Day One

Early morning arrivals (Recommended)

Arrive early in the morning at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg by own arrangement.
Your guide will be waiting for you at the airport, and once the luggage is loaded, you will depart for the exciting and colourful Limpopo Province.
The road meanders through rural South Africa, across the Springbok Flats (a poignant reminder of the great herds that once populated these plains), then past Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo,before reaching its final destination at the foothills of the Soutpansberg mountains -
Shiluwari Lodge, the best kept secret in the Soutpansberg...chilled vibes, cold wine, excellent food, views to die for and so much more.........






















Activities: Sundowner Boat Cruise
Accommodation: Shiluwari Lodge or similar

Day One: Later arrivals 
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rrive ORTambo Int. Johannesburg by own arrangement.
Short transfer to Dinokeng Game Reserve just north of Pretoria.











Activities: Afternoon game drive.
Accommodation: Mongena Game Lodge or similar.

Day Two: Later Arrivals
05h30 departure to reach the start of the Ribolla Art Route by 10h00.
Please note that we can accommodate early arrivals and later arrivals on
the same tour from day two onwards (by special arrangement only).
   






















Early morning arrivals (Recommended)
Arrive early in the morning at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg by own arrangement.
Your guide will be waiting for you at the airport, and once the luggage is loaded, you will depart for the exciting and colourful Limpopo Province.
The road meanders through rural South Africa, across the Springbok Flats (a poignant reminder of the great herds that once populated these plains), then past Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo,before reaching its final destination at the foothills of the Soutpansberg mountains -
Shiluwari Lodge, the best kept secret in the Soutpansberg...chilled vibes, cold wine, excellent food, views to die for and so much more.........




















                                                             AFRICAN IVORY ROUTE 
                              LUXURY GREATER KRUGER,  ARTS  AND  CULTURE  (10 Day Tour) 


The Greater Kruger National Park is a joint venture between Associated Private Nature Reserves and the Kruger National Park. Between them, the two reserves cover approximately 20 000 000 hectares. In 1993, fences were removed to encourage wildlife migration, and the Greater Kruger National Park was born.
This wild land, bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, is a land of prehistoric secrets, rich archaeological sites and abundance of wildlife - the home of The Big 5….
   

Day One

Early morning arrivals (Recommended)

Arrive early in the morning at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg by own arrangement.
Your guide will be waiting for you at the airport, and once the luggage is loaded, you will depart for the exciting and colourful Limpopo Province.
The road meanders through rural South Africa, across the Springbok Flats (a poignant reminder of the great herds that once populated these plains), then past Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo,before reaching its final destination at the foothills of the Soutpansberg mountains -
Shiluwari Lodge, the best kept secret in the Soutpansberg...chilled vibes, cold wine, excellent food, views to die for and so much more.........






















Activities: Sundowner Boat Cruise
Accommodation: Shiluwari Lodge or similar

Day One: Later arrivals 
A
rrive ORTambo Int. Johannesburg by own arrangement.
Short transfer to Dinokeng Game Reserve just north of Pretoria.











Activities: Afternoon game drive.
Accommodation: Mongena Game Lodge or similar.

Day Two: Later Arrivals
05h30 departure to reach the start of the Ribolla Art Route by 10h00.
Please note that we can accommodate early arrivals and later arrivals on
the same tour from day two onwards (by special arrangement only).
   






















Early morning arrivals (Recommended)
Arrive early in the morning at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg by own arrangement.
Your guide will be waiting for you at the airport, and once the luggage is loaded, you will depart for the exciting and colourful Limpopo Province.
The road meanders through rural South Africa, across the Springbok Flats (a poignant reminder of the great herds that once populated these plains), then past Polokwane, the capital of Limpopo,before reaching its final destination at the foothills of the Soutpansberg mountains -
Shiluwari Lodge, the best kept secret in the Soutpansberg...chilled vibes, cold wine, excellent food, views to die for and so much more.........




















Day Two
   
Limpopo’s ‘Art-Beat: Ribola Art Route
Experience the 'Art-beat of Limpopo through the Ribola artists and musicians. You are invited
to come and feel this rhythm at the heart of Limpopo - to forget the racket of daily
life and join in the ancient rhythms of the African soul.
 
Visit Twananani Textiles where you will learn to draw and paint a cloth, which you will take home
with you, then lunch at a local Tavern, enjoying the famous “Chicken Dust”, before getting crafty
with Patrick Manyike where this inspiring artist will show you how to coax a story out of wood. Finally
to Tinyiko Art Centre with Lucky Ntimani where you have a musical performance and learn to
play a musical instrument, creating an original song with the band.
   
  























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Depart from Elim, and follow the road into the land of the Venda.
      
Arrive at Fundudzi, the quint little camp in the mountains…




















Accommodation: Traditionally styled chalets with en-suite bathrooms. 
There is also solar power with USB recharging facilities.


Day Three

Discover the secrets of Venda.

One secret of the VhaVenda are the VhaLemba or Black Jews, who have been shown to be genetically linked to the priestly caste of Judaism.  They still uphold a kosher diet, refuse pork and still practice circumcision.  They were valued for their metalwork, trading, mining and pottery.  The VhaLemba believe that their people built the Zimbabwe Ruins and came from Sena, a town in Yemen.  Archeologists have found terraced farming structures that are very similar in Yemen, Venda and the highlands of eastern Zimbabwe……











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Later in the afternoon you will be transferred to the nearby Makwrany village, where you will be able to watch the Takuwani dancing group performing the “python dance”, and afterwards take delight in their amazing catering.

