3 Day Tour Itinerary
Arrival at Kruger National Park
After spending the night in Johannesburg or after an early arrival at OR Tambo Airport you are picked up by your guide with a comfortable air conditioned vehicle who then takes you on a 5-6 hours’ drive to Orpen Gate, one of the entries to Kruger National Park on the boundary of Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces. During the transfer you will have opportunity to buy provisions or have a quick meal at one of the rest stops along the way (total stopping time ̴1 hour). At Orpen Gate you will change vehicles to an Open Safari Vehicle which gives you a 180 degrees panoramic view of the African savannah with a full experience of all smells and sounds, and a perfect vantage point to see over high grasses and bushes. We reach Satara Rest Camp after our first game drive just before the gate closes for the night. After check in your guide will set up the tent for you and you can have a dinner of your own choice at the camp restaurant (not included). We have an early night to be ready for the full day Safari the next day.
Full day safari and overnight at observation post (hide)
We get up at dawn to make the most of our Kruger Safari. Your guide prepares a quick coffee for you and you can have rusks with your drink for a quick snack as we get on our way. Alternatively, you may join one of the spectacular and informative morning walks that are offered by the national park in the early hours of the morning; if you chose to do so your guide will wait for you at the camp with the breakfast and we will depart on safari afterwards. We spend the morning in search of all the iconic animal species including the Big 5 with a dedicated professional field guide, who will use expert knowledge of the area to interpret the natural environment for you in every detail. Your guide will frequent various waterholes and river systems as well as other Kruger hot spots to maximize your opportunity to see as much as possible and ensure the scenery on display is ever changing and picturesque.
We stop at one of the picnic spots or at the rest camp; where your guide prepares a delicious breakfast for you. Later we stop again at one of the rest camps for a lunch at the restaurant.
In the evening we reach Mopani Camp for check in. The observation post (hide) is a short drive from the main rest camp. Our guide gets the fire going and you settle in with the camp provided bedding, mosquito nets and cooking supplies. Your guide prepares a rustic braai for you and you gather around the camp fire for dinner and story telling as the bush around you comes to live in the settling darkness of another African night. You spend the night in the observation post which is secured by a tall wooden fence, built above ground on stilts and with open windows secured by a mesh grid. It is positioned next to a water hole below which allows you a clear view of any visiting animals at nightfall, in the morning hours and during the night. Your rustic but comfortable beds are covered by mosquito nets. During the night you are most likely to hear animals of all kinds move around and vocalize in the dark, all from a safe viewing spot. This is possibly your greatest adventure yet and an experience you will never forget.
Last game drive and return to Johannesburg
From 6am the observation post is again open for day visitors so we leave after an early breakfast to have a shower at the main rest camp. We make our way to Phalaborwa Gate where your transfer vehicle awaits you for your return trip back to Johannesburg.