Join the quest of the legendary Big 5 of Africa in various different parts of South Africa Trouver Premium Style while staying in very comfortable lodges on an all-inclusive basis, an all-around no worries package for wildlife and nature enthusiasts...
Day 1 : Sabie
Upon arrival at OR Tambo you can collect your rental car and drive about 4,5 hours to Sabie along the edge of the Blyde River Canyon. Here you overnight in a
Luxury Chalet at a stunning lodge, which overlooks the Sabie River Valley. The beautiful River View Luxury Chalets boast a king-size bed draped with a mosquito net and has a large stone bath,
waterfall shower and fireplace. The sliding screen and glass doors lead onto a private wooden stilted deck with a plunge pool, from which you can take in the awe-inspiring view. Each chalet is
private and surrounded by unspoilt indigenous bush and is perfectly situated for a romantic, relaxing & memorable stay. A romantic dinner and a scrumptious breakfast are
Days 2, 3 & 4 : Lion Sands
This morning after breakfast you have a few hours to explore the Panorama Route, which runs along the edge of the Blyde River Canyon. You need to check in at your next destination around lunch time.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of over 2 million hectares is unrivaled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies. Truly the flagship of the South African National Parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.
Your Lodge is a charming & extraordinarily beautiful luxury lodge, with 9 private suites (each with plunge pool, deck and lounge) tucked into the trees along the Sabie River in the Kruger National Park. Whether you choose to spend time at your private plunge pool overlooking the river, reclining on the couch in your lounge, lazing on your bed with a good book, or soaking in a bubble bath, you will not be cheated of the breathtaking panorama. You will head into the bush twice a day in the company of their professional guides and trackers. You’ll discover another thriving world where we are merely observers. You spend three nights in absolute luxury and peace including all meals, guided game drives in open Land Rovers, snacks, teas/coffees and local drinks (extra are premium brand drinks).
Days 5, 6 & 7 : Timbavati Game Reserve
After breakfast you leave the Sabi Sands and you drive about 3 hours north towards the next reserve. The next three nights you are staying at an eco-friendly
and Fair Trade bush camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which has become world-famous for its White Lions, a unique recessive gene amongst wild lions in this region. The
lodge has an informal, laid back atmosphere, with all the comforts you can think of and an excellent kitchen and is also known for its outstanding Shangaan trackers. Your stay at
this small and romantic camp offers a genuine bush experience and includes guided game drives and bush walks, all meals, snacks, teas/coffees and local drinks.
Days 8, 9 & 10 : Marakele National Park
Today you will need to leave straight after breakfast, as it will take approximately 6,5 hours north-west into Limpopo Province to get to your next lodge. The
Waterberg district of Limpopo is a true natural wonder. It features ancient mountains, a rich tapestry of biodiversity, thousands-year-old rock art and a site of critical archaeological and
palaeontological importance. Its rolling savannahs also make it a popular safari destination, where large herds of wildlife can be seen. The Waterberg Biosphere is one of 500 UNESCO-recognised
biosphere reserves on the planet, and is the only savannah biosphere reserve in the world! It is approximately 1.7 – 2.2 million hectares in size. The Marakele National Park is situated at the
far western end of the range. With its spectacular scenery and great diversity of flora and fauna, Marakele now rivals the Kruger National Park. After the neighbouring private game reserve joined
forces and all fences were removed, the Greater Marakele area now boasts a range of approximately 75 000 hectares. Your lodge is a simple extension of the natural environment beyond its
walls - rich, bold, organic and patently magnificent. If you sit quietly for long enough, you can feel the energy of the countless people who have made this place home since The Stone Age. The
lodge is blessed with a great diversity of eco-systems and landscapes, making the guided game drives very interesting and diverse. The walking trails make use of different areas of the
reserve, ensuring a variety of experiences. Besides game drives and bush walks, the lodge also offers water safaris on the Ms Mara on the Matlabas River! Your stay at Marataba includes all
meals, activities, snacks, teas/coffees and local drinks.
Days 11, 12 & 13 : Madikwe Game Reserve
After your morning game drive and breakfast it will take about 4 hours to get to the next reserve, which is right against the border of Botswana. Madikwe Game
Reserve is a 75 000 hectare malaria-free reserve and everything about this place is vast – its landscapes, its heavens, its wildlife. This is rugged Africa, and then some! Kopano (directly
translated means ‘small gathering’) Lodge comprises just 4 suites (each with private plunge pool) which share a magnificent common area. Fine dining to the hoot of an owl, the roar of a lion or
the crazed whoop of a hyena is the stuff that dreams are made of. Salut! This Lodge is ideal for the person looking for something more intimate, or for smaller groups of friends. Your stay
includes all meals, all game viewing activities, snacks, teas/coffees, and local drinks.
Day 14 : Back to Johannesburg
After two weeks full of new impressions and a load of pictures it is time to go home. After 5 hours on the road you will return your car in Johannesburg and continue your journey back home or to your next destination.