Accommodation: Traditionally styled chalets with en-suite bathrooms. There is also solar power with USB recharging facilities.




















Day Four

Baleni & Kruger National Park

We travel south-east and discover another secret of the African Ivory Route, which is situated close to the border of Kruger National Park.

Using 2000-year old techniques, the local Tsonga people collect salt-encrusted sand in the Little Letaba river, which is close to the borders of Kruger National Park. They leach the sand with water (Ntsobe) through filters (Xinjhava), which are made from clay (Nwahuva) and leaves (Nhlangula). The filtered water is boiled to evaporate, leaving behind the pure crystals of Baleni Sacred Salt.
   







   
   
   


 
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After lunch, which will be served by the local women, you will continue your journey to Mtomeni Camp which is situated on the banks of the Great Letaba river. The Letaba sector shares an unfenced border with Kruger National Park, and together they form a part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park.


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Accommodation: Luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms. There is also Solar power with USB recharging facilities.
    
Day Five

Big 5 Wilderness

Early morning wake-up call, coffee and rusks before leaving on a guided bush walk.
Guests will be led by a professional experienced game ranger through this Big 5 area. Nothing can prepare one for the adrenaline rush when you experience wildlife encounters while traversing the area on foot!
After a hearty brunch its time to laze about and soak up the African sun, read a book, or simply relax and chill …
A late afternoon game drive to a popular sundowner spot will be the perfect end to a wonderful day.











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Accommodation: Luxury tents with en-suite bathrooms. There is also Solar power with USB recharging facilities.

   
Day Six

Kruger National Park

No safari is complete without visiting the famous Kruger National Park.
Imagine rising with the South African sun. Driving out of your camp, filled with anticipation as you keep your eyes peeled for an overnight lion kill, a leopard casually draped over the branch of a big tree or a herd of elephants taking a morning stroll. Then ask yourself, is there anywhere else in the world you’d rather be?

The Kruger National Park is home to thousands of animals. From giraffes browsing for Acacia leaves to chew on and a herd of buffalo crossing the road right in front of you, to elusive big cats enjoying a spot of shade and fish eagles letting out their distinctive call – it’s the Lion King in live action!

We enter the Kruger National Park at Phalaborwa gate.
All day game drive to Satara Camp (or similar)

After dinner one will sit outside on the veranda, and one thought above all will come to mind - its good to be alive!

   

















Accommodation: Standard chalets with en-suite bathrooms. There is  220V available at all KNP main camps.


Day Seven, Eight & Nine

Greater Kruger National Park

Depart after breakfast.
Exit the Park at Orpen gate, before entering the magical Timbavati/Klaserie sector.

You will now experience a Kruger Safari at nThambo Tree Camp (or similar lodge) and stay in unique accommodation in the heart of the Southern Klaserie. The Southern Klaserie is part of the Greater Kruger and shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park. It is here that guests can take part in Big Five game drive safaris.

On game drive guests will be led by experienced and professional game rangers through a wildlife area rich in game. There is the chance to see all of the Big 5 in and around camp at any time, so guides will escort guests to and from their rooms at night.













The Southern Klaserie also boasts a plethora of interesting birdlife and is a haven for bird-watchers. All 5 chalets are positioned on stilts at level with the trees so game watching can be enjoyed constantly. The small size and privacy of nThambo means that activities are flexible and exciting night drives can also be conducted.
   
Accommodation: Luxury safari tents with en-suite bathrooms. There is 220V available in the tents.
   

Typical day on safari

05h00 – Wake up call followed by coffee and rusks at the lodge

05h30-06h00 – Depart for game drive

08h30-09h00 – Breakfast served at the lodge

10h00 – Depart for bush walk (optional)

14h30 – Lunch is served at the lodge and later followed by high tea

16h00-16h30 – Depart for a sunset game drive

20h00 – Dinner is served at the lodge














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Day Ten

Scenic drive back to Johannesburg

Depart reluctantly from this wildlife paradise.
The route will take you through the beautiful wild Lowveld, before using the scenic Abel Erasmus- pass and the Strijdom tunnel to cut through the Drakensberg escarpment en-route to the Highveld. Once at the top of the escarpment you will pass through the town of Lydenburg, before arriving at the picturesque village of Dullstroom which is situated at 2000 metres above sea level where you stop for lunch.

After lunch its back on the road for the final leg to O.R.Tambo International Airport.
ETA  O.R.Tambo around 17h00.

Rates (01/01 - 31/12/2018)

1. Early Arrival Tour (per person sharing): (Min 4 / Max 8)
     R 26 500 .00 (Nett)

2. Later Arrival Tour (per person sharing): (Min 4 / Max 8)
     R 27 500 .00 (Nett)

3. Cost for Later Arrivals to join Early Arrival tour: Please contact us 

Included in the tour price:
Shared accommodation (NB: No 220/240v electricity available in some of the camps)
Bedding and towels
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner while on safari
Coffee and tea
Driver/Guide
All transfers
Entrance fees
In-car camera charging facilities
All activities as mentioned in the itinerary

Excluded from the tour price:
Entrance fee into Kruger National Park
Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages
Items of personal nature
Gratuities

Bookings:
Please contact Johan Kriek: [email protected] / +27 (0)83 305 8083 

   

   













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