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Kruger Safari from Maputo Overview:
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience second to none. At nearly 2 million hectares, it is the largest game reserve in South Africa, stretching 350km along the Mozambican border and is, on average, 60km wide. It is unrivalled in its diversity of species and is a recognized leader in environmental management techniques and policies.
Kruger is one of the premier game-watching destinations in the world. Approximately 145 mammal species occur in the park. It is possible to see all the classical African big game, including elephant, black and white rhino, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, warthog and many antelope species. Large carnivores include lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and spotted hyena.
Pestana Kruger Lodge (4 Star) is located only 150 meters from Malelane Gate, one of the most important access points to the Park. The Lodge is surrounded by marvellous gardens and offers a fantastic view of the Crocodile River, where hippos and several wildlife species can be seen. Guests at Pestana Kruger Lodge enjoy many special facilities that include among other options, two outdoor pools, and a Spa that offers a range of exhilarating body treatments.
Pestana Kruger Lodge has a total of 74 rooms with views over the river and gardens, decorated with African motifs. They all have balconies, allowing the guests to admire the wildlife that passes by. Each room is equipped with air conditioning and satellite TV. The Buhlebethu restaurant is located within the Lodge overlooking the Crocodile River. It offers an "A La Carte" menu of contemporary South African cuisine.
What to expect on your Kruger Safari from Maputo:
Maputo (Pestana Rovuma Hotel) to Malelane (Pestana Kruger Lodge)
Guests will be collected from the Pestana Rovuma Hotel in Maputo at 09h00 by a representative from Kruger South Safaris / Isivuba Tours & Safaris, and after a short briefing depart via road transfer to the Pestana Kruger Lodge in Malelane (± 3 hrs.). Entry into South Africa will be through the Ressano Garcia border post, please ensure Visa requirements are met (own account).
After check in some time will be allocated to freshen up before reporting to reception for an afternoon Open Vehilce Safari Tour accessing the Kruger National Park via the nearby Malelane Gate entrance. Dinner (buffet style, drinks for own account) will be served at the Hotel upon return.
Freedom of choice, choose between two of our Day Tours on offer departing from Malelane town
Today guests have a choice between two Tours namely, a Full day Tour of the Blyde River Canyon (Panorama Route Tour) and surrounds also known as the Panorama Route; OR a Full day Tour to the Kingdom of Swaziland (Visa requirements apply to visitors from some countries). Pick up and departure for either option will be around 07h30 after breakfast. Return to the Hotel late afternoon to freshen up before dinner at the Buhlebethu restaurant.
Full day Tour to the Kingdom of Swaziland - Highlights: Local arts and crafts, spectacular scenery and the opportunity to meet the friendly people of eSwatini during a guided Cultural Village tour…READ MORE
Full day Tour of the Blyde River Canyon - Highlights: Panorama Route Tour including the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke's Luck Potholes, vistas, arts and crafts shopping, waterfalls and stunning scenery…READ MORE
Full day Kruger National Park Safari in custom built Open Safari Vehicle
A visit to the world famous Kruger National Park is ideally undertaken in a custom built Open Safari Vehicle so as to enjoy not only the sights, but also the sounds and smells of the African Bush. The vehicles with their elevated height and open sides offer fantastic photographic opportunities whilst the guides with their trained eyes and valuable knowledge promise to make this an unforgettable experience. A Safari guide will be at reception early morning to meet and greet the Safari guests for a Full day Safari Tour.
The Hotel will provide a packed breakfast for guests to take along on Safari today which will be enjoyed at a picnic spot or Rest Camp inside the Kruger Park after an initial 3 Hour early morning game viewing session. All of the picnic spots and Rest Camps offer clean ablution facilities and cafeterias/restaurants where hot beverages are available for purchase. Credit Cards are widely accepted as a method of payment.
The entire day has been set aside to search for as many animals as possible and also to traverse through a number of different eco zones. The guide will schedule several comfort stops during the course of the day including stops for breakfast and lunch (for own account). Guests will be returned to the Lodge late afternoon (around 16h00) to enjoy sundowners at the Eshonalanga Bar (own account) before enjoying dinner at the restaurant.
