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  • Pathfinder102012
    Hellevoetsluis, The Netherlands5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect guide/driver. Very nice people telling a lot about the animals. Also perfect on time. In the park they take the time, no hurry/ no speeding
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • Megan L
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did a 2d eSwatini / 2d Kruger Park trip with Tours Maputo, and it was all absolutely incredible. Communication via email was timely and professional. Payment was also easy using PayPal and cash upon arrival.

    Our driver/guide Alfainho was on time, professional, an excellent driver, and helped to navigate all our border crossings. In eSwatini, we had a wonderful time at Hlane and Mlilwane. We really enjoyed the opportunity at Mlilwane to hike and bike amongst the animals. Excellent food and accommodations. At Kruger, we had the most amazing guide (Mr. G) who went above and beyond to show us the "Ridiculous Nine." He was so passionate and knowledgeable and showed us an incredible and unforgettable experience. One of my favorite moments was watching an entire pride of lions (and their cubs) walk right in front of our safari vehicle.

    I highly recommend Tours Maputo and would absolutely tour with them again!
    Written 26 March 2024
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  • Michelle G
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience all-around. From the time of booking, the communication was clear and responses to questions was quick. The driver to and from Maputo was knowledgeable and professional. The tour guide was informative and responsive to our group. We saw a lot of animals and all around this was a well organized experience and worth the price. I would do this tour again and recommend it to others!
    Written 30 January 2023
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  • Paul R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an amazing Safari. Our guide Bhekifa, was "over the top" wonderful. He grew up living just outside of Kruger National Park. He was extremely knowledgeable, had a positive attitude, and was very engaging. Because of his expertise and God looking down on us, we were able to sight the "big 5" plus 30+ other animals and birds in this one-day experience.
    Written 15 August 2023
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  • Kerry M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mbombela Tours are excellent, fast and great communication leading up to the trip. The camp site is well maintained, tents are beautiful and food was delicious and the guys were very friendly and welcoming. The game drives was excellent with very knowledgeable rangers. Highly recommend!
    Written 3 November 2023
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  • Iris E
    334 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I did the 2days/1 night camping, Blyde Canyon & Kruger safari with Mbombela Tours in June, & I must say, it is by far one of the best safari experiences I’ve had. Netto, the co-owner of Mbombela Tours, along with my guides Muzi & Trevor made my safari experience one to remember. On my first day, I did the Blyde Canyon & Panorama Route tour with Netto as my driver/guide. It was such a beautiful drive to some of the most scenic places in South Africa. After my Panorama Route tour, I was dropped off inside Kruger NP for my overnight stay at Mbombela’s tented camp. Because it is camping, you can’t expect anything luxurious, but honestly, it was beyond what I expected. The tent I stayed in was spacious, with a comfy bed, as well as an electric blanket for the cold winter nights in the national park. Muzi showed me around camp, took care of me, & made sure I had everything I needed for a comfy stay. He is so personable & friendly, and it was a joy chatting with him during my stay. The next day, I did a full day game drive in Kruger with Trevor as my driver/guide, with Muzi joining us. Trevor is also very personable & is super knowledgeable about the park & the wildlife that I learned so much from him in just one day. For me, an excellent safari experience isn’t just about seeing as much wildlife as possible, but also how the guides interact with their guests. And my safari experience with Mbombela Tours was exceptional. I only wish I stayed longer, but nonetheless, I do hope to come back again & bring more people with me to experience an enjoyable safari with professional, knowledgeable, fun, & overall superb guides.
    Written 15 August 2023
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  • Roving26425529149
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Izizwe Rainbow Tours hosted us on the KNP tour today. Their guide Jabu was amazing!!! His knowledge of animal behaviour was enthralling!!! We started our tour at 0600H and saw 4 of the big 5 by 1000H!!! Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant all in a day's work!!! The guide was seriously concerned that we get the experience of a lifetime!!! The guide was so informative and caring. We recommend Izizwe Rainbow Tours!!!
    Written 31 March 2024
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  • Oscar O
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent professional guide with a lot of Safari/Animal knowledge; Awesome experience; High recommended for couples, group or individual.
    Andrew take the necessary time to really enjoy the tour. I’ll definitely repeat with him.
    Written 21 September 2023
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  • Camila Z
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ofiço the driver and Thabi the guide were great! I spent an entire day at Kruger Park and definitely recommend it! If you have a day off in Maputo, this is totally worth it.
    Written 30 May 2023
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  • Stephen A
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The safari was beyond amazing--I saw lions less than five feet from our vehicle, a leopard strolling down the road, and so many other animals that I couldn't keep track. The lodge itself was incredible as well.

