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10 DAY SOUTH & NORTH KRUGER SAFARI

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Elephant herd gathered at waterhole

Kruger National Park is the flagship of South Africa’s national parks.  It owes its name to Paul Kruger, affectionally known as Oom Paul, the President of the Transvaal Republic from 1880 to 1900, now present-day South Africa.

President Kruger proposed the need to protect South Africa’s wildlife in 1884, and the Kruger opened in 1926.

Disappear Into the Wilderness...

Itinerary in Detail

Day One

Johannesburg

InterContinental Johannesburg

Fly into Johannesburg International Airport in South Africa (JNB) and be met by an owner of our company, your guide. We are hands-on when delivering extraordinary customer service to our high-end clients. They will handle your luggage and get you settled into the Presidential Suite at the InterContinental Hotel by the airport.

(1 night)
Thornybush Game Lodge deck

In the morning, your owner-guide will transfer you to the helipad for a chartered helicopter flight to Thornybush Game Reserve within Kruger National Park.

Your pilot added extra time to your flight to explore Blydes River Canyon, Three Rondavels, and God’s Winds, all fabulous geologic wonders in the Kruger area. Arrive in time for an afternoon sundowner game drive.

The reserve is home to the “Big 6” in the birding world: Pel’s fishing owls, martial eagles, southern ground hornbills, saddle-billed storks, kori bustards, and the lappet-faced vultures.

Elegant and exclusive, Thornybush Game Lodge offers a complete package for individual guests, corporate getaways, groups, or wedding extravaganzas.

(4 nights)
Your game viewing is private and exclusive.

Day Two

Thornybush Game Reserve

Day Three

Hot Air Balloon & Walking Safari

Hot air ballooning, Thornybush Game Lodge

Take to the skies as the sun rises over the Lowveld section of the Blyde River. After landing, a hot breakfast with champagne is served in a remote, stunning location.

Ditch the game vehicle in the afternoon and explore the bush on a walking safari.

Your experienced guide is trained for walking safaris. He teaches tracking, points out rare birds, reveals the nuances of the bush, and gives you an insight into Kruger’s powerful ecosystem. This reserve is renowned for big cats that play an essential role in the ecological balance. This includes reclusive leopards. Learn to move through the bush in silence and listen.

Anti-poaching helicopter air surveillance patrol

In the morning, you’ll have the unique opportunity to participate in an important anti-poaching helicopter air surveillance patrol with a wildlife Ranger.

This flight primarily focuses on flying over a designated area within Kruger, offering firsthand observations into the park’s extensive wildlife conservation efforts.

Day Four

Helicopter Air Surveillance Patrol

“An all-round 10/10 for the lodge, the ranger and tracker, game drives, the Big 5, cuisine, room, and the genuine feeling of how the staff engaged was tops. A must-visit for lovers of the bush.”
  • Luxury suites with river views.
  • A spa treatment.
  • A wine cellar with some of the world’s finest wines.
  • Game drives are on your schedule, which we discuss the evening before.
  • Healthy bush meals in beautiful, remote locations.
  • Romantic candlelight dinners overlook breathtaking landscapes.
Thornybush Game Lodge room

Day Five

Aerial Photography Helicopter Flight

Elephant fighting buffalo herd

Yes, another helicopter flight. This morning’s flight is devoted to aerial photography. The pilot has extensive experience working with premier international wildlife photographers and possesses a wealth of invaluable tips and insights.

Off-roading is approved in this private reserve.

Take in the suspense of the bush during the day or at night when nocturnal predators hunt in the cover of darkness. The bush transforms into a different world after dark, and your senses sharpen with every rustle, howl, hunting grunt, or the sawing growl of a leopard.

Your last dinner is in the bush by a big fire, soft lantern light, and an award-winning chef who will delight you with his love affair with food.

MCC Aviation plane

Your morning chartered flight is to the farthest north reserve in Kruger National Park, a remote and rarely visited area of the park.

This is Makuleke Reserve in the Pafuri Triangle, adjacent to the Zimbabwe and Mozambique borders and the famed Limpopo River system.

The jewel of Northern Kruger is at the top of a rocky ridge overlooking towering baobabs, lush riverine forests, and wildlife on a vast scale.

The Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers are essential waters for the diverse wildlife inhabiting this region. The Makuleke wetlands is a designated Ramsar Site holding international importance for its conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat.

Fly to the Pafuri Triangle and the famed Limpopo River system, where few safaris roam.

The Outpost is an exclusive safari haven concealed in the remote and stunning Pafuri Triangle, where big elephants and Cape buffalo herds congregate at the Limpopo and Luvuvhu Rivers. It is an area of extraordinary beauty with 80% of Kruger Park’s diversity.

(4 Nights)

Day Six

Charter Flight to a Remote Area of Kruger

Exquisitely unique, the Outpost is a luxury safari camp built into the hillside. It makes use of wide-open spaces with state-of-the-art retractable walls. 