Early morning Kruger Game Drive OR Kruger Bush Walk - Day of departure
Please speak to your reservations consultant at time of booking this Safari Tour to indicate your preference of activity on Day 4 of the Itinerary prior to the return transfer to Maputo. Options include either a 3 Hour early morning Game Drive OR a 4 Hour early morning Bush Walk - please note the Bush Walk is operated by SANPARKS and subject to availability.
The return road transfer to Maputo will depart from reception around 11h30. Guests are to ensure the cost of any/all personal expenses incurred during their stay have been settled in full prior to departure. Check out time is 11h00. Breakfast is included and will be served on the deck at the Buhlebethu restaurant from 07h00-10h30. The deck overlooks the Crocodile River and animals are frequently seen quenching their thirst down below.
Important Kruger Safari from Maputo Information:
Departure point: Maputo Mozambique (Pestana Rovuma Hotel)
Return details: Maputo Mozambique (Pestana Rovuma Hotel)
Departure time: 09h00 Day 1
Return time: 14h30 on Day 4 (approximate, depends on how busy the border is on the day)
Duration: 4 Days and 3 Nights (can be extended by booking additional nights at the Lodge)
Guests travelling on a budget or who prefer to stay at a more intimate accommodation establishment might consider staying at Rio Vista Lodge (3 Star) B&B in Malelane town instead. Rio Vista Lodge is located approximately 10km’s upstream of the Pestana Kruger Lodge in a suburb of the nearby town of Malelane. Price available on request.
Rio Vista Lodge offers 12 rooms with private patios overlooking the gardens. Each en-suite room accommodates a maximum of 2 Adults; Family suites accommodate a maximum of 2 Adults and 2 Children (4 people in total). All rooms are equipped with a bar fridge, electric kettle, TV with satellite channels, and air-conditioning. Family suites are equipped with a full sized fridge and a microwave.
Relax on the open viewing deck with a cocktail from the bar or cool off in the swimming pool. The property is located on the banks of the Crocodile River bordering the Kruger National Park. A-la-Carte restaurant located on the premises (The Deck restaurant is closed for business Sunday evenings and Monday lunch).
Kruger Safari from Maputo - What is included?
Return road transfers between Maputo and Kruger, 3 Nights’ accommodation at the 4 star Pestana Kruger Lodge (or similar), meals in the form of 3x Breakfasts and 3x Dinners (buffet style, drinks for own account), complimentary mineral water in vehicles, all conservation/entrance fees, 1x Full day Kruger National Park Safari in Open Vehicle, 1x Half day pm Kruger National Park Safari in Open Vehicle, Choice between either a Panorma Route Day Tour OR a Swaziland Day Tour on Day 2 of the Itinerary.
Kruger Safari from Maputo - What is not included?
Visas*, all lunches, soft and alcoholic drinks, room service, laundry, personal phone calls, expenses of a personal nature, optional extras, tips and gratuities (it is customary in South Africa to tip your guide, a general rule of thumb is to tip 10% of your excursion price per person if you were satisfied with the services received).
*Guests travelling to Kruger will have to be in possession of a multiple entry Visa for Mozambique (to be obtained prior to arriving in the country) or would need to purchase another single entry Visa at the border upon their return from South Africa. All Visa arrangements and costs are the guests’ responsibility, and participants are to ensure they familiarize themselves with the requirements and associated costs involved before booking this Safari Tour.
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.
Guests will be transferred by Private road transfer in luxury air-conditioned vehicle from Maputo in Mozambique to Malelane town to join this tour. Please note guests are to make their own arrangements to get to and from the departure point in Maputo namely the Pestana Rovuma Hotel situated at 114 Rua da Sé.
Guests can also fly from O R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit to join this tour. Recommended flights SA- 8841 Jhb 11h05-Nspt 11h50; SA8842-Nspt 13h35-Jhb 14h25. Cost of transer to/from airport additional, price on request.
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