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South African Safari Experience

This carefully curated itinerary combines the thrill of a full day at the renowned Kruger National Park, a visit to the Maholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and the luxury of a stay at Tshukudu Game Lodge with exhilarating game drives.

Key information

  • Private or group safari
  • Maximum group size of six participants
  • Children aged 12 years old and below can join under the supervision of a parent or guardian
  • Starts and ends in Johannesburg
  • English-speaking expert guides

Highlights

  • Early morning game drives and full day safari experience
  • Afternoon guided nature walk
  • Big Five encounters
  • Visit Kruger National Park and the Maholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Expertly guided safaris
  • Photography opportunities
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers and meals included

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Air Force Base Hoedspruit
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Restaurant

Tshukudu Game Lodge (4 nights)

Elegant ensuite rooms will make you feel right at home at Tshukudu Game Lodge. They have a variety of luxury lodges that are personalized to your taste and requirements.

Located at one of the most famous wildlife areas in South Africa, Tshukudu Game Lodge is your perfect place to encounter the big five in their natural habitat. The 4,000 piece of natural savanna boasts of world-class four-star accommodation and all amenities to make you feel at home.

Get up close with nature. Be it a sunset game drive, a dip in the pool, a trip to the spa, or a delicious meal accompanied by an artisanal drink, Tshukudu Game Lodge will be there to ensure that you get the rest and relaxation you need - no, deserve!

Tshukudu, meaning “rhino” in Sotho, borders the Greater Kruger National Park. This little piece of heaven provides a much-needed retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Isn’t it time you allowed yourself an immersive South African wildlife experience in the Lowveld, open savannah plains and dense treescapes of a 3,800-hectare private game lodge?

Nestled in the immersive intimacy of nature, you’ll find Tshukudu Game Lodge - where true luxury lies in the 18 beautifully appointed suites and two additional units, each equipped for self-catering or full-board for your extra convenience and comfort. They cannot wait to welcome you with one of our signature cocktails.

Surrounded by over 3,800 ha of undisturbed Big Five game reserve and with terrific views of the famous Drakensberg mountains, Tshukudu Game Lodge provides a relaxed home away from home.

It is located close to Hoedspruit town but secluded enough, and surrounded by stunning bushveld and free roaming wild animals. It also borders the Greater Kruger National Park, making it the place to be if you want to get away from it all.

Tshukudu Game Lodge is ideal for family safaris, romantic getaways, spa treatments, and exclusive eco experiences with the best sightings of South Africa’s fauna and flora, but most importantly, the magnificent Big Five: lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, and buffalo.

  • Accommodation level: Mid-range

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Souvenir shop

Program

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime in South Africa with Knap Tours' five-day safari experience that promises to immerse you in the breathtaking beauty and wildlife wonders of South Africa.

Day 1 - Arrival at Tshukudu Game Lodge

Knap Tours' guests will arrive at Johannesburg International Airport for a short 45-minute flight to Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit. Then, they are transferred by road to the lodge. Check-in will be at 14:00 at the lodge. Depending on the time of arrival, lunch will be served at the lodge after a welcome drink.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the lodge's swimming pool or at the spa to unwind after your journey. Indulge in a delicious dinner at the lodge's restaurant, soaking in the tranquil atmosphere of the African bush.

Day 2 - Safari experience at Tshukudu Game Lodge

Morning:

Embark on an early morning game drive at Tshukudu Private Game Reserve, led by experienced guides. Witness the sunrise over the reserve and spot the diverse wildlife.

Afternoon:

Return to the lodge for lunch and leisure time to enjoy the lodge facilities.

Late afternoon:

Participate in an afternoon-guided nature walk, providing a unique perspective on the smaller flora and fauna of the reserve.

Evening:

Have dinner at the lodge, sharing stories of the day's wildlife encounters around a campfire.

Day 3 - Kruger National Park safari

Early morning:

Depart for a full-day safari adventure in Kruger National Park. Experience the vastness of this iconic park, renowned for its abundance of wildlife. The guide will carry breakfast for all the guests.

Afternoon:

Picnic lunch (at your own cost) within the park. There are points where food is sold inside the park.

Late afternoon:

Continue exploring Kruger National Park on an afternoon game drive before returning to the lodge.

Evening:

Have dinner at the lodge, sharing the day's experiences under the starlit African sky.

Day 4 - Mohoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Morning:

After breakfast, head to Mohoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for a guided tour. Learn about the rehabilitation efforts and conservation initiatives while interacting with rescued animals.

Afternoon:

Return to Tshukudu Game Lodge for lunch and relaxation.

Late afternoon:

Enjoy a late afternoon game drive in Tshukudu Private Game Reserve, exploring different areas and encountering more wildlife.

Evening:

Have dinner at the lodge, accompanied by the sounds of the African night.

Day 5 - Departure to Johannesburg international airport

Morning:

Enjoy an early morning safari and breakfast at Tshukudu Game Lodge before departure.

Departure:

Check out and bid farewell to the lodge staff, taking with you cherished memories of an incredible safari experience in South Africa. You will be transferred by road to Eastgate Airport for a flight to Johannesburg.

Location

Big Five encounters

Both Tshukudu Game Reserve and Kruger National Park are renowned for their diverse wildlife, including the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros). Game drives in both locations offer opportunities to witness these majestic animals in their natural habitats.

Expertly guided safaris

Tshukudu Game Reserve and Kruger National Park typically provide experienced guides who are knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna. These guides will enhance your safari experience by sharing insights into the behaviors and characteristics of the wildlife you encounter.

Photography opportunities

Both Tshukudu Game Reserve and Kruger National Park provide excellent opportunities for wildlife photography. Capture stunning moments as you encounter wildlife in their natural habitats against the backdrop of diverse landscapes.

Food

All meals and drinks are included except for alcoholic beverages.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

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

  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
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)

  • Spa treatments
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Souvenirs
  • Accommodation before and after the tour
  • Hot air balloons
  • Blyde River Cruise

Spa treatments

Bush spas are available at an extra cost and can be booked at the lodge.

What's included

  • 2 game drives a day
  • Transfers from and to the airport
  • Domestic flight transfers
  • Use of lodge facilities
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Meals
  • Drinks excluding alcoholic beverages

What's not included

  • 1 picnic lunch in Kruger National Park
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Extra snacks
  • Tips
  • International flights

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg. Knap Tours will provide the domestic flight from this international airport to Air Force Base Hoedspruit (HDS), then to the lodge by road.

Airport: Air Force Base Hoedspruit Airport transfer included: Air Force Base Hoedspruit No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
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 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

Pricing information

Children 3 to 12 years (50%) and 0 to 2 years free.

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