3 nights Sabi Sand | 2 nights Hazyview | 3 nights Chobe | 2 nights Victoria Falls
- Kruger National Park Wildlife
- Big Five Game Viewing
- Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Chobe National Park
- Victoria Falls Adventure
- Sunset Cruise on Zambezi
We contacted Heidi at Pembury Tours to help us organize a select part of our South African Journey. We arranged to Skype Heidi at a time that would work for both parties, not easy with a 9 hour time difference. She quickly understood what we required for our safari bookings and made many helpful suggestions. Heidi arranged all our safaris accommodations and transfers, we did our own flight bookings. Everything went without a single glitch! We were very happy with the companies she chose for our transfers, they were always on time, extremely pleasant and we always felt safe! Her recommendations for accommodations for our safari’s were excellent, we loved everything about our experience! We would not hesitate to recommend Pembury Tours to our friends and after them seeing our pictures and hearing our stories, I’m sure Heidi will be kept busy! Thank you again for your excellent service!
Tour Consultant's OverviewGord & Sandy contacted me to arrange a Safari Holiday for them. They were so lovely to deal with, we arranged a Skype call and had a chat and I got to hear and understand their holiday wish list. I put together a tailor-made itinerary for Gord & Sandy and emailed it through to them. I presented two options to them. One option was to be upon the Princess House Boat in Chobe and the other was staying at Elephant Valley Lodge. Gord & Sandy opted for the Elephant Valley Lodge option. After a few emails their tour was booked and confirmed.
Upon arrival in Hoedspruit, you are met by our representative and transferred to your safari lodge in the Sabi Sand Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. You arrive in time to freshen up before embarking on your first game drive.
Forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sand Reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to cross freely between the Sabi Sands and the rest of the Greater Kruger National Park. The safari experience in the Sabi Sand is highly personalised because game drive vehicles have exclusive traversing rights in their area.
The Sabi Sand Reserve is a remarkable natural sanctuary known for its exceptionally high concentration of animal and bird life. Close contact encounters are guaranteed as the animals are not threatened by the presence of vehicles thanks to sound conservation management policies. Safaris are led by experienced rangers coupled with local Shangaan trackers. With exceptional sightings of leopard (usually the most elusive of cats), lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo during game drives - visitors are never lacking in exciting photographic content. You will head out on dawn and late afternoon game drives in the company of dedicated and highly knowledgeable rangers and trackers.
The fact that the Sabi Sand is a private Kruger reserve means that guests can enjoy activities not normally permitted in the Kruger Park itself. Your ranger will go off road for close-up views of special sightings and once darkness falls, you'll be treated to thrilling spot-lit night drives in search of rare nocturnal creatures and big cats on the move. Guided nature walks complete the spectrum of safari activities.
After your morning game drive, you bid farewell to this African wonderland. You are transferred to a country lodge in the Mpumalanga Lowveld. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax in the beautiful gardens of the lodge or lounge around the pool. The next morning you are met and taken on a full day Panorama Tour.
This morning you are transferred to Nelspruit Airport for your direct flight to Livingstone. Upon arrival in Livingstone, you are transferred by road to your lodge in Chobe National Park.
Chobe National Park on Botswana’s north-west border is a pristine wilderness of open plains, baobab trees, ancient woodland, swamps and flood plains and is home to the greatest concentration of game in the entire southern African subcontinent. One of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, the Chobe River forms the Park’s northern boundary.
The Chobe riverfront area is most famous for its large herds of elephants and buffalo, which come down to the river in huge herds to drink during the dry winter months. During this season, one may see hundreds of elephants at one time. Other species include waterbuck, lechwe, puku (this is the only part of Botswana where they can be seen), giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. Over 460 bird species have been recorded in the park, making it one of Africa’s premier venues for bird Safaris. A highlight of Chobe is taking a river cruise, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to animals that come down to the river.
This morning you bid farewell to this African Wonderland as you are transferred by ferry and road to your hotel in Victoria Falls. You have time to settle into your new hotel and perhaps view the falls this afternoon.
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. At 1708 metres wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world and drops more than 100 metres into the sheer Zambezi Gorge.
