4 nights Klaserie | 3 nights Victoria Falls
We are back home in the states. Thank you so much for all your help organizing the best trip ever! Senala was fabulous! Not the most luxurious but fit our personalities perfectly. The staff is what makes it so special. Every person we met there seemed to genuinely love what they were doing. And the way the drives, camp, and the meals are set up seems to foster a true sense of camaraderie among the guests. My daughter and I both are hoping to return!
The Kingdom was nice. The grounds and pool area were pretty. It was a very easy walk to the Falls. Staff was a little hit or miss but nothing at all to seriously complain about.
Wild Horizons did a great job with all the transfers – everything went smoothly on their part with the exception of the 6 am pick up for the microlight flight – Apparently they had everything in place except the pick up at the hotel. I appreciated that they acknowledged that it was their mistake and immediately did what they could to take care of it (Ben came in his personal vehicle to pick us up to take us to the border for transfer).
Thank you for everything, I truly hope I will be contacting you again for a return visit!!
Tour Consultant's OverviewRuth and Anna were looking for a special mother-daughter holiday in the Kruger National Park and wanted to experience Victoria Falls and all it has to offer. We settled on Klaserie National Park which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park and is renowned for unique wildlife sightings and great game drive experiences. Senalala Luxury Safari Camp was a great choice for these two as they love to socialise and found the staff to be friendly and accommodating at all times. They enjoyed a number of activities at Victoria Falls and found time to enjoy each other while relaxing at the lodge. I look forward to welcoming them both back in the future.
On arrival at Hoedspruit Airport, you will make your way to the car hire kiosk to collect your hired car. You will take a leisurely drive to your lodge in the Klaserie Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You have time to settle in at your lodge before you set off on the afternoon game drive.
Flight time – Johannesburg to Hoedspruit: approx 1 hours
Driving time – Hoedspruit to Klaserie: approx 1½ hours
Klaserie Private Nature Reserve forms part of the 2 million hectare Greater Kruger National Park. It is one of the largest privately owned nature reserves in South Africa – covering 60 000 hectares on either side of the Klaserie River. The private nature of this wilderness sanctuary enables visitors to embrace the African bushveld. It allows guests to take in the sights, sounds and smells that make the bushveld such a unique experience. Safaris within this unspoilt region of the Greater Kruger National Park focus on the bush and its ecosystems.
Klaserie is part of an exclusive, privately-owned wildlife sanctuary. The area is renowned as a home to the Big 5 and offers incredible game viewing opportunities.
Guests can expect to see lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as an abundance of plains game and incredible birdlife, whilst experiencing it all on guided walks, off road, and at night.
After your morning game drive and brunch, you will set off through Klaserie to your lodge in the Mpumalanga Lowveld. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to relax in the gardens of your lodge.
Driving time –Klaserie to Hazyview/White River: Approx. 3 hours
Mpumalanga is considered to be one of the most geographically diverse and unbelievably beautiful places in South Africa. Mpumalanga lies in the east of South Africa, north of KwaZulu-Natal and bordering Swaziland and Mozambique. In the northeast, the land rises towards mountain peaks and then terminates in an immense escarpment. In some places, this escarpment plunges hundreds of meters down to the low-lying area known as the Lowveld.
People are drawn to Mpumalanga by the magnificent scenery, by the fauna and flora and by the saga of the 1870s gold rush era and a wealth of fascinating tribal legends. Mountains, panoramic passes, valleys, rivers, waterfalls and forests characterize the landscape.
This morning you will take a drive through to Nelspruit for your flight to Livingstone, Zambia (Victoria Falls).
Upon arrival at Livingstone Airport, you are met by a driver from Wild Horizons and transferred across the border into Zimbabwe and to your hotel.
Driving time – Hazyview to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport: approx 50 minutes
Flight time – Nelspruit to Livingstone: approx 2½ hours
Transfer time – Livingstone Airport to Victoria Falls hotels: approx 40 minutes
Besides being one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site, Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available.
The Victoria Falls is considered to be the largest waterfall in the world. See the mighty Zambezi River as it thunders over the 1700 metre wide Victoria Falls and plunges 100 metres into a narrow gorge below. The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow.
This morning is at leisure until you are transferred to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Johannesburg.
