7 independent reviews for Ten day wildlife safari, South Africa

Reviews for Ten day wildlife safari, South Africa

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review 8 Jun 2017

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

Our whole trip was exciting from beginning to end. The three lodges we stayed in were of high quality and very indidual, the staff very friendly, the guiding brilliant and the food excellent. We saw many, many animals and were often the only jeep in sight. Two highlights were the sight of a leopard chased up a tree with 4 wild dogs circling underneath it and sitting by a muddy pool for ages watching 'teenage' and baby elephants playing and rolling in the mud! Oh, and the pride of 5 lions and the male elephant walking by right next to the jeep. The tour operator picked us up from the airport and looked after us along the way regaling us with many stories from the 'bush' as well as how the company started. We have been to Africa and on safari several times and this rates as one of the best together with its conservation credentials.

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

We went at the end of May and it is always much colder than you think it will be especially early morning on an open jeep so pack fleeces and a wind proof jacket as well as hat and gloves. Be relaxed about what animals you may or may not see and enjoy the moment and experience.

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

The holiday operator operates so that the profits support the leopard conservation progamme. It also supports local charities in the area. The lodges employ local people, use local produce, use water from boreholes and not plastic bottles, use recycled materials for building. The tree lodges are all on private reservations abutting Kruger NP. The guides and trackers were very conscientious and concerned about the well being of the animals eg - no more than 2 vehicles at a time at a sighting, no high speed chasing (which you can find on other safaris) etc.

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

Brilliant. We had so many special sightings (white and black Rhinos) coupled together with all the kind and friendly staff, the other travellers and, of course, Carol and Will who organised it all for us!!

review 28 Jul 2016

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

One of the most exciting moments came while we were driving side by side observing three hyenas. There was an atmosphere filling howl from another hyena in the distance. The guide said this meant there had been a kill. These three stopped, frozen. We watched as they put their mouths close to the ground. Their returning calls created an eerie howl with an echo and vibration very loud and chilling. Turning 45 degrees, they immediately set off directly towards the call. We had never thought about it being a sight we would want to see, but it was fantastic to observe natural behaviour in the wild. Other memorable moments include. Wild dogs hunting impala. Baby elephants play fighting. A pride of lions on a buffalo kill, while the cubs played with its tail. A pangolin burying itself into a termite mound, Lamping a porcupine in the bush in pitch dark. Tracking a black rhino. Observing herds of elephants, zebra, giraffes and buffalo, hippos, wildebeest and warthogs all at the waterhole, drinking together.

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

Wear layers of comfortable clothes that will keep you warm before sunrise and after sunset, but that you can take off as it warms up in the middle of the day. Take hat and gloves too. A camera and binoculars are also useful.

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

We found the holiday benefitted the local economy, conservation projects and was also environmentally friendly.

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

This holiday has been a pleasure from morning til night. We enjoyed every minute, from the people we met, organisers, staff and guests alike, and the experiences we shared, the food, and the accommodation. Between two of us we took 16000 photos in 10 days trying to capture every moment, but also felt we had the time to observe the animals in their natural habitat. Its up there as one of our favourite holidays.

review 7 Jul 2016

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

So many great moments, difficult to tell. The baby Rhino was very special.

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

Sit back, enjoy and learn about the successors and loses in trying to preserve this amazing environment.

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

Yes absolutely. Tourists provide employment. The holiday provider are a non profit organisation who do a great amount of work for Leopard Conservation and by learning about conservation of the African wildlife areas, I can better educate people back in Australia.

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

Brilliant from start to finish.

review 11 Apr 2016

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

Actually, the itinerary incorporated so many highlights that I find it really difficult to pinpoint one favourite experience. I enjoyed everything from staying at small, cosy lodges where I was privileged enough to have in-depth conversations with the owners/managers, to digging into scrumptious home-cooked meals, and learning about different types of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and plants on game drives and bush walks. All guides and hosts at the lodges were passionate about wildlife and incredibly willing to share their expertise with guests. It was an absolute pleasure to learn from them!

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

The following items will make your safari more enjoyable: A camera with a good zoom, plenty of memory and a spare battery Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses and a hat A jacket for the cool morning/night drives A sense of humour

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

Oh yes, definitely! Not only does a portion of the proceeds from the safari go directly to the conservation of leopards and other wildlife, but the lodges at which guests stay also make a concerted effort to minimize environmental impact. This may be done by drawing on alternative energy sources, such as solar power or by designing the whole lodge using responsibly sourced materials, such as reused wood. Equally as important, however, is that every reserve and lodge emphasizes conservation. For this reason, safari guests come away from their holiday with a renewed appreciation for different species of wildlife and a heightened understanding that every plant, insect and animal plays a role in the ecosystem.

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

This was an exquisite holiday! I'm already trying to figure out how I can go on another safari.

review 18 Mar 2016

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

Seeing a leopard drinking from a water hole as we were hurrying (within the speed limit!) to try and reach the exit from the Kruger before the gate closed caused us a big dilemma! Naturally we stopped to watch it and risked a fine at the gate which fortunately didn't occur; Coming across a magnificent male lion lying just 25 yards from us whilst ion a night game drive who obliged us by roaring shortly after we stopped to watch him. Hearing a lion roar so close was a truly memorable experience; and encountering a frisky herd of elephants enjoying a mud bath who then came within a few yards of our viewing vehicle.

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

Bring a camera and a good pair of binoculars, you will have endless exciting opportunities to use them. Go on a diet before you go - the food it magnificent and very tasty South African fare!! :)

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

Yes, local staff are employed at the lodges in a country where there is high unemployment. Everyone we met was helpful and very friendly. The guides and trackers are very well trained and knowledgeable, and go out of their way to ensure that you get good and safe animal sightings as well as being very informative on the flora and history of the areas. They follow strict guidelines about where they drive to minimise impact on the terrain and animals taking care not to stress the wildlife. For example not shining lamps into the eyes of non nocturnal animals during night drives and avoiding running over little creatures like dung beetles and tortoises. We heard some new born lion cubs meowing in a thicket and the guides immediately imposed a ban on all vehicles visiting that area for several weeks to avoid stressing the mother. The proceeds from our holiday bookings go directly towards supporting leopard conservation at the Black Leopard Camp and it was nice to feel involved in supporting this vital work. Everyone we met, Will and Carol, the guides, the trackers, the researchers and the conservationists are all so passionate about conservation yet at the same time ensuring that you have a great holiday and feel involved.

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

Absolutely fantastic! I have been on several safari holidays both self arranged and commercial in the past, but the highly professional, personal, helpful, and friendly service provided by Will and Carol and their team surpasses anything I had previously experienced. They made us feel like family.

review 23 Oct 2015

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

Most memorable was the Black Leopard Camp at Thabo Tholo. The animal experiences and friendliness of the staff.

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

Do it!

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

Yes.

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

Excellent. Will be back. A big thank you to Will & Carol. The staff and owners of the camp and JD at nDzuti.

review 12 Oct 2015

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

Having an elephant drink and shower from my plunge pool, whilst I was sitting 3 metres away.

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

Enjoy it, soak up the atmosphere and sit and watch the animals as well as taking pictures.

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

Definitely benefited local people - went to visit the school where funds have been used to improve meal prep area as well as pay for a teacher for a year.

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

If was a great holiday -great animal sightings, variety of accommodation styles and terrain. It was well organised, friendly and very good for solo travellers

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