Reviews of African Budget Safaris from our Travellers

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7 Day Namibia Highlights Lodge Safari and 4 Day Kruger Park Treehouse &Private game Lodge Safari

Both safaris were very enjoyable with excellent wildlife viewing, visits to some spectacular dune fields (Sossuslvei) and Blyde River Canyon (S.Africa)

Roads in Namibia are mostly ungraded pebbly sand, ride in safari vehicle is quite jerky with frequent bumps. People with heart condition should seek medical advice before going on such a trip. 

African Budget Safaris did a very efficient job in assisting with the right itineraries, reservation and mailing of all tour vouchers on time. From the time of arrival to departure following the tours, everything went like clock work without a hitch .I have no hesitation to go through African Budget Safaris for the next trip to Africa. I would rate this travel company as First Class. Ingrid is most helpful trip consultant.

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Excellent service and safari

I dont know what else to say: service was great. Harriet was responsive, prompt and very courteous. The itinerary was great and I truly enjoyed every day.

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African Budget Safari

My daughter I and booked a short safari through African Budget Safari. Working with Harriet was a joy. The booking process was so easy and Harriet also set up some other tours for us as well. Everything went so smoothly and when we contacted Harriet she responded with 24 hours. I will use African Budget Safari. Thank you Harrie  

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Great Trip to Kruger National Park

I used African Budget Safari on my recent trip to Kruger National Park. The experience in the park was great, including the shuttle service to and from Jo'Burg, and I also saw the big 5 during my four day stay including 4 leopard sightings! I first contacted Ingrid who suggested the four day trip may be better than the three day trip. The customer service and follow up emails from Ingrid was great and very useful. The guides and other staff at the park were fantastic, along with the facilities. The meals were amazing, the wine flowed around the fire every night until midnight. There was also a great crew of visitors flowing in and out everyday making the experience pretty special. I would use African Budget Safari again!

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If you can do only one safari in your life go to Tanzania

After having been on safaris to Krueger, Sabi Sands, Pilanesberg, Central Kalahari, Okavango and Chobe we wanted to visit Tanzania. We prefer booking with companies from the region because they know their business much better than the big global operators.

We visited the websites of several companies and finally we decided to book with African Budget Safaris.

It was a very easy booking process with great support from Harriet. The payment via money transfer was easy and hassle-free (some people might be first suspicious but I have used it several times without any problems). But the value of a good company shows only when you have something outside the normal process. My wife’s Dad passed away and we had to go from London to Australia for the funeral and immediately afterwards from Melbourne to Arusha for the start of the safari.

Harriet managed this perfect and made me even aware of wrong dates I had written in my mail.

The tour was operated by Predator. Everything went very smoothly from pick-up at Kilimanjaro airport to the safari itself and final drop of at Arusha airport.

Robert was a fantastic guide/driver. Very friendly, very knowledgeable in finding the animals and telling us about them and he went really the extra-mile to make this safari a unique experience. While in Serengeti he proposed to get up very early the next morning and to drive 6 hours to the northern part of the park. It was a long drive but it provided us with the highlight of our safari: wildebeest crossing the Mara river. It took them nearly three hours to decide to cross the Mara but it was worth the drive and worth the wait.

We saw more or less all the animals we wanted to see. Among them 55 lions, 4 leopards and 2 cheetahs. Only the black rhinos we could not tick off our list. But you can’t have everything.

The Serena hotels we stayed in had in general the standard you would expect from this chain and we would recommend most of them. Only the Serena Serengeti failed to impress. The service was mediocre, slow and sometimes even unfriendly. Shower gel and shampoo dispensers in the room where empty during the whole stay but the worst failure was that they simply forgot my wife’s birthday. They are in clear need of a better management team.

After the safari we went for a few days to Zanzibar. Pick-up was very friendly and on time. They also organised a great tour for the two of us to Stonetown and to the Spice gardens. We also can recommend the Bluebay Beach Resort. A great place to relax for a few days. Nice and clean rooms, great restaurant with different themes every day and a very good service.

Thanks a lot to African Budget Safaris and esp. to Harriet for all your help in planning this great holiday for us.

We can highly recommend you and we will approach you when we plan our Namibia trip.  

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A great expereience, but for one factor

The safari itself was a wonderful, well organized and managed experience. Unfortunwtely, the Tanzanian government, ss corrupt as they come, does zero to maintain toilet and shower facilities at camps provided. You have a choice between stinky and filthy sqatter toilets or stinky and filthy sitting toilets without seats. Showers barely sprinkle cold water only, and are equally filthy. Considering the vast revenue the government takes in for safaris, most of it just lines the pockets of officials.


A trip to remember!

