Kruger National Park / Pilanesberg


Day 1
Arrival & Pickup at JHB International Airport
Travel to Kruger National Park

Overnight at Berg-en-Dal Rest Camp,
Kruger National Park
Berg en Dal Rest Camp

Situated on the banks of the Matjulu Spruit, the camp is one of few surrounded by beautiful, rocky hillsides. Staying true to the natural theme of the park, the camp is set in natural bush although it does have planted gardens. As one of the newer camps in the Kruger, guests are treated to stunning, modern lodgings that still hold that rustic appeal which can only be found in this wild part of the world.

View San rock paintings sites in the surrounding hills
The buildings in Berg en Dal Rest Camp, Kruger National Park are set within natural bush and the gardens planted with flowering shrubs and aloes, leaving much of the natural habitat unchanged within the camp. Berg en Dal is one of the newest camps in the Kruger National Park and offers visitors outstanding accommodation and lodging facilities.
Berg-en-Dal is home to a variety of impressive indigenous wildlife, including white rhino, kudu, impala, giraffe, elephant, reedbuck, klipspringer, wild dog, grey rhebok and warthog. Leopard have been seen drinking water from the dam in front of the camp, or regularly spotted in various areas around the camp.


Day 2

Travel to Satara Rest Camp

Satara is one of the busiest camps in the Kruger National Park. The camp is situated towards the middle of the park and it offers some of the best game viewing in the Kruger. The bush around the camp is open and the area is well known for its nearby lion populations.


While it doesn’t have a memorable historical background, Satara has more than made up for that by building its reputation for being one of the best camps for spotting wildlife.

Lions have always lived in this part of South Africa and with the abundance of grazing animals, lions can often be seen near to the camp. There are a few prides living in the area, and if you don’t spot them during the day, you are sure to hear them at night when the world is quiet and you are settling in for the night.
Satara is known as the “cat camp” as it remains the best camp to visit if you have the hope of seeing lions, leopards and cheetahs. The area around the camp is incredibly fertile and the lush grass attracts all kinds of antelope, the perfect meal for the big cats of the park. The best place to spot the cats is in the Muzadenzi area.


Day 3 

Travel to Letaba Rest Camp

The Letaba Rest Camp in the world-renowned Kruger National Park is an idyllic rest camp, situated on a sweeping bend of the Letaba River, midway between the southern and northern boundaries of the Kruger National Park.

The name means 'river of sand', and the sandy riverbed is an excellent location for game viewing, particularly elephant, which thrive in the area. Letaba is a green oasis in the surrounding mopane veld, and remains a firm favourite with visitors. At night the stars overlook a symphony of sounds. Owls, nightjars, frogs, fruit bats, crickets and cicadas all vie to be heard, until the lion roars, then all are silent.

A visit to Letaba Camp’s Elephant Hall is a must.
The museum houses the enormous tusks of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ – the seven greatest elephants ever to roam the Kruger National Park. A number of bird and animal hides, particularly the Matambeni hide on the northern bank of the Engelhardt dam, offer excellent vantage points for birding. The spectacular landscape is a treasure trove of sights, smells and textures to delight the senses of any keen traveler.

Day 4
Travel to Mkolo Game Farm

Day 5 

Mkolo Game Farm (at leisure)
Visit and view our Crocodile Breeding Project

 

Day 6 

Travel to Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Overnight at Ivory Tree Lodge

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is the fourth largest game and nature park in South Africa. It boasts a variety of exotic flora and fauna, a rocky, grassland landscape, and the Big 5.


The reserve is home to over 7,000 animals and is nestled on an extinct volcanic crater. The park is malaria free and easily accessible from many places in South Africa as it is situated between the Kalahari and the Lowveld in the North West Province.
Bird watching is excellent with over 300 species recorded.

Some are migrants, others permanent inhabitants; some eat carrion or live prey, others eat seeds, fruit or tiny water organisms.

