Kruger National Park South Africa
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Kruger National Park - Kruger National Park Tours and Safaris

Thornybush Private Reserve and Victoria Falls(8 Day/ 7 night)

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Destinations: White River, Thornybush Game Lodge, Johannesburg, Victoria Falls (Livingstone, Zambia)

Day 1

Arrive Johannesburg Airport under your own arrangements and meet your representative, who will introduce you to the beauty of the Eastern Transvaal on your scenic 4-hour drive to the White River area. Check in to your luxury guesthouse for an overnight.

LUNCH & DINNER are a-la-carte & served in the restaurant, veranda or wine cellar. The restaurant is closed for Lunch: Monday & Tuesday and for Dinner: Sunday and Monday. Breakfast is served every day. We will gladly assist in reserving a table at one of the nearby restaurants. Transfers to the restaurants may be arranged at an extra cost.

Oliver’s is situated in the White River Country Estate, and overlooks the Golf Course. The Lodge is also conveniently situated to the Kruger National Park (the nearest entrance gate is only 25 kilometres away), and is also within an easy drive of the Blyde River Canyon, and environs.

Accommodation is varied, with 3 Exclusive Rooms in the main house, and a total of 7 in the new extension (6 suites, and a Luxury Loft room).

The Exclusive rooms are all individually furnished, and are en-suite with separate shower and bath, and enjoy views of the gold course. There are 4 Luxury Suites on the ground floor of the extension, with private verandas, 2 Executive Suites on the first floor, with open balconies, and the Luxury Loft room, with spacious balcony. All are air-conditioned, have satellite TV, mini bar and snacks, and have tea/ coffee making facilities. The Suites also boast fireplaces and a cosy seating area.

Oliver’s boats award winning cuisine, and an excellent selection of continental and Mediterranean dishes, in addition you might wish to sample the fondue (Chinoise) and Swiss raclette in the privacy of the well-stocked cellar. Meals are generally served in the restaurant or on the veranda.

You can spend a lot of time exploring the beauties and diversity of the area, but you might also just wish to relax on the veranda, or at the swimming pool. There is also a Wellness and Beauty Clinic, where you can enjoy a variety of treatments and massages.

For the more active, there is tennis and squash, and Oliver’s guests also enjoy access to the golf course at member rates.
Day 2

Depart Oliver’s this morning after an early breakfast. You will be transferred to Thornybush Game Reserve. Check into Tangala Safari Lodge where there will be time for some cool beverages and freshening up before your first afternoon/evening game drive which will also double as a night drive.  Return to camp for dinner.

Overnight Tangala Safari Lodge on a fully inclusive basis

Tangala is one of the last remaining authentic African experiences in South Africa that have been a legacy of the family for more than 3 generations. This intimate and exclusive private safari camp is situated in the 22 000 acre Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, a prime ecological area abounding in wildlife.

Accommodation at the camp will bring back memories of a time long forgotten. The thatched chalets have en suite bathroom facilities and paraffin lantern lighting. Tangala is authentic rustic luxury at an affordable price. The camp consist of a central dining and lounge area with full bar and a swimming pool with a deck. Five double en suite chalets with shaded veranda. Hot water is provided at all times with “donkey-boilers” (geyser). The camp is electricity free. Children catered for, 12 years and over only.

Day 3

Your full day on safari will be spent on game drives early in the mornings and late in the afternoon with time in-between to just relax and be spoiled by the lodge staff.  Overnight Tangala Safari Lodge - fully inclusive basis

Day 4

Today after your morning game drive and breakfast you will check out and will be transferred via road back to Johannesburg. You will travel via the Panorama route at your own pace, visiting Bourke’s luck potholes, God’s Window, Mac Mac Falls, the historic town of Pilgrims Rest and maybe having the best pancakes in South Africa in Graskop (if time allows).

[Or fly from Hoedspruit Airport]

Check in to the Metcourt Laurel Hotel for overnight. Conveniently situated only a few minutes from the airport, your hotel is part of a casino and entertainment complex and has several restaurants on site. Overnight on a Bed and Breakfast basis

Day 5

After breakfast, take the free hotel shuttle to the airport for your 2-hour international flight to Livingstone Airport, Zambia. You will be met at Livingstone and transferred to your hotel on the banks of the Zambezi River, near the mighty Victoria Falls.

Check in, settle-in and relax whilst you catch your first glimpses of the magnificent "Smoke That Thunders”, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The flow of water over the Victoria Falls is greatest during the wet months (February to June) but the falls are a magnificent sight at any time of year.

This 212 bedroom Resort Hotel is situated on the banks of The Zambezi with views towards the Falls which are a short walk away - in fact the Zambezi Sun is the closest of all the Hotels to the Falls.

Part of the Sun International Group, renowned for their 'themed' resorts, The Zambian Sun has the feel of a walled city, centuries old - despite the fact it was only opened in 2001.

Rooms are low slung and airy overlooking onto a cool landscaped pool area, while the restaurant and bar are focused around the central pool. The two-storey en-suite rooms have private balconies that welcome the morning sun. Outside, the earth colours are soothing and soft. Inside, the airy rooms are alive with ethnic reds, blues and oranges.

Amenities in the rooms include independent air-conditioning, satellite TV, fold-out couches, safe and telephone. The central reception area houses a family-friendly, high quality buffet restaurant, a pool bar and a lively alfresco grill and entertainment area.

The Zambezi Sun is a place where friends and family can relax and enjoy Africa's greatest natural wonder in true African style.

The Resort complex also features restaurants, tourist shops and Business Centre for the Conference Delegates for whom the Zambezi Sun and The Royal Livingstone Hotel are ideal destinations.

Days 6 & 7

Today explore the mighty Victoria Falls situated close to your hotel and offering magnificent views.

Later relax by the swimming pool and enjoy the many pleasures of your hotel, or participate in one of the many local activities, such as a helicopter flight over the falls or an elephant-back safari.

Adrenalin seekers can participate in many adventure holiday activities, such as canoeing in the gentler rapids above the falls; white water rafting in the turbulent gorge below the falls (beware: grade 5); or bungi jumping from Victoria Falls Bridge!

There is also an interesting local craft market.

Day 8

This morning return transfer to Livingstone Airport for your flight back to OR Tambo International Airport. From this point you will depart under your own arrangements.


Price from: ZAR 8 325 + US$ 485 per person sharing

Accommodation as specified, Meals as specified, Ground transportation and excursions as noted, Park and entrance fees for lodges/camps inside national parks, Intra-Africa flights as specified, All government and airline taxes.

1 night’s luxury guesthouse accommodation, with en-suite facilities
English breakfast

Fully inclusive of accommodation, meals, teas & coffees, twice- daily game drives in open safari vehicles and a guided bush walk.

1 night airport accommodation, with en-suite facilities
English breakfast

3 night’s accommodation, with en-suite facilities
Zambezi River sun downer cruise
English breakfasts daily

Not included:
International & domestic flights (quoted separately)
Lunches & dinners (unless specified)
Drinks & refreshments
Tips for porters and restaurants
Telephone calls, laundry & other incidental personal expenditure
Visa fees, in countries where these apply
Airport departure taxes, in countries where these apply
Medical, cancellation and baggage insurance

  • All activities are subject to prevailing weather conditions
  • ** PLEASE NOTE: These rates are given as guidelines, and will differ depending on factors such as the time of the year that guests travel, the number of guests travelling, and the class of airline seats available. All rates are subject to change at the discretion of the properties/operators, and due to currency fluctuations, unforeseen increases in fuel prices, increased airline prices, or any future government imposed taxes

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