We have chosen particularly peaceful lodges in two of the least developed and most spectacular parts of the private Kruger, and connected them together by scheduled and chartered light plane to give you the ultimate stress-free itinerary. Relaxation starts at your private departure terminal at Johannesburg airport, and continues through your six nights of scenery- and game-rich luxury until you return refreshed.
SCHEDULED FLIGHT FROM JOHANNESBURG
Start your safari in style at the private Federal Air terminal at OR Tambo International Airport. Relax in the comfortable lounge with complimentary snacks and beverages, before departing on your scheduled charter-style flight for a scenic 90 minute transit over the Kruger to Makuleke.
THREE NIGHTS IN MAKULEKE
Makuleke is the far northern extension of the Kruger, harder to get to and less developed. It is a peaceful sub-tropical oasis of baobab groves and fever tree forests. Game is attracted by the perennial Levuvhu river which, with the Limpopo, forms a choke point for migratory animals when in full spate. There is one main public tar road in the 230 square kilometres of land which are otherwise yours to explore. They include the spectacular Lanner and Mutale gorges which are perfect spots for a peaceful sundowner.
Tranquillity here revolves around the unsurpassed horizon view across the baobab-studded floodplains of the Luvuvhu river to the foothills of the Lebombo mountains in Mozambique. A stroll in the bush after breakfast is hard to beat. The pace of lodge life is slow and relaxed. Your living space is huge and open to the outside world with a wrap-around balcony and a spectacular view from the bath of passing game below.
After brunch, your guide will return you by open vehicle on a short 45 minute transfer within the park to the airstrip, where your charter flight awaits. Fly over some of the scenery that you have just explored, before heading south to Manyeleti’s airstrip in the central part of the Greater Kruger.
THREE NIGHTS IN MANYELETI
Manyeleti is the less developed of the central Kruger private reserves, sharing the game-rich terrain of unfenced neighbours Timbavati south and Sabi Sand north. As extensive as Makuleke, there are a whacking 230 square kilometres available to yourselves and one other premium lodge– a huge area to explore in relative solitude. Vehicle density on Manyeleti is particularly low, ensuring peaceful and unhurried sightings, unless the game gets frisky.
Tranquillity here is to be found in the unhurried atmosphere and finery of the lodge. Walking is extraordinary too. Cuisine and wine are excellent. Game activities are flexible and undisturbed by other vehicles, and taking your time can result in some spectacular sightings.
Spend a final morning out on the plains on a drive or on foot. The plains of the Manyeleti host some of the less frequently seen predators such as cheetah and wild dog. They are also well suited to white rhino which are present in numbers.
SCHEDULED FLIGHT TO JOHANNESBURG
After your morning activity and a hearty brunch, you will be transferred to the airstrip for a lodge-hopper service flight back to Johannesburg. Should you be continuing instead to Cape Town, we will make arrangements to get you to Hoedspruit airport or KMIA in plenty of time for your onward connection.