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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: Kevan Wylie - from United Kingdom
Trip: This Trip: Private Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: We very much enjoyed the holiday.

The only anxiety we had was having to make a bank transfer and not be able to pay by credit card. However, the company is very honest and provided everything that was promised and that we expected – including the discount - alongside lots of amiable safari rides for the 5 days. The food and accommodation was very good and we would strongly recommend the company to others.

I hope we can visit Africa again and will use your portal having now had two very successful safaris.
Client: Brenda Travers - from United States
Trip: This Trip: Private Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: My daughter and I had an incredible journey.

The Kruger was more impressive than we could have imagined and our guide, Neil, was knowledgeable about the birds, the animals, and the plants and trees. His passion for the park was obvious and one can understand why. The food provided was excellent, plentiful and always served with a smile by Gordon.

We thought the trip was very reasonably priced and would recommend the tour operator to others.
Client: John & Diana Tass - from United Kingdom
Trip: This Trip: Private Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: My wife Diana and I had a wonderful Safari. Neil was a wonderful ambassador for the Kruger and his intimate knowledge of animal behaviour, his patience and advice brought great rewards in seeing the real Kruger and its wildlife. We were not there to ‘tick boxes’ but to have a first-hand experience and knowledge of the natural history of the area.

The back-up service, camp facilities and cooking arrangements ‘al fresco’ suited us down to the ground, and the fact that we had to be up with the animals at the break of dawn was a very rewarding experience.

I would recommend anyone who wanted to see the real Kruger and experience the Natural History first-hand to join Neil in one of his future adventures (safaris). Gordon, who cooked for us and provided the back-up logistics support was a great character.

Full marks, we would love to do it again!

PS. Great value for money!
Client: James Trickett - from Japan
Trip: This Trip: Private Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We inquired about a safari through The Africa Guide website on short notice.

The operator immediately tried to accommodate our itinerary and offered us a four-day safari in Kruger park. It would be the two of us and our guide, Neil, for the duration of the trip. They helped us arrange transportation from Nelspruit airport and that was fine.

Neil met us at the gate, welcomed us and took us for our first game drive that afternoon, where we saw an adult lion resting at sunset. The following days were filled with sightings of beautiful animals out in their natural environment. In the mornings, we would be out as soon as possible when the park gates opened. Neil prepared flasks of coffee for our mid-morning break and offered us the best homemade rusks.

During the game drives Neil spoke of the animals, their behaviors, and their habitat. He was incredibly knowledgeable and showed great respect for the animals and their environment. We saw and learned so much.

We would most definitely go on safari again with them.
Client: Gorm, Laila and Niels - from Singapore
Trip: This Trip: Private Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We liked very much what Neil was saying about The Kruger National Park and his own safari tours.

No doubt that he knows what he is talking about. He is running not only a safari tour, but also as an educational experience as well.

His knowledge and experience made us fell touched and we gained understanding about this fantastic environment.

It was a very memorable tour, fantastic in every aspect, and we would do it all over again.
Client: Tricia Ho and Phil Couvrette - from Canada
Trip: This Trip: Private Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: South Africans should visit Kruger national park not only on vacation to see the animals, but regularly, to visit their heritage and learn their history, guide Neil says.

He could have added that this applies to all visitors to the park, who can not only visit one of the world's richest ecosystems, but the soul of South Africa.

His unique tours of the great park, offering 24-hour guidance and a five star chef, have provided us with a treasured range of emotions, a life-time of memories, and a stern resolve to return and visit the rest of the Kruger.

It's one thing to see the animals, it's quite another to understand their attitude and behavior. He makes sure you miss nothing of the bush's continuous and extraordinary adventure. Just try to blink as little as possible on one of their tours.

Tricia Ho and Phil Couvrette
Montreal, Canada
Client: Carol and Susan Lawson - from United States
Trip: This Trip: Private Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Our trip was incredible!

With Neil as our guide and Doug as the chef providing fantastic meals, all of our needs were met down to the last detail including my specific request to see as few bi-peds as possible.

