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Holiday review by Mr Stephen Miley

Date of trip: 04/11/2017
Number of people: 2
Country: South Africa

Overall level of Satisfaction

Tribes Overall: "All the arrangements worked smoothly, all the accomodation was excellent, warm welcoming staff everywhere, interesting and powerful political history in J'berg and amazing game drives in Kruger. "
Tribes Service: "Extremely efficient and delivered exactly as planned. The new app was helpful and clear Didn't need it but good to have the local numbers in case of delays etc. "
Guides: "Knowledgable and helpful guide called Life in J'berg. Soweto born, so knew the political history and area well. Kind and helpful in adding a few extras - like Mandela's house in Houghton. All three rangers in the lodges - Kyle in Simbavati, Darren and Matt in Inyati, were passionate, knowledgable and patient, making sure we all had great views and experiences. Trackers were all skilled and identified animals we would never have seen otherwise. All staff in hotels, lodges were unfailingly helpful and welcoming "
Social & Environmental Responsibility: "Good that there were staff from all backgrounds in every location. Passion for wildlife evident throughout - even the waiter on the boat on the Zambezi knew every bird we saw. "


Simbavati River Lodge
Friendly welcoming staff, posh well appointed tents and wildlife available to see from the veranda.
Ilala Lodge
Nice hotel, good location, easy to walk to the falls and to the bridge. excellent restaurant.

Our Memories

"The Mandela foundation in J'berg has a small exhibition with personal items such as letters from him in prison as well as the opportunity to see his office post Presidency. Spending time in the Bush and the mix of the constant stream of the smaller animals and birds with the iconic views - Leopard with Impala up a tree, Leopard stalking an Impala (unsuccessfully), Leopard stalking a Guineafowl (successfully), one astonishing drive that mixed Lion, Leopard kill, baby Rhino, and then two Leopard females vying for the male. The way in which he rangers went out of their way to ensure we had good experiences. Watching the rugby with the Inyati staff - despite SA losing badly !"

customer rating

5/5 from 82 reviews

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facts and information

Time: GMT +2 hours

Flight time: There are daily flights from Europe to Johannesburg (about 10 ½ hours direct) and Cape Town (about 11 hours). There is also a good network of domestic flights connecting all main towns.

Language: English is South Africa's main administrative language and is widely spoken. There are also 11 official tribal languages.

Visas: Visas are not required for British passport holders.

Health: No vaccinations are compulsory. Malaria is found in certain areas (mainly Kruger and the east coast towards Mozambique), but not throughout the country.



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