African Safari Adventure from $4,485

This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of cultures. Discover the gourmet restaurants, impressive art scene, vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches of Cape Town; enjoy a local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browse the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sample some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotting the Cape Winelands. Some historical attractions to explore include the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world-famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

 

06AUG - KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVES : MAKUTSI SAFARI SPRINGS

 

Makutsi Safari Springs is a privately owned Lodge featuring two swimming pools with soft thermal-mineral water that comes from the earth at 34°C, offering healthy water for the guests. Both the restaurant and the bar are built as an open "Lapa", allowing for a natural and relaxed atmosphere where people like to mingle and talk about the daily happenings. Accommodation is presented in African style Rondavels (Bungalows), scattered around the spacious camp. All the Rondavels have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold water, electricity, a mini-bar, coffee/tea facilities, ceiling fans, and a private terrace.

Scattered along the unfenced western boundary of the world-renowned Kruger National Park, private game reserves combine with the Kruger to establish one of the world’s largest game reserves. This incredible destination offers visitors excellent Big Five game viewing opportunities and an array of luxury safari accommodation complete with world-class cuisine, relaxing spas and private pools. Visitors can look forward to fascinating night-drive safaris, guided nature walks, and open-top safari adventures. Some of these prestigious private reserves include: Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, Thornybush Private Game Reserve, and Timbavati Private Game Reserve, to name a few.

 

DAY 1 : KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVES

TUE. 6 AUG 2019

Commencement of your 7 Day Makutsi Safari Springs Classic Safari. You will receive your final itinerary upon arrival on Makutsi.

11:20 - Upon arrival into Hoedspruit Airport, you will be met by a Lodge Representative and transferred to Makutsi Safari Springs Main Camp for 6 nights accommodation  including dinner & breakfast daily, 3 x 3 hours game drives, 1 x 5 hour game drive, Kruger National Park Excursion & Blyde River Canyon Excursion. Sequence of this itinerary is subject to change prior to arrival.

Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and getting to know the camp and the mineral springs. (Lunch at own expense).

Dinner is served in the traditional open air “Lapa”.

DAY 2 : KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVES

WED. 7 AUG 2019

Before breakfast our ranger will take you for a 3‐hour morning game drive in an open Land Rover. Most of the African wildlife can be encountered here, including elephant, rhino, zebra, lion, giraffe, crocodile, hippo, leopard. (Departure game drive time confirmed locally).

After breakfast you deserve a rest and time to enjoy the Makutsi Springs.(lunch at own expense)

Early afternoon, depart for another 3-hour game drive (Departure game drive time confirmed locally). Return just in time for a sundowner at the Makutsi Lapa including dinner.

DAY 3 : KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVES

THU. 8 AUG 2019

05:00 - Depart for a full day’s game viewing in the world famous Kruger National Park. The early hours of the day are used for finding as much game as possible. Your guide will take a picnic style breakfast along, and a stop is made at one of the many rest areas. After breakfast, off on more game exploration until lunchtime (lunch at own expense), when you stop at one of the camps inside the Kruger National Park. After lunch, off again for more exciting game viewing.(Departure game drive time confirmed locally).

16:00 to 17:00 - Return to Makutsi including dinner.

DAY 4 : KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVES

FRI. 9 AUG 2019

Breakfast at Makutsi Safari Springs and morning at leisure. Enjoy the warm mineral pools or your own private safari while sitting on your terrace, reading a good book. (Lunch at own expense).

15:00 - Depart Makutsi for a 5‐hour game drive. Around sunset, light snacks and drinks will be enjoyed during a short Sundowner break. After snacks, continue your safari in search of the various nocturnal animals. Take a jacket along in winter, as it can get chilly once the sun disappears.(Departure game drive time confirmed locally).

20:00 - Return to Makutsi Main Camp including dinner.

DAY 5 : KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVES

SAT. 10 AUG 2019

Breakfast at Makutsi Safari Springs.

09:00 - Depart for a day of sightseeing in the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountains and Blyde River Canyon. Several stops are made along the way, including the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Three Rondavels Viewpoint overlooking the Blyde Dam. A lunch stop will be made (lunch at own expense).(Departure time confirmed locally).

16:00 to 17:00 - Return to Makutsi including dinner. This day offers opportunities to purchase locally made crafts and curios.

DAY 6 : KRUGER PRIVATE RESERVES

SUN. 11 AUG 2019

Enjoy your third 3-­hour game drive in an open Land Rover on the Makutsi Game Reserve, either early morning or in the afternoon. (Departure game drive time confirmed locally).

For the remainder of the day, enjoy relaxing in the pools, reading on your terrace, visiting the Hippo Hide.(lunch at own expense). Let Africa take care of you. Dinner included this evening.

DAY 7 : END OF ITINERARY

MON. 12 AUG 2019

Breakfast at Makutsi Safari Springs and check out. (Luggage may be stored with the hotel concierge until departure transfer time).

Makutsi Safari Springs will transfer you to Hoedspruit Airport in time for your onward departure flight. (Departure transfer time confirmed locally).

Airfares with Virgin Australia / South African Airways 

 VA 569   Depart: Sydney 07.00pm 05AUG                           / Arrive: Perth 10.10pm 05AUG  

SA 281   Depart: Perth 11.40pm 05AUG                              / Arrive: Johannesburg 04.55am  06AUG 

SA8851  Depart: Johannesburg 09.50pm 06AUG               / Arrive: Hoedspruit 10.50am 06AUG  

SA8860  Depart: Hoedspruit 02.30pm 12AUG                    / Arrive: Johannesburg 03.30pm 06AUG  

SA 280   Depart: Johannesburg 09.15pm 12AUG                / Arrive: Perth 12.20pm  13AUG  

VA564   Depart: Perth 04.20pm 13AUG                               / Arrive: Sydney 10.30pm 13AUG


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Ronny’s TOP TIP # Take a camera instead of using your mobile phone, something like a small digital point and shoot camera to capture those magical moments you come across and be sure to wake up early and stay up late as wildlife truly comes to life during dusk and dawn.

Contact Ronny for more details 02 8330 8858 or ronny@metrotravel.com.au

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