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Chris Bates Safaris

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Midrand, South Africa
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About Chris Bates Safaris
Chris Bates Safaris offers day safaris to the Pilanesberg National Park. This park is home to the Big 5 (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) as well as many other species of animals. Safaris are typically run starting with pickup from the hotel at around 5am and guests are returned back to their hotel around 5/6pm. The day safaris include return transfers from Johannesburg/Pretoria, park entrance, morning tea/coffee with a light breakfast, lunch and digital photographs are shared after the safari - minimum 2 guests per safari @ R3000 per person and SA and SADC rates of R2750. I studied a professional field guide qualification (field guide and backup trails) through Eco Training and have experience in a variety of private and public nature reserves. The business has partnered with some leading hotels in Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as numerous private game reserves around the country.
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Pamela Buckle wrote a review Jan 2021
South Africa13 contributions
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Chris Bates Safaris = Attention to Detail! The birds started chirping to the start of a one day safari adventure as Chris arrived to collect his guests in a comfortable SUV, boasting seat warmers and my preferred water beverage (Sparkling) that was neatly placed in the door of my seat. We picked up a warm cuppa coffee served in a 'Stanley' mug and watched the sun rays reflect the dew from the grassland fields as we made our way to the Pilanesberg National Reserve. We journeyed through the wilderness, making our way to the perfect breakfast location overlooking a waterhole, alive with fishing birds and a crafty crocodile making it's way along the banks. Chris surprised us with 'Ranger' coffee and an appetizing breakfast filling us up for the morning ahead. It is one thing driving through a reserve, spotting animals in hopes of a glimpse of the 'Big 5' but to have your very own knowledgeable guide bring the surroundings to life- priceless! Everything in your immediate surroundings comes to life with 'Did you knows', bush wisdom, survival and wildlife photography tips and an understanding for conservation and animal behavior. Chris's nature knowledge is not the only skill he possesses, his spotting can be compared to that of a human Falcon. Chris took care of us and his attention to detail to the planned trip was sensational- including my favourite snacks served in-between the laughs. I would highly recommend experiencing a day trip to the Pilanesberg with Chris Bates Safaris because you will be guaranteed to have some memorable bush moments captured!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Responded 24 Jan 2021
Hi Pamela, Thank you very much for the amazing review from your safari. It is wonderful to hear that you had a great time and enjoyed every moment. Looking forward to doing another trip with you in the near future. Keep well. Kind regards Chris Bates Chris Bates Safaris
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Samantha wrote a review Sep 2020
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Had an awesome day trip to Pilanesberg with Chris Bates. Spoiled by what Africa has to offer as well as CB Safaris. Nothing beats ranger coffee overlooking a waterhole watching crocs coming out to sun themselves, Zebra and Wildebeest getting a morning drink. Chris bird knowledge is excellent, so a must for bird enthusiasts.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from ChrisBatesSafaris, Owner at Chris Bates Safaris
Responded 17 Sep 2020
Dear Sam, Thank you very much for the wonderful review.It is greatly appreciated! I am glad that you enjoyed your day trip to the Pilanesberg National Park and experienced some amazing sightings that Pilanesberg has to offer. Keep well. Kind regards Chris Bates
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Andrew D wrote a review Feb 2020
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Chris took 2 of us on a private tour of Pilanesberg SA National Game Reserve. It was a well planned trip and everything was thought of. The new 4X4 was extremely comfortable, and coffee, snacks and lunch were all catered for. Chris' knowledge of the local areas, plants and animals was beyond belief, there wasn't a question he didn't know the answer to. We are already planning our next trip with Chris Bates Safaris when we return to SA later in the year.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from ChrisBatesSafaris, Owner at Chris Bates Safaris
Responded 10 Feb 2020
Dear Andrew, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure guiding yourself and your colleague Dinesh around Pilanesberg and getting to know you both. I really appreciate the kind words and I look forward to assisting in the planning of your next safari. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Johannesburg and travel home safely. The photos of your safari will be sent via WeTransfer to you shortly. Kind regards Chris Bates Chris Bates Safaris
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Bert den Hartog wrote a review Nov 2019
Rijswijk, The Netherlands6 contributions
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An outstanding experience with Chris Bates. We had booked a private safari to Pilanesberg for a day. Chris was on time, and we left at 0530 am. After a comfortable and safe ride in his brand new car, we enjoyed the wildlife, nature and the knowledge of Chris about the animals and the area. His company is delightful, and he knows when to be quiet or talk at the right moments. The breakfast and lunch were also arranged superbly. In summary, a very relaxing day and we spotted many animals. The price was also very affordable. Chris Bates is highly recommended by us for safaris in South Africa.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from ChrisBatesSafaris, Owner at Chris Bates Safaris
Responded 04 Nov 2019
Dear Bert, Thank you very much for the amazing review! I too thoroughly enjoyed being your guide and guiding you in the Pilanesberg National Park. It was a day to remember and seeing the leopard was a highlight. The photos of the trip will be shared with you later this week via WeTransfer. Kind regards Chris Bates Safaris
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racbez wrote a review Sep 2019
Alberton, South Africa15 contributions20 helpful votes
From pick up till arrival, such an pleasant experience. We had so many animal sightings. What and awesome sleepover in the Bush!!!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from ChrisBatesSafaris, Owner at Chris Bates Safaris
Responded 20 Sep 2019
Dear Racbez, Thank you very much for the review. Great to hear you had a great time and enjoyed the experience. Keep well. Regards Chris Bates Chris Bates Safaris
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