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Make your dream holidays come true with this safari experience in South Africa! This safari will take you to Kruger National Park which attracts over one million visitors a year, an experience you will never forget! With a total of 8 game drives, you will have opportunities to spot an impressive number of species in one of the great natural sanctuaries of the World. Come to "sunny South Africa" and soak up hours of sunshine around wildlife almost every day you spend on safari.
During this safari, you will stay for 2 nights in chalets at a main camp inside Kruger National Park and 1 night at a private safari lodge (such as 4-star Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge, Shiduli Private Game Lodge, or Chisomo Safari Camp) with game drives in 4 x 4 open vehicle and possibly a short bush walk.
There are 12 main rest camps situated in different areas of Kruger National Park which enables your 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.
Wildlife Safaris chooses overnight camps according to availability and their knowledge of 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 entering and you must remain within the camp from dusk till dawn. There is a restaurant, shop, and a swimming pool.
Chalets are serviced daily, air-conditioned, equipped with bedding, towels and have a private shower, toilet, and basin. You are supplied with a front door key and insect screens are fitted to the windows. Most chalets have a small patio with a table and chairs plus a refrigerator. For a family guest, Wildlife Safaris will request family units where possible and these may include 3 or 4 bedded rooms.
All the tours are suitable for families although Wildlife Safaris must consider other passengers on the tour bus and they recommend that parents who have children under 6 years should choose a private tour with exclusive use of the vehicle. Please remember to bring a torch for night time and do not allow children to walk alone.
Children of all ages are permitted on all game drives conducted in a closed microbus. During the daytime, older children are allowed on the open safari vehicle accompanied by their parents. However, for safety reasons, children under 6 years are not allowed on an open safari vehicle after dark in Kruger Park. Please discuss options with Wildlife Safaris so that younger members of the family together with mothers are not excluded from the fun and excitement of a safari. Refreshment / comfort stops will be planned every 2-3 hours during transfers and game drives. Ask your guide each day for the program.
There will be pick-up between 07:00 and 08:00 at hotels or guest houses. You can ask Wildlife Safaris for recommended hotels on the collection route. Try to avoid Joburg City Centre and Pretoria which often cause delay to the guides. Departures daily on request from Johannesburg or Pretoria.
You will leave Johannesburg or Pretoria in an air-conditioned microbus with an experienced Kruger Park guide. Then, you will travel east across the Highveld farmlands and down the beautiful Elands Valley to Nelspruit, center of the finest citrus farms. You'll continue to the entrance of Kruger Park and spend the afternoon on your first exciting game drive looking for elephant, giraffe, and antelope.
Before sunset, you will arrive at a suitable rest camp and book into an air-conditioned chalet with shower / toilet and screens to prevent insects. You will enjoy dinner in the privatized restaurant then walk back to your chalet under the starlit sky.
You will leave camp at dawn for an early morning game drive to look for lions and other Big Five species followed by breakfast at another rest camp. You will continue game viewing and visit a waterhole to look for hippos and crocodiles followed by time to relax or shop during the heat of the day.
Later in the afternoon, you will board the open safari vehicle equipped with spotlights for a sunset drive (duration 2-3 hours) when you can search for hyena and other nocturnal species. You will stay overnight at your rest camp with dinner in the privatized restaurant followed by a good night’s sleep.
You will depart on another memorable early morning game drive heading up to the open plains of central Kruger Park. Here, you can expect to see herds of wildebeest with zebra and hopefully some predators. You will enjoy a hearty breakfast followed by another game drive to the exit of Kruger Park, then travel to Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge (or similar) and book into an en-suite chalet or lodge room with air-conditioner.
After lunch in the gardens, you can relax or have a swim. Later, you'll board the open safari vehicle for an evening game drive stopping en route for "sundowners ". After that, you will return to the lodge for dinner, usually served around a campfire, and stay overnight listening to jackal or other nocturnal animals.
You will join the armed ranger for an early morning game drive and possibly a short bush walk to learn about the smaller creatures such as birds and insects. You will freshen up before a delicious breakfast at the lodge then final photos in the African bush.
Later, you will depart for a relaxing homeward journey through the farmlands and trout fishing areas near Dullstroom. You'll stop for refreshments back on the Highveld and arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) by 16:30 for onward flights or continue to your hotel.
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.
This safari will take place in Kruger National Park, South Africa. 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 it has typical bushveld in the southern regions which gives way to grasslands towards the central and northern areas. There are 6 major rivers flowing throughout the year in addition to dams and water holes.
Kruger is one of the great natural sanctuaries of the World and is home to an impressive number of species including 147 mammals, 507 birds, 114 reptiles, 34 amphibians, 49 fishes, and 336 trees. Since most of the animals are used to the presence of motor vehicles, it is usually ideal for photos and videos.
This safari includes daily breakfast and dinner with 1 lunch on day 3 during your stay in the lodge. Please advise Wildlife Safaris if you require a special diet such as vegetarian or if you suffer from a particular medical condition such as diabetes.
O. R. Tambo International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) or Nelspruit Airport (NLP). Wildlife Safaris will pick you up from the airport at between 7 and 8 a.m. from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) and at 12 p.m. or by arrangement from Nelspruit Airport (NLP). The pick-up is included in the price.
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