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- Visiting the Lady of her beautiful house was an absolutely amazing experience; the history; the cracks of the wooden floors; the authenticity, I am still overwhelmed!! I am sending all my friends and family to experience this beauty!!! My phone died half way.... and it was really hard not to touch anything 😀Written 11 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We knew Rudie from our first trip to South Africa that was so perfectly organised that we did not have any doubts to whom we should write and ask about organisation of our Tanzanian safari. Of course everything was great! And it is in spite of many complications those bring us today’s Covid-19. Agnes helped us with contacts in Tanzania and I must openly say that all people whom we met were so great! Starting from Zanzibar hotels and finishing our final drive to the airport. It means a lot when everybody tries to help in different cases and shows respect to the organisers. We thank you, Agnes, very much and we will definitely ask you to help us with the next African trip.
Irina and the familyWritten 31 January 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We were very satisfied with the itinerary . We went to Mohlabetsi in greater Kruger. also went to Chobe in Botswana and Victoria falls . Glen was excellent , always ready to help with last minute travel issuesWritten 7 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We booked our tour online from Canada, with Biggestleaf. Nine people, two in their eighties, some of us local, others from Canada. We had to postpone booking due to COVID and make other changes. Jennifer was awesome. The responses to email was super fast, helpful and professional. Everything was set up just right, including transfers from and to the lodge out of Johannesburg. Our driver and the vehicle were both excellent. Payment was safely done, even though they don’t accept credit card payments. Thank you Biggestleaf! You run a good business.Written 30 April 2022
- Siphiwe was really helpful guiding our group of 8 through Soweto, beginning with meeting us at the Apartheid Museum, and then shepherding us through various experiences in Soweto itself. I found him to be flexible (e.g. in this instance, we were able to use our own rented 10-seater van; though he is able to provide his own vehicle, too), responding to what we wished to see, but also utilizing other resources and township leaders with whom he has relationships. It seems he is empowering others to be guides in their own communities. This is a plus -- you're not just getting Siphiwe's expertise, but others he is employing to communicate their own stories. So, if you want a tour that goes beyond Mandela's house on Vilakazi street, I recommend Township Travel.Written 9 November 2019
- We had a wonderful time at the Pilanesberg park. We arranged the tour just last minute and had with Donald an excellent guide who explained flora and fauna equally well. Due to the season some game is more difficult to spot but this was all balanced out by explaining the other important aspects of the ecosystem.
Overall, all went super smooth from online payment to on time pick up and drop off at our Airbnb.Written 8 January 2022
- We worked with Matty to plan a 3-week tour of South Africa with 1 week in Cape town and 2 weeks on safari. Matty immediately stood out to me as the person I wanted to work with on the tour by having a very fast response rate and setting up a video conference with me to discuss our wish list and budget requirements. Once our meeting was finished he quickly had a proposal in our hands that blew our minds! I thought there was no way someone would be able to offer a high-quality tour and stay within our budget, but he found a way.
In Capetown, he arranged a beautiful apartment in a very safe and scenic area close to the pier. As for the activities, we really enjoyed the cape fur seal snorkeling and shark dive. Matty chose companies that truly care about the country, the wildlife, and your safety. (Cape fur seal snorkeling is a must! easily our favorite experience in Capetown!) I should mention that Matty admitted that Capetown is not his specialty, but he represented it very well. We will return!
We then flew to Johannesburg and commenced a 2-week safari tour. Matty had arranged 5 camps of changing amenities, each with its own topography and animal specialty. We started at Mosetlha Bush Camp in Madikwe, and what a way to start! (FYI. opt for the bush flight in and out if you can afford it) This is truly a special bush camp. The manager (her name escapes me right now) made us feel like family as soon as we arrived. She showed us to our bush hut and took us through the amazing procedure they have for hot water showers, the well-stocked and priced honesty bar, and the daily itinerary. Guests should know that there is no power or wifi at this camp, don't show up thinking you're going to the Shangrila to be pampered, this is a bush camp after all. The food was home-cooked with locally sourced ingredients, and the staff was all very friendly. As for animals, I think we lucked out! We had almost everything covered in 2 days! But I don't think this was normal.
The second Lodge was a high-end safari lodge named Lukimbi. Everything was amazing here, the food was prepared by an award-winning chef, the wine cellar was fully stocked with local wines, and the game drives and bush walks were conducted by true professionals who were excited to answer any questions we had. I truly cannot say enough good things about this lodge.
Umkumbe Safari Lodge was next. This place was another great spot, just not quite as high-end as Lukimbi, but great nonetheless. What stood out about Umkumbe was the relaxed atmosphere, amazing views from the bar/pool area, craft beer selection from the honesty bar, and the excellent chances to see leopards. right from check-in, we were greeted by 4 lions and 1 leopard on the far bank of the river, and a local hippo that would often make an appearance.
