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“A perfect end to our South African holiday”

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Honeyguide Khoka Moya & Mantobeni Camps
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

We were part of a small group who went earlier in the year at the end of April and unfortunately couple of them had a terrible time. We absolutely loved the place and sure it is an experience sleeping in an open tent with all the animal noises during the night, which is probably worst during the first night , but well worth it. The accommodation is as safe as can be, all I would suggest to the owners is to wire mesh off the open triangle above the shower area, this is the only place where baboons can enter, although the PIR sensitive lights comes on immediately, the rest of the tent is zipped up and safe from animals. The early start for the safari is also worth the trip, with hot drinks mid trip at the back of the Toyota cruiser, in the bush , watching the sun rise !! Similarly during the evening safaris , drinks before dinner watching the sun go down , what an experience. And back at the restaurant , hot breakfast after the morning safari and fabulous dinner in the evening, with entertainment from the staff , singing along , it was great. Food was excellent , even for our vegetarians. Just lazying around in the afternoons watching the giraffes and elephants come right close by the pool, we all wish we were there again in the warm sunshine ! Definitely try to go again, well done to the team at Honeyguide.

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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

If you are a first timer for a safari in the great Kruger area, then you might really like it. The Game Drive are quite ok, the main dinning area is very average, if not good at all. Only the elephant coming drinking water in the pool makes the reception deck enjoyable. The food is ok, nothing really fancy, but in general good.

The tent in the bush, in the middle of the nature is the part that save the experience of this camp. From the tent you can enjoy elephant drinking and impala coming by. The furniture is good but in general, an overhaul is needed.

If you join the camp as a couple you will have to come along with an other group. This means you will do the game drive with the same group, but also will have to have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same table with the same group. I guess on this part we got unlucky and got a quite noisy group during the drive. We could not really appreciate the nature and the surrounding environment. Changing the group is not possible since the camp is fully booked.

Regarding the ranger, I guess we also got unlucky. We made more than 7 Safari in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Malawi and we never got such a antipathetic ranger. They are friendly when it is needed but, they will not try to show you the true beauty of the reserve and share their experiences and thoughts.

I would say, for the price it is on average good.

If you have already done Safari in the great Kruger and had good experiences, I would not recommend you to visit this camp.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at Honeyguide Khoka Moya for 4 nights. Our guide Devance and our tracker Ezekiel were true professionals. Already in our first game drive we saw all of the big five. Afterwards, we feared that there's nothing left for us to see next (and of course, we were wrong). We saw an elephant giving birth (extremely rare), hyenas eating a dead buffalo, a lion pride and a hippopotamus yawning from the water. We did both walking guided tours as well as drives.

The food was incredible and the courses changed on daily basis.

The tents were an awesome experience. They were cozy and cleaned twice a day. They were also hermetically closed to prevent mosquitos and other wild animals. At night we were able to see elephants and monkeys pass by our tents which was so exciting.

We highly recommend staying there for 2-4 nights.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Loved this place and wish we'd stayed longer. The permanent tents are actually nicer than the photos and each one is spaced out enough to not know you have any neighbours. It's a short bush walk to the main building, and it's advised to not walk about at night as the camp is not in a fenced area.

Elephants have been know to visit the waterhole there, though sadly we missed them by a few hours both times.

Food was basic but more than adequate, and the staff were always really friendly and helpful. Our guide was alot of fun and the overall experience here I would recommend, and would definitely go again.

A night visit on our verandah from a hyena was a real treat, hearing her call out to her clan, have them answer and hear her run off. Lions roaring on the last night there was the perfect end to a great trip.

Would definitely recommend this camp to any type of visitor, there were couples, singles, friends and families, it fits well with all.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

There is no better way than staying in a luxury tented safari camp to get the real flavour of the African bushveld. This was such a great choice. Each tent was luxurious. Super comfy beds and basic bathroom was perfect. The staff would put the tent walls down at night to keep out the mosquitos and local wildlife but that didn't stop you enjoying the sounds of the bush at night, from lion roars to the barking of baboons or zebra. Don't be surprised if some lions come and check out your tent. They are never too far away. But as long as you stay in your tent you're safe and the staff provide an emergency klaxon for you to summon help if you need. The main building is a short walk away but should not be attempted at night. There you can enjoy a selection of drinks, take a dip in the pool and take a short walk to the bird hide which overlooks a water hold and there you may see anything from elephants to lions. The pool does get a visit now and then from an elephant or two who appreciate the clean water for a drink. So you may be having lunch or breakfast in the main area when they decide to turn up, The Staff ill accompany you to your tents at night just in case any of the local wildlife decides to be touring the camp at the same time which does happen. One family were late to breakfast due to a small herd of elephants feasting on the grass and bushes immediately outside their tent. The game drives are great fun and thanks to good comms between the various game rangers you'll get around to the main sites and sights of the day. We saw all the main game we'd hoped to from elephants, giraffes, lions, elusive rhino, hippo, Cape Buffalo, cheetah and the rare leopard. The food was wholesome and sufficient and the sundowners (drinks) on the evening game drives washed down the biltong and dry snacks/nuts they provided for the evening drive rest stops. The staff were great. We met some great fellow campers, enjoyed a dip in their lap pool which we shared with the odd thirsty elephant and monkeys. I have been on many safaris over many years of living in this part of the world and I found the tented safari as authentic any yet comfortable for all. On one of the evenings we went to a large kraal for a big braai (BBQ) dinner with guests from the area and there was much dancing, singing ad revelry. I don't hesitate recommending this place to the new or seasoned safari traveller. NB. You can always drive here but I'd highly recommend you fly from Joburg to Hoedspruit and organise a pick up from the airport. Much more pleasant and less hassle.

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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Address: Orpen Gate, Kruger National Park 1360, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Manyeleti Game Reserve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Manyeleti Game Reserve
Price Range: R6 208 - R9 761 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3,5 star — Honeyguide Khoka Moya & Mantobeni Camps 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury tented safari camps in the Manyeleti Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. Stay either at Mantobeni, the more classic camp with its Nehru tents on wooden decks set in a forested water course, or the contemporary designed Khoka Moya camp with its larger tents and which welcomes children of all ages. ... more   less 
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