Neil's expertise, professionalism and enthusiasm were profound. His ability to understand the animals, where they were going, or wanted to go, and how to position us enabled us to have the most wonderful sightings and to witness fantastic animal interactions.

He also shared his depth of knowledge of tracks and the glorious bird life of the Kruger. We loved it all and wished it didn't have to end.

Client: John & Norelle Williamson - from Australia
Trip: This Trip: Private Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: 5 day Private Luxury Safari
We were a little apprehensive choosing a Safari via the Internet , having never been to Africa or on a safari !

Any fears were quickly dispelled when Neil collected us from the airport & took us to 5th Avenue Guest House. The hospitality of Doug , Erica & all the staff at 5th Ave. was first class, as was the food.

The safari was excellent & we saw a large number of birds & animals ( some very up close and personal ! ) despite difficult viewing conditions (very long grass & ample surface water ).

Neil & his assistant Craig showed great knowledge and love of the Kruger and its inhabitants. Our 2 Camps, safari vehicles , the food ( thanks Craig ) and the service
were first class. Nothing was a trouble.

We can thoroughly necommend this safari and tour operator as a great introduction to

John & Norelle Williamson, Australia.
Client: Mats Lindgren - from Sweden
Trip: This Trip: Private Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We are more than satisfied with our Safari trip. Everything was well organized, the guide was excellent. He took care of us in the best way and he knew everything about animals, birds and flowers. He also knew where to find all these.

We can really recomend this Safari.

Best regards
Mats Lindgren
Client: Ian and Rachel Cameron - from Canada
Trip: This Trip: Private Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Certainly the highlight of our trip to SA was our safari.

Choosing a company and guide only through an internet search felt a bit risky at the time, but we can report that we were completely satisfied.

All services were delivered as represented and in a most professional manner. While we have no previous experience to compare to - we feel that we must have had the best guide in all of S.A.! Neil is passionate about his country, the Kruger and his job and of course that is demonstrated in the course of his interaction with his clients.

We have no doubt that our animal sightings were enabled and enhanced by his skillful knowledge and tracking - and we were able to see both lion and leopard kills - along with some other unique sightings.

All in all, a wonderful experience with memories to last a lifetime. Congratulations to the tourism industry of South Africa for promoting and delivering such quality products..
Client: (name with-held) - from United Kingdom
Trip: This Trip: Private Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: My boyfriend and I went on safari with this company after finding them on the net. It's always difficult to buy over the internet and even harder when you are from another hemisphere, but all of my long questioning emails were answered patiently and in detail from Neil - the owner himself!

So, we chose his organisation over many others, and settled for a 5 day luxury safari. And boy was it luxury compared with my backpacking / camping days - my boyfriend and I shared a 2 bed 2 bath lodge, while our guide Neil and our chef Doug shared another one! When it comes to food, I am Ms Unadventurous, but I loved the traditional food that Doug made - and believe me, Doug can cook up a storm!

The safari itself was superb - Neil and Doug's knowledge and passion of the bush really rubbed off on us. And they spent just as much time with me on the small things (flora, dung beetles...) as they did with my boyfriend on the big 5. And if we saw one cat, we saw 100! But it's not just the spotting of the animals - it's the whole set up that Neil explains so well - we really understood what the animals were doing and why... He really knows his stuff.

And most importantly, if you are going to be cooped up in a car with 2 South Africans for 12 hours a day - you couldn't do better than these two!

This Operator Reviews

Client: Sheila Engel - from Canada
Trip: Circle of Life - Wildlife Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: A friend and I did a 7 day safari on Feb. 7 2018 in Kruger National Park with this safari company which I found on your listings. I highly recommend this safari to everyone. Right from the time I enquirer about the safari to actually booking it, they provided suggestions and recommendations and help with flights and hotels from Johannesburg to Nelspruit. Tina was great to work with and handled everything from the minute we hit the ground in Nelspruit.

Neil was our guide and meet us at the Malelane gates of Kruger where our amazing experience began. Neil is so knowledgeable, experienced and passionate about everything to do with the animals and their surroundings that whatever you think you know you will learn more. The whole safari, from beginning to end was so enjoyable and we learned so much. Everybody would be humbled by this amazing experience.