    But the best part was easily my trip organizer, Jakes. He communicated everything in a timely manner and provided every detail possible. Most notably, when we had to cut my safari a day short due to events out of everyone's control, Jakes made sure I got refunded for my last day. I cannot recommend enough going through this booking if you want to make sure you have the best, most well attended to safari.
    Written 3 April 2023
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  • barbaraconwell
    San Francisco, CA4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I highly recommend Mabeco tours-everything was top notch from our transfer across the border from Mozambique (pick up in Maputo) over the South Africa for our 2 day tour of Kruger. We booked at the last minute and Mabeco was able to accommodate us. Great hotel next to Kruger too!
    Barbara Conwell
    Written 6 January 2020
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  • Kerry S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was absolutely an amazing experience. The professionalism of the staff was outstanding. Very knowledgeable and friendly. They made the whole trip worth taking. I will definitely be going back and bringing family and friends.
    Written 25 March 2024
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  • kht53
    Colorado Springs, CO348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crazy Dave provided the best info I’ve encountered in traveling and booking all our arrangements online on the other side of the world. We added the Kruger Elephant tour onto our hunting safari, as it offered both game drives in Kruger plus touring the surrounding really nice scenery in the Blyde Canyon area. We were picked up by our fantastic guide, Ciska, in a safari vehicle with vinyl sides at 5 am at our lodging in Nelspruit. We traveled the second week of June, so the morning rides were cold, but she had thick blankets for us to wrap up in. Once we entered Kruger ( first in line!) at the Malelane gate, we did a morning game drive. She stopped for bathroom and snack/lunch/coffee breaks. Ciska drove us to our cabins at Lower Sabie. She prepared our dinner using the cabin grill and kitchenette. We took a night game drive by the Kruger guide, Petros. We had another morning and evening game drive on day 2, and stayed in cabins in Skukuza. We saw soooo many different animals, and Ciska and Petros knew the names, habits, and general locations of all of them and were incredible at spotting them. Kruger animals do not see the people in safari vehicles as predators, and so just ignore them. Ciska knew all the other guides and every vehicle shared info on sightings. There were not huge crowds; we usually only encountered another vehicle every 10 min or so. We left on day 3 through the Phabeni gate, near Hazyview. We toured the many scenic sites in the Blyde Canyon area. In each, we found vendors selling more or less the same variety of African-produced necklaces, carvings, etc. We enjoyed pancakes at Harry’s in Hazyview. Driving through the rolling misty hills covered in huge eucalyptus and pine forests was beautiful. Be sure to bring limited luggage as there is limited space on the safari vehicle. In early June, plan on layers with stocking cap, sweatshirt, wind proof jacket, gloves in the mornings and short sleeves in the afternoon and light jacket for the evening game drive, as sunset is about 5:30 pm. We were driven back to our lodging. We hired Crazy Dave to be our driver on our final day to take us to Chimp Eden and then on to the Nelspruit airport. Highly recommend.
    Written 25 June 2023
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  • Evans Kadzomba
    Somerset West, South Africa3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience of Africa from a different perspective. I am booked for Kenya yay. Special mention to Vanso!!! I can still sing the Zulu song haha
    Written 28 September 2021
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  • Arxitexter
    Fort Lauderdale, FL1,374 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our Mabeco tour driver was waiting for us at the arranged time and he drove us to the entrance to Kruger Park and guided us through border controls from Mozambique to South Africa. Along the way we had a “boxed” breakfast of juice, water, apples, protein bars, and biscuits. We were met at the park entrance by our excellent driver and guide Nico Steyn. The early arrival meant we had a good chance of seeing animals and our expectations were exceeded: we saw 4 of the Big 5 and scores of additional species of bird and beast! A tasty and satisfying lunch was included at the Mugg & Bean, with a spectacular view across an estuarine landscape with giraffe and other animals.We can only say that we unequivocally recommend Mabeco. From online reservations, communication, to service and quality of tour - every step of the way was excellent and exceeded our expectations!
    Written 28 September 2019
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