Overview
3 NIGHTS @ THE OUTPOST  I  3 NIGHTS @ KINGS CAMP  I  2 NIGHTS @ LEOPARD HILLS

Your Luxurious Safari begins at The Outpost in the northern-most region of the Kruger Park, boasting almost 80% of the Park’s diversity. From here you will be transferred to the Colonial Kings Camp, situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.

Culminating at Leopard Hills Lodge in the world-renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve, this ultimate African Safari will leave you mesmerized.

En-route to Leopard Hills from Kings Camp, you will be transferred to Elephant Whispers where you will be enthralled by a two-hour Ultimate Elephant Experience, which includes an indulgent champagne picnic surrounded by these gentle giants.

Excellent game viewing, gourmet cuisine, luxury accommodation and outstanding bush hospitality awaits you in the heart of Africa…

Highlights
  • Scenically beautiful and diverse wilderness
  • Exceptional service standards
  • Exclusive privacy
  • Delicious cuisine and a warm atmosphere
  • Luxurious air-conditioned glass-fronted suites
  • Elegantly decorated Colonial-style suites
Inclusions
  • 3 Nights at The Outpost Safari Lodge, Pafuri, Northern Kruger National Park
  • 3 Nights at Kings Camp Private Game Reserve, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park
  • 2 Nights at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park
  • All meals and local brand drinks (except premium brand spirits and cellar wines)
  • Airfare: Phalaborwa – Outpost, Outpost – Kings Camp. Leopard Hills – Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
  • Ultimate Elephant Experience at Elephant Whispers, Hazyview
  • Road Transfers Kings Camp – Leopard Hills via Elephant Whispers
  • A signed copy of Greg du Toit’s new book, “Photo Tips: Getting it Right in Camera”.
  • Entrance fees and tourism levies for the Makuleke Contractual Park, Timbavati Private Nature
  • Private safari vehicle
  • Two scheduled safari activities daily
  • Guiding services of professional photographic leader Marius Coetzee
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Service of local guides
  • Laundry
Location

South Africa; Greater Kruger National Park, Timbavati Game Reserve, Sabi Sands Game Reserve

Type of Accommodation

Luxury Lodges

Comfort Level

Luxury

Day to day itinerary
  • Day 1Arriving at The Outpost
  • Day 2Game Viewing at The Outpost
  • Day 3Make the post of another day at The Outpost
  • Day 4Fly to Central Kruger - Kings Camp
  • Day 5Spot the Rhinos at Kings Camp
  • Day 6Depart for Leopard Hills
  • Day 7Spend the Day at Leopard Hills
  • Day 8Spend the Day at Leopard Hills
  • Day 9Depart for ORT Airport
  • Day 1
    Arriving at The Outpost
    Arriving at The Outpost

    Your incredible safari commences with a flight from OR Tambo International Airport to Phalaborwa (flight cost exclusive of tour price – see sidebar), a town in the Limpopo Province in north-eastern South Africa. Thereafter you drive to The Outpost, a stunning camp within an amazing property in the far north of the Limpopo Province.

    Situated in the Makuleke Contractual Park, which is a 26 500 hectare wilderness in the Pafuri portion of northern Kruger National Park, this is the most biodiverse and scenically spectacular part of Kruger – you are in for a treat in this under-explored region!

    Overnight at The Outpost.

  • Day 2
    Game Viewing at The Outpost
    Game Viewing at The Outpost

    The Outpost is located in a vast and remote wilderness zone bordered to the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe, and to the east by Crooks Corner and Mozambique. The Pafuri is very different to other areas in Kruger, and offers a suite of animals and birds that are scarce or absent in other parts of the park, and some of the most scenically stunning landscapes in the whole of Kruger!

    The faunal diversity is a by-product of the vegetation and varied topography of the Pafuri region, with Mopane woodlands, savanna grasslands, attractive Fever tree forests and areas dotted with huge, bulbous Baobabs making it both visually appealing and decidedly species-rich. This is Big Five area, with large herds of Elephant and Cape Buffalo often encountered. Nyala, a dainty antelope that is quite uncommon in most areas of Kruger, is delightfully common in the thickets of Pafuri, while other interesting mammalian inhabitants include Sharpe’s Grysbok, a tiny but attractive antelope while on the other side of the size scale, the enormous Eland can also be seen in the area. Eland are the largest antelope on earth, and can weigh over 900kg!

