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8 Days Luxury South African Safari

8 Days Luxury South African Safari

  • Nyati Safari Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa

Classic South Africa Safari

Join a safari with Nyati Safari in South Africa and you will have the safari experience of a lifetime. Let yourself be pampered in your own exclusive River bungalow next to Kruger National Park with stunning views of the Olifants River. From your own private terrace, you will be able to experience the African wildlife along the river banks. Come and pursue your wanderlust here in South Africa!

Highlights

  • Bush walks
  • Sundowner with night game drive
  • Full day safari at Kruger National Park
  • Half day "Big Five" safari in a nearby private game reserve
  • Panoramic excursion to The Drakensberg Mountains
  • Return transfer from a local airport
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • 5 activity days
  • English
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Nyati Safari Lodge has 10 luxury bungalows built in rustic African style with solid walls, straw covered roofs, and panoramic terraces. Authentic materials and fine types of wood have been used for construction according to the highest Danish quality standards. From your own private terrace, you can enjoy a spectacular view over the Olifants River which is home to hippos and crocodiles as well as serving as a watering hole for other wild animals. Relax for a while in the tempting hammock as you contemplate the splendid sunset, or enjoy a drink in the complete darkness of the African night surrounded by all the scents and sounds of the bush.

Amenities

  • 55 square meters per bungalow
  • King size bed equipped with two mattresses and two duvets
  • Private en-suite bathroom with separate toilet, two sinks, and an indoor and outdoor shower
  • Thick towels, shower caps, hairdryer, and various toiletries
  • Air conditioner, fan, electric warming blanket, and mosquito nets
  • Safety deposit box, telephone, and converter for European sockets
  • Free wireless internet access across the lodge
  • Laundry service (at an additional cost)

Saturday: Arrival at Nyati Safari Lodge

Nyati Safari's friendly staff will welcome you with drinks and a small briefing. After this, it is time to settle in and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. You are invited for a welcome cocktail on the terrace overlooking the Olifant River before the time of your welcome dinner in the evening.

Sunday: Bushwalk and "Big Five" game drive

Explore the area around Nyati by taking a bushwalk early in the morning. The animals are especially active in the mornings and this easy stroll runs along the Olifants River where you can often spot hippos and crocodiles. You also have the option of experiencing the bush from a bird's eye view in a micro light aircraft or helicopter (to be paid for separately).

Back at the lodge, you will find a tempting breakfast buffet on the terrace set out for you. After having had a few hours to relax, it is time for the "Big Five” safari. “Big Five” is a traditional hunters' way of describing lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffaloes. You will begin with an exciting drive through the bush along the Olifants River in open Jeeps. Local rangers will meet you at the entrance to Thsukudu, a nearby private wildlife reserve especially known for its work breeding rhinos.

Here, there will be ample opportunity to spot the "Big Five”. You will go on a safari drive, known in South Africa as a game-drive, and before heading back, you will stop for refreshments and watch the beautiful sunset. Back to the lodge, a traditional African Braai will be served in Nyati's open barbecue facility - the Boma.

Monday: Optional activities and sundowner

Today, you can relax by the pool or enjoy an early morning safari bushwalk in Nyati Safari's private game reserve. The animals are tracked by studying footprints, droppings, snapped branches, and other signs visible in nature. The area offers a spectacular array of wildlife including for example many species of antelopes, zebras, warthogs, zebras, giraffes, gnus, rhinos, and buffaloes. After the bushwalk, a lovely breakfast buffet will be served on the terrace and there will be some times to relax. You can also participate in one of the thrilling optional activities (to be paid for separately).

Guests who play golf may, for example, choose to have a round on the popular Hans Merensky 18-hole course on this day. At the end of the afternoon, you will continue your program with a sundowner game drive in the Nyati grounds. In the evening, a culinary three-course menu will be served at a beautiful main restaurant overlooking the Olifant River.

Tuesday: Full day trip to Kruger National Park

On Tuesdays or Thursdays, you typically visit the famous Kruger National Park on a full day trip. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa covering an area of 19,633 square kilometers (7,580 square miles) and offers the highest concentration of wildlife in the world and of course the "Big Five”.

Nyati Safari Lodge is one of the few lodges with license for driving Nyati Safari's own custom-built open safari vehicles in the park. Driving in open vehicles gives your safari experience an extra dimension as scents and sounds are much more perceptible. You will have breakfast outdoors while watching the splendid sunrise.

Remember to have your camera ready as there will be many sights which you will want to bring home with you. Kruger National Park offers world-class nature and wildlife experiences. In Mopane Bush, in the north, there are lots of elephants, buffalos, impalas, kudus, and plenty of other antelopes. On the central savannah, there are many gnus, zebras, cheetahs, and lions while in the Bush Willow towards the south, with its dense grass forest, there are lots of giraffes, lions, white rhinos, hyenas, and antelopes.

Just as on the Sunday excursion, there is an ample opportunity to spot the "Big Five”. Later, you will enjoy a delicious "out of Africa"-style lunch served in the great outdoors at one of the park's rest camps. You will arrive back at the lodge in time for your culinary three-course dinner at a beautiful main restaurant overlooking the Olifants River and the African bush.

Wednesday: Bush breakfast and sundowner

Begin your Wednesday with a bushwalk watching the sun rise over the scenic South African bush while one of Nyati Safari's professional rangers explains about everything you see, big and small. The walk will finish at Nyati Safari's most beautiful viewing point where a traditional bush breakfast will be served outdoors in the shade of the acacia trees awaits the guests.

