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4 Days Luxury Kruger Park and Panorama Route Safari in South Africa

Blyde Canyon, A Forever Resort, R532, Ohrigstad, Graskop, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Wonderful Safari in South Africa

The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. This tour is an excellent choice for people who want to enjoy spectacular scenery, combined with game drives to see the renowned Big Five; (elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard, and buffalo). Besides the wildlife, in this safari, you will also enjoy the dazzling Panorama Route tour which will hypnotize you with its beautiful landscape. Pack your bag and start the adventure!

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 14 persons
  • Children policy: Children aged 4 to 12 have a discount, while those under 4 years go free.
  • Starting point and ending point: Johannesburg
  • Languages: English and Afrikaans
  • Park fees are included

Meet the guides

Jakes
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Highlights

  • 1 game boat ride
  • 2 exciting game drives
  • See the Big Five and other wildlife
  • 1 evening game drive to see nocturnal species
  • A boat trip on the Blyde Dam and Panorama route drive
  • Explore Kruger National Park and Panorama Route
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast included

Styles


4 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Afrikaans
The maximum participants in the group is 14
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
Airport transfer included: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari, you will be accommodated in Forever Blyde Canyon Resort on your first night and in Rhino Post Safari on the second and third night of safari.

Forever Blyde Canyon Resort

Accommodation at Blyde Canyon comprises of a guesthouse overlooking the gorge, two to six sleeper rustic stone chalets, 30 caravan and camping stands. Guests overlook the magnificent Three Rondavels whilst enjoying breakfast or a sundowner on the restaurant's deck - or a delicious buffet dinner in front of a fireplace on a cold winter's evening in the Kadisi Restaurant.

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

The nature of a wilderness area is that there are no permanent structures, so Rhino Post Safari Lodge was built using natural materials of stone, wood, thatch, and canvas to create an authentic bush ambiance. Each luxury suite is stylishly decorated and includes a spacious bedroom with impressive views of the riverbed from the bathroom, outdoor shower, and patio deck.

Stilts raise the spaciously, beautifully appointed suites from the riverbank, allowing guests to view the Mutlumuvi riverbed with ease from the bedroom, bathroom, and private viewing deck. The suites are set in an open plan style with wooden floors, thatched roofs and, canvas walls, and a ceiling fan.

Following a game drive, guests can relax in the revitalizing swimming pool, take in the views from their shaded patio, and watch the abundant wildlife amble down to the waterhole. Sumptuous meals are served in the camp’s dining area, which is set under magnificent Tamboti trees. The lounge, with its extensive wine cellar, cozy fireplace and bar, is the perfect spot for a sundowner.

The utmost care was taken to minimize the environmental impact of the lodge and to that end, no concrete was used in the buildings. Careful consideration was taken in the layout of the lodge, walkways are raised, battery power is used for lighting, a specially designed indigenous Reedbed system processes the bathroom water, and other waste is sorted and recycled wherever possible.

Each en-suite bathroom includes a deep, freestanding bath, “his” and “hers” basins, a separate toilet and an outdoor shower protected by thick reed poles. The bathroom floor is attractively decorated with delicate mosaic designs, complementing the contemporary floor.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Blyde River Canyon

You will begin the journey and drive through some of the most scenic areas of the Eastern part of South Africa. You will visit the intriguing museums and shops in Pilgrim’s Rest and then drive to view Pinnacle Rock and then to experience the amazing view from God’s Window. You visit the Berlin Falls, where numerous local arts and crafts are for sale. (Lunch en-route, restaurants available)

From there, you will visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, and then head to the Blyde River Canyon, where you will enjoy a buffet dinner and overnight stay in a four-star chalet at the resort: Forever Blyde Canyon

Day 2: Blyde River Canyon to Kruger National Park

You will leave after breakfast to take a boat trip on the Blyde Dam. An interpretation tour will take you to the Kadishi Tufa waterfall and the Three Rondawels. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon.

The Kadishi Tufa waterfall, at 200 meters (around 660 feet) in height, is the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth. The waterfall’s formation strikingly resembles a face which is crying profusely, and is thus sometimes known as ‘the weeping face of nature’.