    Scenery ranges from the beautiful, quietly-flowing Levuvhu River teeming with hippos and crocodiles and shaded by Nyala trees and Fever tree forests, the grand Lanner Gorge to palm-fringed wetlands and rocky outcrops with thousand-year-old Baobab trees. The area is a favourite winter feeding ground for Elephant from nearby Zimbabwe, Mozambique and elsewhere in Kruger. Leopards love the thick bush environment alongside the Levuvhu and target Nyala, Bushbuck and Impala that forage through this browse-rich zone. The confluence of the Limpopo and Levuvhu rivers is known as Crook’s Corner, and in times gone past, it was an area where people attempting to evade the law would use the convergence of three countries boundaries to evade the authorities seeking them out by moving across to a new jurisdiction in a neighbouring country! Nowadays, however, Crook’s Corner is more famous for the large population of Hippos and Crocodiles that reside at the confluence of the aforementioned rivers.

    Perhaps the most easily seen expression of the biodiversity in this area is in the birds, and this area is certainly a bird-lovers paradise! Specialities include the huge, ginger Pel’s Fishing Owl, Racket-tailed Roller, Orange-winged Pytilia and Mottled and Bohm’s Spinetails. The Makuleke area has an interesting political history – the land was forcibly taken and roughly 1500 people who resided there were moved, the land being incorporated into the Kruger National Park. However in the late 90’s, the land was returned to the community after they filed a successful land claim, but instead of returning to the land, they chose to market it as an ecotourism venture, and it is as a result of this that The Outpost was built here.

  • Day 3
    Make the post of another day at The Outpost
    Make the post of another day at The Outpost

    Spend another day game viewing or relaxing at The Outpost.

  • Day 4
    Fly to Central Kruger - Kings Camp
    Fly to Central Kruger - Kings Camp

    Depart the north of Kruger and catch a flight to the central portion of the park – The Timbavati Private Game Reserve – which is in a game rich belt where we can expect excellent sightings and photographic opportunities.

    This region is also part of the greater Kruger National Park conservation area, which at over 20 000km2 is around the size of Israel!

    Overnight at Kings Camp.

  • Day 5
    Spot the Rhinos at Kings Camp
    Spot the Rhinos at Kings Camp

    Kings Camp faces an open savanna plain with a waterhole, which is frequented by a wide variety of wildlife by day and night. Kings Camp reflects the charm and romance of a colonial past…  The thatched viewing deck overlooking an active waterhole, with an open plan lounge and bar are ideal places where you can simply relax and soak up the tranquility of the African bush. The spacious dining room offers stunning views of the bushveld while enjoying the sumptuous meals.

    Situated in the world-famous Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, the camp is a game-viewing and wildlife photographic haven, with the main photographic targets here being Africa’s legendary “Big 5”. Numerous territorial Leopards call Kings Camp home, as well as several prides of magnificent Lions. Cape Buffalo and Elephant congregate in huge numbers here and you can expect to see and photograph these giants at a very close range. You will explore this Big 5 country in customized, open Land Rovers in the mornings as well as in the afternoons in our quest to find and photograph our numerous photographic targets.

    You also have the opportunity to find the increasingly endangered White Rhino and, if we are extremely fortunate, perhaps even a roaming pack of African Wild Dogs. Two individual packs of these mythical predators move in from the neighbouring Kruger National Park on occasion, and the local guide and tracker will most certainly follow any fresh tracks and signs that we might happen to come across.

    However, the Timbavati promises far more than just a good game-viewing destination: with access to 100 square kilometres of shared wilderness, guests are also treated to an abundance of beautiful bird species – large raptors are a prominent feature in this area and include Africa’s largest eagle, the rapacious Martial Eagle.

    Kings Camp is exceptionally proud of its viewing deck, which overlooks the afore-mentioned waterhole. Here, guests can safely soak up the stillness and serenity of the bush while keeping a sharp lookout for passing animals and birds. Alternatively, a dip in the refreshing swimming pool is maybe a better option for some!

