The Best of Klaserie & Timbavati
KLASERIE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - TIMBAVATI PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE
INCLUDING 3 NIGHTS MOBILE CAMPING & WALKING SAFARI
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
MIN 6 PERSONS MAX 8 PERSONS
MINIMUM AGE 16
02 November 2019 - 09 November 2019
43.500,00 ZAR per person
(~ 2700€, as of 17th August 2018)
Single supplement 2500 ZAR (~ 160€, as of 17th August 2018)
Receive a 2,5 % discount when paying in full upfront** see notes.
· Travel with Stephanie, team-member of safariFRANK (German-speaking tour leader) to Frank’s and Gesa’s favourite places around the Kruger Park!
· Our most affordable trip!
· Four days walking trail with Wayne or Brandon, Gesa’s mentors! A real wilderness experience!
· The chance to view the entire BIG 5 and Painted Wolves (Wild Dogs) & it’s the time of arrival of migratory birds!
· Stunning views at Angela’s camp.
· Memorable and exciting privately guided activities in wilderness areas!
· Night time viewing of nocturnal animals!
· Stay in private camps in some of the more remote wildlife areas of South Africa.
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
Day 1 Arrival in Eastgate Airport and transfer to Angela’s Safari Camp.
Day 2 Game viewing activities in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.
Day 3 Transfer to Lowveld Tented Camp and start of Wilderness Trail.
Day 4 & 5 Game viewing activities by foot in the Timbavati Nature Reserve with one of Gesa’s Trails Mentors.
Day 6 Transfer to Bateleur Main Camp.
Day 7 Game viewing activities in the Timbavati Nature Reserve.
Day 8 Transfer back to Eastgate Airport, Hoedspruit.
Why this style of safari?
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 experience of a walking trail for 4 days with one of Gesa’s trails mentors will truly bring you back to nature!
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 start of the rain season when vegetation starts to get green, 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.
This Kruger Safari allows you to experience the best of South Africa’s premiere park alongside a German speaking tour leader (Stephanie, team member of safarifFRANK) 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.
The accommodation for this trip is all in private safari camps. Each bedroom has the option of double or single beds. The camps are all very comfortable and have a feel at home vibe. You also have access to the private pool in Angela’s Camp and Bateleur Main Camp. During the wilderness trail you will be staying in dome-tents (shared) with shared bush showers and toilets (2 per camp). These showers and toilets are very simple, with canvas walls for privacy. The trip is fully catered for regarding all meals. For drinks please refer to the “included” & “excluded” section.
Fly into Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit)
Angela's Safari CAmp
On arrival into Hoedspruit Airport, disembark and collect your luggage.
You will be warmly greeted in the arrival hall and assisted with your luggage.
Transfer to Angela's Safari Camp.
On arrival at Angela's Safari Camp, check in and spend two nights.
Simply put, the most stunning view of any camp we have come across in the Greater Kruger. Set up on a high point along a bank of the Klaserie River, the rim flow pool area offers a 180-degree view of wilderness where one can relax and watch animals come and go.
With incredibly friendly and professional staff, the camp has a casual luxury setting. It feels as though you are at home in the bush. The dining experience here is some of the best in the region as huge emphasis is put on having top chefs that are masters of food presentation and preparation.
There is plenty of emphasis on guiding standard and the guides are free to traverse large areas with very little traffic, if any, from other operators in the area. It’s your own little slice of unfenced wilderness to explore and search for all creatures big and small. The area is home to healthy populations of all big 5 members and occasionally, if you are lucky, Painted Wolves (Wild Dogs). Not to mention the birding, along the few kilometres of river frontage, is particularly impressive. Head out in the afternoon for your first game drive.
Angela's Safari Camp
Situated on 3200 ha within the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve which is located adjacent to the Kruger National Park with no boundary fences between them, this select 10 bed camp offers families, friends and small business groups a truly private wild life experience.
Angela's Safari Camp is a thatched, self catering camp which provides absolute comfort while retaining the charm and ambiance of a bygone safari era. The camp sleeps a maximum of 10 guests and is fenced.
Klaserie Private Game Reserve
Situated on the northeastern edge of South Africa, Klaserie Private Game Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. It is one of the largest privately owned reserves in the country comprising 60 000 hectares of seemingly endless plains of unspoilt African bushveld. This scenic wilderness sanctuary is home to the renowned ‘Big Five’ as well as an impressive array of wildlife including: African elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, Painted Wolves, lion, leopard, and an abundance of buck. Visitors can look forward to enjoying a variety of outdoor activities such as guided walking safaris, game drives, and thrilling wildlife tracking excursions. The reserve is known for its incredible birdlife boasting over 500 species including the endangered Southern ground hornbill and the white-backed vulture.
