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“Perfect Retreat in the African bush” 5 of 5 stars
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Baghdad, Iraq
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“Perfect Retreat in the African bush”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

I visited the Africa on Foot lodge and the nTambo Treehouse lodge for 10 days in February 2012. This was my very first trip to Africa proper and my first safari and my wildest expectations were exceeded by far. The Africa on Foot staff turned the simple, but impeccable clean lodges in the middle of the African bush into a warm an welcoming home away from home. Any traveller who appreciates nature and wants a get away from the hectic world will find Africa on Foot the perfect treat. The skilled rangers will make every bush walk and drive into an unforgettable experience, regardless if there are spectacular lions to watch, leopards to chase or just Impalas on the dirt road. They will go through great lengths to provide you with the best picture of your favourite animal to take home with you. I am thinking here of Ruel's Ferrari-Safari experience..... ;-) Thanks again to Enoch, Isaac, Ruel and Nico for your efforts and for tirelessly answering million questions of a total Greenhorn in the bush. Also, many thanks to Corlea, the good heart and soul and ultimate trouble shooter!
I learned a lot and took a lot of unforgettable memories with me. Also, travelling as a single traveller I found the Safari the perfect choice, as the small groups of strangers (max. 10 persons) very quickly turn into sworn-in Rookie bush-walkers who share the exciting experiences of the sightings every day (and night) around the bonfire. I usually do not trust reviews which are entirely positive and I tried of find a downside...well, for me, there is none. I fully recommend Africa on Foot and I am sure that this was not my last visit at this hospitable and beautiful place. I am looking forward to coming back.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
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    5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Newport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

This review has been a long time coming, as this was our 5th visit to this fabulous African retreat. We love it so much, we try to return 3 times a year. As many guests have already said, it really is the authentic bushveld experience. The rooms are independent bungalows, surrounding a communal reception area. All rooms have limited electriciy, tasteful decoration and ensuite facilities (our favourites having an outdoor shower). For a truly fabulous experience, you can spend a night in the treehouse just outside camp - experiencing the smells and sounds of the African bushveld in true isolation. The camp is unfenced, which means that there are no barriers for the aninimals. We have often been in the camp when there have been buffallo and elephants just outside. At night hyenas and honeybadgers often visit the camp (We have spent many nights looking out of our window at these amusing animals playing and running around camp, such a wonderful experience). Thanks, as always to the rangers and trackers - Reol, Rein, Niko and Enoch. Once again, we saw the Big 5 - plus the fabulous wild dogs - our favourites. The Klasseirie is a Privately owned Park, which borders the Kruger National Park. There are no fences, so the animals are free to roam at their own will, therefore the rangers and trackers have to track the animals. When they are found the sightings are always brilliant - only 2 vehicles are allowed at any sighting, so there is no impact upon the animals environment. It's really relaxed and there is plenty of time to take photos. You get really close to the animals, so no need for a zoom lens!!! Back at camp, the food is home cooked, great hearty african themed, and everyone eats together. It's a really friendly atmosphere plus a good time to exchange views and look back on the days sightings. There is no better way to end a day, than sitting around the fire in the boma, with a cold drink (usually a beer), and excellent company. We'd recommend this camp to everyone, and we'll see our friends in our 'African home' again when we visit in May 2012

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

This is the authentic bush experience. The accommodation is simple but adequate. The small size of the camp and the hands on attitude of the rangers makes for a friendly homely feeling. Everyone eats together and there is a communal area to sit and chat, read etc.
The game viewing was excellent. Roel and Enoch are knowledgeable guides. The morning walks are a good way to get to grips with the bush and see things that you do not normally see from a vehicle. Loads of tracks, amazing millipedes, stunning birds, unusual plants. The game drives are the time to see what we have all come for. The highlight must have been seeing a buck run across the road right in front of us, closely followed by a cheetah which brought it down a few feet away to be quickly joined by cheetah 2. Gory but amazing.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Halifax
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

Massive thanks to Rein, Ryan, Niko and Enoch for a fantastic and wonderful wildlife experience. The 4 of us travelled at the recommendation of Lee Guttridge (check out his book, Bushveldt), top ranger trainer at Legend Golf & Safari, to AOF. The guides were brilliant and knowledgable and we actually got to see a female Leopard, which was the main reason for our visit. I'll never for get our encounter in the dark with the mating elephants (!) and a night sleeping in the treehouse. The accomodation is basic, of which we were perfectly aware prior to travelling, but comfortable. Great food provided and some good banter around the dinner table and at the bar later on! The place is chock full of elephants!! Wonderful 2 nights/3 days and I'd recommend in a heartbeat. Thanks guys!!

Dave, Janine, Pete & Lisa

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

We saved Africa on Foot at Greater Kruger National Park for last and so glad we did. The 3 night, 4 day safari was the last part of our 3 week trip to Africa for 4 of us traveling together. After Botswana we didn't think it could get any better, but it did. From the staff to the accommodations to the food to the game viewing, I wouldn't change a thing. As the other reviews state, this is a true African experience. There is no electricity except for a generator to charge batteries, but this is not a problem but adds to the atmosphere. Each morning there is a knock on your door to wake you up for coffee and rusks before setting out on foot to learn about tracks, game and "the fossils that were left after the water that covered Africa receded" which was actually a giant snail shell. The safety of the guests is primary and I always felt safe while walking each morning. The evening game drives and sundowner is a perfect way to end the day. We were fortunate to see the white lion cub and its siblings.
The only negative is the 6 hour shuttle to the camp and the 6 hour shuttle back to Johannesburg. If you can afford it I would recommend flying and staying at the camp for a week.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

After a warm welcome we immediately felt that the camp was one to enjoy. The guides were knowledgeable and took us to see all the big game and more. The food was too marvelous and chats around the camp fire added to the overall experience. I would recommend this camp to everyone.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

I spent 2 wonderful days at Africa on Foot Camp in the Klaserie nature reserve in the Kruger Park. Excellent value for money, the camp provides an authentic safari experience where the focus is on widlife guiding, warm hospitality and creating a 'home away from home' experience. I saw plenty of wildlife including 4 out of the big 5 and really enjoyed the walks and game drives every day. I would recommend this camp to anyone who is looking for a true safari experience in the Kruger that focuses on being close to nature, and where you can get away from the crowds.

Janine Krook
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Klaserie Private Game Reserve
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Ranked #5 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Klaserie Private Game Reserve
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Africa On Foot Camp Hotel Limpopo Province
Africa On Foot Camp South Africa/Klaserie Private Game Reserve

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