Day 1, 2 & 3 – Kruger National Park
Accommodation Type: Chalets
Includes: Collection from Hoedspruit / Phalaborwa Airport, Accommodation and entrance fees per person into the reserve, brunch and dinner and game drives in closed safari vehicle.
Africa has many game parks, but the Kruger National Park is arguably the most spectacular
Lying in the heart of the Lowveld is a wildlife sanctuary like no other, its atmosphere so unique that it allows those who enter its vastness to immerse themselves in the unpredictability and endless wilderness that is the true quality of Africa.
The Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and one of the world’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in northeastern South Africa, and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west.
Skukuza is the administrative headquarters and main camp of the Kruger National Park in South Africa, it is the largest rest camp in South Africa and also the largest rest camp in the Kruger National Park. First established as part of the original Sabie Game Reserve in 1898, Skukuza camp is richly historical. Originally known as Sabie Bridge Rest Camp, Skukuza was adapted from the Tsonga word Sikhukhuza
Day 4 & 5 – Mount Sheba Resort – Panoramic Route
Accommodation Type: Lodging
Includes: Dinner & Breakfast, transfers, lunch at Graskop Harry’s Pancakes, touring on Panoramic Route (Closed vehicle) and entrances per person and…
Enroute to Mount Sheba.. a Memorable Encounter at Elephant Whispers
We invite you to experience the thrill of close encounters with the Majestic African Elephant. Witness their intelligence, compassionate nature and the sheer delight the elephant experience when interacting with their human counterparts. The Elephant Interaction offers you the opportunity to feel their constantly curious trunks, touch their rough skin, exchange trunk greetings and offer tasty treats, while learning about their behavior and history from the Elephant Handlers. An Elephant Back Ride offers a different perspective; embark on a journey which was once a privilege reserved only for kings!
And a Shangana Cultural Experience
The beautiful traditional villages of Shangana are owned by the Mapulana community, who present their traditional way of life. By supporting Shanagana, you are supporting over 100 jobs in a rural area. Shangana is just 5km from Hazyview, between the Kruger Park and Panorama Route. The Marula Market forms the centre of Shangana, the region’s leading market for local craft and curios – all at the best ‘Shangaan prices’. The picturesque setting and traditional huts make it an excellent reception and welcome area for guests arriving for tours, with individually decorated bathrooms and refreshments available.
During the day, tours are led by trained guides along a winding path through the bush and past fields where crops are grown. After gaining permission, guests enter a living village where they meet the resident Shangaan family and learn aspects of history, customs and traditions. Guests are encouraged to interact and really experience the way of life. The tour then proceeds to the mystical kraal of the sangoma (traditional healer) to learn about traditional medicines, before returning to the Marula Market.
About Mount Sheba …
Mount Sheba, A Forever Lodge is situated in the Rain Forest near the famous town of Pilgrim’s Rest in Mpumalanga. Superb Cuisine and Luxury Rooms with crackling wood Fireplaces, give a magical feel to this one-of-a-kind Forest Lodge. Tranquil Hiking Trails through the Rain Forest, rare Samango Monkeys and joyful bird calls will transport you to utter Relaxation.
The Panoramic Route …
The Panorama Route is a scenic road in South Africa connecting several cultural and natural points of interest. This route, steeped in the history of South Africa, is situated in the Mpumalanga province. The route is centred around the Blyde River Canyon, the world’s third largest canyon, and features numerous waterfalls, one of the largest afforested areas in South Africa, and several natural landmarks. The route starts at the foot of the Long Tom Pass just outside Lydenburg, following the natural descent from the Great Escarpment to the Lowveld, and ending at the border of the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces near the Echo Caves.
Day 6, 7 & 8 – Imagine Africa
Accommodation Type: Luxury Tented
Includes: Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 x open game drives per day and entrance fees per person into the reserve.
Set in the Balule Nature Reserve, Imagine Africa Luxury Tented Camp promises rich game viewing and spectacular views, as our boundary with Kruger National Park is open and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains form a majestic backdrop. This owner run small private Camp prides itself on the warm atmosphere offered, delicious food, beautiful views and African style safari tented accommodation. Our unassuming Camp provides an intimate nature experience in a relaxing environment where you can unwind, kick your shoes off and be yourself.
Enjoy lantern lit dinners in our boma or on our open deck under the star studded African sky. Breakfast and lunch is served on the open deck with views of the bush and waterhole frequented by a variety of resident animals. Sunrise and sunset safaris in open 4 x 4 vehicles are the highlights of the day. With our professional field guides, visitors can go in search of some of Africa’s famous variety of mammal and bird life, such as Giraffe, Zebra, African Fish Eagles, Vultures and the notorious Big 5 – Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo.
Our African safari-style tents are nestled in between Marula, Knobthorn and Acacia Trees and are perfectly positioned to provide breathtaking views all the way to the amazing Northern Drakensberg Mountains. Each tent is spacious and built in an elevated position with it’s own special view. The tents are fully furnished and have their own private deck and ensuite bathroom with an outside bath, indoor and outdoor shower and separate toilet. A choice of inverter or eco based air-conditioners and overhead fans are fitted in each tent ensuring that you stay cool during those warm summer nights… and can be set to warm during those colder nights in winter too.
In the main reception area, visitors will find a lounge for those lazy afternoons, and a dining area that keeps visitors dry when it rains. There is a cosy bar complete with a variety of first class South African wines. On the open deck area outside, there is a sunken swimming pool and sun loungers where visitors can enjoy those magical African days in the sun. During the day, the deck has unrivalled views of the surrounding bush, waterhole and mountains in the background. Imagine Africa’s resident staff will ensure that everyone has a memorable stay and becomes part of our continually growing family.
Day 9 – Home
Includes: Road Transfer after breakfast from Imagine Africa to Hoedspruit / Phalaborwa Airport