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Adrian Bryant

from Sri Lanka, April 2023

"Everything run very smoothly despite load shedding"

The transfer drivers were on time and drove very safely. The guides were informative and drove well. The food was very tasty.


from Switzerland, May 2022

"Good Safari - Confusing lodge and driver setup"

Good Safari guides - although guides change every day. Very good food. Good animal viewing experience.


from United States, March 2022

"Great 6 Day Viva Safari"

The friendliness & professionalism of all the staff - guides & camp domestic staff. DEELENA, our cook & room cleaner was great! Thank you.

Your above listed guide names are out of date & not applicable for our stay.

All our GUIDES were fabulous:

RAYMOND, TONY & Yurri (just one drive). All were very knowledgeable & fun & gave us great drives. Thank you all!

Thanks to, to George, for our safe drives from/to Jo'Burg.

Rob Lawley

from Great Britain, February 2020

the whole experience was very good

Colin Cunningham

from Great Britain, October 2019

"Brilliant family experience"

The holiday was full on. The 6 days on safari were amazing. Each safari was very different, we managed to see the Big Five.

The two teenagers aged 13 and 16 had a brilliant time. The accommodation had an authentic African feel. The beds were comfortable and the lodges were kept very clean. One night there was a power cut and the candle lit meal was a wonderfully memorable experience.

The teenagers managed to stroke a cheetah!!!

I would highly recommend the Viva Safari company they were excellent.

Christine Steiner

from Germany, August 2019

"bush walk"

Die Informationen und die ganze Atmosphäre am Fluss.

Gilles Isabet

from France, August 2019

"no animals et lodge very dirty"

Susana Perez

from Spain, July 2019

"Todos los guias muy bien y el personal de los alojamientos e"

El personal de los alojamientos.Sobretodo Pretty.

Gregory Stewart

from Australia, July 2019

I had a wonderful experience from the first moment Claudette welcomed us until we left. Accommodation was fine as was the food. Could not ask for nor expect more unless going 5 star. LOL Everything I required from safari to food and bed was catered for. Thanks Viva

Samantha Mathewson

from United States, June 2019

"Perfect Safari Experience"

Everything was wonderful! It was the perfect start to our adventure honeymoon. The food, accommodations and tour guides were all amazing!

Josefina Fontana

from United Arab Emirates, June 2019

"Amazing SOLO holidays "

It was my first time doing a safari, and by myself!! I was a little bit nervous at the begging about the whole trip.. but everything was better than what I expected! They picked me up on time from the airport and from that moment I started to meet people, and we went in different rides, bush walks, dinners !!!! The guides are the best thing of this trip definitely !!! Thanks to Shannon, Bernard, and Janneman specially for being so helpful, for giving us so much knowledge and for being so nice!!! I’m hoping to come again soon !! I recommend this trip 100 percent, I think it’s a life time experience to see all the animals in the wild...

Guido Nicolo De Luca

from Italy, April 2019

The place, the nature, the beautiful animals, most of the guides were very good, the chef at Katekani was very good. The time planning of the activities was always precise and well organized.

Gudrun Treffer

from Austria, April 2019

"Action and fun Safari"

Sehr freundliches Team. Hat immer alles perfekt geklappt und sehr pünktlich. Tolle Erfahrungen mit den Baumhäusern. Safari war top... Hatten einen super Guide.

Rafat Mandwee

from United States, March 2019

"Once in a lifetime experience "

I am a world traveler and being on safari was absolutely amazing. Viva safaris were very accommodating to us and their tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. One of the most breathtaking experiences was the dinner we had in the middle of the woods. It was so gorgeous to be having delicious foods while gazing at the stars surrounded by animals in the wild. Highly recommended

Leslie Osborn

from United States, March 2019

"The three from Canada"

We had a great experience ! Our guide were full of information ,and made the trip excellent we got to see the Big Five , The return back to Marc's was always greeted with such positive words and Colette is so amazing especially when we were load sharing power after the cyclone. Dining by candle light just set the mood after a fun day out with the wind in our hair cameras in had and binoculars around our neck.