Straddling the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, these Falls and the Zambezi River are the central points in an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream, the rainforest adjacent and the stark jagged gorge downstream, the power and timelessness of nature's forces are evident throughout. The Falls’ local name, Mosi-Oa-Tunya - "the Smoke that Thunders" - more accurately defines the essence of the place: the rising, shining spray that can be seen 30km away. This vapour has the effect of adding moisture in the form of humidity to the air in the "splash zone", so that a unique, small rainforest ecosystem clings to the edge of the Falls, providing a toehold for no less than 70 shrub and 150 herbaceous species, as well as trees such as pod and Natal mahogany, ebony, Cape and strangler fig and Transvaal red milkwood. There are two National Parks in the vicinity: the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe and the Mosi-oa-Tunya Zoological Park in Zambia, which means that herds of big game such as elephant and buffalo, as well as smaller species and even predators such as lion persist in the area.
This morning is at leisure to catch a last glimpse of the Falls, until you are transferred from the hotel to Livingstone or Victoria Falls Airport to catch your flight to Johannesburg.
Arathusa Safari Lodge is a jewel within the heart of the Sabi Sand Reserve. The camp is an intimate one, completely open-plan and designed to harmoniously blend with the adjacent waterhole and African bush. The lodge flanks the bank of a large waterhole (approximately 250m x 150m) allowing for a 180 degree view of the water. An infinity swimming pool overlooks the waterhole and is the perfect spot for wildlife viewing on a smoldering African summer’s afternoon. Massive herds of buffalo, antelope and elephant families gather at the waterhole and there is also a resident herd of hippos. 13 thatched suites are within the camp's perimeter. Each has a bathroom en-suite (with bath and separate indoor and outdoor showers), and a verandah. Meal times at Arathusa are a sociable affair. Guests are treated to sumptuous dishes, fresh produce and home baked confectionary.
In addition to the morning and evening game drives, unique walking safaris are offered daily giving guest the opportunity of discovering the hidden treasures of the region. Arathusa prides itself on its leopard viewing. As leopards are territorial, their regular appearances in the area allow their movements to be plotted. Many of the animals become familiar and are easily recognized by the rangers. Large herds of buffalo numbering in excess of 300 are often encountered. Elephants are also seen in large numbers. There are various lion prides in the area, as well as a few nomadic males. General “lowveld” game are abundant in this section of the Sabi Sand Reserve, including giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala and more. Between game drives, lazy hours can be spent in the sparkling pool or having a massage at the Nature Spa.
Böhm’s Zeederberg is a small owner-run Country House situated in the picturesque Sabie River Valley of the Mpumalanga Drakensberg, South Africa. The 4-star Country House is situated on a hilltop close to the Kruger National Park.
10 Individually decorated Chalets are located in the garden around the swimming pool, with majestic views over the Sabie River Valley from private verandas. The Garden Chalets can accommodate 2 guests, the Family Garden Chalets can accommodate 2 adults & 1 child (one extra bed is available in the open plan lounge for a child), the Family Garden Suites can accommodate 2 adults & 2 (with two extra beds available for children in the lounge), and the romantic Honeymoon Chalet is located in a private corner of the garden. All the chalets are air-conditioned and have en-suite bathrooms.
The swimming pool is situated in a 2 hectare lush subtropical garden; filled with beautiful indigenous tree which have been labelled for your easy identification. The garden is a bird watcher’s paradise, with two different kinds of Turaco nesting in the huge Wild Fig trees, to name a few of the abundant birds found at Böhm’s. The 60 hectare indigenous bush farm is alive with varied wildlife: small buck including Duiker and Bushbuck, Blue Vervet Monkeys and Bushbabies, many small mammals like Mongoose and Bats, and a myriad of indigenous birds.
Enjoy a sun-downer on the terrace in the summer or a sherry in front of the roaring log fire in the lounge in the winter. The dining room serves home cooked dinners prepared by Mrs Böhm, with the accent on German, French and African Fusion Country cooking combined with fresh herbs & salads from the garden.
