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Breathtaking Budget Safari South Africa

Take a break from your everyday life and join this amazing safari holiday in South Africa. Enjoy nature in all its wild splendor in different nature reserves and national parks, and tour some of the country's various points of interest. This vacation guarantees to get you up close to a stunning world teeming with plentiful game and great adventures. Experience wonderful activities, see breathtaking sights, and embark on, possibly, the most moving journey you’ll ever have.


  • Amazing game drives
  • Chance to see the Big Five
  • Nature walk with a local ranger
  • Exciting and educational excursions
  • All applicable conservation fees
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 3 daily meals


6 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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You will be accommodated in double rooms at the Tremisana Game Lodge (first night) and Marc's Treehouse Lodge (second to fifth nights).

Marc's Treehouse Lodge

In South Africa, as well as in the rest of the world, indigenous and pristine habitats are vanishing, along with their associated plant and animal species, as human populations grow. Consequently, there is an urgent need among nature enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the bush, affording a fleeting chance to relax and let nature remove the everyday strains of life. This lodge has attempted to offer the bush connoisseur an opportunity to satisfy this need.

Marc’s Treehouse Lodge offers rustic but comfortable accommodation geared to put one in close contact with the sights, sounds, and scents of the wild. The tree houses are made of wood and reeds under thatch, and blend harmoniously into the dense riverine vegetation. Amenities include electric fans, mosquito nets, and comfortable beds, with linen, towels, and soap provided.

Each tree house has its own private ablution areas and a viewing deck overlooking the perennial Klaserie River (“Breakfast Dam"), where animals often come to drink. The tree houses are unobtrusively located on the elevated banks of the river, providing excellent views of the terrain. The lodge is part of the Motlala Game Reserve, which boasts of well-watered grazing for its varied fauna.

White and black rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes, and zebras, along with numerous antelopes, have made the Motlala Game Reserve a real wildlife paradise. Among the predators, leopards and hyenas are more often heard than seen. The nights at the lodge are enriched by the calls of its denizens. The eerie whoops of hyenas, spine-tingling wail of jackals, distant roar of lions, and plaintive cry of thick-tailed bushbabies add an unforgettable aural dimension to one’s appreciation of the bush.

Birds tend to be more vocal than most other creatures. In the thick canopy of the treetops at Marc’s Treehouse Lodge, probably due to restricted visibility, the avifauna is particularly noisy as they warn of predators, call their mates, or proclaim the boundaries of their territories. Among the feathered fraternity at the lodge, colorful specials include the Narina trogon, purple-crested turaco, trumpeter hornbill, Natal francolin and Natal robin.

The early morning cacophony of birdsong is a stark reminder that one is deep in the riverine bush. Also, Marc’s Treehouse Lodge has attracted not only adventure-seeking tourists but many authors and journalists as well. Splendid media articles bear eloquent testimony to the special experience afforded by this unique accommodation.

Tremisana Game Lodge

This lodge was a founding member of the Balule Nature Reserve. It is the largest and leading lodge in this section, having a total of 15 chalets plus a two-bedroom guesthouse. It can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests. Every unit is en-suite with a shower, toilet, and basin, and air-conditioned. The lodge's staff members are from the local villages.

The Tremisana Game Lodge is serviced by two excellent boreholes. Its proximity to the tar road means it is easily-accessible all year round, including the rainy season. The presence of lions, elephants, and buffaloes necessitates the maintenance of an electric fence around the camp.

Perhaps, the most striking feature of the Tremisana Game Lodge is its beautiful gardens. The presence of numerous bougainvilleas and various palms and cycads gives the lodge a subtropical feel. Water features add a soothing effect, and the lodge's overall feel is very relaxing. At night, the subdued light from the illuminated, paved walkways lend a romantic and magical flavor to this outstanding accommodation.


Day 1 - Johannesburg and Balule Nature Reserve

You will be picked up from your accommodation or from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and driven to the Tremisana Game Lodge, where you'll have time to have a swim or quick rest in your air-conditioned, en-suite chalet. Board an open Land Cruiser for an exciting sunset game drive in Balule Nature Reserve.

After dark, use spotlights to locate nocturnal animals. Dinner will be an unforgettable bush braai held in the deep African bush. After dinner, continue with a nighttime game drive, and enjoy an overnight stay in your chalet.

Day 2 - Olifants River

Depart in the early morning for the Olifants River, where your armed ranger will conduct an exciting four-hour walk in the wild. Enjoy this prolonged opportunity to discover and savor the Bushveld’s secrets on foot. You will get a fantastic opportunity to track Africa’s big animals and approach close enough to take a good photo. Return to the lodge for brunch and, after high tea, proceed with a two-hour game drive. Enjoy dinner and another overnight stay at the Tremisana Game Lodge.

Day 3 - Kruger National Park

Drive to the Orpen area in Kruger National Park where you will transfer to an open game viewer vehicle. Your guide will show you the varied fauna and flora of this magnificent wildlife paradise. Enjoy a full day of bird watching and game viewing. You will transfer to Marc’s Treehouse Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay. This will be your accommodation until the end of the tour.

Day 4 - Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and Tshukudu Private Game Reserve

After breakfast, you will drive to the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre to visit orphaned and injured animals. You will get an opportunity to get up close and personal to lions, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas. Enjoy an afternoon game drive at the Tshukudu Private Game Reserve as well.

Day 5 - Kruger National Park

Spend another day to experience the wonders and marvels of the park. Your guide will take time to assist you in spotting the elusive and special animals that you have not yet seen. Each day in Kruger is a novel experience. It is always exciting with the elements of suspense and anticipation.

Day 6 - Kruger National Park and Johannesburg

Enjoy an early-morning game walk with an armed guard to explore the many animals that inhabit Marc’s Treehouse Lodge. After breakfast, you will also travel to the Three Rondavels of the Blyde River Canyon. Later on, you will be transferred back to either your accommodation in Johannesburg or to O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) at around 5 p.m.

Included excursions

The visit to the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre and the Three Rondavels of the Blyde River Canyon are included in the price of this retreat.


This safari holiday will take place in the Balule Nature Reserve, Tshukudu Private Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, and Olifants River, all of which are located in South Africa.


All three daily meals are included in the price of this retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • 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)

  • Capture photos of the sights and scenery
  • Enjoy the game drives and walks
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Meet and interact with the locals
  • Relax at your accommodation
  • See the stunning views and wildlife

What's included

  • 3 daily meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Bird watching, game drives, and game walk in Kruger National Park
  • Conservation fees
  • Game drive and game walk by the Olifants River
  • Game drive in Tshukudu Private Game Reserve
  • Game drives in Balule Nature Reserve
  • Services of local, armed rangers
  • Transfer from and to O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
  • Transportation in a Land Cruiser and open game viewer vehicle
  • Visit to the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
  • Visit to the Three Rondavels of the Blyde River Canyon

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Any additional activities, services, or trips
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities and portage fees
  • Insurance and medical costs
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Swahili Paradise Tours and Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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