Experience

Into The Heart Of Kruger

13 nights from £3,199pp

Offer highlights

Feeling inspired by 'South Africa with Greg Wallace'?

Join us on this new tour as we take you on a holiday to remember, staying in African lodges – one set within the Kruger National Park itself and the other just outside. Daily game drives, magnificent wildlife, sundowner drinks, dinner under African skies … all await you.

  • 7 game drives in Kruger National Park
  • 4 game drives in a private game reserve
  • Drive part of the Panorama Route

Itinerary

Day 1

After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly overnight to Johannesburg.

Day 2 

Upon arrival at Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, transfer by short internal flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport in Nelspruit and onto Makalali Private Game Reserve, just west of the mighty Kruger National Park.

Makalali Private Game Lodge is constructed in traditional African style and unfenced. Look forward to a true taste of Africa during your stay, with rangers to watch over you and animals able to wander through the camp. Your stay is on a full board basis, where you can enjoy dinner under the starlit African skies, or round the classic South African ‘braai’ (barbeque). From your comfortable room with its kingsize bed, take in the surrounding countryside and watch for visiting wildlife from your viewing deck.

Day 3

Look forward to setting off for two game drives today. The Big Five can be found here, as well as cheetah, giraffe, zebra, kudu and more, with the opportunity to get close up and see some of Africa’s stunning wildlife in its natural habitat. When you’re not on safari, relax at your lodge, or watch from the deck of your room as you enjoy a sundowner.

Day 4

There will be two more game drives today as you continue your search for the wildlife and birds of the region. You may also like to join a walking trail from your lodge (extra charge may apply) or take your seat on one of the terraces of the lodge that overlook the bush and watch for the wildlife to emerge from the bush as the sun goes down.

Day 5 

En route you’ll visit the Mhoholo Rehabilitation Centre. Situated at the foot of the north east Drakensberg mountains, the centre was started in 1991 by a local businessman and run by conservationist Brian Jones. 

During the day you can also look forward to enjoying light lunches, freshly baked cakes for tea and of course dinner outside, accompanied by wine and the sounds of the Kruger bush. Relax on the deck, take a dip in the pool or just enjoy a sundowner as you watch the sun set. There are 12 suites, each with an en suite bathroom, french doors and deck overlooking the river or savannah, plus a small outdoor pool or jacuzzi. Other room amenities include air conditioning, telephones, and free Wi-fi. During your stay look forward to enjoying two safaris each day in the company of an expert ranger – the perfect way to explore Kruger National Park.

Day 6

Your first safari of the day may take place at dawn, when you’ll set off early into the bush listening for the early morning call of birds, watching for elephants, zebra, wildebeest and more while travelling through the park. There will be a second safari later in the day when you may be fortunate to spot predators such as lion or leopard, as well as other of Africa’s Big Five. If you want to get down to ground level, perhaps treat yourself to an optional bush walk as well (additional charge).

Later today, relax as you watch the evening wildlife visitors to the waterhole, or take a dip in the pool before enjoying dinner. 

Day 7

During your final full day at Imbali look forward to two more safaris into Kruger National Park. With its wealth of wildlife including 147 mammal species and some 507 species of bird, there’s lots to watch for, under the expert guidance of your ranger.

Look forward to dining under the evening sky again this evening.

Day 8 

After breakfast transfer to Malelane, which lies to the south of Kruger National Park.

Here look forward staying at locally rated 4-star Buhala Lodge (3Q) where for the next three nights on a full board basis. Situated on the banks of the Crocodile River, which skirts around the southern boundary of Kruger National Park, this colonial-style, family-run lodge on the banks of the river provides a stunning opportunity to observe the park and the wildlife attracted by the river including the Big Five, crocodiles and hippo. With its comfortable lounge, African-themed bar, dining room and attractive grounds, look forward to dining close to the river, and watching from a balcony, veranda or viewing platform to spot the many and varied animals that visit the river during your stay. Relax and enjoy dinner this evening before retiring to your en-suite room, with tea and coffee-making facilities.

Day 9

Look forward to a game drive into the southern area of Kruger National Park today in the company of your experienced guide. Explore the landscape and watch for wildlife and birds as you travel through the southern region as well as zebra, cheetah and wild dog, which are more prevalent here due to the low numbers of lions in this area. Additional drives can be arranged if you would like to stay in the bush for longer (additional charge applies). Enjoy dinner at your lodge this evening.

Day 10

Enjoy another game drive into Kruger today. Relax at your lodge the rest of the day, perhaps enjoying a dip in the pool or watching the wildlife at the river. 

Day 11

After breakfast transfer from Malelane to the village of Dullstroom, the highest in South Africa.

Situated in the highlands of Mpumalanga, the village has a choice of cafes and restaurants, as well as a thriving arts community. Enjoy a stroll around, perhaps treating yourself to lunch and browse the shops before continuing to the boutique locally rated 4-star Critchley Hackle Lodge (4Q), where you will spend the next two nights. Set within attractive grounds and overlooking a private lake, this colonial-style lodge has a restaurant with lake views, lounge bar, and swimming pool. Rooms are situated in the main or separate buildings around the lake. Comfortable furnishings include a television and some rooms also have a fireplace. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening, as you enjoy views of the lake and surrounding countryside. 

Day 12

Enjoy today at leisure, relaxing at your hotel. Perhaps take a walk in the grounds or visit the village.

Day 13

After a leisurely morning transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK.

Day 14

Arrive back in the UK.

What's included

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Welcome drink 
  • Drink reception
  • Farewell dinner
  • Porterage at all hotels
  • VIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland
  • 11 nights in hotels or lodges, and 2 in flight
  • 30 meals: 11 breakfast, 8 lunches and 11 dinners

Excursions and visits:

  • 4 game drives in a private game reserve
  • 7 game drives in Kruger National Park
  • Visit Mhoholo Rehabilitation Centre
  • Drive part of the Panorama Route

When can I go?

This offer is based on departing 8th May 2022. For alternative dates, please speak to your Personal Travel Consultant.

 

Ready to book your South Africa adventure? Get in touch with your Personal Travel Consultant today!

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