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Kruger Complete - Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld

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Kruger Complete - Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld

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Important travel information for visitors to South Africa is included at the back of this document.

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Kruger Complete - Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld

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Holiday Title: Kruger Complete - Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld

Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 10 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

Example Cost for 2 Adults: * per person sharing.

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: Kruger Complete - Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Hoedspruit Airport. Collect your luggage, then you will be met in the airport building by a representative from Bidvest Car Rental. Complete the necessary paperwork - you will need to present your driving licence, passport and credit card. The keys to your hire car will then be handed over to you.

11 Day Car Rental: Group K: Toyota Rush 2x4 or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)

Exit the airport and head to the Timbavati Gate and then into the Klaserie Game Reserve and onto nThambo Tree Camp. Depending on what you see along the way once in the reserve, the drive should take about an hour. At nThambo, every day begins and ends with a game drive through this vibrant part of the Southern Klaserie Game Reserve, while the camp offers open views onto an active waterhole and all the animals that use it. Leopard and lion, Africa's biggest cats, prowl the bushveld and their calls can be heard in the night when you are falling asleep. Other wildlife you may encounter on game drives include elephant, rhino, buffalo, impala, kudu, zebra, giraffe, steenbok, duiker, mongoose, baboon, vervet monkey, hippo, warthog, and many others.

Klaserie Game Reserve

3 nights at nThambo Tree Camp


Day 4

After you return from your morning safari activity, you will have time to enjoy breakfast at the camp. You will then exit the reserve, and allow about an hour from here to drive to the Orpen Entrance Gate of the Kruger National Park. Pay the Daily Concession Fee to enter the Park and allow a further 2 hours to then drive through the Park to reach your first rest camp, watching out for wildlife along the way.

Kruger National Park

1 night at Letaba Rest Camp


Day 5

Allow about 6 hours to drive down through the Park to reach your next rest camp. A self-drive safari in Kruger is a truly wonderful experience - the thrill of driving along a road by yourself and coming across a pride of lions basking under a nearby tree, or waiting at a peaceful waterhole and having a sighting all to yourself is hard to beat. The Park boasts an exceptionally rich mix of wildlife, including some 490 species of bird and 147 mammal species, including the Big 5.

Kruger National Park

2 nights at Skukuza Rest Camp


Day 7

You can spend the entire day in the Park, before leaving the Park via the Paul Kruger Gate late afternoon. Allow an hour to then drive back to Hazyview for your last few days on holiday. Rissington Inn is the perfect base to explore the scenic wonders of the area. The rooms all have their own individual style and character, and you can be assured of a warm welcome from the moment you arrive.


Day 11
Drive to the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (about 45 minutes from Hazyview), return your hire car and check in for your onward flight.
 
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nThambo Tree Camp

Klaserie Game Reserve: 3 Nights

Experience a true Kruger safari at nThambo Tree Camp, an eco-friendly camp which provides a truly personal safari experience. The camp is located in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, which shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and forms part of the Greater Kruger Park. On a game drive safari guests will be led by experienced and professional game rangers and Shangaan trackers through a wildlife area rich in game including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo as well as hyena, hippo, giraffe, zebra and a whole host of other wildlife. Night drives are also an option for those who want to see the nocturnal wildlife, while optional bush walks can be arranged too.

The main camp and guest areas include a comfortable lounge and dining area under thatch. The dining room has a large table where, as per safari tradition, everyone dines together to enjoy each other's company and share stories of the day's game sightings. There is also a boma area with a camp fire, perfect for warming you up with your coffee before the morning walk, or for enjoying evening drinks around the fire. In addition guests will experience a traditional South African braaivleis cooked over the open fire. During the hot summer months guests can relax around the splash pool - don't be surprised if there is a herd of elephants approaching to drink the water!

In the evenings the main area is lit with lanterns while plug points in the chalets can be used to charge your camera batteries. There is also Wi-Fi available in the lounge and bar area.

Accommodation is comfortable with a touch of bush luxury. There are 5 solar-powered tree house chalets, each raised on wooden stilts.  The floor is wooden decking and the walls are canvas tent, with a thatched roof.  In addition, each chalet has a verandah which overlooks the plain in front of camp with views of the Drakensberg mountain range in the distance. All the chalets are reasonably spaced out from each other ensuring privacy for all guests.

