7 Day South Africa Wildlife Safari Tour

7 Day South Africa Wildlife Safari Tour (Fully Guided)

Highlights

  • 1 Night stay at a luxurious Guest House in Nelspruit (Mbombela) town
  • Blyde River Canyon Half Day Tour (Panorama Route Highlights Tour)
  • 1 Night stay at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for an “up-close-and-personal” animal encounter experience as well as a Night Drive Safari and an Early Morning Bushwalk! Meet Stoffel the Honey Badger Houdini…
  • 1 Night stay in a Self-catering Chalet with private “braai” (BBQ) area where your guide will prepare a typical South African dinner under the stars around the campfire (weather permitting).Meet Jessica the Hippopotamus…
  • Early morning Hot Air Ballooning flight over the scenic Lowveld…(optional extra)
  • 3 Day / 2 Night Kruger Safari in a custom built Open Safari Vehicle (DBB)
  • 1 Night stay at a Private Game Reserve on a Full board basis (drinks own account) including all Safari activities

Overview

“Sawubona!!!  Wamukelekile eMpumalanga” (Hello and Welcome to Mpumalanga)

This 7 Day South Africa Wildlife Safari Tour focuses on offering guests the opportunity to not only seek and photograph the African animals they dream about seeing but also to get the opportunity to look some of them in the eye and to learn about the plight of South Africa’s wildlife. 

Experience the splendour of the Mpumalanga escarpment on the journey from Nelspruit to Hoedspruit via the scenic Panorama Route followed by unique “up-close-and-personal” animal encounter experiences which includes meeting Stoffel the Honey Badger Houdini, touching a cheetah and feeding Jessica the Hippo in the Hoedspruit region!  

Anyone who has ever wanted to take A Hot Air Ballooning flight (weather dependant) also has the opportunity to glide over this spectacular region which promises to be an unforgettable experience (not included in Tour price, optional extra and for own account).

Wildlife viewing activities include visits to both the Kruger National Park as well as to a Private Game Reserve ensuring guests get to experience the best of both “worlds”!  Early morning Bush walking as well as a Night drives are included in the company of armed Rangers ensuring an all round ultimate Safari Tour experience.

Tour Inclusions

Transportation:  Road transfers in luxury air-conditioned vehicles, Safaris in 10 Seater Open Vehicles

Professionally Escorted:  Discover the Kruger National Park, as well as the Greater Kruger region in the company of professional Tour and Field Guides.

Accommodation:  Rooms with private facilities on a twin share basis, Accommodation in Kruger is of a 3 star standard, all other accommodation is of a 4 star standard.

Inclusions 

1 nights’ accommodation in Nelspruit in a luxurious Guest House on a bed and breakfast basis, a Panorama Highlights Tour to view the Blyde River Canyon (all entrance fees for own account), 1 nights’ Full board accommodation at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre including a guided tour of the centre and all meals (drinks own account), 1 nights’ accommodation in a Self-catering Chalet where your guide will prepare a typical South African dinner and breakfast (included), 1 nights Full board accommodation at a Private Game Reserve including morning and afternoon safari activities and all meals (drinks own account), 3 Day/2 Night Kruger Safari on a DBB basis

Exclusions  

All flights (both International and Domestic), optional extra activities, entrance fees not specifically stated as included in Itinerary, lunches daily, soft and alcoholic drinks, travel insurance, tips and gratuities (it is customary in South Africa to tip your guides), expenses of personal nature.

What to expect

Day 1 - Day of Arrival

Nelspruit (Mbombela) - Gateway to the Kruger National Park

A representative from Kruger South Safaris / Isivuba Tours & Safaris will meet you at the Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) off your domestic flight around noon.  Please keep a look out for a paging board with your name on.  

The town of Nelspruit (Mbombela) is the capital of Mpumalanga Province, and gateway to the Kruger National Park South region.  Check in upon arrival at Loerie’s Call Guest House (or similar).  Afternoon at leisure.  Dinner (own account) can be enjoyed at Orange restaurant* on the premises (al-a-carte).

* Sleek wood, glass and steel restaurant with balcony offering fine dining, plus panoramic city views.

Accommodation: Nelspruit (Mbombela) luxury GH (BB).