This provides uninterrupted views of the beautiful Luvuvhu River Valley. Award-winning bathrooms and outdoor terraces with daybeds are a huge spoil.
Bath with a view, The Outpost

Day Seven

The Pafuri Triangle

Birding in Pafuri

The Pafuri Triangle is a tropical birdwatcher’s paradise with over 350 bird species recorded in the wetlands. Rare birds like Pel’s fishing owl are considered the Holy Grail of many twitcher’s bucket lists.

Home to the Big 5, while on game drives, you’ll go deeper and farther into the bush than you ever thought possible.

  • Bush Meals

    Our luxury safaris are paired with world-class wines and dining. High tea during game drives and dinners under the shimmering lights of the Milky Way on the horizon are what dreams are made of.

  • The Entertainment

    The Outpost’s local staff features a choir that sings hauntingly beautiful traditional songs during bush dinners. Don’t be surprised when they invite you to dance with them under the soft light of the flickering firelight.

  • Wine Tasting

    The Vin de Constance from Klein Constantia, South Africa’s oldest estate, dating back to 1685, tops the list of exceptional South African wines to explore.

  • The Ambience

    Sundowners under a 2,000-year-old baobab tree with monkeys, beautiful birds, and you enjoying its sanctuary, is truly a moment in time.

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Elephant herd drinking, Pafuri
Walking safari at The Outpost

Bush walks are with an armed ranger who knows the area’s wildlife well. He reveals the subtleties of Pafuri’s ecosystem and its wetlands. If you want to focus exclusively on walking safaris, you’ll still have full use of a private safari vehicle for transport to unique areas of the park. This provides you with a guide and the luxury of time.

The Outpost offers a daily spa package per person. How better to learn about the mystique of ancient African spa techniques? The following is one of 9 spa packages:

Rare Earth Splendour: This ultimate 2-hour hydration journey is an escape into total relaxation. Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, it’s been used by local African communities for centuries. The treatment begins with a full body scrub to soften and smooth, followed by a warm shower and a 90-minute full body massage to ease tension and soothe tired muscles after a long day in the bush.

Day Eight

Bush Walks & Spa Treatments

Day Nine

Experience the Wilderness as You Like

Inside dining, The Outpost

Spend the last day as you like. Northern Kruger offers slow safaris. With civilization living at a fast pace, a safari slows things down. It allows you to live in the moment, honing a deeper insight into all aspects of the wilderness experience.

The reserve area is 65,482 acres (26,500 Ha). There’s a lot to see, and with very few safari vehicles around, it feels like you have the entire concession to yourselves.

We arranged a special bush breakfast for your last morning, and your pilot has a unique route planned for your return to Johannesburg Airport, flying over a remarkable location.

Day Ten

Bush Breakfast

One of The Outpost's Secrets

Extraordinary Wedding Safaris

A wilderness wedding, with the big African sky overhead, the rugged beauty of the bushveld as your backdrop, and Mother Nature as your soundtrack, is nothing short of extraordinary.
There is nothing quite as romantic as this.

Whether you are planning a simple elopement or a fairytale wedding, our team is on hand to bring dreams to life. We are boots on the ground for high-end wedding planners to implement a seamless balance of bush, luxury, security, and logistics between your team, our team, and the African team.

    Courtyard Proposal

    Enjoy the romance of a private dinner in the courtyard, an open-air space lit with flickering candlelight and warmed by your own crackling firepit.

    After a meal under the stars, dessert is served with an ice-cold bottle of Cap Classique and a very important question. Retire to your room for a special turndown to end the night.

    Wedding dinner at The Outpost

    Baobab Picnic Proposal

    What starts as another wonderful game drive through the Makuleke private concession becomes a surprise brunch in the shade of an ancient baobab, a mouthwatering picnic spread, ice-cold bubbly, and an unforgettable moment surrounded by an epic wilderness.

    Casual wedding, The Outpost

    Private Game Drive Proposal

    Your guide will reveal the untouched beauty of remote northern Kruger. Experience the wonder of this remarkable landscape, from Lanner Gorge and Crook’s Corner to the Luvuvhu River and the Fever Tree Forest.

    Pick the perfect moment to pop the question and, once back at the lodge, start with a full-body couples in-room massage, a private courtyard dinner, a bottle of Kay & Monty “Champu” Cap Classique, and romantic turndown.

    Wedding at The Outpost

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Included

  • A chartered helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft based on the itinerary. Additional aircraft are available for large groups.
  • Fully serviced ultra-luxury accommodations with full board.
  • Private game drives in an open safari vehicle with bottled water, healthy snacks, and premium sundowners.
  • Everything mentioned on the itinerary.
  • Premium drink packages.
  • Park and conservancy fees.
  • VAT
  • Transfers as noted.
  • Wi-Fi
  • One spa treatment per person at Thornybush Game Camp
  • One daily spa treatment per person at The Outpost.
  • An owner guide or owner safari nurse guide.

Excluded

  • International flights, visas, covid tests, tips, incidentals, etc.
  • Travel/medical insurance.
  • Safari nurse’s professional fees are based on your health.
  • A lead security guide is available, and fees are based on security requirements.
  • Exclusive use of the safari camps is based on availability. Alternate dates are helpful.
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