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Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Orpen Road | P.O. Box 786064, Kruger National Park 1360, South Africa   |  
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Real bush, real luxury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We have been to Honeyguide several times and i could go back every season. It is made up of 2 camps: Khoka Moya is more child friendly(lawns to play on and more child friendly activities ) and Mantobeni... you sleep in tents based on a cement slab and complete with huge bathroom and electricity. The monkeys leap, the branches rustle and you are aware of the priviledge of being right in the bush. Great staff, both in the camp and as game rangers who go out of their way to ensure you have a wonderful stay.From planning impromptu and surprse drinks in the bush to lunch in a forest glade you are treated as an honoured guest. A well- stocked wine cellar which you are free to explore and gracious meals(no line up at the buffet here!)make this a great choice for most: we have been with our family and friends. A 6 hour drive from Jo'burg or a 1 hour flight to Hoedspruit(a picturesque small airport) with a 1 our transfer.The winters are cold and the pool looks tempting so I am going to brave the heat next time : the big 5 will be there summer and winter,

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PeterAucamp, Owner at Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Dear Pippa - thank you so much for this post and for your support of Honeyguide. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stays with us and we look forward to seeing you again, in summer this time! Warmest regards, Peter Aucamp and the Honeyguide Team.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I spent 4 days with 2 friends at Honeyguide on the last days of December and we had a fantastic time. Starting from the staff who were super friendly and ALWAYS ready to help passing to the food witch was delicious and the tents were comfortable and super clean . The atmosphere there is really pleasant.

The safari tours were amazing and we saw all the big 5. I absolutelly recomend staying at the Honeyguide.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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PeterAucamp, Owner at Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Dear Trip_Azzi - Thank you so much for your feedback on your recent stay at Honeyguide. It is wonderful for us to see that you enjoyed your safari and that our team contributed to the fun of your stay. We cannot always promise the big 5 so fantastic that you got to see them as well as the large variety of smaller game that the Manyeleti offers. Thanks from our chefs for mentioning the food. Warmest regards Peter Aucamp and all of us at Honeyguide.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

And it was all uphill from there. The tents are great, the staff is engaging and knowledgeable, and the food is exceptional. All of our senses were challenged while we saw and learned. Even the monkeys were a treat.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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PeterAucamp, Owner at Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
Hi Daniel, so wonderful to see how you enjoyed your safari at Honeyguide. We are lucky to that the elephants and many of the other animals in the Manyeleti are relaxed and treat our camps as their own. Thank you for mentioning the quality of the food as well as how the Honeyguide team contributed to the enjoyment of your stay. We hope to see you back with us in the future. Warmest regards Peter Aucamp and all of us at Honeyguide.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