Michael Odendaal

from Taiwan, March 2019

"A memorable experience"

The professionalism with which tours were arranged and their knowledge of the local fauna and flora were a real eye-opener.

Nicola Taricco

from Belgium, February 2019

"Great experience"

Excellent facilities; staff make you feel in the real Africa; thanks to the guides Shannon, Bernard and Victor: super! And also thanks to Colette who was great in welcoming us!

Caroline Gilhard

from France, February 2019

"Great holiday and great people "

Accommodation, car, itinerary, staff: all were great

Kenneth B Mikel

from United States, February 2019

"Good Tours but Not as Described "

The day at Kruger was great. The bush camp was outstanding. Staying at Tremisana was OK. Marc’s Camp was not at all what I expected. It was not a tree house but more like a wooden shack on stilts. Animals roaming around free in the camp at night should have been better explained. It’s a full day by van from Joburg to Tremisana. Did get to see some amazing wild life with good explanations. The trip to the animal rescue place and the bush camp were the best experiences. All the people I dealt with were exceptionally friendly and helpful, especially Pretty at Tremisana.

Oswaldir Mantovani Filho

from Brazil, January 2019

"Amazing experience!"

It was a fantastic journey the 5 days reserved with Viva Safari. Varied activities and always very well enjoyed. It is amazing to be able to have contact with so many fascinating animals.

Massimo Melloncelli

from Italy, January 2019

"Excellent first safari experience"

Excellent organization both from pick up to airport and during the stay at Trimisana. Spartan room but there is what you need. Abundant breakfast and really honest bar prices. Excellent game lineup without moments of boredom

S.h. Van Der Goot

from Netherlands, January 2019

"Goed georganiseerd, geweldige ervaring"

De variatie in types safari’s

Elise Longueville

from France, December 2018

"Un safari au top ! "

Viva safari c’est l’assurance d’un Safari réussi ! L’organisation est très bien faite et tout s’est deroulé a merveille. Le pickup et le drop off dans Joburg ont été parfaits, la route est longue mais il a de nombreux stops pour des cafés, des pauses toilettes et les déjeuners. Nous avons rencontré beaucoup de personnes et c’etait très sympa à chaque fois. Les chauffeurs conduisent très bien ! Arrivée sur place nous sommes parties faire un sunset drive et un barbecue dans le bush: incroyable (girafes, éléphants, léopard !!!!) merci Shanon notre super guide puis retour à notre lodge de très bonne qualité (les 3 lodges sont très bien mais ont des standings differents: vous pourrez donc choisir en fonction de vos goûts !) Le deuxième jour, une journée à Kruger vraiment exceptionnelle, les deux guides que nous avons eu ont étaient supers. Toutes les personnes qui travaillent pour Viva safaris sont très aidantes et souriantes !! La qualité des repas est vraiment irréprochable (si vous êtes végétariens ou vegans ils s’occupent de tout!)

En conclusion, je recommande Viva safari à 100% !

Charlotta Sabel

from Sweden, December 2018

"5 days safari Christmas 2018"

We have a guide name Victor in Kruger Park he was exelent.

Zsófia Kőszegi

from Hungary, December 2018

"Nice safari with some bad happenings"

I liked the programs and when we were actually out and about, and loved the accomodation at Tremisana Lodge on the first day.

Roland Waser

from United States, December 2018

"Tolle Safari"

Die Guides waren alle sehr gut. Sehr viele Tiere gesehen.

Die Unterkunft Ezulwini Game Lodge war in allen belangen hervorragend.


from Germany, December 2018

"Wunderschöne Tage mit Viva Safaris"

Das Programm war durchdacht und gut geplant, Verpflegung und Unterkunft sehr gut. Die Guides sind alle sehr engagiert und sympathisch, vermitteln mit Begeisterung und Humor Wissen über die Natur und Umwelt - vielen Dank für die schönen Eindrücke!

