6 Days Luxury Safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa

  • Tremisana Safari Lodge, Limpopo, South Africa

Big Five Safari South Africa

Join the ultimate South African safari tour! Spend your days on game drives, go for bush walks with armed and experienced rangers, visit a rehabilitation center and find out more details about local's conservational efforts. Opt for this complete safari tour if you are interested in discovering Kruger National Park's secrets and to get up close to some majestic wildlife sanctuaries and big animals!

Highlights

  • Big Five bush walk
  • Trip to Blyde River Canyon
  • Birdwatching at Kruger National Park
  • Game drives at Kruger National Park and other game reserves
  • Trip to Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All entry fees
  • 6 activity days
  • English
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During your African safari expedition, you will be accommodated at Tremisana Lodge and Katekani Tented Lodge.

Tremisana Lodge

Tremisana Game Lodge was a founder member of the Balule Game Reserve. Tremisana 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 ensuite (shower, toilet, and basin) and all units are air-conditioned. Every bed has its own mosquito net. 24-hour Wi-Fi is available to all 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, elephants, and buffaloes necessitates the maintaining of an electric fence around the camp.

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

Katekani Tented Lodge

On a secluded piece of prime bushveld, bordering with the Big Five Kapama Game Reserve, Katekani Tented Lodge is open to the upmarket wildside Africa development. It comprises of four beautifully appointed tented chalets. Each chalet has a thatched roof and is elevated so as to allow for spectacular views of the bushveld.

There is a private splash pool on each deck and the rustic ambiance is enhanced by liberal use of rocks and tree trunks inside the chalets. The units are air-conditioned and boast inside and outside showers. Sliding aluminum doors and windowed canvas panels blend perfectly to make this a unique state-of-the-art accommodation concept.

A modern lapa with a cozy inviting bar adds to the relaxed atmosphere and the barbecue area is conveniently located adjacent to the lapa. General game is encountered on the property and the bird life is prolific. At night, the eerie whoops of hyena mingle with the deep-throated roars of the lions.

Day 1

You will be picked up from your home, hotel, or O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and travel in an air-conditioned quantum to Tremisana Game Lodge. At 5:00 p.m., you will board the open landcruiser for a four-hour sunset drive. Dinner will be an unforgettable bush barbecue at the incomparable Marula Boma, deep in the African bush. You will spend the night at Tremisana Lodge.

Day 2

You will have an early morning coffee and rusks before driving to the Olifants River for an amazing four-hour bush walk with armed and experienced rangers. You will learn about the smaller denizens of the bush and will learn about tracking and spoor identification. Adrenalin surges will be acute as signs of the presence of the Big five is everywhere. You will return to Tremisana for brunch.

You will then be transferred to the brand-new Katekani Tented Lodge. Lunch will be served in the lapa and after a rest or swim in your private splash pool, you will go to Motlala Game Reserve for a three-hour Big Five game drive. You will have dinner and an overnight stay at Katekani Tented Lodge.

Day 3

After breakfast, you will drive on an open game viewer to the Orpen gate of Kruger National Park. You will have a full day of game viewing and bird watching in this world-renowned game reserve. You will then return to Katekani Tented Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4

After breakfast, you will drive to Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center where you will learn about conservation efforts and interact with injured and orphaned animals. You will have lunch at Katekani Tented Lodge. Around 3:00 p.m., you will drive to Tshukudu Game Reserve where you will enjoy a three-hour game drive. The chances of finding the Big five in this enclosed reserve are very high. You will have dinner and an overnight stay at Katekani Tented Lodge.

Day 5

You will enjoy another full day game viewing in Kruger National Park.

Day 6

You will go on a short morning walk with an armed ranger. After breakfast, you will travel to the Blyde River Canyon with a stop at the Three Rondawels. You will then return to Johannesburg and its surrounds at around 5:00 p.m. Airport drop-off will be by arrangement.

