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“Breathing the African Spirit”
Review of Tydon Safaris

Tydon Safaris
Reviewed August 23, 2012

The experience of a life? Maybe. For sure something unforgettable. We went to South Africa last summer for work reasons, and took the occasion to plan a safari. After some search on the web and some discussions among the four of us we got convinced by the description of Tydon Safaris and finally booked a five-day safari tour. Probably the simplest thing we can comment about it is: meeting the expectations, possibly even beyond that. You experience two basic types of drives: the ``standard'' one in the Kruger Park, along roads open to private drivers too, and the game drives into the Sabi Sand, a private area still within the Kruger, where you can have much closer (and sometimes breathtaking) contact with lions, rhinos, leopards, elephants, ... . Although any single meeting with an animal gives indeed some special emotion hard to forget, (and we do have something strong to look back on, like the family of lions with cubs playing around our cars during our first game drive, just to mention one) even deeper than that can be the feeling of being in the middle of the African nature at dawn or at sunset, for instance. Two small pieces of advice: seeing the big five is something great, sure, but don't underestimate apparently ``minor'' spottings, like birds, for instance. On the practical side, take something warm and comfortable to wear: at dawn or after sunset it can be quite chilly (and windy) even inside the car. About the premises and accommodation: the camp was charming, and our tent was quite comfortable. Basically we never had something to complain about, only the other two friends of us had some problem with the shower the very first day, soon fixed as far as we remember. The food was good, and every evening we had something different and special, in the romantic atmosphere of their campfire. Our opinion on the staff is similarly very good, in particular the guides were knowledgeable and well disposed to share with us and to answer our frequent questions. Finally, our travel back to Johannesburg was in itself an experience, driven by Gavin through the spectacular God's Window. As you can see it took some time to us to eventually write our comments, but take the right side of this: after one year our impression is still quite strong.

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Reviewed May 20, 2012

We booked all 6 luxury tents and all 12 of us had a fantastic time. It was great to have our whole group together, but not in a big hotel. The staff is wonderful, the accommodations are great, good food and, an excellent safari. As far as I know, Tydon is the only place that has access to both Kruger and Sabi Sands, and organizes trips to both for guests. Situated right outside Sabi, the location is fantastic. We were lucky and saw just about everything we could hope for, but even if we hadn't seen the leopard cubs or lions next to the car or painted dogs, we would have loved it. I highly recommend it. Just be ready to wake up early.

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Reviewed May 18, 2012

We spent 3 days with Gavin at Tydon, and what a great time we had. The camp has a warm feeling because it doesn't cater for the masses, and that means extra special attention to the guests. Gavin and his team were so helpful and nice with the kids (15 + 10) that we all wanted to stay a couple of nights more, but we had the Victoria falls to see. The guides themselves were very nice, and so passionate about the wildlife, that their enthusiasm was infectious. My kids will remember this for years, and still talk excitedly about it to their friends. The camp is not a white linen place, and we did not want one, but is nonetheless, very comfortable and homely. The food was excellent, and the evening campfire dicussions with a glass of wine or a beer made the perfect ending to the days. Without doubt, I would recommend to others.
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

We went for a 4 day, 3 night tour with Tydon Safaris in November 2011. It was a real highlight of our time in South Africa. From the moment Gavin picked us up from our B and B in Jo'Burg we knew we were in good hands. The afternoon and evening safaris to Sabi Sands with Lyam in these fantastic Defender vehicles were tremendous, as was the day in Kruger with Joy. Both Lyam and Joy have such fantastic knowledge of their subject and share their information so fluently. Our luxury tents were really great and the evenings around the camp fire with Gavin's braai and pot stews were tremendous fun.
To cap it all Gavin took us back to Jo'Burg through the Panorama Route - some of the most fantastic scenery we had seen in Africa. We had a great time and were very very sad to say goodbye.

Thank KayW58
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

We came expecting to see the big five but we went away with memories of traditional food cooked around the camp fire in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Lyam and Joy have a wealth of knowledge about the Kruger and sabi sands parks (much more than I could take in!). We did also see the big five but much more besides. The accommodation is a perfect compromise between comfort and being close to nature. Keep it up guys!

Thank colin t
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