Kruger Safaris - Safaris in Kruger National Park

Privately Guided Safari: Limpopo River & Kruger


SPM10J
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
International flights quoted separately
Explore the far north of South Africa with your own driver/guide on this "off-the-beaten-track" adventure. Combine the wildlife of the Kruger Park with Mapungubwe archaeological site & the Limpopo River, before relaxing in the Soutpansberg Mountains. Ideal for special interests such as archaelogy, birding or photography. English speaking guide, all transfers & game drives included.
Limpopo River Mapungubwe South Africa Kruger National Park
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Waterberg Mountains
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Game Drives
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Louis Trichardt
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Venda Village
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Limpopo River
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Mapungubwe
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Golden Rhino
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Tracking Wild Dogs
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Baobab Trees
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Soutpansberg
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Waterberg Mountains
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Game Drives
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Louis Trichardt
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Venda Village
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Limpopo River
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Mapungubwe
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Golden Rhino
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Tracking Wild Dogs
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Baobab Trees
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Soutpansberg
Day 1
You will be met at Phalaborwa Airport by your guide, who will transfer you to the world famous Kruger National Park. Game viewing opportunities should present themselves almost immediately and hopefully we will see several species of antelope, zebra, wildebeest and maybe even giraffe before we reach your rest camp.
  
The Kruger National Park offers a choice of seven rest camps, each situated in a different section of the park with its own unique flora and fauna - Skukuza, Letaba, Olifants, Lower Sabie, Pretoriuskop, Satara and Berg-en-Dal. Accommodation is in simple but comfortable thatched game park bungalows, with your guide having an allowance to purchase breakfast and dinner for you at the camp restaurant.
 
After checking in, settle in and relax in the atmosphere that only the African bushveld can provide!
Days 2 To 3
Today is devoted to game viewing in the Kruger National Park. As you will have the services of a private driver/guide, you will have the flexibility of discussing preferred routings and travelling times with him each day. However we recommend setting off early each morning as the camp gates open (04h30 to 06h00 depending on the season), to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day.
   
Explore the famous Kruger National Park, which offer magnificent game viewing opportunities and the highest concentration of lion in the whole of Africa. Hope to see several of the Big Five today - Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino - as well as many other species before returning to your rest camp for breakfast, or buy provisions at camp and cook breakfast at a picnic spot.
 
The rest of the morning is free to relax by the camp swimming pool and enjoy bird watching, before setting out again at the time of your choice (usually the late afternoon) for another game drive. One game drive during your stay will be in a large open-top game viewing vehicle operated by the Kruger National Park (normally a night drive) but this can be substitued for a bush walk on request.
 
All other game drives are taken with your host in his air-conditioned vehicle, as this is more comfortable in the heat of the day. With nearly 150 different species of mammals and over 100 species of reptiles in the Kruger National Park, you can hope to see cheetah, giraffe, hippo, kudu, crocodiles, sable antelope, waterbuck, warthogs, baboons, wild dogs and many other interesting animals. With over 500 different bird species including eagles, kingfishers, vultures and storks, outstanding bird watching is also guaranteed.
  
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
  
Children < 12 are not allowed on open top game drives, but may enjoy unlimited game drives in your guide's vehicle. Minimum age of 16 for bush walks.
Day 4
Enjoy some final game viewing in the Kruger National Park, before your scenic 3-hour transfer through fertile farmlands and tea plantations to Tzaneen in Limpopo province.
 
Here we can enjoy a tasting at the Amarula factory. We can also visit the Vervet Monkey Foundation, which cares for over 600 monkeys, before checking into our hotel.
Day 5
Today your guide will introduce you to the stark beauty of Limpopo Province and the far northern Transvaal, on your scenic 5-hour journey.
 
We travel through beautiful Magoebaskloof to the regional capital of Polokwane. We continue to Mapungubwe, situated at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers and forming the borders of three countries – South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Check into your lodge deep in baobab country.
Days 6 To 7
Start your visit with a guided tour of the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site.
 
Over a thousand years ago Mapungubwe Hill (“The Place of Jackals”) was the centre of the largest kingdom in Southern Africa, populated by the Shona people and forerunner of the Great Zimbabwe civilisation. Its highly sophisticated people had a well-developed class system and traded gold, ivory, copper and exotic beads with China, India & Egypt. A small gold foil rhinoceros was found in a royal grave at this important archaeological site, as well as other artefacts from this advanced African civilisation, which flourished before colonisation.
  
Afterwards visit Mapungubwe National Park to view game. There is also the option of tracking endangered wild dogs at Venetia Game Reserve, or walking to view ancient Bushman rock paintings.
Day 8
This morning your guide will drive you 3-hours from Mapungubwe and drop you off at your lodge in the beautiful Soutpansberg Mountains.
 
Meaning "Salt Pan Mountain" because of the giant salt pan on the western side of this mountain range, the region is characterised by its unique geology and gigantic baobab trees. The mighty Limpopo River, which forms the border with both Botswana and Zimbabwe, flows through the Limpopo Valley plains to the north. Check in to your lodge and relax in this beautiful region of endless horizons.
Days 9 To 10
At leisure to relax at your lodge in the beautiful Soutpansberg Mountains.
 
Optional cultural tours are available to learn more about the arts, crafts & lifestyle of the local Venda people, with the opportunity of interacting with the local community.  You can hire a mountain bike, enjoy horse riding and birding, or visit Lake Fundutzi and the Elim Letaba Dam.
Day 11
Transfer 1.5-hours to Polokwane Airport for your flight home.
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