8 days from $4,912 per person*
  • Experience six consecutive days of safari tracking in top South African game reserves.
  • Get closer to the wildlife than you ever dreamed possible in the company of experienced trackers.
  • Receive VIP assistance upon arrival in Johannesburg.
  • Enjoy private transfers throughout.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of quality accommodations.
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Africa is a magical place, no matter the time of day. This trip is living proof. Designed for serious safari lovers, this tour lets you spot the animals that roam the savannah by day during daily game drives through the Thornybush Game Reserve and Sabi Sands Game Reserve while a skilled ranger provides expert insight into the wildlife and their environment. Later, experience the rawness of nature from the comfort of a safari vehicle as your highly trained tracker expertly scans the horizon with a spotlight in search of nocturnal prowlers on an exciting nighttime safari. Throughout, you’ll stay in traditional African safari camps where antelope and vervet monkeys roam freely and the sounds of the wild African savannah lull you to sleep under a blanket of stars.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Johannesburg
    Johannesburg
    • Meet & Greet & Assist - VIP service
    • Activity - Documents Package - Documents
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Johannesburg to Hoedspruit to Thornybush Private Game Reserve
    Johannesburg to Hoedspruit to Thornybush Private Game Reserve
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Johannesburg - Hoedspruit [Direct, 1 hr] - Scheduled Flight
    • Private Transfer - Hoedspruit - Thornybush Private Game Reserve [Airport, 1 hr] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Conservation Fee
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 Thornybush Private Game Reserve
    Thornybush Private Game Reserve
    • Morning Game Drive
    • Afternoon Game Drive 2
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 Thornybush Private Game Reserve
    Thornybush Private Game Reserve
    • Morning Game Drive 2
    • Bush Walk
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 Thornybush Private Game Reserve to Sabi Sands
    Thornybush Private Game Reserve to Sabi Sands
    • Private Transfer - Thornybush Private Game Reserve - Sabi Sands [3-4 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Afternoon Game Drive
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Sabi Sands
    Sabi Sands
    • Morning Game Drive
    • Afternoon Game Drive 1
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 Sabi Sands
    Sabi Sands
    • Morning Game Drive 1
    • Night Game Drives
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 Sabi Sands to Skukuza
    Sabi Sands to Skukuza
    • Transfer - Sabi Sands - Skukuza [Notten's Bush Camp to Airport - 1 hr] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Skukuza - Johannesburg [Direct, 1 hr] - Scheduled Flight
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Day 1: Johannesburg

Upon arrival to Johannesburg, you will be welcomed at the door of your aircraft by a local representative holding a sign with your name on it. Alongside your assistant, you will be directed through immigration, baggage collection and customs before being directed to your onward flight, airport hotel, or to your awaiting driver and vehicle.

To ensure a seamless experience, a documents package containing useful information including a detailed itinerary with pick­-up and drop­-off times, emergency contact information and relevant e­-tickets will be provided to you.

Enjoy a private airport transfer between the airport and your hotel. 

Accommodation: The Peech Hotel

The Peech Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg boasts elegantly designed bedrooms and suites located in the main house and garden annexes.  A private residence built in the 1950’s The Peech was conceived, built, and is now ran and owned by James Peech. His attention to detail paired, wealth of experience and team of dedicated staff create a one of a kind stay. The Boutique Bistro overlook's the hotel's pool and landscaped gardens, and features sandstone floors, deep leather couches and a walk-in wine cellar, and most importantly, culinary masterpieces.

South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  South Africa Johannesburg
South Africa Johannesburg
South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Peech Hotel
The Peech Hotel

Day 2: Johannesburg - Hoedspruit - Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Enjoy a private airport transfer between the airport and your hotel. 

Board a flight in Johannesburg with direct service to Hoedspruit. Approximate flight time is one hour.

Please note, luggage restrictions apply to this regional flight: 1) Maximum of one checked bag, weighing up to 50 lbs (23 kg); Checked baggage cannot be larger than 62 linear inches (158cm). 2) Guests can also bring one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 17 lbs (8 kg). Guests may also bring one slimline laptop bag.

Start your safari with a private transfer from Hoedspruit to your lodge in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve. Approximate travel time is one hour.

After getting yourself settled into your lodge, meet with other guests and head out into the incredible African wilderness alongside a ranger and tracker. No safari trip is complete without intense game viewing adventures. At Thornybush, you will traverse throughout this private reserve to witness a near unimaginable range of animal life. The Big 5 are only a few of the incredible fauna you will witness throughout your trip; be sure to have your camera ready for action! After a few hours out on the plains, you will be returned to your camp to freshen up for a culinary experience you won’t be soon to forget; a delicious, freshly-prepared meal enjoyed under the evening African sky.

