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Highlights of this trip:

Kruger National Park, bush braai under the African sky, the Drakensberg Mountains, Blyde River, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, The Three Rondavels, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Khamai Reptile Centre.

The package includes the following

  • Flights from the UK to Johannesburg incl. transfer
  • Local, English-speaking guide/driver
  • 7 nights half-board at Nkambeni Safari Tented Camp in Kruger National Park
  • National park fees
  • Flights from Johannesburg to the UK incl. transfer
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout the trip
  • Departure guarantee – the trip will take place regardless of the number of participants

The following excursions are included:

  • Sunset Game Drive including ‘sundowner’
  • 2 full-day safari trips
  • Bush walk with highly experienced rangers
  • Half-day safari, followed by bush braai under the African sky
  • Full-day trip along the Panorama Route through the Drakenberg Mountains
  • Visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Khamai Reptile Centre

Single room supplement £105

Choose this tour because…

On this trip, you will be staying at Nkambeni Safari Tented Camp, which is actually inside Kruger National Park. You will have the chance to experience the magnificent landscapes of granite mountains and seemingly endless grassy plains, where you can see all kinds of animals right up close – not only the Big Five, but also giraffes, zebras, gnus, antelopes and impala. You will be treated to an authentic African bush braai (BBQ) under the starry African night sky, and can observe nocturnal animals on a sunset game drive, which is a special way of experiencing the local wildlife. And if you have not had your fill of the savannah animals, you can visit a rehabilitation and preservation centre for wounded, orphaned animal young, representing some of the endangered species of South Africa. Guests who would like to add a touch of daring to their holiday can purchase one of our trips to Hayzview, where you can ride a quad bike across the terrain or get the adrenalin flowing with a thrilling zipline ride.

This is also the perfect holiday for everyone who would like to give their children a special safari treat. The Nkambeni camp features tents with two bunks for children, so two adults and two children can sleep in the same tent.

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Departure from the UK

Departure day, where you will fly to South Africa with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Johannesburg – Sunset Game Drive in Kruger National Park

On arrival at Johannesburg international airport, you will pass through immigration, collect your luggage and then continue through customs. An English-speaking driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area to drive you to Nkambeni Safari Camp, which is located in the southern part of the world-famous Kruger National Park. The giant park measures 350 km from north to south, and approx. 65 km from east to west, making it one of the largest national parks in the world.

The trip from the airport runs east past Nelspruit, before turning north towards Numbi Gate, the entrance to Kruger National Park. After a drive of around five hours, you will reach Nkambeni Safari Camp, which is where you will be sleeping for the duration of your holiday.

At sunset, a guide will take you on an atmospheric game drive in Kruger National Park. The trip starts with a ‘sundowner’ – the local name for a drink served in the soft light of the sunset. As dusk falls, you make a start on a fascinating evening safari where you are sure to see a variety of animals in the spotlights of the safari vehicle. This gives you the chance to observe some of the nocturnal animals that hide away and sleep during daylight hours.

If the weather is clear, make sure to ask your guide about some of the impressive constellations in the Southern Hemisphere, such as the Southern Cross and Orion’s Belt.

Overnight stay Nkambeni Safari Tented Camp ***

Day 3: Full-day safari in Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park was placed under the protection of the state in 1898, when Paul Kruger (President of the Transvaal Republic) established the Sabie Game Reserve between Sabie and Crocodile Rivers, designating it a controlled hunting area. In 1926, the neighbouring Shingwedzi Game Reserve and a number of private farms were assimilated into the Sabie Game Reserve, whose name was then changed to Kruger National Park. The park was opened to the general public in 1927. In 2002, Kruger National Park became part of ‘The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park’ together with Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.

Today, you will be heading off on a full-day safari in the south-western part of Kruger National Park. This area is said to be the most beautiful part of the park thanks to the spectacular granite mountains – also known as ‘kopjes’ – that rise proudly above the bush landscape. The area also features dense patches of acacia trees, reeds, mulberry and fig trees, as well as flowering species including the delightful red-orange coral trees.

You will be leaving early in the morning, as this is the time when the animals are most active in their search/hunt for food. Kruger National Pak is home to a wide range of animals, including elephants, impala, hippopotamuses, giraffes, rhinoceroses, buffalo, zebras, gnus, kudus, waterbucks, baboons, Sykes’ monkeys, leopards and some smaller predators. The park is actually home to a total of 147 species of mammal and 114 different reptiles. The birdlife, too, is amazing, comprising no fewer than 517 species, including hornbills, beautiful and colourful European bee-eaters, bustards and saddle-billed storks, which are usually easiest to spot by the watering holes. While you keep your eyes peeled, your experienced guide will talk about the local animals and nature.

