South Africa is rightly renowned for its incredible wildlife and the Kruger National Park in the northeast of the country has a deserved reputation as one of the finest game-viewing hotspots on the African continent. This itinerary takes in two of the Kruger's premier private game reserves, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve or its Thornybush Game Reserve neighbour – depending on your choice of lodge – and Sabi Sands Game Reserve where you'll have the opportunity to see Africa's Big Five along with a host of other mammals, birds and reptiles in a stunning wilderness environment. When you're not out and about looking for wildlife there'll be plenty of opportunity to relax in some of Africa's best safari accommodation.
Day 1: London to Johannesburg
Fly overnight from London to Johannesburg.
Day 2: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve OR Thornybush Game Reserve
On arrival at Johannesburg International Airport, you'll be met and transferred to a light aircraft for your flight to the Timbavati or Hoedspruit Airport in the Kruger National Park. After a private transfer to your chosen accommodation the rest of the day will be at leisure.
Days 3-4: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve OR Thornybush Game Reserve
Spend three action packed days exploring the Thornybush Game Reserve, home to thousands of hectares of pristine, untouched wilderness. It's also home to Africa's Big Five; elephant, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard, making it an incredible place to view game in an authentic wilderness environment. Alternatively, the prestigious Makanyi Safari Lodge, located within the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is also home to the Big Five, as well as the elusive white lion. Twice-daily game drives with experienced guides will ensure you have the best possible opportunity of seeing the wildlife that inhabits this stunning region.
Day 5: Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
Enjoy a private transfer to your chosen lodge in the exclusive Sabi Sands Game Reserve. On arrival, check into your chosen accommodation where you'll spend the day at your leisure, or if time allows embark on an afternoon game drive.
Days 6-7: Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
Spend three memorable days learning about the reserve's unique biodiversity whilst exploring its incredible landscapes and abundance of wildlife. Sabi Sand is home to an incredible array of mammals, birds and reptiles, including the Big Five, as well as hippo, giraffe, impala, jackal and many more.
Whether you're staying at Simbambili or Chitwa Chitwa, you'll take morning and evening game drives in open-top vehicles to ensure you have the best chance of spotting wildlife while leaving time to enjoy the creature comforts of your luxury accommodation.
Day 8: Departure
Transfer by private car to Hoedspruit Airport for your flight home via Johannesburg.
Day 9: Arrive in London
Arrive in London, and continue your onward journey home.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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