User Reviews – South Africa
Email Richard | 65+ years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
We had a wonderful safari in Kruger!
Our visit to Kruger National Park with Wild Planet Safaris was wonderful. We were fortunate to see the "big five" (including a confrontation between lions and buffaloes), many other animals, and many birds as well, a special interest for us. Our guide Darren was very experienced and did an excellent job, and his assistant Lungisani was also very good, including fine cooking. We stayed in tents (with cots), which were comfortable. Our trip included stays at Skukuza camp and Satara camp, and the facilities at both were very good. We chose to use a high, open safari vehicle, which gave us good views. The morning and evening outings could be cool, and we were glad to have an extra layer of clothes, and a blanket was provided as needed. Both the pick up at our hotel in Jo'burg and the shuttle to the airport at the end of our visit went smoothly. Both the safari and the other aspects of our trip to South Africa were a wonderful experience. We found people warm and helpful, the food and facilities were fine, and we had excellent weather.
Email Ramachandra & Assha | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Everything was well organized and taken care of, from the accommodation to the tours with wonderful meals onsite. Our tour guides were exceptional in accommodating various requests. Special mention to Rex and Petunia, who was very friendly and enthusiastic with the people and made our stay a memorable one. We are glad we chose Viva Safari and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who is looking for a stress free and adventurous time in South Africa.
Email Wayne Mott | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Best Experience Ever!
We did the 3-Day Kruger National Park Safari including Breakfast and Dinner Experience. Danielle did an amazing job putting together our safari and accomodation at short notice. Our guide, Jayden was incredible, he made us feel so welcomed and we formed a great mate-ship at the get go. Jayden entertained us throughout the trip and was very knowledgeable about the safari and behaviours of the animals and his passion for his work and the environment is second to none. He is an amazing asset to your company. We caught the big five and many other animals up close. On our last morning safari before departure, we were treated to a big surprise; a pack of African Hunting dogs - approx. 30 with 16 pups. To say this trip has changed us is an understatement. We had an amazing time both physically and spiritually. What you did for us we can never thank you enough. We will treasure these memories for the rest of our lives.
PS remember to take a touch with you - it's amazing what you can see at night around the camp
Email Lynda Deschenes | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Email Nina | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
Deep connection to Nature and its Beauty
We were picked up at 3:30am at our Hotel by Mmilo Tours. Our guide was an incredibly refined and knowledgeable gentleman, which made the drive to Pilanesberg very interesting and pleasant. We learned so much about the country, its history, its people, the wildlife. Extremely knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the wildlife and the birds, our guide helped us spot everything we wished for (Giraffes, Elephants and Zebras) and even more (2 Lepards!). After lunch, he drove us to Ukutula, an experience so beautiful, it is hard to describe. Fantastically organized, with a high level of exclusivity and authenticity, and again passion mixed with knowledge, made the afternoon at Ukutula clearly unforgettable. Our guide kindly took us back to the Hotel in the evening. Even after having driven all day, he was still as friendly, open and gentleman-like. I would definitely recommend Mmilo Tours - I don't think that there is any better service anywhere else out there.
Email Julia | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
From first contact by email to all pick-ups, game drives & lodges- perfectly organised trip by SafariWithUs with professional, friendly staff! We were lucky and have seen the big 5 within the first 24 hours of arrival around Adventure Lodge & Kruger National Park. Personally my highlight was the Kurula lodge - unfenced with maximum 10 guests directly at a waterhole: take a swim in the pool or a bite while watching the wildlife coming to the waterhole! Staff was going above and beyond. Also our game drive guide actually read the traces and was very knowledgeable. Our tour guide / driver for the way back to Johannesburg along the Panoramic Route also was super friendly & we had a great conversation with him. Really recommendable experience!
Email Jane | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Bucket list dreams realised
We had the most amazing visit to Kruger. Our safari with Outlook far exceeded all of our expectations and we will now have special memories to treasure forever. We got to see wildlife immediately on entering the park and got to see the Big 5 and so, so much more. It is an incredible place that you are able to see these animals in the wild. Our safari guide Brian was truly wonderful and we learnt so much from him. And we were totally spoiled by his wife Debbie at the Outlook Sabi River Lodge. Truly beautiful and warm couple who took an already exceptional experience to the next level. Their love for the wildlife and their clients is so apparent and genuine. I can honestly say that choosing to a safari with Outlook and staying at their Sabi River Lodge was one of the best travel decisions I have ever made.
Email Helen Nicholls | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Amazing and well beyond our expectations!
Everything about our trip to South Africa was amazing starting with Indigo Safaris who organised our safaris / accommodation / hire of car / tours etc. They were fantastic to work with and completely destressed me with booking everything all of which was spot on. I actually cannot fault anything from the wildlife we saw on safaris, guides were 10/10, accommodation everywhere fantastic. Would love to return and explore other areas and if I get the opportunity will definitely be using Indigo Safaris (Ines) again who I would highly recommend.
Email Agnes | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: 2-5 safaris
A great tour and an excellant guide
We joined the 4-Day Safari to Kruger National Park via Panorama Route. Our guide, Hoppy, is friendly, courteous and very knowledgeable. We were lucky to see the BIG 5 on this trip. The air-conditioned van was clean and exceptionally comfortable especially in the cold mornings. The whole tour including the drives, accommodations and meals was well-arranged and good. We highly recommend Wildlife Safaris (Pty) Ltd and Hoppy.
Email Virginia Cella | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
great experience at Entabeni
We drove to Entabeni reserve, about three hours from Johannesburg and we slept for two nights at Wildside Camp. The Camp is not that easy to find but the personnel is very kind, so if you contact them, they are available to guide you by phone. The scenario is incredibly nice, with a characteristic landscape dominated by Hanglip Mountain. There is one game drive in the morning and one in the afternoon, lating three hours each. The guides are nice and experienced. We spotted a pack of lions from very close, cheetahs hunting, elephants crossing the road and rhinos from the distance. The reserve is not so much populated (often the guide drove even for one hour without seeing any animal) but there's a good chance to see the animals from a very short distance. The food at Wilside is very good and the rooms are clean and spacious.