Activities included is a Game Drive in Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Rangers are well trained and can provide you with amazing information on the various animals in the park. During a guided safari, there will be a sundowner or tea and coffee break at one of the park’s many picnic sites. There are also lavatories at these sites.


Other Activities are available for every taste and allows you to have your perfect holiday. Please note that the following  activities are at own cost:
- Hot Air Balloon
- Archery
- Quad biking
- Rejuvenate your body and soul at the Amani African Spa.

Ivory Tree Game Lodge lies in the heart of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Each suite is tastefully decorated with a range of amenities for guests comfort and enjoyment. Decor is typical African in flavour, with warm and cool tones. Each of the suites at Ivory features a comfortable outdoor sitting area making for a relaxing setting.

The room has an en-suite bathroom and for those that are adventurous can enjoy a shower under the African Sun. The Room can accommodate two adults in 2 single beds or a king size bed configuration


Day 7

Visit to Sun City Resort (Day excursion)

One of Africa’s premier vacation destinations, Sun City in South Africa is internationally recognized for its superb resort offering of hotels, attractions and world-class events. From the lavish opulence of The Palace of the Lost City to the casual elegance of the Cascades, the glamour of the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge to the tropical thrills of the Valley of Waves, Sun City delivers plenty to see and do in a beautiful malaria-free landscape.


The Gary Player Golf Course and the Lost City Golf Course, both designed by South African golfing legend Gary Player, are both internationally acclaimed courses. The Gary Player Golf Course is renowned for hosting the annual Million Dollar Nedbank Golf Challenge, whilst the scenic Lost City Golf Course is better known for the almost 40 crocodiles that frequent the 13th hole.
The Sun City Resort is at the height of gaming entertainment in South Africa, offering an impressive range of slots and more than forty table games.

It also caters for those who don’t prefer gambling, with various bars and restaurants. The children can also visit the gaming arcade or go for a movie while you play.


A man-made beach, complete with a 6500 m² wave pool with a 2m wave every ninety seconds, will give you the impression that you are actually on holiday on the sunny coastline of South Africa, not in the remote North West. It is only one of the great attractions available for both children and adults set in the Valley of the Waves, which also includes slides, rides and a food court.


Day 8

Pilanesberg Game Reserve (at leisure)

Day 9
Breakfast at Ivory Tree Lodge
Departure to JHB International Airport

Please Note: Package Prices are available upon request as it may change according to seasons etc.

Package per person includes:
Accommodation, meals and laundry

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park - where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights - this is real Africa.

The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

Truly the flagship of the South African National Parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man's interaction with the lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.


5 Things To Seek:
The Big Five – Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino.
The Little Five – Buffalo Weaver, Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and Rhino Beetle.
Birding Big Six– Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, Lappet- faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Saddle-bill Stork.

Five Trees – Baobab, Fever Tree, Knob Thorn, Marula, Mopane.
Natural/Cultural Features – Letaba Elephant Museum, Jock of the Bushveld Route, Albasini Ruins, Masorini Ruins, Stevenson Hamilton Memorial Library, Thulamela.


Numerous visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) has called this park the focal point of South African National Parks. Being the biggest national park in South Africa, visitors can expect an abundance of wildlife sightings and a pure African bushveld setting as the backdrop.

Visitors need not to worry about how to fill their free time - KNP offers an exciting assortment of activities, each one bent on bringing the guest closer to nature and making them feel at home.
Whether it is eco trails, back packing, day walks... participants can rest assured that experienced, professional and armed guides will act as trail leaders and interpret the stunning environment at regular intervals. This allows the participants to get close to nature and experience its wonders like never before.

Activities Available Include:
Wilderness Trails, Game Drives, Guided Walks, 4x4Mountain Biking, Backpacking Trails, Eco-Trails, Golf & Birding


Main Rest Camps
All the major Rest Camps have electricity, a first-aid centre, a shop, braai and communal kitchen facilities, a laundromat/laundry tubs, a restaurant and/or self-service cafeteria, public telephones and a petrol station. Information centres manned eby information staff are at Letaba, Skukuza and Berg-en-Dal. Holiday programmes and evening film shows of wildlife and conservation are arranged in many of the restcamps. Please enquire at reception.