All our meals were provided and Alistair was our chef, camp organizer and close friend of Neil’s, who started each of our mornings with coffee and rusks. After our morning game drive we would return to a fabulous breakfast. After each afternoon safari we came back to camp to a wonderful gourmet dinner that Alistair and Neil would prepared. It was like having dinner with close friends, great stories were shared, politics pondered and the wonders of the day relived. I need to go back and do a 15 day tour with this fabulous company.
Client: M Kay Hearn - from Australia
Trip: Family or Small Group Private Kruger safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Well what a wonderful full time we had, our guide was so passionate about the animals and knows their habits. We saw a lot more than I thought I would, all due to his great knowledge of the Kruger animals.

We took our time and spent a long tine at the waterholes, which was great as we saw the first lot of animals was rhino, Impala, zebra, warthog, and then the rhinos left and all the elephants moved in with their young antics, it was really great to watch, and the first time I have actually got photos with a variety of animals around a waterhole. We saw a leopard and followed him for about 10 minutes, we could have stayed longer but we also appreciated that he was on a mission and should be left alone to do so.

The accommodation was nice and again the first hour we had 7 rhino walking past..bonus, plus over the 5 days elephant, baboons, all sorts of antelope, it was great.

Our guide also had a great knowledge of all the birds and we had good photos of them as well.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
Client: Cheryl Hackett - from United States
Trip: Kruger 15-Day Northern Kruger Adventure
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Trip was excellent, from planning through delivery at airport for flight home. We were a bit nervous, planning & paying for a trip directly through an African company. But, it all went off without a hitch!

Tina, Neil & Alistar were all very attentive to our needs in their individual and collective capacities.

We enjoyed the safari itself immensely, sighting all kinds of wildlife, even a pangolin! Although, we weren't "birders", Neil even made the bird sightings interesting and informative!

We would highly recommend this company!
Client: Roland and Helen Agard - from United Kingdom
Trip: Classic Kruger National Park Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: One word sums up our experience and our view and that is ‘Outstanding’. There are many other words that we could use: ‘Exceptional’, ‘Superlative’, ‘Unparalleled. I think you get the picture. This was my fourth safari and most definitely the best that I have been on.

If would-be safari goers want to have a safari experience where they are educated, enlightened, enriched as a result of the experience then they need look no further. Our safari was so much more than sitting in truck for several hours a day being shepherded to where the Big Five are. Safaris are also about the amazing array of birds, the trees and flora, as well as the insects and reptiles. My interests in ornithology especially and also in photography have now been taken to another level.

It was nice being part of small group. There were 5 of us in our vehicle, excluding Neil, and I believe that the safari operators does do not usually arrange safaris where there would be more than 8 in a vehicle. Smaller groups work best on this sort of experience in our opinion – we felt far more engaged than we would have been had we been in a much larger group and our inquisitiveness, thirst for knowledge and further understanding was satisfied as Neil was able to give us personal attention and responses. Friendships with others in the vehicle were also formed and we are looking forward to sharing our photos we them, and them with us.

The Team (Neil, Alistair and Tina) are fantastic in performing their respective roles:

- Neil’s knowledge of the bush is phenomenal and he conveys that knowledge in a way that leaves you hanging on to every word. Neil has firm views on conservation and also on the adaption of species to their environment, rather than the Darwinist ‘fittest of the fittest’ beliefs and theories on evolution. We had numerous interesting conversations / discussions on these subjects. Using a photographers’ analogy … Neil is a lens through which you can see and understand things that you would otherwise only in part grasp.

- Alistair is a most engaging individual and the food he prepares is exactly what is needed on this sort of holiday. He is a great host and very attentive to his guests, ensuring that they are well fed and watered (or whatever other refreshing beverage suits their palate).

- Tina is very well organised and nothing is too much trouble, from the initial booking to arranging overnight hotel accommodation at the Golfer’s Lodge so that next day flight connections from Jo’burg O.R Tambo International Airport to the Nelspruit Airport in the Kruger National Park were met.

