Welcome to South Africa.
Upon arrival into Johannesburg, you will receive a VIP Meet & Greet and be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board and assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs.
Should your arrival aircraft be directed to the apron and not the terminal, you will be transported to the terminal by bus. As you step off the bus, your Meet and Greet will be waiting for you with the paging board. You will then be shown to your onward flight to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, where you will be met for your approximately 2 hour road transfer to Southern Sabi Sands in the Greater Kruger National Park.
Welcome to the Greater Kruger National Park...
With over 2 million hectares of pristine wilderness, the Kruger’s biodiversity sustains numerous species of game and birds. The dry north consists of Baobab trees, scrubland and rocky outcroppings which can be seen for miles and animals tend to gather around water sources. As you come south, the park gets busier, animal numbers increase and the backdrop changes to grassland and acacia woodlands.
On the western borders, private reserves such as Sabi Sands,Timbavati and Klaserie open onto the Kruger, offering an exclusive game experience with the flexibility of night drives and off-road 4 x 4 safaris.
Your home for the next 3 nights is Umkumbe Safari Lodge, in Sabi Sand Game Reserve staying in a Superior Room including all meals, game walks and game drives, teas and coffees.
Located on the banks of the seasonal Sand River, in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Umkumbe Safari Lodge is well positioned for superb game viewing. With a variety of room configurations, chalets have river or plains views and verandahs for appreciating the pristine bush.
Between exciting big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino & buffalo) game drives, perhaps cool off in the pool or relax on the deck keeping an eye out for the game which wonder freely through this unfenced area. Bush walks may be enjoyed straight after breakfast, and a gym is available for energetic guests.
Depart Umkumbe at 0900 hrs on the scenic Panorama Tour to take in God's Window, Lisbon Falls and Blyde River Canyon.
Blyde River Canyon Reserve is situated against the Greater Drakensberg escarpment and includes natural wonders such as the Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Three Rondavels, Pinnacle Rock and God's Window. Combining the visual splendour of the Panorama Route with exceptional game viewing in the Kruger National Park or its private game reserves creates a spectacular itinerary in Mpumalanga.
Door to door this is a 3 hour drive, however, you will have time for stops, although the aim will be to arrive by 1530 hrs at nThambo Tree Camp in time for afternoon tea and the afternoon game viewing activity.
You will spend 4 nights at nThambo Tree Camp in a Chalet on a fully inclusive basis that includes all meals, teas, coffee, local brand drinks (soft & alcoholic), scheduled game walks and drives.
Offering authenticity and affordability, nThambo Tree Camp is located in the Klaserie Reserve, bordering the Greater Kruger National Park. With an emphasis on safari rather than luxury, nThambo provides an intimate, game-centred experience, allowing guest focus to remain on the natural beauty of the area, without unnecessary distraction. 5 treehouse-style, elevated suites are constructed of wood, canvas and thatch, and each has its own verandah overlooking the plains. Solar lighting is used, rather than electricity. Quaintly rustic, the main expanses are open-plan, under thatch and feature lovely spaces in which to unwind. Wholesome meals are served in a social dining area, or in the boma around a blazing fire.
You will take a private transfer from nThambo Tree Camp to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport for your flight to Livingstone. Estimated time of departure is 7 am to get you to the airport by 10 am for check in. Flight times will be confirmed closer to the time, but this is currently 1135 hrs departure for arrival into Livingstone at 1310 hrs.
Welcome to Livingstone, Zambia!
In his search for ‘’the Smoke that Thunders” David Livingstone discovered one of the most majestic sights in the world and to this day, the spectacular Victoria Falls has the power to leave man speechless with its beauty. It is beside this World Heritage Site that the quaintly colonial, Livingstone Town was born. As a popular entry point into Zambia it offers the intrepid traveller an adventure destination and ideal jumping off point to some of the most untouched game parks available.
Livingstone provides the same escapades which make Victoria Falls so appealing: heart-stopping white water rafting and bungee jumping, elephant back safaris and walks with lions, and glorious aircraft flips over the falls. The sprawling town of Livingstone is home to vibrant markets and museums dedicated to the local culture, history and rich railway heritage.
Upon arrival into Livingstone Airport, you will be met for a Private Road Transfer to Avani Victoria Falls Resort.