Es waren grandiose Tage mit eindrucksvollen Begegnungen, die wir nicht vergessen werden!


from Great Britain, November 2018

"Amazing 6 day safari "

Charl, Nico and Jordan were all fantastic guides that are clearly passionate about what they do and full of knowledge. The accommodation was very comfortable and clean. All areas of the safari were very organised with helpful members of staff. Food was amazing with large portions and a good variety. Overall a fantastic experience and value for money. Would highly recommend.

Reinhold Köhler

from Germany, November 2018

"Niko und Raimond waren gute guids. "

Sie waren begeistert und haben uns viel von Ihrem Wissen über die Natur weitergegeben.

Rodrigo León Masson

from South Africa, November 2018

"Marc's Tree House hasn't tree houses except one."

Very nice food and people each place. A lot of animals in Marcs Tree House. Very nice bush dinner

Jennifer Bender

from Germany, November 2018

"Tolles Erfahrung für bestes Preis "

Eigentlich alles. Die Freundlichkeit und Kenntnis von den ganzen Staff und Rangers; Umgebung; Atmosphäre; gutes Essen; Schlafgelegenheit; Auswahl an Accommodation; Aktivitäten. Ich fühlte mich endlich zuhause.

Holger Kahle

from Russia, November 2018

Glenn Samuel

from Australia, November 2018

"quality and value"

I loved being in the midst of everything - the noises and smells. Felt very safe and in capable hands with all of our guides. Hotel staff too are excellent - friendly polite and professional. Had a great trip thanks to you guys.

Brian Timms

from Australia, October 2018

Vegetarian food good

Good opportunities for game viewing

Staff pleasant to deal with

Ioana Vieriu

from Austria, October 2018

"Super experience "

It was the first time we did a safari and I must say it was an amazing experience! We stayed in Tremisana Game Lodge for 3 nights. We loooved the morning game drives, the bush walk, afternoon game drives and sunset watching and of course the trip to Kruger National Park !The food was very tasty and we had a big diversity to choose from. The wiew from the Tremisana Game Lodge it was super as we often got to see animals just by enjoying our meal or a cold drink.

The guides are very funny and they try all the time to make your experience better. We saw a lot of animals by the drives in the area of the lodge and we almost made the big 5(we missed the lepard). I must say though that the most amount of animals we saw in the Kruger Park.

At return we took the Panoramic wiew with the Blyde River Canyon which was amazing! Totally recommend it!

We heard from other tourists that the tents and tree houses from the same company are also a great choiche😁 If you want a real safari experience I totally recommend the Company!

Maureen Mitchley

from New Zealand, October 2018


the lovely people I met and the nightly camp fire :) the smell of the bush . Hearing the lions roar during the night. The Nyla buck that wonder through the camp the family of mongoose that scurry about. The friendliness of the staff.

Elisabeth Nachbar

from Austria, September 2018

"Great experience - would recommend it and come again !"

Everything was just like we expected it to be. Food was good, accommodation too. Very well organized although we first tought it's not: we were always on time, everybody got into the right cars and everything worked out very well. Thanks for having us!

Lisa Jones

from Australia, September 2018

"Truly wonderful"

The friendly, knowledgable, entertaining drivers/guides (Nico was an absolute delight), from the beginning of the journey at Johannesburg to the end of the six days, made the safari (and the sighting of the big five on the first day) a complete experience. The food and accommodation were wonderful, particularly at Katekani - the 'tent', Nmsa's hosting and Dudu's cooking far exceeded our expectations (thank you again for the bobotie; sensational). We will never forget our safari and Katekani - thank you!

Hilton Way

from Philippines, September 2018

"Fantastic Experience - highly recommended"

The location was second to none, guides and staff were amazing, especially Nico and Charl. Food was great - overall experience was awesome.

