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Stay in a African Safari Lodge such as the Singita, Arathusa, Elephant Plains, Kapama, Nkorho, Pondoro and Manyeti in the Greater Kruger or Sabi Sands Area. The Sabi Sands Game Reserve shares a common 50 km un-fenced boundary with the Kruger National Park and houses some of the most exclusive game lodges in the country as mentioned above is located on the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park. On view will be The Big 5 and countless other species (some of which are critically endangered) as well as its amazing leopard viewing.
This is not only a fine opportunity to experience more of the Big 5 but on offer are close contact sightings with Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra and a big variety of antelope and other species. Furthermore, you will be spoiled in absolute luxury in one of the lodges.
You will be picked up in a luxury and safe mini bus from Johannesburg and returned as such as well. On Safari you will have the best view to spot the Big 5 in 4 x 4 open but roofed vehicle.
You will start your Safari any time between 06h30 to 08h00 when you will be rpicked up. The scenic route descends from the Highveld which start at Witbank or eMalahleni to the Lowveld with spectacular views of the Drakensberg Mountains in the distance. Do not miss any opportunity to capture the memories on this route.
You will enjoy lunch at your own expense on route.
You will be mesmerized not only by the beauty of the landscape but also when entering the Private Luxury African Safari Lodge. After the long drive you will be warmly welcomed by the African safari lodge staff and be able to settle and familiarize yourself with your room and surroundings.
The excitement starts when you climb onto the 4 x vehicle for your first game drive and the ranger explains the rules of game viewing from an open safari vehicle. The game drive will take around 3-4 hours. You will be decadently spoiled with the finest private African Wildlife Safari offerings, specifically the Big 5.
Dining will be in true African Safari luxury style. Cuisine at a African Safari Lodge is more than just a meal – it is an African Cultural experience of perfect indulgence. These lodges also cater for all dietary requirements on request.
The day starts with an early wake-up call between 5h00 and 5h30. Tea, coffee and rusks are enjoyed before leaving at first light. While seeing big game is always breathtakingly impressive, there are many other species as well as birds. Halfway through the game drive, there’s a stop for hot drinks and snacks, before returning to the lodge at around 9am for a full breakfast.
Throughout the day, it’s likely you will see wildlife around the African safari lodge – nyala antelope and vervet monkeys are frequent visitors, though seeing some of the Big Five is also not uncommon. The rest of the day is spent at leisure, relaxing in your room or at the pool. You could also opt for an experience an African Spa Treatment; imagine doing this while viewing Elephants at a a distance.
Twice-daily game drives through the reserve, accompanied by expert guides and trackers, ensure unforgettable Wildlife encounters in the African bush. They will share their extensive knowledge and passion of African Wildlife with you.
Lunch is served around 14h00.
The afternoon drive often extends into the early hours of the evening and you will be spoiled when stopping to enjoy some sun-downer refreshments. Your guide will assist with a spotlight so that you may view the African Wildlife during the night activities.
Meals are an extraordinary culinary experience where Traditional African Cuisine fuse effortlessly with Modern Trends. Vegetarians also are specially catered for.
(Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
After an early wake up bush game drive and breakfast you will start your journey back to Johannesburg. The majority of African safari lodges also offer bush walks after breakfast and guests are welcome to join.
Lunch will be enjoyed on route at your own expense.
We strongly advice that you sleep over in Johannesburg on this evening to avoid the disappointment of missing a too early booked flight.
** Terms & Conditions Apply **
• Professional drivers / guides (FGASA registered – Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) • Meals as specified per itinerary • All day / night drives in the Private Game Reserve in an open 4 x 4 game drive vehicle • All entry fees and daily conservation levies • Accommodation as per chosen option
• Meals not specified in itinerary • Pick up and drop off in Johannesburg/Pretoria • All drinks • Items of a personal nature • Gratuities • Optional extra activities, such as spa treatments
It is important to note that this is not a private safari and more than likely there will be other guests joining you on the game drive vehicles, air-conditioned mini bus transfer vehicles as well as in the dining facility.
The child policies vary from lodge to lodge. Some lodges do not accept children under 12 at all, while others gladly accept children but do not allow younger children on the open game drive vehicles for safety reasons. These lodges offer babysitting services at a nominal extra charge. Please be sure to enquire about this before making your reservation.
Guests flying out of OR Tambo Airport on the last day are reminded to not book any flights earlier than 19h00 (domestic) or 20h00 (international) in order to give us enough time to get you to the airport. We recommend that you rather stay over in Johannesburg if possible. Since we cannot guarantee our arrival time in Johannesburg on the last day we will not be held responsible for reimbursements of flight tickets, should we arrive later than expected. Guests flying out of Nelspruit on the last day may, depending on their flight details, not have enough time to see the Panorama Route. Private transfers for guests with early flights can be arranged in advance at an extra charge.
Safari: from ZAR 17000 per person sharing
Transfers: ZAR 1500 per person one way
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