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737tripper99
Irvine, CA1 contribution
Aug 2011 • Couples
My husband and I just got back from an amazing adventure in Namibia with a company called Karibu Safari. After having travelled in Kenya and Tanzania, I really wasn’t sure what to expect of Namibia. We chose the Itenga safari as it was explained to us that it was the safari for wildlife enthusiast such as ourselves. And indeed we saw a large variety of animal life including rhino, hippos, crocodiles, cheetahs, lions and a leopard! We also really enjoyed the different landscapes Namibia had to offer as well as the beautiful Chobe Park in Botswana and of course the incredible Victoria Falls. But what made this trip even more memorable still were the people we met in our safari group and our guide who seemed to have an endless amount of knowledge of the flora and fauna and of the people of each region. We were very impressed with the organization and the professionalism of this safari company as a whole. The staff is very friendly and professional, the food was excellent and our accommodations, whether we were camping or in a lodge, were extremely comfortable. I would recommend Namibia and Karibu Safari to anyone who was looking for an amazing wildlife safari in Africa.
Written August 29, 2011
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KenMcG_12
Armagh, UK6 contributions
Jun 2013 • Solo
Just back from a safari with Karibu Safari I went on their 16 day Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe trip the majority of the trip is in Namibia. Namibia is a fascinating country with spectacular scenery and wildlife. The orange sand dunes around Sossusvlie at sunrise and sunset are surreal with their sharp outline and constantly changing colors – great for photographing. I really liked the mix of scenery and wildlife that this trip presented – 2 weeks of wildlife would be a bit much for me.
This was my first camping type holiday and I really enjoyed it – a fantastic way to experience a safari especially the sounds you hear at night and the early morning starts.
I was very impressed with the Karibu staff our guide Dilphin and his assistant Justice they were professional friendly and knowledgeable on all aspects of wildlife, regions and people.
The trip finished up at Victoria Falls the scenery around the falls was fantastic but the town was disappointing overpriced for the standard and a lot of hassle from street vendors. I had booked a few extra days here when one would have been enough. Did the white water rafting it was very enjoyable.
I booked the trip through a London based operator 'Wild about Africa' I found them very knowledgeable and helpful, they sent me a very detailed literary, maps and some great advice in their pack.
Written July 9, 2013
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Spencerphoto50
Vancouver, Canada8 contributions
Oct 2011 • Friends
I recently went on Karibu's Classic Safari through Namibia. I thought Etosha and the animals there would be the highlight of the trip, but I was wrong. Karibu's carefully planned itinerary showed me so much more of this amazing country, and allowed me to experience a variety of adventures from watching the silent majesty of elephants, to the sheer joy of running down a steep, soft, sand-dune. The guides are interesting , knowledgeable and fun. Their wonderful campsites and camp staff made me feel pampered and comfortable, so I could cope with the heat of the day. (Love those cool cloths at the end of the day!) The pop-top safari truck let me get close to the animals and take some great photos. Loved the whole experience...can i do it again?
Written November 19, 2011
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Cheryl131
Vancouver Canada15 contributions
Oct 2011 • Friends
Did the "Classic Namibia Safari", a 12 day 8 person safari with Karibu, Namibia this past Oct. Can't say enough good things about this company and the trip provided. From the wonderful, knowledgeable guide staff, the superb food and the delightful comfortable camping experience it all was excellent. Karibu managed to provide pampered camping while still letting us really experience Africa with our senses. The remote camp sites allowed us to savour the peace, vastness and beauty of a variety of locations. Great staff, great locations and great fun. Highly recommend them.
Written November 12, 2011
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Gwrgwyr
Gower26 contributions
Jun 2012 • Couples
We returned home on Saturday and had the remainder of the weekend to reflect on the marvellous trip we had in Namibia, arranged through Wild About Africa. All the arrangements worked faultlessly, and South African Airways were courteous, efficient and punctual. The tip with Karibu Safaris was fantastic with a brilliant guide, who was hugely informative, supportive, with a brilliant sense of humour and a very safe driver. All the accommodation was excellent and the camping superb. We journeyed in a small group of six with two Belgian and two German travellers. Karibu are a highly competent and professional organisation who are accomplished, supportive and instilled confidence. We found Namibia inspiring with wonderful people and could not recommend the experience too highly.
Written July 2, 2012
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Paul Anthony
Sydney, Australia193 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
It doesnt appear karibu have a listing for their Botswana branch, so ill post my review here.

Four of us went on an authentic mobile safari with Karibu through Botswana and it was truely amazing.

