Hoping to see the Big Five of Africa in Kruger Park without rubbing shoulders with throngs of other visitors? Then this is your safari!
At at excellent price you will get to explore Greater Kruger's Timbavati Reserve, a Big Five Game Park sharing unfenced borders with Kruger National Park, but not the crowds. Accommodation on this truly wild bush adventure is at a comfortable and intimate safari lodge in the exclusive Timbavati Private Game Reserve, within Greater Kruger, but tucked far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Of course this budget Kruger Park Lodge Safari takes you on plenty of game viewing drives, including sunset drives with sundowners, game driving back to the lodge at night.
Experience a real African bush adventure at a really great price!
This 4 day Kruger Park Lodge Safari begins with collection from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg or Persequor Park in Pretoria.
From Johannesburg, the economic centre of South Africa, the shuttle travels to South Africa's leading game reserve, Kruger National Park. We drive to a bush pub near Greater Kruger, stopping to stretch and admire the scenery along the way. Then you are transferred from the bush pub to the lodge, located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve of Greater Kruger National Park. This affordable safari lodge in Greater Kruger Park offers an intimate and exclusive African bush experience in a comfortable and charming setting.
Lunch is served upon arrival, followed by free time to relax and settle in at the lodge. In the afternoon we embark on our first exciting game drive in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, known for its outstanding game viewing. While out on our game drive we stop for sundowners in the exclusive Big Five game reserve.
After our rewarding game drive, we return to the safari lodge in time for dinner, which is served in the lantern-lit boma around an open fire (weather permitting). In the evening we unwind at the lovely lodge inside Timbavati Reserve listening to the sounds of wildlife and stargazing.
This morning we get up before sunrise and have tea or coffee with fruit and rusks (tea biscuits). Then we head into Greater Kruger Park on a morning game drive or bush walk.
On this Kruger Park Safari bush walks can be arranged as part of the morning drives if conditions are suitable. Bush walks give you the chance to gain insight into the plants, animals and smaller details of this Big Five wilderness area.
We spend about three hours game viewing in the vast Timbavati Reserve of Greater Kruger, exploring various habitats and encountering a diversity of wild animals. Returning to the lodge after our morning game drive or walk we tuck into a hearty breakfast served with cereals, juices and fresh fruit. The hottest part of the day is spent at the comfortable lodge where you can take a cool dip in the pool, take a nap or play board games and pool on the upper deck, watching for wildlife at the watering hole.
After high tea at the lodge, we head back into the game-rich bush in search of more of the wildlife found in Timbavati Game Reserve. In the evening we stop for sundowners out in this remote part of Greater Kruger Park. Day two of this affordable Kruger Lodge Safari ends with a thrilling night game drive back to the lodge where we have dinner and rest.
Day three is spent enjoying more game viewing in this top South African game reserve. The day follows more or less the same itinerary as day two in Greater Kruger. From our friendly and intimate safari lodge, we have access to the Timbavati Game Reserve, only open to guests at the private lodges in this part of Greater Kruger Park. Exclusive access to the privately owned wildlife area ensures a leisurely and uncrowded game viewing experience - a genuine African safari adventure away from the hustle and bustle of daily life!
On the last day of this budget Kruger Park Lodge Safari we take a morning game drive in search of wildlife action, keeping an eye out for any animals and birds that we have missed so far.
After our final drive in the Greater Kruger Private Reserve, breakfast is served, followed by some time to pack. Then we say goodbye to the friendly lodge and leave Timbavati behind, returning to the bush pub, where we are met by the shuttle. From the pub, we travel back to Johannesburg city where this budget Kruger Lodge Safari will come to a close. You will be dropped off at the OR Tambo Airport or Persequor Park in Pretoria, bringing this excellent-value-for-money Kruger Lodge Tour to an end.
Collection and drop-off are at either the Sasol Fuel Station in Persequor Park, Pretoria, or the OR Tambo Bus Terminal Building. Transport to and from these designated locations is not included in the tour price.
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The safari lodge is located in the heart of Timbavati Private Game Reserve in Greater Kruger Park, surrounded by the wild African bush. This intimate lodge accommodates up to 16 guests at a time, creating an exclusive bush experience. The lodge is comfortable and tastefully decorated, offering simple luxury in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. This family-friendly and affordable lodge has been carefully designed to blend in with the natural surroundings and reduce the environmental impact of the structures. The lodge uses solar power and operates sustainably.
Exclusive access to the Timbavati ensures a leisurely and uncrowded game viewing experience - a genuine African safari adventure free from the stresses of modern life. The experienced, expert guides are skilled at finding the Big Five of Africa and other wildlife on game drives in Greater Kruger.
The Timbavati Private Nature Reserve hosts over 40 species of mammals, including the Big Five - lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Timbavati is world-famous for the unique white lions found in the area. The White Lions of Timbavati are considered the ancestors of white lion populations worldwide.
The Timbavati Reserve covers 53,392 hectares of bushveld, home to over 360 bird species, nearly 80 reptile species, more than 80 tree species, as well as almost 50 fish species! The private Timbavati Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger Park, sharing unfenced borders with Kruger National Park and neighbouring private reserves, such as Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Sharing unfenced boundaries with Kruger Park and surrounding reserves enables an impressive array of wildlife to roam freely between these wildlife areas.
In addition to the Big Five, Timbavati Reserve is inhabited by cheetah, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, impala, waterbuck and warthog; as well as hyena and the critically endangered African wild dogs. Timbavati Reserve is ideally situated between Kruger National Park on the east, Klaserie Private Reserve and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves to the north, Sabi Sands to the south and Thornybush Private Reserve on the west.
One of the major perks of game viewing in Timbavati Reserve is that it is less crowded than many other parks, featuring only a handful of lodges. Due to controlled access there are fewer safari vehicles in this part of Greater Kruger Park. Since 1962 the non-profit Timbavati Association has maintained species diversity in this wilderness area, keeping Timbavati virtually pristine.
Please note that we offer convenient pre and post tour lodge accommodation for before and after the Kruger Lodge Safari, which can be added to your tour booking upon request. The 4 star lodge accommodation is located 10-15 minutes from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
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