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This international accommodated group safari starts and finishes in Johannesburg. Our tour will take us northeast through the vast open areas of Mpumalanga into Limpopo where we will be spending our time walking within Big 5 areas and exploring the central part of the Kruger National Park. After our introduction to the fine wildlife and absolutely stunning surrounding areas with breath taking scenery, we continue our journey to the Southern Part of the Kruger, known for its Wild Dog population and big Elephant Herds. This tour allows the nature and scenic enthusiast absolute pleasure and an all-round great experience!
Historical Towns • Private game reserve • Exclusive bush lodge • ”Big Five” game exploring • Open vehicle game drive • Night game drive • Panorama route drive • Blyde River Canyon • 3 Rondawels • Bourke’s Luck Potholes • God’s Window • Kruger National Park
4 nights lodge
MEALS According to tour description. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
Minimum age is 12, max 65. Older travellers are welcome if they can send us a medical certificate stating they don’t mind climbing daily in and out of the overland truck and that they are in good health.
Departing at 06h30 from Drifters Johannesburg Lodge on day one of the tour. Pre- and post tour accommodation available on request
Johannesburg – Johannesburg
Early morning on day of departure
Departing from the Greenfire Johannesburg Lodge at 06h30, we set off on the scenic road to the east of the country where we encounter beautiful natural scenery and many wild animals in natural parks and game reserves.
Lunch is enjoyed in the historic town of Dullstroom, Africa’s premier fly-fishing area before we wind our way down the Drakensberg escarpment. The road is filled with picturesque beauty, from mountain passes to the Acacia trees scattered across the African bushveld.
The next two nights we get cosy at our well-appointed GREENFIRE BUSH LODGE, situated in a private reserve within the greater Kruger National Park, where animals roam freely and unrestricted. This privately owned reserve allows us the freedom to explore the wilderness in search of a variety of animals in open game drive vehicles, day and night.
The tented lodge casually blends into the bush and offers crisp comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and stunning views over the surrounding wilderness, including a water hole frequented by a variety of animals. Retire to bed with a symphony of sounds from the animal kingdom.
Meals: D (Lunch Own Expense)
• Scenic drive down to the Lowveld region
• Private Game Reserve Accommodation
After a peaceful nights rest we start with an early riser light breakfast of fresh coffee and rusks (a traditional South African biscuit), before embarking on our morning experience within this Big 5 area.
Guided by a qualified guide/Ranger we explore the wilderness, with heightened senses, always on the lookout for an animal encounter while discovering the smaller treasures often hidden from the eye.
Before the heat of the day sets in, we return to the lodge for a scrumptious brunch, after which it’s time to relax around the lodge and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding wilderness. A nearby waterhole in front of the camp attracts a variety of wildlife that come to quench their thirst, displaying the pecking order ever so present. Unwind with a refreshing drink and game viewing from the swimming pool or from your deck.
With the heat subsiding in the late afternoon an open game drive is in order, which develops into an extensive night drive in search of nocturnal animals.
As dusk approaches we pull over and enjoy a sun-downer drink or two, while watching the magnificent sunset over the African bushveld.
Meals: Brunch Dinner
• Exclusive Private Reserve
• Morning and afternoon guided experience in Big 5 area
Rising with the African sun, a hearty breakfast is enjoyed, before setting off to explore the highlights of the Panorama Route, famous for many natural wonders and viewing points. First stop will be to view the impressive Blyde River Canyon – the world’s largest “green canyon”, then on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes where abundant gold was found and finally the breath-taking God’s Window. (Weather Permitting)
An own expense lunch is enjoyed giving guests the opportunity to meet the locals.
Mid-afternoon we make our way to the tranquil GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW, a log cabin built spectacularly on stilts in the indigenous forest on the banks of the impressive Sabie River or “Fearful” river as dubbed by the locals.
Time permitting, guests are able to do a nature walk on the property and the adjoining coffee farm and enjoy the mysterious forest. We spend two nights here.
Meals: B D (Lunch Own Expense)
• Panorama Route
• God’s Window
• Bourke’s Luck Potholes
• 3 Rondavels
Waking with the birds, we depart the lodge at sunrise and travel a short distance to enter a different area of the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing.
Driving slowly through this iconic National park the size of Israel or Wales we search for the many animals that inhabit this area.
From the high vantage point and comfort of our well-equipped vehicle, our expert guide will take time to explain the behaviour of the many animals we see in this fascinating environment.
Most of the day will be spent game viewing, while stopping at various designated sites to stretch our legs and to enjoy an own expense lunch at one of the rest camps in the park.
Late this afternoon we exit the park and return to the comfort of our GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW.
Meals: Packed Breakfast Snacks, Dinner
• Southern section of Kruger National Park
• Full day game drive
After a relaxed breakfast, we depart Hazyview and make our way back to Johannesburg using the route originally pioneered by the early gold diggers. The tour will conclude late afternoon, on arrival at the Greenfire Johannesburg Lodge or at OR Tambo airport.
Meals: B (Lunch Own Expense)
– Scenic Drive
Please Note: This tour is also offered (limited departures) in the reverse direction starting with 2 Days in Hazyview and then followed by 2 Days in Balule.
The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.
On request we can book you a single room. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.
You can use ZAR and your Bank card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars
We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.
I am really happy and grateful for the way Wilma our guide took care of us and for the food she prepared. I requested gluten free food and always had good food.
It was great and above expectation. Just a stunning trip – thank you!
This was an amazing experience! I am impressed by how well everything worked and that the guides were so well educated in the ways of the nature. I will return!