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Reviewed March 13, 2011

We were recommended to go to Honeyguide by friends in Jburg and it was absolutely perfect for us. We enjoyed the whole feel of the place, with its high quality tented accommodation, great food and above all brilliant safari guides. This is friendly, down-to-earth safari experience but infused with excellence. There were two drives each day plus an optional walk and more food than you could eat. Above all this is a unique place, totally uncorporate and just right if you want to be close to the whole bush experience.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank andynor
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wombat1, Owner at Honeyguide Khoka Moya & Mantobeni Camps, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2011

Dear Andynor, thank you for your positive response on your recent stay at our Honeyguide Mantobeni camps. We are delighted to see that you enjoyed your experience and we hope we will have the opportunity of hosting you again in the future. Warmest regards from all of us at Honeyguide. Peter Aucamp

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Reviewed January 12, 2011

Our 3-day stay in the Mantobeni Camp was outstanding: Exciting morning and evening game drives (we saw all big 5 + many other animals), very comfortable and cosy tents, fine central building with pool etc., excellent food and drinks - and above all: very very nice and friendly management and staff. We simply could not have a better stay in the bush. Thank you very much.
Christian Ravn and company, Denmark (Europe)

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Thank Mantobeni
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wombat1, Owner at Honeyguide Khoka Moya & Mantobeni Camps, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2011

Dear Christian

Thank you so much for your review of your recent stay at our Mantobeni Camp. We are delighted to see that your game drives did not disappoint and that you enjoyed your stay in our tented camp. Warmest regards from all of us at Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps. Peter Aucamp

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Reviewed January 2, 2011

We stayed here for three nights starting on Christmas Eve. Our guide, Wayne picked us up at the Hoedspruit airport and we arrived at the lodge before noon, in advance of the other guests. We did not stay at the main lodge at Khoko Moya but at Mantobeni which is on a watering hole several km away. Our "tent" was beautiful - very comfortable and well laid out in a nice, rustic style that I imagine that Hemingway would have appreciated. The food was plentiful with not just continental breakfasts but full eggs any way, bacon, sausage etc. after the 3 hour safari drive. There's time for a nap or a foot safari with your rifle toting guide after lunch. Overall the food was delicious and surprisingly sophisticated considering some of the ingredient limitations they probably have to deal with. The chef, Nicolas, was excellent and went out of his way to meet my girlfriend's dietary requirements. The serving staff were all friendly and efficient, including the bar staff who served a fine, well-chilled white house wine.
Although the lodge has a strict no off road (track) policy, (for what I have learned a good environmental stewardship reasons), we saw lots of wildlife including all the big 5 except for rhinos. They were around and had been seen by others but we missed them. Our guide and tracker were both excellent and made a great team. We saw a herd of elephants at a big pond, and were fortunate enough to see 3 of them amble into the pond (to the annoyance of the resident hippo), to cool down and play a bit. We also got very close to a group of 6 beautiful male lions.
The managers, Wikus & Amanda, are very personable and great hosts.They and Donny from Mantobeni went beyond the call of duty by finding us a rental car on short notice during the holiday period, and transferring us there when we left.
I strongly recommend this lodge to anyone wanting to really experience the wild while maintaining access to creature comforts.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank GeorgeK17
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wombat1, Owner at Honeyguide Khoka Moya & Mantobeni Camps, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2011

Dear George, thank you for taking the time to submit this review on your recent stay at Honeyguide's Mantobeni camp. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for mentioning the staff who contributed to your enjoyment, Nicholas who hails from Zimbabwe does not have an easy task in preparing the food. It was a busy time at the camp and we, as owners, are pleased to see that the managers and serving staff rendered a quality service. It is wonderful that your game viewing was so good. We believe that we are able to see the many if not most species without damaging the environment and I am very pleased that Wayne was able to share this approach. Thanks again, Peter Aucamp, and the Honeyguide Team.

