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Join this wild safari in magnificent Africa. You will see some of Kruger’s most beautiful natural sights and the abundance of wildlife before traveling to a private game reserve in the Greater Kruger. You will have the opportunity to spot the ever-elusive leopard, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives, and bush walks. If you want to experience an amazing African safari, then this holiday package is for you.
There are several types of accommodation provided at Lower Sabie rest camp for all types of travelers: 33 camp and caravan sites, 28 huts, 60 bungalows, and 24 safari tents. The campsites are equipped with power points, ablution blocks, and cooking facilities.The huts vary between one, two, three, four, or five bedroom units. Each hut has a fridge and air-conditioning unit.
A total of 58 bungalows at Lower Sabie Restcamp have two bedrooms, and two bungalows have three bedrooms. One bungalow has a fridge, air-conditioning unit, and an en-suite bathroom. The bungalows and huts do not stock cutlery, crockery, or cooking utensils in the kitchens; however, guests can find them in the communal kitchen.
Campsites comprise of eighty tent or caravan sites, all with electricity points, communal ablutions, and cooking facilities with twenty-four-hour boiling water, electric hotplates and washing up facilities. Campsites accommodate a maximum of six people per site. The camp also comprises of twelve two-bed and eight four-bed furnished canvas safari tents on stilts, including a fridge, standing fan, and small veranda, communal ablutions and communal kitchens.
There are 178 round- walled, African style bungalows with thatched roofs, with two or three beds each. They have en-suite ablutions and either fans or air conditioning in each unit. Most bathrooms have showers, while kitchenettes range from having hotplates and sinks, to just sinks. Some have neither. Cutlery and crockery can be requested from reception.
Luxury bungalows are available in twenty one-bedroom units, all with en-suite bathrooms. Each unit has a double bed, air-conditioning, and a limited channel access DSTV television. Luxury units are available with a riverside view and kitchen, while semi-luxury units have no river view and make use of a communal kitchen. Known as Waterkant two, the family cottage unit constitutes a section of the Waterkant Guest House complex.
It includes a kitchen, four bedrooms, a living room, and one bathroom. With a river view guest cottages, comprise of 15 four or six-bed units. Each cottage has its own kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and usually more than one bathroom. Guests can confirm bed sizes during booking as they are available in a single or double size. Guest houses are large, luxury units in prime positions around the camp.
All come with river views. Kitchens are equipped with microwave ovens, and the units have multiple bedrooms and bathrooms and limited channel access DSTV televisions. Moni house sleeps eight people with four bedrooms, as do Nyathi and Waterkant. Wild Fig Guest House sleeps twelve people in six rooms.
You will depart Johannesburg between 06:00 and 07:30. The route will take you through the wide open spaces of the Highveld down the escarpment and through the scenic Lowveld area. You will stop for lunch en-route, at your own expense, and reach the Kruger National Park and Skukuza Rest Camp in the afternoon.
After settling into your accommodations, twin bed chalets with en suite bathrooms, you will have your first game drive. The dinner is a three-course meal served al fresco at a private camp within Skukuza. Wine is served with dinner but guests may bring additional or alternative drinks which can be purchased at the shop. The meal provided on this day is dinner.
On this early morning, you'll get out to see animals. The time you go on your game drive depends on the season and camp gate opening time. You will have tea or coffee with muffins and fruit before departing for the game drive which will take approximately three to four hours. Your guide has an extensive knowledge of the park, which contributes a great deal to brilliant sightings.
On returning to Skukuza, brunch will be ready at your camp. You will have time to enjoy a swim, visit the Skukuza museum, and the park shop which includes African curios, general food items, and drinks. You may as well take a walk around the camp, or simply relax at the viewing platform in front of the restaurant which overlooks the Sabie River. Be sure to bring your binoculars since Skukuza Rest Camp is also a bird watcher’s paradise.
After a siesta, you will set off on the afternoon Kruger Park game drive. All game drives are conducted in specially adapted 4 × 4 open game drive vehicles to allow guests the best possible vantage point. You will share African safari stories at the camp fire under the stars after a scrumptious dinner. The meals provided on this day are breakfast and dinner.
After an early rising, you will go on a final morning game drive. The time depends on to the season and camp gate opening time. You will have tea or coffee with muffins and fruit before departing on the game drive which will take approximately three to four hours. Your guide has an excellent knowledge of the park, which contributes a great deal to brilliant sightings.
After breakfast at the camp, you will head to one of the world renowned private game reserves adjacent to Kruger National Park in a closed, air-conditioned tour vehicle. You will arrive in time for lunch and have some time to freshen up before departing on your afternoon game drive in one of the luxury game lodge’s open game drive vehicles. This drive, which generally takes about four hours, extends into the early evening.
