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Join this thrilling safari in South Africa and experience the world-famous Kruger National Park with its diverse animals, great rivers, changing vegetation, and memorable sightings. You will journey through the famous park led by a professional guide. Spend your days searching for the big five: lions, buffalos, elephants, leopards, and rhinoceros. If you want to experience a memorable African Safari, then this holiday package is for you.
Family cottages contain two or three bedrooms with double or twin beds to suit family groups and private shower or toilet facilities. There is a kitchenette, a patio with furniture, and a refrigerator. They are often graded three stars.
Safari tents are permanent canvas tents built on a wooden platform. They have two beds with linen, towels, a cupboard, table, chairs, electric fan, and a refrigerator. Communal ablution facilities are available nearby. These are less expensive than standard chalets and suitable for economy safaris.
Nestled amongst lush indigenous gardens on the outskirts of Hazyview lies Hippo Hollow, a short 10-minute drive from the Kruger National Park, making it the perfect choice for accommodation for your safari in Africa. Guests are accommodated in unique thatched garden and river chalets and courtyard hotel rooms, either overlooking the beautiful gardens or the impressive Sabie River.
A variety of tasty dishes accompanied by an amazing selection of South African wines can be enjoyed while watching kingfishers and other beautiful water birds or hippos grazing on the lawn against the backdrop of a beautiful African sunset. Get up close to an elephant and witness its intelligence and compassionate nature. Immerse yourself in a feast of culture with a night of Shangaan dancing and an unforgettable African banquet.
Relax in the beautiful gardens or simply watch the hippos, crocodiles, and other wildlife gather at the river. Whatever you decide to do, you will leave Hippo Hollow feeling relaxed and refreshed having experienced the timelessness of Africa. Hippo Hollow is perfect for families and couples on safari and offers an unforgettable African experience.
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.
Sabie River Bush Lodge is located on the banks of the perennial Sabie River looking across the Kruger National Park. Guests at the lodge can spot big five species from the raised wooden pool deck while enjoying a sundowner. The lodge is a mere 19 kilometers from the entrance to southern Kruger National Park.
There is a selection of accommodations including lodge rooms, river-facing chalets, and luxury river-facing tents.
The rooms have private showers, toilets, and are air-conditioned.
The Gecko Lapa restaurant serves meals and drinks and provides a wonderful view of the river and typical bushveld scenery as you enjoy breakfast and watch animals grazing in Kruger. Groups can arrange an evening meal in the boma with a campfire and listen to the sounds of the nocturnal species such as hyenas and jackals.
Depart from Johannesburg or Pretoria in the comfort of your air-conditioned microbus and travel east towards the Drakensburg Mountains. Enjoy a lunch break before driving along the Panorama Route via the magnificent Three Rondavels in Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, Lisbon, or Berlin waterfall. Ethnic markets which are located at various places provide good value for passengers wishing to buy curios. Stay overnight at a river lodge or hotel near Hazyview.
Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and then proceed to one of the southern entrance gates of Kruger Park to begin your safari. Spend an exciting day game viewing looking for elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippopotamus, and many other species. The guide will teach you to spot the animals and ensure that you have easy access to photos or videos on all game drives.
In the evening, arrive at your rest camp and book in an en-suite chalet with air-conditioner and insect screens. Freshen up for a "sundowner" drink before dinner in the private restaurant. Stay overnight in the chalet.
Wake up at dawn and listen to the birds before driving out of camp hoping to find some of the big five. Stop for a hearty breakfast then continue to a waterhole to watch hippos, crocodiles, and birds before returning to camp for a siesta and perhaps a swim. After dinner, board the open safari vehicle equipped with spotlights for a night drive for two to three hours to search for predators and other nocturnal species. Stay overnight at the rest camp listening to the sounds of the hyenas and lions.