South Africa has been a trip of a lifetime planning for the last year. I traveled with a group of 5 to Honeyguide and was not sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised by EVERYTHING! From the hospitable airport pick up to the immediate animal spottings, we were impressed. The staff had so much personality and made taking care of each of us look effortless. Such delish food as well (my compliments to the soft spoken and sweet smiles of Ms.Nelly). Our guide and tracker Fanuel & Brilliant, were a super "Dream Team" - they continuously kept their eyes open and their ears peeled to make sure we didn't miss anything. The tent settings were unbelievable and I loved the monkey madness every morning of trying to steal my sugar. There is only one opportunity for improvement for you guys - UPGRADE YOUR VEHICLES! WE had 2 flat tires in our 3 days, not the best use of anyone's time waiting on tires to be changed. a third tire would have surely gone flat had we stayed longer as we could see it was in poor condition. Overall, EVEN with flat tires, i would come back to Honeyguide and recommend anyone to stay and have this fantastic experience!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PeterAucamp, Owner at Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear Mary - thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Honeyguide. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that you would be keen to return - we hope to have you visit us again. I am sorry about the inconvenience of the flat tyres. This should not have happened. Although we are in the process of upgrading our vehicles, and hope to have two new vehicles quite soon, we are doing a maintenance check on all vehicles and tyres to avoid similar problems occurring. Given our activities and the roads we traverse there is always a possibility of a flat tyre,but this should not relate to the condition of the tyres themselves or the vehicles. Once again thank you for your positive feedback on your stay. Kind regards Peter Aucamp and the team at Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Stayed 3 nights. The accommodation is an upmarket tent set upon a decked area, there is a large stone built bathroom at the rear which is partially open-air! The setting is very natural & animals can roam freely around the camp, it was very peaceful. Personally l did feel a bit vulnerable especially as monkeys can enter the accommodation & my imagination did run riot with what else could turn up!! There is a very strange bath more like a concrete pit - not very inviting & as the weather was a little cool it was bracing to take a shower! The main dining/ sitting area was fine. The meals were good, & shared at the same same table as other guests who were a great crowd & excellent company. we were fortunate to see the 'big 5' + more the game drives, guide & tracker Anton & Brilliant were excellent we had such fun. The pool is really more a plunge pool.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PeterAucamp, Owner at Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience of your recent stay at Honeyguide Mantobeni camp. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. It is good for us to see that you appreciated the food and the placing of guests and staff around one table. We are looking at replacing the baths with colonial slipper baths which we think will be more in keeping with the style of the camp. Warmest regards Peter Aucamp and the team at Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We stayed at the adult camp (there is also a similar camp specifically for children) in April 2012 and it was the highlight of our trip to South Africa. It is a stunning camp with amazing "tented" accommodation. The accommodation is basically a 5 star hotel room enclosed within a tent - the most unique room I have ever stayed in. The highlight is the open air bathroom, but don't worry the walls are high enough to stop the animals sneaking a peak (except the giraffes possibly!). The 3 course lunch and dinners are another highlight - my family were all vegetarian and we were very well catered for. There is a stunning plunge pool which is a common watering hole for the animals! There are 2 game drives per day, and an optional walking safari in the afternoon - we saw all the big 5 in the space of 24 hours; all the guides and drivers are amazing!

In summary the BEST hotel I have ever stayed in and I highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Ask for the room/s next to the watering hole. Beware of the monkeys that try to eat your breakfast!!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PeterAucamp, Owner at Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Dear Vish, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at our Honeyguide Mantobeni Camp. It is wonderful for us to see that you enjoyed the style of the camp, the meals and most of all the safaris. We hope you will fond memories of your stay with us. To keep our guests in contact with the camp, we are continually updating our Honeyguide facebook page with news and images of the day's sightings. Thank you so much for taking the time to post your comments on Tripadvisor. Peter and the team at Honeyguide.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

I don't know where to begin. I really wasn't sure what to expect but was in ore of what I experienced. The accommodation to begin with was amazing...to feel safe but exposed at the same time really was amazing. We didn't want the touristy thing..we wanted the real deal so to speak. Well we got it! From lions mating to a lion chase to lions feasting on their kill ( Buffalo) right in front of us. We saw all but one of the big five but so many more of the other wildlife. The staff were amazing...Runny our waiter, Nicholas our Chef, Phillip our tracker, Fenual our guide and lets not forget wikus (vickers). What a wonderful host and guide. Thank you for the lions. I have travelled throughout europe and othe countries but will put this down as my best holiday yet. Just loved it!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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wombat1, Owner at Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps, responded to this review, August 3, 2012
Dear Tina

And we would love you to return! Thank you for sharing your experience at Honeyguide Mantobeni on Tripadvisor - lions mating and a lion kill are exceptional sightings. Great to see that Vikus our Manager, Nicholas our chef (from Zimbabwe) and Runny took good care of you. We also appreciate your feedback on your guide and tracking team of Fanuel and Phillip. Thank you for staying with us and we hope that you will keep fond memories of your time with us at Honeyguide! Warmest regards Peter Aucamp and the team at Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps.
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Address: Orpen Road | P.O. Box 786064, Kruger National Park 1360, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Manyeleti Game Reserve
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty lodging in Manyeleti Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Tented Safari Camp in the Manyeleti Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. Stay either at Mantobeni the more classic camp with its Nehru tents on wooden decks set in a forested water course or the contemporary designed Khoka Moya camp with its larger tents and which welcomes children of all ages. ... more   less 
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Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps Hotel Manyeleti Game Reserve
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