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If you wish to go on a safari and live in the middle of wildlife, joining this 5-day safari with Wildlife Safaris will be perfect for you. This safari will take you to Kruger National Park in Kenya, one of the oldest and largest national parks in Africa. Having been attracting over one million visitors a year, this national park will allow you to encounter a real wilderness that you will never forget. Get ready for the wild experience!
During this safari, you will stay for 1 night at Sabie River Bush Lodge and 3 nights in chalets at a main camp 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.
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.
There are 12 main rest camps situated in different areas of Kruger National Park which enables your freedom of movement to explore the reserve. 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 and towels, and having 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.
Leave Johannesburg in an air-conditioned microbus with the professional guide. Then, travel east across the Highveld grasslands towards the Drakensberg mountains before lunch. You will visit 3 rondavels in the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, and other highlights of the Panorama Route. You will browse at the informal markets for African curios. Overnight at Sabie River Bush Lodge bordering Kruger National Park and dinner will be in the alfresco restaurant.
After breakfast, leave the lodge and enter Kruger National Park. Spend the rest of this exciting day game viewing as you head up to central Kruger. Your guide will look for herds of elephant which often cross the road right in front of you and other species such as giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest.
Towards evening, you will arrive at your rest camp and book into an air-conditioned chalet with private shower, toilet, and screens to prevent insects. You will meet the group for dinner and discuss your first day in Kruger. During the night, you may hear lions roaring or hyena which adds to the excitement of the African bush (but the camp is fenced off and secure).
You will wake up at dawn and leave camp for an early morning game drive to look for Big Five species (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino). Stop for breakfast then proceed on the mid-morning game drive to see animals enjoying a drink or crocodiles lazing on the bank. Return to your rest camp around lunchtime and a chance to shop for curios, read emails, or cool off at the pool.
Later, you will board the national parks open safari vehicle with spotlights for an evening drive (duration 3 hours) to search for predators and other nocturnal species under the starlit sky. After a memorable day on safari, enjoy dinner in the restaurant and perhaps a glass of South African wine as you discuss the best sightings with your guide.
Head out for another exciting early morning game drive looking for elusive Big Five species as well as other animals and birds. You will stop for breakfast then drive south towards the Sabie River which is one of the best areas in Kruger for leopards. You will arrive at your rest camp, check into a chalet with air conditioner, shower / toilet, and screens to prevent insects.
Time to relax or have a swim. Later when it’s cool, you will join the group for an evening drive probably looking for hippos, crocodiles, and other aquatic species. You will have dinner in the privatized restaurant and walk back to your chalet under the starlit sky.
Optional early morning bush walk (additional cost) which leaves before dawn and is a memorable experience. The armed field guide will discuss animals, birds, insects, and interesting points about the trees and plants in the area. You will return to camp for breakfast. Then, final photos in the African bush.
Drive to a Kruger Park exit gate to begin your homeward journey. You will travel past the Lowveld citrus farms to Nelspruit, the capital of Mpumalanga Province, then continue through the beautiful Schoeman's Kloof and up to the Highveld for lunch. You will arrive back at O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) by 16.00 for onward flights or proceed to your hotel.
You will have the time to visit 3 rondavels in the magnificent Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, and other highlights of the Panorama Route, as well as the time for browsing at the ethnic markets.
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. On the first night, dinner will be served at Gecko Lapa Restaurant. On the remaining nights, dinners and breakfasts will be served in the privatized camp restaurant, using The Cattle Baron or Mugg & Bean Restaurants and your guide will make arrangements. 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.
You can enjoy an early morning bush walk at an additional cost.
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 the airport is included. Wildlife Safaris will pick you up from the airport.
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