Africa is an untouched paradise, home to ancient civilizations that existed at the dawn of time. Here is an opportunity to discover Africa’s magic on a 14-day adventure into the wilds. Find out what going on safari is really like as you drive into the bush in special 4x4 vehicles to watch animals going about their daily activities in their natural habitat. Experience what it’s like to dine under the stars in a traditional African boma before heading off for a good night’s sleep in some of Africa’s...
Kruger National Park – Your First Taste of the Wild
Arrive at Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport, and catch a connecting flight to Hoedspruit Airport, the gateway to safari country. There you collect your 4x4 rental vehicle, and embark on your adventure.
It’s a half-hour drive to Timbavati Game Reserve, a private game reserve that was created in the 1950s, when a group of 48 men who owned private game parks got together and pooled their resources for the benefit of conservation. This magnificent reserve is still privately owned, and is considered one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
Timbavati has been incorporated into the Kruger National Park and forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, an area covering approximately four million hectares, making it one of the largest game reserves on the continent. It’s also been declared an International Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and is home to around 145 different animal species, from black and white rhino to zebra, hippo, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, warthog and many species of antelope. You’ll also find the Big Five here (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhino) as well as prolific birdlife.
Your luxurious safari camp offers accommodation for up to 16 guests in cozy thatch and reed huts with mosquito nets over the beds, en suite facilities and open bush showers. The camp provides guests with a true bush experience, and as such, there is no electricity; instead, the entire camp uses candlelight and oil lamps. Guests enjoy a very exclusive, personalized experience, including exciting early morning and evening game drives in open four-wheel drive vehicles with experienced Shangaan trackers and guides. Escorted bush walks and tracking game on foot are other adventures on offer, and your rangers and guides will introduce you to the varied flora, fauna and wildlife in their natural habitat.
Day 2 - 3
Kruger National Park – Your Introduction to the Big Five
Day 4 - 5
Kruger National Park – Lakes and Legends
Day 6 - 7
Leshiba Wilderness – African Art and Soul
Day 8 - 9
Mapesu Nature Reserve – Roads Less Travelled
Day 10 - 12
Mashatu Game Reserve – Africa’s Giants Await
Magoebaskloof National Park – Magic in Magoebaskloof
Johannesburg – Time to Say Goodbye
- Visit some of Africa’s most famous wildlife sanctuaries, including Botswana’s wilderness wonderland
- See a variety of wildlife while on safari including the Big Five (lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo)
- Watch local craftsmen at work, creating woodcarvings, pottery and intricate beadwork
- Dine under the stars in a traditional boma (open-air venue)
- View San Rock paintings, mystical images in shades of red and yellow ochre that were created in ancient times
- Enjoy stargazing in the wilderness where the sky is crystal clear and the stars seem close enough to touch with your fingertips
- Stay at the Coach House heritage hotel in Magoebaskloof, ‘land of the silver mist’
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mapungubwe where artifacts from the Stone Age have been discovered
- Take a bush walk adventure in the wild
- View nocturnal animals in their natural habitat
Spend two glorious weeks on your South Africa safari, visiting some of the most famous wildlife areas in the world. You will enjoy exciting game viewing with experienced guides to see a variety of wild animals, including the Big Five, namely lion, African elephant, rhino, Cape buffalo and leopard. Viewing these animals is the highlight of any safari and a common sight in the exciting locations you’ll be exploring. See nocturnal animals on adventurous night safaris, brave the wilds on walking and cycling trips with a guide or take a dawn or dusk ride in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Perhaps you’ll even see a kill in progress. This is nature at its best, and it’s all on your doorstep, just waiting to be discovered.
Experience the true soul of Africa as you learn about the local Venda and Shangaan tribes, their culture and traditions, and watch them create beautiful arts and crafts from intricate wood carvings to exquisite beadwork. See relics of ancient times at the UNESCO Heritage Site of Mapungubwe, remnants that date all the way back to the Stone Age. Learn about the Bushmen hunters through the magnificent ochre San Rock Art in the famous Soutpansberg, the Mountain of Salt that is so called because of the numerous saltpans in the vicinity.
A highlight of your visit is a few days exploring the magnificent Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana’s Northern Tuli Reserve, with its open spaces, assortment of birds and wildlife and unexpected adventures. The 75,000-acre reserve is home to what is called Africa’s Giants, which includes the Big Five as well as the ostrich, Kori Bustard and the legendary Baobab tree.
$9,095 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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