As a savvy internet user, you already know that a quick Google search will produce thousands of results related to what you are looking for. While this is super beneficial to those looking to get the absolute best options for a safari or a place to stay, there is a downside to booking your safari or your safari lodge stay online.

South Africa, and the Kruger area in particular, is home to a wide variety of exceptional safari lodges offering all kinds of accommodation, from affordable to luxury stays, as well as more private safari companies than you could count on two hands! There are many companies capitalising on the boom in the South African tourism industry, and numerous safari lodges have chosen to invest in their own safari vehicles to provide their guests with a unique, and more personalised, safari experience.

When booking your safari online, there are both positives and negatives. And when you don’t read our list of common mistakes, you might end up with an unpleasant experience.

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Common mistakes

  1. Believing everything you read

Travel bloggers, Instagram nomads, YouTube vloggers; they all have a lot in common. And one of the worst things that they have in common is that they exaggerate and even lie. Much of what you read or see in their content is over inflated as a part of a public relations campaign, with their holiday paid for by the lodge they are staying at and the company taking them on safari. By all means, use these sources, but use them to see what the lodge looks like and what kind of safari you’ll be in for. Don’t use them to decide every part of your safari planning.

  1. Don’t go cheap for cheap sake

When browsing online and looking at all the safari and accommodation options, you’ll be presented with all kinds of discounts. While this is tempting, sometimes these more affordable options are cheap because they are lower quality. There is always a chance that the room advertised doesn’t look anything like the picture, once you get to the hotel.

  1. DIY holiday

While the internet certainly saves you money by cutting out the middle man, when travelling to Africa, sometimes it is best to use a travel agency. These agencies can get discounts on great accommodation and on private safari trips that you wouldn’t otherwise get on your own. Travel agencies will also give you the guarantee that what you see in the travel package images is what you get.

  1. Ignoring reviews

TripAdvisor, Facebook, and Google itself provide numerous reviews which can be an extremely helpful guide when booking your trip. While people can lie on reviews, you can generally decide for yourself which is true and which is not. Reviews can also include pictures and specific details regarding specific people working at the lodge or guiding safaris.

Kambaku River Lodge is situated on the banks of the beautiful Crocodile River, which creates the southern border of the Kruger National Park. From our luxury Kruger Park accommodation, guests can see all kinds of wildlife while they are enjoying a break from their busy life.