Rustic African Safari

After a self-drive road trip through South Africa, spend 3 days at a rustic Timbavati safari lodge where wildlife encounters are unparalleled and cultural interactions are authentic.
  • Accommodation: Thatched hut with en-suite bathroom
  • Destinations: Johannesburg, Timbavati Private Game Reserve, Johannesburg
  • Activities: Early morning and night game drives, bird watching, visits to the Endangered Species Centre, village tours

Your South Africa Safari Experience

This typically African safari will introduce you to the best of Africa - wildlife encounters, cultural journeys and tribal interaction. This 3-day self-drive package is for the more adventurous traveller seeking a traditional safari with exceptional Kruger Park game viewing with cultural undertones.

Arrive at your destination in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, part of the greater Kruger Park region, after a 7-hour road trip from Johannesburg. The days ahead will follow with a large of game viewing activities and unexpected wildlife sightings.

Day 1: Johannesburg - Timbavati Private Game ReserveView Lodge

See Lions and cubs on safari.At your own time, make your way to the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park, in the car rental that you will collect in Johannesburg. Stop along the way for snacks and to photograph the unique landscapes of South Africa. The 7-hour drive from Johannesburg will deliver you to the world-renowned Kruger National Park and its magnificent wildlife.

Upon arrival at Umlani Bushcamp in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, the staff will give you a lovely welcome with refreshments before helping you settle into your bush suite. After settling in and freshening up, you will embark on your first Kruger game drive with a trained guide. Afternoon game drives extend into the night and you might be lucky enough to spot some of the less shy nocturnal creatures.

After your exhilarating experience of the darkened bush, a dining feast awaits. Enjoy post-dinner drinks around the campfire before heading to your suite for a peaceful night's rest.

Day 2: Timbavati Private Game ReserveView Lodge

Enjoy the view from your accommodation.In the morning, your Shangaan ranger will wake you with hot drinks and breakfast snacks before taking you on an early morning game drive into Big Five territory. Look out for Africa's favourites -Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino, and Elephant - as well as a large diversity of wildlife.

If you enjoy bird watching, then this African safari will give you some great sightings of a prolific list of bird species. Morning walking safaris alongside a guide will teach you about the fauna and flora of the bush, as well as the interaction between the various species.

After exploring the bush for a few hours, return to camp for a delicious brunch. Afternoons can be spent taking part in activities that interest you. A range of optional activities that you could try include visits to the Endangered Species Centre, village tours with cultural interactions, hot-air balloon safaris, elephant back safaris, rafting trips and so much more. For a lazy afternoon at the camp, lounge in the hammocks or take a dip in the refreshing pool.

Late afternoons will invite you to a high tea, prepared with warm and cold beverages and a range of savoury and sweet culinary delights. Afterwards, your guide will take you off into the bush once again, on a game drive that will be considerably different than the early morning drive. As the sun goes down, you will enjoy sundowners in the bush before setting out in search of the nocturnal wildlife such as bush babies, owls, and the mighty lionesses on the prowl.

Evenings will be spent indulging in specially prepared cocktails and classic drinks, before gathering for an alfresco dining experience. Boma evenings serve a menu of locally created dishes inspired by international favourites under a star-lit canopy.

Day 3: Johannesburg

Rise before the African sun and wake up with a warm cup of coffee. Depending on the time you wish to leave, you can either depart after a light breakfast as the sun rises or after a final morning game drive and a filling breakfast. Your 7-hour journey back to Johannesburg will be one of awe-inspiring vistas and great memories of the African safari.Included
  • Car rental
  • 2 nights' stay at Umlani Bushcamp in a traditional African reed and thatch accommodation with en-suite bathroom
  • In-room guest amenities
  • All meals during your stay including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • A select assortment of local branded drinks (bottled water, tea/coffee, soft drinks, beers, spirits and house wines)
  • Daily morning and late afternoon game drive in open 4x4 safari vehicle alongside a trained and experienced guide
  • Walking safaris guided by experienced armed trackers
Not Included
  • All extras to be settled directly upon departure
  • Premium branded drinks
  • Laundry services
  • All optional activities

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