5 Day Greater Kruger or Sabi Sand Lodge Safari

A good option to really experience the wildlife, comfort and luxury that have become synonymous with luxury travel is lodge safaris in the Sabi Sand and Greater Kruger National Park area. See more of the country with a road transfer or fly to one of the luxury lodges in the Greater Kruger or Sabi Sand. Experience world class luxury and comfort and some of the best game viewing in Africa.

The Greater Kruger wilderness area consists of several privately owned reserves and is home to a vast wildlife population, including The Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant). Most of these reserves have unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and animals traverse freely. These reserves include, amongst others, the Sabi Sand Game Reserve,Timbavati, Klaserie,Balule, Thornybush, Manyeleti and Kapama.

Private reserves usually consist of an association of freehold land owners, each with their own private luxury game lodges and areas where they conduct their open vehicle game drives, allowing guests a more private experience. Lodges focus not only on exceptional wildlife interaction, but also on more refined experiences which includes pampering at all levels, from their spacious luxurious rooms, to haute cuisine and widely recognized wine selections and health spas.

The majority of lodges include night drives and bush walks in their packages. Optional extra excursions can often be arranged such as Elephant Interaction, Hot Air Ballooning and visiting the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre. While some lodges do not allow children younger than 12 years of age, others cater especially for the youngsters with special youth wildlife programs to allow parents peace of mind and relaxation.

The breathtaking scenery of the Panorama Route, including the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels and God’s Window on the last day will help ease the regret of having to leave such an incredible place behind.

Accommodation on this type of safari

Vehicles used on this type of safari

Transfers from and to the airport as well as to and from National Parks is in a 12 seat bus and game drives take place in open safari vehicles to offer the best possible game viewing experience. Vehicles are equipped to provide guests with highest possible levels of safety, comfort and experience.

Itinerary

Note that the daily description may change due to alternative transfer options being chosen.

sabi-sand-safariDay 1: Gauteng – Private Game Reserve 
We depart from Johannesburg between 06h30 – 08h00 to allow for various collection points. Our route takes us through the wide open spaces of the Highveld, down the escarpment and through the scenic Lowveld area. We stop for lunch en-route (own expense) and reach the Private Game Reserve and your lodge in the afternoon.

After arrival you will have some time to settle in and familiarize yourself with the lodge and its facilities before heading out on your first open vehicle game drive! All game drives are conducted in specially adapted 4×4 open game drive vehicles to allow our guests the best possible vantage point. The game drive will take around 3-4 hours.

Mealtimes are a sociable affair and served under the stars, weather permitting. Meals tend to be a combination of both international and South African cuisine, using only the freshest of ingredients.
(Dinner included)

sabisand-nkorho-bush-lodgeDay 2, 3 & 4: Private Game Reserve
Private Game Lodges offer two game drives per day, during which your experienced game ranger and expert local Shangaan tracker will share their extensive knowledge and love for the African bush with you. Due to a carefully planned and managed habituation process, animals and birds in the reserve have become accustomed to having the game drive vehicles in close proximity, without feeling threatened. This allows you to get really close to them and forms part of the appeal of the Private Game Reserves!

The majority of lodges offer bush walks after breakfast and guests are welcome to join this morning walk. The rest of the day is spent at leisure, relaxing in your room or at the pool. Lunch is served around 14h00.

The afternoon drive often extends into the early hours of the evening, allowing you the opportunity to spot some of the more nocturnal animals.

Dinner is served under the stars, weather permitting. The day ends with discussions around the open fire about what you saw today and the plans for tomorrow.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

4day-kruger-comboDay 5: Private Game Reserve – Panorama Route – Johannesburg
An early wake-up call and coffee sees you heading back into the bush in the hope of seeing more of Africa’s spectacular wildlife.

Upon your return breakfast is served. Directly after breakfast we begin our journey back to Johannesburg. We stop en-route for lunch (own expense).

The drive back to Johannesburg takes at least 6 hours and guests are advised to sleep over in Johannesburg on this night.
(Breakfast included)

Optional Excursion (free of charge)

We offer an optional excursion to visit select attractions along the Panorama Route in all our Safaris of 3 days or longer. You will be collected at the Lodge at 06h00. We will stop in one of the small towns en-route for breakfast (included) and visit attractions such as the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels, Lisbon Waterfalls and God’s Window. This excursion is available free of charge and will replace the morning game drive. It will be co-ordinated by our staff while you are on safari with us. (Kindly note that this excursion is only available on the last day of you Safari due to time constrictions)

The drive back to Johannesburg takes at least 6 hours and guests are advised to sleep over in Johannesburg on this night.

(Breakfast included)
Safari Options:

Private Game Lodges

Accommodation is in luxury en-suite rooms. Facilities vary from lodge to lodge. Rooms are fully serviced and guests’ every need is catered to. We make use of several lodges within the Greater Kruger area and the lodge used depends on availability.

** Terms & Conditions apply **

Included

• Professional drivers / guides (FGASA registered – Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)
• Meals as specified per itinerary
• All day / night drives in the Private Game Reserve in an open 4 x 4 game drive vehicle
• All entry fees and daily conservation levies
• Accommodation as per chosen option
• Select Panorama Route attractions

Excluded

• Meals not specified in itinerary
• Pick up and drop off in Johannesburg/Pretoria
• All drinks
• Items of a personal nature
• Gratuities
• Optional extra activities, such as spa treatments

Notes

It is important to note that this is not a private safari and more than likely there will be other guests joining you on the game drive vehicles, air-conditioned mini bus transfer vehicles as well as in the dining facility.

The child policies vary from lodge to lodge. Some lodges do not accept children under 12 at all, while others gladly accept children but do not allow younger children on the open game drive vehicles for safety reasons. These lodges offer babysitting services at a nominal extra charge. Please be sure to enquire about this before making your reservation.

Guests flying out of OR Tambo Airport on the last day are reminded to not book any flights earlier than 19h00 (domestic) or 20h00 (international) in order to give us enough time to get you to the airport. We recommend that you rather stay over in Johannesburg if possible. Since we cannot guarantee our arrival time in Johannesburg on the last day we will not be held responsible for reimbursements of flight tickets, should we arrive later than expected. Guests flying out of Nelspruit on the last day may, depending on their flight details, not have enough time to see the Panorama Route. Private transfers for guests with early flights can be arranged in advance at an extra charge.

PRICE

Safari: ZAR 14,990 per person sharing

Transfers: ZAR 2,500 per person

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