A 3 or 4 day combination safari is available upon request for guests wishing to exercise this option. A separate itinerary will be provided.
(3-Days = 1 night Kruger and 1 night Sabi Sand) (4-Days = 2 nights Kruger and 1 night Sabi Sand)
On the first leg you visit the vast 2-million hectare Kruger National Park with its rugged African splendor and exceptional opportunities for wildlife sightings. The Kruger Park is “Big, Bold and Beautiful”. On the second leg you transfer to the 55 000 hectare Sabi Sand “Big 5” Private Reserve adjoining the unfenced Western boundary of the Kruger Park. The private lodges which are located within the greater Kruger National Park are renowned for their hospitality and high quality accommodation and cuisine. You can expect “up close and personal” encounters that come with off road tracking of big game in an open 4×4 Land Rover.
One of our friendly and knowledgeable field guides will meet you at your preferred departure point (Airport or Hotel) for the transfer to the Kruger Park by air-conditioned vehicle. The route takes us due east through the Highveld farmlands and scenic Schoemans Kloof, a small section of the impressive Drakensberg Mountains. Your guide will speak about various points of interest on the way. Midway through the journey we take a short comfort break and to purchase refreshments at the Alzu Rest Stop. The centre has various restaurants and a curio shop with local arts and crafts.
Alzu Rest Stop (Belfast, Mpumalanga)
After entering at one of the Parks main gates, we take a slow game drive to our rest camp arriving around lunch time and check into our accommodation. After settling in, you can go to the camp shop or restaurant for lunch. A good option would be to buy your food and go and sit at one of the benches overlooking the Sabie River to take in the bush atmosphere.
Paul Kruger Statue
Paul Kruger Gate
Your accommodation is in comfortable air-conditioned bungalows which are equipped with 2 to 3 beds, private shower and toilet, a cupboard, table and chairs and a fridge. Bedding, linen, towels and soap are supplied. Units are serviced daily.
2 & 3 bedroom bungalows
In the afternoon, as it gets cooler, everyone is keen to depart on our first late game drive in search of the Big 5 and other game and bird life. Routes taken include river roads, waterholes and rocky outcrops.
Sunset at one of the dams
We head back to camp before the gates close for the night. We meet up for dinner at the camp restaurant or a BBQ prepared by your guide where we can share the days experiences and memorable moments.
Evenings in the camp
Early wake up call. After tea/coffee and biscuits we depart on our first early morning game drive. This is usually the most rewarding time of the day with the likelihood of spotting one of the major predators still on the prowl. Breakfast is taken at a convenient rest camp or picnic area where various birds congregate hoping to snatch up some fallen morsel. The picnic areas are not fenced off so the chances of seeing monkeys, squirrels or the odd brazen buck is likely and a source of great entertainment.
Albino Vervet monkey
Tshokwane Picnic Area
We then continue with the game drive until we return to camp to have lunch (Restaurant or take away) and to rest during the heat of the day. The time after lunch and before our next drive can be used to take a short nap, read a book or spend some time at the sparkling swimming pool
Camp swimming pool
Refreshed from our down time, we head out in the cooler afternoon to explore different areas hoping to find the animals that have so far eluded us. At the end of our late afternoon game drive we return to camp just before the camp gates close for the night. Dinner at the camp restaurant or a BBQ prepared by your guide, your choice.
Early wake up call. After tea/coffee and biscuits we depart on our first early morning game drive. Breakfast is taken at a convenient rest camp or picnic area where various birds congregate hoping to snatch up some fallen morsel. We continue with the game drive heading north towards the central area of the Park to exit at Orpen Gate. The drive from Orpen Gate to Sabi Sands will take approximately 2 hours. The route will take us through rural villages, some with mud huts and where cattle have the right of way. We arrive at our lodge in time for lunch.
Sabi Sands Game Lodges
After lunch, there is leisure time during which guests can relax in their luxury bungalows or take a dip in the splash pool. For the intrepid enthusiast, there is a deck overlooking a water hole where game can be watched coming and going. At about 16:00, high tea is offered and thereafter guests climb into the open 4×4 Land Rover for the sunset game drive. These vehicles are equipped for off road driving allowing guests to get really close to any one of the “Big 5”.
Game viewing in open 4 x 4 Land Rovers
Your appointed Game Ranger has extensive bush knowledge and is familiar with the vast network of roads. As the sun sets he will choose a suitable spot in the bush for sun downers. Once everyone is back in the vehicle, the Tracker will switch on the powerful spot light to enable the guests to spot the animals in the dark. The chance of seeing nocturnal animals such as Mongooses, Genets, Bush Baby’s, in addition to Lions, Hyenas and Leopards is increased. The night drive comes to an end at approximately 19:30 when guests return to camp to share the days experiences over drinks and have dinner in the open air Boma (weather permitting) or in the indoor dining area.
Camp personnel will wake you up at a pre-arranged time for tea, coffee and biscuits. The vehicles will depart at first light. Midway through the game drive your Ranger will select a suitable spot for coffee and snacks and the game drive will continue until approximately 08:30 when the vehicles will return to the Lodge. After a hearty breakfast guests can then decide if they want to join the group for a one hour bush walk accompanied by an armed Ranger in charge. Bush walks are an educational exercise where the Ranger will identify the different types of animal droppings, bird life, insects and trees, many with medicinal properties. The rest of the morning can be used as leisure time. Lunch is at 14:00. High tea is at 16:00 after which the vehicles will depart on the sunset game drive. The activities on the game drive will be the same as on Day 3.
Drinks in the bush
Breakfast at the Lodge
Camp personnel will wake you up at a pre-arranged time for tea, coffee and biscuits. The vehicles will depart at first light for the final game drive with coffee and biscuits in the bush and return to the Lodge at approximately 08:30 for breakfast. Guests will then prepare for the return journey, departing from the Lodge no later than 10:00. The trip back to Johannesburg/Pretoria will take approximately 6 – 7 hours with a lunch stop en route.