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A super-luxurious Safari exploring the African wilderness in search of the ‘Big Five’. Start by discovering the vast elephant ranges of the Timbavati, home to some of the last great bulls. There is a rich concentration of game here which keeps the famed white lions busy. Stay in Kings Camp's luxurious, beautiful and tastefully appointed Suites.
Head by private chartered aircraft to the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, and track the Big Cats made famous by National Geographic. At Leopard Hills, Africa’s signature species abound in number and each day is different as you explore this prized territory in an open Landover. Leopards hunt. Lions roar at twilight. Overhead, majestic eagles keep watch. These are just a few of the amazing encounters awaiting you!
Departing from OR Tambo International, you will enjoy the ever-changing vistas on your flight across to the Lowveld, with downtown Johannesburg replaced by Soweto and the industrial heartland of South Africa before panoramas of the bush begin to open up beneath you. It is a different world here, with its own pace and rules.
Kings Camp is situated in the well-known Timbavati Reserve. This exclusive area covers about 60,000 hectares of pristine African bush in part of the world famous greater Kruger National Park.
The vast elephant ranges in Timbavati are home to some of the last great bull elephants, many of whom have been wiped out elsewhere across the continent through excessive hunting and ivory poaching. Timbavati is committed to the conservation of these large tusked elephants.
It is also the ancestral home of the fabled white lion. Recently, two small lion cubs were born to parents whose combination of recessive genes turned the cub's fur bright white.
The ten Luxury Suites all have indoor and private outdoor showers. Beautifully and tastefully appointed, there are romantic, soft cascading mosquito nets, remote controlled air conditioners, a purposefully stocked mini bar fridge, tea and coffee facilities.
Kings Camp offers a lounge/dining room, bar, pool terrace and a game viewing platform which overlooks a very active waterhole. Other facilities include the curio shop, laundry, valet, fax, gym and library with internet facilities.
During the early morning and late afternoon you will have the opportunity to embark on some fascinating game drives with knowledgeable rangers in open vehicles. The reserve is home to the much spoken about Big Five and much more. In between the drives the days are flexible and, weather permitting, you will be able to feel the soil of Africa beneath your feet on a bush walk.
You will be served tea, coffee and biscuits on your morning game drive and drinks and canapés on your afternoon game drive. Your afternoon game drive gets back after dark, which gives you the opportunity to spot our nocturnal animals with a spotlight. It is a privilege to quietly watch a wild animal in its natural environment going about its usual business.
After the morning game drive and a scrumptious bush breakfast you will be transferred by light aircraft to Leopard Hills in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Here your every dream becomes a reality. The view of the wilderness is endless, the service impeccable and the setting breathtaking.
Leopard Hills has an amazing setting up on a cliff overlooking the plains below. As well as your twice-daily drives conducted by knowledgeable Guides, you can view the Big Five from the luxury of your private deck. And the main area is perfect for whiling the day away with a pair of binoculars in the glorious sun, or under the shade of an umbrella. From this viewpoint you will discover many untold secrets of the African bush while enjoying a sumptuous breakfast or indulgent lunch. Leopard Hills is the sort of place where the game comes to you.
The suites are generously spacious. Air-conditioning and overhead fans provide welcome respite against the harshness of the African heat. The breathtaking romantic bathrooms, which include double indoor and outdoor showers, have windows which open to a glorious view of the passing cavalcade below.
The comfortable beds are completed by beautiful crisp percale cotton linen, down duvets and pillows, and gracious mosquito netting. There are plenty of special touches to discover in your suite, from weather notes and African poems, to a fine array of bath salts and bathroom luxuries.
Between game activities, enjoy the privacy of your suite and salute the timelessness of Africa over a drink or snack from your fully stocked mini bar. Savour the day in your hammock or on the pool lounger outside, listening to the tranquil sound of the surrounding bushveld and watching the comings and goings of the game.
Dining Room with a view
The dining room has a beautiful view of a waterhole beyond, and holds the finest in silver service dinners. Your meal would be incomplete without one of South Africa's fine wines to accompany it. The acclaimed cellar underneath the dining room is a treat for the connoisseur as well as the learning amateur, and brims with racks of the finest local and international wines. The friendly team will assist you in choosing the perfect one to match your menu.
