Tailor Made Itinerary

8 Days
Tammy’s Extensive Kruger National Park Safari

2 nights Balule | 2 nights Timbavati | 3 nights Kruger

Tour Highlights

  • Comprehensive Kruger
  • Balule Game Reserve
  • Timbavati Game Reserve
  • Abundant Birdlife
  • Big Five Game Viewing
  • Luxury Safari Accommodation

Client Review

Great Safari – Great Kruger!

 

I’ve already had many opportunities to ask to Pembury and especially Tammy Harding to organize my safaris. And it’s always perfect. This last trip at Kruger doesn’t make exception.

 

We visited the reserves of Balule, Timbavati and finally the park Kruger in one week. It was amazing. So much things to see !

 

I thank Tammy very sincerely because she is always very careful to make us visit different places and atmospheres.

 

We had the opportunity to spend a whole afternoon alone in a Tree House at Umlani Camp at Timbavati. Alone with a beautiful harmless snake. What a nice new friend we had. Great time ! Seriously, I advise this place to all, it’s a magic place. One of my best memories.

 

I look forward to my next trip !

Lesley M & Pierre T

Tour Consultant's Overview

Lesley has arranged trips though me a number times before - always including safari which she loves. She has brought different friends/family along each time to share the experience with them. In the past, she has travelled to Madikwe and Botswana. It is great to work with her as she supplies me with a budget and I make sure that I get her the best possible trip within the budget she gives me. This time she wanted a longer/extended safari and it was her friend's first time. I suggested the Greater Kruger National Park as a good destination as we could include diverse lodges in three different areas to give a more varied experience. I started out with the more basic lodges and ended the trip with a more luxurious lodge. Saving the best for last is always a good idea and these clients were once again thrilled with their safari holiday!
Tammy Harding
Day 1 Arrival in Balule Game Reserve

Upon arrival at Johannesburg airport you are met as you disembark from your flight by a representative who will hand over your travel documents before assisting you through customs and onwards to your connecting flight. You check in for your flight to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival at Hoedspruit airport you are collected and transferred to your safari lodge in the Greater Kruger Park. You check in and have time to settle in and relax before embarking on your first afternoon/evening game drive.

Flight time: Johannesburg to Hoedspruit Airport: approx. 1 hour

Transfer time: Hoedspruit Airport to Balule Game Reserve: approx. 1 hour

Day 1 to 3 Balule Game Reserve (2 nights)

You have two nights on safari in this magnificent area. I have included the two night package at KuSungula which offers guests an afternoon/evening game activity on the day of arrival, a Full day safari into the Kruger Park on their second day and then a morning game activity before departure.

Balule Nature Reserve is a protected area in Limpopo Province, South Africa which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park . As part of a wildlife conservation initiative, all fences separating APNR reserves – Balule, Timbavati, Klaserie, Umbabat, Grietjie Private Nature Reserve – and the Kruger National Park have been removed. The ecological benefits of this initiative has made the region a popular ecotourism destination and conservation efforts have ensured that the wildlife population includes all of the Big Five game: Lion, African Elephant, African Buffalo, African Leopard and Black Rhinoceros.

The Balule area of the Greater Kruger National Park initially consisted of several separate fenced game farms. In the early 1990s, landowners decided to remove the fences separating their properties in aid of conservation in order to increase the grazing area for the local wildlife and to diversify the animal gene pool. By the end of the decade, most Balule landowners had joined in the venture creating a much larger area for game to roam unhindered by fences, and hunting was curtailed. Balule was then incorporated into the Greater Kruger National Park as fences were dropped between Klaseire & Olifants Game Reserve.

Day 3 Balule to Timbavati Game Reserve

Enjoy your last morning game drive and breakfast before you are collected and transferred to your safari lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve.

Arriving at your lodge in the early afternoon, you are met by the lodge members and a refreshing welcome drink before you are taken to your safari chalet for your two night stay. There is leisure time before you depart on your first afternoon game drive in the Timbavati Game Reserve.

You set off on your first afternoon game drive in the Timbavati Game Reserve. The Timbavati forms part of the two million hectare Greater Kruger National Park. It was the first private game reserve to be incorporated into the Kruger National Park and is part of one of Africa's most innovative conservation partnership agreements. The Timbavati Game Reserve is 14 700 hectares (36 300 acres) and shares an unfenced boundary with Kruger National Park.

Transfer time: Balule to Timbavati Game Reserve: approx. 1 – 1½ hours

Day 3 to 5 Timbavati Game Reserve (2 nights)

You have two nights on safari in this magnificent area. Over those two nights you are taken on a total of four game drives.

