User Reviews – South Africa
Beautiful scenery, excellent weather, friendly people, great food and wine - who could ask for more?
An incredible first African Safari
South Africa has many things to offer and the variety is just exceptional. In Cape Town the amazing view of the Table Mountain as a backdrop to the Victoria Waterfront during sunset is seen to be believed. The scenery on the Garden Route and the food topped with a winetasting day makes for a memorable holiday. The crowning glory of a South African tour is the private safaris....... and ours was at the Thornybush Game Reserve.
The lodge is simply outstanding with the room overlooking a water hole. The sightings of smaller game coming to the waterhole while having a shower is, I suppose "exclusive"....
Got the big five, including the sight of a leopard jumping from one tree to another as well as a baby elephant rubbing its forehead on the side of the open land rover, right where I was sitting!!!!
The meals were great and the price was extremely reasonable. The tracker was exceptional....
The lodge also organizes walks and that is where the tracker explains the differences between the pug marks of a lion and a leopard.
Email Rebecca Wyatt | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
We saw a tremendous variety of wildlife and birds in Kruger National Park, but also when touring the areas outside of Cape Town. We absolutely loved the two weeks we spent in South Africa and would recommend it to anyone who loves wildlife and beautiful scenery.
Email Kitty & Tony Jackson | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
So much to see and do in the close proximity to big cities near-by.
The reason I ranked South Africa so high is because not only is Kruger a fantastic place to view wildlife in wide open, endless plains, but heading south to Capetown and the coast was some of the most breathtaking country I've ever seen. The natural and cultural combination was so very interesting. Because English is widely spoken, and there are profound European influences mixed with traditional African villages, it was a very rich experience. The opportunities for adventure are endless.
Did not visit the Kruger itself but am to understand that it does get very touristy. If you can afford it, definitely try to go for one of the private game reserves with unfenced borders (joining the Kruger) and intimate safari lodges.
Email kimmy | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Amazing close up encounters with animals.
50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Bush vibe is possible on in selected as exlusive destinations; the most popular parks are so easily accessible and well maintained that mass tourism and self drive are quite common. To live the bush experience you have to pay
Email Jordanar | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
We went also to Bostwana, but at South Africa the Bush experience was better and all the animals were easy to see.
We saw the big 5 in one day and a rhino was right on our side so much so that we could touch him if we wanted to but obviously did not!