From Gerhard, Germany, travelled with us during January 2019
We were very satisfied with our 5-day / 4 night guided “Duncan’s Camp” mobile safari with Karibu, organised through Madi. We loved it!
“Mobile” refers to the fact that you move from place to place with a 4x4 game viewing vehicle, with a ranger/driver/guide that does the driving and animal, bird & plant spotting and explaining.
A small crew, responsible for sorting out your accommodation and food is also part of the deal. That means you have to do absolutely nothing except sitting in an open vehicle (usually no more than 6 people per vehicle), spotting animals and birds (ticking them off your wishlist if you want) and sitting down for sundowners and meals.
Another advantage is seeing a huge amount of animals (including the elusive wild cats, lions, leopards & cheetahs!!) & birds (we saw 63 different kinds) and learning about them from a real expert. Starting points could be Maun, Gaborone, Kasane, etc. Within the concept of a guided mobile safari there are 3 further options, according to your budget:
1. Fixed tented camps: (this was us) our accommodation was in tents that are set up permanently, e.g. Duncan’s Camp (on a beautiful lake), Third Bridge Camp (in the heart of Moremi). Each tent has comfortable beds & linen and a private, open bathroom with shower, normal toilet & basin.
2. Mobile tented camps: here the crew brings everything with them and leave nothing behind. The locations are often next to a river for ultimate game viewing. Showers and toilettes are also transported and set up by the crew.
3. Lodges: the luxury option, where you spend 2 nights, on average, in a lodge before being transported to the next one.
Our clear suggestion for inexperienced bush visitors is that of a guided mobile safari, such as offered by Karibu. The guide/ranger we had, Balebi Kaelotswe, was a fountain of information and a very kind, gentle man and we loved every minute of the 5 days/4 nights together.
This safari was specifically tailored to the guests' requests. We will gladly do the same for you.
From Hashem, Iran, travelled with us during January 2019
I make it simple:
1. Ask for Simon, He’s not a human. He’s a leopard, a lion, a snake, an antelope, a buffalo, a rhino, a tree ... he’s a part of Kruger
2. He’s extremely on time
3. He got good eyes and constantly in contact with all rangers and guides to spot animals
4. He stops whenever you ask him to stop and never been grumpy
5. He knows how to manage idiots on safari and make it pleasant for everyone even idiots
6. Too much food, nice food. Don’t change too much money for lunch as they say it’s not provided. You don’t need anything more than what they provide
7. He magically stops the car on the right spot to allow everyone to take a nice shot
8. He’s knowledgeable and experienced
9. Brand new cars and you don’t experience car breaks
10. Accommodation is way better than what you get in other countries national parks
11. Whoever you are, He’s more enthusiasted [sic] than you to find animals
12. He is a great photographer
13. He is generous and gave someone his lens!!!!! to be able to take better photos to enjoy the safari more
14. These comments were written by a professional wildlife tourist/photographer doing this thing for 16 years in 47 countries
From David, USA, travelled with us during December 2018
A solid shout out to Wild Wings Safaris for providing outstanding service! From conceptualizing our safari to customizing a day in the wineries in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, our needs were exceeded at every turn.
Tour consultant, Corlie Liebenberg, was always prompt and courteous to meet our needs for our Christmas holiday in South Africa. She handled all air, lodging and ground transfers without a hitch. Truly a remarkable feat bringing our family from across the globe to convene for a Christmas Safari.
Our guides were top-notch, spoke fluent English and explained every facet of wild-life in marvellous detail. We hiked Table Top Mountain in Cape Town and took in many a fine restaurant on the recommendation of Wild Wings.
We'll be repeat customers for sure! The trip of a lifetime that's worth repeating!
From Lawrence, USA, travelled with us during December 2018
Hi Madi, Happy new year! I want to say thank you for such an amazing safari!!! Everything went extremely smoothly and definitely appreciated your candidness of us doing the private lodge first then the Skukuza lodge as it was good to preface.
Both lodges, accommodation, and game viewing were amazing! The trip went extremely smoothly which we were surprised of with all the transfers involved but what made it extremely phenomenal were the people...starting with you and how awesome you were with booking/planning our safari! Along the way, Monroe and Chris from the Elephant Lodge were the perfect guide/tracker combo and Heysly was not only an amazing guide but made you feel like you were on a tour given by an old friend (his personality, attention to detail, passion, knowledge, and the fact he cared everyone was happy made Skukuza phenomenal!).
Another absolute surprise highlight (which was totally not expected) was Louise from GAP transfers. He was professional, funny, knowledgeable, and honestly just a hands down great person! Odd but we definitely feel like we made a long time friend in Louise even though he was just our transfer from the airport to Elephant Lodge then Elephant Lodge to Skukuza.
Overall every aspect of the safari was just amazing and I can't thank you enough for all your assistance! Thank you again as words cannot express how satisfied we are with Wild Wings Safaris!
From Andrea, Italy, travelled with us during November 2018
Hi Michael, Thank you for everything, I do not have the slightest complaint. Everything from your service to the whole Serondella experience was above expectation.
I will definitely advise wild wings to any friends visiting, Thank you again.
From Lara, Brazil, travelled with us during October 2018
My cousin and I booked a Combo Safari from October 22nd to October 25th and it all went wonderfully well. Clare, our advisor, helped us with all our doubts, always getting back to us right away. We had an awesome experience with the safaris, our guides were very helpful and knowledgeable, and we got to see many interesting animals. All went according to plan, we always had someone waiting for us on time, I could not complain about anything and I highly recommend booking with Wild Wings.
