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South Africa Wildlife Explorer

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Immerse yourself in two of the best private game reserves in South Africa, where you will experience six consecutive days of safari getting up close and personal with vibrant wildlife in company of experienced trackers. Enjoy the quintessential safari experience in Thornybush Private Game Reserve and Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, with days viewing the abundant game by vehicle and evenings spent around the camp fire.

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Risk-Free Booking Guarantee included in all our trips. Accommodations and meals as noted in the detailed itinerary. Game drives and park entry fees. Exclusive use of 4×4 custom land cruisers with private wildlife guide. Additional pricing information.

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Visa* (check before traveling), vaccines, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what’s included. Our team will assist you with the application process prior to your departure.

Day One: Arrival Into Johannesburg

Upon arrival to Johannesburg, you will be welcomed by an Odyssey Safaris representative holding a sign with your name on it as you clear customs. You will be assisted with your bags and be taken to your hotel to spend the rest of the day at leisure before embarking on the adventure ahead.

Destination: Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg is the place to go to mix big-city culture, shopping, dining and nightlife with outdoor adventures, up-close wildlife encounters and visits to historical sites. Explore caves and nature reserves, or visit a traditional village by day, then enjoy dinner at a hip cafe or five-star restaurant. And if you’re a shopper, bring an extra, empty suitcase. With malls, open-air markets and places that blend the two, you’ll find plenty of unique souvenirs.

Overnight: The Peech Hotel

Set amid two acres of lush landscaped gardens, The Peech Hotel is a purposefully designed boutique hotel located in the desirable residential neighbourhood of Melrose. Centrally located, while still being a calm and tranquil escape from the busy nearby hubs of Sandton, Rosebank and Melrose Arch. The Peech was described by Condé Nast Traveller as “Contemporary, edgy and Afrocentric”, and has been nominated as South Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel for the last six consecutive years.

Day Two: Johannesburg – Hoedspruit – Thornybush Private Game Reserve

After breakfast, make your way back to the airport to board your direct one hour flight into Hoedspruit. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Odyssey Safaris representative and make your way to your lodge in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve. Approximate travel time is one hour. After getting yourself settled into your lodge, head out into the incredible African wilderness alongside a ranger and tracker. No safari trip is complete without intense game viewing adventures. At Thornybush, you will traverse throughout this private reserve to witness a near unimaginable range of animal life. The Big 5 are only a few of the incredible fauna you will witness throughout your trip; be sure to have your camera ready for action! After a few hours out on the plains, you will be returned to your camp to freshen up for a culinary experience you won’t be soon to forget; a delicious, freshly-prepared meal enjoyed under the evening African sky.

two lion cubs

Destination: Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Thornybush Private Game Reserve, also known as Thornybush Private Nature Reserve is located adjacent to Kruger Park in South Africa and forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Home to the Big Five and a variety of other African wildlife species, it has a near perfect year round climate, making Thornybush a perfect destination for a South Africa safari adventure.

Overnight: Thornybush Jackalberry Lodge

There’s just something about Jackalberry’s location that makes you happy to sit back, listen to the sounds of the bush on a quiet afternoon and watch the light slowly change on the northern escarpment of the Drankensberg mountain range. Overlook a nearby waterhole often visited by elephants and antelope, guests can enjoy wildlife sightings, without having to leave the comfort of the main area.

Day Three: Exploring Thornybush Private Game Reserve

The day begins as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. Depart in an open 4×4 vehicle with your ranger and tracker to learn more about the bush while observing its many inhabitants. Where possible, you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine individual plants and follow spoors. Hunt for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night and track them down, snapping photos along the way before returning to your lodge for an outstanding and aromatic breakfast. Continue your adventure here at Thornybush with an action packed afternoon game drive. The small rolling hills of the reserve set a picturesque backdrop to view a diverse number of species in the undisturbed wilderness. Since 1955, the reserve has been a nature lover’s paradise. You will be out exploring for a few hours before returning to freshen up for dinner.

two lion cubs

Destination: Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Thornybush Private Game Reserve, also known as Thornybush Private Nature Reserve is located adjacent to Kruger Park in South Africa and forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Home to the Big Five and a variety of other African wildlife species, it has a near perfect year round climate, making Thornybush a perfect destination for a South Africa safari adventure.

