Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
We are available to pick you up at the Outlook Lodge or at your hotel situated within Johannesburg or Pretoria. For guests flying into Nelspruit airport, we advise that guests arrange their flights to arrive around 11h00 on the morning their safari starts. Your guide will pick you up and continue your safari. We depart from Johannesburg between 07h00 and 07h30 in the morning and make our way to the Kruger National Park, arriving around 12h00. Before entering the Kruger we will stop for lunch in one of the small town's en-route to the park. Your first afternoon will be spent driving inside the Kruger searching for wild animals; you will be accompanied by a professional guide, who will gladly divulge information on the parks amazing diversity of wild and plant life.
We get to our first camp in the late afternoon where you check into your accommodation and have enough time to go for a swim, purchase necessary items at the camps shop, or simply take a stroll around the camp to stretch your legs after a long days driving. Your guide begins preparing the evening meal just outside your chalet, under the stars and served by candlelight. Apart from the cooking your guide is of course available to identify all the nocturnal sounds you hear, and possibly entertain you with some amazing experiences encountered over many years of guiding in Africa. Wine is served and included in evening meals. Includes:(D).
Day 2: Kruger National Park
The early morning knock on your door signals the start of your second day in the Kruger. After a cup of coffee and some snacks, your guide packs the vehicle and you begin your early morning drive. It's still really early in the morning, nice and cool, and a perfect time to spot elusive predators who at this time of the day are still very active. After a successful morning drive you stop at a picnic spot to enjoy a relaxed breakfast. After breakfast we continue driving, searching for animals. You will find your guide to be a wealth of knowledge not only concentrating on animals but also identifying birds, trees, insects and explaining some of the parks fascinating geology.
After a full morning's driving we reach our next camp where you check in and have a couple of hours to relax during the hottest part of the day, when animals are generally less active and hiding from the midday sun. All the camps we use also have restaurant facilities so you will be able to purchase lunch. In the late afternoon you embark on sunset/night drive which gives you an opportunity to spot some of Africa's elusive, nocturnal animals such as hyena, leopard, owls, night jars, civet, genet etc. Upon your return, your guide has already prepared your evening meal. And has corked the wine which is now sufficiently aired and at the perfect temperature. Sitting outside on a balmy African night listening to lions roaring in the distance, or the whoop of a hyena is a fantastic experience and one which often brings our guests back to Africa. Includes:(B), (D).
Day 3: Kruger National Park
Like clockwork, your guide gently knocks to indicate another early start. As the day before, you start off with a fresh cup of coffee before heading out on the morning drive. Time spent on game drives increases your chances of seeing unusual and spectacular animals, but we do not only cater to guests wanting to see the best Africa has to offer in terms of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) For us, it truly is all spectacular from the huge elephant's and giraffe down to common antelope such as impala and kudu. Not to mention an amazing diversity of bird's. The privilege of being out in the African bush is not something we take for granted or are blasé about. This passion and dedication to Africa will be evident in your guide's behavior and enthusiasm.
After the morning drive you return to camp and have an opportunity for a midday siesta or just general relaxation time. Kruger's camps are well established with large, old indigenous trees, housing many different bird's reptiles and even bats. So it's nice at this time of the day to also enjoy what the camps have to offer. In the afternoon you head out again on a drive, returning just before the gates close. In total you will do about 6-7 hours driving each full day in the Kruger. This allows us enough time to show you many different animals and birds. Once again your guide cooks your meal out under the stars. Includes:(B), (D).
Day 4: Kruger National Park to Johannesburg
Safaris are all about early mornings, getting out there and seeing animals. This morning is no exception and whilst you are leaving Kruger today, there is still time for a couple of hours drive in the hope of seeing and possibly photographing animals you have not yet seen. Your guide knows the Kruger intimately and will focus on areas he knows produce animals you still need to see, it's not guaranteed but you stand a good chance. Sadly after a couple of hours we depart Kruger and make our way back to Johannesburg. But not before showing you some of South Africa's most spectacular scenery. The panorama route includes Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Lisbon Waterfalls and Pilgrims Rest, where you stop for lunch. After lunch it's a good four hours drive back to Johannesburg and you arrive back at the Outlook Lodge or your hotel around 18h00. Breakfast included.
Accommodation will always be in 2 camps; staying at camps like Crocodile Bridge, Berg-en-Dal, Skukuza and Lower Sabi all in the Southern area of the park and then at the more Northern camps like Satara, Olifants, Letaba and Mopani - which camps are booked will depend on availability. Chalet and cottage accommodation is used for singles, couples and small families, while guest houses can be booked for larger groups. Each chalet has 2 or 3 single beds, with cottages having up to 4 beds. Both the chalets and the cottages have an open veranda/patio with a fitted kitchen. The bathrooms are en-suite with single shower, toilet and washbasin. Although the roofs of the chalets and cottages are grass thatched, they are also kept cool with air-conditioning. All the doors and windows are mosquito proofed.
Chalet, cottage and guesthouse accommodation is serviced and kept clean on a daily basis - clean bedding sheets and fresh towels are provided. A braai (barbecue) is provided for your safari ranger to cook all your meals, barbecue style. Each chalet, cottage and guesthouse has a fridge. Keep your purchased snacks, fruit, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks cold during the night ready for filling up the vehicles cooler box the next morning. All the major rest camps have electricity, clean drinking water, a first-aid center, a shop, a Laundromat/laundry tubs, a restaurant, self-service cafeteria and public telephones. Only a few camps have swimming pools.
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