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!

Overview

  • Starting point and ending point: Johannesburg
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: the Big Five and birds

Highlights

  • 2 game drives and 3 Big Five spotting
  • Motlala, Kruger, and Tshukudu entrance fees
  • 1 trip to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
  • 1 morning walk and trip to Blyde River Canyon
  • 1 birdwatching at Kruger National Park
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfer

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6 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 9

Airport transfer included: OR Tambo International Airport

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Accommodation

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.

Program

Day 1: Tremisana Game Lodge

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: Olifants River and Motlala Game Reserve

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: Kruger National Park

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: Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre

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: Kruger National Park

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

Day 6: Blyde River Canyon

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.

Included excursions

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

Location

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.

Food

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

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

What's included

  • 2 game drives
  • 3 Big Five spotting
  • 1 birdwatching at Kruger National Park
  • 1 morning walk and trip to Blyde River Canyon
  • 1 trip to Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre
  • Airport pick-up from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
  • Transfers throughout the safari tour
  • Bush braai at Marula Tree Boma
  • Daily breakfasts and dinners
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Entrance fees

What's not included

  • Drinks
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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.

Airport: OR Tambo International Airport Airport transfer included: OR 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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