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2 Days Big Five Safari South Africa

  • Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa

2 Days Big Five Safari South Africa

  • Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Walking Safari in South Africa

Are you craving for a safari so much? At Elephant Plains Game Lodge, you can be sure of game drives and bush walks that will live up to the Africa of your imagination! Not only will you have an excellent chance of close encounters with the Big Five, but you may also be spoiled with the more elusive wild dog and cheetah sightings. As the lodge is situated on a dry riverbed, the surrounding habitat is favorable for leopards. Come and join this exciting 2-day safari!

Highlights

  • Big Five viewing
  • Bushwalk and birdwatching
  • Morning and evening game drives
  • Old bushveld charm atmosphere
  • 1 breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 1 night’s lodging
  • 1 activity days
  • English
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You will stay for one night at Elephant Plains Game Lodge in a rondavel. You can also choose to stay in a luxury suite with more expensive rates. The lodge can accommodate a maximum of 24 guests. Elephant Plains Game Lodge offers facilities such as two swimming pools, a spa, gym, conference center, small library, and games room. The rondavels have sundecks, en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, overhead fans, minibars, tea or coffee facilities, mosquito nets, and electronic safes.

During the morning game drive, you will be spoiled with coffee and homemade rusks, and in the afternoon, your ranger will find a suitable spot where you can enjoy the stunning views, whilst enjoying your sundowner drink. After sundowners, your tracker will use the spotlight to find nocturnal animals, before returning to the lodge for dinner. Your ranger will discuss the various game drive regulations before you leave camp.

During the game drive, you will note that the rangers sometimes drive off the road and into the bush. This is one of the many game drive aspects that bring you closer to the action. You are only allowed off-roading in certain areas and with special precautions. The rangers do not drive over sensitive areas. They will only drive over small trees if they are encroachment species and if necessary. They will do brush packing afterward to limit the impact on the environment.

During a bushwalk, you will have the opportunity to take a closer look at animal tracks, birds, different types of grasses and trees, as well as any smaller details of the bush that might fascinate you. This is also the ideal time for birdwatchers to get a closer look at their favorite bird species. The daily bushwalk will take place after breakfast and is a leisurely walk of about an hour. Please take note that you will be accompanied by either your ranger or tracker. Make sure that you wear comfortable walking shoes and have protection from the sun.

You are not allowed to leave the camp and walk alone. For safety reasons, children aged 16 and under are not allowed to go on the bushwalk. The ranger / tracker will use their discretion concerning anything that could pose a threat or jeopardize the safety of guests. These include the degree of fitness, agility, and physical restrictions. You are welcome to still go on the bush walk on the day of your departure. It is better if you could vacate your room beforehand, or make sure that your room is vacated by 11:00.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 12:00 Check in and have drinks in the bar
  • 14:00 Lunch in the dining area
  • 16:00 Evening game drive and a stopover for sundowner drinks at sunset
  • 19:00 Return to the lodge, have a chance to freshen up, and meet in the bar for a pre-dinner drink
  • 20:00 Dinner announced by drumbeat and served in the open air boma around a log fire

Day 2

  • 05:00 Tea, coffee, and rusk served on the deck, followed by a game drive
  • 08:30 A South African breakfast in the dining area followed by a bushwalk, or relaxing at the spa, beside the pool, in the library, or around the lodge
  • 11:00 Check out
  • Louis Van Wyk Liversage

    Louis started working at Elephant Plains Game Lodge on February 16, 2008. When he turned 21, he did his PDP (public drive permit) and become a guide at Elephant Plains Game Lodge.

  • Thomas Elvis Ubisi

    Thomas trained and gained experience to become a tracker in 1998. He has worked at several different lodges and game reserves since then, all in the Lowveld area. Now, he is a tracker and guide at Elephant Plains Game Lodge.

  • Jonathan Vogel

    In 2008, Jonathan went to Limpopo Field Guiding Academy in the Waterberg region to study and gain guide level 1 qualification and advanced rifle handling. Since then, he has worked as a guide in many places and now, he works at Elephant Plains Game Lodge as a guide.

  • Vusi Nkosi

    Vusi joined Elephant Plains Game Lodge in September, 2013 as a guide. He received level lll for all the certificates of The Art of Tracking, including trailing, tracks, as well as signs and tracking. He also did his firearm competency, theta, and first aid.

  • Derrick Munyuku Mthabini

    Derrick has a total of 17 years’ experience as a tracker. He started working at Elephant Plains Game Lodge on September 28, 2011.

This safari will take place at Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Bordering the Kruger National Park, with no fences dividing them, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve is world renowned for excellent game viewing and is famous for the Big Five. Keen birdwatchers would also be mesmerized with over 300 bird species to choose from. Over time and due to a carefully planned habituation process, some of the animals have become habituated to the game drive vehicles. This enables people to view the animals undisturbed, as they go about their daily routine.