    Overnight at Kings Camp

  • Day 6
    Depart for Leopard Hills
    Depart for Leopard Hills

    After a final morning’s game drive and breakfast, we will depart on a road transfer from Kings Camp (Timbavati) to the world famous Leopard Hills situated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.

    After check-in and lunch, we will depart on our first afternoon game drive. Sabi Sands is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa and is the oldest private reserve in South Africa. It has been a remarkable wilderness area for millennia and is rightfully one of the best safari areas in Africa.

    Overnight at Leopard Hills

  • Day 7
    Spend the Day at Leopard Hills
    Spend the Day at Leopard Hills

    Leopard Hills forms part of the exclusive selection of private game reserves that border the unfenced western edge of the immense Kruger National Park. Because there are no fences separating these two afore-mentioned properties, animals can wander unhindered between the 55,000 hectare Sabi Sands and the massive Kruger National Park. Seeing and photographing Africa’s Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino) is certainly the best anywhere in South Africa, and you will have the opportunity to view, at very close quarters, the untamed African bush and all its indigenous wildlife.

    Anyone who has visited the Sabi Sands knows that Leopards are one of the main attractions here. In fact, these cats are so accustomed to the African safari vehicles that they hardly take any notice of them. Even when hunting, a Leopard in the Sabi Sands does not seem to mind a vehicle following it, even if this means following it off-road through the bush! Leopard Hills traverses over 10,000 hectares of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park ecosystem. Each day is different as we explore the endless fascination of Africa’s wildlife. Built on a hill overlooking a natural waterhole and close to the perennial Sand River, your lodge lives right up to its name and is perfect for a South African safari.

    From your hilltop sanctuary, you may be lucky to catch sight of a Leopard on the hunt, a breeding herd of Elephants or a few graceful Greater Kudu as they browse through the surrounding woodland. The rich lowveld habitat supports a diverse array of fauna, from the charismatic large game animals to a myriad bird species. Spotted Hyaena, Black-backed Jackal, African Wild Dog and Cheetah are some of the smaller carnivores that inhabit the area, and with a bit of luck, and the bushcraft of your excellent hosts and tracking team, you stand a good chance of seeing these sought-after creatures.

    As the sun dips below the horizon, we will be engulfed by the sounds of the night – crickets chirping, the eery whooping of a Hyaena on the move, a nightjar welcoming the enveloping darkness, or even the bassy roaring of a Lion in the shadows of the savanna…truly the night is a different world, and one that we will listen to while reliving the days adventures around a crackling campfire in the luxurious Leopard Hills camp.

    Overnight at Leopard Hills

  • Day 8
    Spend the Day at Leopard Hills
    Spend the Day at Leopard Hills

    Day 8 is a carbon copy of Day 7 with more opportunities to indulge in everything the lodge and reserve have to offer.

  • Day 9
    Depart for ORT Airport
    Depart for ORT Airport

    After a final morning’s game drive and another scrumptious breakfast, you will be transfered back to the local airport before flying to Johannesburg.

    Upon arrival in Johannesburg (Federal Airport), you will transfer to OR Tambo International Airport, where your incredible adventure comes to an end.

Tour Rates
DatesRates From
08 Jan 2018 - 20 Dec 2018R85000
Inclusions
  • 3 Nights at The Outpost Safari Lodge, Pafuri, Northern Kruger National Park
  • 3 Nights at Kings Camp Private Game Reserve, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park
  • 2 Nights at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park
  • All meals and local brand drinks (except premium brand spirits and cellar wines)
  • Airfare: Phalaborwa – Outpost, Outpost – Kings Camp. Leopard Hills – Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
  • Ultimate Elephant Experience at Elephant Whispers, Hazyview
  • Road Transfers Kings Camp – Leopard Hills via Elephant Whispers
  • A signed copy of Greg du Toit’s new book, “Photo Tips: Getting it Right in Camera”.
  • Entrance fees and tourism levies for the Makuleke Contractual Park, Timbavati Private Nature
  • Private safari vehicle
  • Two scheduled safari activities daily
  • Guiding services of professional photographic leader Marius Coetzee
  • Park Entrance Fees
  • Service of local guides
  • Laundry
Exclusions
  • Flights and transfers not listed
  • Landing fees at The Outpost and Kings Camp
  • Cellar wines, premium brand spirits, champagne, cognacs, cigars and cigarettes

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