Bonsai-SA 4x4 Adventures and Tours

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Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

Arrival (See Getting There for more details)

  • A transfer from the airport is not included. You can use a taxi, request your hotel to arrange a transfer or prearrange a transfer yourself.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1

Arrive in Pretoria, meet your guide and drive in convoy to Marakele NP

Arrive in Pretoria, meet your guide and drive in convoy to Marakele NP

You will have the opportunity to buy your favourite snacks for lunch. You will stay in the Bontle Rest Camp in a safari tent. The tent has an air-conditioner, 2-plate stove, braai area, en-suite bathroom with shower, microwave, fridge and a kitchenette with utensils. It is no coincidence that bontle means "beautiful” in Setswana. This pleasant rest camp has unobstructed views of the unspoiled bush and mountain. You will prepare your own food on an open fire under the stars, locally called a “braai” or you can use the kitchenette.

The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, as its Tswana name suggests, has become a "place of sanctuary" for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry Western and moister Eastern regions of South Africa.

Please note: Refer to our company profile for a summary of the benefits of driving your own vehicle. A quotation for the rental of your vehicle will be provided separately.

Main Destination:
Marakele National Park (Waterberg Biosphere Reserve)
Best Time To Visit May to September (Dry season)
High Season Never (The park is little visited)
Best Weather Apr-May and Sep-Oct (Mild weather and little rain)

Wildlife in Marakele NP

GiraffeCommon
ZebraCommon
ElephantOccasional
Wild DogOccasional
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HippoOccasional
LionRare
BuffaloVery Rare
HyenaRare
Accommodation:
Bontle Rest Camp
  • Mid-range tented camp located inside Marakele NP (Waterberg Biosphere Reserve)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 2

Explore Marakele NP

Explore Marakele NP

You will start your day by joining a professional guide for a sunrise drive in an open game-drive vehicle. After a light self-prepared breakfast, we will explore the park and drive up the mountain pass to the Lenong lookout point for an incredible view near the Cape vulture colony. Take along your favorite snacks for the day as there will be no formal stops for lunch.

You will prepare your own food on an open fire under the stars, locally called a “braai” or you can use the kitchenette.

You will drive your own 4x4 vehicle when we drive up the mountain pass.

Main Destination:
Marakele National Park (Waterberg Biosphere Reserve)
Accommodation:
Bontle Rest Camp
  • Mid-range tented camp located inside Marakele NP (Waterberg Biosphere Reserve)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 3

Marakele NP to Mapungubwe NP

Marakele NP to Mapungubwe NP

After a light self-prepared breakfast, we depart for Mapungubwe National Park where we will stay in cottages.

The cottages are in Mapungubwe’s main camp, located in the Eastern section of the park. It is 11km from the main gate, in the spectacular sandstone hills. The cottage has an air-conditioner, stove, braai area, en-suite bathroom with shower, microwave and fridge in an open plan kitchen with utensils. Close to the camp, guests can enjoy the Treetop Hide and the Confluence View Site & Picnic Area. The camp itself has a swimming pool and sundeck, as well as a central braai area.

You will drive your own 4x4 vehicle.

By now, you will be well rehearsed in preparing food in the spirit of the “bygone pioneers”.

Main Destination:
Mapungubwe National Park
Best Time To Visit May to September (Winter)
High Season Never (The park never gets busy)
Best Weather March to May (Fresh after rains, mild temperatures)

Wildlife in Mapungubwe NP

ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
ZebraCommon
HippoOccasional
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LionVery Rare
CheetahVery Rare
HyenaRare
Wild DogVery Rare
Accommodation:
Leokwe Rest Camp
  • Mid-range rest camp located inside Mapungubwe NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 4

Explore Mapungubwe NP

Explore Mapungubwe NP

After a self-prepared breakfast, you join a guided Heritage Tour. As part of the tour, you will visit the elite graveyard at the top of Mapungubwe Hill, view a natural amphitheatre and the entire spectrum of the region, and traverse the territory once walked upon by the ancestral Mapungubwe people - now roamed by 4 of the Big 5. The Museum Tour is at the centre which is home to the famous Golden Rhino. Take along your favorite snacks for the day as there will be no formal stops for lunch.

The park is well known for the famous baobab trees growing in the region. All baobabs are deciduous trees ranging in height from 5 to 20m. The baobab tree is a strange-looking tree that grows in low-lying areas in Africa and Australia. They can grow to enormous sizes and carbon dating indicates that they may live to be 3,000 years old.

You will drive your own 4x4 vehicle.

By now you will be well rehearsed in preparing food in the spirit of the “bygone pioneers”.

Main Destination:
Mapungubwe National Park
Accommodation:
Leokwe Rest Camp
  • Mid-range rest camp located inside Mapungubwe NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 5

Mapungubwe NP to Kruger NP

Mapungubwe NP to Kruger NP

After a sunrise drive and self-prepared breakfast, we proceed to Punda Maria Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park via Crook's Corner and a fever tree forest.

Where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuse with historical and archaeological sights - this is real Africa. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks among the best in Africa.

Punda Maria lies in the northernmost part of the Kruger National Park. The camp is situated in the Sandveld region which is often described as the botanical garden of the Kruger National Park. There are numerous plant species which occur that are unique to the area. Game species most likely to be sighted include impala, zebra, buffalo, elephant, eland and sable and the area is a bird paradise. We stay in fully equipped bungalows.

Tonight you have the choice of preparing your own food or spoiling yourself by visiting the on-site restaurant.

