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Adventure and Kruger Safari (8 Days) AHS001

Kruger National Park| Panorama Route| Tshukudu Game Reserve| Mpumalanga Highlands| South Africa| Africa| Kruger Private Reserves
  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Terms and Conditions

Overview

Introduction

Step back in time for 8 days to an ancient land of extinct volcanoes, thickly forested ravines and rocky outcrops. See the art left behind by the first inhabitants of this, the largest volcanic complex of its kind in the world. So large that it holds the world’s third largest canyon and the world’s largest green canyon. In the shadow of Thabayadiotso, ‘the Proud Mountain’, come face-to-face, with some of the 7000 animals, roaming the Songimvelo Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park and Kruger National Park, including the Big 5. With 19 excursions, 21 meals with gratuities and guided game drives among the benefits included. This tour commences every Wednesday throughout the year.

The Adventure Experience Series is just that – adventure, exactly as it should be experienced. Decades in the making, this experience will delight your senses and excite your soul with the destination’s vibrance, its flavour, its people, its culture and history, as well as its unique flora and fauna. When you think of adventure, this experience is what you will remember for a lifetime.

Accommodation

3 Nights Humala River Lodge

Room: Humala River Lodge Rooms
Humala River Lodge is situated within the greater Songimvelo Game Reserve – a 49 000ha paradise in the malaria-free Mpumalanga province bordering Swaziland. Here you’ll find yourself off-the-grid. It’...

4 Nights Tshukudu Game Lodge

Room: Superior Room
Tshukudu Private Game Reserve borders the world renowned Kruger National Park and combines home comforts with the exciting Big 5 safari experience. Tshukudu covers 3800ha of prime Bushveld and is ...

Itinerary

+ Day 1

Your tour representative will meet you upon your arrival at Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport and take you to Humala River Lodge deep within the Songimvelo Game Reserve. ‘Songimvelo’ means ‘we are conserving nature’ in the siSwati language. This park forms part of the nearly 170 000-hectare Songimvelo-Malolotja Transfrontier Conservation Area straddling the northern border of Swaziland and the south eastern border of South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. It’s a World Heritage Site as it has the best-preserved volcanic and sedimentary rock formations in the world which date back well over 3 billion years and are decorated with some of the world’s oldest Rock Art. Afternoon tea will set you up nicely for your first sunset game drive to experience first-hand the twilight beauty of the African bush and her wild creatures. Then it’s back to the lodge for dinner accompanied by the unparalleled orchestra and chorus of the wild African night, making your first night in the bush unforgettable.
Overnight:  Humala River Lodge or similar 

Activities and Services

+ Day 2

Rising before dawn is a necessity if you want to see wildlife as they are most active in the cool early mornings or late afternoons. Strong coffee and one of South Africa’s iconic snacks, homemade rusks, will be served to see you through your game drive to brunch. Game drives are the best way to experience the reserves spectacular scenery and extraordinary wildlife. And each game drive is unique and unpredictable. After brunch you will have the afternoon to laze around, go swimming or enjoy a guided bush hike to see the bushmen paintings. Afternoon tea and then a sunset game drive is topped off with sundowners under the Southern night sky awash with stars; glimmering constellations not seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Back at the lodge, you will be treated to a mesmerising Swazi Dance Performance before a delicious dinner.
Overnight:  Humala River Lodge or similar 

Activities and Services

Recommended

+ Day 3

It’s the unexpected encounters with wild animals that make game drives so rewarding and so awe-inspiring. Each one provides a lifetime of memories, plenty of photo opportunities and a deep love and appreciation for ‘where the wild things are’. Today has both a sunrise and a sunset game drive. In between, you are free to spend the day at leisure, or being pampered in the Bush Spa. If you’re feeling more energetic, you could go swimming, take a riverside bush walk, explore the ancient rock formations near-by, or visit the ancient village ruins and San rock paintings. You could even battle the Komati River’s wild Yellow Fish if fly-fishing is your thing. Enjoy afternoon tea before your sunset game drive and later, return to the lodge for dinner.
Overnight:  Humala River Lodge or similar

