Debora Coico review 4 May 2018
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Most of our trip was unforgettable. I especially liked our base camp: rukiya safari camp. The people there are very, very friendly. I've felt welcomed immediately. The safaris are very peaceful and beautiful. I have learned a lot about animals and plants. I liked it that it wasn't all about the big five but also about birds and smaller animals. I will never forget the bush walk with Warren (Ivory wilderness riversong camp). I wasn't afraid but all my senses were alert. It was fascinating to be out in the bush and see lion tracks.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
When you really love nature and familylike camps (eat together with other guests) you should go to rukiya safari camp or to ivory wilderness riversong camp. The guides there are very patient and show a lot of respect for the nature. They respect all animals and are not chasing around for the big five and predators.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
In two of the three camps (as written above) I experienced that very much. In the third camp the guide was just looking out for the big five (and predators) and drove through bushes (bulldozed them down) and little trees to chase those "important" animals.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Apart from one camp, I didn't like at all (as written above), the holiday exceeded my expectations. It was an adventure and I will never forget it.
Read the operator's response here:
I can quite understand that driving off road could be seen as being destructive, especially when one isn't familiar with the reserve conservation protocols, but it is important to note the conservation ethics that are rigorously followed in all our game reserves and especially the reserve referred to. Driving off road falls under strict and very well managed protocols that limit this activity to the dry season and viewing certain species. When selecting a route the ranger takes into consideration not only the bushes in the possible path, but all other living organisms, and with that in mind picks the best route, or indeed aborts that activity. Often this has a secondary conservation benefit of eliminating alien species (bushes), that would otherwise adversely affect that environment. Through good management policies this activity has benefited that environment for over fifty years.