A super-luxurious Guided Safari in an air conditioned vehicle, exploring the full length of the Kruger and the Blyde Canyon.
ARRIVAL DAY (for international visitors)
You will be met from your flight by your Guide at the Airport and transferred to a local hotel. If you are arriving on a night flight from Europe then we will spend today on a Soweto tour and visit to the Apartheid Museum. There are plenty of other options in Johannesburg which our Guides provide, or we can place a Guide and vehicle at your disposal for the day.
Overnight: Kempton Park, Johannesburg
Early start with your Guide for departure from Gauteng to head north; explore the Panorama Route, Blyde Canyon, God's Window, The Pinnacle, Bourkes' Luck potholes, the Three Rondavels).
Overnight: Hoedspruit area
Rainforest and cycads option
If you wish we can spend an extra day here, staying instead near Graskop and use the time to explore the Tzaneen area, Modjadji Cycad Reserve and Magoebaskloof before returning to the itinerary below by staying around Hoedspruit.
Very early start for optional hot air ballooning over the private Big Five Reserves to the west of the Kruger main park, OR optional microlighting up towards the Blyde Canyon (different length of flights available; min 45 minutes suggested). Minimum 2 passengers for ballooning unless other guests from different groups are already booked.
Transfer to a private Game Reserve adjacent to, unfenced with, the Kruger for mixed mode walking and driving Safari. First activity in the afternoon
Overnight: Central Greater Kruger Private Game Reserve
Two Safari activities involving walking and potentially some driving Remote semi-luxury camp (thatched tents on platforms, ensuite showers and wc. Limited electricity only for recharging camera and video batteries and emergency lighting).
Overnight: as before
Morning activity at Lodge
Drive to the Kruger via the Orpen Gate and east towards Satara for lunch (best chance of cheetah on this road; generally a good area for big cats). [It is possible to enter via the Phalabowa gate to save on driving, but the longer route offers better game viewing opportunities] After lunch continue north to Olifants Rest camp (Letaba if full). Evening drive, bush braai, morning walk options, though the Guide will cook a braai for you if not.
Astronomy activity option at Olifants.
Morning walk option. Cycling option may be available at Olifants. Either must be specified in advance.
Drive north through the Kruger game viewing to Shingwedzi. Similar options for the evening
Drive north through the less well-travelled part of the National Park to the far north where South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique meet
Subject to arrival time, go on afternoon Game Drive from Camp, or relax in the pool area with drinks and spectacular elevated views across the Levuvhu floodplains
Two game drive activities to take in Crooks Corner, Lanner Gorge, the fever tree forest and baobab groves. There will be some, limited possibilities to stretch your legs around the glorious floodplain and glades areas of the Limpopo river
Overnight: The Outpost
Morning activity at The Outpost
Return charter flight (possibly shared) to OR Tambo; Hoedspruit or Nelspruit also possible if you are continuing elsewhere (e.g., Cape Town or Mozambique flights for the beaches). That ends the itinerary taken this way
There are plenty of extension options to continue from here, both within South Africa and without. Most obviously, if you have the time, stay on and take the Northern Wilderness Walking Safari which is a jaw-dropping way to really explore the remote Pafuri wilderness.
Alternatively, your Guide can drive you back if you prefer. It is a long drive and needs breaking up with stops - we usually recommend staying at Punda Maria Restcamp (Day Eight) with the extra morning exploring the Thulamela ancient civilisation ruins inside the Park (trading kingdom with the original Zimbabwe) if that can be fixed up (it takes quite a bit of organisation), and then starting the drive south outside the Park down to Phalaborwa, staying at Hans Merensky Hotel & Spa (Day Nine) which is an excellent Country Estate on the Kruger boundary with a golf course and boat trips on the Olifants River.
That leaves you with a final drive down to Johannesburg (5.5 hours), Nelspruit (3 hours) or a flight out of Phalaborwa on Day Ten (note that this would be Day Eleven if you have taken the Rainforest option)
"The Outpost was out of this world! What stunning views and such a different experience. From “Bob” the elephant holding us up for half an hour getting back to supper to our English ranger and the different wildlife (Civet, Genet, Jackal and many other rarities) it was a wonderful experience. So much so that we just had to stay for that extra day! [they did contact us whilst there and we were happy to oblige]" Vivienne went on this Safari with her husband Alan