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  • Thank you more particularly for arranging my trip to nDzuti, at such short notice and against all the odds of stolen passport and therefore also no currency exchange! I did so appreciate the utter trust you placed in me when you paid for the entire trip yourself! I hope you did not have a sleepless night! In recommending nDzuti I think you interpreted my wishes exactly! The style of the place suited me perfectly and it was the most marvellous experience. The facilities, as you will have found, were fairly basic but quite adequate for a comfortable stay. Brett and Sherie were welcoming and hospitable. Sherie supplied plenty of nourishing food for breakfast, lunch and supper in a friendly, homely fashion. Brett was a great guide on our safari drives. The lodge was full for the first night, including a lively and talkative family group, but when they departed midday on Monday it was then calm and peaceful, with just a young couple and myself, and it was a real joy to be in the midst of the vastness of the bush with no other people within sight or sound! The wildlife, apart from fairly ubiquitous impala, was somewhat scarce (not that I have any measure of experience to go by!) but I liked the feeling that there was no guarantee of seeing game that was free to roam far and wide. Sometimes fleeting glimpses were all the more exciting for being so brief! We did get very good viewings as well! On the first evening we saw quite a wide range of wildlife, including a close-up of a very large rhino who was not in any hurry! On the way home in the dark we came across a lioness with two 6 week old cubs (what a great guide we had!). I was amazed how unperturbed she was by our presence and was moving in a very leisurely way, so we had extremely good viewing. Brett found them again the following evening, just as relaxed, with the cubs playing within yards of the landrover - fantastic! Talking of lions, that same evening, as we relaxed after supper, Brett heard a couple of lions roaring some distance away and said "Let's go and find them!" - so he did, and in the spotlight we saw two fine males unhurriedly patrolling their territory. Again they were totally unfazed by our presence, stopping for a scratch and a lie down. While the lights were turned off to conserve batteries, a roar from a far distant lion prompted a response from our two, and their roaring just a few yards from us in the darkness was a spine-tingling experience! We spent some time tracking a leopard which was stalking impala and which Brett was determined to find, but we had to be content with leopard tracks! Elephant were unusually elusive and it was only on the final morning that Brett located a fine 25 year old male after hearing a solitary trumpet from across the river, so I did see all the big five except the leopard. Together with sightings of many other mammals, birds and reptiles as well as the bush, the scenery and stunning panoramic views it was a wonderful and memorable safari trip! Some people might want slightly more sophisticated accommodation and cuisine but the style of nDzuti in the hands of Brett and Sherie suited me very well. With many thanks for your excellent arrangements of my safari trip, best wishes, Gervase.
    - Gervase .UK
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Best of Both Worlds- Kruger and private reserve

Destinations:
Klaserie Private Game Reserve,Kruger National Park, night drives, small traditional safari camp large productive area.
Trip Duration: 4 nights/ 5 days
Max. Guests: Min 2 Max 8
Brief overview: A Tour combining the freedom that comes with the independance of a private park safari camp with the standing of the National Park, providing the Best of Both Worlds on a 4 night 5 day Kruger tour.
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Best of Both Worlds- Kruger and private reserve

Overview

A Kruger tour that combines the freedom you get in a South African private park with the essential safari experience of The Kruger National Park.  Private Parks allow guided safari groups to follow in the spoor of and track the big 5 on foot, stay out after dark on a night drive with a spot light and even drive off road to get close up to a kill or photograph a leopard in a tree. The Kruger is an unsurpassed expanse of wilderness with diverse and dramatic landscapes and incredible species diversity- in wildlife, birding and all aspects of a bush experience.
 
