Sanne De Jong Republic of South Africa
October 2017, BookAllSafaris
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!
Frist night in Trimikana was perfect, nice atmosphere and good beds!
Day after we headed to Marco's Treehouses, really cool place, but.... the 'tents'...
That aren't tents, it was a little 'thing' with 2 beds, no place for your luggage or even walking through the tent wasn't possible.
Good for kids, not for adults.
We gave ourself a little upgrade because it were our last days of the holiday and we didn't want to stay end it there.
After a little talk with Victor (really good guy) we got a bigger room (with 4 beds!! haha) and that was much better than the 'tent'
Branco M Slovenia
I booked this hotel by Viva safaris and it's worth. The cottages are well furnished in domestic style, spacious and extremely clean.
WiFi is available at lobby. The food are tasty and the staff are very friendly.
I went on a 5 days Lodge/Treehouse Kruger Park Safari operated by Viva Safari. Everything about the trip was amazing! All the staff knows you and refers to you by name. They were so efficient! The days were filled with activities and adventures and everything was so well organized - there was no wasted time waiting.
The guides were very knowledgeable and always happy to answer questions (not only related to the safari).
I enjoyed to food and having meals outside in the nature (In the winter season, bring warm clothes!)
We booked a 4 day Safari trip and stayed at Marc's tree house camp for 2 nights and it was excellent.
The room was big and the staff was very helpful but not the most comfortable place to walk around with a suitcase.
he Safari trips were amazing, got to see giraffes at camp and the other big 5 in our Safari trip.
My sleeping area was around the Campfire, It was amazing sleeping under the stars, a mattress and sleeping bag, amenities close by, at no time did I feel unsafe, The staff were incredible..WOW! great experience
Stayed here a couple of weeks ago. What an amazing time we had here. All staff were amazing. Clean rooms, rustic surrounds, meeting new people and the adventures, where over whelming. Each day anither new adventure. Experienced a few African massages, traveling in safari vehicles and viewing all the wildlife.
a traveler West Virginia
We booked a 3 day Safari through Viva Safaris (African Budget Safaris) and our second night was spent at Marc's Treehouse.
What an experience.
The house was more a cabin but very unique. Literally in the middle of the bush. The staff was amazing and even had our place decorated for our honeymoon. It's definitely a one of a kind place. They offer other accommodations too. Would recommend for a non-traditional, unexpected, pleasant surprise!
a traveler Germany
Absolutely enjoyed the Safari! I spent 5 days there: the stuff is very friendly and the guides know alot so you will learn many things about the african bush. Huge change to see all Big Five and watch the animlas in their natural habitat.
A Safari is an experience which will take your breath away.
Slavna P Chile
Amazing experience for someone who looks for a different experience. I stayed in a really confortable tent in the bush. The best part of this is it's people. The service is very nice and the food too.
Room Tip: The tree house is like a childhood dream. Very special.
a traveler Wisconsin
If you only read this part - my advice stay at least 4 nights! The 3 days safari is basically one day to Kruger area, one day in Kruger Park, and one day back to Johannesburg. Kruger is HUGE and it is a "hit or miss" if you will see any animals. We saw only a few. The animals and experiences only got better each day.
First, I read and read and read all the reviews about Viva Safaris. They were both positive and negative. YET - I was up for adventure and willing to jump far out of my comfort zone.
I registered for a 5 day, 4 night tour at Marc's Treehouse Camp. I had been staying in Johannesburg at a rented apartment for 9 days in Lonehill and pick up was right on time at my apartment (8:30am). The van was large, with a trailer behind for luggage. We spent the next 1.5 hours picking up other safari members throughout Johannesburg. Then we were off!! The total travel time to our first stop, Tremisana, was approximately five hours total. The first stop was a large travel plaza for snacks and coffee. Next stop for lunch (pre-ordered during the drive so it was ready when we arrived) at a small restaurant. The food was good. We made one more stop on the way for drinks, snacks, etc. I advise AGAINST purchasing snacks as the rule at camp is no food in the room due to monkeys.
We arrived at Temisana with plenty of time to check in, go to our rooms, change, and then on to our first game drive. The dinner under the Marula Tree Boma was the best food we had the entire stay. It may have been the atmosphere, but the Braai (BBQ) was fantastic. We had a visitor during the Braai - a baby elephant. We saw a few glowing eyes in the dark on our return to Tremisana, but not too many other things. The driver was very good spotting things with the spotlight.
The next day we took a bush walk. The two guides were EXCEPTIONAL and we saw numerous animals and learned about our surroundings. We saw a crocodile, many hippos (young and old) playing in the river, and about 40 baboons, along with birds, beetles, etc. In the afternoon we had a private game drive in Balule. We saw elephants, giraffes, a few lions, and some zebra. We even stopped at a Marula Tree and our guide picked up some Marula fruit for us to eat!
