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6 Days Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon Safari in South Africa
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Lodge Safari in South Africa

African Rock Lodge is situated close to the Kruger National Park, in the heart of the African wilderness on the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. Upon arrival at African Rock Lodge, you will experience a series of sensory revelations. You will enter one of the most beautiful pieces of nature South Africa has to offer and you will see the uninterrupted bushveld where some animals could be roaming around you.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Maximum group size: 12 persons
  • Children policy: Children are allowed on this safari starting from the age of 12
  • Starting point and ending point: African Rock Lodge
  • English speaking guide
  • All park fees are included

Highlights

  • 1 game drive in a private game reserve
  • Explore the Kruger National Park for a full day in an open safari vehicle with guide
  • 1 full-day trip to Blyde River Canyon
  • Transportation in an open sided 4x4 vehicle during the game drives
  • Visit an animal rehabilitation centre
  • 1 boat cruise on Blyde Dam
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts and dinners

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5 activity days
Group size: 2-12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

As in nature, everything at African Rock Lodge exists in harmony to blend into the bush, and you are immediately aware of a feeling of calm and renovating spirit. You will stay in a luxurious suite with a private patio.

Awake to the calls of the birds and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast on the outside patio. Each suite offers an en-suite bathroom with everything you can dream of, as well as Internet access and thorough cleanliness that one would expect of a luxurious bush lodge.

Have a drink in the lapa or at the bar, take a plunge in the sparking pool, dine in the open dining room or at the boma, and enjoy great walks to discover the surrounding nature. What you will find as an unexpected surprise is the unsurpassed hospitality of your hosts.

The four exclusive suites are stylishly decorated with a big five theme and have an indoor and outdoor sitting area and, per your choice, twin beds or a king-size bed, air conditioning / heater, an en-suite bathroom with double washbasins, toilet, bath, and a separate shower unit with a rain and regular shower.

Furthermore, the suites are equipped with personal wall safe, wireless internet access, radio / alarm clock, mini-bar / fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, tourist information file, hair dryers, towels, gowns, and a private veranda. All rooms have twin beds which can be joined to form king-size beds.

In short, the well-appointed suites have all the facilities a guest would require. Due to government regulations, the suites are non-smoking.

In the entertainment area, you can enjoy DSTV (satellite TV), home theater, or just have a drink at the well-stocked bar, where you can enjoy a tot or two of your favorite tipple. A good selection of books and movies are also available.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Program

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at African Rock Lodge. Depending on what time you get there, you might want to go for a walk or a short drive around the wildlife estate, looking for animals roaming freely around the lodge. You have the chance to encounter giraffes, zebras, warthogs, monkeys, many types of antelopes, and, if you are very lucky, you might see leopards or hyenas. You will have dinner at the lodge.

Day 2: Kruger National Park

The following morning you will depart early for a full day safari in the Kruger National Park. A professional guide will share with you the beauty of this enormous park and focus on looking for the big animals without neglecting the smaller and the other aspects of nature.

You will have breakfast en-route and you will stop at a restaurant for lunch. The safari will last until late afternoon. As you will sit in an open safari vehicle during most of the day, wear some warm clothes, especially on winter mornings, but be prepared for the heat later on. You will be dropped off at the lodge right before dinner.

Day 3: Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre

In the morning, after breakfast, you will visit Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre. The center has a lot of different animals: big cats such as cheetahs, leopards, and lions. They have hyenas and wild dogs, but also a lot of birds of prey and vultures.

The guides will show you around and provide a lot of information. In the afternoon, you will take a boat cruise on the Blyde Dam, enjoying the beautiful scenery with the chance to spot hippos and / or crocodiles. You will be back at the lodge a bit before dinner.

Day 4: Blyde River Canyon

The second full day trip, this time in a closed vehicle to the Blyde River Canyon, will depart after breakfast at the lodge. You will drive up the Eastern Drakensberg Mountains and stop at the main viewpoints in the area: Three Rondawels viewpoint, Bourkes Luck potholes, and a few more magnificent viewpoints. The guide will choose a nice restaurant on this route for a lunch break. Return to the lodge will be late in the afternoon, in time for dinner.

Day 5: Private game reserve

The next day, you will have breakfast at the lodge, after which you can relax a bit and enjoy the grounds, the pool, or the estate. You will go for an afternoon game drive in one of the private (big five) game reserves in the area. Dinner will be ready as soon as you are back at the lodge.

Day 6: Departure

You will have breakfast anytime you like and enjoy the lodge or wildlife estate until check-out time which is at 11:00 a.m. Optional extras can be arranged, as well as transfers to and from Hoedspruit Airport or town.

Location

African Rock Lodge is situated close to the Kruger National Park, in the heart of the African wilderness on the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. Upon arrival at African Rock Lodge, you will experience a series of sensory revelations. You will enter one of the most beautiful pieces of nature South Africa has to offer and you will see the uninterrupted bushveld where some animals could be roaming around you.

Features

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • In-room safe
  • Mini bar
  • Patio

Services

  • Hair dryer
  • Wireless internet

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with all breakfasts and dinners. Lunches and drinks (except for water on tours) will be on your own account. You will stop at a la carte restaurants for lunch on tour.

Meals are served in the elegant dining room, the outside patio, or at the pool. Enjoy a Braai (South African barbecue) in the Boma, at the crackling campfire, whilst listening to the night sounds of Africa and gazing up at the star-strewn skies. Alternatively, transport to restaurants in the area can be arranged, too. Juliet, although not a chef, will ensure that every meal is a delightful gastronomical experience.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • A full day safari in the Kruger National Park, conducted in an open safari vehicle
  • A full day trip to the Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon
  • A boat trip on the Blyde Dam
  • A visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • An afternoon game drive in a private game reserve
  • All conservation / entrance fees
  • All breakfasts and dinners during your stay
  • 5 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers (can be arranged at an extra charge)
  • Drinks (except for water on tours)
  • Lunch (always on your own account)
  • Tips, incidentals, and other extras

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

  • Driving from O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), follow N1 / N3 towards Johannesburg and, then, at exit 113, take the N4 / N12 towards Emalahleni / Witbank / Middelburg towards Nelspruit / Mbombela.
  • After Middelburg, turn left on the R540 towards Belfast / Dullstroom and then turn left at the top of the off-ramp towards Emakhazeni.
  • In the centre of the town, turn right towards Dullstroom / Lydenburg, then continue through Dullstroom and on to Lydenburg.
  • Pass through Lydenburg taking the R36 to Ohrigstad through the Abel Erasmus Tunnel to Hoedspruit.
  • In Hoedspruit, once crossing over a bridge over the railway line, the road stops at a four-way crossing. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie / Bushbuck Ridge.
  • Take the first road to the left, pass the shopping center on your right-hand side, and continue towards the entrance of the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate. Please report yourselves to the security guards at the entrance. You will be handed over an entrance permit. Please bear in mind that the maximum speed limit in the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate is 30 kilometers per hour.
  • After the entrance, keep left and follow the road.
  • Keep on following Rotsvy Road until the seventh road on your right which is Ghwarrie.
  • Turn right into Ghwarrie. Number 594 is just before the second road on your left-hand side.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Air Force Base Hoedspruit (HDS). Transfers from and to this airport are available upon request, at additional charges.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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