Activities and Services

Recommended

+ Day 4

After early coffee with rusks, you depart the lodge with a packed breakfast to visit the only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. The chimpanzee, considered to be the closest relative to humans, is endangered and may be extinct within the next 10 - 20 years if current trends cannot be reversed. Lunch is in Graskop and from there you head out to enjoy following the Panorama Route on your way to the Greater Kruger National Park. You will find yourself staring out of God’s Window at the canyons that seemingly stretch forever and the waterfalls, and indigenous forest nearly 3000 feet below. The beauty continues at Lisbon Waterfalls, named after the Portuguese who, in the late 1800s, panned for gold in the area, as it plunges over 300 feet into the ravine. And at at Bourke’s Luck Potholes, view the intricate network of large, otherworldly potholes, tunnels and whirling pools. These bizarre shapes in the sandstone were formed over millennia at the mouth of the canyon by the raging Blyde and Treur Rivers swirling and crashing together. Visible on the other side of the northern edges of the Drakensberg mountains and shaped like traditional African huts are the iconic Three Rondavels, once known as the Chief and His Wives. From there, the Blyde River Canyon, the third largest canyon in the world and largest green covered canyon in the world opens out before you. And now! Welcome to the Tshukudu Private Game Reserve which will be your home for the next four days. Nestled between the Blyde River Valley and the Kruger National Park with whom Tshukudu shares an unfenced border. Freshen up and relax before dinner and a good night's rest.
Overnight: Tshukudu Game Lodge or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 5

Tshukudu Private Game Reserve is home to some of the most endangered wildlife in Africa - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. Other, but equally fascinating wildlife, such as the shy, spiral-horned nyala, and the not-so-shy vervet monkeys are only 2 of the myriad of species that live in the environs of Tshukudu Private Game Reserve. It’s a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, not to mention twitchers. Apart from the four-legged creatures, there are 477 species of birds in the Greater Kruger area, from Little Grebes to Goliath Herons, Pink-backed Pelicans to Lappet Faced Vultures, as well sparrow hawks, falcons and quail. After your sunrise game drive and brunch, you will have the rest of the afternoon to yourself. Your first sunset game drive is the perfect introduction to life, sophisticated and wild, at Tshukudu. You will have plenty of time once you return to the Lodge to freshen up before dinner.
Overnight: Tshukudu Game Lodge or similar

Activities and Services

Recommended

+ Day 6

It has been said that even an hour in paradise is a rewarding experience and this can also be said to be true of Africa's greatest wildlife sanctuary, the Kruger National Park. An hour is rewarding, but a whole day is a life-changing experience. For an authentic safari experience, our full-day Kruger safari will give you an unbelievable overview of this iconic destination. Game viewing from open safari vehicles in Kruger has to be one of the ultimate safari experiences in Africa and being able to do this in a day is ideal for those with limited time available. If the weather permits, dinner back at the Lodge will be in the outdoor boma, around the fire, under the star-filled African sky.
Overnight: Tshukudu Game Lodge or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 7

Dawn in the African bush is special. There’s something magical even about the air and the scent of the wild places. It holds a promise of something unexpected and memorable just around the corner. If you want to see African animals at their best, then early morning game drives are essential. Wildlife is most active in the cool early mornings when the dew is still on the ground. They also stir, and hunt when the hot sun is setting behind the Jackleberry trees in the late afternoons, another excellent time for a game drive. Here at Tshukudu, sunset game drives may, on return to the Lodge, continue into the night, under a brilliant star-studded sky. The scent of the wild deepens, overlaid by the hot perfume of dust. The sounds of game and the bush itself are more noticeable. Powerful spotlights on the vehicle are the only way to see the unusual nocturnal creatures. Creatures such as the highly endangered pangolins, arrdwolves, civets and polecats. The noisy, adorable bushbabies, or Galagos, leap long distances from branch to branch, foraging for insects. An evening spent here, where the wild things are, somehow makes an already delicious dinner that much more memorable.
Overnight: Tshukudu Game Lodge or similar

Activities and Services

Recommended

+ Day 8

Depending on your schedule, enjoy a healthy and filling breakfast at the lodge before transfer to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. There, check-in for your flight home or onward to another adventure on your vacation.

Activities and Services

Terms and Conditions

CHILD POLICY:
Children of all ages are welcome. Children under the age of 17 must share a room with a full paying adult.

SENIORS:
No age limit; must be able to walk and step up into vehicle.

Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 19 excursions, includes 11 game drives with experienced guides - 5 sunrise & 5 sunset plus 1 full day in Kruger National Park
  • 21 meals and the gratuities - 5 breakfasts, 2 brunches, 4 lunches, 3 light lunches, 7 dinners
    Restaurants listed may be changed to similar or better venues due to availability
  • Non-specialty coffee & tea is complimentary but only at accommodation and at included meals
  • Bottled water provided daily in your room
  • Depending on package you purchased, local one-way flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg inclusive of taxes
  • Standard transfers from and to airports, accommodations and activities as outlined in detailed itinerary
  • Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle and bottled water provided daily in your vehicle
  • Guided game drives in an open 9-seat off-road vehicle
  • Dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable driver and local guide

Excludes

Unless otherwise specified

  • All flights, related costs and taxes (international and local)
  • All meals and beverages (bottled water, coffee, tea, soda, specialty beverages and alcohol)
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Porterage and tipping
  • Trip insurance and items of a personal nature
  • Cost of spa treatments