Timbavati Game Reserve is situated on the Western boundary of the Kruger National Park and lies between the Klaserie, Umbabat, Manyeleti and Sabie Sands Reserves. In recent years, the fences separating Timbavati from the Kruger National Park were removed to form a pristine wilderness area of approximately four million hectares.

Day 5 Timbavati Game Reserve to Kruger National Park

You enjoy your last morning game drive and breakfast before you are collected and transferred south to the your final safari lodge within the Kruger National Park.

The Kruger National Park was established in 1898 and is the oldest National Park in Africa. The 2-million hectare Park provides sanctuary to 147 mammal species, including the Big Five, as well as over 500 bird species. The Kruger National Park has more than its fair share of the Big Five, with an estimated 1,500 lion, 12,000 elephant, 2,500 buffalo, 1,000 leopards and 4,000 rhino. Cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena, hippopotamus, giraffe, zebra, warthog and many antelope species are also regularly seen on game drives.

Transfer time: Timbavati Game Reserve to Lukimbi Safari Lodge: approx. 5 hours

Day 5 to 8 Kruger National Park (3 nights)

You have three nights on safari at Lukimbi Safari Lodge. Over this time you will enjoy a total of six game drives.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is situated in the game rich, southern section of the world renowned Kruger National Park. Bounded by 3 major river systems, the extensive 15 000 hectare area offers a diverse array of habitats. Vast grasslands dominate the northern portion, whereas the southern and central areas are more heavily wooded and interspersed with lush riverine thickets.

This provides ideal habitat for large herds of zebra, wildebeest and other plains animals. White rhino enjoy the numerous pans and wallows, whilst the shyer and more elusive black rhino can be found in the more thickly wooded areas. Herds of buffalo roam through grasslands seeking the succulent grasses, before moving down to rivers to amble slowly through the reeds. Elephants can frequently be seen all over the concession and in the river in front of the lodge is a favourite place for them to spend hours at a time. Guests relaxing at the lodge pools can find themselves enthralled, watching elephant families equally enjoying their own pools, particularly if the families include endearing babies.

Day 8 Kruger National Park & Departure

This morning you enjoy your last game drive and breakfast and then have a bit of free time before you are collected and transferred back to the Nelspruit Airport to Johannesburg.

Upon arrival at Johannesburg airport you head to international departures where you check in for your home.

You bid farewell to our beautiful area!

Balule Game Reserve: Ku Sungula Safari Lodge

Ku Sungula Safari Lodge has multiple rondavels which blend in with the charm and serenity of the surrounding bush. The interior of the lodges feels luxurious and is fully safari styled. All of the rondavels have an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. A private terrace is placed at the front of your Africa safari lodge. Besides the rondavels the lodge has a stunning terrace, a pool, and a campfire site. Ku Sungula is located in the Balule Private Nature Reserve, which is part of the Greater Kruger Park.

Timbavati Game Reserve: Umlani Bush Camp

Umlani is located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. This is true Big Five territory and guests have an opportunity to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino on safe, expertly guided game drives and bush walks. The area is also home to more than 40 mammal species and 350 bird species.

All accommodation options have en-suite facilities including open-air bush showers for the ultimate stargazing experience. They also offer comfortable beds, crisp white linen, soft towels, mosquito netting, insect repellent and standard bathroom amenities. There is also complimentary bottled water, although the tap water is perfectly safe to drink.

Operating off the grid, each rondavel is discreetly lit by a combination of solar and oil lanterns. The Umlani philosophy of simplistic luxury and 'getting back to nature' is enhanced by the romance of operating without electricity, so each hut and the entire camp is lit by candlelight and oil lamps, providing a warm and magical atmosphere.

Kruger National Park: Lukimbi Safari Lodge

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is a luxury safari lodge situated on a private concession in the southern portion of the Kruger National Park. The lodge features carved plaster panels showing intricate mystical creatures and African patterns, in a subtle yet extremely decorative way. The main buildings are linked together with open wooden decks, making the most of the view, as the lodge meanders along the banks of the river Lwakahle. The designer interior combines colours and specially created pieces artistically and imaginatively. The height of the lodge above the river provides viewing points with a feeling of safety. Meals are served at a variety of venues, so guests may enjoy breakfast in the bush, lunch round the pool and dinner on the candlelit wooden decks or around the campfire in the boma.

The raised walkways provide guests with easy access to their suites. 16 spacious suites combine luxury and modern African decor with private decks and river views. The suites all have a sense of space. The rooms seems to stretch into the bush beyond, and the high windows bring the sky and the trees right into the room. Each suite has an en-suite bathroom with spacious bath, inside and outside shower and separate toilet. All have air-conditioning, fan, safe, gauzy, romantic mosquito nets, tea and coffee facilities and a mini bar. These rooms are large enough to share with young children and still enjoy the space.

