TOUR KRUGER PARK
A guided safari from Johannesburg to Kruger is the best way to explore this area. You are also able to do a self-drive, with some great directions we will send you on your way to see the beauty of the Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces.
The following suggested itinerary captures the highlights of the Kruger Park and surrounds. We will be able to work around any budget by choosing the appropriate accommodation to suit your needs.
Kruger has it all...
Pure romance and ultimate decadence... one moment you could be lying in your bubble bath overlooking the African forests and the next out on your game drive parked in your Landrover in the middle of a pride of lions feasting on a fresh kill... return to your luxury lodge for dinner under the African night sky, before retiring to your king size bed and crisp cotton sheets.
Comfortable Bed and Breakfast or self catering options are perfect for those who enjoy doing it under their own steam... there is so much to choose from to make it perfect for you.
Kruger Park as a family holiday is filled with adventure... you may wish to do a sleep out, high up in a 'treehouse' listening to the night sounds, dining by lamp light and sleeping under mosquito nets on comfortable matresses and duvets... bush walks with enthusiastic field guides that can't wait to share the little things and make it exciting to learn about a dung beetle.
Please view suggested children's program
Your Finest Africa Representative will collect you and transfer you by road to Mpumalanga, driving through Nelspruit to Hazyview. You will spend 1 night here.
Day Two and Three
Today you will be soaking up all the natural beauty as you drive along the Panorama Route, viewing mountains, passes, waterfalls. You will make your way up North to a Private Game Reserve just outside the Kruger Park. Spend 2 nights here enjoying game drives, walking safaris, dinner under the stars and lazing by the pool with a book while watching elephants drinking from the pools close-by.
Day Four - Seven
After your morning game activities your guide will transfer you to Hoedspruit to the Endangered Species Centre.
Following an introductory presentation on the Centre, day visitors are treated to an in-depth tour of the centre. Departing on the hour, open safari vehicles with experienced guides move between the various enclosures, enabling participants to view cheetah, wild dog, lions, the black-footed cat, african wild cat, ground hornbills, sable antelope and much more.
A great treat is experiencing the feeding sessions of various rare African vultures as they swoop down into the “vulture restaurant” to feed on the remains of carcasses. This area attracts White-backed Vultures, Hooded Vultures, occasionally the Lappet-faced Vulture and Cape Griffon, the Marabou Stork and Bateleur Eagle. The bones and carcasses come from the bomas, paddocks and pens around the Centre, and once they have been picked clean they are taken to a bone miller and the proceeds are put pack into the Centre. Nothing goes to waste!
Visitors may also participate on an elephant-back safari. Conducted early morning and late afternoon, guests enjoy close contact game viewing from the vantage point atop the massive pachyderm. This is truly a memorable and humbling experience. The Camp Jabulani herd of elephants are renowned for their beautiful temperaments and outstanding physical condition.
After your morning of interacting with the endangered species, your guide will drive into the Kruger Park.
Here you will spend the next four nights in the Greater Kruger Park.
Your days will be filled with early morning game drives and walking safaris, scrumptious breakfasts at your lodge or even in the bush itself, relaxation time during the heat of the day. High Tea will be served in the late afternoon before your evening game drive departs to see the noctural animals of the African bush, you may even be lucky enough to see a lion hunt.
Depart Kruger Park and make your way back to Johannesburg, passing through Dullstroom, a premier fly-fishing region.
SUGGESTED CHILDREN'S ITINERARY
DAY 1 – Theme SOUTH AFRICA AND SHANGAAN CULTURE
This theme concentrates on our country. The Field Guide will provide information on the area Tintswalo is in, its people, our flag and other relevant details.
Talk and Game Drive: This first game drive is used to introduce the safety guidelines (WHICH ARE VERY IMPORTANT), and also an Introduction to the Bushveld (Why it’s called Bushveld, what makes it unique).
Activity: Shirt painting with fabric paint. Older kids will paint the South African Flag on T-shirts; younger ones can use the flags’ colours to paint anything on their T-shirts. African Bead making is also an option (Manager discretion or Guest choice). Items such as key chains or necklaces can be made.
DAY 2 – Theme BUSH SUPERMARKET AND RESTAURANT
This theme concentrates on what humans can survive on in the bush and what animals eat.
Talk and Game Drive: The focus is on trees, shrubs, grasses, animal droppings, etc.
Activity: Younger children can collect plant items on the drive that can be used as substitutes for, amongst other things, toothbrushes, toilet paper and cups. Older children can also partake in collage making. They can collect different leaves, grasses, etc, paste them on a piece of cardboard and undertake an identification exercise; the completed collages can be used at their school for show and tell. Little ones can make leaf prints with paint.
DAY 3 and 4 – Theme TRACKING
This theme can run over two days. It concentrates on teaching children the different spoor (tracks) of animals and also tracking techniques. Professional trackers assist with this task. Children can be taught how to follow animals and look for distinguishing signs.
Game Drive: Very important for children to go out and experience real tracking in the bush.
Activity: Plaster of Paris footprint moulds can be made, which can then be painted. Little ones can do play dough. If the children want to do additional activities, alternatives such as a Treasure Hunt can be arranged. In this kind of activity children can use their new techniques to find a ‘Treasure’. The Treasure Hunt is arranged in a safe area as designated by the field guide. The guide will “make” spoor for children to follow in conjunction with various clues that will lead them to the treasure, which they can keep. This can also be an indoor activity.
NIGHT 3 or 4 – Theme STAR GAZING
This theme concentrates on our solar system, as well as showing children prominent stars in our spectacular southern hemisphere skies.
Activity: Painting of the planets and stars can be done using black paper, glitter, white paint, etc for good effect. “Mooncatchers” can be made with fishing lines, beads and also with selective natural options such as feathers and seed pods.
DAY 5 – Theme INSECTS AND BIRDS
This theme concentrates on our feathered friends and small creatures. The Small 5 can be sought out.
Game Drive: Go out to find our Small 5, as well as other smaller creatures such as butterflies, lizards, frogs, etc. Birds can also be identified, the field guide will explain how to do this from various visual aspects as well as from bird calls.
Activity: Mosaic pictures of little creatures can be made. Mosaic kits will be supplied for the children.