Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve

Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve

Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve
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  • Roam53430
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    Incredible experience - a must do!
    This was something I’ve always wanted to do and it was the best experience of the trip. After a warm welcome from our guide Charl, we set off and had our minds blown. 6 hours of sightings with elephants, giraffes, rhinos, zebras, impala, wildebeests, crocodiles, and some others I couldn’t name. We even managed to find a pride of lions after a quick drive to the other side of the reserve. Then back for a comforting home-cooked meal made by the owners Jenny and Peter with a glass of wine while we watched the elephants take a mud bath as the sun set. We finished off with a night viewing of a porcupine (quite rare). Charl was an exceptional guide who was engaging, entertaining, informative and whose main aim was obviously to give his guests the best experience of their lives. Wouldn’t have changed anything and will never forget the day.
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 18, 2021
  • b16blr
    Dumfries, United Kingdom102 contributions
    Excellent
    Visited for a one night stay and Addo tour the following day. Saw lots of wildlife and was very well guided by Kurt at Schotia and Scott at Addo. Very fortunate to see the 3 lion cubs plus parents on both drives as well as a crocodile coming out of the waterhole and going under our vehicle to the other side. This was apart from all the other stuff we saw, these were the highlights! Having been at a place near Mossel Bay two years ago which was so contrived with the animals as to make it more like a zoo, I was somewhat sceptical about this one, (We were also at Shamwari some years ago) however it turned out very well .
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 29, 2020
  • Elaine
    13 contributions
    Addo/Schotia full day
    Had the best day visiting Addo where we saw many Elephants with their calf’s, beautiful sight. Our guide Scott was the best and very informative, after that went to Schotia game reserve for lunch then game drive, saw giraffes, buffalo, zebra wildebeest and loads of impalas, springbuck but name a few. However the highlight was the LIONS 😀 We saw 2 Males then the Lioness with her 3 cubs. Absolutely amazing and got so close. Finished with a fabulous dinner at the Lapa. A must visit. Again Scott was a brilliant guy who kept us totally informed throughout the day.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 1, 2020
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Butters66
San Francisco, CA8 contributions
Dec 2019
I was originally looking in to staying at Schotia for a night or two during our time in the area since all the B&B’s in the area promote the park. I was quoted $500+ per person per night so decided to skip staying there – we were heading up to Kruger anyway. We ended up staying at a local B&B and taking the afternoon Tooth & Claw safari drive with dinner included. I’m so happy I didn’t waste money staying here – it’s a total rip off!

The reserve as few animals. The lions are kept separate from the other animals and they are fed (they can’t hunt) animals that die or have been hunted (yes they allow hunting!) on the reserve. So when you are out on your drive they know where to spot the well fed lions. They also have multiple cars surrounding the animal – this is a no no in respectable safari parks. They throw food out to the hippos so they are out of the water when you drive by. They can guarantee the big five because they are basically a zoo.

Overall a canned, unnatural experience. There are better spots worth your money that do more for conservation and offer a better experience. How disappointing that people come here thinking that this is what South Africa has to offer for safari. We went up to Kruger to a real reserve afterwards and it was an incredible experience. But if you can’t make it to Kruger, go to Kariega, Addo or Gondwana instead.
Written January 8, 2020
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Andrew H
Duncan B.C.184 contributions
Jan 2020
Yes this is an enormous private reserve with limits on numbers , say of lions and others but it is nevertheless in business of preserving, education and provision of a valuable addition to Addo right next door. We had a wonderful afternoon and evening with a brilliant guide . Towards the evening supper break the heavens burst out with an extraordinary show of thunder, lightning and torrents of rain. Unusually impressive according to everyone there. We were soaked but still able to have a great dinner beside the warm fire in the lapa with rain still bucketing down. Several tracks became impassable but on the return journey we were able to see the eyes of numerous aimals, mostly antelope, I think, in the lights of the Land Rover and using the spot lamp. There are several large open plain like areas which make for good visibility of animals. No this is not Kruger or Rift Valley but nevertheless a great mini safari experience with, for us wonderful storm additions!
Written February 14, 2020
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Debbie E
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK205 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Family of five, overnight adventure. Charl the guide was amazing, so passionate and knowledgeable. Loved every single minute, didn’t want to leave. Saw the new baby lion cubs, the first people to see there were three cubs not two, the guide was so excited it was amazing to see. Animals in own environment can’t be beaten, also did addo elephant park which was excellent too, food and accommodation was excellent, where else in the world can you brush you teeth and your warthog park past the window! We all loved it so much. Too many wonderful photos to post 😊
Written January 5, 2020
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Lili L
BH11 contributions
Jan 2020
I had one of the most incredible experiences. I did the Tooth & Claw Safari and our guide was ZANE. Wow..... The whole safari was amazing due to his easy going personality, his explanations and information were so great, and made us understand how incredible nature is. We had a delicious dinner with drinks and desert,where we had the opportunity to chat a bit more with Zane, and I had to say that it was really worth it.
Written January 7, 2020
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Mina
London3 contributions
As per the title.... WOW WOW WOW!!! This family run game reserved exceeded ALL our expectations.. I cant begin to tell you how amazing this place was! from the very first email I sent enquiring about the safari i was amazed at how efficient the staff were at Schotia. Inga emailed me straight back with all the information I needed which is a good sign of a well run business. Sadly when I finally got round to emailing her back to let her know we were interested ALL of the accommodation was booked. To our joy this actually worked in our favour because the owners wife Jenny emailed me a few days later to explain that there was accommodation in the Outspan lodge. She breifly told me details and said I was more than welcome to call Justin (who is owners son) who would be able to give me more details.. Justin was very friendly and explained the Outspan was in the middle of the game reserve 1k away from anyone. I didn’t really take all the information on board as I was so excited that we were actually going on safari.

