Client involvement: We want to thank our clients and to inform our groups that their stay at these camps contributes to improving the lives of the camps’ community owners.
The degree of satisfaction and enjoyment you feel at the end of each day and the end of the trip will depend on you and your capacity to enjoy yourself. This capacity, combined with an active and enquiring mind and a willingness to participate, is essential for all our tours. If you wish to be pampered and amused with minimal effort on your part, then our tours are not for you. Participation is essential on all trips and everyone is expected to help with chores to ensure the smooth running of the tour. A degree of flexibility is also essential because of the nature of the parameters in which we have to operate. All camps have en-suite, bucket shower/shower
Day 1: Nthubu Camp.
Early-morning departure from JHB and then on to the malaria-free Masebe Reserve, this camp affords visitors a lovely opportunity to hike and mountain bike in a game reserve with no dangerous animals. With a large endemic population, and seasonal bird sightings, the wetlands are also in a game sanctuary that offers guests an opportunity for sightings of antelope and other non-dangerous animals. (D) Own expense lunch.
Day 2: Blouberg: Guided walk along foothills of Blouberg Mountain
Blouberg Cultural Camp is situated in the southern foothills of the Blouberg Mountains, and provides a starting point for rock climbers interested in completing this well-known rock face. Foothill hikes through the yellow-wood forest, or climbing to the top of the mountain, are also popular. The camp is popular with birders because it provides easy access to the near-by
Blouberg Reserve with its famous vulture colonies, and an array of game. A short walk to beautiful rock pools for swimming is a wonderful summer refresher. Visitors interested in meeting the local community can join guides from the camp on an easy walk through the area, and meet the locals at nearby taverns. Blouberg Cultural Camp has 5 stand-alone thatched rondavels, each with two ¾ beds, chairs and a bedside stand. Ablutions are en-suite, with flush toilets, quaint bucket-showers and basins. (B,L,D)
Day 3-4: Fundudzi:
Nestled at the foot of the Luaname Mountains, Fundudzi Cultural Camp is in the heart of
traditional Venda territory. Just above the village of Mukumbani, this is an ideal place from which to explore a region famed for its sacred places and traditional Venda arts and crafts. Visitors to Fundudzi have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a beautiful environment. In a hugely fertile valley with modern tea plantations, the real gems are the natural areas with forests, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. The area is well populated with rural villages and tourists will be spoilt for choice visiting crafters, manufacturers of Minwenda (traditional Venda clothing), Malungu (traditional beads) and Makunda (traditional bangles). Interested in truly local art? Many artists, potters and crafters work in the area.
For those wanting a closer understanding of some of the local rituals, a demonstration of the Domba Dance (python dance) can be pre-arranged for evening entertainment at Fundudzi. Fundudzi Cultural Camp has 5 stand-alone thatched rondavels, each with two ¾ beds, chairs and a bedside stand. Ablutions are communal, with flush toilets, shower and basins. (B,L,D)
Day 5-6: Mutale Falls:
On a high ridge above the Mutale River, the view from Mutale Falls allows you to see so far that ‘you can see tomorrow’. The wild and beautiful Makuya Reserve provides visitors to this safari camp with a rugged safari experience – and views that will never be forgotten. Mutale Falls in Makuya Reserve provides safari enthusiasts as true opportunity to get away from it all. With a network of roads for 4×4 vehicles, visitors to this reserve can explore to their heart’s content, or visit viewing points over the Luvuvhu Gorge, and relax at the side of the Mutale River near the potholes and Mutale Falls. Facing the setting sun, guests have an extraordinary view of the Mutale River below, and a wilderness area of baobabs. Makuya Reserve is unfenced from Kruger National Park, and is home to the Big 5, and especially well-known for magnificent birding. Close to Kruger’s Pafuri Gate, visitors can also use Mutale Falls to access the famous Pafuri Drive along the Luvuvhu River for stunning game viewing experiences. Mutale Falls Safari Camp has 5 safari tents on wooden decks, each with two ¾ beds. Linen, bedding and towels are provided as part of the tariff. There is a simple en-suite with flush toilet, basin and a hot-water shower. (B,L,D)
Day 7-8: Modjadji:
Modjadji Cultural Camp provides adventure travelers a fascinating mixture of cultural interaction, and natural wonders. Situated in a forest of ancient cycads, the camp’s community owners are members of the Lobedu community who are subjects of the Modjadji Royal Family – Southern Africa’s only matriarchal royal dynasty. Modjadji Cultural Camp provides visitors an interesting combination of cultural and natural activities. It’s situated in the Modjadji Cycad Reserve where guests have the opportunity of walking through the ancient cycad forest. Called the Modjadji Palm, visitors can view the largest concentration of a single cycad species in the world. There is a cycad nursery, picnic sites, trails through the forest and an information centre.
