BIG FIVE SAFARI, SOUTH AFRICA

The Big 'Five’ are the most impressive mammals that can be seen on safari in Africa.

24 Oct - 02 Nov 19
Starting From
€ 1599

Itinerary

Meet at Malta International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg, with transit.

Upon arrival at Johannesburg airport, meet our representative for the transfer to Sebatana Private Reserve. A safari holiday at the Sebatana Private Reserve guarantees a magnificent and unique wildlife experience, whilst simultaneously giving you a profound knowledge of the country’s diverse culture and history. Room allocation at the Rhino lodge and later some time for relaxation and to enjoy lunch. Afterwards you will have time to explore your five-star lodge in the Reserve, take a dip in the pool and meet the wonderful personnel. In the early evening, you will be served a refreshing cocktail, followed by a briefing regarding the upcoming stay. Following the manager’s reception and briefing, dinner will be served in the restaurant.

After breakfast, you will go for a drive in the open Land Cruisers in the middle of the bush where the guides will give a wildlife talk regarding the species of animals, birds and plants that you will find throughout the upcoming week, as well about the area’s history. After the wildlife talk you will head back to the lodge, where you will visit the museum and wine cellar before going back to the lodge where the chefs will be serving lunch. After lunch and some relaxation, your guides will pick you up for a game drive that will take you to Christina’s Wallow, or its’ vicinity. To have the least amount of impact on the wildlife, you will make some of your way there on foot. Christina’s Wallow is a hide, where you will have a direct view of a watering hole which is used by many different species of animals, such as meerkats, giraffes, impalas, wildebeest, etc. In other words, it is important to have your camera ready as you are almost guaranteed, beautiful viewings of African wildlife. After about 45 minutes of observation from the hide, you will leave Christina’s Wallow and continue the safari before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Today is your chance to experience the famous Big- 5 animals in the beautiful African bush. You will be exploring one of the largest and most diverse private reserves In South Africa with more than 40,000 hectares of rich wildlife and beautiful surroundings. This area, is in one of the few UNESCO protected areas in the world, and in itself an amazing experience with breath-taking landscapes. Here you will have the opportunity to find more than 50 different mammals including Lions, Elephants, Leopards, Rhinos & Buffalos. Besides the Big-5 you also have the chance to encounter some or the rarer and more unique animals such as the Brown Hyenas, Cheetahs, Wild Dogs, Earth Wolf and more than 300 different kind of birds.

(Optional) - Night Safari
At dusk, when the sun sets over the African bush, you will depart the Lodge. It is a spectacular experience to watch how the bush changes and how a completely different animal kingdom emerges. The night safari takes place in open Land Cruisers, where they use powerful spotlights. You must use all your senses, in particular your eyes and ears, as suddenly the spotlight will detect a pair of eyes reflected in the light. This is an intense experience and something you should not miss out on. On a night safari, you may be lucky enough to spot animals which you do not usually see during the day, animals such as leopards, caracals, bush babies, porcupines, ant bears, etc. En route you will stop at the “Flintstone Cave”, where the light from the fireplace will greet you. The chef has prepared a lovely three course dinner and beautiful tables have been set for you. To sit in the middle of all that darkness with the fireplace illuminating your surroundings, enjoying an exquisite dinner and a glass of red wine is truly a world class experience. When everyone has finished, you will continue your safari through the bush.

Following a hearty breakfast, you will commence your walking trail. En route your experienced guide will tell you about the characteristics of the Waterberg Mountains, the impressive fauna south of the equator and the distinctive surrounding nature. Simultaneously, you will gain some insight about the animal breeding and feeding areas, especially exciting when concerning the antelope behavior. After a couple of hours, you will return to the lodge for a bit of relaxation and a well-deserved lunch. Mid-afternoon you will go on another amazing safari in the reserve. Your guides will make sure to ensure that you encounter as many animals as possible during the drive. In the evening you are invited for a private dinner to experience how the indigenous black population once lived, and sometimes still do. This is an extraordinary chance to ensure that you gain some historical insight into the African culture and lifestyle, in addition to a contemporary awareness. The local culture and lifestyle are in many ways incredibly exciting, and you will be able to taste their unique food and beverages, whilst being introduced to some of their customs and traditions.

