My wife and I were looking for a quintessential African safari trip and Honeyguide Mantobeni did not disappoint. We wanted an African tent experience and Mantobeni delivered fully. The tents give a rustic, in the middle of the African bush, feel while still offering great amenities. The bed was very comfortable, the couch and chair fit the atmosphere perfectly, and the bathroom was clean while still being "in the open" of our tent.
However, what really made the trip was the staff. Amanda, Vickers, and Brett gave us a great welcome and were always willing to help out, Nicholas and the cooking/bar staff provided delicious meals (in the middle of the bush!), but most importantly our safari guides (Davines - the tracker and Vestment - our guide) were what really made the trip. Our safari drives were definitely the highlight (saw the Big 5 in one day) and would not have been as informative or entertaining if it wasn't for them. In particular, we really appreciated how much Vestment cared about our experience and was willing to answer all of our questions, anticipate our needs, and always monitor our safety.
I've read some of the other reviews on TripAdvisor and those that are overly critical raise some points that I wouldn't say are false in regards to the level of luxury, but we never anticipated the experience to be opulent. We wanted a luxury experience in the middle of nowhere Africa and were not disappointed. The value for the money was fantastic and the staff were excellent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Tented Safari Camps in the Manyeleti Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park. Stay either at Mantobeni the more classic camp with its Nehru tents on wooden decks set in a forested water course or the contemporary designed Khoka Moya camp with its larger tents and which welcomes children of all ages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps Hotel Manyeleti Game Reserve
- Honeyguide Tented Safari Camps South Africa/Manyeleti Game Reserve