Private reserves are particularly famous for their close-up sightings of predators. Although the sightings are not guaranteed, your chances of seeing the magnificent animals are very good. Dinner is served under the stars, weather permitting, and the day ends with African wildlife safari stories around the open fire and planning the next day. The meals provided on this day are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Guests are welcome to join the morning bush walk after breakfast. The rest of the day is spent at leisure, relaxing in your room or at the pool. Your experienced game ranger and expert local tracker will share their extensive knowledge and love for the African bush with you. Animals and birds in the reserve have become used to having the game drive vehicles in close proximity due to a carefully planned and managed habituation process.
This, which forms part of the appeal of the luxury lodge safari, allows you to get really close to them. Lunch is served around 14:00. Mealtimes are a sociable affair, with dinner served under the stars, again weather permitting. The freshest produce is served with the local wines South Africa is famous for. The meals provided on this day are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Wake up early and have coffee on the last day of your African safari. You will have one last opportunity to experience the magic that only the African bush can offer. After your morning game drive, breakfast is served. After breakfast, you will begin your journey back to Johannesburg. You will stop en-route for lunch at your own expense. The drive back to Johannesburg takes at least six hours. You're advised to sleep over in Johannesburg on this night. The meal provided on this day is breakfast.
You will depart camp at 06:00, stop in one of the small towns en-route for included breakfast and visit attractions such as the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Lisbon Waterfalls, and God’s Window. This excursion which is free of charge will replace the morning game drive. You will be at your lodge in time for lunch.
This excursion will be co-ordinated while you are on safari. Kindly note that, due to time constrictions, this excursion is only available on the day that you leave Skukuza Camp for the private lodge.
Kruger National Park is the second largest game reserve in Africa and the largest in South Africa. Spanning on a 360 kilometers surface, north to south, and 65 kilometers from east to west, the scenic beauty of Limpopo is situated to the west, the lush Mpumalanga to the south, and Zimbabwe to the north. It has nine entrance gates and it is home to the famous big five, little five, and the birding big six, in addition to a range of fauna and flora unique to the area.
The reserve is made up of numerous locations which provide ample accommodation in a range of lodges, tented camps, and self-catering chalets. Also available are a wide variety of tour options and safaris around the distinct and contrasting landscapes of the 18,989 square-kilometre area of the park. Some popular destinations within the park include Lower Sabie, Punda Maria, and the Crocodile Bridge rest camp.
Lower Sabie Rest Camp, one of the most preferred destinations for Kruger Park reservations, is situated on the banks of the perennial Sabie River and surrounded by leafy riverine vegetation like the sycamore fig, and set against the backdrop of the Lebombo Mountain skyline. Terraces of tidy white bungalows surround the luxurious safari tents of Punda Maria where fascinating colonial history makes campfire stories a staple activity. Surrounded by a wealth of indigenous vegetation, excellent bird watching opportunities are abundant.
Lower Sabie is a rich area for spotting lion, cheetah, elephant, hippo, rhino, buffalo herds, and high-density warthog populations. Birding around the camp, at the nearby Sunset Dam, and from the Nthandanyati bird-hide are the park’s starling, sunbird, weaver, woodpecker, and hornbill, while night-time birding can yield square-tailed (Mozambique), fiery-necked nightjars, and the Verreaux’s giant eagle owl.
Skukuza hosts an estimated 1,500 lions, 12,000 elephants, 2,500 buffaloes, 1,000 leopards, and 5,000 rhinos, both black and white. Other attractions include wild dogs, a warthogs population, and vervet monkeys from which visitors should be careful to protect their possessions. Nighttime visits are made by genet, thick-tailed bush baby, and fruit bat, while the riverfront of the camp offers an opportunity to look for hippopotamus and buffaloes.
Other animals to be found include aardvark, roan, sable, chacma baboon, aardwolf, lesser, and thick-tailed bushbaby, side striped, and black-backed jackal, dwarf, Selous's and Meller's mongoose, and the red and common duiker. Added to these are Angolan free-tailed, Wahlberg's and Peter's epauletted bats, elephants, buffaloes, caracals, cheetahs, lions, and leopards, African wildcats and wild dogs, hippopotamus, giraffe, Sharpe's grysboks, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, impalas, klipspringers, kudus, common and mountain reedbucks, oribies, striped polecats, steenboks, warthogs, and numerous others.
The camp's plant life includes large sycamore fig trees, jackal berry, and Natal mahogany with a surrounding ecozone of thorn thicket and prominent Knob-thorn and sickle bush. Birders can encounter finfoot and half-collared Kingfisher. During summer, the area is full of Lesser Masked and Village, spotted-backed weavers, green pigeons, red-faced cisticola, and spectacled weaver, little sparrowhawk, collared sunbird, red-backed and bronze mannikin, purple-crested turaco or lourie, and bush shrikes that can be orange-breasted or grey-headed.