Our experience with African Budget Safaris cannot be faulted. Everything Daniel did from our initial email contact right through to our departure was exceptional, including itinerary suggestions, responding to questions and facilitating all the bookings, support with EFT payments to pre-departure info. There were no hiccups - everything went so smoothly from go to woe. Everyone who was booked to meet us was there on the day, at the time, as arranged. We had no unfortunate incidents. We loved the safari in Sabi & Kruger. The staff were attentive and very professional, looking after our very need. The lodge was comfortable and we had great animal sightings in both Sabi & Kruger. Cape Town was terrific too. The weather was mixed but it didn't deter us from getting out & about. Namibia, it was one highlight after another. The experiences were all so diverse which was exciting. From Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast, Swakopmund to Etosha, we adored it all. Long driving days on dusty bumpy roads but it was still fascinating. Our guide was so delightful. Always organising things quietly in the background & consulting with us. A great people person with a sense of adventure and a wonderful sense of humour. We were blessed with meeting wonderful people the whole time. 

Our sincere thanks to Daniel, it will be a trip to remember for a very long time!


Very Happy!

I booked through African Budget Safaris with Rene- she was great from beginning to end. Everything was done through email and any time I asked a question, I got a prompt answer. She was very friendly when dealing with some of my seemingly silly questions which was helpful as well.  Outlook lodge was wonderful (as was Francois!), our drivers through Spurwing were great (to and from Hippo Hollow and panoramic drive) and our guide during Safari, Gerald, was awesome.  The service and dinner at Hippo Hollow was our only disappointment- not the greatest to say the least (especially since the Safari was the most expensive part of our trip), but the rooms and grounds were very nice. If I did it again, I may just choose a different lodge.

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Excellent!

Booking our safari through African Budget Safari has been perfect from the start to the end. 

We first selected an 11 days safari but had to cancel it because of family issues, which then was resolved so we wanted to rebook it again. At that point that tour was full, but Harriet at African Budget Safari was amazing in helping us find another similar trip, we ended up taking a 21 days safari instead and we did not regret that decision! Absolutely amazing!

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Treasurable experience

This was my first review about South Africa trip. I dreamed of traveling in Safari since I was a child, and my dream came true. I looked forward to deal with the best agency. Firstly, I got some troubles about my plan and everything was solved by the staff's advice especially "Harriet" who helped me to manage a plan from the park to Johannesburg in order to catch the flight to Cape Town on time. I really impressed for your hospitality. I really want to get back and hope to meet The big 5 again.  

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Namibia Adventure

I had joined 7 days Budget Namibia Highlights Lodge Safari on May 2017 through African Budget Safari. Ingrid has very helpful to select the suitable tour for us. She has good communication and provided the recommendations for our Africa trip. She has fast response for our questions. Finally, we got the good memories for our 1st Africa trip.

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Everything went sooooo smoothly

We have just completed a 10 day Okavango Delta/Botswana trip and couldnt be happier. Harriet answered all my questions promptly and efficiently and the booking process with African Budget Safaris was easy thru their website paying a deposit and balance 8 weeks beforehand. Their trip notes/explanation was detailed and a very true reflection of what to expect on the trip. The trip itself went smoothly with intrepid bundu. The tents were relatively new, foam mattress had just enough thickness for me but husband could've had a little thicker. The food was plentiful. We were expecting it to be much colder at night than it was but the days were very hot. Mosquitos weren't a problem either, even in the Delta. Remember to take a smaller bag when you go in mokoros as your big bag stays locked up in truck whilst on island for 2 nights. Some days had lots of driving with the first day 11 hours driving meeting at 4.45am! Most days we were on road by 7.30 am with tents packed, brekky had with washing up done so expect early starts most days. The first night of the tour is at Holiday Inn in Rosebank and was excellent as close to many eating places, hop on/hop off bus office and if coming from airport on gautrain it is literally 30 seconds walk from lift out of station!

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Great tour organisers but poor tour experience

Two girlfriends and myself engaged with African Budget Safaris to arrange an 8 day Vic Falls & Delta to Joburg Accommodated Overland Safari. From the emails to the special arrangements and extra requests, our consultant Bridget was excellent.  The tour itself was contracted out to Nomad Tours which was a nightmare (I've reviewed them separately) but since they had no control over our unreliable guide from Nomads who did not meet us at the hotel, changed the itinerary and was downright unreliable, I won't hold it against African Budget Safaris for what was otherwise a good booking and planning experience.

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Easy booking process, fantastic safari, great people!

African Budget Safaris made all of our safari dreams come true. Bronwyn was extremely helpful and responsive during the booking process, answering all our questions and working to find us the most convenient dates. The staff and accomodations at Outlook Lodge pre- and post-safari were great. And the four day Kruger treehouse safari was a truly outstanding experience, led by friendly, well-informed guides and made possible by gracious hosts at Tremisana Lodge and Matt's Treehouse Camp. We're so glad we found African Budget Safaris!

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Great company providing great budget safaris!