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Reviewed December 31, 2010

My wife, son and I stayed at Honeyguide for 3 nights in mid December and it was one of the best experiences of our lives. The greeting by the staff on the first day was just a prelude to the excellent care and attention that we would receive.
The tents were very accomodating, the bedding comfortable and the oscillating fan was perfect to ensure a good night's sleep.
Our guide, Dries and tracker, Phillip (Eagle) were entertaining, knowledgeable, informative and most importantly - a lot of fun to be with. Keep in mind that you spend about 8 hours a day with these guys, and these two had all the right stuff to make the time fly.
Did I mention the food? Breakfast was hearty and made up of all fresh ingredients. Lunch was always a treat. But, the dinners were gournet fare. I was amazed by the selection and preparation of the dishes. Keep in mind that when I'm not living in Africa, I live in New Orleans and I know food.
We saw the big five while on the game drives, and in fact saw 4 of the 5 in one day. Not to meniton all the birds, antelope and other flora and fauna to be seen.
This is one experience that I would recommend to friends and if the opportunity ever presnted itself agin, I would return back to Honeyguide, But, for a couple of more days on the next visit.
One tip - bring along clear safety glasses for the evening drives. It's amazing the amount of insects that want to impact your eyes. Trust me, pack the glasses.

  • Stayed: December 2010
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1  Thank dnehrbass
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wombat1, Owner at Honeyguide Khoka Moya & Mantobeni Camps, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2011

Thank you so much for posting this review. We are delighted to see that you enjoyed your stay at Honeyguide and how much Dries and Phillip, your guide and tracker contributed to your stay. We greatly appreciate the comments on the food, as the chefs, being in the bush, have some challenges to overcome to ensure fine food. We have taken note of your suggestion on safety glasses, particularly for the summer months and will be putting them in the vehicles for those guests who want to use them. We hope to see you again, Peter Aucamp and the Honeyguide Team.

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Reviewed November 3, 2010

absolutely amazing experience. Food was wonderful, service was great. Couldnt ask for more.

If you are booking through an agent - stop right there. Just go ahead and contact the company directly. We booked directly through the offices in Johannesburg - reservations@mix.co.za They were extrememly helpful and made us aware of options that none of the others we met at the camp were aware of (all of whom had booked through travel agents).

The key advantage or thing that we learned was about the ability to fly DIRECTLY into the reserve. We flew in from Johannesburg which saved tremendous time over the others at the camp that flew to nearby airports and had to be transported a few hours from those airstrips. We flew in the first morning of our trip and went straight to the camp for lunch. Just between the airstrip and the camp (both of which are on the Manyeleti Resreve) we saw Elephants, Wildebeest, Warthogs, Zebras, and buffalo. It was very exciting.

We arrived at the camp for an amazing lunch. We were not prepared for how wonderful the food would be. We were expecting basic camp food and some interesting game, but the preparation every meal was amazing. After lunch we were taken to our tent and given a quick opportunity to change before heading out on our first drive.

There are 2 drives each day. Typically about 6:30 am and 3:00 pm. The drives present different photo opportunities, different lighting, and typically different animals that are out at dawn and dusk. Each drive is accompanied by about a 30 minute break where, in the morning, the guides set up a nice coffee break and in the evenings, sunset happy hour. The morning coffee breaks include coffee, tea, hot chocolate and usually some sort of pastry or cookie. The evening breaks have an assortment of beer, wine, sodas and mixed drinks along with some chips or some sort of snack.

The drives were all amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with our guides. We had 1 other family in our open air jeep. There was plenty of room in the vehicle. We were provided blankets in the morning and the evening and even hot water bottles after happy hour on each evening drive. (It does get cold in the bush in June/July but it was a perfect time to go) We saw all the animals we wanted to see except a leopard - but we did see lots of Cheetah's.

I assume if you book here you are aware that you are staying in a tent. The tent was very clean and well appointed (for a tent). The beds were extrememly comfortable and we slept very well every night. We went with our 2 kids (ages 8 & 14). While we had an option of putting them in a separate tent, we chose to have all 4 of us in the same tent. The tent was very large with one King Size bed and 2 single beds. Each with its own mosquito net. The bathroom area consisted of 2 sinks, 2 shower heads in an oen shower area and a toilet tucked behind a privacy wall. There was electricity in the tent and even Wi-Fi so they were quite accommodating.

