REVIEWED BY: Julie Moore
The Mpumalanga area is one of great contrast, bordered in the west by the towering escarpment with lush indigenous forests, crystal-clear streams and plunging waterfalls, and then falling away into the flat Lowveld bushveld, home to one of the richest diversities of fauna and flora in the world. Various private reserves and the renowned Kruger National Park are located in this area. We spend time both in the Park and on our own adjacent private reserve. Being privately owned we are able to conduct walking trails and open vehicle drives on our property.
DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG - BUSH CAMP
We depart in the morning to travel the scenic road to Mpumalanga. Along the way we visit Dullstroom, traverse Robbers Pass and spend time at the quaint historic town of Pilgrim's Rest. We also visit Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon. Thereafter we wind our way down the escarpment to the Lowveld bushveld where we overnight in our well appointed DRIFTERS BUSH CAMP. Being adjacent to the Kruger Park, the tented Camp is tastefully designed, totally blends in with the environment, and offers comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing swimming pool, and stunning views over the surrounding bush. Dinner tonight is cooked on the open fire.
DAY 2: BUSHVELD CAMP BRUNCH
We start the day with the customary coffee and rusks, before setting off on a game walk. We walk for approximately 3 hours in search of game, stopping regularly to learn more about the ways of the bush. A Drifters guide and tracker lead all walks. Return to camp for a late morning brunch after which it's time to relax around the pool and to enjoy the camp. In the afternoon we conduct and open-vehicle game drive, which develops into an extensive night drive. Being in the bush at night provides us with the opportunity of viewing nocturnal animals, otherwise not normally seen. This evening we enjoy a hearty bush "braai" and again fall asleep to the sounds of the wild.
DAY 3: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
We leave our bush camp in the morning to travel the short distance to the world-renowned Kruger National Park where we spend the remainder of the day viewing animals from the high vantage point of our vehicle. Enjoy a picnic lunch. Accommodation is in bungalows at one of the park's rest camps.
DAY 4: HAZYVIEW
After breakfast and another extensive drive in search of the "Big Five" and variety of other animals that inhabit the Park, we exit and head for the sleepy settlement of Hazyview. Our next stop is the DRIFTERS HAZYVIEW INN, a spectacular log cabin built on stilts in subtropical indigenous forest right on the Sabie river and offering swimming, bird hide and lovely forest walks.
DAY 5: JOHANNESBURG
After a relaxing morning we depart to arrive in Johannesburg in the late afternoon.
Seasonal Malaria precautions may be advisable and are locally obtainable.
Game viewing on foot is difficult, so we also place importance on some of the smaller aspects of the bush.
It can get very hot so suitable precautions against sunburn should be taken. A sleeping bag is required for this tour.
Our price includes all transport, food, coffee, tea, fruit juice at breakfast, accommodation, walks, game drives, entry fees and permits, group equipment and a professional guide.
The price does not include alcohol and soft drinks, curios, tips and meals whilst in transit to and from Johannesburg.
|Rate||Description||Start Date||End Date|
|EURO 525||Per person||31 Dec 2007|
Includes: Accommodation and dinner, bed and breakfast
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