Kruger Park Safari with Gesa & FRank
Timbavati - Klaserie - Makuleke
USD 4300 per Person
Minimum 4 / Maximum 6 People
Dates: 9 - 19 March 2018
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
Day 1 : Arrive in Johannesburg and get a transfer to Rockfig Safari Lodge in the Timbavati.
Day 2&3 : Game viewing activities in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.
Day 4 : Transfer to Angela’s Camp in the Klaserie Nature Reserve.
Day 5&6 : Game viewing activities in the Klaserie Nature Reserve.
Day 7 : Transfer through the Kruger National Park to Baobab House in the Makuleke Concession.
Day 8, 9 & 10 : Game viewing activities in the the Makuleke Concession, Kruger National Park.
Day 11 : Transfer back to O.R Tambo International, Johannesburg.
- Travel with Frank and Gesa in the area they know best.
- Our most affordable trip.
- Four nights in the Makuleke Concession, a hidden gem!
- The chance to view the entire big 5 and African Wild Dogs!
- Stunning views at Angela’s camp.
- Memorable and exciting privately guided activities in wilderness areas.
- Night time viewing of nocturnal animals.
- Explore the famous areas: Timbavati, Klaserie and the Makuleke Concession.
- Stay in private camps in some of the more remote wildlife areas of South Africa.
Where will this safari take me?
South Africa is the country Frank was born and partly raised. The Kruger National Park and its surrounding reserves are where Gesa and Frank did their training and is where they spend most of their time. It boasts a huge biodiversity and healthy numbers of all the big 5 and much more. The Timbavati and Klaserie reserves form part of what is known as the Greater Kruger National Park and are unfenced to the park allowing for natural animal movements. The Makuleke Concession forms the Northern most tip of the Kruger National Park and is a truly wild and unique place that holds a special place in Gesa and Franks heart.
The climate varies seasonally but remains fairly predictable. Days are warm to hot and nights are generally cooler. Except for the first few months of the year, the country is generally without much rain. We will be travelling towards the end of the rain season which allows for a beautiful green and lush vegetation, perfect for photographs. The warmer temperatures also make night-time viewing much more comfortable and accessible, which is one of the biggest bonuses of the private reserves and concessions. We also expect the private swimming pools at each camp to be in full use during our stay.
What makes this safari so special?
This Kruger Safari allows you to experience the best of South Africa’s premiere park alongside Gesa and Frank in private and secluded camps, specifically selected to make the experience more intimate, private and breath-taking. This gets you away from all the other tourists and truly immersed in the wilderness experience.
From O.R. Tambo To Timbavati
Rockfig Safari Lodge
This morning you will be met by the driver from the transfer company in O. R. Tambo International Airport who will take you on the fairly scenic drive in a Easterly direction across South Africa as you make your way to the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. You will be stopping for a lunch along the way at one of the many towns that will be on route. We aim for you to arrive at Rockfig Safari Lodge sometime in the afternoon in time for a bit of relaxation before your first day in Africa ends.
The Timbavati Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger and lies nestled between the Kruger National Park on the east, the Klaserie and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves in the north and the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in the west. As there are no fences between Kruger National Park and the Timbavati, the reserve enjoys a wide variety of game, including the big five.
Rockfig Safari Lodge: This is a private camp that we will have exclusive use on for our stay. The camp is located under the shade of some impressive local trees and is overlooking a waterhole which is frequently visited by animals throughout the day and night meaning that even while relaxing at the camp we stand the chance to view some of the animals the Timbavati has on offer. The camp is fenced allowing for a bit more comfort and a stress-free stay. The perfect place to indulge in a book.
Day 2 & 3
We have two full days of game viewing activities ahead of us here to get the most out of the area. The camp is located in one of the most productive wildlife areas in the Timbavati so our aim for these activities is to find some of the more elusive animals, mainly predators! Morning and afternoon drives will be around 4 hours long although because we have the camp too ourselves we make the rules! Allowing us to have no time restrictions or constraints. Freedom to explore and spend time out in nature is what the real luxury is.
Timbavati: An area made famous for its natural occurrence of the extremely rare - WHITE LIONS. Although these are an extremely special and rare sighting (Frank having only seen them once in his life) there is the slight chance of us being lucky. Our other target animal species however are some of the famous Timbavati leopards who call the riverine areas home, as well as some healthy wild White Rhino populations. This area truly is a hotspot for viewing of the big 5.
We also have the ability to let the afternoon drives extend into the night allowing for viewing of the nocturnal animals and their behaviors. The bush comes alive at night with expected sighting of animals such as Lesser Bush babies, Genets and hopefully some BIG cats!
From Timbavati to Klaserie
We will start the day as usual with a morning drive however this will be our last in the area so we will try one last time for any species we may have missed or anything else we happen to come across! On our return back to camp we will get our bags packed, have a good breakfast and then hop in our transfer vehicle that will take us to the Klaserie Nature Reserve.
