This wildlife safari travels to the renowned Kruger National Park area in Mpumalanga, South Africa. For our first two nights we stay at an exclusive tented camp in a private game reserve, offering spectacular views over the surrounding wilderness.
In Greater Kruger we embark on an exciting game walk, with our professional guide and/or tracker who shows you the fascinating ways of the bush. Later in the afternoon we embark on an open vehicle game drive that continues into the night, when we search for nocturnal creatures.Then we drive along the Panorama Route, stopping to take in the amazing sights of Bourke's Luck Potholes, God's Window and Blyde River Canyon. After lunch in Graskop we drive down Kowyn's Pass and spend two nights in cabins on stilts amid an indigenous forest along Sabie River.
The whole of day four is spent exploring Kruger National Park on open vehicle game drives in search of the Big Five, an abundance of other creatures and birds. A fantastic wildlife and bush experience with a touch of local culture and a splash of beautiful scenery.
This South African Safari departs from a selected lodge in Johannesburg early on the morning of day one. Leaving the city, known as Egoli - the place of gold - we travel east into the scenic Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. We stop for lunch in the historic town of Dullstroom, before continuing down the Drakensberg Escarpment to the renowned safari region of the Lowveld.
We spend our first two nights at a comfortable bush lodge, located inside a private reserve of Greater Kruger Park. The tented camp is designed, to blend in with the natural environment and provides stunning views over the surrounding bush, inhabited by free-roaming wildlife. Our en-suite rooms feature comfortable beds, and there is a refreshing splash pool at the lodge. Sit back and listen to the sounds of mother nature this evening, watching the stars come out while dinner is prepared over an open fire, in true safari style.
On day two we get up early and kick-start the day with a coffee or tea and some rusks (tea biscuits). Then we venture off into the untamed bush on our first adventure - a game walk with our expert guide and/or a tracker. The bush walk takes about three hours as we search for game and linger over the fascinating details of the local flora and fauna. Walking in the private reserve is an exciting way to experience the bush, getting up close to the creatures - big and small. After our nature walk, it's time for a delicious breakfast back at the lodge, followed by downtime to rest and relax in the peaceful setting of the lodge. A nearby waterhole, popular with the wildlife, is an ideal spot to view the animals.
This afternoon we embark on an open 4x4 game drive that continues after dark. Dusk is an excellent time to spot wildlife as the diurnal animals take advantage of the fading light and the prowling predators begin to stir. We pause to enjoy sundowners as the sun sets over the bushveld. Driving in the bush at night is an exhilarating experience that takes us in search of strange and elusive nocturnal wildlife. Back at the lodge, we settle down around the fire, reliving the exciting wildlife encounters of the day. Dinner is a hearty braai - a traditional South African version of the barbecue, enjoyed at the lodge in the middle of the bush.
Today we are up early for breakfast at the lodge, setting off along the scenic Panorama Route thereafter.
Driving through this incredibly scenic part of South Africa we stop at the impressive Blyde River Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world. After marvelling at the breathtaking views over the canyon, an unusually vegetated gorge, we continue to the striking rock formations known as Bourke's Luck Potholes. We also stop at the God's Window viewpoint to take in the vistas of the Drakensberg Escarpment and Lowveld savannahs stretched out below.
Our lunch stop (own expense) is at Harry's Pancake Bar, a treat for the taste buds, in the small, forestry town of Graskop. Descending Kowyn's Pass, we drive to our next comfortable lodge. We spend two nights at this lodge, which is perched on stilts amid an indigenous forest on the banks of the Sabie River. Next, we will be exploring the world-famous Kruger National Park from the base of our nearby lodge.
Rising at sunrise we cover the short distance to Kruger National Park, entering the game-rich southern sector of this legendary game park. The entire day is set aside for game viewing in our comfortable, well-equipped vehicle, offering an elevated vantage for spotting animals in the bush. We stop along the way to take breaks at various rest sites and picnic spots in order to stretch our legs, enjoy brunch and browse for curios at one of the park's rest camps.
Excellent wildlife sightings can be expected on this full-day game drive in the vast Kruger Park, teeming with wildlife. The Big Five of Africa (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) are frequently sighted here, along with a host of other large mammals. Some other inhabitants include cheetah, hyena, giraffe, zebra, wild dog, hippo and numerous types of antelopes - from springbok to kudu.
As the day draws to a close we return to our lodge amid the trees to relax in nature and enjoy dinner.
On the final day, we take it easy, starting the day at a laid-back pace. After a relaxed breakfast, we return to the economic heart of South Africa. Upon arrival in Johannesburg, our Kruger Wildlife Safari comes to a close with happy memories.
All linen and towels are supplied. Seasonal malaria precautions may be advisable and are locally obtainable. Suitable precautions against sunburn should be taken.
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