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Come and join the Wildlife Safaris team in this amazing safari holiday in South Africa. Take a break from your everyday life and enjoy nature in all its wild splendor. Focus on maximized safari drives in the Big Five areas of Kruger National Park. Experience its world-famous ecological diversity of animals, great rivers, and changing vegetation, and get ready to witness memorable sightings. This is one trip that you surely can't miss.
You will be accommodated in single or twin rooms. For the first night, you will stay at the Sabie River Bush Lodge. And for the second and third nights, you will stay at one of the rest camps inside Kruger National Park.
Located on the banks of the perennial Sabie River overlooking the Kruger National Park, guests at this lodge can view the Big Five from a raised wooden pool deck while relaxing on sun loungers and enjoying a sundowner. The Sabie River Bush Lodge is a mere 19 kilometers from the Kruger Gate, the main entrance to the national park. The Kruger Gate allows guests access to the park's most prolific game viewing part - the southern section.
This southern section is well-known for its sightings of lions and leopards. Wild dogs are also a common sighting in this part of the park. The Sabie River Bush Lodge provides open-vehicle game drive safaris into Kruger National Park with a qualified game guide. Miniature golf (putt-putt) is provided to guests on-site free of charge. The Skukuza Golf Club is also within close proximity of the lodge, and you can play a round of golf while viewing the park's wildlife.
The Gecko Lapa restaurant and bar serves guests with refreshments with its well-stocked bar and wine list. The lodge's African boma, with a large, open fire pit overlooking the Kruger National Park on the banks of the Sabie River, allows visitors to enjoy the nighttime sights and sounds of the area. The lodge also has a swimming pool and a library.
The lodge's luxury rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, and tea and coffee stations. The luxury riverfront bush tents have their own wooden decks overlooking the Sabie River and Kruger National Park, en-suite bathrooms with outdoor shower, air-conditioning, and tea and coffee stations. The luxury self-catering bush tents also overlook the national park and are air-conditioned. These tents do not have en-suite bathrooms.
The luxury riverfront log cabins are situated on the banks of the Sabie River and also overlook Kruger National Park. These cabins have private decks, private lounges, tea and coffee stations, and two separate bedrooms.
There are 12 main rest camps situated in different areas of Kruger Park which enable visitors freedom of movement to explore the reserve. The original term "rest camp" is misleading to most overseas tourists and implies a rather basic or temporary facility. In fact, these rest camps are permanent structures similar to small resorts providing comfortable African-style chalets, licensed restaurants, shops, and other features.
Overnight camps are chosen according to availability and conditions. There are different types of accommodation including standard chalets, luxury riverside chalets, family cottages, furnished safari tents, or economy huts. National Parks usually refer to these African chalets as bungalows. Each of the main rest camps is fenced off to prevent dangerous animals from entering. Guests must remain within the camp from dusk till dawn.
There are a restaurant, shop, and swimming pool. Mobile phones should pick up a signal but otherwise, there are no telephones in the chalets. Chalets are serviced daily, air-conditioned, equipped with bedding, towels, a private shower, toilet, and basin. Guests are supplied with a front door key and insect screens are fitted to the windows. Most chalets have a small patio with a table, chairs, and a refrigerator. Standard SA 220v electric sockets are fitted to rooms and adaptors for charging videos or mobile phones are available from the shop.
Riverside chalets which are round thatched chalets situated along the river frontage have a more modern design with sliding glass doors so that guests can enjoy the view as well as animals coming to drink. They have two separate beds pushed together, quality decor, much larger modern bathroom, TV with limited channels plus upgraded lighting, and air-conditioner. There are a patio, outdoor furniture, and a refrigerator. They are not officially graded but they are equivalent to four-stars. These particular chalets are situated at Skukuza, but other camps such as lower Sabie and Satara will soon be providing superior chalets.
Standard chalets are usually round (rondavel) with a thatched roof, single room, two or three separate beds,and en-suite shower or toilet. These rooms are reserved for couples (double), two friends (twin), or families (triple). They are mostly graded three stars.
Upgraded chalets are superior to standard chalets and provide more comfort. They are suitable for double or triple occupancy, en-suite, equipped with aircon, possibly TV, better soft furnishings, and a refrigerator.
Leave Johannesburg in an air-conditioned microbus with an experienced Kruger Park driver / guide. Travel east across the Highveld farmlands and down the Valley towards Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga province.
After a lunch stop, get your cameras ready and enter southern Kruger Park for the first exciting game drive. You will be driving through lightly wooded bush and you can expect to see antelope, giraffe and possibly elephant. Before sunset travel a short distance to Sabie River Bush Lodge where we stay overnight. Book into a lodge room or en suite safari tent with aircon and modern furnishings. Time to relax on the deck looking across the extensive Sabie River hoping to see some hippos or crocodile.
