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Transfer to Kruger National Park - Afternoon Safari Drive - Check into River Lodge
You will be picked up and leave Johannesburg in a 7 seater air-conditioned microbus with our experienced Kruger Park guide. You'll travel East across the Highveld farmlands and down into the Lowveld city of Nelspruit/Mbombela, capital of Mpumalanga province. After a lunch break, enter Southern Kruger Park for your first exciting game drive. You'll travel through lightly wooded bushveld where you can expect to see antelope, giraffe and possibly elephant. Before sunset, you will travel a short distance to Sabie River Bush Lodge, where we stay overnight. You will be booked into a lodge room or en-suite safari tent with air-conditioning and modern furnishings. You will have time to relax on the deck, looking across the extensive Sabie River, hoping to see some hippos or crocodile. Your guide will arrange dinner in the Gecko Lapa restaurant which is a 3 course meal. WiFi is available so you can keep in touch with family and friends.
Full Day Game Drives in Kruger National Park - return to River Lodge
Have an early start with a quick cup of coffee, board the safari vehicle then head into Kruger Park for your sunrise game drive. Travel through bushveld areas and probably along the river looking for Big 5 species (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). The Sabie River with its huge trees is a dominant feature of southern Kruger and travelling along the banks can be very exciting. After about 3 hours, stop at a Camp where your guide will provide breakfast packs and allow you time to relax. Continue on the mid-morning drive including any top sightings reported for the day. Around lunchtime, stop for refreshments, browse in the curio shop then continue with the afternoon drive which terminates back at Sabie River Bush Lodge. Time for a swim or just relax, then enjoy sundowners on the deck overlooking the Sabie River with one of the best photo opportunities "on Safari in Africa". Join your guide for dinner in the restaurant with a varied menu and listen to the hippos in the river.
Transit Safari Drive via Central Kruger Park - Proceed to Private Game Lodge near Hoedspruit
You will depart on another memorable early morning game drive to look for elusive species such as leopard, often found in trees. Travel north towards the open plains of Central Kruger National Park & stop for breakfast at Satara Camp. Exit the Park and proceed to a Private Safari Lodge near Hoedspruit. You can expect to find personalised service and a great bush atmosphere - book into an en-suite chalet / African Safari Tent with air-conditioning. Time to freshen up and then enjoy lunch in the garden. At approximately 16h00 after a quick swim or an afternoon of relaxation, board the safari vehicle for an evening game drive stopping en-route for "sundowners ". Return to the lodge for drinks and dinner often served around a campfire. Overnight whilst listening to hyena or other nocturnal animals which all adds to a memorable experience.
Sunrise Game Drive - sightseeing at Blyde River Canyon – check into hotel near Hazyview
You'll join the armed ranger for an early morning game drive and it’s an excellent time for bird watching. Return to the lodge and join other guests for a delicious breakfast before departure. The rest of the day is devoted to sightseeing as you travel via Valley of the Olifants towards the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. Visit 3 Rondawels then proceed along the Panorama route stopping at viewpoints and a waterfall. Browse around Ethnic markets for curios. Drive down Kowyns Pass to Hazyview and book into your 4 star hotel for dinner and overnight.
Relaxing morning - Return Transfer to Johannesburg arriving by 16h00
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and don’t forget some final photos. Leave Hazyview for the return journey travelling past pine forests and sub-tropical orchards to Nelspruit/Mbombela, then back up to the Highveld.
Arrive in Johannesburg at O R Tambo Airport or nearby hotels by 16h00. Please allow 1.5 hours connecting time for local flights or 3.0 hours for international flights.
- Main Destination:
- Johannesburg (City)
- No accommodation (End of tour)
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