This short 3 Day safari to Maseke in Greater Kruger National Park is an introduction to the thrill of going on safari in the African bushveld.
Greater Kruger National Park is made up of more than twenty private game reserves and shares open borders with Kruger National Park, South Africa's iconic wildlife reserve. This has created a huge wildlife reserve through which the animals roam freely. Taking a wildlife viewing drive in an open safari vehicle in Greater Kruger National Park means your guide is able to take you off-road into the bushveldt to experience the action up close and personal, which creates great photo opportunities. Unlike Kruger National Park, which can become quite crowded, you are unlikely to come across other safari vehicles, which allows for a private safari of discovery.
The intimate camp is designed for privacy and with only four x 2 bedroomed chalets and four luxury, en-suite tents, the camp will never be crowded. Experience the excitement of a safari, sundowners in the bush, a hike in the bushveldt with an armed guide coupled with relaxation and delicious meals in a private safari camp. A safari taken in style.
An early morning pickup in our air-conditioned minibus signals the start of this 3 Day Greater Kruger Budget Lodge Safari to Maseke. Our journey to Three Bridges, Limpopo takes approximately six hours and on arrival, we are met by a guide from our safari camp. We transfer to an open game-viewing vehicle and before too long we enter the Greater Kruger National Park and our have first opportunity to spot the wildlife inhabiting this undulating landscape. On arrival at our home for the next couple of days we are served lunch and then prepare for our first foray into the bushveldt.
Once the afternoon has begun to cool down we board our safari vehicle and venture out in search of the diverse amount of wildlife wandering through this landscape of rocky outcrops, undulating terrain and sections of the Olifants River. As well as the Big 5, elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo and rhino, this vast reserve, sharing borders with Kruger National Park is home to giraffe, zebra, hippo, wild dog, exceptional birdlife and much, much more. As the sun begins to set we toast its departure with sundowners in the bush. Then we head back to camp, searchlight blazing as we look out for the nocturnal creatures that are beginning to stir.
Back at camp, we refresh ourselves before heading to the boma for dinner under the stars.
Awake to the sounds of drumbeat dragging you from your dreams to the reality of the African bush and the prospect of an exciting day on safari. Fuelled with coffee and a light breakfast we board our safari vehicle and head out for a three-hour wildlife viewing drive. This is a great time to spot the wildlife as they are gathering at the river bank to quench their early morning thirst. Our guide, who is well acquainted with this reserve, seeks our the well-known spots for the best views and photo opportunities. As this is a private reserve you will feel like your vehicle and the wildlife are the only inhabitants of this African wilderness. Wildlife viewing is thirsty works so we stop to fill up on tea and cake or fruit and juice before continuing our search. Then it's back to camp for a welcome breakfast and a few hours of rest and relaxation. Cool down in the pool, find a comfy spot near the waterhole to relax and observe the thirsty animals gathering there or take a nap in air-conditioned comfort.
After a light lunch, served around three we head back out into the bushveldt and more wildlife viewing. Our drive follows the same procedure with a pause for sundowners and a search for nocturnal creatures as we head back to camp in the dark and dinner under the stars.
The sound of drums signals what is, sadly, our final day in the bushveldt. There is time for one last sortie into the bush and a final opportunity to add to your spotted list and take some great photos. Back at camp, we enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading to Three Bridges and our transfer back to the city. This 3 Day Greater Kruger Budget Lodge Safari to Maseke will have no doubt whet your appetite for another venture into the African bush.
Maseke Game Reserve, approximately 9000 hectares in size, is part of the Greater Kruger Reserve which is made up of privately owned game reserves. Maseke is in the northern sector of Greater Kruger Park and borders on Balule and Olifants North reserves. The terrain is undulating with prominent mountain ridges and rocky outcrops which make it an interesting area for wildlife viewing drives. The Olifants River courses through the reserve attracting wildlife to its banks. All of the private reserves in Greater Kruger share open borders with each other and with Kruger National Park, which creates a vast landscape traversed by a huge collection of wildlife, including the Big 5. Open plains attract wildebeest and zebra while elephant herds crowd forests of tall mopane trees. Rocky outcrops are home to rare klipspringer antelope, baboon troops and dassies - a magnet for leopards. All in all a diverse area which makes for an interesting, exciting safari.
Our traditional safari camp, located in Maseke Game Reserve, offers relaxed accommodation interspersed with exciting, wildlife viewing adventures. Guests are accommodated in family-friendly, 2 bedroomed thatched chalets with an interleading lounge area or in luxury, safari-style tented en-suite accommodation. The luxury tents have the advantage of overlooking the waterhole, floodlit at night, and the private patios provide an ideal spot for relaxing, beverage in hand, whilst watching the animals gather at the waterhole. The camp is fenced so it is safe for children who may get the urge to wander. As often as possible meals are served al fresco, either in the lantern-lit boma around the campfire or in the well-established garden under shady trees. There is a cash bar available for those pre-dinner drinks. The large pool, set in the lovely garden, is a perfect spot to cool off on those glorious hot summer days. Able to accommodate only a maximum of twenty four guests means no overcrowding and personal attention. The experienced, professional guides offer nature walks if there is time available, noting that only guests sixteen years and older may participate. And if you can't bear to be separated from the outside world, there is wifi available at the camp.
Collection and drop-off will be at either the OR Tambo Bus Terminal Building or the Sasol Fuel Station in Persequor Park (Pretoria). Transport to and from these two pre-appointed locations is not included in the tour price.
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This tour does take children.
The minimum age young adults may participate in bush walks is 16.