Day 2 - Nelspruit (Mbombela) to Hoedspruit

Panorama Route Highlights Tour

Please be ready for departure at 08h00 so as to make the most of the day, breakfast is served from 07h00.  Remember to settle any extras charged to your room prior to departure.  Today’s Itinerary includes some light walking and exposure to the elements, please dress accordingly.  Highlights could include The Graskop Gorge Lift, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods’s Window Viewpoint, Three Rondavels Viewpoint, and numerous waterfalls.  

All per person entrance fees and optional extras along the Panorama Route for own account.  Arrive Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre 15h00 for a 2.5 hour guided tour (included) followed by check in at Forest Camp (or similar).  A Game drive and dinner (drinks own account) is also included.   

A visit to the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is an unforgettable experience.  A wide variety of birds and animals can be seen here, where Brian Jones and his team nurses and nurtures the injured and orphaned, rehabilitating them for release back to the wild.  

Guided tours through the Centre brings visitors in close contact with the rare and common species such as the lovely Crowned and Martial Eagles, Owls, Vultures and a variety of raptors, Serval, Duiker, Lions, Leopard, Wild Dog Hyena and many other animals and birds.  

Many years ago Brian Jones rescued a honey badger he named Stoffel from a trap who has been called an “ambassador for his species” due to his astonishingly blasé attitude and penchant for escaping his enclosure...a section of the Centre has been named after Stoffel and the unique Stoffel memorabilia on sale has become a bit of a collector’s item.

Accommodation: Hoedspruit in a Luxury Chalet (Full board).

Day 3 - Hoedspruit - Meet Jessica the Hippo!

Weather permitting (to be confirmed the day before) a provisional booking has been made for an early morning one-hour Hot Air Ballooning flight over the scenic Lowveld section of the Blyde River, 15 km West of Hoedspruit.  Please consider wearing closed shoes and warm clothing and be ready for departure at 05h00.  

Payment to be made on the day to the operator direct, credit cards accepted.  Price includes fruit juice/sparkling wine and snacks.  Breakfast is served between 08h30 and 09h30 at Moholoholo upon return to Forest Camp followed by check out and departure. 

Jessica the Hippopotamus has been raised by her owners Tony and Shirley Joubert if she was their own child The Joubert family took care of the animal whilst her mother was found exhausted at the border of the Kruger Park. 

With a background as a ranger Tony knew exactly what he needed to do to get Jessica vital again with success. Though Jessica is free to roam wherever she would like to go, again and again she chooses her favorite spot on the sidewalk of the house in Hoedspruit. Jessica sleeps in the house of Tony and Shirley and is approachable by humans. 

She weighs about 1,2 tons and is without a doubt the world’s most famous hippo. In recent years Jessica caught a lot of media attention and performed in more than 90 films and documentaries.  During your visit you will have the opportunity to feed and to caress Jessica. A unique experience that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world.

A stop will be made in Hoedspruit town for supplies over lunchtime where you will be able to do some shopping/draw money etc.  Late afternoon arrival and check in with some leisure time to relax by the pool.  Overnight in a fully equipped Self-catering Chalet with private “braai” (BBQ) area.  A BBQ dinner (included) will be prepared by your guide at the Chalet around the campfire under the stars (weather permitting).

Accommodation: Hoedspruti Self-catering Chalet (BBQ dinner and continental breakfast included)

Day 4 - Private Game Reserve (Hoedspruit)

Check out and departure after breakfast (included, prepared by your guide at your chalet).  Optional (own account), Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) a unique African wildlife facility focusing on conservation and the sustainability of rare, vulnerable and threatened species.  

Open safari vehicles with experienced guides depart every 2 hours, commencing at 09h00 every day, HESC houses a number of animal species including cheetah, African wild dog, lion, African wild cat, Ground hornbill, Sable antelope, to name just a few. Visitors can view the resident animals in close proximity, in a habitat simulating what they would experience in the wild.  Payable on the day to HESC direct, credit cards accepted.

Check in upon arrival (13h00/13h30) at the nearby Private Game Reserve where the evening will be spent.  At around 4pm, everyone gathers for a decadent high tea, before heading out with your ranger and tracker for the afternoon game drive through the reserve. 

En route, you’ll stop for a sundowner drink and will have a chance to stretch your legs as you watch the sun set over the distant peaks of the Drakensberg Mountains.  

