|Minimum Tickets (PAX)||4 (Four).
If your group is less than 4 people, please book a custom tour – click here.
|Tour area||Pretoria – Hoedspruit – Skukuza|
|Snacks||Guests provide their own|
|Breakfast & Dinner||Included|
|Entrance fees to reserves||Included|
|Other||Guests must bring binoculars, photography equipment & charged batteries, comfortable clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, good walking shoes and a hat.
A minimum of 4 persons and maximum 8 persons. If your group is smaller than 4 persons, please contact us to arrange sharing with another group or to quote you for a personal tour.
Guests will be met at the starting point in Pretoria which will be confirmed before departure.
The casual visitor to South Africa could be excused for drifting away with our endless open landscapes and spaces, but on closer inspection however you will soon realize how diverse this country really is. From Bustling cities to vast open areas, mountains and hills to the desolate Karoo, from inland dams and lakes to a coastline stretching more than 2,500 kilometres (1,600 miles) from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic (western) coast southwards around the tip of Africa and then north to the border with Mozambique on the Indian Ocean.
Our tour will take us northeast through the vast open areas of Mpumalanga into Limpopo where we will be spending our time exploring the central part of the Kruger National Park. After our introduction to the fine wildlife and stunning surrounding areas with breath taking scenery, we continue our journey to the Southern Part of the Kruger, known for its Wild Dog population and big Elephant Herds. This tour allows the nature and scenic enthusiast absolute pleasure and an all-round great experience.
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.
DAY 1: JHB – GEM BATELEUR LODGE
Departing from Pretoria 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 GEM BATELEUR LODGE which is situated in a private reserve within the greater Kruger National Park, an area where animals roam naturally and unrestricted.
The Lodge blends into the bush and offers comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a refreshing splash pool, and stunning views over the surrounding wilderness.
DAY 2: GEM BATELEUR LODGE
As is custom in the bush, we start the day with coffee and rusks before embarking on a game drive in Kruger National Park.
We will be spending the whole day in the park.
We will stop for an own expense lunch in the Satara rest camp.
After lunch, we will be slowly making our way back to the lodge.
At the lodge, we will enjoy a truly South African dinner.
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 Kowyns Pass and after a full day, we make our way to the lodge in Hazyview, where we will spend two nights.
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. Our guide will take time to explain the behaviour of the animals we see in this fascinating environment.
Although most of the day will be spent game viewing, we will stop at various designated sites to stretch our legs, to enjoy lunch in Skukuza, and to wander around one of the Parks rest camps.
Late this afternoon we exit the Park and return to the comfort of our lodge in Hazyview.
DAY 5: JOHANNESBURG
After a relaxed morning, we depart to arrive in Johannesburg in the late afternoon.
Please ensure that you are in possession of valid travel documents for all the countries (South Africa) that you will visit. If you have any queries in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please ensure that you have proof of further travel arrangements if you do not have a South African passport, permanent residency permit, work permit or study permit. Although we will endeavour to assist, we do not accept any liability or obligation for your travel documents.
Make sure that your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to your home country. Make two photocopies of valuable documents such as your passport, tickets, Visas. Keep one copy with you in a separate place to the original and leave another copy with someone at home.
Please note that all guests travelling to South Africa will require two blank facing pages in their passport.
Upon arrival in any respective country we operate in, you will be able to find a Bureau de Change OR ATM Facilities at the airport or in the Town/City the tour is departing from. It is advised to bring any major world currency (US Dollar, Euro or British Pounds) in small denominations and not dated older than 2009. It is advised to get a small amount of local currency upon arrival just to get around until your tour starts.
On Tour: Please be advised that our guides will inform and show you the best places to exchange any Major World Currency with the best possible exchange rates either before your tour starts or during the tour. Our guides will brief you exactly on where to exchange and roughly how much you will need to exchange after discussing possible optional activities, own expense meals or possible curio stops. The preferred currency is as follows:
• South Africa – ZAR; Rand
Suggested amounts required:
(Without use of credit card)
• Rand: +- R 500 – R 700
Credit cards are generally accepted throughout South Africa but it is recommended that clients have a certain amount of cash to pay for personal expenses and possible gratuities.
Areas where you shall be able to use your credit card are as follows:
• PTA/JHB Lodge for activities; food; accommodation and small extras
• Shopping; At most large supermarkets
It is compulsory that all passengers plan for adequate travel insurance to financially safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact us. Outdoor Heartbeat 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 Southern Africa is against Malaria, but on this tour there is no eminent danger as South Africa is regarded mostly as a Malaria free zone however prevention is better than cure, so we do advise to also use insect repellent on exposed areas after sunset. Please consult with your general practitioner regarding this. All Outdoor Heartbeat 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 bring along any personal medication that you might need on your tour as specific medication could be difficult to find or might not be obtainable in most places we visit. General medication for headaches, colds and fever are easy to get.
Please also inform your guide of any medical conditions. This information will be received professionally and kept confidential.
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:
For walking, hiking and Safaris
Sport Shoes / Sneakers
Smaller day pack
Books (Birds, Mammals, personal reading books, Optional)
For general travelling (to keep yourself entertained on the longer drives)
Personal Reading Books
A deck of cards or something similar
Battery chargers for your personal devices (iPod, iPad, E-Readers, Hendy’s etc)
Clothing and Toiletries
Long Trousers / Tracksuit
Hat or cap
Swimming Costume & Towel
Jersey / Jumper
Socks & Underwear
T-Shirts / Shirts
Mosquito Net (Optional)
Malaria Prophylaxis (please inquire from your general Doctor at home)
Money (Sundry expenses, gratuities)
Headlamp / Flashlight / Batteries
*Luggage should be limited to a maximum of 15kg’s.
*Refreshments can be purchased en-route on the first day of the tour, and at regular intervals throughout the tour.
MEALS AND REFRESHMENTS
Meals are provided as indicated in the brochure/website. We do 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 for a couple of days.
A reasonable amount of personal spending money must be brought on our tours. This is to cover own expense meals as indicated in our brochure. Bottled water, soft drinks, alcohol, sundry goods purchased- such as suntan cream etc., curios, optional extra excursions, airport tax, transfers and tips.
Please note: Tips – In Africa things work a little different to the rest of the World. Tipping or gratuity, unless otherwise specified, is not included in the price you pay for services delivered. This accounts for restaurant meals, casual help and the services of the guide or guides that you will meet on your tour.
In Southern Africa it is classified as a common courtesy to TIP “casual help (guides)”.
This TIP is not something that is forced upon you by any means, but in many industries of tourism it is customary. It works as follows: if you believe your guide has lived up to your expectations and has performed his/her job in a way that you respect and are happy with the services rendered, an amount of R 100.00 per day or equivalent amount of R100.00 per day in any major currency per person per day would constitute a fantastic tip. Remember that this is just a guideline and is not by any means compulsory, but seen as common courtesy in Southern Africa.