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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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Tour Packages

Tented Safari Greater Kruger

Timbavati and Kruger
Trip Duration: 3 nights/ 4 days
Max. Guests: Min 2
Brief overview: This tour takes in the National and Private sections of the Kruger in tented style. Sleeping under canvas brings home the romance of a safari and open vehicle drives with knowledgeable guides brings the thrill of the bush to the safari.
Tented Safari Greater Kruger


The Kruger Shuttle leaves from Johannesburg early morning and arrives at the Timbavati Gate early afternoon. Guests then change vehicles and set off for Shindzela Tented Safari Camp. Shindzela is set deep in the Timbavati Private Reserve on a shady bend of a dry river bed. Eights well spaced en-suite tents accommodate a maximum of 16 guests in comfortable canvas surrounds. Arriving at the camp after a 30 min drive through the reserve, lunch is served and guests meet the others. The afternoon game drive sets off into the surrounding bush as the heat of the day dissipates. The ranger guide and tracker interpret and point out the diverse fauna and flora including the famous big 5. The drive pauses for sundowners at a look out point or water hole. Drinks are shared as the sun goes down and the night drive begins. The spotlight will high light nocturnal animals that you encounter. Dinner is served and the flickering fire beacons. The night sounds highlight the joy of sleeping under canvas.

 At dawn tea and coffee is served before embarking on a game walk or a drive. An ample breakfast awaits later in the morning and then time to relax at the pool before lunch. Two nights are spent at Shindzela with afternoon and morning game drives or walks. On day three we leave Shindzela at sun rise and head to the Orpen gate of the Kruger National Park. A packed breakfast is enjoyed en route. The entire day is spent in the central region of Kruger stopping at the odd rest camp for refreshments and covering a larger area that is possible in the open vehicle private park section of this tour. We exit the Kruger at sunset and check into Wild Olive Tented Camp at the gate. This camp is a community initiative comprising of 8 tents on wooden decks with en-suite bathrooms and mosquito nets. The lighting is by lantern and hot water from solar and the local hosting enthusiastic. Dinner is served all around a convivial communal table and fireside time is serenaded by owls and distant hyeana calls. Retire for a night under canvas followed by a leisurely morning and breakfast before the shuttle leaves for the city.


ZAR 10850 per person.

Included in this tour

Return transfer from Johannesburg to the Greater Kruger. Two nights at Shindzela Tented Camp with afternoon and morning drives. All meals and teas at Shindzela. One full day tour into Kruger National Park. Overnight with Dinner and Breakfast at Wild Olive Tree Camp in en suite tents. Transfer back to the Timbavati Gate for the shuttle to Johannesburg.

Excluded from this tour

Timbavati Conservation levy of ZAR 150 per person.