Ten day wildlife safari, South Africa

“A perfectly balanced South African safari, with a variety of beautiful reserves and lodges, Big Five viewing and conservation insights, plus the chance to tailor the itinerary to your interests.”

Highlights

Dullstroom | Panorama Route | Rukiya Safari Camp | ‘bush senses’ experience | Wild Rivers Reserve | Balule Reserve | bush walks | help Ingwe Leopard team set camera traps | Kruger National Park | Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre | Klaserie Game Reserve | Thornybush Game Reserve

Description of Ten day wildlife safari, South Africa

This exciting 10-day safari visits a variety of private game reserves in the greater Kruger Park area, as well as the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The base for this safari is in Wild Rivers Nature Reserve, but this holiday also takes in Klaserie and Thornybush game reserves, which all offer different accommodation and habitat types, for a fully rounded safari experience. This package includes an introduction to learn more about of work in Leopard conservation, plus even more chances to view the Big Five and explore the African bush. It’s the perfect combination of exploring the African bush, learning about our conservation work and enjoying high quality accommodation in fantastic locations.

We are a small company and prefer small groups of less than eight persons, which allow us to deliver a personal service, with flexibility to cater for any specific needs. Whether you’re here for general wildlife viewing or interested in something specific we can help. In addition, you might like to visit one of our community projects. Choose to be hands-on or simply sit back and let us take the strain. Whatever you prefer, we’ll do our best to provide. Just let us know what you want from your safari experience and together we can make your time with us truly memorable.

This 10-day safari runs all year round and is also available for families. Children under 12 years get 50% off the adult price. Bush walks are replaced by game drives for children under 14 years.

Where possible we provide an all-inclusive price for each safari, with any additions clearly shown on your itinerary. That’s because we understand how important it is to plan your safari costs and avoid any hidden extras.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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Responsible tourism: Ten day wildlife safari, South Africa

Environment

Each safari provides a real wildlife viewing and conservation experience.
By opting for a safari with us safari guests are already helping to contribute towards our conservation work. In addition guests are afforded the opportunity to gain an insight into real African conservation work if they wish, either by observing our work or assisting our rangers. In this way we hope guests will help to spread the message of what real African conservation is and what the needs are.

All of our food, bathroom and kitchen supplies are from local sources and as far as possible, we aim to use a combination of organic, fair-trade and sustainable products.

Visits to our friends at the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre are included in each safari. Where travellers can witness great conservation and research work being conducted. A non profit making organisation with an aim of rehabilitating animals, breeding and repopulating endangered species as well as education. Each safari will include time spent in the Kruger National Park, where entrance and lodge fees are used to sustain the conservation work within the park as well as provide fair trade employment.

We believe that everyone is able to help make a difference towards conserving our environment. When on safari or in the bush, we operate a policy of ‘bring out what you take in’ i.e. we leave no litter or man made products behind. Game drive vehicles do not deviate from existing roads and tracks, however guided foot safaris will access game trails which cannot be reached by vehicle. When on foot, we stay on the trail as deviating can cause erosion and other environmentally harmful impacts.

Community

While on safari we recommend that visitors buy locally produced goods and support local artisans. In this way, visitors are able to help sustain the local community, contribute towards conservation and enrich their own lives. During each safari there will be opportunities to purchase goods from local artists, market stalls and restaurants in keeping with the ideals of fair trade. Our guides will advise on a ‘fair price’ if requested, however it is worth noting that a relatively small sum can make a huge difference to peoples lives in Africa and guests are asked to consider this when bargaining with market stallholders.

Our safari staff are all recruited locally and encouraged to develop within the organisation to achieve their goals and where applicable to produce conservation based items for sale (100% of the proceeds going to the originator).

On arrival, we hold an informal chat with guests to explain our conservation work and how they are able to contribute during their safari. A travellers’ code of conduct is also issued with each bespoke safari itinerary.

11 Reviews of Ten day wildlife safari, South Africa

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Reviewed on 29 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being so close to an amazing variety of wildlife, seeing their behaviour in the wild, and learning a lot from our guides. We were lucky and saw the "big seven", and so much more besides.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Easy to get laundry done so no need to take too many clothes but you do need some warm layers for early morning game drives at this time of year (September). Remember to take binoculars! There are many photo opportunities, the guides put you in optimum position for getting that perfect shot, take plenty of memory cards. Scarf or something to cover mouth and nose while driving in dusty season.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, all the lodges we stayed in supported conservation and provided employment locally. All had policies aimed at benefitting the environment and sourced produce locally. The profits from our tour operator funds a leopard conservation project.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. We couldn't have asked for a better experience; the holiday was well planned, all the transfers were smooth, the lodges and game drives offered variety, staff were friendly and professional and we had a lot of fun. We thoroughly recommend our tour operator.

