(Johannesburg, Kapama Private Game Reserve, Timbavati Game Reserve, Sabi Sands)
As the sun sets behind the distant Drakensberg Mountains and darkness descends, the Kapama Private Game Reserve comes alive with a wild symphony of nocturnal calls.
You’ll experience this from the safety of your safari vehicle as an experienced tracker expertly scans the landscape with his spotlight in search of nocturnal prowlers on an exciting night safari. You’ll also spot the animals who roam the savannah by day on several private game drives in the Kapama Private Game Reserve, Timbavati Game Reserve and Sabi Sand Private Reserve as skilled rangers provide an extensive safari experience. The most prized sighting, however, is the rare and elusive white lions of Timbavati that your skilled tracker will attempt to reveal.
This tour is for those serious about safari. Experienced trackers guide you through three of South Africa’s most famous game reserves in a range of daily game drives expertly designed to reveal the many faces of wild Africa. Your accommodation is in traditional African safari camps where antelope and vervet monkeys roam freely around the grounds and the sounds of the wild African savannah lull you to sleep under a blanket of stars.
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Upon arrival you will receive all of your necessary documents for your trip which contains a detailed personalized itinerary, maps, restaurant suggestions, Top Tips for exploring each city or region and a 24 hour concierge service (for restaurant reservations, spa treatments, child minders, day tours etc).
Upon arrival into South Africa you will be met inside the airport and escorted through Customs and Immigration avoiding any queues.
A privately driven vehicle will provide you with a transfer between the Airport and your hotel, or vice versa, today.
The 3-star Peermont Metcourt at Emperors Palace offers stylish and comfortable rooms as well as a "group-friendly" experience for corporate, convention and leisure guests. The hotel offers a variety of room configurations and amenities which include LCD flat screen TV, satellite DSTV channels for all languages, tea and coffee stations, secure internet connections, laptop safe, working desk with business-convenient plug points. The hotel's clean and modern façade is complimented by a private and sheltered pool terrace, set in a beautifully landscaped garden, providing guests with food and beverage service throughout the day. Specifications include a comfortable, large ground floor reception area with enough space to accommodate large tour and convention groups with ease. There is also an express-style deli for quick and convenient meals, a business centre with workstations and data connectivity for laptops, boardroom with state of the art facilities, and Wi-Fi internet access in public areas. The hotel also features the F.L.A.G Café and the 21° Cocktail Bar.
Take your flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit today. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide between Hoedspruit airstrip and your lodge.
At about 3.30pm everybody convenes for high tea, before departing with the same ranger/tracker team for the day's second African bush safari. Enjoy a sundowner drink along the way (not included in the tariff), and get out of the vehicle to stretch your legs and watch the sun go down over the distant Drakensberg Mountains. As darkness descends it's time to return to the safety of the Landrover and let the tracker scan the landscape with a spotlight picking out the glinting eyes of nocturnal animals. Return to the lodge at around 7pm, where there is time to freshen up before dinner.
Reminiscent of a traditional African safari camp, Kapama Buffalo Camp offers a unique and intimate experience in the African bush. It is ideal for discovering big game Africa in true safari tented style without compromising on comfort.
Before first light you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your early morning game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge for breakfast. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost depending on availability.
A guide will take you to the Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species facility where cheetah and a number of other rehabilitated animals can be viewed at close range. An educational video is shown to explain the projects undertaken by this unique establishment. A guided tour will follow to view the cheetah and other animals.
Two daily game drives are part of the fully inclusive tariff and your skilled ranger and tracker do their best to find the animals of Africa for you to admire. There are also many other species to be seen, large and small, as well as fascinating plants and colourful birds. Stop halfway through the morning game drive for hot drinks and rusks from the Landrover snack box and return at around 9am for breakfast. During the rest of the day, you are likely to see wildlife like nyala antelope and vervet monkeys around the lodges.
Private transfer from Kapama to Timbavati or Thornybush. Transfer time will vary depending on the location of your lodge. This transfer generally takes 1.5 hrs (Park fees not included).