The skilled tracker will scan the landscape using a spotlight at night which illuminates animals’ eyes.  Arrival at the lodge is usually around 8pm, allowing time to freshen up before enjoying a sumptuous dinner.

Accommodation:  Hoedspruit Private Game Reserve on a Full Board  basis (drinks for own account)

Day 5 - Private Game Reserve (Hoedspruit)

3Day/2Night Kruger Open vehicle Safari - Day 1

The day starts with an early wake-up call between 5am and 5:30am. Tea, coffee and rusks (eaten by dunking into a hot beverage) are enjoyed together before heading out at first light.  Halfway through the game drive, there’s a stop for hot drinks and snacks, before returning to the lodge at around 9am for a full breakfast. 

Around 11h00 after the morning program a representative from Kruger South Safaris / Isivuba Tours & Safaris will collect you from reception from where you will proceed towards the Kruger National Park for a 3Day/2Night Open Vehicle Safari Tour.  

After obtaining the necessary permutations at Orpen gate your adventure will start in earnest (all Kruger entry fees included).  The remainder of the afternoon is set aside for game viewing whilst continuously heading up North through the Park towards your overnight destination.  

A lunch stop (own account) will be made during the course of the day at a picnic spot/Rest Camp en-route.  You will arrive at your Rest Camp shortly before gate closing time, check in to your accommodation, and freshen up before dinner.  A La Carte dinner in the restaurant is included (main course only, drinks for own account). 

Accommodation:  Kruger National Park public Rest Camp Bungalow (DBB) - Central region

Day 6 - Kruger National Park

3/2Night Kruger Open vehicle Safari - Day 2

Early morning wake-up call followed by tea/coffee/snacks before heading out on Safari.  Breakfast/brunch (included) will either be enjoyed en-route or your guide might return to Camp for breakfast in the restaurant before check out and departure.  

The entire day is set aside to enjoy the spectacular scenery the Kruger region south of Letaba camp has to offer game viewing along the way…expect to see typical African Savannah plains.  

The day ends at one of the Southern Rest Camps shortly before gate closing time to allow some time to freshen up before dinner.  A La Carte dinner in the restaurant is included (main course only, drinks for own account).

Accommodation:  Kruger National Park public Rest Camp Bungalow (DBB) - Southern region

Day 7  - Day of Departure

3Day/2Night Kruger Open vehicle Safari - Day 3

Early morning check out and departure followed by a sunrise game drive before stopping at Skukuza Rest Camp for breakfast (included). Depart Camp to arrive at Skukuza airport from around 10h30 for departing flights to either Johannesburg or Cape Town.

Notes 

Entrance fees on the Panorama Highlights Tour are for own account due to the fact that most of the attractions on top of the Escarpment are weather dependant and it will be up to the guide on the day to decide which stops to include thus ensuring you only pay for what you see! 

Many of our guests say they would have liked to extend their stay at the Private Game Reserve in the Hoedspruit Region with another night.  We’ve limited it to a 1 night stay to keep the Tour price affordable whilst still ensuring everyone gets to experience both the National Park and Private Game Reserve experiences but please speak to us about the possibility and additional costs involved should you be interested in taking up this option.

The Rest Camps in Kruger all have well stocked shops which close 1 hour after gate closing times so as to allow overnight guests ample time to get supplies upon arrival.  Credit Cards widely accepted.    

Important Information 

Departure point:  Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA)

Return details:  Skukuza International Airport situated inside the Kruger National Park*

*Guests can be returned to KMIA at no extra charge

Duration:  7 Days and 6 Nights

Additional information

Subject to availability at the time of booking
Min 2, Max 10 participants per vehicle

Families travelling with children under the age of 12 years old will need to book a private vehicle and guide for this Tour, please contact us for rates and availability.  No children under the age of 12 allowed on our Guided Tours.

A 25% non refundable deposit required to secure a booking, the balance is payable no later than 30 days prior to arrival, bookings made less than 30 days before departure will be required to pay full amount at time of booking
Tour reconfirmation required the day before the Safari, please refer to voucher for further details

Cancellation policy

Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.  Cancellation 30 days prior to arrival date and/or commencement of Safari/Tour/Activity - deposit plus 25% of total bill;  14 to 29 days - deposit plus 50% of total bill;  0 to 13 days - 100% of total bill.

 

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