You won't find friendlier, harder working, more accommodating tour operators!
Written on: July 02, 2015
I visited in March 2015
I used to live in South Africa and have been to the Kruger Park more than once, both on a tour and on many self driven stays, so I had a fairly good idea of what to expect from Kruger. As a group of 4 families with kids (half of whom had never visited South Africa) we decided that taking a tour and having the advantage of being all together in the overland truck while game viewing would be a fun and practical choice. With 7 kids 10 and under we also looked forward to not having to organise, cook and wash up after meals!!!
Chris took into account our wishes for where we wanted to visit in the park, although some practical considerations (our group required a large campsite area to fit in all 7 tents plus two vehicles and a large area for us all to sit) meant that we had to stay more central in the park rather than stay in the busy southern areas - smaller groups at less busy times won't have this consideration.
Throughout he made accommodations for our requirements (having so many small kids meant timing meals a little differently than would suffice for all adults) and we changed up meals, drives, accommodation sites and worked in a very last minute game walk with an excellent guide organised by Chris & Nicky. Chris always had a smile on his face and was extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the local bird and animal life. Travelling in the high truck gave a brilliant vantage point for game viewing and allowed the kids to sleep on the floor on the (majority of) days we opted to aim to be out of the gates at 4:30am in an effort to take advantage of the best game viewing. Accommodation was in safari tents which stood up to a torrential overnight downpour with no worries of getting wet. The first-time visitors to the park especially loved being accommodated in tents for an authentic park experience.
Lastly, the food was absolutely delicious and prepared with obvious pride and care - they put a lot of thought and effort into the meals that they serve and it really shows. I put on 2 kgs in a week!!! They kept the "honour bar" well stocked at virtually cost prices and everything was kept cold with regularly stocked ice (and we were welcomed to keep our own drinks and water cold in the coolers as well).
I can say that while I am the kind of person who normally prefers the control of self driving in Kruger, I thoroughly enjoyed the advantages, perks and benefits of being taken care of by Armadillo Overland Safari & Adventure Tours in their awesome overland truck! Recommended for groups, families, first time visitors to the park and anyone who wants to relax and let someone else take care of the details!
Do you have an aunt and uncle that will take you on a perfect safari, cook for you every day and night and dote on your kids while you relax on vacation? No? Well call Chris and Nikki at Armadillo Overland Safari and Adventure tours- they'll do all this and more. My wife and three daughters (4, 6 and 8 yrs old) spent 5 nights and 6 days with Chris and Nikki and the...