South Africa Classic: Kruger National Park

Safari, South Africa Classic: Kruger National ParkSafari, South Africa Classic: Kruger National Park

South Africa Classic

Kruger National Park

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Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa, is such a natural wonder that it has been designated a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve. Part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier “Peace Park,” this magnificent terrain does indeed offer a beauty and sense of peace that revives and restores you during your CW Safari Spotlight.

Your four-night route takes you walking through the scenic bush and plains in search of zebra, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, rhino, and lion. The area’s best guides will share their wealth of bush culture, identifying flora and fauna, medicinal uses of plants, local folklore, and basic tracking and survival skills. At the end of the day, you will be comfortably ensconced in explorer-style tents, with facilities en suite and the African wilderness literally on your doorstep. Optional evening game drives provide the ultimate opportunity for big game viewing. Traditional pleasures such as high tea and sundowner cocktails add elegance to your day and evening adventures.

Activity Level
Easy to
moderate
Meet
Johannesburg, South Africa
Depart
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 days, 4 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guides and service of local representative
  • All meals included
  • Premium tented camp and lodge (with private baths) while on tour
  • Airport “meet and greet” service
  • Transportation from the meeting to the departure point
  • Internal flight(s)
  • All park fees and special events as noted in the itinerary
  • Basic travel insurance coverage
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW staff
Number of Travelers
Total in your party
Price From
per person double occupancy
Single supplement + $0 
*Please contact us for 7+ traveler pricing
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Itinerary and Accommodations

Days
Destination
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Plains Camp
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2
Plains Camp
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3
Rhino Post Safari Lodge
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Rhino Post Safari Lodge
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Rhino Post Safari Lodge
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Day 1

Plains Camp

You will be met at the Johannesburg Airport and transferred to your short internal flight on light aircraft to Kruger National Park. Your guide will meet your plane and whisk you away for the adventure ahead. On arrival at Rhino Post Safari Lodge, you will be transferred to Plains Camp. Enjoy your journey in an open 4x4 game vehicle.

Camp is situated on a vast private concession in the Kruger National Park. Game moves freely through this area in the heart of the wilderness, overlooking the spectacular Timbitene Plain and waterhole.

The concession is an environmentally sensitive area previously unexplored. With its huge diversity of flora and fauna—including the renowned “big five”—it makes an ideal setting for walking safaris.After settling into your tent, explore the grounds and join your campmates for high tea followed by a brief orientation to bush walking. Then depart with your guides for an introductory walk, sundowners in the bush, and a short night drive before returning to camp.

Included Activities: Airport arrival transfer, internal flight, and bush walk. Meals: D
Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Plains Camp

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Built in authentic pioneer tradition, Plains Camp has the serenity of a 19th-century naturalist’s rest, nestled in an acacia knobthorn thicket. Designed for splendid isolation, it offers just four tents, comfortably furnished in traditional African explorer style. En suite facilities with hot running water add to the ambiance, as does the African wilderness sitting on your threshold.

Day 2

Plains Camp

An early morning wake-up brings you fresh coffee, tea, and traditional South African rusks before you set out with your guides on a new safari walk. Because nothing is predictable in the bush, each safari offers a new experience. As you walk, learn about the animals, trees, grasses, insects, and birds... the medicinal uses of plants... local folklore... and time-honored tracking and survival skills.

Walking trails are best enjoyed early morning and late afternoon, avoiding midday heat. The morning walk averages 3-4 hours. Walks are customized by your guides to accommodate the group’s fitness level and special interests. A light snack is served on the walk, and a satisfying brunch awaits on your return to the camp. During the midday heat, enjoy the camp’s small library of Africana or the plunge pool overlooking the plain, where buffalo, elephant, giraffe, lion, rhino, and zebra are often sighted.

This afternoon you’ll safari by game vehicle to another location, and set off on foot upon your trail. Enjoy sundowners in the bush as you recount your day’s adventures. Back at camp, your exploits will be rewarded by a sumptuous dinner, accompanied by the sounds of the African night.