The unique Kruger National Park and the world-renowned private game reserves that border it together make the Greater Kruger area one of the largest wildlife conservancies in the world. The 2-million hectare Park provides sanctuary to 147 mammal species, including the Big Five, as well as over 500 bird species, all of which roam freely in their natural habitat. Game drives with informative Rangers, are done in the early mornings and late afternoons/evenings on private roads in open Landrovers. Alternatively, guests can take guided walks or relax in the magnificent lodge.

Included in price Balule Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at KuSungula Safari Lodge

World famous for its abundance of animal, bird and reptile life the Balule Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park, has over 30 mammal species, 220 different kinds of birds and a dazzling variety of reptiles, insects and plants. The area is typical wooded savannah, with marula, knob thorn and Leadwood trees predominant. As the annual rainfall is generally low, waterholes become focus points, especially in winter. Animals are largely territorial, so you are assured of excellent sightings during your safari activities. Game Drives, Bush Walks and Kruger National Park Safaris are available.

On their three hour drives the expert guides will take you into the bush in the open safari vehicle and explain all the fascinating things you will see on the way. Up close to the animals for an unforgettable safari experience. Enjoy the fresh morning air with a cup of coffee in the middle of the bush or watch the sun go down with a cold drink and some snacks.

Greet the new day in the bush and explore the fascinating African nature by foot, accompanied by a qualified and armed guide. On the walk you will learn about tracks, plants, trees and birds and much more. Although you can encounter big game during your walk, the emphasis lies on the smaller things in the bush that often get overlooked during a drive.

The full day Kruger Safari will not be as intimate as what you experience in the private reserves, but it will give an additional experience which will be a bit different from the activities at the other lodges you will be visiting.

Included in price Timbavati Game Reserve: Daily Safari Programme at Umlani Bush Camp

Umlani Bushcamp operates synergistically with other land and lodge owners in the Timbavati Game Reserve to offer guests a vast sanctuary of more than 10,000 ha of unspoilt African wilderness.

You will be taken out on two game drives per day, in open top four wheel drive vehicles. The morning game drive will leave at dawn and the night drive will leave in the late afternoon. There is always a ranger on stand-by for an optional morning bush walk.

During the day you can go on short walks with the ranger after breakfast, or lounge in the hammocks around the swimming pool sipping your favourite drink. Alternatively, laze away the day in our spacious bush bar and deck overlooking the riverbed and watering hole. For exclusive tranquillity there is a tree house about 2.5 kms from the camp overlooking a dam, where we can leave you for an hour or two with blankets and big comfortable pillows as well as a cooler box with drinks.

In the evening you will be treated to pre dinner drinks in the traditional boma around the fire, followed by one of Umlani's award winning meals in the candlelit dining room, or out in the open riverbed surrounded by flares and cauldron fires.

Included in price Kruger National Park: Daily Safari Programme at Lukimbi Safari Lodge

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is situated in the game rich, southern section of the world renowned Kruger National Park. Bounded by 3 major river systems, the extensive 15 000 hectare area offers a diverse array of habitats. Vast grasslands dominate the northern portion, whereas the southern and central areas are more heavily wooded and interspersed with lush riverine thickets.

This provides ideal habitat for large herds of zebra, wildebeest and other plains animals. White rhino enjoy the numerous pans and wallows, whilst the shyer and more elusive black rhino can be found in the more thickly wooded areas. Herds of buffalo roam through grasslands seeking the succulent grasses, before moving down to rivers to amble slowly through the reeds. Elephants can frequently be seen all over the concession and in the river in front of the lodge is a favourite place for them to spend hours at a time. Guests relaxing at the lodge pools can find themselves enthralled, watching elephant families equally enjoying their own pools, particularly if the families include endearing babies.

Where you find animals, you find the predators. Tracking lions in open vehicles is one of the most exciting things to do and guests will never forget the spine chilling and awesome sound of a lion roaring at close quarters. Leopards are also found at Lukimbi, more difficult to spot, but guests are rewarded with the sight of one of the most beautiful animals in the world. Twice-daily game drives are conducted in open vehicles, led by an experience field guide and local Shangaan tracker.

During daily walks, field guides will fascinate guests with information on the smaller reptiles and insects, which they might have missed on drives. Inquisitive giraffe frequently amuse guests on walks, as they watch the guests watching them, their long, luxuriant eyelashes never failing to charm. Lukimbi is a birders’ paradise, as there are over 420 species of birds to be found.

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This itinerary started on 22 October 2019
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 3,175
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