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6 Days Ultimate Safari Experience in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Ku Sungula Safari Lodge, 19 Sable Road, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa

South Africa Safari 

Join this amazing safari to explore the wonderful wildlife and bird life of the South African bush. During your stay, you will join game activities, boat safari, and a full day in Kruger National Park. Your stay with Ku Sungula Safari Lodge will be a unique and personalized adventure that will offer you a detailed insight into the complex and fascinating ecosystem of the South African bush. Let the expertise of the guides and trackers bring you thrillingly close to the Big Five.

Key information

  • Kruger National Park entrance fees are included
  • Entrance fees at Balule Olifants West gate are not included
  • Children policy: Children from 3 to 12 years old are allowed to join

Highlights

  • Beautiful game drives
  • Exciting big five game viewing
  • Explore the wonderful Kruger National Park
  • Boat safari, horseback safari, and micro flights
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Welcome drinks on arrival
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All entrance fees

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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

During this safari experience, you will be accommodated at Ku Sungula Safari Lodge. Experience the wild heart of Africa’s bushveld with a touch of luxury. Ku Sungula Safari Lodge is a Greater Kruger National Park safari lodge which exudes the romance and beauty of a bygone age whilst offering everyday comfort and convenience. The lodge has multiple rondavels which blend in with the charm and serenity of the surrounding bush.

The interior of the rondavels feels luxurious and is fully safari-styled. All of them have an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning, double beds, insect gauze on all the windows, and a private terrace to relax. One of the rondavels is wheelchair-accessible and has modifications in the bathroom to make it suitable for disabled guests. The lodge also has a stunning terrace, a pool, and a campfire site.

Program

Day 1

You will check in at the lodge from 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be served between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m., the qualified guide will take you along the winding paths of the reserve in an open safari vehicle for a three-hour drive searching for animals. If necessary, the guide will go off road in order to take you close to the animals. At sunset, you will stop for a drink and snack while you watch the sun go down. When it gets dark, Ku Sungula Safari Lodge's chefs will serve a delicious dinner under the stars.

Day 2

After a night with the sounds of the bush, you will get up early. Ku Sungula Safari Lodge will have coffee or tea and a snack waiting for you before the guide takes you to Kruger National Park in an open safari vehicle. You will enter the park through the Orpen gate. You will stop at a picnic site for your packed breakfast and, around noon, for lunch. The guide will take you along nice routes to look for animals and will share his knowledge of the bush with you. At the end of the day, you will return to the lodge where the chef will serve a delicious meal.

Day 3

You will greet the new day in the bush and explore the fascinating African nature by foot, accompanied by a qualified and armed guide. During the walk, you will learn about tracks, plants, trees, birds, and much more. After breakfast, you will leave in the early afternoon for an unforgettable boat trip on the magnificent Olifants River, one of the largest rivers of Kruger National Park. You will be back at the lodge where the chefs will serve dinner in the boma.

Day 4

This day will include a once in a lifetime experience that you will not easily forget. The flights above the big five areas around Hoedspruit and the Klaserie Nature Reserve will give you a bird's eye view of the bush. After lunch, you will depart for the horseback safari. You will leave the stables and ride into the wildlife estate for a unique safari.

You will explore the small winding paths in the tranquility of the surrounding bush. The impalas and warthogs will not even notice you and will continue with their normal activities. In the evening, you will join a dinner under the beautiful stars.

The micro flight is weather depended. If this will not be possible on one of the days during your stay, you will do the full day panorama tour as an alternative. The micro flight and horseback safari are only allowed if you are above 14 years old. The alternative when traveling with young kids will be the panorama day tour.

Day 5

On this day, you will discover the places that most tourists do not visit. Ku Sungula Safari Lodge will take you on a trip to the Mariepskop. With a height of 1944 meters above sea-level, it is the highest mountain in the area. The Mariepskop can only be reached in a 4 x 4 vehicle. Afterward, Ku Sungula Safari Lodge will take you to a secluded picnic spot by the Blyde River where you can spend a wonderful day with a nice lunch and swim in the river. Back at the lodge, you can expect a stunning dinner you will never forget.

Day 6

Early in the morning, your experienced guide will take you out on a morning game drive. You will stop and enjoy a cup of coffee and see the sun rise. After a delicious breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye and leave to your next destination.

