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Your adventure unfolds as you experience the pulse of Africa on a Cycle Soweto ride through the various communities rich in history and culture. Sample local cuisine under starlit skies. Enjoy game drives in Kruger Park and a private reserve in open 4×4 vehicles. Sip cocktails around an inviting swimming pool in the heart of the African bushveld and head out on an exhilarating Big Five Game Walk along the game trails of Kruger Park. Take in the sights of the Drakensberg Escarpment and Blyde River Canyon.
You are met at the airport by a transfer driver and taken to Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers. Check into your room and relax for the afternoon, afterwards enjoys a dinner at the Outdoor Restaurant situated in the community park. Enjoy a traditional dinner and a local beer and the community buzz around you.
• Airport arrival transfer
Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers is situated in Orlando West, Soweto.
A vibrant community, rich in history and culture, giving you the opportunity to experience Soweto, its people, the different neighbourhoods and its history up close and personal. The community is safe to explore on your own and is in walking distance from many of Soweto’s famous sites such as the Hector Pieterson memorial and Vilakazi Street with Nelson Mandela’s former home.
Please note that your accommodation for the next two nights is in shared dormitory rooms, which enhances the experience. Upgrades to private rooms may be booked by prior arrangement, subject to availability.
After breakfast at the Backpackers enjoy a full day exploring Soweto on a bicycle. The tour is fun, interactive and informative and by cycling you can easily move through the various neighbourhoods and interact with the community. Visit all the historical sites along the way, like the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Nelson Mandela’s former home in Vilakazi Street. Enjoy a lunch stop before continuing on the tour in the afternoon.
The tour requires a bit of physical fitness and cycling skill but frequent stops are made along the way, giving you time to catch your breath. Alternatively a Tuk-tuk tour may be booked instead of the cycle tour.
• Full day cycle tour of Soweto or 4 hour tuk tuk tour
We depart Johannesburg as we make our way to the Greater Kruger National Park where our Safari adventure begins. After travelling through the Highveld farmlands we descend the Drakensberg Escarpment and into the Lowveld, home to some of the most pristine Private Game Reserves in South Africa and the world renowned Kruger National Park. We arrive at Thornhill Safari Lodge in time for a delicious lunch.
After some relaxation time, we venture out on a late afternoon/evening Big Five game drive in open 4×4 vehicles in one of the neighbouring Private Reserves. We take a break for Sundowner drinks at one of the waterholes en route enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the African Bushveld before continuing our game drive into the night.
Located within the Guernsey Private Nature Reserve and forming part of the Greater Kruger Park ecosystem, Thornhill offers comfortable accommodation in authentic thatched roof chalets. Vibrant fabrics and local hardwood furniture all create that rustic yet stylish bush atmosphere. Sit back and relax in our Bar/Lounge area or sip cocktails around the swimming pool and treetop viewing deck overlooking the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range and never ending wilderness.
BIG 5 OPEN 4X4 VEHICLE GAME DRIVE IN A PRIVATE RESERVE OPEN TO THE KRUGER PARK
Thornhill Safari Lodge is about a 45 minute drive to Kruger National Park’s Orpen Gate. Big 5 Game Drives on this itinerary are conducted in the Kruger National Park and neighbouring Private Game Reserves.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF THORNHILL IS FULL YOU WILL BE ACCOMMODATED IN A SIMILAR LODGE WITHIN THE GREATER KRUGER PARK REGION.
An early rise as you are greeted by your guide and enjoy coffee and rusks before embarking on a day of exploration in the celebrated Kruger National park. The Park offers an unrivalled wildlife experience that ranks with the best not only in Africa, but around the world. Its rich history dates back to 1898, and its goal has always been to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld. Today, this national treasure offers two million hectares of unspoiled African bushveld.
Truly the flagship of the South African National Parks, Kruger remains home to an impressive number of species ranging from 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 517 birds and 146 mammals. Look forward to a safari experience that unfolds from the moment you enter the Kruger Park, and explore the best game drive routes the Park has to offer.
Our game drive takes us through varied topography with an amazing variety of wildlife, birds, plants and trees. We break at a remote picnic site to enjoy a packed breakfast before continuing our Safari discovering the unspoilt, untamed wilderness that makes Kruger Park so special. Our journey continues as we stop off at the various viewpoints and waterholes whilst game viewing and bird watching along the way.
We return to the comforts of Thornhill Safari Lodge, and enjoy yet another taste of traditional African cuisine before retiring to the peaceful sounds of the African night.
FULL DAY OPEN 4X4 SAFARI VEHICLE GAME DRIVE IN KRUGER PARK
This is your leisure day, where you can soak in the African sun, relax at the lodge and sip cocktails around our inviting swimming pool or partake in any of our numerous and exciting optional activities on offer. Take a Big Five game drive or visit a local animal rehabilitation centre or simply spend the day reading under the shade of our famous Marula trees.
After a day spent relaxing in the distinct African ambience of the lodge, you can look forward to enjoying delicious African dishes prepared by our chefs.
· Big Five Game Walk
· Big Five Game Drives
· Morning and Afternoon Game Drives
· Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
· Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon
· Kapama Cheetah Project
· Cycling Safari
After an early wakeup call you head back to the Kruger Park and enjoy another full day on an open 4×4 safari. This is the perfect opportunity to explore other prime game drive routes and to spot the animals you may have missed on your previous game drives.
After an insightful afternoon, we make the trek back to Thornhill in the late afternoon in time to freshen up before again enjoying some delicious bushveld cooking.
FULL DAY OPEN 4X4 SAFARI VEHICLE GAME DRIVE IN KRUGER PARK
· MORNING GAME WALK IN THE GUERNSEY PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE
· VISIT TO THE THREE RONDAWELS AND BLYDE RIVER CANYON.
Please don’t book any international flights until after 10pm this evening.
An early rise as we head off on a game walk exploring the reserve on foot. Our qualified field guides will share their passion with you as you learn some fascinating facts about the environment and its inhabitants that surround you.
After a tasty breakfast, we greet you farewell as you depart on the next leg of your journey returning to Johannesburg. Ascending the majestic Drakensberg Escarpment we stop off to view the amazing Blyde River Canyon and Three Rondawels.
5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Open 4×4 Safari Vehicle, Minibus
En suite chalets (5 nights)