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Private Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park

5-day Kruger Park safari. Small group of 4 to 6 people. Private guide, chef, fantastic accommodation and unmatched adventure and wildlife viewing.

star rating Trip rating 5/5 from 11 reviews
Operator rating 5/5 from 53 reviews
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Client: Suzanne and Aaron Thomas - from Canada
Trip: Simply Safari - A journey of a lifetime
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: After much worrying over booking a trip from Canada to South Africa over the Internet, we booked with this operator and can honestly say, it was this booking that made our trip to Africa the wonderful experience it was.

From the beginning, Tina and Neil were prompt, informative, and helpful in their correspondence with us. They not only arranged the perfect 14 day safari for us, but they also booked time in Zambia for us (as we wanted to see Victoria Falls) and set us up with an amazing tour guide in Cape Town as well. I cannot stress enough how lucky you are to have come across the operator and be looking into their reviews!

My husband and I were looking for someone to take us into the wild of Africa and show us a few animals. We got so much more than we expected. We got Neil, an experienced, passionate, and knowledgeable tour guide and story-teller, with a wonderful sense of humour and incredible ability to read what we wanted and needed on our trip. With Neil came Doug, the talented “Safari Chef” who cooked up a storm, shared stories, was kind and funny, and cracked us up constantly with his quiet yet effective sense of humour and his hilarious interactions with Neil.

Our accomodations were perfect and exactly what we would have chosen for ourselves. We spent our game drives in an open vehicle, in awe of the vast splendour of the Kruger National Park. We learned so much from Neil on these drives – not only fascinating information about animals and their habits, but also about respecting the Kruger and enjoying it for the spectacular place it is. Every day was different – we were never guaranteed any sightings but we got what we came for and we were truly amazed by what we saw.

A self-drive would not have come close to the experience we had with Neil and we are so glad that we found them.
Client: Linda and Angela - from Sweden
Trip: Classic Kruger National Park Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: The safari with Neil and Doug was perfect from the beginning 'til the end.

We were only two people and that's quite something that they specialise the safari just for you.
Thank you so much, we'll recommend you to all our near and dear ones and others when chance given.
Client: Amy Pryce - from Germany
Trip: Private Family Safari to Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: My family (including 8-year-old child) had a wonderful time on safari.

Neil loves the bush and is extremely knowledgeable. He does everything possible to insure his guests' safety and comfort while teaching them about the bush: not only the animals, but plants, insects, weather, conservation, etc.

I felt it was an exceptionally good value and would not hesitate to recommend this operator to other families. We will also be back!
Client: Catherine - from United States
Trip: Classic Kruger National Park Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our safari was 1st class from the moment we were met by Doug at the airport until Neil safely returned us a week later.

We were treated to a cosy night at the 5th Ave. Guesthouse before meeting up with Neil in the Kruger by lunch Saturday. Roadside elephant ettiquette, grounded hornbills and a couple of impala later we settle into our lodge. Lions basking in the early rays of dawn; rhino, buffalo and graceful giraffe by morning tea. Elephants bathing in the afternoon heat, zebras prancing, lilac-breasted rollers and a tree full of vultures. After a brief encounter with a leopard, we milk the purple African sunset all the way back to our lodge, to be greeted by Mr Doug, a pink G'N'T and a gourmet dinner

....... Just another day on our Safari. Already planning our next Adventure"
Client: Paula Hensley - from United States
Trip: Circle of Life - Wildlife Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I want to take this opportunity to express my wonder and complete satisfaction with this safari operator.

I recently completed their "Circle of Life" curriculum which included a visit to the Cradle of Humankind and a thorough introduction to Kruger National Park.

I was so impressed by the depth of knowledge and ease of communication of my guide, Neil, and his colleague Doug. They were both so personable, knowledgeable and attentive that I feel like I have gained two special friends for life. I was awed by their passion for the park. They have an astounding interest in all aspects of the Kruger.

Not only did I get to see numerous animals but learned a lot about the interaction of all the species, including mankind. Neil showed me how to track, how to recognize constellations and how to listen and hear the symphony of sounds that South Africa offers.

I can recommend their adventure without reservation - and, speaking of reservations - I wish I could book another trip with them this very moment! Please convey my heartfelt thanks and very best wishes to them. Thank you!
Client: Richard E. Triemer, - from United States
Trip: Classic Kruger National Park Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: The safari operator provided all we had hoped for and more.

From the very first moment we were treated as special guests. The transport and accommodations were all first class, but what made the trip really special was the knowledge and expertise of Neil, our guide and leader. His knowledge of animal behavior and his interest in transmitting that knowledge to us was marvelous and made seeing each of the individual species extra special.

I also cannot end without thanking Doug, our chef, for providing marvelous cuisine in the bush. I can recommend this operator without reservation, and if we do get the chance to return to Africa, we will certainly use their services again.

Thanks for a great safari!
Client: Donna Hart - from United Kingdom
Trip: Private Small Group Kruger Park Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our recent tented Safari exceeded all of our parties expectations.

We were picked up from the airport by Doug (our fantastic cook) and were taken to 5th Ave Guest House, which was exceptionally comfortable and very friendly. From there we drove to Blyde River Canyon were the operator had arranged a night accommodation as to our request.

The following day we drove onto the Kruger National Park, where we meet Neil and started our safari. Neil was an amazing guide, he answered endless questions and his knowledge was exceptional.

