African Safari for Group & Incentive Travel

A 4 day trip to South Africa 
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Travel is an effective tool of inspiration, offering motivation and reward for employees. This African safari for group and incentive travel is a custom tailored tour offering a corporate retreat for groups of 10 or 60. Follow expert game rangers tracking wildlife through the African bush. Scour the trees and riverbanks in search of the famous “Big Five,” witnessing lions and elephants, rhinoceros and leopards. Engage in team building exercises with competitions focused on your secluded location. Form a long-lasting bond between coworkers and employers through a variety of customized activities, from spa treatments to elephant back riding, unforgettable safaris, and poolside cocktails.

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Places Visited 

Johannesburg, Sabi Sands

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Safari First Impression

Land in Johannesburg, a financial and industrial capital of South Africa. The city has a rich history of gold mining, giving it the nickname “City of Gold.” Bohemian restaurants fill the Maboneng Precinct near café and art studio hybrids. The Apartheid Museum portrays the history of separating through artifacts, newspaper clippings, and personal accounts. The permanent exhibits take visitors on a thought-provoking journey through South Africa’s past and present, from the oppression of native Africans to the birth of a free democracy.

Your private transfer greets the group at O.R. Tambo International Airport, ready to escort you to the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. Travel along the Panorama Route. Drakensberg, the highest mountain range in South Africa borders the road to the north. The mountains climb to 11,424 feet above sea level at the highest point along Thabana Ntlenyana peak. Magnificent cliffs plunge nearly 2,300 feet to the valley floor. A viewpoint known as God’s Window offers a glimpse into the dramatic vista of the canyons and valley below. After rain, waterfalls form along the cliffs spilling down into the river basin.

At the confluence of the Blyde and Treur Rivers, fascinating natural rock sculptures form a region known as Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The elements, from rainfall to swirling water passages, have scooped out portions of the rock. Water collects inside the white and orange sandstone holes. You arrive at the Sabi Sands Private Reserve in the afternoon and settle into your luxurious lodge, at the doorstep of authentic South Africa wildlife. An elevated veranda offers a fantastic view of the banks of the Sands River. Animals venture to the riverbanks to sip water and refresh themselves in the heat.

Optional Activities:

  • Indulge in a private spa treatment
  • Relax by the private pool with views of the surrounding landscape
  • Enjoy a unique night safari

The conservation of Sabi Sands began in the late 19th century. In the 1920s, the reserve became an extended part of Kruger National Park, the largest protected land in South Africa. Your guide meets the group before sundown eager to set out on a night safari. The sunlight hovers over the tall grass along the horizon. Scattered baobab and knob-thorn trees rise above the plain. Your guide provides drinks to enjoy near the riverbanks where the group can watch their first African sunset together, helping build an unbreakable bond in an unforgettable landscape.

Your guide leads the group through the brush in darkness. A helper shines a spotlight through the wilderness. A nutty aroma emanates from the red bushwillows. An abundance of starlight overtakes the sky. Your guide stops the jeep and points into the trees. The green eyes of an African civet shine back in the spotlight. The nocturnal mammal can grow to a length of 33 inches from nose to tail and the average height is 16 inches. Small, round ears and a bushy tail book end their striped body. The group’s first outing in the African wild and they have already discovered a hard to spot nocturnal animal.

What’s Included: transfer, lunch, dinner, tour, accommodation

Day 2: Bonds of Exploration 

In the morning, the cold air sweeps across the landscape. The elusive African wild dog comes to the banks of the Sands River to drink. There are approximately 6,600 wild dogs throughout Africa. Seeing a pack close-up is breathtaking. They can grow to a shoulder height of 30 inches. Their bristly fur varies in colors with shades of brown highlighted by black spots. They are most active and playful in the cool dawn.

The group bundles up and meets your guide at the lobby. Tea, coffee, and snacks await your arrival. The aroma of fresh coffee is refreshing. The sun has started rising over the horizon. You step aboard a 4x4 open jeep and once again venture out into the wilderness searching for the impressive wildlife that has inspired conservation efforts, artists, legends, visitors, and locals. Sabi Sands is a part of a conservation effort covering 5.5 million acres around the heart of the South African Lowveld region. The park itself encompasses 13,500 acres of undisturbed land. Your safari experience travels along the private roads of the game reserve, unshared by the neighboring lodges and national park. After sunrise, the golden hue of the grass returns. The cool air fades. The elevated vehicle provides a better view of the grassland and tree trunks. Animals are most active before the heat spreads across the countryside. Your guide once again stops the car, listening for rustling leaves inside the magic guarri trees.

A white rhinoceros, one of the famous “Big 5” of Africa, pokes its head out from the brush. Your guide asks that you don’t post any pictures to social media, worried poachers could track the rhino based upon its location in an online photo. The rhinoceros can grow up to 13 feet long and weight over 5,000 pounds. His large horn arches away from his snout. He bends over and grazes on the lush grass. The group whispers to one another in their excitement. You wait until the rhino is out of sight before starting up the jeep and continuing your safari. Return to the lodge where the group enjoys a lavish breakfast buffet. You have until your evening safari to relax in the comforts of the luxury lodge.