Elephant Valley Lodge lies between the Chobe National Park in Botswana and the equally impressive Matetsi wildlife conservancy within the Kasane Forest Reserve. The lodge lies beneath a forest of sturdy knob thorn trees and overlooks an extremely productive water hole. It is within these tree tops that the largest colony of white back vultures occurs. Open-air guest areas, an outdoor dining Boma, a secluded hide and a refreshing swimming pool provide plenty of opportunities for relaxation. There are 20 “Meru”’ style luxury safari tents situated around the gardens or along the edge of the valley. Your tent also ensures that you are able to hear the multitude of night sounds as you drift away with vivid memories of the experiences of your day on safari. The tents have twin beds, an ensuite bathroom and a private, shady deck.
The Chobe region is home to the largest population of wild elephant in the world. Their sometimes daily passage takes them from Zimbabwe through Chobe and across the river into Namibia before returning. Elephant Valley Lodge lies along one of these routes. The camp perimeter is fenced to keep the elephant from moving through the camp. Instead, now they move around the camp boundary, along their well worn paths to and from the Chobe River.
Activities include daily safaris open landrover safaris and boat cruises into the Chobe National Park
The AVANI Victoria Falls Resort is a superior 3-star hotel located right on the edge of the Eastern Cataract of the falls and reflects the richness and diversity of the land's heritage. The architecture of the hotel was inspired by the timeless African tradition. Simple, rustic, and welcoming, its unique styling offers visitors the experience of truly being in the heart of Africa. The 212 en-suite rooms have private balconies that allow the morning sun in and are tastefully decorated with an African flavour with mosaics and earthy coloured fabrics. The Victoria Falls National Park borders the front of the property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns, with the spray of the falls in the background. Facilities at the hotel include an in-house restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel is within walking distance of the Falls.
Game drives, in an open safari vehicle, are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon every day in search of animals – both large and small. Experienced, knowledgeable and personable rangers are paired with local trackers. Trackers sit up at the front of the vehicle looking for fresh animal tracks, while rangers skillfully navigate into ravines and through thickets in pursuit of fantastic game sightings. Close encounters are guaranteed, and the animals are not threatened by our presence thanks to our sound conservation management policies. Expect one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities of The Big Five, and much more – including over 300 bird species. Guided walks with an armed ranger may also be arranged. Walks are usually arranged in the early hours during the summer months, when temperatures are more moderate. Being on foot affords a unique and altogether different view of the bush.
Arathusa prides itself on its leopard viewing. As leopards are territorial, their regular appearance in our area allows us to plot their movements, and to observe their behaviour. Many of the animals become familiar and are easily recognised, which enables us to name them. Approximately 14 leopards are seen in the area in which Arathusa operate, six of which are seen on a regular basis. Large herds of buffalo, numbering in excess of 300, often find their way to the waterhole in front of the lodge. One need not move far to enjoy the safari experience! Elephants are also seen in numbers. There are various lion prides in the area, as well as a few nomadic males. Over 90% of guests will experience sightings of The Big Five – very often in one day, and sometimes on one drive. General “lowveld” game species are abundant in this section of the Sabi Sand Reserve, including giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala and more.
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.
Chobe's wildlife roams in abundance and diversity and it is home to the largest concentration of elephant in Africa. During the dry season these large herds, as well as vast herds of buffalo, congregate along the fertile flood plains of the Chobe River where they come to drink, bathe and play. Sightings of lion, African wild dog, puku, red lechwe, sable, giraffe and roan antelope are frequent reported in the area.
At Elephant Valley Lodge you enjoy a morning cruise along the Chobe River, which allows you to get up close with hippo, crocodile and a mind-boggling array of water birds. You also get really close to any animals that come down to the river, especially elephants and buffalo.
In the afternoon you enjoy a game drive in a 10-seater open vehicle in both the Chobe National Park and the Kasane Forest Reserve. In addition to elephant and buffalo, species that might be seen on game drives include waterbuck, lechwe, puku, giraffe, kudu, roan and sable, impala, warthog, bushbuck, monkeys and baboons, along with the accompanying predators: lion, leopard, hyena and jackal. It is during the late afternoon that game becomes most active. During the game drive a stop is made for sundowner drinks along the river to capture the sunset on camera.
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:
• Tiger fishing
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 Jumping
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.