This tour is suited to small groups of 4 or more and ideal for families and groups of friends. The entire safari is private with no other guests sharing accommodation, activities, or transport. The accommodation is in the newly revamped nDzuti Private Safari Camp in the Klaserie Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park. Meals and schedules are tailored made to suit a group to a large extent. Morning and afternoon game drives with knowledgeable guides are personalized and flexible.
nDzuti Safari Camp is similar to a bush villa where all rooms, the main lounge, and dining space are under one vast and high thatched roof. The accommodation has two rooms on each side of the lounge which faces out onto the waterhole. The rooms have a choice of a queen-sized bed or two twin beds. The fine linen and uncluttered space feel luxurious.
Each room is air-conditioned and has a ceiling fan, and also has a door to the exterior and onto the lush shady lawns or a door into the central lounge area. The large windows look out onto the grounds and the bush beyond. A low profile fence means an uninterrupted view while ensuring your safety and it makes nDzuti Safari Camp ideal for families with kids.
The en-suite bathroom is similarly large and airy with shower, vanity, basin, and loo. The four en-suite bathrooms have an entrance from the grounds and one from the central lounge area. The pool and deck area across the shady lawns look out over a waterhole that attracts animals to drink. This special safari camp is run off solar power but has the backup of the grid if needed.
The highlights of this safari will be:
On day 1, you are collected from your hotel in Johannesburg or directly from the airport by your private driver and driven to the Greater Kruger Park. There are two refreshment stops in the 6-hour journey to the bush. The transfer is for your group exclusively. On arrival at nDzuti Safari Camp, check in and relax before a late lunch is served and then the afternoon game drive begins.
The guide will introduce the African bush stopping often to interpret sightings and to pay added attention to any special interests the group may have. After stopping for sundowner cocktails, the drive returns back to the camp using the light of a spot for nocturnal game viewing. Dinner is served at the fire with a spotlit waterhole a short distance away that may provide some night time viewing.
Every morning, a game drive sets out a first light, when the animals are most active. The morning drives are about 3 hours and you stop for a picnic snack and more tea and coffee in the shade of a big tree along the way. Later, you return to the camp for a cooked breakfast. The morning game drives are leisurely with many stops, sometimes a short walk to examine animal tracks or scats and listen to a bird call, smell the fresh wild herbs, and wildflowers that push through the surface. Often when you pause to look at the smaller things, the big game is close by.
Every day brings a gratifying morning safari and exciting evening drive with ample leisure time in between. The shady lawns and pool deck are inviting and the waterhole in front of the camp may draw in some midday viewing. A late lunch is served before the afternoon drive.
Morning game drives leave the camp at first light and leisurely experience the day as it grows, the sights and sounds, the smells, and the interpretation of it all. The animals, big and small, are going about their daily lives; the dawn chorus of the birds, the feeding zebras, hunting lionesses, fighting rhino bulls, wildebeest marking territories, and lone elephant bulls following a distant urge, as the rising sun forces the animals to seek the shade and rest. Afterward, you head back to the camp.
Afternoon drives race against the setting sun hoping to locate lion tracks and distant roaring that will lead you to the cat as they become active. Sundowners salute the setting sun. The spotlit may surprise a genet with a long striped tail hunting in a lush nyala tree or a chameleon hunched and gripping the branch in the breeze.
Guests will enjoy the indulgence of a privately guided exclusive safari at an unhurried pace that rejoices in the thrill of the bush with all its fascinating dramas of cruelty and kindnesses as well as excess and scarcity. With very low vehicle densities, game drives can often spend extended times at sightings and gain the most out of the encounter. The small group size and personalized attention make this safari unforgettable.
The safari operates in the comfort of nDzuti Safari Camp which is located in Klaserie Private Game Reserve, a part of Kruger National Park in South Africa. With just 4 bedrooms, this intimate safari camp is authentic, unpretentious yet fabulously comfortable.
The food will be fresh local produce and it will be personal attention to the group's preferences. The chef, Mama Sinah, is fiercely proud of her fare and as flexible as needed in catering to individual tastes.
Wildlife Encounters likes to serve some of the local dishes for visitors to try while also maintaining some more familiar fare in the menus. They also serve some venison if the group would like to try.
Breakfast is a snack with coffee before you leave on the drive. This could be cereals, toasts, cheese, porridge, or yogurt (depending on the nationality and preferences) before the drive. You stop for a picnic along the way for more hot drinks or juices with fruit and cake or muffins. Then, after going back to the camp, you have something of a cooked breakfast that can vary according to group tastes.
Lunch is an alfresco affair out on the lawn in the shade at about 3 p.m. after siesta time or poolside relaxing. A three-course meal is served at the fire in the evenings. Vegetarians are easily catered for. Please inquire about other dietary requirements.
During this safari, you can watch game come down to drink at the waterhole in front of the camp.
You can arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and go to a hotel or guest house near the airport. Wildlife Encounters will pick you up at the hotel or guest house. For more information regarding the pickup service, please send Wildlife Encounters an inquiry.
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