A day on safari in Angela’s Safari Camp
Angela's Safari Camp
On safari enjoying morning and afternoon game drives.
Transfer to Lowveld Trails Tented Camp & start of Wilderness Trail
Lowveld Tented Camp
After your game drive and breakfast, it will be time to check out and transfer to the next camp, Lowveld Trails.
The trails will expose you to the fine detail, the grandeur of the landscape and the thrill of moving amongst large mammals. Well beyond an activity, it is a fully immersive experience that permits participation in nature as opposed to traditional spectatorship.
The basic, unfenced camp is erected under giant Jackalberry trees prior to each trail and completely removed after departure, leaving no trace. Canvas dome tents, with mattress and pillow, house two trailists each. Ablutions are simple, yet unmatched. Pit-fall toilets and showers open onto splendid views of the surrounding bush. The communal area is around the campfire or at the kitchen where wholesome meals are whipped up on a gas cooker and an open flame.
A typical day stars with a wake-up call prior to sunrise. As birds announce the approaching day, you enjoy a coffee before heading out on a 4 to 5 hour walk. We return to camp for a well-earned brunch, followed by a few hours free to shower, read and relax. A light lunch is announced around 3pm, before you head off into the wilderness once more for a 2 to 3 hour sunset walk. Dinner and a crackling campfire awaits back at camp.
It is real, visceral and completely authentic.
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Located in the Mpumalanga Province, north of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve shares a fenceless border with the world-renowned Kruger National Park. This 60 000 hectare reserve is best known for its two very rare white lions that were discovered here in the 1970s. The name ‘Timbavati’ refers to these two unique creatures, it means 'the place where something sacred came down to earth from the heavens'. It is home to a number of exclusive African-style bush lodges set amidst spectacular African savannah and abundant game including over 40 mammal species, 360 bird species and the famous Big Five. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of activities including: day time safaris, night game drives, guided bush walks, and bird watching.
Lowveld Trails Tented Camp
The Tented Camp is operated out of the central Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which is open to the Kruger National Park. This basic unfenced camp is erected under giant Jackalberry trees along a dry riverbed prior to each trail and completely removed upon departure, assuring minimum impact and therefore leaving no-trace. There is no electricity, mobile phone signal or WiFi, but we trust that you’ll find a strong connection.
Canvas dome tents house two trailists each. A mattress and pillow is provided, so bring along your sleeping bag and required bedding. The camp communal area is around the campfire or at the kitchen area where wholesome meals are whipped up on a gas cooker and an open flame. Ablutions are simple, yet unmatched. Specially designed seats stoop over pit-fall toilets while bush showers, covered by canvas, hang from trees and open onto splendid views of the surrounding bush.
A typical day starts with a wake-up call prior to sunrise. As the birds announce the approaching day, we enjoy coffee and rusks before heading out on a 4 to 5 hour walk, as soon as sufficient daylight allows. We return to camp around midday for a well-earned brunch, before the daily debrief and a few hours free to shower, read or take a nap. A late lunch is served at around 3pm, before we head off into the wildness again for a 2 to 3 hour walk. Dinner and a crackling campfire awaits back at camp, usually followed by an open air shower and an early night after an eventful day.
Day 4 & 5
Lowveld Tented Camp
Two fabulous days walking with your guide and fellow travellers.
Transfer to Bateleur MAin Camp
Bateleur Main Camp
After breakfast, it will be time to pack up and transfer to your final camp, Bateleur Main Camp.
This hidden gem is located in and amongst thick vegetation alongside a dry riverbed in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. This is an eco-friendly camp that’s power supply is entirely solar and the whole ethos of the camp is that of low impact.
The accommodation here is in the form of luxury tents with thatched roofs that have an en-suite toilet and gas heated shower. You can choose to sleep with the canvas all the way down or leave it open with only a mosquito mesh as a barrier. The camp has only a two-strand fence which is to keep elephants from destroying the vegetation and water pipes. Lunch will be served on arrival, followed by an afternoon guided game drive and dinner.
