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Big 5 Encounters

South Africa

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This short tour takes you to one of the world’s best game parks, the Kruger National Park, and you’ll have the perfect opportunity to bag the big 5, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo!

First you will visit the Kwa Madwala Reserve with its leopard conservation project providing a safe haven for this majestic big cat. Then head deep into the park in search of wildlife. Kruger National Park was established in 1898 and covers nearly 2 million hectares. It is unrivalled in the diversity of its wildlife with approximately 145 mammal species including the ‘Big Five’, a list of over 500 bird species, some of which are not to be found elsewhere in South Africa, and 336 tree species occur in the park.

Leaving the park behind we head back to Johannesburg along the spectacular Panoramic Route, passing through the towering cliffs of Blyde River Canyon, one of South Africa’s most amazing natural wonder.

Arrival location:

Johannesburg, South Africa

Departure Location:

Johannesburg, South Africa

Included in your experience:

  • 5 night's accommodation
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners

Not included in your experience:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader
  • Any other items not mentioned above

    None Available for this package
DAY 1 Arrive in Johannesburg
We meet and greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or take a look around the local area.
Johannesburg hotel
Single Room Supplement, Extra night - pre-tour

DAY 2 Kwa Madwala Reserve
An early start from Johannesburg, we travel through the Northern Province of Mpumalanga en route to the breathtaking Kruger National Park. This afternoon we enter the Kwa Madwala Game Reserve just south of the Kruger Park. After settling in we enjoy an evening game drive followed by local dancing and dinner. Look out for those shining eyes and keep your cameras ready!
Gazebo Game Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 Kruger National Park
Today we start with a morning game walk before proceeding into the Kruger National Park. We enjoy an afternoon game drive from the comfort of our Nomad Truck. On the way keep your eyes open for more wildlife. Our truck gives us a more elevated view of the park and the ability to spot big cats and other smaller game that can be hiding in the vegetation. Optional Activity: Night game drives with SANP Game Ranger (Subject to availability).
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 Kruger National Park
Today we have a full day of game viewing planned in a Kruger National Park open 4x4 vehicle. This gives you some fantastic photo opportunities so keep your eyes open for Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Rhino and Buffalo, known as Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as well as many other species of animals and birds. Optional Activities: Morning walk with SANP Game Ranger, Night game drives with SANP Game Ranger (Subject to availability).
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 Panorama Route / Johannesburg
This morning we leave Kruger National Park on our journey back to Johannesburg. We travel along the spectacular Panorama Route. Blyde River Canyon is the 3rd largest canyon in the world, with breathtaking views of formations such as God’s Window and the Three Rondavels. We also see The Bourke’s Luck Potholes, which have been gradually eroded by the Treur River. Most groups spend this last night together at a local restaurant. Optional Activities: Morning Game Walk with SANP, Dinner in a local Restaurant.
Johannesburg hotel
Breakfast, Lunch

>DAY 6 Johannesburg / Departure transfer
Free time until your departure airport transfer.
Extra night - post-tour
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Big 5 Encounters

South Africa

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