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“What a fabulous day.”

Schotia Tooth and Claw Safari
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Owner description: Schotia offers one of the best chances to see lions in the wild. This private malaria free reserve close to the Addo Elephant National Park is probably the most densely stocked reserve in Africa, and with over 40 mammal species and approximately 2000 animals, can offer consistently good game viewing throughout the year.
Reviewed August 10, 2017

We opted for the combined day tour - Addo Elephant reserve in the morning the Schotia in the afternoon.
We were collected from our lodge and introduced to the others on our tour ( a lovely family of 5 from Denmark) by our guide Scott.
We arrived at Addo to start our tour. Scott was very knowledgeable and helped us differentiate between the myriad of bok, impala, kudu..... Then we saw the elephants - amazing. In fact whether by luck or Scott's judgement we saw lots of elephants.
After lunch we arrived at Schotia - where we viewed game all afternoon - giraffe, Cape buffalo, white rhino, hippo, zebra....... All of this before we before we saw the lions - who were replete from the zebra they had killed the day before.
Initially we thought the price quite high for the day ( R2500 each) - but at the end of the experience I would rate it as one of the best value experiences I have ever had. AMAZING.
Thanks to Scott to - he was great throughout - answering any questions, no matter how many times I asked the same ones.
If we could have we would have rated this day as a 6 out of 5!!

Thank helenwright36
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Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

We have several friends who toured the adjacent Addo park without seeing many elephants and no lions, so we opted to pay for one night at a nearby private reserve and were very happy with our experience.

When I called, the receptionist offered me their winter special price, taking 20% off the stay, which was a great start.

We arrived around 2pm and the afternoon game drive started at 3pm, so that gave us time to tag our luggage which they took to our room while we enjoyed tea and biscuits.

Donovan was our guide for each of 3 drives and he was very friendly and knowledgable not only about the animals and species, but also the particular personalities of the animals there at Scotia. We saw elephants, giraffes, so many grazers (Impala, eland, haartebeast, wildebeest, zebra, kudu, springbok, blesbuck (brown and white color variants), water buck, reed buck, sable antelope, duiker, and nyala), and other creatures like warthogs, a mongoose, ostriches, and many other birds.

You break for tea around 5pm, then get drinks and a lovely buffet dinner in their outdoor Lana around 7pm before going back out for a night drive.

On our night drive we got up close to their lions (they have 2 males and one female currently) and were able to observe them quite close. That was an amazing experience considering the vehicles are open-sided! My 11yo and 9yo were very well behaved! We also got to see a couple of the three hippos out and about.

The next morning we saw more of the lions, rhinos, and a crocodile, and had fun trying to remember what we had learned by identifying the different grazers before being told which they were. We even saw 2 baby spring boks! Too shy to let us get very close, but still very sweet.

In all, it was very worthwhile. And I'm glad we spent the night there first then did a self-drive in Addo the next day. We knew more about the species having been shown by the guide the day before, rather than trying Addo first then adding Scotia 2nd.

Thank Tracy H
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Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

We were lucky to be escorted by Zane who is very knowledgable about the animals in the reserve and had many fascinating facts and anecdotes to share. The 'half time' coffee is a welcome stop to warm up and the meal served towards the end of the evening is welcome fodder to stoke the fire (don't expect too much in the way of culinary flair here); we were lucky enough to have extremely close encounters with lions, elephants, and hippos to name but a few. Do wrap up warm for this drive - once the sun goes down it gets very cold in the open-sided vehicles.

Thank Basemess
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Reviewed July 1, 2017

As a Manageress of Sundune Guest House and Addo River-View Lodge, I went to explore the Game Drive, so that I know what my guests experiences. Well, this is def not just a Game Drive. Edward the Ranger is not just knowledgeable, but fun and informative and a real gentleman. Saw a Lion chase, missing his meal, with so many other animals. The drive was great and ending the night off with a great meal and drinks.

You will def be highly recommended. Thank you again for your kind hospitality!

1  Thank doubletroubledare04
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Reviewed June 6, 2017

A few hours in the beautiful Addo bush at Schotia in the company of an extremely knowledgeable host in Justin a couple of weeks ago has confirmed my considerable respect for the people who dedicate themselves to the conservation and management of wildlife in South Africa. Justin and his family have created an environment in which the animals evidently thrive, and where visitors leave well -informed having enjoyed a condensed game-viewing experience. Viewing the rhino at close-hand was a truly memorable experience. So too was watching an elephant feeding itself soil and learning that they do this for its mineral content, hearing that the delicate impala are very competent and look after themselves really well, following a buffalo herd on the move after dark, seeing all manner of antelope including my favourite nyala and waterbuck, debating the interesting question of indigenous vs alien (according to whose timescale?), and what can be done about poaching, amongst so much else. All this, and a very tasty meal at the lapa too! Thank you for a very interesting experience and your excellent hospitality.

Thank LizandMak
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