This 4-day safari is a combination of guided bush walks and game drives, giving you greater flexibility to choose your game viewing activity day by day. Depending on the group, or operators, you can decide daily whether you’d prefer walking with a guide (weather permitting) or opting for a game viewing drive in an open safari vehicle. All options take place within Greater Kruger, possibly the greatest nature conservancy on Earth.
Depending on dates, type of accommodation and availability, accommodation is provided at modern, luxury bush lodges or mobile tented camps with full bedding, portable toilets and showers. All meals are provided, except on travelling days. Armed and experienced guides share their profound knowledge and love of the bushveld with you, explaining the habitats and habits of all the creatures who live and thrive here.
The following outline serves as a guideline only and activities may change last-minute depending on the weather or local conditions.
Road transfers or car hire will be arranged for you from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, or from Hoedspruit's Eastgate Airport or Skukuza Airport inside Kruger National Park. All transfers are on very scenic routes.
On arrival at the lodge, you’ll be shown to your accommodation. Lunch is usually a leisurely affair with plenty of time to relax. You generally set out on an afternoon game drive between 15:30 - 16:00, returning after dark with spotlights to try and spot the shy, nocturnal species.
A delicious, hearty dinner is served under the stars by lamplight (weather permitting) under the stars or in an open-air boma; it's the perfect time to chat about the day’s highlights and plan tomorrow's choice of activities.
Waking to the sounds of the African bush, your ranger or lodge manager will chat to you about what you’d prefer to do; for example, bush walk or game drive or a combination of both. They’ll also be able to give you suggestions based on the weather, animal movements and so on.
Heading out early after coffee/tea and rusks (a type of biscuit), you may opt for a game drive, which gives you the option to cover more ground quicker and have the chance of spotting more game. You’ll have every chance to see some of the larger plains game like elephant and buffalo in their herds, endangered rhino, spectacular big cats and, on occasion, a pack of African wild dogs, also known as Cape hunting dogs or painted wolves. If you’re lucky, you may even come across a kill which may have happened shortly before sunrise.
If you prefer to do a bush walk (weather permitting), you’ll head out directly from camp, or be dropped off by vehicle further out to explore different areas. This is an up-close-and-personal way to explore and experience the bush. Your ranger will help you decode tracks and signs showing which animals have recently passed by. There’s a thrill to being out in the open and getting up close to animals while being accompanied by a knowledgeable ranger. It’s an excellent and exciting way to learn more about wildlife and its myriad elements: animals, plants, trees, insects, birds, and so much more.
You’ll return to the lodge for a hearty brunch and then it’s time to relax and perhaps siesta during the heat of the day or cool off in the splash pool (if you're at a lodge that has one!). After lunch, it’s time to head out again, on foot or by vehicle, to see what else African wildlife has in store for you …
By then, it’s cooler and the animals are more active. Once again, towards sunset, your ranger will stop at a scenic spot for sundowners and salute the end of another day; a time to pause in these spectacular surrounds. Getting back onto the safari vehicles, you’ll have another chance of spotting those elusive nocturnal creatures – like spring hares, genets, nightjars, civets and owls – en-route back to the lodge. After a sumptuous dinner, enjoy some quiet time with the sounds of the bush beneath the starry African skies or chat to your guides and fellow guests about the day's sightings and plans for the next day's activities.
Setting out at sunrise for your final guided game activity, you’ll get a sense of how much you’ve learned, experienced and absorbed about the African bush and wildlife in this short time. Then it's back to the lodge for a final brunch before you pack up and say your reluctant goodbyes. You’ll then be transferred back to the gate/meeting point for your transfer to the closest airport or back to Johannesburg (generally arriving between 17:00 and 18:00).
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Note: A minimum age of 16 applies for all guided game walks. There is no maximum age limit but an average fitness level is required as each walk lasts 3-4 hours.
The price of this tour depends on your choice of accommodation and the time of year. As a guideline, the price per person sharing ranges from approx. US$ 975 - US$1,250, based on exchange rate of US$ 1 = ZAR 11.92 (South African Rand) as of January 2018.