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.
Well known 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 game walks and open vehicle game drives on our property.
this tour departs every sunday, please inquire regarding availability.
DAY 1: JHB – BUSH LODGE
Departing from the GREENFIRE LODGE JOHANNESBURG at 06h30 we set off on the scenic road to Mpumalanga. A brunch stop in the historic Dullstroom will be enjoyed before we wind our way down the Drakensberg escarpment and into the untamed Lowveld. The next two nights will be spent at our well-appointed GREENFIRE BUSH LODGE which is situated in a private reserve within the greater Kruger National Park, an area where animals roam naturally and unrestricted. The tented Lodge blends into the bush and offers comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and stunning views over the surrounding wilderness. Dinner tonight is cooked in the traditional manner over an open fire. D
DAY 2: BUSH LODGE
As is custom in the bush, we start the day with coffee and rusks before embarking on a game walk. Although we will walk for some three hours, the purpose is not to cover distance but rather to search for animals and in so doing, to learn more about the ways of the bush. A Drifters guide and / or tracker lead all walks. Before the heat of the day, we return to the Lodge for a sumptuous brunch after which it’s time to relax around the Lodge and to enjoy the serenity of the surrounding wilderness. In the afternoon we conduct an open vehicle game drive which develops into an extensive night drive all the time searching for animals. Being in the bush at night provides us with the opportunity of viewing nocturnal animals. This evening we enjoy a hearty bush “braai” cooked on an open fire. Fall asleep to the sounds of the wild. Brunch D
DAY 3: PANORAMA ROUTE – HAZYVIEW
Rising with the African sun, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting off to explore the highlights of the Panorama Route. Our first stop will be to view the impressive Blyde River Canyon, then on to Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods Window, and the cosy little town of Graskop where we will enjoy an own expense lunch at Harry’s Pancake Bar. This afternoon we descend the Kowyn Pass to a traditional village where we will spend some time with the local Shangan people. After a full day, we make our way to the GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW, a log cabin built spectacularly on stilts in the indigenous forest on the banks of the Sabie River – we will spend two nights here. B D
DAY 4: KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
An early start, we depart at sunrise and travel the short distance to enter the southern sector of the Kruger National Park for a full day of game viewing. Slowly traversing in search of the many animals that inhabit this area, we enjoy the high vantage point and comfort of our well-equipped vehicle. Although most of the day will be spent game viewing, we will stop at various designated sites to stretch our legs, to enjoy Brunch, and to wander around one of the Parks rest camps. Late this afternoon we exit the Park and return to the comfort of our GREENFIRE LODGE HAZYVIEW. Brunch D
DAY 5: JOHANNESBURG
After a relaxed morning we depart to arrive in Johannesburg in the late afternoon. B
The day by day descriptions published are intended as a rough guideline only. Adventure travel by nature is unpredictable, weather patterns, game migrations, road conditions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.
The 5 Day Kruger Park Tour departs from Johannesburg and ends back in Johannesburg again on the last day. Guests can extend their stay in South Africa by booking Pre-Tour or Post-Tour Accommodation at the Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg. Please contact Drifters or your agent for more information.
|Optional Activities in Johannesburg,
|Soweto Tour – 3 hours|
|Johannesburg City Tour – 3 hours|
|Apartheids Museum – 3 hours|
|Soweto and Apartheids Museum – 5 hours|
|Lesedi Cultural Village – 5 hours|
|Sun City – Full Day|
|Cradle of Humankind|
|Pretoria City Tour – 4 hours|
Optional Activities can be booked on arrival. No bookings are made in advance.
Rates are subject to change without notice
Activities are subject to availability
Activities are weather dependant
PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION 5 DAY KRUGER PARK TOUR
This tour is fully accommodated and all Linen and towels are supplied. 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. Our price includes all transport, food, coffee, tea, accommodation, walks, game drives, entry fees and permits, group equipment and a professional guide.
The price does not include alcohol, bottled water and soft drinks, curios, tips and meals whilst in transit to and from Johannesburg.