Overnight: Thornybush Jackalberry Lodge

There’s just something about Jackalberry’s location that makes you happy to sit back, listen to the sounds of the bush on a quiet afternoon and watch the light slowly change on the northern escarpment of the Drankensberg mountain range. Overlook a nearby waterhole often visited by elephants and antelope, guests can enjoy wildlife sightings, without having to leave the comfort of the main area.

Day Four: Exploring Thornybush Private Game Reserve (Cont.)

Before the blistering sun takes its place high in the African sky make use of the opportunity to discover even more wild game. First thing in the morning, depart to discover the animals of Thornybush, home to herds of trumpeting elephants that gently wander through the savannah. As in the day before, you will be returned to your lodge after a few hours of game viewing to enjoy a complete and hearty breakfast. Bush walks afford the chance to see some of the smaller wildlife of the area, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the localized flora and fauna of the region, that is often overlooked or underappreciated on proper game drives. Shangaan trackers will captivate you with insights to the historic medicinal practices and other uses of the many plants and trees unique to the region, complimented with traditional folklore tales. Under their guidance, you will have an opportunity to follow and understand the tracking processes in further detail while learning just some of fascinating history of the peoples who have lived here for centuries.

herd of zebra

Destination: Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Thornybush Private Game Reserve, also known as Thornybush Private Nature Reserve is located adjacent to Kruger Park in South Africa and forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Home to the Big Five and a variety of other African wildlife species, it has a near perfect year round climate, making Thornybush a perfect destination for a South Africa safari adventure.

Overnight: Thornybush Jackalberry Lodge

There’s just something about Jackalberry’s location that makes you happy to sit back, listen to the sounds of the bush on a quiet afternoon and watch the light slowly change on the northern escarpment of the Drankensberg mountain range. Overlook a nearby waterhole often visited by elephants and antelope, guests can enjoy wildlife sightings, without having to leave the comfort of the main area.

Day Five: Thornybush – Sabi Sands

Transfer from Thornybush to your lodge in Sabi Sands with a private driver and vehicle. Travel time will vary based on your departing and arrival lodge. Approximate transfer time is three to four hours. Spectacular, untamed and coveted by outdoor enthusiasts, Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve is revered for good reason; it is one of the best locations in the world to spot game, including the Big 5. On the Sabi, massive elephants roam as families, black and white Rhinoceros graze the grasslands, Cape buffalo cautiously track along riverbeds, leopard’s prowl, and lions roar. Discover this unbound land for yourself as you head out on your first afternoon game drive alongside your ranger, tracker and other guests of the lodge. Explore this incredible land for a few hours with a camera in hand, gaining insights into the region as the sun sets. Before long you will find yourself back at the lodge, just in time to prepare for an outstanding safari dinner under the stars.

lion with lioness

Destination: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

The Sabi Sand is a privately owned game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park, and together the two areas make up some of South Africa’s most incredible and pristine land. It is known for delivering consistently rewarding Big 5 game viewing and is considered one of the best safari areas in the country. On any given day, the thousands of animals that live in the Greater Kruger area are free to wander as they have for centuries, thrilling wildlife lovers with incredible sightings and gorgeous photographs.

Overnight: Notten’s Bush Camp

As one of the original game lodges in South Africa, Notten’s Bush Camp offers a truly authentic African safari experience. It is a destination that captures the true meaning of being in the bush. With limited electrical lighting, a magical atmosphere is created. Surrounded by candlelight and lanterns at night capturing a warm and enchanting spirit of what the bush is meant to be. Splendid panoramic views, Notten’s is the perfect place for peace and relaxation while watching wildlife meander past.

