This 5-day safari in the exclusive Klaserie area of the Greater Kruger National Park offers the best of the spectacular African bush and amazing wildlife.
Staying at an environmentally-conscious Eco Camp, you can be assured of making as little impact on this incredible environment as is possible.
With early morning, late afternoon and evening game drives, you are sure to be entranced by the huge range of bird- and wildlife - including the Big Five - that this area has to offer.
Add in the option of walking safaris and you'll get to experience everything the African bush has to offer - sights, sounds and smells. You can't get closer to nature than this.
You will be collected early this morning from the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. We will drive towards Kruger Park, stopping at a Bush Pub near Hoedspruit where the shuttle to our Eco Tree Camp will fetch us. After arrival, we will enjoy lunch at 15h00, and then go on the first of our game drives in the late afternoon/evening, returning for dinner.
Please note: Pick-up and drop-off are at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg or at the Sasol Fuel Station in Persequor Park, Pretoria. For more details and times please enquire.
Our Eco Camp, specially designed and maintained to have as little impact on the environment as possible, is situated within the private Klaserie Nature Reserve. This forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, an unfenced area of over 20 000km2. The area is open only to guests at lodges or camps within Klaserie, which means you're not game sighting with a hundred people!
The camp has only five tented chalets, each which sleeps two people, meaning that it is perfectly private, with the maximum number of guests capped at ten.
Each 'Treehouse' is built on wooden stilts, with wooden floors, thatched roofs, canvas sides and a balcony deck that has views that stretch across the vast plains. The chalets are placed strategically away from each other to ensure privacy. They each have an en-suite bathroom with toilet and shower. All lighting is provided by solar power, to ensure minimal impact on the environment, and each chalet has a plug point for charging camera batteries. You don't want to miss that once-in-a-lifetime photo of a lion hunting!.
Dinner is served in the main area (all under thatch), and in true safari style, we all eat together. There is also a boma, with a traditional African campfire - a place to enjoy drinks before/after dinner, make friends, discuss the day's sightings and just enjoy the African night. The area is lit only by lanterns, to give you the true feeling of the African bush.
There is also a small splash pool in the main area, for cooling off in the sweltering African heat.
You can safely experience the wonder of the African bush at this camp, knowing that you are not upsetting the delicate balance of nature, by having a minimal effect on the environment!
Our days on safari follow the same routine each day. They will, however, be completely different from each other, as you will see. Each game drive brings with it different animals, birds, flora and experiences!
We are woken early, 5h00, and meet for coffee and a light breakfast at 5h30, before departing on our morning game drive at 6h00. The spectacular sights and sounds of Africa waking up can only be seen to be believed. This is the time of day when many animals are at their most active before the sun becomes too hot and they all head off for a siesta in the shade.
Returning to camp between 9h00 and 10h00, we enjoy a hearty brunch followed by an optional bush walk.
There is no way to get closer to nature than on a bush walk. Led by trained guides who have had intensive training on dealing with dangerous animals, they will give you a thorough demonstration on how you should behave when encountering animals in the wild, before you depart. You will walk through the bush as your guide teaches you about the environment around you - tracking, dung, the complexities of termite mounds. Being on foot, with no motors running, you will experiences the sights, sounds and aromas of Africa!
Tea and a light lunch are served at 15h00 before you depart on your afternoon/evening game drive. This time of the day is also the 'active' time for many animals, like the leopard. Other nocturnal animals which you may spot include bush babies, aardvarks, bat-eared foxes and hyenas. The tracker will use a high-powered spotlight to ensure the best spotting.
Returning to camp between 19h00 and 20h00, we can enjoy a drink at the bar before dinner at 20h00. After dinner, tea, coffee and drinks are served around the campfire, below the spectacular African night sky.
This private reserve, which covers over 60 000 hectares, forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. There are no fences between the parks, which allows free migration of animals over the entire area, meaning there is an incredibly diverse array of animals, including the Big Five. Other animals include giraffe, zebra, warthog, hyena, various buck and primates. Nocturnal creatures include wild dog, cheetah, bat-eared fox and civet.
Birdlife in the area is prolific, and you're sure to see hundreds of different species, including vultures, eagles, starlings and shrikes.
The reserve is run by an NGO (non-governmental organisation) who strive to keep the area pristine, protecting both the fauna and flora. Several projects are run by the reserve in an effort to reduce human impact on the environment and ensure the survival of the indigenous species. These include The Children's Environmental Education Project, which interacts and educates local children about the importance of protecting our environment.There are also various research projects on the go, including ones studying the Ground Hornbill, elephant and buffalo of the area.
Due to the fact that only guests staying within the Klaserie may go on game drives in the area, you are guaranteed of basically 'having the park to yourselves.' The animals of the area are habituated to the safari vehicles, allowing you to safely get up-close-and-personal - within 5- to 10-metres!
A light breakfast is served before your final morning game drive. You then head back to the bush pub where you will be met by your transfer vehicle and will travel back to Johannesburg, arriving at the set drop-off points or O. R. Tambo International Airport, between 18:00 and 19:00.
Collection and drop off will be at either the O.R. Tambo Bus Terminal Building or at the Sasol Fuel Station in Persequor Park, Pretoria. For more details and times please enquire. Transport to and from these two pre-selected locations is not included in the tour price.
Collection times on the first day:
Drop off times on the last day:
Also note that we offer convenient pre and post tour lodge accommodation for before and after the Kruger Eco Camp 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. For more information on accommodation rates follow the link.
No children under the age of 13 allowed.
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