Taste of South Africa

Itinerary

Day 1You’re on your way as you depart the USA.

Day 2Your incredible South African safari experience begins upon arrival into Johannesburg, where you will be met and assisted to your deluxe hotel located in the airport precinct. Here, you will have time to relax and unwind with. The hotel features a terrific restaurant specializing in local foods such as springbok, (South Africa’s national animal), wart hog, kudu and crocodile, all paired with outstanding South African wines.

Day 3Travel to Kruger National Park
After breakfast, make your way to the Fedair departure office, situated within walking distance of your hotel. You will depart aboard a domestic air flight, traveling to Kruger National Park. Upon arrival, you will be met by the staff of the Imbali Safari Lodge and transferred in an open vehicle to your private, luxurious room.

Located in the northern area of Kruger National Park, the Safari Lodge is set within its own 10,000 hectare private concession area. The lodge has been carefully designed and built in keeping with eco-sensitive policies, to ensure that there is little impact on the natural environment, as guests will bear witness to artifacts discovered during the building program. Accommodating 24 guests in luxury individual suites, each with their own private Jacuzzi, the lodge features large expanses of glass and magnificent wooden decks for better game-viewing. Five-star suites are equipped with luxurious king-size beds with only the finest furniture and imported linen, en-suite bathrooms with antique baths, air conditioning and spacious decks that offer stunning views over the river bed and onto the plains beyond.
Twice a day, you will have the chance to enjoy a mobile safari tour in state-of-the-art Land Rovers, accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers who are extremely knowledgeable on the African bush and its species. Afternoon drives include sundowners (refreshments) while you enjoy the glorious African sunset. Walking safaris are also available at your request. Additionally, nocturnal animal viewings from the grounds of the lodge, and daily excursions to a nearby village where you can experience the authentic lifestyles of an African bush tribe can be arranged for you if you are interested.
Each day you will experience magnificent cuisine, freshly prepared to each guest’s satisfaction by the lodge chefs, from a menu as extensive as the Africa wilderness. With an air of opulence befitting royalty, Imbali Safari Lodge is the perfect African utopia where guests will find serenity.

Day 4As your first full day at your safari lodge, get up bright and early and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee before departing on your first game drive. Return to the lodge for breakfast and then spend the rest of your morning relaxing at the lodge swimming pool, overlooking the savanna. After lunch, depart on an afternoon game drive, followed by a lavish dinner in the evening.

Day 5For the next two days, you will enjoy a daily program of safari drives, breakfast, lunch and dinner, similar to your first day at the lodge. Other services of the lodge that you may include are: relaxing spa treatments catered in the privacy of your own suite; bird-watching expeditions; and a self-drive experience into Kruger National Park on your own.

Day 6You will enjoy a daily program of safari drives, breakfast, lunch and dinner, similar to your first day at the lodge. Other services of the lodge that you may include are: relaxing spa treatments catered in the privacy of your own suite; bird-watching expeditions; and a self-drive experience into Kruger National Park on your own.

Day 7(Day 7-10: Savanna Private Game Reserve)
After your final game drive and breakfast you will shortly be met and transferred to your next safari experience located on the Sabi Sands – Savanna Private Game Reserve.

Day 8(Day 7-10: Savanna Private Game Reserve)
The private game lodge is the epitome of a fully inclusive, diverse African wildlife and cultural experience. Memorable and exciting big game viewing and fascinating insight into the local tribal customs of the Shangaan people, will form part of your safari experience. Savanna aims to make each and every guest feel special and to give their guests the best game viewing experience imaginable!

Day 9(Day 7-10: Savanna Private Game Reserve)
Your Executive suite will combine the romance of a tented roof, with the sophistication of a permanent structure that ensures the utmost luxury and privacy, complete with your very own private deck and plunge pool. From the comfort of the main lodge, guests may view some of Africa’s most impressive wildlife. The lounge and dining room is an impressive building under thatch, which is perfectly positioned with a view of the beautiful swimming pool and waterhole. The open air boma (barbeque pit) creates a warm, friendly atmosphere where guest can enjoy a traditional African meal under the stars. And you can relax and enjoy a rejuvenating treatment in the privacy of your suite, anytime.

Day 10(Day 7-10: Savanna Private Game Reserve)
Enjoy a daily program of safari drives, breakfast, lunch and dinner, similar to your first lodge experience. By splitting up your time between Kruger National Park and the Savanna Private Game Reserve, you will have the chance to discover a different safari program in a much more diverse concession area. Most animals of the safari ranges congregate in just one select concession area, so by moving to a different, private concession area such as the Savanna Private Game Reserve, you will have the distinct opportunity of viewing a broader range of animals on full view to you from both your private Executive suite and the Savanna’s state-of-the-art safari vehicles.

Day 11Return to Johannesburg

After your final early game drive and breakfast, you will be met and transferred to the airport for your return flight to Johannesburg, where you will enjoy your final night in South Africa. Upon arrival you will be greeted and transferred to an incredible five-star hotel located in the exclusive Sandhurst suburb of Sandton, where you are invited to spend the rest of your day at leisure.
Relax, settle in, and relish the final moments of your journey to South Africa, and be sure to make it a memorable one!

Day 12Departure
Say goodbye to South Africa and the wild encounters you have experienced there… Early this morning, you will meet a local driver in the lobby of your hotel who will escort you back to the Johannesburg Airport, where you can meet your returning flight to the United States.
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