Day Six: Exploring Sabi Sands

Before first light, gear up and head out to further explore Sabi Sands. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active; in particular, herds of elephants roam the expanses of the Sabi in the morning hours as the glow of dawn radiates. Although the largest living mammal is well-known to most, there is nothing quite like seeing a herd of up to a hundred elephants freely wandering through the open plains; it is sight few people will get to enjoy and that none will forget. After a few hours out in the reserve you will be returned to your lodge for breakfast to enjoy a satisfying and well-earned breakfast.

With the afternoon in full-swing, it is time to head out on an open 4×4 vehicle for another afternoon of game viewing. With the sweltering sun on the decline, nocturnal animals begin their nightly routines. Along well-marked roads or entirely off the beaten path, your tracker will bring you into the heart of the Sabi in search of both predator and prey. On the trail of the king of jungle, perhaps you will be fortunate enough to witness a pride on the hunt. Sit back and relax, always with a hand ready for to snap photos of your favorite animals, as you explore the land for a few hours before returning to camp to freshen up ahead of another incredible dinner.

elephant on grass

Destination: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

The Sabi Sand is a privately owned game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park, and together the two areas make up some of South Africa’s most incredible and pristine land. It is known for delivering consistently rewarding Big 5 game viewing and is considered one of the best safari areas in the country. On any given day, the thousands of animals that live in the Greater Kruger area are free to wander as they have for centuries, thrilling wildlife lovers with incredible sightings and gorgeous photographs.

Overnight: Notten’s Bush Camp

As one of the original game lodges in South Africa, Notten’s Bush Camp offers a truly authentic African safari experience. It is a destination that captures the true meaning of being in the bush. With limited electrical lighting, a magical atmosphere is created. Surrounded by candlelight and lanterns at night capturing a warm and enchanting spirit of what the bush is meant to be. Splendid panoramic views, Notten’s is the perfect place for peace and relaxation while watching wildlife meander past.

Day Seven: Exploring Sabi Sands (Cont.)

As in mornings past, you will rise before the sun to explore the African savannah to head out on another game drive. Sabi Sands is the oldest private game reserve in South Africa. Named for the Sand and Sabie rivers that run through the reserve, it is home to many endangered species such as the wild dog, honey badger, ground hornbill and the oxpecker. Who knows what rare animals you will spot today as you explore the Sabi reserve ahead of another exceptional breakfast?

Night game drives allow you to observe nocturnal animals that are typically absent during the day, and a host of daylight animals which behave quite differently under the cover of darkness. Setting out as the sun sets, you may spot leopards in particular, and with a bit of luck, encounter these predators while on the hunt. During evening drives, trackers employ a powerful spotlight to search for and showcase predators and prey alike. Lions, African civets, honey badgers, aardvarks, bat-eared foxes, mongooses, genet cats and nocturnal birds like owls and nightjars are just some of the wildlife fortunate guests may spot this evening under the starlit African sky.

elephant on grass

Destination: Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

The Sabi Sand is a privately owned game reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park, and together the two areas make up some of South Africa’s most incredible and pristine land. It is known for delivering consistently rewarding Big 5 game viewing and is considered one of the best safari areas in the country. On any given day, the thousands of animals that live in the Greater Kruger area are free to wander as they have for centuries, thrilling wildlife lovers with incredible sightings and gorgeous photographs.

Overnight: Notten’s Bush Camp

As one of the original game lodges in South Africa, Notten’s Bush Camp offers a truly authentic African safari experience. It is a destination that captures the true meaning of being in the bush. With limited electrical lighting, a magical atmosphere is created. Surrounded by candlelight and lanterns at night capturing a warm and enchanting spirit of what the bush is meant to be. Splendid panoramic views, Notten’s is the perfect place for peace and relaxation while watching wildlife meander past.

Day Eight: Sabi Sands – Skukuza – Johannesburg

Transfer from Notten’s Bush Camp in Sabi Sands to Skukuza Airport. Approximate travel time is one hour. Board a flight at Skukuza Airport with direct service to Johannesburg. Approximate flight time is one hour. Connect with your international flight home.

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