The traditional Shangaan boma is used on warm nights and is a truly memorable way to experience an evening under the African night sky next to a crackling warm fire. A pre or post-dinner drink and fireside chat with your friendly ranger and new friends is always a superb way to close the day.
You will be woken early for your morning game drive or walk. As well as the amazing smells and sounds that flow from a new day dawning in Africa, you may have opportunity to appreciate the aroma of a sumptuous breakfast in the heart of the bush.
Walking opens up the bush and one is given the opportunity to experience the ‘finer’ aspects of the bushveld. The smaller things come to life on a walk: insects, grasses, trees and less obvious species that are all an integral part of the ecosystem. And to walk in the Sabi Sand, the real heart of the Kruger: that is an experience that will last you a lifetime.
Back to the Lodge and, when the heat is on, cool down on the open-air veranda. When in Africa, do as the Africans do and sink below the refreshing surface of the main swimming pool.
Lunches are served under big shady umbrellas, and are an occasion in themselves. The team incorporate the best locally produced ingredients and modernise old classics to produce cuisine that make you feel satisfied in every way.
You will gather back in the main area in the middle of the afternoon for a light snack and drink before heading out into the wide open plains of the Sabi Sand.
The characterful cooking is a highlight of every dinner at Leopard Hills and something to look forward to once you have worked up an appetite on drive. Dining is decadent and the settings creative. No dinner will be the same over your three nights, from dining under the stars in the traditional boma to fine silver service style in the clifftop dining room.
On warm nights in summer, guests may be treated to a three-course meal in the heart of the bushveld. As guests complete their evening game drive, they will be enticed by the essence of a burning fire, to arrive to a hurricane lit ‘dining room’ in the bush. With the finest in cuisine and service excellence, guests will enjoy an unforgettable feast under African starlit skies.
You'll start the day exploring in your open Land Rover, and will cover good ground in the three hours or so before the sun heats up too much. Unless, that is, you elect to stay at the Lodge and enjoy the splendour of your surroundings.
Traditional Full English and Continental breakfasts are served on the main deck when the travellers return, with its stunning view over the waterhole yielding frequent sightings.
At a time of your choosing during your three night stay at Leopard Hills you will embark on a viewing trip of a somewhat different kind. And fear not, it will not interfere with your precious game viewing time.
Swoop over deep and mysterious gorges, linger above roaring rivers and cascading waterfalls and view the fascinating and dramatic rock formations of the Blyde River Canyon (Motlatse).
This is an exhilarating flight that swoops over deep and mysterious gorges, through lush valleys bursting with vegetation and colour. You will linger above cascading waterfalls, allowing for spectacular photographic opportunities. The flight follows the escarpment of the Drakensberg Mountains to God’s Window, which offers awesome panoramic views of the bushveld below.
From there it is into and over the fascinating and dramatic rock formations of the 1000m deep, 30 kilometre long Blyde River Canyon. Your airborne views of the third deepest and greenest canyon in the world, and its remarkable geology, cannot be beaten.
You will have a bird’s eye view of the curious Three Rondavels. The helicopter will land at a site with magnificent views of the Mpumalanga Lowveld, where you are invited to enjoy a delicious picnic accompanied by South African Sparkling wine.
This activity will take place at lunchtime (sparkling breakfast if you prefer), so that you can return in time to enjoy the afternoon's game viewing activities, and maybe squeeze in a quick treatment or two.
There is an extremely good treatment sala and gym here. Spend a pleasurable hour being pampered whilst enjoying the stunning views across the bush, before heading out into it for you penultimate drive.
You will return from your afternoon drive for you final dinner. You will be invited to chose from a selection of unique South African dishes, from stir fry to game kebabs, the finest in South African fish or dishes served in traditional cast iron pojtie pots, all guaranteed to delight your tastebuds. Every meal at Leopard Hills is a special occasion, offering you fresh, wholesome and honest cuisine.
You can opt to have a private dinner on the deck of your suite, offered to couples wanting to spend time together in privacy. The ultimate in romance, private dinners at Leopard Hills seduce the senses and soothe the soul. The perfect end to the perfect Safari experience!
After a final morning spent out in the bush in the vehicle or on foot, you will be transferred by light aircraft back to Johannesburg. Savour your last view of the wild as your wheels lift off from the bush airstrip, and brace yourselves for a return to reality!