Berg-en-Dal (with satellite Malelane)
Crocodile Bridge
Letaba
Lower Sabie
Mopani
Olifants
Orpen (with satellites Maroela and Tamboti)
Pretoriuskop
Punda Maria
Satara (with satellite Balule)
Shingwedzi
Skukuza


Shops
All of the park's main rest camps have retail facilities for both curios and basic provisions (the Bushveld and Satellite Camps have no restaurant or shop facilities). The larger camps have a better selection of stock. These shops used to be run internally by SANParks, but in 2001 it was decided to outsource the function to an organisation specializing in the retail industry. After a thorough tendering process, the contract was awarded to Tiger's Eye.

Swimming Pools
There are swimming pools at the following camps: Berg-en-Dal, Letaba, Lower Sabie, Mopani, Olifants, Orpen, Pretoriuskop, Punda Maria, Satara, Shingwedzi and Skukuza (2 pools). These pools are for camp residents only. There are additional pools for day visitors at the Skukuza and Letaba Day Visitor Areas.

Banks/ATM Facilities
Besides a bank (only open Monday to Friday and Saturday morning) at Skukuza and an ATM at Skukuza and Letaba, no cash withdrawal facilities are available in the Park.

Wi-Fi internet reception/internet café facility
Berg-en-Dal
Skukuza

A visit to Letaba Camp’s Elephant Hall is a must.
The museum houses the enormous tusks of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ – the seven greatest elephants ever to roam the Kruger National Park. A number of bird and animal hides, particularly the Matambeni hide on the northern bank of the Engelhardt dam, offer excellent vantage points for birding. The spectacular landscape is a treasure trove of sights, smells and textures to delight the senses of any keen traveler


The Kruger National Park is home to over 12,000 elephants, 27,000 African Buffalo, 1,000 leopards and lots of other wonderful wildlife.

The Kruger Park has a hot, sub-tropical climate and most of the year it is hot during the day (above 25 degrees). It's an all year round destination, game viewing can be at its best during the winter months however the wet summer season brings full water holes, lots of newborn wildlife, and the summer migrant birds arrive.

The park has 13 rest camps, 11 bushveld camps, and 11 lodges.

Its borders are marked by two rivers; the Crocodile River creates a border in the South of the Park, and the Limpopo River creates a border in the north. The Lebombo Mountains border the Park on its Western side, dividing the Park from its eastern neighbour, Mozambique.

The Park falls within a malaria zone and visitors are advised to take anti-malaria tablets. The southern regions are not a high risk malaria area but tourists visiting the Park in the wet summer months and those travelling to the northern parts of the Park are advised to be vigilant and take precautions against this life-threatening disease.

There is ample evidence that prehistoric man – Homo erectus – roamed the area between 500 000 and 100 000 years ago. There are almost 254 known cultural heritage sites in the Kruger Park, including nearly 130 recorded rock art sites.

More than 300 archaeological sites of Stone Age man have been found from the period dating back 100 000 to 30 000 years ago. Evidence of Bushman tribes (San people) and Iron Age inhabitants dating back to 1 500 years ago have been found, aswell as the presence of Nguni people and European explorers.

Thulamela and Masorini are two areas where significant archaeological ruins are found, and there are numerous examples of San art scattered throughout the reserve.

Climate
The Kruger National Park lies in a subtropical zone where summer days are hot and humid, with temperatures often reaching the 40°C (100°F) mark.
It is a summer rainfall area and the rainy season lasts from September until May. The driest period in the Park is September and October, and is regarded as the best game viewing time as the grass is thin and short which is excellent for seeing animals.
The winter months from May to end of August are popular because the mosquitos are less active in the cold months and there is less chance of contracting malaria if you are not taking prophylactics. The game stay close to the waterholes in the drier winter months and this attracts the predators which makes it an ideal time of the year for game viewing.


