Panoramas and Palms

Code: Panoramas and Palms
14 NIGHTS - 15 DAYS
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15 Day Safari / Coast / Kruger / Pano

NEAREST AIRPORT Hoedspruit Airport
COUNTRIES South Africa, Mozambique
HIGHLIGHTS
Kruger National Park Panoramic Route
Elephant Whispers Machangulo Beach Lodge
DESTINATIONS
Limpopo, Mpumalanga
Inhaca Island

 

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Day 1, 2 and 3 – The Kruger National Park

Accommodation Type: Chalets/Traditional Bungalows

The Kruger National Park is the ultimate place to go on safari in search of the Big 5. The Kruger’s unspoiled and untamed environment stirs deep emotions and enables you to experience wild Africa just as you imagined it. Explore South Africa’s premier game viewing destination in style by going on one of our recommended tailor-made tours in order to spot the Big 5 and perhaps even the Little 5. Not only that, but you’ll learn about the most fascinating things that you never stopped to think about – insects, bird life, ecosystems and topography.
The Kruger Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa and one of the world’s biggest wildlife sanctuaries. It is approximately the same size as Israel or Wales and covers 20,720 square kilometers. It extends 350km from north to south and 60km from east to west. There is something intensely magical about spending a night under the African stars next to a crackling fire with nothing but the sounds of the bush and the smell of true South African cuisine.

A typical day…

We enter the Kruger National Park (or depart from our restcamp)… and begin our search for Africa’s Big 5 early morning … 2 million hectares of Big 5 and Bush haven famous for its unrivalled diversity of life forms, fused with historical and archaeological sites. Game drives are what the Kruger National Park is all about. The highlight to any day is venturing out into the park, binoculars clutched in one hand whilst the other hangs on to the constantly rolling vehicle as it makes its way through the bush in hopeful hot pursuit of the latest pride of lions, sighted feeding on a kill just over the rise.
At sunset we will enjoy dinner under the stars before retiring for the night to the magical sounds of the African bushveld. Rising early to greet the African dawn and a welcome cup of coffee and rusks, we depart for a whole day’s game viewing (stopping along the way for breaks of course) and continuing the search. Brunch will be enjoyed either at a picnic spot or one of the rest camps in the Park. Back at camp a short siesta can be enjoyed. In the late afternoon we depart on a sunset game drive…. we return to our camp to then have dinner while discussing the exciting day.

Accommodation: Letaba

Letaba rest camp, the “river of sand” is one of the Kruger Park’s premium lush, green getaways, shaded under the gaze of the area’s prominent sycamore fig tree. The tone of this camp is comprised of the impressions of its gorgeous setting, the vibrant plant and animal populations of the area lending it a lively, colourful tone.
Accommodation at the camp is facilitated in usually thatched African style bungalows (or chalets) all of which are serviced daily. Each unit equipped with en-suite bathroom units, air-conditioning or fans, and kitchenettes.

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Day 4 & 5 – Mount Sheba – Panoramic Route

Accommodation Type: Lodged

Enroute to Mount Sheba.. a Memorable Encounter at Elephant Whispers…(INCLUDED)
Elephant Whispers are dedicated to securing the future of the African Elephant, and welcome people of all ages to share in the excitement of close encounters with these magnificent creatures. Experience the privilege of little Lindiwe’s compassionate nature, witness Medwa’s remarkable memory and enjoy the thrill of interacting with Tembo. The interaction with the elephant offers you the opportunity to touch the elephant, exchange trunk greetings and offer tasty treats. Experienced Elephant Handlers share their in-depth knowledge of fascinating elephant behaviour. Your visit to Elephant Whispers ensures these six incredible mammals continue in their important role as wildlife ambassadors for their own kind.

Staying at Mount Sheba..

Sleepily tucked away amongst the mountains above the historic mining town of Pilgrims Rest lies Mount Sheba Country Lodge. Surrounded by indigenous forests this up-market lodge resort is an ideal retreat yet lies in easy distance to some on Mpumalanga’s superb tourist attractions including ‘God’s Window’, the Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Potholes and of course the Kruger National Park.
This twenty-five suite lodge offers all the necessary trimmings needed for that well earned, relaxed getaway or professional business seminar. The beautifully decorated en-suite bedrooms with private patios offer panoramic views allowing the beauty of the surroundings to be enjoyed from the comfort of your room. The cozy bedroom fireplaces are a perfect place to snuggle up with a book on chilly winter nights and your every comfort is catered for.