Optional Activities:

  • Take a guided bushwalk through the grassland and along the riverbanks
  • Experience the unique ride through the bush on elephant back
  • Spend time in the refreshing pool with a cocktail
  • Witness a reptile demonstration

Your instructor provides an enthralling display of reptile behavior providing insight into the lives of snakes, lizards, and even amphibian inhabitants of the game reserve. The area of Kruger National Park provides a home for 54 different species of snake, nine of which are poisonous. Your instructor brings in a number of different snakes to show the group, including the common python. The snake can grow to more than 16 feet long and disguises itself in the trees. Snakes are shy and only attack when provoked, making them hard to see on a game drive. Your reptile demonstration allows the group to come close to the varieties of reptiles in the region, including a Spekes hinged tortoise, a medium-sized tortoise with a smooth, depressed shell.

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour, accommodation

Day 3: Introduction to Tracking

Giraffes walk by the lodge in the morning light. Their heads show over the tops of knob-thorn trees. They can grow to over 18 feet tall with their neck stretching to almost eight feet in length. From the veranda overlooking the riverbanks, you can see the giraffe coil its tongue around the acacia trees. The purplish-black color of their tongue contrasts the gray bark and emerald leaves of the tree. They strip the branches of the leaves and leave the thorns behind. Giraffes tend to travel in groups. You count four more heads drifting across the tree line. Today the group has a number of activities from which to choose.

Optional Activities:

  • An unforgettable spa treatment surrounded by the natural sounds of the wilderness
  • Enjoy a round of golf at nearby Skukuza or Leopard Creek
  • Spend time on a round of tennis on the lodge courts 
  • Discover the slower pace of a bush walk on a guided tour

Your guide meets the group in the lobby of the lodge. Fire roars in the fireplace filling the gallery with a comfortable heat. The aroma of fresh coffee blends into the nutty scent of the trees. You follow your guide into the golden brush in search of the smaller wildlife located near the grounds. The wilderness feels bigger when not traveling along the gravel and paved paths with a jeep. The grass looms taller. You notice the rustling leaves of each tree. The magenta and yellow petals of the flame lily flower radiate from the thickets and rocks. They can grow to a height of more than three feet. The petals crisp and curl inward at the edges forming a cage-like shape.

Near the riverbanks, your guide points into the distance. A crocodile suns itself outside the water. They average 16 feet in length. Adults can feed on large vertebrates such as antelope and buffalo. Your guide explains that when a crocodile positions itself on land with an open mouth, it is akin to panting in an attempt to keep themselves cool. Their sharp teeth add to their ability to apply 5,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.

Your guide instructs you on the proper way to track animals in the wild. Tracks and signs include any visible mark or disturbance left by a passing animal. Your guide points to a tree where bark was removed. Antelope rub their antlers along the tree marking their scent. By following the clues set by the animals, you could track them for miles through the grasses. Return to the lodge for an afternoon safari, venturing out into the plains on an off-road jeep once more. This time the group goes head to head in an inter-vehicle competition. Scour the wilderness in teams trying to check as many animals off the list as you can. The jeep speeds along the gravel path away from the riverbanks.

Your teammate points out the purple plumage of a plum colored starling. The bird flies away. In the shade, you notice a golden pelt of a lazing animal. Your guide inches the vehicle closer until you realize you have found a lion. The male can grow to nearly four feet tall at the shoulders. Their large mane wafts in the breeze. He yawns and you gasp at his sharp teeth and powerful jaws. You spend some time watching the lion’s movement. You have scoured the wilderness for one look at the noble creature, and the group has earned it.

What’s Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour, accommodation

Day 4: Effects of a Team Meeting

Black stork graze on the marshy shores. Turquoise feathers shimmer against the black plumage of their wings. They dig their long beaks into the water in search of active fish. They can grow up to 39 inches tall with a wingspan of over five feet long. Cape buffalo graze on the grass. They travel in herds and are considered the most dangerous land mammal in Africa. When a member of the herd is attacked, the remaining members rush to its defense.

At breakfast, you sit on the elevated veranda once again, enjoying the view of the Sands River. You can see the buffalo lingering on the opposite side of the water grazing on the tall grass. Their horns swoop out and upwards from their heads. Nearby, a small herd of impala lingers in the shade. They can run up to 49 miles an hour and leap over a 10-foot barrier. The unique qualities of the African bush and its inhabitants are endless. The group has formed a lasting bond during your time in South Africa. You have competed in finding the most animals in the safari  and worked together to overcome the fears of coming face-to-face with live reptiles.

After breakfast, your private transfer meets the group at the lodge and escorts you to O.R. Tambo International Airport for your flight home.  

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer

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Price

Price 

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