Wild South Africa

6 Days from US$3,300 per person

Overview

Enjoy some of the best of South Africa’s wildlife viewing at two private reserves bordering Kruger National Park. The reserves are for the exclusive use of it’s guests and provide an exciting range of animals in their natural settings, including the Big 5. Accommodations are in small luxury tented camps. Shared game viewing in open 4wd vehicles and on walks conducted by expert camp guides and trackers.

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What's Included

All meals and accommodations as per itinerary
Transfers between Hoedspruit and wildlife reserves
Scheduled Flights: South African Airways – Cape Town / Joburg / Hoedspruit / Joburg
Bottled water and sodas on game drives
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, excluding champagnes, premium wines and premium spirits
Value Added Tax
Laundry services

Highlights

Private Reserves  |  Game Drives |  Night Game Drives |  Guided Walks |  Viewing from Deck

Private Reserves

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Game Drives

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

Night Game Drives

The Masai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

Guided Walks

Located just a few hours drive from the town of Arusha, Tarangire is a popular stop for safaris travelling through the northern circuit on their way to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. The park extends into two game controlled areas and the wildlife are allowed to move freely throughout. After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.

Viewing from Deck

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

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Camps & Lodges

Tanda Tula Bush Camp |  Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp

Tanda Tula Bush Camp

Rising up from the heart of the Kenyan landscape, the snow-capped Mount Kenya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is Africa’s second highest mountain reaching an impressive 5199 metres in height, which is an awe-inspiring sight. Visitors can explore its surrounding forests, trout-filled streams and game reserve; or for the more adventurous, summit the peak. While Mount Kilimanjaro is an easier climb, Mount Kenya is more of a challenge as it has a higher technical difficulty, however, Point Lenana can be easily reached by a fit hiker. Visitors can look forward to a variety of wonderful activities such as: cave exploration, mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, mongoose, duiker, bushbuck, eland and over 130 bird species.

Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp

Located in the Great Rift Valley surrounded by yellow acacia woodlands and bushy shrublands, the Lake Nakuru National Park was created to protect the Lake and its large flocks of Lesser Flamingo, which are drawn to the algae that flourish in the saline waters of this soda lake. The national park is inhabited by over 50 mammal species including hippo, black and white rhino, Rothschild giraffe, buffalo and eland. Known as a bird watcher’s paradise, the park is home to over 450 bird species. Visitors can look forward to hiking through the scenic landscape, picnicking next to this magnificent lake, and spotting an array of wildlife on a game drive. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the beautiful Makalia Waterfall.

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Day 1 | Johannesburg / Timbavati Nature Reserve

 

Today you will depart Johannesburg for the Timbavati Nature Reserve on South African Airways arriving in Hoedspruit midday. When you arrive you will be met by a driver from Tanda Tula and depart by road to your camp. Tanda Tula Bush Camp is situated on 20,000 acres of Bushveld in the Timbavati Reserve, which is adjacent to Kruger National Park. This western section is one of the most game-rich parts of the greater Kruger eco-system, and is home to Africa’s Big Five lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo – as well as hundreds of other species of African animals and birds. It is also legendary for its ‘white lions”.

Over the next three days you will enjoy exciting dawn and dusk game viewing in open land rovers, and on foot, with professional game rangers and trackers. Today you will arrive in time for lunch with time to relax before heading out on a late afternoon game drive, returning to camp after dark.

Guests at Tanda Tula are accommodated in superbly appointed tents with en suite bathrooms and private patios overlooking the river bed. Delicious meals are served in the dining room or in the open boma around a crackling fire. Laze at the pool, game spot from the viewing hides or simply enjoy the serenity and sounds of the African bush.

     Tanda Tula Bush Camp 

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Days 2 and 3 | Lebombo Concessions

 

You have two more full days of wildlife viewing activities and leisure time to relax at camp.

     Tanda Tula Bush Camp 

     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 4 | Thornybush Game Reserve

 

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred by road to the Thornybush Game Reserve, a 24,500 acre private reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park. Your accommodations for 2 nts will be at Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp, located, in the heart of the Lowveld and is set in an undisturbed region.

This small luxury camp, built in African bushveld style with thatched roofs, accommodates a maximum of 10 guests in 5 air-conditioned, en-suite tents with wide verandahs. Beautifully furnished in colonial style, handpicked pieces enhance the ambience and comforts typical of a bygone era. Set amongst magnificent trees, each tent overlook the granite swimming pool. From an elevated deck, guests can observe an active water hole nearby, as a variety of animals come in for a drink. This afternoon enjoy a game drive in the reserve returning in time to freshen up. The beatings of drums summon guests to delicious five-course dinners, complemented by fine South African wines.

     Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 5 | Thornybush Game Reserve

 

Enjoy another day of game viewing activities in the Thornybush Reserve – in search or elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, buffalo and other wildlife that inhabit this wonderful area. Each evening enjoy dinner under the enormous African sky – with the sounds of an African night to lull you to sleep.

     Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp 
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     Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 


Day 6 | Thornybush / Johannesburg / End of Safari

 

Enjoy watching the wildlife at the waterhole from the privacy of your verandah. After brunch you will be transferred to the Hoedspruit Airport and depart on your scheduled flight to Johannesburg on South African Airways leaving at 1:15pm and arriving at 2:30pm and continuing on to your next destination. (Brunch)

     Meals: Breakfast

INCLUSIONS

All meals and accommodations as per itinerary

Transfers between Hoedspruit and wildlife reserves

Scheduled Flights: South African Airways – Cape Town / Joburg / Hoedspruit / Joburg

Bottled water and sodas on game drives

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, excluding champagnes, premium wines and premium spirits

Value Added Tax

Laundry services

EXCLUSIONS

International airfare and flights

Gratuities for safari guides and camp staff

All Items of a personal nature

Travel Insurance

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