Best Safari in 10 trips to Africa, awesome guide, great camping, incredible desert beauty and wildlife!!
I have done a LOT of camping in African and around the world and the week long adventure I did with Kalahari Safaris was the best I have ever done. The safari was incredible and I had the best game viewing I have ever had including all 10 trips I have made in Africa.
Pieter from Kalahari Safaris was amenable, professional and super friendly right from my very first contact with them. The organisation of my private safari was seamless and I couldnt be happier with the price – a fantastic deal for what you get. Great value for money. I spent a week in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park including a couple of nights in the remote Botswanana side where there were few other people (we saw 2 vehicles in 3 days!) and incredible truly ‘wild’ wildlife. Much more inside nature than on the South African side.
Nevertheless, the camps on the South African side are excellent and doing a safari with a mix of all the different places is the way to go. Aside from the wild remote unfenced Botswanan camps I spent nights in the South African unfenced camps as well and a couple of nights in fenced camps where you can get ice for a cold one in the afternoon!! (There was even a pool!)
I was astounded at the game viewing. I went in early November and saw the first rains hit the desert to spectacular effect but being the end of the dry season animals were easily seen in the bush and found around the waterholes. In a week I saw 24 lions, 16 cheetah (16!!!! insane!), 3 brown hyaena, spotted hyaena, all the antelope including my favourite Kudu, 3 African Wildcats, giraffes and dozens of smaller animals like bat-eared foxes and birds galore. My guide Andre was a genius as just ‘knowing’ when something was around. I consider myself reasonably well versed in some of the arts of locating game but he found things by his gut! He would maximise on the time we could spend watching the game in every way from getting up before dawn to leave camps at the earliest possible moment to cooking our meals late because we arrived back right at closure time. They were even able to fiddle with the itinerary en route to adjust to my changes in mind!!
I cannot say enough good things about this company, my guide and the safari. Not to mention the incredible Kgalagadi TF Park.
The camping gear was top of the range I had the most delicious vegetarian food prepared for me that I have ever experience on any kind of trip I have done which is really saying something and the whole experience was super comfortable.
I would recommend this company and their tours (follow Pieter’s advice regarding the route and itinerary he really knows whats the best thing for you!) 100% to anyone looking for a fantastic and super comfortable, well-guided and organised adventure into the estraordinarily beautiful Kalahari desert.