Emmanuelle Martinez, New Zealand
“Merci, Thank you, Dankie. Siyabonga Ngakulu for a wonderful time. The treehouses are unique and I felt so very close to Nature here. The wild animals are amazing. The staff has been wonderful, taking excellent care of us. I also met some amazing people here. All of the above will make this week an unforgettable and perfect ending to my trip to South Africa. Kia Ora ( Thank you ) ”
I'm finally home after a series of travels which started back in May in South Africa with my elderly parents, my wife, & 2 young kids. We had an amazing time both at Marc's Treehouse & in Johannesburg & cannot wait to come back. Everybody from Viva Safaris was charming, knowledgeable, & very helpful but I must mention in particular 2 people who stand out: Rhulani who took us to Kruger & Abi who took us to Soweto. I have been fortunate to travel quite a lot over the years & have experienced many excellent guides but Rhulani & Abi were exceptional.
Beyond being able to find all big 5 + many more in just 2 days at Kruger, Rhulani was extremely knowledgable about the wildlife & easily able to share his knowledge at a very sophisticated level & for my young kids--as a professor I can trully appreciate his skills. I also particularly appreciated the relaxed but efficient way he managed the tours, & our conversations around dinner.
When we returned to Joburg we were in for a real intellectual & human treat. Abi took us shopping at the flee market & helped us find everything we wanted, but more importantly, we increasingly started asking questions about apartheid & the reforms since which is a topic of great professional & personal interest to me. The next day Abi took us to Soweto for one of the most moving days of my life. He exactly understood our interests & was able to strike a perfect balance between letting us explore some things on our own while adding his personal insights & experiences to fill in the gaps--once again, an outstanding guide.
Finally, I wanted to mention that I began discussing the possibility of organizing a student trip & possibly a separate faculty trip to South Africa at my college & look forward to having these remarkable 2 gentlemen as our guides. Academic administrations are quite slow so it may take some time before we can organize this but I want to return to South Africa & would definitely use your company.
All the very best,
Volkan Hizal, Turkey
Dear Piero, and his wonderful team,
I wanted to thank you so much for this lovely trip to Kruger National Park, at Marc's Tree Houses...
I'm so ashamed to say that I've forgotten the name of the lady who runs Marc's Tree Houses..
She was extremely nice, helpful, calm, and friendly.. Everyone has agreed that she does her job so well.. so good..
And all the other people who did their best to make us feel comfortable, I want to thank them all..
For the nice ride in Kruger.. For the nice meals.. and everything...
And for the surprise birthday cake she organized, you made me feel so happy and so good.. (on 4th of march)
I want to thank you over and over again..
Especially to that nice lady, "I'm really sorry that I can't remember her name now"
I will definitely come back again, but this time, I'm planning to bring my friends and family to show them how nice it was..
And a huge hug from Turkey
Together with a friend I spent a couple of unforgettable days at Marc's treehouse lodge when on a Kruger park trip with Viva Safaris. This must be the most amazing accomodation around the Kruger. Tree houses are spread around a large property - a couple of minutes to walk in between them and the main house and no fences between the property and the neighboring parks (no fences between the camp and the Kruger either, in fact. This is the bush). No place for people who are very easily scared by wild life and darkness at night. But exactly the right location for lovers of an authentic wildlife experience. At night, you hear absolutely nothing except the river and animals. You eat delicious meals besides a water hole and at night next to a camp fire, watched by lots of small antilope and naughty monkeys. A buffalo is said to have fallen in the pool next to the main house a couple of times. Which did not keep me from dipping into the sparkling clean pool after returning from the safaris. What in the world could be a more pleasant thing to do after hours of sweating and looking for animals - nothing but wilderness around and the starry African sky above me...
