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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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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Khwai Tented Camp Review – by Anne-Marie Mulder

Anne-Marie arranged a safari for her guest to Khwai Tented Camp in Botswana. Below is Flavio’s feedback. “Anne-Marie, Sorry for the belated response. I had a great experience at Khwai Tented Camp. It was an excellent recommendation and just what I was looking for. Small, intimate, comfortable but not luxurious, very hospitable staff. Game viewing was phenomenal, among the best I have ever experienced. Overall, great value for money. The food was good but not excellent, not more or less than what I would expect for the type of camp KTC is. The one area that I think they could work on is the state of the vehicles. They only have two, which in and of itself is not a problem given the small size of the camp. But they are both old and driving conditions are obviously rough. In addition, I have been in many safaris and can tell the difference between well maintained and not so well maintained vehicles. The one I was in broke down in the bush and I had to wait there for an hour before they came with the other, which itself was in the shop for maintenance at the same time. No big deal, just a little nerve racking because it was the last day and I had to rush to the airport.  I made it to the airport on time but once there and parked the second vehicle also failed to start. Had this second mishap occurred anywhere other than at the airport I could have missed my flight out of Maun and subsequent connections, which would have been a major inconvenience for me. As I said, overall this was a great experience and I would definitely stay at KTC again. Again, thanks very much for your help in arranging this trip. Best regards, Flavio”              ...

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