Explore the two finest game reserves in South Africa while enrobed in truly sumptuous surroundings.
Guests are met at O R Tambo International or any other location of their choice in Johannesburg and assisted in boarding a flight bound for Hoedspruit in the Lowveld region of South Africa, just a stone's throw from the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Guests are met on arrival at Hoedspruit and are transferred to their lodge in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. Timbavati is a Big Five reserve and forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The late afternoon is devoted to a first safari in the company of a local ranger and tracker. They say one never forgets your first sunset in the African wilderness. Timbavati is surely one of the best places to fall in love with an African sunset!
Two game drives and a bush walk are conducted from the lodge on this day. The early morning and late afternoon game drives are devoted to viewing the abundance of mammal, plant and bird species protected in Timbavati. The Big Five typically offer guests the most exciting of sightings, but it is often the lesser creatures of this land which leave the most lasting and unforgettable memories.
A last day of game drives in Timbavati is sure to be exciting as you become familiar with the lay of the land and the animals which pass through at this time. You might re-visit a leopard kill or anticipate a lion hunt in an area where both species were spotted on the previous safaris. No day in the African wilderness is ever the same and this day is sure to hold some unanticipated and rewarding surprises.
A last morning game drive in Timbavati is followed by breakfast, after which guests are transferred to the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. En route, a stop is made at a cultural village where the traditions and lifestyle of the Shangaan people are briefly explored before traveling on to South Africa's premier private game reserve. Sabi Sand is acknowledged as the birthplace of sustainable eco-tourism in South Africa. Sabi Sand also enjoys the highest frequency of leopard sightings in South Africa. The afternoon game drive is conducted from Lion Sands, where the prospect of seeing these graceful and elusive African cats is sure to tease some excitement.
The day is devoted to two game drives and a bush walk in the Sabi Sand. The vegetation in the area ranges from thickly wooded ravines and river bush to open savanna grasslands. Your ranger is an expert in locating the various species based on their habitat preferences and feeding habits.
Guests awaken to a pastel dawn painted in the African sky. The bush comes alive with bird song, and the browsers and grazers that inhabit this area of Africa ready themselves for a new day as the game drive vehicle leaves camp for the early morning safari. You will once again have the opportunity to experience Africa on a guided bush walk during the middle of the day before embarking on a game drive in the late afternoon and evening.
A last morning safari is followed by breakfast after which guests are transferred to a local airstrip for a flight to Johannesburg after a memorable five star Timbavati and Sabi Sand safari in two of South Africa's finest game reserves.
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