You are greeted each morning by the pounding drums up at main lodge to wake you. A few minutes later there is a voice at the tent greeting you and providing a tray full of beverages for each individual (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, water, sparkling water, juice, etc... whatever you requested the night before).

You typically have about 30 mins from the time the drum sounds until you are on the land rover for the first drive of the day so this is not the time to try to primp and put on makeup. Keep in mind you are in the bush - go as you are. I met one lady who said she was setting her alarm for 5:30 each day so she had time to get up and put on her makeup and fix her hair before going out - why bother? Along the same lines, dont overpack. You dont need a lot - they will do laundry for you EVERY day - YEAH!!!! Just be prepared with layers if you are there in the African Winter months as it starts off cold and ends cold every day, however, there were some days, mid day, in shorts and tee shirts.

When you return from your morning drive 3 hours later, an amazing breakfast typically awaits you. There was a wide range of food. Since Khoka Moya caters to families - every meal offered both a childrens meal and adult choices. In many cases, the kids chose the adult meal and in some cases, a few of the adults chose the kids meal. My 14 year old boy chose every meal a few times and they were very accommodating.

The time between breakfast and lunch, and then the next drive at 3 was perhaps some of the most relaxing time for me. I am a very type A go go go person who doesnt always take the time to rest. I have told many people that I found this to be the most relaxing part of any vacation I have ever taken. My family and I usually used this time to get back to the tent, relax, people took their showers, we took advantage of the outside lawn furniture on the patio of our tent and sat out side and read, played family card games, and sometimes, even just napped. It was incredibly relaxing and peaceful. During warmer times, this break could also be used to take advantage of the camp pool.

We were called each day back for lunch around 1 and then back onto the road for additional drives about 3 pm each day to return a few hours later for another amazing meal. The nighttime hours were typically spent at the main hut having cocktails before dinner with each of the families sharing their adventures for the day, taloking about what they saw that afternoon. There was a large fire to sit around each evening and usually a pickup soccer game in the lawn. As we were there during the World Cup, the camp had also turned the Childrens Hut into a World Cup viewing center and we were able to go in there at night with a drink or two and watch the games.

No one was allowed to wander to their tents alone at night. Your guides are assigned to you for the duration of your stay. They drive you each day, eat meals with you, and are responsible for your safe return to your tent each night. We had an elephant in the camp the first night and a large heard of buffalo grazing at our tent the third night, so I appreciated the need to have the guides with us as they certainly know how best to read the animals and when to move and when to just wait them out. Dont be fooled into thinking that there is a fence or something around the camp. There is not - so at any time you will see animals coming through the camp. The workers camp had a visit/battle with a leopard and porcupine want night. Surprisingly they said the porcupine won.

Dont try to take in any snacks with you. For one - you wont need them, but also, they dont want food in the tents. There are some sneaky monkeys around the camp and they can smell food anywhere. The only thing I needed at all during the stay was Decaf tea bags which I crought with me. I gave them to our guide and he loaded them into his morning coffee break every morning so I was set.

If you are a photographer and have more than one serious photographer on your vehicle, make arrangements to alternate seats. It is amazing how different the views can be from different heights on the vehicle. Ensure you have a good lens (I used a 400) and a stablelizer, and you are sure to capture some great pictures. Remember to charge your batteries each night too!!!

Most of all - if you are headed to Khoka Moya, relac, enjoy yourself, take in the surroundings, and if you have the opportunity, definitely fly in and out of the reserve - it is an adventure in and of itself!!!!

I cant wait to return!!!

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank ddlaxmom
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wombat1, Owner at Honeyguide Khoka Moya & Mantobeni Camps, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2010

Dear Ddlaxmom

We are so grateful for your comprehensive review of your recent stay at Honeyguide. We appreciate the time taken by you to describe the Honeyguide experience and those aspects of your stay which you liked the most. We appreciate the tip on decaffeinated teabags and will keep these in camp and on drives in future! We hope we will have the opportunity of hosting you again in future. With warmest regards, from Peter Aucamp and the entire Honeyguide Team.

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