User Reviews – South Africa
Email William Hui | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Beautiful, serene, and a wonderful country
South Africa Safari was amazing. Kruger National Park was everything I had expected and so much more. The wildlife was, by far, the most surreal ting I have ever seen and witnessed in my life. It was such a privilege to be next to elephants and rhinos. The scenery was something out of a fairy tale. Lush fields with impala galloping across, watering holes with wild birds and hippos -words cannot describe it.
The accommodations were also very nice. We stayed at the Satara camp and it had all the amenities you would need - fresh towels, rooms cleaned daily, pool, restaurant, and store. The food was delicious, our guide, Ryan, was a great cook and very knowledgeable of the area and history of Kruger. Transportation was also very good and on time.
As mentioned above, our guide, Ryan from Wildlife Safari was amazing. He was courteous, kind, and patient. He brought us around Kruger for two full days and showed us all the hotspots in the area. We were able to see four out of the five Big Five. I would highly recommend Ryan and his tours!! Ryan and family - thank you very much for such an amazing and life changing experience!!!
Email John Conway | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Great Trip - would do it again!
Visited in early May for 4-5 days on Safari. Tresmania Lodge was fine, a bit rustic but enjoyable overall. Food was very good. Enjoyed the Monkeys and all the wildlife in the area. Guides were very good. Very little down time as we were kept busy. Would do it again if I could find the time!
Email Michele | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Incredible Safari in South Africa
As a family we took a 2 week trip to SA including 7 days of Safari. The entire trip was organized by Kerry of Pembury Tours. I cannot recommend her highly enough! Kerry created a memorable and magical trip for us. Her attention to detail and knowledge of the area made her the perfect person to plan our trip. Every driver, tour operator, guide and hotel/accomodation were first class. We went to two private areas of Kruger (Timbavalti and Sabi Sands), then Hazyview for adrenaline activites including zip line, fishing and riding elephants, and finally to Cape Town and wine country. Even though it is so far away we plan on going again next year as nothing compares to the beauty of going on safari.
Email Linda | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
We are just back from three weeks in South Africa (and a 3 day side trip to Zimbabwe). It was an absolutely amazing trip! We loved South Africa - it is absolutely gorgeous and the people couldn't have been nicer. They have the best customer service we've experienced. Everyone was so helpful and friendly. We had great weather - warm days and cool nights. We did four nights of safari in Krueger and were blown away by everything we saw - herds of elephants, a pride of lions, a pond full of hippos, a mama leopard and her cub....not to mention the zebras, rhinos, alpaca, waterbucks, kudu....and on and on! We also drove the Garden Route and spent time in the winelands. It couldn't have been better - we loved it so much we're planning on bringing our adult children back with us in a couple of years!
Email Cynthia | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
Wouldn't change a thing about my experience - wonderful!
I am very much into animals so the wildlife experience in Madikwe was beyond amazing. My transport driver was such a great tour guide on just the ride there and back - he was soooo knowledgeable about all the various local people. Such an educational and interesting man. I stayed at Bush House in Madikwe which was amazing. The people are so nice and helpful and the food!!! I am vegan and they totally accomodated my diet with the most delicious food! (This after I had spent 8 days at a rhino rescue then another 3 in Kruger where it was total miss with the volunteer portion and hit / miss in Kruger.) The bed was so comfortable and the grounds just beautiful. Truly one of the most wonderful experiences (and I've had many) of my life.
Email Amanda Detmer | 20-35 years of age | Experience level: first safari
We had an incredible time! Madikwe is the perfect place to go to see a lot of animals in a peaceful manner. It’s not overcrowded; you only see a few other game cars while on the drives which is nice because it may only be you and the animals at times. We saw at least 10 different animals and even group of female lions eating on a zebra! Everyone at Madikwe is incredibly friendly with lots of knowledge on the reserve, it’s history, and the animals. We stayed at the Bush Lodge, and it was an incredible experience. I strongly recommend staying with the Bush family. They are very warm welcoming and professional. The weather in the month of May was great; chilly in the mornings and evenings, but it was bearable with a jacket and pants. Middays were perfect! We had a great time at Madikwe through SafariWithUs bookings.
Email Brian Guest | 65+ years of age | Experience level: first safari
Everything excellent other than transport from Johannesburg to Kruger. Vehicle needed new shock absorbers
Email Lola Hierro | 35-50 years of age | Experience level: over 5 safaris
There were less wildlife than expected, specially the first day, we didn't see almost anything, but the day after we went the whole day on safari and we found many animals. Etiene, our guide, was awesome, He made a lot of efforts to find the animals and he was very talkative and nice, a very funny and great man. The weather was very good, only a bit cold in the morning but the hotel provided blankets. The accomodation was perfect: clean, confortable, nice... The food at the hotel was pretty good, the picnic was not so good because the food is ultra proccessed, I would like more real food. The best thing is that the hotel or the company, I don't know, had a good detail with us because they offered us another morning safari for our last day with a little discount, so we could take it and that morning we finally found the lion!
Email Charlotte Wilshire | 50-65 years of age | Experience level: first safari
A once in a lifetime experience
The whole trip was booked by Patrick who was so incredibly helpful. I am a travel agent and won tickets to South Africa. I had no idea about S Africa at all. I did my due diligence to find a good tour operator. After reading reviews of Milotours I decided to book with them. Patrick was fast getting me a price and literally walked me through everything I ever need to know for my trip. I feel like I sent him an endless barrage of emails with a ton of questions and Patrick was patient and answered them all. even my questions about tipping the Safari leaders. Our guides were amazing and really knowledgeable. They were actually rangers from Kruger park so they know the park like the back of their hands. they were able to spot wildlife that we would have never seen on our own. when Rasta our favorite guide stopped at night and pointed out a chameleon that was maybe 6 inches in a tree, I was convinced he must have had a bionic eye.
The scenery was amazing. the weather was great, although very cold before and after the sun went down, but we were prepared as Patrick had told me to layer while we were on Safari. Patrick even gave me pointers about cape town and Johanasburg, which we actually booked on our own. The accommodations were fine, we stayed just outside the park to keep the cost down. When Patrick said we were 500 meters from the Kruger gate, he was spot on. I told him I was worried about the down time between the Safari's while at the resort, e sent me various day trips etc....we ended up finding the onsite spa and spent the days there, which was lovely. All and all Patrick really made the trip special which was amazing, as I really had no idea where to start. Being a travel agent made it really nice for someone else to actually handle all the details.
Patrick is a star and a first rate tour operator, and I really appreciate all he did for us.
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.