Example Details For nThambo Tree Camp

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Tree House Chalet
Includes: Full Board Package: All meals; tea/coffee; bush walks; the Klaserie Bed/Conservation levies; and shared game drives are included. PLEASE NOTE: All other drinks are NOT included. IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, the vehicle entrance cash fee of R160 per vehicle (subject to change), which is payable at the Timbavati Gate (cash or Visa/MasterCard credit cards only).

Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on guided bush walks in the reserve.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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nThambo Tree Camp

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Letaba Rest Camp

Northern Kruger NP: 1 Night

Self-drive is the most popular way to visit Kruger, and is a wonderful experience - the thrill of driving along a road by yourself and coming across a pride of lions basking under a nearby tree, or waiting at a peaceful waterhole and having a sighting all to yourself is hard to beat.

Inside the Park, there is an excellent infrastructure of roads, some of which are tarred, others gravel. Good, clear signposts help to make the driving experience easy and enjoyable.

Drivers must remain on the roads at all times, and are NOT allowed to drive off-road or get out of their vehicles, except at designated viewing points.

The Northern region of the Kruger Park is dominated by mopane trees. The eastern half of the region is a vast sea of open mopane scrubland, and is the best area of the Park for seeing tsessebe, ostrich, roan antelope and, if you are fortunate, rhino.

Lion and leopard are also regular sights, and you may also see cheetah.

Westwards, the vegetation changes to a taller, more interesting mix of vegetation, although still dominated by mopane trees. This entire region is excellent for viewing elephant, buffalo and zebra.

Letaba is one of the largest and most pleasant camps in the Park, overlooking the Letaba River and densely covered with a highly attractive range of tall trees and palms. The name means 'river of sand', and the sandy riverbed is an excellent location for game viewing, particularly elephant, which thrive in the area. At night the stars overlook a symphony of sounds. Owls, nightjars, frogs, fruit bats, crickets and cicadas all vie to be heard, until the lion roars, then all are silent.

Recommended accommodation is in bungalows sleeping up to 3, cottages sleeping up to 6, or the 2 guest houses which can sleep up to 8 and 9 respectively.

The restaurant has a magnificent view over the river, and the well-stocked shop has a good selection of food, curios and clothes. Other facilities include a petrol station and a cafeteria.

Example Details For Letaba Rest Camp

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Bungalow BD2
Includes: Accommodation only basis. PLEASE NOTE: The daily Conservation Fee is NOT included - this is payable at the Park gate on arrival.

Location

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Skukuza Rest Camp

Southern Kruger NP: 2 Nights

The Southern region of the Kruger National Park covers about one-fifth of the total area of the Park. Several excellent drives - especially those in the general area around Lower Sabie - combine exceptional scenery with a rich mixture of game and birdlife.

Highly scenic grassy savanna is rich in zebra and giraffe, while tall acacias and ever-graceful marula trees abound and provide welcome shade for herds of kudu and impala, while dainty steenbuck also find refuge from the blistering sun. It is no wonder, with all this game, that this area is known as 'Lion Country'!  The region also has an incredibly high density of rhino - both black and white.

Skukuza is the Park's headquarters, and by far the largest and most busiest of all the camps in the Park. It is situated on the southern banks of the Sabie River - a great place to look for hippos and buffalo, especially in the early morning. All of the Big 5 can readily be seen in the vicinity of Skukuza. In the camp itself, there is a population of warthog who wander around keeping the grassy areas nice and trim! 

The enormous shop is well-stocked with foodstuffs, curios, film - even clothing and books. The licensed restaurant serves buffet style meals, or the adjoining cafeteria is ideal if you just fancy a quick bite to eat.

Accommodation ranges from bungalows which sleep up to 3, cottages that sleep between 4 and 6, and guest houses which sleep between 8 and 12.

Example Details For Skukuza Rest Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Bungalow BD2
Includes: Accommodation only basis. PLEASE NOTE: The daily Conservation Fee is NOT included - this is payable at the Park gate on arrival.

Location

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Rissington Inn

Hazyview: 3 Nights

Tucked away just outside Hazyview, Rissington Inn is just a 10 minute drive from the Phabeni Gate of the Kruger National Park, and is the ideal location to base yourself to explore everything that the Lowveld area has to offer.