Bateleur Main Camp
On this exclusive property lies Bateleur Main Camp, an 8-bed up-market Safari Camp. This prime wilderness area boasts the Big Five, a large diversity of antelope species, the entire range of smaller predators, over 500 bird species, and a tremendous diversity of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Bateleur’s traversing area extends over 10 000 hectares of the Timbavati Reserve.
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!
BAteleur Main Camp
In the morning we set off at first light after a snack of biscuits and coffee or tea. Enjoying the brisk air from the open safari vehicles we go in search of the plains game, herds of buffalo and elephant, the endangered rhinos, the spectacular big cats, and the occasional packs of Painted Wolves that frequent the area.
Breakfast is enjoyed back at the game lodge and then there is time to unwind and siesta during the heat of the day, making use of the swimming pool and central relaxation area or your comfortable safari unit.
After a light lunch it is time to head out amongst the wildlife again. In the afternoons we set off after the main heat of the day when the animals become more active, following a similar procedure to the morning drive for the remaining hours of daylight. Close to sunset we stop at a scenic location where we’ll have sun downers while enjoying a stunning African sunset.
We then climb aboard the open safari vehicle and go in search of the nocturnal creatures - as the diurnal animals and birds anxiously get ready for bed, the stage and sounds change and a whole new world awakens. Back at the main camp a hearty supper and a warm campfire will be waiting for you where stories are exchanged.
After a long day in the bush there is nothing more rewarding than to lie in your comfortable bed and listen to the sounds of the night under a blanket of the overwhelming African stars!
End of itinerary
Set off at first light for your final guided game drive - appreciating the typical scents and sounds of the bush you’ll realise how much you’ve learned already! After breakfast back at the main camp it’s time to pack up and transfer back to Hoedspruit Airport.
- Accommodation as stated above.
- Eastgate Airport and intra-camp transfers.
- Transportation in a safari vehicle.
- Two Game viewing activities per day.
- All meals and snacks.
- Local Brands Drinks at Angela’s Safari Camp.
- Water, tea, coffee during the walking trail.
- Soft Drinks at Bateleur Main Camp.
- Services of a German Speaking Tour Leader as well as your personal safari guides.
- Walking Trail.
- Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
- International flights and airport taxes.
- Pre and post safari extensions/accommodation.
- Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
- Other alcohol & spirits at Angela’s Safari Camp.
- Alcoholic drinks at Bateleur Main Camp.
- Any other drinks during the walking trail.
- 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).
- Services subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Times of activities, meals, transfers is subject to change.
- Given the nature of this safari, the age restriction is a minimum of 16 years paying full fare.
- Maximum age is 65. Anyone older than this is required to produce a medical certificate proving that they are physically able to participate in the activities and terrain in which the safari tour will be conducted in.
- PLEASE NOTE that whilst we endeavour to accommodate guests at the above stipulated lodges/camps, safariFRANK reserves the right to replace such with one of a similar standard and location.
- As of paragraph 6 of our German T&C’s, safariFRANK has the right to cancel the trip latest 75 days before start of the trip (in this case 18.08.2019). The trip cannot be cancelled by safariFRANK later than 75 days before tour start.
- Terms and conditions apply.
- Rates are quoted as per person sharing. Although we try to accommodate the same sex per room (unless travelling together) this is not always possible. If we cannot find a suitable partner to share the room with, single supplement will be charged.
- This tour is priced on ZAR. The EUR price indicated above has been calculated with the exchange rate available at time of publication of this tour. safariFRANK reserves the right to recalculate the exchange rate at time of deposit and at time of rest payment due. Your invoice for the rest payment will be adjusted accordingly.
- You shall receive a 2,5% discount on the overall tour price, if paying in total upfront. In case of a non-favorable exchange rate, you will be charged the difference 60 days before departure in case of a favorable exchange rate, we will grant a credit of the same kind.
- Please note that we provide all our guests with insolvency insurance.
- Visas/Passports: Please ensure: 1) that you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required; 2) that your passport is valid for at least six months after your scheduled departure date from South Africa; 3) that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive clear pages. If this is not the case, there is a danger of being turned away by the Immigration Service on arrival at the airport – assuming your airline has agreed to bring you and risk a fine in the first place.
- Health: No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of South Africa are considered to be malarial so we recommend the use of anti-malarial prophylactics (normally Malarone/doxycycline), especially if visiting during the summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
- Luggage: Is restricted to 15 kg (not including photographic equipment) per person in a soft, hold all type bag. Weight is generally less important than volume as everything is carried with you on safari.