The drive should take us somewhere between 1-2 hours to reach our new home for the next 3 nights. We aim to arrive there just after midday for some relaxation and familiarization of the camp and its stunning views!
We will then be heading out on an introductory drive in the afternoon to explore the area and experience a slightly different terrain. A beautiful sundowners stop is required to celebrate our new location in one of the many breathtaking view points.
We will then return to our home for a mouthwatering meal and good night’s rest to build up our strength and excitement for the days to come.
The intimate Camp provides a welcome mixture of African chalets that can accommodate 10 guests, and a modern, clean country style main building and entertainment area. The landscaped garden gives way to raw, wild flora. A flagstone pathway leads guests to the awe-inspiring lookout deck, built above the Klaserie River, incorporating a second entertainment area with breath-taking views.
Day 5 & 6
We have two full days of game viewing in our own exclusive area, along the productive Klaserie River. We will have the same routine as with the previous camp and its activities but now start to focus on some of the smaller less noticeable creatures, while still being on the lookout for the big ones. This area being private makes our ability to track, predict and locate animals all the more important and certainly adds much more involvement and fun. And not to mention the satisfaction that comes with finding what you were searching for!
A day spent by the swimming pool is strongly recommended as we are sure this will be one of the biggest highlights of the camp! The setting is hard to beat, even with some of the most high-end lodges.
The Klaserie Nature Reserve offers much the same as the Timbavati in terms of wildlife, but the terrain is a bit more mountainous/ hill like. Which provides for rapid changes in vegetation and diversity. We also have the luxury of a large portion of private river frontage along the Klaserie River itself which is not only scenic but attracts the animals from the surrounding areas for its water.
From Klaserie to Makuleke
Baobab Tree House
Today we take it easy and wake up a bit later, have some coffee and breakfast and meet our driver who will be escorting us north to the Makuleke Concession. We will be driving around the outside of the Kruger National Park to shorten our transfer time, however the last 1-2 hours will be spent inside the Kruger. We aim to have a nice group lunch in the Kruger’s Punda Maria Rest Camp before making the final stretch to Makuleke.
The Makuleke Concession will be something totally different to what we experienced earlier on the trip. It is made up of many different vegetation types and habitats that make it very unique. It is made famous for its Fever Tree forest, a popular spot for weddings, and breathtaking landscapes. This place is special to Gesa and Frank as it is where they met and is their absolute favorite part of the Kruger. Our target here isn’t so much on the big 5, but much more on being out in a truly wild place.
Baobab Hill Bush House:
Perched on a secluded, baobab-studded ridge just north of the Luvuvhu, Baobab Hill Bush House was once the Pafuri rangers station. This rustic homestead offers ideal accommodation for families or friends seeking privacy and comfort in the bush. It consists of four bedrooms and sleeps up to eight people, with a home kitchen, open plan dining room and a lounge, a swimming pool, and an Out of Africa veranda, perfect for sundowners or dinners in the early evenings.
Day 8, 9 & 10
Baobab Tree House
We have a full 3 days of activities to explore and experience the concession. There are many amazing spots to share and stories to tell. We will do the usual early mornings and afternoon activities, again with the option of exploring the area at night with a spotlight to view the shy nocturnal creatures.
Middays spent lounging by the pool and the rest of the time out in wilderness. There’s something about this place that really gives one the sense of being remote and away from civilization.
The Concession is located in the most North Easterly corner of South Africa and forms the border between Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa - also known as Crooks Corner. The Limpopo River makes up the Northern Boundary of the concession and the Luvuvhu River, the Southern. In between these life-giving rivers is where we will explore the different habitats of Makuleke, ranging from mopane woodland, grassland, palm thickets, fever tree forests, riverine forest and many more. Along with this diverse habitat comes huge diversity of animal life - Makuleke being one of the top birding and botany spots in the entire Kruger. We expect to be overwhelmed by the beauty and complexity of the area, which we consider to be the best part of the Kruger!
We also look forward to the option of exploring this untamed wilderness on foot. It gives us the ability to access areas which we are not able to get to by vehicle and also not to mention the thrill and experience that is walking safaris! The number of walks, duration and distance all depends on the group and the weather conditions. Again, we remain flexible as we have the whole camp to ourselves!
From Makuleke to O.R. Tambo
Today is the last day of the trip and after a well-deserved sleep-in and big breakfast, Frank and Gesa will say fairwell to you all, as you embark on the transfer back to Johannesburg.
This will arrive at O.R. Tambo with more than enough time to check-in and relax before your flights take you back home or onto the next destination.
Accommodation as stated above.
Transfers to and from O.R Tambo and various lodges.
Services of Frank and Gesa as your personal safari guides.
Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
A daily allocation of a selection of local beverages including beer, wine, waters and cold drinks.
International flights and airport taxes.
Pre and post safari accommodation if required.
Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
Laundry (laundry service available at lodges at extra cost).
Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
ENTRY VISA FEES.
BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).