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Timbavati Game Reserve | Kruger National Park | South Africa →

Classic
South Africa Safari

Starts
Johannesburg
Ends
Johannesburg

Highlights

Big 5 game drives
Kruger National Park exploration
Lion icon
Timbavati's white lions
Luxury Accommodation Icon
Luxury lodge relaxation

A perfect package for those wanting a short yet immersive classic South Africa safari to the incredible Greater Kruger National Park. Nestled in South Africa’s north-eastern region, Greater Kruger, which now also encompasses many of the adjacent private game reserves with which it shares a fenceless border, is one of the world’s most pristine wilderness sanctuaries.

Home to both the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo) and hundreds of other mammal and bird species, Kruger’s popularity as a South Africa Safari destination is boosted by its easy accessibility from both Johannesburg and Cape Town, plus its wide range of accommodation options.

Whether you’re a couple, family, or group, enjoy up close and personal wildlife encounters while staying in some of Africa’s most warm and welcoming lodges. This is the great add-on to the other popular destinations like Cape Town, Winelands, Johannesburg, and more.

Timbavati Game Reserve

Itinerary Details

Day-By-Day

Day 1

Timbavati Game Reserve | Kruger National Park | South Africa

Timbavati Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park, is a premier wildlife destination celebrated for its rich biodiversity and the famous white lions native to the region. This reserve offers a truly wild South Africa Safari experience, with open vehicle game drives providing intimate encounters with the Big Five and more, in their natural habitat. The landscape varies from riverine forest to open savannah, hosting an incredible array of animals and bird species. Conservation and sustainable tourism are key, ensuring the preservation of this unique ecosystem for future generations.

From OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, board a short scheduled flight to Hoedspruit (Eastgate Airport) where you will be met and transferred to your lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park for your South Africa Safari. Upon arrival, settle in and perhaps enjoy a light lunch if there is time, before embarking on your first thrilling game drive into this world-renowned park.

Flight from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit & shared arrival road transfer from Hoedspruit to lodge
Starts:

Johannesburg (OR Tambo International Airport)

Ends:
Simbavati River Lodge

Afternoon game activity

Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge

Simbavati River Lodge, situated in the heart of the renowned Timbavati Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park, offers a deeply personal wildlife experience. The lodge is perfectly perched along the banks of the Nhlaralumi River, providing guests with exceptional views of the seasonal riverbed and the wildlife that frequents it. Designed to blend in with the natural surroundings, Simbavati takes advantage of its location to offer game drives with experienced guides and trackers, promising sightings of the Big 5 and other remarkable wildlife.

The lodge is committed to sustainable tourism practices, focusing on conservation, community involvement, and minimizing its environmental footprint. Efforts include water conservation, recycling, and supporting local community projects.

Location: Nestled in the Timbavati Nature Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, offering unparalleled wildlife encounters.

Sustainability: Implements eco-friendly practices to ensure the preservation of the natural environment and support local communities.

Tip: Make sure to participate in a guided bush walk for an immersive experience in the African bush, offering a unique perspective on the smaller aspects of the ecosystem that are often overlooked during game drives.

Timbavati Game Reserve

Day 2

Timbavati Game Reserve | Kruger National Park | South Africa

Greater Kruger National Park, which now also encompasses many of the adjacent private game reserves with which it shares a fenceless border, is one of the world’s most pristine wilderness sanctuaries. Opened in 1926 and home to over 80 mammal species and more than 360 types of birdlife, what makes Kruger so popular is the ease with which you can enjoy up close and personal encounters on a South Africa Safari, while staying in some of Africa’s most warm and welcoming lodges. Today, enjoy both early morning and evening game drives in 4×4 safari vehicles, accompanied by experienced field guides and trackers, in search of the Big 5 and more (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, and rhino).

Simbavati River Lodge

Morning and afternoon game activity

Timbavati Game Reserve

Day 3

Timbavati Game Reserve | Kruger National Park | South Africa

Rise early for a morning game drive and discover Kruger at its best on a South Africa Safari: herds of meandering elephants slowly chewing on mopane leaves, prides of lions sweeping the horizon for unsuspecting antelope, or even a lazy leopard snoozing on a tree branch overhead. Savour a hot chocolate as you watch the sun come up, then return to the lodge for a delicious cooked breakfast. As the heat of the day hits, cool off in the pool or take a well-earned nap in your room before the afternoon’s activities begin.

On your second game drive of the day, keep a lookout for some of the park’s other popular mammals, such as majestic kudu, zebra, playful warthogs, and gentle giraffes. This evening, enjoy an alfresco boma dinner close to the roaring fire, as you listen to your guide regale incredible tales from their years in the bush.

Simbavati River Lodge

Morning and afternoon game activity

Timbavati Game Reserve

Day 4

Timbavati Game Reserve | Kruger National Park | South Africa

On your final full day, perhaps enjoy a lie in and take your time over a leisurely breakfast overlooking the ever changing vistas of the African bush. Many lodges have resident monkeys and antelope, which make for fun mealtimes! As you embark on your final afternoon game drive, your guide will make a point to search for any wildlife that have proven elusive thus far, before stopping for sundowners at a scenic lookout point. As you return back to camp, enjoy dinner under the stars one final time as you reflect on your incredible time in Kruger.

Simbavati River Lodge

Morning and afternoon game activity

Johannesburg

Day 5

Johannesburg | South Africa

Johannesburg, often referred to as Jozi or Joburg, is South Africa’s largest city and economic hub, situated in the Gauteng province. As a melting pot of cultures and histories, Johannesburg offers a vibrant urban landscape with a rich tapestry of experiences. The city is renowned for its dynamic arts scene, bustling markets, and diverse culinary offerings, reflecting its multicultural population.

In addition to its cultural attractions, Johannesburg boasts a wealth of historical landmarks, including the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, providing insights into South Africa’s complex past. Visitors can also explore the city’s green spaces, such as the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden and Emmarentia Dam, offering tranquil retreats amidst the urban hustle and bustle. Whether delving into its history, savoring its culinary delights, or immersing oneself in its lively atmosphere, Johannesburg promises a multifaceted experience that captures the essence of modern South Africa, including the excitement of a South Africa Safari.

There should be time for one final game activity before you say goodbye to the amazing staff at the lodge, before being driven to the airport for your return flight to Johannesburg.

Shared departure road transfer from lodge to Hoedspruit & scheduled flight from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg
Starts:

Simbavati River Lodge

Ends:
Johannesburg Airport

Morning game activity

Summary

Classic South Africa Safari

Start / End
Johannesburg | Johannesburg
Accommodation
4 nights 4* accommodation at Simbavati River Lodge (or similar), Greater Kruger National Park (South Africa).
Meals & Drinks
4 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners, plus selected alcoholic & soft drinks.
Activities

8 game drives

Transport
Return flights from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit, plus shared return road transfers to the lodge.
Bonuses
Stay 4 Pay 3 on selected dates.

General
Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions:

Accommodation, meals, & drinks as listed, activities as listed, transfers as listed, plus:

Simbavati River Lodge: all meals, two safari activities per day, selection of soft & alcoholic drinks, conservation levies & gate fees.

Exclusions:

All other drinks, gratuities, spa treatments, laundry, other items of a personal nature, visas, immunisations, any flights not listed.

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