Did a lot of research to find the best tour in Botswana with African Budget Safari. The site is very user-friendly and has many tours to choose from. The safaris were very well priced and the lowest I had come across on the internet. The staff were very helpful and guided us along all the way to the end. The tour was incredible, top-notch! I recommend this company to anyone looking for a safari on a budget.

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Professional and friendly!

African Budget Safari has been a discovery for me. I've been looking for a 2 and half day safari in Kruger in a private game reserve. They have been able to clear all my doubts and answer all my questions. Harriet has been more than professional. The trip was easy because she offered us all the transfers needed to make our holidays perfect, with no stress at all. We stayed at the Outlook Lodge in Johannesburg where we got all the help and useful tips needed apart from and excellent breakfast and dinner! Finally she helped us in the choice of a lodge for the safari which was a very a nice and environmental friendly lodge which have fulfilled all my dreams: The Greenfire Game Lodge in Balule. Thank you for everything, Harriet!

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Perfect pre-trip assistance and awesome match-up.

I started planning over 6 months in advance. Found best options by myself thru webpage and then it got even better as Claire looked after me, guided my choices and hooked my family up with the best Safari Tour possible. She answered, on average, a question each day from clothing to art to health suggestions. We ended up keeping an eleven year old, a 16 year old and two parents happy, well fed and satisfied with all our opportunities. Excellent from start to end.

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Superb!

Wow and again wow! Thank you for making my stay the most memorable at the Pilanesberg Natinal Park for my safari. I really enjoy my stay as i was well taking care of from the start by Tented Adventure. The guide was realky friendly and knowledgable about all the details with the animals. She went beyond expectations to make sure we got to see the Big Five. Cant wait to come back! Thank you again  

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Great Choice

What I didn't know when I used ABS is that they are just a booking agency - which worked out well for us being foreign travelers. They booked our safari and shark diving tour with ease and we didn't have to worry about the details. Definitely recommend.  

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Highly recommend!

We were looking at safari holidays but all seemed to be way out of our budget. After finding African budget safaris, I was excited at all of the different options you can choose from, with varying locations, durations and activities. I was a little nervous as we had never dealt with overseas payments before but after reading the great reviews on trip advisor, decided to book a 6 day treehouse safari near Kruger National Park. We dealt with Harriet at A.B.S's and she was most helpful. She answered all of our questions and was very patient with us. Harriet sent us the itinerary and a list of what to bring and we found that the whole safari went fantastic and was exactly what we expected... And more! I look forward to using them again and hope it's not too long before we can.

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Until recently we had over 440 reviews on TripAdvisor. From 2013 to 2017 we earned five consecutive Certificates of Excellence. Unfortunately, as we are technically a tour agent - and in competition with TripAdvisor's own tour booking agent Viator - TripAdvisor decided, in early November 2017, to remove us from the site.

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Our Cape Town Travel Team

Terry Owner & Founder
Terry

Terry spent his childhood growing up on the coast of South Africa, in the open desert of Namibia and deep bush of Botswana. He first heard the call… More about Terry

Bronwyn Travel Consultant
Bronwyn

Usually one chooses to enter travel and tourism, but just occasionally, tourism chooses you. I started as a guide in 1990 and have seen a thousand… More about Bronwyn

Daniel Travel Consultant
Daniel

A native Capetonian, Daniel’s earliest explorations of South Africa were family camping trips to the then small fishing villages of Cape’s west and… More about Daniel

Claire Travel Consultant
Claire

Born in Zimbabwe and bred in South Africa, with a pint of French in my blood, I spent one year abroad after leaving school and in that year I… More about Claire

Glynis Travel Consultant
Glynis

I started my career in the retail travel industry, and managed various branches of a National company, in the leisure, corporate and groups/special… More about Glynis

Ingrid Travel Consultant
Ingrid

I grew up in a small town not far from Cape Town so always had the advantage of living in a beautiful environment with beaches, mountains and forests… More about Ingrid

Harriet Travel Consultant
Harriet

I was born and brought up in UK, but the travel bug bit a long time ago and I have now travelled to all seven continents - most extensively in… More about Harriet

Debbie Travel Consultant
Debbie

Hailing from the sunny beaches of the Eastern Cape, Debbie was reared on family camping trips and outdoor adventures. By the time she migrated to… More about Debbie

Chris Travel Consultant
Chris

I was born in Stellenbosch - the wine capital of South Africa - but grew up in Pretoria in Gauteng Province. Travel was always in my blood from a… More about Chris

Judy Travel Consultant
Judy

Having grown up in Kwazulu Natal and being fortunate enough to spend so much time at Umfolozi and Hluhluwe, early on in my childhood I developed a… More about Judy

Rene Travel Consultant
Rene

Born and bred a true Capetonian, I’ve always had aspirations of travel and teaching. So, after high school I studied Travel & Tourism and stuck it… More about Rene