Our guide Lenty, had exceptional knowledge of the areas and its wildlife and definately added to the exceptional experience. Would highly reccomend Karibu over self driving or other safaris as there is so much more to gain from the experience of the guides that would otherwise be missed.

Although camping in tents, a high level of luxury is offered that other mobile safaris do not offer, including portable toilets instead of holes in the grounds, warm bucket showers (even if the evenings are somewhat cool), and extremely comfortable bedding.
Our chef was amazing and prepared the most tasty, flavoursome meals well above the expectations of what you could imagine from being cooked on a camp fire.

Fresh bread was made and baked daily and tasted amazing.

All the support staff were excellent and did an amazing job setting up and pulling down our camp in the extreme heat. The camps were always set up and ready before we arrived.

Would highly reccomend Karibu to any one considering Safaris in Africa, and highly reccomend Botswana due to its high number of wildlife. Definitely increases your chances of seeing the animals.
Written October 5, 2013
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Craig3210
Denver, CO43 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
I'm guessing there's a reason these guys are always scoring 5's that's because they deliver once in a lifetime adventures and do it with a smile.

We were a group of 8 guys, ranging in age from 30's through 70 something. Originally we'd contemplated hiring a 4x4 and doing it solo, however, once underway were we glad that we went with Karibu. For 6 of the 8 it was a first time on Safari, if not in Africa, the other two South Africans had a bit more experience.

We flew into Maun, Botswana and switched camp every two days as we progressed from the Okavango delta and Moremi game reserve through to Chobe national park, spending 8 nights and 9 days with Karibu. At the end Karibu organized a transfer through to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and we flew out of Vic Falls, connecting in JoBurg (OR Tambo) home.

Life on safari is pretty rhythmic, you get up before sunrise and either grab breakfast (cooked) or just a coffee and go a game drive. After which you either do a planned event (we did Mokoro boats, Ockavango delta swamp boat and Chobe river boat) or return to camp. During the day you chill by the camp, the guide provided an inverter which allowed us to plug sockets (think you needed a South African adapter) to recharge various electronics (advise also taking a usb lighter adapter also - then you can charge more stuff). We found plenty to do from blackjack, to mini boot camps, iPad board games, reading, editing photos to enjoying an afternoon cocktail (safari provides a very reasonably priced drinks menu ahead - 8 guys, we stocked a lot). In the evening you go on the dusk game drive and often towards sundown, our guide Lenty took us to picturesque spots (water holes, rivers, etc.), popped open a table and produced cups for some evening cocktails...

On travel days, you have continental breakfast and sandwiches on the road. The porters (two) and Chef (the awesome Frank), take down the tents, clean up the kitchen and decamp, then head off to the next site. There they set everything up for your arrival. This means you can spend more time viewing and less time lost (not a lot of signs) or faffing with camp and figuring out meals - a lot more relaxing.

One of the most enjoyable aspects about Botswana is the friendliness of the people, from our guide Lenty, chef Frank and our two porters (Too and Tsephang) to the kids who would run alongside the safari truck and everyone you passed typically waved or had a smile. This in addition to the inability to connect to the online world leads to a slower pace and much more enjoyable time. Whatever seemed important back home, slowly melds away. Every now and then we'd get cell reception but not data (AT&T worldwide) and text families of our progress. I forget to mention that chef Franks bombastic and enthused dinner announcements each day were an absolute joy as well, typically met with a cheer from the crew as we settled down to another three course meal...Food was great and everything prepared daily, including making his own bread. No one had any tummy troubles the whole trip. Also, Frank was ridiculously flexible, he found out if anyone didn't like a particular food and made them something different. Good work Frank!

From a comfort perspective, each tent sleeps two, has it's own bathroom with toilet and bucket shower. The beds are small but very comfortable. The camp has a central table, gazebo and fold away chairs. At night we'd sit around the fire then have dinner and typically go to bed shortly after, given you are up early. Through the night you will be visited by a variety of creatures, such as hyenas, leopards and even lions and possibly but unlikely elephants. You don't see them, you just hear them. Lenty pointed out that most of the predators just see static shapes that's why they don't investigate the tents or the safari truck, only if they see sharp movement do they react. Quite nerve racking to begin with but by day 3 all but a lion roar has little impact on sleep...