You will return to the lodge at the end of the day – almost certainly with a camera packed with wonderful photos!

Overnight stay Nkambeni Safari Tented Camp ***

Day 4: Bush Walk and Game Drive with Bush Braai

After breakfast, it is time for a truly extraordinary experience: a bush walk accompanied by two experienced rangers who have been trained specifically for bush walks. One leads the way while the other brings up the rear – and both carry rifles, just in case. They will lead you out into the bush and teach you how to read Mother Nature’s signals by smelling, listening, scouting and observing. They will also talk to you about the various animals’ behaviour, and explain how to identify them by their tracks. You may be lucky enough to see some elephants, rhinoceroses or lions, or perhaps some of the many prey animals in the park, as well as some of the smaller animals that are hard to spot from the safari vehicles. Not permitted for children under the age of 12.

In the afternoon, you will be taken on a game drive where you can experience the animals in the soft light of the sunset. It is quite a sight to watch the animals in their natural habitat as dusk falls. Not permitted for children under the age of 6.

You will then be driven to an open camp where a bush braai (BBQ) awaits, consisting of meat, vegetables and salad served under the open African sky. On arrival, you will instantly note the charming ambience with the lit lanterns and the open fire. Take time to enjoy the evening and the numerous animal noises from the bush before returning to Nkambeni Safari Camp for the night. Make sure to bring a pullover with you, as it can turn quite cold after sundown.

Overnight stay Nkambeni Safari Tented Camp ***

Day 5: Full-day excursion to the Drakensberg Mountains and Bourke's Luck Potholes

Today is given over to a beautifully scenic full-day trip along the Panorama Route through the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains. The mountains themselves are red, and form a magnificent contrast to the green trees and plants. On the trip, you will experience the breath-taking Blyde River Canyon. Measuring 700 m deep and 60 km long, it is the third-largest canyon in the world. You will stop at the three best vantage points along the canyon: God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and The Three Rondavels – three beautiful and remarkable rock formations whose shape calls to mind the round huts previously to be found in local villages in many parts of southern Africa. The Panorama Route will also take you past a number of waterfalls, and you will have the chance to stop to admire one of them. This could, for example, be the Berlin Falls, where the water cascades down into a lake from a height of 150 metres. Or you may stop at the Lisbon Falls, located where the Blyde river splits in two and then drops 92 metres down an almost vertical cliff, before coming together to form a single river once more. There are many other waterfalls, however, and your guide will decide where you stop. One of the most spectacular sights you will see during the day is sure to be the Bourke’s Luck Potholes – cylindrical holes carved into the rocks by the action of water and sand over thousands of years. You can see this amazing natural phenomenon right up close from bridges built over the peculiar holes.

Overnight stay Nkambeni Safari Tented Camp ***

Day 6: The day is yours to do with as you wish

Today is yours to do with as you wish: relax by the pool or go on one of our extra excursions, which are described in more detail below:

Overnight stay Nkambeni Safari Tented Camp ***

Day 7: Visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Khamai Reptile Centre

Today, you will be visiting Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Khamai Reptile Centre.

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a South African centre for wild animals that have been abandoned, injured or poisoned. The centre was founded by the businessman Johan Strijdom in 1991, and is currently run by Brian Jones. Brian has been looking after and helping injured and orphaned animals since he was four years old, and therefore brings remarkable knowledge and experience to the facility. The centre is home to a variety of animals, including lions, leopards, serval, lynxes, badgers, wild dogs, eagles and vultures.

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre works hard to release as many animals as possible back into the wild, and has even managed to set up a successful breeding project. Having bred and released more than 160 animals back into the wild, the centre has received reports that some of the lionesses have mated with wild males.

The philosophy behind the centre is that knowledge must be shared if wildlife is to be saved. You will therefore be given a guided tour where you can learn more about the animals and their stories, and about the challenges associated with the preservation and protection of the animals’ habitats.

Khamai Reptile Centre

Owned by Donald Strydom, Khamai Reptile Centre is a preservation centre for reptiles and amphibians in South Africa. The centre combines education and research in order to save and protect these creatures. The members of the dedicated team believe that knowledge is one of the most important tools in the field of conservation, so you will be given an introduction to the work of the centre and find out more about the numerous species of animal here, including crocodiles, lizards, snakes, frogs, chameleons, tortoises and spiders.

Overnight stay Nkambeni Safari Tented Camp ***

Day 8: Full-day safari in Kruger National Park

After breakfast, your guide will take you on a full-day safari in Kruger National Park. You will drive out onto the giant grassy plains where you can see large herds of antelopes and other prey which attract predators such as lions and leopards, hungry for an early morning meal. Don’t forget your camera!

