Tipping on an African Safari

What our guests say …

There is no better way to learn about a safari than through other travellers’ firsthand accounts. Our Guest reviews are the genuine deal—unbiased and unedited—providing an honest assessment of their experience in Africa.   

When choosing an African safari, there are so many itinerary options that narrowing down your choices might be difficult. As a result, we have collated our most recent travelling comments from travellers who have taken an African safari with us to assist you in deciding which safari is right for you.

269 Reviews from Google, Facebook and Email

Thanks hugely Claire for your patience, enthusiasm and just great organising for our trip to Tanzania last month. We had a great trip up Kilimanjaro. Ureo, John and the whole crew from Tanzania Experience were just outstanding. There were numerous times where the guys helped, encouraged, and just made sure we were safe. They were great fun, plus hard working and committed. It says something about the boys when they all came up the hill from Barufu Camp to meet us and congratulate us when we were on our way down. Meru View was also ideal – nice and laid back, friendly staff and good food (and beer!) My safari was with Ranger Safaris. Same story – they were superb. Our guide Jimmy was outstanding. He was knowledgeable about the area, the plant life and particularly the animals. He was constantly communicating and as a result he found just about every animal there was to see. We saw the big 5 as well as a cheetah kill and the aftermath of a lion kill thanks to Jimmy knowing where to be at the right time. Plus no matter how much mud or dust the truck had got plastered with, Jimmy had it looking squeaky clean again the next morning. The accommodation was top class as well. Sorry if I’m sounding a bit effusive Claire but basically the whole thing was an experience that will be hard to beat. Thank you very much.

Russell Mawhinney April 21, 2024

I had the adventure of a lifetime, hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro then going on safari in Kenya. Claire and African Safaris Ltd booked an excellent trips. I am forever grateful. The guides, porters, cooks, drivers, and everyone else were outstanding--knowledgable, professional, strong, smart, and deeply kind.

Elizabeth Fisher April 16, 2024

Our Kilimanjaro adventure and itinerary was faultlessly crafted by Claire at African Safaris. Everything went perfectly to plan and their on-the-ground crew in Tanzania (Tanzania Experience) were equally faultless in their professionalism and mindfulness of our safety and wellbeing.

Dave Hodgson April 4, 2024

Claire at African safaris is absolutely fantastic! From the first point of contact she was attentive and planned the most amazing African holiday for my family. Everything went exactly according to plan . I would work with her again anytime and highly recommend her services!

James Cleland January 29, 2024

Fantastic trip, incredibly well organised and structured by African Safari's Many thanks to Tracey and Claire

Ssndy Morrison December 16, 2023

We have worked with Claire Vile from African Safaris several times now to plan and book spectacular trips to Africa and we will never use anyone else. Claire knows Africa like the back of her hand. She listens to what we want and works hard negotiating on our behalf to lock in accommodation, internal flights and travel between camps. She meticulously checks and re checks the plan to make sure we are looked after and supported the whole way. I cannot recommend her highly enough. We are always dreaming about our next safari.

Clare Byrne November 12, 2023

This is the second African Safari trip that has been master-minded and organised for us by Claire Vial, the superb director of the Aotearoa NZ-based company, African Safaris Ltd (www.africansafaris.co.nz). Our previous trip was to Kenya and Botswana; this one to the Sabi Sands area of South Africa. We (our group of myself and my husband and two friends of ours from the US) had a lot of criteria we were trying to fill and Claire remained focused on our wishes and budget and with her vast experience and careful research gave us all the information we needed to make the best decisions for us, specifically. Our trip was indeed a ‘life highlight’ to equal our previous (but different) African safari experiences. From the wonderful AfricaSky guesthouse in Johannesberg we stayed in before and after our safaris, to the two exclusive (ie: we four friends only) safari camps we stayed in, the first for 5 nights (Little Garonga in the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve, the second for 4 nights (Jaci’s Sabi House in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, every aspect of our trip went exactly as planned. ‘Exclusive’ sounds as if it would be extra-expensive but in fact it was no more expensive than the larger camps (still expensive of course but every dollar worth it in experiences and memories). What ‘exclusive’ meant was that we had our own safari vehicle, guide and tracker at each camp (thank you Maddie and Godlove at Little Garonga and Dylan and Chris at Jaci’s) and they took into account, 100%, what we wanted, rather than what was best for a larger group. This meant that birding was high on the agenda; not always possible with a larger group who would rather concentrate on the Big Five. Luckily in both camps our guides and trackers were avid birders! Of course we did have numerous amazing encounters with the big five and indeed all the big and smaller mammals as well. The food (including a birthday cake for one of us, organised in advance by Claire), service and accommodation were spectacular in both camps, with the staff warm, friendly and feeling like real friends we were leaving when we said our sad goodbyes. Without Claire and her team, we would not have had such a perfect trip, so thank you Claire (and as a bonus, we had booked with Claire before she gave us a generous 5% off the total cost.) Note that all these photos (apart from the sunset view of us in the safari vehicle taken by our guide, Dylan) were taken with my 'granny-proof' small Coolpix Nikon camera and none of them have been edited in any way. So easy and demonstrates how close we were to these amazing animals.

Jenni Ogden November 5, 2023

Claire put together an incredible package for us. From the moment we were picked up at Johannesburg airport until we were dropped off at our international flight 10 days later it was seamless. From car to airplane to boat and back to car each connection was seamless. The Chobe Princess riverboat was great with exceptional wildlife. The Kwando Lagoon camp and the Kwara camp were beautiful. Great guides and trackers took us to the best wildlife (Stanley, T-4, Rogers and KB!). Their knowledge was enormous. The private 250,000 hectare concessions meant there were plenty of animals and very few other people. We saw cheetah, lions and leopards hunting both successfully and unsuccessfully, African wild dogs, elephants by the hundreds, all kinds of antelopes, hyena, jackals, zebra, giraffes and countless other species. Strongly recommend a trip of a lifetime.

Matthew Brick October 30, 2023

The Craig family are so grateful to Claire at African Safaris for her amazing job in organizing our three week safari through Kenya and our 2 hikes to the gorillas in Rwanda.  I first contacted Claire back in 2019 to book a safari in 2020.  She spent a lot of time  listening and asking questions to what would suit our family, and came up with an awesome itinerary.   Skip to 2023 and with enormous thanks to Claire we eventually were able to go on our trip with all bookings still valid.   The moment we arrived in Kenya we were taken care of.  We stayed in 3 Porini camps. (Amboseli, Lion and Rhino).  These camps are really authentic and you are immersed in the Kenyan culture and amazing wildlife.  The managers, guides, chefs and camp staff were all fantastic.  The accommodation in the permanent tents was very comfortable, clean and spacious.  The wonderful thing was a lot of the staff knew Claire and spoke very highly of her  love for safaris in Africa.  Claire and the team at African Safaris NZ are passionate about Africa and ensure they keep up with what's happening there.  Claire's excellent communication and knowledge ensured our trip was a lifetime highlight.

Helen October 27, 2023

I've recently returned from a Kenyan Safari organised by Claire at African Safaris. Stayed at the Porini Amboseli Camp, the Elephant Bedroom Camp in Samburu and Porini Lion Camp, Masai Mara. All arrangements went perfectly and it was the trip of a lifetime. Accommodation, transport, meals and staff were all of a very high standard. The game drives were especially memorable with many exciting encounters with animals -especially the cats. I fully recommend African Safaris to anyone thinking of booking an African Adventure in the future. Russell Duff

Russell Duff October 11, 2023