From Justin, United States, travelled with us during October 2018
I cannot thank Corlie and WWS enough for an amazing trip for my parents and grandmother. I was nervous as I was not traveling with them and it was their first trip to South Africa.
Corlie was amazing! She listened to my every request and established the perfect trip. Airport transportation was just as scheduled with an engaging and knowledgeable driver. Upon arrival at Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge, my family could not have been more impressed. Great lodge, with a wonderfully friendly staff and great food.
All game activities were perfect, with the guide and tracker offering a detailed education on everything they encountered. The family saw more animals than they ever dreamed of, they were in awe. Thank you again WWS and especially Corlie, I would give 6 stars if I could!
From Evandro & Paulo, Brazil, travelled with us during September 2018
Hello Madi, Our experience was beyond what we expected in all terms. The shuttle from the airport to the hotel was great, the hotel was amazing with great staff and accommodation. The meals were unbelievable. The game drives and bush walks were remarkable. Everything was perfect and you played an important role in helping us.
Thank you very much. We are looking forward to recommending your services to our friends and family as soon as they need it. Thank you once again!
From Andy, UK, travelled with us during September 2018
Hi Madi, We just got back from our trip today.
I can honestly say the service from wild wings and everything at the hotel was excellent.
We had an amazing experience from start to finish. We were very happy how everything from the game drives to the airport transfers were organised.
We loved the hotel, especially having our meals in view of elephants and zebras etc. The guides for the game drives were all excellent and good fun. We saw so much more on the drives than we ever expected to.
In particular, the driver who took us to and from the airport was excellent at his job. He was a very good welcome to South Africa and very enjoyable to chat to on the drive. Many thanks again for all your organisation.
[Stayed at KwaMaritane, PIlanesberg - Ed]
From Nick, UK, travelled with us during September 2018
Hi Clare, Just wanted to give some feedback and say the safari was absolutely incredible, we had an amazing time. It was everything we could have asked for.
Special mention to Frank our guide as well he made the entire trip, absolute legend and so passionate about what he does. Please send our best on to him. I have some friends coming on safari in November and would love to try and coordinate them with Frank if it works out. Thanks again for organizing it for us!
From Chris, UK, travelled with us during September 2018
Hi Madi, What can I say, it was fantastic!
Having not been on safari before I was a little unsure what to expect, everything was great. All transfers working fine, accommodation was perfect
John our guide was very knowledgeable, was obviously very passionate about what he does and he also was very entertaining having great stories to tell us.
I really was not sure what to expect with the food, I certainly didn’t expect that we would have our own Chef! John’s cooking (another John) was really good and again he kept us entertained with great stories and certainly kept us well fed after a day out in the bush.
The group of people on the Kruger tour all got on great, it was like you had matched us up?
Chobe was very different, maybe a little more luxurious, I was put in the honeymoon suite, nice chilled out boat safaris, very friendly staff in Botswana.
My compliments to yourself and the wild wing’s team for a great holiday, please ensure the 2 John’s get good feedback. If I did it again, I certainly would not change anything in Kruger or Chobe.Thanks again.
From Julie, USA, travelled with us during September 2018
Hi Clare, We had the most fabulous time at Kruger and Simbavati Reserve. The best ever, and we've done three safaris before in Kenya, Tanzania, and even a tiger safari near Delhi, India. We missed the night drive that we had in Kenya where we saw the lioness bring a zebra dinner home to the male lion and five big cubs, but seeing the Big Five every day made up for that experience. We saw a total of six leopards and some people have to be satisfied with not seeing even one leopard.
Our guide at Kruger, Frank, was great and explained things in detail. He was the same guide that escorted some people a few years ago to a waterhole and the video "Battle at Kruger" was filmed. You can hear his voice explaining the fight between six young lions attacking a young cape buffalo and a crocodile. The herd of large cape buffalo moved in on the lions throwing them in the air and eventually chased them off. The baby cape buffalo got up and returned to the herd.
Clement at Simbavati Reserve was so knowledgeable about every animal we saw. He would drive into the bush over just about everything, and we saw young and older wild dogs and also lions resting before the night's hunt. Staying on the roads would not have provided that opportunity.
Our surprise on the last evening was a 50th wedding anniversary meal with all the decorations and champagne. We didn't catch on about our beds decorated with brightly colored leaves in the shape of a heart, and small votive candles all over the place. But when we went to dinner, and they would not let us sit down because of some problem and started to escort back up the path to our room, they stopped at the pool enclosure and there was our private table surrounded by chandeliers, lanterns, a bonfire and champagne for a toast. Thank you to Melody, Amen and all the others that participated in this celebration.
After so many wonderful comments, I hate to discuss the South African Air flights, but they were very bad. I was in Business Class for only my second time, and the food, service, in-flight entertainment, bathroom maintenance, safety issues and more were very lacking for the $6005. I paid. The flat bed was GOOD!! I hope the comments that I made by letter to SAA will rectify my bad experiences, and if they make corrections, that future fliers will have much more rewarding flights.
Thank you, Clare, for being very professional and patient with me as we had many communications in the planning stages of this trip. I already have and will continue to recommend Wild Wings Safaris and you to my friends and family for a most enjoyable trip.