Another great trip in Africa! Thank you for all arrangements including continuous follow up even during the trips. We have not faced any major issues or troubles, everything has been done smoothly. Simply, this is driven by your perfect arrangement and confirmation. Huge thanks to you and your team.
Last year, the trip in Kenya/ Tanzania was also great so let us share some highlights what were uniquely great this time in South-East Africa trip.
1. Very different type of safari experience vs. Kenya/ Tanzania: The beauty of Kenya/ Tanzania safari was such a big scale in terms of landscape view and the number of animals. For Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa safari including our ever first ‘walking safari’, we have experienced to try to find unique animals or birds more carefully. The guides also helped us to understand what the difference among similar species such as among variety of antelopes or variety of hornbills.
2. All great accommodations, specifically its environment & meal quality: In Kenya/ Tanzania, all locations were also great but meal quality was so-so. This time, we have enjoyed quality of meal through 2 weeks. DELTA camp was amazing in terms of view, the unique room (no window, fully opened!) where elephants have visited us. All meals were wonderful. SAVUTI camp, Ms Jeff was such a responsible, friendly, wonderful GM there. All meals were the best ranking by our kids. Chacma Bush camp was also beautiful location surrounded animals from morning to evening. We loved especially cold & warm breakfast after morning safari game. Kingdom Hotel was in the great location which is close to souvenir shops, restaurants and supermarkets.
3. Camp/ Lodge/ Guides staff were wonderful: All safari camp staff and safari guides were very kind, knowledgeable and they were always trying to support any requests from our family. I may highlight the last guide who has escorted our family on the last day in Johannesburg. Not only he brought us to Apartheid Museum, Mandera house and Soweto town as scheduled, he has showed us the downtown and the slum area close to Soweto (only taking a look from a car for safety purpose) for us to better understand the different level of life quality in South Africa which we still clearly observed. This was a memorable experience for us and helped us to understand Apartheid history in South Africa a bit more.
4. Unique transportation ways: Cessna flights, Helicopter ride, small boats made of sausage trees, all of them are ever 1st time rides for us. Such an exciting experience for everyone!
5. Last but not least, all immigration process were smooth at Botswana entry, Zimbabwe entry and South Africa with the child birth certificate (and we brought our marriage certificate as well). Also, no trouble for 3 times DELTA Cessna flights because of our soft baggage (not suitcases, this is important), thanks to your advices in advance.
We were informed in the last minutes before our departure about exceptionally dry water situation which might limit our safari experience. We got a bit worry in advance but anyway this was uncontrollable and no choice. Despite this heads up, at the end 2 weeks trip was amazing for all factors. We wish we could come back to Africa in near future for another great experience, hopefully in another part of Africa!
Review by Loftmatratze1 month ago
We were extremely pleased with the personalised service that we received with each of our activities. Our canoeing and rafting adventures were unforgettable experiences, as were our African Queen cruise, the Chobe day trip and our helicopter flight over the falls. Our accommodation at the Protea Hotel also exceeded our expectations, with the Livingstone staff always willing to assist with any request. All in all, a wonderful initiation to Zambia !
Thank you so much for organising such a memorable trip !
Review by Laulie1 month ago
Bronwyn was unbelievably helpful, and was able to offer first hand advice.
The camp we booked surpassed our expectations and the planning of everything including every transfer, journey etc went according to plan and better than hoped - we had our dream holiday thanks to Bronwyn.
Review by Ardinia1 month ago
We started off using a different agency for our safari trip. But things fell apart when we weren't getting timely responses and the quote for the trip continued to escalate due to high season bookings. I was happy and relieved to find Bronwyn from African Budget Safaris. She was responsive and extremely helpful. She put my worries at ease. She understood our timelines, our budget and our level of comfort. We booked 2 separate tours with African Budget Safaris that we worked into the rest of our trip. We did the 7-day Windhoek/Botswana/Vic Falls excursion. It was a 12-person small group tour, but our family of 4 ended up being the only people on the trip. That left us with lots of room to stretch out on the bus and personalized service. We got to know our guide and driver so well, that we had a farewell dinner after the tour ended. During this 7-day trip, we opted for the Okavango Delta upgrade. We felt this was a highlight of our trip and well worth the money. It was in a beautiful, remote area. The personalized service and variety of animals we saw exceeded our expectations. Our safari guide was top notch! We really enjoyed the second tour group experience which was centered around Victoria Falls. With so much to see and do there, it kept us busy, with enough down time to enjoy the hotel and surrounding restaurants. I think a great trip starts with the booking agent. I knew I struck gold with Bronwyn. I could sense her sincerity and willingness to help get us have the trip of a lifetime, which we did. Naturally, we heard the call of the Fish Eagle a bunch times on our trip. So, you know . . . we'll be back!