Pack up and leave on another memorable early morning game drive looking for elusive species such as leopards lurking in the African bush. Take breakfast and go shopping before departing from Kruger Park to begin the homeward journey. Travel past the Lowveld citrus farms to Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga province, then continue via the fertile Schoeman's Kloof up to the Highveld for lunch. Arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) before 16.00 for your onward flights or proceed to your hotel.
Blyde River Canyon which is a significant feature of the Panorama Route extends for about 20 kilometers from Bourke's Luck Potholes to Swadini. Flanked by the Blyde nature reserve, the road follows the course of the Blyde river. The Three Rondavels (round houses) is the name of three typical sandstone rock formations situated at the northern end of the canyon. Visitors may take a short walk to photograph and view the Three Rondavels, Blyde Dam, and vistas of the Lowveld.
God's Window is a look-out at the edge of the escarpment. It is located on a cliff which is "framed" by the mountain cliffs. On a clear day, it provides a wonderful view looking east across the plantations towards Kruger Park. There are several observation areas with railings and steps leading to the rain forest. Visitors to this venue will remember the aroma of mountain herbs.
Sabie River Bush Lodge is located on the banks of the perennial Sabie River looking across the Kruger National Park. Guests at Sabie River Bush Lodge can spot big five species while relaxing on the raised wooden pool deck enjoying a sundowner. The lodge is a mere 19 kilometers from the entrance to southern Kruger National Park. There is a selection of accommodations including lodge rooms, river-facing chalets, and luxury river-facing tents.
The rooms have private shower, toilet, and aircon. The Gecko Lapa restaurant serves meals and drinks and provides a wonderful view of the river and typical bushveld scenery as you enjoy breakfast and watch animals grazing in Kruger. Groups can arrange an evening meal in the boma with a campfire and listen to the sounds of the nocturnal species such as hyena and jackal.
This popular tourist destination is situated within the Drakensberg mountains to the west of Kruger Park.
Nik is the chief guide and has been conducting tours to Kruger Park and other top safari destinations since 1976. His natural good looks, charm and cheerful manner make him a favorite with the tourists. He is a specialist guide and has studied the habits of the wild animals in great detail so that he can make his tours exciting. Nik is a very keen cyclist and passionate about health and fitness.
Anthony Hawell (Hoppy) has been described as a real gentleman who takes great care of his passengers. He is an ex-fireman and fortunately, a very useful mechanic. He has had many years experience as a field guide and obviously enjoys imparting his knowledge of the animals and environment to overseas tourists. One of his hobbies is photography, so he can give you some good tips on wildlife shots to take home.
Clive Alborough is a qualified chartered accountant who decided to stop the city life for the freedom of the country and Kruger Park. He certainly strives to find the biggest five sightings for his guests and has a very friendly relationship with many other tour guides so that he hears about all the latest "kills" and any leopards in trees. He enjoys the interaction with overseas visitors and will delight in recounting the highlights of the day's game drives over dinner at night.
Kruger National Park which attracts over one million visitors a year is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Africa. The original Sabie Game Reserve was proclaimed by President Paul Kruger in 1898 and later extended to its present size of approximately 19,000 square kilometers or 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 of our private game reserves. The countryside throughout the park varies and has typical bushveld 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 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 perhaps springtime, with the arrival of the baby impalas and the blossoms on the trees and wildflowers, is the most memorable.
There are nine entrance gates which lead to a network of roads covering different areas of the park. The fourteen 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. Kruger, one of the great natural sanctuaries of the world, 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.
South African National Parks has decided to introduce popular family restaurants at Main Camps in Kruger Park. Mugg and Bean opened at Lower Sabie, Satara, Olifants and Letaba Camps in 2014 while Skukuza has The Cattle Baron. Restaurants have been refurbished and modernized so passengers can look forward to better meals and improved service in Kruger.
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 in Kruger 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, but Wildlife Safaris must be advised when booking.
Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) or Nelspruit Airport (NLP). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Wildlife Safaris will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) is between 07:00 and 08:00. Pick-up from Nelspruit Airport (NLP) is from 12:00 or by arrangement.