“This action packed private itinerary takes you from city to bush exploring the world renown Kruger National Park. Whether you are searching for the Big Five or taking in the breathtaking vistas and vibrant landscapes, this trip is the perfect way to get the most out of your time in South Africa. “

Seasonal Prices

January – December

Two Travelers: $4,099 Per Person

Four Travelers: $3,635 Per Person

Six Travelers: $3,405 Per Person

Eight Travelers: $3,345 Per Person

Single supplement: $500

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Destination

Location

South Africa

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Tour Type

Private Safari

Time

Duration

8 Days

Calendar

Departure Dates

At  your discretion!

airfare

International Airfare

Not included

Group

Max people

18

Summary of Wildlife:  Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Eland, Kudu, Thompsons Gazelle, Topi, Ostrich, 400+ species of birds
What’s Included
All accommodation
Round trip flights Johannesburg – Kruger NP
Game drives in Kruger
Meals as noted (3 meals daily on safari (B,L,D)
All national park and conservation fees
All transportation including airport transfers
Complimentary bottled water daily
Enrollment in AMREF emergency air evacuation
 What’s not Included
Visas
International flights
Driver/guide/cook/porter gratuities
Telephone bills, laundry, and any items of a personal nature
Cost associated with activities not listed on the itinerary
Travel insurance service

DETAILED ITINERARY

Kruger Explorer Safari


Day One – Depart Home

Depart from your airport en-route to Johannesburg


Day Two – Arrive Johannesburg & Soweto Tour

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Meet and greet at the OR Tambo Airport. Our guide will be waiting for you in the arrival hall carrying a banded sign board. You will then be escorted to a restaurant or coffee shop where while enjoying a complimentary juice or hot beverage our guide will explain in detail your itinerary and arrangements, he will give you all the advice you might need for your trip and will answer all questions you might have. He will hand over your travel documentation, maps and vouchers, and escort you to your onward transportation.

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Lunch

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Orientation tour of central Johannesburg. ‘The city never sleeps’ is an apt phrase to apply to downtown Johannesburg where a buzzy vibe exists no matter what time of day or night. The inner city is peppered with high rise office blocks and sky-scraping buildings that are comparable to other city centers around the world. The Carlton Centre is a 50-storey building that only just misses out in the world’s 100 tallest buildings list and has a wrap-around deck that offers superb 360 degree views. 11 Diagonal Street is another building that will catch your eye – standing 80 meters high and created to look like a diamond; it reflects views of the Central Business District from each angle and was designed by the world-famous architect Helmut Jahn. Ponte City Towers is a 54-storey residential skyscraper known for its hollow cylindrical design that affords its tenants spectacular views of Johannesburg.

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Get a taste of vibrant and gritty street life with a tour of Soweto. This township is located to the south-west of Johannesburg and is the biggest in the city, made famous for its role in the struggle against apartheid. Its roots trace back to the early days of gold mining when many migrant workers arrived in Johannesburg at the turn of the 20th century. As the ruling National Party tightened its hold on apartheid and forced black people out of white areas the township grew and today Soweto still supports close to 4-million people. Highlights of South Africa’s political history to be found in Soweto include the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial, honouring the student protests of 1976; Walter Sisulu Square, where the Freedom Charter was signed; Vilakazi Street whose former residents includes two Nobel Peace Prize winners; and the brightly coloured Soweto Towers.

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Dinner & Overnight: Faircity Quatermain Hotel (Standard Room – Bed and Breakfast)


Day Three – Johannesburg – Kruger

After breakfast you will depart for Kruger. Upon arrival you will be met by one of our guides who will transport you to Bongani Mountain Lodge.

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Ideally situated in the shadows of the Malelane mountain range on the 8,000 hectare Mthethomusha Private Game Reserve, the reserve is located on the southwestern border of the world renowned Kruger National Park. Leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo walk ancient paths once used by the San (Bushman) people. Over 250 San rock art paintings, estimated to be 1,500 years old, are found in the Reserve – the greatest concentration of rock art per square meter on earth. Bongani offers an unforgettable mountain safari with breathtaking views of the surrounding African bush. Experienced rangers and Swazi trackers at Bongani Mountain Lodge lead the guided game drives.

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Afternoon: Sit back and relax in an open safari vehicle as your experienced guide astounds you with his knowledge of the area and its animals. You may expect to experience the sights and sounds of the bush as you come into close contact with nature and the multitude of species of wildlife, reptiles and bird life. This beautiful game reserve in Mpumalanga provides guests with the opportunity to see, firsthand, a variety of mammal species that include the Big Five. Morning and afternoon drives coincide with the best game viewing times.

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Dinner & Overnight: Bongani Mountain Lodge


Day Four – Kruger Deep Dive

This morning we begin our adventure with a morning game drive. Sit back and relax in an open safari vehicle as your experienced guide astounds you with his knowledge of the area and its animals. You may expect to experience the sights and sounds of the bush as you come into close contact with nature and the multitude of species of wildlife, reptiles and birds.

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Upon returning to camp, enjoy a delicious meal with beautiful views of the natural surroundings and mountains. The food is wholesome and hearty and gets served by warm, friendly waiting staff.

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After lunch we head back into the bush in the search of more wildlife. This beautiful game reserve in Mpumalanga offers guests the opportunity to see, firsthand, a variety of mammal species that include the Big Five.

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Dinner & Overnight: Bongani Mountain Lodge


Day Five – Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve

Wake up and enjoy a warm breakfast before enjoying a morning 4×4 game drive. Upon your return, check out and begin the journey to your next destination, Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve.