  • African health spa
  • Ant farm constructing
  • Beading
  • Drawing
  • Mini bushwalks
  • Painting
  • Photographic safari
  • Stargazing

You can pamper your body with body treatments, relaxing massages, manicures and pedicures, or even rejuvenating facials at African health spa at an extra cost.

  • 1 breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 1 night's accommodation
  • Big Five viewing
  • Bushwalks and birdwatching
  • Morning and evening game drives
  • Tea and coffee
  • Airport transfers
  • Bar, minibar, and game drive drinks
  • Child minding services
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Guides (900 ZAR)
  • Laundry services
  • Spa treatments
  • Telephone calls

Driving directions from Lydenburg / Hoedspruit

  • Take the N4 from Johannesburg / Pretoria.
  • Bypass Witbank and Middelburg.
  • Continue on to Belfast.
  • Turn left onto the R540 past Dullstroom to Lydenburg.
  • Take the R36 to Origstad.
  • Pass through the JG Strijdom Tunnel.
  • Continue for approximately 27 kilometers before turning right to go towards Klaserie.
  • Continue straight along the Klaserie road until you reach a sign pointing to Orpen and The South African Wildlife College.
  • Turn left and continue on the R531 for about 30 kilometers until you see the entrance to The South African Wildlife College on your left hand side.
  • Drive through the gate and follow the map as indicated.

Driving directions from Nelspruit / Hazyview / Bushbuckridge

  • Take the N4 from Johannesburg / Pretoria.
  • Bypass Witbank and Middelburg, and carry on through to Nelspruit.
  • Take the R40 from Nelspruit to White River and continue for approximately 53 kilometers to Hazyview.
  • Continue for a further 32 kilometers to Bushbuckridge and on for another 42 kilometers to Acornhoek.
  • Turn right at the traffic light and follow the map as indicated.

Driving directions from Orpen Gate

  • Leave Orpen Gate and continue on the R531 for about 10 kilometers.
  • Just before you reach The South African Wildlife College on your right hand side, you will see a dirt track on your left.
  • Take the dirt track.
  • Drive through the gate and follow the map as indicated.

Arrival by airplane

You can book your flight or ask Elephant Plains Game Lodge to charter a flight and arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB), Hoedspruit Airport (HDS), or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP). After that, you can ask Elephant Plains Game Lodge to pick you up to the location at an additional cost.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Andre K from Germany
    9 out of 10

    "We stayed in a honeymoon suite which is simply perfect. It has beautiful views from the terrace right into the wilderness so we could spot monkeys, impalas, and nyalas from there. The game drives and bush walks were absolutely great. We were lucky to spot the Big Five within 2 hours on our first game drive. The rangers were great and tried everything to give the guests an unforgettable experience. Also, the reception personnel and the service team were very friendly, helpful, and positive. Both lunch and dinner were okay. Nonetheless, we were totally happy and had a great time!"

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  • Review by Stephen J
    9 out of 10

    "It was hard to get to but worth the drive! Elephant Plains Game Lodge has an excellent accommodation and attentive staff. They took care of every little detail and they served delicious food. We were there for 2 nights, enjoying our stay thoroughly. Morne, our guide, had experience and expertise to follow 2 buffaloes to the water hole where 5 lions were resting. Pretty soon, right in front of our eyes, lions attacked the buffalo. We were able to record the whole 19-minute live kill on our phone. We saw all the Big Five and babies as well. We loved our stay, game drives, and would definitely recommend it to others!"

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  • Review by Annand K from India
    9 out of 10

    "My wife, my daughter, my son, and I stayed there for 3 nights in one of their rondavels and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our rondavel was neat and spacious with comfortable beds and mosquito nets. We were late to arrive at the lodge on day one and missed our evening game drive by half an hour. But the staff was kind enough to take us in another safari jeep and make us meet our safari jeep somewhere midway. About the game drives, what I can say is that our ranger, Louis, and tracker, Thomas, were excellent. If watching the Big Five is important, then we saw them in our second game drive itself. Before each game drive, Louis would ask us what would we like to see and went out of their way to fulfill our wishes. I remember on our last drive, I said I wanted to see a fully grown male lion and my wish was fulfilled again. Thank you, Louis and Thomas. About the food, every morning the chef used to personally come to our breakfast table and ask us our choice for dinner, even preparing kiddie meals for our children. The sightings were amazing and one of the best places to see leopards. The entire staff was very warm and accommodating. Overall, it was an excellent stay that I enjoyed to the fullest. I highly recommend this place."

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