In terms of the vehicle, you can and should expect mechanical issues. For example the bolts on our prop shaft sheared off fairly early on. Lenty, it turns out, is not only super guide extraordinaire but evidently a makeshift mechanic also. Using just some rope and the remnants of one of the bolts, he reattached the prop and we continued to the main gate, whereupon we stopped for a snack and within an hour or two, Rogan (tour organizer) turned up with a mechanic and a spare vehicle. And we were on our way again. Lenty also replaced a tire in short order, with the help of some of us. Most of the trip was spent on dirt or sand roads, not much on tarmac. Because of this the truck has quite springy suspension and so you can expect a bouncy ride, albeit, the closer to the cabin less so.

From a wildlife viewing experience, it was incredible. I appreciate the guide can't guarantee this each time, somewhat at the will of the nomadic creatures, however, we saw just about every animal we hoped to see, outside of the pangolin (like I said, two of our crew were seasoned safari's). Lions, many types of antelope, leopard, crocs, hippos, elephants, mongoose, monkeys, baboons, lot of birds of the flying type as well as some ostrich. We even saw the fabled honey badger at work. It was a photographers dream and our pal with the "mighty lens" 70-300mm got some beautiful shots. I had a 200mm and would recommend the larger if you can borrow/afford it.

All in a fantastic adventure, I would highly recommend Karibu and Lenty and team. Incredibly knowledgable, friendly and helpful in any way possible, many thanks for making this a trip of a lifetime.
Written March 27, 2015
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annekearns1
Vancouver, Canada17 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
A wonderful way to see the variety of regions and diversity of culture, all the best highlights within a 12 day tour including 7 nights in comfortable to luxury lodges and 4 nights in luxury mobile tents with a full service staff of 5 for 7 of us.

From Etosha park to Damaraland and Himba villagers, and on to the Skeleton coast and Namib desert, we saw a majestic lion walking by our viewing truck and a black rhino at the floodlit watering hole, plus many others on the wish list, even a 3 meter black mamba snake crossing the road!

Our guide David went above and beyond the highest level to provide us whatever we needed, always professional and very knowledgeable about history, geography, and culture. He made our trip excellent and memorable by making sure we experienced all we desired as well as many surprises, and his attention to detail never faltered. I feel so lucky and grateful to have had this tour with this guide. I highly recommended this tour!
Written June 4, 2018
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horizonstar
Vancouver, Canada40 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
We just returned from the journey of Southern Africa. The whole experience was stunning! We 2 traveled with another friend's couple. 4 people in the land cruiser were quite comfortable. We booked through Cardboard Box, who chose Karibu as our touring company.

The guide Tickey was the best guide I ever encountered. I have traveled a lot, so far 35 countries. I never met any guide was combined with abundant knowledge, professionalism, efficient, helping & caring. He can name most of the birds we saw. He had a bird encyclopedia with him, which shows extensive wear, meaning he really studies it. He heard one of my friend's birthday and secretly organized a birthday celebration for him. It makes him almost tearing. He always offer to help, tried his best to fulfill our needs, never complain, and offered so many useful advice. Without him, the trip might be half of the fun.

The safari car's condition is alright, I'd say 80/100. But Tickey took good care of it, cleaning inside out every chance he got. Air conditioning was not working very well for the first day. But later of the trip, it worked, maybe too good, had to turn off for a bit.

There always be cold beer, coke, water from the powered cooler. Unfortunately, we do not drink the ice cold drinks, only room temperature water.

It's a 14 days customized tour. We traveled Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe & Zambia. Lot of fun, lots of natural wonder & wild animals.

Also amazing accomadations, but I believed that part was arranged by Cardboard Box.

All in all, it's a wonderful trip. And Karibu is a wonderful tour company. Highly recommend to you if you want to adventure Africa with comfort.
Written June 3, 2018
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expat4ever1991
Philadelphia, PA33 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
We just returned from the Skeletion Coast, Namibia. The trip was organized by Karibu Safari. The trip started from Dora Newas, went through Skeleton Coast to the Angola Border, then went across the Dunes to Purros and finally ended up in Windhoek. This trip requires a permit from the government which was obtained by Karibu. It is a driving safari with camping in the Skeleton Coast and among the dunes. It was an experience we will remember for a long time.

We had two vehicles one in which we were riding and another support vehicles which had all logistics required for camping. Our guide and driver was Elago. The support vehicle was driven by Cornelius who was mechanic and provided support such as setting up the tents taking it down etc. Jason was our cook. All three were excellent and Elago is a great guide. We were able to see some wrecks which is one of the attractions of the Skeleton coast. We camped on the beach and among the Dunes. Driving through the Dunes was fantastic. There are no roads in this area and you rarely meet anyone. Karibu is an excellent company and we will use them again.
Written April 16, 2017
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