An original small group safari offering diverse safari experiences in two exclusive game reserves and Kruger National Park, whilst staying at two private lodges. First overnight at a lovely lodge with lush gardens, located within Balule Nature Reserve in Greater Kruger. Then spend two nights at an intimate tented lodge, where luxuries include a private splash pool on the deck of each unique chalet.
Start off with a sunset game drive and remote bush barbeque in the Big Five Balule Reserve. Then take a thrilling morning bush walk in Balule and an afternoon game drive in the private Motlala Game Reserve, home to an abundance of wildlife.
Spend the whole of day three exploring world-renowned Kruger Park in an open safari vehicle, going in search of the rich and diverse array of flora and fauna found in this massive wilderness area. On the last day we enjoy a morning bush walk in Motlala Reserve, before taking in the scenery of Panorama Route en route back to Johannesburg.
This Kruger & Private Game Reserves Safari departs from Johannesburg, heading through the Mpumalanga Province into the Limpopo Province of South Africa.
Pick up is from your pre-safari lodgings or home in Johannesburg, or from the O.R. Tambo International Airport. Then we transfer to Greater Kruger in an air-conditioned vehicle, making our way to the exclusive lodge in Balule Reserve. If time allows you can swim in the pool before we embark on our first game drive in Greater Kruger Park.
Our wildlife safari gets off to an exciting start with a four-hour sunset game viewing drive in an open safari vehicle. We set off at 17:00, exploring Balule as the sun sets over the African bushveld. Balule Nature Reserve is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) so stay alert! As the cool of night begins to descend over the bush the animals become more active, and as darkness falls nocturnal animals can be heard.
Tonight we experience true bush dining in traditional South African flair - enjoying a bush barbecue (braai) in a remote spot. Dinner is prepared and served at an open-sided reed boma surrounded by nature. Then we take a game drive back to the private lodge, for a good night's sleep.
On day two we get going early, starting the day with coffee/tea and rusks, before venturing out into the bush as the sun rises.
We drive into the Balule Reserve of Greater Kruger, stopping near the Olifants River where we disembark and continue on foot. Our experienced guide leads us further into the wilderness, showing us signs of wildlife as we go. Walking with the armed guide is a thrilling adventure, because we could come face-to-face with wildlife at any time, including the Big Five! Enjoy learning more about the fauna and flora, potentially getting up close to some big animals on foot.
After the rush of walking where the Big Five roam we head back to the lodge for brunch and prepare to move on to our next destination. Then we transfer south to a secluded piece of unspoilt land next to Kapama Private Game Reserve. Lunch is served in the lapa when we arrive and then you are free to put your feet up and soak up the natural environment, taking a plunge in your own splash pool or napping in your air-conditioned chalet.
In the late afternoon we embark on a game drive in Motlala Game Reserve, home to healthy wildlife populations, including three of the Big Five of Africa (rhino, leopard and buffalo). Three hours in Motlala gives us enough time to see many of the magnificent animals and varied birdlife found in this scenic game reserve.
The reserve offers great sightings as it is relatively uncrowded and the animals are quite habituated to people. Black and white rhino, leopard, buffalo and numerous plains game species are regularly spotted in Motlala, which encompasses a variety of habitats with vegetation ranging from riverine forests to open grasslands.
Having spotted an array of Motlala's resident wildlife and watching a spectacular sunset, we return to the private tented lodge, on the lookout for nocturnal creatures. A hearty dinner is a welcome sight. Watch the stars, relax and chat in the bar, cool off in your plunge pool and take in the sounds of the bush after dark.
Day three - rising early we have a quick breakfast and make our way to Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing on an open vehicle.
We enter the famous wilderness area via Orpen Gate proceeding into one of the best game reserves in Africa. The safari vehicle is adapted for game viewing, providing extra height for seeing the animals over the bushes. The absence of windows is ideal for photographing our sightings and puts us right in the bush, absorbing the wilderness with all of our senses.
This massive game park covers about 19 485 km² of South Africa, hosting about 145 mammal species and more than 500 bird species. Kruger Park is famous for its progressive conservation practices and environmental policies, but it is even more famous for the sheer number and diversity of wild animals and birds found here.
After encountering all kinds of creatures and plants in Kruger we head back to the tented lodge for a hearty dinner, followed by leisure time.
On our last day we embark on a short morning walk in Motlala Reserve (weather permitting). The guide shows you the smaller marvels of nature - from the termite mound to animal tracks in the bush. This walk is not aimed at spotting large animals, but getting a closer look at the insects, plants, birds and at times small animals, that play an important role in the larger ecosystem. After our bush walk, we return to the private lodge for a tasty breakfast.
Then we pack up and leave the secluded camp behind, driving back towards Johannesburg via the Panorama Route. One of the most beautiful parts of the country we see the Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondawels hills of the Panorama Route.
Our Kruger & Private Game Reserves Lodge Safari ends back in Johannesburg with drop-off at either your post-trip accommodation or by arrangement at O.R. Tambo International Airport.
A new, semi-luxury lodge on the doorstep of Kapama Private Game Reserve - this is an exclusive bush getaway.
The lodge has eight en-suite, tented chalets with private splash pools, making for an intimate safari experience. The lodge is nestled in a secluded natural area, where game and birds can be spotted.
Each chalet is raised on a wooden deck with a splash pool, offering views over the bushveld. Natural elements have been incorporated into the chalets, which have been designed to blend into the bushveld surroundings. The chalets have thatched roofs, sliding doors and canvas walls with large canvas window panels. These well-appointed chalets boast indoor and outdoor showers, and are air-conditioned.
The dining lapa and bar open out onto the barbecue (braai) area, creating a relaxed outdoor atmosphere. The lodge staff are experienced and highly accomplished, providing superb service and a comfortable stay,
This safari only caters for children over 12 years of age.
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