Explore Big Five Kruger National Park and three top-notch private game reserves in the Greater Kruger Area, on one diverse lodge safari! An incredible way to experience the best of the African bushveld and its rich wildlife, on foot and on game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles, in under one week!
Spend one night at a comfortable private game lodge inside the Balule Nature Reserve of Greater Kruger National Park and stay at a semi-luxury tented lodge for the remainder of this unique adventure. The intimate and exclusive tented lodge is tucked away in the unspoilt bush alongside Kapama Game Reserve - a renowned, private wildlife haven.
We embark on exhilarating game drives in Motlala Game Reserve and Tshukudu Game Reserve, in addition to spending two full days in the world-famous Kruger National Park. Set off into the wild on a thrilling game walk in the Big Five Balule Reserve and a nature walk in Motlala Game Reserve, as well as visiting Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre and the scenic Blyde River Canyon.
This wildlife adventure heads out of the big city, Johannesburg, into the rugged bushveld of Greater Kruger Park, the premier safari destination in sunny South Africa.
You are collected from your pre-tour hotel, or your home in the Johannesburg area, or the Oliver Tambo International Airport. From Johannesburg (known locally as Jo'burg) we drive through the Mpumalanga Province into the Lowveld of the Limpopo Province in an air-conditioned Quantum. Our journey takes us northeast to the Big Five Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger.
Arriving at the private lodge there is time to freshen up and settle in, possibly even take a dip in the pool, before we set off on our first game drive. First up, an exhilarating sunset game drive to explore Balule in an open Land Cruiser - an excellent way to kick-off our African adventure!
The four-hour game drive begins at 17:00, taking us into the Big Five territory of Balule at one of the best times of the day for game viewing. We experience the magical time of dusk when the diurnal animals and birds retreat for the night and the nocturnal creatures begin to prowl and stir. A beautiful time to be in nature as stillness settles around us and the late afternoon light glows over the bush as the sun sets.
On our first night we are treated to a unique dining experience - a traditional South African barbecue (called a braai) in the middle of the bush! Sit back in the reed boma (open-air enclosure) and enjoy the juicy feast under starry skies. After dinner in the heart of the wilderness we drive back to the three-star lodge, with its comforts and lush gardens.
After a good night's rest we get up bright and early for our first full day on safari in Greater Kruger. Kick-start the morning with a coffee or tea and some hard biscuits (known as rusks), and then we are off into the bush. Driving into the private nature reserve at dawn we make our way to a secluded spot near the Olifant's River, admiring the sunrise as we go. Then we switch from 4x4 to foot, setting off on a four-hour bush walk with an expert guide.
The guide leads us through the bush where we may encounter the Big Five and other big animals at any time - a thrilling wildlife experience! Balule is big game territory, home to a host of predators, so your experienced guide will be armed to ensure your safety on the walk. Walking allows us to get up closer to nature and notice the animals tracks, smaller creatures and signs of large mammals, all of which the qualified guide can tell you more about. After the thrill of moving through Big Five country on foot, we return to the safari lodge with hearty appetites and enjoy a delicious brunch.
Next, you are transferred to a tented lodge set in the bushveld, bordering on Kapama Game Reserve which lies south of Balule. Arriving at this newly established lodge lunch is served in the lapa, followed by leisure time. Settle in and take a nap or a refreshing swim in your private splash pool.
Later we venture into the scenic Motlala Game Reserve on a three-hour game drive. Motlala is home to four of the Big Five (leopard, rhino, lion and buffalo) and a plethora of other wild animals, as well as an array of birds, reptiles, insects and plants. Our game drive takes us through the varied habitats of Motlala, from open grasslands to the big, old trees along the river. This relatively quiet reserve offers excellent wildlife sightings, as the animals are generally relaxed around vehicles.
After our game drive in this beautiful reserve we return to our semi-luxury tented lodge for dinner and a relaxed evening in the untamed bushveld of South Africa.
