5 Day 3-in-One Safari Tour Itinerary
Arrival at Kruger National Park
After spending the night in Johannesburg or after an early arrival at OR Tambo you make your way to the Hoedspruit shuttle departure point at the airport bus terminal. During the transfer you will have opportunity to buy provisions at one of the rest stops along the way. You arrive after 5-6 hours’ drive in Hoedspruit where you are met by your guide who then takes you to Orpen Gate, one of the entries to Kruger National Park. You continue the journey in 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 your first game drive just before the gate closes for the night. After check in you can have a dinner of your own choice at the camp’s restaurant. We have an early night to be ready for the full day Safari the next day.
Safari and check in at African Rock Lodge
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. We continue our safari for the rest of the day until we leave the national park in the late afternoon and proceed to this night’s accommodation, one of our excellent and highly rated partner lodges in Hoedspruit. Your dinner will be prepared for you as you make yourself comfortable in your room or rest by the pool.
Panorama Route Tour
Today you have breakfast at your lodge and we then leave on the full day Panorama Route Tour, with its breath taking scenery and natural wonders that are a must on any visit to the area. We will see the exceptional view at Blyde River Canyon, the world’s largest green canyon. Next we visit Bourke’s Potholes where you can walk around and over the bridges to take a good look at the gullies and streams where gold was found during the old times. We head over to Graskop where you can enjoy lunch. On our way back we also stop at God’s Window for another spectacular view of the Lowveld and at Lisbon falls. Stops and exact itinerary are weather dependent.
You can have dinner at one of the excellent restaurants in or near town (not included).
Today you enjoy your relaxed breakfast at the lodge and we pick you up around 8 for the Cultural Tour. First we proceed to the local village of Welverdiend and introduce you to some of the village personalities such as the traditional healer, the village chief and traditional council and take you to some local micro businesses, for example the place where they make traditional beer. You can also visit the pre-school, school and a school that caters for children with special needs.
What makes this tour so special is that it is completely authentic and nothing is staged; nobody is waiting for us and that means that each time we do this tour it is different. Depending on the time of the year, people may prepare and sell products that are in season; the traditional council may be gathering or something else may be going on that particular day that is worth seeing.
Our guide is originally from the very village that we are visiting and knows almost everyone in person, meaning that he has a special rapport with the local people that enables him to gently and non-invasively demonstrate rural life to our guests. The villagers appreciate our presence and welcome it.
After the tour you will have a meal at our African restaurant nearby in the bush right next to Kruger Park. Then we take you back to the lodge where you can relax by the pool before you can have a light or not-so-light dinner at one of the excellent restaurants in town or at the lodge on request (not included).
Return to Johannesburg
Depending on your flight schedule, we leave the lodge in the (early) morning and take you to the shuttle departure point where you board your shuttle back to OR Tambo Airport on time for your return flight back home or onwards journey in South Africa.