Kruger Park & Sabi Sand Combo Safari
4 Day Itinerary -
Option A

Johannesburg - Kruger Park - Sabi Sands - Johannesburg

     
     

Collection in Jo'burg:

Departing at 7.00-7.30am from any hotel in Johannesburg or off any early morning flight arriving at Jo'burg's Oliver Tambo Int Airport (JNB) you safely travel East for approx 4 hours to 'Nelspruit' the capital of Mpumalanga Province.

At Nelspruit you have an opportunity to do your last minute shopping, to stock up the cooler box with some drinks, film, snacks, mosquito repellent etc.

Leaving Nelspruit your journey continues for 1.5 hours to the game rich Southern region of Kruger Park and enter the park at Crocodile Bridge.

Collection from KMIA or MQP:

Your Safari Ranger will meet you off your midday flight arriving at Kruger Mpumalanga Int Airport (KMIA) or Mpumalanga Airport (MQP) and start your safari by driving for 1 hour to the game rich Southern region of Kruger Park and enter the park at Crocodile Bridge.

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Day 1: Johannesburg - Kruger Park - Skukuza Camp (D)

On entering Kruger Park, you spend the rest of the day game viewing following the Sabi River. The animals tend to move towards the Sabi River in the afternoon to quench their thirst from the sun's heat - you see herds of Impala or Waterbuck drinking at the waters edge. A herd of Elephants cross the river, splashing, play fighting once they arrive on the far side. Crocodiles are seen basking in the afternoon sun; mouths open regulating their body temperatures. A grunt from a Hippo is heard, we find them in a shallow section of the river sleeping with the biggest male keeping an eye on his territory and his females.

This first game drive up the Sabi River sets up what's yet to come.

Arriving at 'Skukuza' camp just before the entrance gates close for the evening, you check in, move into your chalet to freshen up, ready for your first safari dinner.

Your dinner is prepared, cooked and served outside under the stars. Traditional South African meals are prepared by your Safari Ranger, giving you a taste of our delicious, barbeque cuisine.

Day 2: Kruger Park - Satara Camp (B D)

The day starts early with a wake up call at 5.30am. At 6.00am the camp gates open so we can start the day's game viewing. You visit Lower Sabi camp at approx 10.00am when it's time to have some breakfast and of course, have a stretch.

On the way your Safari Ranger finds a Leopard walking on the edge of the road, marking it's territory by scenting trees and bushes. He's a big male, powerful. We slowly follow him as he proudly walks along the edge of the road. Later you see a White Rhino using a rubbing post then wanders off. Impalas always next to or crossing the road. Three Lionesses on the road laying close to each other and then moving off into the bush. Later a Hyena crossed the road making it's way back to its den.

After breakfast at 'Lower Sabi' camp you continue game viewing, stopping off at water holes, following river lines, checking dams for the rest of the morning and early afternoon. Your Safari Ranger spots you lots of wildlife - a herd of Buffalos at a water hole, Eagles in the afternoon sky, Giraffes grazing off the Acacia trees with their necks stretched to the limit. Birds are spotted all the time.

You stop off at Nkombi lookout and enjoy this stunning view, seeing more Rhino in the distance. Zebras and Wildebeest grazing the open grass areas keeping a watchful eye out for predators. You see more Elephants passing near by.

You visit 'Tshokwane' picnic spot at approx 1.00pm when it is time to have a cup of tea, have a stretch and use the toilet facilities. You continue game viewing, stopping off at water holes, following the river lines and checking dams for the rest of the afternoon - you see loads of different wildlife.

You arrive at 'Satara' camp at 4.00pm. You check in. You then have a chance to check the curio shop, stock up with drinks and freshen up ready for your night drive, which departs from camp at 6.00pm. A SANParks ranger in an open sided truck conducts the night drive, which lasts for approx three hours.

On your return from your night drive at 9.00pm your dinner would have been prepared, cooked ready for you to enjoy dinner out in the open, listening to the African night sounds, whilst we discuss the next day's exciting events.

Day 3: Kruger Park - Sabi Sands (B L D)

The area around Satara is good for Cheetah. Our second morning is spent driving around a few road loops around Satara. Your Safari Ranger spends some time searching for this splendid animal, stopping off at a few open plain areas, water holes etc.

