Day 1: Johannesburg & Kruger National Park

You will be met on arrival at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, transferred through customs and baggage, and onward to your connecting flight to Skukuza airport, where you will be met by your guide and head to you first safari lodge. Set on a 12,000 hectacre private concession within the central region of Kruger National Park, Rhino Post Safari Lodge is the base for our walking safari along the Mutlumuvi riverbed under the shade of towering Tamboti trees. The enormous Kruger National Park is almost two million hectares of wilderness. Proclaimed in 1899 thanks to the vision of President Paul Kruger, its size continues to expand as private reserves on its borders remove fence lines and more recently, international borders between the Kruger National Park and Mozambique and Zimbabwe have been removed to create the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, effectively doubling the protected game reserve area. This afternoon set out on your first game drive with your private guide.

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Overnight at Rhino Post Safari Lodge. All meals included at the lodge.

Day 2, 3 & 4: Walking Safari in Kruger National Park

Today you will set out for the exclusive walking safari camp on the Rhino Post Concession. Two highly qualified guides will share their wealth of bush knowledge with you – from the identification of animals, trees, grasses, insects and birds to the medicinal uses of plants, folklore and basic tracking and survival skills. A typical trail may start at Rhino Post Safari Lodge where guests enjoy morning and evening game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles. On the day of departure from this lodge, just after mid morning breakfast, guests will be transferred to their tented accommodation at Plains Camp. The heat of the day will be spent at this camp enjoying our small Africana book collection, or the plunge pool overlooking the Timbetene Plain and waterhole, which is often host to zebra, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, rhino and lion. High tea is followed by an afternoon walk and sundowners and then back to the camp for a hearty dinner.

For a totally unique experience, we have included a night out at the Sleepout – elevated wooden platforms 4 meters high where the night will be spent sleeping outdoors under the stars!

Rhino Plains Safari Camp

Three nights at Rhino Plains Camp. All meals and local drinks.

Sleep Out at Rhino Plains

Day 5: Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger Park

This morning you will be picked up and transferred about 2 hours to the famous Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve on the western edge of Greater Kruger National Park. This 65,000 hectare reserve, pioneered by the landowners in the 1950’s, when the internal fences were dropped and a shared environmental management program was put in place. Today, many of these families are now third and fourth generation land owners, their legacy being the successful conservation of the highest density of big game in South Africa. Even though there is a 50km unfenced boundary with the Kruger National Park, the wildlife in the Sabi Sands reserve is well habituated resulting in unforgettable close encounters and prolific sightings, particularly of the elusive leopard. The Sabi and the Sand Rivers run through the reserve, which add further dimension to the bio-diversity of this area.

Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge

Two nights at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge. All meals and local drinks.

Day 6: Sabi Sabi Photographic Safari

This morning head out on safari as usual and this afternoon meet your private photography guide for a 24 hour hands on wildlife photography course. Capturing safari experiences on camera has always been an integral part of the Sabi Sabi experience, and the new digital age has made it easier for everyone to try their hand at taking the perfect picture. As equipment has evolved and more advanced cameras have become available to all levels of photographers, a new and rewarding way of securing those precious memories is to engage a professional photographer to assist you with every step.

A professional photographer will tailor your photographic safari, including the opportunity of providing cameras and lenses if necessary, and customizing subjects such as camera set up, photography in the field, working with wildlife, light sources etc. At the end of the safari you and your instructor will review the images and you will discover the various methods and merits of post-processing. All of your selected photos will go home with you on a CD or flashdrive.

Day 7, 8 & 9: Maputuland Coast, Kwa-Zulu Natal

This morning enjoy one last game drive with your photography guide before it's time to meet your private charter flight to the Indian Ocean coast and your final lodge. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values. Included in your stay at Thonga Beach Lodgeis use of snorkeling equipment, guided walks, kayaking, a cultural visit and a sundowner trip to nearby Lake Sibaya. Thonga offers a fully equipped PADI dive centre with turtle tracking and diving available from November to February. The Mabibi Spa offers a wealth of treatments (diving and Spa additional costs).

The 332,000 hectare Park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25,000 year old coastal dunes which are among the highest in the world. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place. iSimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale). We will also visit Lake Sibaya, which has 100 km of untouched shoreline and at 70 km2 is South Africa’s largest freshwater lake. The lake falls within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park, now a World Heritage Site, and the Ramsar Convention assures its international conservation status. The lake’s diverse flora provides a variety of habitats for birds, mammals and aquatic life. Research reveals that hundreds of years ago the lake was once connected to the sea and with the natural closure of the estuary, numerous fish and aquatic creatures were trapped in a fresh water environment. Lake Sibaya contains the second largest population of hippopotamus and crocodile in KwaZulu-Natal and is an important breeding, feeding and roosting area for a host of bird species. Surface water in the surrounding coastal plain often disappears completely during dry spells, making the lake the only source of permanent water for birds and mammals.

Thonga Beach Lodge

Three nights at Thonga Beach Lodge. All meals.

Day 10: Depart

This morning you have time for one last walk on the beach before heading out for the 2 hour road transfer to Richards Bay Airport to meet your departing flights for home. Breakfast included.

Rates - 2016
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
January 10-December 19 $6,480.00 $820.00
Pricing based on group of 4 adults. Please call for pricing for other group sizes.
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