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Superlative views and mind-expanding open-room design in the remote, unexplored Pafuri- Makuleke Kruger concession
Lanner Gorge, Crooks Corner, fever tree forests, glades, great grey-green greasy Limpopo river...

RELATED SELF-DRIVE SAFARI k2c’s most popular itinerary, ranging from the Panorama Route and skies of Blyde Canyon, to a Walking Safari and the delights of Pafuri. Luxurious Safari available Guided or self-driving, with various options including a charter flight back to Johannesburg

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

Day One

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.

Day Two

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

Honeyguide's Mantobeni Tented Camp
Mantobeni Tented Camp is one of the Camp options for this itinerary

Day Three

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

Day Four

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.

Overnight: Olifants or Letaba

Day Five

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

Overnight: Shingwedzi

Day Six

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

Overnight: The Outpost (hear about it here)

Day Seven

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

Day Eight

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

Extension options

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

Arrival/ Day One Early depart, Panorama Route/Blyde Canyon Overnight: Hoedspruit
Day Two Ballooning/microlighting. Drive. Overnight: Greater Kruger Reserve
Day Three Explore Klaserie or Balule on foot or vehicle. Overnight: as before
Day Four Self-drive thru Park. Evening drive option. Overnight: Olifants
Day Five Explore Kruger. Cycling, Walking, astronomy options O/N: Olifants
Day Six Full day self-driver Kruger to fab luxury lodge overnight: The Outpost
Day Seven Crooks Corner, Lanner Gorge, Fever Tree forest. O/N: The Outpost
Day Eight Morning activity, breakfast. Charter/ extensions -- TRIP ENDS --