Completing this, you will head to the heart of the Kruger National Park through the Orpen gate, watching game as we head to the Rhino Post Safari Lodge for two nights, situated at the southern end of the 12,000 hectare private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park. The concession shares a 15-kilometer unfenced boundary with the famous Mala Mala and Sabi Sand Reserve with an abundance of wildlife moving freely between the two reserves.

The concession and surrounding areas is noted as an excellent game viewing area, home to all of the Big Five as well as a variety of other mammals, reptiles and birds. Twice daily game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles with professional guides are included. In the late afternoon after a delicious high tea, you can enjoy an evening safari drive, winding down with sun downers, watching an African sunset and spotting nocturnal animals in the park.

Have excellent game viewing and photographic opportunities from the main lodge deck. You can enjoy a selection of South Africa's finest wines from the wine cellar. Whether you need to de-stress with an anti-stress massage, recover flexibility with a deep tissue massage, or just pamper yourself with a Tribal African Wrap, the spa treatments are done professionally in the privacy of your own room.

Sleepout decks overlooking the Xiteveteve waterhole provide the ultimate in bush experiences. This is an activity where guests sleep on individual sleeping decks, connected by ladders and walkways to each other, the bathrooms and the main deck. Dinner is cooked over the open fire. This activity is optional and must be pre-booked.

Day 3: Kruger National Park

An early morning game drive leaves at about 06:15 a.m. after an early tea, and returns between 09:30 and 10:30 a.m. Guides at the lodge meet the requirements of the South African National Parks to ensure that your encounters with the African wilderness are exciting, informative and safe. You can relax at the pool for the rest of the day, or be taken by your tour operator for another game drive during the day. The evening drive departs at 4 p.m. and returns between 7 and 8 p.m., stopping for sun downers at sunset.

Day 4: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg

You will do an early game drive / walk in the park, exploring every possible opportunity to view the spectacular wildlife scenery. After having breakfast at the lodge, you will take the best scenic routes and drive to the south of Kruger Park to get more opportunities to see the Big Five.

Chances are excellent to spot a variety of some of the animals: Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dog, Spotted hyena, Elephant, Burchell's zebra, Hippopotamus, Warthog, Giraffe, Buffalo, Eland, Roan antelope, Sable antelope, Greater kudu, etc. Once out of the park, you will start the four to five hour journey back to Johannesburg with another scenic route (lunch en-route).

Guides

Jakes Conradie

Location

Kruger National Park was proclaimed in 1898 and later extended to its present size of approximately 19,000 square kilometers or 8,000 square miles. Where nearly two million hectares of the unrivaled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sites - this is real Africa. This safari will take you to Panorama Route in Mpumalanga, Kruger National Park, and a 12,000 hectare private wilderness concession in the Kruger National Park.

The concession shares a 15-kilometer unfenced boundary with the famous Mala Mala and Sabi Sand Reserve with an abundance of wildlife moving freely between the two reserves. The concession and surrounding areas is noted as an excellent game viewing area, home to all of the Big Five as well as a variety of other mammals, reptiles, and birds.

Food

You will be provided with full board meals during this safari.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

Things to do (optional)

You have the choice to do an optional activity like a sunset game drive, game drive to a bush braai, a night game drive, or an early morning guided walk. You also have the option to book spa treatments. De-stress with an anti-stress massage, recover flexibility with a deep tissue massage, or just pamper yourself with a tribal African wrap, the spa treatments are done professionally in the privacy of your own room (optional for days 2 to 4).

What's included

  • 2 game drives
  • 1 game boat ride
  • 1 evening game drive to see nocturnal species
  • Experience of the amazing view from God’s Window
  • A boat trip on the Blyde Dam and Panorama route drive
  • Visits to museums and shops in Pilgrim’s Rest
  • 3 nights' accommodation as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • National park fees
  • All meals are included
  • Airport transfers
  • Services of a driver / guide
  • Services of a professional guide at specialist venues
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Welcome pack and free use of tablet and data

What's not included

  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Porterage
  • Gratuities
  • Visa fees

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

You can also arrange your pick up at the following spots for the start of the tour between 06:00 AM and 07:00 AM:

  • Gautrain Centurion Station
  • Your centrally located hotel
  • Home

Please request a quote for home pick-up, or if your hotel is not on the route (between O. R. Tambo International Airport and the destination)

Airport: O. R. Tambo International Airport Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport Airport transfer included: Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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Children aged 4 to 12 years old are allowed to join this safari for 790 USD.

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