Day 1 OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg – Ohrigstad
Distance: ± 350 km
After arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, collect your rental car. Head in a North Eastern direction to Ohrigstad which is in the Province of Mpumalanga. En-route we recommend that you stop in the small village Dullstroom to enjoy a cup of coffee, try local cuisine at one the cafes or browse the quaint curio shops.
Your accommodation for today is based in a 540 ha private Nature Reserve about 10 km north of Ohrigstad. Enjoy the magnificent view of the Mountain range from the comfort of the chalets and outdoor pool. In the afternoon, enjoy a walk in the African bush, on marked routes accompanied by an expert guide should you need one.
Day 2 Panorama Route
Distance: Dependent on desired route
Today start your journey on the so-called „Panorama Route“ of Mpumalanga, where there are a number of scenic spots and interesting landmarks to enjoy. Here you will discover the rich diversity and characteristics of the African landscapes from the fertile agricultural highveld, to the lowveld where the shere Mountain drops and views will take your breath away, these Majestic heights can reach up to 1000m above sea level. One of the more impressive views is God´s Window where -weather permitting- you can see the vast stretch over the lowveld and as far as the Kruger National Park.
The Blyde River Canyon is the third largest Canyon in the world and stretches over 26km and reaches a depth of 800m. Another interesting landmark are the Three Rondavels Shaped like traditional African beehive huts, three round mountain tops with slightly pointed tops. En-route you may find different waterfalls cascading down the mountain sides and the famous Bourke´s Luck Potholes, which were Sculpted by centuries of flowing water. Pilgrims Rest is a comprehensive Tourist site which features the historic Town that came into existence due to its Gold found in1873 and is declared a National Monument. You might like to shop or see the local museums and get an impression of life as a gold-digger.
Day 3 Ohrigstad – Thornybush Game Reserve
Distance: ± 130 km
Drive North to the Thornybush Game Reserve close to Hoedspruit. Thornybush is part of the Greater Kruger district, which lies directly next ot the Kruger Park. Your private accommodation is a comfortable hatch roof Chalet with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. You may choose to take a dip in the pool, before your evening game drive through the Thornybush Game Reserve. Time to relax, listen to the evening sounds of the bush, watch the setting sun, while you drink a sundowner.
Day 4 Thornybush Game Reserve
Awake to a snack and strong cup of coffee or tea. Start your day at sunrise with a drive through Thornybush Game Reserve. After the fresh morning air enjoy a hearty breakfast at the lodge, you may choose to go on a guided short walk in the park, spend a lazy morning at the pool or read a good book in the hide. In the late afternoon you may enjoy another game drive accompanied by an enthusiastic guide to help point out the bush animals, birds and wildlife.
Day 5 Thornybush Game Reserve – Kruger National Park
Distance: ± 200 km and mileage you cover going through the park
Check out of the Thornybush Game Reserve and enter the Kruger National Park, which was founded in 1898 for protection of South African Wildlife and is one of the largest National Parks in the world. The park has a diverse landscape and an abundance of wildlife, over 300 different tree specimens, 147 different mammals, including the big five and 500 different bird species.
Your Lodge is situated in a private concession area in the depths of the Kruger National Park.
There are no fences and the animals may walk freely around the Surrounding gardens.
Subsequently you might like to participate in a game drive, after which you are invited to join the open lounge with bar and log fire for a sundowner before eating dinner under the old Tamboti trees.
Day 6 Kruger National Park
Your day starts bright and early with a game drive in an open air Safari Vehicle. Experience the colorful Bush and its many creatures waking up to a new dawn, head back to a late breakfast, enjoy an afternoon nap or laze around the pool. Alternatively you might enjoy watching the wildlife at their local watering hole from the safety of a hide. After High tea you shall participate in another evening game drive, where you might see some of the nocturnal Kruger inhabitants.
Tag 7 Kruger National Park – Nkomazi Game Reserve
Distance: ± 250 km
Today you leave the Kruger Park and drive to the Private Nkomazi Game Reserve, which is situated South West of the park. The 15 000 ha landscape is diverse, and is typically known for ist grass Savannah in the highlands and bushveld in the lower lying areas. Nkomazi is a geological paradise featuring unique rock formations.
Your accommodation today is an exclusive, luxury Tent that has been skillfully designed to blend into the African surroundings whilst making you feel comfortable and at ease with plush armchairs and warm, bright colors to give you that African feel.
Tag 8 Nkomazi Game Reserve
Today you might like to participate in a morning or afternoon game drive through the Nkomazi Game reserve. En-route they stop off at interesting vantage points with great views between majestic granite rock formations at higher locations of the reserve. Along the 15 km riverbank one might find large herds of Antelope and many other animals. Nkomazi also offers guided walks and bird viewing- or you might like to borrow a Mountain bike for a quiet ride along one of the roads. After dinner it might be well worth visiting the Observatory for a better view of the Southern Hemisphere night sky.
Tag 9 Nkomazi Game Reserve – Johannesburg
Distance: ± 340 km
Time to bid the African bush farewell and head west in the direction of Johannesburg. The room of your hotel offers a view over the beautifully maintained garden, which displays splashes of rich color. In the evening you might like to sample a delicious meal at the hotel restaurant after which you can sit around the campfire reminiscing about all the adventures you enjoyed in the African Bush.
Tag 10 Johannesburg – OR Tambo International Airport
Distance: ± 40 km
Drive to OR Tambo International Airport, return the rental car and have a safe journey home.