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Difficult to answer, there were so many, wild dogs in Tangala, elephants round the water hole at Nzimba, lions at a kill, the warm welcome from all the lodges to name but a few.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you have spare batteries and storage for your camera! be wary of cheap plug adapters that do not fit S Africa sockets. If you'd like to experience S African culture, then book that independently around the Safari, this trip is all about game viewing which is exactly what I wanted.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were so many moments! For stand out viewings we loved spending time watching 2 young male lions on the Ruikiya safari, sitting watching the wild-
dog pups playing together while the adults were out hunting at Thornybush, Tangala, and then some wonderful leopard encounters at Klaserie thanks to the
amazing tracker and guide at Nzumba.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Warm clothes were recommended and were really needed for the morning game-drives. Take a good camera with zoom, but remember to just sit and watch! Also to be aware that this is holiday which is an adventure and you will be up very early, and on the go for much of the day so you need stamina but it is so
invigorating and worth-while.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We were made more aware of the benefit to conservation throughout the holiday, particularly the leopard research.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This is a fantastic safari, the mix of reserves visited gave different experiences. The whole safari experience with the accommodation, game drives, being in the environment, seeing the animals and birds, learning about everything from the guides, hosts and organisers, add up to an amazing holiday.

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole trip was memorable. Lots of exciting moments seeing lions and elephants really close. Spending a couple of hours with two young male lions close by was very special. All the guides were very knowledgeable and helped us to understand the behaviour of the animals and birds we were seeing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take lots of warm layers for the early morning game drives. It's helpful to have a torch. Don't set out with plans of what you want to see. Appreciate the small
stuff.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we could see how the Leopard Conservation project was benefiting from our holiday. We paid local conservation taxes. All our guides demonstrated great understanding and respect for the environment and local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing. We loved the whole experience. It was very well organised. I would definitely recommend this trip.

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Our whole trip was exciting from beginning to end. The three lodges we stayed in were of high quality and very indidual, the staff very friendly, the guiding brilliant and the food excellent. We saw many, many animals and were often the only jeep in sight. Two highlights were the sight of a leopard chased up a tree with 4 wild dogs circling underneath it and sitting by a muddy pool for ages watching 'teenage' and baby elephants playing and rolling in the mud! Oh, and the pride of 5 lions and the male elephant walking by right next to the jeep. The tour operator picked us up from the airport and looked after us along the way regaling us with many stories from the 'bush' as well as how the company started. We have been to Africa and on safari several times and this rates as one of the best together with its conservation credentials.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


We went at the end of May and it is always much colder than you think it will be especially early morning on an open jeep so pack fleeces and a wind proof jacket as well as hat and gloves. Be relaxed about what animals you may or may not see and enjoy the moment and experience.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The holiday operator operates so that the profits support the leopard conservation progamme. It also supports local charities in the area. The lodges employ local people, use local produce, use water from boreholes and not plastic bottles, use recycled materials for building. The tree lodges are all on private reservations abutting Kruger NP. The guides and trackers were very conscientious and concerned about the well being of the animals eg - no more than 2 vehicles at a time at a sighting, no high speed chasing (which you can find on other safaris) etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant. We had so many special sightings (white and black Rhinos) coupled together with all the kind and friendly staff, the other travellers and, of course, Carol and Will who organised it all for us!!

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


One of the most exciting moments came while we were driving side by side observing three hyenas. There was an atmosphere filling howl from another hyena in the distance. The guide said this meant there had been a kill. These three stopped, frozen. We watched as they put their mouths close to the ground. Their returning calls created an eerie howl with an echo and vibration very loud and chilling. Turning 45 degrees, they immediately set off directly towards the call. We had never thought about it being a sight we would want to see, but it was fantastic to observe natural behaviour in the wild. Other memorable moments include. Wild dogs hunting impala. Baby elephants play fighting. A pride of lions on a buffalo kill, while the cubs played with its tail. A pangolin burying itself into a termite mound, Lamping a porcupine in the bush in pitch dark. Tracking a black rhino. Observing herds of elephants, zebra, giraffes and buffalo, hippos, wildebeest and warthogs all at the waterhole, drinking together.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Wear layers of comfortable clothes that will keep you warm before sunrise and after sunset, but that you can take off as it warms up in the middle of the day. Take hat and gloves too. A camera and binoculars are also useful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We found the holiday benefitted the local economy, conservation projects and was also environmentally friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This holiday has been a pleasure from morning til night. We enjoyed every minute, from the people we met, organisers, staff and guests alike, and the experiences we shared, the food, and the accommodation. Between two of us we took 16000 photos in 10 days trying to capture every moment, but also felt we had the time to observe the animals in their natural habitat. Its up there as one of our favourite holidays.

