8 Day Wildlife & Cultural Safari

Dates

Code Start End
8WCS-1 06 Jan 2018 13 Jan 2018
8WCS-2 03 Feb 2018 10 Feb 2018
8WCS-3 03 Mar 2018 10 Mar 2018
8WCS-4 07 Apr 2018 14 Apr 2018
8WCS-5 05 May 2018 12 May 2018
8WCS-6 02 Jun 2018 09 Jun 2018
8WCS-7 07 Jul 2018 14 Jul 2018
8WCS-8 04 Aug 2018 11 Aug 2018
8WCS-9 01 Sep 2018 08 Sep 2018
8WCS-10 06 Oct 2018 13 Oct 2018
8WCS-11 03 Nov 2018 10 Nov 2018
8WCS-12 01 Dec 2018 08 Dec 2018

Client involvement:

We want to thank our clients and to inform our groups that their stay at these camps contributes to improving the lives of the camps’ community owners. The degree of satisfaction and enjoyment you feel at the end of each day and the end of the trip will depend on you and your capacity to enjoy yourself. This capacity, combined with an active and enquiring mind and a willingness to participate, is essential for all our tours. If you wish to be pampered and amused with minimal effort on your part, then our tours are not for you. Participation is essential on all trips and everyone is expected to help with chores to ensure the smooth running of the tour. A degree of flexibility is also essential because of the nature of the parameters in which we have to operate. All camps have en-suite, bucket shower/shower. Price Excluding 15% Vat as per South African Law.

Highlights:

  • Modjadji Cultural Camp
  • Masebe Reserve
  • World’s largest single-species Cycad Forest
  • Lobedu’s Rain Queen
  • Royal Kraal
  • Baleni Cultural Camp
  • Mkulu Hot Springs
  • Tsonga women make salt
  • Mtomeni Safari Camp
  • Manyeleti Nature Reserve
  • Game drives and game walks
  • Gods Window
  • Blyde River Canyon.
  • Bourke’s Luck Potholes
  • Detailed Itinerary: Tour Distance +/- 2500km
{B- Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner}

Day 1: Nthubu Camp.

Early-morning departure from JHB and then on to the malaria-free Masebe Reserve, this camp affords visitors a lovely opportunity to hike and mountain bike in a game reserve with no dangerous animals. With a large endemic population, and seasonal bird sightings, the wetlands are also in a game sanctuary that offers guests an opportunity for sightings of antelope and other non-dangerous animals. (D) Own expense lunch.

Day 2-3: Modjadji - Visit Cycad forest (am) and Royal Kraal of the rain Queen (pm)

Modjadji Cultural Camp is situated in the world’s largest single-species Cycad Forest. It’s also the traditional home of the Lobedu’s Rain Queen. This matriarchal dynasty has lived in the area since the 1600’s and a visit to the Royal Kraal can be arranged. Modjadji Cultural Camp provides visitors an interesting combination of cultural and natural activities. It’s situated in the Modjadji Cycad Reserve where guests have the opportunity of walking through the ancient cycad forest. Called the Modjadji Palm, visitors can view the largest concentration of a single cycad species in the world. There is a cycad nursery, picnic sites, trails through the forest and an information centre. Traditionally this area was considered the garden of the Rain Queen – the matriarchal leader of the Lobedu dynasty. Visitors to Modjadji can arrange a visit to the Royal Kraal, and for those visiting the area during the spring, attending the Rain Making festivals of the locals Indunas can be a fascinating experience. Modjadji Cultural Camp has 5 stand-alone thatched rondavels, each with two ¾ beds, chairs and a bedside stand. Ablutions are communal, with flush toilets, shower and basins. The Modjadji area is lush and fertile, with a large rural population with both commercial and subsistence agriculture. Stop and buy your fresh fruit and vegetables along the roads, and enjoy the hospitality of a very friendly community. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Baleni - See how salt is made (traditional methods)