Bush braai

The bush braai is held on the first night of your safari. Viva Safaris has acquired a 20-hectare property deep in Balule, in fact over 10 kilometers from the main gate. They have built a beautiful boma under a magnificent Marula tree which they have protected against elephants by a ring of sharp-edged rocks. They have a flush toilet and wash hand basin. Armed rangers will patrol while you enjoy a bush braai in this remote piece of Africa.

Bush walks

The bush walks are very popular in so far as the guests are afforded a brilliant opportunity to get really close to nature on foot. Guests may experience an acute adrenaline charge when in the presence of Big five animals such as elephants, lions, rhinos, and buffaloes. Guests on the bush walks are always accompanied by two armed rangers.

During this amazing safari tour, you will go on a trip to Blyde Canyon and Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center.

The safari adventure tour will take place at Kruger National Park, Motlala Game Reserve, and Tshukudu Game Reserve in South Africa.

Kruger National Park

In Kruger National Park, nearly two million hectares of the unrivaled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights. This is real Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, covering an area of approximately 20,000 square kilometers.

You will be served with daily breakfast, dinner, and one brunch.

  • 1-hour morning walk
  • 3-hour game drive at Motlala Game Reserve
  • 3-hour game drive at Tshukudu Game Reserve
  • 4-hour Big Five bush walk
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick-up from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
  • All entry fees
  • Birdwatching at Kruger National Park
  • Bush braai at Marula Tree Boma
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Game drives at Kruger National Park
  • Sunset drive in Balule Big five Game Reserve
  • Transfers throughout the safari tour
  • Trip to Blyde River Canyon
  • Trip to Moholoholo Rehabilitation Center
  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

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

  • 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 14 days before arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Branco M from Nova Gorica, Slovenia
    9 out of 10

    "I booked this hotel by Viva safaris and it's worth. The cottages are well furnished in domestic style, spacious and extremely clean."

    "WiFi is available at lobby. The food are tasty and the staff are very friendly."

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  • Review by Mindy S
    10 out of 10

    "I went on a 5 days Lodge/Treehouse Kruger Park Safari operated by Viva Safari. Everything about the trip was amazing! All the staff knows you and refers to you by name. They were so efficient! The days were filled with activities and adventures and everything was so well organized - there was no wasted time waiting."

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    "The guides were very knowledgeable and always happy to answer questions (not only related to the safari)."

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    "I enjoyed to food and having meals outside in the nature (In the winter season, bring warm clothes!)"

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  • Review by Keren V
    10 out of 10

    "We booked a 4 day Safari trip and stayed at Marc's tree house camp for 2 nights and it was excellent. "

    "The room was big and the staff was very helpful but not the most comfortable place to walk around with a suitcase."

    "he Safari trips were amazing, got to see giraffes at camp and the other big 5 in our Safari trip. "

    "Excellent experience."

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  • Review by Helene G from Victoria, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "My sleeping area was around the Campfire, It was amazing sleeping under the stars, a mattress and sleeping bag, amenities close by, at no time did I feel unsafe, The staff were incredible..WOW! great experience"

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  • Review by Sharyn1964
    10 out of 10

    "Stayed here a couple of weeks ago. What an amazing time we had here. All staff were amazing. Clean rooms, rustic surrounds, meeting new people and the adventures, where over whelming. Each day anither new adventure. Experienced a few African massages, traveling in safari vehicles and viewing all the wildlife."

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  • Review by MizzBowe from Charleston, West Virginia
    10 out of 10

    "We booked a 3 day Safari through Viva Safaris (African Budget Safaris) and our second night was spent at Marc's Treehouse. "

    "What an experience. "

    "The house was more a cabin but very unique. Literally in the middle of the bush. The staff was amazing and even had our place decorated for our honeymoon. It's definitely a one of a kind place. They offer other accommodations too. Would recommend for a non-traditional, unexpected, pleasant surprise!"