Anyway when we arrived we were greeted by very friendly staff. There were quite a lot of people in the reception area waiting for there ranger to introduce themselves and of course for the game drive to begin. I was a bit confused when Justin only called myself and my boyfriends name. When I asked him why there was only the 3 of us he explained that this was a new venture of his where the customer can get a personalised experience. To say my boyfriend and I were thrilled would be an understatement!!!!!!

Justin was the PERFECT host, we really couldn’t believe how lucky we were as he was so knowledgeable and passionate about the animals/birds/plants etc etc (which I guess he would be considering he grew up on the game reserved) The funniest thing was when Justin pulled up out outside this big bush in the middle of the game reserve and said 'right this is where you are staying'. I thought he was joking... we followed him into this bush to find an AMAZING set up! basically there was a massive tent (which was built on top of a raised ledge made out of beautiful dark wood ) with a kingsize bed it, an open air toilet, shower and best of all a massive round bath (which I might add was very romantic later on that night when we got back from the game drive) Justin told us to keep the tent flaps open all night to get the full bush effect.. which of course we did. It was purely magical sleeping out in the open with the animals/birds (not once were we scared)

Justin made sure we saw ALL the animals, we were sooooooo close to the lions it was a dream.. in the evening we saw a lioness going for the kill and heard her roars to her siblings which again gave you goose bumps!! In the evening everyone gets together for a feast around a fire, the guests sit with there ranger so in our case it was only us and Justin which was soooo nice as we didn’t have to make chit chat with the other people.. Justin is such a lovely guy and had many stories to tell. The food was amazing and the other rangers are very friendly.. I would definitely recommend buying the DVD as there are loads of amazing photos on there of the animals.

In the morning Justin came to pick up so we could watch the sun come up (he even made us tea/coffee) bless him! we then went by foot to see some of the animals which was lovely...

The only bad thing about the trip was that we only stayed for 1 night... I felt like crying when I left Justin and the game reserve the following day because I just didn’t want to go.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to Schotia for an amazing experience BUT a even bigger thank you to Justin for being such a great guy.. you are a very special person... your grandad would be proud of you!!!

I REALLY would urge everyone to visit this place... it is by far the cheapest safari run by an amazing group of people...

I will be posting photos very soon of the Outspan accommodation so you can see for yourselves what a unique experience you will get...

This expereince would be ideal for couple who want a romantic bush experience OR even a couple on there honeymoon...
Written February 19, 2010
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Amy denman
27 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Scott our guide did an amazing job showing and educating our family about these amazing animals and area. We had many close up encounters. Words cannot even express how wonderful this was. Thank you! Conserve our planet! No poaching!!!!
Written December 14, 2019
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ahophy
petah tikva40 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
A 10 hour trip by safari type Jeep throughout an immense private wildlife reservation exposing the most of South Africa excellent guide driver, in our case Chris, also stops for toilets and snacks and on the top at the end a luxurious meal all included
Warmest recommendation
Written May 28, 2019
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Fancyfranzi
Osnabrück, Germany89 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
We had an amazing day in Addo and Schotia with beautiful animals, amazing landscape and nice food. Scott was a great tour guide and made our adventure unforgettable. Thank you!
Written April 28, 2019
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Patrick O
London, UK67 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
This is an a awesome experience with an abundance of a wide variety of animals within a sustainable environment.

Value is excellent with friendly, knowledgeable guides, very good food and convenient location.

If you are staying over night make you stay in the tent accommodation. You have your own private, isolated, secure compound with luxury bedding, hot water (bath and shower) separate WC and laterns which create a beautiful ambience.
Written December 8, 2018
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marine971
hong kong293 contributions
Jan 2017
We opted for a half day tour. Starting at 4pm, you register and straight away welcomed with snacks and cold/hot drinks.

We started the tour at 3pm sharp with Andrew. If you have to go, go with Andrew. Obviously passionate about wild life, he explains all species, their habitat, their behaviour and anecdotes with such passion. It's incredible.

We have seen so much in the few hours drive. Rhino, antilopes, buffalos, lions, girafes, hippos, elephants.

Then you have dinner and it's a bbq style. Very yummy!!! And great wine!

To put on your To-do list!
Written January 4, 2017
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