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Amazing Safari Tour South Africa

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With a convenient return transfer from Johannesburg (departing 7:30 a.m.) to a charming tented bushcamp, this affordable Kruger safari offers easy living in the bush. Morning and afternoon game drives in an open safari vehicle in prime Big 5 areas, a guided walk with an armed ranger, and comfortable tented accommodation in an unfenced camp. The permanent tents have private bathrooms with outdoor showers, electricity, and beds with fine linen. The camp has a splash pool and spotlit waterhole.

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Minimum 1 person and maximum 8 person
  • Children from the age of 10 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian
  • Starting point and ending point: Johannesburg
  • All park fees are included in the price

Highlights

  • Exciting game drives in Balule Game Reserve
  • Spot big five, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, and hippo
  • Tents have a furnished private deck with a view over the waterhole
  • 3 nights accommodation in an unfenced tented bush camp
  • Daily meals as per itinerary
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


4 activity days
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

nDzuti tented bush camp has just four tents on a permanent solid base with adjacent attached bathrooms in an open-air atrium decorated with growing greenery and ferns. The tents are a mini Meru style with a floor space of 4m x 3m housing twin beds. The tents have bedside tables, luggage racks, floor mats, and plug points. Comfortable beds and fine linen make for easy living. Each tent has a furnished wooden deck with a view over the waterhole. Please be noted that accommodation on arrival day is not included.

Program

Day 0: Arrival

You'll be collected from the airport. Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1: Johannesburg - Ndzuti Tented Bushcamp

The shared road transfer from Johannesburg departs at 7:30 a.m. After a five to six-hour journey, you will arrive at the Three Bridges Restaurant overlooking the Olifants River. From here, it is only a short drive to nDzuti Tented Bushcamp. A late lunch is served in the shady gardens.

Accommodation is in mini Meru-style tents (cottage style) with a private, outdoor bathroom alongside. The tents are furnished with beds, bedside tables, mats, reading lamps, and luggage racks. The tented patio has chairs and a table and looks out over a waterhole.

After lunch, you will set off on the afternoon game drive of about three hours, returning after dark. You will cross a large section of Balule Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park, with a pleasing diversity of landscapes, from rocky outcrops to river frontage and hence, the corresponding wildlife is varied and rewarding. All of the Big Five are found in this area and the chances of seeing them are good, but never guaranteed. Many other animals also abound here.

  • Lunch and dinner (Breakfast not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 2: Balule Private Nature Reserve

Go on an early morning game drive in an open safari vehicle with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic ranger guide. Explore the vast area of Balule Nature Reserve, making up a part of the Greater Kruger Park. This area is well-known for its regular lion sightings and plentiful elephant herds.

There is also the possibility of seeing less common animals like the klipspringer which is specially adapted to living on rocky outcrops, as well as the regal sable antelope. The drive is about 3 hours with stops for refreshments along the way, and maybe a short stroll where you interpret animal tracks. Breakfast may be a surprise picnic set out in a shady grove if the weather allows.

Relax in the camp during the heat of the day at the splash pool or in the upstairs lounge, keeping an eye on the waterhole where animals come to drink. Enjoy a light lunch and then an afternoon/night game drive. After dinner, take a hot shower under the stars before climbing into bed, sleeping under canvas in the bush.

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Balule Private Nature Reserve

At dawn, you will drive out of the camp. While driving, you will check the sandy roads for fresh animal tracks that give you an indication of where the animals are and what went down during the night. Telltale tracks or "spoor" are fascinating to interpret and to estimate the age of the animals.

During the bush walk, you will often stop to examine the spoor and visualize the sequence of events. You will also stop for birds to listen to their calls and other sounds, learn about fascinating insect actions, discover the natural vegetation and its traditional uses, and hopefully see some mammals.

Enjoy an open-air shower back in the camp and test your new birding skills. Have a light lunch and maybe a G&T to punctuate midday, and perhaps a nap before the afternoon drive. This is a nature-based relaxation of the simple kind. After the afternoon game drive, you will have dinner in the boma alongside the fire, listening to the sounds of the night.

  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Johannesburg

Meet your guide and fellow travelers for coffee at the fire as dawn breaks, listening for the last calls of the animals of the night. Set out on the last morning game drive, hoping to check off the last few species on your wishlist. Enjoy a last outdoor shower and a full breakfast before departing for the shuttle stop on the Olifants River. Proceed with your transfer back to Johannesburg and the airport. Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost. You'll be dropped off at the airport.

  • Breakfast (Lunch and dinner not included)
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Location

nDzuti Bush Camp is in Balule and Greater Kruger Park. They are closest to the Phalaborwa Gate into the Kruger National Park. By road, they are located on the R40 road between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa. The gate into Balule is called the Grietjie Gate and is 20 kilometers after the turn-off to Tzaneeen on the R40 between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa. Once inside the reserve travel about 1 km to our sign nDzuti Bush Camp and follow the signs the last two kilometers to the camp.

Food

During this safari trip, you will be served daily meals as per the itinerary.

  • Locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Red meat, venison, pork, and chicken with occasional fish
  • Pastries and homemade bread
  • Braai (Barbeques), roasts, and casseroles

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

You can book a day tour into the national park itself.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation in tents at nDzuti bush camp
  • All meals, tea/coffee, and filtered water
  • Meals on the lunch deck with a view over the waterhole or the open-air boma, fireside dinners
  • Park fees
  • Morning and afternoon/evening open vehicle game drives
  • All transportation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • A guided walk with an armed ranger
  • All taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer - shared return road transfer from Johannesburg leaving at 7:30 a.m.
  • Hot outdoor showers in enclosed bathrooms

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline 10 USD pp per day)
  • Personal items
  • The government imposed an increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Optional flight to Hoedspruit instead of the road shuttle
  • Drinks from the bar and on game drives for sundowners
  • Conservation levy of ZAR350 per person per stay
  • Gratuities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) This tour includes a return transfer by road from here. nDzuti Safari Camp can also amend the tour and collect at Eastgate (HDS). The shared road transfer leaves OR Tambo at 7:30 a.m. and the journey to the Greater Kruger Hoedspruit area takes 5-6 hours to Three Bridges Restuarant, a Shuttle Stop on the Olifants River where a ranger will collect you and drive the remaining distance to the camp.

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 30% 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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This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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