We were in fact happy to skip one day of Kruger safari and spend it at (and in) the pool, on an enjoyable tour of the camp together with hostess Florence and on a spontaneosly organised sunset safari next to the camp. In fact, even better than the Kruger: we came extremely close to all the animals (9 rhinos, lots of giraffe and buffalo, zebras, antilopes within three hours). The most magical moment was watching the sunset over the Drakensberge with a black rhino couple just in front of us. You should definitely spend an extra day at the lodge (which no one gets too see otherwise, leaving at 8 am for the Kruger safaris and only getting back at 7 pm, a pity! What an extraordinary place, and so well kept, and adventurous, and the stylish interior of the tree houses...) and at the private game park "next door".
The staff was absolutely amazing! Florence and the guide Rhulani are the most professional and lovely people ever. We felt very welcome and taken care of, and learnt
lots and lots about the bush and (South/Southern) Africa in general. Florence treated us with all the comfort one could wish for, she is a treasure and the perfect person for the job. Rhulani and his friends took extra shifts to make our special game drive possible. We really believe his story to have SMS:ed the rhinos to be at the right spot at the right moment...
I loved Marc's Treehouse Lodge. It was a lot of fun staying there. You really get to expereince the African bush. I do reccommend taking a flashlight with you, it can be fairly dark on the trails to the treehouses at night. We had no problems with bugs but we did have several frogs that hungout in our treehouse. The treehouses are spread out so you get the feeling of being alone out there. There is no phones in the treehouses so you can't just call the front desk if you need something. Not all treehouses arfe en-suite. If not there will be a bathroom just a few feet away, just outside the treehouse.
The animals are free to roam through the lodge grounds. During the day we saw impala, monkeys, buffalo. At night we had a leppard hunting warthog on the grounds. We didn't see it but we sure heard it. Also a group of hyena's came right up to our treehouse one night. Very exciting!
It was a great experience.
From: Gerard van der Walt
Sent: 25 May 2006 23:18
Subject: Marc's Treehouse Camp - Thanks!!
To Viva Safaris Management,
I would like to take a moment to thank everybody at Marc’s Treehouse Camp for making our safari an unforgettable experience.
I was traveling with a number of international guests and they were truly impressed with the facilities and hospitality of all the staff at Tremisana, Cheetah Inn and Marc’s Treehouses. The itinerary was great and we truly enjoyed the experience.
We would all like to make a special mention of and commend Bongani Mnisi who was our guide during our stay.
Bongani was professional, helpful, knowledgeable, funny and caring. He is a true asset to your establishment and he was the highlight of our trip. You are lucky to have a person like him working for your company. I would appreciate it if you could again extend our sincerest gratitude to him on a job very well done.
We look forward to spending more time at Marc’s Treehouse in the future.
Gérard van der Walt
Regina and Rolf Hoemme (Germany)
The most romantic place we've ever been to. Very nice food and good company. Lots of animals as well. We'd definitely like to return!
Gavin Kendal (UK)
Had a fantastic time in my treehouse. Great camp with good food and better company...paradise
Bridgette and Bruce Smith (JHB)
Wonderful rustic experience, quiet, beautiful, informal. Thanks to staff for dedicated input!
Every single thing was perfect. It was more than perfect, loved everyone and all activities. Dont change a thing!
Pat Softly (Toronto, Canada)
This was truly a wonderful experience for me, it was a life-long dream come true. Thank you Hans, Ronald and the rest of the staff for your kindness
Steffi Schulze (Germany)
Ja, what can I say, the 3rd time here says everything. See you @ the 4th time - you never know! Thanks for the great time!
Pierere Alexander Vincent (France)
What an amazing trip. We saw so many animals! But, the most important: people were very, very friendly, the food was excellent and the service perfect. Very good memories. Thank you.
A wonderful place, wonderful people. What more could anyone want? This must be the soul of Africa! Thanks for a great time.
David.D.Roberts@Royalmail.co.uk (Wales, UK)
To be rich is to be satisfied with what you have and not the wealth of what you have. This is true of this experience, a truly must do thing - to experience the sounds, smells and wildlife with excellent accommodation, food and hospitality. Thank you to everyone! "Watch out for the frogs, they bite!"
Perfect...just in one word!
Chris Head and Aurelie Divet (London and Paris)
Wonderful food, great hospitality, unique lodges and gripping conversations around the camp fire. Thanks for everything!