User Reviews – South Africa
Email Carina | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Amazing country wich has it all! Beautiful scenery, fantastic wildlife and interesting cities. Very seviceminded and friendly people. Great restaurants, easy to get transportation and high standard hotels. Felt safe in the Tourist areas.
Email KT | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
Beautiful with a breadth of animals.
The transportation was top notch. For a game reserve outside of the Kruger it was decent but you noticed a distinct lack of communication between the rangers in order to find the animals.
Syaint that, we did see elephants bathing, rhinos, giraffes, zebras and a variety of buck.
Would recommend for a 1 day safari close to Johannesburg, if you don't have time to visit Kruger National Park.
Email Eszter Katalin Matrai | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
A real dream come true
We spent 6 days with safaris in the southern and the middle part of the park. The wildlife and the scenery was breathtaking. Everyday we saw something different. We were very lucky, we saw everything we wanted from dung beetles to leopard. We had our own guide and safari vehicle, which was a great decision so he would organise our days specifically to what we wanted.
Email Tiffany | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Email Jan S | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Fantastic Safari at Pilanesberg
Thanks to Mmilo an Patrick for organising that astonishing experience.
Patrick is very professional and is caring a lot about the customers. He finds the perfect Lodge to stay at according to ones budget and wishes. For us the 3 Day Safari with staying at Tshukudu Bush Lodge was just perfect. The Lodge was a real gem inside Pilanesberg National Park. The suite was as wonderful as promised and the team, view, food and drinks where very nice too. One cannot wish for more.
The driver Anton that brought us to the park was very friendly and chose a very beautiful route to show us some of the Jo'Burg area.
If I'd go to SA again any time soon I'd definitely make a booking with Patrick and Mmilo.
Thanks for everything and best regards from Germany!
Email Isha | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Relaxing and Awe Inspiring Safari
We were picked up early in the morning (be sure to leave as early as possible! Some of the animals sleep when the sun is overhead) and drove from Johannesburg to Pilanesberg. We did a one day safari with a ranger and it was amazing! It was so relaxing to drive around the park, and so so cool to see all the animals casually grazing with each other. The park is beautiful and majestic, and you can actually get fairly close to the animals. Will definitely be back - what a life changing experience!
Email Chris Fletcher | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
What an amazing 5 star 'bucket list' experience.
Firstly can we thanks Vanessa for organizing such an amazing trip and for making sure the hotels and game parks were able to cater for my unusual way of eating (as i require all my food to be puree as i'm on a PEG). Firstly the hotel in Cape Town at the base of Table Mountain was first rate as was the room upgrade! Great location, friendly staff and wonderful food, big bonus was the free shuttle bus with-in 8kls to ferry us around and even pick us up. Next was the internal flights up to Joburg and the private transfers to and from the Waterburg Biosphere where our 2 lodges were located. First was the 'Clifftop exclusive safari hideaway' and though one of the older lodges was so warm and welcoming, the 5 large private suites spread along the cliff with large terraces, private plunge pool and furnished bale for shade. The food was just mouthwatering (so my wife told me) and excellent selection. This lodge was all inclusive and free flow of wine, beer and selected spirits which made a lot of difference at the end of the day. Our game park guide was incredible and we spend 3-4 hours starting at 5.30am and again at 4pm let us cover large areas of the park and see the BIG 5. We then moved to Makweti safari lodge, this was also a 5 star lodge with good food though drinks were not included. The 5 lodges were smaller but the main building was filled with amazing Africa antiques and a HUGE wine cellar! We were so impress with how close the animals came up to the lodge and again the amazing staff. A big thankyou to all.
Email Jennifer | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Vacation experinece of a lifetime
The wildlife, scenery, weather and all guides were amazing. The accommodations were good, not excellent but it depends on what your looking for. The Lodge in Johannesburg was very basic. The people were wonderful but do not expect much from your room. If we were not arriving after dark and maybe someone else would have been staying on property we may have felt better about the place. We met the owner or Manager and her daughter the next morning and they were wonderful. The pool area and courtyard were pretty. I feel like if we had met them before heading to bed or like I said been there during daylight I would have felt better about the whole set up. The Adventure lodge outside Kruger was exactly as expected and what we were trying to do. We had a private chalet and did not do the tent camping but it still felt like we were camping which is what we wanted. The meals were good but not much variety. The guides and safari's that we took were amazing - We did 3 Safari's while in Kruger and then 4 more in other areas - Botswana and the Chobe River. They were all amazing. While we did stay in luxury accommodations for the remainder of our time in South Africa (6 additional nights) we were glad that we experienced the Adventure lodge as well. We do plan to return to Africa if we can in the next few years and will come to Kruger again and will stay with you again - I understood you are also going to be offering Botswana now.
Email Lydia Stadlbauer | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Going on Safari was one of the best and most amazing experience I have ever had!
Doing Safari in the Kruger Nationalpark was amazing. We have been so lucky with the weather and the wildlife. In only 4 hours we saw all of the BIG 5. So close to us, that you thought you are still dreaming. It was an indescribably feeling to watch the animals in their natural surrounding. Our guide was very good in spotting animals. He saw everything, even a little camelion next to the street or a lot of rhinos in the distance. He was very smart and had a huge knowledge about every animal we saw. We felt so lucky to doing safari with safaribookings. Everything was just perfect!
Email Peter | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
a pleasant trip along the garden route
Cape Town was great as always, but for the weather, cold grey and foggy. Winchester Mansions hotel was very comfortable. unable to see anything at Cape Point and table mountain cable car was shut. V&A shopping improves with each visit.
Drove the garden route and stayed at Franschoek, The Avondrood Guest House, lovely, wine tram was great. Stayed at The Belvidere Manor Kynsa, nice complex of chalets outside Knysa, very pretty views and visited the Craggs sanctuaries , all of which were very good. Bird World is a very special place!
Drove to Port Elizabeth. Only stayed at one private game park on this safari, Lalibela which,we found out when we arrived, was under reconstruction( not the lodge, the reserve !!! ) . We were shown a video explaining their long term plans and why we would go on to see huge areas of devastation so the vibe was very muted at Lentaba lodge. Had we known they were taking hundreds of mature non indigenous trees out with heavy equipment we would not have stayed there. The bush has yet to grow back. The effect on the wildlife must be substantial. We paid for a chalet upgrade ( it was our wedding anniversary and my wife's special birthday ) only to find it was nearest to the very noisy generator which switched on every 4 hours when they experienced the Government induced power cuts. Very obtrusive in the room. It was so noisy it drowned out conversation at the pool! Sounded like a jet engine! . Weather was not good, with rain and mist and little sun, not a good time of year to safari. In all a holiday with some highlights but could have been so much better. Not good value for money to us.