Having never been on a safari before this turned out to be an amazing start. We had arrived at the camp after being travelling for about 16 hours. When we arrived there was an afternoon safari in an hours time . We were asked if we would like to go out in it or rest. I am so glad we decided to rest later. we had an amazing tracker , Heron and also a driver /tracker called Fanwel. They were very knowledgeable and we were amazed to get up close to "The Big Five" on our first drive, amazing. Our tent was looking a little old but that is the only negative thing I could comment on. Everything else was amazing. Every day we had elephants drinking out of our pool and on our first night we had a pack of hyenas behind our tent followed by a large cat.
The food was excellent and the chef called " Mamma Africa " even sang to everyone before supper. Because it was my first time on safari we were told that we should experience Africa and all its sounds which is what we did by camping / glamping. The tents were on a wooden deck and we had a shower and a sunken bath in them . Although the bath was not inviting at all. Best to have a shower during the day while the solar heated water is at its best.
Because there is no fences and the site is open to all the creatures of Africa , each night we would have to be escorted back to the tents by a worker armed with a " Torch". It was a bit scary especially when the torch went out and of course we had the furthest tent away from the main camp. One night we sat in the tent in the dark watching a bull elephant 3 metres in front of us eating a large tree. It was amazing to be so close to these beautiful animals.
Because this was a private campsite we got to get very up close to all the animals as the driver would take off after anything we saw and did not have to stick to the roads. The catch cry was "DUCK" after driving through bushes and trees to get up close to whatever we were following.
Loved this holiday and very glad we went to private game parks
- 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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- Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps Hotel Manyeleti Game Reserve