Late in the afternoon, you should be able to see elephants, buffalo, zebras and giraffes making their way to the watering holes to drink.

If you are lucky, you could come home with photos of the Big Five – a well-known term dating back to the heyday of big game hunting in Africa. The Big Five are the five species of African animal considered to be the hardest – and the most dangerous – to bag: buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhinoceros.

Overnight stay Nkambeni Safari Tented Camp ***

Day 9: Return flight

You will be picked up from the camp and driven to Johannesburg airport to catch your flight to the UK, which will include connecting flights along the way.

Day 10: Return trip

Arrive safely back in the UK after a holiday packed with wonderful experiences.

Combine your safari with nature, city or seaside

4 days/3 nights | Victoria Falls

Price:
Per person in double room: + £750
Per child u/12 years: + £350
Single room supplement: + £245

Victoria Falls is considered one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls. The waterfall is not only one of the most dramatic and impressive natural wonders around, it is also set within a fabulous location surrounded by the tropical landscape of Africa.

The days at Victoria Falls are at your own leisure.

The stay includes breakfast.

Below you can see a selection of optional tours possible:

Overnight stay David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa ****

5 days/4 nights | Cape Town

Price:
Per person in double room: + £470 
Per child u/12 years: + £330
Single room supplement: + £180

Cape Town has an impressive location at the foot of Table Mountain and a beautiful waterfront out to the Atlantic. Trendy cafes and restaurants, combined with a relaxed atmosphere, markets and exciting attractions make Cape Town a fascinating city where shopping, relaxation and excursions which can all be found and combined.

The days in Cape Town are at your own leisure.

The stay includes breakfast.

Below you can see a selection of optional tours possible:

Overnight stay Premier Hotel Cape Manor ****

6 days/5 nights | Mauritius for adults

Price:
Per person in double room: + £1190
Single room supplement: + £195

The tropical island of Mauritius is one of the most exclusive and fascinating islands in the Indian Ocean. With its delightful climate and friendly population, this little slice of paradise is the perfect setting for an exotic holiday. The island is typically associated with relaxation and romance, but it is also ideal for everyone who loves gastronomic treats, water sports and beautiful countryside. Mauritius is ringed with beautiful beaches lined with swaying palm trees, crystal clear water and brightly coloured coral reefs. The landscape features lush forests, fields of sugar cane, tall mountains, roaring waterfalls and dramatic stretches of coast dotted with small lagoons. The capital, Port Louis, is home to a variety of fine shops and fascinating museums.

The days on Mauritius are yours to do with as you wish.

The stay includes half board.

Overnight stay Hotel Veranda Paul & Virginie ****

Following upgrades are possible:

6 days/5 nights | Mauritius for families with children

Price:
Per person in double room: + £1190
Per child u/12 years: + £930
Single room supplement: + £326

The tropical island of Mauritius is one of the most fascinating islands in the Indian Ocean and an absolute gem if you are travelling with children. The climate is pleasant all year round, and the local people are remarkably friendly and accommodating. The island is surrounded by crystal clear water and beautiful, child-friendly beaches that are protected by a brightly coloured coral reef – making this the perfect place to go snorkelling. Mauritius is blessed with magnificent countryside featuring lush forests, small lagoons and waterfalls that crash down the mountainsides.

The island is ideal for all the family, and there are all kinds of things to see and do both on land and on the water. For example, just 8 km from Flic-en-Flac beach, you will find Casela Nature Park, where you can see giant tortoises, zebras, lions, giraffes, apes and 1,500 birds. You can also try riding a Segway, walk along rope bridges and much more besides.

The days on Mauritius are yours to do with as you wish.

The stay includes half board.

Overnight stay Anelia Resort & Spa ****

Following upgrades are possible:

Highlights of this trip:

Kruger National Park, bush braai under the African sky, the Drakensberg Mountains, Blyde River, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, God’s Window, The Three Rondavels, Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Khamai Reptile Centre.

The package includes the following

  • Flights from the UK to Johannesburg incl. transfer
  • Local, English-speaking guide/driver
  • 7 nights half-board at Nkambeni Safari Tented Camp in Kruger National Park
  • National park fees
  • Flights from Johannesburg to the UK incl. transfer
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout the trip
  • Departure guarantee – the trip will take place regardless of the number of participants

The following excursions are included:

  • Sunset Game Drive including ‘sundowner’
  • 2 full-day safari trips
  • Bush walk with highly experienced rangers
  • Half-day safari, followed by bush braai under the African sky
  • Full-day trip along the Panorama Route through the Drakenberg Mountains
  • Visit to Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and Khamai Reptile Centre

Single room supplement £105

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