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Our “Wildlife” tour takes you on a journey through the panoramic Mpumalanga. After this impressive, scenic road trip you enter a Private Nature Reserve, that belongs to the Greater Kruger district and extends into the world renowned Kruger National Park Game Reserve. Explore the African bush at your leisure for 10 days, enjoy the atmosphere, wildlife and African culture.

Price from ZAR 62 000 for 2 persons sharing a double room, excl. rental car

 

Day 1          OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg – Ohrigstad

Distance: ± 350 km
Included: dinner

Upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, collect your rental car and start your round trip north-east to Ohrigstad in the province of Mpumalanga. On the way you can take a break in the small town of Dullstroom, eat something in one of the charming cafés and browse through the interesting little shops.

Your accommodation is in a 540 ha private nature reserve about 10 km north of Ohrigstad on the Panorama Route. From the cosy main building, the swimming pool and the chalets you can enjoy a fascinating view over the wide valley and the mountain range opposite. If you like, you can explore the countryside in the afternoon on one of the well-marked hiking trails, accompanied by an expert guide

Day 2          Panorama Route

Distance: depending on your route
Included: breakfast, dinner

Today you can take a tour 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, with differences in altitude of over 1000m. One of the more impressive views is God´s Window where -weather permitting – you can see the vast stretching lowveld as far as the Kruger National Park.

The Blyde River Canyon is considered the third largest canyon in the world with its 26 km long and 800 m deep canyon. Especially worth seeing are the Three Rondavels, shaped like traditional African beehive huts, three round mountain tops. En-route you may find different waterfalls cascading down the mountainsides and the famous Bourke´s Luck Potholes, which were sculpted by centuries of flowing water. The old gold-digger town of Pilgrim’s Rest is also worth a visit. The settlement, dating from 1873, is now a listed landmark and offers exciting insights into the gold-digger era with its restored historical buildings and interesting museums.

Day 3          Ohrigstad – Thornybush Game Reserve

Distance: ± 130 km
Included: breakfast, lunch, game drive, dinner

Drive north to Thornybush Game Reserve near Hoedspruit. Thornybush is part of the so-called Greater Kruger Area, which is directly adjacent to the Kruger Park. Your private accommodation offers comfortable thatched chalets with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning. Cool down in the pool before the first exciting game drive through the Thornybush Game Reserve begins. You can listen to the sounds of the bush and the crickets while enjoying a sundowner drink.

Day 4          Thornybush Game Reserve

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 game drives

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
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 game drives

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

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 game drives 

Your day starts bright and early with a game drive in an open safari vehicle. Experience the colourful 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. 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
Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 game drives

Today you leave the Kruger National Park and drive to the private Nkomazi Game Reserve, located southwest of the park. The landscape here is very varied. In the area of about 15 000 ha you can see the typical wide grass savannah of the highlands as well as lower bushveld regions. Nkomazi is also a geological paradise with many interesting 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

Included: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 game activities

Today you might like to participate in a morning or afternoon game drive through the Nkomazi Game reserve. On the way you stop at several lookout points between the granite rocks in the higher part of the Game Reserve, from where you can enjoy incomparably beautiful views. In the about 15 km long riverbank area you can often observe large herds of antelopes 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 a visit to the observatory is worthwhile to get an insight into the constellations of the southern hemisphere.

Tag 9           Nkomazi Game Reserve – Johannesburg

Distance: ± 340 km
Included: breakfast

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
Included: breakfast

Drive to Tambo International Airport, return the rental car and have a safe journey home.