Accommodation: Chapungu Tented Camp

Washed with the warmth and color of the afternoon sun, the luxury tents of Chapungu overlook the magnificent bushveld of Thornybush. Here guests can relax and reflect on the tranquility and intimacy afforded by this small camp. Eight comfortable tents, each with private facilities and featuring a bushveld bath, connect by pathways to the main camp. Offering an authentic safari experience in an atmosphere reminiscent of times past, Chapungu is ideal for guests seeking a luxurious stay while in Thornybush.

South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Afternoon Game Drive
Afternoon Game Drive
South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  South Africa Thornybush Private Game Reserve
South Africa Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Day 3: Thornybush Private Game Reserve

The day begins as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. Depart in an open 4x4 vehicle with your ranger and tracker to learn more about the bush while observing its many inhabitants. Where possible, you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine individual plants and follow spoors. Hunt for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night and track them down, snapping photos along the way before returning to your lodge for an outstanding and aromatic breakfast.

Continue your adventure here at Thornybush with an action packed afternoon game drive. The small rolling hills of the reserve set a picturesque backdrop to view a diverse number of species in the undisturbed wilderness. Since 1955, the reserve has been a nature lover’s paradise. You will be out exploring for a few hours before returning to freshen up for dinner.

Accommodation: Chapungu Tented Camp
South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cheetahs Resting in Thornybush
Cheetahs Resting in Thornybush
South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Warthog
Warthog

Day 4: Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Before the blistering sun takes its place high in the African sky make use of the opportunity to discover even more wild game. First thing in the morning, depart to discover the animals of Thornybush, home to herds of trumpeting elephants that gently wander through the savannah. As in the day before, you will be returned to your lodge after a few hours of game viewing to enjoy a complete and hearty breakfast.

Bush walks afford the chance to see some of the smaller wildlife of the area, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the localized flora and fauna of the region, that is often overlooked or underappreciated on proper game drives. Shangaan trackers will captivate you with insights to the historic medicinal practices and other uses of the many plants and trees unique to the region, complimented with traditional folklore tales. Under their guidance, you will have an opportunity to follow and understand the tracking processes in further detail while learning just some of fascinating history of the peoples who have lived here for centuries.

Accommodation: Chapungu Tented Camp
South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lion
Lion
South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Walking Safari
Walking Safari

Day 5: Thornybush Private Game Reserve - Sabi Sands

Transfer from Thornybush to your lodge in Sabi Sands with a private driver and vehicle. Travel time will vary based on your departing and arrival lodge. Approximate transfer time is three to four hours.

Spectacular, untamed and coveted by outdoor enthusiasts, Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve is revered for good reason; it is one of the best locations in the world to spot game, including the Big 5. On the Sabi, massive elephants roam as families, black and white Rhinoceros graze the grasslands, Cape buffalo cautiously track along riverbeds, leopard’s prowl, and lions roar. Discover this unbound land for yourself as you head out on your first afternoon game drive alongside your ranger, tracker and other guests of the lodge. Explore this incredible land for a few hours with a camera in hand, gaining insights into the region as the sun sets. Before long you will find yourself back at the lodge, just in time to prepare for an outstanding safari dinner under the stars.  

Accommodation: Notten`s Bush Camp

Notten’s Bush Camp is one of the finest family run lodges in Africa, and perhaps the best kept secret in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve & Greater Kruger National Park. As one of the original private game lodges in South Africa, Notten’s Bush Camp offers a truly authentic African safari experience. This beautiful, intimate safari lodge is situated within one of South Africa’s finest natural sanctuaries; a destination that will truly touch your heart and soul.  Each private suite is elegantly styled, spacious and cooled by ceiling fans.  A magical atmosphere is created with the purposeful absence of electric lighting; the ambient candlelight and lanterns capture an enchanting spirit of romance. With splendid panoramic views, Notten’s Bush Camp is the perfect place for peace and relaxation while enjoy superb game viewing.

