This package includes a shared road transfer from Johannesburg airport. The shuttle leaves OR tambo at 7 :30 am and after a 5-6 Hour drive arrives at Three Bridges restaurant on the Olifants River. A guide from nDzuti Tented Bushcamp camp will meet you and drive the short distance to the bush camp for a late lunch and then an afternoon game drive. After lunch and as the day cools down, we set off on the afternoon game drive of about 3 hours, returning after dark. We cross a large section of Balule Game Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Park, with a pleasing diversity of landscapes, from rocky outcrops to river frontage and hence, the corresponding wildlife is varied and rewarding. All of the Big Five are found in this area and the chances of seeing them are good, but never guaranteed. Many other animals make up the joy of a safari and the chance to witness the daily drams of truly wild animals.
Accommodation is in twin-bedded mini Meru-style tents. The permanent tents are on a solid concrete base and have a private open-air bathroom connected. The bathroom atrium has a hot shower, flush loo and wash hand basin. The sturdy beds have fine linen and a bedside table and lamp, floor mats, hanging and luggage rack. Also built-in is a plug point with a changing station for USB connections. Out the front of the tent, a furnished wooden deck has a view over the waterhole in front of the tented bush camp.
The daily schedule includes morning and afternoon game drives and one morning walk. During the bush walk, we often stop to examine spoor and visualise the sequence of events. We also stop for birds to listen to their calls and other sounds, learn about fascinating insect actions, discover the natural vegetation and its traditional uses and hopefully see some mammals.
Enjoy an open-air shower back in the camp and test your new birding skills. Have a light lunch and maybe a G&T to punctuate midday, and perhaps a nap before the afternoon drive. This is nature-based relaxation of the simple kind. After the afternoon game drive, we have dinner in the boma alongside the fire, listening to the sounds of the night.
On departure day, there is time still for a full morning game drive and a well-deserved breakfast before leaving for the Shuttle stop at Three Bridges on the banks of the Olifants River.