Transferred to Marc's Treehouse Camp. I was considered "most lucky" because I was assigned treehouse #5. I was quite excited! The "best" house that is 10 meters above the ground. It was quite the adventure. I was up early in the mornings to view the river, sitting on my small balcony on the small bench. The second morning I had a monkey sit on the bench next to me!!! Scary and exciting all at the same time. After two nights I requested a different house. I am 55 and just do not like bugs. I reached my tolerance level for them when a HUGE praying mantis was on my bed. It was 5 inches long in the body. That along with the 3 inch beetle that creeped out from under my bed at 6am one morning - - I was done. No screaming from me, just a quick swoosh out the door with assistance from the rug on the floor. This unit has no glass windows, only bars and roll down reed shades. One evening I had a monkey reach in around the secured shade to try and grab my backpack sitting on top of my suitcase. Yup, enough communing with nature!
Day 3 was spent in Kruger National Park. This tour is rain or shine, so be prepared! You ride to the area in the safari vehicle with plastic windows and canvas top. It was 88 degrees F and raining on our trip there. The group chose to keep the front window down and the sides up. We all had rain ponchos and it was not too bad. The driver would always ask us: "How much air conditioning?" Which means how fast do you want him to drive! Kruger is huge. The drivers keep in contact with other tour drivers in the park, yet game viewing was sparse the day we were there. We did see elephants, lions, and various birds. No rhino or water buffalo. Yet, I believe the driver tried his best!
Day 4 - for me one of the best days. There were only 3 of us left from our original group. Most people signed up for the 3 day tour. In the morning we went to Mohohololo Wildlife center. We arrived right before a large tour bus. We sat for the video and presentation and then split up into groups to go out into the wildlife area with cages, etc. It was POURING rain. The tour bus people decided to leave and it was just my party of 3 and our camp guide. We stayed in the shelter area and learned about the various birds in cages right outside. The rain lessened and as this was a "once in a lifetime experience" we decided to brave the rain. We got to watch the employees clean the wild dog area, we helped feed the lion, cheetah, and dogs! (Through the fence, of course.) Also we went into the vulture enclosure and tossed meat to most of the birds.
After our return to the treehouse camp, we changed, ate lunch, and then were off on another adventure, this time we were dropped off at Tshukudo to join others for a game drive. The rain had stopped and it was BEAUTIFUL. We saw ALL THE BIG 5 this time!!! The highlights were 1) the cheetah under a tree eating the animal she had killed earlier in the day; and 2) the lion up close and personal roaring!!
Back to the camp where I was now in treehouse #7. I had an indoor toilet and shower room. A double bed, and a huge glass window to view the river. There was a large deck on this unit also. Yay! I was able to take a shower without the monkeys watching!
Day 5 I declined the bushwalk early in the morning. We had our final breakfast at camp (there was a new group of 3 day people here now so the camp was full) and then the three of us were off on our way back to Johannesburg. A similar itinerary on the return, except we make a stop at Blyde River Canyon, which was spectacular.
I know this is long, details are good! With respect to food at camp, it is basic simple South African food. Sweet potatoes, stewed tomatoes, eggs, toast, chicken, etc. Not bad, but not 5 star luxury safari food. As a note, on our last day at the 5 star Tshukudu location they were having sandwiches for dinner!
One final note - as a solo travellers I had no problems at all. The other people were usually in groups of two, but were friendly and we all had fun together. There were a few other solo travellers, but each of those were on the 3 day tour.
A very nice place to stay which is also situated inside a game reserve. At night you could hear the lions roar, and in the morning you could see the buffalos drinking water. We heard rumors about a leopard that visited camp the morning before we arrived, but we didn't see it ourselves.
The rooms are clean, but its a rather long walk, so if you want to stay here you shouldn't have any problem walking.
The food is also good, but you need to be ever vigilant or the monkeys will steal your fruit or toast.
Room Tip: If you have problems walking, ask for cabin 10, it has some steps but it lies closer to main camp
Joakim A Sweden
Wow... This place gives you both adrenaline and lots of joy. We will NEVER forget when the leopard where killing an animal just by the river (<50 m from THE house) and screaming/calling just outside our house (<1 m). We could not take a breath until it was gone. When we were leaving we took a bush walk outside the camp and found a lot of footprints around the whole camp. Amazing!
* You do not get a more exciting place
* Very good information from Victor every night and morning.
* Very Informative and professional guides. Harrison is a killer in tracking leopards.
* Very beautiful surroundings. We stayed at treehouse No 2 with perfect view over the river. Breakfast is eaten at a very nice place.
* Everyday cleaning.
* Nice braii.
* A bit to soft beds.
* Depending on which cabin you get, it could be 200 m of dragging your heavy luggage in sand on a trail. Pack light ;)
a traveler Washington
We were traveling on a budget and they were able to accommodate. We saw the animals but also learned about them. The staff at Marc's and the guides with Viva were so helpful and patient with our kids. An experience you will cherish for sure!
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