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“1st time safari, It was good (3.5)”

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63 reviews
22 helpful votes
“1st time safari, It was good (3.5)”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

I don't have any comparison since this is my first time safari; but I can say we're quite satisfied to be able to do safary for 1 day at Hwange. As per our guide/ranger, Hwange is the 3rd largest safari park after Serengeti (Tanzania) and Kruger (South Africa).

For the big 5, We saw, Lion 2 times (in the morning and in the afternoon), Elephants (in the afternoon)- in fact they grazing in the same place we saw lion in the morning, buffalow and rhino.

For non big 5, we saw: Kudu, Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra, Painted dog, Wild dog, Small bucks, crocodile, wilderbeast, whartog, and many other.

We spent $500 for 2 persons for 1 day safari; it include the ranger and they provide lunch (don't expect too much for the lunch). We stayed at Zambezi river lodge and someone at concierge arranged this for us.

Until we do the Serengeti or Mara River, I think it was a good 1st time experience on safari.

Thank Dsinaga
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14 reviews
25 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

We stayed in Hwange park for two nights.

It was wet, but we still saw a great array of animals.

Unfortunately no rhino it seems there, lots of elephants, zebra and giraffes.

We we're lucky to see one lion as they were scarce with the rain.

Track roads in General were fine, we were comfortable in the 4x4

Thank umlf
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Paphos, Cyprus
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159 reviews
78 helpful votes
“Great place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

I cold not believe the amount of game we saw. We had one morning and one evening game drive. it was just amazing to drive down the road thro the most amazing unspoilt scenery and see so many animals. We saw a cheetah which most of the locals had never seen. The waterholes were abundant with animals some playing some fighting, crocodiles lazing in the sun waiting for lunch to walk by. We were very lucky to have our own private tour, it was just wonderful to see so many animals in their natural environment. Groups of lions just strolling along the road, hippo's, zebra's, gigantic ostriches, list just goes on and on. Whilst there make a trip to the Painted Dog Sanctuary well worth a visit.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews
1 helpful vote
“great place to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

very wild and unspoiled feel, not crowded or "zoo like". The roads suffering a bit from the rain, but that added to the adventure. Nice to see a wonderfully big space free for animals to roam.

Thank rebecca g
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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4 reviews
5 helpful votes
“Camp Somalisa Acacia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

Wow! If you are ever thinking of doing a safari and your not sure which one to visit. Do youself a favour and book at least 2 nihgts into Camp Somalisa Acacia in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. When we were first thinking of visiting Africa, everyone recommended the okavago delta. As soon as we started looking at our options, the prices were unbearable and we decided to go with our travel agents recommendations and visit Camp Somalisa. This decision was a blessings as we were given the opportunity to experience something that I would never have thought imaginable. Bernie our host was outstanding with her warm weclomes and her attention to detail. We were fortunAte to have Magic Mike as our guide. His knowledge and passion as a guide is simply amazing. He is at one withe Hwange and it's abundance of animals. What a wonderful man who is doing something that he has always wanted to do since he was a small boy. Dophus, Sandy and Patrick were all accomodating at the camp site. Having a thermomix in the kitchen allows them to cater for everyones needs. The food was FANTASTIC. The tenting facilities were extremely clean and well presented. Great water pressure with flushing toilets and comfortable beds to rest in at night. Our highlight was sitting by the pool at night and having an elephant come and take a drink. We were very fortunate to have this happen in the wet season. All in all, if you are thinking of doing a safari. Get on board the Camp Somalisa. You will have no regrets.

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