Reviewed on 07 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


So many great moments, difficult to tell. The baby Rhino was very special.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Sit back, enjoy and learn about the successors and loses in trying to preserve
this amazing environment.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes absolutely. Tourists provide employment. The holiday provider are a non profit organisation who do a great amount of work for Leopard Conservation and by learning about conservation of the African wildlife areas, I can better educate
people back in Australia.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant from start to finish.

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Actually, the itinerary incorporated so many highlights that I find it really difficult to pinpoint one favourite experience. I enjoyed everything from staying at small, cosy lodges where I was privileged enough to have in-depth conversations with the owners/managers, to digging into scrumptious home-cooked meals, and learning about different types of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and plants on game drives and bush walks. All guides and hosts at the lodges were passionate about wildlife and incredibly willing to share their expertise with guests. It was an absolute pleasure to learn from them!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The following items will make your safari more enjoyable:
• A camera with a good zoom, plenty of memory and a spare battery
• Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses and a hat
• A jacket for the cool morning/night drives
• A sense of humour


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Oh yes, definitely! Not only does a portion of the proceeds from the safari go directly to the conservation of leopards and other wildlife, but the lodges at which guests stay also make a concerted effort to minimize environmental impact. This may be done by drawing on alternative energy sources, such as solar power or by designing the whole lodge using responsibly sourced materials, such as reused wood.

Equally as important, however, is that every reserve and lodge emphasizes conservation. For this reason, safari guests come away from their holiday with a renewed appreciation for different species of wildlife and a heightened understanding that every plant, insect and animal plays a role in the ecosystem.


4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was an exquisite holiday! I'm already trying to figure out how I can go on another safari.

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing a leopard drinking from a water hole as we were hurrying (within the speed limit!) to try and reach the exit from the Kruger before the gate closed caused us a big dilemma! Naturally we stopped to watch it and risked a fine at the gate which fortunately didn't occur; Coming across a magnificent male lion lying just 25 yards from us whilst ion a night game drive who obliged us by roaring shortly after we stopped to watch him. Hearing a lion roar so close was a truly memorable experience; and encountering a frisky herd of elephants enjoying a mud bath who then came within a few yards of our viewing vehicle.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring a camera and a good pair of binoculars, you will have endless exciting
opportunities to use them. Go on a diet before you go - the food it magnificent and very tasty South African fare!! :)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, local staff are employed at the lodges in a country where there is high
unemployment. Everyone we met was helpful and very friendly. The guides and trackers are very well trained and knowledgeable, and go out of their way to ensure that you get good and safe animal sightings as well as being very informative on the flora and history of the areas. They follow strict guidelines about where they drive to minimise impact on the terrain and animals taking care not to stress the wildlife. For example not shining lamps into the eyes of non nocturnal animals during night drives and avoiding running over little creatures like dung beetles and tortoises. We heard some new born lion cubs meowing in a thicket and the guides immediately imposed a ban on all vehicles visiting that area for several weeks to avoid stressing the mother. The proceeds from our holiday bookings go directly towards supporting leopard conservation at the Black Leopard Camp and it was nice to feel involved in supporting this vital
work. Everyone we met, Will and Carol, the guides, the trackers, the researchers and the conservationists are all so passionate about conservation yet at the same time ensuring that you have a great holiday and feel involved.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely fantastic! I have been on several safari holidays both self arranged and commercial in the past, but the highly professional, personal, helpful, and friendly service provided by Will and Carol and their team surpasses anything I had previously experienced. They made us feel like family.

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Most memorable was the Black Leopard Camp at Thabo Tholo. The animal experiences and friendliness of the staff.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. Will be back. A big thank you to Will & Carol. The staff and owners of the camp and JD at nDzuti.

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Having an elephant drink and shower from my plunge pool, whilst I was sitting 3 metres away.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Enjoy it, soak up the atmosphere and sit and watch the animals as well as taking pictures.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely benefited local people - went to visit the school where funds have been used to improve meal prep area as well as pay for a teacher for a year.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


If was a great holiday -great animal sightings, variety of accommodation styles and terrain. It was well organised, friendly and very good for solo travellers

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