Days 1 - 2: Hazyview

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG TO KRUGER 

Guests will be collected from various lodges and hotels within a 5 km radius of the OR Tambo International Airport between 6:30 am and 6:45 am, and then from the OR Tambo International Airport shuttle and bus Terminal between 6:45 and 7:00 am, we depart at 7:15 am.

 Guests will have time to relax, unpack and enjoy a light lunch, there after enjoy a swim or walk around the beautiful Lodge and it’s walking trail.

We depart from the lodge around 15.45 Pm for a Sunset / Night safari in the Kruger National Park, The Beauty of an afternoon safari is the golden hour when the light is just perfect, in winter one will experience longer night drives then in summer when the sun sets later, however every safari is special and different. Later afternoon when the temperatures drop wildlife starts moving and your guide will try his best to help you find the best possible sightings, before returning to the lodge around 20.00 pm for a lovely dinner, and a good night’s rest preparing for your full day safari in the Kruger National Park.

 

DAY 2: KRUGER SAFARI

All safaris start before sunrise, Mpumalanga means the place of the rising sun and is the first province in South Africa to see the sun rise. This is the best part of the day, not knowing what to expect, after a short drive to the park, we enter the park gates and your guide will have an idea of the best areas to find the best wildlife including the Big 5 and plains game, this is the finest time of the day to see predators.

The Lodge will arrange breakfast packs and your guide will stop after about 3 hours for a breakfast and bathroom break and chance to get a coffee. We then continue with your safari, Kruger offers a variety of eco zones and each one has a different range of wildlife, we visit rivers and watering holes as well as plains and Bushveld regions.

We then stop for lunch at a rest camp, where this meal will be for your own account, time to do some curio shopping or enjoy a cold beer! The guide will then continue with the safari heading towards the lodge, we arrive around 15.30 – 16.00 pm, time to relax, swim and have a great dinner.

 

Expert tips

Departure Time

06:30 AM – 06:45 AM – Clients will be collected from lodges within a 5 km radius of the OR Tambo International Airport.

Clients can fly directly into Skukuza Kruger National park, or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airports and be collected by your Kurt safari Guide at no additional cost.

Activities and Services

Included

  • 2 nights accommodation 
  • Meals: 1 x breakfast, 1 x lunch 1 x dinner
  • Shared scheduled shuttle from OR Tambo airport to Umbhaba Lodge
  • Sunset/night Kruger National Park safari with mineral water
  • Full day Kruger National Park safari
  • Conservation levies & entry fees

Excluded

  • Meals not stipulated
  • Drinks
  • International & Local flights

Days 3 - 4: Hazyview

DAY 3: PANORAMA ROUTE 

Today we start with delicious hot breakfast at the lodge at 7.30 Am and your guide will meet you at 8 am in a closed air-conditioned vehicleThe Panorama route starts after a 45 min drive from Hazyview, however we climb almost 1 000m in elevation to the Northern Drakensburg Mountain range. The temperatures vary a lot from Hazyview, so bring a jacket and comfortable walking shoes as we do some lovely walks.

We visit God’s Window which allows people a window from the escarpment and a1 000 m drop below one can see as far as Kruger and beyond on a clear day. Your comfortable walking shoes will be needed as the various lookout points have paths and trails to the view sights. To get to the top takes an average person around 15-20 minutes, but it is worth the walk through a natural rainforest environment.

Bourkes Luck Potholes is a stunning natural formation created by water erosion over hundreds of years. The Bourke’s Luck potholes have round carvings and holes with different sizes formed in the Treur River and Blyde river confluence in the red sandstone. Your guides will brief you on all the history of the region. Guests can use small foot bridges and walk over the chasms, looking at the water flowing through the cracks and holes. There are also several small but beautiful waterfalls that litter the area, we spend about 1 hour here and it’s a great walk of about 1 Km in total.

Blyde River Canyon, the 3rd largest canyon in the world. The canyon is over 40km long and is as deep as 1 200m. The canyon contains vast amounts of plant life with rivers and dams making up the floor of the canyon. At a certain lookout point on the canyon, guests get to see another beauty of the Panorama Tour, the 3 Rondavels - The Rondavels get their name from their similar appearance to the Rondavel houses a traditional hut commonly built in Africa, these 3 outcrops stand prominently from the landscape.

The Guides will also visit Lisbon falls, a beautiful waterfall that has a strong flow of water throughout the year. Lunch and some curio shopping will be in the Highveld town of Graskop, famous for its great Pancakes and our lunch venue for the day, there some great small shops and quests will have time to enjoy a stroll through the town.

Arrive back at the Lodge at about 4 Pm after a great day, enjoy a drink, a swim and dinner at the lodge, before an early start for a last morning safari in Kruger.

 

DAY 4: MORNING KRUGER SAFARI

We always depart before sunrise and this is the best time for viewing wildlife as predators are mostly active in the early hours of the day. Your guide will focus on animals and regions not yet seen or covered, The Kruger National Park has 148 mammal species and over 500 bird species so there is always something to see, no safari is ever the same.

Kruger has a huge network of roads to choose from guides will safari in different areas of the park in different seasons, giving clients the chance to see more sightings and the beautiful wilderness and vegetation.

We return to the lodge around 11 am, today we have an afternoon at leisure, swim, enjoy some great walks around the lodges, try our local bears or just enjoy our great African weather. A light lunch and tasty dinner will be served at the lodge.

Activities and Services

Included

  • 2 nights accommodation 
  • Meals: 2 x breakfast, 1 x lunch, 2 x dinner
  • Full day tour of the Panorama Route

  • Morning Kruger National Park Safari

  • Conservation levies & entry fees

Excluded

  • Meals not stipulated
  • Drinks

Day 5: End of Itinerary

DAY 5: DEPARTURE BACK TO JOHANNESBURG

No safari is ever the same and today we have your last safari in the great Kruger National Park, time to just enjoy the bush or find your elusive leopard. Our guides have years of knowledge and experience and they will go out of their way to ensure your safari is memorable.

After a short breakfast and coffee stop, we will continue with the safari returning to the lodge at around 11 am, here you say goodbye to your guide and freshen up before the journey back to Johannesburg.

   

Expert tips

Arrival Time

17:00 PM - 18:00 PM –return to Johannesburg OR Tambo shuttle terminal and lodges within a 5 km radius

Clients can fly directly out from Skukuza Kruger National park, or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airports and be dropped by your Kurt safari Guide at no additional cost.

 

Activities and Services

Included

  • Breakfast
  • Morning Kruger National Park Safari
  • Conservation levies & entry fees
  • Shared scheduled shuttle from Umbhaba Lodge to OR Tambo International airport

Excluded

  • International flight
  • Transfer not stipulated
  • Lunch
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