Take an opulent and evocative journey across the Kruger that's Inspired by Travel + Leisure's 2016 best safari lodges in Africa. From the rhino-filled wilderness of Eastern Kruger to the private reserves in the west, the 8-day safari is filled with exclusive extras; bush walks, a private treehouse, plunge pools visited by elephants, and spa treatments while overlooking the savannah. It's a thrilling big-game safari for those seeking to blend contemporary luxury with pure wilderness.
Johannesburg – The Best City Hotel in Africa and the Middle East
Johannesburg delights in surprising visitors. It's a city of contrasts and colors, from the graffiti-laden streets of Soweto to upmarket suburbs and wine cellars, the ancient history found at the Cradle of Humankind to the contemporary innovation of the Maboneng Precinct in the heart of the city. You'll be greeted at O. R. Tambo International Airport by a local guide who will customize a day in the city. Visit Soweto and Velekazi Street, where Nelson Mandela and Desmund Tutu both lived; find the clues to human evolution at the Cradle of Humankind, where over a third of humanoid fossils ever discovered were unearthed; settle into the gastronomy of South Africa at a fine dining restaurant and private cellar; or find the vibrant edge to a city that is constantly being redefined.
The Saxon Villas and Spa provides a serene space after the international flight, as well as introduce the boutique style of accommodation on this safari. Ranked by Travel + Leisure as the 2016 leading city hotel in Africa and the Middle East, the Saxon showcases a cutting-edge take on Africa's iconic style. A spa treatment is included and the day's itinerary is flexible, so you could travel here immediately from the airport or first explore the city. Your guide can make dinner arrangements and will provide transport to any of Johannesburg's celebrated fine dining stops.
Kruger National Park – Luxury Safari in the Heart of the Wilderness
Kruger National Park – The Evocative Big Five Wonders of the Kruger
Lion Sands Game Reserve – Thrilling Full-Day Drive Across the Kruger
Lion Sands Game Reserve – Walking Safari and a Private Treehouse Above the Kruger
Day 6 - 7
Londolozi Game Reserve – Old-World Safari Along the Sand River
Londolozi – Departure
- Settle into the untrammeled luxury of the finest safari lodges in Africa, as recognized by the 2016 Travel + Leisure awards
- Lose yourself in the pure wilderness of Kruger National Park, spending two days in the remote western savannah, where lions and rhinos roam beneath the lodge
- Discover the opulence of an old-world safari in Londolozi Game Reserve, one of Africa's oldest and most luxurious lodges
- Sleep in a glass-enclosed private treehouse high above the Kruger savannah in the Lion Sands Game Reserve
- Spot buffalo from your private plunge pool, enjoy spa treatments while gazing down on the herds, and watch elephants wander past while savoring exquisite evening meals
- Private game drives unravel all the dreamy African scenes, like leopards on a hunt or lionesses lounging on boulders
- Gain a new perspective with guided bush walks that bring a fresh proximity to an array of wild mammals
- Spend a day crossing the Kruger, an evocative journey that reveals the scale of the savannah and passes tens of thousands of wild mammals
- Quickly discover that a Kruger safari is filled with countless sightings of the Big Five, yet also dominated by rare and unique animal encounters
Kruger National Park is one of Africa's largest and most evocative safari wildernesses. It's a land where lions clash with buffalos, thousands of rhinos roam free, and the haunting calls of the wild echo across the savannah. Often, you're miles from anywhere, surrounded by the raw authenticity of Africa's ancient rhythm. Yet within this wilderness you also find some of the world's most luxurious lodges and most decadent travel experiences. The wild blurs with contemporary design; a private glass-enclosed treehouse above the savannah, private plunge pools visited by elephants, fine dining beneath the stars as giraffes lope past. For safari luxury, the Kruger provides more options than anywhere else on the continent, creating a thrilling journey for both first-time safari goers and those that treasure opulent travel experiences.
This 8-day Kruger safari is inspired by Travel + Leisure Magazine's 2016 finest safari lodges in Africa. Using three distinctive bases, it explores both the scale and the detail of the Kruger, with each day enhanced by an exclusive or unusual safari extra. You start with a night in Johannesburg at the boutique Saxon Hotel, voted the number one city hotel in Africa and the Middle East. Then explore the vast scale of the Kruger at Singita's Sweni Lodge, deep in the east of the national park. The impression of wild Africa is absolute, with rhinos and lions amongst those that can be spotted from the lodge. Game drives start to showcase the beauty of the savannah, bringing a series of personal encounters with the Big Five and much, much more. Like each day on safari, you can explore both a private concession and the publicly accessible Kruger National Park.
Next, you cross the Kruger, a full-day game drive providing a rugged and intrepid adventure. You bump along sandy trails, passing different waterholes and habitats to appreciate the unrivaled enormity of the national park. By passing through the diverse landscapes, you can explore the nuances of the park, taking the safari fay beyond notions of the Big Five. Narina Lodge in the Lion Sands Game Reserve provides the enchanting reward after the drive, a sublime lodge secluded amongst the trees of the Sabie River. The following day is equally adventurous, with a guided safari walk unveiling the Kruger from a new and thrilling angle, and a wonderful treehouse continuing the luxurious immersion in the bush.
Londolozi is one of Africa's oldest and most revered private reserves. Nestled on the Sand River, it's a haven of old-world safari style and intimate animal encounters. Leopard sightings are legendary here and your villa offers a supreme view over the water. Sip champagne as elephants wander past, admire buffalo silhouettes from a lantern-lit dining table under the trees, and celebrate the lodge's natural elegance while savoring the landscape's ancient splendor. Like each day on this safari, you get to create a personal program of activities and customize each aspect of the journey; picnic beside a river with South Africa's finest wine, see spotted cats out hunting, and sit back on the elevated deck and watch the Kruger subtly change throughout the day. From Londolozi, you fly back to Johannesburg for your departure flight.
$4,155 per person (excluding international flights)
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