Baleni is situated near the banks of the Klein Letaba River, on land belonging to the Mahumani Traditional Authority. Staff from Baleni can take guests for a walk down to a geo-thermal hot spring – the only undeveloped hot spring in Southern Africa. Maintaining a water temperature of around 42 degrees, this spring is a sacred site for the local Tsonga community. Your guide will explain the spiritual significance of the spring, and educate you in the expected terminologies and behaviours for visitors. After washing away your bad luck in the spring, your walk can continue to the nearby Ka Mukhulu – another interesting geological formation. During the winter months guests can watch local ladies making salt from the crystals that are deposited from the Soutini spring. This is an ancient skill and of important economic value to the people of the area. (Salt-making demonstrations can be arranged for a fee at any time of the year – please pre-book.) In addition, with prior arrangement, guests can do a trip into the local village to meet crafters and residents of the area. Baleni Cultural Camp has 5 stand-alone thatched rondavels, each with two ¾ beds, chairs and a bedside stand. Ablutions are communal, with flush toilets, shower and basins. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Mtomeni - Evening game drive

On the banks of the Great Letaba River, inside the provincial reserve of Letaba Ranch, is a jewel called Mtomeni Safari Camp. Named after the Jackleberry trees that shade the safari tents, this is the perfect place to sit and watch the game accessing the water below the camp. Visitors to Mtomeni Safari Camp have access to game drives, or guided walks in the morning and the evening. The reserve’s “No self-drive” policy means that guided game drives give guests an opportunity to see both the river areas along the Great Letaba, as well as into the mopani veld of Letaba Ranch. Unfenced from Kruger, Letaba Ranch is well known for its large herds of elephant and buffalo. The reserve is also a hot-spot for African Wild Dog sightings. Given that the camp is unfenced from the reserve, and on the banks of the Great Letaba River, there is frequent animal activity in the camp at night. For this reason guests are escorted to and from their tents when coming to the communal dining and camp-fire area. (B,L,D)

Day 6-7: Manyeleti Nature Reserve - Morning walk, evening game drive in prime Big 5 territory

Situated in the heart of the Manyeleti Reserve which is unfenced from Kruger National Park, Buffelshoek Safari camp is the perfect destination for visitors wanting to spend time in a game-rich reserve that is renowned for Big5 animal sightings. Buffelshoek will delight the modern responsible traveller who is looking for an authentic bush experience. With old-fashioned thatched-roofed, canvass front units, oil lanterns for light and unfenced from the bush, Buffelshoek provides a real safari experience. Visitors to Buffelshoek Safari Camp have the options of guided game drives (open vehicle) or guided walks in the mornings and evenings. The Manyeleti’s ‘no self-drive’ policy ensures excellent and private game viewing experiences for the guests in the area, and none of the traffic jams that are an unfortunate reality of Kruger’s guest experience. With regular game sightings in camp, the camp is an excellent place to relax during the heat of the day and enjoy bird and animal sightings. Buffelshoek Safari Camp has 5 safari tents on wooden decks, each with two stretchers. There is a simple en-suite with flush toilet, basin and an open-air shower. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Return to Johannesburg

Starting early after the fantastic breakfast at the camp, a day of sightseeing will bring us back to Johannesburg. On our way we will visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods Window and the Blyde River Canyon. We will make it to Johannesburg in the late afternoon. (B,D) Lunch own expense. All Camps: Eco friendly. The kitchen, dining and camp-fire facilities are communal, and give adventure travellers an ideal opportunity to get to meet and interact with other like-minded travellers. You will share a gas hob and camp fire for cooking, as well as fridge and freezer for storage of food. The necessary pots, crockery & cutlery are also supplied. There is no electricity, and paraffin or solar lanterns are provided for light at night. While it is safe to drink, some people don’t like the taste of the local water, so you are advised to bring your own bottled drinking water. This is a malaria area, and precautions are advised.

All included:

All accommodation (Canvas Bush Camps), Lodges all transfers, game drives and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a professional guide, entry and activities included on itinerary and transport in specialized safari vehicles.

Not included:

Restaurant meals, visa, tips, curios, optional excursions beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping safaris and flights.