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South Africa Private Classic Safari

Kruger National Park

5 days, 4 nights | Safari from $2,498 per person
Overview

Wild Heart of South Africa

Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves, is such a natural wonder that it has been designated a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve. This exceptional safari takes you exploring day and night with the area’s best guides through the scenic bush and plains in search of zebra, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, rhino, and lion.

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As you walk through the landscape or explore it in open-sided safari vehicles, 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. Traditional pleasures such as high tea and sundowner cocktails add elegance to your day and evening adventures.

Safari Style: Private Classic Safari
Activities: Game drives, bush walks
Accommodation: Premium tented camp and safari lodge
Getting Around: Safari vehicles with guaranteed window seats, foot, light aircraft
When to Visit: Year-round; Jun–Aug for viewing mammals; Sep–Oct for newborn animals Read More
Meeting & Departure Point: Johannesburg, South Africa

Tour Highlights:

  • Seek out Africa’s iconic big game animals on daily walking and driving safaris
  • Learn about bush culture and ecology from experienced guides
  • Enjoy rare glimpses of Kruger’s nocturnal wildlife, thanks to exclusive after-dark access to the park
  • Sleep on the threshold of the great African wilderness at your intimate, remote bush camp
  • Sip high tea overlooking the waterhole and savor late-afternoon sundowners under the brilliant glow of the South African sky
  • Experienced, friendly, and knowledgeable guide
  • All meals included
  • Premium tented camps (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
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the CW Safaris staff
  • Guest Rating:

    Our family loved the safari to Kruger National Park in South Africa. Exceptional guides. Terrific accommodations. Wonderful outdoors experience. The walking portion was our favorite.
    S. Elliott, California, June 2014

  • Guest Rating:

    The sleep-out was unique and unforgettable!
    M. Kasik, Illinois, September 2013

Dates & Prices

Private Classic Safari 2015 Pricing

Seasons Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Jan 1 - Dec 31 $2,498 $2,498 $2,498 $2,498 $2,498 $450

*Pricing based on double occupancy. Reserve early for best pricing; prices and dates are subject to change.

Itinerary & Accommodations
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 4×4 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.

Included: Airport arrival transfer, internal flight, and bush walk / dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

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: Bush walks and leisure time / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Days 3 & 4 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 late afternoon game drive.

Guided game-drive safaris at Rhino Post Safari Lodge are conducted in customized, open 4×4 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 skies, then continues 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: Bush walk, game drive, and leisure time / breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Approximate Travel Time: 1 hour

Day 5 Johannesburg

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: Game drive, internal flight, airport departure transfer / breakfast and lunch

Approximate Travel Time: 2 hours

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Guides

Our Guides

On this safari, rather than traveling with a dedicated CW Safaris guide throughout the trip, you will be in the care of the local lodge hosts who know each individual destination best. Each night you’ll stay in carefully chosen small camps and lodges whose hosts and resident guides offer a familial style of service and enjoy sharing their in-depth knowledge of the local land, wildlife, culture, and ecology.

In addition to the exceptional local guidance that these resident professionals provide during bush walks, game drives, and other safari activities, they’ll also share family-style meals with you, creating opportunities for meaningful interaction morning, noon, and night. Throughout your stay, you can expect your every need to be anticipated and looked after, and on travel days, your hosts will directly facilitate onward transportation to the next leg of your journey.

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