Summary

from NAD132720.00 Per Person Sharing13 Days/ 12 Nights

This itinerary focuses on some of the undiscovered wilderness areas of South Africa. Sit back, relax and let someone else take the lead as you enjoy a luxury safari. First exploring the majestic Phinda Game Reserve, described as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder’, Phinda encompasses an impressive 28 555 hectares (70 560 acres) of prime Big Five wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal. This Reserve comprises seven distinct habitats – from dry sand forest to wetland systems and mountain ranges. Catch a glimpse of the shy suni antelope, track rhino in the bushveld or observe breeding herds of elephant in fever tree forests.

From here you will fly to The Sabi Sands Game Reserve, possibly the most exclusive private game reserve in South Africa. In the 1920’ and 1930’ a number of landowner pioneers initiated the conservation of the area’s wildlife and in the 1950’s, the landowners initiated the dropping of the internal fences and the sharing of a common environmental management programme, today this makes up the 65,000-hectare Sabi Sands Game Reserve, located on the south-western corner of the Kruger National Park sharing a common 50km unfenced boundary with the Park to the east.

To end off, you will have a 2/3 hour road transfer to Timbavati, located in the Mpumalanga Province, north of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve shares a fenceless border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park. This 60 000 hectare reserve is best known for its two very rare white lions that were discovered here in the 1970s. The name ‘Timbavati’ refers to these two unique creatures, it means ‘the place where something sacred came down to earth from the heavens’.

After this incredible wilderness escape, you will fly back to Johannesburg for your onward journey.

 

Full Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1 – Arrival in Johannesburg

City Lodge OR Tambo Airport, Bed & Breakfast

On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, clear passport control, collect your luggage and make your way through to the arrivals hall where a company representative will be ready to welcome you to South Africa! The representative will assist you across the airport grounds to the City Lodge for your overnight stay. Once checked in, enjoy the restful night’s sleep after your long journey through to South Africa!

Based at Africa’s busiest airport, City Lodge Hotel at OR Tambo Airport provides business and leisure travellers with comfortable accommodation, ideal for those who require immediate access to the airport.

OR Tambo Airport offers a number of services, so whether its a good book or a scrumptious meal, the airport facilities have everything you need. The hotel boasts boardroom and conference facilities, a fitness room and a deck with a pool and a large lounge area with a coffee shop.

Destination: Johannesburg
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Day 2-5 : Adventure in Phinda Game Reserve

andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge, Fully Inclusive

Today make your way back across the Airport grounds in time to check-in for your flight through to Richards Bay.  On arrival at Richards Bay Airport, collect your luggage and make your way through to the arrivals hall where you will be met by a company representative who will be waiting to transfer you through to Phinda Game Reserve. The transfer today will be approximately 2 hours. On arrival in the reserve, you will be taken through to Phinda Forest Lodge for your 4 night safari experience in this beautiful part of our country. Enjoy some time in your suites / around the lodge before your afternoon game drive commences.

Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, the andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge fuses spectacular design with the ultimate in conservation principles. Sixteen minimalist, glass-encased en suite rooms are built on stilts among the trees, each with viewing decks where guests can take in the sight of graceful nyala and duiker in the shade of the forest. The lodge’s rim-flow swimming pool looks out onto panoramic views of an open meadow where animals frequently graze. A traditional African boma is enclosed with a wooden fence and offers lantern-lit open-air dining beneath a canvas of stars.

Destination: KwaZulu Natal
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Day 6-8 : Safari in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Notten’s Bush Camp, Fully Inclusive

Today you will be transferred through to the Phinda Airstrip by your guide. Here you will board your SA Airlink flight through to Nelspruit Airport. On arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, collect your bags and make your way through to the arrivals hall where you will be met by a company representative and transferred through to Notten’s Bush Camp. The transfer is approximately 2 hours. On arrival, you will be welcomed and shown to your room. You will have the rest of the afternoon to freshen up before your afternoon game drive commences.

Enjoy the next 3 days exploring the Sabi Sands and the beautiful game all around you.

Notten’s Bush Camp lies in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Mpumalanga,  (meaning “the land of the rising sun” in Shangaan, the local language). Notten’s is a rare find in that it is  owner run by the Notten family with guests coming back time and again to enjoy their warm and friendly hospitality.

Each of the nine suites is cooled by ceiling fans whilst the bathrooms have indoor and outdoor showers. Rooms are elegantly styled, spacious and have private verandas overlooking the waterhole.  The purposeful absence of electric lighting and the use of ambient candlelight and lanterns capture the essence of a true bush camp.

The Sabi Sand is well known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Safaris are led by experienced rangers in open-top land rovers and guests can also enjoy walking safaris to explore the smaller, less obvious residents of the bush.  For those who prefer a less strenuous day, lie on a sunbed around the pool,  enjoy a massage or relax on the sun deck,  watching the wildlife stroll by in front of the camp.

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Accommodation: Notten’s Bush Camp
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Day 9-12 : Head north to Timbavati Nature Reserve

Tanda Tula Safari Camp, Fully Inclusive

This morning you will be met by a company representative who will transfer you through to Tanda Tula Safari Camp in the Timbavati for your 4 night safari experience. The transfer is approximately 2/3 hours. Once you have arrived at the lodge you will be welcomed and shown to your suites where you will have some time to freshen up before your afternoon game drive commences.

Tanda Tula Safari Camp is located in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, adjacent to The Kruger National Park. Guests here are treated to excellent game viewing, warm hospitality and delicious food.

Set on the banks of the Nlharalumi riverbed and shaded by huge trees, Tanda Tula overlooks a water hole that attracts wildlife from dawn till dusk. Each of the twelve tents is completely private, surrounded by lush riverine bush with a deck overlooking the riverbed.

Tanda Tula is home to Africa’s Big Five and, with traversing rights over more than 20,000 ha of wilderness, guests are guaranteed an incredible wildlife experience. Highly skilled ranger and tracker teams guide guests in the early mornings and evenings in open Land Rovers or on foot.

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Accommodation: Tanda Tula Safari Camp
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Departure

Head to Johannesburg

Today you will bid farewell to your safari experience. You will be met by a company representative and transferred through to Hoedspruit Airport in time to connect with your flight to Johannesburg. On arrival at OR Tambo International Airport, check in for your international flight back home.

Destination: Johannesburg

Included

  • Meet & Greet at OR Tambo
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Scheduled flight between Johannesburg and Richards Bay
  • Private transfer from Richards Bay airport to Phinda
  • Scheduled flight from Phinda to Nelspruit
  • Private transfer from Nelspruit to Nottens
  • Private transfer from Nottens to Tanda Tula
  • Private transfer from Tanda Tule to Hoedspruit
  • Scheduled flight to Johannesburg

Excluded

  • Drinks and meals not specified
  • Activities not specified

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