Dinner or a barbeque in the Gecko Lapa Restaurant makes it a memorable stay.
Enjoy breakfast at the lodge then enter Kruger Park for your morning game drive. Travel through bushveld areas and probably along the river looking for Big 5 species ( lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo ). Keep your camera ready for any animals crossing the road. At lunchtime stop at a Camp or picnic spot for refreshments before continuing with the afternoon drive.
Arrive at your Rest Camp and book into a chalet with air-con and screens over the windows to prevent insects. Your guide will arrange dinner in the privatised restaurant and assist with any special diets.
Head out for an early morning game drive in search of lion and other big cats whilst it’s cool. Stop at Lower Sabie if possible for breakfast and a great view of any hippos or crocodiles in the river. Continue on the mid morning game drive travelling through the open grasslands so it’s easier to see smaller species.
Return to your Rest Camp for a break during the heat of the day - time for lunch, curio shopping or a swim. Approximately 16.00 board the National Parks safari vehicle equipped with spotlights for a sunset drive (duration 3 hours) and a chance to see predators or other nocturnal species such as hyena. Your guide will collect you for dinner in the main camp restaurant and then walk back to your chalet under the starlit sky.
Depart from camp for your final game drive searching for those elusive animals such as leopard often found in trees or rocky outcrops. For the bird watchers it’s one of the best times of the day when you can listen to the different calls in the bush. Breakfast and review your checklist, then leave the Park to begin your homeward journey. Travel past orchards and forests to Nelspruit and back up to the Highveld.
Arrive in Johannesburg at O R Tambo Airport or nearby hotels by 16.00. Please allow 1.5 hours connecting time for local flights or 3.0 hours for International flights. Passengers staying at hotels in the northern suburbs are advised to use the Gautrain to Sandton or make arrangements for a transfer.
This park, which attracts over one million visitors a year, is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Africa. Originally called the Sabie Game Reserve, it was proclaimed in 1898 by President Paul Kruger and later extended to its present size of approximately 19,000 square kilometers (8,000 square miles). It extends from the Limpopo river in the north to the Crocodile River in the south, a distance of nearly 380 kilometers.
To the east, it borders with Mozambique and on the west, it joins many private game reserves. The countryside throughout the park varies and has typical bushveld areas in the southern regions, which give way to grasslands towards the central and northern areas. There are six major rivers flowing throughout the year, in addition to dams and water holes.
The park's climate is subtropical. The wet season extends from October until May with much of the rainfall occurring as thunderstorms of short duration. Game viewing is possible any time of the year. Each season has its unique attraction, although springtime, with the arrival of baby impalas, tree blossoms, and wildflowers, is perhaps the most memorable.
There are nine entrance gates which lead to a network of roads that cover different areas of the park. 14 main rest camps (similar to resorts) provide comfortable en-suite accommodation, restaurants, shops, petrol stations, and telephones. Organized wildlife activities are available and can be booked at the camps.
Known to be one of the greatest natural sanctuaries of the world, Kruger National Park is home to an impressive number of species including 147 mammals, 507 birds, 114 reptiles, 34 amphibians, 49 fish, and 336 trees.
It is recommended that overseas visitors join a guided tour for three or four days to have the best opportunities for game viewing and to benefit from the knowledge of the professional guides. Since most of the animals are used to the presence of motor vehicles, the place is usually ideal for photos and videos.
Daily breakfasts and dinners are included in the price of this safari. South African National Parks has decided to introduce popular family restaurants at main camps in Kruger National Park. Mugg and Bean opened at the Lower Sabie, Satara, Olifants, and Letaba camps in 2014, while Skukuza has The Cattle Baron. These restaurants have been refurbished and modernized so passengers can look forward to better meals and improved service in the park.
Often, the guides visit Lower Sabie for breakfast. The restaurant is in a wonderful spot overlooking the Sabie River. During the dry season, you can expect to see plenty of hippopotamus and crocodiles as you sip coffee. Dinner each night will be at a camp restaurant, or your guide may plan a barbecue. Lunches are available at the Deli Café for a fee.
Camp shops sell groceries, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, books, maps, and curios. It is possible for vegetarians to find suitable meals in Kruger National Park, but please advise Wildlife Safaris of this specification upon booking.
O. R. Tambo International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) or Nelspruit Airport (NLP). Transfer from and to these airports is included. Wildlife Safaris will pick you up from these airports. Pick-up from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) is between 07:00 and 08:00, while pick-up from Nelspruit Airport (NLP) is from 12:00 or by arrangement.
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