Wake up fresh and early for an adventure-filled day in one of Africa's top game parks - Kruger National Park. We start with breakfast at the stylish lodge and then we head to Kruger Park. Driving to the Orpen Gate in our open safari vehicle, we are ready to spot game as soon as we enter the world-famous national park. The open vehicle offers elevated views over the bushes without the obstruction of windows - allowing you to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the bush and enjoy optimal game viewing.
The whole of day three is spent exploring the massive national park, spotting wildlife, birds and other creatures. Kruger covers about 19 485 km², hosting a multitude of wild animals and birds across its diverse habitats. The incredible density and abundance of wildlife in Kruger is awe-inspiring with some 145 mammal species, as well as over 500 bird species recorded here.
Back at the lodge we have a tasty dinner and then you can relax in the bar or take a refreshing dip in your splash pool. Lie back in your comfy bed at the end of a memorable day in the bush and fall asleep to the sounds of nature.
This morning we have breakfast at the tented camp before driving to Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre in the Limpopo Lowveld near Hoedspruit. The animal rehabilitation centre serves as a haven for rescued wildlife and birds that have been orphaned, injured, abandoned or poisoned. The centre rehabilitates wildlife and birds for release back into the wild where possible and runs successful breeding programs, such as the serval and endangered crowned eagle projects. During our visit we get to see the animals up close and to find out more about African wildlife conservation and the work that Moholoholo does in South Africa.
From Moholoholo we head back to the lodge for lunch and a rest, followed by a three-hour afternoon game drive in Tshukudu Game Reserve. The Tshukudu Private Game Reserve covers 5000 hectares of unspoilt bushveld, bordering on Kruger National Park. This private game reserve is home to a high concentration of wildlife, including the Big Five, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, wild cat and many more. Chances of spotting the Big Five are excellent here, so keep your eyes peeled.
Back at the lodge we have dinner and unwind.
Day five, and we are back in Kruger for our second full day of action-packed game viewing!
On our second day of game viewing in Kruger National Park you will see just how much you have already learnt and find it easier to spot and identify animals and birds in the bush around us. As with the previous day in Kruger, we explore in an open safari vehicle for optimal game viewing.
After years of exploring you would still be discovering new things in this incredibly diverse national park, which is larger than some European countries! Today we see more of Kruger and possibly spot animals we may not have seen before.
Our last evening is spent relaxing at the lovely lodge, sharing tales of our adventures and enjoying dinner in the lapa.
On our last morning we set off into Motlala Game Reserve on foot (weather permitting). This short guided walk is a great way to get a closer look at the smaller creatures and details of the bush - the animal tracks, plants, birds and insects.
After our hour-long nature walk we have breakfast back at our secluded safari camp. Then it's time to say farewell to our comfortable bush retreat and make our way to the Panorama Route. We drive along the Blyde River Canyon taking in the spectacular views and stopping to view the impressive rock formations called the Three Rondawels.
Back in Johannesburg where we started, you are dropped off at your post-safari accommodation or at the O.R. Tambo International Airport by arrangement.
This is an exclusive lodge set in the unspoilt bushveld next to Kapama Game Reserve. The stylish lodge consists of only eight tented chalets in a secluded wilderness area, hosting a variety of game species and an abundance of birds.
Each of these unique chalets is raised on a wooden deck with its own splash pool, overlooking the surrounding bush. Natural elements have been incorporated into the chalets, using materials such as wood and rocks as decor elements. The chalets have been designed to blend into the bushveld environment, featuring thatched roofs, aluminum sliding doors and canvas sides with large canvas-window panels. Beautiful furnishings and natural tones create calm and comfortable interiors, and each chalet is fitted with air-conditioning for those hot African days. The chalets have en-suite bathrooms, including both indoor and outdoor showers.
The thatched-roof dining lapa and bar area opens out onto the outdoor barbecue (braai) area, providing a cosy and informal place to relax in nature. The lodge staff highly accomplished, having previous experience at four and five star lodges or hotels. The friendly staff provide unobtrusive, luxury service; ensuring that guests are pampered during their relaxing stay.
This safari is only suitable for children over 12 years of age.
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