Back to the bush! Umlani Bush Camp is a small family-owned (like most places we stayed) camp that has a very close-to-nature feel. from the hyena and lions that sing you to sleep, to the boma fire that we sat around exchanging stories nightly, this place made you feel like you were a part of something special. The booze was inclusive, the food was great, and the staff was all friendly. I would recommend asking them to take you out and leave you at the tree house for a couple of hours or for the evening, it was an experience not to be missed. The animals act completely different when you are in the tree house because they don't realize you are there, it's so exciting waiting to see what will pop out next! The staff even packed us a cooler of beer and snacks for our tree house visit.
Arathusa Safari Lodge. Matty ended us off with a bang! another higher-end lodge with full amenities and a beautiful spa. The animal sightings were plentiful, and the food and drink top notch. After 2 weeks of twice-a-day game drives our backs deserved the spa treatment they received from the magical hands of the ladies at Arathusa, pure bliss.
To conclude, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the unparalleled support we received from Matty. The nonstop emails, calls, video chats, transfers, and local information we received were second to none (and we've been on lots of safaris, in many countries). He was always available and even took time from his busy schedule to drive us between the lodges. He is a true professional, I dare say that if you put him at the front of a land cruiser he could provide you with as much quality info as any of the lodge-supplied rangers. He's a real gem.
We will be back!Written 25 July 2022
- Annekie of Catz Tours & Safaris was helpful and responsive over these past 3 years, from the time of deposit in 2019 to my eventual trip in March of 2022. Catz connected me with an excellent guide in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park where I spent 10 exciting days. Catz had to book my KTP accommodations, which is not easy, 3 times due to my cancelling because of covid. Catz also arranged a lovely hotel in Upington, Three Gables, at the end of my KTP safari.
Everything turned out great. I was in good hands for the administrative part of the trip and the safari itself and my day in Upington. Despite the stress of the covid situation, my trip went smoothly and was perfectly executed thanks to Catz Tours & SafarisWritten 14 April 2022
- We had two incredible days with Robert and Lutendo at Kruger National Park. They were both exceptionally friendly, knowledgable and fun, as well as having the ability to spot any and all wildlife in the distance. We are a family of 16 aged between 10-75 and each and every one of us enjoyed every moment.
They also gave us some history of Kruger as well as being able to explain the differences between each of the species that we saw.
On top of that, Robert always has his camera handy and took some breathtaking pictures.
If you are thinking of doing a safari - these are the guys that you want to do it with!Written 1 September 2019
- Our trip to South Africa was a life-long dream and a retirement gift to myself. My wife and I had to postpone the trip first in March of 2020 and again in 2021 due to Covid. Diana worked with all the vendors who graciously agreed to roll over our reservations each time we had to postpone.
Finally, after 3-1/2 years, we got to take the trip and it exceeded our expectations. We flew directly from Atlanta to Johannesburg where we spent 2 days. The first day we rested while trying to adjust to the time change and the second day we had a guided tour where we learned quite a bit about the country's history. Our guides Daryl and Corsi were wonderful. (Tip: If traveling from the US, allow yourself a couple of days to adjust to the time change.)
Next we went to Zambia to see Victoria Falls. We stayed in one of the villas on the island at Royal Chundu on the Zambezi River about a 45 minute drive from Victoria Falls. Hessah, Mwansa and the rest of the staff could not have been any nicer or better hosts. If you decide to take a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls be sure to take the full 30 minute ride so you get to fly through the gorges. We also swam in the river up to within about 10 feet of the edge of the falls. The guides were holding our ankles as we faced the edge of the falls but still the adrenaline was definitely flowing to the max.
We next flew to Cape Town where we spent our first day driving around the coast to the south where saw some beautiful views of the coast and penguins. Yes, penguins which were a definite must on my wife's list. The second day we went to the wine country. Unfortunately, it rained a good deal of the day but still enjoyed a micro-brewery, a vineyard and some shopping in one of the little towns along the way.
We then began our safari experience starting with the andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp in Kruger National Park where we spent 4 days.Written 9 May 2022
- If you are looking to get away from the bustle of life and relax... This is not the place. This spa voucher was a gift to my sister and I. We were being treated to a girls pamper session and were disappointed with the outcome. Upon arrival we were to get a welcome drink which was a glass of water! Then questioned as to why we were not there at 9am however our booking was for 10am so we were 20min early. Eventually at 10am we were ushered through the spa to the back patio area. The spa was filled with plenty staff members sitting around talking. Once we got outside to our treatment area we were told to get into robes there and get ready for our treatment - no changing room or area to keep our bags and clothes in. During our whole 2 hour spa experience, the other staff sat chatting and laughing so loudly that I couldn't block them out! The constant background hum of a geyzer and dogs barking really doesn't set the tone for a peaceful experience. To top it all off, it's boiling hot outside and we are under bamboo shading boiling! No water or comfort given in that regard! Such a horrible experience that makes you wonder how the spa is still open!Written 21 December 2019