Today you have the opportunity to discover the Pilanesberg National Park, the third largest in South Africa, which is a three-hour drive from Matswani Safari Lodge. A drive through picturesque mountain formations, developed through millenniums and which stretches through 600km’s/373mi’s of South African landscape. Pilanesberg covers an area of approx. 55,000 hectares/ 135,908 acres and was created through the gradual increase of merged plots. Upon arrival in the park, you will drive through the massive area whist the professional guide shares their knowledge of the various wildlife. Pilanesberg National Park is home to a wide range of antelopes and one of the world’s largest populations of the endangered white rhino. Simultaneously, Pilanesberg offers “the Big Five” – lions, elephants, buffalos, rhinoceros and leopards – in addition to giraffes, hippopotami, cheetahs, 300 species of birds and so much more. Back to the lodge for some relaxation and a wonderful dinner.

Immediately following sunrise, you will leave the lodge and begin your safari. Your best chance at spotting wildlife up close is during the early morning hours. The antelopes move through large areas to find the best browsing spots, but also to find the best protection against leopards, hyenas, caracals and other predators. You will drive around in an open Land Cruiser, which ensures the best possible view and photo opportunities. Later in the morning, when hunger arises, you will end your safari at Kudu Rock. Here you will be served a wonderful, traditional and lavish African Champagne Brunch, whilst you enjoy the magnificent view of the African bush. Afterwards you return to the lodge for relaxation. The afternoon offers you a possibility to take individual walking tours, following suggested route itineraries on the reserve. Dinner at the lodge.

For those clients who want the last ultimate safari (optional) experience of the week, this is a chance for yet another half day big 5 safari allowing good opportunity to find Africa’s most attractive species in their natural element. Mid-afternoon you will go on another amazing safari (included) which will end at Sunset Rock. A place and an experience, which many refer as the absolute highlights of the entire tour. This is where you will enjoy a glass of bubbly, chilled champagne, while the sun slowly sets over the Waterberg Mountains in a cascade of red and orange colours. Right there in the middle of the grandiose African landscape, at a time of infinite beauty, you will feel as if no time is passing – and wish it never would. This is truly the epitome of overwhelming happiness, the African way. Following sunset, you will return to the lodge, where the chefs are ready with yet another feast.

English breakfast, followed by room check out and then you will head to Johannesburg. You will visit the Apartheid Museum which was inaugurated, as the first of its kind, in 2001. The museum gives us an emotional insight into how the indigenous black South African population, from 1948 until the final abolition of apartheid in 1994, lived an unimaginable existence. Your next stop is South Western Townships – or as it is better known, Soweto. Placed only 15km from the Johannesburg city centre this, at one time famous and infamous, neighbourhood covers an acreage of just 63km2. It is estimated that approx. 4 million people reside in this small area. Today, Soweto has much better areas with schools, a university, sport clubs and hospitals. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Winnie Mandela still reside in Soweto. During the trip you will also make a stop at the famous Hector Pietersen Memorial, where you will have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs at the local crafts market.

You will continue on to Johannesburg. Whilst driving through the city, you cannot help but feel the pulse of what characterises South Africa’s largest metropolis. An economic and industrial focal point, where little over 120 years ago there was nothing but untouched savannah. Today it is the predominant economic centre of South Africa. The history of Johannesburg began when the Australian George Harrison found gold in Witwatersrand in 1886. Early in the evening you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight with transit, arriving the next day.

This is a definitely an experience, which will remain pleasantly in your thoughts for a long, long time to come, perhaps forever.

The top carnivore, lions live in groups known as prides on the savannah. These majestic animals are arguably the most sought after member of the big five.

Rates

 Price per person   
Triple€1599
Twin€1649
Single€1899
Child (sharing with 2 full paying adults)€1299

Excursions

 Adult
Tribal Evening €49
Big 5 Safari €125
Pilanesberg National Park €145
Night Safari€65

Price Includes

  • Return flights to Johannesburg including luggage
  • All taxes
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • 7 nights at the 5* Rhino Loge, including Free Wi-fi
  • Programme as per detailed day to day descriptions – refer to included and optional
  • All meals – breakfast/lunch/dinner – high culinary level and tea & coffee all day
  • South African wildlife English speaking guides on all tours and activities
  • All local taxes
  • English Speaking Orange Travel Group Representative
  • Protection by the Insolvency Fund

Not Included

  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

Notes

  • Prices for these optional excursions are approximate and may be sold at considerable discount on the spot if taken as full package.

Optional Cape Town Extension.

  • Please ask your travel agent for further details