The whole crew are very friendly and they looked after us very well. Our whole party thoroughly enjoyed the Safari and we only wished that we had booked for longer.

They come with our highest recommendation and we hope that some day we may be able to do another safari with them.
Client: Rakhee Solanki - from United Kingdom
Trip: Kruger 15-Day Northern Kruger Adventure
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Thank you for your initial information about this tour operator. As you are aware we have just come back from a 14 day safari in the one word it was.....SPECTACULAR.

The Safari exceeded our expectaions by far. It was a once in a lifetime experience. My husband and I were overwhelmed at not only seeing the wildlife but understanding the animals. Neil our guide provided us with a proper interpretation of the wildlife, how the animals behave socially and how they live. We learnt how to track animal by using our sensnes.

The trip was very well organised from being picked up from J'burg airport to being dropped off before returning to UK. The standard of accommodation was great and varied from chalets to tents to guest houses. And the food Doug prepared was just mouth watering. All in all we could not expect much more.

Thanks to Neil and Doug for simply a great holiday
Bristol UK
Client: Mike and Irene Snelling - from United Kingdom
Trip: Classic Kruger National Park Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We thoroughly enjoyed our safari.We were looked after very well from the moment we arrived in Johannesburg.

The accommodation and food were very good throughout our trip. Kruger was beautiful and impressive and we would very much have liked to stay longer. Neil and Doug were very good company and organised everything very well.

Shimuwini was a beautiful place and very atmospheric (with the background of Hippo grunts and the male lion roaring and the Spotted Hyena calling near the camp each night).Talamati was also a great place to stay.There was a profusion of animals, birds, butterflies and even fish and reptiles and Neil made sure we were able to enjoy them in comfort.
Client: Jane & Robert - from United Kingdom
Trip: Kruger National Park - Eco-Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: The safari was our first visit to South Africa and because of this safari company it will not be the last. South African people are the warmest and most welcoming people.

We had enormous amounts of fun during the safari. We spent most of our time getting excited about tracking wildlife on the many game drives, learning about the eco-system, symbiosis, sitting in the hide watching baby baboons playing (when we should have been having a siesta) or monitoring water levels after an amazing overnight storm which afforded us the benefit of seeing the dry N'waswitsontso River bed turn into a raging 6 meter deep river of cascading rapids and providing a very therapeutic water feature.

We spotted so much wildlife and saw so many superb sunrises and sunsets it is difficult to choose the best bits. The herd of elephants with a baby was brilliant (along with a few warning trumpets & ear flaps from a protective bull), but we have to choose tracking the pair of mating lions from one road to another road several kilometres away, knowing they were in the vicinity because of the jackals hovering, the monkeys screaming warning calls and those running buffalo tracks. Actually finding them slinking casually across the road with the rest of the pride (1 male, 4 females & 9 cubs) was utterly amazing. Listening to the lions calling to each other and getting a thousand yard stare and warning growl from one lioness made us really feel & appreciate the absolute wild and raw beauty, which typifies the Kruger. Finding the pride was completely down to Neil and his ability to track the game, read the signs and predict their behaviour.

We were expecting very basic catering on the safari. We were in for a big surprise! Doug, you are a top class chef.

We were most impressed with the rest areas in the Kruger and pleasantly surprised to find very clean eco-friendly toilet facilities, which you would be hard pressed to find anywhere in the world, let alone the middle of the bush.

We would highly recommend them as being excellent value for money and very professionally run.
Client: Ingun Laupet - from Norway
Trip: Classic Kruger National Park Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We had a great time in the Kruger!

They had booked us into excellent accomodation, and when our plans had to be changed due to heavy rainfall, flooded camps and closed roads, Neil found great replacement accomodations. When it came to animals and wildlife we saw more than we expected, and Neil's knowledge of animal behaviour and the bush in general made it an unforgettable experience.

We had an adventure-filled high luxury holiday, unmatched in the life of these two backpackers. :)
Client: Mag. Dr. Eva - Maria Gergely - from Austria
Trip: currently unavailable
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: To put it in a nutshell: we had an excellent five star safari. organisation was done in a very very professional way.

As our first contact was quite late - I think round August 20th - we were happy to get a wonderful tour like this. We were given all details concerning medication, weather conditions and extra equipment needed. we were asked about special wishes concerning food and known allergies. Neil´s knowledge on the safari was excellent and we had wonderful conversations at night. Aminals and plants were great. We went 15 hours on foot and the guides were very careful and professional too.

As a biologist I liked the walks very much but also the hours in the car were very interesting. Doug´s cooking was delicious and never the same. So it was also an adventure what we got for the meals we never ate before (very good traditional food). the camps (talamati, boulders, shimuweni) were wonderful, quiet and scenic.

It was a wonderful experience shared with wonderful people in a great area, the famous Kruger NP. I told it to many friends and also we want to come back again.
Client: Michele John - from Australia
Trip: Classic Kruger National Park Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: When I think of Safaris in South Africa I think of this one. I wont be able to try another operator for fear it cant live up to my expectations having just completed the 'Classic' 5 day Kruger National Park Safari.

From the knowledge and commitment of the Tour operator, to the excellent accommodation sites chosen, the fantastic Chef created meals to the wonderful itinerary planned ..... the 'Big 5' were only one part of a truly enjoyable and memorable experience!"

Michele John Perth, Western Australia.

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