The elusive white-browed (Heuglin's) robin-chat is another indigenous species as well as seven species of flycatcher - paradise, black, dusky, spotted, grey tit - fantailed, ashy (blue-grey) and pale (pallid), bat-hawk or eurasian hobby, and woodland kingfishers hunting in the glow cast on local fig trees at night.
You have four breakfasts, two lunches, and four dinners included in the price.
Spa treatments are available on this safari holiday at an extra cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Kruger Park will pick you up from the airport. Guests flying out of O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) on the last day are reminded to not book any flights earlier than 19:00 for domestic or 20:00 for international flights, in order to give Kruger Park enough time to get you to the airport.
It is recommended that you rather stay over in Johannesburg if possible. Guests flying out of Nelspruit on the last day may not have enough time to see the Panorama Route. Private transfers for guests with early flights can be arranged in advance at an extra charge.
"It was a truly wonderful experience. A satisfying way to get close to the big five and take some good photos. You probably see more animals in Kruger, but the personal service and tracking abilities of the guides in Sabi Sands is superb.Some delays and misunderstandings on pick up and drop off transfers, but all was eventually resolved to our satisfaction."
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"Our guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable but relaxed and funny all at once. Accommodations in Kruger were nice and everything was close in. the food prepared by the guides was delicious and filling.The animals were everywhere. We had the opportunity to see a black rhino up close and a family of ground hornbills. Both very rare.Our stay in Sabi Sands was wonderful. The accommodations were spectacular, large, luxurious, and the staff willing and able to help out with every wish.The only thing we would have done differently was to take a six-day, five-night safari. It was a morning drive between Kruger and Sabi Sands, and with the drive the last day it would have been better to have an extra day in Sabi Sands.This was a trip of a lifetime. We will always remember the warm and welcoming staff and the experience they provided."
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"We started our trip at the Outlook Lodge in Joburg. Francois was an excellent and very accommodating host. Nsocko drove us to Skukuza Camp in Krueger National park, he was very professional, knowledgeable, friendly and safe driver. two nights at Skukuza in a bungalow was sufficient, dining at the campground was fun and social. The safari guides were friendly and worked hard to make sure we saw as many animals as possible. Yusi drove us from Krueger to Sabi Sands - he was a bit rushed but drove us safely and was also friendly and knowledgeable. We stayed at Elephant Plains at Sabi Sands and it was a Luxury Lodge well beyond our expectations. The staff was great and the game drives were amazing and we were driven up close to the animals. I have a little concern that sometimes the animals were chased too much as there could be up to three vehicles at one time following the lions and leopards. Our guide Louie and Simone were great and we loved our time there. We had chosen to do the Blyde River Canyon trip on our last day prior to returning to Joburg - there was a miscommunication on our pick up time and meeting time with another guest. I recommend providing agendas at the beginning of the trip. I would not recommend The Blyde River trip as it is currently set up and we were driven very fast to the Canyon. We were given 20 minutes to look around, then on to Lisbon Falls where we had 15 minutes then quick lunch and a stop at Pilgrims rest. I suggest skipping Pilgrims rest and spending more time at the other sites. Guest should be told about how long the drive is and the limited time allotted for actually getting out of the van to see the sites. It was four hours of driving after Pilgrims rest due to our late start, our driver had to drive in the dark and it was very scary to the passengers. The Blyde River would be more enjoyable with two days. There appeared to be a couple of small towns with hotels that could provide better options for seeing this area. Overall, we had a fabulous trip. I will recommend this to my friends and colleagues.Special thanks to Francois, Vellum, Nsocko, and Siempeiwei."
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"We had a good trip and saw lots of animals. Our guide, Robin, was excellent at the guiding, but his culinary skills were questionable! Our biggest concern was that when he met us, he was very tired, as he had done a back to back safari and had only three hours sleep. Nobody in that state should be driving clients. He had no time to shop for food and was unprepared for our trip. Naturally, we helped him, but from the itinerary, we did not think that it included supermarket shopping. It was a very expensive safari and the Kruger part of the trip was very basic. Sabi Sands was terrific in every way. Robin really should have had an assistant to help with the driving and cooking. I am sure that if you look back at your records you will see at what time the previous clients arrived back in J'burg and then when we left for Kruger. It is a very long drive back, especially when stopping off at God's Window etc. He had no time to rest up for the next trip. Our transport was very unsuitable for viewing the game, but this was a last minute switch apparently. I hope that these comments have helped and I will be very interested to hear your reaction."
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"Exceeded expectations! Pickup at JNB and transfer to Outlodge Lodge was easy and quick. The Lodge is very nice and comfortable, but the staff made it special. They will do anything to make you feel at home. Robin guided us in Kruger where we saw four of the big five. Robin was tireless,knowledgeable,and very user-friendly. The chalet was clean and comfortable, and the food was good. Sabi Sand was even better! We stayed at Nkorho Bush Lodge. The Lodge has seven chalets and 32 employees to take care of you. The food was Excellent! Jason guided us every day and we saw the big five and more over and over."
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