Itinerary

Day 1: Journey Begins -Transfer from Johannesburg & Sunset Safari

Accommodation: Umbhaba Eco lodge

Guests will be collected from various lodges and hotels within a 5 km radius of the OR Tambo International Airport between 6:30 am and 6:45 am, and then from the OR Tambo International Airport shuttle and bus Terminal between 6:45 and 7:00 am, we depart at 7:15 am. Pick ups can be arranged from Skukuza Kruger National park, or Kruger Mpumalanga International Airports at no additional cost. Please note these are shared departures.

The trip will be directly to the lodge in Hazyview arriving between 11:30 am – 12:00 pm. Guests will have time to relax, unpack and enjoy a light lunch, there after enjoy a swim or walk around the beautiful Lodge and it’s walking trail.

Depart at around 15.45 Pm for a Sunset / Night safari in the Kruger National Park before returning to the lodge at approximately 20.00 pm for a lovely dinner, and a good night’s rest

Meals included: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Full Day Kruger National Park Safari

Accommodation: Umbhaba Eco lodge

All safaris start before sunrise, Mpumalanga means the place of the rising sun and is the first province in South Africa to see the sun rise.

This is the best part of the day, not knowing what to expect, after a short drive to the park, entering the park gates, your guide will have an idea of the best areas to find the wildlife including the Big 5 and plains game, this is the finest time of the day to see predators.

The Lodge will arrange breakfast packs and your guide will stop after about 3 hours for a breakfast and bathroom break and chance to get a coffee. We then continue with your safari, Kruger offers a variety of eco zones and each one has a different range of wildlife, highlights include visiting rivers and watering holes as well as plains and Bushveld regions.

A stop en-route for lunch at a rest camp, where this meal will be for your own account, time to do some curio shopping or enjoy a cold beer! The guide will then continue with the safari heading towards the lodge, arrival time is around 15.30 – 16.00 pm, time to relax, swim and have a great dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Full Day Panorama safari

Accommodation: Umbhaba Eco lodge

Visit Gods Window, Bourkes Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon (world’s 3rd largest canyon), Lisbon waterfall, the 3 rondavels and the town of Graskop.

Today we start with delicious hot breakfast at the lodge at 7.30 Am and your guide will meet you at 8 am in a closed air-conditioned vehicle. The Panorama route starts after a 45 min drive from Hazyview, however we climb almost 1000 meters in elevation to the Northern Drakensburg Mountain range. The temperatures vary a lot from Hazyview, so bring a jacket and comfortable walking shoes as we do some lovely walks. We visit God’s Window which allows people a window from the escarpment and 1 000 m drop below one can see as far as Kruger and beyond on a clear day.

Your comfortable walking shoes will be needed as the various lookout points have paths and trails to the view sights. To get to the top takes an average person around 15-20 minutes, but it is worth the walk through a natural rainforest environment. Bourkes Luck Potholes is a stunning natural formation created by water erosion over hundreds of years. The Bourke’s Luck potholes have round carvings and holes with different sizes formed in the Treur River and Blyde river confluence in the red sandstone. Your guides will brief you on all the history of the region. Guests can use small foot bridges and walk over the chasms, looking at the water flowing through the cracks and holes.

There are also several small but beautiful waterfalls that litter the area, we spend about 1 hour here and it’s a great walk of about 1 Km in total. Blyde River Canyon, the 3rd largest canyon in the world. The canyon is over 40km long and is as deep as 1 200m. The canyon contains vast amounts of plant life with rivers and dams making up the floor of the canyon. At a certain lookout point on the canyon, guests get to see another beauty of the Panorama Tour, the 3 Rondavels – The Rondavels get their name from their similar appearance to the Rondavel houses a traditional hut commonly built in Africa, these 3 outcrops stand prominently from the landscape. The Guides will also visit Lisbon falls, a beautiful waterfall that has a strong flow of water throughout the year. Lunch and some curio shopping will be in the Highveld town of Graskop, famous for its great Pancakes and our lunch venue for the day, there some great small shops and quests will have time to enjoy a stroll through the town.

Arrive back at the Lodge at about 4 Pm after a great day, enjoy a drink, a swim and dinner at the lodge, before an early start for a last morning safari in Kruger.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: Morning safari and Afternoon at Leisure

Accommodation: Umbhaba Eco Lodge

We always depart before sunrise and this is the best time for viewing wildlife as predators are mostly active in the early hours of the day.

Your guide will focus on animals and regions not yet seen or covered, The Kruger National Park has 148 mammal species and over 500 bird species so there is always something to see, no safari is ever the same. Kruger has a huge network of roads to choose from guides will safari in different areas of the park in different seasons, giving clients the chance to see more sightings and the beautiful wilderness and vegetation.

We return to the lodge around 11 am, today we have an afternoon at leisure, swim, enjoy some great walks around the lodges, try our local bears or just enjoy our great African weather. A light lunch and tasty dinner will be served at the lodge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Morning safari and Transfer back to Johannesburg

Accommodation: Umbhaba Eco Lodge

No safari is ever the same and today we have your last safari in the great Kruger National Park, time to just enjoy the bush or find the elusive leopard.

After a short breakfast and coffee stop, we will continue with the safari returning to the lodge at around 11 am, here you say goodbye to your guide and freshen up before the journey back to Johannesburg.

Clients are collected by the shuttle at around 11.30 am, and we return to Johannesburg OR Tambo shuttle terminal and lodges within a 5 km Radius, arriving between 17.00 – 18.00 pm

Meals included: Breakfast

Rates

5 Day Kruger and Panorama Budget Safari

From $ 1,253

  • Single: $ 1,375
  • Unit sleeps: 2

Price includes:

- Licensed and Professional Safari Guides
- 1 Sunset Safari / Night safari
- 1 Full-day open vehicle safari in the Kruger National Park
- 2 Morning safaris in the Kruger Park
- 1 Full day Panorama Safari
- 4 Nights’ Accommodation in Hazyview
- 4 Breakfasts, 2 lunch & 4 Dinners – as per itinerary
- 5 Days’ Conservation levies & entry fees
- Transfers to and from Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport
- Mineral waters on all drives


Dates Rates (PPS) Rates (SINGLE)
01 Nov 2021 — 31 Mar 2023 $ 1,253 $ 1,375

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