Review by RodgerDodger1 month ago
Ingrid was awesome setting up the trip of a lifetime that went flawless for myself and my wife
The pre and post safari accommodations at the Outlook lodge were very nice with convenient shopping within walking distance
Will be planning another trip in the near future and Ingrid will be our agent
Thanks again for a wonderful experience
Greg and Peggy
Ft Lauderdale Florida
Review by Kajie1 month ago
I enjoyed my six day Budget safari In September 2019. As a former
mountaineer I especially liked staying in a small tent in a quiet
corner of the large camp. My two different guides were excellent
even for identifying birds. All the major animals were also named.
This was an economy trip and excellent value for money. I would
rate African Budget Safaris highly and suitable for those looking
for genuine safari experience at modest cost.
Review by CGermino Riksaasen1 month ago
Chris at African Budget Safari helped us plan our family’s 18 day kruger and coast safari. He was always quick to answer my emails and to offer suggestions when we were in the early stages. The safari with my husband and 18 yr old twin boys was so much more than we could have imagined. I shopped around a lot and am so happy to have chosen African budget safari. Everywhere we stayed was beautiful and even better than I could have imagined. Don’t Be fooled by the name this is amazing! We were quoted by some other places 2 and 3 x the amount we paid for this once in a lifetime experience. South Africa is amazing and the memories, food, places and people we shared it with will be with us forever! Thanks for a job well done!
Review by Froiliana Semelroth1 month ago
Daniel worked with me on a trip to celebrate my sons 30th!
He was so patient and worked hard to make the trip a success. We just arrived back yesterday and I couldn't wait to send a review. Weather was not on our side and some of the activities we had planned were cancelled and moved. Daniel was right there to change the arrangements and make sure I still had room and to rearrange all the details. I was very impressed. Very appreciative. Don't let the word budget fool you, you gets first class service from them. Thank you for helping make one of my life long dreams come true.
Review by Säloa1 month ago
My first time with African Safari and I must say, what a bliss and a blind blowing experience! We had an awesome time in Namibia!From when making our last minute booking with Claire Monson, she handled it very well and found a package that suited me and my little girl in a very short period. I absolutely was blown away by her vast knowledge & passion of our mother Africa, and she motivated me to go for another safari next year!
We went on a 7 days camping tour with Kennedy as our tour guide and Peter as our driver from chameleon Safaris ....wow! These guys made me & my child fall in love with Namibia! It was our first time camping and they made us feel comfortable and taught us many things that we didn’t know! We now can pitch our own tent! The food was scrumptious and always on time, they made sure our dietary requirements we met. Their knowledge about Namibian history, nature & tourism left us feeling like wanting to come back for more. They were very patient, hilarious, organized and looked after after us very well.
We are definitely sold and already counting sleeps until our next African adventure with African budget safaris. Claire Monson is a legend and has outdone herself organizing the trip for us. Thank you❤️
Review by Latasheka1 month ago
This is our second time working with Claire with African Budget Safaris. She first helped us with our trip to South Africa in 2016 - we did the Garden Route Tour and added Cape Town Short Stay Package. The transfers, lodges, and meals were amazing. We were able to cross off many from our bucket list and also got engaged on our last night in Cape Town! Our most recent trip that Claire helped us with was our Tanzania/Zanibar honeymoon in September 2019! She helped us plan our climb of Kilimanjaro and our relaxation stay at Zanzibar. Everything was seamless! From transportation, lodges, meals, guides/tours - everything was amazing and still unbelievable! She provided us with detailed information from what to expect/plan/pack for Kilimanjaro to the last minute notice of getting a visa upon entry to Tanzania. Claire has been a blessing to work with in planning our trips! We are already thinking of when and where to visit next and can't wait to work with her again! Thank you Claire and African Budget Safaris!
Review by LylyLu1 month ago
African Budget Safaris as supported us in organization of our private Namibia Overland tour.
- Very good guide : clear in communication, proactive in managing situations, always available to support us and with a good knowledge of the places visited,
- Very good cooking
- Good overland truck
- Great program
- adequate accommodations
- camping good for places and materials
A special thanks to Claire for the time and passion put in organizing of our travel.
Review by Eodtech1 month ago
The wildlife viewing was spectacular, far exceeded our expectations. The lodging was great with excellent meals. I can honestly recommend this safari.