Birds of the Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is a birder’s paradise boasting 517 species of birds; 253 are residents, 117 non-breeding migrants and 147 nomads.

Affectionately known as the Big 6, there are six large species that are by and large restricted to the Park’s conservation areas. They are the lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, saddle-billed stork, kori bustard, ground hornbill and the reclusive Pel’s fishing owl, which is localized and seldom seen.

There are between 25 and 30 breeding pairs of saddle-billed storks in the Park, besides a handful of non-breeding individuals. In 2012 178 family groups of ground hornbills roamed the Park and 78 nests were known, of which 50% were active.

Pafuri and Punda Maria in the far north of the Park are regarded as one of the birding hotspots of the world. There are a number of species in the Kruger National Park that are not found anywhere else in the world.

The rest camps in the Park are where birds often see some of the best birds, particularly those bushveld camps that are situated on one of the main rivers. The comical hornbills and glossy starlings have made the rest camps their home, with easy pickings from picnic scraps and family barbeques.

The many dams scattered around the Kruger National Park are excellent birding spots, with the African Fish Eagle being a prize sighting. Its signature call is an absolute delight.

Elephants
The Kruger National Park can only sustain a population of 8 000 elephants but by last count in 2012 had close to 17 000 elephants. The Park stopped culling elephants in 1994 but the significant increase in numbers has put severe strain on the Park’s habitat.

The Park suffered from extensive elephant poaching in the 1980s which has since abated. It holds over 48 tons of ivory in storage and, according to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), has been allowed to sell 30 tons to raise much-needed revenue for anti-poaching measures.

Rhino and anti-poaching measures
The total population of white and black rhino in South Africa is in the region of 22 000, which represents about 93% of the world’s population of this vulnerable species. Kruger is home to at least 12 000 rhinos.

Endangered species of the Kruger National Park
The heavily-poached rhino population receives the most attention as a highly-threatened species in the Kruger National Park, but there are many Red Data (severely endangered) species in the Park – including a number of bird species.

The status of the African wild dog, affectionately known as the painted wild dog, is actually far more perilous. The Kruger National Park is home to the only viable pack of wild dogs in South Africa and without protection, their future looks bleak. There are about 400 wild dogs left in the whole of South Africa.
The wild dog has been brought to the brink of extinction due to persecution by humans (they were viewed as pests), genetic inbreeding and diseases like rabies and distemper that they contract from domesticated dogs in the rural areas.

A continent-wide programme has been established by the The Wildlife Conservation Society and Zoological Society in London, and the group is rolling out plans to save this precious species.

On the birding list, there are a number of species that are endangered and being monitored by conservation groups. These include the Baleleur and southern-ground hornbill, aswell as the lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, kori bustard and grey-headed parrot. These bird species are relatively well-protected in the Park but they are under threat from poaching and poisoning in areas outside of the Kruger National Park.


Wilderness Trails
The Kruger National Park offers nine different wilderness trails; some of them are in the deep bush and virtually untouched by humans. Game rangers take groups on trails made by the animals, and armed with a rifle in case they run into something wild and hungry.

Almost half the surface area of the Park’s 2 million hectares is zoned as wilderness and these are the areas that various operators conduct wilderness trails. Groups stay in rustic, fairly primitive accommodation and the aim is for guest to experience an authentic wilderness experience with game viewing being a secondary attraction. Trails offer the more adventurous tourists complete isolation, tranquillity and peace.

A walking trail generally lasts between three and four days, and you are accompanied by a highly-experienced armed ranger. Guides who take walking safaris in the Kruger National Park have to complete a series of rigorous assessments and must renew their advanced rifle-handling certificate every two years.

There are walking trails designed for an extreme wilderness experience and others that cater for those who want a less rustic experience.

The Mphongolo Trail in an area that is completely remote, no tourist roads currently run through this area of the park, and tourists are equipped with the bare essentials. Everything you need is carried on your back.

