A great end to a Kruger Safari – Client Feedback by Liselle Raath
Apr22

A great end to a Kruger Safari – Client Feedback by Liselle Raath

Liselle arranged a memorable Kruger safari for her guest Janice. They visited nThambo Tree Camp and Arathusa Safari Lodge and were lucky enough to witness a lion pride successfully hunt a warthog!   Hi Liselle, I was going to write to you today to tell you what a great time we had. Really, everything was absolutely perfect and both places delivered unique experiences.   We saw everything we wanted to, including a kill in the last hour of our safari. The guides were awesome and so knowledgeable. The food was fantastic and they took every care to make sure I did not get any dairy, garlic or onions. My stomach was great the whole time!     From the time we got to the Peermont right on thru to the drop off at the airport, we enjoyed every minute – even when the honey badger was trying to get in my tent!   This has literally been our dream come true. I was just thinking this morning if I found out I only had a month to live, I would live it out in S Africa. My next dream is Botswana so I will keep you in mind when that becomes a reality.   I wish you luck with your twins and a healthy delivery. Thank you for all of your help and suggestions and I hope Botswana is right around the corner.   Sincerely,   Janice Munyan    PS Your videographer, Dave, was with us the last 2 days and he taped the whole kill. He said it was going on the website and was going to send us the link. Would you happen to have that? Sandy did get it recorded but I would like to see his too! Thanks.   Watch the video of the lion kill here                      ...

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The full story behind the elephant that charged a vehicle in the Kruger Park
Sep20

The full story behind the elephant that charged a vehicle in the Kruger Park

A few weeks ago a video emerged of a an elephant cow charging and colliding with a safari vehicle in the Klaserie area of the Greater Kruger Park. Tim Driman, was a passenger at the time of the attack and took the time to give us the full picture of what actually transpired on that day. Tim continues: “I was one of the passengers on the vehicle, together with my wife and our mentor guide who has >20 years Guiding/Guide Training to his credit, and is a specialist in dangerous game. The video clip is heavily edited and only shows part of the total encounter. The female which actually hit us was about the same size as the matriarch and all aggressors had little calves and were lactating heavily.   We were actually there to walk and rack up more hours and face to face encounters on foot to qualify for our FGASA Trails Guide qualifications, as my wife and I are also FGASA Level 1 Field Guides. Unfortunately I had injured my Achilles tendon and we were driving at the time. We too have  >20 years experience in the bush and I am a part owner of a “Big Seven” reserve in KwaZulu Natal, so we were all knowledgeable about elephants. We started viewing the herd at a distance of 100 metres. We left them their natural path which they were following and a very good “escape route” which ran a good 25 metres in front of us. We also took the added precaution of parking off behind a natural trench of 750mm deep x 2.0mtrs wide. The engine was turned off as we interpreted that to be an aggressive action, so we chose to view these animals quietly.   All the books, training and theories are merely a guide, and one should only act in the moment, which is what we did and we chose to adopt a non-aggressive approach to this sighting. The female with one tusk charged and stopped 12 metres from the vehicle, displaying all the “warning charge” characteristics which we accepted, and chose not to move, as it would only have antagonized her. She then returned to the herd which now also appeared anxious, so we again chose to sit quietly and allow them to calm down.
The matriarch led a second charge which also stopped at the 12 metre point and stood kicking up dust and trumpeting, and the rest of the herd had joined them (> 20 elephants ).   While this chaos was playing out, the single tusked elephant (from the first charge) followed through, coming from behind the matriarch, and...

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Gorilla, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Safari Review – by Celeste le Roux
Jul02

Gorilla, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Safari Review – by Celeste le Roux

Celeste arranged a Gorilla, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Safari for her repeat guests. They visited Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Sayari Camp and  The Manor at Ngorongoro. They also had a brief stay at Hotel Serena Kgali as well as a Day Room at Arusha Coffee Lodge. Below is their feedback. “Celeste: We just want to say thank you for arranging our trip to Africa and all your hard work. It was absolutely fantastic! We had a great time in Rwanda and Tanzania. We have seen a lot of animals including lions and cheetahs and were lucky to see the beginning of migration. The camps and lodges were excellent especially the Manor at Ngorongoro. We enjoyed the staff and the services they provided for us. Once again we are amazed how Sun Safaris manages to organize everything so perfect and so smooth. We are extremely impressed with your company and we will be glad to recommend it to anybody who wants to travel to Africa. If we decide to go back to Africa in the future we will be happy to use  your company again.  Thank you so much, Olga”    ...

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East Africa Safari Guest Review – by Celeste le Roux
Jun28

East Africa Safari Guest Review – by Celeste le Roux

Celeste arranged a beautiful East African Safari for her guests. They stayed at Naboisho Camp, Rivertrees Country Inn, Escarpment Lodge, Eco Lodge Africa and Gibbs Farm. Below is their feedback: “Hi Celeste, I may wander around some in this review of our trip, and this might be “too much information” as some  people might say, but here goes. The Fairview Hotel was not something you selected for us, but it has very lovely grounds and we were happy to be there. The room was fairly simple because I chose not to pay more than the basic style, since we were arriving near 9 PM and leaving at 8 AM the next morning. Breakfast was included, and it was very good … a buffet much like our entire trip … juices being available, many different breads, some hot dishes including eggs.  Actually this breakfast was probably the most extensive on our trip, but all breakfasts were plentiful and filling. The Naboisho Conservancy … This was a wonderful experience, as I knew it would be from all the Trip Advisor reviews I had read.  We were met at an airstrip … a patch  of grass with some dirt … by our two young guides for the first two days of our trip … Christine (age 20) and Daniel (age 26). They were wonderful. We enjoyed their company so much. These two Masai youngsters were great fun and also great communicators. We saw many animals with Christine and Daniel, including 11 lions on a night drive. No one had seen lions for the past 10 days when we went out with our red light … but these kids found a group of lions, led by a lioness on the prowl, seeking to kill some zebra nearby. We also learned a lot about Masai customs from Daniel and Christine. We will never forget these two, and I loved their Masai clothing. The Naboisho experience was unlike any other because we stayed in a lovely tent (number 4) that offered very pretty furniture and either indoor or outdoor shower facilities. We took about 4 outdoor showers (over our entire trip). I shouldn’t forget the unexpected but wonderful Hot Water Bottles left in our bed each night … and all the drinkable water that was provided us. Naboisho was also different because Roelof and Helen as managers were always around … and in no other  facility were we mingling with people we knew to be the managers of our experience. They are delightful, lovely people. Michele and I took more than a three hour Walking Safari with Roelof, and that was a very educational, interesting experience. They also made numerous foods Gluten Free as Michele had written that down as something she was concerned about. Their interest in our needs was wonderful. We also received a bottle of Champagne from the Camp, in advance of Michele’s 70th birthday …that they knew she was...

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Camp Moremi Guest Review – by Anne-Marie Mulder

Anne-Marie’s guests enjoyed a Botswana Safari at Camp Moremi. Below is their feedback: “Anne-Marie, Camp Moremi was wonderful! The staff could not have been better, they always had a gluten free option for my sister, it is a beautiful setting and well kept up. Honestly – the staff was the best I have been in contact with over many travels. If I had realized how different the camps were – I would have booked 2 different ones (I know you gave me the option but I only thought of how I didn’t want to pack up and move!) We would have liked a mokoro trip and a water hole nearby. Next time! Thanks, Jenna”            ...

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