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Kruger Park North to South
Transport for the duration of your safari • Fuel, toll fees & mineral waters included on vehicles • Pick up and drop off in Johannesburg/Pretoria • Professional drivers/guides (FGASA registered Field Guides Association of Southern Africa) • 6 Nights accommodation as per itinerary • Meals as specified per itinerary (6 x breakfasts, 6 x lunches & 6 x dinners) • All day drives in the Kruger National Park in closed 4 x 4 vehicle as per itinerary • Open vehicle safari • Act
Price: 21050 ZAR Per PersonDuration: 7 Day(s)Read moreSend to friendAdd to favourite
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Tour RegionMpumalanga
ActivitiesGame Drives, Game Viewing, Photography, Walking Safaris
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DAY ONE: Our Trail Africa guide will be waiting at the airport to take you on your safari as soon as your flight arrives in South Africa or an arrangement will be made for collection from your accommodation in Johannesburg or Pretoria around 06h00. We depart and make our way up to the Limpopo area – Starting our exploration of the area by visiting the Panorama Route. The Panorama Route along the Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga is arguably one of the most beautiful and popular travel destinations in South Africa. It leads through the rugged mountain range of the northern Drakensberg. Here, in the northeastern part of the Great Escarpment, the inland plateau declines abruptly and steeply and opens up fantastic views of the plains of the Lowveld up to a thousand metres below, The most spectacular stretch is the Blyde River Canyon which is the 3rd largest canyon in the world and unlike the Fish River Canyon in Namibia and the Grand Canyon in America, it is filled with lush vegetation and wildlife. It’s also the largest forested and green canyon in the world. Just a few kilometers north of Graskop a short loop road leads to "God’s Window", from where you will enjoy a wonderful view of the Lowveld.

The Canyon starts at "Bourke’s Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondawels". From many well-positioned vantage points one can view the 33 km long gorge. The Potholes are spectacular rock formations that were shaped eons ago by erosion. The bizarre swirl holes developed when the once rapid flowing Blyde and Treur rivers that confluence here carried masses of sand and debris with them. We will stop for lunch during our exploration of the Panorama Route before we continue to Bona Ntaba Treehouses where we spend our first night. Bona Ntaba Lodge is a unique, small, self catering facility featuring tree house chalets and a central lodge which has the fully equipped kitchen, boma with braai, splash pool, and lounge, and deck with a view. Each elevated treehouse cabin has a king or twin beds that sleep 2 adults and a loft for 1 adults or 2 children, an ensuite bath with tub, and an outside shower. The views from your private viewing deck are enchanting. Tonight your guide will prepare you a traditional South African braai under the stars before you retire for the evening.

DAY TWO: This morning we wake to a delicious full English breakfast served on the deck of our chalets. After we pack up our goods we climb back into our vehicle and make our way up to the Pafuri area of Kruger National Park. This is the most northern section of the Kruger National Park and is an absolute birders heaven as well as home to the most unusual and rare species of game including the largest antelope found in Africa – The Roan Antelope. Upon entering the Kruger via Pafuri Gate we follow the road to Crook’s Corner passing under majestic fig trees, jackalberries and a forest of fever trees. This is the spot where the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers and three countries, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique, meet. In the 1900’s gun runners, poachers, fugitives and anyone else dodging the law found Crooks Corner a safe haven as it was easy to hop across the river whenever police from one particular country approached. There is a large plaque here commemorating the legendary ivory hunter Cecil Barnard (Bvekenya), who hid on an island in the middle of the Limpopo to avoid being tracked down by pursuing rangers and police in the 1920s. Ironically, Barnard later became a ranger himself. Later a police station was built here. The Pafuri region that we spend today exploring is considered one of Kruger’s biodiversity hotspots, with some of the largest herds of elephant and buffalo, leopard and lion and incredibly prolific birdlife. Keep your eyes peeled for kudu and nyala, baboons and monkeys - including the samango monkey. Hippo and crocodile also gather here in large numbers. Many bird and animal species that are sometimes really difficult to spot elsewhere occur here.

In summer the area is full of rarely seen bird species, such as broad-billed and racket-tailed rollers and thrush nightingale. In May 2007 the biological significance of the area was recognised in its declaration as a Ramsar site - a wetland of international importance. We enjoy lunch at the Pafuri picnic spot under the huge ancient trees and spend a bit of time relaxing and taking in the extraordinary beauty of this area. We then head off to Punda Maria Camp which is situated in the Sandveld region of the park and is often described as the botanical garden of the Kruger National Park. There are numerous plant species which occur that are unique to the area. We overnight where we stay in en suite safari tents which are positioned overlooking the bush and tonight we enjoy a meal prepared by our guide under the stars, listening to the sounds of the bush before retiring for the night.