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Upon arrival, check into Manyatta Rock Camp, situated in the Kwa Madwala Private Game Reserve. Watch the sun rise over the Lembobo Mountains to the east and in the evenings marvel at the orange glow of the sun as it sets again in the west. Enjoy the bush views in every direction and just listen to the stillness of this wonderful African wilderness. A cozy viewing lounge deck raised on stilts jutting out over the rocks provides a stunning spot for leisurely game viewing or a quiet moment to enjoy a sun-downer absorbing the special beauty that surrounds you.

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Enjoy a deliscious lunch at camp. Meals at Manyatta are delicious, wholesome, local South African cuisine and always offer a red and white meat choice at dinner. Dishes are well balanced, healthy and innovative satisfying the ever hungry appetite created by so much fresh air and adventure.

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After lunch, head out on a two hour afternoon safari which includes pre departure tea, fruit juice and cakes (traditional High Tea) as well as sun-downer drinks and snacks which are served in the bush while on the drive. The drives depart and traverse through the Kwa Madwala reserve focusing on large game, many other animals, birds, flora and fauna. Expect to get close to elephant, giraffe, warthogs, kudu, zebras and general game.

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Dinner And Overnight: Manyatta Rock Camp


Day Six – Makalali Conservancy

Wake up and enjoy a wonderful breakfast before embarking on a morning 4 x 4 game drive. The drives depart and traverse through the Kwa Madwala reserve focusing on large game, many other animals, birds, flora and fauna. Expect to get close to elephant, giraffe, warthogs, kudu, zebras and general game.

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Upon return, checkout and proceed en-route to Kruger (Makalali)

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Arrival and check at Makalali Conservancy. This unassuming sanctuary promises an intimate wildlife encounter in an unhurried environment. Activities include game drives, wilderness walks, sleep-outs, outdoor bush-baths and aromatherapy and reflexology sessions. Guests are encouraged to indulge in activities that will allow them to walk close to the animals, and thereby enhance their wildlife encounter.

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Enjoy a delicious lunch at your lodge. Makalali’s range of dishes features a combination of regional African cuisine to represent the ‘melting pot’ of cooking styles left behind by centuries of exploration on this great continent.

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After lunch, we continue our adventure with an afternoon game drive. Sit back and look forward to spotting the Big 5 (buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino), as well as the cheetah, wild dog, giraffe, zebra and kudu.

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Dinner & Overnight: Makalali Private Game Lodge


Day Seven – Karongwe Private Game Reserve

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, set out on a morning game drive to explore the bush one final time. Upon return, check out and embark towards your next destination.

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Check into Shilduli Private Game Reserve. It lies adjacent to the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve just 40 minutes due east of the Kruger National Park. This is the land of combretum and acacia thornveld, a land where bushveld reigns supreme and the city skyline is a thing only of the imagination; where sightings of major mammals such as giraffe, wildebeest, rhino and zebra are regular, and night visits by aardvark, bush babies, genets and porcupines a reality. The night skies are dark, peppered by a myriad stars, the Milky Way, and the calls of nocturnal birds. This is the wild as portrayed in postcards.

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Enjoy a wonderful lunch at the reserve. Against the backdrop of the grandiose Drakensberg Mountain Range lies Shiduli
Private Game Lodge. This “home away from home” experience lends itself to a perfect getaway, with children of all ages welcome.Shiduli embodies grace and elegance, yet oozes unsurpassed warmth and hospitality.

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After lunch, head into the bush for an afternoon game drive. Traversing over 9000 hectares of supreme and diverse vegetation, with its three perennial rivers and huge Jackelberry and Leadwood trees, Shiduli is home to the Big 5, as well as a wealth of
other smaller creatures and bird species.

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Dinner & Overnight: Shiduli Private Game Reserve


Day Eight – Exploring Karongwe Private Game Reserve

Wake up and enjoy a delicious breakfast before embarking on an early morning game drive. This is the land of combretum and acacia thornveld, a land where bushveld reigns supreme and the city skyline is a thing only of the imagination; where sightings of major mammals such as giraffe, wildebeest, rhino and zebra are regular, and night visits by aardvark, bush babies, genets and porcupines a reality.

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After lunch, head into the bush for an afternoon game drive. Traversing over 9000 hectares of supreme and diverse vegetation, with its three perennial rivers and huge Jackelberry and Leadwood trees, Shiduli is home to the Big 5, as well as a wealth of
other smaller creatures and bird species.

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Dinner & Overnight: Shiduli Private Game Reserve


Day Nine – Kruger – Johannesburg

Wake up and enjoy a delicious breakfast before embarking on an early morning game drive. This is the land of combretum and acacia thornveld, a land where bushveld reigns supreme and the city skyline is a thing only of the imagination; where sightings of major mammals such as giraffe, wildebeest, rhino and zebra are regular, and night visits by aardvark, bush babies, genets and porcupines a reality.

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Upon your return, check out and transfer from Kruger (Karongwe) to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport then Johannesburg to depart on your international flight back home.


Day Ten – Arrive Home

ACCOMMODATIONS

Kruger Explorer

Johannesburg: Faircity Quatermain Hotel

Kruger: Bongani Mountain Lodge

Kruger (Karongwe Private Game Reserve):  Manyatta Rock Camp

Kruger (Makalali Private Game Reserve): Makalali Private Game Lodge

Kruger (Karungwe Private Game Reserve):  Shiduli Private Game Reserve