Included excursions

Boat safari on the Olifants River

Meander along the waters of the magnificent Olifants River on a houseboat watching crocodiles, hippos, buffaloes, elephants, and a wide variety of other game and birds on the lush, green banks of the river. It will be an unforgettable two-hour journey on one of the largest rivers of the Kruger National Park.

Bushwalk

Explore the fascinating African nature by foot, accompanied by a qualified and armed guide. During the walk, you will learn about tracks, plants, trees, birds, and much more. Although you can encounter big game during the walk, the emphasis lies on the smaller things in the bush that often get overlooked during a drive.

Horseback safari

Horse trails are offered and welcome beginner and advanced riders. You will leave the stables and ride into the wildlife estate for a unique safari. You will explore the small winding paths in the tranquility of the surrounding bush. You will encounter various game and much more.

Mariepskop and the Blyde River picnic spot

Discover the places where most tourists do not come. You can go on a trip to Mariepskop, the highest mountain in the area. The Mariepskop can only be reached in a 4 x 4 vehicle. Ku Sungula Safari Lodge knows a secluded picnic spot by the Blyde River, where you can spend a wonderful day swimming in the river.

Microlight flight

This will be a once in a lifetime experience that you will not easily forget. The flights above the big five areas around Hoedspruit and the Klaserie Nature Reserve will give you a birds-eye view of the bush. A 30-minute flight will take you over the areas and you will see from the air all the beauty that nature holds from the sky!

Location

This safari will take place in Kruger National Park and its surroundings, South Africa. The venue will be situated in the 40,000 hectares Balule Private Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park ecosystem. The reserve is home to the big five and many other animals and is a paradise for birds.

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Horse riding
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Mosquito net
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

Food

During this holiday, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and three-course dinner, as well as a welcome drink upon arrival, coffees, and teas. Ku Sungula Safari Lodge can also provide special meals for children. If you have special dietary requirements, it is a good idea to communicate it to Ku Sungula Safari Lodge when making a reservation.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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)

Hot air balloon flight

Experience the magic of floating over the scenic Lowveld in a hot air balloon at sunrise. In the hour-long flight above the Blyde River area, just west of Hoedspruit, you can enjoy the beautiful views. Come aboard for the experience of a lifetime.

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center

You can avail a tour at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center, which focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable, or endangered animals. Cheetah conservation is one of their core disciplines.

Moholoholo

Moholoholo is situated in the shadow of the majestic Mariepskop. This unique conservancy is home to many wild animals. Whenever possible, rehabilitated birds and animals are returned to the wild and those that are not so fortunate due to the nature and extent of their injuries are used to educate the many people who visit each year.

Panorama route

Discover the beauty of the scenic panorama route with its magnificent views and waterfalls. From your lodge, you can do a day trip to explore this route through the Klein Drakensberg mountains. See God’s Window, the tree rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Mac Mac Falls, and much more.

What's included

  • Game drives
  • Qualified guide
  • A full day in Kruger National Park
  • Bushwalk, boat trip, horseback safari, and micro flights as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All daily meals
  • Teas and coffees
  • Welcome drinks on arrival
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Housekeeping services
  • Entrance fee at Kruger National Park
  • Gate fee for the Balule Olifants West
  • Road transfers from and to Johannesburg

What's not included

  • Extra beverages
  • Personal items
  • Staff gratuities
  • Any additional activities booked

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Johannesburg

  • Take the N12 to eMalahleni (Witbank).
  • Here, it becomes the N4.
  • Follow the N4 until Belfast.
  • At Belfast, take the R540 towards Dulstroom and Lydenburg.
  • In Lydenburg, follow the R36 leading to Ohrigstad.
  • From Ohrigstad take the R527 to Hoedspruit.
  • In Hoedspruit, follow the road to a 4 way stop.
  • Turn left on to the R40 to Phalaborwa.
  • After 16 kilometers, you will see the sign "Balule, Olifants West Gate".
  • Turn right and enter the reserve.
  • Inside the reserve, turn left onto Maroela Road.
  • Follow this road, first alongside the fence then turning right into the reserve.
  • After about 4 kilometers, you are at a crossing.
  • Turn right into Sable Road.
  • After 1 kilometer, you will see the Ku Sungula sign on your right-hand side.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at either Air Force Base Hoedspruit (HDS) or Hendrik Van Eck Airport (PHW).

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 on arrival.

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Note:

Road transfers from and to Johannesburg and Balule entrance fees are included in the package price from January 2020

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