensured everything was in order and that we got what we needed. The safari was truly amazing, and the SanParks rangers were both very impressive and knowledgable. We would not hestiate to recommend Mmilo Tours!
Email Annie | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Unforgettable Wildlife Experience
Overall the safaris were great! We saw and learned about many animals, and the sceneries were beautiful. We went in summer, but the weather was relatively cold, as it was our first time to safari, I wish someone could've told us that the Kruger safari would take the whole day, jacket, sunglasses and sunscreen are a must for a more enjoyable ride. The accommodations were very African style and the food was tasty, we really enjoyed them. It's a pitty that we didn't get to see all the big five, however, we heard there was a bigger chance of seeing rhinos, leopards and buffalos at the camp site we were staying, which we weren't arranged to see during the three days we were there, maybe the tour package we bought were too short. Nevertheless, we still had an amazing wildlife experience and we would do it again in the future!
Email Maja Balenovic | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Beautiful scenery, diverse
We were family of 3 (10 yrs old kid) and traveled through Garden route via motorhome (camper).
We started planing the trip a bit late since we were traveling from 30/12-10/1/2020--high season. For that reason sometimes the accommodation (camp grounds) were either full or did not have much of a choice. Few times we had to go to a chalet or bungalow, which was in our case not necessary since we had a motorhome...Also I believe the company does not have much experience in organising a trip for motorhome, so at the end of the trip , we would do few things different as far as accommodation.
Everything else was really nice from Karoo area , Schotia Safari, Tsitskiama national park, etc.
Correspodence with Elmor and his collegues was good and they would answer email fast .
I would definately recommend this company for organising your trip, just make sure you start organising it far in advance for the high season!
Email Mel | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
The scenery and wildlife was truly astonishing. South Africa has such a varied, lush, dramatic landscape that even just driving around is a pleasure. The animals were so beautiful and surreal to see in their natural habitat. The weather was good overall. Some rain but mostly sunshine and warmth and we didnt even get a single bug bite! In addition to the things intrinsic to South Africa, the people were so friendly and helpful everywhere we went. It was truly a trip of a lifetime.
Email Martin James Ledger | 65+ years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
My fourth in 20 years and just as good
Wildlife - good, scenery - fantastic, weather - mixed, but mostly good, accommodation - good to excellent (mostly the latter), food - fantastic (even if portions were a bit on the large size!), transportation - always good, guides - all excellent and informative. We had 3 holidays in one, first safari in the Kruger, then to Port Elizabeth, hire car and drive down the Garden Route and finally 6 days in Cape Town. All those running the guest houses etc we stayed at were very friendly and helpful. All accommodation was clean and generally well maintained. Most importantly we never felt anything but safe and felt comfortable wherever we went. No doubt there is crime (as anywhere) but it never raised its ugly head. In fact we were impressed by the honesty of all we met.