An indelibly plush adventure enriched by one of most beguiling stretches of wilderness in the world.
Guests are met upon arrival at O R Tambo International or any other location of their choice in Johannesburg and transferred to a flight bound for the Mala Mala Private Game Reserve. Mala Mala is the largest private Big Five reserve in South Africa. It shares a 19km unfenced border with the Kruger National Park and offers exceptional game viewing opportunities. The late afternoon is devoted to a first open 4x4 safari at Mala Mala. This reserve lies sandwiched between the Sabi Sand and the Kruger National Park.
Mala Mala enjoys the distinction of being the first private reserve to offer luxury photographic safaris in South Africa. The rangers who conduct the two game drives and bush walk on this day are all educated in the natural sciences and are able to provide detailed and in-depth understanding of the various mammal, plant and bird species which are protected in the Mala Mala Private Game Reserve.
The day is once again devoted to exploring the natural wonders of Mala Mala on the early morning and late afternoon game drives. There are very few places in Africa, if any, which offer the frequency and diversity of big game sightings that Mala Mala boasts. The Big Five are regularly sighted at Mala Mala on a daily basis.
A last morning game drive at Mala Mala is followed by a transfer to Lion Sands Private Game Reserve. Lion Sands is one of the finest reserves in the Sabi Sand and is the only one with access to the Sabie River. The Sabie is the largest of the rivers flowing through the area. During the late afternoon a first Big Five game drive is conducted in search of the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant which roam the Lion Sands Game Reserve.
Lion Sands is a family-owned and -managed lodge, a fact that will soon become apparent as the service levels in camp and the quality of the two game drives conducted on this day are experienced first-hand. Highlights of the day are sure to include coffee enjoyed in the bush on the morning drive and sunset drinks enjoyed on the afternoon drive at a spot from where a vivid dusk painted in the African sky can be admired.
Sunrise over the African wilderness heralds a new day that is sure to present heart-stopping sightings of the Big Five and the many plains game species that can be seen in the area. These game interactions are led by your qualified ranger on morning and afternoon open 4x4 safaris. The ranger is supported by a tracker whose innate ability to read the signs left by passing animals contributes greatly to the success rate of the game drives.
The African wilderness is explored once more on a last morning safari. Guests then enjoy a late breakfast after which the return flight to Johannesburg is boarded. Upon arrival at O R Tambo International, guests are met and transferred to any location of their choice in either Johannesburg or Pretoria where an amazing week-long Two Sabi Sand Lodges safari comes to an end.
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