This short safari is for travellers who lack the time or the budget for a more extended tour but still want to experience Kruger Park. The tour starts with a shared road transfer of 5-6 hours leaving from OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg at 7:30 am.
You are met at the shuttle drop-off by a ranger who then drives the short distance to the tented bush camp called nDzuti. Lunch is served in the unfenced grounds on a deck with a view over the waterhole in front of the camp.
Accommodation is in permanent tents, mini Meru style, with an adjacent open-air private bathroom. The tents have twin beds with fine linen, bedside tables, floor mats and luggage racks. Each tent has a wooden deck with chairs set out for relaxing while watching the waterhole and the animals that may pass by the front of the unfenced camp.
After lunch, there is a 3-hour late afternoon game drive pausing at sunset for sundowner drinks and snacks. The reserve is Balule Nature Reserve and is part of the Greater Kruger Park. Balule Game Reserve is a vast 52000 hectares and has the iconic Olifants River flowing through its rolling terrain. The reserve is home to all of the Big Five, being a part of the unfenced expanse of land making up the cooperative conservation efforts of the Greater Kruger Park. Besides the Big 5, your ranger will introduce you to the joy of watching a vast array of mammals and birds and their interactions with each other.
Dinner is served at the fireside in the boma; a screened fireside area with starry skies above. Before bed enjoy a piping hot shower under African Skies and then a comfortable bed with feel-good linen.A first light we meet for hot drinks and rusks before the three-hour morning game drive. Along the way, there is a coffee break and a leg stretch. Enjoy the spectacular terrain with dramatic rocky outcrops and the Oilfants River.Breakfast is a continental affair as well as a hot English offering with plenty of fresh fruit and quality coffee.Lunch is served on the deck with a view and comprises of a hot meal with salads, bread and cheeses.The afternoon drive is three hours in duration, and continues into the early evening when there is an opportunity to see some nocturnal animals including the Big Cats; Leopard and Lion.
On departure day, there is a morning game drive and breakfast before heading to the Shuttle stop and trip back to the city.