Included Activities: Bush walks, game drive, and leisure time. Meals: BLD

Plains Camp

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Built in authentic pioneer tradition, Plains Camp has the serenity of a 19th-century naturalist’s rest, nestled in an acacia knobthorn thicket. Designed for splendid isolation, it offers just four tents, comfortably furnished in traditional African explorer style. En suite facilities with hot running water add to the ambiance, as does the African wilderness sitting on your threshold.

Day 3

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

There’s time to explore one more walking trail before you decamp to Rhino Post Safari Lodge. After settling in, gather in the lounge overlooking the waterhole to enjoy a delicious high tea before departing for your afternoon/evening game drive.

Guided game-drive safaris at Rhino Post Safari Lodge are conducted in customized, open 4x4 Land Cruisers. In addition to its private wilderness concession, the lodge also gives visitors access to the Kruger public roads with exclusive use of some roads at night—well after gate-closing times. This affords exciting sightings of the park’s nocturnal animals.

At sunset the game drive stops for sundowner cocktails beneath the colorful African sunset, then continues the drive into early evening. Return to the lodge in time to freshen up and enjoy a drink before a sumptuous dinner on the deck, serenaded by night creatures.

Included Activities: Bush walk, game drive, and leisure time. Meals: BLD
Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Kruger National Park, South Africa

The luxurious Rhino Post Safari Lodge is built on the banks of the dry Mutlumuvi riverbed. Natural materials of stone, wood, thatch, and canvas fit elegantly into the environment. Stilts raise the eight spaciously appointed suites along the riverbank for wonderful views from bedroom, bathroom, and private deck. Suites are styled in open plan with wooden floors, thatched roofs, canvas walls, and glass doors and windows. En suite facilities include a deep, freestanding bath, “his and her” basins, separate toilet, and outdoor shower surrounded by thick reed poles. Raised walkways link suites to the main area, so that wildlife meanders underneath, undisturbed.

Day 4

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Today follows the rhythm of life in the lodge, while allowing space for your own unique discoveries. An early morning wake-up... fresh coffee or tea in the lounge... departure just after sunrise on your morning game drive.

Returning to the lodge, a well-earned brunch awaits you. Rest within camp during the heat of the day, enjoying the pool or the privacy of your chalet. After high tea, depart on your afternoon game drive. Enjoy sundowners in the bush and watch the African sunset ignite the evening sky.

Back at the lodge, a sumptuous dinner is seasoned by your tales of adventure, laughter, and pleasure in good times well spent.

Included Activities: Game drives and leisure time. Meals: BLD

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Kruger National Park, South Africa

The luxurious Rhino Post Safari Lodge is built on the banks of the dry Mutlumuvi riverbed. Natural materials of stone, wood, thatch, and canvas fit elegantly into the environment. Stilts raise the eight spaciously appointed suites along the riverbank for wonderful views from bedroom, bathroom, and private deck. Suites are styled in open plan with wooden floors, thatched roofs, canvas walls, and glass doors and windows. En suite facilities include a deep, freestanding bath, “his and her” basins, separate toilet, and outdoor shower surrounded by thick reed poles. Raised walkways link suites to the main area, so that wildlife meanders underneath, undisturbed.

Day 5

Rhino Post Safari Lodge

Make the most of this last precious day with an early morning rising and light breakfast in the lounge, preparing you for one last morning game drive. Take midmorning refreshment in the bush as you track the abundant wildlife. Return to the lodge in time for a leisurely brunch and shower before you pack up and decamp.

Included Activities: Game drive, internal flight, airport departure transfer. Meals: BL
Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

Guides

Safari Spotlight Guides

During this Safari Spotlight, you will be accompanied and cared for by the excellent and experienced staff at your lodge. From the moment of arrival to your departure you will be entertained with personal experiences and stories—all the while in the company of enthusiastic professionals.

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