You will spend 3 nights in an Avani Standard Room (Superior Rooms or Avani Suites are available for additional cost) and breakfast and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park entrance fee.
Surrounded by the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Wildlife Park Avani is just a short walk from the spectacular Victoria Falls. The hotel is Adobe styled, with an African twist, its focus the central pool. 212 comfortably appointed rooms ensure guests have a place to lay their weary heads after a busy day exploring all the wonders of Victoria Falls, and taking part in the unique and heart-stopping activities available. An atmosphere of warm hospitality can be felt throughout this family-friendly property. Wholesome meals are served in a number of settings, from the casual poolside grill to the more formal restaurants. A highlight is the free access to the Falls and the scenic nature walks through the rainforests: guests can stroll through lush grounds admiring the majestic views, bathed in the spray.
You will have a Private Transfer from Avani to Livingstone Airport to meet with your flight home.
This itinerary includes the following Camps:
Umkumbe is located on the banks of the Sand River in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. The lodge is perfectly positioned to ...Read More
Umkumbe has 10 rooms and can sleep up to 20 guests. Four of the rooms are Superior Suites and suitable for families with children as they have extra sleeper couches. There are also rooms with inter-leading doors. The rooms all have small verandahs with table and chairs enabling. There is a indoor lounge with couches on which to relax, as well as a snooker table. An outdoor sitting area has views of the Sand River and a help yourself tea & coffee station. There are two dining areas, one being the boma and the other an outdoor area under thatch. The bar is fully stocked and guests are encouraged to help themselves via an honesty bar service.
There is a boma area, bar, lounge and outdoor dining room, as well as gym for the fitness minded. A small outdoor lounge also has a tea and coffee station for guests to help themselves. There is a swimming pool lined with sun loungers, inviting guests to sit back and relax during the hot summer afternoons.
Offering authenticity and affordability, nThambo Tree Camp is located in the Klaserie Reserve, bordering the Greater Kruger ...Read More
With an emphasis on safari rather than luxury, nThambo provides an intimate, game-centred experience, allowing guest focus to remain on the natural beauty of the area, without unnecessary distraction. 5 treehouse-style, elevated suites are constructed of wood, canvas and thatch, and each has its own verandah overlooking the plains. Solar lighting is used, rather than electricity.
There is an outdoor lounge and dining area, under thatch, that offers guests beautiful views of the plain and small waterhole in front of camp, as well as the Drakensberg Mountain range in the distance.
There is also a splash pool with decking area and small library area stocked with reading material.
Wholesome meals are served in a social dining area, or in the boma around a blazing fire.
Avani Victoria Falls Resort offers affordable accommodation in a very convenient location in Livingstone. It is surrounded ...Read More
The hotel is Adobe styled, with an African twist, its focus the central pool.
Comfortably appointed rooms (212) ensure guests have a place to lay their weary heads after a busy day exploring all the wonders of Victoria Falls, and taking part in the unique and heart-stopping activities available. An atmosphere of warm hospitality can be felt throughout this family-friendly property and children have much to keep them amused.
Wholesome meals are served in a number of settings, from the casual poolside grill to the more formal restaurants. A highlight is the free access to the Falls and the scenic nature walks through the rainforests: guests can stroll through lush grounds admiring the majestic views, bathed in the spray. The activity centre offers numerous optional excursions.
This premier itinerary includes the following Camps:
All Road transfers as itemised in the Itinerary and include park entrance fees
Conservation Levy at Sabi Sands
Avani - includes breakfast and Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park entrance fee. Park fees are subject to change without prior warning.
Return International Flights London Heathrow to Livingstone. As soon as seats are released The Big 5 Safari Company will be pleased to arrange flights with your choice of carrier.
SAA Flight Johannesburg to Kruger
SAA Flight Kruger to Livingstone
Umkumbe Safari Lodge - excludes alcoholic drinks
nThambo Tree Camp - a Klaserie Conservation Levy of Rand 200 per person (subject to change) payable directly at the camp.
Items of a personal nature
Please note - The price quoted in GBP in this itinerary is based on £1 = US$1.25 on a total of USD1566 and £1 = 16 South African Rand on a total of ZAR 62957. The 30% deposit will be based on this rate if a booking is placed within the next 48 hours and the subsequent balance 8 weeks before departure will be based on prevailing USD and ZAR exchange rates at that time.
The above quotation is valid for 48 hours.
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