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1,125
Safaris Tour Reviews - Summary
99% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 859 Great 221 Average 16 Disappointing 4 Terrible 6
Value
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals
4.7

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Full on and very enjoyable August 2018

5.0

South Africa: Walking & Wildlife

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Really enjoyed this trip even though we probably did not chose the best time
of year to do this, April. Sayin that the weather was quite kind to us.
Letaba Game Reserve was a lovely start to our tour, the rangers at Mtomeni
Safari Camp were very knowledgeable and friendly, food, especially breakfast,
was very good. Permanent tents were much better than expected. Found the
safari section a little repetitive but still enjoyable. Early starts and then
pretty full on all day but never felt rushed. Loved the beach at St Lucia, a
relaxing few hours there was appreciated as allowed us to recharge our
batteries. Battlefields tour very interesting and would suggest if possible
that you try and get your guide to add in a visit to Rorkes Drift to complete
the story. Drakensburg was the highlight for me, good walking and marvellous
scenery.
Walking in the Drakensburg, very atmospheric and beautiful


Colly is a great tour leader prompt, helpful, considerate, accommodating,
knowledgeable and an excellent cook. Catered extremely well for this
vegetarian. Our driver Jojo is a very experienced careful driver who was a
great foil to Colly. Jojo is fun and also very knowledgeable especially about
recent South African history. A great team.


Walking for me was the top end of moderate as there are a lot of ascents and
descents on fairly rocky paths. Walking poles would have been useful. Don't
bother talking a lot of snacks with you as there are supermarket shops every
few days when you find most of what you want. Sandwich box very useful for
the packed lunches so that you do not end up with a soggy mess in a plastic
bag at the bottom of your rucksack. Music for the long bus trips was very
useful, recommend Graceland by Paul Simon.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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A trip of a lifetime August 2018

5.0

Gorillas & Masai Mara - Camping Reverse

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I believe there is nothing better than seeing animals in their natural
habitat and this trip gave me the privilege of seeing a family of 10 gorillas
in their home. It was a hard trek through the mountain forest (don’t
underestimate the difficulty, my trek was 6 hours!) but spending time
watching them was awe inspiring and will stay with me forever. The tour is
full on with each day adding yet another highlight as we travelled through
Ugandan and Kenyan game parks via Lake Victoria. The tour started with
gorillas and ended with the migration in the Masai Mara which I saw from a
sunrise balloon trip. The tour leader, driver, cook and assistant were
fantastic; I have never travelled with such a fun, kind, efficient and
professional team.
There were several; spending time in the company of gorillas, seeing lions,
leopards and cheetahs in the Masai Mara and seeing elephants and hippos in
the Queen Elizabeth National Pearl but perhaps the most thought provoking was
visiting the genocide museum in Kigali.


Jacob was excellent. He was calm, funny and had a very good ‘bush
telegraph’ for spotting animals.


Just go!


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Truly wonderful trip August 2018

5.0

Gorillas & Masai Mara - Camping Reverse

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was our third camping trip with Exodus and this is almost becoming our
preferred trip type - being cheaper doesn't hurt either. We were amazed at
the shear number of animals we saw in Kenya and Uganda long before we got to
the Gorilla area. We saw the big five, and mostly with babies!, great
scenery, wonderful lakes and rivers. Game drives were varied not only in the
nature of the country visited but also sometimes in the 'bus' sometimes in
4X4s and sometimes by boat. There were some longish drives but with lots to
look at, stops for snacks and toilets, and time to charge cameras etc for the
next stop. We felt very well looked after the whole time, and guided through
formalities of border crossings etc. We were a smallish group of nine which
meant we had lots of space, and we got on well.
I guess it has to be the gorillas - being so close and watching while they
just got on with their lives. The babies were adorable and the silverback
huge, but they seemed very peaceful.


Jacob was really great, as were the other members of the team - KFC,
Stonecold & Dolly. They looked after us really well and bought great calm and
humour to the whole trip. In many ways they made it possible for us to have
the great time we had.


I considered taking my walking gaiters but decided against it - almost the
first thing Jacob said was "I hope you all brought you gaiters for the
gorilla trek"! In fact we did well using two pairs of socks with the long
pair on the outside and trousers tucked into them. It worked out fine. Do use
a porter for the gorilla trek, it makes life a lot easier just having your
bag carried, and the occasional hand up, but it also brings much needed
employment to the local community.


We would highly recommend this trip - Go prepared for some early mornings,
some laughs, some drives but mostly some amazing sightings.


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Savour the moments August 2018

5.0

Chimps & Gorillas of Uganda - Reverse

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Excellent trip for both content and standard of Guide (David).
Watching the Gorilla's interacting within their family group. But also the
chimp treks were very inspiring.


Excellent


Bring gloves and gaiters (to ward of the ants)
The recommended wear on the gorilla and chimp treks is long sleeves and
trousers with trousers tucked into socks (if you don't have gaiters) and
proper 'jungle boots'.
Water proof jacket (as you may need it)
The gorilla treks were very strenuous. The short trek involved steep
descents and ascents. The medium trek was along gentler tracks until the
gorillas were sighted and then steep ascents and descents were required to
get to them.
Walking 'poles' (long sticks) are provided.


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L Thomas August 2018

5.0

Land of the Tiger

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wonderful trip. Just the right mixture of wildlife and culture. Can’t
describe the feeling when we first saw a tiger at close range. At a loss for
words. Sloth bear also made it a fabulous trip
Seeing a tiger at close range for the first time was awe inspiring. Literally
couldn’t speak. X


Vijay was fabulous. Made us feel very safe and helped us integrate with the
local people .


Take a bit more money than you think you will need. Most of our money went on
beers each day!!!


Fabulous holiday. Go with the flow. Train journey is not as bad as you think
it will be. X


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