The Lonely Bull Trail takes you along the Letaba River or you can opt for the Olifants Backpack Trail; both are for the more adventurous and fit tourist, with the Olifants trail being probably the toughest.

There are seven trails that are run by the Kruger National Park that provided catered meals, and sleeping quarters that are simple but comfortable. Wilderness Safaris run the Pafuri Walking Trail, which is located in the far north of Kruger in the private Makuleke concession.

For a five-star option, Tanda Tula has a field camp that is immersed in the bush but offers tourists delicious meals, all your home comforts and comfortable accommodation in luxury tents.


Malaria
The Kruger National Park is located in a malaria area, although the risk of malaria is greater in the northern regions. Only the female mosquito is responsible for infecting humans and is most active in the rainy season that lasts from November to April.
Symptoms of malaria include an aching body, headaches, fever and sore stomach. In severe cases, symptoms include seizures and hallucinations. Cerebral malaria is an extreme case of malaria and people die from it.

Consult your doctor before you travel to a malaria area and he/she will recommend a course of anti-malaria prophylactics. If you choose not to take them, watch out for any of the above symptoms that will occur 10 days after you first enter a malaria area. Go to your doctor immediately and ask for a blood test. The symptoms are similar to a bad cold or flu but rather be safe than sorry.
As an added precaution, use insect repellents to spray rooms, cars and clothes. Mosquitos are most active in the early morning and at sunset. Most malaria-savvy tourists change into long pants and long-sleeved shirts just before the sun goes down.


Tours

Mkolo Game Farm & Safaris offer personalized tours & trips to the famous Kruger National Park, Pilanesberg, Mozambique or visit Botswana and explore the mighty Victoria Falls.

A Botswana safari excites all the senses.  Its one of the world’s final wildlife refuges, where wild animals outnumber people.
Botswana is famously known as being one of the four African countries which meet at the eastern end of the Caprivi Strip in Namibia. This is the only place in the world where four countries meet namely Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Its home to the world’s largest concentration of African elephants and has plenty of Africa's top predators – lion, leopard, hyenas and rare wild dogs.
Water is so valued that their currency is called the ‘pula’, which means ‘rain’ or ‘blessing’ in Setswana, the national language.
Experience the stunning beauty, the unimaginable vastness, the isolation and other-worldiness, the astoundingly prolific wildlife of the best kept African secret - Botswana.

Zimbabwe is set in south-central Africa, between two of the well known African rivers the Limpopo and the mighty Zambezi.
Zimbabwe’s western most corner thrusts into the Caprivi Strip where it meets the borders of Namibia, Angola, Botswana and Zambia.
Bounded by Zambia in the north and north-west, Mozambique in the east, South Africa in the south, and Botswana in the south-west.
Zimbabwe is situated in Southern Africa between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers. It is a country rich in natural views and fascinating landscapes, including Victoria Falls. The term “Zimbabwe” comes from the local Shona language meaning “a great house of stone.” Until 1980, Zimbabwe was known for political violence and economic instability but the country was able to bounce back, improving several sectors of the economy such as tourism. From a place of disaster and ruins to an impressive tourist destination, here are some of the fun facts about Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, which is more than any other country. Customary marriages are potentially polygamous and are legal for black Zimbabweans only, and can only be dissolved by death and not divorce.Zimbabwe is a multi-currency nation. It abandoned its own currency, the Zimbabwean dollar, for foreign currencies, such as South Africa rand, US dollar, euro, and the Botswana pula.In Zimbabwe, you can buy an item priced in South African rands, pay in euros, and get a change in US dollars.
Zimbabwe has the largest platinum and diamond reserves in the world.


Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, one of the biggest waterfalls in the world, is located in the country’s northwestern part of the Zambezi River
The noise of the Victoria Falls can be heard as far as 40 kilometers away.
The area is known as Africa’s Adventure Capital because there is so much to see and do. In addition to touring the Falls, you can also see them from the air on a helicopter or microlight trip. Hit the water in a canoe, raft or cruising boat; meet habituated elephants; leap off the historic bridge; and swim in the mischievously named Devil’s Pool. There’s also plenty of shopping and history, as well as lazy days in the sunshine after a bumper safari.
Not only is Victoria Falls one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it is also an official World Heritage Site. Defined as the world’s biggest waterfall when measured by the sheer volume of falling water, Mosi-oa-Tunya has thrilled people for centuries. You will experience it almost exactly as ancient tribes did since there is very little building or development around the Falls. This unspoilt beauty is what makes the experience so special: you easily imagine what it was like for those explorers seeing it for the first time.
The largest uninterrupted sheet of falling water in the world.
Victoria Falls sits on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.
On the Zimbabwe side, paths in lush rainforest reveal extensive views of the Main Falls.
In Zambia the Knife-Edge Bridge takes you close to the cascading water and a steep footpath leads to the Boiling Pot - a huge whirlpool at the base of the Falls.
Both sides are well worth a visit and it’s relatively easy to travel between the two.
It has the largest curtain of falling water. And during peak flow, more water falls over the edge here than at any other waterfall on the planet.
Height of the Falls
Victoria Falls is 108 metres at its highest point. However, the ledge is not straight so there are different heights as you look from Zimbabwe to Zambia
Width of the Falls
Victoria Falls are 1700 metres wide.

Kruger National Park - where nearly 2 million hectares of unrivalled diversity of life forms fuses with historical and archaeological sights - this is real Africa.
The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

Truly the flagship of the South African National Parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man's interaction with the lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela - is very evident in the Kruger National Park. These treasures represent the cultures, persons and events that played a role in the history of the Kruger National Park and are conserved along with the park's natural assets.


5 Things To Seek
The Big Five – Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Rhino.
The Little Five – Buffalo Weaver, Elephant Shrew, Leopard Tortoise, Ant Lion and Rhino Beetle.
Birding Big Six– Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, Lappet- faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and Saddle-bill Stork.
Five Trees – Baobab, Fever Tree, Knob Thorn, Marula, Mopane.
Natural/Cultural Features – Letaba Elephant Museum, Jock of the Bushveld Route, Albasini Ruins, Masorini Ruins, Stevenson Hamilton Memorial Library, Thulamela.
Numerous visitors to the Kruger National Park (KNP) has called this park the focal point of South African National Parks. Being the biggest national park in South Africa, visitors can expect an abundance of wildlife sightings and a pure African bushveld setting as the backdrop.

Visitors need not to worry about how to fill their free time - KNP offers an exciting assortment of activities, each one bent on bringing the guest closer to nature and making them feel at home.
Whether it is eco trails, back packing, day walks... participants can rest assured that experienced, professional and armed guides will act as trail leaders and interpret the stunning environment at regular intervals. This allows the participants to get close to nature and experience its wonders like never before.

Activities Available Include:
Wilderness Trails, Game Drives, Guided Walks, 4x4Mountain Biking, Backpacking Trails, Eco-Trails, Golf, Birding

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is the fourth largest game and nature park in South Africa. It boasts a variety of exotic flora and fauna, a rocky, grassland landscape, and the Big 5.
The reserve is home to over 7,000 animals and is nestled on an extinct volcanic crater. The park is malaria free and easily accessible from many places in South Africa as it is situated between the Kalahari and the Lowveld in the North West Province.


Mankwe Dam, the large central dam of Pilanesberg, is the best spot for game viewing. During dusk and dawn a variety of rare and common animals make their way to the dam, anything from lion and leopard to fleet-footed cheetah and white rhino. Pilanesberg is also a great place for bird lovers with over 300 species to be seen.