Main Destination:
Northern Kruger National Park
Best Time To Visit May to September (Dry season)
High Season December to January and July to August
Best Weather Apr-May and Sep-Oct (Mild and little rain)

Wildlife in Kruger NP

ElephantCommon
GiraffeCommon
BuffaloCommon
ZebraAbundant
HippoCommon
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HyenaCommon
White RhinoOccasional
LionOccasional
Black RhinoVery Rare
Wild DogVery Rare
Accommodation:
Punda Maria Rest Camp
  • Mid-range rest camp located inside Northern Kruger NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 6

Explore the area around Punda Maria

Explore the area around Punda Maria

The northern section of the Kruger NP is an area of unique biodiversity. It's one of the few places where fever tree forests grow alongside forests of giant baobabs. Today you explore the area around Punda Maria on your own. Be on the lookout for animals behind bushes and around corners. Who knows, maybe you see more than the big 5 today.

The camp is situated in the Sandveld region, often described as the botanical garden of the Kruger National Park. There are numerous plant species which occur that are unique to the area. Game species most likely to be sighted include impala, zebra, buffalo, elephant, eland and sable and the area is a bird paradise.

Late afternoon you join a sunset game drive with a professional field guide in and open game viewing vehicle. It is a perfect time for game viewing. As the evening approaches all the nocturnal animals become active, and you can experience a truly amazing African sunset.

Main Destination:
Northern Kruger National Park
Accommodation:
Punda Maria Rest Camp
  • Mid-range rest camp located inside Northern Kruger NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 7

Punda Maria to Phalaborwa Gate

Punda Maria to Phalaborwa Gate

After breakfast at the Punda Maria Rest Camp, we proceed to Phalaborwa Gate. We will visit the Mopani Rest Camp where you can buy lunch at the restaurant. Tonight will be a special treat. The Sable Sleepover Hide, situated approximately 10km from the Phalaborwa Gate, is a unique accommodation facility where guests can feel part of nature.

A bird hide by day, it transforms into a basic overnight dwelling by night, where a select few can experience the Kruger National Park nightlife firsthand. The hide overlooks the Sable Dam where an abundance of animals gather to drink. Hear the lion roar and the hippo grunt meters away from where you are sleeping and know this is a true African experience. Toilets with water are available but no shower/bath facilities. There is also no electricity at the hide.

You can either buy already prepared food in Phalaborwa for tonight or you can prepare your own food on an open fire at the hide.

Main Destination:
Central Kruger National Park
Accommodation:
Sable Dam Hide
  • Budget bush camp located inside Northern Kruger NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 8

Phalaborwa Gate to Satara Rest Camp

Phalaborwa Gate to Satara Rest Camp

We depart early for the Satara Rest Camp. We will visit the Olifants Rest Camp where you can buy yourself breakfast at the restaurant.

Satara is a busy camp, and not without reason. It is situated in an excellent game-viewing area, with the bush relatively open and the animals plentiful and diverse. The bungalow you will stay in is fully equipped.

The camp itself has a rustic charm, with the bulk of the accommodation set out in a series of circles. Satara is well-wooded and the birdlife is prolific. At night, the clink of fruit bats is fused with the chirping of cicadas and crickets. The calls of owls and nightjars add to the symphony that is punctuated intermittently by the whoop of hyenas, the screech of jackals and the roars of lions.

Tonight you have the choice of preparing your own food or spoiling yourself by visiting the on-site restaurant.

Main Destination:
Central Kruger National Park
Accommodation:
Satara Rest Camp
  • Mid-range rest camp located inside Central Kruger NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 9

Satara to Berg-en-Dal

Satara to Berg-en-Dal

After joining a sunrise drive and having breakfast (prepared by yourself or at the restaurant), we depart for Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp.

Berg-en-Dal is situated on the bank of the Matjulu Spruit with a view of softly undulating hills to the east.

On the northern and southern sides dry riverbeds and a dam border the camp. There are large trees along the streams and dry riverbeds. Special care has been taken to preserve the natural vegetation in the camp. Berg-en-Dal is also the only camp set in a rugged mountain environment. Bungalows are equipped with en-suite bathrooms (showers, no baths) and air-conditioning. Kitchenettes have hotplates and sinks.

Tonight you have the choice of preparing your own food or spoiling yourself by visiting the on-site restaurant.

Main Destination:
Southern Kruger National Park
Accommodation:
Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp
  • Mid-range rest camp located inside Southern Kruger NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 10

Explore the Berg-en-Dal area

Explore the Berg-en-Dal area

Join a guided morning walk. Experienced (and armed) guides share their knowledge of the fauna and flora to explain natural wonders. The walks are relaxed and don’t take longer than a few hours, so no over-exhaustion will take place.

Two armed field guides accompany you on the walk to ensure your safety, they will focus on the things that you will usually not be able to see from a vehicle. By being out on foot you cover an area more intensely and you can experience nature using all of your senses. If there is any large game in the area you are more than likely able to encounter them and have an exhilarating experience of approaching them on foot.

Late afternoon you join a sunset game drive with a professional field guide in and open game viewing vehicle. It is a perfect time for game viewing. As the evening approaches all the nocturnal animals become active, and you can experience a truly amazing African sunset.

Main Destination:
Southern Kruger National Park
Accommodation:
Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp
  • Mid-range rest camp located inside Southern Kruger NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

Day 11

Berg-en-Dal to your next destination

Berg-en-Dal to your next destination

As our time together draws to a close, we say goodbye to our new friends and head back home. You will continue your journey to your next destination on your own, whenever you feel ready to leave. We hope that you will cherish the unforgettable memories you have made during your time with us and that you will have plenty of beautiful photos to share with your loved ones and friends.

Main Destination:
No major destination visited
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Meals at own expense
  • Drinks not included

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • A transfer back to the airport is not included. You can use a taxi, request your hotel to arrange a transfer or prearrange a transfer yourself.

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