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6 DAY ‘SPLENDORS OF SOUTH AFRICA’ SAFARI

This South Africa/Namibia itinerary is part of a two-country itinerary for the discerning traveller, if you prefer, this safari can be split into two separate safaris.

DAY 1-3

Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp, Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa

Scheduled flight to Hoedspruit and the Thornybush Game Reserve.

This 30000 acre Private Reserve, is one of the country’s great tracts of untamed game-viewing, bordering the Kruger National Park and is home to 147 mammal species including the “Big Five”.

The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a near perfect year round climate, it is the ideal African safari destination.  Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp is centrally located in the Thornybush Reserve, tastefully furnished in old world colonial splendour and offers safari enthusiasts an atmosphere reminiscent of the style and class of that bygone era complete with great cuisine and old fashioned service.

In true African style, eight luxury tents, each with private facilities and feature bushveld bath on deck – All tents have air conditioning, over head ceiling fans, tea & coffee making facilities and overlook the magnificent bushveld.

Join the excitement of dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers ensuring close and unrestricted encounters with the wild and the more adventurous can join an experienced game ranger on a bushveld walk as he interprets and discusses Africa’s footprint, from the smallest to the largest.

Boma dinners are an occasion to savour the finest fare. A superb selection of wine is available in the lodge’s wine cellar.

DAY 4-6

Kirkman’s Kamp, Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa

The world famous Kruger National Park shares unfenced borders with the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, famed for its intimate wildlife encounters and particularly leopard viewing. Home to a host of wildlife, including the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant – Sabi Sand is part of a conservation area that covers over two million hectares (almost five million acres).  Animals roam freely between the national park and the reserve, resulting in a great diversity of wildlife in one of the richest wilderness areas on the African continent.

Step back in time at the luxurious colonial style Kirkman’s Kamp.   This historic camp was originally built in the early 1920’s and the grand atmosphere, gracious style and luxury has been retained over the years.  18 guest cottages boasts spectacular views of the unspoiled wilderness surrounding the Sand River and each cottage has air-conditioning, personal bars, in- room safe, a veranda and en-suite bathroom with separate showers and bathtubs.

Breakfast and lunch are served on shady verandas, and dinners are shared in the dramatic boma or in romantic candlelit bush settings. Cool off in the sparkling pool.

Daily and nightly game drives led by highly trained rangers and Shangaan trackers allow for intimate game experiences from the comfort of your open safari vehicle.   The private reserve allows for off-road driving, giving you the best possible changes for close encounters with the residents of the area.

Unlike many other areas, where leopard are rarely glimpsed in daylight hours, sightings of these shy animals are not uncommon during the day. The area also supports several resident lion prides, and cheetah are also regularly spotted in the area. Herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as family groups of white rhino, move throughout the reserve and are regularly encountered on game drives.

The deep water of the Sand River provides a home for hippo while lethargic crocodiles lounge along the wide sandy banks. Thick reed beds along the river’s course are home to many species of water birds and weavers, while water monitors slither among the tall grasses, and buffalo and elephant wallow in the cooling mud of the reed beds.This lodge is an exclusive getaway for those who value privacy, personalised service and some of the best game viewing Africa has to offer.

A TYPICAL DAY ON A SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARI

The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld, after your early morning wakeup call. Shortly after you depart in your open landrover with your experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which vary depending on the season but typically start early morning. Where applicable you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor.

After an exhilarating hunt for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night, and tracking down whatever you find, you will stop somewhere out in the bush for a break of coffee & tea. Time to stretch your legs whilst having your sunglasses cleaned & indulge in cool towels in summer, and hot towels in winter.

A sumptuous breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the bush.

There after guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.  Walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region & to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail.  The trackers will enthral you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore.

Enjoy lunch and a short break before snacks are served prior to the afternoon game drive which extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by spotlight.

Once again, you will break somewhere out in the bush, in a remote, scenic spot to watch the sunset, where sundowners and snacks are offered to guests whilst you once again stretch your legs.

Return to your lodge for a gourmet dinner, either in the boma, bush or lodge where you can socialize with a cognac, single malt or cigar around the campfire or lounge before returning to bed for another day’s adventure.

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