3 independent reviews for South Africa and Swaziland safari

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review 19 Feb 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Seeing the animals in Kruger National Park, so close and so relaxed. Walking in the Tsitiskama National Park along a beach and through woods to reach a lovely waterfall that filled a large pool at the back of the beach and swimming there with no-one else around. The lovely group we travelled with and our fantastic guides.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared to make some really early starts to see the animals in the Game Parks as the sun rises and also in some cases for a long journey as the next leg of the tour unfolds. Also to assist with the preparation and clearing up of meals.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Certainly in a small way it benefitted local people as we bought souvenirs along the way and tipped where ever possible, and bought local firewood for the camp fire. Also in a larger way by bringing money indirectly into the country by booking with a local company. By being a Tourist in the Game Parks, and the Aquarium we should like to think that perhaps indirectly our fees and interest supported Conservation efforts.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A totally amazing and uplifting experience. A lot of fun, a lot of new things learnt, a new appreciation of another country and it's culture, and new friends made.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Cathy Thank you for your wonderful review. We agree Tsitiskama National Park is a real treat and simply beautiful and we are so pleased you had such a great tour and that you are "reborn" :). We will pass your comments on our "fantastic guides" to CJ and Yvonne, they will be very happy to hear your comments. You certainly did contribute to local people as you have stayed in National Parks and community projects for the majority of the tour. This ensures the funds go directly to the national parks/community project and you are very much supporting conservation. We used local guides (apart from Yvonne and CJ) at Mbonise Culutural Villiage that you visited. Once again, thank you for your wonderful comments and choosing to travel with us and we hope to welcome you back to Southern Africa. Kind regards Jayne Harley Marketing Manager

review 22 Dec 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

We went to some utterly stunning places, purely magical. The tour leaders couldn't have been better- humorous, brimming with knowledge and stories, fantastic chefs...I could go on

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make the most of every minute :) There're some long days in the truck, so I'd suggest getting up early to walk or run- it's a beautiful time to be up and about.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think so, our guides made an effort to take us to places where we could buy things where the money would go back into the community rather than to corporates. I also found it charming that the guides always offered any extra food we had to local workers- be they staff in the guest houses at dinner time or guys out on the roads at lunch time.- no waste created, and lots of happy customers :)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The guides were utterly brilliant, and made it a very special trip

review 25 Apr 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

I had not expected to enjoy the safari part of my trip as much as I did. I loved seeing the animals in their natural habitat. On day we watched a mother cheetah hunting for her cub - it was thrilling. Everything in South Africa is about Nelson Mandela and I learned more about his life and the struggles of South Africans during the Apartheid era. Cape Town is truly a wonder of the world and the beaches on the Wild Coast were spectacular.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Use your ATM card to change money. Even with the charge by your bank it is much cheaper than the commission charged by the exchange places or banks.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think our trip benefited one local family. More important was the support for specific animal reserves such as rhinos.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This was one of the best trips I have ever been on. My travelling companions were great and our guides were fantastic. Meal preparation became a fun event!

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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