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On a 4-day Eco-Safari Big 5 Photo Safari adventure, experience the real magic of Africa at our carefully selected simplistic luxury eco-lodge, which is off the grid and beaten tourist track. Enjoy intimate and thrilling wildlife encounters during Big Five game drives in open Land Rovers, guided bush walks and tracking game on foot with highly skilled, and knowledgeable rangers and trackers.

The adventure is set in the Timbavati, which shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, an area known for its good quality game viewing. Guests can expect to see all of the Big Five animals, as well as hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra and a whole host of other wildlife, and enjoy a true African bushveld experience.

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4 days 10+ age Timbavati, South Africa

POSSIBLE WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS

Air

With 13 varied habitats, Kruger National Park is home to one of the largest concentrations of birdlife and game species in Africa. Birding in the Kruger Park is a major draw card for all eco-tourists as it is reputed as being the finest birding location in Southern Africa with over 500 species, best known for its large raptor species. Download list here.

Earth

Approximately 147 mammal species occur in the park including Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino, Chacma Baboons, Hippo, Hyena, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Giraffe, Zebra, numerous antelope species, worthog, jackals, and much more. Download list here.

WEATHER

Dry season

April to July: Afternoons can be pleasant with cloudless skies, mornings and evenings are cold. Dry vegetation makes game viewing easier. Temperature: 9-26°C/48-79°

Wet season

September to May. Days are hot and humid; often spectacular thunderstorms. Impala breeding season brings out lots of predators; lush vegetation starts making game viewing a bit harder. Temperature: 18-34°C/64-93°F

MALARIA
The Timbavati, which falls within the Greater Kruger National Park, is considered a low risk malaria area. However, we encourage you to take a malaria prophylaxis – please consult with your doctor.

Day 1

  • Transfer to Eco-bushcamp from airport.
  • Check in followed by afternoon/evening safari at 16:30pm departing from reception. Enjoy sundowners in bushveld while on drive.
  • Return to camp, pre-dinner drinks served.
  • Dinner (main course self service) 19:30 / 20:00pm

Day 2-3

This program is a general routine and flexible.

  • Wake up 4.45am. Coffee/tea served.
  • Morning safari departs at 5.30am.
  • Breakfast (plated) at 9am – served after morning safari.
  • Relax through the midday hours in hammocks, in the bar, or enjoy game viewing at the tree-house overlooking the dam.
  • Light lunch (self service) at 1.30pm.
  • High Tea at 16:00pm
  • Afternoon/Evening safari at 16:30pm – departing from reception. Enjoy sundowners in bush while on drive.
  • Return to camp, pre-dinner drinks served.
  • Dinner (main course self service) 19:30 / 20:00pm

Day 4

  • Wake up 4.45am. Coffee/tea served.
  • Morning safari departs at 5.30am.
  • Breakfast (plated) at 9am – served after morning safari.
  • Depart after breakfast for airport to fly home, OR to Cape Town for perfect add-on option: 4 day Cape Town Tour, PLUS/OR add-on 4 day Garden Route Tour. Discounts apply for each add-on, inquire.
DATES

If the dates below do not suit you, fill in your preferred dates in the form below.

2017 1 July – 4 July 2018 COMPLETED
2018 1 July – 4 July 2018
2019 1 July – 4 July 2019
COST
2018 Please complete inquiry form.
2019 Please complete inquiry form.
SPACES
2017 Up to 14
2018 Up to 14
2019 Up to 14

Leave behind the bustle of city and enter the remote and rugged beauty of Africa’s bushveld. Off the beaten truck, and with no fencing between you and the wild bushveld, this unique eco-lodge offers aesthetic beauty, comfort, and fine food. Expect an authentic African experience as you fall asleep to the sounds of Africa, sometimes woken by wildlife right outside your hut, or quietly watch the animals while you dine from the bush bar and viewing deck.

This intimate camp’s traditional Shangaan reed and thatch en-suite huts have all the comforts you need in simplistic comfort and without the need for electricity, a true eco-lodge experience. The open-air bush showers fuelled by wood fires offer a unique safari experience. Top the experience and spend a night out in the tree-house overlooking the dam and experience the bushveld in a unique way.

INCLUDES
  • Lesley Rochat as photographic guide (4 or more people)
  • Full board per person sharing
  • All meals and local brand soft drinks, juices, local beers and wines
  • 2 game drives per day
  • Optional bush hikes (30mins – 1hr)
  • Free WiFi from 7:30am – 16:00pm (satellite)
  • Optional sleep-out in Tree House
  • Solo lighting, lamps and candles
  • Charging station for cell phones, cameras etc.
  • Road transfers
EXCLUDES
  • Electricity (please enquire should you use a sleep machine)
  • Flights
  • Additional alcohol
  • Camera gear hire
  • Visas if applicable
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry and items of a personal nature
BOOKING & CANCELLATION POLICY

Booking

In order to secure your place a 40% deposit is required. The balance must be paid 90 days before the safari. Should you book anything less than 90 days before the start of the safari, a 100% of cost is required to secure your booking.

Cancellation

Cancellation must be made in writing. Should you cancel more than 90 days in advance 90% will be refunded. Cancellation less than 60 days, no refund.

General

Proof of travel insurance must be presented on day of arrival.

Overall great experience with wide ranging activities and wonderful information.

Eric & Tina Landen ,
Group Tour Guests from USA

Loved all of it! Thank you so much Lesley for working so hard to optimize the itinerary, and all your preparation and flexibility.

Heather Wheeler,
Group Tour Guest from USA

The Big5 Safari in Timbavati was excellent. Highlights were the zebra kill, the leopard, the elephants, the Big 5!

Michelle Cherry,
Group Tour Guest from USA

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