A relaxed river safari is one of today's optional activities (to be paid for separately). You will cruise along the Olifants River aboard a slow-moving river boat. The golf aficionados can use this time to hone their skills on the Nyati driving range. The lodge's golf coach is available, offering training and advice.

You will set out on a sundowner in the afternoon. This gives you the chance to encounter many species of wild animals and experience incredible landscapes without bumping into other safari cars or guests. Dinner is served at the main restaurant on the covered terrace.

Thursday: The Drakensberg Mountains

If you already visited Kruger National Park, you can enjoy a relaxing day by the pool with stunning views of the Olifants River and the amazing wildlife here. Or, you can tour the famous panorama route on the Drakensberg Mountains in the neighboring Mpumalanga Province. The mountains are about 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) high and along the panorama route, you will find several look-out points, each one more breathtaking than the next. You will follow the 60-kilometer (35-mile) long Blyde River Canyon which has deep ravines, sparkling waterfalls, and wondrous rock formations.

You will make a stop at the Three Rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes, and the Blyde River Dam, all of which are among the top tourist attractions in South Africa. Eucalyptus and coniferous trees grow in the beautiful mountain gorges which are also the sources of countless sparkling waterfalls. You will also visit Pilgrim's Rest, a charming gold-digger's village. Delicious lunch is included in the tour.

Friday: Optional activities and sundowner

On the last day of your stay, you might need to do some relaxing and digest all the impressions. Enjoy life in the privacy of your own hammock on your private terrace; go for a swim in the pool or choose among your many optional activities. On Friday, you can also tempt you with a sunset safari.

This is a very evocative way to say “goodnight” to the bush in the dusk, all the while having a nice time with wine and snacks in the sunset. Friday night is celebrated with a farewell dinner where the chef will be a little extra inventive with the delicious local produce and the staff sets a beautiful dinner table on the terrace overlooking the Olifants River.

Saturday: Day of departure

Saturday is your day of departure. After breakfast, you can choose to be driven to the local airport where flights connect to Johannesburg, or you can organize your own departure.

South Africa

South Africa is often known as “a whole world in one country” because of its diversity and great contrasts. South Africa has everything your heart may desire for a perfect vacation: breathtaking mountains, lush vineyards, impressive coastlines with fantastic beaches, cosmopolitan big cities, idyllic villages, and of course all the wild animals in their natural environment.

Kruger National Park, with its 21.000 square kilometers of authentic bush vegetation, offers the world’s biggest concentration of wild animals in their natural environment. South Africa's coastline boasts kilometers of white sandy beaches with roaring waves and surfers.

The Cape Province offers scenic wine lands and romantic vineyards wth buildings in the ever-charming Cape-Dutch architecture. Visit Nelson Mandela’s prison island and experience one of the world’s most beautiful cities Cape Town on the southern tip of the continent where the waterfront is buzzing with life, shellfish restaurants, and fusion jazz from the outdoor bars.

Kruger National park

Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa offering world-class safari opportunities. It covers an area of 19,633 square kilometers (7,580 square miles) in northeastern South Africa and extends 360 kilometers from north to south and 65 kilometers from east to west - in other words around the size of Jutland. The park has one the highest concentrations of wildlife and it is home of Africa's "Big Five": elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, and buffalo. Because of tight restrictions on hunting, the animals have become remarkably tolerant of a traveler’s attention. Here in the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa, you will find some of the world’s best safari opportunities.

At Kruger National Park, there are 147 animal species, 507 bird species, 34 amphibians, 116 reptiles, 1980 plants and tree species, and 50 species of fish (which can be hard to get a glimpse of). For example, there are 27,000 buffalos, 5,100 giraffes, 86,000 impalas, about 1,000 leopards, 1,500 lions, 5,000 rhinos, and around 12,000 elephants.

You will find large grasslands with big herds of antelope that attract predators such as lions, leopards, and cheetahs. Nyati Safari can almost guarantee that you will see many elephants as their favorite mopani trees grow here. Around the rivers and the waterholes, you will see hippos, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, and many antelopes. The northern part of the park is a bit more wild and inaccessible with a lot of buffalos, elephants, kudus, and leopards.

  • Big game hunting (must be booked at least a month in advance)
  • Full day excursion to Drakensberg Mountains (1800 ZAR with minimum 4 participants)
  • Golf at Hans Merensky (900 ZAR)
  • Helicopter flip (2600 ZAR with minimum 2 participants and maximum 3 participants)
  • Hot air ballooning (4000 ZAR)
  • Microlight flight (850 ZAR)
  • Olifants River safari (700 ZAR)
  • Quad biking (700 ZAR with minimum 4 participants and maximum 6 participants)
  • See Jessica the Hippo (520 ZAR)
  • Try the Lion Project (720 ZAR)
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • All meals
  • Bush walks with a professional ranger in Nyati Safari's private game reserve
  • Free access to the Nyati driving range and golf tutor
  • Full day safari in open safari vehicles at Kruger National Park
  • Half day "Big Five" safari in a nearby private game reserve
  • Panoramic excursion to The Drakensberg Mountains
  • Return transfer from the local airport by Kruger National Park to Nyati Safari Lodge
  • Sundowner with a night game drive
  • Sunset game drives in open safari vehicles including drinks and snacks
  • Visit to local township

Arrival by airplane

There are several local airports located just outside Kruger National Park. Please arrive at one of them and Nyati Safari will pick you up there. The pick up is included in the price.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.