DAY THREE: This morning we enjoy breakfast at Punda Maria before we climb into our vehicle and begin our journey South as we head to Letaba. We make our way through large Mopani fields which are famous for their large concentrations of Elephant. On our journey we stop in to visit Shingwedzi Camp and Mopani Camp and spend a short time at each camp to stretch our legs and enjoy a drink on the decks – Each overlooking a beautiful stretch of water packed with Crocodile and Hippo. Our journey today takes up to 8 hours and allows us the chance to spend time in the vehicle seeking out the game that call the Kruger home. During our travels we have the chance to really see the various biomes that stretch over the Kruger and your guide will educate you on all the fauna and flora of the area.Continuing our journey South we stop off for lunch in the park at one of the picnic spots before we arrive at Letaba.

The idyllic Letaba Rest Camp is situated on a sweeping bend of the Letaba River, midway between the southern and northern boundaries of the Kruger National Park. The name means “river of sand”, and the sandy riverbed is an excellent location for game viewing, particularly elephant, which thrive in the area. Letaba is a green oasis in the surrounding mopane veld, and remains a firm favourite with visitors. We enjoy dinner under the stars and after night caps we head off to bed.

DAY FOUR: This morning we enjoy breakfast and then depart from Letaba and again head South towards Satara Camp. Satara Camp is a favourite destination for us at Trail Africa, situated in an extremely game rich area of Kruger and is famed for sightings of Leopard, Lion and other members of the elusive Big 5. Satara is a busy camp, and not without reason. It is situated in an excellent game viewing area, with the bush relatively open and the animals plentiful and diverse. The camp itself has a rustic charm, with the bulk of the accommodation set out in a series of circles. Satara is well wooded and the bird-life is prolific.

At night the clink of fruit bats is fused with the chirping of cicadas and crickets. The calls of owls and nightjars add to the symphony that is punctuated intermittently by the whoop of hyena, the screech of jackal and the roars of lion. Before we check into camp we head off to visit the Nawanetsi Loop which is a fantastic drive to view all type of game including large herds of Impala, Zebra and Waterbuck and stop in at the picnic spot for a delicious lunch in the bush. We then head back into camp for an afternoon at leisure. Tonight your guide will prepare you a traditional South African potjie as well as home made potbrood (Pot bread) baked directly on the coals and after dinner you will make your way to the central reception area where you will depart on a late night drive together with one of the Sanparks rangers in order to get the best chance of viewing the nocturnal predators that are more active at night, looking for the big cats such a leopard and lion as well as the smaller nocturnal game such as porcupine, genets and civits. Arriving back at camp you enjoy night caps before retiring for the night.

DAY FIVE: This morning we depart from Satara early and head off into the bush to spend the day on the various roads seeking out fantastic game sightings. Breakfast is enjoyed in the bush and we spend as much time in the vehicle today to increase our chances of viewing as much game as possible. Tonight we will be staying at Lower Sabie camp and our drive further south takes roughly 4 hours. The Lower Sabie area is an incredibly beautiful camp situated on the Sabie River and this area is known for the largest concentration of Leopard in the Kruger. We enjoy lunch at Nkulu Picnic Spot and make our way into Lower Sabie for an afternoon around the pool. When temperatures have cooled down we head off again into the bush and drive towards Skukuza for a brief visit. Skukuza is the Kruger Park headquarters and an extremely busy camp, even boasting a bank and post office however it is also home to resident Lion prides that we hope to view on our journey. Returning back to camp a braai is prepared for us under the stars and we spend a bit of time walking the camp boundary fence before nightcaps and heading off to bed.

DAY SIX: An early morning wake up call from your guide and we enjoy a hearty breakfast this morning at the restaurant on the stunning deck overlooking the Sabie River. We are then met by our open vehicle for a full day drive in the park. The open vehicles are specially modified vehicles that allow visitors to see the Kruger from an open vantage point. You are also seated higher than normal allowing you to see over other vehicles as well as allowing you to see deeper into the bush. A secondary guide will be taking you on the open vehicle safari and you depart from Lower Sabie and head off into the bush, following signals from the other guides in the park using a radio system to alert one another of the great sightings taking place.

You will stop for lunch at one of the picnic spots in the park (Please note that lunch on day six is for your own account and not included in the itinerary cost) and after exploring the Kruger for a full day in the vehicles you are dropped off at Pretoriuskop Camp where you meet up with your main guide who has already moved over your equipment and checked you into your accommodation.A delicious dinner is enjoyed under the stars before we retire for the night.

DAY SEVEN: An early morning wake up call from your guide wakes you for your last day in Kruger. After enjoying a light breakfast of French Toast, Coffee, Muffins and scones you are directed to the reception area where together with a Sanparks guide you depart into the Kruger on a guided game walk. The chance to enjoy a game walk allows you to explore the Kruger on foot and view the smaller signs of the bush – Such a spoor identification, tracking and flora. After a thrilling morning hunting down the game in the Pretoriuskop area you return to camp where your vehicle is packed and waiting to take you to the most Southern point in the Kruger where you will exit the park at Malelane Gate and make your way back to Johannesburg.

Lunch is enjoyed en route and the drive back gives you time to reflect on the adventure you have just experienced – Enjoying a visit to the worlds most famous game reserve and exploring it from the most northern to most southern point, viewing extremely different and expansive environments and seeing incredible species of game – This is truly and experience of a life time!

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