For breakfast, you stop off at a picnic site at approx 10.00am. For the rest of the morning, you continue game viewing on a few more loops in the Satara region, focusing on the Timbavati River loop, then making our way to 'Orpen Gate' where we leave Kruger Park. This area is good for all sorts of game with Elephants and Buffalos being most common.

From 'Orpen Gate' you head south to a private reserve the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. You pass through rural villages, stopping to ask to take photos of native life and culture.

On entering this famous reserve, you then make our way to camp. You check in, move into your chalet to freshen up, ready for lunch at approx 2.30pm. After lunch, you have time for leisure - siesta, a swim or some socializing.

At 4.00pm afternoon tea and coffee is served. Afterwards, we make our way to the open 4 x 4 Land Rovers and start your afternoon game drive.

Being you're first open vehicle game drive your given a 5-minute safety talk by your game ranger. The tracker sits on the front of the Land Rover in his special trackers seat, checking for fresh tracks and spotting the wildlife for us as we drive around. During the night drives your tracker uses a powerful spotlight, swinging left and right searching for the nocturnal animals.

Your game ranger finds you all the general wildlife - Impala, Warthog, Giraffe and Waterbuck whilst making our way to a Lion Kill. During the morning a resident pride of 12 Lions (5 are cubs) had killed an adult Giraffe. We arrive and find all the Lions sleeping under a shady tree with Vultures filling the surrounding trees, waiting in anticipation. The Vultures have been arriving all day. The big dominant male Lion rises and walks over to the carcass for another helping. Starts to lick an area of the carcass and then continues to eat. Three Lionesses join him but eat at different positions.

You're only a few metres away from all of this action - incredible!

A little later as the sun goes down, you stop in the bush a little off from the Lion Kill, have a stretch and enjoy 'sun downers' (drinks). Feeling more relaxed after a call of nature, we continue with a night game drive. The tracker uses his high-powered spotlight. There are Hyenas arriving in the area due to the Lion Kill, but our focus is to see a Leopard. We stop for a Night Jar, an amazing nocturnal bird. We see lots of smaller nocturnal animals - Spotted Genet, White Tailed Mongoose, Owls and more Hyenas.

You finally return back to camp for approx 8.00pm. You are escorted to your chalet to freshen up, ready to return to the bar for drinks and then a full dinner is served, with further socializing done later around the campfire. You hear Hyenas constantly whooping in the direction of the Lion Kill. Later when you're in bed you hear Lions roaring.

Day 4: Sabi Sands - Johannesburg (B)

For your last game drive your game ranger decides to focus on Elephant. We find a big breading herd of Elephants. The females are protective of their young. The matriarch makes it very clear we are not wanted. A lot of noise with trumpeting and a few mock charges later, we are able to approach slowly with extra caution. Elephants are all over the place, so impressive. The 1-2 year olds are so cute. We spend time quietly taking photos and then only move off when the herd has moved on at their own speed.

On the way back to camp we come across a White Rhino. He stares at us with his ears twitching, then proceeds to eat the lush grass......

You return to the lodge at approximately 9.00am. After breakfast you pack and load suitcases, pay your bar bill and subsequently leave the reserve.

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Drop-off back in Jo'burg:

On our homeward bound journey you enjoy the 'Panoramic Route' driving through the Drakensberg Mountains. En-route you will stop and spend a few minutes at famous scenic spots such as God's Window, World's View, Berlin Falls, Blyde River Canyon at the Three Rondavels and if there is still time in hand, you visit Pilgrims Rest.

From Pilgrims Rest it's a relaxed 4 hour drive back to Jo'burg. During this time it's great to reflect & chat about your safari with your Safari Ranger or catch up on a little sleep!

Your Safari Ranger will drop you off at any hotel in Jo'burg including Jo'burg's Oliver Tambo Int Airport (JNB) for approx 6.00pm.

Drop-off at KMIA, MQP, HDS:

Flying out on your last day may mean having extended time in the Sabi Sands Reserve, with not having to depart straight after breakfast. Time for one more walking safari! Your Safari Ranger will make sure you leave the Sabi Sands in time to catch your flight out.

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Note

(B L D) refers to the meals included - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Skukuza and Satara camps are used for explanation purposes in this itinerary and may not be the camps you are booked into as all accommodation is subject to availability.

Itinerary may also vary slightly due to gate opening times, game movements, weather etc....

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