Please be aware that during the summer months of December, January and February we may have some rain or misty conditions affecting the visibility along the Panorama Route. This will interfere with your sightseeing up in the mountains, but the weather down in Kruger Park can be quite clear for watching the animals.
In Johannesburg between 07h00 and 08h00 at O R Tambo Airport and hotels nearby recommended. Other areas such as Sandton or Rosebank on request. Please avoid Johannesburg City Centre, Lanseria Airport and Pretoria. Nelspruit Airport is from 12.00 - 12.30 or by arrangement.
At O R Tambo International Airport or nearby hotels usually by 16.00. Please allow 1.5 hours connecting time for local flights or preferably 3.0 hours for International flights. Passengers staying at hotels in the northern suburbs are advised to use the Gautrain to Sandton or make arrangements for a transfer.
Optional: Morning bush walk additional ZAR 450.00 per person.
Chalet accommodation with air-con, insect screens, private shower & toilet
|Per person sharing twin room||2018 RATE:
ZAR 14 900.00
|Per single room||2018 RATE:
ZAR 15 400.00
|Per child under 12 yrs sharing||2018 RATE:
ZAR 7 450.00
NOTES: Safaris usually depart by 08.00 on Day 1 & return to Jo'burg Airport by 16.00 on the last day before proceeding to the suburbs. Collection or drop-off at Nelspruit Airport on request.
KRUGER PARK CAMPS for an explanation & picures of the chalets we use at tourist rest camps in Kruger Park.
PANORAMA ROUTE for pictures of Blyde River Canyon & nearby.
SABIE RIVER BUSH LODGE for information and pictures
Leave Johannesburg in an air-conditioned microbus with an experienced Kruger Park driver / guide . Travel east across the Highveld farmlands and down the Valley to Nelspruit - capital of Mpumalanga province. After a lunch break, enter southern Kruger Park for your first exciting game drive when you will learn how to spot animals and search for birds. You will be driving through lightly wooded bushveld and you can expect to see antelope, giraffe and possibly elephant. Before sunset arrive at your Rest Camp and book into an air-conditioned chalet with screens over the windows to prevent insects. Your guide will arrange dinner in the privatised restaurant then walk back to your chalet under the starlit sky.
Head out for an early morning game drive in search of lion and other Big 5 species ( lion, leopard, elephant, rhino & buffalo). Stop at Lower Sabie if possible for breakfast and a great view of any hippos or crocodiles in the river. Proceed on the next game drive travelling through the open grasslands so its easier to see smaller species. Return to your Rest Camp for a break during the heat of the day - time for lunch or a swim. Approximately 16.00 board the National Parks open safari vehicle equipped with spotlights for a sunset drive ( duration 3 hours ) and a chance to see predators or other nocturnal species. Your guide will collect you for dinner in the licensed restaurant then return to your chalet.
Awaken early for a full day game viewing and birdwatching. There are usually 3 game drives and your guide will choose a route depending on recent sightings and his knowledge of animals in different seasons. During your safari you will travel through different types of vegetation which leads to a variety of species. You can expect to stop at view points along the Sabie river and some waterholes. An optional guided bush walk with a National Parks ranger can be organised instead of 1 game drive - please ask us for details, cost and times. Depending on availability, we try to plan accommodation at a different Kruger Camp so you have a change in scenery and experience another restaurant.
Pack up and depart on your final sunrise game drive heading towards the exit gate of Kruger Park. Review your checklist as you travel to a restaurant for a welcome cup of coffee and breakfast . The rest of the day is devoted to sightseeing on the Panorama Route - visit 3 Rondavels in the Blyde River Canyon then other viewpoints as time permits. Browse at the informal markets for African curios. Drive down Kowyn's Pass to Hazyview and check into Hippo Hollow Hotel ( or similar ) for a traditional South African dinner and overnight.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel discussing highlights of your safari and the culture of the locals in this sub-tropical Lowveld region. Depart from Hazyview and travel past orchards and forests to Nelspruit then back up to the Highveld. Arrive in Johannesburg at O R Tambo International Airport or nearby hotels by 16.00. Please allow 1.5 hours connecting time for local flights or 3.0 hours for International flights. Passengers staying at hotels in the northern suburbs are advised to use the Gautrain to Sandton or make arrangements for a transfer.