Since late 1979, thanks to Operation Genesis - the largest game translocation ever undertaken at the time, tourists have been able to take note of nature's alphabet - from aardvark to zebra. The park boasts healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo - Africa's "Big Five". A wide variety of rare and common species exist with endemic species like the nocturnal brown hyaena, the fleet-footed cheetah, the majestic sable, as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile, to mention but a few.
Activities included is a Game Drive in Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Rangers are well trained and can provide you with amazing information on the various animals in the park. During a guided safari, there will be a sundowner or tea and coffee break at one of the park’s many picnic sites. There are also lavatories at these sites.
Other Activities are available for every taste and allows you to have your perfect holiday. Please note that the following  activities are at own cost:
- Hot Air Balloon
- Archery
- Quad biking
- Rejuvenate your body and soul at the Amani African Spa.

Pilanesberg National Park exists in a transition zone between the dryness of the Kalahari and the wet Lowveld vegetation. This rich transitional zone attracts an incredible variety of game animals, flora and fauna that are not often found living side by side. Virtually all of the animal species native to southern Africa can be found here, including the Big 5, wild dog, Roan, Tsessebe, Sable antelope and more than 360 species of bird.

The relatively small size of the park, and its unusual ecological richness, dramatically increase your chance of encountering the Big 5 in their natural environment. Enjoy a leisurely Safari experience, or a surprise weekend escape: Pilanesberg allows you to choose your own adventure.

Pilanesberg National Park is set within the crater of an ancient volcano, formed 1.2 billion years ago by overflowing magma. The landscape and rock formations we see today are the enduring reminders of this magnificent occurrence.

Photographic Hides
Immerse yourself in the natural world, in one of Pilanesberg’s concealed photographic hides. Hidden within the park, these well-built hides provide a comfortable place to wait for that perfect shot. A rare opportunity to view the wildlife and birds in their natural habitat, safely out of sight.


One of Africa’s premier vacation destinations, Sun City in South Africa is internationally recognized for its superb resort offering of hotels, attractions and world-class events. From the lavish opulence of The Palace of the Lost City to the casual elegance of the Cascades, the glamour of the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge to the tropical thrills of the Valley of Waves, Sun City delivers plenty to see and do in a beautiful malaria-free landscape.
The Sun City Resort is at the height of gaming entertainment in South Africa, offering an impressive range of slots and more than forty table games.

It also caters for those who don’t prefer gambling, with various bars and restaurants. The children can also visit the gaming arcade or go for a movie while you play.
A man-made beach, complete with a 6500 m² wave pool with a 2m wave every ninety seconds, will give you the impression that you are actually on holiday on the sunny coastline of South Africa, not in the remote North West. It is only one of the great attractions available for both children and adults set in the Valley of the Waves, which also includes slides, rides and a food court.

Botswana / Victoria Falls


Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival and Pick-up from
Johannesburg International Airport
(O.R. Tambo)
Arrival and Overnigt at Mkolo Game Farm & Safaris

Day 2

Mkolo Game Farm – At Leisure
Visit and view our Crocodile Breeding Project


Day 3
Breakfast
Depart and Travel to Botswana Border Post
Lunch in Francistown
Travel to Nata
Overnight at Elephant Sands

Elephant Sands

Elephant Sands is a Bush Lodge where you can get the real Bush experience. The lodge is set on a private conservancy of 16000 hectare. Since there are no fences all wildlife can roam freely from one waterhole to another and one can expect to see anything during your stay at Elephant Sands. its an experience to get closer to nature and take into consideration all the smaller life.

There is an abundance of wildlife in the area, and with no fences these animals roam freely amongst us, we have many antelope species, from kudu, impala, steenbok and many more, we have the elephants and giraffes, we have lions, leopards and wild dogs in the area as well as your famous hyena, the smaller species such as genets, civets and servals as well as the mongoose and honey badgers and many more rodents, our abundant bird life and beautiful plant species all around
En-suite chalets around the water hole, each with a unique view of the watering hole and numerous elephant paths passing by. The rooms are comfy and uniquely setup to bring you closer and to enhance the experience alongside the beautiful nature.
Facilities: Swimming pool, Restaurant, Bar, Curio shop, Laundry service


Day 4

Depart and Travel to Kasane
3hr Boat Cruise on the Chobe River
Overnight at Lodge of Choice

Chobe River

The stunning and life-giving Chobe River forms the northern boundary of Chobe National Park.
the river attracts an almost unbelievable density of game, including huge herds of elephant (which can often be seen crossing the river) and buffalo, as well as countless hippos and crocodiles. The birdlife is extraordinary too, particularly in the wetter summer months. The wide banks and lush grass attract rare antelope such as red lechwe and puku to the water’s edge. The river is also home to over 90 species of fish.
But even without all the wildlife and birdlife, the Chobe River is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque and tranquil places in Africa in its own right.

