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Holiday Title: Two Centre Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld
Holiday Destination: Holiday to South Africa for 7 nights
Passengers: 2 Adults
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Holiday Title: Two Centre Self-Drive In Kruger And The Lowveld
Passengers: 2 Adults
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.
8 Day Car Rental: Group C: Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6 or similar - Manual Transmission (on Super Cover)
Allow about 90 minutes to drive to the Balule Nature Reserve and onto Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge. The 45,000 hectare Balule Nature Reserve forms part of the 2 million hectare Greater Kruger Park ecosystem. This area is home to Africa's Big Five - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo - as well as other mammals such as cheetah, hippo, zebra and antelope, a dazzling array of birdlife and an amazing variety of reptiles, insects and plants. Morning and afternoon game drives take guests out in specially customised open Land Rovers, and because the land is privately owned, the experienced rangers can leave the dirt tracks behind and follow the wildlife through the bush, giving you an unbelievable opportunity to get very close to nature in its purest form.
Balule Nature Reserve
After you return from your morning game drive, you will have time to enjoy breakfast before you need to depart for the drive to Hazyview, which will be your base for the next few days as you explore the lowveld area that adjoins Kruger. Hippo Hollow Country Estate has an 'Out of Africa ' feel about it, and leaves you feeling totally relaxed and refreshed. The restaurant here opens onto an expansive deck, and guests can watch elephants at the neighbouring sanctuary having an afternoon drink from the river, or grazing hippo on the lawns against the backdrop of an African sunset.
Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge is situated in the vast Big 5 Balule Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The emphasis here is upon close-up encounters with Africa's spectacular wildlife, from the mighty elephant, the impressive lion or the miniscule termite. Evening game drives are conducted in specially modified open Land Rovers, giving guests excellent all-round visibility, as well as the excitement of meeting Africa's Big 5 close up. The rangers are well versed in ensuring that you have a thrilling and informative safari. Guided bush walks can also be arranged.
The main lodge is nestled under age-old trees with a panoramic view over the bush and onto a well-frequented waterhole. The shady lawns, with chaise lounges, create a wonderful scene of tranquility. There is also a swimming pool to relax around as well. Lunch is served under the shade of a massive Acacia tree, with the chance of seeing animals coming to drink at the waterhole at this time. In the evenings, the boma showcases a crackling log fire, where dinners are often served.
The Tranquility Lapa is situated in a quiet area of the lodge and offers relaxing massages during the day. Indulge yourself with an Aromatherapy Massage, with only the sounds of nature to provide background music.
The accommodation consists of 6 African rondavels. These typical African dwellings are round huts with characterful thatch roofs. Each rondavel has an outdoor shower for a wonderful close-to-nature experience. There is also space for an extra bed to convert each room into a triple room if required.
There are also 2 family units. Each unit has 2 rooms with an interleading door for privacy. One room has a queensize bed and the other has 2 single beds - it is possible to add an additional bed into each room too, thereby accommodating up to 6 guests. Each room has its own bathroom facilities and an al fresco shower.
|Room:||1 x African Rondavel|
|Includes:||Breakfast, lunch and dinner; twice daily shared game drives; and a morning foot safari are included. IN ADDITION: The Conservation fee (currently R185 per person but subject to change) is not included and is payable directly to the lodge at check out. For self-drive visitors, there is also a R150 per vehicle entrance fee, payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change).
Bush walks with your ranger are available on request. Only children of certain ages are allowed to participate in a bush walk - to be agreed with the lodge manager on arrival.
Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.
The Lowveld area around the Kruger Park is beautiful, and there are several attractions worthy of a visit during your stay in the area. The small town of Hazyview is an ideal place to base yourself to explore the surrounding area.
The self-drive Lowveld Panarama Route includes highlights such as Blyde River Canyon, God's Window, Lisbon Falls, the Three Rondavels and Bourke's Luck Potholes.
Other activities in the area include visiting the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, which focuses on the conservation of rare, vunerable or endangered animals, enjoying a morning or afternoon tour at Moholoholo (a haven for the rehabilitation and care of abandoned or injured wildlife), visiting the Shangana Cultural Village, white water rafting, or taking an early morning balloon ride over the surrounding countryside.
The Kruger National Park itself is only an hours drive away, and is home to hundreds of species of wildlife and birds, including the Big 5.
Hippo Hollow Country Estate is situated on the Sabi River just outside Hazyview where beautiful water birds as well as hippos grazing on the lawns is a common sight.
Accommodation consists of 37 chalets located on the river or in a sub tropical garden as well as 54 en-suite hotel rooms. There are 2 large central swimming pools and a well-stocked curio shop on the premises including a selection of local art. There is a full service restaurant and bar offering country cuisine and a fine wine selection.
Open vehicle safari adventures into South Africa's largest and world famous game reserve, the Kruger National Park, in a specially modified open vehicle can be arranged (additional cost).
The Shangaan River Club, based at Hippo Hollow, offers traditional South African and Shangaan cuisine accompanied by a night of Shangaan dance and song enthusiastically provided by children from a local orphanage. The evening entertainment begins at 18:30 and prebooking is advised.
|Room:||1 x Deluxe River Chalet|
|Includes:||Breakfast is included.|
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.
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.