Traditionally this area was considered the garden of the Rain Queen – the matriarchal leader of the Lobedu dynasty. Visitors to Modjadji can arrange a visit to the Royal Kraal, and for those visiting the area during the spring, attending the Rain Making festivals of the locals Indunas can be a fascinating experience. The Modjadji area is lush and fertile, with a large rural population with both commercial and subsistence agriculture. Stop and buy your fresh fruit and vegetables along the roads, and enjoy the hospitality of a very friendly community. Modjadji Cultural Camp has 5 stand-alone thatched rondavels, each with two ¾ beds, chairs and a bedside stand. Ablutions are communal, with flush toilets, shower and basins. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Baleni: See how salt is made (traditional methods)
Baleni is situated near the banks of the Klein Letaba River, on land belonging to the Mahumani Traditional Authority. Staff from Baleni can take guests for a walk down to a geo-thermal hot spring – the only undeveloped hot spring in Southern Africa. Maintaining a water temperature of around 42 degrees, this spring is a sacred site for the local Tsonga community. Your guide will explain the spiritual significance of the spring, and educate you in the expected terminologies and behaviours for visitors. After washing away your bad luck in the spring, your walk can continue to the nearby Ka Mukhulu – another interesting geological formation.
During the winter months guests can watch local ladies making salt from the crystals that are deposited from the Soutini spring. This is an ancient skill and of important economic value to the people of the area. (Salt-making demonstrations can be arranged for a fee at any time of the year – please pre-book.) In addition, with prior arrangement, guests can do a trip into the local village to meet crafters and residents of the area. Baleni Cultural Camp has 5 stand-alone thatched rondavels, each with two ¾ beds, chairs and a bedside stand. Ablutions are communal, with flush toilets, shower and basins. (B,L,D)
Day 10-11: Mtomeni:
On the banks of the Great Letaba River, inside the provincial reserve of Letaba Ranch, is a jewel called Mtomeni Safari Camp. Named after the Jackleberry trees that shade the safari tents, this is the perfect place to sit and watch the game accessing the water below the camp. Visitors to Mtomeni Safari Camp have access to game drives, or guided walks in the morning and the evening. The reserve’s “No self-drive” policy means that guided game drives give guests an opportunity to see both the river areas along the Great Letaba, as well as into the mopani veld of Letaba Ranch. Unfenced from Kruger, Letaba Ranch is well known for its large herds of elephant and buffalo. The reserve is also a hot-spot for African Wild Dog sightings.
Given that the camp is unfenced from the reserve, and on the banks of the Great Letaba River, there is frequent animal activity in the camp at night. For this reason guests are escorted to and from their tents when coming to the communal dining and camp-fire area. (B,L,D)
Day 12-13: Manyeleti Nature Reserve:– Morning walk, evening game drive in prime Big 5 territory.
Situated in the heart of the Manyeleti Reserve which is unfenced from Kruger National Park, Buffelshoek Safari camp is the perfect destination for visitors wanting to spend time in a game-rich reserve that is renowned for Big5 animal sightings. Buffelshoek will delight the modern responsible traveller who is looking for an authentic bush experience. With old-fashioned thatched-roofed, canvass front units, oil lanterns for light and unfenced from the bush, Buffelshoek provides a real safari experience.
Visitors to Buffelshoek Safari Camp have the options of guided game drives (open vehicle) or guided walks in the mornings and evenings. The Manyeleti’s ‘no self-drive’ policy ensures excellent and private game viewing experiences for the guests in the area, and none of the traffic jams that are an unfortunate reality of Kruger’s guest experience. With regular game sightings in camp, the camp is an excellent place to relax during the heat of the day and enjoy bird and animal sightings. Buffelshoek Safari Camp has 5 safari tents on wooden decks, each with two stretchers. There is a simple en-suite with flush toilet, basin and an open-air shower. (B,L,D)
Day 14: Manyelet Nature Reserve:
(Full day in Kruger National Park) Early morning start and we will enjoy a full day in Kruger National Park in a open Safari vehicle. (B,D) Own expense lunch.
Day15: Return to Johannesburg:
Starting early after the fantastic breakfast at our camp, a day of sightseeing will bring us back to Johannesburg. On our way we will visit Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Gods Window and the Blyde River Canyon. We will be in JHB late afternoon. (B,D) Lunch own expense.
All Camps: Eco friendly.
The kitchen, dining and camp-fire facilities are communal, and give adventure travellers an ideal opportunity to get to meet and interact with other like-minded travellers. You will share a gas hob and camp fire for cooking, as well as fridge and freezer for storage of food. The necessary pots, crockery & cutlery are also supplied. There is no electricity, and paraffin or solar lanterns are provided for light at night. While it is safe to drink, some people don’t like the taste of the local water, so you are advised to bring your own bottled drinking water. This is a malaria area, and precautions are advised.
All accommodation (spacious Canvas Bush Camps ), Lodges all transfers, game drives and activities as per the itinerary, all meals that are indicated (B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner) and tea/coffees, services of a professional guide, entry and activities included on itinerary and transport in specialized safari vehicles.
Restaurant meals, visa, tips, curios, optional excursions beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water), insurance to cover for cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, emergency evacuation, sleeping bag (and small pillow) on all camping safaris and flights.
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