Seven game drives (up to three hours per drive)
Four at Kruger Ntaional Park and three through Mjejane Reserve.
The very best time to view wildlife is normally during the cooler parts of the day (early morning and late in the afternoon/early in the evening), when the animals will be more active. You should, therefore, be prepared for some very early starts for the morning game drives (leaving at sunrise and returning for breakfast).
You are most likely to see browsers like kudu, giraffe or duiker, but good sightings of the 'big five' are possible. In addition, the beautiful scenery of the lowveld with its granite hills, fertile valleys and abundant vegetation, is an attraction in itself.
As you would expect, none of the wildlife sightings mentioned in this itinerary are guaranteed.
Sudwala Caves and Lowveld Botanical Gardens (full day)
Your guided tour through the spacious, cool caves should take about an hour and will cover approximately 1km over mainly flat ground.
See also the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens, which cover 159 hectares and are home to both native and introduced species, including the world’s largest collection of cycads.
The gardens owe much of their charm to the two rivers that run through them, and remain attractive throughout the year, as many of the trees and shrubs are evergreen. Numerous birds can also be spotted here.
Kruger National Park Game Drive and Skukuza Restcamp (full day)
Skukuza is the Kruger National Park’s largest rest camp and is situated on the leafy southern banks of the Sabie River. Species found here include the warthog, fruit bat, thick-tailed bushbaby, spotted hyena, vervet monkey and purple-crested lourie.
Within the camp grounds is the Stevenson-Hamilton Memorial Museum. This preserves a large number of interesting exhibits associated with James Stevenson-Hamilton (1867-1957), the driving force behind the establishment of the Kruger National Park.
Among the exhibits is a pocket knife with which Stevenson-Hamilton’s assistant, Harry Wolhuter, killed a lion to save his own life. The lion’s skin is also on display.