Experience South Africa's Kruger Park and surrounding region.

Embark on a thrilling journey into the vast, game-filled Kruger National Park. Head out on game drives to spot lions, zebras, buffaloes, cheetahs and elephants during the day, and relax in a comfortable lodge in the evening. Enjoy delicious traditional African cuisine, admire sweeping vistas, learn about the flora and fauna of the region from experienced guides and marvel at the beauty of a star-studded African sky. Time spent in Kruger is rewarding and inspiring - this trip is really one to savour.

Start
Johannesburg, South Africa
Finish
Johannesburg, South Africa
Countries
South Africa
Themes
Short Breaks, Wildlife
Code
UBAJ
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
267kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Experience a private game reserve after dark in an open top 4x4 vehicle
  • Enjoy traditional South African cuisine while dining under the stars
  • Try to spot the Big Five in Kruger National Park on a full day game drive
  • Stay in a comfortable safari lodge in a communal setting with friendly hosts
  • Take a drive along the Panoramic Route, some of the most stunning scenery South Africa has to offer, on a full day guided tour.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 January 2017

Sawubona! Welcome to South Africa. Your Kruger Short Break starts at approximately 5.30am this morning. You will be picked up from the Holiday Inn Sandton, or from your alternate hotel (if advised prior to departure) from 5:30am onwards. Your exact time of pick-up will be communicated to your hotel reception in the afternoon prior to day 1 of your itinerary. Please verify this time with reception the evening prior to your start day.

We depart Johannesburg, the 'City of Gold' and head off on an adventure of a lifetime. A truly unique African experience unfolds as we enter the Greater Kruger National Park ecosystem arriving at our lodge in time for lunch (570 km, approx 8-9 hours travel time including stops along the way).
Located in the greater Kruger, our accommodation is wonderfully intimate, with just 14 twin-share rooms. Rooms are constructed from local materials and are tastefully decorated and comfortably appointed. The lodge also offers a cosy bar, perfect for chatting with the other guests over a drink or two. There is also a crystal-clear swimming pool for a refreshing post-safari swim. However we think the quality which makes our lodge stand out from the rest is the friendliness and helpfulness of our team. They are committed to making your stay memorable!

Please note if our lodge is full you will be accommodated in a similar lodge in the same area and the accommodation may be in a tented lodge.
After some time to settle in, head off on a late afternoon/evening Big Five game drive in open 4x4 vehicles in a private game reserve. Sundowner drinks are enjoyed at one of the waterholes before continuing our game drive into the night.

After an exciting evening, return to the lodge to enjoy a traditional South African meal around a log fire.
Special Information
Our lodge is located in the Guernsey Private Game Reserve which is located within the Greater Kruger Park ecosystem. It’s about a 40 minute drive to Kruger National Park’s Orpen Gate. On this itinerary you will have Game Drives in both the Kruger National Park and neighbouring Private Game Reserves.
One of the largest game reserves in Southern Africa, Kruger National Park is home to over 500 bird species, 100 species of reptile and 150 mammal species, including the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog.
An early rise, as we make our way to the Kruger.

Our wildlife experience begins as soon as we enter the park, heading into prime game viewing areas where we hope to catch a glimpse of some of the amazing animals found inside the park, including the Big Five.

Enjoy breakfast at one of the picnic spots before continuing through the park. Our entire day will be spent game viewing, bird watching and stopping off at the various waterholes en route.

We depart the park in the late afternoon and return to the lodge for an evening of relaxation.
We depart the lodge and make our way up the Drakensberg Escarpment. Our journey takes us along the Panoramic Route, some of the most stunning scenery South Africa has to offer. The sights en route include: God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the magnificent Blyde River Canyon. After a full day of exploring we return to the lodge and relax around the fire listening to the night sounds of Africa.
Spend the day at the lodge at your leisure, or take part in the various optional activities on offer including another full day game drive in Kruger National Park.
Rise early and head out on a morning bush walk. Guided by a qualified nature guide, we learn about nature's finer details like bird, tree and spoor identification.
Transfer back to Johannesburg (600 km, approx 9-10 hrs). Along the way take in amazing views at the viewpoint over the awesome Blyde River Canyon and view the Three Rondavels.
On arrival in Jo'burg you can be dropped at the airport or any nominated Johannesburg or Pretoria hotel. No accommodation is provided for tonight, but we are able to book you additional accommodation in Johannesburg. Please ask at time of booking.

Please don't book any international flights until after 10pm this evening.
Special Information
MINIMUM AGE FOR BUSH WALK:
Due to Thornybush Private Reserve safety regulations, children under 6 are not be permitted to participate in the bush walks in this itinerary.
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Inclusions

Meals
4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Minibus
Accommodation
Lodge (4 nights)
Included activities
  • 4x4 Game Drive
  • Kruger game drives
  • Panorama Route
  • Morning nature walk

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Important notes

1. This trip departs early in the morning on day 1 and it is strongly recommended that you arrive at least one day prior.
2. You will be picked up on day 1 from the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
3. If you require pick up from another centrally-located hotel in Johannesburg, please inform your booking agent at least 14 days prior to departure.
4. This trip finishes upon arrival in Johannesburg on Day 5. Please do not book any flights until after 10pm this evening.

Trip notes

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