Review by Shihao1 month ago
We had an amazing time on the 4 Day Kruger Park Eco Camp Safari at nThambo and 5 Day Botswana Okavango Mokoro & Savuti Wildlife Safari. Africa is a beautiful place full of surprises and warm, friendly people. The safari/lodge staff were very accommodating and the trackers/guides were extremely knowledgeable. Our group of ten really enjoyed the the nThambo treehouse accommodations; the little touches at Oddball's including the bucket shower; and the vibe and outdoor space at Camp Savuti, especially the nightly fire out below the expansive sky talking about the day (especially finally finding the elusive leopard). Everyone agreed the food was phenomenal. The wildlife viewing excellent. Really, everything was top notch! Our tours included a mix of three different lodging types as well as safari experiences (i.e. drives, walks, mokoro) - highly recommend a combination.
Thanks to African Budget Safaris and Claire Monson for helping us plan this incredible trip. Every detail was considered and all the communication was great! Definitely recommend working with African Budget Safaris to book your trip.
Review by JoJooooo1 month ago
Genuine and totally satisfying. Excellent communication during the booking process and excellent coordination and service during the safari. Not super high end but just right - a real African safari experience. Our trip included stays in three locations - Chobe safari lodge, and Moremi crossing and Rra Dinare camps. Food was very satisfactory, guides were excellent and staff friendly and gracious.
Review by Sohaiel2 months ago
We used African budget safaris to organize and plan our once in a lifetime African safari family of 5 trip in July 2019 coming from USA.
I have to say this was an excellent choice. Their staff (Chris) was very professional, responsive, detailed and answered all our questions we had ahead of booking and after booking and before our trip to make sure any concerns we had on logistics and arrangements were all addressed.
In addition African Budget Safaris picked an outstanding safari company for our Kenya/Tanzania 11 day safari trip, including excellent accommodations, experience and safe drivers and guides that were also able to help us with accommodation on our additional days we stayed after our safari was complete.
Chris even arranged flexibility in how we paid for our trip and gave us recommendations on travel insurance as well among other things.
Everything went pretty much as Chris has planned with little to no changes with the safari company, which is a testament to how well African Budget Safaris a relationship they have with the safari companies they use.
All in all I would definitely recommend using African Budget Safaris to anyone planning an African safari trip as it is not really possible to arrange directly yourself with the safari companies (there are many of them that vary in quality, experience etc.).
Review by Jacha2 months ago
Helped with NOT 1 but 2 Tented Safaris, They are the BEST and I would book with them again and again. Great people Great Feedback.
Review by DNewb2 months ago
Working with African Budget Safaris to plan our trip was a great experience. Bronwyn was knowledgable, responsive, and happily answered all of my many questions. All of the arrangements were made through African Budget Safaris and she paired us with a safari camp that more than met our expectations. It was truly the trip of a lifetime! I would definitely recommend African Budget Safaris.
Review by Marlor2 months ago
African Budget Safaris gives A+ service. They were attentive and quick to respond to my questions as we made plans for this once in a lifetime trip. I would recommend them to anyone who wants a unique and exciting trip to Africa. Africa is what they do and it shows.
Review by Yaowalak2 months ago
For the second year I booked my African Adventure with Claire and if I did so is because the first time was unforgettable!! Everything went well also this year, from the booking and all the information before departure to the safari with Chameleon Windhoek. The guide, the accommodation, the safari itself were even better than I expected.
I am already thinking about the next one!
Thank you Claire.
Review by Beverton2 months ago
We were on a safari in Kenya from July 27 to August2, 2019 and went to Samburu national park, Lake Nakuru and Masai Mara. We had a absolutely great time and the planning was followed up to perfection, Chris from African Budget Safaris helped us with our planning and was always available to respond to our queries at any time. Jimmy , our tour guide/ driver from Asali Adventures was very informative and did a great job, He went out of his way to show us around and were very patient with us. We could not have asked for a better guide.This was our first trip to Africa but definitely not our last.Thanks to Chris from African Budget Safaris ,Joyce Mbote and Jimmy from Asali Adventures safaris and tours.
Review by Dukadam Smallsbury2 months ago
Unique experience!! I’d definitely do this again!
Review by Leiane2 months ago
ABS, and in particularly Bronwyn were first class in ensuring that the booking went smoothly, the information flow kept coming and that all are questions were answered in a timely manner. Even the international payment system was easy and secure to use.
Faultless - thank you!
Review by Mariandaniel Nevard2 months ago
Thanks to African Budget Safaris we had the vacation of a life time. A big Thank you to Ingrid who looked after our reservation/trip.
Everything worked very well, information arrived timely and Ingrid never tired of answering our questions;-) Last but not least payments were handled efficiently.
Review by Tahaafe2 months ago
Third excellent Safari managed by African Budget Safaris. In all of them, I passed a lovely time.
Review by Catbear2 months ago
Harriet did an excellent job for us. She always responded promptly to my (many) queries, and worked hard to create a custom itinerary for our dream safari vacation.