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6 Days Sabi Sand and Timbavati Private Safari in South Africa

Nkorho Bush Lodge, Sabi Sands, 1350, South Africa

Luxury Safari in South Africa

The private reserves in the Kruger area have some of the finest game-viewing on the planet. Discover the fantastic fauna of the savannah, the Big Five, endangered wild dogs, more than 500 hundred bird species, as well as hippos, giraffes, zebras, and antelopes in a vehicle or on foot in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and Timbavati Game Reserve. Whether you are a first-time traveler or an old hand, Indigo Safaris with its dedicated and experienced team will help you get the most out of your time. You will return home with a head full of images and unforgettable memories.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Group size: No minimum
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 12 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Johannesburg
  • Languages: English speaking guides
  • All park fees are included.

Highlights

  • Daily two shared safaris
  • 3 days in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
  • 3 days in Timbavati / Umbabat Game Reserve
  • Chance to see the Big Five, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and a variety of antelopes
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, water, coffee, and tea
  • 5 nights safari accommodation
  • Walking safaris available
  • Free airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 activity days
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
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Accommodation

Nkorho Bush Lodge

Nkorho Bush Lodge is situated in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve and shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. An African Jewel, with a diverse abundance of wildlife. Set in a comfortable environment, Nkorho Bush Lodge offers a true safari experience extraordinaire whereupon guests become one with nature.

As your day draws to a close, feel the thrill as the nocturnal animals rule the night. You are lured to indulge in typical African cuisine around an open fire in a traditional Leadwood Boma. Retire for the night in stylish yet homely en-suite thatched chalets that offer comfort with a difference.

Game drives start early in the morning, the best time to spot game. The staff will wake you at least 30 minutes before departure. Come down to the patio and enjoy a cup of coffee and rusks before your drive. There will also be a break on the game drive for tea or coffee.

Afternoon/evening drive times will be discussed with you on checking in. You will stop for sundowner drinks and marvel at the surroundings and it's magic. On returning to the lodge, feel free to freshen up and meet at the bar for a pre-dinner drink.

  • Accommodation level: Luxury

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Boma
  • Swimming pool
  • Dining area
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Shower
  • Toilet

Nsala Safari Camp

Nsala Safari Camp is located in a game-rich private game reserve sharing unfenced borders with the world-renowned Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, and the popular Kruger National Park. Nsala is an intimate and rustic bush camp hugged by marula and leadwood trees and is perched on the banks of a dry riverbed overlooking a gentle s-bend in the meandering river.

Three-thatched chalets (rondawels) flow out from the main section housing a swimming pool, lounge/dining area, and boma. Each of the chalets is fully-enclosed and has a wooden glass sliding door leading out onto a small patio area complete with table and chairs for relaxation.

The decor is subdued with a light color palette carried throughout - there’s plenty of crisp, white linen adorning the beds, monochromatic wildlife images adorning the walls and furniture designed from a mix of wood grains. There's plenty of storage space, and a stand-alone unit complete with shelves and hanging space. The bathroom is located in a separate room and has a toilet, sink, bathroom furniture, and an expansive shower.

  • Accommodation level: Luxury

Facilities

  • Swimming pool
  • Dining area
  • Lounge
  • Boma
  • Patio
  • Storage space
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Shower
  • Toilet

Program

Day 1: Johannesburg - Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

After arrival in Johannesburg, you will be met and taken to Sabi Sands Game Reserve where you will stay for the first three nights at Nkoroh Bush Lodge. Transfer time will be about five hours. In the afternoon, join your first shared afternoon game drive.

Days 2 and 3: Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Morning and afternoon shared safari activity. Those are usually safari drives, but there are also walking safaris on offer, which are highly recommended, as you get to appreciate all the small things as well as the big game and learn to understand how the whole environment works.

Day 4: Sabi Sand Game Reserve - Umbabat Game Reserve

Morning safari activity, transfer to Nsala Safari Camp and afternoon safari activity from there.

Day 5: Kruger National Park

Morning and afternoon shared safari activity.