We experience the panorama …

We can visit places such as Pilgrim’s Rest, Waterfalls, God’s Window & Blyde River Canyon…Situated on the Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga is God’s Window. Just one look down and you will begin to understand why it is called “God’s Window”. With magnificent views, canyons, rock formations and waterfalls, God’s Window is truly an area of breathtaking scenic splendour. It is no wonder that Mpumalanga is known as Paradise Country! Gods Window is so called for the panoramic view of the Lowveld more than 900 m down into lush indigenous forest clad ravine. The majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters to the Lowveld and the private game reserves which have made the area one of South Africa’s main wildlife destinations. God’s Window is a small part of a 250km long earthwork of sheer cliffs and extravagant beauty. One can observe the hills and forests as far as the eye can see. In fact, it seems as if one can see forever!
Viewing sites are provided along the length of the spectacular Blyde River Canyon including God’s Window, and there are numerous fantastic walks, hiking, horse and mountain bike trails. From the parking area a very steep stepped footpath along the edge of the escarpment leads to the actual view points. For the best lookout points and exotic forest plants, steer away from the crowds and hike up into the clouds and the misty Rain Forest.

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Day 6, 7, 8, 9 – SAUSAGE TREE SAFARI CAMP

Accommodation Type: Luxury Tented

Set in the Balule Nature Reserve, Sausage Tree Safari Camp promises rich game viewing and spectacular views, as our boundary with Kruger National Park is open and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains form a majestic back drop. This family-owned and operated Safari Camp pride itself on the warm atmosphere offered, delicious food, beautiful views and African style safari tented accommodation.
Our unassuming Camp promises an intimate nature experience in a relaxing environment where you can unwind, kick your shoes off and be yourself. Enjoy lantern lit dinners in our boma or on our open deck under the star studded African sky. Breakfast and lunch is served on the open deck with views of the bush and waterholes frequented by a variety of resident animals. Sunrise and sunset safaris in open 4 x 4 vehicles are the highlights of the day.
With our professional field guides, visitors can go in search of some of Africa’s famous variety of mammal and bird life, such as Giraffe, Zebra, African Fish Eagles, Vultures and the notorious Big 5 – Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo.

The Safari Camp:
Our African safari-styled tents are nestled in between Marula, Knobthorn Acacia and Sausage Trees and overlook a dry river bed, the bush and the Northern Drakensberg Mountains. Each tent is spacious and built in an elevated position with it’s own special view.
The tents are fully furnished and have their own private deck and ensuite bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower. Inverter or Eco based Air-conditioners are fitted in each tent ensuring that you stay cool during those warm summer nights… and can be set to warm during those colder nights in winter too. Insect gauze on all the windows and doors keep the insects outside where they belong.
In the main reception area, visitors will find a lounge for those lazy afternoons, and a dining area that keeps visitors dry when it rains. There is a cosy bar complete with a variety of first class South African wines.
On the open deck outside, there is a sunken swimming pool and fireplace where visitors can enjoy those magical African nights. During the day, the deck has unrivalled views of the surrounding bush, dry river bed, waterhole and mountains in the background. Sausage Tree Safari Camp’s resident staff will ensure that everyone has a memorable stay and becomes part of our continually growing family.

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Day 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14 – MACHANGULO BEACH LODGE

Accommodation Type: Lodged

Machangulo Beach Lodge is built into a dune forest overlooking a beautiful bay. For private use and being family-friendly, the lodge is a great getaway for those who love the sea and the delights of a beach holiday. Simply relax and soak up the sun or participate in a variety of activities available exploring the deep channels around Inhaca Island, the bay and estuaries, dune forest and some of the local attractions.
The lodge’s open and spacious design with cathedral thatch ceilings offers comfortable seating in the lounge and bar leading to dining areas, decks and beautiful views of the bay. An outdoor enclosure (boma) for drinks and great conversation around a warming fire can be enjoyed. The Beach Bar next to the pool and deck is open all day and fabulous place to enjoy and relax before an afternoon siesta.

The Rooms

Ocean View Rooms
Each room has an en suite bathroom, air conditioning, mosquito nets, and private deck, with a view to the ocean and Inhaca Island. Each room can accommodate a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12. Mini bar, air-conditioning, fan, Hairdryer, Coffee & Tea facilities in each room.

How to get there…
Most guests choose the luxury speed boat transfers. Only one hour away from Maputo, the boat ride is exciting and leads you around the picturesque Inhaca Island and the estuaries of Maputo Bay.

Activities

Santa Maria Village tours
Inhaca & Portuguese Island tours
Maputo Tours
Santa Maria Bay and Estuaries
World class fishing locations by boat, beach and channel fishing
Scuba diving
Snorkeling
Beach Picnics
Spa and Wellness
Dune, forest and beach walks
Elephant Reserve Excursion

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Day 15 – Johannesburg

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