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NALEDI Super, family-owned pair of Balule Lodges with run with great passion, enthusiasm and Guiding. Excellent waterhole and river hides ideal for photography and tranquil wildlife watching



PAFURI CAMP: Luxurious refurb of Lodge  in 24,000 Hectare Pafuri/ Makuleke concession with privileged access to Lanner Gorge, Fever Tree Forest, Limpopo River. Spacious Luvuhu riverbank Suites with private decks, visiting elephants in Camp, leopards on boardwalk

Regional highlights from Blyde Canyon and game-rich southern plains to northern sub-tropical baobab groves and fever tree forests. Fast-paced introductory trip with great contrasts, walking, Game Drives, and a range of options/ extensions

The K2C Meander is our best-selling self-drive Safari itinerary because it packs a lot in to a short time, covers more than just the bush and offers remarkable contrasts. It is mainly self-drive. This full-on experience offers varied game, bush, scenery and accommodation ranging from tented camps to spacious tented Suites right on the bank of a perennial elephant-infested river. Get yourself exploring the secret parts of the Lowveld others do not reach.

Elephant herd dwarfed by banks of Olifants River, Kruger National Park
Image used with sheldrickfalls's permission. He Guides for us on occasion

Explore the Lowveld's highlights in the lap of luxury. Enjoy Safaris through the contrasting extreme centre and north of the Kruger, spending a night in the Panorama Route region overlooking the Blyde River Canyon (Motlatse) on your way. Enjoy a comfortable tented Camp Walking Safari before relaxing into the wonderful Pafuri Camp in rarely-visted Makuleke in the remotest part of the Kruger.

Arrival day (for international arrivals)

Upon arrival at OR Tambo, you will be met and transferred to your local hotel. Your hire car will be delivered to the hotel.

If you are arriving on a night flight from Europe, or otherwise have time at your disposal, you can opt to take our Soweto tour and visit the Apartheid Museum. A side trip to a Wildlife sanctuary is possible if you are desperate get in to animal encounter mode from day zero! There are plenty of other optional extras too - talk to us! We can arrange for one of our Guides and vehicles to be at your disposal but you can organise things locally if you prefer.

Dinner is for your own account but we will happily make recommendations and bookings for you.

Overnight: Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Day One

Today you will need to make an early start for departure from Gauteng, heading north towards the Tropic of Capricorn. En route you will explore the Panorama Route: the Blyde Canyon, Gods Window, The Pinnacle, Bourkes' Luck potholes, and the Three Rondavels, staying at the excellently-located Aventure Blyde Canyon on the Canyon rim.

Blyde Canyon viewpoint

Overnight: Aventura Blyde Canyon

Day Two

Today you can finish off exploring the Canyon - visit the Pinnacle or Bourke's Luck potholes if you have missed them so far. There are waterfall and hiking trails, inclunding Trails from the Lodge

We recommend that you head off in time to check in to your next destination, the Coach House in the village of Agathe, outside Tzaneen, and then spend the afternoon exploring the Rain Queen Modjadji's cycad garden which is nearby. Come back to the hotel and enjoy drink in the splendid sub-tropical gardens before dinner and an early night.

Overnight: Coach House, Agathe, near Tzaneen

Day Three

Today requires a very early start for optional hot air ballooning over the private Big Five Reserves to the west of the Kruger main park. There is a minimum of two passengers for ballooning unless other guests from different groups are already booked. Departures are weather dependent, and you will be contacted the night before for confirmation that the flight will proceed. We will refund you with a funds transfers to your paying account if the activity cannot take place.

Transfer to Private Game Reserve adjacent to, unfenced with, the Kruger for your first Safari activities. After a most welcome lunch, you will head out on an afternoon Game Drive. These Reserves are Big Five and contain the predators, general game and birdlife of the main Park. You will benefit from the freedom of a Private Reserve in your Guides being able to drive off-road in pursuit of

Overnight: Klaserie or Balule, Naledi or similar

Day Four

Two Safari activities involving driving and/ or walking.

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: Klaserie or Balule, Naledi or similar

Day Five

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 Six

Morning walk option. Cycling option may be available at Olifants. Drive north through the Kruger game viewing to Shingwedzi. Similar options for the evening

Overnight: Shingwedzi

Day Seven

Drive north to the far north where South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique meet Subject to arrival time, afternoon game drive from Camp

Overnight: Pafuri Camp(hear about it here

Day Eight

Two game drive activities to take in Crooks Corner, Lanner Gorge, the fever tree forest and baobab groves Limited possibilities to walk around the glorious floodplain and glades areas of the Limpopo river

Overnight: Pafuri Camp(hear about it here

Day Nine

Morning drive and/ or walk at Pafuri Camp. Breakfast

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).

Recommended extension:

Keep your Guide and vehicle and transfer back by road. Spend a day exploring the ruins of the ancient ruin at Thulemela, inside the Park. Spend an additional night at Pafuri, check in to the iconic Outpost or spend time at the venerable Punda Maria Restcamp, one of the oldest in the Camp and a real pleasure.

Overnight: Pafuri Camp, The Outpost or Punda Maria Restcamp

Head south with your driver and Guide, exiting via the Punda Maria Gate and driving south to Phalaborwa, where you will arrive in time to explore the Estate where you will be staying, play a round of golf, or go on an evening sunset cruise alongside the Kruger.

Overnight: Hans Merensky Estate Hotel and Spa

Your final transfer will either be by road with your Guide to Johannesburg (5 hours) or Nelspruit (3 hours) for onward flights, or you can fly directly out of Phalaborwa airport (less than 1km from the Hotel) to ORT International.


The trip was exactly what we were hoping to do and the places certainly more than lived up to their descriptions. We had a wonderful time.

[The Walking Camp] was great place, lovely people. Here we had a lady ranger and saw a wide variety of animals, not least the two lionesses with cubs stalking a huge herd of zebra and the elusive leopard who crossed the road ahead of us. As you said in our itinerary we were certainly reluctant to leave.

Thank you once again for arranging the trip for us, Ill certainly be recommending any of our friends and colleagues who may venture out to South Africa to contact you for advice!

Vivienne went on this K2C Safari with her husband Alan

Arrival/ Day One Early depart, Panorama/Blyde Canyon O/N: Blyde Canyon Lodge
Day Two Explore the Canyon, Cycad Gardens, Duiwelskloof O/N: Coach House
Day Three .... Overnight: Klaserie/ Balule
Day Four Explore Klaserie or Balule on foot or vehicle. Overnight: as before
Day Five Self-drive thru Park. Evening drive option. Overnight: Olifants
Day Six Explore Kruger headed north O/N: Shingwedzi
Day Seven Full day Kruger self-drive to luxury river lodge O/N: Pafuri Camp
Day Eight Crooks Corner, Lanner Gorge, Fever Tree forest. O/N: Pafuri Camp
Day Nine Morning activity, breakfast. Charter/ extensions -- TRIP ENDS --