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2022 September 16 Day Safari Tour

2022 September 16 Day Safari Tour

Hi there and welcome to the 2022 On-line Safari Tours blog! So here we are again.  It’s 2022 and it’s been exactly three years since we did our last safari tour to South Africa.  Karen and I were starting to believe it was never going happen again, but here we are only three weeks away from embarking on our next exhilarating African adventure!


We are really excited about this safari as it is a 16-day epic adventure, combining some of our previous itinerary highlights with new sights and experiences.  Our itinerary is as follows:


Day 1: Southpansberg Mountain Range We leave OR Tambo and start the 5-hour drive to Leshiba. The drive takes us through the Limpopo province which is a mixture of bush and farmland. We will stop for lunch along the way and arrive in the mid-afternoon.

Day 2-4: Southpansberg Mountain Range Leshiba offers a variety of guided and unguided activities. From game viewing to stargazing, mountain biking, to taking time out, there’s plenty to do. The well-marked walking trails weave along cliff faces, down gorges, and through open plains. We look forward to the rock pools, marveling at the panoramic views and enjoying the beauty of this unique wilderness.

Day 5: Central Kruger We leave Leshiba and will make our way back to Kruger Park. Central Kruger is home to the largest impala, buffalo, kudu, giraffe, wildebeest, waterbuck, sable and zebra populations in the park, which are drawn to the region’s fertile soils and many trees, including the knobthorn and the marula and its edible fruit. These grazers, in turn, attract nearly half of the park’s lion population and many of its leopards, cheetahs and hyenas.

Day 6-7: Central Kruger. The next two days are dedicated to finding Africa’s big 5 including cheetah and wild dog. This area is drier and more open, with large areas of grassy plains. Game viewing in the region can be superb. During the heat of the day, we’ll spend time relaxing in camp, enjoying the variety of birds that frequent the gardens. Night drives are an optional extra here, allowing us to get out after dark and experience the bush at night.

Day 8: Southern Kruger Up early, we will make our way to central Kruger Park. This is a full day’s game drive going from open grassland to riverine bush. Our goal will be to view a variety of animals that call Kruger home.

On the way, we will stop for breakfast at a picnic spot that serves a delightful variety of food. Lunch and dinner will be enjoyed at the restaurant at Lower Sabie Rest Camp where we will be staying for the next 3 nights.


Day 9: Southern Kruger We will spend the day enjoying game drives in southern Kruger looking for various game. Meals will be enjoyed at restaurants found around the rest camps.


Day 10: Graskop. We will leave Kruger and take a leisurely drive to Flycatcher Castle. Yes, the famous penis castle! The Castle is perched on the edge of Graskop on the Drakensburg escarpment, centrally situated in the Lowveld area of Mpumalanga. Designed and completed by sculptor, Manie Connoway, Flycatcher Castle boasts with its own unique art gallery and breath-taking views. The accommodation consists of the Ruby Royal and 5 individually decorated suites named after classical composers.

We at The Castle this evening and enjoy dinner and a few drinks before heading to bed.


Day 11: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. Leaving Graskop, we make our way back to Kruger Park. That night we start our 5-night safari at Walkers River Lodge.


Day 12-15: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. A private morning and evening game activity will keep us on the edge of our seats, guided by our specialist guide. The big 5 are well represented in the area so we are very hopeful of some good sightings. Indeed, we should see a variety of animals, both big and small going about their daily lives in a 5-million-acre wilderness. It is a chance to really experience nature at her very best without crowds or hoardes of people, given that our lodge is private.


Day 16: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. We will leave Kruger Park and make our way to the airport in time for our journey home.  Until next time, Africa …

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