Senalala Luxury Safari Camp is a peaceful escape in the heart of Klaserie Private Nature Reserve and forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Tucked within Big Five African wilderness, the fenced safari camp is set on the banks of the seasonal Ntsiri River, overlooking a watering hole which draws a constant flow of wildlife. Senalala provides guests with an authentic and intimate safari experience, combining Africa’s abundant wildlife and inspiring natural setting with subtle luxuries within camp, friendly hospitality and exceptional service.
The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated to blend in with the serenity of the surrounding bush. With a focus on privacy, intimacy and relaxation, accommodation is for sixteen guests. Six of the rooms have twin ¾ beds and full ensuite bathrooms. Two of the rooms have a king bed and full ensuite bathrooms. One of the king rooms also has an outside shower. For comfort, all rooms have fans and air-conditioning. Amenities at Senalala Luxury Safari Camp include a big outdoor pool for guests to revitalize between morning and afternoon activities. Being one of the few camps in Klaserie offering a fully equipped gym, we offer guests the opportunity to keep up with their exercise routines while staying in camp. In the main lounge area there is complimentary Wifi, a library, as well as a 24 hour coffee station and refreshment centre. Traditional dining is an essential element to our guests’ stay and at Senalala we provide authentic South African cuisine. Meals are enjoyed around a big table on the veranda and the evenings are spend around the camp fire. A wonderful open and shaded deck area overlooks the riverbed where guests can enjoy each other’s company, read a book or be on the look-out for animals coming to drink at the watering hole.
Senalala is in an area with very little vehicle movement and offers great wildlife exclusivity. A walking safari, often a highlight of a bush visit, gives an individual the opportunity to track big game on foot as well as experience the more subtle and captivating aspects of bush ecology.
The Kingdom at Victoria Falls is situated within the Victoria Falls National Park, a World Heritage Site, and is the closest hotel to the Victoria Falls. It is a modern-day tribute to ancient Africa. The
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architecture of the 4-star Kingdom Hotel resembles that of the city of Munhumutapa, capital of an ancient civilisation in Zimbabwe.
The hotel has a variety of restaurants (Whitewaters, Thundercloud Spur, the Burger Place, the Sweet Hut and Panarottis pizzeria), bars (Rapids Pool Bar, Quartermains Bar, Wild Thing Action bar, the Pit). There are four swimming pools, an Internet café, a spa and beauty parlour, hair salon, a supervised children’s play area, curio shops and 24-hour room service.
Built around a man-made lake, the 294 rooms are beautifully decorated in deep browns and beiges, with natural wood furnishings. The Kingdom at Victoria Falls offers a wide range of room types to select including twin rooms, double rooms, family rooms and suites. The air-conditioned bedrooms have tiled floors and bathrooms have both a shower and bath.
Covering an impressive 60 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, The Klaserie Private nature Reserve was established in 1972 as part of the greater Kruger National Park, and is one of the largest privately owned reserves in South Africa. Klaserie is prime Big Five territory and is home to lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo, as well as zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, hippos, hyenas and a host of antelope species.
Twice daily guests are taken on a game drive in open safari vehicles offering unobstructed views in all directions. The first game drive leaves soon after sunrise with a stop for coffee and tea in the bush. The second game drive departs in the late afternoon with a stop for sundowners where guests can watch the sun set over the African horizon. After the sun sets, we continue with a drive back to the lodge aided by a spotlight for night sightings.
Senalala is blessed with a diverse array of animal species and will lead you on a fascinating tour through the African bush. Just as the animals roam free, they too take their vehicles off-road for
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special sightings, providing guests with a unique safari experience and allowing them to get tantalizingly close to Africa’s wildlife. Should you prefer a guided bush walk instead of a game drive, their professional and highly experienced guides will gladly accommodate this request. Appropriate for guests aged 16 and older, a walking safari offers guests the opportunity not only to track big game on foot (including the Big 5), but also to experience the more subtle and captivating aspects of bush ecology, including smaller wildlife, animal tracks and indigenous vegetation.
