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.
Chalet accommodation with air-con, insect screens, private shower & toilet. Meals arranged by your guide in privatised Camp restaurants such as Cattle Baron, Mugg & Bean or Tindlovu.
|Per person sharing twin room||ZAR 21 330||DBB|
|Per single room||ZAR 21 830||DBB|
|Per child under 12 yrs sharing||ZAR 10 660||DBB|
This tour is offered for a minimum of 4 persons or can be sold as a private tour for 2 persons - ask our Consultant for prices.
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.
HIPPO HOLLOW HOTEL for more information.
Leave Johannesburg in an air-conditioned microbus with an experienced Kruger Park driver / guide. Travel east across the Highveld farmlands and down the beautiful Valley to Nelspruit - capital of Mpumalanga province. After a lunch break, get your cameras ready and enter southern Kruger National Park. Spend the afternoon on your first exciting game drive travelling through bushveld areas where 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 private shower / toilet and screens over the windows to prevent insects. Your guide will arrange dinner in the licensed restaurant and walk back to your chalet under the starlit sky.
Awaken at dawn and leave camp for an early morning game drive looking for 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. Continue 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 safari vehicle equipped with spotlights for a sunset drive (duration 3 hours) and a chance to see nocturnal species such as hyena or other predators. Your guide will collect you for dinner in the main camp restaurant and then return to your chalet.
Depart on another memorable early morning game drive to look for elusive species such as leopard often found in trees. Travel north towards the open plains of central Kruger & stop for breakfast at Satara . Drive out of the Park and proceed to a Private Safari Lodge (Mohlabetsi, Shiduli, Chisomo or KuSungulu) near Hoedspruit. You can expect to find personalised service and a great bush atmosphere - book into an en suite chalet / African safari tent with aircon. Time to freshen up and then enjoy lunch in the garden. Approx 16.00 after a quick swim, board the safari vehicle for an evening game drive stopping en route for "sundowners". Return to the lodge for drinks and dinner often served in the boma around a campfire. Overnight listening to hyena or other nocturnal animals which all adds to a memorable experience.
Join the armed ranger for an early morning game drive and for the birdwatchers it's the best time of the day to listen to the calls and watch birds feeding. Return to the lodge and join other guests for a delicious breakfast before departure. The rest of the day is devoted to sightseeing as you travel via Valley of the Olifants towards the spectacular Blyde River Canyon . Visit 3 Rondavels then proceed along the Panorama route stopping at viewpoints and a waterfall. Browse around ethnic markets for curios. Drive down Kowyns Pass to Hazyview and book into Hippo Hollow hotel or river lodge for dinner & overnight.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and don't forget some final photos. Leave Hazyview for the return journey travelling past pine forests and sub-tropical orchards 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.