The restaurant has an extensive a la carte menu with wonderful warming soups, an array of interesting starters, a variety of trout dishes, fine curries, some game, the best fillet steak in the land and a range of vegetarian dishes. Rissington's bar is home to many an interesting tale - a great place to enjoy a relaxing drink, discuss the day’s events or kick of your shoes and read the newspapers. The library is situated next to the restaurant - perfect for coffee after dinner. There is also a television for the sports fan (or the soap addict) and a library of books on a wide range of topics and in a number of languages.

There is a swimming pool, or guests can walk across the property's estate for sightings of smaller wildlife and birds.

The rooms at Rissington Inn all have their own individual characters and have en-suite bathrooms.

The Superior Rooms are situated in the shady, thatched former-tobacco barn, next to the main house. Each has its own small veranda with a daybed looking over the valley. Some rooms have a romantic Victorian bath in the bedroom as well as an en-suite shower room.

The Garden Suites are very spacious with large verandas and views over the Sabie River valley. Bathrooms have Victorian baths and walled-off outside showers.

The 2 Hillside Suites both have 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with an outside shower, a sitting room, a veranda and sun terrace. These 2 suites also share a private swimming pool.

Example Details For Rissington Inn

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Superior Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.

Location

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Important Travel Information For South Africa

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

As of the 18th March 2020, passport holders from certain countries are now required to obtain a visa before travelling to South Africa - including the United Kingdom; United States of America; France; Germany; Italy; Spain; Switzerland; and New Zealand.

All international travellers are therefore advised to contact their local South Africa High Commission or Embassy to establish whether they need to apply for a visa. There may be a fee charged for issuing a visa. Please note that some visas may take a long time to be processed so please do take this into consideration, as it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa in place before you travel. Visas are not issued at South African ports of entry and airline officials are obliged to insist on visas before allowing passengers to board.

Please note that anyone travelling to South Africa should have a valid return ticket and a valid passport. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 30 days from the date of exit from South Africa. However, some immigration officials still request that a passport should have at least 6 months validity from the date of entry to South Africa so to avoid problems on arrival, we advise that your passport meets this requirement instead. The passport must also have sufficient pages for entry/exit stamps if you require a visa to enter the country - AT LEAST 2 BLANK PAGES. If you do not need a visa, one page is sufficient.

TRAVELLING TO/FROM SOUTH AFRICA WITH CHILDREN YOUNGER THAN 18 YEARS OF AGE AT DATE OF TRAVEL: It has been recently announced that the immigration laws for children travelling to South Africa who do NOT require a visa are to be relaxed, however not all airlines have updated their systems at the moment to reflect this amendment. Therefore, until we have received notification that all systems have been fully updated with the new relaxed rules, we are strongly advising that all passengers still adher to these following guidelines: Parents travelling with children must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child, showing full details of the child's parents. If the birth certificate is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation issued by a competent authority in the country concerned. If the child is adopted, the adoption certificate must be produced. If only one parent is travelling, said parent must also show consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent named on the birth certificate authorising the child to travel (the affidavit must be no more than 3 months old from the date of travel - a blank Parental Consent Affidavit can be downloaded from http://southafricahouseuk.com/documents/parentconaff.pdf), or a court order granting full parental responsibilities to the travelling parent, or (where applicable) a death certificate for the deceased parent. Legally separated parents should also provide a court order when the other parent does not give consent. Where a person is travelling with a child who is not their biological child, he/she must produce an unabridged birth certificate for the child supplemented by affidavits from the child's parents/legal guardian giving consent for the child to travel and copies of the identity documents or passport of the parents/legal guardian PLUS their contact details. There are also additional rules for unaccompanied minors - available on request. PLEASE NOTE: All documents must be original - PHOTOCOPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED. In the case of foreign countries that do not issue unabridged birth certificates, a letter to this effect issued by the competent authority of the foreign country should be produced. For more information, contact the South African High Commission via http://southafricahouseuk.com/ or the South African Department of Home Affairs via http://www.dha.gov.za/.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with current passport and visa requirements.

Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to South Africa.

To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is a risk of malaria in and around the Kruger National Park/Mpumalanga Province, the Limpopo (Northern) Province, and the north-eastern part of KwaZulu-Natal - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

There is no risk of yellow fever in South Africa, so a yellow fever vaccination is NOT required for travellers whose sole destination is South Africa. However, in accordance with International Health Reguations, South Africa requires all travellers over one year of age arriving from a yellow fever risk country, or having been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of such a country, to have a yellow fever certificate. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.