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  • Review by Freespirit125 from Munich, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Absolutely enjoyed the Safari! I spent 5 days there: the stuff is very friendly and the guides know alot so you will learn many things about the african bush. Huge change to see all Big Five and watch the animlas in their natural habitat. "

    "A Safari is an experience which will take your breath away. "

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  • Review by Slavna P from Santiago, Chile
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing experience for someone who looks for a different experience. I stayed in a really confortable tent in the bush. The best part of this is it's people. The service is very nice and the food too."

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    "Room Tip: The tree house is like a childhood dream. Very special."

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  • Review by MinnesotaM-GreenBay from Wisconsin
    9 out of 10

    "If you only read this part - my advice stay at least 4 nights! The 3 days safari is basically one day to Kruger area, one day in Kruger Park, and one day back to Johannesburg. Kruger is HUGE and it is a "hit or miss" if you will see any animals. We saw only a few. The animals and experiences only got better each day."

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    "First, I read and read and read all the reviews about Viva Safaris. They were both positive and negative. YET - I was up for adventure and willing to jump far out of my comfort zone. "

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    "I registered for a 5 day, 4 night tour at Marc's Treehouse Camp. I had been staying in Johannesburg at a rented apartment for 9 days in Lonehill and pick up was right on time at my apartment (8:30am). The van was large, with a trailer behind for luggage. We spent the next 1.5 hours picking up other safari members throughout Johannesburg. Then we were off!! The total travel time to our first stop, Tremisana, was approximately five hours total. The first stop was a large travel plaza for snacks and coffee. Next stop for lunch (pre-ordered during the drive so it was ready when we arrived) at a small restaurant. The food was good. We made one more stop on the way for drinks, snacks, etc. I advise AGAINST purchasing snacks as the rule at camp is no food in the room due to monkeys. "

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    "We arrived at Temisana with plenty of time to check in, go to our rooms, change, and then on to our first game drive. The dinner under the Marula Tree Boma was the best food we had the entire stay. It may have been the atmosphere, but the Braai (BBQ) was fantastic. We had a visitor during the Braai - a baby elephant. We saw a few glowing eyes in the dark on our return to Tremisana, but not too many other things. The driver was very good spotting things with the spotlight."

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    "The next day we took a bush walk. The two guides were EXCEPTIONAL and we saw numerous animals and learned about our surroundings. We saw a crocodile, many hippos (young and old) playing in the river, and about 40 baboons, along with birds, beetles, etc. In the afternoon we had a private game drive in Balule. We saw elephants, giraffes, a few lions, and some zebra. We even stopped at a Marula Tree and our guide picked up some Marula fruit for us to eat!"

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    "Transferred to Marc's Treehouse Camp. I was considered "most lucky" because I was assigned treehouse #5. I was quite excited! The "best" house that is 10 meters above the ground. It was quite the adventure. I was up early in the mornings to view the river, sitting on my small balcony on the small bench. The second morning I had a monkey sit on the bench next to me!!! Scary and exciting all at the same time. After two nights I requested a different house. I am 55 and just do not like bugs. I reached my tolerance level for them when a HUGE praying mantis was on my bed. It was 5 inches long in the body. That along with the 3 inch beetle that creeped out from under my bed at 6am one morning - - I was done. No screaming from me, just a quick swoosh out the door with assistance from the rug on the floor. This unit has no glass windows, only bars and roll down reed shades. One evening I had a monkey reach in around the secured shade to try and grab my backpack sitting on top of my suitcase. Yup, enough communing with nature! "

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    "Day 3 was spent in Kruger National Park. This tour is rain or shine, so be prepared! You ride to the area in the safari vehicle with plastic windows and canvas top. It was 88 degrees F and raining on our trip there. The group chose to keep the front window down and the sides up. We all had rain ponchos and it was not too bad. The driver would always ask us: "How much air conditioning?" Which means how fast do you want him to drive! Kruger is huge. The drivers keep in contact with other tour drivers in the park, yet game viewing was sparse the day we were there. We did see elephants, lions, and various birds. No rhino or water buffalo. Yet, I believe the driver tried his best!"

