Exclusive Kruger Game Drives
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Last updated: 02/19/2009
Combine a visit to the epic Blyde River Canyon with the exclusive Timbavati Game Reserve. One of the most highly populated wildlife reserves, the Timbavati provides a great chance to see the big 5.
Johannesburg/Pretoria - DullstroomLeave Pretoria early in the morning by rental car and take the N4 to the eastern province of Mpumalanga. Slowly but surely, the countryside will become more meadow-like and hilly and traffic will become scarce. Arrive in Dullstroom in the afternoon; this is one of the best fly fishing areas in South Africa and the area is also known for its birds of prey and breathtaking horseback rides. This picturesque town is a great place to spend the night between Pretoria and the Timbavati Game Reserve. You'll sleep in a charming guest house with a fireplace and a large garden in which you'll find many different types of birds.
Total distance on day 1 is approximately 300 km or 3,5 hours.
Dullstroom - Timbavati (via Blyde River Canyon)Today you'll have plenty of time for sight-seeing in this spectacular area. Drive past Blyde River Canyon and visit the uniquely shaped hills at the Three Rondavels. Along the way stop to see the effects of wind and erosion on stone at Bourkes Luck Potholes. Another must-see is the view from Gods Window, where you can see all the way to Mozambique if skies are clear. A fun stop along the way is the former mining town Pilgrim's Rest with its historic houses and friendly cafÃ©s.
Once you reach Timbavati, freshen up on a porch overlooking the (usually) dry riverbed of the Nshlaralumi river and an animal watering hole. In most cases your first game drive through this beautiful reserve will take place shortly after your arrival (be sure to arrive before 15.00).
Total distance on day 2 is approximately 200 km or 2,5 hours.
TimbavatiSpend the entire day in the Timbavati Reserve. You'll go on organised game walks and game drives deep into the bush lead by professional Shangaan trackers. The lodge has game drive rights on approximately 10.000 acres of land. Approximately 40 large animal species live here such as lions, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, rhinos, hyenas and wild dogs. However, don't forget about the smaller animals; there are 350 or so different species of birds. Take time out in between game walks and game drives to relax on the terrace of your bungalow or to take a nap in a hammock near the swimming pool in the rocks.
In the evening you'll have your dinner by campfire, where the most delicious meals will be prepared. Behind your bungalow lies an authentic, thatched, open air bathroom with shower and toilet. After an exciting day of safari you'll be able to enjoy a warm shower, under the stars or in the glow of an oil lantern.
Timbavati - Kruger Park - HazyviewAfter a game drive and breakfast, head off towards Kruger's Orpen Gate. Pass Satara and the Orpen dam and slowly head south towards Skukuza. You'll have most of the day to spot wild animals in Kruger Park. The roads are in excellent condition and most of the roads are paved. Although you'll drive comfortably, keep in mind that the speed limit is only 40 km/hour. Make sure to leave the park on time. Spend the night right outside of Kruger Park in the village of Hazyview, where you'll stay in a cosy hotel with pool.
Total distance on day 4 is approximately 250 km or 3,5 hours.
Hazyview - Swaziland/Johannesburg
This morning you'll travel by car to Johannesburg taking in the scenic African countryside as you go.
- Inclusions -
- Dullstroom and Hazyview breakfast included, Timbavati based on full board and 2 game activities per day (one game activity on day 2, two activities on day 3 and one activity on day 4), coffee/tea, rangers and trail information
- Exclusions -
- Car rental, entrance fees Timbavati and Kruger (132 Rand per person, per day)
- Extras -
- This travel module can be combined very well with our 'Beehive Huts and St. Lucia' tour.
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