South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Sabi Sands Rhinoceros
Sabi Sands Rhinoceros
South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Nottens Lounge
Nottens Lounge

Day 6: Sabi Sands

Before first light, gear up and head out to further explore Sabi Sands. Sunrise and sunset are when the animals are most active; in particular, herds of elephants roam the expanses of the Sabi in the morning hours as the glow of dawn radiates. Although the largest living mammal is well-known to most, there is nothing quite like seeing a herd of up to a hundred elephants freely wandering through the open plains; it is sight few people will get to enjoy and that none will forget. After a few hours out in the reserve you will be returned to your lodge for breakfast to enjoy a satisfying and well-earned breakfast.

With the afternoon in full-swing, it is time to head out on an open 4x4 vehicle for another afternoon of game viewing. With the sweltering sun on the decline, nocturnal animals begin their nightly routines. Along well-marked roads or entirely off the beaten path, your tracker will bring you into the heart of the Sabi in search of both predator and prey. On the trail of the king of jungle, perhaps you will be fortunate enough to witness a pride on the hunt. Sit back and relax, always with a hand ready for to snap photos of your favorite animals, as you explore the land for a few hours before returning to camp to freshen up ahead of another incredible dinner. 

Accommodation: Notten`s Bush Camp
South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Lioness and Cubs in Sabi Sands
Lioness and Cubs in Sabi Sands
South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Male Lion
Male Lion

Day 7: Sabi Sands

As in mornings past, you will rise before the sun to explore the African savannah to head out on another game drive. Sabi Sands is the oldest private game reserve in South Africa. Named for the Sand and Sabie rivers that run through the reserve, it is home to many endangered species such as the wild dog, honey badger, ground hornbill and the oxpecker. Who knows what rare animals you will spot today as you explore the Sabi reserve ahead of another exceptional breakfast?

Night game drives allow you to observe nocturnal animals that are typically absent during the day, and a host of daylight animals which behave quite differently under the cover of darkness. Setting out as the sun sets, you may spot leopards in particular, and with a bit of luck, encounter these predators while on the hunt. During evening drives, trackers employ a powerful spotlight to search for and showcase predators and prey alike. Lions, African civets, honey badgers, aardvarks, bat-eared foxes, mongooses, genet cats and nocturnal birds like owls and nightjars are just some of the wildlife fortunate guests may spot this evening under the starlit African sky. 

Accommodation: Notten`s Bush Camp
South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Leopard Spots...
Leopard Spots...
South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Leopard Stalking
Leopard Stalking

Day 8: Sabi Sands - Skukuza

Transfer from Notten's Bush Camp in Sabi Sands to Skukuza Airport. Approximate travel time is one hour.

Board a flight at Skukuza Airport with direct service to Johannesburg. Approximate flight time is one hour.

Please note, luggage restrictions apply to this regional flight: 1) Maximum of one checked bag, weighing up to 44 lbs (20 kg); Checked baggage cannot be larger than 35”x28”x17” (90cm x 72cm x 45cm). 2) Guests can also bring one piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 17 lbs (8 kg); carry-on luggage cannot be larger than 22”x13”x9” (56cm x 34cm x 23cm). Guests may also bring one slimline laptop bag.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

The Peech Hotel: Johannesburg

The Peech Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg boasts elegantly designed bedrooms and suites located in the main house and garden annexes.  A private residence built in the 1950’s The Peech was conceived, built, and is now ran and owned by James Peech. His attention to detail paired, wealth of experience and team of dedicated staff create a one of a kind stay. The Boutique Bistro overlook's the hotel's pool and landscaped gardens, and features sandstone floors, deep leather couches and a walk-in wine cellar, and most importantly, culinary masterpieces.

South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  The Peech Hotel
The Peech Hotel

Chapungu Tented Camp: Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Washed with the warmth and color of the afternoon sun, the luxury tents of Chapungu overlook the magnificent bushveld of Thornybush. Here guests can relax and reflect on the tranquility and intimacy afforded by this small camp. Eight comfortable tents, each with private facilities and featuring a bushveld bath, connect by pathways to the main camp. Offering an authentic safari experience in an atmosphere reminiscent of times past, Chapungu is ideal for guests seeking a luxurious stay while in Thornybush.

South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Chapungu Tented Camp
Chapungu Tented Camp

Notten`s Bush Camp: Sabi Sands

Notten’s Bush Camp is one of the finest family run lodges in Africa, and perhaps the best kept secret in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve & Greater Kruger National Park. As one of the original private game lodges in South Africa, Notten’s Bush Camp offers a truly authentic African safari experience. This beautiful, intimate safari lodge is situated within one of South Africa’s finest natural sanctuaries; a destination that will truly touch your heart and soul.  Each private suite is elegantly styled, spacious and cooled by ceiling fans.  A magical atmosphere is created with the purposeful absence of electric lighting; the ambient candlelight and lanterns capture an enchanting spirit of romance. With splendid panoramic views, Notten’s Bush Camp is the perfect place for peace and relaxation while enjoy superb game viewing.