Before departure clients will be required to enter into an agreement pertaining to our booking conditions and general information.
Clients are required to have their own comprehensive personal travel insurance.
Your tour will depart from:
– The Greenfire Lodge Johannesburg, 25 Alida Street, Northcliff, Johannesburg @ 06h30.
– Guests not staying at the Drifters Lodge must arrive at the Lodge at 06h00.
– Tel: +27 11 888 1160
Please note that we strongly advise against flying out on the day that the tour ends. Drifters will not be held responsible for missed flights on this day. We generally travel long distances and late arrivals are common.
ACCOMMODATION ON TOUR
Please note that linen will be provided at all Drifters Lodges. Our accommodation on this tour is a total upgrade from camping, but stays basic.
Batteries can be charged from a 220 volt source on: pre night at Johannesburg Lodge, night 4
Currency exchange opportunities on tour: Arrival at Johannesburg Airport. Guests are able to withdraw money from the bank on several days.
Limited Laundry facilities on day: 5 (Essential washing only)
Internet facilities: Pre night in Johannesburg
We also have a range of barrel bags for sale starting from € 50 nett per bag.
All our tours require a certain amount of participation. This entails assisting with both the food preparation, washing of dishes and keeping the truck clean.
Please keep in mind that flexibility and an open mind will greatly contribute to an enjoyable safari. We are traveling in developing countries; please do not expect the punctuality you have come to expect in first world countries. Things do not always run according to plan, however we do endeavor to run according to the itineraries as best as possible.
DRIFTERS WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AFRICAN EXPERIENCE!
South African Rand is the currency used in South Africa. All major currencies can be exchanged in South Africa. Please ensure that you have enough Rand as there are only limited opportunities to exchange foreign currencies. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be used to pay for almost everything. Although Travelers Cheques are a safe way to transport money there are only limited opportunities to exchange your Travelers Cheques for cash
It is compulsory that all passengers make arrangements for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Drifters do not accept responsibility for any loss, injury, damage, accident, fatality, delay or inconvenience experienced whilst on tour. You will be required to complete and sign a full indemnity prior to tour departure.
HEALTH PRECAUTIONS & REQUIREMENTS
The only necessary prophylaxis for travel in South Africa is against Malaria. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. Prevention is better than cure, please use insect repellant on exposed areas after sunset.
All Drifters guides have first aid boxes for use in emergencies, however we recommend that you bring along your own basic supply of medication, headache tablets etc.
Please note that Southern African weather conditions vary tremendously from season to season. During summer months temperatures of up to 40°C can be experienced. During the winter months of June, July and August the nights are very cold- temperatures may drop well below 0°C- although the day temperatures will be pleasant at around 20°C.
CLOTHING & PERSONAL EFFECTS
Herewith a recommended guide of what to bring along.
Swimming Costume & Towel
Passport/Visas (if applicable)
Mosquito Net (Optional)
***Refreshments (alcohol, coke etc)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Camera, Binoculars (Film)
Books (Birds, Mammals etc.)
** Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15 Kg’s HARD SUITCASES ARE NOT PERMISSIBLE
** Refreshments can be purchased en-route on the first day of the tour, and at regular intervals on the tour. (Bar facilities available at all Greenfire Properties)
Barrel bags can be purchased at the Greenfire Johannesburg Lodge
MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS
Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. We do however stop en-route, therefore it is always possible to buy something along the way. Soft drinks, bottled water and alcohol are for your own expense; there is ample opportunity during the tour to buy refreshments. The guide will advise when you need to stock up on snacks for a couple of days, however all the Greenfire Lodges on tour have bar facilities and bottled water.
Drinking water will be available on the truck, please note that this is not bottled water.
A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals, sundry goods purchased – such as film, suntan cream etc., all alcohol and soft beverages, bottled water, curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips. In South Africa it is common courtesy to tip casual help for services rendered.
In the case of your guide, if you are happy with his or her services, an amount of R 50 per day per person would constitute a reasonable tip. By not tipping for services you are expressing displeasure.