This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. When the White Lions of the Timbavati were discovered in the mid-1970s, they became the subject of much interest and debate. There have been various “spiritual” powers attributed to the White lions and many people were and still are of
the opinion that the lions are a different species. The truth is that this is a natural phenomenon that occurs due
to “leucism”. The white coats possessed by the “White Lions of the Timbavati” were not the product of “albinism” (a relatively common condition resulting from a failure to develop pigment), but from another condition called “leucism”, in which the pelt is white but eyes and skin are pigmented. This rare event (also termed a “chinchilla mutation”) is thought to represent an evolutionary stage in the progressive loss of pigmentation.
Both parents carry the recessive “white gene”; and the offspring inherit the recessive gene of each parent. If a cub receives a dominant “tawny” gene from either parent, its pelt will
be tawny. Thus a litter may be comprised of both tawny and white cubs. Every so often we are treated to glimpses of these incredible animals in Timbavati.
Bordering the Kruger National Park and situated between the Timbavati and the Sabi Sand Reserves lies the 23 000 hectare Manyeleti Game Reserve. Manyeleti means, “The Place of the Stars” in the local Shangaan language. The Manyeleti Reserve is home to two tented camps, Honeyguide Khoka Moya Camp and Honeyguide Mantobeni Camp. Honeyguide Mantobeni Camp is designed to reflect Hemingways’ Africa, this 12 tented camp is nestled in a Tamboti grove overlooking a dry river bed. The reception areas comprise a large sitting area, indoor and outdoor areas, bar and climate controlled wine cellar. Honeyguide Khoka Moya comprises 12 large tents furnished in a contemporary yet comfortable style. Each tent is en-suite with double shower and separate toilet. A private outdoor seating area in front of each tent allows guests to relax and take in sights and sounds of the bush. The camps offer breathtaking wildlife experiences at the same time as pampering the senses with meticulous service and superb cuisine.
This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive or stay out later, past dusk to view some of the local nocturnal species. Creatures of every shape and size abound during the day, and by night visitors to the reserve are likely to see smaller, nocturnal mammals - such as porcupines, servals, civets and genets. As dusk falls the hunting begins...
Transfer from Lodge to Lodge
This afternoon you'll meet up with others at the lodge and embark on your afternoon game drive. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active. You'll be out in the reserve for a few hours before returning back to the lodge to freshen up for dinner. A private vehicle can be booked at an additional cost dependant on availability.
Arathusa Safari Lodge an enchanting lodge which lies within the world renowned Sabi Sand Private Reserve, adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park. The camp is an intimate one, completely open-plan and designed to harmoniously blend with the adjacent lake and African bush. Wood and thatch, air and water – an extension of the natural environment. Fabrics are natural, the design simple and elegant. Arathusa has both standard rooms and ultra-luxurious exclusive suitestucked into the untamed African bush. The camp is completely open-plan and flanks a mammoth waterhole which pulses with animal activity. This is the perfect location for the nature enthusiast who seeks an intimate environment and warm hospitality.
Transfer between Hoedspruit Airport and your lodge.
Take your flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg today. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
Depart from Johannesburg international airport - End of itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTVisitors to South Africa for tourism, short business meetings, or those in transit do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days. We recommend that the passports of all travelers to South Africa contain at least two completely blank (unstamped) visa pages each time entry is sought. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages (as many as four) at the back of the passport. While South African statutes require only one completely blank visa page, this rule has been applied inconsistently by South African immigration officials. In addition, any trip to a neighboring country would necessitate another blank page upon return.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the embassy of South Africa for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are relatively wide spread and good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/south-africa.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Pretoria (administrative). Government: Republic. Gained independence from the UK in 1910. Language: The official languages are Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. Religion: Most inhabitants profess Christianity. There are also Hindu, Muslim and Jewish communities, and traditional beliefs are still practiced widely, sometimes in conjunction with Christianity. Time: GMT + 2. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC; 250 volts AC (Pretoria), 50Hz. Three-pin round plugs are in use. Telephone: Country code +27. Area codes are used even if you are making a call in the same area. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage extends to most of the country except in the very remote areas. Internet: Internet cafes are present around the country and wireless is available at airports and in upmarket hotels.
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