Big 5 Chobe Lodge

Big 5 Chobe Lodge is situated on the bank of the Chobe River in the far Northern corner of Botswana. The 2.7 ha land on the river bank is very well situated and has a fantastic view over the river onto the Impalila Island. Big Five Chobe Lodge is situated in Kazungula, the gateway to Chobe National Park, Zimbawe and Zambia. Namibia is also just accros the river from the lodge.
The borders of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana meet just a kilometre from the lodge as do the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers. En-Suite Chalets – Chalets are air-conditioned and have mosquito nets as well as DSTV


Chobe Bush Lodge
With its intimate, modern and contemporary design, Chobe Bush Lodge is found in Kasane along the Chobe River, within eye distance of Chobe Safari Lodge. We are close to three international airports - Victoria Falls, Livingstone and Kasane - and daily road transfers or charter flights connecting all these airports with Chobe Bush Lodge make us easily accessible.


38 Spacious, luxury en-suite rooms boast an open-plan bathroom featuring both bath and a shower, air-conditioning, TV and a safe. Ground floor rooms have verandas, whilst the top rooms offer balconies with exquisite views over Chobe National Park. We also have four, large, exclusive family rooms consisting of two separate bedrooms, each with its own en-suite facilities.

Chobe Bush Lodge has its own cocktail bar with spectacular views overlooking the Chobe National Park and boasts an a’la carte restaurant for dinner. Sedudu Bar, famous for the most beautiful sunsets is also just a short walk away. With both Chobe Safari Lodge and Chobe Bush Lodge being so close to one another, guests can freely traverse between the two to enjoy the facilites and restaurants of both lodges.


Chobe Safari Lodge

Chobe Safari Lodge is situated in Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River and shares its border with the World famous Chobe National Park.
Chobe Safari Lodge therefore offers an excellent gateway to the Chobe National Park and surrounding area. The safari lodge has a wonderful open restaurant that features the indigenous and rich flavours of Africa. Scrumptious buffet dinners offer a wide variety of meals from exotic game meats, roasts, barbecues, stir-fries, Indian cuisine, or vegetarian dishes.


Accommodation at Chobe Safari Lodge consists of 46 Luxury Safari Rooms, 22 Luxury River Rooms and 8 Rondavels. Family rooms with a separate child's room consisting of bunk beds are also available. All the rooms have stunning views of Chobe River.
The safari rooms look onto expansive lawns which form the banks of the Chobe River. Each room has its own private patio from which you can enjoy views of the Chobe River. While the river rooms are attached to the main lodge building. Both the upstairs and downstairs river rooms enjoy their own private patios that look onto the riverside garden.


Day 5
Breakfast
Depart & Travel to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Lunch at Victoria Falls
Return to Overnight at Lodge of Choice


Day 6
Breakfast
Depart and Travel back to relax and unwind at Elephant Sands
No better way to end your African Safari with a sunset game drive to a barbeque in the bush under the stars surrounded by animals and the sound of nature!


Day 7 & 8   

Travel to Mkolo Game Farm
    Overnight at Mkolo Game Farm

Day 9
Breakfast
Depart & Travel to Johannesburg International Airport – O.R. Tambo

Please Note: Package Prices are available upon request as it may change according to seasons etc.

Package per person includes:
Accommodation, meals and laundry
Package per person excludes:
30 US Dollar Visa Costs (Victoria Falls)