South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Nottens Bush Camp
Nottens Bush Camp
South Africa Wildlife Tracker Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Nottens Indoor Dining
Nottens Indoor Dining

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Angelia M — June 22, 2019 — Africa

    My Kenya trip was seriously the best trip of my life, and I absolutely loved every second of it! It was my dream vacation and the reality far exceeded the dream. Catherine, my trip consultant, answered all of my many questions and made sure everything went super smoothly. Daniel, my guide, was so fun, interesting, and informative. He went out of his way to make sure my trip was special. I really can't put into words how much I loved it other than I'm already thinking about another trip to Africa. I will definitely be using Kensington Tours again!

  • Chris S — May 17, 2019 — Africa

    Our guide Elisha was absolutely incredible! He was friendly, helpful, funny, and remarkably knowledgeable about the area, the animals, and especially the birds! The accommodations were excellent and the staff at those places was wonderful. The Kubu Kubu tent camp in Serengeti was particularly special, and we felt truly appreciated and pampered by the staff. With their smiling help, we even learned some Swahili! Thank you for the trip of a lifetime.

  • Paul E — May 01, 2019 — Africa

    We had no idea what to expect on this trip but exceeded even our wildest imagination. Daniel, with Kensington, laid out a wonderful plan. The upfront quality and detail on the proposal really sold us. The guides and local support crews on the trip, were on time, personable, and knowledgeable. Special shout out to Shamiel with Ilios Travel in Cape Town. He was joy and clearly loved sharing Cape Town with us.

  • Thomas S — June 14, 2019 — Africa

    Karen Johnson was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and very friendly. Karen was readily available during the planning process and took the time to talk with and listen to us to find out about our wants and needs and ultimately designed our perfect vacation. We can not speak highly enough about her abilities.

  • Michael S — June 13, 2019 — Africa

    The trip was the best thing we have ever done. The people we dealt with were professional and made sure every part of our trip was trouble free.

  • Raymond D — March 22, 2019 — Africa

    The guides were friendly and very accommodating throughout my trip. One of the guides took me to the oldest tea house as a bonus on my tour. It was great being with the people and enjoying a cup of tea. My driver invited me to have Turkish coffee which was a very nice touch to my trip. The accommodations were phenomenal, being near the pyramids was outside of this world. The Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo was a wonderful hotel as well. Gesa was great to work with! She was so nice and accommodating throughout the whole planning process. Especially during for the first part of my trip which had nothing to do with my tours with Kensington Tours. She planned everything out perfectly on my trip.

  • Donna M — June 02, 2019 — Africa

    The Kensington Kenya and Tanzania African Safari itinerary and experience exceeded all expectations. From the moment we were met at the airport, we were completely cared for. Our Destination Expert, Erin Cotton, even checked in on us during the trip. Our guides were excellent; Albert and Steve were exceptionally knowledgeable, organized and considerate. The accommodations were all fantastic with friendly staff, comfortable rooms for the family, and great food. Although the balloon trip over the Mara River was a highlight, each game drive was a memorable adventure as or guides toured Amboseli, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti and the Masai Mara. We got to spend some time in the local villages and dine with some of the other tourists in the middle of the bush and on a spectacular cliff overlooking the plains of Kenya and Tanzania. Most of all, every morning we looked forward to spending time with our guides searching for animals and learning more about the whole ecosystem.

  • Catherine L — May 05, 2019 — Africa

    Everything was absolutely wonderful - from the planning to the execution. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Will definitely work with Kensington on my next trip! (I'm headed to Hong Kong this December and think I should probably do some exploring while I'm there!)

  • Jennifer W — December 04, 2018 — Africa

    Our trip was amazing! The accommodations were lovely. Our safari guide made the experience memorable! Our only job was to relax and enjoy. The guide for our day in Sawato and to visit the Apartheid museum was extremely knowledgeable. This is our second trip with Kensington Tours. We will definitely use again.

  • Tanya R — February 20, 2019 — Africa

    We left everything to our tour rep, Louise Baer. She did a fantastic job. We had no expectations at all but were absolutely overwhelmed with our accommodations. We were treated so well by everyone. It was an unbelievable trip of a lifetime. Our drivers were fantastic. I felt so safe. Brilliant holiday. Thank you, Kensington!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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