Flexible Walking Safaris - 4 days, Greater Kruger Ÿ Can be customised
~Starts Johannesburg Ç 04 days ,Ends Johannesburg ∂Destinations Kruger National Park
This 4-day safari is a combination of guided bush walks and game drives, giving you greater flexibility to choose your game viewing activity day by day – whether you’d prefer walking with a guide (weather permitting) or opting for a game viewing drive in an open safari vehicle.This tour takes place in the private, uncrowded Balue Private Reserve which shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park.
* Greater Kruger Flexible Walking Safaris - 4 days Highlights
- ∞Superb game viewing area with excellent sightings possible
- ∞Flexibility for your daily game viewing - you vote for game walk or game drive
- ∞Guided bush walks are normally preferred in the cooler mornings
- ∞Afternoon game drives are the favoured choice to avoid the heat
- ∞You're able to experience the best of both worlds for game viewing
- ∞Ideal if you’re unsure whether 3-4 days of pure bush walks would suit you
- ∞High staff/guest ratio to ensure you can go as you please as much as possible
- ∞The guided bush walks are led by qualified and armed rangers
- ∞Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles
- ∞Includes road transfers to and from Johannesburg
- ∞Accommodation in one of nine luxury glass-fronted safari units
Accommodation is provided at Greenfire Lodge, a newly-built, modern lodge with elevated glass-fronted suites giving you endless views over the surrounding African bush veld, that sleeps up to 18 guests.
Departing from the bus terminus at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg at 07.00, you’ll be driven to the Olifants West Gate of the Balule Reserve, arriving at approximately 13.00. From here, a representative from Greenfire Lodge will collect you and game viewing starts immediately as they transfer you the remaining distance to the lodge. It’s a scenic route, passing through some of South Africa’s sprawling open spaces and neat farmlands.
If you prefer, you can also fly directly to Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport, from where you’ll be collected by the lodge staff.
On arrival at the lodge, you’ll be shown to one of your glass-fronted luxury rooms overlooking the surrounding bushveld. You may even enjoy a quick dip in the inviting pool if time permits.
Lunch/High tea is served daily at 14h30 and you'll depart at 15h30 for an afternoon/evening game drive, stopping along the way to pause for refreshments and snacks and enjoy a spectacular African sunset. Large spotlights are used on the way back to the lodge to try and spot the shy nocturnal species.
A delicious, stylish dinner is served under the stars by lamplight (weather permitting) either around the pool or - for larger groups - in the open air boma; it's the perfect time to talk about the day’s sightings and plan tomorrow's choice of activities.
Days 2 & 3
Waking to the sounds of African drums and the call of the kudu horn, your designated ranger or lodge manager will chat to you about what you’d prefer to do; for example, bush walk or game drive or a combination of both. They’ll also be able to give you suggestions based on the weather, animal movements and so on.
Heading out early after coffee/tea and rusks (type of biscuit), you may opt for a game drive, which gives you the option to cover more ground quicker and have the chance of spotting more game. You’ll have every chance to see some of the larger plains game like elephant and buffalo in their herds, endangered rhino, spectacular big cats and, on occasion, a pack of African wild dogs, also known as Cape hunting dogs or painted wolves. If you’re lucky, you may even come across a kill which may have happened shortly before sunrise.
If you prefer to do a bush walk (weather permitting), you’ll head out directly from camp, or be dropped off by vehicle further out to explore different areas. This is an up-close-and-personal way to explore and experience the bush. Your ranger will help you decode tracks and signs showing which animals have recently passed by. There’s a thrill and excitement of being out in the open and getting up close to animals, while being accompanied by a knowledgeable ranger. It’s an excellent way to learn more about wildlife and its myriad elements: animals, plants, trees, insects, birds, and so much more.
You’ll return to the lodge for a hearty brunch and then it’s time to relax and perhaps siesta during the heat of the day or cool off in the splash pool. After lunch, it’s time to head out again, on foot or by vehicle, to see what else African wildlife has in store for you …
By then, it’s cooler and the animals are more active. Once again towards sunset, your ranger will stop at a scenic spot for sundowners and to enjoy the sunset; a time for pause in these spectacular surrounds. Getting back onto the safari vehicles, you’ll have another chance of spotting those elusive nocturnal creatures – like spring hares, genets, civets and owls – en-route back to the lodge for a hearty dinner followed by some quiet time to enjoy the sounds of the bush beneath the starry African skies - or to chat with your guides and fellow guests about the day's sightings and plans for the next day's activities.
Setting out at sunrise for your final guided game activity, you’ll get a sense of how much you’ve learned, experienced and absorbed about the African bush and wildlife in this short time. Back to the lodge for a final brunch before you pack up and say your reluctant goodbyes. You’ll then be transferred back to the gates, to connect either with the Ashtons Kruger Shuttle at 11.30, heading back towards Johannesburg (generally arrive between 17.00 and 18.00) – or be taken back to the airport.
MORE ON GAME VIEWING ACTIVITIES
- You'll be accompanied by expert and qualified rangers on all guided activities which take place twice daily: every morning at sunrise and mid- to late-afternoon
- You have a say in all/any guided activities as this is a flexible tour and there's no rigid agenda
- These experienced guides will use their extensive know-how (weather, movement of game, etc) to suggest activities, taking into account your interests and fitness levels and plan the day's activities accordingly
- Both the guided bush walks and game drives are about 3-4 hours long
- Generally, people prefer to do game drives in the late afternoon as it's much hotter
- Guided walks are preferred in the mornings when it's cooler
- Flexibility is the key and they'll go the extra mile to ensure you have the most enjoyable safari experience
Note: A minimum age of 16 applies for all guided game walks. There is no maximum age limit but an average fitness level is required as each walk lasts 3-4 hours
- This trip is priced from
- R12138.00 $909.00 £698.00 €813.00
- Full Pricing Info
- ∞Return road transfer on Ashtons Kruger Shuttle, from OR Tambo International to Olifants West Gate, Balule Game Reserve, including fuel, road tolls
- ∞3 nights’ accommodation in luxury en-suite safari units
- ∞Early morning coffee/tea & eats; brunch; high tea; dinner; game drive snacks.
- ∞2 guided game activities daily
- ∞Flexibility for a daily mix of game walks and/or drives
- ∞Transfers between Balule gate and the lodge - self-drive & Kruger Shuttle clients (arrivals and departures only)
- xConnecting transfers
- xBreakfast Day 1
- xLunch Day 4
- xReserve entry fees and car permits (cash only)
- xRoad transfer(s) between Hoedspruit (airport/town) and the lodge
- xAll beverages
- xGratuities and items of a personal nature