Day 6: Umbabat Game Reserve - Johannesburg

After an early morning safari drive for one last opportunity to enjoy the wonders of the African bush, return to the lodge for brunch and then depart on your road transfer to Johannesburg. There is the option to go via Panorama Route as well, please ask for the supplement if interested.

Location

South Africa

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures.

Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town, enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township, browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban, or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town.

Above all else, its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve is a private premier game viewing destination. It was the first-ever private nature reserve established in South Africa. The landscape features 65,000 hectares of savannah-covered land interspersed with watering holes, dry river beds, Lowveld woodlands, and the perennial Sabi and Sand rivers.

This spectacular reserve offers exceptional game viewing opportunities with frequent sightings of the renowned Big Five as well as cheetah, zebra, giraffe, and a variety of antelope. Visitors can enjoy excellent wildlife viewing, dining under the stars, guided bush walks and enjoying a stay in some of South Africa’s most luxurious safari lodges.

Kruger National Park

Stretching over more than two million hectares, the Kruger National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves and a truly remarkable destination. Owing to its exceptional size, visitors are able to experience fantastic diversity - from changing scenery and ecosystems to an impressive array of animals, plant life and birdlife.

The park is home to over 130 mammals and over 500 bird species. Visitors can look forward to learning about the area’s prehistoric past, enjoying a host of accommodation options, and viewing abundant wildlife including the famed Big Five. The diversity sheer density of wildlife makes Kruger National Park an unforgettable and potentially life-changing experience.

Food

All your meals during this safari tour are included in the price. Water, tea, and coffee are also available free of charge.

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs, and nightspots. Tap water in South Africa is safe to drink and cook with when taken from taps in urban areas. Not all tap water in rural areas is safe for consumption, so take precautions if necessary.

It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables, and salads and put ice in your drinks. South Africa's fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.

Restaurants are subject to South Africa's food safety control legislation, which is implemented by the local government. Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.

Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centers and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • 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

  • 2 safari activities per day
  • 3 days with game drives in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve
  • 3 days with game drives in Umbabat Game Reserve
  • 5 nights safari accommodation
  • Private transfers
  • Full board meals including water, tea, and coffee
  • Park fees

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Drinks
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Increase in government tax and park 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 the airport is included. Indigo Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Travelling around South Africa is relatively easy by air, road, and rail. Principal air routes are serviced by SAA and British Airways. There are also low-cost carriers on main routes, namely Kulula.com, Mango and Safair. Facilitating travel around South Africa are 10 airports managed by the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). In addition, there are some 90 regional airports, including the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and the Skukuza Airport, offering access to the Kruger National Park.

An extensive tarred road system makes traveling in South Africa by vehicle convenient and easy. You will find gravel roads in rural areas though. Please note that a valid international driver's license is required. They drive on the left-hand side of the road. Most global car hire firms have branches in South Africa and Uber is available.

Another means of getting around South Africa are inter-city bus services such as Greyhound and Trans-Lux. Metrobus buses are available for in-city transport. Metered taxis must be ordered by telephone. There is the popular MyCityBus system in Cape Town as well as a hop-on-hop-off tourist bus in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The rail system includes the long-haul, inexpensive Shosholoza Meyl Metrorail trains. More luxurious options are the Blue Train, Premier Classe, and the steam train Rovos Rail. There is also the Gautrain rapid transit railway system in Gauteng Province llinking Sandton and Marlboro to the O.R.Tambo International Airport and a Commuter Service linking Rhodesfield, Marlboro, and Sandton (east-west link) and Park, Rosebank, Sandton, Midrand, Centurion, Pretoria Central and Hatfield (north-south link). All stations with the exception of the Airport station have integrated car parking facilities.

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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Availability

This safari is available all year round. Please select your arrival date below.

Low season
  • November 1 to December 31, 2019
 
Mid season
  • September 1 to October 31, 2019

 

High season
  • January 1 to August 31, 2020
     
Children information

No kids under 12 years are allowed. Kids from 12 years old pay full price.

 

Pricing information
  • Single supplement: 6,550 ZAR (all seasons)
  • Solo supplement: 12,390 ZAR (low season), 16,230 ZAR (mid season), 17,400 ZAR (high season)

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