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Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve

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Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve

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Our cruise is unique in that we operate in the diverse Algoa Bay, rich in wildlife and history. Visiting St Croix island, home to half the worlds remaining endangered African Penguins. This tour is run just once a day instead of trying to run multiple cruises in one day. This ensures that our skippers and guides are fresh and alert for every cruise and makes it possible to spend more time and effort searching for wildlife in our Bay or observing something special that we come across provided that no one on board is in a rush to get back for a flight or bookings previously made. Our main focus is education, conservation and assisting in research which is made possible by the funds generated from our Marine Eco-Cruises out into Algoa Bay. Trees are planted to balance our carbon footprint for each cruise conducted. We use smaller boats so as to keep our cruises personal. Our skippers and Guides are very knowledge and are there to answer any questions and see to the needs of our Guests.
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b16blr wrote a review Feb 2020
Dumfries, United Kingdom100 contributions35 helpful votes
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 .
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Andrew H wrote a review Feb 2020
Duncan B.C.175 contributions62 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Elaine wrote a review Feb 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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TheWarrens123 wrote a review Jan 2020
County Durham, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
Took the afternoon and evening option worked really well for us Carl our guide picked us up from Port Elizabeth promptly, we saw so much on our visit due to Carls knowledge, experience and great timing him having all the expertise neded to allow our short tour to be full, informative and funny, great dinner after the afternoon drive, camp fire drinks and food a treat, thanks so much for making our brief visit so great.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Butters66 wrote a review Jan 2020
San Francisco, California7 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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