Our intense 8-Day Sabi Sands and Phinda Safari journeys to some of the very best game viewing areas in South Africa. You are free to plan your time as you wish, staying at two exclusive award winning &Beyond lodges. Private verandahs, stunning views and expert tracking of Africa's amazing predators and wildlife can all be expected. Transfers are by shuttle bus, private vehicle and internal flights.
On arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport you will take the shuttle bus to the elegant Emporers Palace complex only 10 minutes away. Here you will stay in a superior room at the 4-star Peermont Mondior Hotel for one night as you get ready for tomorrow’s journey into the luxurious wild.
After breakfast at the Peermont Mondior Hotel you will transfer back to Tambo Airport via shuttle bus for an internal flight to Skukuza Airport. You will be met at Skukuza by the game ranger from your next destination, Kirkman’s Kamp in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve.
We will travel by road to the camp which was originally the legendary Harry Kirkman’s private homestead in the 1920s. It has been beautifully restored and radiates timeless elegance throughout.
The beautifully manicured lawns are the perfect place to unwind after the last few days of travel. We will venture out on our first safari tracking the big game of Africa. On our return you can sink into the generous claw-foot bath tub in your room.
Kirkman’s Kamp offers the chance to take part in two safari activities per day. We take advantage of this and get up before sunrise for an early morning game drive, then back to the lodge for breakfast and lunch followed by your choice of activity.
For a leisurely pace, allow yourself to be drawn into the fascinating Kirkman library or while away a few hours in front of the roaring fireplace in the guest sitting room.
Impeccable and gracious service completes the old world atmosphere at Kirkman’s, as the spirit of safari comes alive at this evocative camp, set in one of the most renowned wildlife regions in the world.
If you can peel yourself away from this incredible lodge we will take you out to look for game on day and night time drives. A number of lion prides have territories in Sabi Sand and are regularly spotted on these drives. As the cheetah is not nocturnal we are most likely to see this beautiful animal during the day, although they are less prevalent than the lions and leopards in this area.
On the fifth day we will transfer southwards from Sabi Sand to Phinda using a local vehicle, then light aircraft from the nearby airstrip to the Phinda Reserve. The flight usually takes about 1 and a half hours. You will be met on arrival and transferred overland to Phinda Mountain Lodge on the crest of a mountain.
At Phinda Mountain Lodge lunch is usually served on one of the shaded terraces, patios or in the dining room. The lookout deck at the lodge is particularly good for relaxation.
There are so many activities to consider participating in while staying here that you may need to just sit down and contemplate the next few days over a delicious dinner in the lodge’s open-air boma looking over the Lebombo Mountains.
Whatever you decide to do whilst you are here, an early evening walk to watch the sun setting over the South African plains would finish any day off nicely.
The Phinda Private Game Reserve is a hive of activity where wildlife, game and bird life are concerned. As well as having reintroduced the cheetah into the area after a 50 year absence, andBeyond have also nurtured the black rhino back from the brink of extinction in the reserve. While the less endangered white rhino favours water holes, the black rhino takes on a more contemplative nature in constant solitary rambles.
For additional costs you can participate in, amongst other things, a photographic safari, specialist birding safari, Indian Ocean scuba safari or enjoy a comfortable night under the stars in the heart of the bush, kept safe by an armed guard.
Having completed a whirlwind tour of the highlights in the South African wilderness you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast on your private veranda and go for one more dip in the plunge pool before saying a sad farewell to the Phinda Game Reserve.
We will transfer you from the lodge to Richard’s Bay Airport for your flight to Johannesburg and onward travel arrangements.
A contemporary 4-star hotel in Johannesburg, conveniently close O.T. Tambo Airport. You will stay here for one night after arriving into South Africa.
Peermont Mondior boasts 150 spacious rooms and suites, all fitted with cutting-edge technology and furnished in an elegant and contemporary African style. You will be based here for one night in a superior room on a bed and breakfast basis. The chic Oriana restaurant offers breakfast and light meals and guests can enjoy a delectable cocktail at the Silver Moon Bar.
Hotel guests have access to the casino, dining, entertainment, convention and relaxation facilities at the Emperors Palace Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort.
Named after legendary conservationist Harry Kirkman, Kirkman’s Kamp was his original early 20th century Transvaal homestead.
Set on a high ridge overlooking the Sand River, this restored colonial home adds a sense of authentic charm to your safari experience. 18 classically-styled suites provide everything you could desire for your stay, including spectacular views of the river from private verandas, the swimming pool and warthogs grazing on the manicured lawns. It’s an extremely evocative camp, taking you back in time to the 1920s through many of its original features.
The camp is set in one of the most renowned wildlife areas in the world. Lion are often spotted on game drives but its the leopard that steals the show here. From camp you can go on a walking or driving excursion to track the Big 5 with some of the best guides around. Common regional species include elephant, spotted hyena, leopard, large buffalo herds, rhino and hippo. A real highlight is an exhilarating spot-lit night drive following nocturnal wildlife such as the rare pangolin.
Phinda Mountain Lodge takes pride of place on the crest of a mountain. It accommodates up to 50 people in 25 chalets which open out onto private verandas and breathtaking views of the Lebombo Mountains and plains below.
This deluxe lodge is the perfect base for your final few days on safari. Spacious guest areas are full of authentic African architecture and decor. With the help of private plunge pools and outdoor showers you can take in the fresh mountain air from your private chalet and relax after a long day in the wild. Phinda Mountain Lodge has an array of dining options which maximises the views of the surrounding area perfectly, as does the shaded swimming pool.
Some of the most regularly seen animals in Phinda Game Reserve include cheetah, white and black rhino, nyala, lion and leopard.
As well as the day and night time game drives included in South Africa Highlights, extra expeditions will tempt you to yield to your adventurous side at an additional cost, including black rhino tracking on foot and swimming with whale sharks.
|High||1 Jan - 31 Oct 2018||$5,314|