Five Day Kruger National Park, Horse Back Safari & Cultural Tour
DAY 1: Transfer & Night Safari (Dinner included)
On your five day tour we collect you from Eastgate airport in Hoedspruit and take you to your accommodation in Maseke Game Reserve Greater Kruger National Park, where you will be staying for the next 3 nights; this is a tented camp and only a mere 45 minutes drive from Orpen Gate where we will enter the Kruger National Park – Lovely, safe & privately run with amazing meals for you to look forward to.
On your five day tour we check-in to your accommodation ,where you then have time to unpack and relax before we depart at 16:00 for a late afternoon/ night drive, returning at 20:00 for dinner and drinks before the next few days of safaris in our open vehicles.
Day 2: Full day open vehicle safari in the Kruger National Park (Breakfast/ lunch & dinner included)
You will be picked up from your lodge at 05:30 in specially fitted open vehicles. We enter through the Orpen Gate into the Kruger National Park; here you will spend the day on a safari with your guide and we will visit various water holes, look out points & rivers.
We have our breakfast, which is pre-packed by the lodge on the five day tour, at a local rest camp or picnic area and then continue our safari looking for the mighty Big 5, not missing out on over 100 mammal & 500 bird species – your guide will ensure the very best experience. Your guide will stop again at a local rest camp or picnic area where we will have lunch.
We return late afternoon 17:00 to the lodge after a great day on your five day tour safari, You can relax and swim, with dinner served at the lodge. You can then enjoy an early night before your next safari.
Day 3: Three Hour Unforgettable Horse Safari and Nyani Cultural Village Tour (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
The guests will be picked up from your lodge at 07:30 we will make our way to the stables where you will start your horse back safari.
The guests will be taken out on a trial into the Zandspruit Bush and Aero Estate’s wilderness area which is 600 hectares. They will stand a chance to see game such as impala, zebra, blue wildebeest, warthog, kudu, giraffe, nyala and duiker. They can also be on the lookout for the elusive resident leopard and the pack of wild dogs that move through the area from time to time. If there are some novice riders, we offer to walk out with them on a lead rein. Water will be provided on the trail.
After your horseback safari, we will make our way to Nyani Cultural Village.
The cultural journey starts in our boma theatre where guests experience our original show “Limpopo Pathways” featuring the costumes, songs and dances of the San (Bushmen), the Shona & Venda, the Tsonga, the Balobedu (Modjadji the Rain Queen), the Pedi and the BaHananawa (Tswana). We also include the Swati and Zulu dances as these tribes played an influential part in the history of the Limpopo.
The hour-long theatre show is designed as an entertainment and educational tool telling the story of the origins, journeys and lifestyles of the tribes that settled in the Limpopo. Presented in a traditional setting, the show is an exciting venture following the pathways of the tribes from the past to the present.
Following the show (approximately 60 minutes), the group is led down to our traditional Shangaan village. Here we learn about the architecture, the agriculture, family duties and the customs of the Shangaan people. Interaction and hands on participation are encouraged as guests discover how the huts are built, the maize is ground, the boys pass initiation, the girls learn to bead and more. Here the performers take you on a journey through the stages of life in a Shangaan homestead (Muti). We learn about traditional practices from birth, through childhood up to marriage, after which a delicious lunch is served in the typical African style.
Day 4: Full Day Blyde River Canyon Panorama Tour (Breakfast & Dinner Included)
Experienced guides navigate along the canyon on tarred roads in an immaculately clean, air conditioned vehicle.
The Blyde River Canyon is a must see on everyone’s travel itinerary. The 33 kilometre Blyde River Canyon is the third largest canyon in the world. It was formed by rivers cutting deep into the escarpment eroding millions of tons of rock which were carried to the Lowveld and beyond to the Indian Ocean.
World class, scenic land marks are around every corner of this canyon.
The Pinnacle Rock is an unusual tower-like freestanding quartzite buttress which rises 30 meters above the dense indigenous forest in the surrounding Driekop gorge.
Bourke’s Luck Potholes are magnificent natural geological formations formed by centuries of churning river activity where the Blyde River, (meaning river of joy) and the Treur River (river of sorrow) join, carving an intricate series of natural rock formations and pools.
The Three Rondavels are three gigantic peaks of quartzite which tower more than 700 meters above the surrounding landscape. Named after the troublesome wives of Chief Maripi Mashile who in the early 19th century, fled to the mountain and successfully beat off attacks by the Swazis, known as the battle of Moholoholo “the great, great battle”.
God’s Window is a popular view point where sheer cliffs plunge over 900 meters to the lowveld. On a clear day you can see the Kruger National Park towards the Lebombo Mountains on the border with Mozambique. Wonder View near God’s Window has the highest altitude of 1,730 meters.
Traveling the famous Panorama Route you’ll find more rumbling waterfalls clustered together in a small area, than anywhere else in Southern Africa. These waterfalls come in all shapes and sizes.
Lisbon Falls is one of Mpumalanga’s most dramatic and highest waterfalls, at 92 meters, and it is named after the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.
Mac Mac Falls plunges 70 meters into the gorge. This waterfall was originally a single stream, but gold miners blasted it with dynamite to divert the river in an attempt to work the rich gold-bearing reef over which it plunges.
Berlin Falls is shaped like a huge white candle, the water pours through a natural sluice in the rock, plunges straight down for a few meters (this is the candle wick), then widens into a broad torrent which falls in a straight line down to the pool (the candle itself).
Mesmerized by these remarkable sites we take lunch at restaurant in the nearby town of Graskop. (At tourist’s expense). One of the first gold-mining camps in the country established in the 1880’s. Today it is a charming little village with curio shops and well known places to dine.
After a remarkable fun filled day, we depart the canyon to return to your accommodation or drop-off point.
Day 5: Morning Safari and transfer back to East gate Airport (Breakfast included)
On the last day of your five day tour, we depart for your last morning open vehicle safari. This is a 3-hour safari starting at 06:00, after your safari you will be traveling back to your lodge, You will have a chance to do your last minute packing, and to relax before being transferred to the Eastgate airport for your flight to your next destination.
Guide: Certified FGASA Nature Guide
Duration: 5 Days & 4 Nights
Location: Greater Kruger
Price: R 28295.00