As to an overall score, it can only be a 10 / excellent ! I would most highly recommend them to anyone who is interested in going on safari.
Client: Henry de Labouchere - from Switzerland
Trip: Private Family Safari to Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 4.5/5
Comment: The 7-day safari was perfect.

Neil is amazing. A walking encyclopedia on animal behavior, on plants and bird songs. And he has a great sense of humor to boot! We saw the big five !

We were out every day for many hours of fabulous animal and bird-watching, and Neil always had fascinating details for the five of us. Our 2 adult kids were absolutely enthralled by him as well!

Alistair is a great cook and organizer, so we enjoyed the “after-safaris” as well.

I highly recommend this safari operator.
Client: Chris Johnson - from United States
Trip: Private Family Safari to Kruger National Park
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: This past June we had the pleasure of spending a week with in the Kruger. My husband and I and two children, ages 8 and 9, had the trip of a lifetime.

The fauna, the flora, the history, and the scenery were unforgettable. But most of all, we enjoyed the company and guidance provided by Neil and Alistair. Neil had an uncanny ability to connect with each one of us in a special way, and rapidly identified our individual interests. He satiated us with loads of information beyond our expectations. He answered our many, many questions patiently and indulged us with explanations about the nuances of the animals’ behaviors.

Alistair was a great cook, host, and conversationalist. Our girls still talk about the biscuits for breakfast! The evenings by the fire were as memorable as our daytime drives. We saw everything we wanted to see and much more --- SO MUCH more! By the way, if you don’t like bugs and snakes, go in the winter; not one of us got one bite (neither snake nor mosquito).

If you’re looking for a personalized experience in this magical national park, you could do no better than spending time with Neil and Alistair. Your trip will be “cool bananas!” The tour operator is a gem of an operation.
Client: JosephineTan - from Singapore
Trip: Private Small Group Kruger Park Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: I just returned from the most wonderful holiday in Africa! It's my first visit and it will certainly not be my last.

The Safari in the Kruger was fantastic.

Tina is the most efficient communicator and she ensured we were taken care of, even calling to say hello and goodbye from JoBurg!

Next came Neil who was our safari expert for 5 days. Neil taught us so much, not just about the wildlife and plants, also the respect and passion he has for the land and all that's in the bush. Neil is much more than a safari guide, he is Kruger's keeper! And Alastair, who kept us all well fed, not just with great food, also with his excellent humour and all round hospitality.

Now I am planning my next trip to Africa and will certainly turn to your website for ideas and suggestions. Thank you for the great site and keep up the good work.
Client: Nicole Poulin - from Canada
Trip: Special 15-Day North to South Adventure Kruger Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: Thank you for the follow-up and for asking me for my feedback on my safari/holiday.

I just came back from a week in the Kruger Park . We had the priviledge to see the "big-5" (some of them more than once) and about 30 different species of animals. It was a fantastic experience! The service provided by this tour operator was excellent!

Our guide, Neil, shared his passion and his extensive knowledge of the Kruger and went out of its way to meet our needs. It didn't go unnoticed and was really appreciated by everyone! We were also thoroughly spoilt by Gordon who managed to cook fabulous meals for everybody's taste.

Without Tina's patience who looked after all the arrangements/logistics and her personal touch this fabulous trip wouldn't have been possible.

I am definitely looking forward to another adventure with them and would certainly recommend them to others.

Nicole from Canada (living in Egypt)
Client: Sonja Petersen - from United States
Trip: Scheduled Small Group Kruger Safari
Rating: rating 5/5
Comment: We had an amazing experience. Neil, our guide and company owner (with his wife Tina) is an incredible guide. His knowledge of the animals, but also of the environment, botany, astronomy, and particularly of the behavioral sciences was fascinating and enhanced the experience so much.

We feel so fortunate to have seen these amazing animals in their natural surroundings, but also to hear the stories behind their behaviors. Many people here in the Kruger drive themselves on self-tours, and while this experience is probably wonderful, they are missing so much by not having the expertise of someone who understands this environment like Neil does. If you are looking to truly experience the African bush, rather than just chasing the Big 5, I would whole-heartedly recommend this tour operator.

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