Albert Stiekel

from South Africa, September 2018

"Not value for money"

The tours outside and inside Kruger park were very good. The guides were very enthousiatic and very friendly

Maud Beal

from Great Britain, August 2018

"Overall good experience in South Africa"

Everything has been handled from the pick up to our hotel until our return. The drive was quite long from Johannesburg to the reserve but as expected. The experience was nice, people were friendly and lovely, we did many game drives and saw quite a lot of animals. The bush walk is really good to get the story on animals, how they live and how they behave.

Roberto Salvaggio

from Italy, August 2018

The lovely people from the guides to the drivers including the staff of Tremisana Lodge.

The guides are all well prepared and able to identify even the smaller animals in the bushland.

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center.

The night Drive Mbapule Reserve

Tsipi Erann

from Israel, July 2018

"Great once in a lifetime experience!"

I got to see all the big five! That is an achievement :)

All the staff at the lodges were amazing, kind and helpful. I felt valued and well-taken care of. The guides, for the most part, were friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed every activity. I felt that the variety of game drives and bush walks was fantastic.

The accommodations were great too.

I was very lucky to meet interesting and friendly people to share this experience with, and enjoyed the communal feeling at the lodge during meals and hanging out at the bar/reception/wi fi areas. I was also lucky with the weather, which was perfect, and as a bonus I got to view the record-breaking lunar eclipse. I couldn't be happier.

Laura Ibern

from Spain, July 2018


Our guide Elias in Tremisana was amazing!

And in Tree House too but I don't remember his name (sorry,)

All in general was perfect.

Roberta Macleod

from Australia, July 2018

"Kruger "

Our stay at the lodge was amazing. Henry the chief is outstanding. The room was excellent and the mongoose was a fun little inclusion.

Violet Chow

from Singapore, July 2018

"African adventure"

Stephane Binder

from France, May 2018

"4 days Safaris May 19 to 22th, 2018"

I request a quote one week before the Safaris, very good responds time, email communication was good and reactive. Always on time during the 4 days safaris. I have requested to be in advance at the airport to catch my flight, I was on time Thx.

Food was good. The Viva safaris team was all very nice.

Kelly Willmott

from Australia, April 2018

Seeing the animals on safari

Marnie Gibson

from Australia, April 2018

"Great experience, would highly recommend!"

The safari guides were incredibly knowledgeable, personable and made the whole experience valuable and fun. I loved the sense of respect paid to the environment and animals, it was great to see. The people on the tour and that were employed by Viva are all great people, was clear how passionate and enthusiastic everyone was, seemed more than just a job which was obvious and great to experience as a customer.

Karoline Haschberger

from Finland, April 2018

Guides were very motivated and sharp-eyed during the tours. Wildlife was amazing. Enjoyed being well taken care of.

Son Nguyen

from Ireland, April 2018


Stuff was really nice. My two guides Eva (france) and Nico (ZA) were excellent.

Solly and lucky are also really cool guys.

The vehicles are in really good shape.


from Great Britain, March 2018

The trip was very well organised and packed in a lot in a short amount of time

Carolyn Griebe

from United States, March 2018

Marco wasn’t my guide. I had Raymond, Shannon, Victor, Nico. They were all excellent

John Mckillip

from United States, March 2018

"Best trip ever"

Great trip everything was wonderful

Cathy Dulac

from South Africa, March 2018

"Kruger safari"

The staff were super helpful to me and I loved the game drives so much!

Krystal Succar

from United States, March 2018

"Incredible Experience "

Amazing guides! Highly recommend Shannon (Dusty), victor, and our all time favorite Charl! Great activities, always had something interactive and learned a lot! Food and accommodation was GREAT, the tree house is in the middle of the reserve and you get to see animals all around at all times. They take you to various game drives around town- giving you so many opportunities to see the big 5! The rehab center and bush walk were one of a kind experiences!