 
 
 
 
This Kruger tour leaves Johannesburg in the early morning of every Monday and travels the 5 hours to a meeting point at the gate into the Private Parks where guests are greeted with a welcoming drink and transferred to an awaiting vehicle that will then head out to nDzuti Safari Camp some 25 minutes drive away. nDzuti Safari Camp is an oasis in the bush- a gem of lush lawns and sparkling pool where Brett and Sherie the hosts and rangers settle guests in before lunch is served in the shady garden. The open vehicle game drive leaves following afternoon tea. The nDzuti area is large and varied with the Klaserie River forming a large ox bow, cliffs and koppies and open plains. Brett is a skilled ranger guide with years of experience and a sharp eye for spotting game and creating incredible photographic opportunities. A cold box accommpanies the drive; packed with drinks for sundowners. The drive pauses at sunset to enjoy a drink and toast the setting sun. After dark; a hand held spot light facilitates the quest for nocturnal animal sightings. Back at nDzuti the camp fire is burning  and dinner is served  in the boma seated around the fire under the star-lit skies.  
 
Each day brings a morning and afternoon/night drive exploring the nDzuti concession and working on that "Life List" of sought after wildlife and bird sighting. The pace is leisurely and the middle of the day is set aside for a siesta or sun bathing at the pool side. Occasionally a trip to a game viewing hide is planned with a picnic lunch and cold box of drinks.  During the course of any particular game drive at nDzuti safari camp, spontaneous walks are always a possibility, as it is sometimes the best way to find animals. There is nothing quite like tracking a dangerous animal-out there on foot and somewhat out of your element; it is a thrilling and unforgettable process.  A ranger that is cautious as well as armed with years of experience and a suitable weapon is of utmost importance and generally  for safety reasons children under 16 may not accompany these walks.
 
 
In the early morning of  day four after tea and rusks are served the tour departs for the Orpen Gate into Kruger National Park in the comfort of an air conditioned vehicle. Distances can be large and we find it better to use a closed vehicle for this leg. En route we drop off luggage and collect a packed picnic breakfast at Tom Cats Safari Inn. The day is spent in the Park stopping occasionally at waterholes, picnic sites and rest camps and with excellent photographic opportunities presenting themselves along the way. The overnight is at Tom Cats in en suite thatched chalets. The morning is at leisure birding a fishing in the great surrounds and meeting for breakfast before the shuttle back to the city just before noon.
 
 
 

 

 Wildlife Encounters- Best of Both Worlds-Greater Kruger Park Tour- Mondays to Fridays

Day 1
Guests are collected from OR Tambo for accommodation within 5 km of the airport and travel by micro bus to The Greater Kruger Park a 5 hour journey. They then change vehicles and enter the reserve to travel 20km to nDzuti Safari Camp. Lunch is served before the afternoon game drive. The drive stops for sundowners before continuing as a night drive with hand held spot light. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2
Tea and coffee with biscuits are served before the early morning game drive. After a 3-4 hour guided drive/walk guest return to camp for a hearty breakfast. Lunch is served and guests can relax at the pool or in the hide overlooking the waterhole. Tea and coffee and purified water is freely available all day. Afternoon game drive/ night drive. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3
Same as Day 2
Day 4
After tea and coffee in the early morning guests leave for Kruger National Park via the Orpen Gate.  The full day is spent in the Kruger National Park, stopping at rest camps and picnic spots for refreshments and to stretch the legs. The tour leaves the Park before closing time and heads back to Wild Olive Tented Camp on the border of Manyeleti Game Reserve . This charming camp has 6 tents on decks with en suite bathrooms.
Day 5
The morning is at leisure birding or fishing at the picturesque dam at Tom Cats. A relaxed breakfast is served before the Johannesburg shuttle leaves at noon to get back to the city at 17:00hr. 

Rates

ZAR 9350 per person air conditioned, en-suite rooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Included in this tour

  • Return shuttle from Johannesburg and Pretoria.
  • Three nights at nDzuti Safari Camp including meals, teas and morning and afternoon game viewing activities.
  • Day tour into Kruger National Park with breakfast and lunch.
  • Conservation levy into Kruger National Park.
  • One night at Wild Olive Tented Camp with dinner and breakfast.
  • VAT

Excluded from this tour

  •  A once off ZAR 150 per person conservation levy payable to the reserve but collected by Wildlife Encounters.      
  • ZAR 200 per person one way bush ferry from the shuttle to the bush camp and back out.
  • Drinks from the honesty bar.
  • Gratuities.

Notes on this tour