Winding its way through the craggy Drakensberg mountains of Mpumalanga and the north-eastern end of the Great Escarpment, the Panorama Route has some of the most dramatic landscape in the world. The best views are to be had on a clear winter's day when the mist and clouds of summer are nowhere in sight. At the edge of the plateau the land falls away beneath your feet and the vast Lowveld plains spread out about a kilometre below.
The most spectacular stretch of the Panorama Route is the Blyde River Canyon, which is the 3rd largest canyon in the world. From many well-positioned vantage points one has a view of the 33 km long gorge, which starts at "Bourke's Luck Potholes" and ends at the "Three Rondawels". The Potholes are very impressive rock formations that were shaped millions of years ago by erosion. The bizarre swirl holes developed when the once rapid river carried masses of sand and debris. Along this route you can stop at sites such as Berlin Falls, God’s Window, Pinnacle Point, Lisbon Falls, Mac Mac Falls and Sabie Falls.
Situated in the Sandford Conservancy on the banks of the Sabie River in Hazyview, Elephant Whispers offers an Elephant Experience of a lifetime which will leave you with a renewed respect and admiration for these gentle giants of Africa.
Elephant Whispers allows you to experience the thrill of being close to these magnificent creatures. Witness their intelligence, their compassionate nature and sheer delight of interacting with humans.
The Elephant Interaction offers you the opportunity to feel their constantly curious trunks, touch their rough skin, exchange trunk greetings and offer tasty treats, while learning about their behaviour and history from the Elephant Handlers.
As you approach the Falls and hear the water pounding and witness the vapour rising, you quickly understand why local tribesman called the Falls “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) and why the explorer David Livingstone exclaimed that a scene “so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. The great columns of spray rising from the tumultuous falls can be seen from 80 kilometres away on a clear day. If you are lucky enough to be there at full moon, a "moonbow" can be seen in the spray instead of the usual daylight rainbow. Because the Victoria Falls fall into a chasm, rather than falling down an escarpment, it is possible to walk along the opposite side of the chasm, at the same height as the top of the Falls. From the unique walking trails the magnificence and glory of the Falls are head on and only about 60 metres (200 feet) away. The spray falls on the trails like soft rain, feeding the lush vegetation.
Victoria Falls is the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available. Here is our selection of the best:
Spend a half day on the Zambezi River fishing for one of the great freshwater game fish - The Tigerfish. These powerful, swift predators are truly thrilling to catch.
Paddle slowly down the Zambezi River in a canoe with some of the best wildlife guides in Africa and enjoy the beauty, peace and wildlife of this unique place. Explore islands and waterways and learn about the birds and animals you come across along the route.
Flight of Angels Helicopter Flip over the Falls:
At ground level you can feel the enormous power of the Victoria Falls as tremendous volumes of water pound into the chasm below. But it is only when you take to the air that you can take in the whole panorama and enormity of this mighty spectacle.
Bungi jump off the 111 metre high railway bridge into the Zambezi gorge, stopping just metres from the rushing water of the Zambezi River. This is a wild jump! There are two bungi options: A single jump on your own or a tandem jump with a partner.
White Water Rafting:
White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River is acclaimed as the best one day white water rafting trip available in the world. There are different options for rafting depending on the time of year and the level of water in the river.
Jet Boat Extreme:
Speedboats powered by huge jet engines shoot down the rapids below the Victoria Falls at 100 km an hour. Enjoy a thrilling half hour spent “flying” over the water.
Follow in the footsteps of David Livingstone and travel up the Zambezi River above the Falls. There are several companies offering boat trips on the Zambezi River. Especially recommended is an evening sundowner boat cruise or a dinner cruise. As afternoon fades into twilight, animals come down to the river to drink as you go by.
This full-day tour departs daily from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, to the Chobe National Park in Botswana.
You are collected from your hotel between 07h10 and 07h30 and are transferred to the Kazungula border where your Botswana Guide will meet you. From here you proceed straight to the River where you will spend the morning game viewing along the Chobe River. Tea, coffee & biscuits are provided. The morning cruise ends at around 12h30 and you are then taken to a hotel on the riverbank for lunch. After lunch, you board safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive in the Chobe National Park where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of wildlife. After your game drive, you are taken back to the Kazungula Border where you will be met by your Zimbabwean Guide for your return transfer to Victoria Falls, arriving at approximately 18h30.