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    "Day 4 - for me one of the best days. There were only 3 of us left from our original group. Most people signed up for the 3 day tour. In the morning we went to Mohohololo Wildlife center. We arrived right before a large tour bus. We sat for the video and presentation and then split up into groups to go out into the wildlife area with cages, etc. It was POURING rain. The tour bus people decided to leave and it was just my party of 3 and our camp guide. We stayed in the shelter area and learned about the various birds in cages right outside. The rain lessened and as this was a "once in a lifetime experience" we decided to brave the rain. We got to watch the employees clean the wild dog area, we helped feed the lion, cheetah, and dogs! (Through the fence, of course.) Also we went into the vulture enclosure and tossed meat to most of the birds. "

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    "After our return to the treehouse camp, we changed, ate lunch, and then were off on another adventure, this time we were dropped off at Tshukudo to join others for a game drive. The rain had stopped and it was BEAUTIFUL. We saw ALL THE BIG 5 this time!!! The highlights were 1) the cheetah under a tree eating the animal she had killed earlier in the day; and 2) the lion up close and personal roaring!! "

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    "Back to the camp where I was now in treehouse #7. I had an indoor toilet and shower room. A double bed, and a huge glass window to view the river. There was a large deck on this unit also. Yay! I was able to take a shower without the monkeys watching!"

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    "Day 5 I declined the bushwalk early in the morning. We had our final breakfast at camp (there was a new group of 3 day people here now so the camp was full) and then the three of us were off on our way back to Johannesburg. A similar itinerary on the return, except we make a stop at Blyde River Canyon, which was spectacular."

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    "I know this is long, details are good! With respect to food at camp, it is basic simple South African food. Sweet potatoes, stewed tomatoes, eggs, toast, chicken, etc. Not bad, but not 5 star luxury safari food. As a note, on our last day at the 5 star Tshukudu location they were having sandwiches for dinner!"

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    "One final note - as a solo travellers I had no problems at all. The other people were usually in groups of two, but were friendly and we all had fun together. There were a few other solo travellers, but each of those were on the 3 day tour."

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  • Review by Sjur S
    9 out of 10

    "A very nice place to stay which is also situated inside a game reserve. At night you could hear the lions roar, and in the morning you could see the buffalos drinking water. We heard rumors about a leopard that visited camp the morning before we arrived, but we didn't see it ourselves. "

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    "The rooms are clean, but its a rather long walk, so if you want to stay here you shouldn't have any problem walking. "

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    "The food is also good, but you need to be ever vigilant or the monkeys will steal your fruit or toast."

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    "Room Tip: If you have problems walking, ask for cabin 10, it has some steps but it lies closer to main camp"

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  • Review by Joakim A from Sweden
    9 out of 10

    "Wow... This place gives you both adrenaline and lots of joy. We will NEVER forget when the leopard where killing an animal just by the river (<50 m from THE house) and screaming/calling just outside our house (<1 m). We could not take a breath until it was gone. When we were leaving we took a bush walk outside the camp and found a lot of footprints around the whole camp. Amazing!"

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    "Summary:"

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    "* You do not get a more exciting place"

    "* Very good information from Victor every night and morning."

    "* Very Informative and professional guides. Harrison is a killer in tracking leopards. "

    "* Very beautiful surroundings. We stayed at treehouse No 2 with perfect view over the river. Breakfast is eaten at a very nice place."

    "* Everyday cleaning."

    "* Nice braii."

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    "* A bit to soft beds. "

    "* Depending on which cabin you get, it could be 200 m of dragging your heavy luggage in sand on a trail. Pack light ;)"

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  • Review by Currie4743 from Lopez Island, Washington
    10 out of 10

    "We were traveling on a budget and they were able to accommodate. We saw the animals but also learned about them. The staff at Marc's and the guides with Viva were so helpful and patient with our kids. An experience you will cherish for sure!"

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Limpopo, South Africa

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