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5 Days Classic Big Five Safari in Balule Nature Reserve and Kruger National Park, South Africa

Tremisana Game Lodge, Klaserie Road, Hoedspruit 1380, Maruleng Local Municipality, Mopani District Municipality, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Big Five Safari South Africa

Discover South Africa and be overwhelmed by the vast diversity of wildlife that Kruger National Park has to offer. This safari will serve as your starting point to a never-to-be-forgotten African Kruger Park Safari. Encounter the Big Five while staying at the largest and the leading game lodge in the Balule Section of the Greater Kruger National Park.

Key information

  • Maximum group size: 9 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Gauteng
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • 6 thrilling game drives
  • 1 bush walk, 1 Bush Braai, and 1 sightseeing
  • Explore Balule Game Reserve in Kruger National Park
  • Chances to see birds, lions, leopards, the Big Five, and more
  • Open land cruiser for transport during the safari
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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5 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 9 participants
Airport transfer included: O. R. Tambo International Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi

During this safari, you will be provided four nights of accommodation at Tremisana Game Lodge. Tremisana Game Lodge is the largest and leading lodge in this section having a total of 15 chalets plus a two-bedroomed guesthouse. It can accommodate a maximum of 40 guests. Each room of the lodge has en-suite shower, toilet, and basin. All units are air-conditioned, and every bed has its own mosquito net. Wi-Fi is available all day for Tremisana guests.

The lodge is serviced by two excellent boreholes. Its proximity to the tar road means Tremisana is easily accessible all year round, including the rainy season. The presence of lions, elephant, and buffalo necessitates an electric fence around the camp. Perhaps the most striking feature of Tremisana Game Lodge is the beautiful gardens. The presence of numerous bougainvilleas, various palms, and cycads gives the camp a subtropical feel.

Water features also add a soothing effect, making the overall feel of Tremisana very relaxing. At night, the subdued light from the illuminated paved walkways lends a romantic and magical ambiance to the camp.

Program

Day 1: Arrival day (Gauteng - Tremisana Game Lodge)

You will be picked up from your hotel in Gauteng or O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and travel via the Highveld grasslands to the subtropical Lowveld. At Tremisana Game Lodge in the Balule section of the Kruger National Park, unwind at the bar, enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, and relax in the beautiful tropical gardens.

You will board an open land cruiser for a three-hour sunset drive for your first opportunity to experience the varied fauna and flora of Africa. Watch the magnificent African sunset and after dark, use spotlights to locate nocturnal animals. Dinner at the Marula Tree Boma will be a bush braai. Continue the night drive after dinner and overnight at Tremisana Lodge.

Day 2: Balule Big Five Game Reserve

Upon sunrise, you will drive to the mighty Olifants River to enjoy a four-hour bush walk. Your rangers will lead you through the bush at a pace you can handle. The thrill of following big animals will remain with you forever. Adrenalin surges will be acute, not withstanding that your rangers are adequately armed. Return to Tremisana for brunch.

Later you may sleep in your air-conditioned chalet, swim or read wildlife magazines in the Lapa lounge. A light lunch will be served and at around 15:30, and you will enjoy a four-hour game drive at the Balule Big Five Game Reserve. Stop for sundowners and have a toast for the splendor of Africa. The rangers are in constant contact so as to be informed of the movements of the animals. You will return to Tremisana at 19:30.

Day 3: Orpen-Satara-Nwanedzi open plains

You will drive to the Orpen Gate of Kruger on a custom-built open-sided game viewer. You will have an opportunity to view game without intervening glass windows and also listen to and smell the denizens of the bush. There will be regular stops at picnic spots, rest camps, and places of interest.

The Orpen-Satara-Nwanedzi region’s open plains attract large herds of zebra, giraffe, and antelope, that, in turn, attract many predators. In fact, the plains has the highest concentration of lions in Africa.

Day 4: Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

Today, you will enjoy a morning tour of the Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre for injured and orphaned animals and birds. You will have an opportunity to get up close and personal to some of the residents, including lions and leopards. Then, you will return to Tremisana Lodge for a light lunch. At around 15:00, you will drive to Tshukudu Game Lodge for a three-hour game drive in the enclosed Big Five Reserve where your chances of seeing the Big Five are high.

Day 5: Blyde River Canyon

On this day, you will enjoy a sunrise drive. After breakfast, drive via the Panorama Route to see the scenic splendors including the Three Rondawels and the Blyde River Canyon. You will return to Gauteng in the late afternoon. Airport drop-off will be available by arrangement.

Included excursions

Included in the price of the safari is a bush walk at Olifants River on the second day of the safari, a tour to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre on the fourth day, and a drive via the Panorama Route to see Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels on the last day of the safari.

Location

This safari will be held at the Balule Game Reserve and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Features

Activities

  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mosquito net

Food

Throughout the safari, you will be served breakfast and dinner daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • 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 sceneries and wildlife
  • Enjoy the game drives and activities
  • Explore the surroundings
  • Rest in your accommodation
  • See the stunning views

What's included

  • 6 game drives
  • 1 sightseeing to Blyde Canyon
  • 1 Bush Braai at the Marula Tree Boma
  • 1 4-hour bush walk with armed rangers
  • 1 visit to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
  • Transfers from and to O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Park entry fees

What's not included

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Lunches
  • Personal items

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Viva Safaris will pick you up from the airport. The transfer to and from Gauteng to the accommodation establishments are in air-conditioned Toyota Quantums. Viva Safaris will provide an excellent security as they conduct a door-to-door collection from your homes, hotels, hostels, or O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and thus ensuring your safety.

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 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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