5 Day Luxury Safari

Overview

This 5 day safari to the Greater Kruger area is a must do luxury experience. The first 2 nights will be spent at a well-known destination for local and international visitors. Thornybush has earned its reputation as one of the country’s finest bush experiences, situated within 14 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. After 2 days here you will be transferred to Sabi Sands area for another 2 nights accommodation at Sabi Sands. It was here that the Southern African safari began and today this famous reserve offers exceptional game viewing and equally exceptional accommodations. Two perennial rivers, the Sabi and the Sand flow through this Game Park, sustaining the diverse fauna and flora of the area.
The success of leopard viewing within the Sabi Sands is legendary.

Itinerary

Day 1: Thornybush Waterside Lodge, Thornybush Game Reserve

 

Thornybush Game Reserve

A well-known destination for local and international visitors Thornybush has earned its reputation as one of the country’s finest bush experiences. Situated within 14 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Nature Reserve is a true escape from the madness of city life. This haven, which is just over 5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg has scooped numerous world firsts, both for conservation and hospitality. Thornybush has evolved over the years into a visitor’s paradise, “our collection of Lodges offers something for everyone. Bush lovers can saturate themselves, not only in the big five, but also in the remarkable fauna and flora,” while less than enthusiastic bush goers can recoup their sanity relaxing in the luxurious surrounds, enjoying delicious cuisine and pampering themselves at one of the spas. Whatever your preference you never leave Thornybush the same as when you arrived.

 

Day Itinerary

Collection at Hoedspruit airport and transfer to Thornybush Lodge for the first day of an epic 5 day safari. Arrive at the Lodge for a delicious lunch. After lunch there will be time to relax before setting of on an afternoon game drive.
Dinner will be served at the lodge.

Activities

Thornybush Afternoon Game drive

Included

Airport Transfer
Lunch
Dinner

Excluded

Extra drinks

 

Day 2: Thornybush Waterside Lodge, Thornybush Game Reserve

 

Day Itinerary

Wake up to the call of Africa and go on an early morning game drive. Return for your breakfast at the lodge.
Lunch will also be served at the lodge. Rest of the time you can relax and enjoy the luxuries of the lodge while still being in the wild and having the bush all around you. Relax at the lodge in the heat of the day before embarking on your late afternoon game drive.
Dinner will be served at the Lodge

Activities

Early Morning Game drive
Afternoon Game Drive

Included

2 Game drives
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Excluded

Extra drinks

 

Day 3: Thornybush to Simbambili Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

The Sabi Sands is South Africa’s premier private game viewing destination. It was here that the southern African safari began and today this famous reserve offers exceptional game viewing and equally exceptional accommodations. Two perennial rivers, the Sabi and the Sand flow through this Game Park, sustaining the diverse fauna and flora of the area.
The success of leopard viewing within the Sabi Sands is legendary. Elephants, lion, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and a vast variety of antelope and other species can be closely observed in their natural environment.

 

Day Itinerary

After the last morning game drive in Thornybush Game reserve you will be transferred to Sabi Sands area to visit Simbambili Lodge. This area is well known for sightings of big cats and the first opportunity to spot them will be on the afternoon game drive.

Activities

Thornybush Morning Game Drive
Transfer to Simbambili after Breakfast
Simbambili afternoon game drive

Included

Morning Game drive
Breakfast
Lunch
Afternoon Game drive
Dinner

Excluded

Extra drinks

 

Day 4: Simbambili in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve

 

Day Itinerary

Exploring the Sabi Sands area is fantastic as vehicles get up close to the sightings and rangers are very knowledgeable. Today you again have a morning and afternoon drive available to explore the area. Breakfast and lunch served at this beautiful luxury Lodge

Activities

Morning Simbambili Game Drive
Afternoon Simbabmbili Game Drive

Included

2 Game drives
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Excluded

Extra Drinks

 

Day 5: Departure

 

Day Itinerary

Depending on the time of your flight, there might still be an opportunity to do a last morning game drive before taking the transfer back to Hoedspruit airport for your flight to Johannesburg.

Please enquire with us for further travel to Cape Town, Stellenbosch Winelands or Garden Route.

 

Activities

Morning Simbambili Game Drive
Transfer to Hoedspruit Airport

Included

Morning Game drive
Breakfast
Transfer to airport.

Excluded

Extra drinks

Accommodation

Thornybush Waterside Lodge

 

Set on the banks of the tranquil lake, encompassed by breath-taking views of the African bushveld, Thornybush Waterside Lodge affords instant relaxation, a journey of unsurpassed indulgence. Highly skilled rangers and trackers ensure big five viewing opportunities during dawn and dusk safaris, whilst bushwalks are for the more adventurous. A meander into the Kingdom of the Wild, a thrilling brush with nature and an up-close and personal encounter with mother earth.
Guests are invited to relax and take in the African surrounds after breakfast on the main deck area overlooking the lake, the swimming pool or retreat to the comfort of their Suite.
The Lodge’s 20 comfortably appointed air-conditioned thatch Suites blend into the natural habitat and are located along pathways surrounded by an abundance of trees and manicured gardens.

Thornybush Simbambili Sabi Sand

 

Simbambili Game Lodge, located in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, is a must for the romantic at heart. Each of Simbambili Game Lodge’s Suites has been designed to blend seamlessly with the environment, whilst being carefully positioned to enhance privacy. The Central kaleidoscope to all Suites is the sweeping savannah, which can be viewed from the privacy of your own en-suite bathroom or private plunge pool.
Each of the 7 luxury Suites offers spectacular views to the popular “Watering Hole”. The Honeymoon Suite, ideally situated to offer honeymoon couples a romantic private stay, featuring an indoor lounge area. The exclusive Waterhole Suite offers extra luxury with a private air-conditioned lounge and dining area in addition to the usual features and a preferential view of the waterhole.
Another feature of the Suite decks, apart from the wonderful views, is a private plunge pool to soothe away hot summer afternoons and a private daybed for daydreaming and resting in the heat of the day.

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