Abdulaziz Al Shedayed

from Saudi Arabia, March 2018

"New Experience"

The animals, the group

Elena Quirini

from Italy, February 2018

"5 days tree house safari with Viva Safari"

I liked the Tremisana Lodge and the Marc's tree house camp too, but this one is a disaster in case of rain. The women staff was fantastic.

Linda Moffat

from Philippines, January 2018

"Safari experience"

Bush walk and sundowner and associated guides best.

Hans Norgaard

from Denmark, January 2018

A very friendly and familiar atmosphere with very enthusiastig staff.

Vanessa Rother

from Austria, January 2018

"AwesoioehfAAAAAAAAAAisjdAwesome Experience"

We loved the whole experience!! We've seen many animals and the rangers and guides went above and beyond to make that possible. Everybody was very friendly and really funny. We had the best time!! Thank you!

Sohel Potia

from Saudi Arabia, January 2018

"Excellent and very good helpful guides"

The friendliness of the guides especially Victor and Tax. They were very funny and Red was especially knowledgeable and had tremendous experience and a lovely humour.

Giorgio Corinaldesi

from Italy, January 2018


the safari and the animals of course

Francisco Lorenzo De Toro Garcia

from Sweden, January 2018

"Need to improve "

Good breakfast ,transportation from /to the hotel to Lodges

Tina Angelica Zareba

from Denmark, December 2017

"A Danish girl in the Krüger "

I really liked that I was traveling with the same people from the beginning. I had booked the tour on my own, so I was a little bit nervous being alone all the time (first time traveling by myself!) - but to my big surprise it turned out to be one of the best experiences I have ever had!

The people at the lodge was really friendly and when we ate dinner with the guides and camp manager, we really got to talk about subject you wouldn't be able to discuss otherwise.

I really liked that everything was taken care of, so I shouldn't think about anything as soon as I sat down in the minibus to Kruger!

Brian Nelb

from United States, December 2017

"If you like camping, you'll enjoy this more than we did."

Food service staff were very nice, food was pretty good, and our driver the first night was very knowledgeable.

The AC at our first location was strong and good.

Francesca Vicario

from Italy, December 2017


Ernst Dr. Kret

from Austria, December 2017

Bertine Riezebos

from Sweden, December 2017

"Great diverse safari"

Nice to have different drives and guides are really focused on making sure you get to see the animals. The camps were good and food was very good too.

Eric Houzelot

from France, December 2017

"VIVA SAFARIS a good way To discover african wildlife. "

Very professional and nice staff . Qualified rangers .

This lodge makes you feel like in a family, in humain dimensions.

Rachel Challinor

from Great Britain, December 2017

"3 days on Safari"

It was good how the drive was broken up by relevant activities so you weren't sitting for too long. Our day in Kruger was just perfect, saw everything we needed to.

Jeanette Pelham

from Australia, December 2017

"First Safari"

We both loved the whole experience and very happy we booked with Viva! Great value for money on this budget safari we saw the big5, went on a variety of drives, bushwalk and activities. Had great accommodation, we stayed 3 of vivas properties. We really appreciated the staff at Katekani tented lodge for making my beautiful birthday cake and singing happy birthday to me on my 60th birthday morning! Also a special thankyou to Rex, Jo, Victor, Nikko, Charr and Ruth!

Hyunkyung Kwon

from South Korea, December 2017

Accomodation and guide

Monica Körner

from Sweden, December 2017

Matthew Veerhuis

from Australia, November 2017

"marcs camp and Kruger safari"

All the activities were top class

Sanne De Jong

from South Africa, October 2017

"Bush nights, walks & more"

What I really liked about our stay was the staff, who we're enthousiast, friendly and excited about the trip and everything else.

What I also liked were the desserts..

But I didn't came for desserts, I came to spot some cool wild animals in their natural habitat. And that's what we did & that was amazing!